Esther Schlicht, Roland Wetzel & Max Hollein (Eds.)
During the 1940s and 1950s, the Affichistes appeared in Paris with a new and revolutionary artistic format: the tearing down of posters. In the resulting looted random images, they created a radical contradiction to the dominant abstract painting of the postwar period. This catalog, accompanying the exhibition by Museum Tinguely and the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, provides a comprehensive look at activities spanning two decades (1948–68) by an important postwar avant-garde in France including artists Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé, François Dufrêne, Mimmo Rotella, and Wolf Vostell. Highlighting their backgrounds in decollage, action and happening, this handsome oversized book allows for beautiful reproductions of their complex collaged works, which appear still fresh and radiant today. A full chronology and timeline of the movement is included in the back along with interviews or writings about the artists by curators Esther Schlicht and Roland Wetzel plus Bernard Blistene, Fritz Emslander, Didier Semin and Dominique Stella.
MUSEUM TINGUELY, BASEL
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 9 3/4 x 12 inches
280 pp / 30 b&w and 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-103-7 · Retail Price: $72.00
Dirck Möllmann & Elisabeth Fiedler (Eds.)
Timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Europe’s liberation from Nazi totali- tarianism, the six contemporary projects featured in Political Landscape focus on the geography, sociology and history of the Ausseerland region and the western Totes Gebirge, areas active in both supporting and opposing Hitler’s fascism during the mid-1940s. Few witnesses of these past events are still alive and many interpretations are contested. Aiming to awaken collective and individual memory, an international group of artists—Clegg & Guttmann, Eva Grubinger, Florian Hüttner, Angelika Loderer, Susan Philipsz and Bojan Šarcevic—present varying interpretations of the historic landscape. This handsome book with rounded corners and an embossed cover was published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition and functions as a walking project and history guide. Text and images of each project, the artists and sites are included along with details and local anecdotes.
February 2016 / English & German / Softcover
5 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches / 195 pp / 8 b&w and 60 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-161-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
The Multiplication of Humour
Eva Schmidt (Ed.)
With his sheets, maps, books, photographs and objects, Sigmar Polke opened up completely new pathways for art in the 20th century by means of experimental media. While related to his painting practice, Polke’s 200 editioned works link the artist’s larger oeuvre to a diverse circle of collaborators. Colored serial prints with everyday motifs appear as German Pop in the vicinity of reportage-like, socially critical photos or mixed-media images produced on decorative furnishing materials. This exhibition catalog showcases Alex Ciesielski’s complete collection of Polke’s editioned works. Full-color reproductions pair with a remarkable amount of original texts—from Hubertus Butin, Thomas Kapielski, Stefan Koldehoff, Stefanie Kreutzer and Inse Rüttinger, among others—each reflecting on a single edition from perspectives alternatively academic and anecdotal.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SIEGEN, GERMANY
September 2013 / English, French & German Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 176 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-042-9 · Retail Price: $59.95
Axel Ciesielski is an avid collector of Sigmar Polke’s work, probably the only person in the world who can say that he owns each one of the artist’s editions. This catalog presents all the posters produced for Polke’s museum and gallery exhibitions—posters almost exclusively designed and determined by the artists’ ironic eye. A particularly fascinating aspect of Ciesielski’s collection is that it includes perfect copies of all these posters as ephemeral counterparts to Polke’s work; the artist himself included the posters in his catalog raisonné, pointing to their hybrid state between artwork and advertisement. The book is also a journey through the art world of the 1960s, revealing Polke’s early benefactors as well as the institutional retrospectives that subsequently promoted and reflected his worldwide fame.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SIEGEN, GERMANY
2014 / English & German
Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
336 pp / 162 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-054-2 · Retail Price: $69.95
Sonehati CG Works 1999
1999, Softcover with CD-ROM, 8 1/2 X 11 3/4 inches
130 pp, 130 color reproductions
ISBN: 4-87280-387-6 · Retail Price: $42.00
The invisible architecture of scent is the starting point of Swiss-based, Boston-born video and installation artist Elodie Pong’s (b. 1966) latest project, Paradise Paradoxe. Immersing her audience in images, smells and color-saturated light, Pong probes the interface between fiction and reality for her exhibition at Helmhaus, Zürich. Her accompanying artist book is dense and euphoric with dreamy, over saturated color images of her installations and includes 12 essays touching on ideas within olfactory art including the relationship between odor and music, how we perceive odors, and odor as a tool of social and historical analysis, among other concepts. The book is a comfortably designed soft-cover publication with the texts flanked by two sections of full-bleed color photographs overlaid here and there with the names of perfumes: Omnia, Pure, Rouge, Rien. A university-trained sociologist and anthropologist, Pong deals with social structures in her artistic work, including intimacy and separation, and unstable communications in a pluralistic and individualized society. With texts by Harry Baker, Justin Vivian Bond, Jim Drobnick, Holly Dugan, Jack Halberstam, Rachel Herz, Andreas Keller, Georg Kohler, Chus Martínez, Daniel Morgenthaler, Gayil Nalls and Elodie Pong.
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ½ x 10 ¼ in. / 296 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-01-2 · Retail Price: $55.00
Technology, Experimental Film, Conceptual Art
Martin Ebner and Florian Zeyfang
Poor Man’s Expression examines the relationship between film, video, technology and art, with a particular focus on the reciprocal influences between conceptual art and experimental film. Works, lectures, and performances by international artists – created for the exhibition of the same title in Berlin in 2006, and expanded for the publication – are set alongside historical experimental films. This profound book asks whether the infiltration of experimental film into the realm of 1980s and 90s media art is analogous to general social and media trends brought about by the fragmentation caused by consumer society. Featured artists include Stephanie Taylor, Sebestyén Kodolányi, Sebastian Lütgert, Henrik Olesen, Mathias Poledna, Sean Snyder, Daria Martin, Kirsten Pieroth, Martin Ebner, Florian Zeyfang.
Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin
May 2011 / Softcover / 9.5 x 12 inches
240 pp / 100 b&w and 200 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-01-6 · Retail Price: $34.95
2007 / Exhibition catalog / Flexicover
12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches / 37 pp / full color reproduction
ISBN: 978-1-895086-17-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
British artist Nicholas Pope was best known in the 1970s and early 1980s for his large-scale sculptures made of wood, metal, stone, sheet lead or chalk. Following his 1980 exhibition representing Britain at the Venice Biennale, Pope was awarded a cultural visitor grant to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, an experience that affected the rest of his life and twisted his artistic practice completely. In a move toward softer, more malleable materials such as glass, porcelain, texture, molded aluminum and ceramics, Pope began to make abstract works that reference complicated themes of religion, suicide and society.
2014 / Softcover
9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
224 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-77-7 · Retail Price: $49.95
British artist Nicholas Pope’s (b. 1949) vivid, energetic drawings have informed his sculpture throughout his career. Variations on circles and holes in graphite and charcoal in the 1970s and 1980s were followed by more complex and vibrant arrangements of color in India ink, paint and biro in the early 1990s. The new hardcover catalog following his survey from Ridinghouse features over 90 drawings culled from the past 40 years, an essay by art historian James Hamilton and an exchange between the artist and curator Jon Wood focusing on Pope’s deployment of color and the relationship of his drawings to his sculpture. Pope’s large-scale wood, metal, stone and lead sculptures gradually became more abstract and malleable as he shifted to glass, porcelain, molded aluminum and ceramics in the mid-1990s. Representative of Britain at the Venice Biennale (1980), Pope’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, the Stedlijk and others.
October 2016 / Hardcover / 9 ½ x 11 ¼ in.
128 pp / 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-23-4 · Retail Price: $32.00