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
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
Ice Cream Empire
Francesco Pedraglio and Gavin Everall
London-based painter, writer and performance artist Kit Poulson is one of the busiest people in the contemporary British art scene, creating everything from sound art installations to carnival floats to this zany, experimental narrative. Three characters freed from the flow of causality intertwine through the experience of conversation. Evoking the writings of Malevich and Schwitters, the pastoral moments of Traffic and the ventriloquized insanity of Little Richard, history is revealed as a flow of conversations glancing off random precious artifacts, all shaped by the fluid, crystalline structure of the most delicious of desserts, ice cream. Ice Cream Empire is commissioned as part of the Time Machine, a project that asks us to forget about archives and embrace the confusion of the present, in order to consciously experiment with all our imaginable histories and expected futures.
April 2012 / Softcover / 6 x 9 inches
104 pp / 1 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-34-2 · Retail Price: $19.95
Dutch installation artist/political activist Jonas Staal has made a career of making people angry, with projects like roadside “monuments” featuring the face of a notorious right-wing politician and Car Bomb Wreckage, in which he exhibited the debris from two Iraq car bombings as sculpture in Rotterdam. This book is an extensive collection of texts, pamphlets and manifestoes either written by Staal or written by an international group of critics and curators inspired, infuriated, transformed or amazed by his work. No matter what their viewpoint, the contributing authors focus, literally and figuratively, on the formulation of new forms of resistance against the culture of irony – a field in which Staal is an undisputed leader.
2010 / Softcover / 5 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches / 228 pp / 2 b&w and 62 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-02-1 · Retail Price: $35.00
Marcus Coates likes to photograph his subjects draped in animal furs—wild and shamanistic, yes, but as his recent Frieze profile perceptively recognized, Coates’ real subjects are not the outdoors and the unknown but interiority and introspection… the true locus of ‘nature’ in the modern world [is] in the withered memory of something wild and ancient, buried deep within ourselves.” Adopting the format of an instruction manual, Coates’ new book presents a step-by-step guide to accessing and exercising our primitive reasoning. Based on a combination of practical maneuvers and “journeys,” the book’s aim is to provide an in-depth guide to a form of practical problem-solving outside the rational. Coates’ interpretations of shamanic practice are not traditionally spiritual, but based on his own experience, and draw from a course—The School of the Imagination (co-produced by Nomad)—he taught at CREATE, London. This is the sixth book in Book Works Co-Series.
Co-Series / No. 6 / Softcover
5 x 7 inches / 320 pp / 70 b&w and 5 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-61-8 · Retail Price: $25.00
Percentage for Art in the Netherlands 2004-2006
2007, Softcover, 61/2 x 91/2 inches
464 pp, extensive color reproductions
ISBN: 978-90-5973-060-1 · Retail Price: $59.95
The Artist Book
Fraser Muggeridge (Ed.)
Born in France, Laure Prouvost received the Max Mara Prize for Women, 2012, and will be exhibiting new work at Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Britain in Spring, 2013. Provoust’s first artist book extends her preoccupations with the occurrence of “mis-translations,” in which objects, stories, or scene are transformed through film, video and in this case, onto the printed page. Exploring ideas of translation, mirroring and narrative, each “mistranslation” allows a new narrative to develop that often is unrelated to its origin. Using a technique she describes as “backword stories,” Prouvost uses the idea of the artists’ book as a biography, juxtaposing formal devices with mini-narratives, images and handwritten notes. The book is made up of text and images, including a newly commissioned biography that is punctuated by graphic statements about language, translation, and cultural misunderstandings, in which the subject, or narrator, merges with the book itself.
April 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/ 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches/ 308 pp/ Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-44-1 · Retail Price: $29.95