Pies, Påtés, and Pastries: Secrets Old and New of the Art of Cooking

Charlotte Birnbaum

Pies, pâtés, and pastries are the noblest of foods. Their inner life is always a secret, their outer form, a sculpture. No other dishes are so well suited to surprises and culinary amusements. In this enchanting and historically enlightening book, Charlotte Birnbaum traces the life of such delicacies through diverse cultures and traditions. Birnbaum’s wondrous anecdotes of noblemen and farmers alike are woven together, each accompanied by toothsome recipes. Birnbaum’s third book in this delectable series, On The Table, combining art theory and gastronomy!

April 2013/ Hardcover
4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
132 pp / 16 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-31-3 · Retail Price: $22.00


Artist, More Than An Artist

An immensely talented combination of insider and outsider artist, Marcel Pinas of Surinam uses beautiful, poignant installations to tell the story of his own people, the Maroons, descendants of African slaves. This exceptional monograph combines reproductions and installation photographs with inspiring texts putting the work of this important artist into the context of his threatened native region, the genocidal civil war in Surinam and the African culture of the Caribbean. Besides creating drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, he has founded an art school, museum and artist-in-residence program for Maroon children, documented in this book. Writes one observer, “It is difficult to overestimate the social significance of his work.”

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
November 2011 / Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches / 144 pp / 3 b&w and 93 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-30-4 · Retail Price: $49.95



The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1994, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
64 pp, 16 halftone and color reproductions
Essays by David Pagel, Dave Hickey and Joe Scanlan
ISBN: 0-911291-23-7 · Retail Price: $18.00


Humming Thumbling

Silvia Eiblmayr & Jörg Heiser

Berlin-based artist Katrin Plavcak (b. 1970) purposefully examines the history of images originating from comics, cartoons, illustration and (quite broadly) from technical visual media. Clichés, distortions, trivializations and spectacles—as produced by the media industry, whose logic is also quite seductive to art and its institutions—form an aesthetic fundus from which, in her own painterly language and in a highly qualified transformation process, she formulates her point of view. Plavcak—who grew up in Zeltweg, Austria—is also a great portraitist: she knows how to pinpoint the psycho logical characteristics of her found or invented figures with great skill. Her non-impasto oil and acrylic paintings draw figurative references to Otto Dix and George Grosz, Magritte and Picasso, and Hannah Höch and Maria Lassnig, as well as to the practice of naive painting—where perspective and spatial conditions are suspended while several narrative strands coexist.

October 2017 / English & German / Hardcover
88 ¾ x 12 ¼ in. / 120 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-203-4 · Retail Price: $55.00

Olivia Plender

A Stellar Key to the Summerland

Book Works, United Kingdom
2008 / Softcover /5 x 6 3/4 inches
112 pp /112 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-870699-86-0 · Retail Price: $29.95


Rise Early, Be Industrious

Remco de Blaaij, Gerrie van Noord & Olivia Plender (Eds.)

The first significant survey of work by British artist Olivia Plender (b. 1977), this substantial monograph navigates the artist’s evolving attitudes to historical and contemporary forms of communication and education in her research-based practice. From a reappraisal of her project Google Office (2010), in which artistic agency meets Liberation Management, to her rethinking of the Open University as a model for the educational role of television, her work is a critical envisioning of labor’s extensive influence. To this end, she also addresses the work ethic embedded into mainstream educational systems during the industrial era, and the alternative movements that placed creativity and the arts as central to an attempt at emancipation. In specially commissioned essays and interviews, archival material, and new texts by the artist, this publication addresses the in-depth investigation of Plender’s research and artwork into educational models and their relation to social organization. Essays by Angus Cameron, Maeve Connolly, Lars Bang Larsen and Tirdad Zolghadr.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ¾ x 9 ½ inches / 256 pp / 95 b&w and 95 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-174-1 · Retail Price: $42.00



With bold colors and expressive brushstrokes, emerging Cologne- based artist Andreas Plum collages colored strips of paper onto canvas and then applies paint or groups the strips to bring forth an explosive cathartic vision. In his first exhibition catalog, Plum adopts the motifs of Pop Art as well as the abstract thrust of hard-edge painting and blends the two approaches with the lingering resonance of arte povera in mixed media on canvas. Plum’s multi-colored paper streamers appear as an eruption of a psychedelia, breathing new life into the sterility of conceptual art with paradoxical visual and material choices.

October 2012/ Softcover/ 8 1/4 x 11 inches/ 80pp/ 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-021-4 · Retail Price: $29.95


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.

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


Political Landscape

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.

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