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Jahresring 61: Jahrbuch für moderne Kunst

Dominic Eichler & Brigitte Oetker (Eds.)

The Jahrespring series, the longest continually published annual journal for contemporary art in Germany, embraces diverse voices and forms of writing and thinking about contemporary art and culture. The 61st edition is a reader and visual sampler with contributions by visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, choreographers, and designers. Lectures, scripts, interviews and conversations, performative texts, poetry, short stories and biographical fiction are interspersed with image-based work. Its discursive, intertextual and interdisciplinary approach explores the contemporary cultural resonances in gender and sexuality. The title, PS (or postscript), suggests the place where these implicit relations are revealed. Over 30 contributors including Manuela Ammer, Julie Ault, Monika Baer, Nairy Baghramian, Gerry Bibby, Jennifer Bornstein, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Dragana Bulut, Françoise Cactus, Leidy Churchman, Ann Cotten, Juan Davila, Dominic Eichler, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yusuf Etiman, Isa Genzken, Margaret Harrison, Janette Laverrière, Adam Linder, Lee Lozano, Charlie Le Mindu, Shahryar Nashat, Stephen Prina, Ming Wong and more.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
January 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
248 pp / 82 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-062-1 · Retail Price: $39.00

PSYCHO

Ena Swansea and Robert Lucander at the Falckenberg Collection

Dirk Luckow (Ed.)

American painter Ena Swansea and Berlin-based Finnish painter Robert Lucander have never met but were paired in this exhibition catalog due to their shared interest in plumbing the depths of human emotions. Though different in expression, the two artists’ content lies between dream and waking, life and death. As the paintings of human psychosis bring the unexpected to consciousness, the catalog’s title Psycho recalls the Hitchcock film, in which it is impossible to penetrate the tension or to distinguish between victim and culprit. Essays by Harald Falckenberg, Belinda Grace Gardner and Miriam Schoofs.

SNOECK, GERMANY DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG, GERMANY
August 2012/ Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-86442-000-9 · Retail Price: $29.95

PUBLIC COLLECTORS

Marc Fischer

The Public Collectors project, operated by Marc Fischer since 2007, encourages collectors of material culture—the kind that most museums won’t collect or exhibit—to “open” their collections to the public. Fischer’s perspective is intrinsically linked to his participation in underground punk and metal scenes in the 1980s, a sensibility that also inflects his practice as one-third of the celebrated artist collective Temporary Services. This rollicking and sometimes dark collection meanders from paper ephemera to photography—including a visual tour of Chicago’s famed Swap-O-Rama. The charmingly weird contents also include adult Mexican comic books and postcards from outsider artist John Rininger. This mind-boggling publication is paired with documentation of the artist’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial plus an engaging interview with punk ephemera collector Stephen Perkins exploring the politics of collecting materials with little or no conventional cultural value. Truly an object to be held and experienced!

INVENTORY PRESS, NEW YORK
November 2014
Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 inches / 208 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 978-1-941753-02-6 · Retail Price: $28.00

PX: THOUGHTS ON PAINTING

Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling

A combination exhibition catalog and provocative theoretical text, this book features two opposed essays disagreeing about the supposed purpose or operation of contemporary painting. The two-part Auckland show features the work of 25 painters from New Zealand, Europe and the United States – Gerhard Richter and Paul McCarthy among them – offering a wide variety of practices. Essays by curators Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling pay particular attention to the legacies of conceptualism. Emmerling’s text takes off from Kant and Adorno to consider painting’s complete uselessness as the basis of its inalienability; Bryant adapts Jean Paulhan’s ideas on cliché and terror to account for aspects of contemporary painting practice that can’t be folded neatly into dominant arthistorical discourses.

CLOUDS, NEW ZEALAND
April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8.5 x 6 inches / 140 pp / b/w and color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-6-3 · Retail Price: $29.95

ARNULF RAINER

Andrea Madesta
Snoeck, Germany
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches / 168 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-20-1 · Retail Price: $69.95

ARNULF RAINER

Rainer and the Women

Klaus Thoman (Ed.)

When the Albertina in Vienna dedicates a retrospective to Arnulf Rainer to mark his 85th birthday this year, it will no doubt be a brilliant review of a multifaceted body of work. This book presents for the first time an anthology of Rainer’s overpainted photographs of women, created from the 1960s to the present— images with erotic, even pornographic subjects. “The process of his confrontation … varies between elegant lineament, a tactile drawing encompassing and surrounding the body, and overpainting, whereby the flowing and spraying of the paint has clear associations with sexual acts, and sometimes the photographic work is entirely drowned in paint,” writes critic Peter Weiermair in his introductory text. In contrast, writer Andrea Madesta takes a critical view of the images of women and the historically conditioned, radical confrontation with social values and conventions in Rainer’s work.

SNOECK GERMANY
GALLERIE ELISABETH & KLAUS THOMAN, VIENNA
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 11 inches / 128 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-068-9 · Retail Price: $49.95

Raqs Media Collective

Seepage

Raqs is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu meaning the trance state that whirling dervishes enter into when they whirl. You could also consider Raqs an acronym, for “rarely asked questions.” Either way, this book gathers texts authored by the Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta), a group that could be described as artists, curators, editors, and catalysts of cultural processes. Co-curators of the 2008 manifesta 7 biennale, they co-founded Sarai (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) and co-edit the Sarai Reader Series. Their internationally recognized work locates them at the intersection of contemporary art, research and theory - often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches / 176 pp / 35 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-86-3 · Retail Price: $24.95

Rauschenberg At Gemini

At only 64 pages, this catalog is small but the story it tells is huge: it documents the thirty-plus years that Robert Rauschenberg created prints and multiples at Gemini G.E.L., the world-famous print house in Los Angeles. From 1967 through 2001, working with Gemini owners Sidney Felsen and Stanley Grinstein, Rauschenberg pushed the boundaries of printmaking like no other contemporary artist before or since. All of Rauschenberg’s most celebrated Gemini G.E.L. prints, print series and multiples – such as Booster, the artist’s famous X-ray self-portrait – are illustrated in this essential volume. Also included are prints using his photographs of Los Angeles, multiples created in France, India, China, and from his travels with the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange, as well as works created for political or environmental causes including the first Earth Day in 1970. In addition, photographs of the artist working at Gemini are reproduced. Includes an extensive essay by curator Jay Belloli.

Armory Center For The Arts, Pasadena
March 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 x 10 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 12 b/w and 44 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-13-4 · Retail Price: $25.00

RE-VIEW: ONNASCH COLLECTION

Paul Schimmel

One of the first Germans to open a New York gallery after World War II, Reinhard Onnasch introduced artists such as Dieter Roth and Hanne Darboven to American audiences, and Americans Morris Louis, Claes Oldenburg and Kenneth Noland to German audiences. Over four decades, Onnasch built an eclectic collection— from Pop to Color Field—with a strong commitment to both American and European art, energized by a multitude of themes and stories. Curator Paul Schimmel, in his first project since leaving MoCA Los Angeles, has assembled this selected document of Onnasch’s collection for an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, London. One particular highlight is the comprehensive documentation of Onnasch’s work as a gallerist, interspersed with photographs and publication references. An elegant anthology to a life dedicated to the arts.

SNOECK, GERMANY
HAUSER & WIRTH, LONDON/NEW YORK
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/3 x 11 3/4 inches
160 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-075-7 · Retail Price: $75.00

Rex Reason

Simon Patterson
Book Works, United Kingdom
1994 / Softcover / 4 x 5 inches / 116 pp / 156 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-13-6 · Retail Price: $16.00