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
Preis der Kunsthalle Wien 2016
In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts, the Kunsthalle Wien Prize is awarded for outstanding final projects at the two universities of art in Vienna. Andrej Polukord, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and co-recipient of the 2016 prize, works in painting, installation, performance and video art to create unpredictable and ambiguous environments and absurd situations that produce double meanings. In Polukord’s installation, The Sarcophagus at Kunsthalle Wien, the environment takes the form of a cave. Mushrooms grow from the ceiling and transform the gallery into an inverted forest floor. The petite softbound catalog includes a handful of drawings, black & white photos of the work, and a surprise poster by Polukord of the forest and floating mushrooms. Texts by Eva Blimlinger, curator Lucas Gehrmann, and a conversation with the artist and Lucas Gehrmann, and Kunsthalle Wien director Nicolaus Schafhausen.
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA
October 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 5 ¼ x 7 ½ in. / 46 pp w/ color pos
ISBN: 978-3-956792-94-6 · Retail Price: $13.00
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
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