finger in the pie

bankleer, Karin Kasböck & Christoph Maria Leitner (Eds.)

A carnival game played by drunken visitors to Munich’s Oktoberfest is used in a video as a metaphor for the German economy: that’s just one of the recent projects by Karin Kasböck and Christoph Maria Leitnerthe, the Berlin-based, anti-capitalist artistic duo known as bankleer. Defying easy classification, their provocative work may encompass performances, docu-fictional videos and other techniques of “expanded cinema,” editorial and curatorial projects, sculptures and drawings. This substantive monograph, produced for MOCA Leipzig, features in-depth essays and more than 450 photographs that highlight the collective’s recent projects and deployments. Essays by Nataša Ilic (WHW), Daniela Stöppel, Diedrich Diederichsen, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and Dietrich Heißenbüttel.

August 2012, English & German, Exhibition catalog Softcover, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 iinches, 224pp, 75 B&W and 414 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-01-6 · Retail Price: $29.95


Two Minutes of Standstill

Florian Malzacher & Stefanie Wenner (Eds.)

Commonly, the “moment of silence” is one way we memorialize tragedy, how we recognize events that are, simply, beyond words. Two Minutes of Standstill was a performance initiated in Cologne by Israeli video artist Yael Bartana on Yom HaShoah, the holiday commemorating victims and resistance fighters of the Holocaust. For two minutes, Bartana called upon the city to reflect on the meeting of past and present–what it means to be German, to live in Germany as an immigrant and the consequences of the Holocaust and its instrumentalization. This catalog documents the performance and process while inviting historians to discuss collective mourning in Germany today. Bartana, whose work has been shown at Documenta XII, the Venice Biennale and in solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, uses her videos and performances to interrogate notions of homeland, Diaspora and national identity.

Release Date: October 2014
Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 80 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-061-4 · Retail Price: $28.00

Georg Baselitz

Collected Writings and Interviews

Detlev Gretenkort and Karsten Schubert

The outstanding British publisher Ridinghouse brings out the most comprehensive look into the life and work of German abstract expressionist Georg Baselitz. The book is divided into four sections: personal images; a record of Baselitz’s artworks; the artist’s own writings (some published for the first time, many never before translated into English); and interviews with the artist by noted writers and art historians. Known for his rebellious approach to painting, Baselitz discusses the act of painting, his biography and much more. The artist’s writings cover topics from his first trip abroad to other painters he’s admired. Though not a catalogue raisonné, this copiously illustrated book gives the most complete picture ever of a seminal artist.

Ridinghouse, London
2010 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches / 300 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-23-4 · Retail Price: $39.95


Sigmund’s Cave

A dog is a dog is a dog—or is it? Renowned German neo-expressionist artist George Baselitz’s dog portraits of 1999/2000 continue his play with the notion of painting as an act of sublimation in which naked facts are dressed in signs, codes and ornaments. This well-illustrated exhibition catalog, with informative essay by Anselm Wagner, presents Baselitz’s large-scale upside-down frontal oil portraits of his dog that are fundamentally different from the artist’s other animal portraits. Painted in black and white, with brush strokes that look like drawings and often scribed with the name “Sigmund,” these are masks and codes of the Freudian universe, preparing the beholder for numerous hidden allusions. Made in response and homage to Sigmund Freud, who was also a dog lover, as he waited to escape the Nazi regime in 1938. Essay by Anselm Wagner.

February 2016 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 ½ x 12 ¾ inches / 48 pp / 4 b&w and 29 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-154-9 · Retail Price: $42.00

David Batchelor

Found Monochromes Vol.1

This monograph is the first for David Batchelor’s remarkable Found Monochromes series. Since 1997, the London-based artist has been photographing single square and rectangle planes of uninterrupted white that he passes as he walks through London and places he visits. The images are informal and impromptu; shot from a uniform distance, the white planes are seen on a variety of backdrops: brick walls, car doors, metal fences and more. They are the backs of signs, number plates that have lost their number, empty billboards or faded messages. This body of work references the once radical tradition of monochrome paintings practiced by Malevich, Rodchenko, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Ellsworth Kelly and others. Found Monochromes Vol. 1 brings together the largest group of photographs from Batchelor’s series, accompanied by a conversation between the philosopher Jonathan Rée and the artist.

Ridinghouse, London
2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches / 288 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-32-6 · Retail Price: $49.95


the October Colouring-In Book

Since its launch in 1976, the influential journal of art history and criticism October has not had one image reproduced in color. Well-known contemporary Scottish artist and writer David Batchelor playfully rectifies this situation in the series of delightful, exuberant and colorful drawings (2012–13) that transform every page of the magazine’s first issue (Summer 1976). Disrupting October’s orderly monochromatic universe and textual clarity, Batchelor engages a carnival-like play of form and color on each page in abstract compositions of circles, triangles and rectangles of brilliant transparent color and opaque black planes. Batchelor, who works with found objects and images in drawing, photography and installation, again applies the colors and dynamism of the modern city to this artist project. Reprinted here for the first time in actual size, this book is a must-have for every art book collector.

July 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 122 pp / 44 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-07-4 · Retail Price: $19.95


Works 1965–Today

Krist Gruijthuijsen (Ed.)

One of Austria’s noted conceptual artist from the 1960s, Josef Bauer combines sculpture, installation, painting, and performance to disturb our perception of words and colors as mere “carriers” of meaning. Detached from the flat surfaces they normally adorn, letters and colors become the sculptural objects that collapse the divide between language and bodies in the over 100 career-spanning works showcased in this extensive survey catalog. Works 1965–Today is a vital global introduction to this underrepresented master of letters and their contours. The introductory essay by Krist Gruijthuijsen illuminates Bauer’s “tactile poetry” as a radical embodiment of ’60s Concrete poetry; Austrian philosopher Thomas Zaunschirm explores Bauer’s formal bid to transcend the representational relation of language to images in an essay from 1974; Bettina Steinbrügge throws light on the reception and development of his works. Also included is a unique visual rejoinder by artist Hans-Peter Feldmann.

January 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 8 3/4 x 11 inches
208 pp / 60 b&w and 54 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-096-6 · Retail Price: $39.00

Helke Bayrle

Portikus Under Construction

The Portikus is a public exhibition space associated with the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. A production site rather than a traditional gallery, it is an institution willing to redefine its basic parameters with every new project it hosts. Since the late 1980s, some 160 exhibitions and innumerable other events have been staged at the alternative museum space. For the last decade, Frankfurtibased filmmaker Haelke Bayrle has been documenting its numerous events; now, via this three-DVD set, everyone can go backstage and experience never-before-seen footage ranging from initial installations to actual performances. An unprecedented archive of over 60 featured artists including Jason Rhoades, Wolfgang Tillmans, Louise Lawler, Yoko Ono and many more.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
January 2010 / Booklet with 3 DVDs
5 1/2x 7 1/2 inches / 36 pp / 13 b/w
DVD I: 2001-03, 19 videos, 80 min
DVD II: 2004-06, 21 videos, 94 min
DVD III: 2007-08, 13 videos, 62 min
ISBN: 978-1-933128-76-4 · Retail Price: $29.95


Duncan Forbes & Daniela Janser (Eds.)

As the fragility of both animal and human existence becomes increasingly obvious, Beastly/Tierisch presents an endless flow of animal images borrowed from artworks, advertising, print publications, television and the Internet. That the representation of animals in art has once again become allegorically potent underlines our fraught understanding of the human-animal relationship. The cleverly designed exhibition catalog embraces feeling and the haptic in its design, including a cover featuring a winsome portrait of a cat obscured by a felt-textured title and back cover. The running collage of poignant, humorous and bizarre animal photographs is supple- mented by four thoughtful essays by Slavoj Zizek, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Heather Davis and Duncan Forbes exploring how photography, politics, the Internet, philosophy and anthropogenics interpret and process animals and animality. In addition, works by 14 international artists are featured, from photographer Pieter Hugo to American artist Carolee Schneeman and Israeli conceptual artist Elad Lassry.

2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 x 10 ¾ inches / 183 pp / 2000 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-037-1 · Retail Price: $38.00


The Beauty of the Fold

Charlotte Birnbaum

This second book in the ground-breaking On the Table series about the culture of gastronomy as artistic expression – edited by Charlotte Birnbaum – delves into the art of napkin folding. It features German master Joan Sallas, whose folded napkins graced the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit of 1780 Viennese royal table silver. (Watch him fold a “water lily” napkin on YouTube.) Birnbaum interviews Sallas on the history of napkin folding, stretching back to the Renaissance and Baroque, and contributes a short essay on the art’s complex history; the remainder of the book is an illustrated catalog of Sallas’s ornate folding techniques.

April 2012 / Softcover / 4.25 x 7 inches
80 pp / 35 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-98-6 · Retail Price: $22.00