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
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.
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
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.
August 2012/ Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-86442-000-9 · Retail Price: $29.95
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.
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
Where the Shadows are So Deep
Contemporary Pakistani painter Imran Qureshi is a master of mixing the sublime with the reality of contemporary life where suicide bombings are a common occurrence and Nike sneakers mix with ancient tribal garb. Playing with scale and the polarities of dark and light, the artist’s current series of exquisite miniature paintings demands an altogether different kind of looking. Accompanying the artist’s exhibition at the Curve, Barbican, London (2016), this small richly illustrated hardcover catalog, third in the series, focuses on Qureshi’s use of miniature painting as a site for social commentary. Drawing upon the curve as a formal motif in the miniature tradition, the installation sequence responds to the dramatic architecture of the gallery space. Hung at varying heights, the delicate paintings begin by depicting gentle scenes of nature and then gradually transform with the addition of darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Qureshi’s largest installation was recently featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden (2013). Essays by Mohsin Hamid and Eleanor Nairne.
BARBICAN ART GALLERY, LONDON
October 2016 / Curve series #3
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7 x 9 ¾ in. / 48 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-21-0 · Retail Price: $15.95
Archetypes and Residues
Thomas Raat and Edwin van Gelder (Eds.)
Following his first publication, An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth and More, which created an almost cult-like following, Dutch artist Thomas Raat (b. 1979) interleaves ordinary objects such as chairs, doors, mirrors and tables with excerpts from Henry James’s The Real Thing (1892) in his second design-driven artist book, Archetypes and Residues. Some of the works have found new form under Raat’s hand—in Standard, chairs have been resurfaced and arranged in ensembles; the copper kick-plates, handles and locks of doors have been recomposed to read as paintings in Hanging Doors; in Mirror Windows, mirrors have been mysteriously darkened. The large-format publication filled with full-bleed images adopts an auction catalog format, and concludes with an index of the artist’s works describing the palettes and dimensions of each object reproduced here. By alluding to the two-dimensionality of the printed page, Raat reflects upon his sculptural practice as well as the space within printed matter. Contributions by Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, Maria Barnas, Edwin van Gelder and Mainstudio.
July 2016 / Softcover / 9 ½ x 13 ½ in.
112 pp / 48 b&w and 33 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-52-6 · Retail Price: $35.00
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