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Peter Robinson

Ack and Other Abdications

New Zealander Peter Robinson is one of that nation’s leading artists, producing painting and sculpture known for challenging institutional constructions of ethnicity and value. Part Maori by birth, Robinson concentrated early in his career on work exploring the sticky territory of post-colonial politics in Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand. But in the last decade, Robinson’s work has taken a sculptural turn, his work playing out familiar figurative elements from his paintings on a new and puzzling scale. One strand of this body of work employed polystyrene as a construction material. This artist book considers the life of one such sculpture, Ack – at once ice-floe and intestine – and the painting that was made and shelved in parallel.

Clouds, New Zealand
October 2011 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 164 pp / 6 b&w and 94 color
ISBN: 978-0-9582981-0-0 · Retail Price: $39.95

STEVE RODEN

In Between

Southern California artist Steve Roden is known as more than a painter; his internationally acclaimed, multi-media sound-driven works use musical scores that offer him a set of options to compose a segment of painting, sculpture, or other formal composition. This template results in a startlingly diverse array of images, objects, sounds and spaces. Roden’s every artwork, whatever its form, is both familiar yet utterly unexpected. He’s an eccentric virtuoso whose paintings look abstract, but only in the way that a chair, a tree, a face or even a Pop-Tart becomes abstract the longer you look at it. This catalog of a 20-year mid-career survey of Roden’s work includes an illustrated essay by curator Howard N. Fox and a CD with the four soundtracks from Roden installations.

ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, PASADENA
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover w/ DVD
7.5 x 10 inches / 64 pp / 68 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-14-1 · Retail Price: $25.00

RICARDA ROGGAN

Apokryphen

Ute Stuffer & Hubertus von Amelunxen (Eds.)

Ricarda Roggan’s new show Apokrypen formulates the question: Can a photograph hold and communicate the original auras of everyday objects? She questions the owner-object relation in a series of black-and-white photographs of individual objects, such as a bowl or a glove, a watch or a knife, once belonging to a cultural figure from the past two hundred years. Each object occupies a condensed and poeticized space that is re-presented in this two-volume exhibition catalog. The larger catalog, also printed in black and white, presents each photographed object titled only with the owner’s name and object. A smaller compendium accompanying the catalog documents the history of each object and owner. A unique feature of the larger exhibition catalog is the fold-out cover that functions as a visual index of the information in the compendium. Contributors include exhibition curator Ute Stuffer and theorist Hubertus von Amelunxen.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
KUNSTVEREIN, HANNOVER
WILHELM-HAcK MUSEUM, germany
January 2015 / 2-volume set
English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 & 3 3/4 x 6 inches
96 pp & 128 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-83-0 · Retail Price: $39.95
 

ROLAND REISS

A Seventeen-Year Survey

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1991, Softcover, 11 x 9 inches
96 pp, 17 duotone and 64 color plates
ISBN: 0-911291-19-9 · Retail Price: $24.00

CHRISTIAN ROSA

I am in love with the Coco

I am in love with the Coco, the second publication by young, fast-moving international artist Christian Rosa documents his most current paintings in this handsome overscaled exhibition catalog from Kustverein Heilbronn, Berlin. The Vienna- and Los Angeles-based artist’s works on canvas are minimal compositions— colorful loops, craquelures, obliterations and casually painted bubbles and squares—on unprimed, rough beige canvas. His playful reductive approach to form and color is reminiscent of the work of Cy Twombly and Joan Miró and implicitly recalls Roland Barthes’s Empire of Signs. Painting since 2006, Rosa is currently considered one of the most compelling young contemporary artists. His first catalog, Love’s gonna save the day, was published in collaboration with CFA Gallery Berlin (2014). Also included is an insightful essay by exhibition curator Marrhia Lobke.

SNOECK, GERMANY
KUNSTVEREIN HEILBRONN, GERMANY
July 2015 / English & Germany / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 13 inches / 64 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-123-5 · Retail Price: $39.95

CHRISTIAN ROSA

Love’s Gonna Save the Day

The first monograph on the compelling young Brazilian painter Christian Rosa features a selection of his most recent work in graphite, oil and spray paint. Born in Rio in 1982 and now living and working in Los Angeles, Rosa studied at the Academy of F ine Arts in Vienna with Daniel Richter. His current pieces on unprimed, rough, beige canvas are minimal with colorful loops, craquelures, erasures, and carelessly painted bubbles and squares. His extremely reduced repertoire is reminiscent of Cy Twombly, one of the most enduring American abstract painters. Rosa also calls on the “Empire of Signs,“ initially determined by Roland Barthes for Twombly. In addition to Oscar Murillo and David Ostrowsky, Christian Rosa is considered a rising star in contemporary art today. An exhibition catalog out of the CFA Berlin with essay by German writer and curator Roberto Ohrt.

SNOECK, GERMANY
CFA, BERLIN
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
80 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-085-6 · Retail Price: $49.95

MATHILDE ROSIER

Ceremonially Infused

French artist Mathilde Rosier creates atmospheric environments which draw on her interest in the occult, Freudian analysis and ancient rites and rituals. This full-color exhibition catalog, Rosier’s first monograph, brings together the artist’s exquisite paintings with her sculptural assemblages, installations and film. These specially constructed environments evoke a journey between conscious and unconscious realms, using motifs like a bed or a cat representing a threshold to buried psychic states. The dreamlike elements transport the viewer into a heightened sensual state. The book combines drawings and text to provide direct access to this richly imaginative artist’s intellectual world. With commentary by curator Claudia Emmert.

SNOECK, GERMANY
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8.5 x 10.5 inches / 128 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-95-7 · Retail Price: $45.00

DIETER ROTH & ARNULF RAINER

Collaborations

Barry Rosen (Ed.)

The dark humor and conceptual intensity of Fluxus pioneer Dieter Roth and painter Arnulf Rainer were concentrated exponentially in their sustained collaboration. Since 1974, the creation of their almost 500 shared works has been shrouded in wild anecdotes. Though both were keen to let their individual ideas collide freely, resulting in works of comedic performativity and pictorial wit, for the most part this body of work is totally separate from their individual oeuvres. This gorgeously designed and overscaled exhibition catalog reproduces their mixed media paintings, drawings and Misch- u. Trennkunst graphic works, alongside stills from their (quite athletic) performances. Often, the slender Rainer would provoke the larger and more corpulent Roth to aggression or even physical altercation. The catalog includes texts from curator Robert Fleck and Dieter’s son, Björn Roth, who was also a frequent collaborator from the 1980s on.

SNOECK, GERMANY
HAUSER & WIRTH, LONDON
July 2014 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 1/4 x 13 inches / 166 pp / 50 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-084-9 · Retail Price: $72.00

EVA ROTHSCHILD

Michael Dempsey & Doro Globus (Eds.)

The candy-colored, serpentine forms of Eva Rothschild’s sculptural compositions present a refreshingly whimsical take on modernism’s forms and utopian ideals. Owing obvious debt to Minimalism, Pop and Color Field, the Irish-born artist has lately found herself on the international stage with exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center, NY Public Art Fund, and the Tate Modern. This exhibition catalog, accompanying a solo exhibition at her hometown Dublin City Gallery, features extensive installation photographs of her recent sculptures as well as a tongue-in-cheek series of gallery visitors holding her “snakes.” Essays from noted critic Brian Dillon and curator Michael Dempsey examine her development as an artist and her ties to art history.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
January 2015
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 13 inches / 96 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-91-3 · Retail Price: $32.00

Alun Rowlands

Three Communiqués

Book Works, United Kingdom
2008 / Three Pamphlets with Gatefold Binding
4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches / 80 pp / 5 b&w and 5 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-91-4 · Retail Price: $28.00