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RIOTOUS BAROQUE

Bice Curiger

The Baroque era of the 17th century is associated with sensuality, extravagance and theatricality. This abundantly illustrated, full-color exhibition catalog from Kunsthaus Zürich juxtaposes the work of contemporary luminaries such as Cindy Sherman, Maurizio Cattelan and Juergen Teller with those of Baroque-era masters such as Pieter Aertsen, Valentin de Boulogne and Jacob Jordaens. This exhibition highlights works that approach life with sensualist intelligence, proclaim a vital exuberance and link to questions about what constitutes art itself through the connections with contemporary art. Texts by Bice Curiger, Elfriede Jelinek, Eileen Myles and Raoul Vaneigem and a discussion with Nike Bätzner, Bice Curiger, Victoria von Felmming, Michael Glasmeier and Tristan Weddigen.

SNOECK, GERMANY KUNSTHAUS ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 3/4 x 12 inches/ 176 pp/ 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-011-5 · Retail Price: $49.95

PIPILOTTI RIST

Your Saliva Is My Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain

Swiss visual artist Elisabeth Charlotte “Pipilotti” Rist (b. 1962) has been a pioneering figure in video art since the 1980s. Her sensual and audacious video installations tackling conventions and taboos in an entertaining, ironic and self-confident way have brought her international fame. Accompanying her new installation at Kunsthaus Zürich, this condensed information-packed publication is structured as a visual and literary glossary with short alphabetically organized contributions on important themes in her work. Renowned authors such as Martin Suter and Sibylle Berg, the artist’s friends, plus art historians, representatives of other guilds and, last but not least, children, all have their say, giving us insight into not only her art but her psyche. In addition, documents and photographs from Rist’s personal archive are published here for the first time—and as a special feature, the book includes 12 large plates that can be removed from the book. Rist’s work are in collections such as MoMA, NY; MCA, Chicago; and SFMOMA.

SNOECK, GERMANY
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 12 inches / 96 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-163-1 · Retail Price: $55.00

RITE OF PASSAGE

The Early Years of Vienna Actionism 1960–1966

Viennese Actionism, a school of radical performance art, was intent on upending what it saw as the stultifying bourgeois art conventions of the postwar years. This was, of course, squarely in line with the performative paradigm of the late 20th-century avant-garde—a rereading of painting and sculpture as directly experiential. Four artists, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, shocked polite gallery-goers across Europe with their radical actions and immensely physical, body-mutilating performances. They stretched the painted image to its “breaking point”—literally. In their mission to reanimate the arts, they replaced representation with a vehement devotion to sensual and directly perceptible materials: blood for Nitsch, junk and rubbish for Muehl, white paint sludge for Brus, and the deconstruction of the compositionally controlled image for Schwarzkogler. This catalog amasses examples of their painting and collage as well as original documentation of their radical “staged performances.”

SNOECK, GERMANY
HAUSER & WIRTH, NEW YORK
October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
102 pp / 8 2/3 x 11 inches / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-097-9 · Retail Price: $46.00

JÓZEF ROBAKOWSKI

Tobi Maier & Michael Jachula (Eds.)

Another publication from the cutting-edge Ludlow 38 gallery, this mini-survey of one of the most famous Polish artists and filmmakers of the neo-avant-garde movement presents a wealth of information on artist Józef Robakowski’s career in images, critical texts, historical documents and conversations. Working outside the official museum and gallery system to present politically critical works, Robakowski was extremely active in developing Poland’s independent film scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Accompanying his first solo US exhibition at Ludlow 38 and his retrospective at AKM Karlsruhe (2012), this publication covers a variety of the artist’s principal ideas and artistic collaborations. His transgressive use of diverse media—photography, video, film, paper works, mechanical picture production, expanded cinema, TV broadcast, installation, performance, etc.—incorporates both a meta-discourse about the guidelines of “reality” as well as a subjective perspective and continues to be reviewed in both an art and film context.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
MINI/ GOETHE-INSTITUT, LUDLOW 38, NEW YORK
July 2015 / English / German & Polish
Harcover / 8 1/4 x 12 inches / 152 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940064-24-9 · Retail Price: $26.00

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