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The Royal Art Lodge

Women and Children

The Canadian art group the Royal Art Lodge, currently made up of Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, and Michael Dumontier, used Farber’s dining room table to create the 160 tiny (7.6cm x 8.9 cm) paintings on wood featured in this book. The deliberately crude, almost comicbook-like pictures, typical of this groundbreaking collective, include vague and puzzling epigrams, exploring the dreamy and melancholic thoughts we have about women and children-the fears, the sadness, and the desire to protect both. A powerful essay by Guido Bartorelli examines how The Royal Art Lodge exemplifies what Marshall McLuhan called “low-definition” media-and how fitting its approach and affect are in this technological age.

Perugi Artecontemporanea, Italy
September 2008 / Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
96 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-88-87327-15-1 · Retail Price: $55.00

Julika Rudelius

Soft Intrusion

This impressive exhibition catalog for German video artist Julika Rudelius offers an extended survey of her varied output, including stills from her videos, described as “part reportage, part mockumentary, part performance, part short film.” Throughout the last ten years, Rudelius has participated in many international exhibitions; however, there have been few opportunities to appreciate the different aspects of her oeuvre. Whether she’s homing in on a bunch of rich Manhattan 12-year-olds or an evangelical black community in suburban Netherlands, her work involves artificial relationships, communication strategies and encounters with virtual strangers. Her videos often reenact moments in which unconscious gestures or glances reaffirm prejudices. Featured texts by Dominic Eichler, Jenny Schlenzka and Katja Schroeder.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches / 164 pp / 103 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-97-9 · Retail Price: $27.95

Robert Ryman

Critical Texts Since 1967

Vittorio Colaizzi and Karsten Schubert

This volume is an indispensable anthology of critical texts on a central figure of Minimalism, Conceptual Art and more specifically, Monochrome Painting. Alongside contemporaries such as Carl Andre and Donald Judd, Robert Ryman’s radical painting has fundamentally shifted the definitions and boundaries of art. Spanning four decades, this book charts the gradual evolution of consensus about the meaning of his painting. The most significant essays and exhibition reviews have been collated into one volume, including texts written by some of the most influential art historians and critics: Yve-Alain Bois, Douglas Crimp, Arthur C. Danto, Donald B. Kuspit, Lucy R. Lippard, Barbara Rose and Roberta Smith. Some essays appear here in English for the first time. With an introductory essay by Vittorio Colaizzi.

Ridinghouse, London
2009 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches / 388 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-09-8 · Retail Price: $59.95

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber

Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade

Autogestion, an artist book by Bitter and Weber, is structured around an unpublished text written in 1986 by French philosopher and urbanist Henri Lefebvre. The text was part of a proposal with French architects Serge Renaudie and Pierre Guilbaud to the International Competition for the New Belgrade Urban Structure Improvement in Yugoslavia. In his rethinking of the urban vision, Lefebvre rejects the failed formulas embraced by modernist capitalism and urban planning and emphasizes the processes and potentials of self-organization of the people of any urban territory. It is from Lefebvre’s essay that Bitter and Weber pick up the dialogue and formulate their own theoretical ideas for a more successful urban environment.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
The Fillip Review, Canada
January 2010 / English & French / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 160 pp / 9 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-77-1 · Retail Price: $27.00

Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber

Right, to the City

An exciting exhibition catalog of recent work by the dynamic duo of Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber, artists based in Vancouver and Vienna, who, since 1993, have collaborated on projects addressing urban geographies, architectural representations and related visual politics. This book, the most extensive publication so far for these artists dedicated to urban culture and theory, includes photos, collages, drawings and installations from cities such as Belgrade, Vancouver, Paris, Bucharest and Caracas. They authored the recently released “urban re-thinking” manual by Sternberg and FILLIP, Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade. Their photo and video works engage with specific moments and cultural logics of (neo-liberal) globalization, as they are materialized in architecture as a frame for spatial meaning.

Fotohof Editions, Austria
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 192 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-32-3 · Retail Price: $39.95

MICHAEL SAILSTORFER

Reaktor

The most comprehensive book to date on contemporary German sculptor Michael Sailstorfer, whose work combines subversive poetry and melancholic humor. His sculptures endure as memories as much as materials: a spinning tire expands beyond the visual, coming to life by giving off an utterly unpleasant smell of burning rubber; in a looped, slowed-down film of an exploding hangar, the building itself seems to be breathing. Includes an artist interview, fiction by Ingo Niermann and Schorsch Kamerun, an art historical text by Jennifer Allen and a philosophical contribution by Franz Xaver Baier. This book shows Sailstorfer’s importance in the contemporary art scene. Number 16 in the Black Pocket Book Series from Sternberg Press.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
September 2008 / Series 016 / English & German
Softcover / 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches / 150 pp / 27 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-38-2 · Retail Price: $19.95

FELIX SALUT

Shut Up, I’m Counting!

How on earth did Tara and Ohio end up in this strange world, consisting mainly of signs, symbols and fragments? They look for the sign “X,” which is supposed to lead them to the EXIT. Guided by an oracle that gives enigmatic directions and distracted by a point that keeps devising new obstacles, they wind up in comical situations. Tara, who wants to grasp this world through combinations, is annoyed by Ohio, who has a number tic. Shut Up I’m Counting! is a well-thought-through artist book from a project that combines film, text and graphics. In the form of a film script with 32 scenes, Felix Salut plays with different ways of translating a film into a book. The script and stills are assembled from typographical symbols, transforming the fictional story on paper into a film one would love to see in full length.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
January 2015
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
160 pp / 76 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-67-0 · Retail Price: $49.95

WORD! WORD? WORD!

Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form

This comprehensive monograph contains a selection of emblematic works by Sengalese-born artist Issa Samb, aka Joe Ouakam. The publication follows Samb’s first solo exhibition in Europe, curated by Koyo Kouoh, entitled “WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form,” at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (OCA), NORWAY
RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, SENEGAL
2014 / English & French
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 x 10 1/4 inches / 352 pp
Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-956790-27-0 · Retail Price: $36.00

JAANUS SAMMA

Not Suitable for Work. A Chairman’s Tale

Eugenio Viola, Rebeka Põldsam & Martin Rünk (Eds.)

Jaanus Samma’s exhibition Not Suitable for Work. A Chairman’s Tale, conceived for the Estonian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, tells a harrowing story of discrimination against homosexuality in Soviet Estonia. Drawing on political history through writings, photographs and artifacts to create counter-narratives, the two-volume exhibition catalogs raises questions about power, violence, persecution and the powerlessness of an individual in authoritarian political regimes that curtail human rights. An essay by Eugenio Viola offers perspectives on social restriction issues and the LGBT community’s “problem” in Eastern Europe. Kevin Moss writes about male homosexuality in the Soviet Union from the end of the 19th century to the present. Maarja Kangro composed an aria based on the chairman’s police file and Slava Mogutin tells his own story of homophobic persecution and his eventual exile from Russia in 1995. Rebeka Põldsam and Riikka Taavetti discuss LGBT histories in Baltic region.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
CCA, ESTONIA
October 2015 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 272 pp / 44 b&w and 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-145-1 · Retail Price: $40.00

PETER SANDBICHLER

Truth Is the Invention of a Liar

Beate Ermacora

The first publication for this young Austrian artist, this exhibition catalog combines reproductions and installation photos of his innovative and exciting sculptural works and installations. Sandbichler once lived in Tokyo and became fascinated with the way that origami both breaks open and conceals space. One of the artist’s series of origami-pleated works is made out of pages from the highbrow German newspaper Die Zeit, which have been folded into a herringbone pattern that shrinks the printed matter into contour aesthetics. Other pieces use elements of virtuoso craftsmanship, like a portrait made of wood milled in a complicated procedure. A wonderful introduction to an artist on his way to more recognition.

SNOECK, GERMANY
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6.5 x 9.5 inches / 112 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-96-4 · Retail Price: $45.00