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.
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 12 inches / 96 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-163-1 · Retail Price: $55.00
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.”
HAUSER & WIRTH, NEW YORK
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
102 pp / 8 2/3 x 11 inches / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-097-9 · Retail Price: $46.00
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.
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
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.
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
A Seventeen-Year Survey
1991, Softcover, 11 x 9 inches
96 pp, 17 duotone and 64 color plates
ISBN: 0-911291-19-9 · Retail Price: $24.00
My Body, Your Voice
Araki Natsumi & Sasaki Hitomi (Eds.)
Every three years since 2006, Mori Art Museum has hosted Roppongi Crossing, a sprawling showcase featuring only Japanese contemporary art. This year’s edition, My Body, Your Voice, presents work by 20 artists and artist groups exploring issues of identity, body politics, history and gender. The work presented dates from 2008 to the present and covers such loaded topics as natural disaster, labor and the US military presence in Okinawa. Despite the breadth of subject matter, the exhibition shows how Japanese artists are revisiting familiar tropes using immersive storytelling, formal strategies and direct engagement with difficult subject matter. The elegant catalog is filled with installation views, video stills and details of works along with artists’ bios and essays by the four exhibition curators, Araki Natsume (Mori Musuem), Kim Sunjung (South Korea), Ozawa Keisuke (Tokyo) and We Dar-Kuen (Taipei). Artists included are Yuko Mohri, Ryuichi Ishikawa, Nile Koetting, Hiraki Sawa, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda and more. Complete list of artists include Yuko Mohri, Mari Katayama, Ryuichi Ishikawa, Hiraki Sawa, Daisuke Yamashiro, Akira Takayama, Nomura Kazuhiro(b.1958), Futoshi Miyagi, Hikaru Fujii, Yasuka Goto, Shun Sasa, Nobuhiro Shimura, Aya Momose, Nile Koetting, Tomona Matsukawa, Erika Kobayashi, Nishihara Nao, Jun Yang, Jay Chung, Q Takeki Maeda and Ai Hasegawa.
MORI ART MUSEUM, JAPAN
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog
English & Japanese / Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 ¼ in. / 208 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-8459-1606-1 · Retail Price: $48.00
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.
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
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.
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
The Blind Merchant
Internationally recognized Israeli-American writer, filmmaker and artist Roee Rosen (b. 1963) juxtaposes text and image, history and its revision in the publication of her artist book The Blind Merchant (1989–91). Produced at a moment when the idea of originality was being questioned, this compelling artist book shows that classic stories are open for new angles of approach that reflect the time of their reading. Composed of three elements: the complete text of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; a “parasitical” text by Rosen from the perspective of Shylock running alongside the play; and 145 pen-and-ink drawings presenting Rosen’s approach to the drama’s staging and casting of characters. The artist uses the blind drawing technique to depict Shylock, the blinded merchant in this dramatic retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy. Blind Merchant accompanies a solo exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016) plus a foreword by Joshua Simon. Past Sternberg publications include the cult classic Justin Frank: Sweet Sweat (2009) and Maxim Komar-Myshkin: Vladimir’s Night (2014).
October 2016 / Softcover / 8 ½ x 11 ¼ in.
312 pp / 145 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-186-4 · Retail Price: $32.00
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.
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