Brazilian artist Mira Schendel (1919–1988) is one of Latin America’s most significant and prolific postwar artists whose paintings, drawings and sculptures address themes of existence, language and meaning. Accompanying her 2015 London exhibition of monotypes, this substantial and elegant exhibition catalog includes almost 200 color reproductions of these delicate works printed on rice paper. Giving background to Schendel’s history and process is an essay by exhibition curator Taisa Palhares (co-curator of the Schendel retrospective at the Tate Modern, 2013). Schendel lived in Milan and Rome before emigrating to Brazil in 1949 and settling in São Paulo, where she became part of an intellectual circle of critics, psychoanalysts, physicists and philosophers—many of them Jewish émigrés like herself. Schendel was included in the 1968 Venice Biennale and her work has been exhibited extensively in Brazil, Mexico, E urope and the USA.
HAUSER & WIRTH, ZURICH/LONDON/NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES
Release Date: May 2015
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 x 12 3/4 inches
352 pp / 175 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-112-9 · Retail Price: TBA
Markus Heinzelmann and Nicolaus Schafhausen
2004 / English and German / Exhibition catalog
7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches / 242 pp / 14 b&w and 117 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-7-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
German Pavillon: 54th Venice Biennale 2011
The provocative German actor/director/artist Christoph Schlingensief was deep into planning Germany’s 2011 Venice Biennale pavilion when he died in August, 2010, at age 49. Rather than attempt to complete Schlingensief’s project, curator Susanne Gaensheimer and a circle of Schlingensief’s closest collaborators turned the pavilion into a tribute to this multifaceted artist. This extensively illustrated catalog focuses on existing theatrical productions and films by Schlingensief, offering insights into central aspects of his work, focusing particularly on the artist’s engagement with his own illness and biography, the wide field of cinema and film, and his initiative to found an “opera village” in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Includes commentary and tributes from over 30 internationally renowned curators, artists, critics and performers, including Voxi Bärenklau, Thomas Demand, Boris Groys, Carl Hegemann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, René Pollesch and more.
November 2011 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches / 366 pp / 260 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-42-9 · Retail Price: $34.95
Rosemary Heather & N icolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Kevin Schmidt is best known for addressing notions of displaced spectacle by staging elements of urban culture against the backdrop of the natural world. This compact but elegant exhibition publication, the fourth in the series from the artists’ residency, Fogo Island Arts, documents the installation and film EDM House (2013) in which Schmidt transformed the abandoned British Columbia homestead where he lived for four months into a meeting place of the urban and rural. By superimposing EDM (electronic dance music) and colored lights onto the remote location, Schmidt imbues the scenery with a chilling and exhilarating sense of displacement augmented by his disorienting camera work, and critiques our pioneering expeditions into the natural world. This slender volume includes stunning color photographs of the installation plus reflections on Schmidt’s practice by writer Jeff Derksen, a fictional narrative by novelist Michael Turner, and artist interview by Jack Stanley.
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, newfoundland
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
96 pp / 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-104-8 · Retail Price: $27.00
As the world reels from the recent financial meltdown, the always-relevant artist collective Jochen Schmith makes its comment on the situation – and on the perennial question of how value is determined in the art world – with the fascinating site-based project documented in this catalog. A bunch of tulips at the entry to the Salve Hospes Villa tips you off: the subject is the first great speculative bubble, Dutch merchant banks gambling on tulip bulbs in the 1630s, which ended in massive financial disaster and prices plunging more than 95 percent. As viewers tour the bourgeois villa, they experience interventions set up by Jochen Schmith – founded in 2000 by Carola Wagenplast, Peter Hoppe, and Peter Steckroth – like projections, veils and a copy of the stolen Brueghel painting “Flowers in a Glass Vase” painted by an assembly line in China. A playful, smart and thought-provoking project.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches / 136 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-52-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
Deus Ex Machina
A fascinating selection of new works by international art superstar Julian Schnabel comes together in this catalog of his first major solo exhibition in Germany since 2004. The synthetic backgrounds for these new pieces are mostly enlarged snapshots—photographs of images such as Indian deities or of historic paintings—taken by the artist himself. Also an acclaimed film director, Schnabel uses these materials and their history as reference points, or “fragments of the world.” He says that “using existing material adds an ethnographic aspect to the work, in that it introduces a real place and a real time to the aesthetic reality.” This slim, large-format book includes reproductions and installation photos and a text by critic Robert Fleck.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches/ 58 pp/ 25 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-014-6 · Retail Price: $39.95
Die Nebel lichten sich/ The Fog Disperses
A deserted campsite, a car with no one inside … Is anybody home? What has happened? E volving from a project awarded the Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2014, the intent of contemporary artist Leander Schönweger’s latest installation, Die Nebel lichten sich (The Fog Disperses), documented in this slender exhibition catalog, is to engage the mystery rather than offer solutions. By leaving the event unexplained, Schonweger teases out questions regarding the power of knowledge, and the imbalance between control and controllability. Photographic fragments, preparatory notes, texts and recent sketches accompany color photographs of the installation. Both exhibition and catalogue are the outcome of a cooperative project between the Kunsthalle Wien and the University of Applied Arts. F oreword by Gerald Bast and curator and director of Kusthalle Wien, N icolaus Schafhausen.
KUNSTHALLE wien, switzerland
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5 x 7 1/2 inches
48pp / 24 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-113-0 · Retail Price: $15.00
Catalog Raisonné 1969–1993
Max Schulze, Karin Menne & Phillip Schulze (Eds.)
The first detailed catalogue raisonné ever produced on self-taught German painter Memphis Schulze (1944–2008) includes a complete document of the artist’s work through 1993 plus extensive personal photographs of Schulze, his friends including Sigmar Polke and Achim Duchow, and the Dusseldorf art scene of which he was a part for two decades. Assembled by his sons Max and Philip together with writer Katrin Menne, this book is a tribute to an artist little known outside of Europe but deeply influential to many younger artists of his time. An unexpected addition is a complete list of Schulze’s legendary LP collection of American and London rock music from 1955–88, shared with the German art community in those post war years. Essays by Polke specialists Petra Lange-Berndt and Dietmar Rübel elucidate the social and aesthetic relationships within that scene and the influence of America and American culture on the younger German generation.
January 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 inches
280 pp / 120 b&w and 280 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-086-3 · Retail Price: $72.00
German painter Norbert Schwontkowski’s vision of the world is profound, enigmatic and, frankly, grim. His lonely figures, surrounded by potent symbols from the natural and man-made worlds, give off a sense of menace and sadness. The Bremen-based artist, born in 1949, has had an influential career largely in Europe; after many years out of print, this new publication makes his work accessible again. The paintings are so distinctive that Jens Hoffmann (deputy director at the Jewish Museum, New York), calls them Schwontkowskiesques. The artist’s tragicomic canvases conjure a meeting between Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper on a train to doomsday. Featuring texts from Anna Ballestrem, Jens Hoffmann and Florian Waldvogel.
KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG, GERMANY
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 13 inches
120 pp / 85 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-039-9 · Retail Price: $49.95
1950s Nude Drawing
Celebrated for exploring the space between abstraction and figuration, William Scott is best known for his painting of still lifes, landscapes and the female nude. On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, Karsten Schubert in London presented an exhibition of the artist’s nude drawings from the 1950s. A magnificent series of nearly abstract drawings, this group represents a period of exploration and refiguring for Scott. The works also exemplify his interest in “the modern magic of space, primitive sex forms, the sensual and erotic, disconcerting contours, the things of life.” Twelve drawings are accompanied by Sarah Whitfield’s insightful text plus an essay on drawing by the artist.
September 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 48 pp / 17 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-75-3 · Retail Price: $22.00