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
Bruce is in the Garden; So Someone is in the Garden
Call it an exhibition catalog, monograph or exhibition catalog: this extensively illustrated book on the major New Zealand artist Sean Kerr is as surprising as Kerr’s installations. His website opens with a video of him inconspicuously playing a snare drum as people arrive at a gallery. Known for using technology to create comic situations and good-natured affronts to the prevailing culture, he has also made a large and influential body of work in sound, installation, video and 2D formats. This major publication has been produced as a parallel project to a major survey exhibition of Kerr’s work in Aukland. Includes a substantial pictorial chronology of Kerr’s gregariously varied practice, an interview with the artist, and texts by several contributors.
2011 / Hardcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches
164 pp / 18 b&w and 190 color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-0-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
The Jesuits, Rosicrucians, freemasons, CIA, Mafia, IRA and al-Qaeda are all secret societies, covertly working away behind the scenes to create a world they envision, be it good or evil. The concept behind this exhibition, and its accompanying catalog, is that the contemporary art world is also a secret society, with a small circle of initiated members who possess arcane knowledge. In absorbing essays, Michael Bracewell, Ina Blom and Gary Lachman look at how the contemporary art economy is its own exclusive club. A large selection of artworks chosen by curators Cristina Ricupero, Alexis Vaillant and Jan Verwoert responds to the theme.
November 2011 / English, French & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 11 inches / 256 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-82-7 · Retail Price: $69.95
Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary Art
Dirk Luckow (Ed.)
Secret Signs, an extensive group exhibition catalog, looks at the role of Chinese calligraphy in relation to contemporary Chinese art over the past three decades as a way of asking fundamental questions of art and art making in China today. In 1956 Mao ordered the radical simplification of the ancient complex calligraphic writing system used by the court by standardizing the characters and their sounds, reducing their form and number, creating a sudden lack of referential symbols and images. Is the sidelining of Chinese calligraphy paradigmatic of modern Chinese culture? How does China deal with its cultural heritage in light of the rapid changes brought about by globalization? These poignant issues are explored through the 38 artists spanning the early 1980s to the present including Ai Wei Wei, Chen Guangwu, Chen Zaiyan and Dai Guangyu along with artist interviews, essays by cultural historians and curators and installation views from the exhibition.
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 inches
240 pp / 10 b&w and 180 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-091-7 · Retail Price: $72.00
2009 / Semina No. 4 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-12-0 · Retail Price: $19.95