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Skarbek

Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / English and German / Vinyl LP with gatefold cover
12 x 12 inches / 52 pp / 52 color
ISBN: 1-933128-03-8 · Retail Price: $39.95

SKETCHES OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY COMPILED FROM SEVERAL AUTHORS

Sarah Pierce

Sketches of Universal History was born out of a period of collaboration between the artist and curator and writer Rike Frank and each section of the book proposes alternative routes through ten years of projects, including facsimiles of conversations, letters, and source material. Presented as a monograph, the book draws on Pierce’s own biography, her history and ‘progress’ as well as the historical and counter-cultural references that frame her work. Material is collected from ongoing and expansive projects that use archives, performance, talks and interviews, installations, sound and video elements. The book contains newly commissioned essays by Melissa Gronlund and Tom Holert.

BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
July 2013 / Softcover / 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 inches
176 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-37-3 · Retail Price: $25.00

SKULPTURENGARTEN (SCULPTURAL GARDEN)

Villa Schöningen

The garden of Villa Schöningen in Potsdam experienced three hot wars (1870–71, 1914–18, and 1939–45) and one long, cold one (1945–1989), until the fall of the Berlin Wall and eastern European communism. Now restored by two wealthy patrons, it serves as a magical world combining horror and beauty, near the highly symbolic Glienicker Bridge where the East and West exchanged captured spies. This lush volume documents the remarkable collection of contemporary sculpture that now inhabits the garden, making myriad statements about history and the present day. Fantastic photography brings the reader into both the flora and the artwork in this phoenix-like location, and playful texts set the scene. Includes capsule bios of artists represented in the garden, including Jonathan Meese, Chris Ofili, Tal R, Thomas Schütte.

SNOECK, GERMANY
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8.25 x 11 inches / 60 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-58-2 · Retail Price: $45.00

SLAVS AND TATARS

Kidnapping Mountains

Slavs and Tatars is a multi-artists’ collective which is fascinated by the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Through their often-playful art they delve into the riches of this cultural crossroads, the romantic sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians. Here they plunge into the fables and myths of the mountainous Caucasus region: the first part addresses the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and the second part, slyly titled Steppe by Steppe, explores the region’s seemingly reactionary approaches to romance. Whether they’re looking at art, fashion, lifestyle or science, Slavs & Tatars bring a new point of view to the table.

Book Works, United Kingdom
2009 / Softcover / 8 x 101/ 4 inches / 96 pp / 16 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-19-9 · Retail Price: $32.00

SLEEPWALKERS

Michael Dempsey & Logan Sisely (Eds.)

Six contemporary artists joined by leading curators and cultural critics research and question the role of museums, curating and collecting in Sleepwalkers, an exhibition catalog from the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Employing the space of the public gallery as a field for reflection and debate, the artists— Clodagh Emoe, Sean Lynch, Gavin Murphy, Linda Quinlan, Jim Ricks and Lee Welch—used the galleries as a place for research over a two-year period (2012–14), each developing a solo installation and a section of the catalog investigating its changing role. Sections devoted to the artists’ works are interspersed with essays by English philosopher Simon Critchley and Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe among others, who add to this lively contemporary debate their own questions regarding the role and definition of galleries, museums and collecting in the 21st century.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE, DUBLIN
July 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 200 pp / 122 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-98-2 · Retail Price: $32.00

JOHN SMITH

Tanya Leighton & Kathrin Meyer (Eds.)

This comprehensive new monograph on the influential British artist-filmmaker John Smith—renowned for his playful and formally ingenious subversion of the everyday world—contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife. Herbert’s text provides an incisive overview of Smith’s work over the past four decades, while Christie examines the artist’s oeuvre within the context of English eccentricity. Meyer’s essay discusses his film The Black Tower in relation to absence and abstraction and de Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of Smith’s Gargantuan. The publication includes a complete, fully illustrated filmography, with images and synopses from nearly 50 film and video works created between 1972 and 2012, also making it an important document of British conceptual filmmaking.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
MOUSSE PUBLISHING, MILAN
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
236 pp / 25 b&w and 178 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-60-3 · Retail Price: $42.00

ROBERT SMITHSON

Invention of the Landscape, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill & Film

Eva Schmidt (Ed.)

The seminal work of the American Earthworks movement, environmental sculptor Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, attracts many to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. This publication documents the long-awaited, recent completion (with the support of SKOR, Amsterdam) of Smithson’s last, unfinished project, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in Holland, by his widow (the artist Nancy Holt) and curator Theo Tegelaers, who combined Smithson’s original footage with new material. Features include Smithson’s drawings, vintage and recent photography, film stills and a previously unpublished interview with Smithson. Texts by Roel Arkesteijn and Marc Glöde, among others.

SNOECK, GERMANY MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST SIEGEN, GERMANY
August 2012/ Softcover/ 10 3/4 x 9 inches/136 pp, 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-010-8 · Retail Price: $49.95

SOFIE BIRD MØLLER

Leaving Things Out

Mentored by Germany’s renowned post-WWII painter Günter Förg, young Danish artist Sofie Bird Møller brings the materials and techniques of the 20th century into the present. Møller creates “paint-overs” with fashion photography that combine figuration and abstraction in a disorienting combination of superficiality. With her body and fingers, she layers on thick, lush acrylics over the images, often advertisements featuring subjects like erotic Mexican wrestling. The elegant photos turn abstract, with the added paint layers suggesting naked flesh, muscle and meat. Consciously using contradictions—the sense of an excruciatingly boring situation exploding in intoxication—to create “interferences,” she releases the historical aspects of the material into the moment. Texts by critic Laura Henseler, curator Anders Kold and collector Wilhelm Schürmann.

SNOECK, GERMANY
August 2012/ Softcover/ 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches/ 232 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-69-8 · Retail Price: $49.95

SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE

JOHN CAGE 4’33”—SILENCE TODAY

Dieter Daniels & Inke Arns

What do we hear when there is nothing to hear? John Cage’s 4’33” (four minutes, thirty-three seconds) premiered on August 29, 1952. This book presents new theoretical writings and artistic works referring to this groundbreaking work, together with original scores and the composer’s own variations, derivatives and sequels of the “silent piece” in the years from 1962 to 1992. Design by Jakob Kirch and Pascal Storz.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
2012 / English w/ German supplement / Softcover
9 1/2 x 13 1/4 / 288 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940064-41-7 · Retail Price: $43.00

Sowing and Weeding

Folk Culture in Contemporary Art

Over 20 young artists approach this tricky topic – sowing and weeding, and the transformation of specific folk cultures within contemporary art – from a host of different angles, coming up with a wealth of thought-provoking and entertaining works of art. Based on a German-U.S. exhibition, this lavishly illustrated catalog is focused on the construct of an “old” folk culture, in the final throes of dissolution, and how it can still become part of the creative process, in positive or negative ways. Just as Kandinsky, Jorn and Beuys idealised folk culture in the romantic tradition as the vehicle of a primordial energy, so this group of artists insists that “the more the ruination of the world proceeds, the better the everyday world of the peasant lends itself to a regressive idealization.”

Snoeck, Germany
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 124 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-13-1 · Retail Price: $55.00