A Curious Contortion in the Method of Progress – L’ellipse d’ellipse
Nathalie Ergino & Friedemann Malsch (Eds.)
The basic principle of Bojan Šarcˇevicˇ ’s work is the open form: “My exhibitions are not the expression of a position, but rather a reflection of the origins of that position.” This long-awaited survey of Šarcevic’s career presents works that meander between monumental sculptures, filigree-embellished murals and multilayered films. Aesthetic questions central to the artist’s multidisciplinary sculptural practice confront us in a deceptively simplistic manner, asking how the divide between art and life can be overcome. Feeding off the work of countless historic forerunners, be it the Moscow Constructivists or the architects Hans Poelzig, Erich Mendelsohn and Hans Scharoun, the artist’s work (from 1999 to the present) is reviewed for the first time in this sensational publication. Essays by Michel Gauthier, Martin Herbert and Christiane Meyer-Stoll.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 x 10 1/4 inches / 120 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-061-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
Yoko Mori (Ed.)
Inspired by her encounters with landscapes, myths, and decorative traditions, Japanese artist Ai Sasaki creates immersive mural installations out of white sugar. Her stunning and intricate sugar drawings and a selection of vivid color studies are presented in this handsome publication produced in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Sasaki: Four Songs. Sasaki builds dreamlike images with a remarkable transparency—a fusion of local landscapes and ancient fragments. Trees shrouded in mist, a ship returning to the forest, migrating birds all invoke a sense of forgotten memories. This book is the first—one hopes of many—to record her iconic works of the past decade as Sasaki has moved from artist residencies throughout Japan and abroad, at each location leaving her massive white murals behind. Features a uniquely printed white cover to recreate the essence of the works—along with essays by poet Keijiro Suga, art critic Midori Matsui and notes by the artist.
January 2015 / English & Japanese
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 inches
122 pp / 58 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-22-7 · Retail Price: $58.00
How To Tell A Story Of My Father
After battling a major illness which corresponded with witnessing the 9/11 attacks in New York, Japanese artist Keiko Sato radically changed her working methods and started to search for new insights into her life and work. She began digging up memories of her father, who served as a kamikaze pilot in World War II, which then prompted a larger project about the history and survival politics of her family and her native land. Featured in this rich artist’s monograph is not only Sato’s new installation-based artwork, but also interviews with cultural and political figures from her father’s generation. A reflective and engaging look into bi-cultural experiences and the effects of war on the collective community.
April 2010 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 200 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-03-8 · Retail Price: $49.95
Thomas Thiel (Ed.)
As conversations between art, information design and science have grown in recent years, interest in the visual language of diagrams has exploded. Infographics, including diagrams, graphs of stock markets or schematic drawings, do not just serve display purposes but convey arguments pictorially—they present, organize and impart knowledge. In a network society in which images have become core media, the need for visual translations and an illustrative order is patently obvious. This companion publication to the exhibition and symposium Schaubilder (Diagrams) presents ten artists who deal with diagrammatic forms in their work. The additional texts from art theory, philosophy and information design encourage an ongoing discussion of the theme, by Nicolas Bourquin, Ruth Buchanan, Luis Jacob, Eva Kotátková, Susanne Leeb, Niloufar Tajeri and Kirsten Wagner, among others.
BIELEFELDER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/4 x 9 inches
128 pp / 25 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-73-3 · Retail Price: $28.00
Big Buildings: Models and Views 1980 – 2010
Internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant contemporary German artists – especially since winning the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005 – Schütte creates sculptures and installations addressing many issues with irony, humor and intensity. This impeccably produced, full-color exhibition catalog is the first retrospective publication he has allowed during his impressive career, stretching back 30 years. Schütte’s work encompasses voluminous sculptures that reflect the life of ordinary people, architectural models, memorial sites, drawings and watercolors. The exhibition catalog is part of a series from the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, featuring monographs on some of the great contemporary artists of today including Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches / 256 pp / 800 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-54-4 · Retail Price: $105.00
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