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
Marc Gundel and Kerstin Skrobanek
As early as 1912, Pablo Picasso introduced paper as a modern sculptural material with Guitar. In the 1930s, Kurt Schwitters constructed his famous three-dimensional collage Merzbau. Since then, paper has become an indispensable material in sculptural works. And yet there is no real “tradition” of paper sculpture. Rather, paper appears as a working material whenever artists break with tradition. Gigantic works by Charlotte Posenenske resemble industrial components and serve as caricatures of the monumental aspects of 19th-century sculpture. Erwin Heerich’s cardboard pieces, constructed according to mathematical schemata, can be enlarged and turned into buildings. Meanwhile Dieter Roth attacked any notions of timelessness or eternal validity with his “literature sausages” by pressing softened books and magazines into sausage casings, turning them into sculptural objects. Other artists featured in this book include Karla Black, Dan Flavin, Raymond Hains, Thomas Hirschhorn, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Rauschenberg, Jacques de la Villeglé and Wolf Vostell.
STÄDTISCHe MUSEEN HEILBRONN KUNSTHALLE VOGELMANN, GERMANY
May 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 8 ½ x 12 ½ in. / 168 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-194-5 · Retail Price: $55.00
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
One Break, A Thousand Blows!
2008 / Semina No. 2 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-05-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
2008 / Semina No. 1 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-03-8 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Dark Object
This volume of interrelated yet self-contained short stories is set in an art school in which a paranoid, conceptual ideology has prohibited the making of objects. One student remains: isolated and battling with institutional directives and solitary confinement, Addison Cole writes stories. These narrate a series of explicit encounters with texts, objects and artists, reducing characters to their pornographic effect. Imagine Slavojzizek as an impotent sexual metaphor or Hegel as a skeletal specter. London-based author Katrina Palmer explores the tension between the restraint of narrative form and the explosion of ontic instability. The aim is not to subsume fantasy into the everyday, but rather demonstrate that everything is real and the everyday is fantastical.
2010 / Semina No. 5 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-22-9 · Retail Price: $19.95