The Final Project
How do you make leukaemia visible? Well, how do you? It’s an impossibility. – Jo Spence
British artist Jo Spence’s last body of work, ‘The Final Project’, explores the acute sense of unreality the artist felt following her cancer diagnosis. Unable to use treatments from her previous battle with breast cancer, Spence confronted the distinct contrast between her physical appearance and mental state by looking for more indirect and allegorical methods of exploring her condition.
Returning to previously explored territories of magical realism and motifs from other cultures, she created a hybrid body of work she entitled PhotoFantasy. These images used a mixture of allegorical props alongside a photomontage effect, resulting in a visual language quite different from her previous works. This publication presents a compilation of this work alongside unpublished writings and notes by the artist, as well as texts by Terry Dennett, Philomena Epps, Clarissa Jacob and Amy Tobin.
October 2013 / Softcover / 11 x 9 inches
96 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-81-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
Blue, Red, and Green
Fabian Schöneich, Tobias Spichtig & Ursula Blickle (Eds.)
Swiss conceptual artist Tobias Spichtig’s work is based on the overwhelming presence of the media, the continuous availability of information and how they interact to contribute to the dissolution of time. Divided into a text booklet and an image book, the exhibition catalog features essays and an artist conversation. The image book highlights the phenomena of perception, focusing on the tools built to capture moments and memories—in this case hundreds of images of cameras taken from assorted auction sites and photographed in a way so as not to re-present the aim of these objects, originally built to reveal more than what we are able to see
August 2012/ Softcover/ 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 & 5x8 inches/ 228 pp, 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-04-7 · Retail Price: $32.00
2008 / English & Dutch / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 212 pp / 5 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-90-74529-24-2 · Retail Price: $38.00
This book accompanies a multi-dimensional film project by Auckland artist Sriwhana Spong for Art Basel 2010, which began as a re-imagining of one of the lost masterpieces of ballet, George Balanchine’s The Song of the Nightingale. Based on music by Stravinsky, “Nightingale” was originally choreographed in 1925 for the itinerant Ballets Russes. All that remains today are fragments of a film of the ballet, Stravinsky’s score, and photographs of the costumes by Henri Matisse. In the book, Spong uses stills from the films along with collage works that overlay geometric forms onto found ballet photography. Includes texts by Sarah Hopkinson and Gwynneth Porter. Both Spong and Balanchine share the philosophy expressed in Balanchine’s famous maxim,”Before is over. Performance is now.”
Michael Lett, New Zealand
2010 / Softcover / 6 x 9 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 36 b&w and 22 color
ISBN: 978-0-9582981-8-6 · Retail Price: $35.00
Renate Wiehager & Christian Ganzenberg (Eds.)
Over the past several years, young Germany-based artist Natalia Stachon has developed a vocabulary of lyrical-minimalist forms that manifest themselves in her objects. After graduating from the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, she closely studied American Minimalism, focusing in particular on the process-oriented exploration of objects in space undertaken, for instance, by Robert Morris. Her gallery installations hinge on unexpected juxtapositions of well-known sculptures with her own media. Using transparent materials, which guide the direction of view, Stachon allows three-dimensional bodies to become spiritual, ephemeral volumes—what Walter Benjamin called “dialectical images,” in which past is interwoven with the present. That notion is beautifully reflected through printing on translucent India paper, so each of Stachon’s projects can be viewed in the context of other texts and images from the likes of Morris, Carl Andre and Gordon Matta-Clark.
September 2013 / English & German
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 10 inches / 164 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-036-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
Reprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests
There is still life left in modernist designs. Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Danish collective Superflex have created seven seminal works, called reprotypes, that reactivate actual modernist inventions, “collapsing“ them as unstable complexes around pertinent themes and ideologies. These new works pierce through layers of time and history and revisit long-held certainties; they propose a new strategy for siting the contemporary in the modern, resuscitating objects and innovations out of obsolescence, testing their contemporary vitality and thus disrupting the self-sufficiency of the modernist canon. Accompanying an exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, the publication includes contributions from Robin Mackay, Esther da Costa Meyer, Daniela Zyman, and Mirjam Schaub, among others.
THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA ART CONTEMPORARY, AUSTRIA
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Softcover/ 9 x 11 2 3 inches
144 pp/ 33 b&w/ 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-23-8 · Retail Price: $37.00
Urban utopias from the Renaissance to the 20th century are reproduced again and again, until the ideal city is multiplied into an ornament: fans and concentric circles, repeating bubbles and dispersing stars. In the detail and movement of the pencil that repeats the original, there is a liveliness that counteracts the “big plan.” In this unique artist book, Ornament Stadt [Ornament city], created by the Austrian artist Herbert Stattler to accompany a past museum exhibition, transfers 16 map designs of ideal cities into precise graphite drawings. The design of the book draws on portfolios used by urban planners and draftsmen. The pages are folded in a way that the drawings appear in their original size. The line is not always perfect, and in consequence the drawing departs from the utopias of those architects who believed in perfect ideals of the city. Essays by Hubertus Butin and Michael Hagner tucked into the middle of this exquisite object.
January 2015, E nglish & German
Softcover, 11 x 13 ½ inches
32 pp, 16 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-40-3 · Retail Price: $45.00
Andreas Prinzing (Ed.)
In 1958, illustrator Saul Steinberg, a well-known gallery and mural artist as well as a celebrated contributor to The New Yorker, was tasked to design a mural for the US Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair. The resulting vibrant, boisterous, and gently satirical collage, named simply The Americans, depicted the diversity of modern life through Steinberg’s eyes—from the small town to the big city, from the drugstore counter to the baseball diamond, from cocktail party sophisticates to middle American farmers. The 240-foot, eight-panel collage of brown paper cutouts, fabric and wallpaper fragments, clippings from comic strips and other ephemera was shown by the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, for the first time since the fair. This full-color exhibition catalog offers a critical reappraisal of the project, including a biographical essay from Iain Topliss and an essay from Melissa Renn contextualizing the mural within the collages of the historical avant-garde and mid-century pop sensibilities, as well as texts from Phillip Kaiser and Inga Rossi-Schrimpf.
Summer 2013 / Exhibition Catalog / Softcover
9 x 10 1/2 in / 200 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-043-6 · Retail Price: $65.00
The Long Goodbye
2008 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 11 x 12 inches / 88 pp / 39 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-80-5 · Retail Price: $54.00
Artistic Processes: The Opening-up of Art
Readily viewable on YouTube, German artist Stephan Reusse’s mesmerizing green laser mice—incredibly realistic in their scuffling movements—demonstrate his aim of transferring physical objects into images through various types of photographic processes. In this comprehensively illustrated monograph, curator Marietta Franke describes Reusse’s photo-based artistic processes over the past 30 years, thematically linking bodies of work that include artist portraits, animal photographs and thermographs with neon pieces and laser sculptures. Reusse, who was energized by the contemporary Southern California scene of the 1990s during two years of teaching at Cal Arts and Cal State Long Beach, has also been influenced by Joseph Beuys and Paul Thek.
October 2012/ Hardcover/ 8 x 10 1/2 inches/ 192 pp/ 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-008-5 · Retail Price: $58.00