New York conceptual artist Martin Beck compiles his research and reflections on two exhibition projects from the early 1970s. The International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) brought together important figures in modern design (Saul Bass, George Nelson) with environmental activists and architects (Sim Van der Ryn, Ant Farm) and French thinkers (Jean Aubert, Jean Baudrillard). The Aspen Movie Map (designed by MIT’s Architecture Machine Group/Media Lab) served as a seminal prototype for today’s GPS systems, both military and civilian. Through Beck’s analyses, the two efforts reflect the connections between the art, architecture, design, ecology and social movements at the time, and continue to shed light on those issues today. With accompanying essays by Sabeth Buchmann, Felicity D. Scott and Alice Twemlow.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 7 x 9 1/2 inches/ 192 pp/ 11 B&W and 105 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-07-8 · Retail Price: $32.00
The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015, Vol. No 1
Yto Barrada, Vol. No 2
The constructed nature of history and its sediments is the subject of this double catalog documenting the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015 exhibition. Echoing the show’s theme, two artist books bound together function as a sculptural object through connecting fonts and contrasting paper stock. Prize-winner Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s work is the subject of the first book. Investigating a paleontology exhibition in Morocco, she focuses on the fabrication of historic objects in the context of modern-day museology. Similarly, provocative works by the three short-listed artists comprise the second book in which proposals by Indian film artist Sarnath Banerjee, Berlin-based Iranian artist Setareh Shahbazi and Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh are presented with brief artist interviews. Together these projects explore how in our contemporary world of hyper-mediation, history as a constructed sphere is constantly in flux.
ABRAAJ GROUP, LONDON
July 2015, Softcover / 2-volume set, Exhibition catalogs
6 1/2 x 9 & 8 x 10 1/2 inches / 232 pp
14 b&w and 133 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-121-5 · Retail Price: $36.00
June 2005, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 7 x 10 inches
96 pp, 12 b&w and 6 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-88865-634-3 · Retail Price: $25.00
Caroline Ugelstad (Ed.)
What is the difference between reality and fantasy? Lene Berg explores these seemingly mutually exclusive worlds in her films, including 2012’s Kopfkino. The premise is simple: Eight women sit behind a long table, dressed as various female stereotypes, and exchange stories about the fulfillment of their sexual fantasies. Starting with a scripted conversation, the actors perform with no direction, changing and adding details and anecdotes from their own lives. Manifesta 9 curator Katerina Gregos writes “Berg crafts short, witty, incisive, and often humorous filmic stories, using lo-fi means to interrogate the question of history and historiography.” This publication, accompanying the exhibition of Kopfkino and other films at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, features essays from Sabeth Buchmann, Katerina Gregos, and Dieter Roelstraete, among others.
HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, NORWAY
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
6 x 8 3/4 inches/ 96 pp/ 10 b&w, 37 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-51-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte
Art in General, New York
2007 / Softcover / 6 /2 x 9 1/2 inches
150 pp / 2 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-17-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
The Standard Oil Commission
The publication coincides with the exhibition and auction of masterworks by Harry Bertoia from the Standard Oil Commission. In 1974, at the base of Edward Durell Stone’s modernist structure on Chicago’s lakefront, Harry Bertoia composed the largest installation of sounding sculptures. Three large-scale Sonambients, among the best to come to the market, along with a selection of tabletop sculptures and maquettes from the commission make up this historic collection. This volume documents some of Bertoia’s influential public commissions, including the story behind the Standard Oil Commission and its many details.
2013 / Softcover
10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 59 pp / 12 b&w and 42 color
ISBN: 978-0-9718405-8-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Andreas Baur, Esther Leslie & Marcus Weber (Eds.)
One of the driving forces in 20th-century painting—the process of de- and reconstruction of the image of the human body—is picking up speed once again. The title, Better than de Kooning, refers to a painting made in 2008 by the American artist Peter Saul, whose innovative politpop painting style was nourished by Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, underground comics and political caricature. Presenting over 50 paintings made between 1961 and the present by 14 international artists investigating mass-media influences in their work, this exhibition catalog demonstrates the conceptual interconnections among caricature, comics and 19th- and early 20th-century animated films. With works by Peter Saul, Lee Lozano, Maria Lassnig, Michel Majerus, Dieter Krieg, Tim Berresheim, Jana Euler, Katrin Plavcak, Jon Rafman, Gunter Reski, Matthias Schaufler, Jim Shaw, Amy Sillman and Sue Williams.
VILLA MERKEL, GERMANY
January 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 inches/ 144 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-137-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
Sabeth Buchmann, Dominikus Müller, Thomas Thiel & Arnisa Zeqo (Eds.)
Moby Dick—the white whale of Herman Melville’s classic novel—gives its name to the publication accompanying Berlin-based installation artist Michael Beutler’s (b. 1976) solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. In this work-in-progress installation, Beutler transforms the historical hall into a “museum workshop” with light metal grills, paper surfaces and sections of fencing changing the old station’s striking iron-skeleton structure into an open-ended experimental design. The two-part slip-cased exhibition catalog documents the process while the exhibition is open. The creation process of Buetler’s installation will be made visible step by step, and visitors can follow the different “phases of construction” from beginning to end with books in hand. Michael Beutler’s art interventions inhabit and transform spaces and are intended to be understood as reactions to architectural and social structures, as well as specific situations at each site.
HAMBURGER BANHOF, BERLIN
May 2016 / 2-volume set / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcovers / 8 ½ x 11 ½ inches
208 pp / Extenisve b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-028-9 · Retail Price: $46.00
English and German / 2006 / Softcover
4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches / 100 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-5-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Scarcely Able to Stand
Fine threads delicately stretch from the white blossoms of a bouquet of flowers across the exhibition space. This is, in fact, a living installation, one that changes with every visit, as petals wilt and the musty smell of decomposing greenery fills the gallery air. German artist Heike Beyer’s contemplative works allow us to “feel immediate welcoming kindness rather than vanitas,” states Catrin Lorch in his review of the installation at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. This hybrid artist book cum catalog documents this site-specific work created only for the exhibition. Beyer’s works are not just about the subject of decoration or the transience and deception of beautiful appearances. Rather, her interest lies in the process of transformation: how forms change as they decay, how memory fades and what remains. Included is a text from Documenta XIII organizer Christine Litz and an interview with curator Kasper König.
MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST FREIBURG, GERMANY
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches / 80 pp / 25 b&w and 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-082-5 · Retail Price: $39.95