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
Blue Plow, A Survey 1979-2000
2000, Softcover, 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
42 pp, 36 b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 1-893900-02-9 · Retail Price: $22.00
Nude and Landscape
The distinctive hand-made collages of contemporary British artist John Stezaker are most often associated with his appropriated cinematic imagery. But this new exhibition catalog focuses on his non-cinematic found-images, the sources of which he’s been mining for three decades. Published for the first time, the artist’s Bridge landscape collages and the anatomical nudes of his Fall and Expulsion series are presented. Over 40 full-color images accompany texts by curator Sid Sachs, who explores the relationship between the landscape and the nude, and artist Elizabeth Manchester, who looks at the role of “The Source” in Stezaker’s work. An inspiration for anyone interested in Stezaker’s always fresh and thought- provoking image-making.
October 2012 / Softcover
7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
128 pp / 42 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-53-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
British artist Stezaker’s latest book comprehensively catalogs works in his series of film still collages, a project that began in 1979. The phenomenally popular series moves with Stezaker’s changing interests, using stills from classic American-period Hitchcock films as raw material before shifting towards the indistinguishable mass of 1940s and early 1950s low-budget studio films. Featuring collages based on a combination of film still excisions and superimpositions, this volume includes previously unpublished works. Bringing together Stezaker’s earliest film still collages to his most recent, this publication follows on from Ridinghouse titles Masks and Marriages, with full color illustrations accompanied by an essay and interview between David Campany and the artist.
April 2012 / Softcover / 8.25 x 10.5 inches
144 pp / 63 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-41-8 · Retail Price: $29.95
The Approach, London
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 19 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-08-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
The Approach, London
OUT OF PRINT / NOT AVAILABLE
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 18 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-11-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
A small but engaging exhibition catalog on one of Britian’s great contemporary collage artists. Tabula Rasa features work made across a 32-year span elegantly uniting the central themes in the art of John Stezaker. Silkscreens on canvas from the early 1990s along with film-still collages from the 1990s and 2009 are brought together for the first time. An important overview of this master collage artist whose work centers around the notion of screens, voids and cut-outs. An essay by Michael Bracewell, ‘The Space Between’, looks at the connections between the 13 selected works. Includes detailed installation views from Stezaker’s recent exhibition at The Approach, London.
2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 10 5/8 inches / 40 pp / 17 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-30-2 · Retail Price: $25.00