Sculpture, Photography, Film
Spanish artist Santiago Sierra’s genius lies in using his art to allow the public to see the structure of power in the contemporary world. At the Spanish Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, he built a wall and hired a security firm to police the door—only admitting those visitors who were able to provide Spanish or Mexican identity documents. The Guardian of London wrote that the shocking nature of Sierra’s most recent work was not that he solicited some junkies to get tattoos in exchange for drugs; the ah-ha moment is the small shift of perception that reminds us of the daily human rights violations worldwide that we don’t even notice. This expansive catalog, accompanying a retrospective exhibition of countless performance remains and installations, was compiled by Sierra himself and offers a deep overview of the artist’s career.
July 2013 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 12 inches / 176 pp / 400 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-86442-040-5 · Retail Price: $65.00
At the Hour of Tea
Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema develops a filmic space within the pages of this unique artist book by layering stills from his most recent 16mm film At the Hour of Tea. By puncturing the imagery with single and multiple laser-cut portals, he alludes to the analog process in film. Drawing on the design idea of skeuomorphism, common in modern computer interfaces, Sietsema fills his tableaux with now-outmoded items that live on as icons of their former functions. Clichéd “collectible” objects—Roman glass, coins, minor antiquities—invoke the notion of a salon or space of contemplation as a parallel to the contemporary studio. Characteristically, Sietsema plays with the idea of a kind of leisure-based consumptive creativity, employing sequences and objects as historical analogs for modern processes of consumption, production and communication.
RITE EDITIONS, SAN FRANCISCO
Softcover w/dustjacket / 6 x 9 inches
136 pp / 19 b&w and 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-078-2 · Retail Price: $49.00
An exciting new series coming from the Barbican Gallery, The Curve Series 23 features a single body of work by one artist in tandem with an installation in their noted “Curve” exhibition space. In this inaugural volume Swiss artist Roman Signer’s use of the kayak, a symbol and form he has employed in his work for over 30 years, provides the jumping-off point. The red kayak in the current installation Slow Movement (2015), towed by a rope suspended from the ceiling, navigates the 300-foot-long gallery as if moving through a canal. Signer is well known for his “action sculptures” and sculptural installations plus videos that push everyday objects and situations to absurd ends. This slender volume of color photographs documenting Signer’s kayak installations over the years is bookended with an essay by art writer Rachel Withers and an interview with the artist by editor and teacher David Signer. This is a series to pay attention to!
BARBICAN ART GALLERY, LONDON
July 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 x 9 3/4 inches / 48 pp / 29 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-08-1 · Retail Price: $15.95
Under One Umbrella
Dominic Eichler and Michael Ziegler
Discover one of Berlin’s most exciting new, independent spaces for contemporary art: Silberkuppe, founded in 2008 by Dominic Eichler and Michel Ziegler. From a 300-square-foot space in a former concierge’s office, Silberkuppe has initiated around 20 projects including exhibitions, presentations, film screenings, concerts and performances, which together have involved more than 50 artists, architects, actors, dancers, designers, musicians and writers. This exhibition catalog, a “photographic report” on Silberkuppe’s main projects, derives from “Under One Umbrella” in Bergen Kunsthall, the culmination of a series of institutional group exhibitions in which Silberkuppe extended their practice out from their own micro-space. Featured are essays along with works from over 40 artists including Isa Genzken, Dirk Bell and Kaucyila Brooke.
Bergen Kunsthall, Germany
2010 / Softcover / 7 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches / 150 pp / 30 b&w and 165 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-04-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Snow Until May
Iceland’s winter of 2008 was the most severe in 50 years, with “snow until May.” This uniquely beautiful publication combines two separate yet complementary projects made during that frigid spring by two artists: Swiss painter Silvia Bachli (whose minimalist drawings were shown in the Swiss pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale), and French videographer Eric Hattan (who collected footage for his video and sound installation All the While). This 70-page, unbound, full-color folio – presented with a stunning poster in an icy-looking vellum bag – includes panoramic snow-and-ice landscape photographs that the artists made together. These winter landscapes and abstract impressions distill the essence of “the deafening silence,” barren yet beautiful. With photos of the house the artists shared in Iceland, and installation photos.
August 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover, newspaper format / 8 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches / 70 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-77-3 · Retail Price: $39.95
Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann
2005 / English and German / Vinyl LP with gatefold cover
12 x 12 inches / 52 pp / 52 color
ISBN: 1-933128-03-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
Sketches of Universal History was born out of a period of collaboration between the artist and curator and writer Rike Frank and each section of the book proposes alternative routes through ten years of projects, including facsimiles of conversations, letters, and source material. Presented as a monograph, the book draws on Pierce’s own biography, her history and ‘progress’ as well as the historical and counter-cultural references that frame her work. Material is collected from ongoing and expansive projects that use archives, performance, talks and interviews, installations, sound and video elements. The book contains newly commissioned essays by Melissa Gronlund and Tom Holert.
July 2013 / Softcover / 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 inches
176 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-37-3 · Retail Price: $25.00
The garden of Villa Schöningen in Potsdam experienced three hot wars (1870–71, 1914–18, and 1939–45) and one long, cold one (1945–1989), until the fall of the Berlin Wall and eastern European communism. Now restored by two wealthy patrons, it serves as a magical world combining horror and beauty, near the highly symbolic Glienicker Bridge where the East and West exchanged captured spies. This lush volume documents the remarkable collection of contemporary sculpture that now inhabits the garden, making myriad statements about history and the present day. Fantastic photography brings the reader into both the flora and the artwork in this phoenix-like location, and playful texts set the scene. Includes capsule bios of artists represented in the garden, including Jonathan Meese, Chris Ofili, Tal R, Thomas Schütte.
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8.25 x 11 inches / 60 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-58-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
Slavs and Tatars is a multi-artists’ collective which is fascinated by the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Through their often-playful art they delve into the riches of this cultural crossroads, the romantic sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians. Here they plunge into the fables and myths of the mountainous Caucasus region: the first part addresses the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and the second part, slyly titled Steppe by Steppe, explores the region’s seemingly reactionary approaches to romance. Whether they’re looking at art, fashion, lifestyle or science, Slavs & Tatars bring a new point of view to the table.
2009 / Softcover / 8 x 101/ 4 inches / 96 pp / 16 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-19-9 · Retail Price: $32.00
Michael Dempsey & Logan Sisely (Eds.)
Six contemporary artists joined by leading curators and cultural critics research and question the role of museums, curating and collecting in Sleepwalkers, an exhibition catalog from the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Employing the space of the public gallery as a field for reflection and debate, the artists— Clodagh Emoe, Sean Lynch, Gavin Murphy, Linda Quinlan, Jim Ricks and Lee Welch—used the galleries as a place for research over a two-year period (2012–14), each developing a solo installation and a section of the catalog investigating its changing role. Sections devoted to the artists’ works are interspersed with essays by English philosopher Simon Critchley and Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe among others, who add to this lively contemporary debate their own questions regarding the role and definition of galleries, museums and collecting in the 21st century.
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE, DUBLIN
July 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 200 pp / 122 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-98-2 · Retail Price: $32.00