Copper pipes cut to various lengths gather in the center of the gallery space to offer a provisional physicality. Richly saturated reds, blues, greens and metallic gold, bent and twisted metal, and deformed glass tubes suggest endless permutations of material form. Sculptor Nina Canell, through the annealing process of heating and cooling, works with the residue of her materials’ transformation. The effects of time and temperature visibly imprint themselves onto her basic materials. Born 1979 in Växjö, Sweden, educated in Dublin, the artist now lives and works in Berlin. This exhibition catalog follows her major US solo exhibition at Midway Contemporary Art, and also includes reproductions from beyond this particular context. The slim hardcover with its distinctive marbled cover documents the trajectory of Canell’s practice exploring the transformation and permutation of materials and in the context of their dissolution. Includes a conversation between curators Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk as well as an essay from Steven Connor.
MIDWAY CONTEMPORARY ART, MINNEAPOLIS
July 2014 /Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 216 pp / 83 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-031-7 · Retail Price: $38.00
Oceans, Global Trade and Migration
Dirk Luckow & Koyo Kouoh (Eds.)
Migration, mobility, the hope for a better life, globalized trade, isolation at sea, working conditions, geographic boundaries and psychological alienation—the geopolitics of the oceans—are all captured in Streamlines, the amply illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Europe’s largest exhibition hall in one of the largest port cities in Europe. Noted African curator and founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, Koyo Kouoh assembles 15 artistic and literary positions on seaways, world trade, flight and migration on the “sixth continent.” The compact volume brings together humanist and aesthetic reactions through essays, drawings, collages, textiles, sculptures, photographs, installations and films by 16 contemporary artists from regions with historical connection to the port. Divided into themes—action, consumerism, confrontation, transformation, participation and narration—this timely work illuminates the close link of historical, political and ecological issues to capitalism and global economic dependencies. Artists featured are Kader Attia, Alfredo Jarr, Mark Boulos, Khalil Joreige and more.
RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, SENEGAL
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 ¾ x 8 inches / 256pp / 20 b&w and 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-86422-151-8 · Retail Price: $42.00
Einbruchstellen (Points of Entry)
This catalog of sculptor Katja Strunz’s Berlin show underscores the unity of her work. “A wall is there to be torn down and to look behind,” she said of her folded works, included here, which fold in the wall surrounding the art space and allow it to collapse into splinters. As a confessed materialist, Strunz, born in 1970, works quite consciously in the tradition of Walter Benjamin’s historical materialist, with the effects of tearing, bursting, sudden interruption, fragmentation and bringing to a standstill. An interview with the artist and a fine essay by Barbara Kuon put this innovative artist’s work into aesthetic context.
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 x 10 inches / 103 pp / 35 b&w and 25 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-33-9 · Retail Price: $49.95
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz
Boy Vereecken (Ed.)
Friendship of Nations expands on Slavs and Tatars’ work into the unlikely shared genealogy between Iran and Poland—from the 17th century to the contemporary Green movement. Drawing on archival research and recordings from 1979 through the 1980s, as well as lectures, screenings and art work, this book traces a lost history of the two nations’ historical connections: WWII Polish refugees in Iran; dissident “samizdat” publications; the importance of craft-based cultural resistance; and present-day political analogies during Solidarnos ́c ́. In venues as varied as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Polish Tatar villages on the Bieolrussian border, art collective Slavs and Tatars has, since 2006, used the improbable pairing of humor and geography to shed light on the complex socio-politics of the Eurasian region.
April 2013 / Co-Series No. 4
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 11 inches / 176 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-42-7 · Retail Price: $42.00
Körnerstraße / Wilhelmshofallee / Hans-Arp-Allee
Oliver Kornhoff (Ed.)
Berlin-based installation artist/photographer Florian Slotawa takes Mondrian’s pristine geometry, Duchamps’s readymades and Robert Smithson’s “non-site” sculptures—among other influences—and comes up with sculptural installations that are completely his own. This lavish book, produced to the artist’s specifica- tions, presents Zlotawa’s “hotel” works from 1999. The artist takes the furniture in various hotel rooms, stacks it into a geometric arrangement and photographs the results in elegant black and white portraits. The resulting documentations of these sculptural installations look like strange caves or closets, leading the viewer into an unexpected dialogue with the architectural structure. This is the first time that this complete series has been published in one volume.
January 2013 / German & English
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 2/3 x 10 2/3 inches / 84 pp
32 duotone / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-033-7 · Retail Price: $59.95
Andreas Baur (Ed.
British-born Melanie Smith now lives in Mexico City, making installations, paintings and video works addressing questions like perception and social issues. This exhibition catalog is based on her contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2011 (which she re-adopted in an extended form in her first museum-based solo show in Germany), built around a video focused on the sculpture park Las Pozas de Xilitla, near San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. The gardens were created in the mid-20th century by the English poet-artist Edward James, a patron of the Surrealists. In this lush landscape of biomorphic architecture and concrete sculptures, men carry human-sized mirrors into the frame, and the already weird scenery takes on increasingly surreal proportions. The catalog also includes a painting of surfaces and process-based conditions, where her works, pushing the boundaries of representationality, appear to excite the very facticity of purely pictorial reality.
VILLA MERKEL, GERMANY
March 2013/ German & English/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/ 8 1/4 x 11 inches/ 144 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-029-0 · Retail Price: $39.95
Keisuke Mori (Ed.)
Artist Kishio Suga (b. 1944), a prominent member of the Japanese Mono-ha, has been exploring mono (things) and the “sites” that surround them using materials such as wood and stone since the late 1960s. In his sculptural installations he engages with the complex, constantly changing environment in an attempt to divine a universal structure. Highlighted in this compact survey on Suga’s work are installation views from the current exhibition at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Japan, documentary photos from the 1980s to the present, a chronology and, under separate cover, a previously unpublished mystery (in Japanese only) written by the artist. Essays by art critics, curators and scholars provide a multifaceted analysis of Suga’s artworks, which in recent years, while gaining international recognition, have prompted new questions regarding their contemporary meaning. Suga’s recent solo shows include Blum & Poe, NY (2015), the Drawing Room, London, and The Jewish Museum, NY.
VANGI SCULPTURE GARDEN MUSEUM
July 2015 / 2-volume set / Japanese & limited English / Exhibition catalog
Softcovers / 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 & 4 x 6 inches
232 pp & 584 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-29-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Nature of Light
This catalog, produced in conjunction with Sugimoto’s upcoming exhibition at the Izu Photo Museum in Japan, documents this important artist’s recent investigations on the science and the presentation of photography. Documenting in detail Sugimoto’s architectural and landscape design of the new Izu Photo Museum, the book is at once a reinvention of the artist as architect, as it is an insightful guide to Sugimoto’s interest in the earliest beginnings of photography. Instigated by the urging of his friend, Pop art icon Richard Hamilton, Sugimoto went to England to visit the museum of William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process. Finding common ground with Talbots’ polymathic interests in art and science, this book details images from Sugimoto’s Photogenic Drawing – Talbot pieces, where Sugimoto reinterprets 15 unprinted negatives from Talbot’s early studies, as well as 15 images from the artist’s Lightning Field series. Includes text by critic Minoru Shimizu.
2010/December 2011, 3rd edition / Exhibition catalog / English & Japanese / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 10 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-05-0 · Retail Price: $69.95
frame and refrain
Yoko Mori (Ed.)
Japanese painter Hiroshi Sugito (b. 1970) trained in the traditional Japanese painting style known as Nihonga. He portrays simple alternative realities, assembling uncon- ventional picture planes bursting with delicate hues and expanding into multilayered realms in different scales from tiny canvases to vast wall works. An essential figure in the Japanese contemporary painting community, Sugito works between abstraction and figurative art and has exhibited internationally since the 1990s. In a long-awaited artist’s book / survey catalog, over 50 artworks including paintings, recent drawings and installation pieces shown in the exhibition Hiroshi Sugito: Frame and Refrain (Musée Bernard Buffet, 2015) are featured. The images are printed on translucent paper so the presence of the works show faintly on the reverse—so one page traces the next. The result is perfect manifestation of his work captured in book form. Exhibited and collected by Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and more. Represented by Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.
February 2016 / English & Japanese / Hardcover
8 x 12 inches / 128 pp / 51 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-31-9 · Retail Price: $45.00
Yoko Mori (Ed.)
Gift the dreamlike world of Hiroshi Sugito to someone special! Contemporary Tokyo-pop painter Hiroshi Sugito’s Postcard Book features 16 images selected from over 20 years of his work in a variety of media including drawings, oils, acrylics and prints. Exhibiting internationally since the 1990s (including Focus, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2006; Marc Foxx, 2014), Sugito plays with scale and picture planes and invites us into the alternative realities of multilayered delicately hued realms. Included are the rare ohoshi-sama (1995) employing words, the theatrical dark mirror (2006), and a recent oil painting, the river (2015). The rhythmical composition of color and form in Sugito’s works extends beyond visual delight and stirs the viewer in a visceral way.
July 2015 / English & Japanese / Softcover
6 x 4 1/4 inches / 32 pp & 16 color postcards
ISBN: 978-4-904257-30-2 · Retail Price: $21.00