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Museum, Japan, documentary photos from the 1980s to the present, a chronology and, under separate cover, a previously unpublished mystery (in Japanese only) written by the artist.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
In a multi-part artist’s book, New York-based Korean artist Kim Sung Hwan adds another dimension to his exhibition “Line Wall,” inspired by the work of the German late Romantic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Kim’s exhibition at Kunsthall Basel includes video, sound, performance and architecture. The accompanying book has a dual theme, of the metamorphosis of humans and things, language and forms. The first part of the hardcover book features a transcription of Rilke’s 1907 collection New Poems in the original German, on thin sheets of paper and notepads. The second part features Kim’s drawings inspired by Rilke’s 1923 Sonnets to Orpheus, which are then further developed in the book’s third part, which comprises an independent picture story featuring recurring characters.
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
October 2011 / Hardcover / Exhibition catalog
6 3/8 x 8 5/8 inches / 168 pp / 138 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-51-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
1985, Softcover, 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
75 pp, 17 halftone and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-10-5 · Retail Price: $10.00
Selected Projects 1995–2012
Not quite artist, not quite architect, Apolonija Šušteršic calls herself a “space practitioner.” Published on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in León, this book offers a comprehensive look into the Slovenian-born artist, with projects spanning from 1995 to 2012. The publication shows how methodologies and strategies touch on the aesthetic and political tendencies of conceptual art, contextualism, institutional critique and relational aesthetics. Since the early 1990s, Šušteršic’s work can be described as putting into practice a “politics in space”—a project-based rather than object-oriented practice, which includes her Juice Bar for Manifesta 2. With texts by Peio Aguirre and Jane Rendell and a conversation between the artist and original space practitioner Dan Graham. Design by Maite Zabaleta.
STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
July 2013 / English & Spanish / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 8 x 10 3⁄4 inches / 156 pp / 161 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-54-2 · Retail Price: $40.00
Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-Garde
Georg Schöllhammer & Ruben Arevshatyan (Eds.)
Under the title Sweet Sixties, this book brings together 14 texts exploring the hidden territories of the revolutionary period of the 1960s in the parallel modernities of Western and non-Western geographies including the Middle East, North Africa, former Soviet Republics, Latin America and Europe. Sweet Sixties is a long-term curatorial, scientific and educational research initiative involving individuals and experimental arts from research, media and educational contexts. In these varied and engaging essays, contributors focus on the comparative analysis and contextualization of historical developments in the arts, culture and societies of the 1960s and 1970s, and their effects on contemporary sociopolitical and cultural situations in “post-ideological” societies. Includes texts from the group’s founders, Austrian curator Georg Schöllhammer and Russian historian Ruben Arevshatyan, as well as Emin Alper, Klaus Ronneberger, Sohrab Mahdavi and Toni Maraini, among others
July 2014 / Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches / 528 pp / 350 b&w and color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $38.00
Oliver Kielmayer (Ed.)
In his first extensive solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Winterthur (2015), titled 1:1, London-based Canadian artist Shaan Syed (b. 1977) pictorializes the concept of the empty stage. Produced by the artist in conversation to the exhibition, Catalogue is a combination artist book / survey of Syed’s large-scale wall paintings and drawings referencing minimalist greats such as Sol LeWitt and Ellsworth Kelly and the word- based works of the outrageous London-based artist David Shrigley. Small-scale color reproductions of over one hundred works presented in catalog format are accom- panied by an insightful essay on the artist’s work by curator Oliver Kielmayer. It is no coincidence that Syed’s formal compositions sometimes resemble abstract versions of Indian tantric paintings, serving neither as instruction nor decoration but as a stimulus for entry into the spiritual sphere—a concept that corresponds to early 19th-century ideas of artistic autonomy and emphasizing the intrinsic value of the image as aesthetic experience.
KUNSTHALLE WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND
February 2016 / English & German Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 ½ inches / 128 pp / 318 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-144-0 · Retail Price: $42.00
The early 20th-century avant-gardes in art, dance and architecture were enamored of the utopia of the New Man, who they proclaimed their idealized “client“ and the aim of their artistic production. The client is a symbolic one, because his actual identity remains unknown. Houses and carpets, wallpapers and suits, new cities and chairs were designed for him (or her), yet the figure has remained a utopian one, flaring-up only for a brief moment in time, to inspire works of art. This book combines images and essays from the two group exhibitions “Idealismusstudio” and “Die Blaue Blume,” at the Art Association Graz, Austria. Featured artists range from Anni Albers and George Nelson to Luca Frei and Hilary Lloyd.
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, AUSTRIA
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6.5 x 9.5 inches / 224 pp / 2 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-35-1 · Retail Price: $34.00