Form in Color
For David Smith (1906–1965), widely considered one of the foremost American abstract expressionist sculptors of the 20th century, there was no conceptual boundary between mediums. Focusing on works from the late 1950s until the artist’s untimely death in 1965, this oversized but trim exhibition catalog charts the development of 21 stunning works couched among historic images culled from the artist’s archive. The physical qualities of Smith’s welded-steel sculptures transmit a strong industrial presence but part of their impact and power derives from their gestural and tactile surfaces that give painting and drawing and sculpture the same visual impact and spatial weight. Smith paved the way for such artists as John Chamberlain, Mark di Suvero and Richard Serra by moving the site of sculpture’s construction from the 19th-century confines of the artist’s atelier and fine-art foundry into the expansive, industrial context of the 20th century. Essay by Menil Collection curator Michelle White.
HAUSER & WIRTH, ZÜRICH
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 8 x 11 ¾ in. / 152 pp
35 b&w and 65 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-183-9 · Retail Price: $60.00
Invention of the Landscape, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill & Film
Eva Schmidt (Ed.)
The seminal work of the American Earthworks movement, environmental sculptor Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, attracts many to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. This publication documents the long-awaited, recent completion (with the support of SKOR, Amsterdam) of Smithson’s last, unfinished project, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in Holland, by his widow (the artist Nancy Holt) and curator Theo Tegelaers, who combined Smithson’s original footage with new material. Features include Smithson’s drawings, vintage and recent photography, film stills and a previously unpublished interview with Smithson. Texts by Roel Arkesteijn and Marc Glöde, among others.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 10 3/4 x 9 inches/136 pp, 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-010-8 · Retail Price: $49.95
Leaving Things Out
Mentored by Germany’s renowned post-WWII painter Günter Förg, young Danish artist Sofie Bird Møller brings the materials and techniques of the 20th century into the present. Møller creates “paint-overs” with fashion photography that combine figuration and abstraction in a disorienting combination of superficiality. With her body and fingers, she layers on thick, lush acrylics over the images, often advertisements featuring subjects like erotic Mexican wrestling. The elegant photos turn abstract, with the added paint layers suggesting naked flesh, muscle and meat. Consciously using contradictions—the sense of an excruciatingly boring situation exploding in intoxication—to create “interferences,” she releases the historical aspects of the material into the moment. Texts by critic Laura Henseler, curator Anders Kold and collector Wilhelm Schürmann.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches/ 232 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-69-8 · Retail Price: $49.95
Folk Culture in Contemporary Art
Over 20 young artists approach this tricky topic – sowing and weeding, and the transformation of specific folk cultures within contemporary art – from a host of different angles, coming up with a wealth of thought-provoking and entertaining works of art. Based on a German-U.S. exhibition, this lavishly illustrated catalog is focused on the construct of an “old” folk culture, in the final throes of dissolution, and how it can still become part of the creative process, in positive or negative ways. Just as Kandinsky, Jorn and Beuys idealised folk culture in the romantic tradition as the vehicle of a primordial energy, so this group of artists insists that “the more the ruination of the world proceeds, the better the everyday world of the peasant lends itself to a regressive idealization.”
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 124 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-13-1 · Retail Price: $55.00
The Final Project
How do you make leukaemia visible? Well, how do you? It’s an impossibility. – Jo Spence
British artist Jo Spence’s last body of work, ‘The Final Project’, explores the acute sense of unreality the artist felt following her cancer diagnosis. Unable to use treatments from her previous battle with breast cancer, Spence confronted the distinct contrast between her physical appearance and mental state by looking for more indirect and allegorical methods of exploring her condition.
Returning to previously explored territories of magical realism and motifs from other cultures, she created a hybrid body of work she entitled PhotoFantasy. These images used a mixture of allegorical props alongside a photomontage effect, resulting in a visual language quite different from her previous works. This publication presents a compilation of this work alongside unpublished writings and notes by the artist, as well as texts by Terry Dennett, Philomena Epps, Clarissa Jacob and Amy Tobin.
October 2013 / Softcover / 11 x 9 inches
96 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-81-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
Blue, Red, and Green
Fabian Schöneich, Tobias Spichtig & Ursula Blickle (Eds.)
Swiss conceptual artist Tobias Spichtig’s work is based on the overwhelming presence of the media, the continuous availability of information and how they interact to contribute to the dissolution of time. Divided into a text booklet and an image book, the exhibition catalog features essays and an artist conversation. The image book highlights the phenomena of perception, focusing on the tools built to capture moments and memories—in this case hundreds of images of cameras taken from assorted auction sites and photographed in a way so as not to re-present the aim of these objects, originally built to reveal more than what we are able to see
August 2012/ Softcover/ 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 & 5x8 inches/ 228 pp, 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-04-7 · Retail Price: $32.00
2008 / English & Dutch / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 212 pp / 5 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-90-74529-24-2 · Retail Price: $38.00
This book accompanies a multi-dimensional film project by Auckland artist Sriwhana Spong for Art Basel 2010, which began as a re-imagining of one of the lost masterpieces of ballet, George Balanchine’s The Song of the Nightingale. Based on music by Stravinsky, “Nightingale” was originally choreographed in 1925 for the itinerant Ballets Russes. All that remains today are fragments of a film of the ballet, Stravinsky’s score, and photographs of the costumes by Henri Matisse. In the book, Spong uses stills from the films along with collage works that overlay geometric forms onto found ballet photography. Includes texts by Sarah Hopkinson and Gwynneth Porter. Both Spong and Balanchine share the philosophy expressed in Balanchine’s famous maxim,”Before is over. Performance is now.”
Michael Lett, New Zealand
2010 / Softcover / 6 x 9 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 36 b&w and 22 color
ISBN: 978-0-9582981-8-6 · Retail Price: $35.00
Renate Wiehager & Christian Ganzenberg (Eds.)
Over the past several years, young Germany-based artist Natalia Stachon has developed a vocabulary of lyrical-minimalist forms that manifest themselves in her objects. After graduating from the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, she closely studied American Minimalism, focusing in particular on the process-oriented exploration of objects in space undertaken, for instance, by Robert Morris. Her gallery installations hinge on unexpected juxtapositions of well-known sculptures with her own media. Using transparent materials, which guide the direction of view, Stachon allows three-dimensional bodies to become spiritual, ephemeral volumes—what Walter Benjamin called “dialectical images,” in which past is interwoven with the present. That notion is beautifully reflected through printing on translucent India paper, so each of Stachon’s projects can be viewed in the context of other texts and images from the likes of Morris, Carl Andre and Gordon Matta-Clark.
September 2013 / English & German
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 10 inches / 164 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-036-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
Reprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests
There is still life left in modernist designs. Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Danish collective Superflex have created seven seminal works, called reprotypes, that reactivate actual modernist inventions, “collapsing“ them as unstable complexes around pertinent themes and ideologies. These new works pierce through layers of time and history and revisit long-held certainties; they propose a new strategy for siting the contemporary in the modern, resuscitating objects and innovations out of obsolescence, testing their contemporary vitality and thus disrupting the self-sufficiency of the modernist canon. Accompanying an exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, the publication includes contributions from Robin Mackay, Esther da Costa Meyer, Daniela Zyman, and Mirjam Schaub, among others.
THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA ART CONTEMPORARY, AUSTRIA
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Softcover/ 9 x 11 2 3 inches
144 pp/ 33 b&w/ 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-23-8 · Retail Price: $37.00