Between Science and Magic
Claude Levi-Strauss wrote that “…art lies half-way between scientific knowledge and mythical or magical thought.” Influential film and video artist Diana Thater took Levi-Strauss’s idea a few steps further in the installation piece documented in this exhibition catalog/artist book. The piece – created expressly for the Santa Monica Museum of Art – is based on an iconic illusion, a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Famed magician Greg Wilson performs the trick again and again; he was first filmed doing the illusion in a studio, then Thater screened the footage in the lavish, Art Deco Los Angeles Theater, and re-filmed the projection. In layer upon visual layer, using multiple points of view and multi-layered sound, Thater makes an absorbing film within a film within a film. Exciting work from an important artist.
August 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 56 pp / 12 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-0-9745108-6-6 · Retail Price: $29.95
51st Venice Biennale
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / English, Danish and Italian text
Exhibition catalog / 6 3/4 x 8 inches
32 pp / 15 b&w
ISBN: 87-91409-13-6 · Retail Price: $19.00
2005 / English and German text
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 inches
200 pp / 16 color plus text
ISBN: 1-933128-04-6 · Retail Price: $29.95
Curator Jens Hoffman’s Theater of Exhibitions considers the plight of “art after the end of art” and asks whether inherited frameworks of making, theorizing and exhibiting art still apply to contemporary practice. Are exhibitions still an appropriate form of assembly and embodied ritual in our 21st-century global society? Drawing from his formation in theater and his own curatorial work, Hoffmann reflects on the current spaces of contemporary art—the gallery, the institution and the biennial. Ultimately he positions the discipline of curating in the context of a larger cultural sphere—one shaped by the political, social and economic conditions and demanding new attitudes and new thinking. The book also considers the commodification of the art industry and the distribution of images in the digital age and posits the exhibition as an anthropological endeavor, with curator as agent.
October 2015 / Softcover
5 x 7 1/2 inches / 88 pp / 8 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-087-4 · Retail Price: $22.00
Eva Maria Stadler & Mirjam Thomann (Eds.)
Berlin-based artist Mirjam Thomann’s work deals with spaces, gaps, architecture, buildings and their relationship to viewers. Designed by the artist, this monograph/ artist book presents a broad selection of her work from 2006 to 2015, including a ceramic project at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, spatial interventions at Galerie Christian Nagel in Cologne and Berlin, and a series of display sculptures based on a reconstruction of a 1960s exhibition design, among others. A preface by art historian and curator Eva Maria Stadler on the artist’s “setups” as a critique of exhibition design, and an essay on the artist’s process by art historian, critic and artist Tom Holert accompany over 100 illustrations. Thomann’s visuals—photographs of installations, booklets, invitations, performances and archival material collected by the artist such as postcards, video stills, floor plans and snapshots—are presented at similar scale and organized in a reversed timeline.
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 x 10 inches / 96 pp / 109 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-135-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Unspeakable Freedom Device
Margaret Thatcher is the spectral protagonist in this dystopian folkloric work by London-based experimental narrative video artist Jennet Thomas. Using color and design to great effect, Thomas follows the movement of her characters as they navigate a new environment at once sinister and psychedelic, savage and ritualistic. In a world in which all signs have collapsed and meaning has imploded, two impoverished pilgrims stumble through a broken landscape in which profound disorientation leaves them unsure of which route to choose: red, blue or green? As the colors rotate, the fiction loops and the pilgrims must start their search again. Thomas’s video and performance work emerged through 1990s London’s experimental underground film and live art club scene, where she was co-founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective. Her film works are screened extensively at international film festivals, with retrospectives at Toronto’s Pleasure Dome and New York’s Anthology Film Archives, among others.
February 2016 / Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 inches
144 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-68-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany
2008 / English & German / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 88 pp / 4 b&w and 44 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-84-3 · Retail Price: $54.00
British and German Art after 1945
Carina Plath (Ed.)
Postwar Great Britain and Germany were both marked by literal hunger as well as hunger for artistic freedom of expression. As the artistic spirit reemerged in the 1950s, what did it look like in these two cultures? In this well-researched and attractive publication, Carina Plath and Dorthe Wilke, curators of the exhibition at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, look at this time for signs of artistic autonomy rising from the ashes of a brutal period. Divided between sculptural work and painting, the show explores work that set the stage for the art world of today. Substantial essays by John-Paul Stonard, Gerhard Marks Haus, Arie Hartog and Carina Plath are intertwined with well-captioned reproductions of the featured works making this publication more of an historical document than exhibition catalog. Twenty-eight artists are featured including Francis Bacon, Willi Baumeister, Lynn Chadwick, Hans Hartung, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Bernard Schultze, Hans Uhlmann and more.
SPRENGLE MUSEUM, HANOVER
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
128 pp / 19 b&w and 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-101-3 · Retail Price: $49.95
British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries
This book forms a foundation for research into this significant and under-recognized aspect of West Coast culture – the legacy of Bernard Leach’s approach to pottery in St. Ives, England, and its influence on important West Coast potters such as Michael Henry, Glenn Lewis, John Reeve and Ian Steele. These potters, along with Wayne Ngan, Tam Irving and Charmian Johnson, formed an integral part of the West Coast studio pottery movement that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s and produced a legacy of ceramics equal to any other in the world. Lavishly illustrated with archival and exhibition photographs from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s 2004 “Thrown” exhibition, the book contains essays and writings by Glenn Allison, Michael Henry, Tam Irving, Charmian Johnson, Glenn Lewis, Lee Plested, Herbert Read, John Reeve, Naomi Sawada, Doris Shadbolt, Ian Steele, Nora Vaillant, Scott Watson and Soetsu Yanagi.
August 2011 / Hardcover / 8 x 10 1/2 inches
304 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-88865-803-6 · Retail Price: $59.95
Saskia van der Wiel & Freek Lomme (Eds.)
Drawing attention to the visual quality of concentration, sensation, relations, attraction and repulsion—as if played out on the world stage in front of her— Dutch artist Esther Tielemans presents painted panels as décor hanging on the wall, lying on the floor or hanging free in space. Taken together, these forms act almost like props, creating a large-scale abstract landscape for the viewer to wander.
2011 / English & Dutch /Hardcover
8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 90 pp / 4 b&w and 61 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-61-8 · Retail Price: $53.00