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APOLONIJA ŠUŠTERŠIC

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.

MUSAC, LEON, SPAIN
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

GURT SWANENBERG

Consuming Instinct

Hans November, Ad de Visser & Jan van Laarhoven

Contemporary Dutch artist Gurt Swaneberg was strongly influenced by medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch (b. 1450) and the extravagant, sinister details that flourished in his paintings. In an approach that references the 17th-century practice known as taolennou, Swaneberg (b. 1976) captures the seven deadly sins by painting minute logos, brand names, hazard pictograms and even currency with a fine brush on objects like skulls, frog skeletons and glass bottles—covering them in images that resemble a bizarre collage of stickers. To mark the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, Consuming Instinct was published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Netherlands’ Noordbrabants Museum (October 2016–January 2017) as part of the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Nation Event Year. This glossy magazine-like exhibition catalog features Swaneberg’s new series of works together for the first time with a foreword by Hans November, introduction by Ad de Visser and essay by Jan van Laarhoven.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & Dutch
Softcover / 9 ½ x 12 ⅓ in. / 88 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-76-2 · Retail Price: $35.00

SWEET SIXTIES

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

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
July 2014 / Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches / 528 pp / 350 b&w and color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $38.00

SHAAN SYED

Catalogue

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.

SNOECK, GERMANY
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 SYMBOLIC COMMISSIONER

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
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

SYNTAX AND SOCIETY

The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016

Nav Haq (Ed.)

Presenting the work of recipients and shortlisted artists of the 9th Abraaj Group Art Prize, this double publication is the second award catalog from Abraaj Group focusing on contemporary artists of Middle Eastern descent. In the first volume, Syntax and Society, the structure and meaning of language and the role it plays in society is investigated in the work of the three shortlisted artists—Dina Danish, Mahmoud Khaled and Basir Mahmood. The second volume, Oh Shining Star Testify, focuses on the work of award winning artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Their video work commissioned for the prize, Only the beloved keeps our secrets, examines how modern-day technologies enable a continued existence for the deceased. Found material, including images, texts and testimonies, are collaged together to suggest a Palestinian narrative of collective history. Along with curator Nav Haq’s insightful essay is a glossary of quotations from philosophical and literary writers who inform the duo’s process. Contributions by Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Dina Danish, Clare Davies, Nav Haq and Rabeya Jalil.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
ABRAAJ GROUP, DUBAI
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog / 2-volume set
Softcover / 7 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 264 pp / 101 color
ISBN: 978-3-956792-30-4 · Retail Price: $32.00

T. SHANAATHANAN

The Incomplete Thombu

An unexpected yet poignant artist’s book, commenting on the tragic civil war in Sri Lanka from 1983-2009. A “thombu” is a Dutch term for a public land registry. This beautifully designed project records the displacement of Tamil people in an achingly personal way: each entry is a simple floor plan, drawn from memory by a displaced Tamil-speaking citizen. A vellum overlay with an architect’s crisp drawing makes the lost home “real” in yet another way. Drawings are accompanied by the name of the person who lost their home, their profession, and a brief interview, telling the story of the upheaval and the memories they took with them. The maps vividly reveal what was lost in a conflict that lasted more than 30 years. A moving example of how art and politics can intersect.

RAKING LEAVES, LONDON
April 2012 / Softcover / 9 x 11.75 inches
320 pp / 80 b/w and 160 color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-5-9 · Retail Price: $65.00

Naoko Takahashi

Not So Too Much of Much of Everything

Book Works, United Kingdom
September 2007, Softcover, 41/4 x 7 inches
72 pp, Text only
ISBN: 978-1-870699-97-6 · Retail Price: $18.00

TAKING A LINE FOR A WALK

A year into his appointment at the Bauhaus, Paul Klee was teaching pictorial configuration as part of the basic course. Following a brief introduction, he immediately got to the heart of the matter: “I’m starting precisely there, where pictorial form begins, with the point that is set in motion.” In a poetic-metaphorical manner Klee laid out a plausible working method for drawing: the artist/ designer takes the line for a walk. This catalog based on the Klee exhibition at the Zentrum in Bern focuses on the significance of handwriting, writing and scriptive signs in artistic practice. In the modern era, script, characters and calligraphy have been areas in which artists have been able to choose between spontaneity and control, and between intuition and rule in their work, exploring the spaces in between. Klee saw letters as well as drawing as based on the line. From abstract expressionist scratchings to mystical symbology, from ancient hieroglyphics to the Art & Language movement, how has the dichotomy of line as decoration and line as communication influenced modern art? This deeply engaging catalog brings together the script works of Paul Klee; the calligraphic-based works of Henri Michaux, Mark Tobey and Brice Marden; the script-like characters of Cy Twombly; the palindromes of Olav Christopher Jenssen; and the spontaneity of Christopher Wool’s graffiti-like works and Jonathan Lasker’s pastose painting style to create an electric snapshot of one of fine art’s most compelling recurring themes. In addition to biographical essays and reproductions of the artists’ relevant works, this playful volume also includes essays by Fabienne Eggelhofer on the art of merging control and spontaneity, Regine Bonnefoit on the relationship between Klee and the poet and painter Henri Michaux, and Martin Dobbe on the possibility of abstract writing.

SNOECK, GERMANY
ZENTRUM PAUL KLEE, BERN
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 x 12 3/4 inches / 192 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-072-6 · Retail Price: $72.00

TAL R

Egyptian Boy

Art critic Kay Heymer, in her excellent essay here, calls the artist TAL R the “devourer of images.” His new group of ceramic sculptures, shown in this catalog, invokes predecessors such as André Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Jean Fautrier, Hans Josephson, Georg Baselitz and Günther Förg. TAL R has devoured this tradition as quickly as he has regurgitated it; he is fascinated and inspired by much older traditions of sculpture firmly rooted in religious and social behavior, such as votive offerings—body parts for healing purposes—which can be found in the hundreds, often stacked in piles, across the world. TAL R’s sculptures, his reformulations, are simultaneously naïve and refined, virtuosic and amateurish, reflective and genuine, artificial and authentic, vulgar and absolute, and full of pure childlike innocence. Full-page illustrations make this catalog an important document of this important new work.

SNOECK, GERMANY
CFA, BERLIN
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-045-0 · Retail Price: $45.00