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TOO MUCH WORLD

The Films of Hito Steyerl

Nick Aikens (Ed.)

Hito Steyerl is one of today’s most respected—and presciently relevant— practitioners and theorizers of modern visual culture. She speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. As prolific in her writing as in her film and image-making, this book gathers a decade’s worth of the artist’s own writing alongside critical essays and readings of Steyerl’s practice. Published to accompany a major mid-career retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, this publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images. Texts and writings by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Nick Aikens, Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente and David Riff are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills and documentation of three never-seen-before works: Liquidity Inc. (2014), Shunga (2014) and Surveillance: Disappearance (2013)…

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN
INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART, BRISBANE
October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 x 8 1/2 inches / 244 pp / 11 b&w and 108 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-057-7 · Retail Price: $26.00

Topographies

Karen Moss
The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
2004 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover - spiral bound, 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
80 pp / 58 color
ISBN: 0-911291-32-6 · Retail Price: $20.00

TRANSPARENZEN/TRANSPARENCIES

The Ambivalence of a New Visibility

Simone Neuenschwander & Thomas Thiel (Eds.)

The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. While modern life is characterized by a desire for more transparency in communication, politics and business, limitless access to information has eroded our personal privacy. In the two-part, joint exhibition project curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Thomas Thiel, contemporary artists examine the many cultural facets and atmospheres of a (non) transparent society: the consequences of an algorithm- and data-collection driven life and world, our changed relationship to privacy and strategies of refusal or deliberate disclosure of data, among other issues. Conceptually designed by the activist Dutch design group Metahaven, this overscaled dense catalog is packed with images, artistic statements and scientific essays from both exhibitions, including outlines of all the contributions to this substantial project. Using mapping and fragmentation to convey the ubiquity of silent surveillance, the book is a complex and provocative contribution to this ever-present social dilemma. Contributions by Emmanuel Alloa, Neïl Beloufa, Clare Birchall , Juliette Blightman, Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison and Manfred Schneider.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
BIELEFELDER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMAN
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 9 ¼ x 13 in. / 162 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-223-6 · Retail Price: $32.00

ELMAR TRENKWALDER

Ornament and Obsession

Evelyn-Dorothée Allemand, Arie Hartog, Markus Landert & Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Eds.)

In a contemporary art scene in which one artist’s work can be mistaken for another’s, no one ever fails to recognize Austrian Elmar Trenkwalder’s utterly unique vision. Avidly collected throughout Europe, his clay sculptures combine vegetable-like forms, grotesquely distorted fragments of the human body, sexual obsessions reminiscent of the Kama Sutra and elements of Rococo architecture; he also creates drawings, paintings and mixed-media installations. The absolute opposite of trendy minimalism, Trenkwalder’s oddly human theater of architecture shows exuberant ornaments functioning not so much “holy shrines” as they are sly exhibitions of dreams and the unconscious.

SNOECK, GERMANY
August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 x 1/2 inches/ 264 pp/ 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-009-2 · Retail Price: $58.00

LUCA TREVISANI

Renate Wiehager (Ed.)

Curator Renate Wiehager provides us with the essential pointer regarding the working method of Luca Trevisani by bringing Le Corbusier into play, whose amorphous architectures had been inspired by artifacts found at the boundary between nature and culture. An extensive overview of young Italian artist Luca Trevisani’s work is documented for the first time, featuring over four hundred reproductions. Trevisani, born in Verona (1979), working in Berlin and Bologna, creates an associatively-gathered world from multiple sources including graphic and product design, cultivation processes, scientific maps, literature, arts and crafts techniques, art history, elements of nature, photos and more. His sculptures and paintings are made with natural as well as manufactured materials (branches, feathers and string, metal bars among much else) and suggest the fragility of tactile experiences while insisting on the idea that the external world is understood only through direct experience. Essays by Renate Wiehager, Andrea Cortellessa and Luca Lo Pinto.

SNOECK, GERMANY
DAIMLER ART COLLECTION, BERLIN
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches
320 pp / 30 b&w and 390 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-106-8 · Retail Price: $72.00

TATIANA TROUVÉ

I Tempi Doppi

The Italian artist Tatiana Trouvé based in Paris, who exhibited at the 2002 Venice Biennale and at the Palais de Tokyo, is currently being celebrated by a major, three-institution solo retrospective. This catalog, the first comprehensive publication on her work, reproduces many of her installations and large-format drawings ahead of her first major US exhibition with Gagosian Gallery in New York later this year. Trouvé’s minimalist style is influenced by her childhood spent in Africa. Her combination of metals, stones and glass with soil and water evokes memories and striking bodily associations. Room-sized installations draw the visitor, both concretely and corporeally, into imaginatively charged spaces suspended between lightness and monumentality, fiction and the everyday. Three sizeable essays and four interviews with Stefan Gronert, Barbara Hess, Robert Storr and others reveal the diverse interests and approaches of this artist on the rise.

SNOECK, GERMANY
KUNSTMUSEUM BONN, GERMANY
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches / 168 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-080-1 · Retail Price: $59.95

Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Archive Crisis

Hilde de Bruijn (Ed.)

A series of previously unpublished images from Greek media archives collected by New York–based Stefanos Tsivopoulos forms this compelling visual essay. Tsivopoulos’ dynamic collages of archival material explore the mechanisms of visual culture in our neo-liberal society and their effect on the production of collective memory. Revealing the patterns, idiosyncrasies, textures and tactility of these images, Tsivopoulos asks which photographic documents provide us with knowledge. Concurrent with the artist’s fascination with the technology of image run continuous research and experimentation with the fine line between reality and its fictional reconstruction, the authentic and the scripted, the fictional and the factual. The book’s fascinating imagery is intrinsically linked to a broader European and global context, including the Cold War, Greek-US relationship, and more. Essays by Hilde de Bruijn, Dimitris Antoniou and Alfredo Cramerotti provide academic reflection and context.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 2/3 inches / 176 pp / 200 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-44-1 · Retail Price: $36.00

MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES

Seven Work Ballets

Kari Conte (Ed.)

New York activist artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s 1969 manifesto “Maintenance Art: Proposal for an Exhibition” was a major intervention in feminist performance and public art challenging the domestic role of women. Ukeles proclaimed herself a “maintenance artist” arguing for the intimate relationship between creative production in the public sphere and domestic labor—a relationship whose intricacies she has been unraveling ever since. Starting in 1977, she became an unsalaried artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, a position that enabled her to introduce radical public art as mainstream culture into an urban system serving and owned by the municipal population. This substantial and long overdue monograph documents her “art ballets,” a series of large-scale collaborative performances involving workers, trucks, barges and tons of recyclables performed between 1983 and 2012. Texts by Kari Conte, Krist Gruijthuijsen plus a conversation with Ukeles, Tom Finkelpearl and Shannon Jackson.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, austria
January 2015
Softcover / 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
224 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-93-1 · Retail Price: $42.00

Günter Umberg and Elisabeth Vary

Snoeck, Germany
2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 12 inches / 64 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-19-3 · Retail Price: $39.95

UMZUG: PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

TON KRAAYEVELD

Lucette ter Borg & Gerrit Willems

Dutch artist Ton Kraayeveld presents a selection of his work from the last 10 years in this pocket-sized amply illustrated exhibition catalog published to coincide with his retrospective at the Dordrecht Museum. In bright colors he paints a recognizable world of offices and waiting rooms, closets and suitcases, chairs, files and logos using simple motifs and cartoon-like images. Themes such as migration, colonial history, power and bureaucracy are hinted at in this world that is neither direct nor domineering, and in which everything is fluid, layered and moving and the viewer’s thoughts may roam freely. Completing the over 200 color reproductions and a fully illustrated index are a conversation with the artist by Gerrit Willems and essay by Lucette ter Borg discussing the balanced dissonance characteristic of his work.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
DORDRECHTS MUSEUM, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015 / English & Dutch
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
176 pp / 43 b&w and 163 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-00-7 · Retail Price: $25.00