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.

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



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.

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


The International Network of Conceptual Artist 1967 – 1977
Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections

Sophie Richard

Is success in the art world all about talent – or all about who knows whom? This fascinating book may confirm what many suspect as it tells the story of the growth of Conceptual art in Europe from 1967 to 1977. Using meticulously detailed data, author Sophie Richard shows how a close-knit network of artists, dealers, collectors and curators, working with exhibition presenters and public collections, created a movement.

Rather than taking the usual art-historical approach to chronicling a style or school, Richard follows the money and the connections. Using Conceptual artists like Carl Andre, Marcel Broodthaers, Gilbert & George and Richard Long as examples, she traces the sales and exhibitions of each artist in selected European galleries and museums, compiling previously unpublished information on buyers, sellers and prices in comprehensive databases.

From the First Cologne Kunstmarkt in 1967, to museum shows around Europe, to magazines publishing articles about these up-and-coming artists and PhD dissertations on their work, Richard tracks the trail of influence and taste, and its confirmation by the academic establishment. She takes readers behind the scenes in the galleries and museums of New York, London, Brussels, and Paris, and even reveals contracts the artists signed.

This ground-breaking book exposes the new dealing, curatorial and collecting methods formed in the 1960s and 70s that continue to be make the art world go ‘round today.

Ridinghouse, London
2009 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches
512 pp / 40 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-17-3 · Retail Price: $59.95


Unruly Desires in Film and Architecture

Synne Bull and Marit Paasche

A collection of 11 new essays by internationally renowned scholars and artists navigating the vast inter-disciplinary territory defined by fine art, architecture and the moving image. One of the fundamental events of modernity was the conquest of the world as picture, a process in which cinema was essential. Cinema was the single medium capable of capturing what Alexander Kluge describes as the “the impossible moment”: a moment we couldn’t imagine beforehand, and which cannot be repeated later. Cities, bridges, ideas, gestures, skyscrapers, literature and art are all affected. The collection was initiated during the two-day symposium Urban Images in September 2010, hosted by Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Featured essays by Giuliana Bruno, Bull.Miletic, Andreas Bunte, Beatriz Colomina, Ed Dimendberg, Tom Gunning, Kathrin Meyer, Marit Paasche, and Judy Radul.

April 2012 / Softcover / 6.75 x 9.5 inches
175 pp / 40 b/w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-40-5 · Retail Price: $29.95

Uwe & Gert Tobias

Kestnergesellschaft Hannover

That terrible twosome, Transylvanian-born twins Gert and Uwe Tobias, offer the next phase of their endlessly creative works in an elegant clothbound, embossed catalog based on their exhibition at the Kestnergesellschaft Hanover. The book documents the art they’ve been making since the recent comprehensive retrospective catalog, which accompanied the exhibitions at the Kunstverein Heilbronn and the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Alongside a series of collages and ceramics, the main illustrations in the new book are of the large, new series of typewriter drawings on “Come and see before the tourists will do – the mystery of Transylvania.” Includes collages, woodcuts, sculpture, and many photos of exhibit installations and excellent essays.

Snoeck, Germany
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 11 inches / 104 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-25-4 · Retail Price: $49.95


An Exhibition – Another Exhibition

Dynamically moving through media – from paint to bronze, papiermâché to concrete – Belgian artist Valerie Mannaerts playfully arranges sculptural elements to create spatial installations, settings without stages. The first monograph for this artist – who represented Belgium at the 2003 Venice Biennale – covers two solo exhibitions from 2010, Blood Flow (Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp) and Diamond Dancer (de Appel Arts Center Amsterdam). An impeccably produced publication, including photos of works, installations and influences, the monograph includes an essay by Anselm Franke. In a conversation between the artist and Ann Demeester, Mannaerts reveals her vast influences, ranging from Ettore Sotsass to Eugene Atget to David Hockney.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp
August 2011 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 7/8 x 11 1/4 inches / 144 pp / 45 b&w and 56 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-36-8 · Retail Price: $34.00


Come and Go

This heartbreaking book is part of an award-winning project that depicts the reality of the death penalty. The Berlin-based artist/graphic designer, Petra Valdimarsdóttir, created a graphic wall of several hundred envelopes, each one marked with the last word uttered by a prisoner before execution at one Texas prison. Inside the envelope is personal information on the prisoner, including name, age, weight, mug shot, place and details of the murder for which they are being executed. This graphically compelling book uses one page for each prisoner, “imprisoning” his or her last sentence within blocks of black ink. Winner of the Hendrik Valk Price in 2010, this powerful project honors the murder victims at the same time as it makes the humanity of the murderers evident.

April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
5.25 x 8.25 inches / 960 pp / full b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-94-6083-055-6 · Retail Price: $59.95



A book dedicated to the billions of hens sacrificed each year for our consumption, Blinky is the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s. Blinky is the seriocomic brainchild of artist Jeffrey Vallance, who has taken the concept and processes of documentation to their most absurd conclusion. 2008 marks the thirty-year anniversary of Jeffrey Vallances Blinky project. In celebration of this historic event, Vallance has released The Special 30th Anniversary Edition of the publication, Blinky the Friendly Hen (Smart Art Press; Santa Monica, 2008) in conjunction with a life-size Blinky Chapel complete with roof and steeple at Track 16 Gallery. The original Blinky (1978) was a piece of meat (chicken) Vallance purchased at a local supermarket. What followed was a trip to the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery to see if they would bury a piece of meatthey did, and held a subsequent burial ritual for a dead pet, all documented by Vallance. Vallances straightforward narrative and simple black-and-white photos offer a striking commentary on our society, our treatment of animals, and death. The Special 30th Anniversary Edition of Blinky the Friendly Hen (3rd Ed.) includes a DVD documenting the project, plus extras not seen in previous editions.

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2008 / 3rd edition / Softcover with CD-ROM / 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches / 24 pp / 18 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-889195-59-9 · Retail Price: $25.00


Into Longing, Vast Rock
A Staying at Age: Taking the Off-Stage to the Fore.

Visual artist Joan van Barneveld processes the deep romantic longings within popular culture, particularly popular music. His earlier work explored the poetics of grunge, culminating in the re-creation of Kurt Cobain’s Seattle greenhouse inside a Dutch gallery in 2009. In his recent work, reproduced here from exhibitions at Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and Paul Loya Gallery (LA), he photographs and over-paints performance venues void of people. Organized into diptychs and triptychs, the pieces form a narrative, not of an incurable grunge fan or lo-fi addict but of an artist trying to coax the emotional intensity of youth, late-night house shows, and homemade mix-tapes into messy adult life. Critic Jan Tumlir, philosopher Rene Gabriels and curator Freek Lomme address aspects of landscape, rock’s intensity, and romanticism in pop, creating a sourcebook for the poetics of longing.

October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 1/2 inches / 112 pp
ISBN: 978-94-91677-20-5 · Retail Price: $39.95