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.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 x 1/2 inches/ 264 pp/ 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-009-2 · Retail Price: $58.00
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, austria
Softcover / 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
224 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-93-1 · Retail Price: $42.00
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.
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
The International Network of Conceptual Artist 1967 – 1977
Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections
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.
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
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.
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