Sproken | Fairy Tales
Jane Huldman & Philip Peters (Eds.)
Accompanying Dutch artist Christie van der Haak’s (b. 1950) stunning site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum’s Projects Gallery in 2015 comes this long-over- due survey documenting 35 years of this exceptional artist’s watercolors, paintings, objects and installations. Van der Haak moved from painting to designing fabrics as autonomous artworks and upholstery, wall coverings, tablecloths and the like. Op- erating in a field between art and design, her approach represents the active return by contemporary artists to Bauhaus principles of working across disciplines. Recently van der Haak has been transforming spaces such as museum rooms into places with a different meaning, employing her characteristic vocabulary of exuberant, dazzling colors and complex ever-changing patterns in a multitude of both two- and three- dimensional objects. Drawing on art history, mythology, contemporary social issues and generally everything she encounters in life, her work is like a fairy tale—charming, seductive and beautiful but never without profound hidden layers of meaning.
STROOM DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2016 / English & Dutch / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 ½ x 12 inches / 416 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-60-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
Bik Van der Pol
February 2007, English and Dutch text
Hardcover, 5 x 7.5 inches
186 pp, 28 b&w and 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-933128-20-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Bram Kempers, Sjoukje van der Meulen and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen
Artist Hans van Houwelingen is known for his versatile and critical look at art in public space, public life and cultural politics. In this monograph – an unusually beautiful and comprehensive look at the art of making public works – van Houwelingen’s writings are interwoven into the discussions of three important Dutch critic curators, each of whom focuses on a selection of particular works in relationship to their topic. Bram Kempers addresses the social and cultural backgrounds of Dutch public art; Stefan Schmidt-Wulffen offers a comparison of international positions on art in public space over the last few decades; and Sjoukje van der Meulen contributes an in-depth analysis of the art-theoretical implications of van Houwelingen’s work. The artist himself responds to the theoreticians in his typically clear-headed and imaginative way.
ARTIMO, THE NETHERLANDS
April 2012 / Hardcover / 8 x 10 inches
336 pp / extensive b/w and color
ISBN: 978-90-75380-14-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall
The compact monograph on Amsterdam-based performance/installation artist Sarah van Lamsweerde’s (b. 1971) most recent performance, Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall, includes photographs of objects from Lega (a people from the northeastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo), ancient “proverb strings” or mutanga along with those created by the artist plus her performers Esther Mugambi and Alex Zakkas. The objects in a proverb string traditionally function as carriers of wisdom that are activated in social situations. In Paper is a leaf, van Lamsweerde explores what it means to develop an ideographic tool in our age of virtual images and communications, engaging a variety of related aesthetic and ethical questions in the process. Dutch writer and evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldsmidt, independent curator and editor Alessandra Saviotti and choreographer Norberto Llopis Segarra contribute thoughtful and informative essays to this cultural-based work.
February 2016 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 9 ½ inches / 82pp / 30color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-50-2 · Retail Price: $20.00
At the First Clear Sight
Rezi van Lankveld’s paintings strikingly balance the shift between pictorial scene and creative process. The artist’s working procedure has remained the same throughout her career: oil paint is poured onto wooded boards until an image emerges, creating a spontaneous ambiguity to the pictorial form captured by the artist and spectator alike. This exhibition catalog, in collaboration with The Approach, London, presents a selection of the Dutch artist’s work from 2003–10 for the first time. Her most recent work has moved towards pieces in which the pictorial elements reach out to the edges of the wooded board, creating forms which rise and fall rhythmically across the work. Excellent texts by Leen Bedaux, Jeremiah Day, Melissa Gronlund and Zlatko Wurzberg.
April 2012 / Hardcover / 8 x 10.5 inches
112 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-50-0 · Retail Price: $39.95
Maria Martens (Ed.)
Dutch performance, film and video artist Frans van Lent (b. 1955) believes that in our present time, passing unnoticed has become a noticeable experience. The popularity of social media and its promise of instant fame in fact emphasizes how much of our lives goes unmarked by public exposure or recognition. Unnoticed Art, a quietly designed index and description of the 34 performance ideas carried out by volunteers at the Unnoticed Art Festival (2014) seems designed to resist attention itself. The slender volume of black-and-white text with no other markings will pass almost invisible between other books on a bookshelf—or will it? According to van Lent, the Unnoticed Art Festival—which continues to be staged at an unannounced location and times—embraces genuine engagement with a limited number of people, allowing for a more intense connection with those present.
February 2016 / Hardcover
5 x 7 ½ inches / 74 pp
ISBN: 978-90-808675-0-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
Nick Aikens, Charles Esche & Charles van Otterdijk (Eds.)
Double Centre appears as a sort of archive revealing two mysterious buildings discovered by Dutch artist Charles van Otterdijk while wandering through the woods near his family home in the east of Germany. Photographs of the locations, taken by van Otterdijk during his long-term investigative project, suggest that they could have been rendition centers—those sovereign sites of exception used by democratic states in their effort to eliminate, contain or otherwise manufacture terror. This artist’s book, a report in photos and documents, feels similarly out of sight. The apparent objectivity of image and text belies an eerie suspicion about the truth of the narrative, where boundaries between legal and illegal, fiction and reality become blurred in our current moment of political crisis and government surveillance. Accompanying exhibitions at the Hague and the Van Abbemuseum.
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, THE NETHERLANDS
STROOM DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches
80 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-60-1 · Retail Price: $24.95
Los Angeles–based artist Lesley Vance, known to many for her celebrated inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, has emerged as an important contemporary voice in abstract painting. Her work engages broad histories—from Spanish still life to cubism. Rather than take these styles on directly, they become strategies and referents for Vance to deconstruct through careful brushwork and scraping gestures that are, in some sense, acts of erasure. Through her unique handling of color, paint and light, she creates illusionistic painted spaces where grounds seem to simultaneously recede and come forward. This slight but elegantly produced catalog encompasses the artist’s oil paintings and watercolors from 2009 to the present. Designed by Mark Owens and including a text from art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky.
July 2013 / Hardcover / 6 3⁄4 x 9 3⁄4 inches
64 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-0-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Franciska Zólyom & Sabine Schaschl (Eds.)
In 1969, a retrospective of Victor Vasarely’s work opened in Budapest. The Hungarian-born artist was famed for his Op Art canvases and colorful abstractions that hung in fashionable living rooms from Paris to Los Angeles. Artists of the neo-avant-garde regarded the 1969 exhibition as an affront; at the time their interests were suppressed or at best tolerated by the authorities. Little-known illustrator János Major protested the double standard by carrying a small sign in his pocket that he discreetly showed to friends and acquaintances when he encountered them in the crowd. The sign read “Vasarely Go Home.” Today, Andreas Fogarsi examines these events in a stunning artist’s book, whose film of the same name has been screened at the Reina Sofia and the Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art. He reconstructs the event in images and primary interviews, exploring the formal vocabulary of Vasarely’s modernism and exposing the continued relevancy of that cultural-political conflict.
Release date: October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 144 pp / 25 b&w and 41 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-54-0 · Retail Price: $38.00
Works by New York–based painter Michael Venezia represent some of the most original artistic works produced within the Minimal art movement. Following the minimalist dictum of spatialization of color and the extension of pictorial space (in contrast to Flavin and Judd, who both renounced it), Venezia devoted himself solely to painting and the characteristics of its aesthetic presence: texture, paint application and process. Taking minimalism into consideration, Venezia leads painting toward a condition of being a “specific object.” His “Narrow Bar” paintings— in which color is no longer a neutral element but a full-fledged medium—occupy a unique place in the contested zone between painting and sculpture. The careful presentation of Michael Venezia’s work in this survey catalog from the museum exhibi- tion at the Kunstverein Heilbronn is interspersed with autobiographical materials and an entertaining and informative interview by Tiffany Bell, herself known as an expert interpreter of Agnes Martin and Dan Flavin.
KUNSTVEREIN HEILBRONN, GERMANY
May 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches / 160 pp / 6 b&w and 89 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-164-8 · Retail Price: $42.00