New York Conversations
The first in the new Sternberg DVD/film series, New York Conversations takes place in a Chinatown storefront converted into an improvised kitchen/restaurant. It documents three days of public conversations and meals among artists, critics, curators and a free-floating public. Brussels-based art journal A Prior invited artists Nico Dockx and Anton Vidokle to facilitate the conversations, and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija – famed for his fabulous cooking – to orchestrate the meals which created the conversation-enhancing atmosphere. Instead of commissioning texts or art to be printed in the journal, the artists decided to publicly rethink the way an art journal is produced. The film explores questions concerning labor in art, the feasibility of artistic freedom, means of reclaiming dignity in art criticism, and whether the event of making the film was, in itself, an artwork. A work in the tradition of underground cinema and conceptual film.
August 2011 / Softcover, jewel box w/DVD / 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
64:40 min / PAL / Stereo 4:3 / b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-37-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
Produce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat
Anton Vidokle, artist and co-founder of the noted internet art-based site, e-flux, has commanded the attention of over 70,000 viewers daily through his collaborative art projects such as the noted “e-flux video rental” and “An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life”. But for the numerous projects he has instigated and produced his identity is almost unknown. This new volume in the Black Book series finally unveils Vidokle’s unique and extensive career through numerous essays and a unusual interview with Martha Rosler about Vidokle by Bosko Blagojevic. Contributors include, Media Farzin, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Maria Lind, Monika Szewczyk and Jan Verwoert.
January 2010 / Series 018 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches / 96 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-82-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
1998/2004 / 4th edition
Softcover with CD-ROM / 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
110 pp / 26 b&w and 50 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-32-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
Where Art Leaves Its Own Field and Becomes Visible as Part of Something Else
Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander
Visible documents a research project by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with Fondazione Zegna. The publication highlights nine curators, who showcase 41 ways of making art. The purpose of the book is to “focus on artists who have demonstrated their capacity to deal affirmatively with the need to develop new economic models, the distribution of resources, the accessibility of information, the urgency to rethink ecology and landscape issues, the potential of differences and the development and experimentation of participatory and democratic political models.” The nine curators are Cecilia Canzani, Anna Colin, Hu Fang, Emiliano Gandolfi, Julieta Gonzalez, Raimundas Malasauskas , Mihnea Mircan, Gabi Ngcobo and Elvira Dyangani Ose.
2010 / Softcover / 7 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches / 380 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-09-2 · Retail Price: $34.95
Sculptor Cecilia Vissers’s hard-edged minimalist sculptures in aluminum and steel are grounded in remote and dramatic landscapes. This first major survey of Vissers’s work from 2009 through the present includes color installation shots of her sculptures and black-and-white photographs of the landscapes that inspired them. In essays and interviews, art historian Cees de Boer highlights the relationship of Vissers’s work to the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland; art historian Alistair Rider discusses her use of materials and industrial processes; and gallerist Vilis, director at Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, Texas, focuses on her relationship to the Chinati Foundation and other minimalist artists, including Donald Judd, Carl Andre and others. With a career beginning in the early 1990s, Dutch artist Vissers restricts her palette to gray, black and orange and through a deeply considered shaping of the object, inspires a feeling of deep spatial awareness and the loneliness of being outdoors among the forces of nature.
May 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 176 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-57-1 · Retail Price: $42.00
Oh Don’t Ask Why
The recent work of New York–based artist Marianne Vitale and a very smart interview between the artist and artist Mauricio Cattelan make this slender but oversized exhibition catalog from CFA, Berlin, a compelling snapshot of Vitale’s work. A selection of totemic steel sculptures (some installed in New York on the High Line), a large-scale installation comprised of a saloon bar facing shelves of emotionally evocative papier mâché masks and a series of textured wall pieces made with reclaimed wood and old tar roofs were all inspired by the artist’s current interest in America’s frontier history. Vitale first came to wide attention through her performances in RoseLee Goldberg’s Performa 07 and 09 and was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Recently she has tapped into the anxieties surrounding America’s frontier history with sculptural pieces that invoke the deep hunger for autonomy and freedom that drove the ruthless expansion.
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, BERLIN
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-127-3 · Retail Price: $39.95
On Staging and Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art
The publication Voice Over is the first part of an ongoing project examining staging, theatricality, and performative strategies in contemporary art practices. It includes contributions by the artists Miriam Bäckström, Goldin+Senneby, Saskia Holmkvist, Fia-Stina Sandlund, and by Geist magazine, staging the spheres of invisibility, the voices of corporate culture, the manipulative power of contemporary role play, in addition to a cinematic re-reading of an iconic theater play, informed by feminist theory. It also includes an essay by curator and writer Anselm Franke – “Afterword on the Theatre of Transgression” – and an introduction by Iaspis’ director, Cecilia Widenheim.
Softcover / 72 pp / 9 3/8 x 12 7/8 inches / 22 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-72-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Henri Chopin, Guy De Cointet, Channa Horwitz
Elodie Evers & Gregor Jansen (Eds.)
Since the 1960s, conceptual artists Henri Chopin (Pairs-London), Guy de Cointet (Paris-Los Angeles) and Channa Horwitz (Los Angeles) have dedicated themselves to analyzing systems—deducing the rules and consolidating them into visible structures. This book accompanied the parallel where drawings by these three respected artists generate new meaning as the aesthetic-visual translation of early post-structuralist thought. A Void, taken from George Perec’s experimental novel, which famously did not include the letter “e” as a nod to language’s epistemological constraints. Riffing on this idea, the artists’ works seem clearly embroiled in such systems of meaning-making. Horwitz’s—on the boundary of symbol and performance, while Chopin explored the line between chaos and order. Cointet left behind an oeuvre characterized by codes and puzzles for future generations.
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 x 11 1/4 inches
136 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-09-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
Botanic Code began as a walk in the park, and ripened into a dazzling and complex work of art – and an evocative oversized exhibition catalog. German artist Jorinde Voigt spent a year walking through some of the world’s greatest botanical gardens (including Sydney, Cologne, Mexico City and Berlin), taking photos of plants that caught her fancy. She assigned each plant colors on the Pantone scale, then, using a computer algorithm, transferred those colors proportionately to a series of 12-foot-long rods. When all the rods for each garden were completed, they were mounted together, forming something like a delicate barcode for each distinct garden. Full-color glossy pages show the rod installations, like minimalist sculpture; a separate section on laid paper, bound into the center of the book, explains the artist’s mathematical methodology.
August 2011 / English & German / Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches
48 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-61-2 · Retail Price: $49.95
Nostalgia without Being Nostalgic
Margit Brehm & Daniel Kunitz
The first encounter with a picture by Berlin-based artist Volker Hueller has “something of the déjà-vu about it,” writes Margit Brehm in this monograph-exhibition catalog on the most recent works by the student of influential German painter Norbert Schwontkowski. “We cannot avoid the impression that what we are seeing as something new does set off an echo in our memory.” This particularly luxurious publication has printed linen covers and fold-out pages and includes reproductions, installation photos and photos taken in the context of the artist’s studio. Known for attaching foreign material such as fake fur, plastic sheeting, imitation reptile skin, metal filings, straw to the surface of his paintings, Hueller chooses not to quote reality, but to absorb it into his fictional world.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 9 x 11 3/4 inches/ 124 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-006-1 · Retail Price: $49.95