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
Emily Pethick, Wendelien van Oldenborth & David Morris (Eds.)
Amateur is the first comprehensive publication on Dutch experimental filmmaker and visual artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s (b. 1962) moving-image works and their accompanying installations from 2005 through 2015. This handsome catalog gathers her works on communication and interaction between individuals in public locations to cast attention on repressed, incomplete and unresolved histories. Through the staging of these encounters, van Oldenborgh enabled multiple perspectives and voices to coexist, bringing to light political, social and cultural relationships. Thirteen essays by artists, curators and writers who have been key interlocutors with van Oldenborgh offer in-depth observations on her work, which is generously and imaginatively illustrated with project outtakes organized in flipbook-like pages inset chronologically between the texts. Contributors include Nana Adusei-Poku, Ricardo Basbaum, FreÅLdeÅLrique Bergholtz, Eric de Bruyn, Binna Choi, David Dibosa, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Avery F. Gordon, Tom Holert, Nataša Ilić, Charl Landvreugd, Sven Lütticken, Anna Manubens, Ruth Noack and Grant Watson. Amateur is published in conjunction with the artist’s being awarded the Heineken Prize for Art (2014).
THE SHOWROOM, LONDON
July 2016 / English & Dutch / Hardcover
7 x 9 ¾ in. / 396 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-191-8 · Retail Price: $42.00
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
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
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