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CHARLES VAN OTTERDIJK

Double Centre

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.

BOOK WORKS, LONDON
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

LESLEY VANCE

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.

DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
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

VASARELY GO HOME

Andreas Fogarasi

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.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
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

MICHAEL VENEZIA

Paintings

Matthia Löbke

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.

SNOECK, GERMANY
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

ANTON VIDOKLE

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.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
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

Anton Vidokle

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.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
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

VIGGO MORTENSEN

Recent Forgeries

SMART ART PRESS, Los Angeles
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

Visible

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.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Softcover / 7 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches / 380 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-09-2 · Retail Price: $34.95

CECILIA VISSERS

Beyond

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.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
May 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 176 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-57-1 · Retail Price: $42.00

Marianne Vitale

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.

SNOECK, GERMANY
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