Phenomenal Art and Design in the 21st Century

Mika Iwasaka (Ed.)

This gorgeous compendium of art installations currently on the forefront of art and technology is a must-have for all art libraries, collectors and artists pushing into this exciting new realm. Illustrated in full-bleed spreads with brief explanatory texts is the work of 59 world-renowned artists currently working in the area of phenomenal art and design. Projects such as WOW’s Bloom Skin (2012), Ryoji Ikeda’s Spectra London (2014), Olafur Eliasson’s Round Rainbow (2005) and Model for a Timeless Garden (2011), Zimoun’s 329 (2013), Troika’s Cloud (2008), Daito Manabe+Motoi Ishibashi’s Particles, Seiko Mikami’s Desires of Codes (2010), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Levels of Nothingness (2009), Random International’s Rain Room (2012) and The Workers’ After Dark (2014), among many others are organized into sections—sound, light, space, wind, sculpture and performance—and demonstrate how physical perception is being elaborated and extended through a variety of virtual technologies.

July 2015 / Softcover
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 194 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-951-8 · Retail Price: $45.00


Landscapes and buildings haunted by their layered histories are the protagonists in British artist Zarina Bhimji’s photographs and large-scale film installations, with India and East Africa the repeat locations for her forays into the archaeology of place. This catalog of a major survey exhibition spanning 25 years presents the first overview of Bhimji’s work. Sound and picture combine to transform image into metaphor, politics into poetry. Spans early installation pieces from She Loved to Breathe: Pure Silence (1987), to her critically acclaimed film Out of Blue (2002), first shown at documenta XI, and her much-anticipated latest work, Yellow Patch (2011). Includes an in-depth conversation between the artist and the exhibition’s curators, Achim Borchardt-Hume and Kathleen Bühler plus an essay by art historian and writer TJ Demos in which he analyses what he calls Bhimji’s ‘Cinema of Affect’.

April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 x 8.5 inches / 128 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-51-7 · Retail Price: $39.95


Fetishes of Crisis

Alexis Vaillant

A compact catalog – mini, in fact – is the perfect accompaniment for the cheeky exhibition BigMinis at Bordeaux’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Bringing together works by more than 40 artists, the show considers important questions for our time, especially the nature of the scaled-down object in a time of recession. The compact object is nowadays regarded as simultaneously cute (meaning minority and superfluous) and disquieting (subversive and hard to see). Is the mini a herald of the current economic crisis, or a reflection of it? Is it actually a smart adaptation to the times? Riveting texts in English and French by an all-star roster of critics enhance an equally stellar list of featured artists, including everyone from Pablo Picasso, Carl Andre and Yoko Ono to Jason Meadows, Cathy Opie and Laurie Simmons.

2011 / Softcover / 4 x 2.75 inches / 416 pp / 180 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-25-2 · Retail Price: $19.95


Hans Arp in a Dialogue with Current Artist Positions

Hans Arp, considered one of the pivotal artists of the early 20th century, is still influencing artists today. This inventive, complex exhibition catalog from Germany’s Hans Arp Museum focuses on Arp as a pioneer in organic abstraction – using the shapes and processes of nature, growth and change in his work – and shows his work in tandem with a plethora of contemporary works that reverberate with his influence. Terrific photos and a thoughtful, absorbing text compare and contrasts Arp’s work with works by Gerhard Mantz, Tony Cragg, Louise Bourgeois, Ernesto Neto, Birgitta Weimer and many others. As Arp said in the 1930s, “We were looking for an elemental form of art which would cure mankind of the madness of our times.” Apparently as a culture and as artists, we’re still looking.

Snoeck, Germany
November 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 11 inches / 120 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-83-4 · Retail Price: $49.95


#wtf. Playful Subversion.
A collection of 474 web pics

The artist book / exhibition catalog Playful Subversion from Swiss artist Beni Bischof is a wild journey through 945 black-and-white images taken from every available web portal in a crash of cultures, identity, humor and political comment— a riotous paranoia about the world we live in and the billion of images that assault our senses every single day. It reads like an oversized flipbook except you will need one hell of a pocket to tuck this fat little monster into your coat pocket. Produced for his first Austrian solo exhibition at Fotohof Salzburg, it does exactly as the title suggests. A highly entertaining vade mecum, it blends together the great icons of the culture industry in a high-contrast panorama of our postmodern media culture. The contrast of black-and-white reproductions not only deconstructs and profanes the odd hero or two but also generates a subversive maelstrom, the pull of which is difficult to escape.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 480 pp / 474 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902993-18-2 · Retail Price: $30.00


Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia

Shezad Dawood

The multiple notions embedded within the black sun—relating to eclipse, transfiguration and alchemy—are explored in this beautifully conceived artist book by Shezad Dawood. Black Sun, the title of the British artist’s third book, is a term with myriad meanings; it represents the darkening of daylight, but is also a symbol of esoteric, mystical or occult significance used in various belief systems. Accompanying a traveling exhibition conceived of and curated by the artist, the catalog’s extensive essays examine structures that, much like the black sun itself, deconstruct our everyday modes of seeing. Featured are works by Ayisha Abraham, Tino Sehgal, Wolfgang Tillmans and others, along with extensive texts by Dawood, Arnolfini director Tom Trevor and Megha Ralapati of Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center.

2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
194 pp / 50 b&w and 75 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-84-5 · Retail Price: $39.95


An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933–1957

Eugen Blume, Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein & Catherine Nichols (Eds.)

The interdisciplinary and experimental educational ideas espoused by Black Mountain College (BMC), which was founded in North Carolina in 1933, made it one of the most innovative schools, after the Bauhaus, of the first half of the 20th century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture and music were all taught here on an equal footing, and teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first director of the school was Josef Albers, and icons such as John Cage, Walter Gropius and Buckminster Fuller were among the many luminaries invited to teach. In consequence, BMC witnessed the development of a cutting-edge range of avant-garde concepts and ideas that still influence the art world today. This richly illustrated book appears in conjunction with the Black Mountain exhibition. It is the first comprehensive publication on BMC in the German-speaking world and traces the key moments in the history of this legendary school.

October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 464 pp / 450 b&w and 22 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-025-8 · Retail Price: $49.95


Opera Rock

This is the first comprehensive monograph on the French artist Jean- Luc Blanc’s enigmatic “glam” oeuvre. It documents his retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2009), where Blanc’s works have been juxtaposed with those of 45 historic and contemporary artists, as well as with numerous artifacts, antiques, jewels, crystals, curios, and naturalia. In Alex Farqhuarson’s perceptive essay, he comments, “Jean-Luc Blanc mostly paints portraits … Like phantoms, the people he paints have no corporeality, much less a developed identity; and like actors, his subjects appear ‘in character’, void of self, projecting the lives of others.” Additional writings by Thierry Jousse, Melvin Moti and interview by Alexis Vaillant.

2009 / Exhibition catalog / English & French
Softcover / 81/ 4 x 101/ 2 inches / 160 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-69-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

Ina Blom

On the Style Site
Art, Sociality, and Media Culture

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2007 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
261 pp / 73 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-30-6 · Retail Price: $29.95


If The Colour Changes

Achim Borchardt-Hume & Doro Globus (Eds.)

Mel Bochner (born 1940) is part of a generation of New York artists who emerged in the 1960s, at a time when painting was increasingly dismissed as outmoded. Bochnerleft his discipline and become a pioneer in introducing language into the visual field. In 1966, Harvard University art historian Benjamin Buchloh described Bochner’s “Working Drawings” installation as “probably the first truly conceptual exhibition.” In an overview of Bochner’s career this exhibition catalog from Whitechapel Gallery, London, highlights his rich and thought provoking approaches to photograpy, installation and painting over 45 years. Also included are the most recent series of ‘thesaurus” paintings which achieve a symbiosis of language and color as intellectually complex as it is visually stimulating. Texts by Achim Borchardt-Hume, João Fernandes, Ulrich Wilmes and Briony Fer.

January 2013/ English/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
9 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches/ 216 pp/ Extensive b&W and color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-66-1 · Retail Price: $45.00