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BIGMINIS

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
CAPC MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, FRANCE
2011 / Softcover / 4 x 2.75 inches / 416 pp / 180 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-25-2 · Retail Price: $19.95

BIOMORPH!

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

BENI BISCHOF

#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.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
LASER MAGAZIN, SWITZERLAND
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

BLACK SUN

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.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
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

JEAN-LUC BLANC

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

MEL BOCHNER

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.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON
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

Bodycheck

Catalog of the 10th Fellback Triennial of Contemporary Sculpture

Matthias Winzen
Snoeck, Germany
2007 / English and German / Exhibition catalog Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
296 pp / 380 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-64-5 · Retail Price: $66.00

BOOKS AND IDEAS AFTER SETH SIEGELAUB

Michalis Pichler (Ed.)

Seth Siegelaub, (b. 1941–2013, New York) curator, gallery owner and author is best known for his promotion of conceptual art in New York during the 1960s and ‘70s. Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub looks at the books produced by Siegelaub in the ‘60s and their renewed influence on artists and their publications today. Pichler, curator of the exhibition at the Center for Book Arts NY (2013), offers this catalog as a window into an ongoing conceptual discourse with Siegelaub’s books as the platform. Extensive illustrations and bibliographic details are featured including Siegelaub’s Xerox Book (1968), which was printed in offset but has since been xeroxed and openly reproduced by numerous artists and publishers. His publications, often taken as starting points for new projects, are substantial artworks in their own right. Also included: Siegelaub’s work with the Art Workers’ Coalition, a draft of The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement on contemporary art and activism, and a last interview with Siegelaub by Pichler.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, NEW YORK
February 2017 / Softcover
6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 128 pp / 120 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-244-1 · Retail Price: $26.00

Mike Bouchet

Selected Works 1989-2009

The work produced by Mike Bouchet in recent years seems to present a compulsion to alter one’s place in the world by reproducing and re-contextualizing “desirable” things in and of the world. His projects and exploits are one-to-one models – real transactions with their own autonomy and agency. You cannot alter your place in the world without first altering your image of the world. Bouchet’s endeavor goes beyond representation or a kind of DIY prudence, into what can best be described as a real-life parody. This artist uses everything at his disposal to grow, package, and pitch his own products. In systems such as these, even real transactions are not completely convincing, the rectification of one’s product through extensive image production is needed to make it completely viable.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / Softcover / 216 pp / 8 3/78 x 11 inches / 171 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-73-3 · Retail Price: $34.95