British and German Art after 1945
Carina Plath (Ed.)
Postwar Great Britain and Germany were both marked by literal hunger as well as hunger for artistic freedom of expression. As the artistic spirit reemerged in the 1950s, what did it look like in these two cultures? In this well-researched and attractive publication, Carina Plath and Dorthe Wilke, curators of the exhibition at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, look at this time for signs of artistic autonomy rising from the ashes of a brutal period. Divided between sculptural work and painting, the show explores work that set the stage for the art world of today. Substantial essays by John-Paul Stonard, Gerhard Marks Haus, Arie Hartog and Carina Plath are intertwined with well-captioned reproductions of the featured works making this publication more of an historical document than exhibition catalog. Twenty-eight artists are featured including Francis Bacon, Willi Baumeister, Lynn Chadwick, Hans Hartung, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Bernard Schultze, Hans Uhlmann and more.
SPRENGLE MUSEUM, HANOVER
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
128 pp / 19 b&w and 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-101-3 · Retail Price: $49.95
British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries
This book forms a foundation for research into this significant and under-recognized aspect of West Coast culture – the legacy of Bernard Leach’s approach to pottery in St. Ives, England, and its influence on important West Coast potters such as Michael Henry, Glenn Lewis, John Reeve and Ian Steele. These potters, along with Wayne Ngan, Tam Irving and Charmian Johnson, formed an integral part of the West Coast studio pottery movement that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s and produced a legacy of ceramics equal to any other in the world. Lavishly illustrated with archival and exhibition photographs from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s 2004 “Thrown” exhibition, the book contains essays and writings by Glenn Allison, Michael Henry, Tam Irving, Charmian Johnson, Glenn Lewis, Lee Plested, Herbert Read, John Reeve, Naomi Sawada, Doris Shadbolt, Ian Steele, Nora Vaillant, Scott Watson and Soetsu Yanagi.
August 2011 / Hardcover / 8 x 10 1/2 inches
304 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-88865-803-6 · Retail Price: $59.95
Saskia van der Wiel & Freek Lomme (Eds.)
Drawing attention to the visual quality of concentration, sensation, relations, attraction and repulsion—as if played out on the world stage in front of her— Dutch artist Esther Tielemans presents painted panels as décor hanging on the wall, lying on the floor or hanging free in space. Taken together, these forms act almost like props, creating a large-scale abstract landscape for the viewer to wander.
2011 / English & Dutch /Hardcover
8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 90 pp / 4 b&w and 61 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-61-8 · Retail Price: $53.00
Manuela Ammer (Ed.)
Emerging Berlin artist Jenni Tischer’s work weaves an unlikely bond between minimalist sculpture and the frayed, human history of textile work. Vividly conveyed in this compact beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog accompanying her survey show at Mumok, Vienna (2014)—the result of winning the Art Basel 2013 Baloise art prize—Tischer’s installations blur the boundary between display and artwork: walls and floor interlock, open cubes intertwine with “Viennese netting” recalling Thonet chairs, architectural objects allude to looms and pin cushions. Tischer ponders the impact of the anachronistic practice of weaving: How is human labor inscribed into its materials and surfaces? Why are textiles gaining momentum in the digital age? Between “pins” (needles) and PINs (personal identification numbers), Tischer considers the memory of materials and the digital encoding of identities, staking out a space for the human in a polished design world. Essays by curator Manuela Ammer, critic Ines Kleesattel, art historian Karola Kraus and artist Barbara Kapusta.
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 inches
64 pp / 28 color
ISBN: 978-3-956791-11-6 · Retail Price: $26.00
2007 / English and German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 81/2 x 11 inches
220 pp / 232 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-66-9 · Retail Price: $85.00
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches / 96 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-09-4 · Retail Price: $54.00
The Path from Hiroshige to Contemporary Artists
Hiroshige’s early 19th-century series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, is a masterpiece of ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) landscape tableaux. The artist takes the viewer along one of the main roads of Japan, linking Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto and a famous scenic route that includes celebrated sights like Mt. Fuji. This unprecedented – and stunningly beautiful – exhibition catalog delicately and faithfully reproduces Hiroshige’s prints, and goes on to works by other important artists following in the footsteps of this classic series: 62 woodblocks from the 1960s by Shiko Munakata; Yoshitomo Nara’s In the floating world, No Nukes!; a mix of samurai and modern scenes by Akira Yamaguchi; and photos of a magnificent painting-installation by up-and-coming artist Kazuyuki Takezaki. Two centuries of Japanese art and artists on one timeless theme.
2012 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
12 x 9 inches / 200 pp / 40 b/w and 160 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-09-8 · Retail Price: $89.95
Nikolaus Hirsch and Sophie von Olfers
From 2003-2007, one of the most exciting exhibit spaces in London was Flaca, in the home of artist Tom Humphreys. This copiously illustrated exhibition catalog looks back on those days through Humphreys’ eyes. It’s a perfect match with the Frankfurt-based museum, Portikus, and its tradition of interpreting the exhibition space in forever new ways. Humphreys made no pretense to offer an illustrative or historically accurate representation of his activities in those days; he created a group show with more than 40 artists, some of whom never showed at Flaca. The catalog expresses the energetic, engaged style that characterized Humphreys and his creation, Flaca. Contributing writers are Thomas Bayrle, Christian Egger, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sophie von Olfers with essays recalling the excitement of discovering artists in this cutting edge space, its historical chronology and much more.
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8.25 x 11 inches / 160 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-78-8 · Retail Price: $24.95
On Wanting to Grow Horns: The Little Theater of Tom Knechtel
Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis Colllege of Art and Design
2002 Exhibition catalog
Hardcover with dust jacket, 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
128 pp, 44 b&w and 47 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-29-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Pictures on the Wall of Your Heart
American artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) emerged as an artist in the 1960s Pop Art scene – alongside Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Rosenquist – with his Great American Nudes series. Throughout his career he also made still lifes, which are the focus of this exhibition catalog. Using some of the artist’s most accomplished works, the curators examine individual, incremental changes and developments in his work via the still lifes, from the found-object collages in his early career to shaped canvases to laser cut-outs from the late 1990s. The catalog investigates the deeply “American” quality of Wesselmann’s works, as well as his sly allusions to European tradition.
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 120 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-42-3 · Retail Price: $45.00