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
Lessons of Solitude
2001, Exhibition catalog, English and Spanish text
Softcover, 8 x 10 1/2 inches
112 pp, 66 b&w and 26 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-88865-616-5 · Retail Price: $25.00
The Films of Hito Steyerl
Nick Aikens (Ed.)
Hito Steyerl is one of today’s most respected—and presciently relevant— practitioners and theorizers of modern visual culture. She speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. As prolific in her writing as in her film and image-making, this book gathers a decade’s worth of the artist’s own writing alongside critical essays and readings of Steyerl’s practice. Published to accompany a major mid-career retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, this publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images. Texts and writings by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Nick Aikens, Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente and David Riff are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills and documentation of three never-seen-before works: Liquidity Inc. (2014), Shunga (2014) and Surveillance: Disappearance (2013)…
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN
INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART, BRISBANE
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 x 8 1/2 inches / 244 pp / 11 b&w and 108 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-057-7 · Retail Price: $26.00
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
2004 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover - spiral bound, 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
80 pp / 58 color
ISBN: 0-911291-32-6 · Retail Price: $20.00
An Arrival Tale
Daniela Zyman & Cory Scozzari (Eds.)
Appropriation, storytelling, reenactment and reportage are some of the strategies Mexican conceptual artist Mario García Torres (b. 1975) deploys to highlight the limitations of factual evidence and the agency of historical records and objects. An Arrival Tale detaches his works from their original context and offers them as a collection of narratives and artistic experiments in order to address the urgencies of our time. The amply illustrated monograph exploring the artist’s multidisciplined work—film and video, photography, sound and performance—pairs diverse contributions by sound artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, writer Armen Avanessian, curator Chus Martinez plus theorist Anke Hennig examining the space of arrival as a complicated and disjointed nexus between departure, displacement and return. While conceived in relation to the solo exhibition at TBA21, Vienna, the publication expands on thematic threads of spatial disjunction, recollection, asynchronicity, fictionality and the politics of visibility. Torres has exhibited and performed at the Hammer Museum (2015), the Stedekijk Museum, UC Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Tate Modern, dOCUMENTA (13), the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and more.
THYSSEN -BORNE MISZA ART CONTEMPORARY, VIENNA
July 2017 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ in.
216 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-264-9 · Retail Price: $34.00
The Ambivalence of a New Visibility
Simone Neuenschwander & Thomas Thiel (Eds.)
The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. While modern life is characterized by a desire for more transparency in communication, politics and business, limitless access to information has eroded our personal privacy. In the two-part, joint exhibition project curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Thomas Thiel, contemporary artists examine the many cultural facets and atmospheres of a (non) transparent society: the consequences of an algorithm- and data-collection driven life and world, our changed relationship to privacy and strategies of refusal or deliberate disclosure of data, among other issues. Conceptually designed by the activist Dutch design group Metahaven, this overscaled dense catalog is packed with images, artistic statements and scientific essays from both exhibitions, including outlines of all the contributions to this substantial project. Using mapping and fragmentation to convey the ubiquity of silent surveillance, the book is a complex and provocative contribution to this ever-present social dilemma. Contributions by Emmanuel Alloa, Neïl Beloufa, Clare Birchall , Juliette Blightman, Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison and Manfred Schneider.
BIELEFELDER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMAN
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 9 ¼ x 13 in. / 162 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-223-6 · Retail Price: $32.00
Ornament and Obsession
Evelyn-Dorothée Allemand, Arie Hartog, Markus Landert & Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Eds.)
In a contemporary art scene in which one artist’s work can be mistaken for another’s, no one ever fails to recognize Austrian Elmar Trenkwalder’s utterly unique vision. Avidly collected throughout Europe, his clay sculptures combine vegetable-like forms, grotesquely distorted fragments of the human body, sexual obsessions reminiscent of the Kama Sutra and elements of Rococo architecture; he also creates drawings, paintings and mixed-media installations. The absolute opposite of trendy minimalism, Trenkwalder’s oddly human theater of architecture shows exuberant ornaments functioning not so much “holy shrines” as they are sly exhibitions of dreams and the unconscious.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 x 1/2 inches/ 264 pp/ 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-009-2 · Retail Price: $58.00