Tone Hansen & Marit Paasche (Eds.)
On July 22, 2011, a politically motivated explosion took place in Oslo’s government “High-Rise” building and Hannah Ryggen’s tapestry We Are Living on a Star (1958) was partially destroyed. Only a slight scar remains after its meticulous reconstruction but the wound testifies to a brutal rent in the fabric of Norwegian society of recent terrorist actions. Ryggen’s tapestry serves as centerpiece for this compelling exhibition catalog curated by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) in which participating artists engaged public discourse on the nature of the normal and predictable—the normal being no longer familiar, and the abnormal no longer associated with the foreign. With ample color and black-and-white illustrations, introduction by art historian Marit Paasche and forword by theorist Tone Hansen, this evocative publication presents the work of 24 artists and writers contending with the interface of politics, art and the everyday.
HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, norway
January 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 x 10 1/4 inches
192 pp / 16 b&w and 76 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-047-8 · Retail Price: $40.00
Artist Residencies Around the World
The one reference book that every artist needs: a listing of the best 90 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) programs in the world! And there’s more in this cool, copiously illustrated book: details of more than 100 artists who are in AIR. Color-coded by region of the globe (Asia, Oceania, Europe, North/South America, Africa/Middle East), the book includes photos of artists’ residences, studios and work they have done; descriptions of each program, including interviews with artists who have been there; and selection criteria. Of course, there’s complete contact information for all. You will find the latest news from the programs where Gauguin, Donald Judd, Takashi Murakami, Makoto Aida and others have stayed and made great art. Includes a comprehensive list of 520 AIRs.
2010 / English & Japanese / Softcover
7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 386 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-669-2 · Retail Price: $59.95
British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997 (while still in her mid-30s). This comprehensive, copiously illustrated exhibition catalog documents the first major retrospective of her video and photography-based works. One of the Young British Artists, Wearing is represented in important collections ranging from the Tate Modern to the Guggenheim and the Hammer Museum. “The key to unlocking the work of Gillian Wearing is found not in art history but in reality television,” writes Ben Luke in the London Evening Standard. “Not so much the tabloid fodder of the 21st century but the tough stuff from the Sixties and Seventies…Always at the grittier end of the Young British Artists spectrum, she is in essence a documentary film-maker and photographer, her work weaving around the line that documentary treads between fact and fiction.” Wearing is known for delving into questions of identity—of herself and others—and for getting members of the public to reveal their innermost secrets, often at uncomfortable levels of intimacy and emotional charge. She often masks her subjects or herself, a strategy that, paradoxically, seems to reveal more than it hides. The retrospective goes back to Wearing’s first important work, the 1992-93 Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say, in which she asked people on the street to write a personal sign and then hold it up for a photo. During the 1990s, she used dramatized scenes to explore edgy relationship issues between parents and children. In her 2010 video Bully a young adult orchestrates actors to re-create a bullying incident in which he was the victim. With over 100 illustrations and insightful essays, this catalog presents Wearing as an important mid-career artist who finds new ways to explore human emotions in the age of social media.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 x12 1/2 inches 232 pp/ 120 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-52-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
Klaus Weber’s work presents the natural world being made to behave in unusual ways: a cloudburst follows a moving car on a sunny day; an ordinary vacuum cleaner summons a small tornado; mushrooms push up through tarmac. This slim but comprehensive catalog documents for the first time Austrian installation artist’s body of work and reveals an intervention in the spaces that dominate our “advanced” cities. Includes color and black-and-white photographs; texts by András Pálffy, Alex Farquharson, Clemens Krümmel, and the artist; and a pull-out insert to illustrate the spectacular effect of a heliostatic (sun-gathering) mirror that Weber installed at the 2008 Vienna Secession exhibit.
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 x 10 1/4 inches / 88 pp / 23 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-64-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
Viennese conceptual artist Christoph Weber (b. 1974) works in concrete, and in the process (pun intended) mines both its literal and metaphorical properties as it morphs from shapelessness to solidity. In this evocative project, concrete shifts, folds and overturns, slouching and bending, a quality that is echoed in this delicate and hyper-flexible artist book. Uncured concrete’s inherent malleability is further explored in an installation echoing Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic methods, in which multiple pinhole cameras trained on concrete shapes record their hardening. With the exposures timed to the concrete’s curing times, the concrete is further stilled, photographically. A thoughtful essay by Duscha and Weber explores the analogies between uncured concrete and low-tech photography. Additional essays by sociologist and art historian Jens Kastner, philosopher Sadie Plant, artist Fiona Liewehr and Museum St. Gallen Kunst curator Konrad Bitterli discuss this intelligent, compelling artist’s ideas, practice and projects.
February 2016 / English & German / Softcover
8 x 11 inches / 240 pp / 32 b&w and 112 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-030-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
At first glance, Heinrich Weid’s work reeks of conventional domestic design. But wait for the double-take, when you realize that his wild strain of thinking, camouflaged as an armchair or a vase, has turned home-sweet-home into Salvador Dali’s dollhouse, or Andy Warhol’s stage set. Weid plunges into the chaos of postmodern life, mixing forms and styles, utility and randomness, into a muscular type of design that will leave you questioning plenty of supposedly ordinary decisions about home décor. Weid wittily and wickedly brings together conflicting elements to create a memorable but not necessarily peaceful synthesis: vases made from toy cars, armchairs from car silhouettes, brick-patterned wallpaper with traffic symbols. Includes 7 sewn wallpapers: exquisite, but you’re not likely to be hanging them in the powder room.
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
11 x 7 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-15-5 · Retail Price: $39.95
Featured for the first time in the noted Sternberg Black Pocket Book series is a selection of seminal graphic-design projects developed by Markus Weisbeck’s German studio Surface over the last ten years. This paradigm-shifting firm has redefined the client-designer relationship, challenging what constitutes a graphic design practice today. Whether Surface collaborates closely with artists, like Liam Gillick or Isa Genzken, to create the posters for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale or takes the liberty to insert subtle interventions into monthly issues of a magazine, its designs skillfully inform the content at hand. Includes projects as diverse as virtual audio artwork by artist Michaela Melián, numeerous artists’ catalogues and key visuals for Manifesta 7. Also featured is a conversation between Christoph Keller and Markus Weisbeck.
2011 / Series 021 / Softcover
4.25 x 6.75 inches / 150 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-32-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
This book features new “pulp” paintings by Matthias Weischer, one of the most talented members of the New Leipzig School of German painters, whose work has been compared to that of David Hockney. He creates pastose oil paintings using cotton-fiber papier-mâché, the dominant material for large, semi-ornamental scenes of parks and gardens or interiors. “The manual and visual experiments with colored paper pulp came as no surprise in the work of an artist who has always been keen of exploring handcrafts and techniques, giving him a very special profile in the younger generation of German painters who started their careers after the nation’s reunion,” writes critic Walter Grasskamp in his brilliant essay “Pulp Fiction.” Weischer’s new works are a mix of the artificial landscape and staged interiors—by letting the outside in, he has opened up painting once again.
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
96 pp / 55 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-067-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
Following Nine Books 1973–1979, Edition Patrick Frey presents an exclusive new publication of drawings by late, internationally acclaimed Swiss artist David Weiss. Die Wandlungen (The Metamorphosis) reproduces for the first time all 82 series of graphic metamorphoses the artist made in Marrakesh and Switzerland between 1975 and 1979. Without knowing in advance what he would draw, he began at the upper left-hand corner of each sheet of paper with a scribble or image and followed it as it transformed from one thing into another. For example, a cube turns into a matchbox with a picture of a lion on it and a small deer inside, which turns into a bone and so on until a new series begins. Rendered in ballpoint pen on graph paper or china ink on plain white paper and varying from 1 to 37 pages in length, each series covers over 400 sheets in this overwhelming but addictive compendium.
July 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 596 pp / 479 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-70-6 · Retail Price: $89.95
A HISTORY OF POSSIBLE ENCOUNTERS
Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York
Doryun Chong & Cosmin Costinas (Eds.)
How did Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh and Martin Wong—four artists of Chinese heritage hailing from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and San Francisco, respectively—all end up in New York in the heady 1980s? By considering them together, what might we learn about their practices and this storied time and place in art history? With these questions in mind, Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters takes nuanced glimpses of the artists’ overlapping experiences, networks and friendships. Including a rich collection of photographs of the artists’ work, a timeline (1841–2011) charting general history, art history and biographical information from the exhibition, and essays by Hong Kong curator Doryun Chong, Para Site director Cosmin Costinas, among others, this book underlines the political and gendered nature of the music/art scene in New York art of the 1980s and the simultaneous emergence of contemporary Chinese art.
PARA SITE, HONG KONG
July 2015 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 144 pp / 47 b&w and 69 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-116-1 · Retail Price: $30.00