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Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn

Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE - 2010 CE

Gregg Moore and Richard Torchia

You get the idea early on, with photos of Chinese-born, New York-based artist Ai Weiwei dropping a 2000-year-old Han Dynasty urn. Oops. No, that’s the point. This exhibition catalog/monograph from Ai’s first solo exhibition outside New York gives a comprehensive picture of this unconventional artist’s approach to the undoing of assumptions about rare and old ceramics. Whether it’s his famous Coca-Cola vase (with the Coke logo painted over the ancient surface of the pot) or other violations of the surfaces of ancient artifacts, this is a clear expression of iconoclastic modernism. Includes the first English translation of an interview with Ai Weiwei, and an essay by the Beijing-based critic, Philip Tinari. Additonal essays by Glenn Adamson, Dario Gamboni and Stacey Pierson.

Office for Discourse Engineering, Beijing
Arcadia University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania
2010 / English & Chinese / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 125 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-988-17367-7-2 · Retail Price: $35.00

WENDELIEN VAN OLDENBORGH

A Well Respected Man, Or Book of Echoes

Dutch film artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh believes, as Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.“ Her films, which mix scripted scenes with improvisational participation, investigate the Dutch colonial past in Indonesia. This publication features two of her recent films, No False Echoes (2008) and Instruction (2009), which present as photonovels traumatic episodes from the Dutch military intervention that still reverberate in the contemporary psyche of the Netherlands. Beginning with writings and work by von Olderborgh, the book also includes a reprint of an eloquently written 1913 essay of national freedom by Soewardi Soeryaningrat, Indonesian nationalist, subjective contemporary reactions from Lizzy van Leeuwen and Nuraini Juliastuti, and another text, from 1935, concerning national education in Indonesia. Oldenborgh’s films are rich in the layering of cultural history and issues of memory and race.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN/NEW YORK
CASCO, THE NETHERLANDS
2011 / English, Dutch & Bahasa Indonesia
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches / 140 pp / 25 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-22-1 · Retail Price: $22.00

Wermke Leinkauf

Xander Karskens & Nettina Klein

It is considered quite normal in ­recent art history for two artists to join forces – many famous examples in the last thirty-five years are proof enough of this. But there is something special when two very differ­ent characters come together, espe­- c­ially when such a collabor­ation would seem scarcely probable due to the fact that they studied in different places and do not necessarily share the same fields of inter­est. But there is something that connects Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, which has contra­dicted a prototypical career of this kind throughout their lives – the two have been friends from a shared adolescence in the East Berlin street art and grafitti scene. And this is where we plunge into a wild and spectacular background which characterises so inimitably the work of this artist duo. Take the following film by the two young artists: a man is hanging by his outstretched arms from some ledge or other – a bridge, a crane or what­ever. And just as you are about to place a bet as to how long he can hold on, he pulls himself up again – or maybe he simply allows himself to fall? In the installation »Deci­sions«, you witness this situa­tion repeatedly from different perspec­tives on ten monitors and then over again in other places. Thus, the viewer at least has an opportunity to get used to this ­unusual event. And because habitu­ation usually happens very quickly, it creates a completely non-specific interest in activities, for example, that are repeatedly disturbed in an unplanned way, in prohibitions that become common­place, or in observ­ing activities that seem impossible. And so suddenly new opportu­n­ities emerge which normally would only be the preserve of a »topsy-turvy world«. According to ­Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf in an outline of the project, it is all about a ­journey of discovery and the unconventional use of public space, in which the familiar becomes unfamiliar, unknown. The viewer is supposed to become aware, simply and quite spontaneously of – in a literal sense – free, open spaces that the two art­ists have conquered most artistically and subversively. This book is the first solo publi­cation on this artist-duo and ­compiles an overview of all previous actions jointly per­formed by the pair. In 2012, the duo received the Columbus art foundation prize for contemporary art.


2013/ Hardcover
11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 136 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-056-6 · Retail Price: $45.00

ERIK WESSELO

56 Beaver St.

Erik Wesselo
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2007 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5.5 x 8.5 inches
224 pp / 12 b&w and 70 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-056-4 · Retail Price: $59.95

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Gamebook

David Maroto

Part story, part game, The Wheel of Fortune, written and illustrated with drawings by Spanish visual artist David Maroto, is a book with a difference—one in which the reader becomes the protagonist. Inspired by Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler and the gamebook “Choose Your Own Adventure” popular in the early 1990s, this gamebook is the basis for Decide Your Destiny, a collective event for 52 players. Set in a hotel casino on the coast of Normandy, the narrative changes according to the reader’s decisions and interactions with characters in the book. Different games are played in the story like French roulette—and Russian roulette. Death, chance, desire and arcane knowledge unfold as the reader/performer explores multiple narrative paths. Maroto, who also created The Book Lovers, a project on artist novels, creates art in the form of games and novels and is currently working in Scotland.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015
Softcover / 5 x 8 inches
352 pp / 18 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-49-6 · Retail Price: $25.00

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Marrakech Biennale 5

Hicham Khalidi & Amanda Sarroff (Eds.)

With over 70,000 visitors to its fifth incarnation, the Marrakech Biennale is well on its way to international renown as a trilingual and proudly interdisciplinary North African biennial of contemporary art, literature, film and performance. Founded by Briton Vanessa Bronson in 2005, the biennial aims to use the “soft power” of the arts to provoke meaningful change in Morocco. The fifth edition, titled Where Are We Now? featured over 90 international artists and 30 site-specific commissions around various neighborhoods of Marrakech. This sizeable publication is a document and reflection of that celebration from artists, scholars, and critics, notably including Jamal Abdennassar, Keren Cytter, Shezad Dawood, Leif Elggren, Natasha Hoare, Amine Kabbaj, Driss Ksikes, Walid Raad, Simon Njami and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, among many others!

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
MARRAKECH BIENNALE, MOROCCO
July 2014 / English, French & Arabic / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 316 pp / 73 b&w and 75 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-46-5 · Retail Price: $39.95

EMILY WARDILL AND IAN WHITE

We Are Behind

Created to accompany British artist/filmmaker Emily Wardill’s solo exhibition windows broken, break, broke together, this rich book (presented as blueprints for three public lectures by Wardill and curator Ian White), uses distinctly different approaches to propose alternative routes through the artist’s work, all framed as an ongoing dialog between the authors. Fragmented by dialogic turns, appropriated texts, images, a score and quotations, and containing extensive reproductions of Wardill’s work, the book’s content and design reflects the labyrinthine, and sometimes hallucinogenic quality of her films and their radical combination of form, content and idea. An innovative and satisfying approach to embodying the work of a complex and compelling artist between the covers of a book.

BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
DE APPEL, THE NETHERLANDS
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6.25 x 9 inches / 152 pp / 62 b&w and 24 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-27-4 · Retail Price: $29.95

WHITENESS, A WAYWARD CONSTRUCTION

Tyler Stallings

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
March 2003, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover, 7 1/2 x 10 inches
156 pp, 28 b&w and 28 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-31-8 · Retail Price: $29.95

WHO TOLD YOU SO?!

The Collective Story vs. the Individual Narrative

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

We live in times of great social ambiguity. A recent exhibition, curated by Onomatopee director Freek Lomme, used the work of a wide range of contemporary artists to illustrate the dichotomy between the collective and the individual in ever-changing contemporary society. Tipping the scales at 438 pages with more than 600 color reproductions, Who Told You So?! provides the crafted feel of an artist’s book, the rigor of a theoretical reader, and the high quality reproductions of an exhibition catalog. Featuring 40 international artists, both emerging and established, from the last quarter century, including: Monika Löve, Slavs and Tartars, Elena Bajo, Hank Willis Thomas, Gillian Wearing, Ken Lum, Matthijs Bosman, Keren Cytter, Nadine Byrne, and Sebastian Friedman. Writings from Matteo Lucchetti, Markus Miessen, and Tanja Baudoin, among others, and a sticker from Heath Bunting round out this can’t-miss volume.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
September 2013 / Softcover w/ 2 inserts and 1 sticker
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 438 pp / 100+ b&w and 600+ color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-04-5 · Retail Price: $49.95

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL GUIDE

A Guide to the Aesthetics of Survivalism

Anna Bak (Ed.)

An intriguing meditation on the politics and aesthetics of survivalism assembled by Danish contemporary visual artist Anna Bak, this project began with her fascination with the North Pond Hermit, a man who lived in the wilderness for over 30 years. During the solitary and self-reliant but collaborative atmosphere of an artist residency in Maastricht, Bak decided to imagine the notion of survival through her artistic practice. She is joined by four other artists in this slender volume of texts and images exploring how one might survive real or speculative dangers as a poetic, contemporary, historic, social or creative act. Together with Bak’s curious essay—part allegory, part guidebook—Dutch artist Joris Lindhout, Swedish art historian Niels Henriksen, Swiss artist Francois Dey and Irish writer, curator and art historian Padraic E. Moore contribute stories, letters, objects and installations illustrated here in black-and-white and full-bleed color photographs.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2016 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 inches
144 pp / 14 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-42-7 · Retail Price: $25.00