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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

ALISON WILDING

Tracking

Ridinghouse, London
2008 / Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
64 pp / 33 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-12-8 · Retail Price: $45.00

ALISON WILDING

Art School Drawings from the 1960s and 70s

Turner Prize-nominee Alison Wilding rose to prominence in the late 1970s, counting among her cohort Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg. Though she is best known for abstract sculptures that incorporate unlikely materials like alabaster, beeswax, silk and PVC, this slim exhibition catalog from London’s Karsten Schubert Gallery focuses on 12 drawings from Wilding’s days as an art student. The nine drawings known as “Ethos of the Petrol Station” are accompanied by a revealing text from Peter Cartwright, who relates both his memories of teaching Wilding and the student project that inspired the drawings. An intimate glimpse into at important artist’s origins and growth.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
August 2012/ Softcover/ 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches/ 32 pp/ 14 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-45-6 · Retail Price: $10.00

ALISON WILDING

Vanish & Detail

British artist Alison Wilding’s conceptual sculptures combine forms and techniques such as modeling, carving and casting to defuse and challenge the viewer’s expectations, revealing her philosophical and perceptual interest in light, boundary and territory. This unique artist monograph selects more than 20 works featured in the ambitious 2013 exhibition at Tate Britain, London. Each of the five major works on display brings together contrasting materials—from copper and alabaster to rubber and PVC—while testing the relationship between scale and weight. In this rich overview, lush illustrations complement an artist interview with Tate curator Carmen Julía, along with a survey text by art historian Anna Moszynska that explores Wilding’s 40-year career.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON
May 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 96 pages / 35 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-85-2 · Retail Price: $32.00
 

WILLIAM ANTHONY

War is Swell

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2000, Hardcover, 12 x 9 inches
126 pp, 112 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-39-1 · Retail Price: $25.00