Sproken | Fairy Tales
Jane Huldman & Philip Peters (Eds.)
Accompanying Dutch artist Christie van der Haak’s (b. 1950) stunning site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum’s Projects Gallery in 2015 comes this long-over- due survey documenting 35 years of this exceptional artist’s watercolors, paintings, objects and installations. Van der Haak moved from painting to designing fabrics as autonomous artworks and upholstery, wall coverings, tablecloths and the like. Op- erating in a field between art and design, her approach represents the active return by contemporary artists to Bauhaus principles of working across disciplines. Recently van der Haak has been transforming spaces such as museum rooms into places with a different meaning, employing her characteristic vocabulary of exuberant, dazzling colors and complex ever-changing patterns in a multitude of both two- and three- dimensional objects. Drawing on art history, mythology, contemporary social issues and generally everything she encounters in life, her work is like a fairy tale—charming, seductive and beautiful but never without profound hidden layers of meaning.
STROOM DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2016 / English & Dutch / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 ½ x 12 inches / 416 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-60-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
The German Library Pyongyang
In early 2016, the German Library in Guangzhou, China, was transformed into The German Library Pyongyang, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut. The temporary intervention by Amsterdam-based South Korean artist Sara van der Heide (b. 1977) is a re-imagining of the German Library into the Goethe-Institut’s library initiative. Devised as a way to discuss national cultural policy in a post–Cold War and postcolonial era, van der Heide’s project looks critically toward the parallel histories of Germany and the two Koreas, transcending thinking prescribed by nation-state, language and geography. Artistic, linguistic and graphic interventions in the library merge with the activities of the German learning center, including the replacement of all Chinese institutional printed matter with Korean texts. The softcover folio holds four slender exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English and Chinese, plus a reader with critical reflections by a variety of artists and musicians, exhibition and seminar documentation. Informative essays by Anselm Franke, Changho Choi and others.
July 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English, Chinese, German & Korean
Softsleeve cover w/5 pamphlets
7 x 9 ½ in. / 80 pp / 35 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-308-0 · Retail Price: $16.00
Selected Works 2009–2016
During the 1990s, Amsterdam-based artist Jan van der Ploeg (b. 1959) gained international acclaim with his bold, colorful geometric wall paintings. His abstract modular motifs sometimes recall Calder’s mobiles, Artschwager’s conceptual blps, or LeWitt’s minimalist wall paintings. Though van der Ploeg’s installation for Kunsthaus Baselland consists of two massive wall pieces, the accompanying catalog is a survey of almost a decade of work by the artist. With 350 color plates featuring a number of museum installations, it is his most extensive document to date. Jan van der Ploeg first began painting geometric designs on the walls of buildings in his native Amsterdam. Since then, he has painted in hundreds of galleries and institutions, from the Hammer Museum lobby (L.A.) to the walls of the Rijks Museum, considering the specific architecture of each space and adding to it new depth and dimension. Unique combinations of common shapes, bold colors and shifts in scale invite the viewer to experience familiar spaces in new and dynamic ways.
KUNSTHAUS BASELLAND, SWITZERLAND
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 8 ½ x 11 in. / 272 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-174-7 · Retail Price: $69.95
Bik Van der Pol
February 2007, English and Dutch text
Hardcover, 5 x 7.5 inches
186 pp, 28 b&w and 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-933128-20-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Bram Kempers, Sjoukje van der Meulen and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen
Artist Hans van Houwelingen is known for his versatile and critical look at art in public space, public life and cultural politics. In this monograph – an unusually beautiful and comprehensive look at the art of making public works – van Houwelingen’s writings are interwoven into the discussions of three important Dutch critic curators, each of whom focuses on a selection of particular works in relationship to their topic. Bram Kempers addresses the social and cultural backgrounds of Dutch public art; Stefan Schmidt-Wulffen offers a comparison of international positions on art in public space over the last few decades; and Sjoukje van der Meulen contributes an in-depth analysis of the art-theoretical implications of van Houwelingen’s work. The artist himself responds to the theoreticians in his typically clear-headed and imaginative way.
ARTIMO, THE NETHERLANDS
April 2012 / Hardcover / 8 x 10 inches
336 pp / extensive b/w and color
ISBN: 978-90-75380-14-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall
The compact monograph on Amsterdam-based performance/installation artist Sarah van Lamsweerde’s (b. 1971) most recent performance, Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall, includes photographs of objects from Lega (a people from the northeastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo), ancient “proverb strings” or mutanga along with those created by the artist plus her performers Esther Mugambi and Alex Zakkas. The objects in a proverb string traditionally function as carriers of wisdom that are activated in social situations. In Paper is a leaf, van Lamsweerde explores what it means to develop an ideographic tool in our age of virtual images and communications, engaging a variety of related aesthetic and ethical questions in the process. Dutch writer and evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldsmidt, independent curator and editor Alessandra Saviotti and choreographer Norberto Llopis Segarra contribute thoughtful and informative essays to this cultural-based work.
February 2016 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 9 ½ inches / 82pp / 30color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-50-2 · Retail Price: $20.00
At the First Clear Sight
Rezi van Lankveld’s paintings strikingly balance the shift between pictorial scene and creative process. The artist’s working procedure has remained the same throughout her career: oil paint is poured onto wooded boards until an image emerges, creating a spontaneous ambiguity to the pictorial form captured by the artist and spectator alike. This exhibition catalog, in collaboration with The Approach, London, presents a selection of the Dutch artist’s work from 2003–10 for the first time. Her most recent work has moved towards pieces in which the pictorial elements reach out to the edges of the wooded board, creating forms which rise and fall rhythmically across the work. Excellent texts by Leen Bedaux, Jeremiah Day, Melissa Gronlund and Zlatko Wurzberg.
April 2012 / Hardcover / 8 x 10.5 inches
112 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-50-0 · Retail Price: $39.95
Maria Martens (Ed.)
Dutch performance, film and video artist Frans van Lent (b. 1955) believes that in our present time, passing unnoticed has become a noticeable experience. The popularity of social media and its promise of instant fame in fact emphasizes how much of our lives goes unmarked by public exposure or recognition. Unnoticed Art, a quietly designed index and description of the 34 performance ideas carried out by volunteers at the Unnoticed Art Festival (2014) seems designed to resist attention itself. The slender volume of black-and-white text with no other markings will pass almost invisible between other books on a bookshelf—or will it? According to van Lent, the Unnoticed Art Festival—which continues to be staged at an unannounced location and times—embraces genuine engagement with a limited number of people, allowing for a more intense connection with those present.
February 2016 / Hardcover
5 x 7 ½ inches / 74 pp
ISBN: 978-90-808675-0-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
Emily Pethick, Wendelien van Oldenborth & David Morris (Eds.)
Amateur is the first comprehensive publication on Dutch experimental filmmaker and visual artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s (b. 1962) moving-image works and their accompanying installations from 2005 through 2015. This handsome catalog gathers her works on communication and interaction between individuals in public locations to cast attention on repressed, incomplete and unresolved histories. Through the staging of these encounters, van Oldenborgh enabled multiple perspectives and voices to coexist, bringing to light political, social and cultural relationships. Thirteen essays by artists, curators and writers who have been key interlocutors with van Oldenborgh offer in-depth observations on her work, which is generously and imaginatively illustrated with project outtakes organized in flipbook-like pages inset chronologically between the texts. Contributors include Nana Adusei-Poku, Ricardo Basbaum, FreÅLdeÅLrique Bergholtz, Eric de Bruyn, Binna Choi, David Dibosa, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Avery F. Gordon, Tom Holert, Nataša Ilić, Charl Landvreugd, Sven Lütticken, Anna Manubens, Ruth Noack and Grant Watson. Amateur is published in conjunction with the artist’s being awarded the Heineken Prize for Art (2014).
THE SHOWROOM, LONDON
July 2016 / English & Dutch / Hardcover
7 x 9 ¾ in. / 396 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-191-8 · Retail Price: $42.00
Nick Aikens, Charles Esche & Charles van Otterdijk (Eds.)
Double Centre appears as a sort of archive revealing two mysterious buildings discovered by Dutch artist Charles van Otterdijk while wandering through the woods near his family home in the east of Germany. Photographs of the locations, taken by van Otterdijk during his long-term investigative project, suggest that they could have been rendition centers—those sovereign sites of exception used by democratic states in their effort to eliminate, contain or otherwise manufacture terror. This artist’s book, a report in photos and documents, feels similarly out of sight. The apparent objectivity of image and text belies an eerie suspicion about the truth of the narrative, where boundaries between legal and illegal, fiction and reality become blurred in our current moment of political crisis and government surveillance. Accompanying exhibitions at the Hague and the Van Abbemuseum.
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, THE NETHERLANDS
STROOM DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches
80 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-60-1 · Retail Price: $24.95