Los Angeles–based artist Lesley Vance, known to many for her celebrated inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, has emerged as an important contemporary voice in abstract painting. Her work engages broad histories—from Spanish still life to cubism. Rather than take these styles on directly, they become strategies and referents for Vance to deconstruct through careful brushwork and scraping gestures that are, in some sense, acts of erasure. Through her unique handling of color, paint and light, she creates illusionistic painted spaces where grounds seem to simultaneously recede and come forward. This slight but elegantly produced catalog encompasses the artist’s oil paintings and watercolors from 2009 to the present. Designed by Mark Owens and including a text from art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky.
July 2013 / Hardcover / 6 3⁄4 x 9 3⁄4 inches
64 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-0-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
All Around Amateur
Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie & Steinar Sekkingstad (Eds.)
Contemporary Norwegian painter Fredrik Værslev (b. 1979) presents his new series in this deconstructed exhibition catalog/artist’s book, All Around Amateur. Inspired by sunsets taken with his iPhone, Værslev re-creates the images on canvas by using a mechanical trolley used for marking lines on roads or sports fields. The rows of applied color are rubbed into the canvas resulting in resonant toned paintings mimicking the glow of the sun. The paintings are installed to create a massive line of shimmering tones recalling the color field paintings of Rothko. The artist book, accompanying the solo exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, is available as two different versions, each made up of 320 one-to-one digital images scanned from eight of the new “sunset” paintings and reproduced in the book sequentially, left to right, top to bottom. Full-bleed scans in each “volume” together reproduce an entire wall of paintings. Following the images are newly commissioned texts by Ina Blom, Martin Clark, and Steinar Sekkingstad plus an interview with artist Anne Pontégnie.
BERGEN KUNSTHALL, NORWAY
LE CONSORTIUM, DIJON
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ¾ x 11 ¼ in. / 352 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-229-8 · Retail Price: $48.00
Works by New York–based painter Michael Venezia represent some of the most original artistic works produced within the Minimal art movement. Following the minimalist dictum of spatialization of color and the extension of pictorial space (in contrast to Flavin and Judd, who both renounced it), Venezia devoted himself solely to painting and the characteristics of its aesthetic presence: texture, paint application and process. Taking minimalism into consideration, Venezia leads painting toward a condition of being a “specific object.” His “Narrow Bar” paintings— in which color is no longer a neutral element but a full-fledged medium—occupy a unique place in the contested zone between painting and sculpture. The careful presentation of Michael Venezia’s work in this survey catalog from the museum exhibi- tion at the Kunstverein Heilbronn is interspersed with autobiographical materials and an entertaining and informative interview by Tiffany Bell, herself known as an expert interpreter of Agnes Martin and Dan Flavin.
KUNSTVEREIN HEILBRONN, GERMANY
May 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches / 160 pp / 6 b&w and 89 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-164-8 · Retail Price: $42.00
Charlotte Verity’s paintings come about slowly during many hours of intense looking and close observation. She is preoccupied by the changing nature of the visual world, natural light and the passing seasons. This volume, the first monograph on the artist, accompanied the 2016 exhibition Charlotte Verity: New Paintings at Purdy Hicks in London. In addition to 37 images the book offers great insight into a five-year body of work. “In these paintings,” Edmund de Waal writes, “the seasons ebb is marked. They are a calendar, a series of poems tracing one full moment and then another.” Included along with de Waal’s incisive response to the paintings is an in-depth conversation between Verity and artist Garry Fabian Miller as well as a text by Paul Hills (author of Light in Early Italian Painting)—who is especially perceptive about the importance of light in Verity’s work.
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 x 10 ½ in. / 96 pp / 37 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-32-6 · Retail Price: $35.00
New York Conversations
The first in the new Sternberg DVD/film series, New York Conversations takes place in a Chinatown storefront converted into an improvised kitchen/restaurant. It documents three days of public conversations and meals among artists, critics, curators and a free-floating public. Brussels-based art journal A Prior invited artists Nico Dockx and Anton Vidokle to facilitate the conversations, and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija – famed for his fabulous cooking – to orchestrate the meals which created the conversation-enhancing atmosphere. Instead of commissioning texts or art to be printed in the journal, the artists decided to publicly rethink the way an art journal is produced. The film explores questions concerning labor in art, the feasibility of artistic freedom, means of reclaiming dignity in art criticism, and whether the event of making the film was, in itself, an artwork. A work in the tradition of underground cinema and conceptual film.
August 2011 / Softcover, jewel box w/DVD / 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
64:40 min / PAL / Stereo 4:3 / b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-37-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
Produce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat
Anton Vidokle, artist and co-founder of the noted internet art-based site, e-flux, has commanded the attention of over 70,000 viewers daily through his collaborative art projects such as the noted “e-flux video rental” and “An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life”. But for the numerous projects he has instigated and produced his identity is almost unknown. This new volume in the Black Book series finally unveils Vidokle’s unique and extensive career through numerous essays and a unusual interview with Martha Rosler about Vidokle by Bosko Blagojevic. Contributors include, Media Farzin, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Maria Lind, Monika Szewczyk and Jan Verwoert.
January 2010 / Series 018 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches / 96 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-82-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
International Contemporary Art
Dirk Luckow (Ed.)
Assembling over 950 works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations and video with an emphasis on German art from the postwar era through today, Deichtorhallen Hamburg presents one of the most significant German private collections of contemporary art: the Viehof Collection. The comprehensive catalog focuses on outstanding groups of work by artists including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Candida HoÅNfer, JoÅNrg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, Daniel Richter and Rosemarie Trockel. Edited by curator Dirk Luckow, the extraordinary range of this collection includes an overview of Minimalism as represented by Carl Andre and Dan Flavin and others; the 1980s in Cologne as defined by Walter Dahn, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen; the Düsseldorf School of Photography with Struth, Ruff and Sasse; and the figurative art of the 21st century in works by Peter Doig, Thomas Houseago, Jonathan Meese, Neo Rauch, Tal R, Corinne Wasmuth and many others. Essays by noted independent curator Philipp Kaiser, Susanne Titz, Wolfgang Ullrich and others. Full list of contributors include Carl Andre, Siegfried Anzinger, Stephan Balkenhol, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, André Butzer, James Lee Byars, Mircea Cantor, Tony Cragg, Walter Dahn, Peter Doig, Elger Esser, Peter Feldmann, Dan Flavin, Günther Förg, Eberhard Havekost, Erwin Heerich, Georg Herold, Candida Höfer, Jonathan Horowitz, Thomas Houseago, Jörg Immendorff, Robert Indiana, Christian Jankowski, Hubert Kiecol, Martin Kippenberger, Per Kirkeby, Wiliam Kentridge, Imi Knoebel, Jannis Kounellis, Mark Leckey, Josephine Meckseper, Jonathan Meese, Meuser, Mario Merz, Boris Mikhailov, Juan Muñoz, Hermann Nitsch, Albert Oehlen, Julian Opie, Jorge Pardo, Pavel Pepperstein, Manfred Pernice, Raymond Pettibon, Otto Piene, Peter Piller, Sigmar Polke, Tal R, Arnulf Rainer, Neo Rauch, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Richter, Thomas Ruff, Bojan Sarcevic, Jörg Sasse, Markus Schinwald, Gregor Schneider, Corinna Schnitt, Thomas Schütte, Norbert Schwontkowski, Cindy Sherman, Michael Smith, Kim Sooja, Beat Streuli, Andreas Siekmann, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Günther Uecker, Joep van Lieshout, Dan Vo, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Corinne Wasmuht, Zink Yi and Thomas Zipp.
DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG, GERMAN
January 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English & German / Hardcover
6 ½ x 8 in. / 304 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-182-2 · Retail Price: $85.00
1998/2004 / 4th edition
Softcover with CD-ROM / 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
110 pp / 26 b&w and 50 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-32-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
Where Art Leaves Its Own Field and Becomes Visible as Part of Something Else
Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander
Visible documents a research project by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with Fondazione Zegna. The publication highlights nine curators, who showcase 41 ways of making art. The purpose of the book is to “focus on artists who have demonstrated their capacity to deal affirmatively with the need to develop new economic models, the distribution of resources, the accessibility of information, the urgency to rethink ecology and landscape issues, the potential of differences and the development and experimentation of participatory and democratic political models.” The nine curators are Cecilia Canzani, Anna Colin, Hu Fang, Emiliano Gandolfi, Julieta Gonzalez, Raimundas Malasauskas , Mihnea Mircan, Gabi Ngcobo and Elvira Dyangani Ose.
2010 / Softcover / 7 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches / 380 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-09-2 · Retail Price: $34.95
Sculptor Cecilia Vissers’s hard-edged minimalist sculptures in aluminum and steel are grounded in remote and dramatic landscapes. This first major survey of Vissers’s work from 2009 through the present includes color installation shots of her sculptures and black-and-white photographs of the landscapes that inspired them. In essays and interviews, art historian Cees de Boer highlights the relationship of Vissers’s work to the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland; art historian Alistair Rider discusses her use of materials and industrial processes; and gallerist Vilis, director at Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, Texas, focuses on her relationship to the Chinati Foundation and other minimalist artists, including Donald Judd, Carl Andre and others. With a career beginning in the early 1990s, Dutch artist Vissers restricts her palette to gray, black and orange and through a deeply considered shaping of the object, inspires a feeling of deep spatial awareness and the loneliness of being outdoors among the forces of nature.
May 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 176 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-57-1 · Retail Price: $42.00