Oh Don’t Ask Why
The recent work of New York–based artist Marianne Vitale and a very smart interview between the artist and artist Mauricio Cattelan make this slender but oversized exhibition catalog from CFA, Berlin, a compelling snapshot of Vitale’s work. A selection of totemic steel sculptures (some installed in New York on the High Line), a large-scale installation comprised of a saloon bar facing shelves of emotionally evocative papier mâché masks and a series of textured wall pieces made with reclaimed wood and old tar roofs were all inspired by the artist’s current interest in America’s frontier history. Vitale first came to wide attention through her performances in RoseLee Goldberg’s Performa 07 and 09 and was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Recently she has tapped into the anxieties surrounding America’s frontier history with sculptural pieces that invoke the deep hunger for autonomy and freedom that drove the ruthless expansion.
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, BERLIN
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-127-3 · Retail Price: $39.95
On Staging and Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art
The publication Voice Over is the first part of an ongoing project examining staging, theatricality, and performative strategies in contemporary art practices. It includes contributions by the artists Miriam Bäckström, Goldin+Senneby, Saskia Holmkvist, Fia-Stina Sandlund, and by Geist magazine, staging the spheres of invisibility, the voices of corporate culture, the manipulative power of contemporary role play, in addition to a cinematic re-reading of an iconic theater play, informed by feminist theory. It also includes an essay by curator and writer Anselm Franke – “Afterword on the Theatre of Transgression” – and an introduction by Iaspis’ director, Cecilia Widenheim.
Softcover / 72 pp / 9 3/8 x 12 7/8 inches / 22 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-72-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Botanic Code began as a walk in the park, and ripened into a dazzling and complex work of art – and an evocative oversized exhibition catalog. German artist Jorinde Voigt spent a year walking through some of the world’s greatest botanical gardens (including Sydney, Cologne, Mexico City and Berlin), taking photos of plants that caught her fancy. She assigned each plant colors on the Pantone scale, then, using a computer algorithm, transferred those colors proportionately to a series of 12-foot-long rods. When all the rods for each garden were completed, they were mounted together, forming something like a delicate barcode for each distinct garden. Full-color glossy pages show the rod installations, like minimalist sculpture; a separate section on laid paper, bound into the center of the book, explains the artist’s mathematical methodology.
August 2011 / English & German / Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches
48 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-61-2 · Retail Price: $49.95
Nostalgia without Being Nostalgic
Margit Brehm & Daniel Kunitz
The first encounter with a picture by Berlin-based artist Volker Hueller has “something of the déjà-vu about it,” writes Margit Brehm in this monograph-exhibition catalog on the most recent works by the student of influential German painter Norbert Schwontkowski. “We cannot avoid the impression that what we are seeing as something new does set off an echo in our memory.” This particularly luxurious publication has printed linen covers and fold-out pages and includes reproductions, installation photos and photos taken in the context of the artist’s studio. Known for attaching foreign material such as fake fur, plastic sheeting, imitation reptile skin, metal filings, straw to the surface of his paintings, Hueller chooses not to quote reality, but to absorb it into his fictional world.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 9 x 11 3/4 inches/ 124 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-006-1 · Retail Price: $49.95
Richard Maloy / Jeena Shin / Koki Tanaka / Meredith Johnson / Jim Allen / Campbell Patterson / Dave / Alicia Frankovich / Cao Fei / Liz Maw
An exciting curator makes all the difference in defining the direct contribution of an institution to an art scene. Lauded most highly under the 2009-2011 leadership of Emma Bugden, Auckland’s Artspace has become a driving force in New Zealand’s contemporary art world through its innovative and often risk-taking exhibitions and events. This catalog fully documents the work of 10 artists who showed at Artspace during Bugden’s tenure through essays and installation photos.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 8 x 10 3/4 inches/ 104pp/ 8 b&w and 224 color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-8-7 · Retail Price: $35.00
Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra, Antje Schiffers & Thomas Sprenger
As part of a festival of world cultures and sustainability in Berlin in 2011, the collaborative international artist initiative myvillages.org (a collective formed by artists from agricultural villages) provided food and drink for 80,000 festival-goers sourced—grown, exchanged, bartered, preserved, foraged and purchased—from 80 co-producers within “wider Berlin.” This comprehensive book shows myvillages’ months-long undertaking to organize locavores with the passion to succeed at this daunting project. For myvillages, the production and consumption of food are cultural and social activities closely intermingled with the traditions of farming and processing as well as concerns of land use, life in modern cities, sustainability and (over)consumption.
October 2012/ Softcover
11 x 14 inches/ 152 pp/ Extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-38-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
A Literature of Images
Vanessa Joan Müller, Beatrix Ruf, and Nicolaus Schafhausen
This is the first extensive survey catalogue on the work of Vancouver-based artist Ian Wallace – a seminal figure in Vancouver’s fertile 1970s art scene, a teacher who taught the first generation of the Vancouver School of photo- conceptualism. He inspired superstars such as Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, and Stan Douglas. Wallace, a pioneer and theorist of photo-conceptualism, was energized by the dialectic tensions between monochrome painting and documentary or staged photography, exploring the emblematic sites of street, studio, and nature. A beautifully designed, oversized book on this vanguard artist, including excellent interpretive texts, extensive color reproductions, catalogue of exhibited works, a chronology, thorough bibliographic information, and an informative interview with Wallace by Renske Janssen.
2009 / Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 11 inches / 220 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-51-1 · Retail Price: $49.95
Margareta von Oswald (Ed.)
In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of surrealist dancer Hélène Vanel in the dis-used Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, in the Parisian suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne. Among these photographs were images of Vanel performing L’Acte manqué at the opening night of the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Paris, 1938. Soon after, an unpublished manuscript by Vanel came to light in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists. Vanelephant contains an overview of ten chapters of Vanel’s memoirs, written between 1984 and 1985, alongside self- portraits and a selection of attributed images and text. Warboys translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus Vanel’s role has shifted from manuscript to script. Texts by Curzio Malaparte and André Parinaud, Hélène Vanel and Jessica Warboys.
January 2013/ French & English
Softcover w/ postcard / 8 1/3 x 10 1/2 inches
104 pp / 7 b&w, 15 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-12-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen
What is the relationship between conflict, looking and art? Derived from an exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Scottish artists Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen investigate the relationship between the historical visual culture of war and contemporary media. This Chinese-folded book is separated into five distinct sections: in the first, appropriated images ranging from from medieval etchings to newspaper clippings document an artist’s projection, alongside text from Susan Sontag’s noted book Regarding the Pain of Others. An essay from Frits Gierstberg discusses and documents the exhibition itself, while Lina van der Wolde explores the project’s starting point—the historic Van Kittensteyn album (1613) from the Dutch War of Independence. A reproduction of the artists’ handwritten manifesto works to critique our lingering culture of violence. Mackenna and Janssen have collaborated since participating in Manifesta 1 (1997) and teach at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches
128 pages / 100 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-07-6 · Retail Price: $28.00
This Book Is A Classroom
Lucie Kolb, Romy Rüegger & HIT (Eds.)
What does the process of publishing really mean for knowledge exchange? This publication engages the form of the book as the site for poly-vocal and experimental research on art, language, and the economies within and between institutions. A conceptual project offering all the physical trappings of a true academic text: an unusual binding, jacket, title page, preface, postface, table of contents, captions, cross headings, annotations, editorial notes, appendix plus various additional accessories while presenting new ideas around the structure. A must-read for those fascinated by classic Fluxus book projects, We Would Like to Learn questions the mediating role of the publication on contemporary art practice, constructed by its contributions, modeled by the filling of its structural scaffolding. Contributors include Ellen Blumenstein, Elke Krasny, Dani Gal, Egija Inzule, Karl Larsson; Falke Pisano, Simone Schardt, Andrea Thal, Danna Vajda, and Jacob Wren.
March 2013/ Spiral-bound/ 11 1 3 x 8 1/2 inches/ 80 pp, 180 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-15-4 · Retail Price: $25.00