2011 Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce, based in Glasgow, says he tries to capture the beauty in unloved everyday places. This exhibition catalog for the rising-star sculptor shows the powerful atmospheres he creates, transforming galleries into alternative realities filled with objects that are familiar yet skewed. Litter bins are lopsided. Rusting benches take on irregular shapes. Trees are square. Leaves with brutally straightened edges litter the floor. Sharp, haphazard letters of the alphabet cascade down the walls. Boyce says his goal is to look at “the things that we pass through every day and occasionally catch a glimpse of, and maybe see something that has a meaningful resonance.” Includes an excellent text by Renate Wiehager, and an interview with the artist.
April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 7.5 inches / 80 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-005-4 · Retail Price: $45.00
The Last Painting Theory
Museum director Katia Baudin once described Dutch artist Frank Bragigand as the “last true modernist.” Over the past 10 years, as part of his “Restoring Daily Life” project, Bragigand has been over-painting building elements, discarded objects and mass-produced products he finds in the streets of New York, Amsterdam and Marrakech, transforming them and re-contextualizing them as art. His rich use of color and his sculptural sense are beautifully illustrated in over 700 photographs in this handsome survey monograph presenting over 30 years of the artist’s work. Addressing questions of production and worth, Bragigand’s work critiques mass consumption while at the same time questioning the value attributed to artwork. His objects and installations appear in design, industry, architecture, museums, public spaces and art institutions. The Last Painting Theory includes essays by Katia Baudin, artist Kie Ellens, critic/curator Jean-Marc Huitorel, writer Daphne Pappers, museum director Emmanuel Ropers and critical theorist Bart Verschaffel.
October 2016 / English & Dutch / Softcover
8 ¾ x 10 ½ in. / 288 pp / 750 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-63-2 · Retail Price: $40.00
An Archival Impulse
Vanessa Joan Müller & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s use of the pedestal launched a reorientation of the relationship between object, viewer and space that influenced the aesthetics of installation for years to come. This handsome exhibition catalog co-published by Kunsthalle Wien on the occasion of the 2014 exhibition, The Brancusi Effect, uses the artist’s original photographic documentation to illustrate the adaptable and modular structure of his work and the currency of his sensibility in relationship to installation and the sculptural in contemporary art. Curators Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schaufhausen placed the Brancusi poetic photographs in dialogue with the installations and sculptural work (referencing Brancusi) by 23 internationally known contemporary artists including An Te Liu, Olaf Nicolai, Isa Gensken, Jürgen Mayer H., Ute Müller, Josephine Meckseper and Arnold Estefan. Texts by Paola Mola, Alessio Delli Castelli.
KUNSTHALLE WEIN, austria
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
152 pp / 45 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-082-9 · Retail Price: $34.00
Klaus & Elisabeth Thoman (Eds.)
Herbert Brandl, considered one of the noted figures of the German new painting movement of the 1980s, continues to make work of a highly personal and affective nature. Immediately following the opening of his exhibition of monotypes at Vienna’s Albertina in 2010, the artist underwent emergency surgery due to an acute aneurysm. In the months and years since, Brandl has used his painting to meditate on the violence and physical pain of that experience. In this new publications, featuring Brandl’s latest series Katana, reproductions of his lush abstract colorscapes are juxtaposed with images of Japanese samurai swords. The folds of the steel katana blade begin to resemble a mountain panorama, while traces of the scalpel and the violence done to the artist’s own body become emotionally present in the paintings themselves.
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 12 x 7 1/4 inches
64 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-046-7 · Retail Price: $35.00
Alina Serban (Ed.)
The book is dedicated to Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, one of the most remarkable personalities of the Eastern European postwar avant-garde. The main part of the publication comprises visual materials and texts written by the artist that span several decades of her activity, outlining the exceptional manner in which she has appropriated the lesson of modernism and interrelated it with conceptual challenges.
ASOCIATJA PEPLUSPATRU, ROMANIA
2014, English & Romanian
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/3 x 10 2/3 inches / 352 pp
175 b&w and 146 color
ISBN: 978-3-956790-16-4 · Retail Price: $36.00
Hubertus Gassner & Brigitte Kölle (Eds.)
Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), whose career began in the 1960s, continues to be a pivotal figure in postwar Romanian art. To celebrate her 90th birthday, the new hardbound exhibition catalog from Hamburg Kunsthalle, compact and elegantly designed, is the first comprehensive survey of her work outside Romania. Brătescu’s long and rich career working in photography, performance, drawing, collage, illustration and film is extensively illustrated and documented. A comprehensive interview by exhibition co-curator Brigitte K.lle and an essay by Romanian art historian/curator Magda Radu, among other contributors, and a complete biography offer an introduction to her innovative and varied oeuvre and the life that shaped it. The line functions in all of Brătescu’s work, as a mode of definition, measurement and movement, from the classical draftsmanship of Hands (1974–76) to the body performing in space in The Studio (1978). Her work has been featured most recently at Tate Liverpool and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.
HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE, GERMANY
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 7 ½ x 6 ¾ in. / 192 pp
25 b&w and 110 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-172-3 · Retail Price: $45.00
L’artiste, Le Modèle et La Peinture
The first monograph for Polish-born Agnieszka Brzezanska, this artist book offers a compelling compilation of her mysterious, subtle and deeply felt photographs, paintings and videos. The book’s title was taken from a poster for a Picasso exhibition that the artist photographed and used as the poster for her own show – creating a ready-made accentuating the rain-smudged lettering of the original poster. The peach-colored cover of this soft-cover book – with its image of a kinked heart referring to her heart paintings and her musical video, Heart Play – makes the book seem like something discovered at a kiosk on the banks of the Seine. The monograph was developed while Brzezanska was a guest of the Berlin DAAD artist-in-residence program. With a compelling essay by Andrew Renton.
2010 / English & German / Softcover
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 120 pp / 80 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-98-6 · Retail Price: $24.95
Posture and High Heels
Brice Dellsperger’s Body Double is the first monograph ever published on the artist’s already cult film productions, with a long essay by art historian Marie Canet that addresses filmic remake, but also issues of models, gender politics, and representational chaos. Containing a large body of unpublished images, the book also invites the reader backstage – as in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon, after which this book is modeled – into the Dellspergian camp film factory, to get a closer look at the characters and personas that populate the Body Double series, and that are creations both of the artist and of his main performer and muse, Jean-Luc Verna.
Toastink Press, France
October 2011 / Softcover / 7 x 9 7/8 inches / 208 pp / 185 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-43-6 · Retail Price: $34.95
2009 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 22 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-21-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
The Sleep Around and the Lost and Found
Terry R. Myers
Internationally recognized New York–based painter Cecily Brown (b. 1969) explores the breadth of human experience in her tactile oil paintings. Extensive full-page color reproductions of Brown’s latest paintings and their installation at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2015), are complemented by a thoughtful essay on the artist’s career by critic, educator and curator Terry R. Myers in this elegant volume. Broadly inspired by the history of painting—from Rubens and Veronese to the muscular expressionism of Willem de Kooning—Brown’s personal vision transcends classical notions of genre and narrative, freeing subject matter from its original context and positioning it within a new aesthetic reality. Internationally collected by institutions including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Tate Modern, London, among many others.
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, BERLIN
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 32 pp / 16 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-156-3 · Retail Price: $39.95