Tom Humphreys—Plates is an artist’s book of works produced between 2009 and 2016. Using industrially manufactured porcelain plates as his base material, British artist and curator Tom Humphreys (b. 1972) presents 420 plates from his series on a 1:1 scale, one plate per page, in this oversized voluminous publication. With this tome in hand, one might think it is too much of a good thing, but upon close inspection one becomes mesmerized by the design of each plate. The surfaces incorporate painted glazes along with the artist’s hand-drawn imagery or applied photographic transfers and found materials. Like a sketch, each work results from a simple gesture. Joining artisanal craft and digital production, the presentation of the works explores the politics of art production, presentation and consumption. This unique publication follows the exhibition Under the Wing at the independent art space Forde in Geneva (2017).
Softcover / 12 x 15 in. / 128 pp / 200 color
Retail Price: $45.00
Julia Grosse, Elke aus dem Moore & Yvette Mutumba (Eds.)
Over the past four years, the art magazine Contemporary And (C&) has called attention to exhibitions, artists and curators from diverse African perspectives while boosting new areas of debate. I am built inside you, C&’s first publication, is a compilation of 18 pieces published since the magazine was launched in 2013. The point of departure is a conversation with the great South African artist Helen Sebidi that took place on the occasion of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial in 2016. The volume collects significant pieces from the C& archive that expand upon and contextualize Sebidi’s concepts of home, history and spirituality. Included as well are 27 diverse contributions such as interviews with emerging South African artist Tabita Rezaire; Senga Nengudi, artist and core member of the African-American avant-garde in 1970s and ’80s Los Angeles; Thelma Golden, legendary director of the Studio Museum in Harlem; and trailblazing academic Walter Mignolo.
4 ¼ x 7 in. / 194 pp / 18 color
Retail Price: $24.00
CONTEMPORARY AND (C&), GERMANY