Breakdowns and Side Effects
Fawz Kabra & Annie Godfrey Larmon (Eds.)
Alongside the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, group exhibition No to the Invasion (2017), is a fascinating exhibition catalog and reader presenting the artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation—an independent, UAE-based collection of modern and contemporary Arab art. The focus is on works by artists specifically addressing issues of body and politics in the Arab context post-1990 such as Akram Zaatari, Kader Attia, Walid Raad and Yto Barrada. Reflecting on the artworks are writings ranging from Ahmad Makia’s nuanced reading of the impact of Pan-Arabism on contemporary Arab identity to Tarek El-Ariss’s consideration of the archive as a tool for understanding affective histories of Arabs in the modern era to Marwa Arsanios’s study of the fraught process of rebuilding and gentrification in Beirut after the Lebanese civil war. Additional essays by Ala Younis, Fawz Kabra, Kader Attia, Khaled Malas, Mandy Merzaban, Rawi Hage and the Sigil Collective and an interview with Thomas Keenan and Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi. Each featured artist and text is a critical and timely contribution to a range of conversations about the Arab world and its diasporas.
8 x 10 in. / 144 pp / 10 b&w and 77 color
Retail Price: $25.00
BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION, UAE
Rachel Adams & Charlie Tatum (Eds.)
For almost 50 years, Brazilian-born New York–based artist Lydia Okumura (b. 1948), like her contemporaries Dorothea Rockburne and Robert Irwin, has explored the realm of geometric abstraction by challenging our perception of space in her sculptures, installations and works on paper. In the 1970s, as a young artist in her native São Paulo, she was introduced to Conceptual art, Minimalism, Land Art and Arte Povera through the Japanese art magazine Bijutsu Techou. These movements, along with Brazilian Concretism and Neoconcretism influenced Okumura’s dynamic work in which she uses simple materials such as string, glass and paint to balance line, plane and shadow. The elegant exhibition catalog accompanying the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States at the University of Buffalo Art Gallery, is a rich document of her minimal practice and independent vision. Included is an account of the Brazilian avant-garde from 1960 to 1975, an artist interview by curator Rachel Adams, and extensive photo documentation of Okumura’s work from 1970 to the present.
Softcover / 9 ½ x 11 ½ in. / 112 pp / 48 b&w and 56 color
Retail Price: $29.00
UB ART GALLERIES, NEW YORK