Food Only Exists on Pictures Preis der Kunsthalle Wien 2017
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Kunsthalle Wien (Eds.)
The Kunsthalle Wien Prize is a joint project of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and the Kunsthalle Wien. A jury annually awards an artist from the universities’s programs who independently address sociopolitical topics within their art. The award funds an exhibition and catalog. For 2017, the topic focused on digital imaging and its far-reaching political and social ramifications in the twenty-first century. Marlene Maier (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) was awarded for her three-channel video installation Food only exists on pictures, a multidimensional space of uncertainty, where the present and the absent encounter each other simultaneously. The artist obtained the text and image material for her scripts from the internet, and employed a diverse range of image concepts to reformulate this material—from assembling video-stock footage to reenacting found photographic material, to the reduction of the visual level on close-ups of a monitor. The compact catalog features a foldout poster, installation shots, and a conversation between the artist and Kunsthalle Wien director Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Softcover / 5 x 7 ½ in. / 54 pp / 4 color w/poster insert
Retail Price: $13.00
KUNSTHALLE WEIN, AUSTRIA
I wonder if they’ll laugh when I’m dead
Rob Perrée (Ed.)
A first time monograph for Curacao-born artist Tirzo Martha (b. 1965) offers a compelling investigation into his early collage-based art works, mixed media, performances, and his later large installations. Martha’s urge and necessity to create is inspired by his humanitarian interests and desire to be socially engaging. He saw in art the space and the infinite possibilities for strengthening his voice to be able to communicate political and socially driven messages. Coming from the Caribbean islands, which were influenced by early colonial Dutch intervention and then Venezuela’s oil economy, Martha’s content reflects on the living conditions, the way the people cope with their space and objects, and their strength to visualize dreams, hopes, disappointments, and states of mind. Presenting almost a decade of work, this extensive survey catalog, with more than 200 color and black and white images and multiple essays, supports the exhibition titled No Excuses! at the Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, the Netherlands (September 2017–February 2018).
304 pp / 31 b&w and 204 color
Retail Price: $39.95