You and Me
Eva Schmidt & Johannes Stahl (Eds.)
Japanese-born and Düsseldorf-based since 1978, Fluxus artist Takako Saito (b. 1929) has become internationally known for her fascinating objects, artist books, performances, and actions. She has long been interested in the common objects of everyday; natural materials such as stones, mussels, onion peels, and chestnuts are her preferred materials, alongside various kinds of paper, plastics, foams, and wood pieces. Unmistakable are her carefully crafted object boxes, which she first created in the 1960s, and her numerous “free” chess games sold at George Maciunas’s famous Flux Shop. In Saito’s first extensive survey, both her exhibition at the Museum of Gegenwartskust (Siegen, 2017) and eponymous catalog unveil her expansive career, fascination with the art of the game, and long-term connection to the international Fluxus movement. The well-curated catalog is extensively illustrated with images of her work plus historical images documenting her long involvement in the Fluxus movement. Essays by Larry List, Eva Schmidt, Marc Schulz, and Johannes Stahl.
English, French & German / Flexicover
7 ½ x 10 ¾ in. / 232 pp / 180 color
Retail Price: $69.00
MUSEUM OF GEGENWARTSKUNST, SIEGEN
From The Archives of the Zürich City Police KKIII, 1976–1989
Philipp Anz, Jules Spinatsch & Viola Zimmermann (Eds.)
In 1976, Commissariat III, the state security department of the Zürich police, started a file called “Schmieren / Kleben,” which literally translates into “Scrawling / Pasting” (i.e., graffiti and posting of bills). The file included photographs of political slogans, illegal happenings, sprayed murals, and graffiti, all labeled as “willful damage to property.” The police both photographed and noted each offense on index cards, creating an archive of roughly two thousand black and white photos dating from 1976 to 1981. When the program ended in 1989, the departments entire contents was trashed. In Schmieren / Kleben, seven hundred of the photos and all of the index cards are presented with a glossary that explains the connections between slogans, symbols, and people. This is a staggering record that traces the political movements of the time—from women’s lib and anti-nuclear movement, to the War on Terrorism. The file also reflects the mounting tensions between the city and its youth, which came to a head in the 1980s. Although published only in German, the book visually communicates the importance and impact of the time.
9 ½ x 13 ½ in. / 550 pp / 700 b&w
Retail Price: $68.00