Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk
The Standard Book of Noun-Verb Exhibition Grammar is a partial compendium of the different modes of being that inhabit exhibitions. These different modes of being, often placed outside the realm of art objects proper, are described and activated here as crucial players in the world of contemporary art. Maximizing a poetic resourcefulness, this book proposes the exhibition as an ecology full of things that are infinitely more dimensional than their ascribed functionality would lead us to believe, and creates a space where species meet, where ontological and epistemological registers clash, overlap, and contaminate each other, where the living and inert, organic and inorganic exchange properties, qualities, and performances. Ultimately this book aims to show that what revolves around, within, and beyond any given system resolves to be just as serious and important as what that system aims to convey. The exhibition and catalog are curated by The Office for Curating, a generic name for a curatorial practice and an agency, established in 2012 by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, working in Rotterdam.
6 x 8 ½ in. / 182 pp / Full b&w
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British conceptual artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. Using antique travel postcards, famous movie starlet headshots from the 1940s, and old movie stills, Stezaker creates a world full of mystery and humor in each artwork. Critic David Campany described Stezaker as “drawn to that very slim space between convention and idiosyncrasy.” Lost World is the exhibition catalog of recent collages, sculptural works, and a film titled Crowd, which is composed of hundreds of vintage black and white film stills of crowd scenes. The smartly designed catalog of new work accompanies the touring exhibition from the City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (2017). Stezanker’s work can be found in major museums around the world, including the Tate Modern, London, and MoMA, New York. This is Stezaker’s fourth publication with Ridinghouse. Essays by Geoffrey Batchen, David Campany, and Robert Leonard.
9 x 10 ½ in. / 88 pp / 50 b&w and color
Retail Price: $38.00