The Other Country / L’Autre Pays
Vincent Meessen (Ed.)
This book is the fourth volume in Vincent Meessen’s publication series Prospectus and published following the artist’s solo exhibitions “Sire, je suis de l’ôtre pays” at WIELS, Brussels, in 2016, and “Omar en mai” at Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2018. The book is structured around the four major installations One.Two.Three, SIISIS, Wild Architect, and Cinéma Omarx that made up these shows, and are placed in parallel with newly commissioned essays by scholars Pedro Monaville, Stefano Collicelli Cagol, and Ruth Baumeister, and an in-depth conversation between Tom McDonough and Vincent Meessen. At the heart of these contributions are the untold histories and unexpected topicality of the Situationist International, modernity’s last international avant-garde, which reconsidered so radically the relationships between art, politics, and everyday life. Previously unpublished texts and reprints by Guy Debord, Lungela Diangani, and Omar Blondin Diop explore in particular the Situationist International’s influence in black African countries, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal. Installation views of the exhibitions show furthermore how Meessen uses original documents in order to re-evaluate their political potential in the present. As such, the book generously reflects on the artist’s discursive, collaborative, and para-curatorial activity of the past four years.
8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4 in. / 128 pp. Full b&w and color
Retail Price: $32.00
I like the black square more than the red flag
Herbert Eichhorn (Ed.)
Every four years, the Jerg Ratgeb Prize is awarded by the HAP Grieshaber Foundation in Reutlingen. In addition to Carlfriedrich Claus and Lucian Freud in previous years, it had last been won by Joannis Avramidis in 2014. In 2018, the prize will go to Olaf Metzel. Originally co-founded by HAP Grieshaber and Rolf Szymanski, the prize stands for the »freedom of art and for nonviolence in the struggle for more humanity«. Jerg Ratgeb (1480–1526) was a painter from Southern Germany whose altarpieces can still be seen today in the parish church of Schwaigern. During the Peasants’ War, the insurgents elected him to the War Council as Chancellor; at the side of Duke Ulrich he fought for the recovery of his territories, which eventually led to him being brought to justice in Pforzheim in 1526. He was convicted of treason and »torn apart by four horses«. The book, published on the occasion of the award ceremony and in connection with the exhibition at Kunstmuseum Spendhaus in Reutlingen, presents a chronological retrospective with exhibition views of Olaf Metzel’s work, which has stood out from the very beginning by a sometimes harsh realism and spectacular settings, which won the artist not only international recognition, but also quite often provoked a certain amount of hostility. Jerg-Ratgeb-Prize 2018 for Olaf Metzel!
8 x 11 1⁄4 in. / 176 pp. / 70 color
Retail Price: $45.00
Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen