For his provocative Midcareer Paintings exhibition in 2015, British artist Merlin Carpenter (b. 1967) hung 22 packing blankets in the Kunsthalle Bern’s seven rooms. The inexpensive and disposable blankets made with recycled materials are pulled like canvases around identically scaled stretcher frames, postdated 2016, and prominently displayed as “not for sale.” Created a year after the exhibition, the large soft-cover catalog embossed with the location of Carpenter’s seven galleries—New York, London, Los Angeles, Brussels, Berlin, Miami, Lisboa/Porto—begins with a grainy black-and-white collaged image feed of the installation for exhibition, related gallery shows, advertising billboards and random street scenes and concludes with the contrast of elegant color photographs of the individual artworks. Texts by Kunsthalle Bern director Valérie Knoll and artist Sam Lewitt examine the materiality of Carpenter’s works, its mix of playfulness and earnestness, the limbo of the “midcareer” artist and the circulation of artwork as a commodity signifying material wealth and value.
Softcover / 9 ¾ x 11 ¼ in / 144 pp
Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $30.00
KUNSTHALLE BERN, SWITZERLAND
Congolese Plantation Workers Art League
Eva Barois De Caevel & Els Roelandt (Eds.)
CATPC is the first publication to focus on the activities of the Congolese Plantation Workers Art League, an cooperative based in Lusanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Included in this compact but hefty and fully illustrated monograph are writings and projects rethinking postcolonial power relations within the global art world. Contributors include curators Ariella Azoulay, Eva Barois De Caevel, Ruba Katrib, Alexander Koch, artists Eleonore Hellio and Renzo Martens, art historian Els Roelandt, political theorist Francois Verges, documentary filmmaker Leonard Pongo, art critic Charles Tumba Kekwo and writers J.A. Coster and Charles Siketele Gize, among others. CATPC, initiated in 2014 by Amsterdam-based artist, Renzo Martens, whose radical and controversial hybrid practice feeds into many current debates and René Ngongo, a Kinshasa-based biologist and environmental activist, this cooperative continues to develop independently and redefine the relations between art, agriculture, industry and value creation. CATPC has exhibited at The Sculpture Center, NY (2017) and MIT List Visual Art Center (2014).
Softcover / 6 x 8 ¾ in. / 456 pp
Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $33.00
KASK/SCHOOL OF ARTS GENT, BELGIUM