Stine Marie Jacobsen

Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobsen reflects on the philosophical aspects of the German language in this critical, yet also hilarious linguistic guide to the throbbing and international cultural scene of Berlin. Aspiring artists and curators will find useful advice for making themselves understood in various typical professional, social and practical situations in Berlin. Others might find interesting insights into the paralinguistic enclave of international cultural actors in a city known as the cultural nerve center of Europe. Jacobsen—herself an immigrant artist—has lived and worked for several years in Berlin, where she taught German grammar and language to fellow artists. In German for Artists she shares her linguistic and anthropological knowledge of Berlin’s intriguing artists’ scene. Jacobsen has exhibited and performed extensively internationally with shows in Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Finland and China.

October 2015 / Softcover 3 x 5 ½ inches / 135 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943196-31-3 · Retail Price: $16.95


Holly Pester

Artist Holly Pester’s stories, poems and literary fragments are deliberately anecdotal, gossipy and fantastical. In the artist book Go to Reception …, a project co-sponsored by the Women’s Art Library in 2014 and the Feminist Review in association with Whitechapel Gallery, Pester uses anecdotes to generate a deftly observed and humorous collection of critical fictions, poems and partial images. Written in response to a project on the history of the WAL, the stories borrow from the library’s archive of personal correspondence, artists’ slides, administrative papers and posters documenting the 1980s feminist art movements from around the world. Poet, performance writer, sound artist and practice- based researcher and critic, Pester’s speech-based compositions captured in this unique publication retain their aural/audio shape, playing on themes of linguistic algorithms and error, everyday speech and humor. Housed at Goldsmiths, University of London, and founded in the early 1980s to collect documentation of women artists’ work, the WAL now includes materials from thousands of international artists.

October 2015 / Softcover 6 ¼ x 9 ½ inches / 112 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-66-3 · Retail Price: $25.00


Is it My Body? Selected Texts

Ranging from neo-conceptual artworks to cultural analyses, the writings collected in this new title from the popular Institut für Kunstkritik series chart Kim Gordon’s trajectory from art student to cofounder of the influential rock group Sonic Youth. Furthermore, they are compelling for their contribution to the discourse surrounding art, architecture, film, fashion and rock music that catalyzed art scenes from Los Angeles to Cologne at the end of the 20th century. A graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design, Gordon has curated exhibitions or shown her own work at several New York art galleries, including the 2013 show Design Office with Kim Gordon at White Columns. Gordon casts a critical eye on current trends in contemporary art, whether the revival of Pop Art strategies, the persistence of formalist modernism or the vicissitudes of institutional critique.

2014 / Softcover
5 x 7 ½ inches / 182 pp / 35 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-038-6 · Retail Price: $22.00


Selected Writings on Art

Sarah Whitfield (Ed.)

Four decades of writings on art by English artist Lawrence Gowing (1918–1991) have been brought together for the first time, edited and introduced by art historian and curator Sarah Whitfield, in this substantial publication. Gowing was first recognized as a portrait and landscape painter and later rose to prominence as an educator, writer and curator. His still-lauded monographs on Vermeer, Turner, Cézanne, Matisse and Bacon among others brought him recognition as a writer who combined his experience as a painter with a meticulous historical perspective. Though largely self-taught as a student of art history, Gowing became a leading critical voice on art of the postwar years, combining a passion for close visual involvement with formidable literary skills. His exhibitions curated for the Tate, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, famously helped reshape public perceptions of the period.

October 2015 / Softcover
5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 464 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-65-4 · Retail Price: $36.00


The Age of Creation

In the past 200 years, “art” has become one of the most fetishized concepts in Western civilization. The idea, according to which certain people—also known as artists—would provide the world with their inner visions, is a modern myth but has proved to be a contemporary reality. Today, this post-Romantic conception is challenged by recent geographical and demographic explosions. Being an artist is often seen as an activity, a position or even a “job”—contrary to its first definition at the beginning of the 19th century. The Age of Creation analyzes the entrance of art into culture at large. These critical writings by Proust scholar Donatien Grau are an exciting new addition to the long-standing and highly regarded White Pocketbook series. With forewords by Maurizio Cattelan, Douglas Coupland and Carsten Höller.

September 2013 / White Pocketbook Series #022
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches / 130 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-33-7 · Retail Price: $21.00

Isabelle Graw

High Price
Art Between The Market and Celebrity

During almost any conversation about art, the elephant in the room – whether it’s mentioned or not – is money. Paradoxically, in a world in which the global art market often plays the role of final arbiter on artistic matters, art history is still required as an insurance policy. For just as market success is now able to generate cultural relevance in the long term, it also depends on the kind of symbolic meaning for which art history and criticism are still decisively responsible. German writer, curator and academic Isabelle Graw, a founder of the respected Berlin-based journal Texte zur Kunst, tackles this quandary in a stimulating book for our times. Translation from the German by Nicholas Grindell.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 250 pp / 15 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-79-5 · Retail Price: $24.95



Solveig Øvstebø & Steinar Sekkingstad (Eds.)

What characterizes the value of art compared with the concept of value in the global market economy? What can be translated? Although Marianne Heier abandons traditional exhibition spaces in connection with her projects, “Art” is still always measured against other social constructs. Heier looks at the typical features of the economies of given fields and how they overlap and collide. With this approach, Heier turns the focus on distinctions between cultural and economic capital, which are further problematized inasmuch as her physical works or interventions often end up as gifts to institutions. The gift economy as a phenomenon and theoretical entity is therefore central to Heier’s art production. Hylland Eriksen, Ranjit Hoskote, and Solveig Øvstebø, and others, have contributed reflections on Heier’s practice.

January 2013/ Norwegian & English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 5 2/3 x 8 inches/ 212 pp/ 15 b&w, 13 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-09-2 · Retail Price: $42.00

Hans Ulrich Obrist

The first collected writings by the internationally acclaimed Swiss curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist, referred to in the art world as an “international curating machine.” Obrist, the Zelig of the art world, is best known for the 300 legendary interviews he’s conducted since 1993 with a Who’s Who of contemporary art, science, design, linguistics and architecture. He has also earned wide acclaim for his extraordinary exhibitions, which often take place in spaces not normally used as exhibition venues. Featured in this long-anticipated publication are selected prefaces from past exhibition catalogs and artists? publications, extensive magazine articles on art and architecture, and an introduction by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

Sternberg, New York/Berlin
June 2006, Hardcover, 7 x 9 1/4 inches
128 pp, text only
ISBN: 1-933128-06-2 · Retail Price: $39.00


Heat Island

Isla Leaver-Yap (Ed.)

Touch is the theme of the seventh issue of Book Works’ annual journal for and about experimental art writing, Happy Hypocrite – Heat Island, guest-edited by film curator Isla Leaver-Yap. The act of touching is the body’s only unmediated form of acquiring embodied knowledge and experiencing the texture of the present tense. This issue seeks to understand how hands, as both digital and analogous devices, physically traverse and negotiate knowledge, and bring to our attention the sensation of approaching knowledge. For this issue, Isla Leaver-Yap selected writings by Elaine Cameron-Weir, Allison Gibbs, Will Holder, Duncan Marquiss, Giuseppe Mistretta, Park McArthur, Paul Nash, Francis Sanzaro, Mary Simpson and Dena Yago. Leaver-Yap, independent curator and scholar who organized the influential Naught to Sixty contemporary exhibition series at London’s ICA, recently joined the Walker Art Center as their 2014 Bentson Visiting Film Scholar.

Release Date: October 2014
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 96 pp / 10 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-65-6 · Retail Price: $19.95


Fresh Hell

Sophia Al-Maria (Ed.)

The latest in The Happy Hypocrite series, Fresh Hell is a rush of full-bleed film stills, war-games images, oil industry pamphlets and sexually explicit female imagery interspersed with interviews, illustrated stories and provocative writings addressing directly and indirectly the subject of oil. Guest editor Qatari-American artist/writer Sophia Al-Maria’s archiving acts as a sort of proto-Tumblr. Adopting an exploded intake methodology, this issue offers a hoarding, brutally accelerative approach that suggests that reading, too, is an unsustainable activity. A substantial interview with science fiction writer William Gibson by Al-Maria, and contributions by several international artists including New Zealand installation artist Judy Darragh, Cairo artist/curator Omar Kholeif and London-based artist/writer Francesco Pedraglio, among others, complete the book. Al-Maria authored The Girl Who Fell to Earth (HarperCollins) and participated in New Museum Triennial 2015. Her first solo show will be at the Whitney Museum in 2016.

2015 / Issue 8 / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 inches / 114 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-72-4 · Retail Price: $19.95