Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann
When Berlin-based artist Erik Niedling dies, he would like to be buried in Pyramid Mountain, the largest tomb of all time as conceived by writer Ingo Niermann, his collaborator on this book. The second in Niermann’s Future of Art series, this Diary documents a year in the life of Niedling, who lived each day as though it were his last. In a letter that examines the social and philosophical implications of the project Tom McCarthy calls the book “a kind of Atkins diet for the soul.” The book was published as a companion to the exhibition “18.10.1973–29.02.2012” (Niedling’s fictional life-span) at the Neues Museum Weimar.
August 2012 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 inches / 256 pp / 146 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-02-3 · Retail Price: $27.00
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Working with participatory tools to raise solidarity and civic engagement, Stine Marie Jacobsen (b. 1977) designs educational projects that deal with ethics, identity, control, fear and trust. German For Newcomers is a language project and workshop concept by the Danish artist; several workshops took place over the course of one year, and a film was also produced. The role of the student and teacher is shifted in German For Newcomers: expats, immigrants and refugees are invited to improve their basic German language skills by collectively writing useful teaching material for themselves and others. The material is inspired by their own experiences with German culture, language and bureaucracy. The idea for this publication came about after the success of Jacobsen’s German For Artists, a hybrid, pocket grammar book containing reflections on philosophical aspects of the German language in relation to art (hierarchy).
February 2017 / Softcover
3 x 5 ½ in. / 125 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943196-55-9 · Retail Price: $15.00
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
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
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.
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
Particular Cases is not a theory about artists and artwork, but a response to art. Philosopher, art critic and media theorist Boris Groys responds to 20th-century artworks and artists that have pushed his thinking and writing in a new direction. His striking, original and lucid arguments do not look for an artwork’s singular content or message but treat art as a mind-changing practice—as if contemporary artists can inspire a sort of conversion in the soul of the spectator. Focusing on artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, David Fischli/Peter Weiss, Olga Chernysheva and Pawel Althamer, Groys writes about topics ranging from the readymade to (digital) video art and Soviet and post-Soviet artistic practices. A Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at NY U and Senior Research Fellow at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, Groys has authored several books including the e-flux publication Moscow Symposium (2010).
January 2017 / Softcover
5 ¼ x 8 in. / 150 pp / 60 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-221-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
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.
BERGEN KUNSTHALL, NORWAY
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