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PIRATES AND FARMERS

Essays on Taste

Dave Hickey

Arguably one of America’s most unconventional art/cultural critics working today, Dave Hickey has, once again, assembled a collection of searing essays that challenge the critics cultural status quo. Hickey recently announced his retirement from the field of criticism due to the new extreme popularity, oversimplification and commoditization of art: “I miss being an elitist and not having to talk to idiots.” Author of popular books such as Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy and The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty, Hickey focuses this new collection of writings on cultural phenomena such as the super collector, the trope of the biennale, the loss of looking and much, much more.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
Softcover / 6 x 9 inches / 192 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-72-2 · Retail Price: $25.00

HIDDEN CURRICULUM

Annette Krauss
EPISODE PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS
2009 / English & Dutch / Softcover
4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches / 148 pp / 11 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-5973-088-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

 

HIDDEN TRUTHS

Bloody Sunday 1972

Trisha Ziff
Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1998 / Softcover / 8 x 10 inches / 200 pp / 680 color
ISBN: 1-889195-18-9 · Retail Price: $25.00

Jennifer Higgie

Bedlam

Sternberg, New York/Berlin
2006 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
140 pp / 1 color
ISBN: 1-933128-12-7 · Retail Price: $29.95

HIGHER ATLAS / AU-DELÀ DE L’ATLAS

The Marrakech Biennale in Context [4]

Carson Chan & Nadim Samman (Eds.)

The first major trilingual (English, Arabic and French) festival in North Africa to focus on cutting-edge contemporary art, literature and film, the Marrakech Biennale seeks to build cultural bridges through discussions with and among artists in a wide range of disciplines. This copiously illustrated collection of texts accompanying “Higher Atlas,” the visual arts exhibition at the 2012 Biennale, brings together the latest thinking on the history and contemporary reality of exhibition-making in North Africa and in particular, Morocco. Published in English and French, with an online edition in Arabic to follow, the catalog offers a window into North Africa’s vibrant but still little-known contemporary arts community. Texts by Atlas curators, Carson Chan and Nadim Samman, along with twelve additional contributors.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / English & French / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 inches / 352 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-03-0 · Retail Price: $27.00

Nikolaus Hirsch

On Boundaries

Frankfurt-based architect Nikolaus Hirsch presents theoretical essays, dialogues on collaborative projects and reflections on his own work, exploring the critical transformations of contemporary space and its effects on spatial practice. In this thought-provoking offering from the White Pocket Book series, the winner of the 2002 World Architecture Award looks at disciplines such as visual and performative arts and questions the notions of “boundary”: as a phenomenon of social and political discourse; a conflict between collaboration and authorship; a physical limitation that negotiates between stable and unstable conditions. Hirsch’s internationally acclaimed work includes the Dresden Synagogue, the Hinzert Document Center and a research project for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as New German Architecture in Berlin, Utopia Station at the Venice Biennale and Can Buildings Curate? at AA London/Storefront Gallery in New York.

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
Series 015 / English and German
December 2007 / Softcover / 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
300 pp / 23 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-10-8 · Retail Price: $19.95

HOW TO ACT?

Charlotte van der Werf (Ed.)

The Art Cooperation Transmission (A.C.T.) Democ[k]racy project brings together eight institutional players, over forty artists and twenty researchers. Combining two years of residencies, seminars and exhibitions from 2012 to 2014, A.C.T. completes its goal with this massive publication, which is part documentation, exhibition catalog and theoretical reader. A.C.T was a consortium of Western and Eastern European art centers that joined forces to foster a cross-continental exchange exploring democratic changes facing Europe in the coming future. Multiple exhibitions were created by serially pairing curators from different cities until one exhibition became many. Featured are extensive reproductions, critical and poetic texts, political cartoons and more from collaborators including Anca Simionca, Marko Stamenkovic´ , Dan Perjovschi, Paul de Bruyne and Larys Frogier, among others.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 x 9 inches / 480 pp / Extensive color and b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-17-5 · Retail Price: $39.95

HOW TO KNOW WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING

Francis McKee

Mai Abu ElDahab, Maha Maamoun & Ala Younis (Eds).

In this post-truth era of “fake news,” how does one navigate the endless information available and choose a viable narrative of reality? In How to Know What’s Really Happening, a petite, hilarious and poignant handbook by Glasgow-based writer and curator Francis McKee, looks at various techniques for determining veracity from those of spy agencies and whistle-blowers to mystics and scientists. McKee’s respected writings include works on artists including, among others, Pipilotti Rist, Douglas Gordon and Simon Starling. How to Know is the third book in the Kayfa ta series, a publishing initiative by artists Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis. Each book features a monographic essay commissioned in the style of a how-to manual that occupies the space between the technical and the reflective, the everyday and the speculative, the instructional and the intuitive, and the factual and the fictional.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
KAYFA TA & MOPHRADAT, BELGIUM
February 2017 / Softcover
3 ¾ x 5 ¾ in. / 56 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-272-4 · Retail Price: $9.00

HU FANG

Garden of Mirrored Flowers

Chinese writer Hu Fang offers a unique novel telling the story of a man designing a theme park, called Garden of Mirrored Flowers, which is itself an adaptation of a classical Qing Dynasty novel, Flowers in the Mirror. In an absorbing book which begins as a pictorial journey through mass-media advertisements, Fang depicts parallels between the park’s actual construction and how it has been imagined, or evolved out of history. Yet, is this the author’s vision, or more the result of reality writing itself through this author? Does that make it a documentary of life? “It’s a book written by a ghost writer,” says Fang. “Me? Just a traveler floating within the wave of globalization.”

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
VITAMIN CREATIVE SPACE, CHINA
2011 / Softcover / 5 x 8.25 inches / 192 pp / 70 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-15-3 · Retail Price: $24.95

HUBS AND FICTIONS

On Current Art and Imported Remoteness

Sophia Y. Hao & Edgar Schmitz (Eds.)

Hubs and Fictions, originally a touring forum, invited international curators, writers and producers to probe how fiction plays out in a globally distributed art-world ecology and to discuss how infrastructures are invented against its background. Staged sequentially in 2012 at Cooper Gallery – University of Dundee, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Goldsmiths London, the forum operated as a satellite event to Edgar Schmitz’s exhibition Surplus Cameo Décor at Cooper Gallery. The book functions as a deliberately discontinuous reader, juxtaposing documents, negotiations and reflections from and on the conversations. It also includes a preface by Andrea Phillips, a new image sequence by Schmitz and a suite of reflexive annotations exchanged between Hao and Schmitz. With contributions by Tobias Berger, Guy Brett, Simon Groom, Sophia Hao, Lisa Le Feuvre, Ma Lin, Markus Miessen and Federica Bueti, Tom Morton, Vanessa Joan Müller, Wang Nanming, Paul O’Neill, Edgar Schmitz and Gemma Sharpe.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2015 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 7 inches / 192 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-025-6 · Retail Price: $26.00