Thomas Keenan & Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.)

The 1955 MoMA exhibition “The Family of Man” used a panorama of 503 photographs from 68 countries to construct an optimistic percept of the common human experience. Eventually travelling the world as an agent of U.S. cultural diplomacy, the exhibition has been criticized in the years since for its totalizing use of photography—particularly from developing nations—to draw a falsely universal and humanistic narrative. This handsome hardbound reader (drawn from an eponymous conference organized by Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies and the LUMA Foundation and held in Arles, France in 2011) looks to “The Family of Man” as a starting point to examine the contemporary relationship between curatorial practice and human rights as they manifest in art and photography. Original contributions from cultural theorists, photo historians, curators, and artists wrestle with potential contemporary applications of the exhibition’s themes. With contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Bassam El Baroni, Roger M. Buergel, George Didi-Huberman, Michel Feher, Hal Foster, Anselm Franke, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Maja Hoffmann, Denis Hollier, Thomas Keenan, Alex Klein, Suhail Malik, Marion von Osten, Katya Sander, Hito Steyerl, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
LUMA Foundation, France
CCS Bard, New York
June 2013 / Hardcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
320 pp / 134 b&w / 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-63-4 · Retail Price: $47.00


Fassbinder, Alexanderplatz

Manfred Hermes

In this excursive analysis of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s pivotal work, the 14-part Berlin Alexanderplatz miniseries broadcast on German television in 1980, German historian and theoretician Manfred Hermes explores the potential of narration in the paradoxes of cinematic representation. In the miniseries, Fassbinder took as his subject the 1929 novel by Alfred Döblin, a sub-proletarian apocalypse set in the Weimar Republic. In the process Hermes argues that Fassbinder historicized the avant-garde of the 1920s and redetermined the relationship between utopianism and popular culture. While Döblin created his protagonist to be an hysteric, Fassbinder chose to hystericize the viewer. In this work, along with others from the same period, Fassbinder established a Jewish-German mirror rotating on the axis of the Holocaust.

January 2015
Softcover / 5 x 7 3/4 inches / 224 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-004-1 · Retail Price: $26.00


Modern Iconoclasm and The Fundamentalist Spectacle

Sven Lütticken

In this book-length essay, art critic and historian Sven Lütticken takes philosopher Theodor Adorno’s critique of popular arts and culture a step further. Adorno criticized the manipulation of taste in official cultures and the pretense of individualism; Lütticken looks at the tension between fundamentalism and individualism in the context of the current religious-political image wars. This book examines both the afterlife of religious elements in modern culture and possible responses to the current religious re-appropriation of Adorno’s critique of modern capitalist culture by both Christian fundamentalists and radical Islamists. Lütticken contributes regularly to Artforum, New Left Review, Afterimage, and Texte zur Kunst, among other publications.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
160 pp / 50 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-26-9 · Retail Price: $24.95


Ines Lechleitner

Part monograph and part artist book, The Imagines started with an invitation to its writers to respond to four recent art installations by Berlin-based artist Ines Lechleitner. Lechleitner furthers her artistic explorations in perception and language by utilizing the Greek notion of ekphrases (vivid textual descriptions of visual artworks). In the original Roman text, paintings (which may never have existed) are described in such a detailed and sensory manner that the reader can imagine standing in front of them. Employing this notion, Lechleitner collaborates with writer/curator Agnieszka Gratza, Béatrice Gross, Chantal Pontbriand and Allen S. Weiss to build up narratives within the space of the book utilizing a variety of visual and textual elements. The resulting collaborations invite the reader/ viewer to reflect upon the intertwining of verbal and nonverbal communication and the nature of dialogic exchange in contemporary art.

January 2015
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
144 pp / 19 b&w and 58 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-071-3 · Retail Price: $30.00


The Blind Spot

Katja Gretzinger (Ed.)

Is it possible to find a new way of thinking about design that allow for and even encourages a recessive “blind spot?” This conceptual reader juxtaposes new and classic texts to turn a self-reflexive eye on contemporary practice. What we perceive as “true” is widely influenced by our knowledge—implicit conceptions of which we are not aware. Design, as a planned action, brings together thinking and everyday objects and ingrains itself in our everyday contexts. When not reflected upon, it simply affirms societal norms instead of questioning them. If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge. The metaphor of the “blind spot” proposes looking at what is implicit or goes unnoticed in our perception. Contributions by the Faculty of Invisibility, Claudia Mareis, and Doreen Mende, among others.

January 2013/ Softcover w/insert/
8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches/ 198 pp/ 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-45-0 · Retail Price: $24.00


Art and Research in Collaboration. An Experiment.

Andrea Heister, Samuli Schielke & Daniela Swarowsky (Eds.)

Can we talk about Europe without being Eurocentric? How can we meet on equal footing in an unequal world? These were questions that emerged from a research project and an experiment involving researchers from the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, and artists from the participating countries working together toward a final exhibition. The participants set out on a journey to “Search for Europe.” With an eye on creativity, political ideologies and migration and with a range of locations from West Africa, the Middle East, and Western Europe to Southeast Africa and the Balkans, the participants endeavored to understand how people remember the past, strive for a better future, or think about alternatives in an entangled world. The final culmination is the publication, in which the researchers, artists and guest authors reflect on the process through essays, artwork and documentary imagery.

July 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 2/3 x 9 2/3 inches / 186 pp / 16 b&w and 60 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-43-4 · Retail Price: $39.95

In the Poem about Love You Don’t Write the Word Love

Tanya Leighton
Sternberg Press, New York/Berlin
2007 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
274 pp / 44 b&w and 35 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-19-1 · Retail Price: $29.95


Artists, Curators, Architects and The Struggle for Institutional Space

Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, Markus Miessen, and Matthias Görlich

This thought-provoking collection of writings looks at how the language of the architectural skin in which art is presented affects the way in which viewers, curators, and artists experience the works. Continuing Sternberg Press’s exploration of the concept and reality of the European Kunsthalle – a temporary art exhibit space – the editors and contributors offer a series of strategies that explore the intermixing of the disciplines of art itself, how art is exhibited, and architecture. How will that apply to the interaction between future exhibitions and their spaces? As time spans of exhibitions become shorter and programs become more differentiated, architecture in itself becomes the exhibition.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
112 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-54-2 · Retail Price: $24.95


CCS Readers: Perspectives on Art and Culture

Johanna Burton, Lynne Cooke & Josiah McElheny (Eds.)

Encounters with art engage various conditions of interiority—whether through psychic spaces or specific physical environments such as museums and private residences. The exhibition “If you lived here, you’d be home by now,” presented at the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, was the catalyst for this anthology. The first in a series titled CCS Readers, this volume provides a paradigmatic case study for probing issues of the personal and subjective experience within realms of the sociological, political and cultural. Features commissioned essays, conversations and talks, historical writings and artistic projects from such intellects as Anni Albers, Moyra Davey and Virginia Woolf to establish the notion of self, society and the contemporary art world.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches / 322 pp
138 b&w and 15 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-06-1 · Retail Price: $35.00


Language and Misunderstanding

Abraham Adams & Lou Cantor (Eds.)

Responding to renewed interest in Concrete poetics, New York–based parapoetic performance artist Abraham Adams asks: Why is the typographic word privileged over the poet’s body? What is the temporal attitude of artworks in relation to concrete space and duration? What is the shared somatic basis among works on view? Following his performance at the James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, Adams has gathered a rich collection of writings on the presence of language in the visual arts. The texts develop arguments for a broader conception of concreteness beyond typographical experimentation within the context of contemporary parapoetic performance. Intersubjectivity I is the first volume of two in this cross-platform project co-edited by Adams and the Berlin-based art collective Lou Cantor. It continues the project Turning Inward, a collection of texts and essays on the spatial logic of globalization and the breakdown of distinctions in art, urbanism, politics, education and philosophy.

May 2016 / Softcover / 7 ½ x 10 ¼ inches
200 pp / 20 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-199-4 · Retail Price: $34.00