“ This study of the philosophical underpinnings of installation art brilliantly reevaluates the concept of aesthetic autonomy as the very condition of the possibility of ‘art’ itself,” writes internationally prominent art historian Tom Holert. Writer Juliane Rebentisch’s captivating readings of Martin Heidegger, Theodor W. Adorno, Clement Greenberg, Rosalind E. Krauss, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell and other luminaries push debates about ‘site specificity’ and ‘Institutional Critique’’ to argue that aesthetic autonomy and the public sphere in installation art are, in fact, inseparable. This indispensible book will rejuvenate and irrevocably change debates about the nature of aesthetic experience; the autonomy of art, modernism and postmodernism; and, through all of these, about installation art.
August 2012 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 296 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-19-1 · Retail Price: $24.95
Felix Ensslin & Charlotte Klink (Eds.)
The history of art is full of flesh: carnal scenes of flesh delight while positivistic images of science bare the human body on the operating table and Christian depictions of temptation and torture warn of the evils of fleshly pleasure. These are some of the connotations carried by the aesthetics of flesh. Based on a three-day symposium at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Aesthetics of the Flesh traces the aesthetic concept of flesh in four sections: “Cut Power Matter,” “Form Cannibalism,” “Flesh Skin Surface,” and “Word Flesh Thought.” Essays inform from perspectives as diverse as art history, religion, psychoanalysis, psychology, materialist philosophy, phenomenology, surgery, film studies and literary studies. Contributors include Jennifer Allen, Sabeth Buchmann, Annett Busch, Nils Büttner, Marcus Coelen, Discoteca Flaming Star, Helmut Draxler, Felix Ensslin, Mechthild Fend, Susanne Leeb and Christoph Menke.
Release Date: October 2014
5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 342 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-61-0 · Retail Price: $28.00
Using Michèle Bernstein’s text The Night (1961) as a score, the art and publishing collective Everyone Agrees has created a confounding and often hilarious meta-narrative wormhole. After The Night is centered on present-day London rather than countercultural Paris; chancing upon Bernstein at a party, our protagonists persuade her to collaborate on a modern-day adaptation of The Night, seeing it as their springboard to artistic acclaim. These would-be avatars muse on the contemporary relevance of Bernstein’s themes while haunting the events of the original story, hoping to gain inspiration. The failure of their novel plays out through emails pinging between London, Paris and New York, entirely removed from Situationist crusades against cultural homogeneity and consumer reification. Accompanying the text are captioned black-and-white images taken during a fashion festival in the south of France, where the project finally unravels for good. Part of the Common Objectives series.
September 2013 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches 144 pp / 38 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-47-2 · Retail Price: $16.00
From Distribution to Archive
Gavin Everall & Jane Rolo (Eds.)
Artists are playing with words again—raiding the archive, bringing the dead back to life. Quicker than the ever-elusive present, they are forging a practice that anticipates the past, forecasts possible histories and revisits alternative futures. This book presents an assemblage of material extending Book Works’ touring exhibition on just this theme: Again, A Time Machine (2011-12). Contributions include artists’ pages, exploratory interviews, and a range of publisher and project space responses to the questions “Why Distribute?” “Why Archive?” Specifically engaging with the circuits of practice that have materialized in the form of books, writing, magazines, spoken word, performative research and archival practice, contributors include Maria Fusco, Dora García, Kenny Goldsmith, Melissa Gronlund, Ian Hunt, Mark Pawson, Laure Prouvost and Slavs and Tatars, and White Columns, among many others.
January 2013/Exhibition catalog Softcover/
7 1/2 x10 inches/ 224 pp/ Full b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-40-3 · Retail Price: $35.00
A Jonathan Napack Anthology
2007 / English & Chinese / Hardcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 180 pp / 19 pp
ISBN: 978-988-17367-1-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
2008 / Softcover / 61/4 x 91/2 inches
239 pp / 100 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-33-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Things That Matter in Contemporary Art
Contemporary art is booming: there are more artists, more collectors, more venues, more fairs, more museums and definitely more hype then ever before. What’s missing are criteria that define quality. That’s what Jörg Heiser explores in this wonderful critical book, in which he uses a sharp summary of contemporary art since Marcel Duchamp to make his points. “When it’s good,” Heiser claims, “art hits where it hurts, striking at the heart of an ossified status quo … Instead of just aiming to shock and outrage, it shows authority losing its grip. Instead of inflating itself, it deflates the pompous in the name of art.” Praised by critics as “astonishingly enlightening.”
September 2008 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 350 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-39-9 · Retail Price: $29.95
Art and/as Research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Els De bruyn & Johan Pas (Eds.)
In celebration of its rich history in the arts and design community, the 350-year-old Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp undertook assembling a five-year overview of its arts research programs. In both text and image, AND/AS reflects on what research in the arts means for the artist, for art education and for the art world. The comfortably sized and well-illustrated book offers at its core visual insight into the strategies, processes and results of artistic research in a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, video and installation, revealing the unique approach of artists-researchers at the Antwerp academy. Organized into sections by theme, including memory/archives, tools/instruments, art research and education lists, master classes, previous research projects, doctorates and publications, the publication is introduced by editors Els De bruyn and Johan Pas. A register with brief summaries at the end gives a clear overview of the research conducted between 2010 and 2015.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, ANTWERP
January 2017 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 7 ½ in.
336 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-65-6 · Retail Price: $30.00
On November 27, 2012, world-renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé arrived at Harvard University from Paris. He brought five chefs, two assistants, 600 sheets of gelatin, 150 eggs, 68 pounds of caster sugar, 40 pounds of unsalted butter, 32 pounds of cream, 25 pounds of milk chocolate couverture, 11 pounds of grated wasabi, and the alchemic techniques to transform these ingredients into an elaborate “lecture de pâtisserie.” Together with Savinien Caracostea and Sanford Kwinter, he methodically deconstructed four conceptual desserts for 400 spectator-diners. The Architecture of Taste recaptures this night and the physiological effects of Hermé’s pastry visions.
2015 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 96 pp / 9 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-139-0 · Retail Price: $16.00
Markus Miessen & Yann Chateigné (Eds.)
The applied research project from University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, and resulting publication, The Archive as a Productive Space of Conflict examines archival practice and its spatial repercussions in an open conversation among over 80 artists, architects, writers, theorists, educators, designers and others. What are the spaces involved in making archives productive? Conventional archives tend to define themselves through content-specific accumulation of matter, subscribing to an existing order. The structure of archives has not evolved in response to its cumulative model. A productive archive would offer an open framework which actively transforms itself, thus allowing for the constant production of new and surprising relationships and new perspectives on archival practice. Contributions by Stuart Bailey, Bless, Beatriz Colomina, Céline Condorelli, Armin Linke, Dexter Sinister, Nav Haq, Nikolaus Hirsch, Christoph Keller, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Walid Raad and Alice Rawsthorn.
Release Date: May 2016
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/2 inches
500 pp / 30 b&w and 270 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-86-3 · Retail Price: $35.00