Outsourced Critics & Critical Conversations in a Limo

Art Fairs, Conversations, and Essays

Holly Crawford

What would you say if you were allowed an hour in a limousine and a bottle of champagne with one of the art world s heavy hitters? Nervous laughter and unexpected conversation are just what was intended in Critical Conversations in a Limo, a 2006 project in which strangers, curators and critics were brought together in transit between New York art fairs and prompted to talk about inclusion and exclusion in art fair culture. In this humorous companion book, individuals based outside the New York scene were invited to contribute a piece based on their impressions of the Armory Show catalog. Participants include artist Orlan, Nelson-Atkins director Julián Zugazagoita, Bronx Museum director Holly Block, critic and historian Sven Lutticken, Kortun, Cabinet editor Sina Najafi and New Museum curator Anne Barlow, among others.

AC Books, New York
2013 / Softcover / 260 pp
ISBN: 978-1-939901-00-2 · Retail Price: $10.00


The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition

Isabelle Graw & Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Eds.)

In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition seeks to historicize and propose new approaches to the question of medium. This book—the second this season from the highly respected series from the Institut für Kunstkritik—is based on two conferences, one at Harvard University and the other in Berlin, which focused on the changing role of the medium in establishing painting as a privileged practice, discourse and institution of modernity. Bringing together an international group of scholars, critics, and artists, Painting beyond Itself,/i> is a forum for a rich historical, theoretical and practice-grounded conversation. Organized by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University and Isabelle Graw, Städelschule, Frankfurt. Contributors include Carol Armstrong, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Sabeth Buchmann, René Démoris, Isabelle Graw, David Joselit, Jutta Koether, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Matt Saunders and Amy Sillman.

2016 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches / 288 pp / 37 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-007-2 · Retail Price: $22.00


Essay on Contemporary European Art
XX-XXI, Vol. 1

John C. Welchman

This volume collects more than a dozen essays by art historian and critical theorist John C. Welchman written over the past decade on a range of contemporary European artists and their negotiation of history. While all were composed in the 21st century, two entries—one on the Hungarian-American artist Orshi Drozdik and the other on London-based American artist Susan Hiller, anchor the volume in concerns that emerged at the end of the 1960s within the first generation to follow the Conceptual and Minimalist movements. The remaining essays discuss the recent work of 12 artists, several only in midcareer, mostly produced immediately before and after 2000. The artists included are Cosima von Bonin, Andy Hope 1930, Nathaniel Mellors, Thomas Raat and Nicola Stäglich, among others.

June 2016 / Softcover
4 1/4 x 7 inches / 400 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-013-3 · Retail Price: $34.00


Anthology Volume 3

Doug Harvey (Ed.)

On the brink between paranoid conspiracy theory and avant-garde literature, the LA-based critic, curator, and artist Doug Harvey (of LA Weekly and The Nation) defies logic and redefines art historical thinking in these collected texts and images. ‘patacritical Interrogation Techniques is the implementation of French playwright Alfred Jarry’s science of “‘pataphysics,” in which texts are subject to extreme stress in order to display their true significance. Key documents in ‘patacritical research are reprinted in the text and original artifacts generated from new research are published for the first time. Content and contributors include the transcript of Peter Blegvad’s experimental documentation, Tribulation 99 and excerpts from artist/musician Steve Roden’s work, “fallen/spoken,” as well as writings from Clayton Eshleman, Peter Frank, Doug Harvey, John Higham, and many more.

2013/ Softcover/ 7 x 10 inches/
410 pp/ 123 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9884715-8-0 · Retail Price: $16.00


Fiona Bryson & Keren Cytter (Eds.)

The second book in the Poetics Series, founded and edited by Keren Cytter and Fiona Bryson, once again combines poetry and literature with the visual arts as a challenge to the boundaries of traditional forms of the narrative. In this new release the title, Peacocks with Hiccups, is taken from a poem by Berlin-based performance artist Karl Holmqvist. The three word contributors are American poet Catherine Wagner, the emerging Spanish writer Luna Miguel and performance artist Karl Holmquvist. The whimsical line drawings, by artist Koo Jeong-A, flow seamlessly through the three texts. The Poetic Series, slender in design and immediately identified by its artist-designed covers, makes a point to feature cutting-edge poetry and writings that reach across artistic disciplines to explore and provoke new and unusual experiences of narrative.

Release Date: October 2014
Poetic Series-5.7.14 / Softcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 144 pp / 21 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-056-0 · Retail Price: $19.00

Performative Installation

Angelika Nollert
Snoeck, Germany
2004 / English and German / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 256 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 3-936859-05-1 · Retail Price: $42.00


With and Beyond Art

Maria Lind & Johan Öberg (Eds.)

The curatorial includes the post-production artistic practices that bring together within a particular time and space-related framework disparate images, objects, as well as other material and immaterial phenomena. In its performative aspects that seek to challenge the status quo, the curatorial also includes elements of choreography, orchestration and administrative logistics. Edited by prominent director and writer Maria Lind, this volume brings together a diverse group of curators, artists, art historians, educators and thinkers, all of whom reflect on the curatorial motives, tendencies and tactics, pitfalls and exegeses in translating—and thus performing—cultural heritage. Contributors include Doug Ashford, Beatrice von Bismarck and Eungie Joo.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / Softcover / 7 x 8 1/2 inches / 162 pp / 58 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-89-4 · Retail Price: $27.00


Research and Teaching In Performative Fine Arts

Carola Dertnig & Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein (Eds.)

Performing the Sentence brings into dialogue the ways that “performative thinking” has developed in different national and institutional contexts, within different disciplines in the arts, and the conditions under which it has developed in experimental art schools, from the 1960s to the present. This anthology is a collection of 21 essays and conversations either contributed or assembled through a 2010 symposium, that weaved in and out of the two key areas of research and teaching exploring in many voices the emergence of the performative and its evolution and definition today. The writings and interviews bring to light the conventions involved in the production, presentation, reception and historicization of performance art, as well as the specific cultural and political implications. Contributors include artists, academics, historians and critical thinkers such as dancer and choreographer Simone Forti, art and architectural historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, performing artist Andrea Fraser, theorist on queer– and gender–based art Amelia Jones plus many more. Honored to present the second book in this prestigious and informative series produced by the respected Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

October 2014
Series 13 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 224 pp / 27 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-053-9 · Retail Price: $27.00


Magicians and Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture

The Eakins Press Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Magicians & Charlatans by Jed Perl, the art critic for The New Republic. In this collection of 26 essays Perl writes with great urgency about the art scene of the past decade. The poet John Ashbery has said that “For years Jed Perl has been covering the art world with tremendous empathy and unsparing accuracy. His ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice.” The essays range from highly controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, of the art dealer Leo Castelli and of the Museum of Modern Art, to appreciations of the art of Bernini and Chardin and of the writings of Edmund Wilson and Meyer Schapiro.

Eakins Press Foundation, New York
August 2012 / Hardcover / 7 x 10 inches / 352 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-0-87130-069-0 · Retail Price: $45.00


Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox

Tone Hansen and Lars Bang Larsen (Eds.)

One of the few things we share in contemporary society is the future of our children. But it seems that even the “we” of childhood, of learning and free play, has been turned into common ground for consumption and competition. In a series of fascinating illustrated essays gathered under the headings “School and Control Society,” “Pedagogical Paradoxes,” “Historical Alternatives” and “Art and Children,” The Phantom of Liberty seeks to reestablish the social and aesthetic dialogue between visual art, critical journalism and psychology, philosophy and pedagogy. Included are Alan Sekula’s seminal photo-essay and text, “School is a Factory” (1980/82) and “Light in Two Windows” by Scandinavia’s preeminent thinker in reform pedagogy, sociologist Nils Christie. Additional contributions by Carl Hegemann, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Lars Bang Larsen, Sharon Lockhart and others. This book is an anthology from the exhibition Learning for Life, a film program and international seminar by Heine, Onstad, Kunstsenter (HOK).

Release Date: May 2015
Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
294 pp / 81 b&w and 52 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-15-3 · Retail Price: $36.00