Essays and Interviews since 1972
Since meeting Bridget Riley in 1967, British art historian and critic Robert Kudielka remains her keenest observer. For over 40 years, Kudielka has documented her career progress and artistic development from an academic as well as personal perspective. This newly revised and expanded edition collates a substantial body of his essays on and interviews with the artist. Moving from an analysis of Riley’s iconic 1960s black-and-white paintings to her more recent wall drawings, Kudielka explores the unpredictable changes of direction throughout Riley’s career. Accompanied by over 80 full-color illustrations, biographical notes and a bibliography, the texts—expanded from his first volume provide a unique insight into Riley’s working methods and styles. Robert Kudielka on Bridget Riley is another excellent addition to the growing published archive on this inconic contemporary British artist.
2nd Edition / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 inches / 328 pp / 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-96-8 · Retail Price: $36.00
From the author of the best-selling The Curator’s Egg comes an idiosyncratic novel interweaving fantasy and reality. Setting the novel in the famous Claridge’s Hotel in London, Karsten Schubert recounts an art dealer’s recuperation from major surgery. Incorporating multilayered voices and devices, the distinctive narrative introduces the reader to a memorable host of characters including the “The Political Prisoner,” “The Little Mondrian” and “The Protagonist,” who hosts art-world gatherings and visits a multitude of local galleries and stores around the Mayfair district. In this surprising tale filled with the humor of observation and incident, a frightening yet extraordinary period in one man’s life is brought to life. Schubert, also well known as YBA art dealer, publisher and cofounder of Ridinghouse, has written a novel at once honest, satirical, absurd and bold.
2015 / Softcover
6 x 9 inches / 208 pp
ISBN: 978-1-909932-02-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
Joyful Cruelty: Toward a Philosophy of the Real
This classic collection of essays by French philosopher and essayist Clément Rosset follows another Free Association title in the same format, Werner Herzog’s travel journal, Of Walking on Ice. The publisher is dedicated to finding worthy essays and other texts that have either been out of print or were never made available in English – especially seeking out works that have remained popular, at least among a small, devoted group, over the years. This work, out of print for 20 years, is the first and only work by the Paris-based Rosset (born 1939) to be translated into English. Rosset has written some 30 short books, many of which reference his important influence, Schopenhauer. “Joy is the necessary condition,” writes Rosset, “if not of life in general at least of life lived consciously and with full awareness.”
2010 / Softcover / 5 x 8 inches / 160 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9796121-1-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
The Critics, The Curators, The Artists
Zoë Gray, Miriam Kathrein, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk & Ariadne Urlus
This book documents three large-scale symposia at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Structured to establish a lively platform for debate and exchange, these symposia explore the practice of three of the protagonists of the contemporary art world: the critic, the curator and the artist. Are they still the people who decide what art is made, what is seen, and whether it is “good”? The book includes transcripts from workshops and dialogues, and also contains spirited contributions that arrived from participants in the months after the dialogues took place. Bringing together the cross-generational experience of the attendees, this compendium offers insights from some of the most renowned and promising figures in their fields.
2010 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 272 pp / 280 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-6083-017-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
Masters of Reality
Vanessa Ohlraun (Ed.)
Steve Rushton’s research is an investigation into feedback, social control, and the contemporary culture of “self-performance,” developing a thorough analysis of the techniques and processes of information management and subjectivization in Western society since the second half of the twentieth century. This book, second in a series inaugurated by the Piet Zwart Institute, articulates a clear relationship between diverse subjects, drawing from a broad range of archival materials from military experiments in social psychology to works by Don DeLillo and Ant Farm. It includes texts on art and media linked to theories of cybernetics, Rushton’s collaborative projects with Rod Dickinson and Thomson & Craighead and fictional and allegorical texts, giving these observations narrative form.
PIET ZWART INSTITUTE, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/
5 x 7 1/3 inches/ 192 pp/ 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-22-1 · Retail Price: $24.00
A Reader on Art and Ethics
Nina Möntmann (Ed.)
Recent encounters between art and real life, the ubiquity of images of violence and humiliation in visual culture and the media, and the persistence of controversial debates on public and participatory art projects are raising fundamental questions about the importance of ethical decisions in art and curating. How far can provocation in art go, before it becomes cynical and abusive? Does “good censorship” exist? Are ethical decisions seen as more urgent in participatory art?
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, STOCKHOLM
2014 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 178 pp
6 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-87-0 · Retail Price: $26.00
Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice
The twenty book reviews and essays in this new title from Barry Schwabsky, longtime art critic for The Nation, were written across as many years and for as wide a breadth of publications. Though originally conceived as a book of essays on painting, Schwabsky’s diverse interests in literary theory (he cites giants Paul de Man and Roland Barthes as influences) and philosophy bring new perspectives to this collection. Walter Benjamin’s views on color, E. H. Gombrich’s theory of perception, Mel Bochner’s and Liz Kotz’s narratives of Conceptualism, and Sarah Thornton’s peregrinations in the “art world” are but a few of the topics explored. In an era of hyper-specialization and rigid academic protocols, Barry Schwabsky revives a form of criticism one imagined barely existed—a criticism of varied interests and passionate opinions.
December 2013 / Softcover
6 x 8 1/2 inches / 243 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-002-7 · Retail Price: $28.00
Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser
This reader – based on a symposium at the Department of Sculpture –Transmedial Space, University of Art and Design, Linz – poses profound questions about contemporary sculpture. With contributions by an international roster of artists, critics and curators, the texts look at expansions of the notion of sculpture – from Auguste Rodin to Rosalind Krauss and beyond – leading the viewer to think that the discipline has become defined by its near arbitrary malleability, since practically anything can be construed as sculpture. Yet interest in the history of sculpture seems to be experiencing a revival, including traditional techniques and production methods, which often appear appealing, even radical, in the age of the Internet and social media. Contributions by Jennifer Allen, Eva Grubinger, Jörg Heiser, Nikolaus Hirsch, Aleksandra Mir, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Jan Verwoert and more.
April 2012 / Softcover / 5.5 x 8.5 inches / 128 pp / 24 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-76-4 · Retail Price: $24.95
Materiality in Times of Immateriality
Eva Grubinger & Jörg Heiser (Eds.)
Does so-called post-Internet art have a future? How does the Internet of Things relate to objects and things in art? How do current philosophical movements such as new materialism and object-oriented ontology affect our notion of the art object? While the first volume Sculpture Unlimited (2011) asked how the contemporary field of sculpture can be defined against its long history, the second volume looks at its present and future. Once again edited by Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser, with contributions by internationally reputed artists and scholars, this volume poses the following question: If we assume computers and algorithms increasingly control our lives, regulate social and communications traffic, and produce new materials and things, is space for artistic imagination and innovation increased or decreased? What is the place of art and sculpture if we don’t want to resort to maintaining aesthetic traditions? Additional essays by Mark Fisher, Nathalie Heinich, Mark Leckey, Jean-François Lyotard and Bernard Blistène, Jussi Parikka, Christiane Sauer and Timotheus Vermeulen.
October 2015 / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 148 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-102-4 · Retail Price: $22.00
Life in Twenty-four Chapters
The seven most exciting hours … is an adventure novel based on a true story told in a televised interview by the notorious Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Set around a Copenhagen hospital, it describes seven hours in the life of Tibor Klaus Trier—the filmmaker’s father—from the moment that his wife goes into labor early in the morning until Lars is born. The plot only then begins to thicken: car-jackings, family murder, zombies, Armageddon, and phantom diagnosis of cancer all vie for attention. Using classic slasher flicks and psychological pot-boilers–and a wink to Glenn Gould–as its guides, Cytter explores the metaphysical wildness of mind representative of von Trier’s work.
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
194 pp / 4 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-41-2 · Retail Price: $24.95