One of the greatest challenges for art and culture is to represent ethnic and cultural diversity. But what precisely does this term mean and why does it so rarely produce what it names? Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, puts forward the notion of “super-diversity,” noting “the need to reevaluate … [and move] beyond an ethno-focal understanding,” to adopt a multidimensional approach. The prolific and provocative scholar and activist Tariq Ramadan weighs in on the subject, insisting on universalism as a necessary, if devalued, horizon and offering a critique of the uses and limits of discourse within the practice of super-diversity. A pivotal and essential discussion with regards to issues facing the early twenty-first century instigated by the forward thinking Dutch institute, Witte de With. Part of the Reflections Series.
WITTE DE WITH, THE NETHERLANDS
April 2012 / Series 02 / Softcover / 5 x 7.25 inches / 169 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-77-1 · Retail Price: $19.95
Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art
Examining recent projects from Sven Augustijnen, Vincent Meessen, Zarina Bhimji, Renzo Martens, and Pieter Hugo, Return to the Postcolony investigates why and how contemporary artists have revisited former European colonies. This book explores the complex ways these artists’ projects respond to the bio-political crises of the present, especially as the claims of globalization— freedom, justice, inclusivity—have faltered in the wake of failed states, economic and political inequality, and ongoing wars for resources, security, and economic dominance worldwide. In this sense, the historically past and the geographically distant haunt the here-and-now, driving an ethical-political as well as aesthetic set of imperatives: to learn to live with ghosts, and to do so more justly.
April 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches/ 176 pp/ 53 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-42-9 · Retail Price: $26.00
Hans Dickel and Lisa Puyplat
Susanne Kriemann, winner of the 2010 GASAG Art Prize, layers time and space with historic objects and historical material found in archives, adding her own photos and interventions to create conceptual and photographic installations and artist books. She’s built projects around a 1942 Hassleblad and photos taken by Agatha Christie; one project was inspired by the idea of a monstrously heavy building commissioned by the Third Reich. No wonder critics and theorists are drawn to her work. The nine authors collected in this anthology approach Kriemann’s various manifestations and meanings, and link the themes of her work to the current discourse of art in general. Texts by Hans Dickel, Övül Durmusglu, Matts Leiderstam & Susanne Kriemann, Vanessa Joan Müller, Lisa Puyplat, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk, Mirjam Varadinis, Axel John Wieder.
October 2011 / English & German / Hardcover
5 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches / 216 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-49-8 · Retail Price: $24.95
Christoph Cox, Jenny Jaskey & Suhail Malik (Eds.)
Copublished with Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, Realism Materialism Art (RMA) introduces a diverse selection of new realist and materialist philosophies and examines their ramifications on the arts. Thirty-five essays cutting across thematic interests and modes of investigation offer a snapshot of an emerging and rapidly changing set of ideas and practices in art, philosophy, culture, theory and science, among other fields. RMA serves as a primer on “speculative realism,” neo-materialist theories, object-oriented ontologies and neo-rationalist philosophies. Despite their differences, these philosophical positions propose that thought can and does think outside itself, that reality can be known without its being shaped by and for human comprehension. They explicitly challenge dominant assumptions of cultural practice and theoretical inquiry and open up new domains of research and artistic inquiry. Also included is a collection of images curated by Jenny Jaskey and Alicia Ritson.
October 2015 / Softcover
7 x 10 1/2 inch / 408 pp / 19 b&w and 23 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-126-0 · Retail Price: $30.00
Narration and New Reduction in Photography
Ruth E. Horak
2003 / English and German / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 6 x 9 inches / 224 pp / 30 b&w and 64 color
ISBN: 3-901756-37-X · Retail Price: $32.00
Essays and Interviews 1972-2003
2005 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
264 pp / 8 b&w & 65 color
ISBN: 978-0-9541710-9-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
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