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THINKING THROUGH PAINTING

Reflexivity and Agency Beyond the Canvas

Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum & Nikolaus Hirsch (Eds.)

Painting appears to have dispelled its own once-uncontested material basis. No longer synonymous with a flat picture plane hung on the wall, painting in its current incarnations tends instead to emphasize the apparatus of its appearance and the conduits of its circulation. Thinking  through  Painting, from the Institut Für Kunstkritik series, investigates painting’s traits and reception through contri- butions by Peter Geimer and Isabelle Graw. With a focus on Luc Tuymans, Geimer questions the claims commonly made for contemporary painting’s “superior” reflexivity based on its distance from everyday experiences of immersion. Graw situates painting’s residual specificity in the semiotic activity of mark- making rather than materiality, demonstrating that painting’s perseverance is grounded in the suggestion that it can attain agency as a “quasi-person.”

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
INSTITUT FÜR KUNSTKRITIK, FRANKFURT
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
5 x 7 1/2 inches/ 70 pp/ 7 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-10-8 · Retail Price: $17.00

Thinking Worlds

The Moscow Conference on Philosophy,
Politics and Art

Thinking Worlds brings together contributions from a two-stage symposium organized in conjunction with the second Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art. The thirteen essays included here look at theoretical issues within the field of contemporary art. What is the role of the “event” in this culture? Are artistic interventions politically significant? What is the current status of philosophy and aesthetic theory? And in this era of global political change and market forces in which art is widely considered to be a part of the society of spectacle, what is the actual status of art and its critical discourses? Contributors include Giorgio Agamben, Daniel Birnbaum and Molly Nesbit.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
September 2008 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 212 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-35-1 · Retail Price: $24.95

A THOUSAND EYES

Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics

Marit Paasche and Judy Radul

What questions of representation, judgment and justice cross borders between art and the law? Through the contribution of an all-star roster of artists and scholars – including John Baldessari, Harun Farocki and Dan Graham – this anthology explores how the aesthetics of new media technology affect the judicial system in relation to fundamental concepts such as truth and representation. Since the early twentieth century, the justice system has come to rely on a variety of new representational modes and technologies when considering contemporary art. The law is increasingly staged on a screen and the photographs, video documents, audio recordings used as evidence are not entirely distinct from their correlates in contemporary art, cinema and mass media. Essays by Julie A. Cassiday, Costas Douzinas, Piyel Haldar, Martin Jay, Peter Goodrich, Richard Mohr, Judy Radul, Avital Ronell, Eyal Sivan, Cornelia Vismann. Artistic contributions by John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Harun Farocki, Stan Douglas, Aernout Mik, Agency, Judy Radul, Renzo Martens, Ana Torfs, The Atlas Group, René Magritte, Model Court, Rana Hamadeh, Thomas Demand and Les Levine.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
HENIE ONSTAD ART CENTER, NORWAY
April 2012 / Softcover / 6 x 8.75 inches / 275 pp
14 b/w and 37 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-66-5 · Retail Price: $29.95

TRACK 17

Nikolaus Hirsch, Wolfgang Lorch, and Andrea Wandel
Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / English & German / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 216 pp / 8 b&w and 10 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-60-3 · Retail Price: $24.95

THE TRANSDISCIPLINARY STUDIO

Alex Coles

If artists and designers continue to require a studio, shouldn’t the way each of them mobilizes it be a component of any analysis of their practice? By grappling with four distinct examples of transdisciplinary studio models (sculptor Jorge Pardo, industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, installation artist/sculptor Olafur Eliasson and design studio Åbäke), this softcover book delves into the life of these studios by engaging the artists, designers and staff that constitute them. These reflections are accompanied by interviews between the author and studio workers. A further series of interviews with distinguished historians, critics, anthropologists, curators, artists and designers analyzes how their work has informed the transdisciplinary studio model that is now at the forefront of creative practice.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
August 2012 / Softcover / 5 x 8 inches / 370 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-96-2 · Retail Price: $27.00

The Trials of Art

Daniel McClean

When artists and the legal system collide, the result is bound to be interesting, as this unique collection of essays on famous trials of artists from the Renaissance to the present day shows. Edited by art curatorlawyer Daniel McClean, this crisply written anthology looks at such issues as obscenity, religious sensitivity, aesthetic value, appropriation and artistic freedom within the context of celebrated cases. For example, one essay tells the story of the 1927 seizure by the United States Customs Service of Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture Bird in Space; the government contended that the sculpture was not fine art, and was therefore subject to import duty. Another looks at the 1878 case, a scandal at the time, when Whistler sued the art critic Ruskin for libel. More contemporary cases include the Robert Mapplethorpe obscenity case, the “piss Christ” case, and the trial of J.S.G. Boggs, who was tried as a counterfeiter for his hand-made copies of money. Neither lawyers nor art critics are famous for writing clear, entertaining, enlightening texts – but this wonderful book, with essays from 14 leading academics and lawyers, is a notable exception. Who should have the authority to determine what is art: artists, critics and curators, or lawyers, judges and juries? Should artistic expression always be immune from legal and ethical constraints? Should the law always protect artists and art works? A great look behind the scenes at the art world, and its relationship with government and culture.

Ridinghouse, London
September 2008 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 380 pp / 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-03-6 · Retail Price: $59.95

TROUBLING RESEARCH

Performing Knowledge in the Arts

Carola Dertnig, Diedrich Diederichsen & Tom Holert (Eds.)

Beginning in 2008/9, a group of Vienna-based artists, art historians and cultural theorists embarked on a journey of experimental research to test their understanding of individual artistic/theoretical practices. Following Foucault’s model of “problematization,” they worked independently and collaboratively to reconsider the interdependence of art and research categories against the politics and economics of the European art educational system. Conceived and designed by artist/curator/author Johannes Porsch, Troubling Research is organized into six sections or “books” aimed at evading standard protocol research reports. Scholarly essays and case studies, interviews, notes, and visual statements are combined to create multilevel narratives of text, typography, and images in which analysis, allegory and poetic association overlap and intersect. With contributions by Carola Dertnig, Diedrich Diederichsen, Tom Holert, Johanna Schaffer, Stefanie Seibold and Axel Stockburger.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
Release Date: May 2015
Softcover / 6 x 8 inches
480 pp / 113 b&w and 92 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-020-1 · Retail Price: $32.00

TRUTH IS CONCRETE

A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics

Florian Malzacher & Steirischer Herbst (Eds.)

“Truth is Concrete,” a quote Lenin borrowed from Augustine and Hegel, was written in big letters over Bertolt Brecht’s desk during his exile in Denmark from Nazi Germany. It was a reminder during a time of extreme political unrest never to forget the reality around him. The organizers of this book adopted this quote as the working hypothesis for a week-long marathon event/happening, running day and night, that aimed to facilitate and promote direct action, transparency and knowledge exchange among the hundreds of artists, activists, theorists, students and young professionals who attended. The result is a content-packed document with over 99 contributions ranging from Pussy Riot, Rabih Mroué and Slavoj Žižek, describing tactics and strategies for dissent, to a wide range of academics, including Steve Lambert, Alanna Lockward and Jonas Staal, focusing on philosophical and historical modalities of altruistic artistic practices. Viva la revolution!

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2014
Hardcover
6 1/3 x 8 2/3 inches / 336 pp / 33 b&w and 153 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-84-9 · Retail Price: $26.00

TURNING INWARD

Lou Cantor & Clemens Jahn (Eds.)

In the publication Turning Inward, a selection of texts by international artists, critics and curators consider the impact of the technologically internalized capitalist system of networked power structures upon the production, distribution and consumption of contemporary art. Divided into three parts, the volume addresses the effects of globalization and the Internet on art, its political agency and the changing role of artists, artworks and art institutions. The second section focuses on Berlin’s shift from a politically and physically divided capital into a landscape of art and project spaces. A critical look at art history, curating and alternative methodologies comprises the third section. In conclusion, pioneering Iranian philosopher and theorist Reza Negarestani reflects on the transforming relationship between mind and world. Contributions by John Beeson, Svetlana Boym, Marta Dziewanska, Philipp Ekardt, Felix Ensslin, Orit Gat, David Joselit, William Kherbek, John Miller, Matteo Pasquinelli and Dieter Roelstraete.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2015 / Softcover
7 x 8 3/4 inches / 29 b&w and 22 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-090-4 · Retail Price: $22.00

THE UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICA READER

Noah Horowitz and Brian Sholis

What do artists read? What articles, books, reviews – and cartoons, cookbooks, memoirs and film scripts – influence their work? Here are some answers from the participating artists in the Uncertain States of America exhibition in Oslo and London in 2005. This book, a companion to the exhibition catalog, is an eclectic compilation of material that gives the reader a deeper insight into the influences that created the show. From Dora Apel’s Art Journal article on Torture Culture to Giorgio Agamben’s Le Monde piece on his refusal to visit the United States because he will not allow electronic archiving of his fingerprints, this is a thought-provoking reader for our times. Contributions by Julian Stallabrass, Johanna Burton, Isabelle Graw, Andrea Fraser, Pamela M. Lee, Miwon Kwon, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Jack Bankowsky, Chris Kraus, David Barringer, Bernadette Corporation, Seth Price, Kirk Varnedoe, Tim Griffin, Ralph Rugoff, Matt Wolf, Hamza Walker, Paul Chan, Giorgio Agamben, Critical Art Ensemble, Gregory Sholette, Alan Gilbert, Robert Morris, Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, Michael Watts, Dora Apel, Kymberly N. Pinder, Molly Nesbit, Trisha Donnelly.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
February 2007 / Softcover / 6 x 10 inches
204 pp / 2 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-21-4 · Retail Price: $34.95