Central Pivot Series – Volume I
Richard Saxton, Kurt Wagner & Kirsten Stoltz (Eds.)
The introductory volume in the exciting new Center Pivot Series from Colorado- based M12’s Last Chance Press curated by Kirsten Stoltz pulses with diverse rural American images, poems and writings. Pictures from M12 founder Richard Saxton’s Rural Research Archive and writings by Kurt Wagner focus on the nonheroic, psychic and lyrical unfolding of daily events and leave us in search of beauty hidden in plain sight. Saxton and Wagner are among a rare breed of artists who infuse the work with their own rural experiences, allowing no single genre to capture the whole of these intentions. This exciting new series archives the explorations of a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the complexity of the rural experience, an arena in which art and environmental activism crosses. Pocket-sized and easy to travel with, Cool Pastoral Splendor includes drawings, photographs and hip accounts in the field by like-minded artists, musicians, poets and writers.
LAST CHANCE PRESS / M12, COLORADO
May 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches, 252 pp, 89 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-53-3 · Retail Price: $19.95
Juan A. Gaitán, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monica Szewczyk
If it’s not an oxymoron to describe something as both distinguished and cutting edge, that’s the perfect description for Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. This illustrated softcover book brings together a series of essays on contemporary art based on the center’s high-octane Cornerstones lecture series. At each of the monthly lectures, one leading art historian focuses on one artist who is foundational to contemporary art. Among this volume’s treasures are Donald Kuspit on Louise Bourgeois, Helmut Friedel on Gerhard Richter, Vanessa Joan Müller on John Baldessari and Douglas Crimp onGordon Matta-Clark. These essays share the fascination that each of the authors has with the work of an artist and how this work functions in relation to larger contexts and broader ideas.
Witte de With, The Netherlands
April 2012 / Softcover / 6.75 x 9.5 inches / 288 pp / 60 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-48-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
No More Sleep No More
Edited by New York–based Italian critical theorist, researcher and artist Danilo Correale, No More Sleep No More is the result of a three-year research study on wakefulness and sleep in postmodernity. Originally shown as a video, the hardcover compendium transcribes Correale’s sensorial video essay, which features an impressive list of scholars on the topic of time in everyday life, including David M. Rapoport, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, Roger e kirch, Simon Williams, Alan Derickson, Murray Melbin, Alexei Penzin and Reena Patel.
2015 / Hardcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ in.
1 b&w and 24 color
ISBN: 978-3-943620-44-3 · Retail Price: $28.00
Nina Power (Ed.)
The Counsel of Spent is to be used as a field guide, lovingly prepared with words and images that do not satisfy but irritate. It is a book that wishes to add its voice to those who desire to have done with the endless vacillating between slavery and appeasement, fear and denial. It is a book that demands that all cast off the burden of debt and go out onto the street—for a true democracy necessitates a commitment where one acknowledges that there is nothing left to hang on to, that there is nothing left to lose and everything to transform. These are pages that fan the flames of bonfires and simple music. Written by Inventory, a collective of British artists, writers and art theorists founded in 1996 and edited by Nina Power as part of the Common Objectives series.
May 2017 / Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 in.
300 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-90601-25-6-4 · Retail Price: $34.95
Shopping in Jail Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century
In Douglas Coupland’s writing, the doldrums of a world afflicted by the pains of dotcom booms and busts, the ascendency of subcultures to pop cultures, and the subsequent struggle for identity are counterbalanced by droll, personal, and incisive analyses. This collection of nonfiction essays provides an illuminating meander through what we call culture today.
2014 / Softcover
5 x 7 3/4 inches / 92 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-86-3 · Retail Price: $15.00
The magic word these days is “creativity,” and not just for artists: business managers and policymakers alike demand it. Even family therapists and mediators urge us to find more creative solutions. At present, creativity is all about positive morality. But what remains of the meaning of the word when just about everyone is using it to death? And where does this hunger for creativity come from? Isn’t it instead a sign of a creeping loss of true creativity? Author Pascal Gielen, the director of the research center Arts in Society at Groningen University and a specialist on art and Post-Fordism, relates the story of the process of the social (re)creation of creativity by taking readers on a fictive eight-day journey. The second in a series issued by the Mondriaan Fund to promote thinking about visual art and artisthood.
MONDRIAN FUND, THE NETHERLANDS
September 2013 / Hardcover / 4 3/4 x 7 1/3 inches 120 pp
ISBN: 978-90-76936-39-0 · Retail Price: $25.00
What Is Critical Spatial Practice?
Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)
What, today, can be understood as a critical modality of spatial practice? This question, and others, were posed to protagonists from the fields of architecture, art, philosophy, and literature by architectural theorists and curators Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen in September, 2011. The resulting 64 contributions in this inaugural volume of the Critical Spatial Practice series co-presented by the Städelschule, were composed concurrently with the evictions of Occupy movements, sustained turmoil of the Arab Spring, and continued spasms in the global financial system. All point to the question of whether architecture can still be understood as a res publica. Each title in the series will include new work commissioned by invited artists—here, the photographer Armin Linke.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
4 1/4 x 6 inches/ 162 pp/ 8 color I
ISBN: 978-3-943365-27-6 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Space of Agonism
Markus Miessen & Chantal Mouffe
The political theory of agonism emphasizes potentially progressive outcomes for political conflict; thinking in terms of “demoicracy”—a union that acknowledges and makes room for deeply ingrained societal divisions—this book proposes new approaches to countering and responding to the globalizing thrust of neo-liberalism. The second volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series, it presents a selection of conversations between Markus Miessen and political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. These dialogues attempt to unpack current political dilemmas through consensus-driven formats of political decision-making, alternately driven by Miessen’s specific concerns regarding conflict-based forms of participation as an alternative (spatial) practice in democratic systems and Mouffe’s understanding and theory of a “conflictual consensus.” An artist project by Rabih Mroue accompanies the text.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
4 1/4 x 6 inches/ 132 pp/ 23 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-41-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
Melbourne + San Francisco
Holly Crawford (Ed.)
Following 2012’s riotous and insightful Outsourced Critics & Critical Conversations in a Limo, this neat paperback chronicles two more incarnations of the limo conversations series. Describing itself as a moment in art, a movable salon and an experimental space, the project invites strangers, artists, curators and critics to sip champagne, gossip and talk about contemporary art in a traveling “white box.” What unfolds is an astute and playful take on the art world. This informative new book transcribes the nervous laughter and unexpected conversations of the project’s Melbourne (2007) and San Francisco (2008) happenings. Participants include BAM and Pacific Film Archive Director Larry Rinder, SF Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker, Sydney CCP director Naomi Cass, and Artspace director Alexie Glass plus many more.
July 2014 / Softcover
7 x 10 inches / 356 pp / 40 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-939901-04-0 · Retail Price: $12.00
Brancusi: An Afterlife
Cristian Nae & Alexandru Polgár (Eds.)
The dangers inherent in the appropriation and instrumentalization of an artist’s work by the state is the focus of visual artist Alexandra Croitoru’s smart, irreverent and ironic examination of the treatment of Brancusi’s life and work in post-Stalinist Romanian culture. Against the backdrop of left-wing movements opposing capitalism and globalisation, Brancusi: An Afterlife began as Croitoru’s doctoral research on Brancusi’s “nationalization” and grew into exhibitions she curated. The illustrated and well-designed softcover publication clearly dissects the role of retrospective influence and the mechanisms of re-contextualization and re-signification of an artist’s identity. In five sections—“From Appropriation to Nationalization,” “Brancusi and Romania,” “Brancusiology and Brancusiologists of National Renown,” “Popular Appropriation,” and “Brancusi as a Character, Between Reality and Fiction”—Croitoru demonstrates how an artist’s appropriation as cultural signifier evolves into both the banal and national myth: through decorative and vernacular appropriations, through kitsch legitimized by museums and the entertainment industry, and in discourses that convey the history of art from a national perspective to promote national branding.
SALONUL DE PROIECTE ASSOCIATION, BERLIN
Available / Softcover / 6 ¾ x 9 in.
212 pp / 45 b&w and 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-943620-40-5 · Retail Price: $22.00