The Crossdresser’s Secret

Brian O'Doherty

Sometimes truth is both stranger and more delightfully entertaining than fiction. The 18th century was an era of violent contrasts and radical change, intellectual brilliance and war, spies and diplomatic intrigue, elegance and cruelty. One of the century’s most mysterious figures was the Chevalier d’Eon, one of history’s first known transvestites who lived as both man and woman. The noble-born d’Eon served as a spy for the French government, infiltrating the Russian court as a maid of honor to the empress. He became so well known for his activities that he lived the last 30 years of his life openly as a woman (and a European celebrity). Written from the perspective of this historical figure, this ambitious novel from much-loved conceptual artist Brian O’Doherty reveals d’Eon’s radical modernity, certified by his attitudes to gender and his examination of his own nature.

2014 / Softcover
5 x 7 2/3 inches / 496 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-96-2 · Retail Price: $32.00


Hospitality: Hosting Relations in Exhibitions

Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer & Thomas Wesk (Eds.)

Every curated encounter involves hospitality, with curators in the role of host and the invited—artists, audiences and even exhibits—as guests. The economy of this hospitality—the space, time and money as well as attention, power and recognition involved in inviting, offering, welcoming, attending, reciprocating and its opposite, the refusal, exclusion and control that exhibitions can generate— is the subject of the third volume in this highly respected and collected series from the Academy of Visual Arts Liepzig. Fifteen contributors including curator- critics Maja Ciric, Lorenzo Fusi, Wiebke Gronemeyer, Anthony Huberman and theorist-performative researcher Erik Hagoort discuss how the asymmetries and dependencies of these roles continuously change in relation to one another, ponder how the aesthetic, social, political and economic ramifications are paradigmatic of generosity within the cultural field, and consider ambivalent or problematic interdependencies of hosts and guests that can be caused by conditions of globalization.

May 2016 / Softcover
5 ½ x 8 ¼ inches / 272 pp / 40 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-089-8 · Retail Price: $26.00


Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting

Beatrice von Bismarck, Rike Frank, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Jörn Schafaff & Thomas Weski (Eds.)

Curators and artists went wild for the first publication Cultures of the Curatorial out of the Leipzig School postgraduate study program. The second volume, Timing, follows the same research practices and format but focuses on the terms processuality, performativity and, more recently dramaturgy (the theory of dramatic composition) and choreography, terms used to analyze how exhibitions and curatorial practice have evolved over the past twenty years in the wider context of cultural and economic globalization. Nearly 20 contributors, including Bassam El Baroni, Claire Bishop, Maeve Connolly, Philippe Parreno and Bennett Simpson, weigh in on the wider cultural and economic concepts that have conditioned us to think about something as seemingly static as an art exhibition as sites of acceleration, action, orientation and mobility. Examined in this light, the exhibition emerges as a transdisciplinary and transcultural set of spatiotemporal relations—time-based by its very nature.

Release Date: October 2014
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 396 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-99-3 · Retail Price: $26.00


The Evolution of the Museum Concept from the
French Revolution to the Present

Karsten Schubert

Art dealer, publisher, and writer Karsten Schubert traces the concept of the museum from the opening of the Louvre, through to the mid-20th century shift from heralding ancient work to supporting living artists, to the current popularity of buildings by “starchitects.” This landmark third edition adds a provocative essay, “Democracy of Spectacle,” discussing the recent trend of museums adopting a populist and income-based business model. Schubert includes an engrossing history of the Metropolitan Museum and MoMA from 1930-1950, and of the unprecedented success of museums in the 1980s and 1990s in Europe and the United States. This unique volume will completely change the way you look at museums.

Ridinghouse, London
2009 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches / 187 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-20-3 · Retail Price: $35.00


A–Z Life Coaching

New York–based Israeli artist, writer and filmmaker Keren Cytter (b. 1977) is one of the most innovative and multifaceted contemporary artists working today. Cytter captures and explores human relationships, particularly the behaviors and interactions of everyday life. Working with narrative in both her art and novels, she plays with humorous, absurd, and subtle dialogues mixing fictitious situations with real life. A–Z, Life Coaching (an incomplete guide for life), accompanies her solo exhibition of new video works at the Künstlerhaus, Graz (2016). Characters, noted by letters A through Z, explore the idea of a “life coach” in an attempt to find happiness, fulfillment or even financial success in their lives. When the character-object turns into a subject, the letter representing their name is marked in bold. A-Z, Life Coaching aims to expose the owners of an innocent heart to reality’s true structures in hopes of spiritual growth. Numerous other works by Cytter have been published by Sternberg Press.

February 2017 / Softcover
5 x 7 ½ in. / 130 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-268-7 · Retail Price: $18.00


This Is Not Writing

The first collection ever of writing by the internationally acclaimed and widely exhibited New Zealand artist Julian Dashper, who died in 2009. Dashper’s writing – clean yet reflective, poignant and often confrontational – reads like a diary, moving from freeform texts to poetry, from journal-like reflections to rigorous art criticism. His relaxed style engages the reader, offering a deeply human contrast to academic tomes. His critical observations on the influence of Modernism on the way we look at contemporary art are particularly powerful. He was an early factor in forcing the art community to open its doors and hear voices from around the world, and his curiosity, humor and passion make us realize what was lost with his death at only 49.

April 2012 / Hardcover / 6.5 x 9.25 inches / 188 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9582981-9-3 · Retail Price: $35.00


Spoken World

Corinn Gerber (Ed.)

Musician and sound artist Paul de Jong is best known as cofounder, cellist and resident “found sound” savant of the beloved, now-defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. This voluminous artist book, conceived as the first in an infinite series of Spoken World(s), presents de Jong’s transcriptions of well over 35,000 sound samples rearranged into “texts resembling poetry.” The artist’s audio collection of sound and spoken word was garnered in countless visits to thrift stores all over North America during the Books’ tours: no rare treasures, but a never-ending cycle of the myriad of self-help, meditation, religious and self-education records, tapes, cassettes and videos that are not yet considered cultural trash and thrown out, yet form the subconscious of North American popular culture. As poetic arrangements, they amplify the serendipitous magic of some of these words, and expose the monstrous madness of others.

October 2015 / Softcover
7 x 4 1/4 inches / 192 pp / 192 b&w and 2 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-18-5 · Retail Price: $15.00


Now Leaves

Fast-moving contemporary British artist Michael Dean explores different relationships between the word as idea and the word as material form in his sculptural and, at times, photo-based works. His newest artist book, Now Leaves, scaled to the human hand—about the same size and weight along with a similarly flexible structure—feels alive. The newsprint-light pages fall loosely apart to reveal dense black graphics; the letters, shaped as tongues and twisted to form a barely legible word, “leaves,” are inscribed repeatedly. Dean’s work, which also includes poetry, short plays and performances, has been exhibited recently at Cubitt, London; Kunstverein Freiburg; and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Austrian- British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that in principle there can be no such thing as a private language—an untranslatable lexicon of which only one person can make sense. According to Michael Dean, in practice the opposite would seem to be the case.

July 2015 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches / 640 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-71-7 · Retail Price: $25.00


Decolonizing Nature
Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology

Decolonizing Nature is a timely and original look at contemporary art’s response to the ever-growing environmental crisis. In this significant publication, cultural critic and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, at University of California, Santa Cruz, T. J. Demos, investigates the new wave of ecological consciousness at the intersection of art history, ecology, visual culture, geography and envi- ronmental politics. Demos looks at a variety of aesthetic and political processes engaging the pressing threats of climate change, global warming and environ- mental destruction by artists such as Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, whose video and mixed-media installation, Forest Law, investigates the damaged soils in the Ecuadoran Amazon by decades of oil extraction. In his second book from Sternberg, Demos’s focus is on the creative proposals of artists, architects and activists for ecological sustainability and climate justice, as radical democracy is needed now more than ever.

May 2016 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inches
200 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-094-2 · Retail Price: $26.00


Against the Anthropocene
Visual Culture and Environment Today

Against the Anthropocene scrutinizes the proposal that we are in a human-driven epoch regarding climate change. In this slender but dense volume, cultural theorist T.J. Demos analyzes the biases within contemporary visual culture—popular science websites, remote sensing and SatNav imagery, eco-activist mobilizations, and experimental artistic projects—demonstrating that it does not merely describe a geologic period, but actively supports the neoliberal financialization of nature, anthropocentric political economy, and endorsement of geo-engineering as a preferred method of approaching climate change. To develop creative alternatives, Demos argues we need to carefully consider the underlying motives the Anthropocene thesis. T.J. Demos is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at UC Santa Cruz. Past publications with Sternberg Press include Decolonizing Nature and Return To The Postcolony.

October 2017 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ in.
96 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-210-6 · Retail Price: $26.00