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.
212 pp / 45 b&w and 38 color
Retail Price: $22.00
SALONUL DE PROIECTE ASSOCIATION, BERLIN
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.
5 x 7 ½ in. / 130 pp
Retail Price: $18.00
KÜNSTLERHAUS, HALLE FÜR KUNST & MEDIEN GRAZ, AUSTRIA