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CHRISTIAN WACHTER

Obergrenze (Fuga)

In the wake of what has been referred to since the summer of 2015 as the refugee crisis, the term “upper limit” was introduced into the Austrian domestic political debate as both a theoretical and factual notion. Austrian photographer Christian Wachter’s new artist’s book moves silently through loosely edited color photographs of European Christian churches alongside flocks of birds and atmospheric tracings in the Algerian skies. There are no texts or artist comments, just the quiet sequencing allowing a very personal conversation to begin. In his new work, Wachter wonders whether “in the dispute over the right of asylum it might not be better to relate that upper limit to top incomes and assets?” Also embraced in the concept of the book is a network of formal levels of meaning, referencing on the one hand the contrapuntal music form of the fugue (Lat. fuga—i.e., flight, running away), and on the other, widespread fears relating to differences in religious beliefs and cultures.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
February 2017 / German only / Hardcover
6 ⅔ x 9 ¾ in. / 103 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-34-2 · Retail Price: $35.00

CATHERINE WAGNER

In Situ, Traces of Morandi

Giusi Vecchi (Ed.)

In In Situ, Traces of Morandi, American contemporary photographer Catherine Wagner (b. 1953) considers the poetry and austere structural logic of Giorgio Morandi’s still-life paintings in a new body of work. Following a two-year residency at Casa Morandi, Wagner’s reflections inspired by the assorted objects, drawings and ephemera in Morandi’s studio were presented at Museum of Modern Art, Bologna / Museo Morandi (2017), accompanied by this elegant and fully illustrated catalog. In her work, Wagner constructs new still lives from Morandi’s objects, shifting notions of light, space and form in her vaporous images in which solid objects appear elusive or caught in the aura at the edge of a shadow. Sampling the color palette in Morandi’s exquisite and subtle paintings, Wagner creates intimate color fields. A conversation between the artist and curator Giusi Vecchi provides insight into Wagner’s long career. An essay by Peter Benson Miller, director of the American Academy in Rome, reflects on the work of both artists.

INSTITUZIONE BOLOGNA MUSEI, BOLOGNA
MAMBO, BOLOGNA
July 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English & Italian / Hardcover
12 ¾ x 9 ½ x in. / 120 pp
4 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-88-96296-17-2 · Retail Price: $65.00

Washington, D.C.

Eakins Press Foundation, New York
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95