Art on the Rural Frontier

Margo Handwerker & Richard Saxton (Eds.)

Art has its Billboard charts. They focus mostly on artists and exhibitions in urban centers. A Decade of Country Hits is devoted to uncharted hits thriving instead on rural aesthetics and rural knowledge. This richly illustrated volume documents ten years of collective works initiated by artist Richard Saxton in rural communities around the world, from the American Midwest and Southwest to parts of Europe, Australia, and South America. Impossible to attribute to any one artistic genre, the works archived here explore a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the rural experience in all its complexity. It resembles a sketchbook: with drawings, photographs, and from the hip accounts in the field, as well as contributions from like-minded artists, musicians, poets, and writers.

October 2014/ Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 560 pp / 570 color and 10 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-40-3 · Retail Price: $39.95


A Paris Journal

Jean-Philippe Delhomme, famed Paris-based illustrator, painter and cultural writer, knows his way around a paintbrush and has been jazzing up the likes of GQ, Wallpaper and W magazine with characterful depictions of faces, charming figures and lively street scenes for some time now. In 2015, he was asked by German newspaper Die Zeit to contribute a weekly column on Paris for their Sunday magazine. The project has now become Delhomme’s newest book, A Paris Journal. This slender publication features over 60 color plates chronicling Delhomme’s sensitive and humorous drawings of everyday life in Paris. From the celebrated swans in the Seine to the absurdities of the fashion-obsessed, the lighthearted illustrations offer salve to the two terrorist attacks that defined Paris in 2015. Delhomme has published several volumes of illustrated work, written a children’s book, Visit to Another Planet, plus two illustrated novels, and produces animated television commercials. August Editions’ past publication was Delhomme’s The Unknown Hipster (2013).

November 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 11 in. / 160 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-7-4 · Retail Price: $50.00

Le Dernier Cri

Legendary Publishers of the International Underground

Kristine McKenna
Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
June 2007, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 9 x 4/14 inches
30 pp, 4 b&w and 90 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-889195-55-1 · Retail Price: $16.00


The Public Art of Tess Jaray

For over thirty years British painter and printmaker Tess Jaray’s (b. 1937) abstract painting has been complemented by a series of large public art projects in which she extended her investigation of space and perspective. Working primarily in brick, stone and metal, Jaray plays with the dynamics of form, pattern and color to transform architectural surroundings into sequences of interlocking geometric shapes that balance movement and stillness. Ten of the artist’s important public commissions, including her design for London’s Victoria Station, Centenary Square in Birmingham, and the forecourt for the new British Embassy in Moscow, are presented in over 60 images in this slender catalog from Ridinghouse, her second following an earlier survey. An essay by London-based art critic/historian Charles Darwent situating Jaray’s public projects within the tradition of 20th-century public art accompanies an interview with the artist by Doro Globus and historic statements by British art historian Richard Cork and architect Glyn Emrys, among others. Contributions by Charles Darwent, Doro Globus, Tess Jaray and Vivien Lovell.

October 2016 / Softcover
7 x 9 ½ in. / 96 pp / 67 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-25-8 · Retail Price: $25.00


Waving Platforms

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

This first in-depth publication—a hybrid zine and artist’s book—on the work of internationally recognized Dutch sound-artist, architect and designer Paul Devens activates our perception of everyday audible environments. Working in installations with sonic and architectural elements, electro-acoustic performances and video screenings, Devens plays homemade, circuit-bent instruments whose spatial and sonic qualities make us question what we are actually hearing. His “waving platforms” attempt to hear and capture for a second what our underlying social network actually sounds like. To facilitate a flanked reading experience of text and image, the content is gathered into two flip-like booklets contained within one binding with Devens’ works on top and theory and texts below. Essays by Emre Erkal, Ive Stevenheydens, Armeno Alberts and Rahma Khazam.

Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 x 8 inches / 168 pp / 111 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-13-7 · Retail Price: $35.00

Diango Hernández

Losing You Tonight

A restrained and beautiful two-volume artist’s book from Cuban-born artist Diango Hernández, published concurrently with his exhibition in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen. Triggered by a memory of a death the artist experienced as a child at boarding school, the book ranges through his recollections of a school system that left little room to develop one’s individuality. In finely detailed drawings and photographs, many of which dance on the edge between hyperrealism and surrealism, Hernández takes these threads and weaves a story using the means of fine art, a story in which everyday objects—functional, technical, and decorative fittings—play a part. Includes a cloth tote bag.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
January 2010 / Hardcover / Volume 1 / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 136 pp / 111 color Softcover / Volume 2 / 11 x 8.5 inches / 40 pp / Text only
ISBN: 978-1-933128-80-1 · Retail Price: $34.95

Jan Dibbets


The question of the horizon, one of the recurring themes in the work of Dutch conceptualist Jan Dibbets, returns in this exhibition catalog from the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Hague. In this poetic and clever new work, using the photographic image in an almost geometric collage, Dibbets takes two photographs, a landscape and a seascape, and repeatedly juxtaposes them in various ways that divide the horizon. Coming out of the 1970s European conceptual art movement, Dibbets is a major figure in Dutch art and on the international scene; his brilliant 1994 installation, Homage to Arago, embedded bronze disks in the sidewalks of Paris to mark the meridian specified by the 18th century astronomer. Includes a strong analysis by Rudi Fuchs.

Snoeck, Germany
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 64 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-42-1 · Retail Price: $49.95


Notes on Kathrin Schlegel’s Insertions in Public Space

Kathrin Schlegel’s temporary, site-specific interventions investigate the potentiality and interactivity of human experience through art in the public context, challenging common perspectives to produce new, meaningful experiences for their audiences. Distillations. extensively documents Schlegel’s public interventions and explores the depth of the artist’s career. The book also raises the possibility of social interaction through symbolic gestures, elaborating on the context, the links between author, artwork and public, and ways that meanings move in time. With contributions from Maria Rus Bojan, Freek Lomme, Nils van Beek, Alena Alexandrova, Alexandra Landré and Marcus Lütkemeyer.

September 2013 / Hardcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches
92 pp / Approx. 100 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-02-1 · Retail Price: $35.00


Nikolaus Hirsch, Antto Melasniemi, Michel Müller & Rirkrit Tiravanija (Eds.)

From Table to Land! Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija invites us once again to participate in the convivial atmosphere of shared food, this time in an outdoor shelter made of steel and modular bamboo, in an installation for Art Basel 2015. Published in conjunction with the installation, this slender, artful publication records Rirkrit’s collaboration with architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller and chef Antto Melasniemi in interviews, texts, images and poems. A new component of Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s ongoing project “the land,” a self-sustaining artistic community near Chiang Mai, Thailand, the installation builds on its objectives of improvisation, collaboration and the questioning of institutional structures and reflects on urbanization in post-rural conditions, building as collaborative process, the concept of land existing outside ownership. Also featured are must-have recipes developed by Melasniemi for Nam Pla Ice Cream, Archipelago Bread and Bastard Pad Thai!

2015 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 9 ½ inches / 64 pp / 34 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-165-9 · Retail Price: $15.00


Nikolaus Hirsch, Antto Melasniemi, Michel Müller, Rirkrit Tiravanija (Eds.)

Published in conjunction with the eponymous installation at Art Basel 2015, DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY is an extension of the collaboration between artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, and chef Antto Melasniemi. Designed by Hirsch and Müller as an outdoor shelter, the installation, made of modular bamboo and steel, welcomes visitors to engage in discussions while participating in the convivial atmosphere of shared food. This supplemental publication includes interviews, texts, images, and poems that illuminate the installation’s properties of self-sufficiency and how it was conceived as a new component of Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s ongoing project “the land,” a self-sustaining artistic community near Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the end of the festival, the structure will be transported to Thailand and will be the first building block of a new workshop on the land.

In a continuation of conversations among artists surrounding the land, this book explores urbanization in a post-rural condition, the act of building as a collaborative process, and land as a concept that can exist outside of ownership. A discussion with Hirsch, Tiravanija, Melasniemi, and Jörn Schafaff reflects on the way in which the installation builds on the land’s objectives relating to improvisation, collaboration, and the questioning of institutional structures. Also featured in the book are recipes developed by Melasniemi on the occasion of this installation-as-workshop, where the public is invited to participate in the cooking process.

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY is a project by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nikolaus Hirsch, Antto Melasniemi, Michel Müller with Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Sophie Aschauer, Uthit Atimana, Marc Bättig, Klaus Bollinger, Felix Broecker, Carlotta Brucker, Leonardo Bürgi, Letizia Calori, Jessica Coates, Claireban Coffey, Nico Dockx, Raphael Fellmer, Michael Gass, Philipp Gasser, Matthias Görlich, Manfred Grohmann, Raphaela Grolimund, Philipp Grünewald, Somyot Hananuntasuk, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Karl Holmqvist, Pierre Huyghe, Duangporn Injan, Dueanthalay Injan, Kosit Juntaratip, Dong Kirativongkamchon, Komol Kongjarern, April Lamm, Paphonsak Laor, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Daniela Leykam, Suwan Limanee, Glorimarta Linares, Kim Boris Löffler, Hector Madera, Therdsak Mahawongsanant, Violette Maillard, Chus Martinez, Philipp Misselwitz, Kritya Notanon, Tepparit Nuntasakun, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tommaso Pagnacco, Intha Pankeaw, Philippe Parreno, Robert Peters, Thaiwijit Poengkasemsomboon, Tobias Rehberger, Anastasia Remes, Marion Ritzmann, François Roche, Natalia Rolon, Jirasak Saengpolsith, Heikki Salonen, Jörn Schafaff, Ilka Schön, Thasnai Sethaseree, Hanes Sturzenegger, Superflex, Molly Surno, Achim Vogelsberg, Emmi Wegener, Sasiwimon Wongjarin, Eveline Wüthrich

2015 / Softcover / 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 34 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-165-9 · Retail Price: $15.00