Ann-Marie James’s intricate paintings are built up through layer upon layer of not only materials but also techniques. She often starts with a drawing of a human limb borrowed from art history, a leg purloined from a Bernini sculpture or a chubby arm of one of Peter Paul Rubens’s putti. From it comes a silkscreen and then, at various points, James adds layers of thick medium, expressionistic splashes of acrylic and blobs of ink. Throughout she highlights different moments with delicate and precise drawing around a spot of paint or a stenciled limb. Stepping back from the process and the detail, it appears that the overall compositions take on an intense wave of dark, kinetic energy. Published on the occasion of the artist’s gallery exhibition, this book features seven paintings alongside a text by Michael Bracewell.
September 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 32 pp / 12 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-73-9 · Retail Price: $22.00
Le Monde Moderne
Young British artist Ann-Marie James’s paintings, animated by rich layers of material and technique, encompass a multitude of visual forms and historical references. Executed on wooden panels, the complex compositions begin as laser engravings, which are then layered with ink drawing, acrylic and oil paint. In this recent series, James reworks fragments of the female forms of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha into her own abstract painterly chaos. Accompanying the artist’s 2015 exhibition in London, this small exhibition catalog documents the series and corresponding drawings, and includes an essay by British art critic Charlie Fox examining James’s ties to Mucha and beyond.
EDEL ASSANTI, LONDON
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 inches / 40 pp / 18 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-17-3 · Retail Price: $19.95
Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries
Paris-based American artist Cameron Jamie began photographing Halloween decorations on the front lawns of suburban houses in LA in 1984, and continued this ritual for the next 20 years. Shot in black and white during the day, his photographs expose the humorous, uncanny and violent side of America’s penchant for ritual horror. Jamie, whose work has been referred to as “backyard anthropology,” came into his own as an artist in early 1990s Los Angeles. His collaborative practice and immersion in contemporary culture’s peripheral elements are reminiscent of the work of cinema verité filmmaker Jean Rouch. Seen through Jamie’s eye, suburban front lawns become theatrical stages on which death is expressed and perceived as amusement. Exceptionally produced with glow-in-the-dark lettering on the cover and gravestone-imitated endpapers, Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries demonstrates how the fictionalized world of Hollywood horror merges with ordinary life in Los Angeles.
October 2015 / Hardcover
9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches / 144 pp / 69 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-74-4 · Retail Price: $75.00
Cascades by Oregon-based conceptual artist Aaron Flint Jamison is the latest artist book in the ongoing series STUDIOLO, by editor Patrick Frey. Jamison, internationally exhibited and recognized (selected by Hans Ulrich Obrist as one of the 27 most important living artists), works with various, broad forms of artistic production, video, performance, sculpture and book making. He is the editor of the sought-after serial publication Veneer Magazine and cofounder of the major new art center Yale Union in Portland, Oregon. His work focuses on the textures of materials, the distribution of information, tools of production and their occasional interface. For this limited-edition artist book with gta exhibitions, the artist gives special attention to materiality and physicality and the ways in which author and machine exchange. A refined and elegant book, this publication was handmade at Jamison’s own printing facilities.
July 2015 / Hardcover
5 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 288 pp / 112 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-94-2 · Retail Price: $82.00
Examining the geometry of pattern, repetition, color and architectural form within her surroundings, British artist Tess Jaray has explored painterly perspective for more than five decades. Areas of pattern—whether polygons, waves or rectangles—are contained by a strong background colour, thereby controlling the movement of the forms. This extensively illustrated survey of Jaray’s paintings from the 1960s to the present is accompanied by texts that situate the artist within the tradition of abstract painting and the history of art, from Kazimir Malevich and Lucio Fontana to Italian architecture and Islamic mosaics. Jaray has had solo exhibitions at both the Whitechapel Gallery and the Serpentine. Texts by Richard Davey, John Stezaker and Alison Wilding, along with an interview by Alister Warman.
DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, NOTTINGHAM
May 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 x 11 2/3 inches / 256 pp / 202 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-80-7 · Retail Price: $55.00
The phrase Fare una scenata (Making a Scene) commonly designates a public display of emotion – anger, sadness etc. – often involving exaggerated gestures and facial expressions, screaming, possibly violence against objects or people. In any case, there is no scene made without an audience. The idea is to take the cliché serious and explore its layers of meaning as a means to understand the relationship between artistic process and its aftermath in space, object or image, and audience reaction. Isn’t there a kind of “unwritten contract” between the artist and his or her audience, regarding what they “deliver,” whether it’s meant to be entertainment, enlightenment, or estrangement?
Curated by frieze editor Jörg Heiser, “Fare una scenata” was the first group show at Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples. It featured the work of nine international artists who are either commissioned new work, or asked to adapt existing work specifically to the picture-gallery and basement spaces of this newly established foundation located in an old palazzo in the heart of Naples.
Artists: Pierre Bismuth, Christoph Dettmeier, Haris Epaminonda, Henrik Hakånsson, Mustafa Kunt & Özlem Günyol, Marko Lulic, Aleksandra Mir & Lisa Anne Auerbach
2009 / English & Italian / Exhibition catalog
5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches / 100 pp / 28 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-75-7 · Retail Price: $19.95
2008 / English, German & Italian / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 256 pp
5 b&w and 102 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-83-6 · Retail Price: $58.00
2002, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
40 pp, 22 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-893900-06-1 · Retail Price: $22.00
Everything Must Go
1999, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 1/4 x 10 inches
150 pp, 35 b&w and 75 color reproductions
ISBN: 2-919893-23-8 · Retail Price: $25.00
Message from Andrée
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
64 pp / 33 b&w and 6 color
ISBN: 87-91409-15-2 · Retail Price: $19.00