Short Circuit

Andreas Baur (Ed.

British-born Melanie Smith now lives in Mexico City, making installations, paintings and video works addressing questions like perception and social issues. This exhibition catalog is based on her contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2011 (which she re-adopted in an extended form in her first museum-based solo show in Germany), built around a video focused on the sculpture park Las Pozas de Xilitla, near San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. The gardens were created in the mid-20th century by the English poet-artist Edward James, a patron of the Surrealists. In this lush landscape of biomorphic architecture and concrete sculptures, men carry human-sized mirrors into the frame, and the already weird scenery takes on increasingly surreal proportions. The catalog also includes a painting of surfaces and process-based conditions, where her works, pushing the boundaries of representationality, appear to excite the very facticity of purely pictorial reality.

March 2013/ German & English/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/ 8 1/4 x 11 inches/ 144 pp/ 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-029-0 · Retail Price: $39.95


Keisuke Mori (Ed.)

Artist Kishio Suga (b. 1944), a prominent member of the Japanese Mono-ha, has been exploring mono (things) and the “sites” that surround them using materials such as wood and stone since the late 1960s. In his sculptural installations he engages with the complex, constantly changing environment in an attempt to divine a universal structure. Highlighted in this compact survey on Suga’s work are installation views from the current exhibition at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Japan, documentary photos from the 1980s to the present, a chronology and, under separate cover, a previously unpublished mystery (in Japanese only) written by the artist. Essays by art critics, curators and scholars provide a multifaceted analysis of Suga’s artworks, which in recent years, while gaining international recognition, have prompted new questions regarding their contemporary meaning. Suga’s recent solo shows include Blum & Poe, NY (2015), the Drawing Room, London, and The Jewish Museum, NY.

July 2015 / 2-volume set / Japanese & limited English / Exhibition catalog
Softcovers / 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 & 4 x 6 inches
232 pp & 584 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-29-6 · Retail Price: $45.00


Nature of Light

This catalog, produced in conjunction with Sugimoto’s upcoming exhibition at the Izu Photo Museum in Japan, documents this important artist’s recent investigations on the science and the presentation of photography. Documenting in detail Sugimoto’s architectural and landscape design of the new Izu Photo Museum, the book is at once a reinvention of the artist as architect, as it is an insightful guide to Sugimoto’s interest in the earliest beginnings of photography. Instigated by the urging of his friend, Pop art icon Richard Hamilton, Sugimoto went to England to visit the museum of William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process. Finding common ground with Talbots’ polymathic interests in art and science, this book details images from Sugimoto’s Photogenic Drawing – Talbot pieces, where Sugimoto reinterprets 15 unprinted negatives from Talbot’s early studies, as well as 15 images from the artist’s Lightning Field series. Includes text by critic Minoru Shimizu.

Nohara Publishing, Japan
2010/December 2011, 3rd edition / Exhibition catalog / English & Japanese / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 10 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-05-0 · Retail Price: $69.95


frame and refrain

Yoko Mori (Ed.)

Japanese painter Hiroshi Sugito (b. 1970) trained in the traditional Japanese painting style known as Nihonga. He portrays simple alternative realities, assembling uncon- ventional picture planes bursting with delicate hues and expanding into multilayered realms in different scales from tiny canvases to vast wall works. An essential figure in the Japanese contemporary painting community, Sugito works between abstraction and figurative art and has exhibited internationally since the 1990s. In a long-awaited artist’s book / survey catalog, over 50 artworks including paintings, recent drawings and installation pieces shown in the exhibition Hiroshi Sugito: Frame and Refrain (Musée Bernard Buffet, 2015) are featured. The images are printed on translucent paper so the presence of the works show faintly on the reverse—so one page traces the next. The result is perfect manifestation of his work captured in book form. Exhibited and collected by Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and more. Represented by Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.

February 2016 / English & Japanese / Hardcover
8 x 12 inches / 128 pp / 51 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-31-9 · Retail Price: $45.00


Yoko Mori (Ed.)

Gift the dreamlike world of Hiroshi Sugito to someone special! Contemporary Tokyo-pop painter Hiroshi Sugito’s Postcard Book features 16 images selected from over 20 years of his work in a variety of media including drawings, oils, acrylics and prints. Exhibiting internationally since the 1990s (including Focus, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2006; Marc Foxx, 2014), Sugito plays with scale and picture planes and invites us into the alternative realities of multilayered delicately hued realms. Included are the rare ohoshi-sama (1995) employing words, the theatrical dark mirror (2006), and a recent oil painting, the river (2015). The rhythmical composition of color and form in Sugito’s works extends beyond visual delight and stirs the viewer in a visceral way.

July 2015 / English & Japanese / Softcover
6 x 4 1/4 inches / 32 pp & 16 color postcards
ISBN: 978-4-904257-30-2 · Retail Price: $21.00


Still, Looking. Works 1969–2016.

Surface and abyss, lust for life and the transience of youth: these are some of the qualities that make Billy Sullivan’s color-filled intimate, sensual and minutely observed paintings, drawings and photographs of his friends, family, lovers and muses and their worlds so riveting. Since the early 1970s Sullivan has chronicled New York’s underground art and fashion scene with his camera, translating the images into oil paintings, pastel drawings and elaborate multi-part slideshow installations. For this extensive monograph, Sullivan sequenced the images non-chronologically into a series of visual chapters, placing his photos alongside his paintings and drawings. Sullivan’s work rivets in its painstaking observation of casual beauty, desire and love in its every facet—between family members, lovers, acquaintances and kindred spirits. Art critic William J. Simmons places Sullivan’s oeuvre in art historical context and writer Linda Yablonsky explores Sullivan’s personal life. Sullivan (b. 1946) has exhibited internationally since 1971 with works in collections of MoMA (NY ), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and others.

July 2016 / Hardcover / 12 x 9 ½ in. / 294 pp / 396 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-03-6 · Retail Price: $65.00


Ki-Da Rilke

In a multi-part artist’s book, New York-based Korean artist Kim Sung Hwan adds another dimension to his exhibition “Line Wall,” inspired by the work of the German late Romantic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Kim’s exhibition at Kunsthall Basel includes video, sound, performance and architecture. The accompanying book has a dual theme, of the metamorphosis of humans and things, language and forms. The first part of the hardcover book features a transcription of Rilke’s 1907 collection New Poems in the original German, on thin sheets of paper and notepads. The second part features Kim’s drawings inspired by Rilke’s 1923 Sonnets to Orpheus, which are then further developed in the book’s third part, which comprises an independent picture story featuring recurring characters.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
October 2011 / Hardcover / Exhibition catalog
6 3/8 x 8 5/8 inches / 168 pp / 138 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-51-1 · Retail Price: $39.95


The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1985, Softcover, 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
75 pp, 17 halftone and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-10-5 · Retail Price: $10.00


Selected Projects 1995–2012

Not quite artist, not quite architect, Apolonija Šušteršic calls herself a “space practitioner.” Published on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in León, this book offers a comprehensive look into the Slovenian-born artist, with projects spanning from 1995 to 2012. The publication shows how methodologies and strategies touch on the aesthetic and political tendencies of conceptual art, contextualism, institutional critique and relational aesthetics. Since the early 1990s, Šušteršic’s work can be described as putting into practice a “politics in space”—a project-based rather than object-oriented practice, which includes her Juice Bar for Manifesta 2. With texts by Peio Aguirre and Jane Rendell and a conversation between the artist and original space practitioner Dan Graham. Design by Maite Zabaleta.

July 2013 / English & Spanish / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 8 x 10 3⁄4 inches / 156 pp / 161 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-54-2 · Retail Price: $40.00


Consuming Instinct

Hans November, Ad de Visser & Jan van Laarhoven

Contemporary Dutch artist Gurt Swaneberg was strongly influenced by medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch (b. 1450) and the extravagant, sinister details that flourished in his paintings. In an approach that references the 17th-century practice known as taolennou, Swaneberg (b. 1976) captures the seven deadly sins by painting minute logos, brand names, hazard pictograms and even currency with a fine brush on objects like skulls, frog skeletons and glass bottles—covering them in images that resemble a bizarre collage of stickers. To mark the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, Consuming Instinct was published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Netherlands’ Noordbrabants Museum (October 2016–January 2017) as part of the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Nation Event Year. This glossy magazine-like exhibition catalog features Swaneberg’s new series of works together for the first time with a foreword by Hans November, introduction by Ad de Visser and essay by Jan van Laarhoven.

February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & Dutch
Softcover / 9 ½ x 12 ⅓ in. / 88 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-76-2 · Retail Price: $35.00