CCS Readers: Perspectives on Art and Culture

Johanna Burton, Lynne Cooke & Josiah McElheny (Eds.)

Encounters with art engage various conditions of interiority—whether through psychic spaces or specific physical environments such as museums and private residences. The exhibition “If you lived here, you’d be home by now,” presented at the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, was the catalyst for this anthology. The first in a series titled CCS Readers, this volume provides a paradigmatic case study for probing issues of the personal and subjective experience within realms of the sociological, political and cultural. Features commissioned essays, conversations and talks, historical writings and artistic projects from such intellects as Anni Albers, Moyra Davey and Virginia Woolf to establish the notion of self, society and the contemporary art world.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches / 322 pp
138 b&w and 15 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-06-1 · Retail Price: $35.00


Language and Misunderstanding

Abraham Adams & Lou Cantor (Eds.)

Responding to renewed interest in Concrete poetics, New York–based parapoetic performance artist Abraham Adams asks: Why is the typographic word privileged over the poet’s body? What is the temporal attitude of artworks in relation to concrete space and duration? What is the shared somatic basis among works on view? Following his performance at the James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, Adams has gathered a rich collection of writings on the presence of language in the visual arts. The texts develop arguments for a broader conception of concreteness beyond typographical experimentation within the context of contemporary parapoetic performance. Intersubjectivity I is the first volume of two in this cross-platform project co-edited by Adams and the Berlin-based art collective Lou Cantor. It continues the project Turning Inward, a collection of texts and essays on the spatial logic of globalization and the breakdown of distinctions in art, urbanism, politics, education and philosophy.

May 2016 / Softcover / 7 ½ x 10 ¼ inches
200 pp / 20 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-199-4 · Retail Price: $34.00


Spaces in fiction constructs of reality

Annee Grøtte Viken

For young Norwegian interior architect Annee Grøtte Viken, spaces—caves, museums, portals, mazes, thresholds, stages and mirrors—exist as both characters and collectives. In her experimental practice, Viken presents in this handsome gold book a screenplay in seven acts, which takes as its jumping-off point spaces in seven novels including Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Each act invites readers on a journey in which characters from the original stories engage in conversation with fictional spaces. A member of the collaborative architectural and artistic practice Albergo Rosa, Viken uses fiction as a methodology by introducing scriptwriting, materials, installations and performance into the context of architectural practice.

February 2016 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 8 ½ inches / 64 pp
ISBN: 978-94-91677-40-3 · Retail Price: $20.00


Toward an Aesthetics of Living Beings

Cord Riechelmann & Brigitte Oetker (Eds.)

Animals in the world of contemporary art are the theme of the latest publication from the ongoing Jahresring series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. The advent of the camera—with its ability to record moving creatures—initiated a new phase in the human investigation of animal behavior in art. To demonstrate the idea that culture, self-consciousness and language do not belong exclusively to man, editor Cord Riechelmann—a sociologist, writer and animal behavioralist— selects artworks by Joseph Beuys, Rosemarie Trockel and Carsten Holler, and others; key texts by Sergei Eisenstein, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Donna Haraway; and works by Pierre Huyghe, Christoph Keller and Helen Marten. The Jahresring series, the longest continually published annual journal for contemporary art in Germany, embraces diverse voices and forms of writing and thinking about contemporary art and culture.

February 2016 / English & German
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches
288 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-956791-80-2 · Retail Price: $36.00


Spaces of the Curatorial

Ute Meta Bauer & Brigitte Oetker (Eds.)

The curatorial challenges of working in Southeast Asia are explored in the new Jahresring journal, an annual series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. Southeast Asia is experiencing accelerated global visibility and strong nation- and institution-building. Given this dynamic, how do curators engage with the intricacies of each place? How do they respond to the specificities of a location in the context of the international art world? The diversity of voices in this issue mirrors the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures and political systems. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms—from symposia to fieldwork—with the aim of emphasizing curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations. Featured contributors include Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor David Teh.

February 2017 / English & German / Softcover
6 ⅔ x 9 ½ in. / 288 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-260-1 · Retail Price: $36.00


Digital Magma

French writer, deejay, and sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup tracks the evolution of electronic music from its first appearance in Europe (at the end of the eighties) and its effects on pop culture. Musicians find themselves dealing with new genres and sub-genres, shared creations, sampling, deejay rule, mix and remix, and new and micro economies. Leloup shows how the democratization of the digital, of the means of distribution and of exchange and listening, transforms the relationship between the audience and music. Today’s MP3 Generation has gone beyond the simple question of piracy, inventing new codes and practices which have shaken the established way of “consuming” culture.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Series 018 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches / 176 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-70-2 · Retail Price: $19.95


Eakins Press Foundation, New York
1968 / Hardcover / 4 1/8 x 5 inches / 152 pp
ISBN: 0-87130-010-9 · Retail Price: $26.00


Roee Rosen

The only novel by early-20th-century Belgian artist Justine Frank, this erotic tale blends feminism, pornography, Judaism, and art. |ts heroine, Rachel, takes up with the sybaritic Count Urdukas, and they set out together on an odyssey of pleasure and corruption, marked by bizarre events that are both hilarious and disturbing. This comprehensive new edition of Frank’s 1931 novel, which has a cult following, includes an essay and an extensive biography of Frank by Israeli-American writer and artist Roee Rosen. Rosen uses reproductions of Frank’s boldly sensual watercolors and a timeline of her short life to provide definitive analysis of this once-scandalous novel, and its historical and cultural contexts. In English; translated from the original French.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / Softcover / 6 x 8 inches / 238 pp / 34 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-66-5 · Retail Price: $24.95


Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art

Compiled for the first time here, essays by American critic, artist, gallerist and dealer John Kelsey convey some of the most poignant challenges in the art world and in the many social roles it creates. “When the critic chooses to become a smuggler, a hack, a cook, or an artist,” Kelsey said, “it’s maybe because criticism as such remains tied to an outmoded social relation.” Kelsey’s “rich texts” play the double role of explaining the art world and actively participating in it; they close the distance between the work of art and how we talk about it. These playful, elegant writings – many originally published in Artforum – embody a timelessness that strikes at the core of the contemporary art world. The newest edition from the terrific Institut fur Kunstkritik series.

2011 / Softcover / 4.75 x 7.5 inches / 248 pp / 26 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-23-8 · Retail Price: $19.95

Lincoln Kirstein

A Bibliography of Published Writings 1922-1996

Peter Kayafas
Eakins Press Foundation, New York
2007 / Hardcover / 6 x 9 1/2 inches
196 pp / 11 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-87130-065-2 · Retail Price: $45.00