Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating* But Were Afraid to Ask

April Elizabeth Lamm

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has now been asked, revealing the truth from the beginning of his career as a young curator in his Zurich kitchen to his recent position as co-director of the Serpentine in London. This book is a “production of reality conversations,” otherwise known as interviews. It undertakes the impossible: pinning down this peripatetic curator, and affirming the wisdom of an artist who told Obrist “don’t go” when he contemplated leaving the art world for other fields. Interviews by Jean Max Colard, Robert Fleck, Jefferson Hack, Nav Haq, Sophia Krzys Acord, Brendan McGetrick, Ingo Niermann, Paul O’Neill, Philippe Parreno & Alex Poots, Juri Steiner, Gavin Wade, et al.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
May 2011 / Softcover / 5 x 7.75 inches / 224 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-25-2 · Retail Price: $15.00


Suzana Milevska (Ed.)

New from the noted Academy of Fine Arts Vienna series, this timely collection of essays on shame, reconciliation and agency addresses how ethnic difference, race, class, gender and sexuality shape reconciliation. To better understand the complexity of negotiating reconciliation in different societies and cultures as well as the ethical and methodological issues embedded in art-based research projects, this dense and provocative reader presents a variety of contributions, discussions and interviews in a variety of theoretical frameworks from Viennese artist/photographer Tal Adler, Hungarian curator Timea Junghaus and South African scholar Trevor Ngwane, among many others. Case studies and artistic projects explore collaborative and participatory research methods analyzing practices that turn shame into productive agency to prevent the recurrence of the institutional structures, patterns and events constitutive of racism in Europe and Africa. A poignent subject as we enter into a time, once again, when nationalism and intolerance are sweeping the globe.

May 2016 / Volume 16 / Softcover
6 ½ x 8 ½ inches / 260 pp / 41 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-149-9 · Retail Price: $30.00


John Holten

Ida Bencke (Ed.)

Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Readymades, Irish artist, writer and cofounder of Broken Dimanche Press John Holten tells an intriguing story of love and loss that begins in the affluent and fast-growing city of Oslo and ends outside of historical time and space, taking in the history of oil exploration, Norse mythology, coronal mass ejections and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Holten places himself directly in the book as both narrator and first reader, highlighting the discrepancy between maps and the territory they represent. The story is recounted in over 39 chapters, each named after various streets and environs of the city of Oslo, followed by a legend that unlocks and provides information from the preceding narrative in a revealing interplay between reality and fiction. Inviting a nonlinear reading, Holten has galvanized a new type of literary experience that is open-ended, multilayered and wholly contemporary.

October 2015 / Softcover
5 x 7 inches / 192 pp / 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943196-22-1 · Retail Price: $16.95


Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2008 / English & Spanish / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 135 pp / 13 b&w and 52 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-40-5 · Retail Price: $10.00

Outsourced Critics & Critical Conversations in a Limo

Art Fairs, Conversations, and Essays

Holly Crawford

What would you say if you were allowed an hour in a limousine and a bottle of champagne with one of the art world s heavy hitters? Nervous laughter and unexpected conversation are just what was intended in Critical Conversations in a Limo, a 2006 project in which strangers, curators and critics were brought together in transit between New York art fairs and prompted to talk about inclusion and exclusion in art fair culture. In this humorous companion book, individuals based outside the New York scene were invited to contribute a piece based on their impressions of the Armory Show catalog. Participants include artist Orlan, Nelson-Atkins director Julián Zugazagoita, Bronx Museum director Holly Block, critic and historian Sven Lutticken, Kortun, Cabinet editor Sina Najafi and New Museum curator Anne Barlow, among others.

AC Books, New York
2013 / Softcover / 260 pp
ISBN: 978-1-939901-00-2 · Retail Price: $10.00


Ethics of Knowledge—Poetics of Existence
Armen Avanessian

Bernd Klöckener (Ed.)

Is it possible that the depression and feelings of insufficiency academics experience in response to the constant pressures to innovate are symptoms of the university’s original ideals? Austrian philosopher and literary and political theorist Armen Avanessian (b. 1973, Vienna) argues in this slim softcover publication that an ethical dimension of knowledge can produce a new reality. Overwrite: Ethics of Knowledge—Poetics of Existence is about writing differently in order to situate oneself in the world differently. It is a book about how new truths are produced when a subject takes responsibility for his/her thinking, experiences and conflicts. When a subject rewrites and overwrites itself, it becomes an “other,“ transforming the world in the process. Armen Avanessian is a noted visiting professor of political theory at Yale and Columbia Universities.

July 2017 / Softcover
5 ¼ x 8 ¼ in. / 196 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-114-7 · Retail Price: $24.00


The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition

Isabelle Graw & Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Eds.)

In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition seeks to historicize and propose new approaches to the question of medium. This book—the second this season from the highly respected series from the Institut für Kunstkritik—is based on two conferences, one at Harvard University and the other in Berlin, which focused on the changing role of the medium in establishing painting as a privileged practice, discourse and institution of modernity. Bringing together an international group of scholars, critics, and artists, Painting beyond Itself,/i> is a forum for a rich historical, theoretical and practice-grounded conversation. Organized by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University and Isabelle Graw, Städelschule, Frankfurt. Contributors include Carol Armstrong, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Sabeth Buchmann, René Démoris, Isabelle Graw, David Joselit, Jutta Koether, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Matt Saunders and Amy Sillman.

2016 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches / 288 pp / 37 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-007-2 · Retail Price: $22.00


Essay on Contemporary European Art
XX-XXI, Vol. 1

John C. Welchman

This volume collects more than a dozen essays by art historian and critical theorist John C. Welchman written over the past decade on a range of contemporary European artists and their negotiation of history. While all were composed in the 21st century, two entries—one on the Hungarian-American artist Orshi Drozdik and the other on London-based American artist Susan Hiller, anchor the volume in concerns that emerged at the end of the 1960s within the first generation to follow the Conceptual and Minimalist movements. The remaining essays discuss the recent work of 12 artists, several only in midcareer, mostly produced immediately before and after 2000. The artists included are Cosima von Bonin, Andy Hope 1930, Nathaniel Mellors, Thomas Raat and Nicola Stäglich, among others.

June 2016 / Softcover
4 1/4 x 7 inches / 400 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-013-3 · Retail Price: $34.00


Anthology Volume 3

Doug Harvey (Ed.)

On the brink between paranoid conspiracy theory and avant-garde literature, the LA-based critic, curator, and artist Doug Harvey (of LA Weekly and The Nation) defies logic and redefines art historical thinking in these collected texts and images. ‘patacritical Interrogation Techniques is the implementation of French playwright Alfred Jarry’s science of “‘pataphysics,” in which texts are subject to extreme stress in order to display their true significance. Key documents in ‘patacritical research are reprinted in the text and original artifacts generated from new research are published for the first time. Content and contributors include the transcript of Peter Blegvad’s experimental documentation, Tribulation 99 and excerpts from artist/musician Steve Roden’s work, “fallen/spoken,” as well as writings from Clayton Eshleman, Peter Frank, Doug Harvey, John Higham, and many more.

2013/ Softcover/ 7 x 10 inches/
410 pp/ 123 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9884715-8-0 · Retail Price: $16.00


Fiona Bryson & Keren Cytter (Eds.)

The second book in the Poetics Series, founded and edited by Keren Cytter and Fiona Bryson, once again combines poetry and literature with the visual arts as a challenge to the boundaries of traditional forms of the narrative. In this new release the title, Peacocks with Hiccups, is taken from a poem by Berlin-based performance artist Karl Holmqvist. The three word contributors are American poet Catherine Wagner, the emerging Spanish writer Luna Miguel and performance artist Karl Holmquvist. The whimsical line drawings, by artist Koo Jeong-A, flow seamlessly through the three texts. The Poetic Series, slender in design and immediately identified by its artist-designed covers, makes a point to feature cutting-edge poetry and writings that reach across artistic disciplines to explore and provoke new and unusual experiences of narrative.

Release Date: October 2014
Poetic Series-5.7.14 / Softcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 144 pp / 21 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-056-0 · Retail Price: $19.00