This publication intersperses essays from scholars, historians, and thinkers with a selection of Allan Sekula’s seminal texts and excerpts from his private notebooks. Made and written across the decades, Sekula’s sketches and texts focus on maritime space and the material, economic, and ecological implications of globalization. In projects such as his magnum opus Fish Story (1989–95), or films like Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010), Sekula provided a view from and of the sea. This publication expands on these oceanic themes, seeking to honor the scope and complexity of the late artist-theorist’s work, and situate his ideas in current political, social, and environmental discourses.
Blake RayneTense and Spaced Out
Polar Nights, Glacial Chaos and the Ecology of Misery
Blake Rayne’s approach to painting stems from the duplicity of words like script, folder, application, dissolve, and screen. These operative terms situate his work between forms of linguistic description and the history of reflexive material practices in art. He begins from an orientation that considers the terms painter and painting as fictions with no stable material definition. Rather, they are shaped by always-evolving social, institutional, and physical relations.
Maria Thereza AlvesThe Long Road to Xico / El largo camino a Xico, 1991–2015
The Long Road to Xico, 1991–2015 is the first monograph of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, and the outcome of her solo show at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville in 2015. It gathers more than twenty projects realized between 1991 and 2015, including rarely viewed early works that help us see her most recent production from a new perspective. This publication also collects a selection of Alves’s writings and contextualizes her work in the political and cultural debates from the 1980s, when she became an activist and an early participant in discourses around “postcolonialism” and “ecology.”
Martin BeckAn Organized System of Instructions
Martin Beck’s exhibition “Program” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts comprised a sequence of interventions, installations, events, and displays that drew on the exhibition histories and academic pursuits of the famed 1963 Le Corbusier building at Harvard University. The sequence of explorative strategies—each node of which Beck considered an “episode”—lent particular attention to the founding aspirations of the Carpenter Center, which sought to cultivate its position as simultaneously an iconic modernist building, school, and exhibition venue.
Jesse JonesThe Other North
Jesse Jones’s 2013 film The Other North represents the culmination of her research in South Korea and the Demilitarized Zone. It features Korean actors reenacting The Steel Shutter, a little-known documentary of a “conflict resolution therapy session” held by American psychologist Carl Rogers in the early 1970s with a group of individuals from various political and socioeconomic backgrounds in Northern Ireland. Here, fact and fiction press up against each other and the conflict of one North is reinscribed in another.
Pierre BismuthThings I Remember I Have Done, But Don’t Remember Why I Did Them—Towards a Catalogue Raisonné
This publication comprises two volumes: a booklet accompanying Pierre Bismuth’s 2015 solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien, and a catalogue raisonné indexing his typically serial and often humorous work of the last three decades, from five-minute paintings of recipe cards from women’s magazines (1986–87) to fried-chicken-flavored polyethylene sculptures (2015). Just like the idiosyncratic mix of conceptualism and appropriation refined by Bismuth throughout his career, Things I Remember I Have Done, But Don’t Remember Why I Did Them suggests how easily authorship and intentionality can be undermined, even erased—and Bismuth is not exempt from his own treatment.
Tom Humphreys—Plates is an artist’s book documenting works produced between 2009 and 2016 using industrially manufactured plates as a support medium. This extensive volume loosely catalogues four hundred and twenty works from this series at a one-to-one scale, in precisely rendered photographs.
Leonard QylafiOccurrence in Present Tense
Ndodhi në kohën e tashme
Recollection is the presence of the past in the here and now; it shapes our understanding of our places and lives, their histories and changes. As experience becomes fact, the past turns into objective matter. Leonard Qylafi’s artistic practice takes such material records as books, films, or photos as points of departure for examining this process of change. His paintings and videos are as much investigations of the processes shaping the narration of events in his home country of Albania as they are reflections on the nature of the image as such.
Katja NovitskovaIf Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes
Today almost all aspects of human—and increasingly nonhuman—lives are being modeled by software. Transcending the limits of our planet, data collection has become a fundamental tool with which to map the earth and beyond. Katja Novitskova’s catalogue If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes, published for the Estonian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, addresses emerging potentialities between visual culture, big-data-driven processes, and ecology.
Cecilia VicuñaRead Thread
The Story of the Red Thread
From the 1970s to the present, Cecilia Vicuña’s work has engaged with rituals from Aboriginal Australia, South Africa, Paleolithic Europe, and pre-Columbian America involving red-colored thread. The Chilean artist’s performances, site-specific installations, paintings, and drawings relate to the symbolic function of textile and language as well as the ritual dimension of menstrual blood in the construction of solidarity through femininity and maternity, to support and continue life. Appearing on the occasion of Vicuña’s installation in Athens for documenta 14, Read Thread tells the story of the sanguine thread in Vicuña’s work.
Shirana ShahbaziFirst Things First
The catalogue First Things First comprises a selection of images from a number of Shirana Shahbazi’s photographic series created over the past ten years. The presentation of some fifty works is not necessarily categorically or linearly organized; rather, it appears completely free of hierarchy, with photographic styles, subjects, and techniques displayed on equal footing. First Things First emphasizes a juxtapositional approach, a dynamic and free arrangement of various subjects and styles.
Merlin CarpenterMIDCAREER PAINTINGS
Merlin Carpenter’s exhibition “MIDCAREER PAINTINGS” filled Kunsthalle Bern’s rooms with transit blankets stretched over identically scaled frames, each named after one of the artist's seven galleries and marked "not for sale." This publication documents these "paintings," the particular mix of playfulness and earnestness in Carpenter's art, and how the works thematize the limbo of the "midcareer" artist as well as the circulation of the artwork as a commodity that signifies material wealth or value.
Roee RosenLive and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories
Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories is a bilingual edition of short writings by Roee Rosen. At the heart of this collection are three provocative texts extracted from important artworks by Rosen, offered here as genre-defying literature at the intersection between reality and fiction, speculative narrative and historical-political critique, humor and eroticism.
Olaf Holzapfel / Nahum TevetThe Rough Law of Gardens
The Rough Law of Gardens documents Olaf Holzapfel and Nahum Tevet’s eponymous joint exhibition and explores the intergenerational differences between two unique artists. Both artists’ work rejects the global logic of growth and traverses the bounds of sculpture and painting: each of their practices involves ideas to do with materiality, learning, and memory.
Mario García TorresAn Arrival Tale
Appropriation, storytelling, reenactment, and reportage are some of the strategies that Mario García Torres deploys to highlight the limitations of factual evidence and the agency of historical records and objects. An Arrival Tale detaches the Mexican artist’s works in the TBA21 collection from their original contexts and offers them as a collection of narratives and artistic experiments open for reinscription in order to address the conditions and urgencies of our contemporary societies. It examines the space of arrival as a complicated and disjointed nexus between departure, displacement, and return.
Minouk LimUnited Paradox
What role does historiography play in the formation of the present? How does contemporary experience inform the commemoration of historical events or lack thereof? Minouk Lim explores history in the present tense—its media representation, collective memory, ritual, and trauma—through her exhibition, publication, and broadcasting station United Paradox.
Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam WatsonCityCat Project 2006–2016
CityCat Project 2006–2016 is the record of an extraordinary collaboration between American artist Dave Hullfish Bailey and senior Aboriginal writer and activist Sam Watson. The collaboration is structured around Maiwar Performance, in which the CityCat ferries that ply the Brisbane River (Maiwar) execute unannounced maneuvers near a site of significance to the Aboriginal people who lived on the lands around Brisbane before British colonization in the early nineteenth century.
Helke BayrlePortikus Under Construction 1992–2016
In 1992, Helke Bayrle began videotaping the installation of each exhibition at the Portikus exhibition space. These videos form a remarkable and intimate archive of the storied Frankfurt contemporary art institution and the exceptional artists and personnel that have worked within it. Coinciding with the launch of a website containing all of Bayrle’s Portikus videos, this publication pays tribute to the artist’s extraordinary work, through a comprehensive timeline, video stills, and statements by past and current directors and curators.
Edgar Leciejewski spent six months as an artist-in-residence with Fogo Island Arts in 2014. Tones brings together new work stemming from the Leipzig-based artist’s time on the island, including large-scale collages, photographs of natural elements, and precarious sculptures composed of objects found on the shore. Taken together the works are a collection and an archive of time shown in modern images, raising questions on how we contemplate ideas of nature. This publication features essays by Bill Arning and Zoë Gray, as well as a conversation between the artist and Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Reto PulferZustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions
In the style of a catalogue raisonné, Reto Pulfer’s comprehensive monograph, Zustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions, follows the artist’s work over the past fifteen years. Excerpts from the artist’s novels as well as insightful texts by Anselm Franke and Benoît Maire are juxtaposed with 475 documentary photographs of Pulfer’s technical drawings, one-off exhibitions, large-scale installations, and performances. Categories such as living ceramics, food advice, ghostology, synesthesia, and transformation are woven throughout the book, giving unique insight into the ideas and imagination that are part of the work itself.
Victor ManLuminary Petals on a Wet, Black Bough
Luminary Petals on a Wet, Black Bough is an artist’s book focusing on Victor Man’s series of paintings first exhibited as part of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, and later developed for a solo exhibition at Galeria Plan B, Berlin. The book includes essays by poet and translator Bogdan Ghiu, curator Mihnea Mircan, and literary critic Laura Pavel.
Inhalt concentrates on Eberhard Havekost’s painting from the past ten years, focusing on work first exhibited at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, in 2016/17. The work’s heterogeneity is evident in the selection of subjects, as well as the styles employed. This extreme range characterizes Havekost’s artistic work as a whole. The artist situates his paintings in complex interrelationships, where connections and relevancies are constantly reconfigured, forming a continuously growing web.
For almost fifty years, Lydia Okumura has explored the realm of geometric abstraction. She challenges our perception of space through sculptures, installations, and works on paper that blur distinctions between dimensions.
Darja BajagićUnlimited Hate
For her first institutional solo Darja Bajagić turns to the murky terrain where real and staged violence bleed into each other with an ease both unsettling and alluring. This has been a key undercurrent to a practice that spans painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Following the lure of the fringes, the artist culls her imagery from fan-gore magazines, true-crime TV shows, fetish websites, obscure online forums, and hidden chat rooms tucked away in the darker reaches of the Web.
Hannah RickardsGrey light
Left and right back, high up, two small windows
Grey light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows is a major new work by London-based artist Hannah Rickards commissioned by Fogo Island Arts.The publication features texts by Melissa Gronlund and Will Holder and striking new photographic imagery drawn from the installation’s physical materials and production process. Like Rickards’s work, the publication aims to bridge the distance between visual experience and its expression in language, whether spoken, written, or gestural.
Nathalie Du PasquierBIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT
Nathalie Du Pasquier was one of the founding members of Memphis, the groundbreaking Milanese design and architecture collective. Since 1987, however, her main focus and passion has been painting. The title of this publication describes the main focus of her work: the still life. It consists of an artist’s book by Du Pasquier with drawings, photographs, and reproductions of her paintings, and a book with photographs by Delfino Sisto Legnani of works from the past decades. Texts by writers and artists and an interview with Du Pasquier provide an informative and subjective view of her artistic practice.
Monica RossEthical Actions
A Critical Fine Art Practice
British artist Monica Ross (1950–2013) left behind forty years of socially engaged, feminist, and performative artwork, which has had a deep effect on contemporary art and society. This fully illustrated publication documents Ross’s works from 1970 to 2013.
James RichardsRequests and Antisongs
Requests and Antisongs is an artist’s book to accompany a sequence of exhibitions by James Richards held at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover. The book contains a series of visual essays by the artist, documentation of recent exhibitions, as well as essays by Dan Fox, Ed Atkins, Steve Reinke, Chris McCormack, and Fatima Hellberg.
Anastasiya YarovenkoPreis der Kunsthalle Wien 2015
Anastasiya Yarovenko, one of the two recipients of the 2015 Kunsthalle Wien Prize, makes work concerned with the body’s relationship to societal structures, behaviors, and space. In her installation Mimicry at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, the Ukrainian-born artist assembled a selection of objects that don’t represent any definitive state but that possess the potential to interact with the viewer or surroundings. These objects consist of collapsible and modular furniture-like elements, as well as seemingly nonfunctional sculptures made of light materials
Karina MendreczkyPreis der Kunsthalle Wien 2015
With delicate lyricism, Karina Mendreczky creates fictional landscapes using light and shadow. As one of two recipients of the 2015 Kunsthalle Wien Prize, she created the installation Thin Dream at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz. Silhouettes of acrylic trees, whose details were hand-carved with an etching needle, were projected onto the back wall of the gallery to create the impression of actual large-format drawings.
Gordon BennettBe Polite
Gordon Bennett: Be Polite follows the exhibition of largely unseen works on paper by one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists, Gordon Bennett (1955–2014). The exhibition and publication are the first to present the work of Bennett since his death. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett’s drawing and writing formed the foundation of his practice.
Nicholas ManganLimits to Growth
This publication accompanies Australian multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Mangan’s survey exhibition “Limits to Growth.” The exhibition and book bring together four of Mangan’s most significant works of the past seven years, alongside a new commission. The works in the show tackle narratives from his own geographical region—Asia Pacific, in which his home country of Australia plays a colonial role—and weaves them into a bigger picture to take into account the global economy, resource extraction, and the ultimate power of the sun.
Angela Bulloch, Maria ZerresConsidering Dynamics and the Forms of Chaos
This volume accompanies the eponymous exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum—two parallel solo shows by Angela Bulloch and Maria Zerres brought together under one title, framed by the notion of entropy. A key term that characterizes the movement toward chaos, entropy appears in a variety of fields such as physics, probability theory, sociology and information technology. Within contemporary art, entropy has emerged to refer to installations often associated with representations of order, disorder and information, and their homogeneity.
Kalimpong is an artist project in book form by the London-based artist Shezad Dawood. Set in Kalimpong at various moments from 1912 to the present day, Dawood’s project is part fact, part fiction. There are explorers and spies, poets and travelers, lovers and strangers, princesses and humanoids, all strangely connected across the globe through this curious Indian town.
Michalis Pichler (Ed.)Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub
Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub spans an arc of tension between the works of Seth Siegelaub and contemporary cultural production. It features an interview with Seth Siegelaub, two essays by Regine Ehleiter and Michalis Pichler, and an extensively illustrated catalogue with bibliographic details.
Kate CooperLOOK BOOK
Through her videos, exhibitions, and photographic works, Kate Cooper explores the role of gender and what agency images might possess in and of themselves. Producing images becomes akin to building infrastructure; her computer-generated bodies are imbued with power and put to work. This publication accompanies the first institutional solo show by Cooper, winner of the 2014 Schering Stiftung Art Award. Cooper returns to the CGI female models used in her exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, to create a new series of works situated within the fictional space of the lookbook.
Fredrik VærslevAll Around Amateur
Fredrik Værslev’s work navigates between different painterly traditions, and demonstrates the possibilities and relevance of the medium today. He treats his paintings as objects, often created through more or less laborious, serial, or deterministic processes where time itself, as well as various external factors, become active cocreators in the making of the work. Published in conjunction with Værselv’s exhibition “All Around Amateur” at the Bergen Kunsthall and Le Consortium, Dijon, this publication comes in two different versions, with each book comprising 320 one-to-one digital images scanned from eight of Værslev’s new “sunset” paintings.
Lara FavarettoAgeing Process
Ageing Process, Lara Favaretto’s first monograph, documents the artist’s works from the 1990s to her most recent installations presented in the 2015 exhibition “Good Luck!” at MAXXI in Rome. Structured like a manual, this volume accompanies entries on her works with essays by critics and experts from various disciplines who tackle themes complementary but not directly connected to the artist’s practice.
Charlemagne Palestine works from a highly personal universe of ritual, intoxication, and shamanism. Over the last four decades the artist has created an extensive body of experimental musical compositions, bodily performances, and, in later years, visual artworks inhabited by stuffed animals. To Palestine, teddy bears figure as powerful shamanic totems, which he fondly calls “divinities.”
Josephine Meckseper10 minutes after
10 minutes after features installation views from Josephine Meckseper’s recent exhibition at Timothy Taylor, a gallery of “psychoimages,” and two newly commissioned texts. Independent curator and writer Piper Marshall considers ideas of détournement, the readymade, and base materialism in Meckseper’s oeuvre, while writer and editor Domenick Ammirati explores the significance of painting and text within Meckseper’s installations.
Olivia Plender Rise Early, Be Industrious
As the first significant overview of the work by artist Olivia Plender, this monograph navigates through the evolving attitudes to historical and contemporary forms of communication and education that her research-based practice has explored for the last ten years.
Wendelien van OldenborghAmateur
Amateur is the first comprehensive publication about Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s moving image works, and their accompanying installations. Developed over the past ten years of her practice, these works explore communication and interaction between individuals, often against the backdrop of a unique public location, in order to cast attention on repressed, incomplete, and unresolved histories.
Eva Grubinger Black Diamond Bay
Eva Grubinger’s exhibition explores the idea of psychological landscapes—a physical or mental journey—that evokes ideas of escapism and the search for the self. Released in conjunction with the show, this catalogue features visual documentation of the exhibition by Sylvain Deleu, and an accompanying text by Fatoş Üstek.
Chen ZhenWithout going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized
This catalogue presents an art-historical angle on Chen Zhen’s unique way of questioning his experience of globalization through art. It includes documentation of the eponymous exhibition at Rockbund Art Museum (May 30–October 7, 2015), along with detailed sketches of both existing and unrealized projects.
The subject of this book is a deceased prop, an object of a particular color, the green of cinematic trickery and special effects. It edged itself into Shahryar Nashat’s work in 2011, first appearing in Factor Green, an installation the artist produced for the Venice Biennale. Taking its final form a year later, the prop became properly known as La Shape. Accompanied by archival images and a series of portraits that Nashat made during La Shape’s most prolific years, Obituary is a gripping read into a most mysterious icon and a timely consideration of the roles played, and agency expressed, by such a highly mediated art object.
Ull HohnForegrounds, Distances
Ull Hohn: Foregrounds, Distances aims not only to offer the first comprehensive overview of his work, but also to contribute to a history of painting-based practices, which occupy a marginal place in the established narratives of the art of the 1980s and 1990s
Olafur EliassonBaroque Baroque
As an accompaniment to the same-titled exhibition at the Belvedere’s Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna, the catalogue Olafur Eliasson: Baroque Baroque examines some of the trajectories of thought raised by the encounter between Eliasson’s artworks and their temporary baroque housing: in particular, how transformations of space, perception, and cognition reflect the realms of politics, technology, and the Anthropocene.
Mierle Laderman UkelesSeven Work Ballets
Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! Proposal for an Exhibition “CARE” (1969) was a major intervention in feminist performance practices and public art. In 1977, she became the unsalaried Artist-in-Residence for the New York City Department of Sanitation, a position she still holds that enables her to introduce radical public art into an urban municipal infrastructure. This monograph focuses on Ukeles’s work ballets—a series of large-scale collaborative performances involving workers, trucks, barges, and hundreds of tons of recyclables— which took place between 1983 and 2012 in Givors, New York, Pittsburgh, Rotterdam, and Tokamachi.
The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance
Black transparency is an involuntary disclosure of secrets against a backdrop of systematic online surveillance, as large parts of contemporary life move into the digital realm. It has brought forward a new sense of unpredictability to international relations, and raises questions about the conscience of the whistleblower, whose personal politics are now instantly geopolitical. In their latest book, Metahaven embark on a journey of subversion while examining transparency’s intersections with design, architecture, and pop culture, as well as its ability to unravel the circuitry of modern state power.
Mario PfeiferApproximation in the digital age for a humanity condemned to disappear
Approximation in the digital age for a humanity condemned to disappear is Mario Pfeifer’s latest project, which he developed in Puerto Williams, the southernmost settlement in the world located on the southern archipelagos of Patagonia on Chile’s territory bordering Argentina. The publication documents his multiple-screen video installation and production process as well as his researches in archives of the Martin Gusinde estate at Anthropos Institut Sankt Augustin and in the ethnomusicology department of Berlin-Dahlem’s Museum of Ethnography.
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil JoreigeThe Rumors of the World
Rethinking Trust in the Age of the Internet
This book traces the work and research of filmmakers and visual artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige and their exploration through their work of online spam e-mails, specifically, advance-fee frauds and scam messages. The artists present material they have collected since 1999, focusing on the way that personal narratives are formed and articulated in a post-digital age.
Marcos LutyensMemoirs of a Hypnotist
When Marcos Lutyens arrived in Kassel in the summer of 2012, he didn’t know he would end up staying for the entire 100 days of documenta 13 to perform 340 hypnotic sessions with the audience. He also didn’t know that he would write a book about it: Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days, an intimate and hardly qualifiable document.
Tony ConradTwo Degrees of Separation / Über zwei Ecken
Tony Conrad, who can be described as an artist, composer, musician, filmmaker, and performer, might be considered the first true “crossover artist.” Two Degrees of Separation accompanies the eponymous exhibition by Tony Conrad at Kunsthalle Wien.
Dora GarcíaMad Marginal Cahier #4
I See Words, I Hear Voices
The fourth volume of the Mad Marginal Cahier series brings together essays by international authors that develop different threads pertaining to artist Dora García’s practice. In her research, she explores—through the figures of James Joyce and Robert Walser—deviant literature, exploded language, the unconscious, and the notion of exile as inherent to artistic practice.
Filip Markiewicz Paradiso Lussemburgo
This publication continues, in the words of the artist, this “new contemporary mythology of Luxembourg,” with a bilingual layering of drawings, text and analysis, exhibition views, an interview, and a film script. Paradiso Lussemburgo, a project proposed by Markiewicz and curator Paul Ardenne, creates an active theater, which the reader continues and further opens for participation.
Flaka HalitiSpeculating on the Blue
Published in conjunction with Flaka Haliti’s solo presentation conceived for the Kosovo Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, this book continues the artist’s invitation to encounter a visual field in which territorial boundaries are referenced and mediated by the sensory. Through the use of a saturated blue color altered by light and demarcated by architectural forms, the installation at the Venice Biennale reflects on the salient concept of the border.
Ane Hjort Guttueating or opening a window or just walking dully along
On the occasion of Ane Hjort Guttu's 2015 Festival Artist exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, which presents the new commissioned film Time Passes (2015), this substantial monograph gathers reflections on recent projects and offers insight into the artist’s work and methodology.
Joseph Kellner (Ed.)Furniture of the Fogo Island Inn
This unique publication, filled with annotated images, presents an inventory of design, furniture, and textiles produced for Fogo Island Inn. Each piece is a collaborative effort between artisans and craftspeople living on the island and designers from various parts of the world who were invited to engage with the history and communities of Fogo Island and Change Islands in Newfoundland, Canada.
Mathilde ter HeijnePerforming Change
Performing Change, a collection of interviews by artist Mathilde ter Heijne, explores the idea of open-ended, collaborative art processes and their transformative potential beyond the confines of art. Designed as an artist’s book, the book shows handwritten revisions, annotations, and drawings from contributors.
Armando LulajAlbanian Trilogy
A Series of Devious Stratagems
This catalogue-reader accompanies Armando Lulaj’s project for the 56th Venice Biennale. Curated by Marco Scotini, Lulaj’s exhibition in the Albanian Pavilion is a time capsule of the country’s past, presenting strange memorabilia and trophies that tread the line between fact and fiction. Combining evocation and documentation, Lulaj concentrates on a historic-political phase that was extremely important for building an identity that was not just Albanian but also international.
This artist’s book and monograph presents a broad selection of Mirjam Thomann’s work from 2006 to 2015. Along with spreads of 109 color images, 2015 Mirjam Thomann includes a preface by art historian and curator Eva Maria Stadler and a comprehensive essay on Thomann’s work by art historian, critic, and artist Tom Holert.
Gabriel LesterForced Perspectives
In this book Gabriel Lester’s prolific adventures and art practice are illustrated through an alphabetical assortment of his most prominent installations, interventions, sculptures, and films of the past fifteen years. Alongside comprehensive exhibition documentation, the actual construction and installation of the artworks is presented.
Yto BarradaBefore History
The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015
Before History catalogues the exhibition for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015, which includes a new body of work by Yto Barrada, the winner of the prize, and existing work by shortlisted artists Sarnath Banerjee, Setareh Shahbazi, and Mounira Al Solh. The exhibition explores the layering of time through historical artifice. History here is considered as a constructed sphere, constantly in flux, simultaneously being buried and excavated.
Amar KanwarThe Sovereign Forest
The Sovereign Forest attempts to reopen discussion and initiate a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights, and ecology. The validity of poetry as evidence in a trial; the discourse on seeing, on understanding, on compassion, on issues of justice; sovereignty and the determination of the self—all come together in a constellation of moving and still images, texts, books, pamphlets, albums, music, objects, seeds, events, and processes.
Stephanie Kloss’s photographs capture the mythos and utopianism of architecture in locations as diverse as Athens, Berlin, the United States, and Japan. Yet it is the commonality of modernist architectural form rather than the peculiarities of place, nation, or time that attracts her lens. In Weltausstellung, visual anonymity is the main event—but not the whole story. Embedded in Kloss’s photographs, as the absorbing essays in this catalogue reveal, are invisible histories of human enterprise, idealism, and trauma.
Michael Tedja’s Aquaholism is an exhibition catalogue, a published oeuvre, an artistic treatise, a poetry collection, a visual essay, an artist’s book. It is a polyphonic collage of text and image. More than seventeen years of artistic output unfold between the first and last pages. With its thoroughness, density, and associative power, the book embodies Tedja’s artistic essence: voluminous, interrelated, and in continuous motion.
Josef BauerWerke 1965–Heute
Works 1965–Today stems from a retrospective held at the Grazer Kunstverein showcasing Josef Bauer’s experiments with language, color, and their spatial contexts nearly forty years after his last exhibition in Graz. His practice combines sculpture, installation, painting, and performance to disturb our perception of words and colors as mere “carriers” of meaning.
Yarisal & KublitzBling blang, ching chang, give me some of that yin yang
In this monograph the Swiss and Danish duo give us a deeper look into the emblematic and enigmatic, imaginative and often humorous works that the artists are known for. Bling blang, ching chang, give me some of that yin yang is the first survey of Yarisal & Kublitz’s works from 2010 to 2014.
Pauline Boudry/Renate LorenzAftershow
As an artists' book, Aftershow engages with the recent film installations of Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz. Installation shots, research material, scripts, and film stills give an insight into the artists’ investigation of performance in film and their dense net of references to experimental film, the history of photography, sound, and underground (drag) performances.
Katja EydelSchattenfuge / Shadow Gap
This publication presents artist Katja Eydel’s photographic body of work. The individual projects focus on different environments that are often characterized by crisis—mostly dealing with communities and their fringes, with proxies and symbolic representations, as manifested, for example, in forms of protest or religious garments.
Lisa OppenheimWorks 2003–2013
Over the past decade, artist Lisa Oppenheim has steadily developed a unique body of work exploring the usage of (historical) imagery. Balanced between appropriation and reconstruction, her work relies on substitutions applied to photographic and filmic records through which the historical and the present are transmitted and constituted through a language of today.
Ulrike GrossarthWäre ich von Stoff, ich würde mich färben /
Were I Made of Matter, I Would Color
This book is published on occasion of Ulrike Grossarth’s eponymous retrospective at the Generali Foundation in Vienna. Both the book and the exhibition trace the evolution of Gossarth’s practice, with a particular emphasis on her training as a dancer in the 1970s, to draw connections between the early years with her sculptural settings and actions and her most recent work, which engages with history more generally.
Silke Otto-KnappQuestions of Travel
This book is published on occasion of the parallel exhibitions Silke Otto-Knapp presented in two markedly different locations: on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, and at the Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna. The contrasting influences of place—between rural and urban, new and old world—is evident in the selection of works presented and compiled in this catalogue.
J. Parker ValentineFiction
This artist book includes a selection of images—a documentation of exhibited works and those in process—that offer a sense of Valentine’s approach to working, which gestures toward abstraction and improvisation. For this book, many images have been adapted, reoriented, and/or manipulated. Also included are three essays that investigate Valentine’s process, considering work that has emerged from her previous projects, residencies, and exhibitions to date.
Ion GrigorescuDiaries 1970–1975
Ion Grigorescu’s diaries from the crucial years of 1970 to 1975 are a small literary and art-historical sensation. It not only corrects the facile reading of Grigorescu’s practice in the context of Conceptual art and performance, but provides insight into the artist’s multifocal thinking, which incorporates an original critique of modernism, the dystopian effects of an instrumentalized idea of reason and rationality, an analysis of subjectivity, and a penetrating gaze into a dialectic of secrecy and elucidation, of exposure and mystification.
Melissa GordonMaterial Evidence
Material Evidence expands on the formal concerns and critical debates developed through Melissa Gordon’s exhibition of the same name, following a joint residency with Spike Island and Spike Island Print Studio in Bristol, in the summer of 2013.
Haegue YangDare to Count Phonemes and Graphemes
This catalogue accompanies two parallel solo exhibitions by Haegue Yang held in the fall of 2013: “Journal of Bouba/kiki” at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (October 5–December 20, 2013); and “Journal of Echomimetic Motions” at Bergen Kunsthall (October 18–December 22, 2013). This new collaborative publication, Dare to Count Phonemes and Graphemes, has evolved within the framework of these geographically separate yet collaboratively conceived exhibitions.
Issa SambWORD! WORD? WORD!
Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form
This comprehensive monograph contains a selection of emblematic works by Sengalese-born artist Issa Samb, aka Joe Ouakam. The publication follows Samb’s first solo exhibition in Europe, curated by Koyo Kouoh, entitled “WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form,” at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).
Ion GrigorescuOmul cu o singur camer / The Man with a Single Camera
The Man with a Single Camera provides an extraordinary overview of Ion Grigorescu’s body of work since the late 1960s until today. Regarded as one of the key protagonists of Eastern European conceptualism, the Romanian artist advocates a radical convergence between the organic and spiritual, an uninhibited immersion of life into art.
Geta BrătescuAtelierul | The Studio
The book is dedicated to Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, one of the most remarkable personalities of the Eastern European postwar avant-garde. The main part of the publication comprises visual materials and texts written by the artist that span several decades of her activity, outlining the exceptional manner in which she has appropriated the lesson of modernism and interrelated it with conceptual challenges.
This comprehensive new monograph on the influential British artist-filmmaker—renown for his playful and formally ingenious subversion of the everyday world—contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife.
Kate NewbyLet the other thing in
In Kate Newby’s site-responsive installations, handcrafted and found objects are often combined with words or phrases to form artworks that engage with the particularities of place. The New Zealand artist’s intimate engagement with materials and nonhierarchical involvement with space exhibit a sophisticated understanding of the role that architecture plays in the shaping of thought and perception, our sense of self in the body and in community.
Marie-Louise EkmanNo Is Not an Answer
On the Work of Marie-Louise Ekman
No Is Not an Answer is the largest presentation of Marie-Louise Ekman’s art ever featured in the form of a book. As one of the most influential artists in Sweden in the postwar period, Ekman was both part of Swedish pop and the rebellious underground in the ’60s and ’70s.
Gardar Eide EinarssonVersuchsstation des Weltuntergangs
Over the past decade Gardar Eide Einarsson’s exhibition practice has followed a highly consistent thematic trajectory, continuously tracing out what one could call an “iconography of resistance.” The signs and symbols we can read out of Einarsson’s works often refer to fundamental conflictual structures between a society of control following September 11, 2001, and the individual’s rebellion against and threat to central power.
Dorothee Böhm, Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel (Eds.)A World of Wild Doubt
The starting point of this exhibition and subsequent publication is the novel The Man Who Was Thursday by British poet G. K. Chesterton from 1908, a mysterious crime story about a seven-headed anarchist council functioning in a world of permanent emergency. Yet in the end, the real danger emanates from artists and intellectuals.
Jos de Gruyter & Harald ThysOptimundus
M HKA 08 02 13 - 19 05 13
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s art casts a merciless perspective on reality. Through their numerous artistic approaches—including installations, video, drawing, sculpture, performance, and photographs—the artist duo visualize their imaginings of the parallel world inherent within the modern human psyche, along with how it manifests itself in the everyday aspects of life and civic conformity. This book accompanies their major exhibition at M HKA of the same title.
Marcel Duchamp/Ulf LindeDe ou par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde
Ulf Linde is without doubt one of the world’s most important interpreters of Marcel Duchamp’s art. For more than half a century, he has pursued intense studies of Duchamp’s entire oeuvre and has made perfect replicas of all his major works. His as-yet unpublished manuscript scrutinizing the mathematical principles behind Duchamp’s art reveals what Linde claims to be the key to Duchamp’s poetic universe.
Apolonija ŠušteršičSelected Projects, 1995–2012
Published on the occasion of her project at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in León (January–June 2013), this publication offers the first comprehensive survey on the work of Slovenian artist/architect Apolonija Šušteršič.
Tecoh is a sprawling series of buildings designed by the artist Jorge Pardo deep in the Yucatán jungle. Taking over six years to fabricate, and engaging existing ruins of a nineteenth-century hacienda, the project is by far the artist’s most ambitious work to date. This book offers the only available glimpse of the project, as it was primarily conceived as a private residence.
Beatrice GibsonThe Tiger's Mind
In 2010, a production process was instigated by filmmaker Beatrice Gibson and typographer Will Holder, with the intention of using British composer Cornelius Cardew’s musical score The Tiger’s Mind as a means of producing speech. Since the score concerns the changing relations between six characters in production, practitioners from other fields (musicians and visual artists) were invited to three conversations at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Kunstverein in Amsterdam, and CAC Brétigny.
Ruth BuchananThe weather, a building
This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the life of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, which acts as an example of the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained.
Lene BergLene Berg
“The work of Lene Berg probes questions about the difference between truth and falsehood, between reality and fantasy, between veracity and mendacity. Berg crafts short, witty, incisive, and often humorous filmic stories, using lo-fi means such as drawing, photocopies, collage, and her own as well as found footage, to interrogate the question of history and historiography,” so states Katerina Gregos. These themes, among others, are explored in Berg’s latest film, Kopfkino (2012), which was filmed over the course of two days in Berlin and focuses on eight women as they exchange stories about their line of work—the fulfillment of sexual fantasies.
In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of dancer Hélène Vanel in the disused Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, Nogent-sur-Marne. Warboys later discovered an unpublished manuscript by Vanel in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists.The artist then translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus shifted Vanel’s role from manuscript to script.
Omer Fast5,000 Feet Is the Best
This publication focuses on a single work of art: 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011) by artist Omer Fast.With this cinematic video work, Fast has entered into a discussion about one of the most pressing issues today, namely drone surveillance and warfare—that is, the use of unmanned planes operated by “pilots” on the ground.
Maria LobodaOh, Wilderness
“Verbal sculptures” and “strange archaeologies”—Maria Loboda’s recent works expose prior events through sparse details of entangled secrets, material contradictions, and masked collusions. Oh, Wilderness demonstrates the artist’s aesthetic equation between language and materiality as it works the other way around, translating materials expressive of a certain weak semiotics to language.
Simon Starling / SuperflexReprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests
Reprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests brings together seven seminal works by Simon Starling and Superflex in a dialogical setting. These works “collapse” as unstable complexes around pertinent themes whose triangulated speculations are articulated by undisciplined objects, piercing through the layers of time and history and revisiting long-held certainties.
Yorgos SapountzisA statue has remembered me / Eine Statue hat sich an mich erinnert
Yorgos Sapountzis's work appropriates public space and the statues, monuments, and memorials that inhabit it. The Athens-born artist concentrates less on their historical-political meanings and much more on their function as a medium of recollection. Sapountzis consciously tries to ignore historical information about the sculptures and instead allows them to “speak” through their gestures, poses, and ornaments.
Although Marianne Heier abandons the traditional exhibition spaces in connection with her projects, Art with a capital A is still always measured against other social constructs. At this point of intersection, Heier looks at the typical features of the various economies or values of given fields and how they overlap and collide. This project renders visible societal structures and consequences of such structures—of which we are not always aware. By shifting the perspective slightly, we can perhaps glimpse distinct values and new outcomes.
bankleerfinger in the pie
This monograph features in depth essays on the collective’s work as well as an annotated image section, which highlights bankleer’s recent projects and deployments.
In connection with Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition “Tetrachromat” at Bergen Kunsthall, Folds presents Auerbach’s eponymous painting series for the first time in book form. In these paintings Auerbach twists and folds the canvas before applying the paint. Transferred to the medium of the book, the paintings are presented here in a new and unexpected way alongside mathematical diagrams and three texts.
Chris EvansGoofy Audit
The work of artist Chris Evans evolves through conversations with people from various walks of life, selected in relation to their public position or symbolic role—resulting in sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts, and unwieldy social situations. To all intents and purposes, this publication is a comprehensive survey of his work, isolating and documenting the formalities of objects and situations.
Antje MajewskiThe World of Gimel
How to Make Objects Talk
The alchemy of things is at the core of Antje Majewski’s multimedia project, which aims at rethinking the representation and meaning of objects in the form of a highly personal and quasi-surreal collection. Based on the investigation of various museums and collections Majewski presents a utopian and subversive take on how to make objects talk. A German-language version of this publication is also available!
Merlin CarpenterThe Opening
This book presents the work of London-based artist Merlin Carpenter. Focused on a series of exhibitions entitled, The Opening—marked by the fact that all the paintings presented were produced at the galleries during the exhibition openings—the book documents all six events via text and snapshot-like images.
R. H. QuaytmanSpine
Spine resembles a catalogue raisonné of R. H. Quaytman’s work produced since 2001, the year the artist began organizing paintings in what are called “Chapters.” Conceived and written by Quaytman, this more than 400-page volume presents a full decade’s output.
Brice DellspergerBrice Dellsperger’s Body Double
Brice Dellsperger's Body Double is the first monograph ever published on the artist's already cult film productions, with a long essay by art historian Marie Canet that addresses filmic remake, but also issues of models, gender politics, and representational chaos.
Sebastian Cichocki, Galit Eilat (Eds.)A Cookbook for Political Imagination
The publication A Cookbook for Political Imagination accompanies the exhibition “… and Europe will be stunned” for the Polish Pavilion at the 54th Biennale of Art in Venice. This is not a traditional exhibition catalogue but rather a manual of political instructions and recipes, delivered by more than forty international authors.
Birgit MegerleBirgit Megerle
Birgit Megerle’s figurative and abstract paintings are characterized by an artificial, rigid, and stage-like atmosphere. This exhibition catalogue accompanied Megerle’s exhibition at Kunsthalle Lingen in the fall of 2010.
Andreas ErikssonNordic Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
Andreas Eriksson employs a variety of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation art and, more recently, film. Trivial events and observations from everyday life and nature set off his metaphorical and existential contemplations.
Christoph SchlingensiefGerman Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
This catalogue pays tribute to one of Germany’s most radical, experimental, and progressive voices. With contributions from over thirty internationally renowned curators, artists, critics, theorists, directors, and practitioners.
The publication by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson is conceived as a first comprehensive overview / in depth analysis of more than ten years of their artistic practice—leading up to their most current works.
Fia BackströmNordic Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
Fia Backström produces events, environments, and projects, which challenge our habitual notions of what constitutes an exhibition—its institutional context, the dialogue with the audience, and even the works of art that are presented.
For the last decade, Markus Weisbeck has been redefining this prevailing client-designer relationship and subsequently challenging what constitutes a graphic design practice today. This pocket book presents a selection of seminal graphic design projects developed by Weisbeck and his firm, Surface, over the last ten years; projects that strongly reveal Surface’s experimental approach and conceptual dexterity, contributing to and informing contemporary graphic design.
Miki Kratsmanall about us
Miki Kratsman’s photographs show the complex reality of everyday Israeli life and its many different guises and narratives.
Gabriel Kurijoin the dots and make a point
This monograph documents the solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg and also focuses on Kuris` marble works since 2006.
Knut ÅsdamThe long gaze, the short gaze
For several decades Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam has worked independently and uncompromisingly with his artistic projects, and he is today considered one of the central contemporary practitioners of film and video art.
Shahryar NashatDownscaled and Overthrown
Downscaled and Overthrown is the first monograph on the work of the Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat.
Moyra DaveySpeaker Receiver
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Speaker Receiver” at Kunsthalle Basel, June 17 – August 29, 2010, the same-titled monograph brings the diverse aspects of Moyra Davey’s work together.
Anton VidokleProduce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat
Anton Vidokle is an artist who captures the attention of 70,000 people each day through e-flux, as well as unitednationsplaza, Martha Rosler Library, and other traveling projects. The essays and interview in this book highlight how two threads in Vidokle’s practice—unobtrusiveness and the freedom of self-sufficiency—are often interwoven, and are at the center of an intellectual proposal that undermines common assumptions about making art in the twenty-first century.
Mike BouchetSelected Works 1989-2009
This first monograph on American artist Mike Bouchet provides an overview of selected works from the last twenty years.
Olaf HolzapfelNakano Sakaue
Nakano Sakaue documents a series of photographs realized by Olaf Holzapfel during a residency in Tokyo. The artist has depicted a kind of residue from the city’s buildings: neon lights, images, and street signs, which are featured as so many promises for orientation.
Agnieszka KurantUnknown Unknown
The catalogue Unknown Unknown documents recent work by Polish artist and curator Agniezka Kurant and was published on the occasion of Kurant’s presentation at Frieze Projects 2008.
This book discusses Michael Sailstorfer’s most recent work, with a special focus on issues of space and site specificity.
Desiree Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder (Eds.)BLESS. Celebrating Ten Years of Themelessness: N° 00 – N° 29
This fully illustrated book features for the first time the wide range of Bless’ activity and documents a unique mode of cultural production.
Pecafil discusses issues of art in public space and the social-political implications of Michael Beutler’s work.
In all of his works the Danish artist demonstrates an interest in an expanded notion of ecology, one that encompasses cultural history and sociopolitics as well as natural resources.
Alex MorrisonGiving the Story a Treatment
Giving the Story a Treatment is the first comprehensive publication on Canadian artist Alex Morrison. Best known for his documentations on the skater culture, Morrison’s videos, photographs and drawings reveal the growing aestheticisation of the political within the cultural spectrum.
Cerith Wyn Evans“Cerith Wyn Evans”
“Cerith Wyn Evans” provides a comprehensive overview of the artist's body of work.
Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Bernhard Willhelm
This book provides an exemplary look at the work of Bernhard Willhelm, the German fashion designer whose sartorial skills have been hailed by both the fashion industry and the art world.
Gerard ByrneBooks, Magazines, and Newspapers
In his seminal essay, author George Baker links Gerard Byrne’s work to theater and notes that the presence of avant-garde dramatist Bertolt Brecht has never been less discussed, but more widely explored, than in the last decade of artistic practice.
This catalogue is the most comprehensive treatment of Michaela Melián’s oeuvre to date and constitutes, with numerous essays and illustrations, a long due documentation of the German artist’s work.
Lars Bang Larsen (Ed.)Sture Johannesson
This book, part psychedelic philosophy, part biography, is the first to present Sture Johannesson’s work in depth, documenting his affiliations with the “high” underground and the punk movement, his activism and his radical exploration of the relationships between art, politics, technology, and human consciousness.
“Odenbach’s art ... criss-crosses the structural hybridization of video-based conceptualism with reflection on the lived experience of globalization.” Kobena Mercer
Julia ScherAlways There
Always There offers a comprehensive survey of American artist Julia Scher’s work. The artist’s installations and performances have always featured a complex relation to techno-social control, demonstrating our complicity in the proliferating technologies used to surveil both our physical and virtual identities.
Kai AlthoffGebärden und Ausdruck
Gebärden und Ausdruck (Gestures and Expression) is the first comprehensive publication on the work of German artist Kai Althoff.
Urlaub constitutes Genzken’s multilayered inquiry into the meaning of work and leisure. “Artists never take vacations,” Genzken says, “but the entire art system urgently needs a vacation.”
Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de RooijAfter the Hunt
Dutch artists Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij received international recognition for their seemingly luxurious and self-reflexive 35mm films. This first comprehensive monograph discusses how Dutch painting, Minimal Art, and film conventions become the backdrop for a “cinema in its decontextualized form.”
Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Liam Gillick
This publication constitutes the first comprehensive documentation of the work of British artist Liam Gillick.