Patti Smith – Galerie Veith Turske. Galerie Veith Turske

Posted in art, editions, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, music on February 1st, 2023
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Catalogue from Patti Smith’s exhibition and poetry reading on the occasion of Arthur Rimbaud’s 123rd birthday (October 20, 1854) at the Galerie Veith Turske on October 20, 1977. The book contains images of Smith’s paintings and drawings as well as photographs and poetry, in English and German.

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Urban Kitsch. Praneet Soi. Reliable Copy; Sharjah Art Foundation

Posted in art, Artist Book, Artist's book, books on January 30th, 2023
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Urban Kitsch, originally written in 1996, explores the forms of vernacular visual culture that emerged in the city of Baroda following the liberalization of the Indian economy. Plastic toys, celebrity mud flaps, and postmodern architecture collide into a new formal category—both celebrated and derided—as Praneet Soi traverses the city on his trusted Yamaha RX 100.

Published for the first time by Reliable Copy and Sharjah Art Foundation, Urban Kitsch was written as part of Praneet Soi’s Master’s in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. The complete facsimile of this dissertation is accompanied by a recent interview with the artist by Nihaal Faizal and Sarasija Subramanian.

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Principles of Modern Architecture. Hwang Eunyoung. Kkamanke Press

Posted in architecture, art, books, zines on January 27th, 2023
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Rome. Paolo di Lucente. Veii

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography on January 24th, 2023
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In the United States, there are many cities called Rome. These pictures document the photographer’s journey from Rome to Rome across North America. Fuelled by a curiosity for these parallel ‘eternal’ cities, this body of work subtly mixes genres. Here, the American road trip meets the postcards of imperial Rome. Both subjects have been overly photographed; with their essence exhausted by representation, the allure of the American Dream and a never-ending fascination with the remnants of history.

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Companion #07: Motion. Karel Martens. Kunstverein München and Roma Publications

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, graphic design, video on January 23rd, 2023
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This publication is part of Motion, a major exhibition by Dutch artist, graphic designer, and educator Karel Martens at Kunstverein München.

Co-edited by Martens and Julie Peeters, the bulk of the content for this book comes from the video Not for Resale – a sequence of photographs from Martens’ studio wall in Hoog Keppel in 2000. The videos Lost & Found (2004), and Tol (2008) are also included in the book, as well as a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Kunstverein director Chris Fitzpatrick, followed by an afterword (both in English and German).

Edited by Karel Martens and Julie Peeters
Texts by Chris Fitzpatrick and Karel Martens
Designed by Julie Peeters

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New Forms of Art and Contagious Mental Illness. Carl Julius Salomonsen. New Documents

Posted in art, books on January 20th, 2023
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Over the years 1919–20, the celebrated medical scientist and doctor Carl Julius Salomonsen began giving public lectures and publishing pamphlets regarding a new “epidemic” that had begun to affect the European populace: the increasing ubiquity of modernist art.

In a 1919 pamphlet titled New Forms of Art and Contagious Mental Illness, he wrote: “We stand, at this moment, before a movement in art which is psychopathic in character, and whose victorious journey through all countries is probably caused by the same spiritual disease that gave the older, religious spiritual epidemic such a powerful spread.” This pamphlet and the accompanying talks were countered by a retaliatory pamphlet published by members of Grønningen, a Copenhagen modernist painters group, to which Salomonsen responded with a further pamphlet.

Translated into English for the first time by literary theorist Andrew Hodgson, the entire altercation is gathered in this book, documenting one of the earliest rejections of modernist art.

Edited & Translated by Andrew Hodgson

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Notes. Béla Feldberg

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, photography on January 19th, 2023
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Notes by Béla Feldberg is a product of growing up in an international hub and Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt am Main. Designed by JMMP (Hamburg) and written by Dan Kwon (Frankfurt/Seoul), Feldberg’s book is a coming-of-age affair by the emerging artist, and contains minimal text and b/w analogue photography from untold dérives in the compact German city of Europe’s only skyline, aka “Mainhattan”.

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Ré-ouverture de la Librairie Des Colonnes

Posted in art, books, Librairie des Colonnes on January 18th, 2023
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Chers amis et collègues,

Meilleurs voeux pour ce début d’année 2023.

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que la Librairie des Colonnes réouvre ses portes à Tanger ce jeudi 19 janvier. Elle s’appuie pour se faire sur quatre piliers, soutiens indéfectibles de ses colonnes: cultures, rencontres, arts et littératures, ainsi que quatre amis et associés, Alexandre Sap, Alexis Zavialoff, Khalid Tamer et Mathias Ohrel. 

« Nous voulons être les piliers mobiles de cette entreprise familiale à taille humaine. Nous ferons tout pour préserver l’âme de la Librairie des Colonnes, l’exigence et l’ouverture qui caractérisent sa ligne éditoriale, et nous défendrons le programme et la vision forgés par la famille Gerofi, par Rachel Muyal jusqu’à sa disparition, par Pierre Berger et Simon-Pierre Hamelin, et enfin la famille de Fadel Iraki, qui nous a fait confiance.

Nous ouvrons à nouveau la porte de la librairie cette semaine, et allons la faire vivre tout au long de l’année autour de rencontres, de publications, de créations, d’événements avec des auteurs et artistes qui, nous espérons, génèrerons l’intérêt d’une communauté fidèle et large. Nous voulons lancer un prix littéraire, et encourager le dialogue entre librairies indépendantes Marocaines. La librairie gardera sa vocation internationale, avec un fonds de 8 000 titres en quatre langues (arabe, français, anglais et espagnol), et les éditions vont se développer. Nous avons hâte de faire se rencontrer les amis de la Librairie des Colonnes, et de faire revivre boulevard Pasteur cette grande famille des esprits ouverts et curieux de Tanger et du monde entier
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Alexandre, Alexis, Mathias et Khalid sont des personnalités du monde de l’édition et de la culture au Maroc, en France et entre les deux continents méditerranéens. Ils ont décidé de mettre leurs savoir-faire, leurs ressources, leurs connaissances et leurs volontés au service de cet ambitieux projet de relance de l’activité de la légendaire Librairie des Colonnes et de ses éditions éponymes. Tanger est un lieu où se rencontrent l’océan Atlantique et la mer Méditerranée, l’Europe et l’Afrique, le Nord et le Sud ; l’alchimique convergence de la géographie et de l’histoire, des langues et des civilisations, des savoir-faires et des idées contribue à dessiner dans le ciel de Tanger un trait d’union entre les cultures. 

Un communiqué de presse à ce sujet est disponible en français, arabe, espagnol et en anglais, ainsi que des images sont disponibles ci-dessous:

PRESS RELEASE FRENCH

PRESS RELEASE ARABIC

PRESS RELEASE SPANISH

PRESS RELEASE ENGLISH

HIGH RES IMAGES


Pour rappel, fondée en 1949 par la famille Gerofi au 54 boulevard Pasteur, à Tanger, la Librairie des Colonnes était un comptoir de vente des éditions Gallimard. Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams et Jack Kerouac fréquentaient le lieu et y trouvaient les moyens de vivre. Rachel Muyal a présidé aux destinées de la Librairie des Colonnes de 1973 à 1998, donnant une dimension nouvelle au rayonnement culturel de la librairie, devenu un centre littéraire incontournable de la Méditerranée. Mohamed Choukri, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Paul Bowles, Lotfi Akalay, John Hopkins, Gavin Young, Assia Djebar et Marguerite Yourcenar croisaient le fantôme de William S. Burroughs en traversant le boulevard Pasteur pour visiter Rachel chez elle, en face de ce refuge de l’esprit.

La Librairie des Colonnes est rachetée en 2010 par Pierre Bergé qui la rénove. Pierre Bergé ne voulait pas d’un simple musée, mais d’un véritable lieu du dynamisme culturel tangérois. Jusqu’à sa mort en 2017, la librairie retrouvera sa vocation méditerranéenne, avec un intérêt particulier pour les sciences humaines, et ce, en langue arabe, française, anglaise et espagnole. Il confie sa direction à Simon-Pierre Hamelin, fondateur de la revue Nejma et des Éditions des Colonnes, qui ont permis de raviver ce foyer de création. Feu Fadel Iraki, homme d’affaires et des médias et collectionneur d’art, la reprend en février 2019 avec pour ambition de pérenniser ce patrimoine culturel. Il décède malheureusement en avril 2020 et son envie de rendre ses lettres de noblesse à la librairie n’aura pas abouti de son vivant. Sa famille passe aujourd’hui le relais aux quatre associés dont l’ambition est de continuer à tisser des liens culturels et littéraires entre les rives.

Pour toute question ou information complémentaire, n’hésitez pas à contacter directement la librairie et ses associés.


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Librairie des Colonnes
54 boulevard Pasteur
90020 Tanger

Tel:  +212 539 333 390

Lundi – Samedi: 12-20h

Instagram: @librairiedescolonnes
Emails: Alexis Zavialoff ldc@mottodistribution.com, Alexandre Sap alexandre@rupture.tv

Productions. Lenard Giller. Veii

Posted in art, Artist Book, Artist's book, books on January 16th, 2023
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The structure of a 1982 Cinderella sticker album formed the basis for Lenard Giller’s Productions, exploring the tension between mass media, memory, empty frames and fulfilling time. Originally conceived to host 360 stickers as a printed synthesis of its cinematic counterpart, Giller reinterprets its configuration offering a new narrative proposition.

In Productions, none of the characters are suitably introduced, confrontations take place without explanation and the resolution is left unresolved. What remains is a broken-up storyboard, a slimmed-down tale told through drawings, the characters becoming innocuous, with their voices from the original film and their emotional journeys entirely absent. It becomes as much about the processes of production as it is about the story, Giller exposes the limits of how entertainment is made, when all is reduced to its core.

Texts by Ted Targett

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Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach. Emily Butler (Ed.). Whitechapel Gallery

Posted in art, Artist Book, drawing, painting, photography on January 13th, 2023
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German artist Kai Althoff (born 1966) is renowned as a figurative painter and creator of all-encompassing poetic environments that incorporate textiles, photographs, drawings and artifacts. Althoff draws from a wide range of literary, cultural and artistic influences in his work, and for his unique display at Whitechapel Gallery in London he pays tribute to British potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979), selecting around 20 of Leach’s ceramic vessels and tiles from the 1920s onward to be displayed in specially designed vitrines.

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