Lost Paradise. Žiga Kariž in collaboration with Vasja Cenčič.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, photography on September 24th, 2014
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Lost Paradise. Žiga Kariž in collaboration with Vasja Cenčič. 

Lost Paradise consists only of images. Artwork signed by Žiga Kariž in collaboration with designer Vasja Cenčič doesn’t’ even have classic book binding. No hardcover, no softcover, no binding in the middle. Instead, it consists only of 130 leaves, wrapped in cellophane. Calling this artwork by the technical term book is therefore seemingly problematic, which is underlined by the response of the Slovenian National and University Library that has designated Lost Paradise as a book at first, but has later changed its decision.1 A similar fate has befallen Ed Ruscha’s first cult book Twentysix Gasoline Stations in 1963. The book was rejected by the American Library of Congress because of its “unorthodox form and supposed lack of information”.2 Lost Paradise is in fact an even more unlikely candidate to achieve book status than Ruscha’s gasoline stations.

What has probably ultimately convinced the librarian bureaucracy that what lies on the table of the National and University Library is not a book or indeed any other sort of publication, is the fact that Lost Paradise is a book which contains no words save for the note on the cover. The cover foil bears a sticker which holds an extended colophon that gives basic data in two languages: “Lost Paradise by Žiga Kariž in collaboration with Vasja Cenčič was published by Zavod Projekt Atol, with Marko Peljhan acting as editor at large. The first issue was printed by Littera Picta in 250 copies and published in December 2010 with support of the Ministry of Culture or the Republic of Slovenia.”3  The text reveals only basic information: the title, the names of the editor and publisher, the year and place of publication. The price of the book is printed next to this data and can be compared to the prices of illustrated books about art; therefore the book does not try to label itself as artwork through its value. Of course, save for the title, there is also information about authorship, which is the only relevant and important piece of data for understanding of the artwork.

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FUKT Magazine for contemporary drawing #13.

Posted in art, books, distribution, drawing, graphic design, illustration on September 6th, 2014
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FUKT Magazine for contemporary drawing  #13. 

Featuring

William Kentridge
Antje Weitzel/
Viktoria Lomasko
Dan Perjovschi
Aris Moore
Christoph Niemann
Benjamin Betts
Marit Roland
Derek Beaulieu
Brigitte Waldach
Caroline Kryzecki
David Eager Maher
Drawing Room/
Stewart Helm
Irene Kopelman
Jockum Nordström
Mariusz Tarkawian
Keita Mori
Lotte Maja Bjerre
Björn Hegardt
Marco Fusinato
Mark Reynolds
Phil Sawdon
Pushwagner
Amadeo Azar
Trafo Pop
Christian Schwarzwald

216 pages, softcover with foil stamp, full color, 17 x 24 cm.

€16.00
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biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

Posted in architecture, books, distribution, Motto Books, photography on September 3rd, 2014
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biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

New Zagreb. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), its space, collection and environment, and the unique concept of its urbanism were the starting points of the artistic research project called Biographical Landscapes of New Zagreb by Claudia Bosse, and was conceived through field research, including the analysis of actual experiences of urbanism in New Zagreb based on the memories and lifestyles of its inhabitants.

Invited by EUROKAZ and MSU to develop a unique project for the museum and its surroundings, Claudia Bosse and Günther Auer collaborated on visiting living spaces (apartments) in different urban areas of New Zagreb in December 2011. In March 2012, they interviewed the inhabitants on issues such as democracy, capitalism and identity. These experiences resulted in the research project which became part of the museum’s live installation, and an art-transfer between the museum and private living spaces: Biographical landscapes of New Zagreb.

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Carlos Bunga. Serralves. Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.

Posted in art, books, distribution, drawing, exhibition catalogue on September 1st, 2014
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Carlos Bunga

This publication documents the special commission made for the Sonae/Serralves Project in 2012 for which the artist created a very large structure for the entrance hall of the Serralves Museum emphasizing the space’s verticality and functionality, in dialogue with Álvaro Siza’s architecture. Richly illustrated with Bunga’s projects in other artistic contexts ― Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, EUA), 29th São Paulo Biennial, Miami Art Museum (Miami, EUA), Krome Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Center for Curatorial Studies (New York, USA), Manifesta 5 (San Sebastián, Spain), among others ― the book features texts by João Fernandes and Ricardo Nicolau (exhibition curators), Adam Budak (curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.), Marta Jecu (writer and researcher at CICANT Institute, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon) and an interview conducted by María Inez Rodríguez (former chief curator at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City) offering comprehensive insights into Carlos Bunga’s work.

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Zeitungsfotos / Newspaper Photographs. Thomas Ruff. Bookhorse.

Posted in books, distribution, photography on August 29th, 2014
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Zeitungsfotos / Newspaper Photographs. Thomas Ruff. Bookhorse.

Between 1981 and 1991 Thomas Ruff collected photographs from German newspapers and weeklies, amassing an archive of 2500 images. In 1990 and 1991 he selected 400 images from it, according to entirely subjective criteria, photographed them without captions, and had them reproduced as color prints in twice their original size.
For this book, Thomas Ruff re-photographed the templates of the Zeitungsfotos series so they could be reproduced in black-and-white on a colored background.

Designed by Lex Trüb

German / English
19.4 x 13.8 cm
800 pages

€33.00

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Mirrors And Others. A. Schulze. Spector Books.

Posted in books, distribution, photography, writing on August 16th, 2014
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Mirrors And Others. A. Schulze. Spector Books.

In 2011, Andreas Schulze lived in Paris thanks to a research grant. At some point, he visited the Louvre, let himself be swept up by the stream of tourists, looked at pictures, met an old friend and started to photograph his series “Louvre”. A reflection on the nature of image production in front of images, whose significance is granted by virtue of the famous exhibition location. In “Text” he writes about the feeling of stumbling around between images of torture, tenderness and all the humorous pic- tures in between. In the chapter “Image” he takes over the stage direction: He de-contextualizes media images in order to pair them in new groups of two. He develops his own grammar promoting patterns and forms from one page to the next. A visual narrative flow emerges with unexpected turns that reformulates the question of the origin of images.

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Andreas Schulze hielt sich 2011 mit einem Stipendium in Paris auf. Irgendwann besuchte er den Louvre, ließ sich vom Strom der Touristen mitreißen, schaute sich Bilder an, traf einen alten Freund und begann seine Serie „Louvre“ zu fotografieren. Eine Reflexion zum Bildermachen vor Bildern, deren Bedeutung durch den berühmten Ausstellungsort verbürgt ist. In „Text“ schreibt er, wie es sich anfühlt, zwischen Folterbildern, Zärtlichkeitsbildern und all den dazwischenliegenden Witzbildern herumzustolpern. Im Kapitel „Image“ übernimmt er die Regie: Er dekontextualisiert Medienbilder, um sie zu Bildpaaren zu sortieren. Er entwickelt eine eigene Grammatik, die Muster und Formen von einer Seite zur nächsten vorantreibt. Es entsteht ein visueller Erzählfluss mit unerwarteten Wendungen, der die Frage nach der Herkunft der Bilder neu stellt.

152 pp. German/English
Gestaltung: Anna Lena von Helldorff
Leipzig 2014
ISBN: 978-3-944669-39-7

€26.00

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Kader Attia: Transformations. Ellen Blumenstein (Ed.). Spector Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, history, photography on August 16th, 2014
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Kader Attia: Transformations. Ellen Blumenstein (Ed.). Spector Books.

The manifold entanglements of African and Western culture are a central motif in the oeuvre of the Algerian-French artist Kader Attia. The influence of traditional African architecture on European modernism forms the background for his voluminous spatial installations, videos and photographs, as much as the re-appropriation of North and South American black music within African Jazz and Pop of the 1960s up to the 1980s. His work manifests the productivity of dissonance: Where African masks, stuffed animals, scientific instruments, and historical artifacts seemingly have nothing in common, the artist unearths connections between Europe’s handling of its own colonial history, current migration politics, and the urbanistic realities of its metropolises of today. Based on Kader Attia’s solo show “Repair. 5 Acts” at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, this publication focuses on works from the years 2008–2013 and places them in a broader art historical concept.

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Die vielfältigen Verschränkungen afrikanischer und westlicher Kultur sind ein zentrales Motiv im Oeuvre des algerisch- französischen Künstlers Kader Attia: der Einfluss traditioneller afrikanischer Architektur auf die europäische Moderne bilden ebenso den Hintergrund für seine raumgreifenden Installationen, Videos und Fotografien, wie die Wiederaneignung nord-, bzw. südamerikanischer schwarzer Musik im afrikanischen Jazz und Pop der 1960er bis 80er Jahre. In seinem Werk zeigt sich die Produktivität der Dissonanz: wo afrikanische Masken, ausgestopfte Tiere, naturwissenschaftliche Instrumente, historische Artefakte scheinbar nichts miteinander zu tun haben, stellt der Künstler Verbindungen zwischen dem europäischen Umgang mit der eigenen Kolonialgeschichte, der aktuellen Migrationspolitik und städtebauliche Realitäten in den Metrololen von heute her. Ausgehend von Kader Attias Einzel- ausstellung „Reparatur. 5 Akte“ in den KW Institute for Contemporary Art fokussiert diese Publikation auf Werke aus den Jahren 2008 – 2013 und stellt sie in einen breiteren kunsthistorischen Kontext.

224 pp. German/English
Design / Gestaltung: Studio Quentin Walesch
Herausgeber: Ellen Blumenstein, KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Leipzig 2014
ISBN: 978-3-944669-23-6

€34.00

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Culturefield. Ryan Gander. Koenig Books London.

Posted in art, books, photography on August 9th, 2014
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Culturefield. Ryan Gander. Koenig Books London.

Ryan Gander’s work ranges across a dizzying spectrum of forms and ideas.

His meticulously researched projects – which have included such diverse conceptual gestures as an invented word, a chess set, a television script, and a children’s book – engage familiar historical narratives and cultural paradigms only to unravel their structures and assumptions, presenting elusive scenarios that abound with interpretive potential.

Published to coincide with the exhibition Ryan Gander: Make every show like it’s your last at Manchester Art Gallery, 3 July – 14 September 2014

€48.00

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DOES YELLOW RUN FOREVER? Paul Graham. Mack Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, photography on August 6th, 2014
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Paul Graham-Does Yellow Run Forever? Mack Books, 2014

Paul Graham’s Does Yellow Run Forever? comprises a series of photographs touching upon the ephemeral question of what we seek and value in life – love, wealth, beauty, clear-eyed reality or an inner dream world?

The work weaves in and out of three groups of images: photographs of rainbows from Western Ireland, a sleeping dreamer, and gold stores in the United States. The imagery leads us from reality to dream and illusion, between fact and spectral phenomena, each entwined one within the other.

Does Yellow Run Forever? refuses to reduce the world to a knowable schema, but instead embraces the puzzle – that there are no singular meanings, direct answers, or gold waiting at the end of the rainbow. Yet, there are startling visions in the everyday, be they ‘beautiful’ or ‘ugly’, that there are dreams worth dreaming, magical scenes to be seen, and true moments of wonder to be found as we shiver the mirror of life.

96 pages
31 colour plates
13.5 cm x 19 cm
Embossed hardcover
ISBN 9781910164068

€35.00

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NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Posted in books, critique, magazines, Theory, Uncategorized, video, writing on July 23rd, 2014

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NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Flat Time House is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of NOIT, FTHo’s creative journal published in conjunction with Camberwell Press. NOIT–2, guest edited by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, considers how burning, an action predominant in Latham’s ideas, has been deployed by artists in various ways.

In addition, NOIT–2 Burning includes interviews with William Raban on Stephen Cripps, and with Annea Lockwood on her ‘Piano Burnings’; and visual contributions by artists Anthony McCall, Camila Sposati and Marlie Mul. Also included with NOIT is a DVD documenting a series of recent ‘Skoob’ performances undertaken as experiments in relation to the recent exhibition, God is Great (10 -19) – John Latham and Neal White at Portikus in Frankfurt.

Pages: 107
Price: €13,50

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