Composition No.1-10 and the derivatives, 2001-2016. Buku Akiyama. Rondade.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, editions, Japan, Motto Berlin store, photography on December 5th, 2017
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Installations and arrangements by Buku Akiyama.
Photographs by Buku Akiyama, Kiyotoshi Takashima, Masahito Yamamoto.
English translation by Yuki Okumura with Linda Dennis.

Texts by Koichi Munakata, Koki Tanaka, Lei Yamabe, Tami Yanagisawa, Tohru Horiguchi.

Design by Shin Akiyama /edition.nord.
Edited printed and bound by Buku Akiyama.

“Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989 – 2017” extended version of 6 / second edition of 100.

 

€120.00

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Gay Areas Telephone Directory. Matt Connors (Ed.) Pre-Echo.

Posted in art, books on August 28th, 2017
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Gay Area Telephone Directory is an artefact from another age. It is an exact facsimile of an American telephone directory published in December 1983 by Gay International Inc. and targeted at a queer population. The phonebook is a now-obsolete format, but before mobile phones and the internet every household had one by the landline. This queer directory featured listings and advertisements for businesses friendly towards or catering to lesbian and gay men at a time when such visibility was a rare and possibly dangerous thing. 1983 was a watershed year for LGBTQ people. The first HIV/AIDS cases were reported barely two years before, marking the beginning of the health crisis that would go on to kill more than half a million (primarily LGBTQ) people within the next ten years. In addition to serving as a portrait of a community and its culture at a crucial stage of development, Gay Areas Telephone Directory stands as a time capsule of lost generation(s) felled by AIDS.

Originally published in 1983 by Gay International Inc. Facsimile edition

Slipcase design by Joe Gilmore

 

€42.00

 

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Now more than ever. Marije de Wit. WIELS & Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution on August 9th, 2017
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Following Marije de Wit’s work that shows her contemplative attitude towards sculpture, presentation, image, representation, abstraction, meaning and value, the works in There is so much thinking to be done keep introspecting their own status. The works are things just as much as they are interfaces in between things and thinking about what they are. Sculptural and painterly motifs that are self-invented, taken from ancient art and from the realms of advertisement, ask out loud whether they’re doodles, ornament or image.

As some works are shaped by trackable gestures – meaning that both what is shown and how it is made are equally on display – these works ask at what moment we decide when images are images. In line with De Wit’s belief that constantly refreshing our outlook is the most helpful thing to do, the works are placed in dense groups. This way they are put to work to hold each other in their active situation of perpetual contemplation.

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PARTY. Erik Steinbrecher. Argobooks.

Posted in Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Berlin store, Wholesale on July 7th, 2017
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This year sees an election campaign and the candidates of the parties are present everywhere showing different slogans but the same pose: in a suit and tie looking to the camera with confidence and a bright smile. Erik Steinbrecher makes them all the same in his latest publication PARTY: Whether nationally conservative or left-liberal, the hopefuls in Germany or France, Switzerland, Great Britain or the USA are here alienated by the tomato slaughter to the point of being unrecognisable. Yet the reader still tries to find out who they are.

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Bas Jan Ader: Discovery File 143/76. Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra (Eds). New Documents.

Posted in art, books, distribution on June 27th, 2017
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In 1976, Bas Jan Ader’s boat, the Ocean Wave, was found unmanned and partially submerged 150 miles off the coast of Ireland by a Spanish fishing vessel. The Dutch artist’s boat was taken to La Coruña for investigation. Days later, the boat was stolen and the cult of Ader, whose body was never recovered, was truly cemented. In this volume, artists Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra, compile ten years of research into this unsolved mystery. The Spanish police report documenting the theft is reproduced in facsimile alongside a translation into English, many pages of additional documentation, and the transcriptions of interviews produced during the editors’ investigations.

The report itself begins on April 27, 1976 and ends on February 1, 1977 and documents history of the Ocean Wave from the discovery of the vessel to the closure of the case. This book is an expanded version of the earlier edition by Veenman Publishers. It includes interviews with Mary Sue Anderson, Don Couto, Charles Esche, and Luis Ramos.

Edited by Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra

First Edition (2017)

€45.00

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WORD SQUARES. Karl Holmqvist. Compagnia & Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books on June 14th, 2017
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KARL HOLMQVIST, WORD SQUARES. COMPAGNIA/MOTTO BOOKS 2017,
PUBLISHED WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF THE CENTRE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, GENEVA, TO COINCIDE WITH THE ARTIST’S EXHIBITION, 31.5.– 27.8.2017.

WORD SQUARES DESIGNED BY KARL HOLMQVIST AND BENEDIKT REICHENBACH.

€25.00

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The Ruin to Come. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016 @ Agial Art Gallery. 15.06.2017

Posted in books, distribution, events, writing on June 13th, 2017
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BOOK LAUCH

The Ruin to Come.
Walid Sadek.
Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Thursday 15 June, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm
Venue: Agial Art Gallery, 63 Abdel Aziz St., Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon.

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These collected essays, written in Beirut over a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016, look at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war, one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance. This protracted now, these essays argue, remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past.

What unites the diverse essays of this book is an investment in the concept of labor, understood as both interminable and his­torical: the labor of min, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near­blindness and the labor of missing. These labors are interminable since they persist in a disinclination to join the various calls for regeneration and resurrection implicit in state-sanctioned and market-driven projects for the reconstruction of Lebanon. They are also historical since they frame this disinclination as an anti-historicist position open to a non-linear conception of memory that attempts to name the many pasts slighted by a forward-looking rush towards better futures.

Together, these labors develop into a critique of hope as a reac­tionary sentiment that numbs collective action in the present and propose that within the folds of war lie moments of political significance that can be recovered and thought through, in order to initiate a livable living built with the unwelcome but necessary knowledge shouldered by unreconciled survivors.

YES YES NO NO. Erik Steinbrecher. Rakete.co

Posted in Artist Book, books on June 7th, 2017
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His mustache looked like it would tickle. That’s probably the only reason why I didn’t want to kiss him.

He was a weirdo, but not weird enough, if you know what I mean. He certainly had a flair for details. It wasn’t that. I mean, it’s not like he was wearing a mullet, no. Nor like the kind of guy to gift me a Chinatown Gucci bag. He hated scented soaps and he’d drag me out of any decent party if he found scenty sticks near the toilet. That kind of thing drove him nuts. It’s not like he had anything against grapefruit.

Early on in our friendship, he gave me a box of Gioconda pencils from Koh-I-Noor. He knew how to get me hooked. But that damn mustache. It was so thick, so neatly trimmed. He paid too much attention to the kind of things I didn’t want to pay attention to. The cappuccino foam in it, however, was a kind of turn-on.

This is no doubt why you are holding this book in your hands. His mustache, right? Admit it. It’s the bowl of bonbons by the register. But then you go undercover, under the sheets to find a lot of nudity, thwarted porn. Ja, ja, ja: bodies. Corporeality. Corporation, cooperation. Protest. Violence. Religion. Collage. A torn sheet at the back. A misbound book? A defect or just vulnerable?

Selbsthilfe ist auch keine Lösung (even self-help is not a solution) and Protestvorbild Frankreich (protest “role model” in France?) is the only text you can make out other than mine. You’re meant to struggle to read it, or maybe Erik (who has no mustache) was being intentionally casual about the way he cut out these pictures. It’s an awareness of being sloppy that is so aware, it’s no longer sloppy. A man standing with his fist held high. He’s standing in the window frame of an apartment at least one story up from the ground. He is forty and mad and he enjoys his Bud. His form of protest is a form of solidarity from the sofa. A window protest: comfy. So fucking clever. Then there’s the picture abutting it of a woman holding out her bra. We are meant to take it. She’s offering it to us. Go ahead. She wants you to.

And then there’s the spooning bodies with their tube socks in a wad next to… a bed. A solar bed. You got it? This book is brown sugar. Stinky Swiss cheese. Bad, bad, good, good.

April von Stauffenberg

 

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Lipstick and Gas Masks. Mashid Mohadjerin. Royal Academy Fine Arts Antwerp.

Posted in books, distribution, photography, Wholesale on May 30th, 2017
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Mashid Mohadjerin is an award-winning photojournalist and visual artist whose work has taken her all over the world. Her photo essays focus primarily on identity issues and the human condition, with subjects such as migration, minority groups, and the socially displaced. In this book, she portrays the women who played an important role in the recent uprisings that began in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, and then swept through other parts of the Middle East. Coming from different ideological and social backgrounds, these women defy stereotypes. Collected images (both historical and current) and articles that circulated on social media at the time offer visual context for the portraits.

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SCREEN. Arthur Fouray. Tombolo Presses

Posted in Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store on May 20th, 2017
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“SCREEN” is a multimedia artist book by Arthur Fouray. Its title, embodies his artistic process which spreads here through two main formats: painting / serigraphy on cushions and a printed material. Arthur Fouray began his career in 2015 with his solo show “Specter” at Espace Quark, Geneva. Through art and decoration history, he questions the shift between painting before the industrial revolution and the cinematographic experience. He proposes to the onlooker an art experience which teases the unsaid.

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