Nathaniel Mellors – Permanent Presents. Chris Bloor (Ed.). Frac Bretagne

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 10th, 2022
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Monograph dedicated to the film series incorporating central Neanderthal figures produced by British artist Nathaniel Mellors since 2012.

This book, which brings together for the first time the entire series of films around the figure of Neanderthal Man produced by Nathaniel Mellors since 2012, is also the only monograph currently in circulation on the work of this British artist, since the catalogue The Aalto Natives – A Transcendental Manual published in 2017 on the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale. This book is not only a documentation of the exhibition, including numerous installation views, but also an extension of this project with a text by Marie de Brugerolle and two interviews by the artist with Italian art critic Mattia Tosti and American editor Clayton Eshleman, notably known for his translations of César Vallejo and his studies of cave painting and the Palaeolithic imagination.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Frac Bretagne, Rennes, in 2021-2022.

Nathaniel Mellors (born 1974 in Doncaster, United Kingdom) develops an art based on film-making; writing scripts as well as directing and editing them, and working closely with actors such as Patrick Kennedy and David Birkin. To these films, he adds works based on sculpture and photograms, such as the ones that can be seen in this show. His studio works incorporate humor, irreverence, the poetic and the absurd but to address themes of ownership, history, power, morality etc. By drawing inspiration from the techniques linked to cinematographic fictions, he inscribes his work within given contexts of the social reality that he questions and analyzes. He explores our tastes, morality, habits and the various ideas anchored in our collective memory.

Nathaniel Mellors is graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2001. His work has notably been shown at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and at the Art: Concept Gallery, Paris (2014); at the 57th Venice Biennale with Erkka Nissinen for the Finnish Pavilion (2017); at the New Museum in New York (2018); at The Box, Los Angeles and at Matt’s Gallery in London (2019).

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Wolfgang Stoerchle: Success in Failure. Alice Dusapin (Ed.). Daisy editions; Christophe Daviet-Thery

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 8th, 2022
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First monograph devoted to the work of video artist and performer Wolfgang Stoerchle (1944-1976), an artistic figure of the Californian scene in the 1970s, based on extensive research and three international exhibitions.

Wolfgang Stoerchle is a particularly notable artistic figure of the early seventies who left a certain but little advertised mark on a generation of Californian artists, especially through videotapes and performances involving his body as raw material. His short but eventful life is surrounded by rumors, and his abrupt death in 1976 may have emphasized the myth around him even more. His entire body of work was produced in eleven years, between 1965 and 1976. Forty-five years after he passed away, his name still drifts across the West Coast art world, awaiting wider recognition.

Wolfgang Stoerchle: Success in Failure is the first monograph on the artist’s work, written by Alice Dusapin who has dedicated extensive research into his life and work since 2017 and organized several international exhibitions during this time (Ampersand, Lisbon; Gallery Overduin & Co, Los Angeles; Gallery Air de Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome).

The publication includes interviews with Daniel Lentz, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican, David Salle, Helene Winer, and an unpublished review by James Welling, alongside ephemera and documentation of Stoerchle’s video works and performances, as well as rarely seen sculptures, installations, and paintings.

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Dorothy Iannone, This Sweetness Outside of Time. Berlinische Galerie. Kerber Verlag

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 6th, 2022
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Text by Jan-Frederik Bandel, Michael Glasmeier, Annelie Lütgens, Susanne Rennert. Interview by Maurizio Cattelan.

This book offers an overview of the complete works of Dorothy Iannone, as well as providing for the first time a detailed introduction to the abstract early works of the 1960s. The essays are dedicated to Iannone’s main themes, such as the relationship between text and image, the fight against censorship, and the performative forms of speaking, singing and writing. An interview conducted by Maurizio Cattelan with the artist and various statements by companions and friends as well as a richly illustrated biography round out the catalogue.

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