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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Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors #10 (Fall 2000). Joseph Holtzman (Ed.). Nest LLC

Posted in architecture, design, magazines on January 26th, 2023
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Fall 2000 issue of Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors

Special edition wrapped with a plastic slipcover.

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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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Can you feel it? Effectuating tactility and print in the contemporary. Freek Lomme (Ed.). Set Margins’

Posted in art, books on December 16th, 2022
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Hands reaching and feeling, noses sniffing, eyes scrolling: the magic at book shops and at book fairs is also very much a tactile one.

But what exactly is the tactile, in a world in which a rising technocracy exploits the designed environment we feel? Who authorizes and who writes, what tradition do we stand in and how can we touch base?

This reader explores how our interaction with printed matter affects us through theory, thoughts, and practices in the field of graphic design, materiality, philosophy, science and art.

Although the core of this book rests upon theory and thoughts, with eight writings from scientists and philosophers to a paper-specialist and art writers, this book also compiles practice-based experiments by six international artists and includes animated introductions of printing techniques in the form of fictionalized characters.

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MIKE HENTZ: WORKS 1. Mike Hentz. Buch Handlung Welt

Posted in art, Artist Book, Artist's book, books on December 15th, 2022
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Signed copy

Published in 1979-1980
Hand bound, untrimmed edition 2022 from the original print run

Japanese writing and translation by Yoshio Shirakawa

Swiss-American graphic designer, musician, photographer and performance artist Mike Hentz ranks among the pioneers of new media art. He co-founded the legendary performance group Minus Delta t and the artist groups Frigo, Radio Bellevue and the European Media Art Lab. In the 1990s he realized the project Piazza Virtuale with Van Gogh TV and a great many interactive cable and satellite television shows with University TV. Hentz also taught at art schools in Germany, Switzerland and various Eastern European countries.

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Potpuri No. 01

Posted in art, magazines on December 4th, 2022
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Gazeta 01, 09/22

“Potpuri” is a collaborative publication of Termokiss Community Center (Prishtina, Kosovo) and the Master in Transdisciplinarity of the Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland) which is published as a printed magazine and a website (www.termokissresearch.club).

Project Team: Argnes Ahmeti, Thassiannira Araujo Sousa, Bujar Aruqaj, Ardita Avdija, Rozafa Basha, Caroline Baur, Anna Bertram, Frederic Bron, Lea Burkhalter, Mara Djukaric, Njomza Dragusha, Fisnik Eger, Niştiman Erdede, Hannah Essler, Nicole Frei, Christian Gieben, Sofia Hachemi, Ervina Halili, Etrit Hasler, Valentin Hehl, Adelina Ismaili, Tinka Kelmendi, Diona Kusari, Ludwig Lederer, Nora Longatti, Roxani Marty Pavlaki, Kushtrim Memeti, Elisa Pezza, Merlin Pohl, Era Qena, Jan Reimann, Marcel Rickli , Basil Rogger, Tosca Salihu, Jehisson Santacruz Giraldo, Shpat Shkodra, Tobias Stumpp, Endrit Tasholli, Paula Thomaka, Arian Vula, Judith Weidmann, Wiebke Wiesner.

Contributors: Thassiannira Araujo Sousa, Ardita Avdija, Frederick Bron, Njomza Dragusha, Fisnik Eger, Niştiman Erdede, Hannah Essler, Fabian Gutscher, Emanuel Haab, Adelina Ismaili, Tinka Kelmendi, Nikola Koruga, Diona Kusari, Nora Longatti, Roxani Marty Pavlaki, Elisa Pezza, Era Qena, Marcel Rickli, Shpat Shkodra, Endrit Tasholli, Arian Vula, Judith Weidmann.

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Λ (Lambda). Micol Assaël. NERO

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, drawing on November 25th, 2022
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Λ (Lambda) is an artist book by Micol Assaël which collects a series of 72 drawings made by the artist starting in 2011 as a reflection on light.

The work well exemplifies Assaël’s interest in natural phenomena and in their unpredictability which often makes it impossible for the artist to control the work. The drawings “describe” biomorphic figures inscribed within circles, and are based on the attempt to define a blot of color despite its constant modification over time. Unlike previous series of drawings, Λ (Lambda) is made with orange enamel and blue ink.

The drawings, conceived to be charged with light, have been exposed to direct, very intense sources of illumination. The title Λ (Lambda) alludes to the symbol used in physics for the wavelength of light.

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Mizna @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, books, Journals, politics on November 11th, 2022
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Dear friends,

Motto is very excited to announce that Mizna Publications are now available as part of our catalogue. 

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Mission

Mizna is a critical platform for contemporary literature, film, art, and cultural production, centering the work of Arab and Southwest Asian and North African artists. For more than twenty years, we have been creating a decolonized cultural space to reflect the expansiveness of our community and to foster exchange, examine ideas, and engage audiences in meaningful art.

Named City Page’s Nonprofit of the Year in 2020 and a Regional Cultural Treasure in 2021, we publish Mizna, an award-winning SWANA lit and art journal; produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, the largest and longest running Arab film fest in the Midwest; and offer classes, readings, performances, public art, and community events, having featured over 400 local and global writers, filmmakers, and artists.

Vision

Mizna seeks to be a local, national, and international leader in providing excellent artistic platforms for emerging and established SWANA artists, connecting their work to engaged and thoughtful audiences.

Through Mizna, audiences have the opportunity to engage in the work of Arab and Muslim artists on its own terms. And our community has a critical opportunity to see some facet of their own experience reflected on the page or the screen.

History

Mizna was co-founded as a grassroots organization by Kathryn Haddad and Saleh Abudayyeh who identified a need for an artistic space dedicated to Arab and Muslim writers to narrate their own stories and make work on their own terms. Along with a small group of other Arab and Muslim writers, artists, and scholars, Kathy and Saleh established Mizna during vibrant time in the ‘90s when Asian and black Twin Cities artists and activists were creating collectives and working together to imagine a more socially just and representative arts scene.

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JULIO LE PARC — A MONOGRAPH. Le Livre Art Publishing

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Monograph on November 1st, 2022
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Le Livre Art Publishing is proud to announce the upcoming release of Julio Le Parc, the most comprehensive monograph to date on revered Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc. Following Le Parc’s prolific and visionary body of work, this extensive 492 page volume takes a deeper look into the intellectual and creative process of the artist.

Featuring a critical anthology dating back to 1967, an opening essay by Jean de Loisy, an entire section dedicated to Julio Le Parc’s writings and over 600 color plates, this monograph takes us on a journey through the innovative and ground-breaking work of the artist, thus surveying the pivotal « Before Paris » era before diving into the Surfaces and Color Surfaces periods, and continuing its exploration with Contortions, Light, Installations, Games, Alchemies, and Le Parc’s Virtual Museum.

An in-depth photo-biography of the artist further deepens our understanding of Le Parc’s portrayal, along with an anthology of texts by Mario Benedetti, Alberto Biasi, Jorge Romero Brest, Jean Clay, Gérard Fromanger, Julián Gállego, François Morellet, Pablo Neruda, Jean-Louis Pradel, Paco Rabanne, Pierre Restany, and Julio Le Parc.

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Modernism/Murderism: The Modern Art Debate in Kumar. Nihaal Faizal, Sarasija Subramanian (Eds.). Reliable copy

Posted in art, books, writing on October 29th, 2022
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Modernism/Murderism, translated by Vasvi Oza, brings together, for the first time in English, a forgotten debate on Modern Art that took place in the pages of the Gujarati-language periodical Kumar between 1959 and 1964. Published across various issues, the debate brings into conversation Pherozeshah Rustomji Mehta, a writer and art connoisseur from Karachi, and Jyoti Bhatt, a young artist who had just begun teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda. While Mehta chose to defend what he believed were the timeless and traditional values of art, Bhatt proposed that Modern Art was no stranger to these values and in fact had much in common with them. Alongside the articles by Mehta and Bhatt, the publication also brings together responses to the debate from various readers who interjected in the ‘Readers Write’ column of the periodical, as well as notes from Kumar‘s editor, Bachubhai Ravat, who informally acted as a mediator. Offering a vantage point from which to view the entry of Modernism and its affiliated discourses into the art practices of the region, this volume proposes itself as a reader to these histories and revisits this crucial moment.

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