Decoy, Eva Grubinger

Posted in art, books, Motto Berlin store, sculpture on March 21st, 2012
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Text by Carson Chan; introduction by Martin Hochleitner

Over the past few years, Eva Grubinger’s work has investigated the definition of public, institutional, and museum spaces through installations and objects. In these works, ruptures or breaks in the assumed function of space or site-specific installations, as well as those involving the allocation of content to employed forms, play a significant role.

Decoy documents the eponymous exhibition at Landesgalerie Linz in 2011 in which Grubinger presented large-scale sculptural works, all of which referenced the fishing—lures, mooring rings, a dock—and both subtly and explicitly engaged a vocabulary of the alluring. The catalogue includes an introduction by Martin Hochleitner and an essay by Carson Chan.

Design by Manuel Raeder

D 22€




Design Act. Sternberg Press

Posted in architecture, art, books, design, graphic design, politics, Uncategorized, writing on January 27th, 2012
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Design Act. Sternberg Press

Edited by Magnus Ericson, Ramia Mazé
Contributions by Magnus Ericson, Natasha Marie Llorens, Ramia Mazé Interviews with Ana Betancour, Otto von Busch, Mauricio Corbalan, Pelin Dervis, Anthony Dunne, Joseph Grima, Peter Lang, Yanki Lee, Tor Lindstrand, Helena Mattsson, Ou Ning, Doina Petrescu, Fiona Raby, Meike Schalk, Christina Zetterlund

Design Act: Socially and Politically Engaged Design Today—Critical Roles and Emerging Tactics is a project that presents and discusses contemporary design practices that engage with political and societal issues. Since 2009, the Iaspis project Design Act has been highlighting and discussing practices in which designers have been engaging critically as well as practically in such issues. Itself an example of applied critical thinking and experimental tactics, the process behind the Design Act project is considered as a curatorial, participatory and open-ended activity. Design Act has developed through an online archive, public events, and an international network.

Co-published with Iaspis
Design by Johanna Lewengard

D 19 €
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Bulletins of The Serving Library #2. Dexter Sinister / Sternberg Press.

Posted in art, distribution, writing on January 25th, 2012
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Bulletins of The Serving Library #2. Sternberg Press.

Contributions by Dimmi Davidoff, Július Koller, David Fischli & Peter Weiss, Rob Giampietro, Anthony Huberman, Junior Aspirin Records, Perri MacKenzie, David Senior, Jan Verwoert

Bulletins of The Serving Library #2 continues the trajectory begun by DOT DOT DOT, Dexter Sinister’s previous house journal which ran for ten years and twenty issues. This issue grew out of two physical incarnations of The Serving Library in 2011. The first took place from July 4–August 10 in the Walter Phillips Gallery of the Visual Arts department at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. Here they set up a model of the library’s projected interior to house a six-week summer school titled From the Toolbox of a Serving Library. The school comprised daily morning seminars, supplemented by a few evening events. Each week was based on a specific component from a (Photoshop-proxy) digital software toolbox, in order to reconsider what a contemporary (Bauhaus-proxy) Foundation Course might most usefully comprise. The second opened on October 29 and at the time of writing remains installed at Artists Space, New York. Here the same model serves more as a mini-expo in view of an eventual fixed home, alongside a parallel three-screen projection concerned with “Identity.”

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Contemporary Art and Its Commerical Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios. Sternberg Press.

Posted in design, writing on January 25th, 2012
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Contemporary Art and Its Commerical Markets:
A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios

Contributions by Stefano Baia Curioni, Karen van den Berg/Ursula Pasero, Isabelle Graw, Goldin+Senneby, Noah Horowitz, Suhail Malik/Andrea Phillips, Alain Quemin, Olav Velthuis

Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios maps and analyzes the complex and contested entanglements of contemporary art and its commercial markets. Contemporary art as an asset category and celebrity accessory, the rise of the art fair, and the increased competition of auction houses are among the phenomena which are discussed by academics, theoreticians, and artists. While some of the contributions show how the market’s globalization, and commercialization both reflect and propel the way art is produced, presented, and perceived, others downplay the impact of these developments and argue that the market’s structure has essentially remained the same. All the essays trigger the question: What will art look like in 2022, and how will artists operate?

Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets is published as part of the curated project Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, taking place at Tensta konsthall, the Center for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, and the auction house Bukowskis—all located in Stockholm—at the beginning of 2012.

This is the first publication in an ongoing series co-published by Sternberg Press and Tensta konsthall.

Design by Metahaven

D 19 €


Folds. Tauba Auerbach. Sternberg Press.

Posted in art, books on January 25th, 2012
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Folds. Tauba Auerbach.

Texts by Emmanuelle Dauplay, Edwin Abbott Abbott, and Italo Calvino

In connection with Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition “Tetrachromat” at Bergen Kunsthall, Folds presents Auerbach’s eponymous painting series for the first time in book form. In these paintings Auerbach twists and folds the canvas before applying the paint. In its stretched form the flat canvas conjures a trompe l’oeil rendering of its previous three-dimensional state. Transferred to the medium of the book, the paintings are presented here in a new and unexpected way alongside mathematical diagrams and three texts.

Auerbach works with a number of printed media, and the book enjoys a quite central position in her oeuvre: from highly sophisticated book sculptures that are somewhere between physical objects and non-narrative books, to a series of individually made artist books—most recently [2,3] (2011), a pop-up book where six detailed paper sculptures emerge from the book’s pages.

Co-published with Bergen Kunsthall
Design by Joe Gilmore, Qubik, with Tauba Auerbach

D 28€


The Opening . Merlin Carpenter . Sternberg Press

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on August 10th, 2011
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The Opening Merlin Carpenter

With texts by Caroline Busta, George Baker

This book presents the work of London-based artist Merlin Carpenter. With essays by critic Caroline Busta and art historian George Baker, the book represents the final part of a series of exhibitions entitled, The Opening. These exhibitions were marked by the fact that all the paintings presented were produced at the galleries during the exhibition openings. Hundreds of photos of these opening events offer a fascinating view of the art world from 2007 to 2009. The paintings by the artist are also reproduced, as are numerous gallery invitations announcing Carpenter’s referential, at times irreverent, politically-charged painting actions.

August 2011, English
21 x 27 cm, 208 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-60-3

D € 28


Spine . R.H. Quaytman . Sternberg Press

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on August 9th, 2011
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Spine R. H. Quaytman

Spine resembles a catalogue raisonné of R. H. Quaytman’s work produced since 2001, the year the artist began organizing paintings in what are called “Chapters.” Conceived and written by Quaytman, this more than 400-page volume presents a full decade’s output, from “The Sun, Chapter 1” to “Spine, Chapter 20,” the latest series which revisits motifs elaborated in the preceding nineteen chapters. A text articulating the artist’s systematic pictorial practice, executed on Golden Section wood panels, is printed on the book’s unfolding dust jacket.

July 2011, English
15.24 x 24.45 cm
416 pages
380 color ill.
Hardcover with dust jacket

D 40€


Again, A Time Machine – A Book Works Touring Exhibition in Five Parts

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on April 27th, 2011
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Again, A Time Machine – A Book Works touring exhibition in five parts

Part two
Book Works archive in collaboration with Archive Books and Sternberg Press,
Simon Fujiwara, Maria Fusco, Stewart Home, Jonathan Monk, Katrina Palmer, Markus Weisbeck and Fons Hickmann

6 May to 2 June 2011 at Motto Berlin/Chert

Performance event
With Simon Fujiwara, Maria Fusco, Stewart Home, Jonathan Monk, Katrina Palmer, Markus Weisbeck and Fons Hickmann
Friday 13 May, start 6.30

music by: “Nat-Ala-Mat “

The Showroom, London
14 June 2011 to 19 May 2012

Spike Island, Bristol
16 September to 9 October 2011

White Columns, New York
23 October to 19 November 2011

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want. Jan Verwoert. Piet Zwart Institute / Sternberg Press

Posted in writing on September 18th, 2010
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Tell me what you want, what you really, really want. Jan Verwoert. Piet Zwart Institute / Sternberg Press
D 18€

BLESS. Retroperspective Home #30 – #41.

Posted in art, fashion, Motto Berlin store on August 11th, 2010
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BLESS. Retroperspective Home #30 – #41.

Edited by Désirée Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Peter Pakesch
Texts by Andrea Lissoni, Peter Pakesch & Katrin Bucher Trantow, Adriano Sack
Published by Sternberg Press on the occasion of the exhibition “BLESS N° 41 Retroperspective Home,” Kunsthaus Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum, May 22 – August 29, 2010.
English/German. 416 pages.

Heralded as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, the Paris- and Berlin-based duo BLESS (Désirée Heiss and Ines Kaag) refuse to capitalize on any one milieu, and instead explore the differences between and the mixing of the systems of art, fashion, and design. This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS’s last twelve collections (N° 30–N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends. Their latest project, N° 41 Retroperspective Home, culminates in an exhibition / intervention of the same title at the Kunsthaus Graz from May–August 2010. “The hybrid nature of [BLESS’s] output cries out to be tackled by an institution like ours,” state the curators of the exhibition, “but at the same time makes it very difficult to do so … This is precisely where the challenge of our exhibition lies, seeing art as design and fashion as architecture.”

D 39€