Nour Bishouty. Online Booklaunch. Ashkal Alwan. Feb 13, 2021.

Posted in events on February 9th, 2021
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Art Metropole and Motto Books in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan invite you to a book launch, discussion, and signing for

Nour Bishouty: 1—130
Selected works Ghassan Bishouty b. 1941 Safad, Palestine — d. 2004 Amman, Jordan
ed. Jacob Korczynski

The artist and editor will be in discussion with Rayya Badran.

Sat, Feb 13, 2021
1PM (EST) Toronto
8PM (GMT+2) Beirut
7PM (GMT+1) Berlin

SOFT NEED #23, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin

Posted in art, books on February 9th, 2021
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Alga Marghen in collaboration with Expanded Media Editions is proud to present the final issue of “Soft Need”, a publication centered on the work of William Burroughs and expanding its deep influences into contemporary consciousness.

Founded in 1973 as a reaction to the aftermath of a three weeks’ stay across Xmas and New Year’s with Gysin and Burroughs by their confidant Udo Breger, “Soft Need“ had its roots in the underground press of the previous two decades and at the same time became a prototype for the forthcoming fanzine scene. Even if only 3 numbers were issued in the 70s (SN#8 in 1973 followed by SN#9 in 1976 and SN#17 “The Brion Gysin Special“ in 1977, all in print-runs of 300 to 500 copies) it quickly became a legendary publication for both Burroughs fans and those interested in counterculture experimental poetry artists’ editions. Almost half a century later, the last edition “Soft Need 23“ is now issued including exclusive material by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin as well as multi-media contributions by eighty international authors and artists.

Issued in an edition limited to 431 copies “Soft Need 23” is a 260-page art book reflecting on the contemporary relevance of historical works by Burroughs and Gysin within the frame of the Beat Generation. Dedicated to Ian Sommerville, the English electronic technician and computer programmer who was collaborating with Brion Gysin to the development of the early Dreammachine and programmed the computer-generated random sequences that Gysin used in his early cut-ups, the book present 190 illustrations, literary essays, photographs, poetry, visual art, caricature, memories and a vast array of ephemera by William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Landes Levi, Gregory Corso, Jean-Jacques Lebel, John Armleder, Paul-Armand Gette, Peter Weibel (director of ZKM Karlsruhe and curator with Udo Breger of “The Name Is Burroughs” show in 2012), Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Sonic Boom, Papiro, James Grauerholz, Robert Wilson and many, many others.

A large format (32x24cm) book printed in 4/4-color and featuring a thread-sewn visible binding, “Soft Need 23” is a multi-media journey into William Burroughs and Brion Gysin underground world connecting them to the Beat Generation counterculture and revealing their influences on following generations. So step right in, and beyond!

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SOFT NEED #23 – Just a Little Piece of Me / Dream Journal (For Udo) (7″ vinyl), Sonic Boom / Papiro

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9th, 2021
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**Edition limited to 200 copies in glossy full-color sleeve**

Planam present the first 7” edition issued in its catalogue, the split-single with consonant musicians Sonic Boom and Papiro. Originally produced as contribution for “Soft Need 23”, a book on Burroughs/Gysin edited by Udo Breger, this 7“ included in the book’s ultra-limited deluxe version is hereby available in its shiny and beautifully repackaged edition. Former Spacemen 3 mastermind and alchemist producer Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember, E.A.R., Spectrum) offers an unreleased instrumental version of ”Just a Little Piece of Me“, an overture for West-Coast-Style synthesizer and harp, starring a repeating ardent theme. Papiro, who was also responsible for the vivid cover artwork, engraves his side with the electronic lullaby ”Dream Journal (for Udo)“, written purposely for Breger, as the title suggests, and released exclusively for this single. Papiro and Kember are known for their gallant trips between experimental and meditative abstract worlds. This single shows their ability to touch the soul during these ventures.

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1—130: Selected works Ghassan Bishouty b. 1941 Safad, Palestine — d. 2004 Amman, Jordan, Jacob Korczynski (Ed.)

Posted in art, Artist Book, books on February 1st, 2021
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Which images are made manifest across an artist’s practice and which are the ones that disappear? How do objects—whether seen or unseen—and the knowledge they possess traverse across place and time to avow their resistance? These are amongst the questions asked by artist Nour Bishouty in her artist’s book 1—130, a project that draws upon her ongoing research into the works of her father, Ghassan Bishouty (b. 1941 Palestine – d. 2004, Jordan). In 1—130, she borrows from methods of indexing and object classification to act as figurative codes for identification and cross-reference within the contexts of value and legacy. All the while employing paratactic strategies of text and image to understand the life and work of an artist faced with the discontinuity of deracination.

1—130 constitutes reflexive encounters with a series of 130 selected paintings and sculptures made circa 1965-2004 in Lebanon and Jordan, and concludes with an afterword by editor and curator Jacob Korczynski.

1—130 is designed by Laura Pappa & Lotte Lara Schröder and co-published by Art Metropole & Motto Books.

Nour Bishouty is a visual artist working in a range of media including digital images, works on paper, sculpture, video, and writing. Her multidisciplinary practice draws upon autobiographical and material narratives to explore how dominant notions of value are articulated and exchanged, often focusing on the construction of popular identity in relation to histories of place. Nour was a fellow at the 2014/15 Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Darat Al Funun, Amman; Access Gallery, Vancouver; the Beirut Art Centre, the Helen Day Art Centre, Vermont; Casa Arabe, Madrid and Cordoba; and the Mosaic Rooms, London.

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator and the recent recipient of a curatorial research fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He has curated projects for the Stedelijk Museum, Cooper Cole, Western Front, and the Badischer Kunstverein and his writing has been published by art-agenda, Camera Austria, Flash Art, and BOMB. With curatorial projects taking the form of exhibitions, screenings, and publications he is also the editor of I See/La Camera: I (If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution), Andrew James Paterson’s Collection/Correction (Kunstverein Toronto & Mousse Publishing), Jimmy Robert’s Revue (Leopold Hoesch Museum), and Nour Bishouty’s 1-130 (Art Metropole & Motto Books).

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(POSTPONED) Nour Bishouty. Online Booklaunch. Ashkal Alwan. Jan 30, 2021.

Posted in events on January 20th, 2021
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New date TBA

Ich singe nicht für Bilder schöne Lieder, Maximiliane Baumgartner

Posted in art, Artist Book, books on January 19th, 2021
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Maximiliane Baumgartner’s Ich singe nicht für Bilder schöne Lieder (I Don’t Sing Beautiful Songs for Pictures) is the first comprehensive publication that contextualizes and traces her artistic practice of the last four years in relation to the fields of painting, action (space) pedagogy, and critical research on the subject of urban planning.

The publication is a joint project of Neuer Essener Kunstverein and Kunstverein München and includes, in addition to an image section, commissioned texts by Elke Krasny, Karolin Meunier, and Moritz Scheper as well as a conversation on the artistic practice of Baumgartner between Luca Beeler, Lucy Kolb, Maurin Dietrich, Gloria Hasnay, and the artist.

Authors: Luca Beeler, Maurin Dietrich, Gloria Hasnay, Lucy Kolb, Elke Krasny, Karolin Meunier, Moritz Scheper
Publisher: Motto Books, Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Kunstverein München
Design: Ibrahim Öztaş

Ich singe nicht für Bilder schöne Lieder von Maximiliane Baumgartner ist die erste umfassende Publikation, die ihre künstlerische Praxis der letzten vier Jahre im Bezug zu den Handlungsfeldern der Malerei, der Aktions(-raum)pädagogik sowie kritischer Stadtraumforschung kontextualisiert und nachzeichnet.

Die Publikation ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt des Neuen Essener Kunstvereins und des Kunstverein München und umfasst neben einem Bildteil neue Texte von Elke Krasny, Karolin Meunier und Moritz Scheper sowie ein Gespräch zum Handlungsfeld der künstlerischen Praxis Baumgartners zwischen Luca Beeler, Lucy Kolb, Maurin Dietrich, Gloria Hasnay und der Künstlerin.

Autor*innen: Luca Beeler, Maurin Dietrich, Gloria Hasnay, Lucy Kolb, Elke Krasny, Karolin Meunier, Moritz Scheper
Herausgeber*innen: Motto Books, Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Kunstverein München
Design: Ibrahim Öztaş

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Polígrafa @ Motto Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, Uncategorized on January 16th, 2021
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Motto is pleased to announce our new collaboration with Polígrafa, Barcelona.

Michael Snow – Sequences – A history of his art, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Medardo Rosso. Pioneer of Modern Sculpture, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
The Architecture of Life, Iwona Blazwick (Ed.)
Sigmar Polke: Paintings, photographs and films, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Gordon Matta-Clark – Experience becomes the object, Pedro Donoso (Ed.)
The Feeling of things. Writings on architecture, Adam Caruso (Ed.)
Marcel Broodthaers – Collected Writings, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Eduardo Chillida. Open-Air Sculptures, Giovanni Carandente (Ed.)
TAKING
 THE COUNTRY’S SIDE. AGRICULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE, Sébastien Marot
ECONOMY OF MEANS, Éric Lapierre
NATURAL BEAUTY, Sébastien Marot
INNER SPACE, Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli
QUADERNS #270: Europa Europa, Moisés Puente (Ed.)
QUADERNS #271: About Buildings & Food, Xavier Monteys (Ed.)
QUADERNS #272: Cosmetic Techniques, Nuria Casais, Ferran Grau (Eds.)

Browse the full catalog here

Archie Chekatouski. The 3rd Show. 08.12.2020 – 09.01.2021 (extended until 06.02.2021)

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, Uncategorized on December 26th, 2020

 

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All photos are courtesy of the artist and Eirikur Mortagne

 

List of works:

 1. a Lanscape

 2. Lights

 3. Self-Portrait with Moustaches

 4. Self-Portrait with Moustaches

 5. Various Pens

 6. New Painting

 7. New Painting

 8. New Painting

 9. New Painting

10. Moustaches

11. New Painting

12. New Painting

13. Beer Painting

14. New Painting

15. New Painting

16. New Painting

17. New Painting

18. New Painting

Archie Chekatouski. The 3rd Show. 08.12.2020-09.01.2021

Posted in art, events, exhibitions on December 3rd, 2020
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ARCHIE CHEKATOUSKI THE 3RD SHOW

Archie Chekatouski. The 3rd Show.

Slow Opening next Tuesday from 12pm to 8pm.

Exhibition: 08.12.2020-09.01.2021

INGO GERKEN – O F F E N E S B U C H @ Motto Berlin. 22.10 – 21.11.2020.

Posted in art, exhibitions on November 14th, 2020
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Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

4 photographs

left to right:
– Hello World – Revision einer Sammlung, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hrsg. Udo Kittelmann & Gabriele Knapstein, Hirmer Verlag, München 2018
– Hubert Kiecol, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 1991
– 100 Jahre Rupprecht Geiger, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hrsg. Fritz Jacobi und Melanie Wilken, Berlin 2008

– Andreas Gursky – Werke/Works 80-08, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Lange und Haus Esters, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2008

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 101
2020
black shelf, adhesive tape, book
(Michaela Meise – Ding und Körper, Badischer Kunstverein, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln 2012)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 102
2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 102 / Detail
2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 102 / Detail
2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 103
2020
sucker plug, chain, glass, book
(Wolfgang Tillmans – Abstract Pictures, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 103 / Detail
2020
sucker plug, chain, glass, book
(Wolfgang Tillmans – Abstract Pictures, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 104
2020
stapler, staples, magnets, book
(Candida Höfer / Rui Xavier – Silent Spaces, Hrsg. Uta Grosenick u. Herbert Burkert, Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 104 / Detail
2020
stapler, staples, magnets, book
(Candida Höfer / Rui Xavier – Silent Spaces, Hrsg. Uta Grosenick u. Herbert Burkert, Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 105 
2020
clockwork, golden pendulum, book
(Germaine Kruip – Works 1999-2017, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Koenig Books, London 2018)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 105 
2020
clockwork, golden pendulum, book
(Germaine Kruip – Works 1999-2017, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Koenig Books, London 2018)