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New Titles in Art & Essays 28 January 2015
Maurizio Cattelan Cac Malaga

Isbn 9788494216954
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 15015
€ 38.80

Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is known for his satirical sculptures, and especially for his capacity to appropriate highly polemical icons. Many of his works offer poignant reflections on Italy’s socio-political actuality, or target clichés and the national image, packaged and presented for the tourist industry. Often the notion of the grotesque emerges in his body of work. Published on the occasion of Cattelan’s first solo exhibition in Spain, at CAC Málaga, comprising works from the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection, this catalogue reveals his work in all its intensity, humour and sarcasm. Includes a critical essay by Fernando Castro Flórez.

118 p, ills colour, 22 x 25 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Ellsworth Kelly - Les Cahiers

Isbn 9782917217641
Publisher Manuella Editions
Idea code 14635
€ 25.50

In 2012, the Louis Vuitton Foundation commissioned Ellsworth Kelly to make a proposal for the auditorium at its new premises, a building designed by Frank Gehry. The result, according to art director Suzanne Pagé, “is a global intervention without precedent in his oeuvre in Paris and in Europe.” Kelly’s five monochrome panels in vibrant colours accompany a stage curtain also conceived by the artist. Published in conjunction with the realisation of the project, this book not only offers an insightful conversation with Kelly about the work, but also installation views of the commissioned work, an overview of additional works by Kelly from the collection, and a biographical text.

88 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, French/English

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The Shape Of Evidence: Contemporary Art And The Document

Isbn 9789078088981
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 15008
€ 25.00

This book examines the role of visual documents in contemporary art, looking at artworks which value these not only as sources of information, but also as distinctive visual and critical forms. As such, they offer a way to develop critical reflection around issues of representation, knowledge production, art and its history: the role of the museum and archive, the role of documents and our trust in them, the circulation of such images and the historical genealogies that can be drawn in relation to images. Based on a close reading of a selection of artworks, Sophie Berrebi considers greater issues concerning visual documents through an interdisciplinary approach. First volume in the new series vis-à-vis.

256 p, ills in b&w, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic And Moral Perspectives

Isbn 9789078088868
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 15002
€ 19.90

Sociologist Pascal Gielen and curator Niels Van Tomme invited a number of artists and theorists to reflect on new futures for the notion and practice of justice. The book offers views on the ways in which works of art may confront, and potentially redirect, social and political narratives through “aesthetic justice”. Using analyses of contemporary works that challenge the social, political or economic status quo, as well as interviews with artists and critical reflections, it suggests alternatives for a more just future through a variety of artistic contexts – novel modes that can shape the emotionally charged concept of justice, and eventually transform it.

320 p, ills colour & bw, 13 x 21 cm, pb, English

Stan Douglas

Isbn 9781908612311
Publisher Fruitmarket Gallery
Idea code 15020
€ 22.40

This exhibition includes Stan Douglas' video installation 'Vidéo', a reimagining of both Orson Welles’s film 'The Trial' and Beckett’s film 'Film'; photographs from Midcentury Studio, a recent series of photographs taken by Douglas posing as a fictional North American post-war press photographer; 'Corrupt Files', a sequence of large, abstract images; and 'Hogan’s Alley' a companion piece to 'The Second Hotel Vancouver'. Together, these works provide both a rich introduction to and a reminder of practice of Stan Douglas whose investigations into mistaken identity and unstable memory, reconstruction, reinvention and the long shadows the past cast into the present, make him one of the most interesting and important artists of our time.

160 p, ills colour, 17 x 23 cm, hb, English

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Les Fleurs Americaines

Isbn 9782918138105
Publisher Museum Of American Art
Idea code 14736
€ 26.90

‘Les fleurs américaines’ is the title of an exhibition presented in Paris at Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau in 2012–2013, which presented a retrospective of the narrative of the history of modern art. All the artworks were reproductions, the intention being that each work would embody the role it has played in the writing of the history of modern art. This catalogue, modelled on the structure of the catalogue for the 1936 exhibition ‘Cubism and Abstract Art’ at MoMA, expands on the issues raised by the 2012 exhibition through a range of texts and variously sourced images, retracing key episodes in the construction of the history and museography of modern art in Europe and the United States.

256 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 26 cm, hb, French/English

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Tim Head - Fictions

Isbn 9789462261204
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 15033
€ 22.50

Published on the occasion of an eponymous exhibition of Tim Head’s work at Parafin in London, this slim volume presents his explorations into the geometric abstraction of the circle via digital means. The work focuses on the digital medium’s elusive material substance and on our evolving relationship to it as a physical entity, deploying its basic material elements (pixel, coded instruction, inkjet dot) to give this substance a resonating presence in our physical space. With fields of colour and densely overlapping layers of infinite lines, Head constructs infinite, deeply psychedelic spaces without perspective or possibility of decay that reveal the illusory quality of this digital dimension.

64 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Neoangin - The Musical Abc

Isbn 9783941644694
Publisher The Green Box
Idea code 15028
€ 16.15

'The musical ABC' is a joint project by Anja Lutz and Jim Avignon created for Typo Berlin 2014. This synesthetic experiment merges music, illustration and typography in the most entertaining and unorthodox way. Avignon, who is also internationally known as performer Neoangin, has written a song for each letter of the alphabet for which Lutz and Avignon created corresponding visual interpretations on 26 spreads. The musical show has its world premiere at Typo Berlin 2014 and can be followed by leafing through the book, analogue to the notation of a classical concert. The music is also available for online streaming.

64 p, ills colour, 24 x 33 cm, pb, German/English

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S&d#24/ Ape#47: So Many Dark Gifts, An Essay By Matthew Stadler

Isbn 9789490800291
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 14755
€ 20.00

Matthew Stadler joins with Smoke & Dust, a non-profit record label and publishing house in Ghent run by Tim Bryon, Valentijn Goethals and Tomas Lootens, contributing the essay “So Many Dark Gifts” to this photo-rich volume exploring the group’s varied, cross-media output. From punk rock shows, posters and screen printing, to nomadic radio and providing a platform for young artists, the group enforces confrontation with an audience and a public space. Constantly on the hunt for new impulses, whether visually or musically, the focus is always on experimental artistic forms. In his essay, Stadler emphasises the role Goethals plays, and also what fascinates him.

180 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Yokohama Triennale 2014

Isbn 9784582206760
Publisher Heibonsha
Idea code 15025
€ 35.10

Yasumasa Morimura, artistic director of Yokohama Triennale 2014, describes the chosen theme as “things we overlook in our everyday life and pretend not to notice, things we have lost in modern times, things we have left behind although deeply important.” The event’s title refers to Ray Bradbury’s dystopian science fiction novel, yet at its crux is “oblivion”. Its overarching goal manifests in using the power of art to turn our gaze to things inadvertently forgotten or neglected: the world of oblivion. The list of participating artists includes Alighiero Boetti, Michael Landy, John Cage, Bas Jan Ader, Shunsuke Matsumoto, Takuma Nakahira, Akram Zaatari, and many more.

368 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 26 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Subtle - The 47th Takeo Paper Show

Isbn 9784907942007
Publisher Takeo Co.
Idea code 15026
€ 45.15

The Takeo Paper Show has been held annually since 1965, but the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred during the preparation of the 46th edition, forced a reconsideration of the history and significance of the show. After two years of planning, and with art direction by Kenya Hara, the 47th edition focuses on the delicacy, resilience and important value of paper, with the intention to rethink and further broaden the possibilities for fine paper. In turn, this finely bound and richly illustrated volume presents the show’s contents: an array of paper types, paper objects and artworks, as well as highly creative applications for paper that push the boundaries of the medium.

282 p, ills colour, 18 x 23 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Leiko Ikemura: Ceramic Sculptures And Related Works

Isbn 9784904257241
Publisher Nohara
Idea code 15010
€ 51.20

Published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Leiko Ikemura: PIOON’ at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, this formidable catalogue covers all aspects of the Japanese-Swiss artist’s body of work, but especially concerns her sculptures produced since 1980. Having left Japan in 1972 and based herself in Europe, it is only recently that her artworks have become more widely known in her homeland. Focusing on the transfiguration brought about by fluctuation, sometimes through blurring the boundaries between human, animal and nature, the organic forms she produces unite conflicting elements such as life and death, instinct and reason, and east and west.

224 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 31 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Ai Sasaki: Landscape Stories

Isbn 9784904257227
Publisher Nohara
Idea code 15012
€ 38.80

Ai Sasaki creates monumental wall paintings using a technique she calls “icing sculpture”, with sugar as her primary material. With these pure white murals of repeated lines, she strives to generate a kind of space through painting under the theme of human memory. Her abstract forms and patterns employ universal and mythical motifs, such as mountains, trees, ships and houses. In her artist residencies at various places throughout the world, she researches the myths, folk tales, traditions, and landscape and flora of each locality, understanding these aspects so as to translate a deeper relationship with the place into her work. With texts by Keijiro Suga and Midori Matsui.

112 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 26 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Projective Essays About The Work Of Victor Burgin

Isbn 9782940159659
Publisher Les Presses Du Reel
Idea code 14701
€ 21.50

The work of British conceptual artist and writer Victor Burgin revolves around the relationship between image and text, one in which neither optical nor verbal predominates, and explores the territory between still and moving images. Four essays are included in this volume, written by D.N. Rodowick, Gülru Çakmak, Homay King and Anthony Vidler, each analysing various aspects of Burgin’s attention to the affective agency of space in his work, from orientalism and the cultural politics of modernity, to viewing Burgin’s work through the lens of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. Also, the artist’s own thinking about visual culture is revealed in an interview with David Campany.

172 p, ills bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Deliverance Writings On Postal Relations By Marc Fischer

Isbn 9781940190068
Publisher Soberscove
Idea code 14756
€ 10.40

In 2010, Marc Fischer experienced postal trauma when he moved away from his beloved Nancy B. Jefferson Post Office on the Near West Side and became a customer of the Roberto Clemente Post Office in Chicago's Logon Square neighbourhood. Gathered together for here are all of Fischer's Facebook post-office related posts since 2011. Part archive and part therapeutic exercise, this collection documents his committed but fraught bond with Chicago's post offices.

56 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, English

Adrian Ghenie

Isbn 9788494216978
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 15016
€ 33.25

Berlin-based painter Adrian Ghenie chiefly uses only a palette knife and stencils to create representations of historical figures or famous artworks, iconic images which are depicted in an atmosphere and setting reminiscent of film stills. The Romanian artist’s personal style, which tends towards the collage in more recent works, thus blends reality with fiction in an explosion of smeared colours and seemingly decomposed forms, presented in this catalogue of about 30 recent works shown at CAC Málaga. This is the first occasion that work by Ghenie has been exhibited in Spain. With a critical essay by Francisco Calvo Serraller and numerous reproductions of works.

104 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 28 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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Kiki Smith : Wonder

Isbn 9781935410560
Publisher Pace Gallery
Idea code
€ 38.70

In a series of works from 2011 to 2014, Smith again explores the rich terrain of expressions of human and animal forms as well as celestial bodies and nature. Decay, rebirth, and eternal cycles of the seasons, nature, and eclipses recur throughout 'Kiki Smith: Wonder' in works that illustrate Smith’s ability to move fluidly between materials with vastly different characteristics and properties.

48 p, ills colour, 23 x 28 cm, hb, English

Chuck Close - Nudes 1967-2014

Isbn 9781935410522
Publisher Pace
Idea code
€ 52.45

A survey of Chuck Close’s Polaroid and daguerreotype nudes and 'Big Nude' (1967), a 10-by-21 foot painting never before publicly exhibited in New York.

92 p, ills colour & bw, 29 x 30 cm, pb, English

Patrik Karlstroem - The Journey To Success

Isbn 9789188031006
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 15027
€ 31.05

For more than two decades, Swedish conceptual artist Patrik Karlström has surveyed the generic world of corporate imagery. Published in conjunction with ‘Swiss Alps’, his solo exhibition at Stockholm’s Björkholmen Gallery in January 2015, this monograph presents his collected works across a range of media: painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Karlström’s goal is to subvert that which is taken for granted. In his artworks, things are rarely as they seem, and appearance and meaning are often separated. As the accompanying text by Lars O Ericsson claims, “Few have more resourcefully engaged in mapping the rhetoric of power and the power of rhetoric.”

134 p, ills colour, 21 x 28 cm, pb, Swedish/English

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Robert Lehman Lectures On Contemporary Art No. 5

Isbn 9780944521809
Publisher Dia Art Foundation
Idea code
€ 17.60

From 1992 to 2004, Dia Art Foundation presented the Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art, in which a distinguished array of scholars, critics and cultural historians engaged in cross-disciplinary critical discourse around Dia's exhibition program. The lectures were subsequently collected into a related series of publications, providing a valuable record and extending the debate on contemporary artistic practice and theory. This fifth and final volume focuses on analyses of the work of internationally recognized artists Jo Baer, Pierre Huyghe, Vera Lutter, Gerhard Richter, Rosemarie Trockel and Robert Whitman.

176 p, colour & bw, 13 x 20 cm, pb, English

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