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New Titles in Art 11 March 2015
Yoshitomo Nara: Self-selected Works- Paintings

Isbn 9784861524905
Publisher Seigensha
Idea code 15115
€ 43.55

Published to mark three decades of his artistic activity, this collection contains approximately 100 works selected by Yoshitomo Nara himself, including new paintings. Most of his works depict a single, seemingly innocuous subject, often pastel-hued, large-eyed children or stylised animals. The looks that characterise many of his child-like subjects are especially peculiar, appearing at once mischievous, irritated, or accusatory. Others simply seem benign, patiently waiting until the observer moves on to the next one. This compilation of paintings is undoubtedly an essential volume for Nara’s devout fans, as well as newcomers to his work.

160 p, ills colour, 24 x 29 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Yoshitomo Nara: Self-selected Works - Works On Paper

Isbn 9784861524899
Publisher Seigensha
Idea code 15116
€ 43.55

Published to mark three decades of his artistic activity, this collection contains approximately 100 works selected by Yoshitomo Nara himself, including new drawings. Most of his works depict a single, seemingly innocuous subject, often large-eyed children or stylised animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines. The looks that characterise many of his child-like subjects are especially peculiar, appearing at once mischievous, irritated, or accusatory. Others simply seem benign, patiently waiting until the observer moves on to the next one. This compilation of works on paper is undoubtedly an essential volume for Nara’s devout fans, as well as newcomers to his work.

160 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 29 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Pop Heart School Ray Johnson Taoist

Isbn 9781938560828
Publisher Karma
Idea code 15102
€ 52.90

Pioneer of mail art and an early participant in both the Pop and Fluxus movements, Ray Johnson created complex, punning works that ingeniously combine text and image, celebrity culture and art history, wit and melancholy. Figures such as Mickey Mouse, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Michael Jackson and Calvin Klein models populate his many collages. In the 20 years since his death, Johnson's work has become an increasingly accurate depiction of our fragmented and overstimulated society. This compendium includes 296 colour reproductions of collages, drawings, interventions and other ephemera from Johnson's estate.

296 p, ills colour, 25 x 31 cm, hb, English

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You Say Light, I Think Shadow

Isbn 9789198087482
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 15077
€ 97.90

To formulate this collection, graphic designer Sandra Praun and artist Aleksandra Stratimirović posed the question, “What is light?” to an international array of creative and eclectic individuals, from artists, lighting designers, and writers, to architects, photographers, and film-makers. The spectrum of responses they received in return is compiled and visualised in this surprising and boldly conceived volume incorporating poetic and personal thoughts, visions, memories, definitions, stories, and much more. Page after page, it presents a fascinating portrayal of the essential and pervasive concept embodied by light in the workings of the creative mind.

336 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Please Write! Paul Thek And Franz Deckwitz: An Artists' Friendship

Isbn 9789069182841
Publisher Boijmans Van Beuningen
Idea code 15089
€ 25.00

In 1967 the American artist Paul Thek embarked on an extended stay in Europe. This represented a turning point in his career. The environments that he created between 1968 and 1973 in various European museums were made up of fantasy landscapes replete with symbolic meaning. The creative process, usually with the assistance of others, played a crucial role in these exhibitions. The Amsterdam-based artist Franz Deckwitz was one of those who assisted Thek but he was, above all, a loyal friend. Their friendship is documented in the Paul Thek archive that Deckwitz’s family gave on permanent loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2011. Comprising letters, photographs and other documents, it forms the basis of this Boijmans Study.

152 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Please Write! Paul Thek En Franz Deckwitz: Een Kunstenaarsvriendschap

Isbn 9789069182834
Publisher Boijmans Van Beuningen
Idea code 15088
€ 25.00

In 1967 the American artist Paul Thek embarked on an extended stay in Europe. This represented a turning point in his career. The environments that he created between 1968 and 1973 in various European museums were made up of fantasy landscapes replete with symbolic meaning. The creative process, usually with the assistance of others, played a crucial role in these exhibitions. The Amsterdam-based artist Franz Deckwitz was one of those who assisted Thek but he was, above all, a loyal friend. Their friendship is documented in the Paul Thek archive that Deckwitz’s family gave on permanent loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2011. Comprising letters, photographs and other documents, it forms the basis of this Boijmans Study.

156 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch

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Stof Tot Nadenken - An Art Project By Sara Vrugt For The Oude Kerk

Isbn 9789082244205
Publisher Oude Kerk
Idea code 15104
€ 20.00

After years of loyal service the chairs in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam deserved a new life. Artist Sara Vrugt worked over a period of months on a new upholstery design for the seating, together with local residents, churchgoers and Amsterdammers. Collected stories and anecdotes about the Oude Kerk and the neighbourhood served as a source of inspiration. Amsterdam poet laureate, Anna Enquist, distilled these stories into new prose, each word embellishing one of the 118 chairs.

166 p, ills colour, 16 x 22 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Kneeling, We Make Carpets

Isbn 9789079423071
Publisher Mu
Idea code 15103
€ 35.00

The first retrospective of work by We Make Carpets (Marcia Nolte, Bob Waardenburg, Stijn van der Vleuten) covers five years of expression through repetitive processes of precision, working by hand, and hours upon hours of arranging the most banal categories of objects into richly woven yet temporary tapestries. To produce their pieces, which comprise large quantities of the same things painstakingly laid out in a systematic method, the three must literally be on their knees much of the time. These mandalas of toothpicks, chocolate bars, plastic bottles, sponges, toy soldiers, deflated balloons, and more are testaments to patience: a process both mechanical and meditative.

184 p, ills colour, 19 x 26 cm, pb, English

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Angela Ferreira Revolutionary Traces

Isbn 9789073799790
Publisher Stroom
Idea code 15018
€ 7.50

Buildings and structures play a major role in the work of Ângela Ferreira. They can be read as political contexts, and the various factors and issues they encompass can be a meaningful, basic premise for the production of contemporary art. This project revolves around Portugal’s SAAL Brigades, instituted in 1974 as a practical instrument to address the massive demand for housing, and involving participation and direct action by residents. Ferreira also investigates Álvaro Siza Vieira’s work for Schilderswijk in The Hague, the Netherlands, and focuses on the international crossover spurred by Dutch politician Adri Duivesteijn’s visit to Porto to understand how SAAL operated.

48 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English

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New Romantic Spirit; Woody Van Amen & Hidde Van Schie

Isbn 9789462082243
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 15090
€ 15.00

'New Romantic Spirit' is an artistic encounter between two Dutch artists, the Pop Art legend Woody van Amen (b. 1936) and visual artist and musician Hidde van Schie (b. 1978). Both artists search for images that can express a new, contemporary sense of life. In this publication their oeuvres are juxtaposed intuitively. Images of their work are shown, but additionally great emphasis is placed on visual material that serves as ‘further evidence’: images of travels, studio photographs and material that inspired them. This book is put together by the artists themselves and represents a visual journey through their influences, motives and sources of inspiration.

192 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Rossella Biscotti For The Mnemonist, S.

Isbn 9789491843303
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15078
€ 25.00

For her first solo exhibition in Belgium, acclaimed Italian artist Rossella Biscotti draws a trajectory across spaces that evoke important historical processes and links them to the sciences of the mind. This book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, follows this example by interweaving narratives in relation to the concrete and discrete architecture of memory, dreams, and ideas. While revisiting sites of punishment, the gathering of works embodies the ability of the human mind to resist oppression, tracing individual destinies or collective endeavours through a combination of materials, language, and scientific techniques. With a text by Adam Kleinman.

152 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Javier Tellez Games Are Forbidden In The Labyrinth

Isbn 9789491843297
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15053
€ 22.00

Javier Téllez holds a singular perspective on issues surrounding psychiatric treatment, mental illness, normalcy, and the spaces we construct to confine these vexing questions. This book comprises a visual essay, purportedly a guide to the rules of chess, yet interwoven with texts by philosophers, literary figures, sociologists, and others, while touching upon references as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch, the Rorschach test, electroconvulsive therapy, and the Sharon Tate murders. Emergent new possibilities are confined by the administration of norms, albeit within an empathetic space. With a foreword by Hesse McGraw and contributions by Ruth Estévez and Dieter Roelstraete.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Pierre Leguillon - Le Tapis (fair Use)

Isbn 9789491843273
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15019
€ 15.00

Distributed on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle’, conceived by Pierre Leguillon and bringing together works he has created over the last fifteen years from reproduced images, this folding brochure/poster continues in this spirit by mimicking the economy of means and autonomy of images Leguillon deploys in his work. It proposes an exhibition model that attempts to foil or declassify the hierarchies of art, as each work is informed by a principle of movement, or even reversibility, and reflects a perpetual process of emitting and receiving information, spurring us to rethink the conditions of the reception of art.

1 , ills colour, 22 x 22 cm, leporello, English

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Philippe Thomas Declines His Identity

Isbn 9780992903909
Publisher Occasional Papers
Idea code 15096
€ 17.40

This is the first authorised translation of 'Daniel Bosser, Philippe Thomas décline son identité', a book about modernism and modalities of display first published by Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris,in 1987. The book was part of a performative talk given by the French conceptual artist Philippe Thomas (1951–95) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris on 23 March 1987, and repeated a year later at the Musée de Grenoble. What audience members only realised upon leaving the auditorium was that the talk they had just witnessed was minutely scripted – down to Thomas' smallest gestures and pauses – in the book itself. Thomas thus blurs definitions of ‘artist's talk', 'performance', 'transcript' and 'book', producing instead a play on words, and speech acts. Consistent with Thomas' desire to separate the author's name from actual authorship, the book is attributed to Daniel Bosser, the collector who acquired the piece.

42 p, ills bw, 16 x 23 cm, pb, English


Jeronimo Elespe The Antipodal Room

Isbn 9788494282010
Publisher Ivorypress
Idea code 15073
€ 46.50

Jerónimo Elespe’s work and creative process is examined in this richly illustrated monograph featuring numerous works from his oeuvre. Elespe uses his drawings and oil paintings as abstract diaries, wherein he believes that the repetition of cycles found in our domestic routines can actually spur creativity, if channelled in the right way. In his exploration of different pictorial languages, he seemingly compresses time, leaving the observer in a sort of limbo somewhere between a daydream and awakening from a dream. Elespe speaks about this accumulative process in an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, while Agustín Pérez Rubio offers a critical analysis of the artist’s work.

236 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Yuki Onodera Eleventh Finger

Isbn 9784902080476
Publisher Artbeat
Idea code 15060
€ 59.60

Japanese photographer Yuki Onodera facetiously refers to herself as the “eleventh finger” when taking surreptitious snapshots of strangers on city streets. In order to mask her subjects, she created elaborate cut-out patterns that blend together all sorts of motifs, from floral and animal to geometric and iconic. These she then superimposed over the photographic image prior to exposing the enlarged prints. The resulting photograms can be interpreted as bizarre visualisations or broadcasts of the simultaneously structured and fragmented, seemingly nonsensical thought patterns of the anonymous and unguarded subjects, snaking and billowing through the air around them.

60 p, ills in b&w, 27 x 35 cm, hb, Japanes/English

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Grzegorz Kowalski: Questions

Isbn 9788364353086
Publisher Mundin
Idea code 15054
€ 23.65

Warsaw-based artist and educator Grzegorz Kowalski’s practice has consistently sought to erase the boundary between art and life. In the 1970s, he was active at Warsaw’s Repassage gallery, where art was used as a means of gaining knowledge about oneself and fellow humans, becoming a tool for communication. Artists (and non-artists) participated in each other’s projects, working for and with one another. Kowalski demonstrates a preoccupation with existential issues: the human being, notions of life and death, and interpersonal relations. From these areas arose the three actions/questions around which this book and the works within are structured.

220 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, hb, English

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Raymond Pettibon: Surfers 1985-2014

Isbn 9780990358619
Publisher Venus Over Manhattan
Idea code 15119
€ 35.25

Since the 1970s Raymond Pettibon has created a vocabulary of symbols that reappear consistently if enigmatically across his oeuvre. The most poetic and revealing of Pettibon's symbols may be the surfer, the solitary longboarder challenging a massive wave. In his "surfer paintings," viewers ride along with a counterculture existentialist hero who perhaps is the artist's nearest proxy. Almost all of the works included in this volume depict an ocean roiling with chaotic swells. Among these works are early small-scale, monochrome India ink paintings; numerous paintings from the 1990s when the artist introduced colour to his work; and a group of rare, large-scale paintings.

102 p, ills colour, 22 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Pop Art Myths

Isbn 9788415113553
Publisher Fundacion Coleccion Thyssen
Idea code
€ 70.55

'Pop Art Myths' revisits Pop from a twenty-first-century perspective, bringing together more than 100 works by artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, Alex Katz, Mimmo Rotella, Eduardo Arroyo, Vija Celmins, Öyvind Fahlström and Gerhard Richter. The exhibition and catalogue attempt to survey Pop art through the revelation and deconstruction of the myths the artists constructed around themselves and the movement, about its apparent superficiality, and its implied irony and critique (or lack thereof).

252 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 27 cm, hb, English


13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol And The 1964 World's Fair

Isbn 9781929641192
Publisher Queens Museum/the Andy Warhol
Idea code
€ 41.15

This volume brings expert opinion and first-hand testimony to bear upon the events surrounding the creation and destruction of Andy Warhol's 'Thirteen Most Wanted Men' at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The complex constellation of art, politics and gay life surrounding Warhol's mural and its painting-over comes alive in 13 interviews. The interviews are introduced by the show's co-curator Larissa Harris, and accompanied by reproductions of all of the 'Thirteen Most Wanted Men'; photographs of Warhol and the Fair by Factory regulars and photojournalists; and rarely seen archival documents from Warhol's 'Time Capsules'.

152 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 23 cm, pb, English


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