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New Titles in Art 30 October 2015
Opus 1. The Artist's Beginnings

Isbn 9789491843457
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15613
€ 24.00

Whenever we set out to tackle an artist’s oeuvre we generally try to trace the "decisive moments" – the turning points, the interruptions, the final work… There is one "key moment", however, that seems virtually to guarantee the ultimate understanding of the oeuvre – its beginning, its Opus 1. It is not without some justification that the inception of the oeuvre or artistic activity is surrounded by myth and mystification. As will appear time and time again in this book, the oeuvre and the Opus 1 are "constructions". Whatever one regards as the oeuvre and whichever Opus 1 is pointed out, those choices are always based on a predetermined and well-defined image of the artist’s production.

208 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 25 cm, hb, English

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Stan Douglas - The Secret Agent

Isbn 9789491819384
Publisher Ludion
Idea code 15610
€ 39.90

Visual artist Stan Douglas explores the turbulent history of 1970s Portugal, a time when the nation both freed itself from a dictatorship and relinquished its colonial holdings. The book features three works. The first, a video installation titled ‘The Secret Agent’, follows a story written by Joseph Conrad in 1907. Douglas keeps the plot characters but transports the narrative to Lisbon, soon after the Carnation Revolution. ‘Disco Angola’, a series of staged historic photos in New York and Angola, juxtaposes the city’s hedonistic nightlife with the African nation’s brutal civil war. Finally, ‘Luanda-Kinshasa’ is a six-hour-long film comprising eleven jazz songs from the legendary 30th Street Studio.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 27 cm, hb, English

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Ai Weiwei - Circle Of Animals / Zodiac Heads

Isbn 9788494352874
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 15541
€ 38.80

Ai Weiwei’s work is characterised by its union between opposing paradigms of creation: the Western avant-garde art, comprising the radical destruction of tradition and break with the past to create space for new thinking, and the classical Chinese approach, which upholds tradition and therefore artistic creation as a continuous process fed by an immense culture. Published by the CAC Málaga on the occasion of the museum’s hosting an installation created by Ai Weiwei, this volume and its subject serve to again evoke this dual dichotomy between tradition and modernity, East and West. The twelve bronze busts, each four metres high, are inspired by the Chinese zodiac.

150 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 25 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Emily Jacir, A Star Is As Far The Eye Can See

Isbn 9789082148411
Publisher The Khalid Shoman Foundation
Idea code 15603
€ 35.00

Since the early 1990s, Emily Jacir has created works about transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive. With restrained formal means she makes visible silenced historical narratives, with a focus on her own political, historical, and social relationships. The book presents a fully illustrated survey of her oeuvre, including film and video works, installations, interventions, audio works, and sculpture. From 'Change/Exchange' (1998) to 'Untitled (SOLIDARIDAD)' (2013), the book contains reproductions of key works such as 'ex libris' (2010-2012), commissioned for dOCUMENTA (13), as well as several rarely seen works.

176 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, hb, Arabic/English

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Ari Marcopoulos: Fumes

Isbn 9781942607014
Publisher Karma
Idea code 15616
€ 58.80

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos' newest publication takes an in-depth look into the studio process of American artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney. Shot over four years, Fumes depicts the activity within Barney's Long Island City studio from 2011 to 2014. Marcopoulos documented the day-to-day activity in the workspace, from the digging of an Egyptian death chamber to the flooding during Hurricane Irene, to the ongoing preparation for Barney's 2014 film epic 'River of Fundament': "I got sucked into taking photographs of the people working on the various projects, more and more it felt almost like a performance."

420 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Yaacov Kaufman: Figurines

Isbn 9789659086214
Publisher Kaufman
Idea code 15584
€ 39.50

Israeli industrial designer Yaacov Kaufman is noted for work that evokes a sense of dealing with “ready-made”. In fact, he creates each piece as part of a study of nuances – an embodiment of his search for simplicity and abstraction through minimal intervention. Each of his pieces of wood, metal, glass, and other miscellaneous materials is endowed with an individual identity and anthropomorphic qualities, implying a historical and archaeological tradition dating to prehistory. The figurines seem to be ritualistic talismans or shamanistic objects, and thus begin to take on lives of their own. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of Kaufman’s intriguing figurines in Tel Aviv.

320 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 23 cm, pb, English

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David Claerbout Shadow Pieces

Isbn 9782940159642
Publisher Les Presses Du Reel
Idea code 15556
€ 30.10

Thierry Davila presents an innovative study of Belgian artist David Claerbout’s work, following the dark logic that structures many of his films with duration and slowness, as well as a number of “invisible” photographs. Claebout’s works are marked by an interrogation of time as an artistic medium. Inspired by phenomenology and the writings of Gilles Deleuze on the image and cinema, he has developed a kind of “photography in movement”, into which he introduces narrative elements. Looking at his work means spending enough time waiting for things to happen, causing a reconsideration of what narration and storytelling can be when dealing with current technologies.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 27 cm, pb, French/English

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Paper Airplanes: The Collections Of Harry Smith

Isbn 9780989531139
Publisher J&l Books/anthology Film Archi
Idea code 15612
€ 41.15

Filmmaker, painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist--Harry Smith (1923-1991) was an incomparable polymath and seminal figure in the realms of beat culture and avant-garde art. Smith's kaleidoscopic experimental films have influenced generations of artists and cinephiles. 'The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné' series spotlights and indexes his eclectic research obsessions. Volume one features detailed photographic documentation of 251 paper airplanes gathered by Smith from the streets of New York City over an approximately 20-year period. Whimsical and weird, the paper airplanes rank among Smith's most mysterious collecting pursuits.

240 p, ills colour, 15 x 23 cm, pb, English

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String Figures: The Collections Of Harry Smith

Isbn 9780989531160
Publisher J&l Books/anthology Film Archi
Idea code 15622
€ 29.40

Filmmaker, painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist – Harry Smith (1923-1991) was an incomparable polymath and seminal figure in the realms of beat culture and avant-garde art. Smith's kaleidoscopic experimental films have influenced generations of artists and cinephiles. 'The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné' series spotlights and indexes his eclectic research obsessions. Volume two focuses on Smith's erudite study of string figures, an age-old form of spiritual and recreational play that he passionately chronicled in multiple mediums. It contains photographs of the extant mounted string figures created by Smith alongside interviews, film stills and selections from his anthropological research.

152 p, colour, 15 x 23 cm, pb, English

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John Cage - Diary: How To Improve The World

Isbn 9781938221101
Publisher Siglio
Idea code 15663
€ 35.95

Composed over the course of 16 years, John Cage's 'Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)' is one of his most prescient and personal works. A repository of observations, anecdotes, obsessions, jokes and koan like stories, the diary registers Cage's assessment of the times in which he lived as well as his often uncanny predictions about the world we live in now. With a great sense of play as well as purpose, Cage traverses vast territory, from postwar music to Watergate, from domestic minutiae to ideas on how to feed the world.

176 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 22 cm, hb, English

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Dike Blair: Gouaches

Isbn 9781938560286
Publisher Karma
Idea code 15621
€ 47.05

This comprehensive volume surveys over 30 years of gouache-on-paper works from New York–based artist Dike Blair (born 1942), beginning in 1984. Blair's still lifes and landscapes – painted from his own snapshots – are photorealist visions of everyday objects, views through windows and natural scenery.

416 p, ills colour, 19 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Daniel Boyd - The Law Of Closure

Isbn 9780987353054
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 15529
€ 48.60

Sydney-based artist Daniel Boyd’s particular iteration of postcolonial history painting, video, and installation work seems to centre on the deletion of information and history, especially in relation to Boyd’s Aboriginal and Vanuatuan heritage. But there is more to his distinctive pointillist technique, in which he blackens much of the surface, leaving only flashes of perceptual detail that reveal the information beneath, than a simple rumination on erasure. Boyd’s devices are not just about absence, but a kind of psycho-historical ellipsis, and the enshrouding dark matter is as much an element of the image as are the landscapes, portraits, reflections, and refractions of light.

218 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Ana Jotta (culturgest)

Isbn 9789727690978
Publisher Culturgest
Idea code 15514
€ 25.35

Portuguese visual artist Ana Jotta has formed her oeuvre through a sequence of breakthroughs that embody some sort of erasure – whether of her own previous footsteps, modernist ideology and post-modern mythologies, or the notion of authorship – either by deconstructing or rebuilding it. In so doing, she attempts to dismantle the idea of a coherent or univocal style. Through a bare economy of means, newspaper and magazine clippings, comics, vintage advertisements, photographs, collage, handwritten scribbles, and various appropriated media come together in unexpected ways. These juxtapositions drive her work with a great sense of intelligence and wit.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 34 cm, pb, no text

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Jochen Gerner - Monograph

Isbn 9782917855645
Publisher Editions B42
Idea code 15547
€ 27.95

This monograph of French illustrator and cartoonist Jochen Gerner follows a research and thought process concerning the connections between text and image, typography and line, and includes numerous examples of his work. In his drawing practice, Gerner creates visual narrative projects, such as illustrated books and experimental comics, as well as drawings for the world of publishing and print media. Since the early 2000s, he has investigated printed images through graphic means: a “hijacking” process using ink and paint that allows a method of reframing or erasing. The book includes texts by Christophe Gallois and an interview with Gerner by Tom McCarthy.

128 p, ills colour, 20 x 26 cm, pb, French/English

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Karoline Schreiber - Last Night

Isbn 9783941644786
Publisher The Green Box
Idea code 15590
€ 31.20

For more than eight years Karoline Schreiber, an artist who paints and draws, continuously and consistently worked on her comprehensive illustrative work-cycle. Drawing is her long term companion and has developed into an autonomous and distinctive visual language within her oeuvre. 'Last Night' unites a selection of over 400 of more than 3000 of her drawings in an artist book. Referring to the écriture automatique, the drawings develop from a method that the artist calls „automatic drawing“. Therein she allows the intuitive, unplanned and subconscious to emerge. Schreiber works with a self-defined principle according to which she makes at least one drawing a day in the same book.

468 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 16 cm, hb, German/English

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Contemporary Danish Illustration

Isbn 9789187543128
Publisher Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Idea code 15598
€ 46.20

In today’s digital world, where the computer has taken over so many aspects of the artist’s earlier role in visual communication, there has been a growing movement among talented young Danish illustrators who are working at the intersection of art and illustration. This book presents a documentary snapshot of contemporary Danish illustration today. It is a physical and visual collection of 36 of the most talented and prominent Danish illustrators and their work.

232 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 27 cm, hb, English

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Fukt 14 Magazine For Contemporary Drawing

Isbn 9783957632982
Publisher Revolver Publishing
Idea code 15605
€ 15.00

FUKT Magazine is a Berlin-based magazine for contemporary drawing, beautifully designed with a focus on the visual. All without ads, and published yearly, the publication is inviting the most interesting and adventurous international artists and writers to publish their images and views on contemporary drawing practice. FUKT is in constant transformation with issues in different sizes and layouts. With contributions by Walter Sutin (US), Ulrike Mohr (DE), Sissel Fredriksen (NO), Selina Reber (CH), Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maria Calandra (US), Marcel Dzama/Lines & Marks (CA), Louise Bourgeois (US/FR), and Abu Bakarr Mansaray (SL) among others.

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

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It's Mine - A Tribute To Art Collectors

Isbn 9789187241109
Publisher Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Idea code 15602
€ 38.50

'It’s Mine: A Tribute to Art Collectors' portrays 33 Swedish and international art collectors and artists who have devoted their lives to art. In intimate interviews and at-home stories they tell what has sparked their interest and what role art plays in their everyday lives. The narratives presented in this richly illustrative book are about initial meetings – about desire, passion, and acquisitiveness. And most of all, about the relationship between works of art and their owners.

320 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 29 cm, pb, English

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Heart Of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. A Project By Fiona Banner

Isbn 9781909829053
Publisher Four Corners Books
Idea code 15566
€ 17.20

In 2012, Fiona Banner commissioned Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Congo, to observe the City of London – its streets and trading floors, its costume and surrounding strip-clubs – through Conrad’s 'Heart of Darkness'. The resulting photographs were first exhibited at Peer, London under the title 'Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead'. These also form the illustrations for this new publication of Conrad’s novella, which takes the form of a luxury magazine.

312 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 32 cm, pb, English

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Spaces For Criticism - Shifts In Contemporary Art Discourses

Isbn 9789078088752
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 15559
€ 19.90

Is art criticism losing ground, because of the internet and art blogs? Do people consider the authoritative art critics as their most important source to assess and filter what they want to see, read, etc.? Most recent discussions have evolved around the question "What is art criticism?", this book wants to explore the question "Where is art criticism?". It delves into new ways and spaces where art critics might interact with publics, works of art, artists and scholars.

272 p, ills bw, 13 x 21 cm, pb, English


Interrupting The City - Artistic Constitutions Of The Public Sphere

Isbn 9789492095022
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 15592
€ 19.90

To interrupt the city (be it digitally or materially) means to arrest the flow or circulation that the city consists of. The tactics by which this interruption is achieved may vary, ranging from a media offensive to riots in the streets, but each and every time these activities affect the public sphere, also make the public sphere. Thus, the public domain is constituted by a combination of social, political and media forces, in a continuous flux, continuously being interrupted. This book attempts to chart the conditions under which one is able to develop a voice in the public sphere, and to ask in what way these conditions could be altered by means of artistic interventions.

326 p, ills bw, 14 x 21 cm, pb, English


Public Domain

Isbn 9783856166571
Publisher Christoph Merian
Idea code 15558
€ 16.15

Seventy years after the death of the originator, his or her works become public intellectual property; they are in the public domain and so belong to the public. This affects not just medieval texts, but also 20th century books and works. Thanks to digitisation the treatment of these works has taken on a whole new dynamism. For museums, libraries, archives and galleries, the public domain is a challenge, but also an opportunity. This book explains the copyright fundamentals of the public domain and discusses the difficulties involved in implementing it in the everyday functioning of cultural institutions.

300 p, ills colour, 11 x 18 cm, pb, German/English

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