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New Titles in Art 21 December 2015
Seth Siegelaub - The Xerox Book - Andre Barry Huebler Kosuth Lewitt Morris Weiner

Isbn 9789491843525
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15751
EUR 30.35

This exhibition in book form was originally published by American curator and art dealer Seth Siegelaub in 1968. Organised to show work outside of the gallery setting, the book presents several artists associated with Siegelaub’s curatorial practice, and applies unconventional modes for the exhibition and distribution of art. Siegelaub asked each participating artist to create 25 pages of work that responded to the photocopy format, which was new at the time. A pivotal exhibition for conceptual art in the 1960s, it has now been republished in a second edition through a collaboration by Roma Publications, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, De Appel arts centre, and Egress Foundation.

372 p, ills bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Zachary Formwalt - Three Exchanges

Isbn 9789491843433
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15705
EUR 32.90

In three recent video installations, Zachary Formwalt focuses on the architecture of OMA’s new Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Amsterdam stock and commodities exchange by H.P. Berlage. Although our economy is dictated by financial transactions, the activity of trading itself has become increasingly remote, without actual human encounter. The architecture of the two buildings serves as a starting point for a investigation into the limitations of photography to represent global capital and into the interrelationships between financial capitalism and image-making.

300 p, ills colour, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Politics Of Installation

Isbn 9789491843464
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15715
EUR 20.60

In the spring of 2015, two exhibitions under the title ‘Politics of Installation’ were made by Belgian artists Hans Demeulenaere and Bas van den Hurk. The title refers to a text by Boris Groys, in which he claims that installations made by artists reveal a sovereign world. Within these “worlds” there is not one dominant perspective, but rather an exchange of multiple perspectives. An important part of the project was to include art historical lines based on architectural elements. Demeulenaere refers to the work of architect Aldo van Eyck, and Van den Hurk to the architecture of Juliaan Lampens.

64 p, ills colour, 20 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Jennifer Tee - The Soul In Limbo

Isbn 9789491843518
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15690
EUR 30.85

Winner of the 6th Cobra Art Prize, given by the Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the city of Amstelveen (NL), artist and choreographer Jennifer Tee investigates the mutability and complexity of constantly overlapping cultures and identities through works that blur the line between static physical forms and potential carriers of anticipated action, ritual, and animation. The biannual prize consists of an exhibition and this publication, which richly illustrates through installation and performance photographs her expression of the dialogue between material experimentation and philosophical contemplation, which mingles art history, Western culture, and Eastern philosophy.

200 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Neke Carson - Works On Art And Rectal Realism

Isbn 9783906213149
Publisher Rollo Press
Idea code 15696
EUR 9.75

This is a book about one artist and how he addressed the gallery system in the 70's. He basically took the art he found in galleries and turned the paintings and sculptures into "Readymades". He didn't go to the hardware store to look for "found objects". He went to Leo Castelli's and found art. He would sell the art by putting red dots near the work or he would hit the art with a tuning fork to get the sound off art and much more. The end result of all this was the birth of a new way of seeing and a brand new way of painting.

136 p, ills colour & bw, 27 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Roger Ackling: Between The Lines

Isbn 9780992903961
Publisher Occasional Papers
Idea code 15774
EUR 24.80

Edited by Emma Kalkhoven, this is the first comprehensive overview of the work and teaching of the late British artist Roger Ackling. Through writings by former students, colleagues, contemporaries, and friends, the book details Ackling's unique teaching style and discusses the quiet beauty and pure methods of his work, which he made by burning sunlight on wood. Ackling influenced generations of students and peers alike, broadening horizons through a mixture of insightful questions and humour. With contributions by Sylvia Ackling, Juan Cruz, Hamish Fulton, Neil Gillespie, John Haldane, Dean Hughes, Alan Johnston, Richard Long, and Trevor Sutton, among others.

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

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Mosque Manifesto

Isbn 9783957632999
Publisher Revolver Publishing
Idea code 15725
EUR 29.80

Mosque Manifesto offers a repertoire of ways in which creative forms of Islamic representation may foster better understanding between cultures, and generate a critical response to cultural stereotypes and politics of representation. Narrated in the form of a manifesto, this monograph brings together a unique range of mosque-themed projects created by artist and architectural historian, Azra Akšamija. This all-encompassing publication of her body of work on the topic of the mosque features 177 colour pages of highly innovative mosque designs, including wearable mosques.

440 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Emily Roysdon - Uncounted: Call And Response

Isbn 9783957632623
Publisher Revolver Publishing
Idea code 15724
EUR 34.95

'UNCOUNTED: Call & Response' is a collaborative artists’ book, which takes the form of a call and response: Roysdon’s twenty-three part text 'UNCOUNTED' provides the impetus and prompt for responses from the twenty-three artists, writers, poets, and scholars whose wide-ranging contributions are gathered here. 'UNCOUNTED' has also been used as a script for live performances; some of the responses included in this volume arose from these performative situations. Between Roysdon’s text and the collected responses lies the opportunity to unfold, create dissonance, point elsewhere, and write into. It is an improvisation of a publication.

96 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 32 cm, pb, English

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Talking Contemporary Curating

Isbn 9780916365905
Publisher Independent Curators Internati
Idea code 15711
EUR 21.35

Since the publication of 'Thinking Contemporary Curating' in 2012, art historian Terry Smith has continued his travels through the globalizing art world, talking to curators. The dozen searching conversations in this book – with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Claire Bishop, Zdenka Badovinac, Mami Kataoka, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Okwui Enwezor, Germano Celant, Jens Hoffmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maria Lind, Zoe Butt and Boris Groys- – provide a vivid sense of contemporary curatorial thought at work.

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

Jan Schoonhoven

Isbn 9789462082496
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 15766
EUR 46.25

For nearly 40 years, Jan Schoonhoven worked on developing his reliefs (made of papier-mâché, paper and cardboard) alongside his job as a civil servant at the Dutch Post Office. For the first time, this monograph places Jan Schoonhoven in an international context, as an active and influential player in the European post-war developments in art. The early years are covered in detail: the influences of, for example, Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock, and his participation in the ‘Nederlandse Informele Groep’ during the late 1950s. Schoonhoven’s involvement in the Dutch Nul group and the international ZERO movement is also highlighted.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 28 cm, hb, English

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Rereading Appropriation

Isbn 9789492139047
Publisher If I Can't Dance
Idea code 15703
EUR 20.00

This publication compiles texts read in the sister reading groups of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, which convened in four cities as part of ‘Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication’. The theme reconsiders the artistic strategy of appropriation through later elaborated theories of affect, to explore how “reciprocal investment” reconfigures appropriation as an act based in connecting, acknowledging, and being porous to material. Inquiring into the relations between property and propriety, ownership and authorship, subjecthood and agency, it includes texts from art history, feminist theory, political economy, anthropology, artists, and more.

632 p, ills b&w, 15 X 22 cm, pb, English

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Snejanka Mihaylova Acoustic Thought

Isbn 9789492139054
Publisher If I Can't Dance
Idea code 15704
EUR 20.60

Snejanka Mihaylova was commissioned by 'If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution' to produce a new work as part of ‘Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication’. Her practice is located at the intersection of philosophy and performance, thinking, and theatre. This book is the physical outcome of her project, which centres around the aural aspect of the thought processes manifested in the modes of singing and writing, and is based around early Christian Gnostic texts in Coptic found in the Nag Hammadi Codex II. The publication is done in collaboration with 'The Last Books'.

64 p, ills bw, 19 x 26 cm, hb, English

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Ragnar Kjartansson

Isbn 9782840668138
Publisher Palais De Tokyo
Idea code 15746
EUR 21.00

Ragnar Kjartansson's work is a cross-over between performance and cinema, sculpture and opera, plein air painting and music. He often produces large-scale multidisciplinary projects and the production of his works often requires the collaboration of several participants – actors, musicians, friends, and family members. Experimenting with the mechanisms of theatre and the dramatic impulses of tragedy, Kjartansson succeeds in bringing emotions out of melodramatic actions and revealing the reality on which relies every interpretation. Published on the occasion of Ragnar Kjartansson's solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, “Seul celui qui connaît le désir.”

96 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 24 cm, pb, French/English

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Palais 22: Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno

Isbn 9782847110616
Publisher Palais De Tokyo
Idea code 15749
EUR 16.60

Issue 22 of Palais magazine is entirely devoted to Ugo Rondinone's exhibition “I Love John Giorno” at the Palais de Tokyo, the first retrospective of the life and work of the American poet John Giorno, a key figure of America's counterculture since the 1960s. An iconic character in Andy Warhol's early films, Giorno was influenced by Pop artists who opened his eyes to the idea of “found poetry,” and he captured the real-life colloquial language of advertisements, television, newspapers, and street slang. Seeking to create a new audience and a new relevance for poetry since the mid-1960s, Giorno has developed viral strategies to share poetry with as many people as possible.

216 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 29 cm, pb, French/English

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Isbn 9788875705374
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 15736
EUR 42.35

We are immersed in a reality that is constantly transforming: new technologies and the relationship between digital and individual create a universe in which the subject must constantly adapt and change to the surroundings in order to understand the world and express itself. 'Transformers', the book which accompanies an exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, fits into this logic. Through their work, four artists from four different countries express their views on contemporary mutability. Choi Jeong Hwa, Martino Gamper, Pedro Reyes and Didier Fiuza Faustino are, in some way, “transformers”: weapons become musical instruments, chairs are made from handmade fabrics.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 28 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Carolein Smit - L'amour Fou

Isbn 9789082421200
Publisher Carolein Smit
Idea code 15742
EUR 30.85

Carolein Smit’s world is that of the grotesque, imperfect, suffering, and maligned. Her ceramic works are exuberant in their figuration and vivid colours, and portray frequently recurring themes in art history, combined with a scientific fascination that is nothing short of macabre. Flayed and broken figures, their muscles glistening and bones protruding, stand and stare defiantly. Wild, hair-covered men strike ithyphallic poses, their bestial attributes invoking an unrestrained, savage nature. Women couple with skeletons and animals, while symbols of power and religion bejewel the seemingly omnipresent decay. With texts by Frits Achten and Aenout Hagen.

204 p, ills colour, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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The Colourful Life Of Harold Leslie Thornton Alias Harold The Kangaroo (1915-2004)

Isbn 9789462261563
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 15730
EUR 30.80

Australian artist Harold Leslie Thornton (1915-2004) started his career as a sign writer, painter of facades and shop windows in Sydney, but lived and worked most of his life in Amsterdam. Traces of his work in Holland can still be seen in the Nieuwmarkt district in Amsterdam. The most famous, and still existing, example is the facade of Coffeeshop The Bulldog. Thornton gradually developed his talent as a portraitist and became known for his murals. Besides being a painter, he also acted as performer, cartoonist, poet and he wrote a – fragmented – autobiography.

160 p, ills colour, 24 x 29 cm, pb, English

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Derek Kreckler - Accident & Process

Isbn 9780994388308
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 15694
EUR 42.60

Published on the occasion of the first survey exhibition of Australian conceptual artist Derek Kreckler, this eponymous book brings together photography, video, installation, sound, and performance works drawn from the artist’s early experimental practice of the 1970s, through to his more recent focus on still and moving imagery in the 21st century. In it, the relationship between culture and the environment is considered, with a focus on representations of landscape, national identity, and the role of chance in determining these. Evident is Kreckler’s desire to explore, extrapolate, and test our understanding of our physical, cultural, and social surrounds.

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

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Annette Weisser - Make Yourself Available

Isbn 9783941644717
Publisher The Green Box
Idea code 15708
EUR 26.55

The artist book 'Make Yourself Available' is published on occasion of the solo exhibition of the same title at Kunstverein Heidelberg (2013) and the solo exhibition 'He had a killer body and he was an awesome dad but she was like I can’t do this' at Kunstverein Langenhagen (2015). Each exhibition took a sculptural-installative approach to the space, in which the works – chiefly large-scale woodcuts – were presented as though in a stage set. Both exhibitions were based on the artist’s self-inquiry regarding her political socialization in the 1980s in the rural south of Germany, as well as the enduring influence of National Socialism on German society.

144 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, German/English

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