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New Titles in Art 30 November 2016
Rijksmuseum Cookbook

Isbn 9789082543711
Publisher
Idea code 16481
€ 45.00

The Rijksmuseum presents a cookbook in which 50 ingredients that define the Dutch kitchen, from potatoes and seaweed to cod and eel, form the basis for 130 dishes, both traditional and modern. Conceived by culinary journalist Jonah Freud and a team of celebrated and expert chefs from across the Netherlands, including Robert Kranenborg and Jonnie Boer, the recipes are inspired by paintings in the museum’s collection. Printed on paper reminiscent of parchment, this exceptional book was designed by Irma Boom and features hundreds of colourful images of objects from the collection, attesting to this rich culinary history and the prominent role of food and drink in Dutch culture.

600 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Dick Bruna - See More (yellow)

Isbn 9789491714689
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 16639
€ 20.00

Published by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and designed by Irma Boom, this playful book offers surprising juxtapositions of the familiar, colourful drawings by illustrator Dick Bruna with objects from the museum’s collection. Notable works by Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van der Helst are presented along with a few by more recent artists, such as George Hendrik Breitner and Jan Schoonhoven. Objects from the colonial period, like a painted ceramic monkey or a golden jug in the shape of a war elephant, add to the fun. Each page unfolds to reveal a detail of the artwork or object, divulging the association between it and Bruna’s simple, original illustrations.

98 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 25 cm, pb, English

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Dick Bruna Artist (blue)

Isbn 9789491714672
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 16638
€ 20.00

Miffy made Dick Bruna world famous. Over the last six decades her iconic appearance has undergone several quite radical changes, but she is still instantly recognisable. Down through the years her seemingly simple face has subtly expressed a whole gamut of emotions. The thousands of book jackets Dick Bruna designed, his posters, his autonomous work and, indeed, Miffy were inspired by the great modern masters of art history. This book explores the colourful sources of inspiration that made Dick Bruna the versatile artist he is.

100 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Breitner - Girl In A Kimono

Isbn 9789491714740
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 16642
€ 20.00

Between 1893 and 1896 George Hendrik Breitner painted thirteen pictures of a girl wearing a red, white, or blue kimono. The canvases are among Breitner's best-known works. The model, Geesje Kwak, was only sixteen years old when she posed for the first time. Her young, innocent face and slender body contribute to the atmosphere of tender sensuality. In 2016 all thirteen versions were shown together for the first time at the Rijksmuseum. This afforded an opportunity to determine the order in which the "kimono girls" were painted. This publication also features the sketches, studies, and photographs that Breitner made of Geesje.

98 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 25 cm, pb, English

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Hercules Segers - Painter Etcher (plates)

Isbn 9789462083400
Publisher Nai010 Publishers/ Rijksmuseum
Idea code 16652
€ 49.00

This oeuvre catalogue presents a comprehensive overview of Hercules Segers, an artist born in Haarlem and considered one of the most inspired, experimental, and original landscapists of the Dutch Golden Age. Besides being a painter, he was an innovative printmaker whose etchings of landscapes were often printed using coloured ink on coloured paper or cloth, hand-coloured and often cropped to different sizes. Segers also made use of drypoint and a form of aquatint, as well as other effects. Although his surviving paintings are rare, hundreds of prints make up a legacy now compiled and published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

416 p, ills colour, 24 x 30 cm, hb, English

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The Keeper

Isbn 9780915557127
Publisher New Museum Of Contemporary Art
Idea code 16614
€ 58.75

'The Keeper' accompanies an exhibition dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks, and images. Through a variety of imaginary museums, personal collections, and unusual assemblages, it offers a reflection on the impulse to save both the most precious and the apparently valueless, and reveals the devotion with which artists, collectors, scholars, and hoarders have created sanctuaries for endangered images and artifacts. Through works spanning the 20th century, 'The Keeper' tells the stories of various individuals through the objects they chose to safeguard.

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

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These Strangers... Painting And People

Isbn 9789491843822
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 16591
€ 25.00

Published on the occasion of a group exhibition of nine artists which took place in the autumn and winter of 2016/17 at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent, this catalogue reflects upon contemporary figurative painting. Each painter has developed an idiosyncratic vision of how to represent people, and this book’s bold juxtaposition of their widely varied styles offers an intriguing cross-section of the genre and its possible futures. Works by the contributing artists – Nicole Eisenman, Victor Man, Alice Neel, Paulina Ołowska, Henry Taylor, Nicolas Party, Elizabeth Peyton, Avery Singer, and Katharina Wulff – are accompanied by texts from several authors.

56 p, ills colour, 23 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Walter Swennen Hic Haec Hoc

Isbn 9789491245169
Publisher Hufkens
Idea code 16600
€ 35.00

Walter Swennen is known for his radical, experimental, and associative approach to painting. A poet before he became a painter, it is no coincidence that Swennen perceives painting to be an act of translation, and that language plays a vital role in his practice. The manner in which he handles motifs – taking them as he finds them, high or low, and manipulating them at will – is akin to a kind of visual poetry that harks back to his earlier career. Freely associative and humorous, Swennen’s paintings explore the relationship between symbols, legibility, meaning, and pictorial treatment. Published on the occasion of an eponymous exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

238 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 28 cm, hb, English

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Conrad Shawcross : Inverted Spires And Descendent Folds

Isbn 9788494509605
Publisher Ivorypress
Idea code 16531
€ 25.85

British artist Conrad Shawcross produces work that explores subjects at the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. The importance of science and its history in the Enlightenment, as well as the artist’s relationship with late Romantic ideas, plays a pivotal role in his oeuvre. Sculptural works of bronze and steel – considered “models” of projects that have already been completed or for large-scale works – are presented here. Shawcross explores the both tetrahedron and the dynamic visual potential of harmonics. The works relate to both architecture and the body, and elicit a subtle line between structure and nature, the metaphysical and the molecular.

82 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 24 cm, pb, English

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A World Redrawn: Eisenstein And Brecht In Hollywood

Isbn 9780977869688
Publisher Christine Burgin
Idea code
€ 41.15

A World Redrawn is an exploration by the artist Zoe Beloff of Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht’s experiences in Hollywood in the 1930s and ‘40s, what their time in Hollywood meant to them then and what it might mean to us now. Beloff focuses on two unrealized films written during this time: “Glass House” by Eisenstein and “A Model Family” by Brecht. The book reproduces many documents from the period, including a selection of previously unpublished drawings by Eisenstein discovered by Beloff in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow and facsimile reproductions of the writings of Eisenstein and Brecht as they contemplate the politics and culture of Hollywood.

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


Astrid Krogh: Flux Luminous

Isbn 9788792949714
Publisher Strandberg Publishing
Idea code 16610
€ 42.00

In her foreword, Danish designer Astrid Krogh writes, “My work is about creating landscapes. Making new colours and reflecting intense light through space and across distances is the métier I explore with passion.” She works with the artistic potentials found in modern materials and new technologies, giving them new functional and decorative possibilities to create miraculous forms, lights, and colours. Essential to Krogh’s work is light, both natural and artificial, as well as the interaction with the observer’s own movements and the sense of wonder or surprise that these often subtle changes evoke. Richly illustrated, with contributions by Bradley Quinn, Emily Zilber, and others.

216 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 28 cm, hb, English


Finnish Landscape

Isbn 9789527222003
Publisher Garret Publications
Idea code 16651
€ 26.00

Finnish Landscape is a reader resulting from an exhibition curated by Joanna Warsza at the ethnographic museum on the island of Seurasaari. The exhibition Finnish Landscape was a response to the past, present and future of the museum featuring the contemporary artists Ahmed Al-Nawas and Minna Henriksson, Kader Attia, Annika Eriksson, Natascha Sadr Haghighian with Haig Aivazian and Jumana Manna, Ilya Orlov and Liisa Roberts. Their works dealt with conservation and destruction, nature and culture, ethnography and post-ethnography, historical use and misuse, identity-building and branding of current cultural and political landscapes in Finland. The book includes a series of interviews by Hanna Ohtonen with the artists about their interventions as well as with the curator Clémentine Deliss, who speaks about the need to remediate ethnographic museums.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 13 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Kimsooja To Breathe Zone Of Zero

Isbn 9788494435485
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 16598
€ 38.75

Kimsooja is a South Korean multi-disciplinary conceptual artist; this catalogue marks the occasion of her site-specific installation and exhibition at CAC Málaga. Considering her country’s rapid transformation into a modern economic powerhouse, Kimsooja’s work addresses complex questions of human existence in this process: essential, fragile aspects of life, such as ritual and ceremony, that are interrupted or sacrificed. In her oeuvre individualism and the role of women point to themes of respect for others and a sense of (global) humanity as she generates convergences that stress human emotions without taking borders or places of origin into account.

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

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Concrete Islands

Isbn 9789491843846
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 16609
€ 14.00

‘Concrete Islands’, an exhibition at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, offers a poetic investigation into the intersection of words and objects. Inspired by Marcel Broodthaers’s 1964 sculpture ‘Pense-Bête’, in which the artist took unsold copies of one of his books of poetry and encased them in plaster, it posits the question: where does language end and the world begin? Produced a wide range of media, artworks by Irma Blank, Alighiero Boetti, Henri Chopin, Jimmie Durham, Robert Filliou, and Jean-Luc Moulène, among others, follow in this vein, crossing boundaries between the immaterial and material, language and things, and concrete poetry and concrete objects.

44 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 21 cm, pb, English

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Invitation To Sol Lewitt

Isbn 9788898120994
Publisher Danilo Montanari
Idea code 16582
€ 26.90

This book presents notices and announcements of exhibitions and editions by one of conceptual art’s foremost practitioners, Sol LeWitt. Covering a period from the 1970s through the early 2000s, it explores a long history of the artist’s shows through numerous reproductions of notices, invitations, posters, and more, reflecting the intense and multifaceted investigation carried out by LeWitt across every realm of visual art. Several of the informational objects presented here were designed by the artist himself, while other selections testify to the universal scope of his work in terms of presentation and appreciation alike. A fascinating look at themes and relevance in his oeuvre.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Mariko Kuwahara - Stone Dealer

Isbn 9784907562076
Publisher Torch Press
Idea code 16607
€ 38.85

The town of Onishi lies roughly 100 kilometres to the north-west of Tokyo, where legend has it that a troll who once lived on a nearby mountain threw a big stone down the mountain; people started to call the place where it landed “Onishi”. Mariko Kuwahara spent time there talking with local inhabitants and photographing the stones and rocky landscapes she found. The people who made the deepest impression on her were the men called ‘Ishiya-san’ (stone dealers). On its surface, this book is a document of her conversations with them, yet underneath it is a story of disappearing towns and villages in Japan, of dialects soon to be lost, and ways of life in danger of being forgotten.

246 p, ills bw, 13 x 19 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Wabi Sabi: Further Thoughts

Isbn 9780981484655
Publisher Imperfect Publishing
Idea code 16617
€ 22.50

'Wabi-Sabi: Further Thoughts' is a complement to 'Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers', the seminal volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Author Leonard Koren, who trained as an artist and architect, is a design and aesthetics theorist.

96 p, ills bw, 14 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Imaginative Bodies Dialogues In Performance Practices

Isbn 9789492095206
Publisher Valiz/antennae
Idea code 16674
€ 19.90

This is a series of conversations with choreographers, composers, visual artists, hip hop artists, dramaturges, and more. Its overall theme is defined by the body, both in relation to the place it takes in the artist’s practice, and to wider debates in the arts, philosophy, science, medicine, and anthropology. Each dialogue centres on a specific theme, ranging from poetics to politics, mythology to ecology, and intercultural studies to conflict management. The associative chains of thought give insight into the creative process. Author Guy Cools works as a critic, curator, and policymaker for dance, and edited the talk transcripts in cooperation with dance dramaturge Lisa Marie Bowler.

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

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