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New Titles in Art 2 February 2017
F.R.DAVID Spring 2017: Inverted Commas

Isbn 9780995713307
Publisher Uh Books / Kw Institute
Idea code 17039
EUR 10.70

F.R.DAVID is a typographical journal, edited by Will Holder, dealing with the organisation of reading and writing in contemporary art practises. This 13th issue of F.R.DAVID is edited with Riet Wijnen, and has its origins in her Registry of Pseudonyms, an online database which accounts for who is who and why who is who. ‘Inverted Commas’ follows ‘pseudonym’ through names, naming, bodies, brains, self, author, other, reader, labour.

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

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Thorsten Brinkmann: The Great Cape Rinderhorn

Isbn 9789490800574
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 17047
EUR 36.00

Thorsten Brinkmann (1971, Germany) calls himself a serial collector. In the storeroom at his studio can be found the most varied objects discovered on flea markets, in thrift shops, and on the street. Part of middle-class domestic culture, he uses them to show how we relate to the objects that surround us. Objects define our identity and inform our culture. We shape and design the objects that surround us and in turn they shape us and the lives we live. The book's title is a word-play referring to a monumental bull’s horn, to a cape (a sleeveless garment) and Cape Horn at the southernmost extremity of Chile. Apart from a lighthouse, a house and a chapel, Cape Horn is a barren landscape.

104 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, hb, Dutch/English

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Are We There Yet ? A Day Trip To Banksy's Dismaland

Isbn 9780995628809
Publisher The Drugstore Gallery
Idea code 17027
EUR 34.70

Banksy's Dismaland was conceived to interrogate and challenge some of the biggest issues we face, head on. 'Are We There Yet?' shines a spotlight on contemporary British life through the visual similes which Barry Cawston constructs between his Weston-Super-Mare street photography and the scathing sideshows of Dismaland. Not for nothing did the world’s most famous street artist choose Weston as the venue for his harshest satire fest to date. This book features images of Dismaland and its locality with writing by Dismaland contributor Tristan Manco, street artist Felix (FLX) Braun, Dismal steward Farhath Siddiqui, Creative Producer Kath Cockshaw, Rachel Hobson and Barry Cawston.

234 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 31 cm, pb, English

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Art Marks

Isbn 9780993581212
Publisher Counter-print
Idea code 17026
EUR 16.00

'Art Marks' contains a selection of logos and symbols of famous museums, galleries, art & design exhibitions, cultural institutions and organisations from all over the world. Featuring the work of Hey, Pentagram, Homework, 75B, Anagrama, Neubau, Toko, A Practice for Everyday Life, Stefan Kanchev, Hingston Studio, Naauao, Milton Glaser Inc., Bruce Mau Design, Uwe Loesch & many more...

208 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Gabriel Orozco Fleurs Fantomes

Isbn 9782746688308
Publisher Grappa Studio
Idea code 17031
EUR 53.05

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco’s eponymous, in situ work at Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is the subject of this book, an installation inspired by the torn and faded remains of wallpapers and tapestries he found there, in rooms closed off and forgotten since 1938. These modest vestiges and extremely fragile traces of a living history captured Orozco’s imagination, and he was invited to devise an artistic intervention as part of a special commission. He meticulously studied the palimpsest of the floral motifs, photographing them in order to detect the traces of lives now long gone – a subtle mediation on space and time in matrix form, hanging on the blemished walls in plain sight.

152 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 30 cm, hb, English/French

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On Kawara: 1966

Isbn 9789491819292
Publisher Ludion
Idea code 17011
EUR 51.30

On Kawara is considered to be one of the most important and radical contemporary artists to emerge in the mid-1960s, and his work resolutely marks the place and time of its production. Published on the occasion of an eponymous exhibition at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, this book highlights the Japanese conceptual artist’s production in 1966, the year following his move to New York City and a key phase in his oeuvre. It was then that he began working on his world-famous “date paintings”, in dialogue with curator Tommy Simoens, the final project Kawara undertook in his life. The exhibition marks the first institutional showing of his work in Belgium since 1975.

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

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Small Wonders

Isbn 9789491714931
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 17008
EUR 41.15

Marvels of human ingenuity, so small they can fit in the palm of your hand, miniature boxwood carvings from the early 16th century have long remained a mystery because of the enormous virtuosity with which they were made. Presenting 60 statuettes, miniature altars, prayer nuts, rosaries, skuls and other memento mori-pendants, 'Small Wonders' focuses for the first time on these Late Gothic, pocket size carvings from the Low Countries. These ingeniously constructed, awe-inspiring detailed cut artworks depicting biblical scenes were made as sophisticated ‘toys’ for private devotion and amusement, as well as collectibles that only the rich could afford.

686 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 20 cm, hb, English

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Alain De Botton - Art Is Therapy

Isbn 9789491714382
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 17019
EUR 15.45

In 2014 guest curators Alain de Botton and John Armstrong conceived an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, entitled ‘Art is Therapy’, which posed the question of what art can mean to visitors. Rather than taking a strictly (art) historical approach, they chose to focus on the therapeutic effects artworks can have, provoking the visitor into rethinking some crucial assumptions about what visiting a museum means – and by extension, the purpose of art itself. This catalogue recounts the highly original and unexpected commentary on 150 artworks, from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century, even offering a large section of blank pages for personal notes and creative exploration.

200 p, ills bw, 18 x 18 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Mon Cher... Urs Fischer

Isbn 9791094966044
Publisher Fondation Vincent Van Gogh
Idea code 17002
EUR 30.95

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, this catalogue presents recent works from the often astonishing oeuvre of Swiss artist Urs Fischer. Known for his subversive approach to art, Fischer’s installations, sculptures, drawings, collages, and other pieces together invoke a world of visual and collective primary experiences – entering an exhibition conceived by him is to find oneself in an evocative space that is simultaneously amusing and theatrical, yet undeniably forceful in its visual language. Closely aligned with its venue, ‘Mon cher…’ is a clever and colourful homage to Van Gogh, the modern age, and anti-classicism.

96 p, ills colour, 25 x 31 cm, pb, French/English

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Facing Value - Radical Perspectives From The Arts

Isbn 9789492095008
Publisher Valiz / Stroom Den Haag
Idea code 17018
EUR 27.50

Value as a non-economic notion is one of the hardest concepts to tackle. Being immaterial, value is one of those core concepts that shapes society, influencing hearts and minds, but defies an easy definition. This book presents nine alternatives to regain personal power, find inspiration, shape a better environment, share energy and creativity, and build on a vital and just society. With an anthology of texts by a variety of contributors, the authors propose to place values such as hesitation, care, and giving at centre stage, in order to reclaim value from the logic of capital. Three artists’ contributions inspire a rethinking of the scope and language of the current value system.

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

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The Practice Of Dramaturgy Working On Actions In Performance

Isbn 9789492095183
Publisher Valiz/antennae
Idea code 17035
EUR 20.45

There is a growing interest in the notion and practice of dramaturgy, which is often discussed either as the work of the dramaturge or as the compositional, cohesive, or sense-making aspects of a performance. Drawing on such views, this book addresses the subject as a shared, politicized, and catalytic practice that sets actions into motion in a more speculative way. In its first part, three working principles are discussed that form the heart of this proposition, relating to debates on action, work, and post-Fordist labour. The second part opens up to artistic, social, and political perspectives that may emerge from such an understanding of dramaturgy through contributions by guest authors.

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

Imaginative Bodies Dialogues In Performance Practices

Isbn 9789492095206
Publisher Valiz/antennae
Idea code 16674
EUR 20.45

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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Lotta Antonsson: I Am A Woman

Isbn 9789188031402
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 17030
EUR 43.00

Swedish artist Lotta Antonsson’s recent work recalls her fascination with the late 1960s and ’70s, in a style “where documentary and fiction blur in a merging of social and sexual revolutions,” according to the essay by Patrik Andersson. From a process that utilizes techniques of collage and montage emerges a very personal way of looking at the ephemeral nature of things, whether printed matter (magazines, books) or natural objects (shells, minerals, driftwood). Antonsson’s analogue cuts and repetitions seize upon the allegorical potential of image fragments, freeing fashion and erotic photography in an exploration into the gendered side of this clichéd history.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Katarina Lofstrom O

Isbn 9789188031433
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 17029
EUR 41.85

Light, perception, and how we choose to interpret the outside world is a recurring theme in Katarina Löfström's videos, three-dimensional works, and installations, and many examples feature in this extensive monograph. In her body of work, she examines visual art’s inherent ability to break loose from traditional behavioural patterns and rational thinking, creating meaning without the use of language or text. The result often imparts a calmness that barely obscures the brooding desires and traumas underneath, the immobilised curiosity. Dots and circles are recurring figures in her work, indicative of blurring, a shift or alteration of focus, the displacement in our visual world.

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

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The War Of Appearances

Isbn 9789080179387
Publisher V2_
Idea code 17020
EUR 20.05

Produced and designed by Joke Brouwer of the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, this book presents new essays by nine contributors, among them Paul Frissen, Graham Harman, Luciana Parisi, Lars Spuybroek, and McKenzie Wark, plus artworks by Paolo Cirio, Wim Delvoye, Tomás Saraceno, and Diana Scherer. Two strategies (opacity and radiance) are developed against the Enlightenment ideal of transparency, since transformed into a global state of mediation and automation. Although they initially appear to be diametrically opposed, the strategies soon begin to overlap, together evolving into a kind of spook-phenomenology that opens up new ways of thinking and seeing.

212 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 23 cm, pb, English

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1100-1600 Rijksmuseum

Isbn 9789071450907
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 17013
EUR 40.00

In the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance a period of unprecedented cultural vitality in Europe, spurred by a growing interest in classical antiquity and the discovery of distant continents, precipitated a shift from religious art to that which reflected different ideas about mankind, society, and belief. People became more mobile, independent, and prosperous, while artists grew more self-assured, able to develop their own styles. This book presents many aspects of this transformative European experience through its artworks, with more than 100 highlights from the lesser-known collections of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, a wide-ranging overview of five centuries of flourishing culture.

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

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Asian Art Rijksmuseum

Isbn 9789071450945
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 17009
EUR 40.00

Opening with a brief history of the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Asian art, this book is divided into five chapters, each devoted to a particular region, which present various objects of outstanding quality and significance. The selection represents different regional styles, and also offers a look at sophisticated pieces of decorative art tailored to European tastes and produced specifically for export to Western markets. From fine Chinese and Japanese porcelain to dancing Shiva statues and imposing temple guards, the diversity and richness of this Amsterdam museum’s collection of Asian art is impressive, including valuable objects from Indonesia, Korea, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and more.

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

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Breitner - Girl In A Kimono

Isbn 9789491714740
Publisher Rijksmuseum / Nai010 Publisher
Idea code 16642
EUR 20.60

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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Clare Rojas: Plain Black

Isbn 9780692666456
Publisher Kavi Gupta
Idea code
EUR 57.20

This volume surveys the recent abstractions of the painter Clare Rojas. Known for her association with a generation of artists that became internationally prominent through the exhibition 'Beautiful Losers', Rojas in her earlier paintings drew from various Russian and Eastern European folkloric subjects. While the figures have been removed from this more recent body of work, it is not hard to see their enduring impact on Rojas’ art: with their lively angularity and bold chromaticism, these paintings are equally evocative of folk art and the formalist reductions of key modernist abstract artists such as Alexander Calder, Matisse, Malevich or Ellsworth Kelly.

208 p, ills colour, 27 x 29 cm, hb, English

Gerlach En Koop Choses Tuees Vol 2 (Brown)

Isbn 9789491843839
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 16703
EUR 25.70

The second volume in a series, this book is published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Choses tuées’ (“things killed”) by gerlach en koop at Temporary Gallery, Cologne. The first volume appeared when the same – but not quite the same – exhibition was presented at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. Designed by Louis Lüthi, the book features exhibition views and several texts by a number of contributors. Regina Barunke, for instance, writes, “Aside from its poetical effect the title is simultaneously a decisive moment in accessing the works and their thematic occupation. […] Its ambivalence… allows ‘killed’ things to emerge from ‘silent’ things in blunt and subtle casualness.”

120 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 29 cm, pb, English

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Could Have, Would Have, Should Have

Isbn 9781908970244
Publisher Art / Books
Idea code
EUR 38.30

What does it take to be a serious art collector? What drives someone to go after a particular work, regardless of the cost? Tiqui Atencio has been collecting since she was 18 years old; decades later, she is one of the most prominent collectors of contemporary art. For 'Could Have, Should Have, Would Have', Atencio has interviewed more than 80 of the world’s most influential collectors – from financiers to artist – and asked them to tell their own story of how they started collecting and what continues to motivate them.

240 p, ills bw, 15 x 23 cm, hb, English

Theo Jansen - The Great Pretender (3rd Expanded Edition)

Isbn 9789462083448
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16686
EUR 42.95

Since 1990 Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life, most notably in the form of skeletal beach animals. These forms are not made of protein, but of plastic tubing, and are able to walk with energy absorbed from the wind. Gradually evolving over several generations, these creatures are becoming more adept at coping with their beach environments – the creator hopes that they will eventually reach a level of independence and self sufficiency. Here the riveting story of Jansen and the evolution undergone by his creations is told.

264 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, hb, English

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