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New Titles in Art 26 June 2017
Alex Israel - B. 1982 Los Angeles

Isbn 9782840666738
Publisher Les Presses Du Reel
Idea code 17318
EUR 71.85

Dedicated to Alex Israel, a multimedia artist whose work takes the city of Los Angeles as both iconographic source and main subject, this richly illustrated monograph offers a chronological overview of the artist’s variegated projects, from paintings, sculptures, and webseries, to flashmobs, an eyewear brand, and more. Each is introduced by a short text written by Israel. Mining the “food chain” of showbiz and celebrity culture while embracing clichés, the artist interrogates and confounds the fine line between talent and raw material, reframing manufactured items whose formal and auratic properties are often overlooked. For Israel, the American dream remains a potent force.

456 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 26 cm, hb, English

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Irene Kopelman - On Glaciers And Avalanches: Notes On Representation Vol. 8

Isbn 9789491843921
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 17300
EUR 22.65

One can sense an alternation between direct experience and a more distant analysis in the work of Irene Kopelman. She is deeply fascinated by natural phenomena and their acute impact on the senses, and equally intrigued by the methods and tools we use to understand them. This book focuses on glaciers, alpine forests, and mountain landscapes sculpted by avalanches, especially their texture, morphology, and “readability”. It includes drawings and field notes made during multiple trips to the Swiss Alps, as well as paintings produced later in the studio. Contributions by various experts with whom she worked offer insight into glaciology, ecology, and art history.

104 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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David Salle: Debris

Isbn 9781942607021
Publisher Karma
Idea code 17220
EUR 32.85

'Debris' assembles paintings and ceramics made by American artist David Salle over the past five years. Regarded as one of the originators of postmodernism in painting, Salle employs his recognizable style of juxtaposition and visual simultaneity in these most recent works. A number of paintings make use of highly abstracted photographic silk-screens that reveal, upon closer inspection, tightly cropped tangles of wire and wood washed up on a beach near the artist’s Long Island home. Though Salle has often affixed ceramic objects to the canvas in the past, here the smashed or collapsed vessel and platter shapes begin for the first time to take on the agency and autonomy of independent art objects.

80 p, ills colour, 22 x 27 cm, hb, English

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Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger - Totentanz

Isbn 9783856168315
Publisher Christoph Merian
Idea code 17285
EUR 42.00

The painting known as the 'Basler Totentanz', which was destroyed in 1805, holds the position of an icon in the European tradition. Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger have engaged with the motif and significance of the danse macabre in their unusual work. The artist-duo invited artists from different fields to work together with them on a total installation in the form of a market. This publication constitutes an inspiring mix of deliberations, manifestations, and documents on the Totentanz / danse macabre and its importance for society.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 27 cm, pb, German/English

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Emily Ferretti - Walking In Both Directions

Isbn 9780994388391
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 17259
EUR 38.40

The threshing of tensions between lineages, aesthetics, references, techniques, and their various counterpoints is at the core of art’s continual re-imagining and manifestation. During a career that has spanned the last decade, Emily Ferretti has pieced together a convincing painterly vocabulary, only to gently rephrase and remould it, time and time again. 'Walking in Both Directions' arrives at a pivotal time for the artist. Bookending a residency in New York, the paintings, drawings and installation that feature in this book not only explore her work’s increasingly abstract, complex and faceted terrains, but her growing fascination for the aesthetic, compositional, and philosophical underpinnings of American folk art.

112 p, ills colour, 21 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital

Isbn 9781942607595
Publisher Karma, New York
Idea code 17219
EUR 54.75

In 2009 Ida Applebroog’s (born 1929) assistants found a box marked “Mercy Hospital.” Inside was a series of drawings the artist made nearly 50 years ago, during a period of institutionalization after suffering a debilitating breakdown in San Diego in 1969. During this tumultuous period, Applebroog, by her own account, “withdrew from the world entirely, for a period hardly able to speak at all.” Instead she turned to drawing, producing works in graphite, India ink and watercolors, at times accompanied by text from authors such as Kafka and Freud.

90 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 25 cm, pb, English

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Sheila Hicks & The Dutch - Why Not?

Isbn 9789070962616
Publisher Textielmuseum
Idea code 17312
EUR 16.40

Published on the occasion of a retrospective of work by Sheila Hicks at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, this book traces the pioneering textile artist’s influences, from her extensive travels through Latin America as a student to the New Tapestry Movement of the 1960s, as well as numerous examples of commissioned work in the Netherlands. Her works were in keeping with changing views in the art world and contemporary art practices of the time, with sculptors adopting non-traditional materials and museum curators recognising an emancipation of media in the applied arts. Only recently, however, has work by Hicks been widely accepted into the canon of visual art.

56 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Thomas Nolf: Peculiar Artifacts In Bosnia & Herzegovina

Isbn 9789490800642
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 17290
EUR 25.70

This book is the result of a four-year project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Thomas Nolf stumbled upon the existence of pyramids, stone spheres, and other peculiar artefacts discovered by Semir Osmanagić and his team. Osmanagić is best known for promoting the pseudo-archaeological project of the “Bosnian Pyramids”. He claims that a cluster of natural hills in the central part of the country are the world’s largest manmade ancient pyramids. Aiming to create an alternative biography that could counteract post-war disillusion in the region, Nolf travelled to various sites, took photographs, spoke to locals, and ultimately attempted to establish the phenomena as a believable history.

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

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From Harmony To Chaos Le Poeme Electronique

Isbn 9789071346491
Publisher Duizend En Een
Idea code 17245
EUR 48.35

‘Le poème électronique’ was the multimedia event presented in the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair of 1958. The structure and genesis of the event are discussed in this publication against a background of the conceptual viewpoints of the three artists involved: Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse, and Iannis Xenakis. Despite that Philips ultimately showed its own vision of this spectacle of colour, light, and sound, the book deals with the scenario as it was originally planned, offering a new reconstruction based on an in-depth analysis. Pivotal to this is Le Corbusier’s notion of ‘synthèse des arts’; in this case, the synthesis of architecture, visual arts, film, spoken word, and music.

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

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Authenticity? Observations And Artistic Strategies In The Post-Digital Age (Making Public)

Isbn 9789492095237
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 17328
EUR 20.45

The everyday connotations of the original, the real, sincere, valid, historical, or deep are well-known, and the opposite of the authentic may then be the superficial, false, not-what-it-seems, or just new. Nonetheless 'the real thing' presents us with some productive ambiguities that create a point of departure for an analysis and a better understanding of the changes in the post-digital society. To unfold the nuances of the concept of contemporary authenticity this book aims to bring together different thinkers to reflect on the meaning of the authentic now.

160 p, ills bw, 17 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Orgs: From Slime Mold To Silicon Valley And Beyond

Isbn 9789527222027
Publisher Garret Publications
Idea code 17308
EUR 19.35

'Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond' is an experimental survey of decentralised organisms and organisations. It expands upon work that artist Jenna Sutela has been producing over the past couple of years, layering organisational and spiritual charts, or mazes, and the navigational intelligence of Physarum polycephalum, the single-celled yet “many-headed” slime mold. The publication features contributions by Dennis Bray, Aslak Aamot Kjærulff, Chus Martínez, Mike Pepi, Venkatesh Rao, Elvia Wilk, and more. An excerpt of Neko-Gusu, a manga by Shigeru Mizuki is published for the first time in English.

130 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 17 cm, pb, English

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Letting Art Teach. Art Education 'after' Joseph Beuys

Isbn 9789491444371
Publisher Artez Press
Idea code 17297
EUR 25.60

In this book, Gert Biesta presents a new approach to contemporary art education by showing the unique possibilities the arts offer to establish a dialogue with the world around us. This approach to art education is based on teaching as a process of showing, where the teacher shows the student what could be good, important or meaningful to master in the world. As a starting point for illustrating this method, the book proposes 'How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare' (1965) by Joseph Beuys, which Biesta uses in order to draw out a number of important lessons about teaching.

128 p, ills bw, 16 x 22 cm, hb, English

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Door Kunst Onderwezen Worden. Kunsteducatie 'naar' Joseph Beuys

Isbn 9789491444388
Publisher Artez Press
Idea code
EUR 25.60

In this book, Gert Biesta presents a new approach to contemporary art education by showing the unique possibilities the arts offer to establish a dialogue with the world around us. This approach to art education is based on teaching as a process of showing, where the teacher shows the student what could be good, important or meaningful to master in the world. As a starting point for illustrating this method, the book proposes 'How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare' (1965) by Joseph Beuys, which Biesta uses in order to draw out a number of important lessons about teaching.

128 p, ills bw, 16 x 22 cm, hb, Dutch

Gordon Hookey - Summoning Time

Isbn 9781925455458
Publisher Griffith University
Idea code 17287
EUR 25.70

Australian Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey has a distinctive figurative painting style that is urgently political, calling both politicians and constituents to account for the past and continuing oppression of his people. His style is often darkly humorous, layered with visual puns and linguistic mischievousness. ‘MURRILAND!’ is a cycle of monumental paintings that re-envisions the history of Queensland. Begun in 2015, it surveys pre-colonisation to the present day, unravelling history and confronting non-indigenous narratives. This publication compiles materials and interviews surrounding the first canvas in the series, and coincides with its presentation at documenta 14.

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

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Wdw Review: Arts, Culture , And Journalism In Revolt, Vol 1 2013-2016

Isbn 9789491435478
Publisher Witte De With
Idea code 17315
EUR 29.85

In 2012 the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art sought to establish an innovative journal for arts and culture; ‘WdW Review’ was launched as an online platform in 2013. This book forms an anthology of these thoughts and reflections, in which Western Europe is no longer seen as the centre of the world. It examines how Europe is being shaped and reshaped, whether by socio-political struggles or creative inventions, through essays, political cartoons, and image readings. Its many contributors seek to open alternative channels of discussion that could fight the threat of intellectual gridlock at a time when confidence in both Europe and the United States is wavering.

668 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Nature Forever - Piero Gilardi

Isbn 9788822900753
Publisher Quodlibet
Idea code 17246
EUR 19.90

Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of work by Piero Gilardi at MAXXI, curated by Hou Hanru, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, and Marco Scotini, this catalogue highlights the artist’s skilled legacy and his long history of civil commitment. Since the outset of his career in the 1960s, Gilardi has remained closely connected to the issues of inequality, injustice, and the disasters of our civilisation, and continuously engaged in seeking expressions that are an alternative to the mainstream, in order to promote ties between artistic practice and socio-political reality. His “Nature-Carpets” not only recall the beauty of vanishing nature, but also offer comfort in the Anthropocene.

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

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Laith Mcgregor - S-O-M-E-O-N-E

Isbn 9780994388353
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 17262
EUR 56.50

Taking the major 2012 work 'S-O-M-E-O-N-E' as both its title piece and a point of embarkation, this book offers the first substantial overview of the recent practice of Australian artist Laith McGregor. The book assumes the similarly rigorous and rambling quality that has come to characterise McGregor’s scroll-like drawings, idiosyncratic sculptures, and painted gestures, honing its focus on a selection of key works created during the last five years. Made in close collaboration with the artist, it offers an at once critical and playful expression of a practice that is psychic, layered, and highly personal in its scope.

184 p, ills colour, 23 x 31 cm, pb, English

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