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New Titles in Art & Essays 26 July 2017
Hansje Van Halem - Sketch Cahier 3

Isbn 9789490913755
Publisher De Buitenkant
Idea code 17370
EUR 41.15

Hansje van Halem creates alphabets, textures, and patterns – both digitally and manually – and applies them in designs for posters, illustrations, and public space art works such as gates and floors. She continuously keeps track of the unfinished sketches, type drawings, motifs, and expertiments, whether commissioned, applied, self-generated, or rejected. It is a dizzying array of successes and failures, both used and unused, as unused material often becomes a source from which Hansje draws further inspiration. Parts of this material were published in ‘Sketchbook’ (2013) and ‘Sketch Cahier’ (2014).

60 p, ills colour, 20 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Berlin Studio Conversations - Twenty Women Talk About Art

Isbn 9783941644939
Publisher The Green Box
Idea code 17361
EUR 19.90

For 'Berlin Studio Conversations' art historian Stephanie Buhmann conducted interviews with female artists. While their genres, functioning and media are very different, they have one thing in common: they all live and work in Berlin. In search of the contents, which are outside the medial fixation on the art market, Buhmann visited the artists in their studios and gained insights in the intimate space of the artistic practices. Artists presented in this book are, among others, Monica Bonvicini, Angela Bulloch, Katharina Grosse, Alicja Kwade, Tara Mahapatra, and Jorinde Voigt.

296 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 18 cm, pb, English

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Herve Fischer And Sociological Art

Isbn 9782917217863
Publisher Manuella Editions
Idea code 17377
EUR 26.20

Edited by Sophie Duplaix and published with an exhibition she curated at Centre Pompidou, this book introduces works of profound originality and critical power by Hervé Fischer, artist and essential founder of sociological art. Since the outset of the 1970s, his role in the elaboration of scrupulous, inventive thinking has influenced many. The exhibition covers periods from the 1970s until the mid-’80s, and from the late ’90s until the present, and also examines the digital in a reflection on the practices of sociological art. In his work, Fischer engages with the notion of going beyond individual work and becoming aware of the social dimension of what an artist thinks and feels.

144 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, hb, French/English

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The Unframed World - Virtual Reality As Artistic Medium

Isbn 9783856168506
Publisher Christoph Merian
Idea code 17374
EUR 26.55

The latest virtual-reality technologies are asserting themselves currently in the domain of the fine arts and facilitating an immersion in artificial worlds. Virtual reality is used not only to explore aesthetic potential, but also as a critical medium for reflecting on the existential state of today’s life-world. The works presented in this publication deal with multifaceted themes, such as physical perception and physical laws, societal structures as well as architecture and poetry. The essays present the works from different research perspectives, thus enabling a broad overview of current trends in a media art based on virtual reality technologies.

96 p, ills colour, 17 x 22 cm, pb, German/English

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A Rock That Keeps Tigers Away

Isbn 9789491843969
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 17375
EUR 18.50

Curated by Post Brothers with Chris Fitzpatrick, the exhibition ‘A rock that keeps tigers away’ at Kunstverein München includes new and recent works by nine artists: Beth Collar, Tania Pérez Córdova, Jason Dodge, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Laura Kaminskaitė, Francesco Pedraglio, Adrien Tirtiaux, Freek Wambacq, and Herwig Weiser. Both exhibition and book survey how artists identify and consider the relation between causation and correlation in order to connect disparate phenomena across time and space, how simple shifts in circumstances yield palpable results elsewhere, and how the juxtaposition of objects modifies their individual meaning, utility, and apprehension.

224 p, ills bw, 12 x 17 cm, pb, English

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Copy Construct

Isbn 9789491843945
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 17353
EUR 8.25

This catalogue documents both the artworks and the almost 300 books on view at an eponymous exhibition at the Mechelen Cultural Centre. Featuring works by Jan Kempenaers, Kasper Andreasen, Aglaia Konrad, Ria Pacquée, Simon Popper, Mitja Tušek, and more, the artistic positions are set against an exhibition design conceived by Kris Kimpe and Koenraad Dedobbeleer, a kind of communal archive that systematically displays a selection of contemporary artists’ books. The works closely relate to the codex of the book as a medium for artistic expression, as well as to the different gestures of reproduction that are representative of artists working in various media.

68 p, ills bw, 20 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Ema (Nude On A Staircase). Studies In Art-Based Learning

Isbn 9789491444357
Publisher Artez Press
Idea code 17358
EUR 30.35

'Ema (Nude on a staircase)' pulls the reader into the mind of Ema, the young woman descending the staircase in Gerhard Richter’s 1966 painting, 'Ema'. Ema is a young artist who wants to discover what her greatest form of creativity is. She embarks on a journey of awakening, a quest for mastery that brings her into dialogue with her teachers and with her great mentors, the artists Gerhard Richter, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Ema explores her field, finds her own voice, considers the world and eventually becomes a real master herself.

206 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 22 cm, hb, English

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Ema (Naakt Op Een Trap). Studies In Art-Based Learning

Isbn 9789491444364
Publisher Artez Press
Idea code
EUR 30.35

'Ema (Nude on a staircase)' pulls the reader into the mind of Ema, the young woman descending the staircase in Gerhard Richter’s 1966 painting, 'Ema'. Ema is a young artist who wants to discover what her greatest form of creativity is. She embarks on a journey of awakening, a quest for mastery that brings her into dialogue with her teachers and with her great mentors, the artists Gerhard Richter, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Ema explores her field, finds her own voice, considers the world and eventually becomes a real master herself.

206 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 22 cm, hb, Dutch

Undoing Art

Isbn 9788822900722
Publisher Quodlibet
Idea code 17363
EUR 11.05

What do Stéphane Mallarmé, Antonin Artaud, Meret Oppenheim, Asger Jorn, Yoko Ono, Tom Phillips, and Martin Arnold have in common? Whereas a wealth of critics have diagnosed contemporary art’s preoccupations with madness, depression, and self-abuse, as well as its tendency to cultivate an (anti-)aesthetics of the negative, the excremental, and the abject, much less attention has been paid to how modern artists and publics have thrived on the destruction, disfiguration, and obliteration of work by the artists and/or by that of others. This book recounts the history of “undoing” art in a positive mode, rescued from popular narratives of the decline and death of the avant-garde.

96 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, 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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Hiwar Conversations In Amman

Isbn 9789082148428
Publisher Khalid Shoman Foundation
Idea code 17347
EUR 25.70

“Hiwar” means “conversation” in Arabic. This volume is published by Darat al Funun, a foundation for the arts whose mission is to provide a platform for contemporary Arab artists, support art practices and artistic exchange, stimulate critical discourse, and research, document, and archive Arab art, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary exhibition, residencies, and talks programme, curated by Adriano Pedrosa. It brought fourteen artists from the Arab world, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to Amman for residencies in 2013, in order to promote exchanges between artists from the margins and give them opportunities to learn from each other’s practices and experiences.

188 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 28 cm, pb, Arab/English

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Zhao Zhao - Provocateur

Isbn 9788894154030
Publisher Flash Art Publishing
Idea code 17319
EUR 18.80

Zhao Zhao is a significant figure among the young, post-1980s generation of contemporary Chinese artists. His first monograph in English examines an artistic practice emblematic for its ability to address conflict – social, political, and aesthetic – in a world undergoing unprecedented upheaval. The artist has consistently positioned his art as a counterweight to systems of control which affect and regulate the lives of individuals in China, and its increasingly global reach testifies to a profound resonance beyond his country’s borders. Using a wide range of materials, Zhao Zhao is positioned as a crucial agent in the contemporary cultural discourse. With essays by Hou Hanru and Li Zhenhua.

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

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Jun Tsunoda - Sound And Vision

Isbn 9784907562106
Publisher Torch Press
Idea code 17291
EUR 36.95

This book gathers drawings produced over the past 20 years by Tokyo-based artist Jun Tsunoda. Departing from the colourful abstract paintings, here the artist creates works using letters and script, blending the attributes of various characters. The drawings reflect a sense of handwritten immediacy, an approach that replaces the “letter” with freely expressive gestures. Tsunoda draws words related to poets such as Fernando Pessoa, Emily Dickinson, Matsuo Basho, and Taneda Santoka in a clear tribute to calligraphy, Arabic script, graffiti culture, music, and more. Transcending cultures and adopting various styles, it is suggestive of a genre between typography and painting.

144 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Philip Guston - Nixon Drawings 1971 & 1975

Isbn 9783906915029
Publisher Hauser & Wirth
Idea code 17307
EUR 53.20

Guston’s outpouring of satirical drawings was inspired partly by conversations with his friend Philip Roth, at work on his own scathing Nixon satire, ‘Our Gang’. “When I came back from Europe in the summer of 1971,” Guston later said, “I was pretty disturbed about everything in the country politically, the administration specifically, and I started doing cartoon characters. And one thing led to another, and so for months I did hundreds of drawings and they seemed to form a kind of story line, a sequence.” Completed during July and August 1971, these drawings were not publicly shown for three decades.

248 p, ills colour & bw, 29 x 32 cm, hb, English

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Kyosai Shunga

Isbn 9784861525896
Publisher Seigensha
Idea code 17284
EUR 27.50

Erotic art known as ‘shunga’, which emerged during the Edo period as part the ukiyo-e movement in Japan, was produced by almost all ukiyo-e artists at some point in their careers. Kawanabe Kyōsai, who was active in the second half of the 19th century, mastered a vast range of subject matter and styles, and also produced an extensive corpus of explicit ‘shunga’. The depiction of sex, the most basic of human activities, was naturally an opportunity for him to give free rein to his extraordinary wit and imaginative humour. This book offers an in-depth look at these artworks, their cultural context, and history, revealing Kyōsai’s prolific production as part of the culmination of the genre.

228 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 20 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Hiroshige Rain, Snow, Night Unraveling The Appeal Of Woodblock Print Landscapes

Isbn 9784861526107
Publisher Seigensha
Idea code 17280
EUR 22.00

Utagawa Hiroshige was a master artist in the ukiyo-e tradition who was active towards the end of the Edo period in Japan. His varied landscapes, which allowed people to enjoy the sensation of traveling without leaving home, include landscapes as seen from important routes of the time and pictures of famous places. Not simply pictorial, the landscapes combine a variety of elements such as season, climate, and time of day. This book presents 150 works selected from the private collection of ukiyo-e housed in Kameyama, one of the stations on the Tokaido road. Together these nostalgic, unspoiled landscapes, masterfully rendered by Hiroshige, bring old Japan to life.

212 p, ills colour, 21 x 15 cm, pb, Japanese/English summary

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To Note: Notation Across Disciplines

Isbn 9780995358614
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 17256
EUR 25.20

In December 2015 notation became the focal point of a workshop presented at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, entitled ‘To Note: Notation Across Disciplines’. It involved 25 practitioners working in and across the disciplines of sound, dance, visual art, and architecture/design. Their lectures, reprinted here in essay form, consider the wider significance, influence, and role of notation across creative fields. Part reference, part exercise manual, this book, edited by Hannah Mathews, is a collection of material that both informs and challenges our understanding of notation and how it exists both historically and currently within and across various fields and disciplines.

362 p, ills bw, 11 x 18 cm, pb, English

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Go Field And Towers - Guillaume Othenin-Girard And Nigel Peake

Isbn 9781527200968
Publisher Amarillo Press
Idea code 17306
EUR 23.40

'Go Field and Towers' is the result of the conversations that occurred in studios taught by Guillaume Othenin-Girard and Nigel Peake between 2012-2014 as part of the first-year course in architectural design directed by the Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). By the nature of tutorials, their conversation would often stray to other fields – academic and artistic and in-between. As they worked on this book, they invited guests to make contributions, some of which appear as short essays, others as notes from a conversation.

228 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Santiago Ydanez - El Corazon Manda

Isbn 9788494619038
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 17359
EUR 53.15

The work of Santiago Ydáñez is transgressive in three senses: form, language, and thought. This catalogue presents a selection of his work that speaks to his intense manner of acrylic painting and the expressive, often large-scale works he produces, with recurring motifs of faces, animals, art historical references, female nudes, dismemberment, and taxidermy. With a clear fascination for eroticism and the Baroque, Ydáñez blends all of these aspects to create a symbiosis between secular spirituality, visceral humanity, and animal nature. Also included are his reinsertions of paintings into objects like cutlery cases, jewellery boxes, and other things picked up at flea markets.

156 p, ills colour, 23 x 29 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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Bastien Aubry & Dimitri Broquard - L'aurore Samedi

Isbn 9780995358645
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 17273
EUR 26.05

Swiss duo Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard are chiefly known for subjecting artisanal Swiss ceramics to all manner of gestural "vandalism" and painterly "perversion". Working from their studio on the outskirts of Zurich, the former graphic designers make sculptures that happily twist and conflate traditional techniques to forge a kind of punk surrealism, with poetic accidents and elegantly unwieldy forms butting heads in plain view. We can trace a similar line of thought through the duo's new artist book 'L'aurore Samedi (The Aurora on Saturday)', a publication that presents Aubry/Broquard's expanded painting practice.

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

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Die Neue Macht: Sammler In Der Kunstwelt

Isbn 9789188031495
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code
EUR 28.25

Die neue Macht analysiert die Motive und das Verhalten international agierender Sammler, erklärt die aktuelle Popularität der zeitgenössischen Kunst und offenbart die ungeschriebenen Regeln, aktiven Netzwerke und hartnäckigen Mythen auf dem rapide expandierenden Gebiet des Kunstsammelns. Das Buch basiert auf die Dissertation der Kunsthistorikerin Marta Gnyp. Für diese Arbeit ist sie in ganz unterschiedliche Rollen geschlüpft, um tiefgehende und spezifische Einsichten in die heutige Welt des Sammelns zu geben. Durch ihre persönlichen Erfahrungen als Sammlerin, Kunstberaterin und Kunstjournalistin hatte sie Zugriff auf vielerlei ganz unterschiedliche Informationen, die sie mit theoretischen Überlegungen und empirischer Forschung in diesem zum Nachdenken anregenden und unterhaltsamen Buch gebündelt hat.

348 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, German

Norman Foster - Talking And Writing

Isbn 9788494717901
Publisher Norman Foster Foundation
Idea code 17314
EUR 53.05

'Norman Foster – Talking and Writing' brings together, for the very first time, a selection of Norman Foster’s most seminal lectures and essays. Spanning four decades, the publication is a comprehensive compilation of Foster’s thoughts on architecture, urbanism, design, and technology and also compiles detailed descriptions of the development of some of Foster + Partners’ most influential projects. The publication presents a selection of lectures and essays alongside the original slides used in each of their presentations, spanning from the 1960s to the early 2000’s, in what will surely be a point of reference for students, practitioners, and lovers of architecture for years to come.

306 p, ills bw, 20 x 25 cm, hb, English

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The Force Of Listening

Isbn 9780997874402
Publisher Errant Bodies Press
Idea code
EUR 12.30

'The Force of Listening' explores the role of listening at the intersection of contemporary art and activism, and asks what transformations listening might facilitate in the world. Written as a constructed dialogue, The Force of Listening draws from conversations with artists, activists and political thinkers which took place during 2013–14, in the aftermath of the wave of protests and occupations against austerity.

119 p, np ills, 11 x 18 cm, pb, English

Quaestiones Perversas

Isbn 9781945711039
Publisher Pioneer Works Press
Idea code
EUR 29.85

The Anhoek School is a pedagogical experiment that investigates alternatives to traditional American methods for learning. This book undoes the benign voice of the standardized test, awakens the reader to the history of violence embedded in the form and activates it as a site for aesthetic expression.

153 p, ills bw, 12 x 18 cm, hb, English

Sleep, Death's Brother

Isbn 9781945711022
Publisher Pioneer Works Press
Idea code
EUR 21.40

'Sleep, Death’s Brother' is an instruction manual on dreaming for children or incarcerated persons, teaching such individuals to lucid dream and thus use their dreams to somewhat escape their situations. While it is often the case that dream life is passively experienced, novelist Jesse Ball reminds us that dreaming life is also a place where a sense of agency can grow. Even in the midst of physical or emotional environments that do not support such development in waking life, dreams are a place where one can take control. Ball calls for bravery in the exploration of this practice, and provides the dreamer with useful habits and techniques.

73 p, ills bw, 12 x 18 cm, pb, English

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