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New Titles in Art & Contemporary Culture 25 October 2018
Mike Kelley - Fortress Of Solitude

Isbn 9789492811196
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 18466
EUR 18.00

Looking at the play between memory and forgetfulness, 'Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude' brings together a range of key works from across the artist’s career. Whether using found stuffed animals as emotional effigies of long lost traumatic memories, or evoking the psychic existential homelessness of Superman in the form of his Kandor series, Mike Kelley explores the dark underbelly of post-war American culture. This publication accompanies the exhibition that took place at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece.

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

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F.R.DAVID Autumn 2018 - What I Mean Is -

Isbn 9780995713345
Publisher Uh Books / Kw Institute
Idea code 18556
EUR 10.70

This issue examines the impartation of meaning through visible language, whether informative, instructive, transformative, narrative, or other. Contributions include Peter Culley’s restructuring of a botanical text as lyrical poetry, a vignette by Octavia E. Butler, a preface to ‘The Art of Science Writing’ by Worsley and Mayer, Daniel Victor’s report on an Oxford comma dispute, a wall text for ‘High Speed Geology’ at Museum für Naturkunde, ‘In the Shadow of the American Dream’ by David Wojnarowicz, ‘26 Theses on Craft’ by Sharon H. Poggenpohl, a report Charles and Ray Eames drew up for the Indian government to promote quality in small industries, and much more.

224 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Jan Hoek Mental Superpowers

Isbn 9789490800956
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 18548
EUR 25.70

Lady Gaga, Diane Arbus, Vincent van Gogh, Kurt Cobain – the list of creative geniuses with mental health issues is long and well known. But how do the two relate to one another? Can an mental illness also be seen as a superpower? To answer this question Jan Hoek spent three months living in a psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn, collaborating with the hospital's clients and other unique individuals he met in New York. This comic book is the result.

88 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 26 cm, pb, English

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The Serving Library Annual 2018/19 (Translation)

Isbn 9789492811318
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 18494
EUR 25.70

The ‘Serving Library Annual’ comprises several “bulletins” organised around a theme for an international audience of designers, researchers, writers, and artists. This year’s collection explores how translation is fast becoming a significant site for the negotiation of identities and power dynamics in an increasingly Anglocentric cultural scene. Departing from literature and the visual arts, the issue veers off into mathematics, music, architecture, religion, and more. It is guest co-edited by Italian novelist and translator Vincenzo Latronico and features contributions by Meehan Crist, Philip Ording, Katrina Dodson, Claudia Durastanti, Joseph Grigely, Minae Mizumura, and more.

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

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Works And Words

Isbn 9789492811295
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 18468
EUR 20.60

This publication is an unedited reprint of the catalogue originally published by De Appel in 1980 as a follow-up to the international art manifestation ‘Works and Words’. The event sought to break with the one-way traffic of Western artists traveling to the East by inviting artists from Eastern Bloc countries to Amsterdam. The invited artists, theoreticians, film-makers, and art historians represented a broad spectrum of practices, theoretical approaches, and developments. The manifestation resulted in an active exchange of ideas, new insights, and collaborations. Indicative of the early days of De Appel, the project reflects the groundbreaking forms of artistic practice it represented.

92 p, ills bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Subjective Atlas Of Brussels

Isbn 9789082919905
Publisher Subjective Editions
Idea code 18492
EUR 20.05

Brussels is an amalgam of juxtapositions. Edited by Annelys de Vet, a graphic designer and educator who has lived in Brussels for over ten years, this book showcases the work of designers, artists, and other creative minds who all share a particular love for the city. It depicts the diverging narratives and histories of different spaces, and allows us to consider the fascinating pieces that make up this capital city. Discover how more than 80 creative individuals have mapped what Brussels means for them at this moment in time. The contributions not only show their own story but also develop meta-reflections on contemporary forms of living together and community building

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

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Subjective Atlas Of Pakistan

Isbn 9789082919912
Publisher Subjective Editions
Idea code 18493
EUR 20.05

What and who do we mean when we speak of “Pakistan” and the “Pakistani”? This question was posed to more than 80 artists, designers, and other creative minds across Pakistan, who responded with maps, inventories, photographs, and drawings exploring the multifaceted microcosm of real and imagined lives. Edited by Taqi Shaheen and Annelys de Vet, this book is intended as a tool for open dialogue in which creative observers become the protagonists in constructing fresh visions towards conflict resolution and a more peaceful society. Through compelling contemporary cartographies, it offers a humanised vision of personal stories, fears, hopes, and dreams.

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

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We Always Need Heroes By Rosie Heinrich

Isbn 9789490119669
Publisher Fw: Books
Idea code 18463
EUR 30.85

We construct our reality by telling stories. When faced with something that is inconsistent with our story, we most often find ways to reframe it, construe it to our convenience, or dismiss it. Yet sometimes events take place that differ so profoundly from our story that the entire thing seems in danger of collapsing. When the banking crisis hit Iceland in 2008, the country fell into a deep recession. Its citizens also found themselves in a “cultural crash”, as their collective reality turned out to be an illusion. Rosie Heinrich constructs a meta-dialogue containing the building blocks of a story that she combines with a tangible cultural landscape: images of sand, clay, lava, rock, and pigment.

136 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Hans Gremmen - Lookout Point, The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Isbn 9789490119683
Publisher Fw: Books
Idea code 18478
EUR 10.30

Historically speaking, Moran Point in Yellowstone National Park is one of the earliest locations to be widely recognised as a scenic viewpoint. It is named after the American painter Thomas Moran, whose masterpiece ‘The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’ was inspired by this stunning vista. In this book, Hans Gremmen explores what happens if different perspectives and stories are used over time and rendered into a new reality. The centrepiece of this visual research is a series of nine oil paintings that were created in recent years by Chinese painters who copied each other’s work. In doing so, a new version of Moran’s famous painting emerged.

16 p, ills colour, 22 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Dimensions Of Citizenship

Isbn 9781941753194
Publisher Inventory Press
Idea code 18559
EUR 27.35

Drawing inspiration from the Eames' 'Power of Ten', 'Dimensions of Citizenship' provides a view of belonging across seven stages starting with the individual (Citizen), then the collective (Civic, Region, Nation) and expanding to include all phases of contemporary society, real and projected (Globe, Network, Cosmos). With contributions by Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez in collaboration with Shani Crowe; Design Earth; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan and Robert Pietrusko, with Columbia Center for Spatial Research; Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman; Keller Easterling; SCAPE; Studio Gang; exhibition curators Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger; and others. The book is published with seven different covers.

240 p, ills colour & bw, 10 x 18 cm, pb, English

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Alexander Calder - From The Stony River To The Sky

Isbn 9783906915258
Publisher Hauser & Wirth
Idea code 18449
EUR 40.25

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition 'From the Stony River to the Sky' at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this catalogue illustrates the presentation of over 80 pieces. One of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, Alexander Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work. Known primarily for his invention of the mobile, Calder created a prolific oeuvre that extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewellery, furniture and domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the globe.

120 p, ills colour, 22 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective By Jonas Staal

Isbn 9789082906301
Publisher Het Nieuwe Instituut
Idea code 18489
EUR 15.45

This publication accompanies the eponymous exhibition project by artist Jonas Staal that offers an overview of the artistic, cultural, and political work of Stephen K. Bannon, best known as campaign manager and advisor for US President Donald Trump. Less well known is Bannon’s work as a filmmaker. Between 2004 and 2016 he directed nine documentary films in a style he has termed “kinetic cinema”. Together they sketch a grim profile of a world on the brink of disaster, beset by economic crisis, secular hedonism, and Islamic fundamentalism. The book deconstructs the mechanisms of propaganda, showing how Trumpism was decades in the making through Bannon’s work.

96 p, ills colour, 23 x 12,6 cm cm, pb, English

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Ny Materialism | New Materialism

Isbn 9789188031662
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 18526
EUR 32.80

Published with an exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, this volume documents artworks which demonstrate how the distinction between form and content is difficult to maintain. Moreover, these works show that content also comes out of the material, and is not just communicated through it. Creation, processes, and becoming are all emphasised in an homage to craftsmanship and exploration of material changeability. There are also social and political dimensions, wherein several of the artists focus on the transference of knowledge, generosity, and alternative forms of organisation. With work by Sheila Hicks, Abdoulaye Konaté, Lee Mingwei, Petrit Halilaj, and more.

224 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 22 cm, pb, Swedish/English

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Polly Borland - Morph

Isbn 9780648262862
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 18495
EUR 42.75

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of Polly Borland’s work at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, this book provides an incisive new perspective on the photographer’s explorations of anthropomorphic soft-sculpture and abstracted portraiture. The series, produced in collaboration with model Sibylla Phipps, serves as a dramatic, almost surrealistic expansion of Borland’s visual language. Especially prominent are her attention to colour and reimagining of form. The works that populate ‘Morph’ are poignantly human and pointedly not, and her images are at once tender and troubling. Phipps also contributes a compelling psychoanalytic text to the book.

92 p, ills colour, 22 x 29 cm, pb, English

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Travis Macdonald - The Cavern

Isbn 9780648262879
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 18587
EUR 28.80

'The Cavern' is the debut artist book by Melbourne-based painter Travis MacDonald. Drawing on key works from the last three years, the book forwards MacDonald's quietly idiosyncratic take on the more traditional genres of figuration and landscape painting, revealing a sensitivity and wit that extends to both his surroundings and that of art history. At once dreamlike in its atmosphere and palette, and dry in its humour, The Cavern speaks not so much to a wider historical narrative, but to fragments of time within it.

64 p, ills colour, 20 x 26 cm, pb, English

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The Midden

Isbn 9789527222065
Publisher Garret Publications
Idea code 18567
EUR 24.30

‘The Midden’ explores the roles of art, fiction, and philosophy in relation to the future. More specifically, it asks what post-fossil art and society might look like. In discussing the methods and instruments deployed by contemporary artists to address ecologies and ecological issues, including engagements with laboratories, museums, and cartography, it promotes an examination of the themes of binaries, entanglement, and post-sustainability. The book draws on the Frontiers in Retreat project, for which art research was carried out over a five-year period by 25 artists at sites throughout Europe. With contributions by Jussi Parikka, Emmi Itäranta, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, and others.

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

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Cabinet Of Traces

Isbn 9789490800888
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 18450
EUR 18.50

'The Cabinet of Traces' is a collection of 73 traces that were left behind by various artists in residency at Air Antwerp from 2012 onwards. The traces presented in this publication form a diverse collection of objects, drawings, little art works, letters, and clothes. Likewise a catalogue of an ethnographic collection, this publication provides all standard technical details with each trace: material, dimensions, title and the artist who created it. Each trace bears its own story. “The Cabinet of Traces” remembers these stories, while feeding new ones.

170 p, ills colour, 11 x 18 cm, pb, English

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No Fun, Torso, And Plurex Flashback To The Punk And Post-Punk Era

Publisher Black Olive Press
Idea code 18543
EUR 10.00

This riso print booklet pays homage to the independent record labels No Fun, Torso, and Plurex, which together played a pivotal role in the rise and dissemination of punk and post-punk music in the Netherlands from the late 1970s through the ’80s. A limited-edition reprint of a publication produced for an exhibition in Amsterdam in 2016, it gives an account of No Fun and Plurex, both based in Amsterdam, among the first labels to connect with the young punk movement. No Fun soon changed its name to Torso, but continued to build an impressive and varied catalogue. The booklet highlights the personal memories and views of the musicians and other key figures to tell the story of these labels. Illustrations by Joost Swarte and Max Kisman.

32 p, ills colour, 19 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Archivio 02: The Crime And Power Issue

Isbn 25331043
Publisher Archivio
Idea code 18469
EUR 15.50

Archives teach us how memory becomes future. ‘Archivio’ focuses exclusively on the culture and reality of the archive, a huge heritage that offers many themes, from art and fashion to sport, design, cinema, science, and more. With a selection of documents, images, and exclusive content, the magazine aims to open up the richness of the archival realm by using our ability to observe everything from a contemporary point of view. This issue examines the relation between crime and power through the lens of the archive, and features Michael Salu, Elio Petri, Howard Bingham, Alberto Martini’s ‘Danse Macabre’, Giorgio De Chirico, Marco Malvaldi, Ana Blagojevic, and more.

232 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 31 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Ai Weiwei - Fan-Tan

Isbn 9782917217993
Publisher Manuella Editions
Idea code 18459
EUR 33.15

‘Fan-Tan’ is the catalogue of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at the Mucem in Marseille, which gathers readymades from the artist’s New York period and new works specially made for the Mucem. In 1914 the Chinese Labour Corps offered the Allies a tank, named “Fan-Tan”, which arrived in Europe at Marseille. Ai Weiwei’s father, the renowned Chinese poet Ai Qing, also arrived at the city’s harbour in 1929, and some of his poems are reproduced in this publication. Through his own works and historical documents from the Mucem collections, Ai Weiwei questions both the historical relationships between China and Europe and his own autobiographical connections with the city of Marseille.

136 p, ills colour, 20 x 28 cm, hb, French/English

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1600 - 1700 Dutch Golden Age

Isbn 9789492660022
Publisher Nai010 Publishers/ Rijksmuseum
Idea code 18472
EUR 40.00

The 17th century is a Golden Age, a century of unprecedented blossoming in Dutch art and culture. Rembrandt uses innovative techniques: Vermeer captures life in silent tableaus. The everyday is portrayed: still lifes with cheeses and flowers, dune landscapes and mills and of course the citizens themselves. Trade flourishes and supplies the Netherlands with goods from all over the world. Including more than one 150 highlights from the Rijksmuseum’s collection, this publication paints a picture of the glory of the Golden Age.

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

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Leonardo Da Vinci - The Language Of Faces

Isbn 9789068687675
Publisher Thoth
Idea code 18536
EUR 30.75

During his life Leonardo da Vinci, the very embodiment of the Renaissance ideal of the ‘uomo universale’, was famous for his unique ability to convincingly depict human emotions and personalities. ​Leonardo was fascinated by the expressiveness of the human face, whether deformed and ugly or beautiful and idealized, and particularly by the relation between its exterior and the interior mind. He had an obvious affinity with the ‘science’ of physiognomy – popular in his day – which claimed that the human face reflected the personality inside. ​One of the exhibition’s highlights is Leonardo’s 'Head of a Young Woman', sometimes called the Mona Lisa of drawings. The drawing is now on display in the Netherlands for the first time.

224 p, ills colour, 22 x 28 cm, pb, English

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The Future Of The New - Artistic Innovation In Times Of Social Acceleration

Isbn 9789492095589
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 18442
EUR 19.90

In 'The Future of the New' artists, theorists, and professionals working the art field reflect on the role of the arts in a world that is speeding up and changing through joint forces of globalization, digitization, commodification, and financialization. Can artistic innovation still function as a source of critique? How do artists, theorists, and art organizations deal with the changing role of and discourse on innovation? Should we look for alternative ways to innovate, or should we change our discourse and look for other (new!) ways to talk about the new?

304 p, no ills, 14 x 21 cm, pb, English

Hernan Bas - A Brief Intermission

Isbn 9788494813238
Publisher Cac Malaga
Idea code 18520
EUR 53.15

American artist Hernan Bas produces highly detailed, expressionist figurative paintings deeply influenced by late 19th-century decadent art and literature, as well as the concurrent symbolist and decorative style. His inspiration and references, aesthetically grounded in the iconography of the male dandy, come from tales of adventure, romances, mystery, fairy tales, and classical mythology. Published with an exhibition of his work at CAC Málaga, this visually stunning catalogue demonstrates how Bas revisits and reinterprets various categories of classical painting from a seemingly melancholic yet often humorous and witty, homoerotic and androgynous perspective.

152 p, ills colour, 24 x 31 cm, hb, Spanish/English

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Black Book By Hyung-Min Yoon

Isbn 9781988860015
Publisher Information Office/ Vancouver
Idea code 18508
EUR 31.70

Korean artist Hyung-Min Yoon borrows illustrations from a 15th-century Confucian text, a woodblock print first published as part of an effort to disseminate the philosopher’s principles throughout the Korean kingdom. The book was subsequently restructured and reprinted numerous times during the years of the Joseon dynasty. The majority of the images appropriated for ‘Black Book’ are from a volume called “Virtuous Women”. Yoon juxtaposes them with a healthy dose of black humour in the form of jokes, witticisms, and funny stories collected from various online sources, literary texts, or by word of mouth, either unaltered or edited to invoke a more contemporary context.

80 p, ills bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Jenny Rova - I Would Also Like To Be

Isbn 9783906217055
Publisher B. Frank Books
Idea code 18461
EUR 30.85

Jenny Rova follows on her biographical photobook, ‘A self-portrait through the eyes of my lovers’, with ‘I would also like to be’, in which she imagines herself in the position of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend by superimposing herself on their life together, portrayed in photographs she downloaded from Facebook. Rova jealously places herself in the new girlfriend’s position, imitating her pose, expression, and clothes, and photographs herself in the same light, all in order to glue her own picture onto the original, covering the girlfriend. In taking the new girlfriend’s place, she is able to briefly see herself as being a part of her ex-love’s life once again, and imagine how it would be to be her.

72 p, ills bw, 20 x 26 cm, pb, English

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Feminism And Queer In Art Education

Isbn 9789526079981
Publisher Aalto University
Idea code 18547
EUR 26.85

First FAQ is the first volume of a collection of critical, contemporary feminist and queer scholarship emerging from the Department of Art at Aalto University, with contributions from Finnish and international students, among others.The book advocates for non-normative educational, artistic, and cultural approaches that explore largely silenced issues. The texts emerge from personal experiences, but address systemic discrimination embedded within broad institutional and political structures.

178 p, ills colour, 14 x 22 cm, pb, English

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