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New Titles in Art 18 January 2019
Shirin Neshat - Dreamers

Isbn 9788494509674
Publisher Ivorypress
Idea code 18675
EUR 37.20

'Dreamers', conceived as a tri-fold photography book and printed in black and silver duotone, is based on Shirin Neshat’s trilogy of black and white video installations, which comprises 'Illusions & Mirrors' (2013), featuring Natalie Portman, 'Roja' (2016) and 'Sarah' (2016). Three stories exploring women’s dreams through emotional and psychological narratives, remaining on the border of dream and reality; madness and sanity; consciousness and sub-consciousness. In the artist’s own words "I have been haunted by the power of dreams, and in how it is only in the state of dreams where the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred; and where human beings become truly free and naked."

144 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 15 cm, pb, English

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Karl Nawrot - Mind Walks

Isbn 9783906213231
Publisher Rollo Press
Idea code 18673
EUR 30.85

Karl Nawrot is a graphic designer whose work has a pronounced architectural sensibility. His oeuvre includes typography, illustration, and abstract graphic compositions, and he uses techniques usually associated with architectural processes to create letterforms drawn using various media. ‘Mind Walks’ compiles more than 900 images of Nawrot’s selected works from between 2004 and 2017. Edited and designed by him, and with a text by James Langdon, the book is a fascinating compendium of plastic expression through various materials. Whether formed in pencil, ink, foam board, card stock, or metal, his creations are the typographic equivalent of an architectural model.

496 p, ills bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, French/English

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What Artists Do

Isbn 9780981484662
Publisher Imperfect Publishing
Idea code 18677
EUR 25.70

Artists do myriad things. Six of these things are discussed in this modest book. This limited sampling is intended to emphasize how, in totality, the work of artists is different in substance, spirit, and methodology from that of most other professions. Highlights from the lives and work of seven seminal New York-based artists [Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Donald Judd, On Kawara, and Richard Serra] are used to illustrate these six things.

128 p, ills bw, 15 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Jack Whitten: Odyssey

Isbn 9781941366172
Publisher Gregory R. Miller & Co.
Idea code
EUR 51.10

Jack Whitten was one of the most important artists of his generation. His paintings range from figurative work addressing civil rights in the 1960s to groundbreaking experimentation with abstraction in the '70s, '80s and '90s to recent work memorializing black historical figures such as James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 29 cm, hb, English

Jeff Weber - An Attempt At A Personal Epistemology | Kunsthalle Leipzig

Isbn 9789492811387
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 18706
EUR 25.70

This book is the result of Jeff Weber’s long-term project as Kunsthalle Leipzig, an institution which worked as an extension of his photographic practice and functioned as a conceptual frame to invite others to actively participate. His sequence of images documenting the renovation of the Leipzig apartments reflects the wish for a place created with a minimum of means and invested with freedom. Light seems to become a physical object in Weber’s pictures, “yet the quality of grey tones… is mysterious,” writes Robert Beavers. Besides many photos and posters from the Kunsthalle, the book includes a critical text by Michael Baers and a conversation with the artist and Marie-France Rafael.

522 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 19 cm, pb, English

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Louis Luthi - A Die With Twenty-Six Faces

Isbn 9789492811394
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 18720
EUR 18.00

In ‘A Die With Twenty-Six Faces’, the author guides us through his collection of books with letters for titles, referred to as “alphabet books”. Some of these titles are familiar, such as John Updike’s ‘S.’, Georges Perec’s ‘W’, and Louis Zukofsky’s ‘A’. Others are obscure, perhaps even imaginary, like Arnold Skemer’s ‘C’ and ‘D’, or Zach Sodenstern’s ‘A’. Tracing connections between these books, the author elaborates on the symbolic content of letters, Joycean characters, Franz Kafka, Guy Davenport, and libraries within libraries. Designed by the author and mixing essay and fiction, the book is a playful meditation on contemporary literature, typography, and book collecting.

104 p, ills colour & bw, 13 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Manon Van Kouswijk - Making Faces A Jewellery Playbook

Isbn 9780646994185
Publisher Manon Van Kouswijk
Idea code 18707
EUR 34.65

Dutch artist and contemporary jeweller Manon van Kouswijk’s working methodology is based on exploring and translating archetypal jewellery forms and motifs through a range of materials and processes. An integral aspect of her practice is the framing and contextualising of her work through the making of exhibitions and artist’s publications. While rooted in a conceptual approach to making, her works embrace the sensual qualities of objects in their use of colour, weight, sound, rhythm, and material expression. This book, with its expressive, beaded characters of necklaces arranged as masks, suggests that if jewellery has a face, we might form an emotional connection with it.

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

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Beatriz Milhazes - Rio Azul

Isbn 9781910844304
Publisher White Cube
Idea code 18680
EUR 43.35

This exhibition foregrounded Milhazes' explorations in a variety of media including painting, installation, sculpture, and collage and her first ever tapestry. In a new series of paintings, which make reference to the flattened sense of space in Matisse's paper cut-outs and the colourful compositions of modernist painter and designer Sonia Delaunay, Milhazes continues to employ a bright, riotous colour palette with 'Neo-Concretist' and geometric shapes. Circular forms, abstract and floral patterning and solid expanses of single colours are set against parallel or undulating lines; images that echo both the tropical profusion of Brazil's native flora and the delicate transparency and grid-like features of its modernist architecture.

132 p, ills colour, 25 x 31 cm, pb, English

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Lee Lozano - Language Pieces

Isbn 9783906915265
Publisher Hauser & Wirth
Idea code 18681
EUR 34.70

In the late 1960s, Lee Lozano conceived of and executed a series of 'language pieces,' written in the pages of her notebooks, consisting of rules and parameters for the actions that would constitute a piece. From offering money to house-guests to smoking as much marijuana as possible, Lozano boldly tested social norms, culminating in two of her most famous works: 'General Strike Piece' (1969), which saw her retreating from the art world completely, and 'Decide to Boycott Women' (1971), in which she ceased engaging with all members of her own gender.

88 p, ills colour, 24 x 32 cm, pb, English

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Per Svensson Alchemy Art Architecture

Isbn 9789188031648
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 18694
EUR 36.20

Per Svensson, born and based in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a diverse artist who works in the fields of sculpture, painting, drawing, sound installation, film, and architecture. This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Alchemy – The All Seeing Eye’ at Färgfabriken, situated in Lövholmen, an industrial district in Stockholm. Svensson was based there for a number of years and has close ties to the area. His universal alchemical installation trickles through the now defunct factory. Using architectonic installations, video projections, diverse artefacts, drawings, and sounds, Svensson transforms Färgfabriken into a magical place, a portal into another dimension.

204 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 30 cm, hb, Swedish/English

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Conceptual Art In A Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization And Documentation

Isbn 9789078088769
Publisher Valiz
Idea code 19039
EUR 25.00

'Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective' focuses on the curatorial practice of exhibiting conceptual art. The fact that conceptual works are not object-based, creates challenges in exhibiting them. This book offers various perspectives on how to handle conceptual art in the context of the museum, based on three detailed case studies and an extensive introduction in which the paradox of conceptual art is analyzed. It also elaborates on the history of exhibiting conceptual artworks, and on the influence of curators in their canonization. It is relevant for students of art and culture, art and museum professionals, and everyone interested in the art of the 1960s and 1970s.

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

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Documents - Collecting Digital Art Volume 2 2007-2018

Isbn 9782378960193
Publisher Les Presses Du Reel
Idea code 18705
EUR 27.65

This second volume of the catalogue dedicated to the collection of digital art at the Espace Multimédia Gantner in Bourogne presents 23 new acquisitions as well as a glossary and two previously unpublished essays on the place of digital art in contemporary art and issues of conservation and restoration. The collection, conceived by art historian Bertrand Gauguet in 2004, is intended as a way to share digital art with the wider public and in places not necessarily devoted to art. The book takes stock of the collection after a decade of regular acquisitions and examines both the near absence of digital art in today’s collections and the act of collecting in the era of programmed obsolescence.

304 p, ills colour, 16 x 24 cm, pb, French/English

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Emil Pirchan - Universal Artist

Isbn 9783038500438
Publisher Nimbus
Idea code 18696
EUR 48.65

Emil Pirchan (1884-1957), born in Brno, started his artistic career as a student of the Viennese art nouveau architect Otto Wagner, then switched to interior design. Soon he broadened his field into commercial art with the focus on poster art and in 1913 he founded a school in Munich for applied arts and set decoration whose promising development got interrupted by the First World War. As the head of stage design at the Bavarian State Theatre Pirchan caused a sensation with revolutionary expressionistic stage decorations. During the time of National Socialism he increasingly withdrew into writing and published diverse monographs and relevant works about theatre arts and dance.

368 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 31 cm, hb, German/English

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Brad Downey - Slapstick Formalism

Isbn 9789188369178
Publisher Mu
Idea code 18692
EUR 41.05

Brad Downey uses the streets as his studio and place of creative expression. He finds inspiration in the objects and activities of daily life, and is notorious for his subversive pranks and minimalist interventions in public space: spontaneous sculptures and assemblages, unsolicited interventions and silent alterations, simple actions and complex patterns. This book traces the vast labyrinth of Downey’s oeuvre, offering the first comprehensive assessment of his sculptures, architecture, performances, installations, films, drawings, collages, and activism. The publication was conceived in close collaboration with the artist, edited by Lukas Feireiss and designed by Matthias Hübner.

430 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 32 cm, pb, English

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Sensory Spaces 2013-2019

Isbn 9789069183084
Publisher Boijmans Van Beuningen
Idea code 18710
EUR 25.00

What happens when a space adapts to the art instead of the other way around? Over the past years, a series of exhibitions in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's open foyer has challenged our perceptions of space. In 'Sensory Spaces' fifteen international artists were given carte blanche to play with the Willem van der Vorm gallery, and each seized the oppportunity to create a unique experience that heightened visitor's awareness. This final publication captures their extraordinary visions in word and image.

256 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Ann Veronica Janssens

Isbn 9789527067741
Publisher Kiasma
Idea code 18660
EUR 32.05

Using a minimal repertoire of materials, the artist Ann Veronica Janssens poses fundametal questions about the limits of perception and our capacity to sense and experience the world. Janssens' art compels us to question our sensory world, the reliability of our perceptions and, ultimately, the very basis of our sensations and conciousness. This richly illustrated publication introduces Janssens' intriguing art by essyas of Laura Lindstedt, Marja Sakari, and Clélia Zernik.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 27 cm, pb, French/English

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Mehraneh Atashi - Ludic Garden

Isbn 9789082922400
Publisher Mehraneh Atashi
Idea code 18708
EUR 20.60

‘Ludic Garden’ presents new work by Iranian artist Mehraneh Atashi, together with new versions of previous works and essays by various authors. Atashi steadily builds a universe, a constellation that cannot be broken, because it already embodies its ruptures. This universe invites us to inhabit it as well, affecting our way of seeing with its irregular sequence and excavation into memory, transforming and branching out into a possible future. The book explores the assembling of natural and synthetic matter, relocates self-portraits, discusses ghosts and becoming disoriented, and uses memory as material, unfolding parts of Atashi’s universe and revealing its processes.

120 p, ills colour, 15 x 21 cm, pb, English

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Tiziano/gerhard Richter: Heaven On Earth

Isbn 9788875707392
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 18563
EUR 34.80

'Tiziano / Gerhard Richter. Heaven on Earth', published to mark to the exhibition of the same name at Palazzo Te in Mantua, gathers unpublished essays which explore the relationship between the two artists and the different levels of interpreting the theme of the Annunciation, which is fundamental to Western art. Giulio Busi offers an analysis of the Annunciation in Jewish culture and Annarosa Buttarelli reflects on the interpretation of the philosophy of difference; insights on Titian are entrusted to Marsel Grosso and Claudia Cieri Via, who reflects on the echoes of the Annunciation in the history of painting after Titian, while Helmut Friedel and Giovanni Iovane focus on the works of Gerhard Richter.

252 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 24 cm, pb, Italian/English

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E.a.t. Experiments In Art And Technology)

Isbn 9788963031811
Publisher Mmca
Idea code 18700
EUR 49.35

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, this volume delves into the groundbreaking activities of E.A.T., a non-profit organisation that began actively promoting and exploring the union of art and technology in 1966. The brainchild of artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, it aimed to expand the social role of artists and counteract feelings of alienation brought on by rapid technological advancement. The group hoped to inspire new directions for research, and also to serve as a catalyst in fostering technologies more attuned to the needs of the individual.

380 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 26 cm, pb, Korean/English

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S&d#24 Occupation And Hospitality

Isbn 9789490800925
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 18623
EUR 25.70

For three years, from 2013 onwards, the Smoke & Dust collective made an old welding factory in Ghent the focal point of their activities, a laboratory that launched its members into unknown directions, constantly sharpening their sense of improvisation and reinvention. “We understood that the act of occupying and taking possession of the site was not the goal of our work at all.” This publication is a continuation of their work, with essays by Jan De Vylder, Prem Krishnamurthy, and Tom Van Imschoot, a photo essay by Michiel De Cleene, and new work by Tauba Auerbach, Experimental Jetset, Braulio Amado, Fiona Banner, Dexter Sinister, Filip Dujardin, and others.

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

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Tadanobu Asano - Everlasting Fountain

Isbn 9784908062254
Publisher Hehe
Idea code 18714
EUR 53.75

In 2013 Japanese actor and musician Tadanobu Asano began sketching and drawing to kill time on sets during the long wait between scenes. He doodled on scripts, on the reverse sides of schedule papers, on hotel memo pads, and even on medicine wrappers. Since then, he has accumulated more than 3,640 pictures, and continues to draw regularly. The collection includes sketches, doodles, manga, his own versions of American comics, and abstract art. This book offers a selection of 500 works, giving insight into Asano’s perspective and reflecting some of the personal changes he has experienced in recent years. With a text by Asano and a CD of his original album ‘Kage No Oto’.

512 p, ills bw, 14 x 18 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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The Soldier's Tale

Isbn 9783905297737
Publisher Edition Clandestin
Idea code 18564
EUR 44.20

Elsi Giauque, a leading figure in Swiss textile art, and her husband, painter Fernand Giauque, also cultivated the art of marionette theatre at their home in Festi-Ligerz on Lake Biel, Switzerland. Between 1927 and 1947 they realized several productions together with contemporary artists. The most remarkable of these was in 1931, when they put on ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. Music by Stravinsky was selected for the performance in a cast of only three instruments: clarinet, violin, piano. Through archive images and documents, this book presents the original production and script in three languages, as well as a new production which took place in 2017.

312 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 28 cm, hb, German/French/English

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