SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

The Psychology of an Art Writer

Author: Vernon Lee
Title: The Psychology of an Art Writer
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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An openly lesbian, feminist writer, Vernon Lee—a pseudonym of Violet Paget—is the most important female aesthetician to come out of nineteenth century England.

Though she was widely known for her supernatural fictions, Lee hasn’t gained the recognition she so clearly deserves for her contributions in the fields of aesthetics, philosophy of empathy, and art criticism. An early follower of Walter Pater, her work is characterized by extreme attention to her own responses to artworks, and a level of psychological sensitivity rarely seen in any aesthetic writing. Today, she is largely overlooked in curriculums, her aesthetic works long out of print. 

Ranging from deeply felt assessments of the way mood affects our ability to appreciate art, to detailed descriptions of some of the most powerful personal experiences with artworks, these writings provide profound insights into the fields of psychology and aesthetics. Her philosophical inquiries in The Psychology of an Art Writer leave no stone unturned, combining fine-grained ekphrases with high fancy and dense abstraction. The [Gallery Diaries, 1901-1904] diaries, in turn, establish Lee as one of the most sensitive writers about art in any language.

*with a foreword by Berkeley classicist Dylan Kenny

10.00 EUR

These Are Situationist Times! An Inventory of Reproductions, Deformations, Modifications, Derivations, and Transformations

Author: Ellef Prestsæter (ed.)
Title: These Are Situationist Times ! An Inventory of Reproductions, Deformations, Modifications, Derivations, and Transformations
Publisher: Torpedo Press
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Art History, Artists' Writings
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I’m proud you call us gangsters, nevertheless you are wrong. We are worse, we are situationists. — Jacqueline de Jong, 1962

The Situationist Times was a magazine edited and published by the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong during the years 1962–67. In its multilingual, transdisciplinary, and cross-cultural exuberance, it became one of the most exciting and playful magazines of the 1960s. Throughout its six remarkably diverse issues, The Situationist Times challenges the notion of what it means to be a situationist, as well as traditional understandings of culture in the broader sense and of how culture is created, formatted, and shared. These Are Situationist Times! provides an in-depth history of the magazine while probing its contemporary relevance. The book also presents the material De Jong assembled in the early 1970s in collaboration with Hans Brinkman for a never realized seventh issue of The Situationist Times, devoted to the game of pinball.

Lavishly illustrated and brimming with previously unseen archival material, These Are Situationist Times! presents new and compelling perspectives on situationism, experimental publishing, and artist-run magazines.

Commissioned contributions by 
Eric Alliez, Ruth Baumeister, Christophe Bourseiller, Larry D. Busbea, Eric C. H. de Bruyn, Matthew Fuller, Rodolphe Gasche, Dennis Gottel, Institute for Computational Vandalism, Jakob Jakobsen, Karen Kurczynski, Joao Pedro Leao, Iz Oztat, Juliette Pollet, Ellef Prestsæter, Margriet Schavemaker, Sean Snyder, McKenzie Wark

Historical texts by
Roland Barthes, Hans Brinkman, Max Bucaille, Friedrich Wolfram Heubach, Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn, Friedrich Kittler, Joost Mathijsen, Piero Simondo, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti, Alexander Trocchi, Paolo Virno, Bernd Jürgen Warneken

40.00 EUR

Disordering the Establishment. Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958–1981

Author: Lily Woodruff
Title: Disordering the Establishment. Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958-1981
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In the decades following World War II, France experienced both a period of affluence and a wave of political, artistic, and philosophical discontent that culminated in the countrywide protests of 1968. In Disordering the Establishment Lily Woodruff examines the development of artistic strategies of political resistance in France in this era. Drawing on interviews with artists, curators, and cultural figures of the time, Woodruff analyzes the formal and rhetorical methods that artists used to counter establishment ideology, appeal to direct political engagement, and grapple with French intellectuals' modeling of society. Artists and collectives such as Daniel Buren, André Cadere, the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, and the Collectif d’Art Sociologique shared an opposition to institutional hegemony by adapting their works to unconventional spaces and audiences, asserting artistic autonomy from art institutions, and embracing interdisciplinarity. In showing how these artists used art to question what art should be and where it should be seen, Woodruff demonstrates how artists challenged and redefined the art establishment and their historical moment.

25.00 EUR

YES YES YES Revolutionary Press in Italy 1966-1977

Authors:  Emanuele De Donno, Amedeo Martegani (eds.)
Title: YES YES YES Revolutionary Press in Italy 1966-1977. From Mondo Beat to Zut
Publisher: Viaindustriae publishing, A+Mbookstore
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Yes Yes Yes Revolutionary Press in Italy investigates the Italian scene of Revolutionary Press and editorial 'organs' printed as news sheets, newspapers, magazines, mimeographs, pamphlets, some daily papers and magazines, other discontinuous publications including single editions printed while awaiting authorization… Sometimes the journals were a one time only supplement or attachment, ephemeral and volatile. The dynamic printing activities were linked to the political, ideological, antagonist and counter-cultural struggle of a period of protest and occupation of civil spaces, areas of freedom and social creativity.

A critical selection of over 600 publications printed between 1966 and 1977 are cataloged in this book. This research is the natural continuation of the substantial publication, released in 2014 and published by the same publishers: Yes Yes Yes, Alternative press, 66-77 from Provo to Punk, curated by Emanuele De Donno and Amedeo Martegani. That first volume examined the role of European, American alternative, underground and counter-cultural press in a flourishing period: 1966-1977; this new edition focuses, on the same frame of time, on the Italian scene which extensive strategy of 'connivance' and the disparate regional geography, has made it necessary, in order to thematically section the topic, to offer a wide view not only of the underground, independent and counter-cultural alternative press media but also of counter-information, ultra-radical political and ideological publications.

*bilingual (English / Italian)

49.00 EUR

The Lip Anthology: An Australian Feminist Arts Journal 1976–1984

Author: Vivian Ziherl (ed.)
Title: The Lip Anthology: An Australian Feminist Arts Journal 1976-1984
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Art History
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Lip magazine was self-published by women in Melbourne from 1976 to 1984 and stood as a lightning rod for Australian feminist artistic practice over the Women’s Liberation era. The art and ideas expressed over Lip’s lifetime track with groundbreaking moves into performance, ecology, social-engagement and labor politics; all at an intersection with local realities.

Collecting and presenting the materials of Lip for the first time since their original appearance, The Lip Anthology, edited by Vivian Ziherl, privileges the range and dynamism of contesting feminisms that comprised the Lip project. Selected interviews, artist-pages, essays and activist reports are re-produced in facsimile, preserving Lip’s graphic experimentation.

20.00 EUR

On Weaving

Authors: Anni Albers; afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber; contributions by Manuel Cirauqui and T'ai Smith
Title: On Weaving: New Expanded Edition
Publisher: Princeton UP 
Subject: Art History, Cultural History
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Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.

With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.

45.00 EUR

All Men Become Sisters

Author: Joanna Sokolowska
Title: All Men Become Sisters 
Publisher: Sternberg Press; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue
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This book is both a record and a theoretical expansion of the exhibition 'All Men Become Sisters' at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Dedicated to the manifestation of sisterhood in art from the 1970s until today, the exhibition and the publication focus on art that resonated with feminist perspectives on work, production, and reproduction. 'Sisterhood' is a key concept and an impulse to work with imagination; built on the foundations of second-wave criticism of the patriarchal exploitation of women, it poses questions about the future from the perspective of feminist economics and ethics of care.

Contributions by Ines Doujak & John Barker, Joanna Bednarek, Raqs Media Collective, Joanna Sokolowska, Marina Vishmidt, Siona Wilson, Zofia Lapniewska

23.00 EUR

Agents of Abstraction

Author: Ana Ofak
Title: Agents of Abstraction
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art History, Cultural History
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As the Cold War gained momentum in Europe, Tito’s break with Stalin led to Yugoslavia being expelled from the Eastern bloc in 1948. Confronted with this new reality, the Yugoslav government decided to bridge the indeterminacy of its cultural politics through a creative strategy: it commissioned young artists and architects to draft the aesthetics of a non-Soviet form of socialism. Guided by abstraction and the idiom of modernism, four friends and later founders of the EXAT 51 collective—Ivan Picelj, Zvonimir Radić, Vjenceslav Richter, and Aleksandar Srnec—gave shape to this endeavor. During the 1950s, they produced exhibitions at home as well as developed Yugoslav pavilions for trade fairs around the world, arguing the case for the possibility of an abstract socialism. Agents of Abstraction frames the liaison of socialist cultural politics and modernist artistic practice by interlinking ideas of decentralization, experiments in state-funded arts and architecture, non-representational forms, and self-reliance. The cultural and geopolitical contexts are accompanied by rare visual material, much of which appears in print for the first time.

29.00 EUR

Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond

Authors: Dora Hegyi, Zsuzsa Laszlo, Franciska Zolyom  (eds.)
Title: Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond
Publishers: Sternberg Press, co-published with GfZK — Museum of  Contemporary Art Leipzig and tranzit.hu, Budapest
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue, Essays & Non-fiction
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The book contextualizes the Creativity Exercises—an amateur art course led by neo-avant-garde artists Miklos Erdely and Dora Maurer in Budapest from 1975 to 1977—within the postwar intellectual networks that connected artists, architects, educators, sociologists and other socially engaged professionals, fostering the exchange of ideas and concepts and making connections between different fields of knowledge. The first part of the publication consists of historical texts translated into English for the first time, including the exercise descriptions that functioned as the curriculum for the Creativity Exercises, studies written on the methods employed in the Creativity Exercises course, and parallel models for progressive pedagogies and art education. In the second part of the book, newly commissioned essays offer historical and transnational context for the 'case study' of the Creativity Exercises course. The impact that such 'creativity exercises' had on aesthetic, educational and institutional concepts, and the impulses for participation, co-creation, knowledge production and exchange that they continue to give—even beyond the realm of art—are the central themes of the book.

Laszlo Beke, Ildiko Enyedi, Miklos Erdely, Dora Maurer, Ferenc Merei and Tamas St. Auby, Eva Forgacs, Janna Graham, Dora Hegyi, Sandor Hornyik, Zsolt K. Horvath, Emese Kurti, Zsuzsa Laszlo, Marion von Osten, Axel Wieder

28.00 EUR

Tony Conrad. Writings

Authors: Tony Conrad; Constance DeJong and Andrew Lampert (eds.)
Title: Tony Conrad. Writings
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History
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Writings is the first collection to widely survey this singular polymath’s prolific activity as a writer. Edited by artists Constance DeJong and Andrew Lampert, the book spans the years 1961 – 2012 and includes fifty-seven pieces: essays originally published in small press magazines, exhibition catalogs, anthologies, and album liner notes, along with other previously unpublished texts. Conrad writes about his own work, with substantial contributions on The Flicker, Loose Connection, Four Violins, Articulation of Boolean Algebra for Film Opticals, Early Minimalism, Yellow Movies, Slapping Pythagoras, and Music and the Mind of the World, as well as that of his peers: Tony Oursler, Jack Smith, Rhys Chatham, and Henry Flynt, among others. He devotes critical essays both to grand subjects—horology, neurolinguistics, and the historical development of Western music—and more quotidian topics, such as television advertising and camouflage. He also writes on media activism, network communications, censorship, and the political and cultural implications of corporate and global media. No matter the topic or theme, Conrad always approaches his subjects with erudition, precision, and a healthy twist of humor.

Tony Conrad (1940–2016) was a multidisciplinary artist known for his groundbreaking art, music, films, and videos, although his work doesn’t fit comfortably within any of these disciplines. He eschewed categorization and actively sought to challenge the constraints of media forms, their modes of production, and the relationships of power embedded within them.

22.00 EUR

The Householders. Robert Duncan and Jess

Author: Tara McDowell
Title: The Householders. Robert Ducan and Jess
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History, Literature & Poetry, Monographs
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"I'm a householder," the poet Robert Duncan once explained. "My whole idea of being able to work was to have a household." In this book, Tara McDowell examines the household (physical and conceptual) that Duncan established with the artist Jess, beginning in 1951 when the two men exchanged marriage vows, and ending with Duncan's death in 1988. For Duncan and Jess, the household—rather than the studio, gallery, or collective—provided the support structure for their art. Indeed, McDowell argues convincingly, their work was coextensive with their household. The material surroundings of their house in San Francisco and the daily rhythms of their domestic lives became part of their creative practice. 

Duncan wrote poetry that is romantic, ornate, and obscure; Jess (born Burgess Franklin Collins) created multi-imaged, complex collages and assemblages. McDowell explores their life and work—reading Duncan and Jess with and against each other, in alignment and misalignment. She examines their illustrated book Caesar's Gate, a collaborative effort that led them to reject collaboration; considers each man's lifelong preoccupation with an unfinished project, Jess's Narkissos and Duncan's The H.D. Book; and discusses their "origin myths" and self-made genealogies, describing them as a form of witness in the face of the calamities of the twentieth century.

28.00 EUR

Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press. Selected Writings

Author: Dick Higgins; Steve Clay, Ken Friedman (eds,)
Title: Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press. Selected Writings
Publisher: Siglio
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History
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There are few art-world figures as influential—and as little known—as Dick Higgins (1938-1998), co-founder of Fluxus, 'polyartist,' poet, scholar, theorist, composer, performer and, not least, the publisher of the Something Else Press. In 1965 he restored the term 'intermedia' to the English language, giving it new dimension to recognize the dissolution of boundaries, the expansion of liminal spaces between traditional modes of art making, and the open field for new forms that cannot be compartmentalized. His own contributions to intermedia are many—as a participant and instigator of Happenings, as writer and composer straddling traditional and vanguard forms, among others—but it was the Something Else Press (1963-1974) that redefined how 'the book' could inhabit that energized, in-between space.

Something Else Press was as much a critical statement and radical experiment as it was a collection of books by some of the most luminary artists and writers of the twentieth century: Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Ray Johnson, Dieter Roth, Bern Porter, Emmett Williams, Robert Filliou, George Brecht, among many others. Along with his Great Bear pamphlet series and the Something Else Press newsletter, Higgins exploited and subverted conventional book production and marketing strategies to get unconventional and avant-garde works into the hands of new and often unsuspecting readers.

Edited by Granary Books publisher Steve Clay and Fluxus artist Ken Friedman, this judiciously curated and indispensable compendium of essays, theoretical writings and narrative prose by Higgins dives deep into the ever-influential ideas that he explored in theory and practice. (It also includes a substantial, highly illustrated Something Else checklist including Higgins’ jacket and catalog copy about the books he published.)

33.00 EUR

Conversations with Filmmakers

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Conversations with Filmmakers
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Every week, from 1958 until 1977, Jonas Mekas published his 'Movie Journal' column in the Village Voice, conducting numerous interviews with filmmakers from all over the world. Conversations is the first time that these interviews with his filmmaker friends and associates have been put together in a book. Mekas recorded the conversations with his camera. From the films he shot with his interlocutors, Mekas selected one photo or still to introduce each interview. The collection of texts is supplemented by letters and extracts from related scenarios /scriptsand rounded out with an index of the people involved.

Jonas Mekas in conversation with Storm de Hirsch and Louis Brigante, Andy Warhol, Nico Papatakis, Albert and David Maysles, Peter Kubelka, Agnes Varda, Harry Smith, John Cassavetes, Stan Brakhage

38.00 EUR

The New Model. An Inquiry

Authors: Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind (eds.)
Title: The New Model. An Inquiry
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue, Architecture
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For three weeks in October 1968, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet was transformed into a sprawling adventure playground that was free to access for children: Gunilla Lundahl and Palle Nielsen’s The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society concatenated art, research, and urban activism into a visionary hybrid framework.

Half a century later, through a series of seminars, exhibitions, and new artworks, The New Model revisited this utopian intervention, reviving discussions of public participation, children’s agency, and shifting ideals of collective being. Curated by Lars Bang Larsen and Maria Lind, this inquiry took place from 2011 to 2015 at and around Tensta konsthall in one of Stockholm’s late modernist suburbs. Through essays, exhibition documentation, and dialogues with the participating artists—among them Magnus Bärtås, Hito Steyerl, Ane Hjort Guttu, and Dave Hullfish Bailey—this volume charts the evolution of two artistic, curatorial, and institutional experiments.

Contributions by Dave Hullfish Bailey, Magnus Bartas, Jessica Gogan, Ane Hjort Guttu, Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind, Gunilla Lundahl, Palle Nielsen, Hito Steyerl

 

22.00 EUR

Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos

Author: Jurgis Baltrušaitis
Title: Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Save vadinęs lietuvių meno teoretiku, dailės istorikas, medievistas Jurgis Baltrušaitis didžiąją savo gyvenimo dalį praleido Paryžiuje, tad ir šiandien jis kur kas labiau žinomas Prancūzijoje nei Lietuvoje. Baltrušaičio tekstuose persipina Kaukazo kraštų meno tyrinėjimai, fantastiškieji vaizdiniai, mįslingi regėjimai, senųjų geometrijos ir perspektyvos tekstų studijos. Tyrinėdamas istorines meno formas ir jų raidą, autorius kartu analizavo ir žmogiškąją vaizduotę bei medijų vartojimo įpročius. 

Pirmą kartą lietuvių kalba išleista autoriaus knyga  „Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos” (prancūzų kalba knyga  „Anamorphoses ounperspectives curieuses” išleista 1955 m., vėliau – ne kartą papildyta), kurią iš prancūzų kalbos vertė Daina Habdankaitė, pristato kerinčią anamorfozės reiškinio, istoriją ir atskleidžia monstrišką perspektyvos pusę, paisančią tikslių geometrijos taisyklių ir jungiančią meną ir mokslą, dailę ir filosofiją. 

Kaip knygos įžangoje pastebi vaizdo kultūros tyrinėtoja, menotyrininkė Odeta Žukauskienė: „Baltrušaitis neapsiriko sakydamas, kad anamorfozės priklauso ateities laikui, kuris tikriausiai jau atėjo. Anamorfozių tyrimai persikėlė į architektūrą ir urbanistiką, dizainą, literatūrą, kino ir naujųjų medijų teoriją, psichologiją ir kitas sritis, atskleisdami daugiaperspektyvumo ir daugialypumo principus: daugybės žiūros taškų buvimą ir požiūrio šališkumą, realybės paviršių fiktyvumą ir virtualių įsivaizduojamybės pasaulių santykį su realybe. „Tobulų technologijų sukurtos iliuzijos – taip pat anamorfozių kerai”, teigė jis. Kai anamorfinio formato objektyvai tapo plačiaekranio kino dalimi, anamorfozė įsiliejo ir į kompiuterinį daugiamačio vaizdo modeliavimą.” 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

17.00 EUR

Jan Tschichold and the New Typography

Author: Paul Stirton 
Title: Jan Tschichold and the New Typography. Graphic Design Between the World Wars
Publisher: Bard Graduate Center, Yale University Press
Subject: Graphic Design, Art History, Monographs
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Illustrated with images from Jan Tschichold’s little-known private collection of design ephemera, this book explores a legendary figure in the history of modern graphic design through the artists, ideas, and texts that most influenced him. Tschichold (1902–1974), a prolific designer, writer, and theorist, stood at the forefront of a revolution in visual culture that made printed material more elemental and dynamic. His designs were applied to everyday graphics, from billboard advertisements and business cards to book jackets and invoices.

This volume offers a new understanding of Tschichold’s work, and of the underlying theories of the artistic movement he helped to form, by analyzing his collections: illustrations, advertisements, magazines, and books by well-known figures, such as Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and lesser-known artist-designers, including Willi Baumeister, Max Burchartz, Walter Dexel, and Piet Zwart. This book also charts the development of the New Typography, a broad-based movement across Central Europe that included 'The Ring,' a group formed by Schwitters in 1927. Tschichold played a crucial role in defining this movement, documenting the theory and practice in his most influential book, The New Typography (1928), still regarded as a seminal text of graphic design.

28.00 EUR

Yvonne Rainer. Work 1961-73

Author: Yvonne Rainer
Title: Yvonne Rainer. Work 1961-73
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Artists' Writings, Periodicals and Reprints
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I have a longstanding infatuation with language, a not-easily assailed conviction that it, above all else, offers a key to clarity. Not that it can replace experience, but rather holds a mirror to our experience, give us distance when we need it. So here I am, in a sense, trying to ‘replace’ my performances with a book, greedily pushing language to clarify what already was clear in other terms. But, alas, gone. This has seemed one good reason to compile a book ‘out of’ the remains of my performances, letting the language fall where it may. Let it be said simply 'She usually makes performances and has also made a book.' - Yvonne Rainer

Originally published in 1974 by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Yvonne Rainer’s Work 1961-73 documents the artist’s landmark early works at the intersection of dance, performance, and art. The publication provides multifaceted insight into some of the artist’s most celebrated choreographic works, including Terrain (1962), Trio A (1966), Continuous Project-Altered Daily (1970), War (1970), Street Action (1970), and This is the story of a woman who … (1973)among many others.

Assembled ostensibly as a survey, Work 1961-73 features a multitude of documentary forms, including scripts, excerpts from the artist’s notebooks, press reviews, correspondence, photographic documentation, literary excerpts, contextualizing texts by the artist, diagrams, film stills, floor plans, scores, and more. As such, the publication resembles an artist book that generously gives the reader access to Rainer’s modes of working, as well as the social and political context around which the work was made. The publication is also a book of writing, with the artist’s frank, witty, and sometimes humorous prose intimately leading the reader through each work.

36.00 EUR

Laukinės sielos. Baltijos šalių simbolizmo dailė

Author: Algė Andriulytė, Eglė Mikalajūnė (eds.)
Title: Laukinės sielos. Baltijos šalių simbolizmo dailė / Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States
Publisher: Lithuanian National Museum of Art / Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės mujziejus
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Art History
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Published on the occassion of the exhibition Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, this catalogue presents a broad selection of symbolist paintings, sculptures and drawings and illustrations from the late 19th through early 20th c. by the artists from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Amongst them –  works by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Ferdinandas Ruščicas, Petras Kalpokas, Antanas Vivulskis, Petras Rimša, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius, Janis Rozentals, Vilhelms Purvitis, Johann Walter, Peteris Krastinš, Emilija Gruzite, Kristjan Raud, Konrad Magi, Nikolai Triik, Oskar Kallis and Peet Aren. 

With texts by Rodolpje Rapetti, Algė Anfriulytė, Daiva Beliūnienė, Marita Berzine, Aija Braslina, Ieva Burbaitė, Gundega Cebere, Eero Epner, Danutė Gruzdienė, Linda Kaljundi, Jaak Kangliaski, Lola Annabel Kass, Dace Lamberga, Laima Laučkaitė, Mai Levin, Gunta Madlinska, Aistė Praškevičiūtė, Bart Pushaw, Liis Pahlapuu, Julija Račiūnaitė, Jurgita Rimkutė-Vainiuvienė, Genovaitė Vertelkaitė-Bartulienė. With a newly commissioned text 'Different Lithuanians in Vilnius in Confrontation with History' by OSVALDAS DAUGELIS.

22.00 EUR

Stockhausen Serves Imperialism

Author: Cornelius Cardew
Title: Stockhausen Serves Imperialism
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History 
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Originally published in 1974, Stockhausen Serves Imperialism is a collection of essays by the English composer Cornelius Cardew that provides a Marxist critique of two of the more revered avant-garde composers of the post-war era: Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. A former assistant to Stockhausen and a champion of Cage in England, Cardew provides a cutting rebuke of the composers’ works and ideological positions, which he saw as reinforcing an imperialist order rather than spotlighting and serving the struggles of the working class.

The author also provides constructive criticism of his contemporaries Christian Wolff and Frederic Rzewski for utilizing politically progressive content, yet failing to work in a musical form that would appeal to the proletariat. Cardew’s music does not escape his own scrutiny: the book contains critiques and repudiations of his canonical compositions from the 1960s and early 1970s, Treatise and The Great Learning. Complimenting Cardew’s essays are writings by Rod Eley, who contributes 'A History of the Scratch Orchestra,' and John Tilbury, who contributes an 'Introduction to Cage’s Music of Changes.'

Stockhausen Serves Imperialism was initially published in a single edition by Latimer New Dimensions in 1974 and this edition is the first time the book has been published in its original form since.

Cornelius Cardew was an English composer and musician. He became well known in the 1960s for his experimental music and as a proponent in the United Kingdom of avant-garde composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, and La Monte Young. He was one of the founders of the Scratch Orchestra and an early member of the free improvisational group AMM. Several of his works from this period are considered hallmarks of post-war experimental music. In the early 1970s, Cardew abandoned avant-garde music and devoted his work to the people’s struggle, becoming more directly involved in left-wing activism.

17.00 EUR

The Invention of the Neue Wilde. Painting and Subculture Around 1980

Authors: Benjamin Dodenhoff, Ramona Heinlein (eds.)
Title: The Invention of the Neue Wilde. Painting and Subculture Around 1980
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History
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This fresh perspective on the German painting movement of the late '70s and early '80s explores the community of artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, drawing on forgotten photographic and documentary material as well as artists' posters, records, newspapers, video works and artists' books to give a social context for the Neue Wilde.

40.00 EUR

The World’s Worst: a Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia

Authors: Christopher M. Reeves, Aaron Walker (eds.); foreword by Gavin Bryars
Title: The World's Worst: a Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia
Publisher: Soberscove Press
Subject: Art History
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In 1970, galvanized in part by the musical experiments of avant-garde composers Gavin Bryars, John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, students at Portsmouth College of Art in England formed their own symphony orchestra. Christened the Portsmouth Sinfonia, its primary requirement for membership was that all players, regardless of skill, experience or musicianship, be unfamiliar with their chosen instruments. This restriction, coupled with the decision to play 'only the familiar bits' of classical music, challenged the Sinfonia’s audience to reconsider the familiar, as the ensemble haplessly butchered the classics at venues ranging from avant-garde music festivals to the Royal Albert Hall. By the end of the decade, after three LPs of their anarchic renditions of classical and rock music and a revolving cast of over 100 musicians—including Michael Nyman and Brian Eno—the Sinfonia would cease performing, never officially retiring.

The first book devoted to the ensemble, The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia examines the founding tenets, organizing principles and collective memories of the Sinfonia, whose historical position as 'the world’s worst orchestra' underplays its unique accomplishment as a populist avant-garde project in which music, collectivity and humor all flourished. The unorthodox journey of the Sinfonia unfolds here through interviews with the orchestra’s original members and publicist/manager, magazine publications, photographs and unseen archival material, alongside an essay by Christopher M. Reeves.

28.00 EUR

Alternative Art New York

Author: Julie Ault (ed.)
Title: Alternative Art New York
Publisher: Minnesota UP and The Drawing Centre, New York
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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By the mid-1960s, New York’s art establishment-its major museums and galleries-had ceased to reflect the city’s diversity and had largely ignored the decade’s social, political, and cultural ferment. In response, marginalized artists created an oppositional network of organizations, exhibit spaces, and cooperative galleries that both paralleled and challenged the status quo. This alternative art movement flourished for more than two decades, repositioning New York at the center of international contemporary art. Alternative Art New York brings together a diverse group of artists and critics to explore the origins and evolution of this diffuse and vibrant cultural scene from a variety of perspectives: political, philosophical, organizational, economic, and aesthetic. 

Locating the movement within both the art world and its larger social and political context, these authors decipher the shifting configurations of cultural power in this period and the complex relationship between the mainstream and the marginal. With a unique, annotated chronology of the alternative art scene from 1965 to 1985, and illustrated with 150 images of key works, installations, and exhibits; reproductions of posters, communiques, and other ephemera; and photographs of protests and meetings, this volume is an important work of contemporary art history and a valuable sourcebook that suggests the basis for the return of an artist-driven cultural economy.

Contributors: Martin Beck; Juli Carson, UCLA; Jim Cornwell; David Deitcher, Cooper Union; Arlene Goldbard; Miwon Kwon, UCLA; Lucy R. Lippard; Alan Moore; Brian Wallis, International Center of Photography.

27.00 EUR

#30. New Lithuanian Painting / #30. Naujoji Lietuvos tapyba

Author: Birutė Pankūnaitė (ed.)
Title: #30. New Lithuanian Painting
Publisher: Artseria
Subject: Art History
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According to art historian David Joselit, contemporary painting is special in that 'it marks, stores, scores, and speculates on time'. Capturing a certain segments of the present time as a source of information about subjects is the main purpose of the publication. 

We do not want to asssert that painting leads other art forms or is superior to them. We also do not want to assert that it can be  definitively characterized, because no medium has a constant meaning or substance. Therefore, today's artistic practice is often somewhere 'beyond painting', seeking to emerge beyond itself and to redefine itself. It is a story of how painting absorbs non-painterly ideas and moves outward more than inward (...)

Therefore, this publication summarizes an innovative look at the traditional art discipline. In this digital age, a book of reproductions is still relevant: it finds its readers.  (...) In addition to illustrations, this publication contains critical exts from art historians of various generatoons as well as statemets by the artists, so it should be a book of interest to those seeking interpretations and information. Thirty young creators (up to the age of 25) have been selected. We looked for innovative views, actions and objects that take the traditional approach to painting in a new direction. - Birutė Pankūnaitė 

w/ texts by Eglė Juocevičiūte and Emilija Švobaitė

Artists: Kristina Ališauskaitė, Margarita Božkaitė, Kazimieras Barzdžiūnas, Eglė Butkutė, Algimantas Černiauskas, Adomas Danusevičius, Indrė Ercmonaitė, Mykolė Ganusauskaitė (Mykolė), Marija Griniuk, Eglė Jaucems, Jonas Jurcikas, Linas Jusionis, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Petras Lincevičius, Kristina Mažeikaitė, Alina Melnikova, Rūtenė Merk, Auksė Miliukaitė, Donata Minderytė, Eglė Norkutė, Vita Opolskytė, Monika Plentauskaitė, Povilas Ramanauskas, Dominykas Sidorovas, Rosanda Sorakaitė, Simona Statkevičienė (Lukoševičiūtė), Gabrielė Šermukšnytė, Ina Šilina ir Darius Jaruševičius, Eglė Ulčickaitė, Rūta Vadlugaitė

*bilingual (LT/EN)

18.00 EUR

Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial, and Tactile Art Forms

Author: George Maciunas
Title: Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial, and Tactile Art Forms
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Artists' Books, Periodicals and Reprints
Stock: sold out !

George Maciunas’ Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial and Tactile Art Forms, was released in 1979 in the Swedish magazine Kalejdoskop (Issue 3). This issue of the magazine consisted of three versions of Fluxus, one being Maciunas’ historical diagram and the others being two essays (one in English and one in Swedish) summarizing the movement by Mats B. on the poster’s sleeve. Primary Information’s edition recreates all three as they originally appeared in 1979.

Maciunas’ Diagram of Historical Development outlines the development of Fluxus while situating it within a wider cultural and art historical spectrum, sometimes to humorous effect. The timeline begins with Roman circuses, medieval fairs, and Futurist theater and moves into Dada, Surrealism, and Vaudeville before addressing developing genres like Earth Art and Happenings and finally ending with FLUXGAMES in 1973. Maciunas’ vast outline dedicates a great deal of space to Fluxus activities, detailing both well-known and obscure performances, publications, and artists from 1961 through 1973. This diagram is one of several versions that Maciunas made that traces the influences that he viewed as fundamental to Fluxus’ development and operation. As the movement’s founder, figurehead, and graphic designer, Maciunas was responsible for Fluxus’ strong graphic identity, which is evident here, and one can also see Diagram of Historical Development through the lens of Maciunas’ Learning Machines, which consisted of diagrams, maps, and lists that prized non-linearity and correlative overlap between various historical fields of knowledge.

14.00 EUR

Choreografija: meno rašymas šiuolaikinėje dailės kritikoje

Author: Danutė Gambickaitė (ed.)
Title: Choreografija: meno rašymas šiuolaikinėje dailės kritikoje
Publisher: artbooks.lt, artnews.lt
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Šis leidinys yra pirmoji knyga lietuvių kalba, kuri pristato meno rašymo reiškinį. Tai – dailės kritikos ir refleksijos būdas, peržengiantis įprastas meno kritikos žanrų ribas. Neretai tokiuose tekstuose atskleidžiama kaip teksto autorių paveikė paroda, menininkas, meno lauko reiškinys, patirtą objektą aprašant per save. Kaip įžangoje teigia knygos sudarytoja, "Tai yra pats nuogiausias, intymiausias ir jautriausias meno refleksijos būdas." Knygoje pristatoma meno rašymo teorija ir istorija, apžvelgiama termino reikšmė, jo formavimasis, adaptacija ir raida, aptariamos apraiškos Lietuvos šiuolaikinės dailės kontekste ir svarbiausi šio pobūdžio tekstų autoriai bei jų įtaka vaizduojamųjų menų kritikai. Leidinyje pateikiami reiškinio praktiniai pavyzdžiai, kuriuos iliustruoja Lietuvos kultūrinėje periodikoje nuo 2000 metų iki dabar publikuoti parodų recenzijų pavidalo tekstai. Dizainerio Nerijaus Rimkaus apipavidalintoje rinktinėje sugulė menotyrininkų, kuratorių ir menininkų – Tautvydo Bajarkevičiaus, Neringos Černiauskaitės, Aurido Gajausko, Danutės Gambickaitės, Monikos Kalinauskaitės, Aistės Kisarauskaitės, Valentino Klimašausko, Monikos Lipčic ir Agnės Narušytės – tekstai.

SPOILER ! This book is in Lithuanian!

13.00 EUR

Networking the Bloc. Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1981

Author: Klara Kemp-Welch
Title: Networking the Bloc. Experimental Art in Easter Europe 1965-1981
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
Stock: sold out! 

Throughout the 1970s, a network of artists emerged to bridge the East-West divide, and the no less rigid divides between the countries of the Eastern bloc. Originating with a series of creative initiatives by artists, art historians, and critics and centered in places like Budapest, Poznań, and Prague, this experimental dialogue involved Western participation but is today largely forgotten in the West. In Networking the Bloc, Klara Kemp-Welch vividly recaptures this lost chapter of art history, documenting an elaborate web of artistic connectivity that came about through a series of personal encounters, pioneering dialogues, collaborative projects, and cultural exchanges. Countering the conventional Cold War narrative of Eastern bloc isolation, Kemp-Welch shows how artistic ideas were relayed among like-minded artists across ideological boundaries and national frontiers.

Much of the work created was collaborative, and personal encounters were at its heart. Drawing on archival documents and interviews with participants, Kemp-Welch focuses on the exchanges and projects themselves rather than the personalities involved.

45.00 EUR

Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer

Authors: Rosemary Mayer; Marie Warsh (ed.)
Title: Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer
Publisher: Soberscove
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History
Stock: sold out! 

Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014) began her career in the late 1960s, experimenting with conceptual art while a student at the School of Visual Arts and as a contributor to the journal 0 TO 9. In 1971, she began to focus on the use of fabric as a primary medium for sculpture, to more actively pursue opportunities to exhibit her work, and to participate in a feminist consciousness-raising group. This was a pivotal period in Mayer’s life and career, and she documented it in remarkable detail in her 1971 journal.

With deep self-awareness and honesty, Mayer reveals herself, at age 28, in the process of committing more fully to life as an artist. In her journal, she records her ambitions and insecurities about her work, as well as her opinions about the art around her. She also chronicles how being an artist was interwoven into all aspects of her daily life, from concerns about money, to hanging out with friends, to being in love. The result is a striking document of the entanglement of art and life and an intimate view into the New York art scene of the 1970s, which, for Mayer, included Vito Acconci, Donna Dennis, Bernadette Mayer, Adrian Piper, and Hannah Weiner, among many others.

25.00 EUR

Publishing Manifestos

Author: Michalis Pichler (ed.)
Title: Publishing Manifestos
Publisher: MIT Press, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair
Subject: Art History, Graphic Design, Cultural History, Artists' Writings
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Independent publishing, art publishing, publishing as artistic practice, publishing counterculture, and the zine, DIY, and POD scenes have proliferated over the last two decades. So too have art book fairs, an increasingly important venue—or even medium—for art. Art publishing experienced a similar boom in the 1960s and 1970s, in response to the culture's 'linguistic turn.' Today, art publishing confronts the internet and the avalanche of language and images that it enables. The printed book offers artists both visibility and tangibility. Publishing Manifestos gathers texts by artists, authors, editors, publishers, designers, zinesters, and activists to explore this rapidly expanding terrain for art practice.

The book begins in the last century, with texts by Gertrude Stein, El Lissitsky, Oswald de Andrade, and Jorge-Luis Borges. But the bulk of the contributions are from the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on diversity, including contributions from Tauba Auerbach, Mariana Castillo Deball, Ntone Edjabe, Girls Like Us, Karl Holmqvist, Temporary Services, and zubaan. Some contributors take on new forms of production and distribution; others examine the political potential of publishing and the power of collectivity inherent in bookmaking. They explore among other topics, artists' books, appropriation, conceptual writing, non-Western communities, queer identities, and post-digital publishing. Many texts are reproduced in facsimile—including a handwritten 'speculative, future-forward newspaper' from South Africa. Some are proclamatory mission statements, others are polemical self-positioning; some are playful, others explicitly push the boundaries. All help lay the conceptual foundations of a growing field of practice and theory.

Contributors AND Publishing, Oswald de Andrade, Archive Books, Art-Rite, Rasheed Araeen, Tauba Auerbach, Michael Baers, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Ricardo Basbaum, Derek Beaulieu, Bernadette Corporation, Riccardo Boglione, Bombay Underground, Jorge Luis Borges, bpNichol, Kate Briggs, Broken Dimanche Press, Eleanor Vonne Brown, Urvashi Butalia, Ulises Carrión, Mariana Castillo Deball, Paul Chan, Chimurenga, Arpita Das, Anita Di Bianco, Guy Debord, Constant Dullaart, Craig Dworkin, Ntone Edjabe, Zenon Fajfer, Marina Fokidis, General Idea, Annette Gilbert, Girls Like Us, Gloria Glitzer, Marianne Groulez, Alex Hamburger, Karl Holmqvist, Lisa Holzer, Mahmood Jamal, Tom Jennings, Ray Johnson, David Jourdan, Sharon Kivland, Kione Kochi, Kwani?, Bruce LaBruce, Tan Lin, El Lissitzky, Alessandro Ludovico, Sara MacKillop, Steve McCaffery, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, Mosireen, León Munoz Santini, Takashi Murakami, Deke Nihilson, Aurelie Noury, Johnny Noxzema, Clive Phillpot, Michalis Pichler, Seth Price, Riot Grrrl, Carlos Soto Roman, Allen Ruppersberg, Joachim Schmid, Oliver Sieber, Paul Soulellis, Matthew Stadler, Gertrude Stein, Paul Stephens, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinović, Katja Stuke, Temporary Services, Nick Thurston, TIQQUN, Elisabeth Tonnard, V. Vale, Eric Watier, Erik van der Weijde, Lawrence Weiner, Eva Weinmayr, Jan Wenzel, Stephen Willats, Gil J Wolman, zubaan

28.00 EUR

Andrea Fraser. Collected Interviews 1990-2018

Authors: Andrea Fraser, Rhea Anastas, Alejandro Cesarco (eds.)
Title: Andrea Fraser. Collected Interviews 1990-2018
Publisher: Walther Koenig, Art Resource Transfer (A.R.T. Press)
Subject: Art History, Monographs
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The 560 page publication is a substantial archive and a singular point of entry with which to understand Andrea Fraser’s work and reception. The interview format provides intimate insight into Fraser’s self-positioning as a central aspect of her practice. By presenting the artist’s voice as mediated through interlocutors ranging from professional peers to popular media, it uniquely contextualizes Fraser’s practice in the artistic, institutional, and discursive fields in which she intervenes. As Fraser is engaged, challenged, and often misunderstood, from diverse perspectives, readers learn as much about her artistic commitments from the artist’s humor and affect as from her incisive analysis. 

The collection spans three decades, from the early 90s to the present, and is organized chronologically with minimal editing. Its unmediated format allows Fraser’s key ideas and themes to attain deeper resonance through repetitions and subtle differentiations over multiple conversations. Andrea Fraser Collected Interviews 1990-2018 exemplifies the ways in which artistic strategies can question and recast social norms at an individual and institutional level. This collection is a singular resource for all who are concerned with art’s social roles in the broader public sphere.

30.00 EUR

Menas ir politika Vilniaus viešosiose erdvėse

Author: Rasa Antanavičiūtė
Title: Menas ir politika Vilniaus viešosiose erdvėse
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Art History, Cultural History
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Rasa Antanavičiūtė tyrinėja istoriją, kad suprastų ir paaiškintų šiandienos procesus. Knygoje 'Menas ir politika' ji nuosekliai pasakoja apie Vilniaus viešųjų erdvių simbolinio ženklinimo raidą 1895–1953 m.: nuo vėlyvosios Rusijos imperijos iki stalininės Sovietų Sąjungos. Skaitytojams prieš akis iškyla aikštės ir paminklai, gimę iš skirtingų politinių paskatų, atskleidžiama, kaip viena kitą keitusios valdžios įsivaizdavo ir formavo miestą. Vaizdų tekstą dar labiau pagyvina virš 150 Vilniaus kaitą iliustruojančių archyvinių nuotraukų ir atvirukų iš Lietuvoje ir svetur sukauptų atminties institucijų rinkinių. Kai kurie vaizdai publikuojami pirmą kartą.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

23.00 EUR

Städelschule Lectures 1

Authors: (eds.) Philippe Pirottem Arielle Bier
Title: Städelschule Lectures 1
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
Stock: to be re-stocked

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Städelschule Lectures 1 presents lectures, conversations, and interviews by Monika Baer, Petra Van Brabandt, Douglas Gordon, Mark Leckey, Joshua Oppenheimer, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Pirotte, Lucy Raven, Willem de Rooij, Martha Rosler, Adi Rukun, Georgia Sagri, Mark von Schlegell, Amy Sillman, and Josef Strau. This publication is the first of a series cataloguing selected presentations from the past twenty years. 

20.00 EUR

A Frank O'Hara Notebook

Authors: Bill Berkson; Jordan Kantor (ed.)
Title: A Frank O'Hara Notebook
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature and Poetry, Art History
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Poet and art critic Bill Berkson (1939–2016) had planned for many years to write a lengthy study on his friend and mentor Frank O'Hara (1926–1966) but died with the project still incomplete. This volume reproduces the sketchbook in which Berkson gathered notes, images, and poems about O'Hara, focusing on his memories of their collaborations in New York, from their initial meeting in 1960 to O'Hara's untimely death in 1966. A Frank O'Hara Notebook offers a fascinating first-person account of the heyday of O'Hara's creative life, and memorably sketches the heady social milieus of the poetry and art worlds of New York that O'Hara inhabited in the early 1960s. In addition to an exact-scale photographic reproduction of Berkson's handwritten notebook, this volume includes a typesetting of Berkson's notes and two texts on O'Hara derived from these notes published under Berkson's direction, titled 'A Frank O'Hara File' and 'What Frank O'Hara Was Like.' The book shows the evolution of Berkson's ideas from notes to fragmentary phrases and sentences into finished pieces of writing. Ultimately, this collection reveals as much about Berkson's writing practice as it does about his famous subject and friend.

42.00 EUR

Haunted Bauhaus. Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

Author: Elizabeth Otto
Title: Haunted Bauhaus. Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History
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The Bauhaus (1919–1933) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's most influential art, architecture, and design school, celebrated as the archetypal movement of rational modernism and famous for bringing functional and elegant design to the masses. In Haunted Bauhaus, art historian Elizabeth Otto liberates Bauhaus history, uncovering a movement that is vastly more diverse and paradoxical than previously assumed. Otto traces the surprising trajectories of the school's engagement with occult spirituality, gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics. The Bauhaus, she shows us, is haunted by these untold stories.

Otto enlarges this narrow focus by reclaiming the historically marginalized lives and accomplishments of many of the more than 1,200 Bauhaus teachers and students, arguing that they are central to our understanding of this movement. Otto reveals Bauhaus members' spiritual experimentation, expressed in double-exposed 'spirit photographs' and enacted in breathing exercises and nude gymnastics; their explorations of the dark sides of masculinity and emerging female identities; the 'queer hauntology' of certain Bauhaus works; and the role of radical politics on both the left and the right—during the school's Communist period, when some of the Bauhäusler put their skills to work for the revolution, and, later, into the service of the Nazis.

32.00 EUR

Fandom as Methodology. A Sourcenbook for Artists and Writers

Authors: Catherine Grant, Kate Random Love (eds.)
Title: Fandom as Methodology. A Sourcebook for Artists and Writers
Publisher: Goldsmith Press
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Fandom as Methodology examines fandom as a set of practices for approaching and writing about art. The collection includes experimental texts, autobiography, fiction, and new academic perspectives on fandom in and as art. Key to the idea of 'fandom as methodology' is a focus on the potential for fandom in art to create oppositional spaces, communities, and practices, particularly from queer perspectives, but also through transnational, feminist and artist-of-color fandoms. The book provides a range of examples of artists and writers working in this vein, as well as academic essays that explore the ways in which fandom can be theorized as a methodology for art practice and art history. 

Fandom as Methodology proposes that many artists and art writers already draw on affective strategies found in fandom. With the current focus in many areas of art history, art writing, and performance studies around affective engagement with artworks and imaginative potentials, fandom is a key methodology that has yet to be explored.

Contributors Taylor J. Acosta, Catherine Grant, Dominic Johnson, Kate Random Love, Maud Lavin, Owen G. Parry, Alice Butler, SooJin Lee, Jenny Lin, Judy Batalion, Ika Willis.

Artists featured in the artist pages Jeremy Deller, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Anna Bunting-Branch, Maria Fusco, Cathy Lomax, Kamau Amu Patton, Holly Pester, Dawn Mellor, Michelle Williams Gamaker, The Women of Colour Index Reading Group, Liv Wynter, Zhiyuan Yang

31.00 EUR

Public Knowledge. Selected Writings by Michael Asher

Authors: Michael Asher; Kirsi Peltomaki (ed.)
Title: Public Knowledge. Selected Writings by Michael Asher
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History
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The California conceptual artist Michael Asher (1943–2012) was known for rigorous site specificity and pioneering institutional critique. His decades of teaching at CalArts influenced generations of artists. Much of Asher's artistic practice was devoted to creating works that had no lasting material presence and often responded to the material, social, or ideological context of a situation. Because most of Asher's artworks have ceased to exist, his writings about them have special significance. Public Knowledge collects writings by Asher about his work—including preliminary notes and ideas, project proposals, exhibition statements, and letters to curators and critics—most of which have never been previously published. 

Asher gave few interviews, didn't write art criticism, and rarely published extensive accounts of his own work. Yet writing was central to his artistic practice, serving as a tool for working out ideas, negotiating institutional parameters, and describing thought processes. In these texts, he considers writing and documentation, discusses artistic practice, offers notes for gallery and museum talks, presents artist statements for exhibition-goers, describes individual works and their situational context, and reflects on teaching and art education. Among other things, Asher provides his definition of site specificity, addresses the function of art in public space, and analyzes the intersection of teaching art and institutional models of education.

28.00 EUR

Artists’ Publications: The Belgian Contribution

Author: Johan Pas
Title: Artists' Publications: The Belgian Contribution
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Art History, Cultural History
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This is the first book completely dedicated to books and maga­zines by Belgian artists and art publishers. The focus of the study is on artists’ publications from the 1950s to now, but it also ­covers avant-garde books and magazines of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Johan Pas lectures on modern art and on artists’ publications at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He is the author of books about contemporary art and artists’ publications, a curator and a collector. He recently founded the Collection for Research on Artists’ Publications.

45.00 EUR

Site Read. Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions

Author: Paula Marincola (ed.)
Title: Site Read. Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions
Publisher: Mousse Publishing with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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In this anthology, seven exhibition makers lay out the motivations, conditions, logistics, and consequences of shows they organized that now stand as icons of structural innovation in terms of site. These exhibitions treat the museum as a studio (with works realized on-site); appear outside the museum (in the landscape, in domestic spaces, in the street, in the sky); and take the form of publishing or broadcasting (in books, online, or on television), dispersing or networking (as mail art, or simultaneous happenings in different cities), or interspersing (interventions in the public sphere). Getting these curators on the record in their own voices gets at the core of their innovations—how the shows came to be, and what they became—and brings out the story and character of exhibitions that have, in many cases, already been written about extensively, while mitigating hagiography and historicization. This anthology provides a useful framework for understanding the foundations and mechanisms of current practice.

Texts by Yves Aupetitallot, Mary Jane Jacob, Lu Jie, Raimundas Malašauskas, Alan W. Moore, Seth Siegelaub with Teresa Gleadowe, Jennifer (Licht) Winkworth; w/ an introduction by Bruce Altshuler

18.00 EUR

Witkacy. Plėšrūniškas protas

Authors: Janusz Degler, Przamysław Pawlak, Helmutas Šabasevičius (eds.)
Title: Witkacy. Plėšrūniškas protas
Publisher: Aukso žuvys
Subject: Monographs, Art History, Artists' Writings
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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz-Witkacy (1885–1939) – ypatinga lenkų modernizmo ir avangardo asmenybė, ryškus ir įvairiapusis menininkas: dailininkas, fotografas, dramaturgas, filosofas, rašytojas, meno teoretikas, žmogus, mąstęs, kūręs ir gyvenęs nešabloniškai. Witkacy buvo Zakopanės bohemos žvaigždė, tačiau taip pat ir nepaprastai darbštus kūrėjas, vengęs nuobodulio ir nuspėjamumo spąstų, skeptiškai vertinęs ateitį ir pasirinkęs joje nedalyvauti.

Knygoje pirmą kartą pristatoma šio lietuviškų šaknų turinčio menininko kūryba– literatūros kūriniai, tapyba, fotografija, kiti darbai – bei ją komentuojantys lenkų ir lietuvių tyrinėtojų tekstai.

SPOILER! The book is in Lithuanian only! 

24.00 EUR

Šaltojo karo kapsulė: lietuvių dizainas Londone 1968

Author: Karolina Jakaitė
Title: Šaltojo karo kapsulė: lietuvių dizainas Londone 1968
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Art History, Cultural History
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Pačiame Šaltojo karo įkarštyje, 1968 m., Londone vyko Sovietų Sąjungos prisistatymo paroda, kurioje daug dėmesio buvo skirta Baltijos šalims. Lietuvos paviljoną kurti patikėta jauniems menininkams – architektui Tadui Baginskui ir vitražistui Algimantui Stoškui.

Apie tai, koks dizainas, eksportiniai leidiniai, mada ir suvenyrai parinkti reprezentuoti tuometę sovietinę Lietuvą, kas juos kūrė ir kaip spalvingame Londone jautėsi iš už geležinės uždangos ištrūkę jauni kūrėjai, pasakoja dizaino istorikė Karolina Jakaitė.

Knygoje publikuojama virš 200 iliustracijų, minima per 100 Lietuvos dizaino vardų – septinto dešimtmečio kūrėjų: nuo svarbiausių paviljono menininkų iki smulkiausių prekės ženklų autorių, pakuočių ir bukleto dizainerių. Knygoje pirmąkart pristatomos Tado Baginsko ir Algimanto Stoškaus 1968-ųjų Londono nuotraukos: nuo oro uosto prieigų, gerai atpažįstamų centrinių gatvių, ryškių reklamų iki užmiesčio vaizdų. Daugiausia kadrų yra iš garsiosios Carnaby Street, kuri septinto dešimtmečio viduryje buvo tapusi spalvingos jaunimo mados ir dizaino centru.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

21.00 EUR

Womens Work

Authors: Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood (eds.)
Title: Womens Work
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints
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Originally published in the mid-1970s, Womens Work was a magazine that sought to highlight the overlooked work of female artists working at the cusp of the visual arts, music, and performance. The magazine was edited by Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood and featured text-based and instructional performance scores by the following 25 artists, composers, and choreographers:

Beth Anderon, Ruth Anderson, Jacki Apple, Barbara Benary, Sari Dienes, Nye Ffarrabas (participating as Bici Forbes), Simone Forti, Wendy Greenberg, Heidi Von Gunden, Françoise Janicot, Alison Knowles, Christina Kubisch, Carol Law, Annea Lockwood (also included as Anna Lockwood), Mary Lucier, Lisa Mikulchik, Ann Noël (included as Ann Williams), Pauline Oliveros, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Mieko Shiomi, Elaine Summers, Carole Weber, Julie Winter, and Marilyn Wood.

The magazine was designed by Alison Knowles, who deliberately chose off-white paper and brown inks as a contrast to the sterile, white-paged publications prevalent at the time. The works contained in the magazine range in scope and take on a multitude of forms, employing both typed and written text, often with visual elements such as diagrams, drawings, and photographic images. The editors were and remain adamant that the work should be performed; that they not remain static as an artifact.

We wanted to publish work which other people could pick up and do: that aspect of it was really important…this was not anecdotal, this was not archival material, it was live material. You look at a score, you do it. - Annea Lockwood

23.00 EUR

Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 –1957

Authors: Eugen BlumeMatilda FelixGabriele KnapsteinCatherine Nichols (eds.)
Title: Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933-1957
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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The interdisciplinary and experimental educational ideas espoused by Black Mountain College (BMC), founded in North Carolina in 1933, made it one of the most innovative schools in the first half of the twentieth century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture, and music were all taught here on an equal footing, and teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first rector of the school was John Andrew Rice, and Josef Albers, John Cage, Walter Gropius, and Buckminster Fuller were among the many adepts to give courses here. In consequence, BMC witnessed the development of a range of avant-garde concepts. This richly illustrated book appears in conjunction with the Black Mountain exhibition. It is the first comprehensive publication on BMC in the German-speaking world and traces the key moments in the history of this legendary school.

Texts by Gabriele Brandstetter, Brenda Danilowitz, Arnold Dreyblatt, Fabienne Eggelhofer, Matilda Felix, Mary Emma Harris, Gabriele Knapstein, Annette Jael Lehmann, Catherine Nichols, Andi Schoon, Craig Schuftan, Alice Sebrell

42.00 EUR

Seven Years. The Rematerialization of Art from 2011 to 2017

Author: Maria Lind
Title: Seven Years. The Rematerialization of Art from 2011 to 2017
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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This is a subjective chronicle of contemporary art from 2011 to 2017. During this period, the curator, writer, and educator Maria Lind regularly wrote a column for the print edition of ArtReview. The writings focused on individual art works and exhibitions, extending to conversations and debates that were developing in the art world and beyond during these seven years. Works by Haegue Yang, Hassan Khan, Uglycute, Tania Perez-Cordova, and Walid Raad, among others, are thought through, alongside exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA (13), the 2014 Sharjah Biennial, the 2015 Ural Industrial Biennial, as well as several editions of the Venice Biennale.

In Seven Years, Lind’s writings are complemented with an introduction by artists Goldin+Senneby, who discuss Lind’s materialist approach through the use of the word 'hand' and how it applies to art. The writings are further complemented by the book’s design produced by long-term collaborators Metahaven. Three additional essays then filter her writing: Sofía Hernandez Chong Cuy reflects on how writing can affect curatorial work, and the other way around, both for Lind and for herself. Artist Ahmet Ogut conducts an imagined interview with Maria Lind, and Philippe Parreno weaves a summary of the years between 2010 and 2018, highlighting the notion of potentiality. The book closes with a postscript by Joanna Warsza, fellow curator, in which she compiles a glossary of the book’s key ideas and terms.

22.00 EUR

Dust and Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years

Authors: Ines Weizman (ed.)
Title: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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This publication brings together case studies by scholars from around the world that engage with the history of the Bauhaus as an entangled problem—the multiple historiographies of the Bauhaus and the global history of modernist architecture within which it is located. The aim of this book is to read Bauhaus objects, documents, and buildings as molecular units of politics and history. Taking these objects as a starting point, it also sets out to plot their complex patterns of circulation and migration and trace forms of connection that are otherwise invisible to architectural history. Bauhaus history, as this book seeks to show, is indeed a history of migration: of its architects, artists, documents, objects, and, of course, its ideas, as they have scattered across a fragmented world, leading to disputes and sometimes to legal challenges concerning authenticity, physical and intellectual ownership, and copyright.

Contributions by Pep Aviles, Anya Bokov, Peter Bernhard, Nicholas de Moncheaux, MARIJA DRĖMAITĖ, Christopher T. Green, Hamed Khosravi, Norbert Korrek, Michael Kubo, Jorg Paulus, Alina Payne, Robin Schuldenfrei, Bernhard Siegert, Ines Sonder, Daniel Taliesnik, Georg Vrachliotis, Anselm Wagner

45.00 EUR

Art-Rite

Authors: Edit DeAk, Walter Robinson (eds.)
Title: Art-Rite
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints
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Edited by Walter Robinson, Edit DeAk, and Joshua Cohn, Art-Rite was published in New York City between 1973 and 1978. The periodical has long been celebrated for its underground/overground position and its cutting, humorous, on-the-streets coverage and critique of the art world. Art-Rite moved easily through the expansive community it mapped out, paying homage to an emergent generation of artists, including many who were—or would soon become—the defining voices of the era. Through hundreds of interviews, reviews, statements, and projects for the page—as well as artist-focused and thematic issues on video, painting, performance, and artists’ books—Art-Rite’s sharp editorial vision and commitment to spotlighting the work of artists stands as a meaningful and lasting contribution to the art history of New York City and beyond.

ALL ISSUES OF ART-RITE ARE COLLECTED AND PUBLISHED HERE

Featured artists include Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, Bas Jan Ader, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Gregory Battcock, Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Marcel Broodthaers, Trisha Brown, Chris Burden, Scott Burton, Ulises Carrión, Judy Chicago, Lucinda Childs, Christo, Diego Cortez, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Denes, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman, Peggy Gale, Gilbert & George, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Leon Golub, Peter Grass, Julia Heyward, Nancy Holt, Ray Johnson, Joan Jonas, Richard Kern, Lee Krasner, Shigeko Kubota, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Babette Mangolte, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rosemary Mayer, Annette Messager, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Brian O’Doherty,Genesis P-Orridge, Nam June Paik, Charlemagne Palestine, Judy Pfaff, Lil Picard, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Rifka, Dorothea Rockburne, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, David Salle, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Jack Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Holly Solomon, Naomi Spector, Nancy Spero, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, Alan Suicide (Vega), David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Robert Wilson, Yuri, and Irene von Zahn.

38.00 EUR

Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989

Authors: Sonia Voss; Philippe Seclier (ed.)
Title: Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Photography
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Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (the Anniversary will be celebrated in 2019), what do we know about East German photography? This body of work - a territory, borne of a country that, since the 1920s has played a central role in the history of photography; a period spanning four decades, from 1949 to 1989 - should be brought to light. From the various perspectives possible, the book focusses on how, in an authoritarian state relying on the physical constraints of the body (denial of the individual in favour of the people , confinement within G.D.R. borders, normativity bodies regarded as tools of production and vectors of ideology, constant Stasi surveillance), photography was a medium where the individual asserts, resists and expresses its freedom. The photographs presented here represent the decade predating the fall of the Wall and were taken by 14 different photographers.

38.00 EUR

Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio/Feminism – CalArts 1970-1977

Author: Annette Jael Lehmann (ed.)
Title: Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio / Feminism - CalArts 1970-1977
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Art History
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Tacit Knowledge provides an insight into the complex artistic and educational practices that characterized the first decade of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). There is a special focus on the conceptual and feminist strategies developed in and from John Baldessari’s Post Studio class as well as Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s Feminist Art Program, which was initiated in 1970 and brought to the newly founded art school in 1971. As Post Studio and feminist practices at CalArts are often characterized by the specific entanglement of cognitive and (habitual) bodily forms of knowledge, the idea of tacit knowledge, and thus learning through social and performative contexts of action, functions as an overarching principle linking all the contributions in the book. Combining short introductions with in-depth case studies and a broad range of documental and photographic material, the experimental publication takes the form of a magazine, allowing a diverse and lively approach to the ideas shaping the early years of CalArts. 

Authors: Kim Albrecht, Lea Becker, Katharina Brandt, Léïla Douliba, Carla Gabriel, Jennifer Gaschler, Pauline Gründing, Verena Kittel, Friederike Krause, Vivien Lambert, Annette Jael Lehmann, Alice Rugai, Jeffrey Schnapp, Anna Sønderup 

28.00 EUR

Vilnius dailėje / Vilnius in Art 1939-1956

Author: Rima Rutkauskienė (ed.)
Title: Vilnius dailėje / Vilnius in Art 1939-1956
Publisher: Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Art History
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*bilingual 

The public has already seen Vilnius depicted in the artworks from differenf periods, previously displayed at numeruous events. This publication offers a look at Vilnius through the eyes of the artists who lived anx worked in the capital during the hardships of war and the dofficulties of post-war yearss (1939-1956). 

Artists featured in the publication: Petras Povilas Aleksandravičius, Mečislovas Bulaka, Rafael Chwoles, Zygmunt Mieczyslaw Czaykowski, Vladas Drėma, Rimtautas Vincentas Gibavičius, Antanas Gudaitis, Pranas Gudynas, Rapolas Jakimavičius, Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas, Eugenija Jurkūnienė (Macytė-Mikšienė), Vytautas Kalinauskas, Juozapas Kamarauskas, Leonas Katinas, Anastazja Korttowna, Vaclovas Kosciuška, Leon Komukski, Antanas Kučas, Edward Kuczynski, Lukas Lukošius Petras, Vytautas Mackevičius, Jozef Marian Marcinkowski, Ivan Medvedev (Jonas Meškauskas), Levas Chaimas Mergašilskis, Juozas Mikėnas, Bronė Mingilaitė-Uogintienė, Bronius Murinas, Barbara Narębska-Dębska, Zigmas Petravičius, Rolocz Stanislaw, Samuelis Rozinas, Augustinas Savickas, Piotr Siergijewicz, Irena Trečiokaitė-Žebenkienė, Bronius Uogintas, Liuda Vaneikytė, Adolfas Valeška, Justina Vienožinskis, Jonas Vilutis, Viktoras Vizgirda, Czeslaw Znamierowski, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius.

Texts by Rima Rutkauskienė, Vidas Poškus, Gražina Mareckaitė. Published also are the excerpts from Sofia's Lelyukhina's diary (1946-1964)

17.00 EUR

Art and Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds

Author: Robert Bailey
Title: Art & Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds
Publisher: Duken UP
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In Art & Language International Robert Bailey reconstructs the history of the conceptual art collective Art & Language, situating it in a geographical context to rethink its implications for the broader histories of contemporary art. Focusing on its international collaborations with dozens of artists and critics in and outside the collective between 1969 and 1977, Bailey positions Art & Language at the center of a historical shift from Euro-American modernism to a global contemporary art. He documents the collective’s growth and reach, from transatlantic discussions on the nature of conceptual art and the establishment of distinct working groups in New York and England to the collective’s later work in Australia, New Zealand, and Yugoslavia. Bailey also details its publications, associations with political organizations, and the internal power struggles that precipitated its breakdown. Analyzing a wide range of artworks, texts, music, and films, he reveals how Art & Language navigated between art worlds to shape the international profile of conceptual art. Above all, Bailey underscores how the group's rigorous and interdisciplinary work provides a gateway to understanding how conceptual art operates as a mode of thinking that exceeds the visual to shape the philosophical, historical, and political.

25.00 EUR

Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas

Authors: Lina Steponavičiūtė, Dalia Sirgedaitė, Laima Bačkienė (eds.)
Title: Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės muziejus / Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Art History, Kids, Architecture
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SPOILER! The publication is in Lithuanian only

Ši spalvinimo knyga skirta pažinti Lietuvos sostinę Vilnių nauju būdu  – spalvinant nuostabius grafikos, tapybos darbus, kuriuos per šimtmečius kūrė Vilnių mylėję menininkai. Didžioji dalis atrinktų kūrinių yra saugomi Lietuvos nacionaliniame dailės muziejuje, kelių eksponatų skaitmeninius vaizdus leido naudoti Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus, Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus, Kernavės archeologinės vietovės muziejus. 

3.00 EUR

The Artist’s Novel. A New Medium

Author: David Maroto
Title: The Artist's Novel. A New Medium
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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Why do artists write novels? What impact does the artist’s novel have on the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their broader art practice. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to see the novel as a new medium in the visual arts; yet very little is known about it. This two-volume publication is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel. 

Part 1, A New Medium, is a theoretical examination that looks critically at the different ways contemporary artists employ the artist’s novel, focusing mainly on four key case studies: Benjamin Seror’s Mime Radio, Cally Spooner’s Collapsing in Parts, Mai-Thu Perret’s The Crystal Frontier, and Goldin+Senneby’s HeadlessIt seeks to situate the artist’s novel within the broader context of the visual arts in the hopes of sparking a much-needed discussion about a practice that has long been ignored by critical strands in art discourse. It includes valuable resources, such as the only existing bibliography of artists’ novels. 

*An essay by David Maroto, accompanied by interviews with Benjamin Seror, Cally Spooner, Mai-Thu Perret, Goldin+Senneby, Francis McKee, Vivian Ziherl, Natasha Soobramanien, Clive Phillpot, Alex Cecchetti, Łukasz Gorczyca, Jan Jasiński

22.00 EUR

The Readymade Century

Author: Dieter Daniels
Title: The Readymade Century
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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When Marcel Duchamp invented the readymade one hundred years ago, there was no way of knowing that these random objects taken from everyday life would have such a lasting influence on art. The book The Readymade Century examines his readymades from two perspectives: the Readymade Index investigates the genesis and consistency of Duchamp’s concept in the first fifty years (1914 – 1964) of the 'readymade century'. The second part, Readymade Exposition, describes the history of its reception, which extends far beyond the artist’s lifetime. The edition of Duchamp’s readymades as multiples and the exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes constitute the hinge between the two sections. Occurring at the same time – although independently of one another – these two events in 1964 mark a turning point in the middle of the readymade century that has direct relevance for contemporary artistic practices of the “already made”. The book combines theoretical reflection with the visual staging of art.

W/ a contribution by Olaf Nicolai

16.00 EUR

Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965-1975

Authors: Jan-Frederik Bandel, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill (eds.)
Title: Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publicatins 1965-1975 (2nd edition)
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition  Catalogues, Artists' Books
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The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and self-published works in West Germany. Hectographs, mimeographs and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, low-cost print runs, but also promoted a unique aesthetic. Using wild mock-ups, these messianic amateurs combined typescript aesthetics, handwriting, scribbled drawings, assemblages of collaged visuals, porn photos, snapshots and comic strips, forging a new, wildly free, sensibility in the process. This book is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the international context in which they emerged – not as an anecdotal history but as an attempt to tap into the aesthetic cosmos of the Do-It-Yourself rebellion. Insomuch, Under the Radar also challenges us to take a new look at the current boom in independent publishing, the risograph aesthetic and more.

42.00 EUR

Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde

Authors: (eds.) Malgorzata Jedrzejczyk, Katarzyna Sloboda
Title: Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde. A Reader / Anthology
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Guided in part by the concerns of Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro, Composing the Space looks at avant-garde sculpture’s dialogues with various conceptions of space, movement and the human body. Kobro’s artistic experiments are presented in the context of comparable sculptural endeavors by artists such as Naum Gabo, Friedrich Kiesler and El Lissitzky. In Kobro’s view, the dynamism of our motor skills should be counterbalanced with a carefully measured and organized sequence of plastic (sculptural, architectural) rhythms unfolding in both time and space.

According to Kobro, sculpture was becoming a model of the new order to be introduced in our immediate environment, based on a psychophysical coordination of human beings leading to a rationalized and purposeful construction of the space of everyday life. Included here are texts by Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Katarzyna Kobro, Laszló Moholy-Nagy, Vladimir Tatlin and Georges Vantongerloo, alongside critical commentary by Yve-Alain Bois, Carola Giedion-Welcker, Rosalind Krauss, Megan Luke and Alex Potts.

35.00 EUR

Word, Image and Institutional Critique

Author: (ed.) Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
Title:  Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland.Word, Image and Institutional Critique
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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This collection of essays assembles investigations of Brian O’Doherty’s / Patrick Ireland’s seminal work: his visual art practice, art criticism, institutional leadership and critique, media work, and literary writing. The international authors provide fresh perspectives on an oeuvre that has resonance on both sides of the Atlantic. 
O’Doherty’s role in and for conceptual art and minimalism in New York through, among others, publication of a box-shaped journal, Aspen 5+6 (1967) is as much a theme as his seminal critique of the Modernist white cube gallery (Inside the White Cube, 1976), his art-historical ventures, and Irish origins. O’Doherty’s key role in creating funding mechanisms for conceptual and live art in the US (as a Director of the National Endowment for the Arts) is featured, together with his differentiation and calling into question of many categories, such as landscape, drawing, the senses, and word and image relations. 

Features contributions by:  Alexander Alberro, Hans Belting, Anne-Marie Bonnet, Lucy Cotter, Patricia Falguières, Christina Kennedy, Ingmar Lähnemann, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Thomas McEvilley, Brenda Moore-McCann, Barbara Novak, Whitney Rugg, Yvonne Scott, Mary-Ruth Walsh

25.00 EUR

A Mental Masquerade

Authors: Mary Josephson, Brian O'Doherty, Astrid Mania
Title: A Mental Masquerade. When Brian O'Doherty was a female Art critic: Mary Josephson's collected writings
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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Between 1971 and 1973 American conceptual artist and author Brian O’Doherty published several essays and exhibition reviews under the name Mary Josephson, his sole female pseudonym. These appeared in various magazines, among them Art in America, which he was editor of at the time. In 1988 he wrote the short story 'The History of X' for Artforum. O’Doherty only revealed the identity of his four alter egos some forty years later in his lecture 'Divesting the Self: A Striptease', which appeared in The Recorder magazine in 2012. Writing about Mary Josephson, he said, 'I wanted to think and write from a female persona, to free myself from limiting male selfhood, to substitute another voice for that inner voice that never stops speaking, that won’t leave us alone.' Mary Josephson was the only fictitious female art critic in the early 1970s. The publication brings together her texts for the first time.

16.00 EUR

The Artist as Curator. An Anthology

Author: Elena Filipovic (ed.)
Title:  The Artist as Curator. An Anthology
Publisher: Mousse, Koenig Books
Subject:  Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-Fiction
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This is an anthology of essays that first appeared in The Artist as Curator, a series that occupied eleven issues of Mousse from no. 41 (December 2013/January 2014) to no. 51 (December 2015/January 2016). It set out to examine what was then a profoundly influential but still under-studied phenomenon, a history that had yet to be written: the fundamental role artists have played as curators. Taking that ontologically ambiguous thing we call 'the exhibition' as a critical medium, artists have often radically rethought conventional forms of exhibition making. This anthology surveys seminal examples of such exhibitions from the postwar to the present, including rare documents and illustrations.

It includes an introduction and the twenty essays that first appeared in Mousse, a newly commissioned afterword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and two additional essays that appear here for the first time, discussing twenty-two exhibitions by the Avant-Garde Argentinian Visual Artists Group; Mel Bochner; Marcel Broodthaers; Hank Bull, Shen Fan, Zhou Tiehai, Shi Yong, and Ding Yi; John Cage; Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, and the CalArts Feminist Art Program; Collaborative Projects Inc. (Colab); Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann, and Max Jorge Hinderer; Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno; Group Material; Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore; David Hammons; Martin Kippenberger; Mark Leckey;  Goshka Macuga; Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Ołowska; Helio Oiticica; Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari; Martha Rosler; Avdey Ter-Oganyan; Philippe Thomas; and Andy Warhol.

25.00 EUR

The Place is Here

Author: Nick Aikens, Elizabeth Robles  (eds.)
Title: The Place is Here. The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Van Abbemuseum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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Contributions by Nick Aikens, Sonia Boyce, Laura Castagnini, Deborah Cherry, Alice Correia, Chandra Frank, June Givanni, Sunil Gupta, Evan Ifekoya, Claudette Johnson, Raisa Kabir, Gail Lewis, Amna Malik, Samia Malik, Priyesh Mistry, Dorothy Price, susan pui san lok,  Raju Rage, Elizabeth Robles, Ashwani Sharma, Marlene Smith, Leon Wainwright, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Rehana Zaman


The publication developed from the exhibition and research project The Place Is Here (2016–19), which traced the urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, and thinkers in Britain during the 1980s. Within the context of Thatcherism and a racist art establishment, a new generation of black artists and intellectuals produced some of the most compelling ideas and images in recent British cultural history. Across four exhibitions, The Place Is Here brought together over one hundred works by forty artists and collectives, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and expanded archival displays. Richly illustrated, the book includes thematic essays, close readings of works, and a series of panel discussions bringing together key scholarly, critical, and artistic voices foundational to art in Britain in the 1980s. The result is an intergenerational dialogue around pressing intellectual, political, and aesthetic debates, highlighting the significance of the work of these artists for the present.  

30.00 EUR

Vitas Luckus. Biography

Authors: Margarita Matulytė, Tatjana Luckienė-Aldag (eds.)
Title: Vitas Luckus. Biography
Publisher:Lithuanian Art Museum, Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Photography, Art History, Monographs
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'History is always written by the winners. The same applies to the history of photography. Without such a powerful tool as information sharing and communication through museums, galleries, the media and various publications, we would never have heard of such artists as Avedon, Newton, Cartier-Bresson, Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin. But the artists who lived behind an iron curtain, never had an access to these powerful tools. Thus, this book brings Vitas Luckus back to the history of world photography into which, despite his exceptional talent he was not able to get in because of the political system of the time.' -  K. Candrowicz

Vitas Luckus (1943-1987) is one of the most significant Lithuanian photography artists of the second half of the 20th century. In his work Luckus bridged tradition and the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism. Along with Antanas Sutkus, Aleksandras Macijauskas, Romualdas Rakauskas, Algimantas Kunčius, and other peers Luckus founded the base for the Lithuanian photography school. In original expression he greatly expanded the boundaries of the prevailing aesthetics in photography. Luckus worked both in artistic and applied photography: he was one of the most innovative creators of fashion and advertising photography.

17.00 EUR

Think Tank Aesthetics. Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War, and the Neoliberal Present

Author: Pamela M. Lee
Title: Think Tank Aesthetics. Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War, and the Neoliberal Present
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History 
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In Think Tank Aesthetics, Pamela Lee traces the complex encounters between Cold War think tanks and the art of that era. Lee shows how the approaches and methods of think tanks—including systems theory, operations research, and cybernetics—paved the way for a peculiar genre of midcentury modernism and set the terms for contemporary neoliberalism. Lee casts these shadowy institutions as sites of radical creativity and interdisciplinary practice in the service of defense strategy. Describing the distinctive aesthetics that emerged from such institutions as the RAND Corporation, she maps the multiple and overlapping networks that connected nuclear strategists, mathematicians, economists, anthropologists, artists, designers, and art historians.

Lee recounts, among other things, the decades-long colloquy between Albert Wohlstetter, a RAND analyst, and his former professor, the famous art historian Meyer Schapiro; the anthropologist Margaret Mead's deployment of innovative visual aids that recall midcentury abstract art; and the combination of cybernetics and modernist design in an 'Opsroom' for the short-lived socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1970s Chile (and its restaging many years later as a work of art). Lee suggests that we think of these connections less as disciplinary border crossings than as colonization of the specific interests of arts by the approaches and methods of the sciences. Hearing the echoes of think tank aesthetics in today's pursuit of the interdisciplinary and in academia's science-infused justification of the humanities, Lee wonders what territory has been ceded in a laboratory approach to the arts.

31.00 EUR

We Are in Open Circuits: Writings by Nam June Paik

Authors: Nam June Paik; John G. Hanhardt, Gregory Zinman, Edith Decker-Phillips (eds.)
Title: We Are in Open Circuits: Writings by Nam June Paik
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History, Artists' Writings, Monographs
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Nam June Paik (1932–2006) is a pivotal figure in the history of modern art. Arguably the most important video artist of all time, and certainly among the most influential and prolific, Paik was a legendary innovator who transformed the electronic moving image into an artist's medium. He wrote incessantly—corresponding with friends, composing performance scores, making production notes for television projects, drafting plans for video installations, writing essays and articles. Celebrated for his visionary development of new artistic tools and for his pioneering work in video and television, Paik often wrote to sharpen his thinking and hone his ideas. He used the typewriter to fashion sentences that broke apart and reassembled themselves as he wrote, producing both poetic texts and aesthetic objects on the page. This first extensive collection of Paik's writings includes many previously unpublished and out-of-print texts. 

Drawing on materials from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Nam June Paik Archive and from a range of international publications, We Are in Open Circuits offers important but long-unavailable essays, including 'Global Groove and Video Common Market'; unpublished writings on such topics as his creative partnership with the cellist Charlotte Moorman and the role of public television; a substantial part of his compilation 'Scrutable Chinese'; and detailed plans for some of his groundbreaking broadcast works, including the trio Good Morning, Mr. Orwell (1984), Bye Bye Kipling (1986), and Wrap Around the World (1988). It also includes nearly 150 pages that reproduce Paik's original typed and handwritten pages, letting readers see his writing in various stages of inspiration and execution.

44.00 EUR

The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting

Author: Barry Schwabsky
Title: The Observer Effect. On Contemporary Painting
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting, poet and critic Barry Schwabsky looks at the different directions that painting has taken since the turn of the millennium. He deflates the twentieth-century belief that abstraction and figuration in painting are dichotomous. Instead, Schwabsky argues, they are methods of asking or answering the questions: What is painting? What can painting become in an observer’s encounter with it? This wide-ranging selection of texts emphasizes the coextensive work the viewer brings to painting alongside the artist—the construction of form and meaning.

22.00 EUR

The Konrad Fisher Years 1964-1978

Author: Herbert Foundation
Title: The Konrad Fisher Years 1964-1978
Publisher: Herbert Foundation
Subject: Art History
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Konrad Fischer opened his exhibition space in 1967 with the first European solo presentation of Carl Andre. Located in a converted alley in Düsseldorf, the gallery offered a platform for emerging international artists. Through his exhibition programme, Fischer enabled contact between European and American artists, transforming Düsseldorf into an international hot spot. With this book, the Herbert Foundation pays homage to the atypical art dealer who left an undeniable mark on its collection. The subjective reflection on Fischer’s activities and role within the international art world of the time includes a reprint of Fischer’s first interview in 1971 and a critical essay by Lynda Morris.

With texts by Katrien Blanchaert, Benjamin H.D. Buchloch, Laura Hanssens, Kasper Konig, Lynda Morris

19.00 EUR

Trading Between Architecture and Art

Authors: Wouter Davidts, Susan Holden, Ashley Paine (eds.)
Title: Trading Between Architecture and Art. Strategies and Practices of Exchange
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Architecture
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Since the 1960s, art and architecture have experienced a series of radical and reciprocal trades. While artists have simulated ‘architectural’ means like plans and models, built structures and pavilions outside art institutions, or intervened in urban and public spaces, architects have employed ‘artistic’ strategies inside art institutions, in exhibitions, biennales and art events. At the same time, art galleries and museums have combined both activities in an interdisciplinary, hybrid field, playing with the conditional differences between inside and outside the institution.

Trading between Architecture and Art zooms in on specific examples or ‘cases’ of these two-way transactions: artists adopting architectural means on the one hand, and architects adopting artistic strategies on the other. In particular, it presents in-depth studies of both historical and contemporary examples of the transposition of means and strategies from architecture to art, and vice versa, up to the point that established understandings of institutional categories, disciplinary concepts, and concrete practices become interestingly opaque, and meanings provocatively uncertain.

Contributors: Angelique Campens, Guy Châtel, Wouter Davidts, Mark Dorrian, Susan Holden, John Kormeling, Maarten Liefooghe, Mark Linder, John Macarthur, Philip Metten, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ashley Paine, Lea-Catherine Szacka, Annalise Varghese, Stefaan Vervoort, Stephen Walker, Rosemary Willink

25.00 EUR

Handle With Care: Unpacking a Bulky Table

Authors: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (eds.)
Title: Handle With Care: Unpacking a Bulky Table
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Architecture
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What happens to an everyday object when it becomes part of a museum collection? The table designed by the Bauhaus designer and emigre Marcel Breuer for the Isokon Furniture Company in London in 1936, which is today part of the Bauhaus collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is used as a case study on the postgraduate research and curatorial programme.

While the history of art and design generally focuses on the stylistic classification of objects, the Bauhaus Lab participants suggest an alternative approach: they investigate the material stories, social practices, and different phases of commodification and ownership that the objects pass through on their way from personal possessions to items in a museum collection. The Lab critically analyses the various modes of social existence embodied in the objects.

Texts by Lisa Andreani, Simon Mitchel, Hanan Kataw, Roxanna Brands, Marianna Czwojdrak, Louise Rietvink, Gabriela Szałańska, Mara Trübenbach, Regina Bittner

10.00 EUR

Berenice Abbott. Selected Writings

Author: Berenice Abbott
Title: Selected Writings
Publisher: ivorypress
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History, Photography
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This publication comprises four of Abbott’s key writings on the medium: Photography and Science (1939), A Guide to Better Photography (1941), The View Camera Made Simple (1948), and The World of Atget (1964), functioning as a guide to immersing oneself in the world of photography. These texts, slightly edited to avoid potential overlaps and some highly technical chapters that may not be so interesting to contemporary readers, provide extraordinary theoretical content, precise instructions for taking a good picture and how to acquire the visual tools to do it, and invite reflection upon the difference and responsibility of owning a camera in those days versus today.

As Estrella de Diego, director of the series, explains in the introduction, ‘Now that photography has become a practice that is mostly fun and accessible to everyone, an activity that doesn’t require technique or even much skill, it is fascinating to look back upon the writings of Berenice Abbott, one of the photographers who was most committed to modernity. In fact, throughout all her life, Abbott was determined to earn her living making photos, which was very uncommon for a woman in the 1920s and 30s.’

21.00 EUR

Abstraction creation art non figuratif 1932

Author: Riet Wijnen
Title: Abstraction Creation Art Non Figuratif 1932
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Art History, Artists' Writings
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Between 1932 and 1936 five edition of the cahier Abstraction Creation: Art Non-Figuratif was published in Paris by the eponymous association, uniting all movements who worked abstractly. The magazine not only formalised a new tendency for language in visual art, but also became a form of explicit self-promotion and opposition against the growing force of figurative Surrealism, led by Andre Breton. Two minimal yet clear criteria needed to be fulfilled to become a member of the association: you had to be an artist and work non-figuratively. This resulted in a list of members of long-forgotten artists mingled with names such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Calder, Delaunay, Van Doesburg and Brancusi.

A year after the establishment of the association the first issue of the cahier Abstraction Creation: Art non-figuratif was published. Most of the members handed in documentation of work along with self-written texts. Those writings were visions about their own work, detailed explanations of the documentation, short viewing instructions, epistles about the true meaning of abstract art, essays on the relation between abstract art and evolution, straight forward explanations why a locomotive is not a work of art, and a poem about God being a copycat.

30.00 EUR

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983

Authors: Ron Magliozzi, Sophie Cavoulacos  (eds.)
Title: Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983
Publisher: MoMA
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue
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New York’s East Village was alive with artistic activity in the 1970s and ’80s, fueled by low rents, resistance to the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition. Club 57, located in the basement of a Polish church at 57 St. Marks Place, began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions and quickly became a center of the neighborhood’s constellation of countercultural venues, with artists such as Keith Haring, Ann Magnuson, Klaus Nomi, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Fab 5 Freddy, John 'Lypsinka' Eppperson, and Lisa Baumgardner.   

Fabled but not widely known until now, Club 57 is said to have influenced virtually every club that came in its wake. Published to accompany the first major exhibition to examine this scene-changing alternative space in full, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 features rarely seen artwork, film stills, photographs, posters, flyers, and zines to create a uniquely detailed portrait of unbridled creativity before the dawn of the digital age. [publisher's note]

40.00 EUR

Of(f) Our Times: Curatorial Anachronics

Author: Beatrice von Bismarck  (ed.)
Title: Of(f) Our Times: Curatorial Anachronics
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Exhibitions are tightly intertwined with the processes of historiography, creating dynamic and plural relations among and beyond participants both human and nonhuman. They are able to connect different histories while writing history themselves, their reciprocal relationships making them a complex object and transformative agent in historical research. Although it is precisely these abilities that have led to the current intense engagement with exhibition history, the question of what exhibition history as a practice and method entails remains largely under-discussed. As a collection of conversations, essays, artists’ projects, and inserts, this book aims to draw attention to the effects of a practice of exhibition history stemming from research and the curatorial. Through methodological considerations, interventions in existing historiographies, and proposals for new modes of referencing, the contributions work with exhibition history—and embody it themselves.

Of(f) Our Times: Curatorial Anachronics highlights exhibition history’s decisive role in revising existing histories and testing new modes of narrating and relation building. The publication reflects on how the field factors into a heightened interest in the social and political impact of exhibitions across different times and places. As a reciprocal practice, this alters our knowledge of exhibitions and their aftermath: their continued, trans-institutional, trans-temporal, plural existence in the present and the future. [publisher's note]

Contributions by Beatrice von Bismarck, Cosmin Costinas, Rike Frank, Dora Garcia, Anthony Gardner, Nora Joung, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Lara Khaldi, Azar Mahmoudian, Natalie Tominga Hope O'Donell, Sarah Pierce, Realismusstudio, Center for Historical Reenactments, Marcelo Rezende, Marie J. Jean and Claudine Roger, Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti, Lucy Steeds, Jelena Vesic and Vladimir Jeric Vlidi

19.00 EUR


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