SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

The Ghetto Lane in Vilnius. Žydų gatvė

Authors: Moi Ver (Moišė Ravivas Vorobeičikas); Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (ed.)
Title: The Ghetto Lane in Wilna / Žydų gatvė
Publisher: The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore / Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Photography
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‘The Ghetto Lane in Wilna’ was first published in Zürich and Leipzig in 1931. Written in four languages, for a long time already its first edition is considered a real bibliophile treasure, full of its legends and uncertain presumptions. The lovers of photography, Judaica or the history of Vilnius appreciate this mini-album as a remarkable publication where Vilnius – the Jerusalem of Lithuania  is turned into the space for the avant-garde photographical experiments.

*facsimile edition

34.00 EUR

radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės

Author: Rokas Pralgauskas
Title: radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės
Publisher: Lietuvos fotomenininkų sąjunga
Subject: Artists' Books
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Roko Pralgausko kūrybą apibūdinti išties sudėtinga: viena vertus, naujoje menininko serijoje 'Radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės' kuriamos savotiškos kasdienybės mizanscenos, kita vertus, šį ciklą 'pertraukiantys' eilėraščiai atriboja nuo buities ir verčia fotografijose ieškoti mylimosios pėdsakų. Vis dėlto ilgiau žvelgiant į seriją susidaro jausmas, kad menininkas pateikia netobulą mūsų tikrovę, tokią tolimą šiandieniame estetikos pasaulyje, kur kone kiekvienas blykstės išdegintas kadras atliepia paskutines dizaino madas.

Pats menininkas teigia: 'Ši vaizdinių serija daugeliu atvejų yra studijoje skenuoti ar perfotografuoti pamesti žmonių daiktai, rastos šiukšlės, pamiršti seni eskizai, juodraščių liekanos, dūlančios kūrybos archyvuose, atvirukų nuoplėšos, negatyvai, kiti pavieniai objektai – tiek fiktyviai sukonstruoti, tiek rasti buityje, gamtoje – sąmoningai atrinkti ir atrūšiuoti jie virsta gyva, kalbančia fotografija. Nors tokia vizuali tarpusavyje nesusijusių objektų dokumentacija gali pasirodyti apie nieką, visgi savo estetine išraiška, kuriama nuotaika, absurdo humoru ir vaizdiniais sąmojais emocionaliai paveiki fotografija paliečia žiūrovą savo metaforomis tarp eilučių – kaip gera poezija.'

Pralgausko fotografijų knyga – tarsi menininko dienoraštis, kurį, ko gero, taikliausiai apibūdino Agnė Narušytė, savo įvadinį tekstą užbaigdama šia mintimi: 'Tegyvuoja neideali ir visada vienintelė tikrovė, kurioje viskas ne taip, kaip turėtų būti.'

SPOILER ! THE BOOK IS IN LITHUANIAN

18.00 EUR

Labas, vaizduote

Author: Ieva Stankutė
Title: Labas, vaizduote
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids 
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Menininkės Ievos Stankutės knyga LABAS, VAIZUOTE – tai savotiškas vaizduotės pratimų atlasas, skaitytojus (tiek vaikus, tiek suaugusiuosius) kviečiantis įspėti ir nupiešti įvairias abstrakčias formas puslapiuose. 

Knyga sukurta naudojant mišrias technikas, surišta rankomis. Išleista ribotu 70 egz. tiražu. SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian. 

 
20.00 EUR

The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors

Authors: Dorothy Iannone; Clement Dirie (ed.)
Title: The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors
Publisher: JRP|Editions
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Artists' Books
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'As much as Love and Eros have defined my work since its beginnings, so too has censorship or its shadow, accompanied it,' recalls Dorothy Iannone in her introduction to this facsimile publication of her legendary 'The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors.'

First published in 1970, the book documents the censorship of Iannone's work 'The (Ta)Rot Pack' (1968–1969) and the subsequent removal of all his works by her then companion, artist Dieter Roth, from a collective exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern. For his exhibition entitled 'Freunde,' Harald Szeemann invited Karl Gertsner, Roth, Daniel Spoerri, and Andre Thomkins who all decided to exhibit their artists friends; Roth chose Iannone alongside Emmett Williams. The censorship of Iannone, and Roth's protest, eventually led to Harald Szeemann's resignation as the director of the institution. 

Telling the story of this act of censorship as well as the context of the exhibition in Bern and its iteration in a non-censored version in Düsseldorf, 'The Story of Bern' is emblematic of Iannone's distinctive, explicit, and comic book style, and of her openness about sexuality and the strengthening of female autonomy

Accompanied by a 4-page insert that includes a new text by Dorothy Iannone and an essay about the context of the book publication by Centre Pompidou curator Frederic Paul, this publication is a facsimile of the original 1970 book. 

40.00 EUR

Animal Books For/ Dierenboeken Voor Jaap Zeno Anna Julian Luca

Author: Lous Martens
Title: Animal Books For / Dierenboeken Voor Jaap Zeno Anna Julian Luca
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids
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LOUS MARTENS: 'Seventeen years ago our grandson Jaap was born. That was the start of an animal book for Jaap. I used a dummy for the OASE journal of architecture and loosely pasted in pictures of animals that I had clipped from newspapers and magazines about art, literature and science. Plus stamps and photos from advertising brochures. Then Zeno was born and the same thing happened: an animal book for Zeno. Now I was working on two books at once. Then came Anna. Julian. Luca. At this point, there were five books-in-the-making on the table. And none of those five are finished yet. The children, as well as myself, enjoy seeing the small, ever-evolving changes. The additions. These books were never intended for the outside world where I had found all the pictures. Never intended to be published. Now they lie here, grouped into one big book, because others have convinced me it’s what they deserve.' - Roma Publications

36.00 EUR

Eros Paintings

Author:  Dorothy Iannone
Title: Eros Paintings
Publisher: Innen, Centre d’edition contemporaine, Geneva
Subject: Artists' Books
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Eros Paintings is a collection of full color erotic paintings by American artist Dorothy Iannone. Named for the Greek god of love (known as Cupid in Roman mythology), Iannone’s publication centers on work created over a three-year period between 1969 and 1971, all of which seek to affirm sexual pleasure, experience, and erotic love, through both visual and integrated text elements.

Influenced by cultures and religions from the Asian, African, and European continents, Iannone’s work draws on various artistic sources, influencing form, medium, and subject. In one painting, I Begin to Feel Free (1970), Iannone depicts herself and former partner Swiss artist Dieter Roth as Antony and Cleopatra.

*offset, colours, 16 pages, 16,5 x 23,6 cm.

15.00 EUR

Sisters Alike

Author: Lene Markusen
Title: Sisters Alike. Female Identities in the Post-Utopian
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Books
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Lene Markusen first visited St. Petersburg in 1993. With only a very rudimentary knowledge of Russian, she made drawings of the women she observed in the urban environment. Both of her films GRAD (2004) and Sankt – Female Identities in the Post-Utopian (2017) are set in St. Petersburg (Sankt Petersburg in Russian) or the former LeninGRAD. They revolve around a female perspective on the post-socialist transformation and the societal and political changes that took place after the fall of the Iron Curtain. They deal with what these upheavals mean for the lives of individual women. Through drawings, film stills, and excerpts from the film scripts Lene Markusen offers a subjective, temporal narrative, delineating the living conditions, contemporary and historical figures of women, and the construction of female identities in relation to the former so-called 'East' and 'West”.

26.00 EUR

The Brutal Turtle

Author: Keren Cytter
Title: The Brutal Turtle
Publisher: Pork Salad Press
Subject: Kids, Artists' Books
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The Brutal Turtle tells the story of a Turtle wandering in the desert, trying to reach the animal farm. Facing cruel obstacles during his journey, he becomes angry and terrorizes the farm's people once he arrives at the farm. A tale on power's relativity, hate, violence, and on the importance to be nice.

15.00 EUR

Planet Earth: 21st Century

Author: Daniela Comani
Title: Planet Earth: 21st Century
Publisher: Humboldt Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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Planet Earth: 21st Century stems from visual material sourced from Apple Maps Flyover and from Google Earth Virtual Reality, Apps that allow you to fly over cities and buildings in 3D. Between 2015 and 2019 Daniela Comani flew through virtual city views and made her own pictures, then she turned those screenshoots in black and white postcards. The book collects the spoils of her virtual trip: 360 postcards with streets, buildings, and monuments from all around the world. Re-enacting geography in the era called Anthropocene, the focal point of the project Planet Earth: 21st Century is the interaction between human perception of the planet, urban landscapes, and technology of the 21st Century.

26.00 EUR

Fair Game Leipzig

Author: Nathalie Du Pasquier
Title: Fair Game Leipzig
Publisher: Nieves
Subject: Artists' Books, Drawings
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This publication was planned before it was decided to coincide it with the exhibition Fair Game Leipzig at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. It is composed of drawings that I made in 2013. The cover instead was designed in 2019 in relation to the exhibition in Leipzig. I wanted it to be in contrast with the gentle drawings inside. - Nathalie Du Pasquier

Nathalie Du Pasquier’s work is at the interface of design and fine art. She was a founding member ofthe designer's group Memphis for which she designed numerous textiles and carpets, along with objects and furniture. Since 1987, Nathalie Du Pasquier has increasingly devoted herself to painting. Most of her paintings describe the relationship between shapes, objects and spaces. The space and the work form an inseparable whole. Various objects reappear as protagonists in different contexts of her work. The journey through her work is a journey through the world of her things. The game referred to in the ambiguous title is concerned with several things at the same time: playing with things, playing with constructions and compositions in the picture and in the space, the challenge to the viewers.

12.00 EUR

Wolfskinder

Author:  Claudia Heinermann
Title: Wolfskinder
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Photography, Artists' Books
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When the Red Army conquered East Prussia in 1945, thousands of German children were left on their own, because their parents had been killed during bombing raids or during harsh winters without any food or shelter. Older children often tried to keep their siblings together, and survival—searching for food and shelter—became their number-one priority. Many went on food-scrounging trips into neighboring Lithuania and were adopted by the rural Lithuanian farmers, who often employed them. Most of these children made these trips back and forth many times to get food for their sick mothers or siblings. They were called 'Wolfskinder' because of their wolf-like wandering through the forests and along railroad tracks, sometimes catching rides on top or in between railroad cars, jumping off before reaching Soviet control stations. All who assisted the German children to survive had to hide their efforts from the Soviet occupation authorities in Lithuania. Therefore, many German childrens names were changed, and only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 could they reveal their true identities.

Some hundred Wolfskinder were discovered in Lithuania after the separation from Russia. Today almost 80 still live there. From the beginning of the 1990s on, Wolf children have fought for their German citizenship. They have their own association. The Federal Office of Administration within the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany) held for a long time to the standpoint that persons who left Konigsberg territory after World War II had renounced their German citizenship.

w/ a text by Sonya Winterberg

50.00 EUR

Full Scale False Scale. A Reader of Sorts

Authors: Experimental Jetset
Title: Full Scale False Scale. A Reader of Sorts
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books
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Four years after Statement and Counter-Statement (2015), Experimental Jetset returns with their second paperback for Roma Publications. Whereas the previous publication had a more overall monographic scope, Full Scale False Scale focuses on a single project: the long-term, site-specific installation that the studio recently created for the Museum of Modern Art in New York (commissioned to coincide with the museum's reopening in October 2019). Part reader part collage, the book forms a subjective archive of documentary material, just as constructed as the installation itself - a research project that took them from esoteric colour theories to dark political alliances, and from modernist diagonals to postmodern arches. The 276-page paperback comes with a 24-page zine, filled with photos by Johannes Schwartz - fully documenting the installation, in colour and black & white.

22.00 EUR

Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty

Author: Dan Graham
Title: Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Monographs, DVDs, Artists' Books
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Continuing the artist’s cultural analysis of the ’60s, this is a satiric entertainment which began with Graham’s 1981 video, Rock My Religion, dealing with the evolution of youth culture during the ’50s, ’60s, and after. Don’t Trust… is set in the late ’60s to early ’70s period when the ‘hippie’ tribes moved their ‘counter culture’ to settlements to the bucolic ‘wilderness’ of the countryside. The work as Graham originally conceived it was meant to be staged as a puppet show, like The Muppets, for entertainment of former hippie fathers or grandfathers to see as a historical recreation by their children or grandchildren.

This is an artist book with an accompanying DVD of the film, Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty.

25.00 EUR

You

Author: Ann Noel 
Title: You
Publisher: Evryedition
Subject: Artists' Books, Periodicals & Reprints
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Ann Noël, whose multidisciplinary background integrates painting, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and performance, has lived and worked in Berlin since 1980. ‘You’ was first published in 1981, soon after her move to the city, when she became an active participant in the Fluxus movement. This new, revised edition comprises more than 400 drawings by the artist from the late 1970s and early ’80s – all handmade variations of the letter 'i'.

22.00 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.

38.00 EUR

Holding the Camera

Author: Alberto Vieceli
Title: Holding the Camera
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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How one tilts the camera, holds it with both hands in front of the waist. How one looks through the viewfinder, gazes one-eyed into the world. How one hides it in stockings, behind the back, and how one lets it peep out from behind the corner of a building, as though it were a detective. Holding the Camera shows a pictorial genre from the now extinct era of analogue photography. Like the dinosaurs, supposedly the victims of a violent meteorite bombardement, also these images that were once distributed a million times over in instructions and advertisements, have been erased, deleted. -  Nadine Olonetzky

32.00 EUR

Asukų knyga

Author: Beatričė Mockevičiūtė
Title: Asukų knyga
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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Beatričė Mockevičiūtė associates the act of creating with the possibility to grasp that which is usually translucent and ephemeral in the everyday. Apartment blocks visited by reflections of the sun or truck tarpaulins blown about in the wind may be meticulously man-made, but they are also independent and unpredictable. A gaze is the main instrument which allows us to recognise and define such translucent characters of the everyday.

The book of 'Asukas' is the natural extension of the artist's exploration of the sun and the shadows, the translucent and the ephemera of the everyday. Limited edition of 50.

Gathered and bounded together on demand. 

45.00 EUR

Pusiniai namai

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Pusiniai namai / Half Houses
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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This project started as an aesthetic riddle: is this house not lacking its second half? So then we returned to Vilijampolė, Kaunas for a bunch more times, wandering through its streets and yards, seeking to re-think and re-imagine the stories behind these halves. Strange feeling of compositional lack comes to us every time when we look at these pictures. It is a forceful reflection of the loss here experienced: the missing half of the city's history. However neither the houses nor their inhabitants seem to forget that which has been lost, its legacy can be heard even in a brief chat that interrupts their daily toil. 

Photographs and interviews with the residents are tied together by a paperclip, like a cadastral file. Techniques used: ink, offset and silkscreen printing. Edition of 100! 

25.00 EUR

Borrowed Sympathy

Author: Kristina Alijošiūtė
Title: Borrowed Sympathy
Publisher: Self-published, 
Subject: Artists' Books, Photography, Zines
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Borrowed Sympathy is a collective diary containing 14 personal stories from different individuals. It's a call to share details acquainted by simpky living one's day-to-day life with irs brights and darks. It can be a feeling, self-criticism, random observation or anything we would usually find not significant enough to be shared on social media. 

sympathy (noun): understanding between people; common feeling; support in the form of shared feelings or opinions; agreement with or an approval of an option or aim; a favourable attituted. 

Contributions by Algė Ramanauskienė, Eglė Ožalaitė, Elisa Rodríguez, Demian Jacob, Justas Ambrizas, Kelly A. Berry, Kristina Alijošiūtė, Lisa-Mary Dickinson, Mariejem Tordjo, Robert Pantel, Stasys Mačiulskas, Vaiva Žemaitytė. All the photos were submitted by contributors. 

Risography (printed by Drucken 3000, Berlin), limited edition of 75. 
Cover picture and the color of  a rubber band may vary. 

14.00 EUR

eeK 2014-2018

Authors: Robertas Narkus, Nerijus Rimkus (eds.)
Title: eeK 2014-2018. Eksperimentinės inžinerijos stovykla eeKūlgrinda
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Artists' Books
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Within the management of circumstances career that the artist Robertas Narkus has created for himself, the role of Eek - a yearly two week break with a daily fluctuating number of artists - has received little attention yet it has played an important role. In fact Kartena, an archetypical Lithuanian village just a few-hours drive from Vilnius, located on the banks of the river Minija, surrounded by hills and lush forests areas, with its one-main-square, one-restaurant, one-shop, one-bus-stop, one-candle-factory and one-cemetary-at-the-edge-of-town was the perfect set to see Narkus’ hazy practice in its clearest form. 

For five consecutive years Eek functioned as a focus point for good food, good drinks, lots of smoking, telling stories, jokes and experiment. Aside from a super fast internet connection, not much more was provided to guests and the bare staging of the surroundings served as a reminder of the artificiality of this group of people being there. The attendees of Eek weren’t asked to create or show any work, they were just asked to show up and spend time together. Yet a potent mixture of pragmatics, time and enthusiasm shared between the attendees instigated that over the course of the days spent there things would start to take shape. And, as the photographs of the several editions of Eek featured in this book allow us to see, what a gathering place Eek was.  - YANA FOQUE

with texts by Auridas Gajauskas, Jokūbas Čižikas, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Yana Foque, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Žygimantas Kudirka and with thanks to everyone who joined the roads. 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

10.00 EUR

TV

Author: Algirdas Šeškus, Gintaras Didžiapetris (ed.)
Title: TV
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija  / Lithuanian National Radio and Television
Subject: Artists' Books
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What you might take in your hands, is a selection of photographs made by Algirdas Šeškus while at work as a camera operator at the National Television. All of the images were made between 1975 and 1985. The book is published on the occassion of the 60 year anniversary since the first television broadcast in Lithuania

36.00 EUR

Kaip vogti knygas

Author: David Horvitz
Title: Kaip vogti knygas
Publisher: Six Chairs Books, Edition Taube 
Subject: Artists' Books
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The artists’ book 'How to shoplift books' by David Horvitz is a guide on how to steal books. It details 80 ways in which one can steal a book, from the very practical, to the witty, imaginative, and romantic.

'Hide the book inside a fake rock.'

This textbook is readable, but also shamelessly draws attention to its existence as an object, a conversation starter, a thing that can be acquired by fair means or foul. This is a book that turns a point of sale display into an intellectual and ethical adventure. 

The work is romantic and anachronistic: as our primary source for buying books becomes impersonal online shops (that pretend to deliver a personal experience) it is almost impossible to spontaneously steal anything, and the act of disobedience becomes a story of the past. Horvitz’ compendium of delightfully written performance instructions is a collection of modern culture scripts and is, so to speak, writing history.

SPOILER! The book is in Lithuanian 

10.00 EUR

Dedication(s)

Author: Robin Waart
Title: Dedication(s)
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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To C.L.S.’, ‘For A.L.M.’, ‘In Memory of J.V.C.’ – Starting from his collection of three-letter dedications, “Dedication(s)” looks at public yet hidden modes of address. While these dedications appear in printed books, they remain private, intimate allusions between author and intended recipient. The project infers the strange position of the reader who encounters these cryptic dedications, which perhaps get in the way of—or better clarify?—the relationship between author and audience. Waart’s project questions the relationship between a work and the reality in which it comes about, and why, and for whom, we make what we make.

37.00 EUR

Enghelab Street, a Revolution through Books: Iran 1979-1983

Author: Hannah Darabi
Title: Enghelab Street, a Revolution through Books: Iran 1979-1983
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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Enghelab Street, Revolution Street, is located in the centre of Tehran—a main artery in the city’s cultural life with a host of bookshops. The publication presents a variety of photographic and propaganda books collected by Iranian artist Hannah Darabi. Drawing on works published between 1979 and 1983—years corresponding to the short period when freedom of speech prevailed at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government—she takes us to the heart of an intense artistic and cultural period in Iranian history. Darabi has developed a visual essay accompanied by a critical apparatus written by Chowra Makaremi. The publication with its extensive landscape of books gives us the opportunity to look at rare printed matter for the first time.


48.00 EUR

Sad Sack

Author: Sophia Al-Maria
Title: Sad Sack
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Artists' Writings
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Sad Sack is a book of collected writing by Sophia Al-Maria, taking feminist inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1986 essay 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’; opposing ‘the linear, progressive, Time’s-(killing)-arrow mode of the Techno-Heroic.’ Encompassing more than a decade of work, Sad Sack tracks Al-Maria’s speculative journey as a writer, from the first seed of her ‘premature’ memoir, through the coining and subsequent critique of ‘Gulf Futurism’, towards experiments in gathering, containing, welling up and sucking dry.

Sophia Al-Maria is an artist and writer living in London. She is contributing editor of Bidoun, and guest editor of The Happy Hypocrite – Fresh Hell, issue 8 (Book Works, 2015). Al-Maria’s memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Perennial, 2012), was translated into Arabic and published by Bloomsbury Qatar in 2015, and her short stories have been published in various collections including The Djinn Falls in Love (Solaris, UK, 2017). In 2016 Al-Maria presented ‘Black Friday’, her first US solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and was nominated for Film London’s Jarman Award. Recently, she has been screenwriting for film and television, alongside solo exhibitions at Project Native Informant in London (‘ilysm’, 2018), Third Line Gallery in Dubai, and further presentations, participation in film festivals and arts events internationally.

18.00 EUR

Private Book 5

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 5
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This is the fifth volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile printing of Lee Lozano’s 'Private Book' project. It is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and chemical interactions in 1969-1970.

*A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous aside

23.00 EUR

May 25 Is Now October

Author: Bardhi Haliti
Title: May 25 Is Now October
Publisher: Cpress
Subject: Artists' Books, Graphic Design
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May 25 is now October 1 is an extensive research across Kosovar newspapers published between 1974 and 2018. The book documents sports activities that took place in seven identical sports halls in seven cities of Kosovo. The images have been cropped, zoomed in on, and paired together by similarity. The choreography is not meant to render them jewels or treasures, but rather to help find their meaning beyond their meaning within the now unfashionable sports halls. Through repetition, the images and texts reveal the multifunctional nature of community space in which larger sociopolitical and cultural cycles are reflected.

APERTURE FIRST PHOTO BOOK AWARD (SHORTLIST), 2019

34.00 EUR

Re-Printed Matter

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Re-Printed Matter
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books, Monographs
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The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism, in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of this time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the decades of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions: including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Also a renowned teacher of graphic design, Karel Martens is co-initiator of the Werkplaats Typografie, a two-year master’s design programme related to ArtEZ, Arnhem, and guest professor at Yale University, New Haven. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and developed in work with the very material of paper. Over a long period he has been making monoprints.

This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents. 

35.00 EUR

In Order of Dissapearance

Author: Deimantė Jasiulevičiūtė
Title: In Order of Dissapearance
Publisher: Self-published, Graphic design
Subject: Artists' Books
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Phone-wallet-keys. A typical scenario everyone is running through their head when leaving the house. But what if keys are soon a thing of the past?

In 2017 a U.S. tech company first introduced microchips to their employees that turned this convention on its head. On a voluntary basis the company began offering its staff the possibility to insert a small chip under the skin, between the thumb and index finger, which could be used to unlock doors and computers in the office buildings without the necessity of physical keys or having to memorize any passwords.

Since the early 2000s, biohacking has become a 'thing' among tech aficionados and the pressing question that has arisen in this field is whether or we will still need to carry keys in the future. This question extends not only to our keychains but also to our wallets. Can we maybe replace all bank or credit cards with just one chip that sits comfortably millimeters under our skin?

But through 'keys' also notions of security, safety and privacy arise, which all become matters of debate when a lock breaks or a key gets lost, stolen or hacked. Similarly keys and locks connote ownership and accessibility, so can we even begin to imagine a (Western) world without them?

6.00 EUR

Tai yra Vilnius / This Is Vilnius

Authors:  Andrej Vasilenko; Gediminas G. Akstinas, Gerda Paliušytė (eds.)
Title: Tai yra Vilnius / This is Vilnius
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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Andrej Vasilenko’s new photobook is a presentation of his ongoing project, started in 2014, and his first solo publication. ‘This is Vilnius’ draws a portrait of the Lithuanian capital as a diverse city in constant flux. It captures Vilnius’ multilayered history, laconically builds the storylines of its alternative versions, and test the possibilities of exposing the city’s chimeric identity through artistic and investigative documentary. According to Gerda Paliušytė, one of the book’s editors, in these photographs Vilnius, much like a drive around town without a definite aim, is just as personal as it is universal, and its definition, as well as the romanticism, humor or melancholy evoked thusly, rests not only on long-term social and cultural changes, but also on the daily individual experience of the city and the natural change of seasons. 

30.00 EUR

Bedančiai / Toothless

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Bedančiai / Toothless
Publisher:  Self-published, ink press, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books
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'Bedančiai is a village in the municipality of Raseiniai district, Šiluvos neighborhood. My parents moved here from Kelmė district, so I grew up here. Bedančiai village has four things which are necessary to be mentioned then telling guests about this land: monument of nature The Grąžusis (Beautiful) Oak, First World War cemetery, Dubysa river regional park and of course 32 residents which, I guess, have 32 teeth each.
These photos are of the village people who are living there. The strange meaning of the name of the village Bedančiai (toothless) would be totally forgotten by residents if there would not be any newcomers who occasionally asks questions about the need of dentists in the village or asks to grin and show how many teeth they have.
The people of the village captured during the studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts Faculty of Kaunas are migrating sometimes: they are leaving to England, then returning back or moving to a larger city in Lithuania. But it is very rare for someone to move in. In the spring of 2015 there were 32 people who posed in the white background – today there would be less. Aging decreases the teeth in the mouth and Bedančiai is decreasing in population.'

35.00 EUR

Private Book 3

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 2
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This third volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile edition of Lee Lozano’s Private Book project is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and 'chemical' interactions in 1969–70. A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous asides from daily life.

24.00 EUR

Concorde

Author: Wolfgang Tillmans
Title: Concorde
Publisher: Walther Konig
Subject: Artists' Books
Stock: temporary unavailable

According to photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, "For the chosen few, flying Concorde is apparently a glamorous but cramped and slightly boring routine while to watch it in air, landing or taking off is a strange and free spectacle, a super modern anachronism and an image of the desire to overcome time and distance through technology." With no text other than the inner-front flap's description, this fourth printing of Tillmans' iconic artist's book consists of 62 color photographs of the Concorde airplane--taking off, landing or in flight, and sometimes as just a tiny, bird-like silhouette in the sky. The photographs speak of both the beauty and the environmental devastation produced by this fabled French airplane, both sides of which Tillmans captures in his casual yet formally elegant signature style.

20.00 EUR

BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play

Author: Marija Nemčenko, Ana Tudos
Title: BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play / BRUT nuobodulys. Daugiabučiai, tuštuma ir žaidimai
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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BRUT. High-rises, emptiness and play. is based on a conversation between architecture professor Edward Hollis, researcher Hussein Mitha, curator Anna Tudos and artist Marija Nemcenko. It delves into the complexities of brutalist architecture, housing solutions and public spaces as they exist in different cities across Europe. The four writers address the aspects of architectural heritage, preservation, progress, gentrification and exotification of the concrete colonies through their written works, which follow each other as a dialogue, each having a connecting link to the previous text.

Contributions by Marija Nemčenko, Edward Hollis, Hussein Mitha and Anna Tudos.

10.00 EUR

Private Book 4

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 4
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This is the fourth volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile printing of Lee Lozano’s 'Private Book' project. It is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and chemical interactions in 1969-1970.

*A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous asides from daily life.

23.00 EUR

Motion

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Motion
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject:  Artists' Books, Graphic Design
Stock: temporary unavailable

Published as part of ‘Motion’, an exhibition by Dutch artist and graphic designer Karel Martens at Kunstverein München, this book is the seventh instalment of the ‘Companion’ series produced by the Kunstverein and Roma Publications. With concept and design by Julie Peeters, the greater part of the book’s content is derived from the video ‘Not for Resale’, a sequence of photographs of the array of images and objects found on the artist’s studio wall, taken in 2000. Material from two other videos, ‘Lost & Found’ (2004) and ‘Tol’ (2008), is also included, along with a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Chris Fitzpatrick, director of the Kunstverein.

30.00 EUR

Dunes

Author:  Antanas Gerlikas 
Title: Dunes
Publisher:  CAC Vilnius
Subject: Artists' Books
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DUNES, by Antanas Gerlikas may be a result of a dream the artist had back in 2013 during which he experienced sounds he never heard before, coming from an instrument he’d never seen before and he was struck by the strong nonhuman powers which he had never encountered before. Not long after, he had a dream in which an invisible, inaudible force asked him if he would like to learn how to 'catch the right moment.' In another, the same force offered to teach him how to 'communicate with space and its diversity.' Unwavered by the staggering abyss of total groundlessness, he said yes to both and continued to pose his own questions related to those from the dreams -- how to govern things that cannot be governed? How to know when to give something up? Are dreams outside our reality?

The book is made up of conversations that Gerlikas had with people who may have had similar experiences, but who he mainly knew as experts in their crafts, who subscribe to the idea of apprenticeship and mastery and who, he also knew, allow the notion that some aspects of their work lie far beyond rational explanation. He thus approached carpenter Algimantas Verseckas, dowser and ethnic culture enthusiast Vaclovas Mikailionis and photographer Gintautas Trimakas – who later took the pictures in this book – as well as writer and self-aware 'amateur' Post Brothers. Jonas Žakaitis had earlier conducted an interview with Gerlikas, which mainly focused on the musical instrument is reprinted here as well. 

15.00 EUR

Private Book 2

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 2
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
Stock: temporary unavailable

A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, Lee Lozano (1930-99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1972 while living in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. Eleven of these private books survive. Private Book 2 is the second in a series of 11 pocket-sized books, which are printed as facsimiles with spiral binding. The notebooks contain notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art's role in society and humorous asides from daily life. In the decade before her infamous dropout piece— culminating in a move to Dallas where she would remain until her death — Lozano returned to these notebooks, editing the entries, sometimes blacking out entire pages. Private Book 2 is the second in a series of 11 pocket-sized books, which are printed as facsimiles with spiral binding.

24.00 EUR

Born in Flames

Author: Lizzie Borden, Kaisa Lassinaro (ed.)
Title: Born in Flames
Publisher: Occassional Papers
Subject: Artists' Books
Stock: temporary unavailable

Born in Flames – the publication – is the complete authorised graphic translation of Lizzie Borden’s mythical 1983 film ‘Born in Flames’. Kaisa Lassinaro’s post-facto screenplay captures all the political energy and visual brilliance of Borden’s film, which describes a futuristic society (eerily similar to our own) where the achievements of a past revolution are threatened by reactionary sexist forces. The film suggests various modes of female resistance – from armed struggle to intellectual opposition – without endorsing one strategy over another. The published version of Born in Flames allows for a frame-by-frame analysis of the film’s complex plot and soundtrack, with songs by The Bloods and Red Crayola. Included is an interview with Borden conducted by Lassinaro, in which the filmmaker looks back on the making of the film in late 70s/early 80s New York.

9.00 EUR

You Can Call Him Another Man

Author:   Maria Kapajeva
Title: You Can Call Him Another Man
Publisher:  Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Artists' Books
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This summer the first artist book of Maria Kapajeva ‘You can call him another man’ was published in collaboration with Kaunas Photography Gallery and partial support by Estonian Cultural Endowment. The project started with a box of negatives the artist found at her parents’ house a few years ago. There were about 200 processed and unprocessed films, shot by her father. Kapajeva excavated their contents, delving deeper into the lost images of the father’s life, to create her own stories by using these photographs he took before his marriage to artist's mother and her birth. She let herself enter into the world of a young man she  never knew, and find connections in what possibly cannot be connected being inspired by Italo Calvino’s words from his novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’.

Shortlisted for the 2018 PhotoBook Awards (First PhotoBook category)

30.00 EUR

The Metaphysics Of Beer: A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms

Author: Vytenis Burokas
Title: The Metaphysics Of Beer. A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms
Publisher: &editions
Subject: Artists' Writings

Rather than merely cite and quote his research, the artist stages an increasingly drunken discussion between himself and a crowd of philosophers, scientists, and theoreticians.  In the play, Burokas ventriloquises, and is inhabited by, a strange constellation of characters who have all dealt with the properties of the clinamen in some way, including the philosophers Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Julia Annas, and Michel Serres, the scientists Henri Poincare and Ilya Prigogine, and the composers and theorists John Rahn and Michel Dellvile, amongst many other voices. (text by Post Brothers)

12.00 EUR

Desentimental

Author: Inga Navickaitė, Alfredas Drąsutis
Title: Desentimental
Publisher: Self-Published, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books
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Desentimental is a photography project which started on 31 December, 2016. The idea for this project came up in an effort to honorably bid farewell to an old and broken sofa which had served different generations and constantly changing tenants for more than 40 years. In a way, it is a relationship documentary. The same shot was taken every day, throughout a year, with the sofa as an unchanging part that only rotates several times. Other constants are the sheets and me who naturally changes poses in different photos and performs a certain choreography. This project is an intimate trace of a relationship and a way to 'desentimentalize' the object which has witnessed so many important moments

45.00 EUR

On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement

Author: Indrė Klimaitė
Title: On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement
Publisher: Jan van Eyeck Academie
Subject: Artists' Books
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It is a narrative of human culture within a system. It is insider view that lifts sheets to ideology mechanism, it’s propaganda and practice. This publication extends history and itself becomes a plan for tomorrow.

Research itself is based on textual and visual materials collected from Soviet public catering books between 1935 until 1990. Material spans over a broad range of documents, from official sanitation memorandum to archeological photographs, from woman liberation slogans to dishwashing instructions, from technical plans for the classification of potatoes to dinner room schemes, from soviet gastronomy recipes to sanitary norms and measures to fight rodents and microbes. Human life as a never stopping potato washing machine.

20.00 EUR

Memories of the Star

Author: Elena Narbutaitė
Title: Memories of the Star
Publisher: CAC Vilnius
Subject: Artists' books
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Memories of the Star (Žvaigždės atsiminimai) is a 56-page artist book by Elena Narbutaitė published in two separate Lithuanian and English editions alongside the artist's solo exhibition Prosperity (June 16 – August 13, 2017). It includes writings by Elena Narbutaitė, Candice Lin, Marcel Proust, Bernardo Jose de Souza, Luca Turin and Raimundas Malašauskas.

Three fragments from Les plaisirs et les jours by Marcel Proust, translated from French by Louise Varese, are reprinted from the book’s first English edition (Pleasures and Regrets, Crown Publishers, New York, 1948). The book contains a fragment of Rosalind Nashashibi’s painting Dust (2017) and a photograph from Dalia Dūdėnaitė’s personal album. Cover photograph is by Darius Petrulaitis.

5.00 EUR

Mr. Peanut Drawings

Author:  Vincent Trasov, Jeff Khonsary (ed.)
Title: Mr. Peanut Drawings
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Artists' Books, Artists' Writings 
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In 1970, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut, donning a handmade paper mache replica of the mascot of the Planters Peanut Company. Soon after, he produced The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974, a twenty-day performance developed in collaboration with members of the Vancouver arts community. The legume quickly became Trasov’s cipher and central component of his practice. Mr. Peanut Drawings collects nearly a hundred of Trasov’s Peanut drawings together with a text by Nancy Tousley.

40.00 EUR

Grey, But not Grey

Author:  Algirdas Šeškus 
Title: Grey, But not  Grey
Publisher: Kaunas photography gallery, Galerie du Château d'Eau
Subject: Artists' Books
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Vilnius based artist Algirdas Šeškus (b. 1945) is often cited by the texts on art criticism and the history of photography to mark the breaking stage in Lithuanian photography.

The artist made his debut in 1980 during the young photographers’ exhibit in Vilnius, held by the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. The very first of his showcased photos revealed a new phenomenon challenging Soviet culture.

However, his art has not as of yet received a comprehensive analytical investigation and appraisal. A recent dialogue with the artist breaking the silence of nearly thirty years was inspired by his retrospective at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius, where the works of Algirdas Šeškus – the pioneer of Lithuanian photography avant-garde were on.

20.00 EUR