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Festac ‘77: The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture

Authors: (ed.) Chimurenga
Title: Festac '77: The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture
Publisher: Chimurenga, Afterall Books
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of transatlantic and pan-Africanist cultural-political gatherings.

As told by Chimurenga, this is the first publication to address the planetary scale of FESTAC alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible. Featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions, the book relays the stories, words and works of the festival’s extraordinary cast of characters. w/ Wole Soyinka, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Ahmed Sekou Tpure, Archie Shepp, Miriam Makeba, Allioune Diop, Jeff Donaldson, Louis Farrakhan, Stevie Wonder, Abdias do Nascimento, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mario de Andrade, Ted Joans, Nadi Qamar,Carlos Moore, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Johnny Dyani, Werewere Liking, Marilyn Nance, Barkley Hendricks, Mildred Thompson, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Jayne Cortez, Atukwei Okai, Jonas Gwangwa, Theo Vincent, Lindsay Barrett, Gilberto de la Nuez, Sun Ra and many others.  & featuring new writing by Akin Adesokan, Moses Serubiri, Harmony Holiday, Semeneh Ayalew, Hassan Musa, Emmanuel Iduma, Michael McMillan, Dominique Malaquais and Cedric Vincent, Molefe Pheto, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hermano Penna and Alice Aterianus.

25.00 EUR

Maria Lassnig. Letters to Hans Ulrich Obrist

Authors: Maria Lassnig, Hans Ulrich Obrist
Title: Maria Lassnig. Letters to Hans Ulrich Obrist
Publisher: Walther Koenig; Lassnig Found
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

The artist Maria Lassnig and the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist had an amicable exchange lasting twenty years, where they discussed art, literature and their exhibition and book projects together.

Published for the first time here, handwritten letters from Maria Lassnig provide an insight into her reflections on art and her existence as an artist, into their heights, depths and intricacies.

Maria Lassnig allowed her addressee not only to partake in her thoughts on painting or polemics on photography, but also in her everyday life between the urban art world and her remote studio in the countryside. [publisher's note]

Including numerous images of the works of Maria Lassnig, letters and postcards. *billingual (English, German)

30.00 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

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

Second Thoughts

Author: Angie Keefer
Title: Second Thoughts
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Subject: Artists' Writings

'I half hold that my life is a fine ride as long as I don’t attempt to navigate. The least critical way to describe this outlook is 'bemused fatalism,' and as coping mechanisms go, there’s much to be said for keeping that faith, but so far it hasn’t proved compatible with ambitious ideas like writing a book, though this may turn out to be the first page of a first chapter, in which case I’ve changed my life and overruled fate with you as my witness.' 

A selection of writings from 2008 to 2018 by artist Angie Keefer, that traverses disciplines from physics to philosophy, incorporating biographical elements and running parallel to Keefer’s visual practice.

Without directly addressing her own visual work, the book shadows the artist’s research, capturing her thoughts, travels, and encounters across a broad spectrum of subjects, including octopuses, protons, pictographs, poets, grammar, economy, love, loss, and politics. Accumulated knowledge is reconfigured through the pacing and cadence of each sentence.

Keefer worked closely with designer Scott Ponik to present this selection of writing as a unified whole while framing each individual text with its own synopsis and postscript. Though all of the pieces have been published previously, many were significantly updated, amended, and rewritten for this edition. Second Thoughts includes an introduction by Maxine Kopsa and a short text co-written with Lucy Skaer. The title is pulled in part from Keefer’s 2017 solo exhibition FIRST CLASS, SECOND THOUGHTS, INTERMINABLE SWELL at Plug In ICA

25.00 EUR

Berenice Abbott. Selected Writings

Author: Berenice Abbott
Title: Selected Writings
Publisher: ivorypress
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History, Photography

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

Close to the Knives

Author: David Wojnarowicz
Title: Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration
Publisher: Canogate Canons
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

'I am glad I am alive to witness these things; giving words to this life of sensations is a relief. Smell the flowers while you can.'

Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz’s extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beautiful, and sharp to the point of piercing, it is both an exploration of the world seen through the eyes of an artist, and a moving portrait of a generation living, grieving, and dying through the AIDS crisis. It is a triumphant hymn of resistance, and a dizzying celebration of the joys of seeing and living in the world.

12.00 EUR

Diary: How to Improve the World

Authors: John Cage; Joe Biel, Richard Kraft (eds.), with afterword by David W. Rose
Title: Diary: How to Imorove the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)
Publisher: Siglio
Subject: Artists' Writings
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A repository of observations, anecdotes, proclivities, obsessions, jokes and koan-like stories, Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) registers John Cage’s assessment of the times in which he lived as well as his often uncanny portents about the world we live in now. With a great sense of play as well as purpose, Cage traverses vast territory, from the domestic minutiae of everyday life to ideas about how to feed the world.

Cage used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation, and color. The unusual visual variances on the page become almost musical as language takes on a physical and aural presence. While chance operations expand the possibilities of creating and shaping work beyond the limitations of individual taste and perspective, Diary nonetheless accumulates into a complex reflection of Cage’s own particular sensibilities as a thinker and citizen of the world, illuminating his social and political awareness, as well as his idealism and sense of humor: it becomes an oblique but indelible portrait of one the most influential figures of the 20th century American avant-garde.

24.00 EUR

The Bear in The Mirror

Author: Simone Forti
Title: The Bear in the Mirror
Publisher: Cornerhouse Publications, Vleeshal
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Iʼve gathered so many books (….), all about the family. This is all washing over me like a waterfall. I canʼt figure out the genealogy, the chronology flows like currents that wind around each other at different rates. (…). And now Iʼm recognizing that Iʼm part of this tribe, this family of writers writing about our tribe.

These sentences can be found in Simone Fortiʼs new publication, The Bear in the Mirror – a wonderful collection of stories, prose-poems, drawings, photos, letters, notes and memories.

Simone Forti dives into the (his)stories of her family and of the woollen mills they once owned, trying to put all the myths and fragments of information into some kind of perspective. She takes us on a mind-provoking, mesmerizing journey through time and place, from December 1938 till the present moment, from Italy to Los Angeles.

Along the journey we find ourselves in different cities and in the woods, where we meet her family, bears, dogs and spiders.

 & the design by the dearest Nerijus Rimkus 

20.00 EUR

I Confess

Author: Moyra Davey
Title: I Confess
Publisher: Dancing Foxes Press, National Gallery of Canada
Subject: Artists' Writings, Artists' Books, Exhibition Catalogue

Over the last forty years, Moyra Davey’s work in photography, film, and text presents a wide-ranging model of engagement with the world: reflections on producing and consuming, on writing and reading, and on novelty and obsolescence. Based on Davey’s eponymous 2019 film of the same title, i confess triangulates the lives and work of three writers: the American novelist and essayist James Baldwin, the Quebecois revolutionary Pierre Vallieres, and Ottawa-based political philosopher Dalie Giroux. With Baldwin’s 1962 novel Another Country as its point of departure, the narrative arrives at the work of each figure in succession, threading themes of race and poverty, language, and nationalism into Davey’s personal chronicle of the 1960s and 1970s  a turbulent period of Quebecois history marked by separatism and violence, unresolved to this day.

30.00 EUR

Seth Siegelaub: Better Read Than Dead

Authors: Seth Siegelaub; Marja Bloem, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Sara Martinetti and Jo Melvin (eds.)
Title: Seth Siegelaub: Better Read Than Dead. Writings and Interviews 1964-2013
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History

Better Read Than Dead was the title that the great American art dealer, curator, author and researcher Seth Siegelaub (1941-2013) had chosen for an anthology of his own writings—one of the projects for which he never found the time, busy as he was running his global one-man operation. Here, happily, that project is now fulfilled.

The selected writings, interviews, extended bibliography and chronology gathered in this Siegelaub sourcebook fill the historical gaps in the sprawling network of exhibitions, publications, projects, and collections that constitute Siegelaub’s life’s work.

Here, Siegelaub’s writings are reproduced as scans in order to convey the variety of the documents and to give a sense of archival immersion. Interspersed with these 'writings' are interviews and talks, several newly transcribed. The majority of interviews from 1969-1972 are reprinted here. [publisher's note]

30.00 EUR

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader

Author: Madeline Gins; Lucy Ives (ed.)
Title: The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader
Publisher: Siglio
Subject: Artists' Writings, Architecture, Literature & Poetry
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Poet, philosopher, speculative architect and transdisciplinary artist, Madeline Gins (1941–2014) is well-known for her collaborations with her husband, the artist Arakawa, on the experimental architectural project Reversible Destiny, in which they sought to arrest mortality by transforming the built environment. Yet, her own writings—in the form of poetry, essays, experimental prose, and philosophical inquiries—represent her most visionary and transformative work. Expansive and playful, Gins’s vigorous and often ecstatic exploration of the physicality of language challenges us to sense more acutely the ways in which we can—and could—write and read. Like Gertrude Stein before her, Gins transfigures grammar and liberates words. Like her contemporaries in conceptual art, her writing is attuned to the energized, collaborative space between reader and page. She invites the reader into a field of infinite, ever-multiplying possibility.

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader is a revelatory anthology, edited and with an introduction by the writer and critic Lucy Ives. It brings never-before-published poems and essays together with a complete facsimile reproduction of Gins’s 1969 masterpiece, WORD RAIN (or A Discursive Introduction to the Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says), along with substantial excerpts from her two later books What the President Will Say and Do!! (1984) and Helen Keller or Arakawa (1994). Long out of print or unpublished, Gins’s poems and prose form a powerful corpus of experimental literature, one which is sure to upend existing narratives of American poetics at the close of the twentieth century.

28.00 EUR

The Wild Book of Inventions

Author: Chus Martinez (ed.)
Title: The Wild Book of Inventions
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Institut Kunst at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

Can contemporary art’s practitioners change the way we perceive nature? Employing a variety of forms that include speculative essays, poems, pencil sketches, and photo essays, twenty authors challenge the exclusive human claim to intelligence by pointing to, or inventing, new forms of coexistence for all life-forms. Far more complex than the necessary and continuous exercise of critique, these contributions introduce new ways to experience culture. [publisher's note]

Contributions by Nabil Ahmed, Armen Avanessian, Hannah Black, Kristina Buch, Tyler Coburn, Ann Cotten, Paul Feigelfeld, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Kenneth Goldsmith, Anke Hennig, Ingela Ihrman, Tiphanie Kim Mall, Chus Martinez, Momus, Ingo Niermann, Trevor Paglen, Filipa Ramos, Lin May Saeed, Emily Segal, Johannes Willi

24.00 EUR


Author: Barbara Rodriguez Munoz (ed.)
Title: Health 
Publisher: Whitechapel (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

In an era of fitness programs, increasing antidepressant usage, nutrition counseling and health-management apps, wellness is one of the defining issues of contemporary life, dictating every intimate aspect of our lives. Historically, art has been entwined with the values of medicine, beauty, and the productive body that have defined western scientific paradigms; contemporary artists are increasingly confronting and reshaping these ideologies, critically tackling illness and impairment in their practice while challenging ableist institutional dynamics. In this volume, artists, curators, writers, and thinkers engage with the ways the vulnerability of our bodies reveals structural aspects of our societies.

At a moment at which epidemics and global warming menace all forms of life, we see clearly how health intersects with sexuality, ethnicity, gender, class, and coloniality. By reclaiming other realities, beyond a state of health as a norm, this book questions the myths, stigmas, and cultural attitudes that shape normative perceptions, revealing the interdependence of our entangled existences. The book includes four newly commissioned texts: by artists Mahmoud Khaled and Patrick Staff, by curator Clare Barlow on disability in the museum, and by curator Portia Malatjie on the work of Dineo Seshee Bopape. It also features two texts on the current COVID-19 pandemic, by Anne Boyer and Filipa Ramos.

ARTISTS FEATURED: Oreet Ashery, Lucy Beech, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lorenza Böttner, Canaries & Taraneh Fazeli, Grupo Chaclacayo, Anne Charlotte Robertson, Patricia Dominguez, Dora Garcia, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Luke Fowler, Alice Hattrick, Tamar Guimarães, Joseph Grigely, Gran Fury, Johanna Hedva, Mahmoud Khaled, Mujeres Creando, Carolyn Lazard, Simone Leigh, Park McArthur, Pedro Neves Marques, Tabita Rezaire, Jo Spence, Patrick Staff, Christine Sun Kim, Pedro Reyes, David Wojnarowicz

WRITERS: Aimar Arriola & Nanci Garin, Clare Barlow, Khairani Barokka, Dodie Bellamy, Anne Boyer, Rizvana Bradley, Eli Clare, Taraneh Fazeli, Theodore (ted) Kerr & Alexandra Juhasz, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, R.D. Laing, Miguel A. Lopez, Catalina Lozano, Audre Lorde, Portia Malatjie, Margarida Mendes, Peter Pal Pelbart, Naomi Pearce, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Filipa Ramos, Susan Sontag, Paul B. Preciado, Mary Walling Blackburn, Simon Watney & Sunil Gupta

19.00 EUR

The Suspended Vocation

Author: Pierre Klossowski
Title: The Suspended Vocation
Publisher: Small Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Made available in English for the very first time by NY based Small Press, Pierre Klossowski’s debut novel from 1950, The Suspended Vocation, fictionalizes and satirizes the great erotic artist, philosopher, and iconoclast's brief, wartime flirtation with the priesthood, portraying the Church as a haven for conspiracy, idolatry, perversion, and even atheism. Written in the form of a disapproving monograph on an anonymous, confessional novel (itself titled The Suspended Vocation), it is the story of the hapless Jerome, whose lust for holiness leads him astray in a cloistered world full of ideological and physical temptations.

Sometimes a knowing critique of 'religious fiction,' sometimes a wicked self-parody of Klossowski's own lifelong obsessions, and sometimes a sacerdotal spy novel, The Suspended Vocation is one of the strangest and most audacious debuts in twentieth-century literature.

15.00 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

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

Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville

Author: Estelle Hoy
Title: Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville
Publisher: After 8 Books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville is Estelle Hoy’s latest novel. Elke is a young academic with a troubled past that keeps spilling onto her present. Just as she is about to leave town for a writing retreat, she meets Pisti, a charismatic, hard-boiled but luscious Hungarian left activist, who runs an anarchist collective in Paris. Over one night in a Belleville apartment, old friends and new lovers discuss–and act–polyamory, politics, and the art of conversation. 

A wry exploration of the seductive allure of tropes and cliche in the art world and politics, Pisti is also an experiment in writing, shamelessly flirting with namedropping and appropriation. The character of Pisti was appropriated from Chris Kraus’ novel Torpor.  

' It's about time that someone want to pick up Michelle Bernstein’s habit of writing thinly veiled marxist horoscopes for horses. Pisti, 80 Rue de Belleville is a wild ride through the passionate yet caustic escapades of a new, yet already exhausted left, plotting the ultimate revolutionary gesture. An utterly brilliant attack on the pieties of the liberal life-style. En route to cult classic. - Anna Gritz.  Head Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Berlin

12.00 EUR

Faux Pas. Selected Writings and Drawings

Authors: Amy Sillman; Charlotte Houette, Francois Lancien-Guilberteau, Benjamin Thorel (eds.)
Title: Faux Pas. Selected Writings and Drawings
Publisher: After 8 Books
Subject: Artists' Writings
Stock: sold out!

A key figure in the New York art scene, Amy Sillman is renowned for her singular approach to painting and drawing. Her writings extend a practice that challenges traditions and theoretical frameworks with criticality and humor, and advocates subjectivity: she reevaluates Abstract Expressionism with a queer eye, explores the meanings of color and shape, and discusses in depth the work of other artists—from Delacroix to Maria Lassnig to Laura Owens. In Faux Pas, a collection of her most recent essays, alongside her cartoons and original drawings, art—as personal as it is political—is a practice that responds to today’s struggles.

'In these seventeen scintillating essays Amy Sillman excites, provokes ideas, plunders and aggravates language, detonates words with innovation, the way she does paint, pencil, color, line, stroke, mark, etc. She uniquely renders words to foreground pictures and picture-making, and builds avenues, pathways to lead to other ways of apprehending art.—from the foreword by Lynne Tillman

*extra drawings on the life of John Chamberlain by Michael Smith

20.00 EUR

Schismatics / Schizmatikai

Author: Goda Palekaitė
Title: Schismatics / Schizmatikai
Publisher: LAPAS books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Schismatics consists of 10 short stories, in a fictitious way dealing with forgotten historical personas. Among them, artist Goda Palekaitė includes Mary Anning – an amateur discoverer of dinosaurs, Emanuel Swedenborg – a mystic who empirically explored the architecture of heaven, and Essad Bey – a Jewish-Muslim writer and orientalist. Here their lives are revived and balance between the lines of history and story.

The book fuses elements of fiction, academic writing, and artistic research, and intertwines with rumors, forgeries, and inventions. Previously, its characters and narratives have already appeared in Palekaitė’s performances and installations, which are presented in the middle of this bilingual [Lithuanian, English] edition. In the introductory essay, Valerio Del Baglivo analyses the author’s exploration of facts and fiction, the mechanisms of knowledge production, and the trans-chronological perception of time. At the end of the book, Monika Lipšic ‘Riddle’ reflects on a ‘schismatic poetics’. 

Goda Palekaitė is a contemporary artist and researcher whose work combines visual, literary, performative, and anthropological practices. Exploring the politics of historical narratives, the agency of dreams and collective imagination, and social conditions of creativity, her work evolves around long-term projects that manifest as performances, scenographies, installations, and texts. Her performances, solo and group shows are being presented internationally. In 2019 Goda Palekaitė received The Golden Stage Cross and the Young Artist’s Prize for her artistic contributions across disciplines.


14.00 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

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

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

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

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

One Number Is Worth One Word

Authors: Luis Camnitzer; Ben Eastham (ed.); foreword by Brian Kuan Wood
Title: One Number Is Worth One Word (e-flux journal)
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

For nearly sixty years, Luis Camnitzer has been obsessing about the same things. As an art student in Uruguay in 1960, he was part of a collective of artists, students, and educators who reformed the School of Fine Arts in Montevideo. Today, he is still an 'ethical anarchist' preoccupied with the role of education in redistributing power in society. With mischievous wit and wisdom, Camnitzer’s writings summons an inherent utopianism in egalitarian, participatory models of art education to identify how meaning is made.

One Number Is Worth One Word spans over half a century of the Conceptual artist’s radical engagement with art education and its institutions, from his student days in Uruguay and move to New York in 1964 to his current work and writings, with many texts published for the first time. This is a singularly authoritative, antiauthoritarian gathering of a life’s work in art, education, and activism.

18.00 EUR

Solution 295-304. Mare Amoris

Author: Ingo Niermann
Title: Solution 295-304. Mare Amoris
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings

It was the concept of the ocean as a global commons, free for everyone—first formulated by Hugo Grotius in his 1609 treatise, Mare Liberum—that stimulated a free global market. Today, the free market and the free ocean both suffer from rigorous, exploitive use. A new concept of how to relate to the ocean could transform the global economy and global politics. Solution 295–304: Mare Amoris proposes new practical, technological, and metaphysical scenarios of how to fall in love with the sea, and, eventually, have the sea fall in love with us.

w/ contributions by Marah J. Hardt, Eduardo Navarro

15.00 EUR

Changes, Notes on Choreography

Author: Merce Cunningham
Title: Changes, Notes on Choreography
Publisher: The Song Cave, Merce Cunningham Trust
Subject: Artists' Writings, Periodicals & Reprints

Originally published in 1968 by Dick Higgins’ iconoclastic Something Else Press, the book can be viewed as a 170-page print version of an art performance piece. Just as Cunningham spent most of his career approaching choreography and movement in time and space from an original point of view, this book offers notes, images, and drawings of his work in a non-linear, non-traditional way. Taken together, they form a rich panorama of his ideas, work, and impulses, shown through a lens particular to the time and place of its initial publication.

This new edition, co-published with the Merce Cunningham Trust, coincides with nationwide events, presentations, and discussions about Cunningham, dance, and his influence on culture, and will introduce a new generation to one of the most original choreographers and artists of the 20th century.

25.00 EUR

Queer Anthology of Wilderness

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: A Queer Anthology of Wilderness
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Writings

featuring Zoe Leondard, Eileen Myles, Jimmy DeSana, Princess Julia, Olivia Lang, Simon Costin, Timothy Thornton, Marry Manning and many more !

14.00 EUR

Over There. A Queer Anthology of Joy

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: Over Threre. A Queer Anthology of Rage
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Zines

Anthology number two asks what is joy? Is joy possible in the world today? If so, how do queer people imagine or experience it? Over 30 writers, artists and performers consider queer joy with contributors including Eileen Myles, Wayne Koestenbaum, Hilton Als, AA Bronson, Timothy Thornton, Sophie Robinson, Eley Williams and Honey Dijon.

16.00 EUR

Ways of Hearing

Author: Damon Krukowski
Title: Ways of Hearing
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject:  Music, Essays & Non-fiction

Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power.

In Ways of Hearing—modeled on Ways of Seeing, John Berger's influential 1972 book on visual culture—Krukowski offers readers a set of tools for critical listening in the digital age. Just as Ways of Seeing began as a BBC television series, Ways of Hearing is based on a six-part podcast produced for the groundbreaking public radio podcast network Radiotopia. Inventive uses of text and design help bring the message beyond the range of earbuds.

Each chapter of Ways of Hearing explores a different aspect of listening in the digital age: time, space, love, money, and power. Digital time, for example, is designed for machines. When we trade broadcast for podcast, or analog for digital in the recording studio, we give up the opportunity to perceive time together through our media. On the street, we experience public space privately, as our headphones allow us to avoid 'ear contact' with the city. Heard on a cell phone, our loved ones' voices are compressed, stripped of context by digital technology. Music has been dematerialized, no longer an object to be bought and sold. With recommendation algorithms and playlists, digital corporations have created a media universe that adapts to us, eliminating the pleasures of brick-and-mortar browsing. Krukowski lays out a choice: do we want a world enriched by the messiness of noise, or one that strives toward the purity of signal only?

18.00 EUR

Garden of Memory

Authors: Etel Adnan, Bon Willson, Simone Fattal; Mouna Mekouar (ed.)
Title: Garden of Memory
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Exhibion Catalogue, Artists' Writings

Etel Adnan, Simone Fattal and Robert Wilson create a universe where poetry, sound and sculpture overlap, as well as a framework that enables them to construct situations in which memories are transformed into objects, objects into memories, fiction into reality, and reality into fiction. It is based on a succession of these shared memories and experiences, manifested in the form of a mental landscape, a non-linear narrative and a choreography filled with both immutable and variable elements. The thrust behind it all is the reading of a poem by Etel Adnan, Surge

The book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at Musee Yves Saint-Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, include poems and an essay by Etel Adnan, as well as a conversation between Etel Adnan, Simone Fattal, and Mouna Mekouar.  

*Billingual (EN/FR)

20.00 EUR

Summa: lietuvių dailininkų poezijos antologija

Authors: Gintarė Bernotienė, Petras Repšys (eds.)
Title: Summa: lietuvių dailininkų poezijos antologija
Publisher: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Į šią antologiją atrinkta dailininkų sukurta ­poezija yra dėmesio vertas lietuvių kultūros reiškinys, vystęsis maždaug nuo XX a. 7-ojo ­dešimtmečio ir gyvas iki pat šių dienų, jau ­turintis savo istoriją ir hagiografiją. Jo pradžia sutapo su laikotarpiu, kuomet lietuvių menininkų 'pastangos išlikti gniuždančioje sovietinės okupacijos aplinkoje' ėmė įgauti ryškesnių ­savarankiško veikimo bruožų: organizuotos ­parodos, kuriose, nelaukiant meno ideologų pritarimo, eksponuoti drąsiausi ir inovatyviausi kūriniai (įsakymai nedelsiant juos nukabinti tik pastip­rindavo priešinimosi primetamiems ideologiniams reikalavimams aistras), pamažu daugėjo privačiose erdvėse rengiamų alternatyvaus, novatoriško neoficiozinio meno ekspozicijų, tegu ir parą tekabėjusių, o neformaliuose me­nininkų susibūrimuose buvo skaitoma pačių ir kitų autorių poezija.

Texts by Arvydas Ambrasas, Albertas Donatas Belevičius, Aušra Čapskytė, Juta Čeičytė, Viktorija Daniliauskaitė, Audrius Dzikaras, Stasys Eidrigevičius, Gintautas Gavenavičius, Petras Gintalas, Robertas Gritėnas, Ieva Gudmonaitė, Leonardas Gutauskas, Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Eduardas Juchnevičius, Rūta Katiliūtė, Klemensas Kupriūnas, Algimantas Jonas Kuras, Gvidas Latakas, Česlovas Lukenskas, Vytautas Mačiuika, Antanas Martinaitis, Antanas Olbutas, Auris Radzevičius-Radzius, Jolanta Sereikaitė, Jolita Skablauskaitė, Algis Skačkauskas, Algimantas Julijonas Stankevičius, Arvydas Šaltenis, Vytautas Šerys, Šarūnas Šimulynas, Algimantas Švėgžda, Vitolis Trušys, Veronika Vildžiūnaitė, Simas Žaltauskas. 

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian

14.00 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

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

Black Dada Reader

Author: Adam Pendleton; Stephen Squibb (ed.)
Title: Black Dada Reader
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

Black Dada Reader is a collection of texts and documents that elucidates "Black Dada," a term that acclaimed New York–based artist Adam Pendleton (born 1984) uses to define his artistic output. The Reader brings a diverse range of cultural figures into a shared conceptual space, including Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokely Carmichael, LeRoi Jones, Sun Ra, Adrian Piper, Joan Retallack, Harryette Mullen, Ron Silliman and Gertrude Stein, as well as artists from different generations such as Ad Reinhardt, Joan Jonas, William Pope.L, Thomas Hirschhorn and Stan Douglas. It also includes essays on the concept of Black Dada and its historical implications from curators and critics, including Adrienne Edwards (Walker Arts Center/Performa), Laura Hoptman (MoMA), Tom McDonough (Binghamton), Jenny Schlenzka (PS122) and Susan Thompson (Guggenheim).

25.00 EUR

Architektūros link

Author: Le Corbusier; with an introduction by Marija Drėmaitė
Title: Architektūros link
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Architecture, Artists' Writings

Ikoniškojo šveicarų architekto Le Corbusier manifestas 'Architektūros link' (Vers une architecture, 1923) yra vienas svarbiausių 20 a. architektūros tekstų, žymintis ir paties autoriaus įspūdingos karjeros pradžią. Ekspresyvia ir aštria kalba parašytas manifestas tapo galingu įrankiu skleidžiant funkcionalizmo architektūros idėjas ir kritikuojant eklekticizmą bei miesčionišką gyvenimo būdą. 

Le Corbusier knyga 'Architektūros link' yra privalomas skaitinys architektams, miesto planuotojams, kultūros istorikams ir visiems, kuriuos domina radikalių pokyčių teorijos. Tiek likusios popieriuje, tiek tapusios tikrove, jos visam laikui pakeitė mūsų supratimą apie aplinką, kurioje gyvename. Le Corbusier idėjos apie architektūrą šiandien gali atrodyti beprotiškos, juokingos arba negailestingai autoritarinės, tačiau jomis žavėjosi ir sekė didžiuma 20 a. architektų ir planuotojų. O kiek jos aktualios šiandien?

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

22.00 EUR

Womens Work

Authors: Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood (eds.)
Title: Womens Work
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints

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

Gustav Metzger. Writings 1953-2016

Authors: Gustav Metzger; Mathieu Copeland and Clement Dirie (eds.)
Title: Gustav Metzger. Writings 1953-2016
Publisher: JRP | Ringier
Subject: Artists' Writings

Bringing together more than 180 texts written between 1953 and 2016, this comprehensive volume establishes artist and activist Gustav Metzger (1926–2017) as a towering figure of the 20th century, a long-overdue recognition of the artist’s influential vision.

Renowned for his use of unstable materials and chemical reactions to create artworks that embody processes of change, destruction, and renewal, Metzger was also a prolific writer, theoretician, and satirist. His interest in technology and science lead him to create such concepts as auto-destructive and auto-creative art—terms he coined with his manifestos on ‘Auto-destructive Art’ in 1959 and ‘Auto-creative Art’ in 1961. He put these ideas into action with artworks made to decay, disintegrate, or change following natural processes.

Edited by Gustav’s long-time friend and curator Mathieu Copeland, this anthology of writings makes Metzger’s key thinking from the 1950s onward available to a wide audience. It includes seminal writings such as his manifestos of auto-destructive and auto-creative art (both 1961), ‘On Random Activity in Material/Transforming Works of Art’ (1964), ‘The Possibility of Auto-Destructive Architecture’ (1966), his inspiring interview with R. Buckminster Fuller from 1970, ‘The Artist in the Face of Social Collapse’ (1998), and his legacy manifesto entitled ‘Remember Nature’ from 2013, as well as art criticism, political satires, and lecture transcriptions.

25.00 EUR

I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries. vol. 1, 1950-1969

Authors: Jonas Mekas, Anne Konig (ed.)
Title: I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries. vol. 1, 1950-1969
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Essays & Non-fiction
Stock: sold out !

I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950–2011 is Jonas Mekas’s key literary work. The first volume of this magnum opus, covering the period from 1950-69, appears posthumously one year after his death. It stands on an equal footing with his cinematic oeuvre, which he initially developed together with his brother Adolfas after their arrival in New York. In 1954, the two brothers founded Film Culture magazine, and in 1958 Jonas began writing a weekly column for The Village Voice. It was in this period that his writing, films, and unflagging commitment to art began to establish him as a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema and the barometer of the New York art scene.

'Jonas Mekas was a force of nature – an untiring artistic energy field. He disregarded genres and broke all the rules, always favoring pure expression and experimentation over formulas and expectations. He was / is one of the most inspiring artists I’ve ever encountered – the poets’ version of a Kung Fu Master. Long live Jonas Mekas!' –Jim Jarmusch

38.00 EUR

Babette Mangolte Selected Writings, 1998–2015

Author: Babette Mangolte
Title: Babette Mangolte. Selected Writings, 1998–2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunstahelle Wien
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-Fiction

A single black-and white photograph taken by Babette Mangolte has come to epitomize New York's downtown art scene of the 1970s. The dancers performing Trisha Brown’s Roof Piece characterize perfectly the wild spirit of the time. Choreographed as an echo of movement unfolding across SoHo’s rooftops, the dancers mimed the chimneys, water towers, and fire escapes which surrounded them across that skyline. Influenced early on by Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera and the work of Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, Mangolte began studies in 1964 at the renowned École nationale de la photographie et de la cinematographie in Paris, one of the school’s first female students. In 1970, having become disillusioned with the film scene in France, Mangolte moved to New York and became involved in the avant-garde film and dance milieus of the Kitchen and the Anthology Film Archives. 

Selected Writings, 1998–2015
 is a collection of texts by Mangolte in which she reflects on her practice as a photographer and filmmaker and her collaborative work with filmmakers, artists, dancers, and choreographers. She provides insights into the techniques and methods she created as well as her relationships with notable collaborators such as Marina Abramović, Chantal Akerman, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer.

24.00 EUR


Author: Valentinas Klimašauskas
Title: Daugiakampis
Publisher: Six chairs books
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Writings
Stock: ✔

A foreign investigator lands in Vilnius on April Fool’s Day on a mission to collect all possible information that would help to crack a password and unlock a sensitive dataset. The investigator has only twenty four hours to meet the locals who could be useful in the search of any clues to untangle the hint phrase – a purple city gate. Together with a poet and a retired detective they visit the main landmarks of Vilnius and even find themselves in a former CIA Black Site. They discuss history and art, memorisation techniques, plane spotting and news making. What kind of keywords or facts can they find in a post-truth era, when neither media nor government or one’s own eyes and language can not be trusted?

Polygon is firstly a reference to a plot device, but its logic is also used in the character development and structure of language. Imagine the plot as if it was a feed in the social networks where the only thing in common between its posts is that they make a new multifaceted present. The story is augmented with a highly subjective repertoire of the artworks that represent the everyday circumstances where we all often find ourselves struggling. The author’s kaleidoscopic vision draws another perspective on contemporary experience, liquid identity, veering between contrasting values and discourses, and asks what does the truth mean in today’s click driven economy.

 (SPOILER: Book in Lithuanian)

10.00 EUR

The Legend of Barbara Rubin. Film Culture 80

Authors:  Jonas Mekas, Barbara Rubin, Chuck Smith, Charity Coleman, Christian Hiller, Sebastian Mekas, Anne Koenig, Sarai Meyron, Marc Siegel (eds.)
Title: The Legend of Barbara Rubin: Film Culture 60
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings, Periodicals & Reprints

Having entered the New York underground in the 1960s while still a teenager, filmmaker Barbara Rubin quickly became one of its key figures. Her pioneering 1963 double-projection film Christmas on  Earth was both sexually provocative and aesthetically innovative. She worked regularly with Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg, and connected Warhol with The Velvet Underground. During an intense period of activity and travel, Rubin wrote passionate letters about film and the underground to Mekas. This special eightieth issue of the magazine Film Culture features her previously unpublished letters to Mekas. It also includes interviews and Rubin’s script, Christmas on Earth Continued, a planned sequel to her notorious film.

28.00 EUR

Much Obliged

Author: Stephen Sutcliffe; Gavin Everall (ed.)
Title: Much Obliged
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Artists' Writings

This book is called Much Obliged for two reasons. The first is that it is what Stephen’s dad says when he has been served in shops. The second is because Stephen has noticed that he only does things to stop himself letting people down.

Joe Brainard’s I Remember is the inspiration for Stephen Sutcliffe’s similarly constructed assemblage of loosely connected reminiscences, each containing a reference to ‘Stephen’. John Ashbery described Brainard’s writing as ‘humane smut’, and, drawing on the comedy of childhood, experience of work, and school friends, as well as family snapshots and Stephen’s own collages, Much Obliged finds a similar tone, firmly rooted in class, the challenge to authority, self-doubt and self-deprecation.

15.00 EUR

Scrapbook of the Sixties (Reprint) Writings 1954-2010

Authors: Jonas Mekas, Anne Konig (ed.)
Title: Scrapbook of the Sixties (Reprint). Writings 1954-2010
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Essays & Non-fiction

Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono — Jonas Mekas was well acquainted with a great many New York artists. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via Germany in 1949 and began shooting his first experimental films there. Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded his daily observations. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958 he published his legendary »Movie Journal« column in the Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists, some of which will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of a Sixties. The book contains published and unpublished texts that reveal Mekas as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the day — a phenomenon that has continued now for over fifty years.

28.00 EUR

A Queer Anthology of Rage

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: A Queer Anthology of Rage
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Zines

The final anthology in the trilogy looks at rage with contributors including AA Bronson, Christeene, Sarah Schulman, Olivia Laing, Paul Lee, Chris Kraus, Paul P. and G.B. Jones, John Maybury, David Rattray, FAG MOB, and many more.

18.00 EUR

The Mill

Authors: Jesse Birch, Will Holder (eds.)
Title: The Mill
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Exhibition Catalogue

The Mill is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fishing) through contemporary art and writing. This publication responds to forestry: a mobile industry of logging camps that follow the trees; prices that rise and fall; mills that open and close; communities that boom and bust. In The Mill, artworks are accompanied by a multiplicity of voices, including forestry workers, plant ecologists, and indigenous land stewards. Together, these perspectives chart the cultural and material shifts brought about when trees become commodities.

Contributions by E. Richard Atleo (Umeek), Celestine Aleck, Marian Penner Bancroft, Myrtle Bergren, Peter Culley, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Wilmer Gold, Al Bersch and Leslie Grant, Bus Griffiths, Robert Guest, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Hebda, Robert Wall Kimmerer, Duane Linklater, Liz Magor, Anne Pask-Wilkinson, George Sawchuk, Carol Sawyer, W. G. Sebald, Kathy Slade, Kate Stefiuk, Kika Thorne, Nancy Turner, Fred Wah, Elias Wakan, Merv Wilkinson, Ashes Whityman. 

20.00 EUR

Jolly Rogers

Author: Peter Wächtler
Title: Jolly Rogers
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Bergen Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Zurich
Subject: Artists' Writings

Jolly Rogers is a collection of Peter Wächtler’s latest short texts, written in preparation of his two solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthalle Zürich (both 2019), and combined with a nearly complete collection of the artist’s drawings and prints from recent years. The texts operate like vignettes to a larger story, and the images as unreliable illustrations to the narrative. However, the larger story never really is revealed. Each individual text, each single work, articulates itself by means of an intense focus. It is as if we were suspended in a continual zooming motion, as if the artist and author wanted to tell and show it all. But alas, such is life under the microscope: always larger-than-life, but at the wrong scale at a time driven by individual interests, self-optimization, and egos that stage themselves simultaneously as victims and disruptors.

Peter Wächtler works in a variety of media: bronze, ceramics, drawings and video. But in many ways 'stories' could be described as his main artistic material. His works often evoke a narration, with animals or human figures in animated states. They are made in ways that use and adapt elements of fiction and folklore, relating to specific traditions and common tales, and materialize the ways of telling a story as much as the story itself.

25.00 EUR

Notebooks 1967-70

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Notebooks 1967-70
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

This publication is a compilation of Lee Lozano’s notebooks from 1967 to 1970. The three notebooks included here contain her seminal "Language Pieces" and drawings for her paintings, including 12 studies for her 11-panel masterpiece, "Wave Series."

Lee Lozano (1930-1999) was an enigmatic artist making a diverse body of drawings, paintings, and conceptual works. While prolific, her production was limited to her time in New York from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. She was very actively engaged with other artists in New York until she decided to leave the art world in 1972. Until recently, much of her work has been difficult for the public to access. From the time of her boycott of the art world until her death, Lozano was an artist working conceptually even though she did not participate actively in the commercial art world for the last three decades of her life.

The pages of the notebooks contain notes and sketches related to her abstract paintings and also contain her texts, which were known as "Language Pieces." The artist’s work in the books reveal her desire to live and create art within a structured system. Lozano considered the individual pages of her notebooks to be drawings, and they were sometimes separated and exhibited. Twenty-five years ago, the notebooks were photocopied and it is that record which serves as the basis for this book.

27.00 EUR

Ellen Cantor. A history of the world as it become known to me

Authors: Lia Gangitano, Fatima Hellberg, Jamie Stevens (eds.)
Title: Ellen Cantor. A history of the world as it become known to me.
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Participant Inc., CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings

Contributions by Dodie Bellamy, Jonathan Berger, John Brattin, Ellen Cantor, Lia Gangitano, Cy Gavin, Joseph Grigely, Clara Lopez Menendez, John Maybury

Ellen Cantor (1961–2013) combined ready-made materials with diaristic notes and drawings to probe her perceptions and experiences of personal desire and institutional violence. This book is concerned with, and a document of, Cantor’s work through the lens of Pinochet Porn (2008–16) and its making—an epic experimental film embodying and radically extending her multifaceted artistic practice. Taking the form of an episodic narrative about five children growing up under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and shot between her dual hometowns of London and New York, history is observed through Cantor’s fictive speculations on private experience within a totalizing political order. A history of the world as it has become known to me brings together writings and archival materials of Cantor’s, including a reproduction in full of her drawing-based script Circus Lives from Hell (2004), alongside contributions by writers, artists, collaborators, and friends reflecting on Cantor’s practice, Pinochet Porn, and a singularly transgressive vision: explicitly feminist, remorselessly emotional, dramatic in tone, and, as Cantor herself liked to put it, adult in subject matter.

26.00 EUR

The Happy Hypocrite 10 - Tolstoyevsky

Author: Virginija Januškevičiūtė (ed.)
Title: The Happy Hypocrite 10 - Tolstoyevsky
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Periodicals 

‘Tolstoyevsky is not a Russian writer; it is a monster of sorts – a chimera, a composite of two and true to neither one nor a sum. It can make jokes (and threats) fly so fast they skip the funny parts. Here it lends its name to an issue that is about how humour is often not humour, or about how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how half our lives are filled with things that don’t work. Which probably means they work, right?’ – Virginija Januškevičiūtė, from the Outro

The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky is, ideally, like a room full of high-spirited people playing a game, trying to do or say some nonsense, folding embarrassment and losses in translation into part of the exchange. The main portion of the journal is made up of responses to an open call; submissions picked up on cues within two short stories: ‘Moles & Mice’ by Candice Lin, and ‘Tolstoyevksy’, written by Virginija Januškevičiūtė about a hospitable man with a house full of books who exclaimed ‘Oh I have read all your Tolstoyevskys!’ when asked what he had read.

With contributions and new work by ateate, David Bernstein, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Zoe Kingsley, Erika Lastovskyte, Michael Lawton, Candice Lin, Elena Narbutaitė, Nick Norton, Kim Schoen, Isabel Waidner, and Jonas Žakaitis. Complemented by old work (images, illustrations) from Pierre Bonnard, Giovanni di Paolo, Felix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard.

12.00 EUR

We Are Here, But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)

Author: Raqs Media Collective
Title: The Contemporary Condition: We Are Herem But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum 
Subject: Artists' writings, Theory & Philosophy

It is said that we know more about far-away galaxies than we do about the bottom of the oceans on earth. One could say something similar about our relationship to the future and to the contemporary. The distant future can seem more familiar than the deep present. We know it will come, regardless of whether or not we are around to witness it. Searching for the present is a bit like deep sea diving. How to dive without drowning in the turbulent waters of now? How to find and share sources of illumination in submarine darkness? When to surface and how to ride a strong current? Why stay afloat on the present moment at all? And what to look for while beachcombing the sea-floor of our time? These are some of the questions that Raqs Media Collective address in their account of contemporaneity, guided by a motley collection of figures lost and found in the turbulence of their practice.

8.00 EUR

Mr. Peanut Drawings

Author:  Vincent Trasov, Jeff Khonsary (ed.)
Title: Mr. Peanut Drawings
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Artists' Books, Artists' Writings 

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

The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought

Authors: Goshka Macuga, Simon Moretti (eds.)
Title: The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Exhibion Catalogue, Artists' Writings

*Artists interpret the archives of the legendary psychoanalysis journal*

Founded by British analyst (and Freud biographer) Ernest Jones with the collaboration of Sigmund Freud in 1920, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis has remained the main international vehicle for psychoanalysis. On the occasion of its centenary, artists Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga have created a presentation of the origins and life of the journal with archival material, alongside contemporary artworks and pieces of the museum’s collection.

The book gathers texts and artworks relating the prehistory of the journal, the hidden role of women in its early years, its beginnings and connections with the Bloomsbury Group, and the influence of classical art and culture on Freud’s ideas and the visual identity of the journal. Taking its title from the 1911 painting by Giorgio de Chirico, it focuses on themes central to both psychoanalysis and art, such as translation, transformation, temporality, metaphors, dreams and the unconscious.

Artists include: Linder, Daniel Silver, Paloma Varga Weisz, Duncan Grant, Barbara Ker-Seymer with John Banting and Rodrigo Moynihan, Simon Moretti, Goshka Macuga and Sergei Pankejeff.

Texts by: Jennifer Higgie, Simon Moretti, Michael Newman, Daniel Silver, Adele Tutter, Marina Warner.

20.00 EUR

Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination / Diagraminės vaizduotės atlasas

Authors: Lina Michelkevičė, Vytautas Michelkevičius (eds.)
Title: Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination: Maps in Research, Art and Education
Publisher: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

How does a diagram differ from a text? What are the pros and cons of diagrams when compared to text?  Can a map be a research component, an artwork, and a scientific means of communication, all at the same time?

How do diagrams mediate between different cognitive systems? How can diagrams convey bodily experiences and gestures? How do they facilitate education? These are only few questions that delineate a general research territory where the book authors’ imaginations overlap.

Even though cartographic references play an important role, many of the maps presented and discussed in this atlas go beyond the geographical notion of map, and they often bear no reference to either a location or its representation. They may involve multilayered diagrams, trajectories of a freely moving body or a hand, visual signs of hesitancy, tools of material or visual thinking, charts of tacit knowledge, notations of sensual data, or the models of research hypotheses or findings.

This research is also a response to the times we live in. In the face of ever-increasing information flows and the challenges of big data processing and rendition, a linear text is not always the most suggestive form of communication. Meanwhile in maps, within a single plane, we can operate with multiple layers of knowledge, and use different means of expression in order to discover unexpected links.

Contributions by Arnas Anskaitis, Tomas S. Butkus, Vitalij Červiakov, Christoph Fink, Nikolaus Gansterer, Aldis Gedutis, Giedrė Godienė, Sandra Kazlauskaitė, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Lina Michelkevičė, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt

*bilingual (LT/EN)

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

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

Fade the Lure

Author: Dena Yago
Title: Fade the Lure
Publisher: After 8 Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Literature & Poetry

Fade the Lure is a collection of poems and photographs created between 2014 and 2017, during Dena Yago’s experience working and living alongside emotional support dogs in Los Angeles. In Yago’s words, poetry is sometimes 'a form of communication created out of the desire to avoid, and an inability to engage in other forms of direct communication' with animals or humans. Fade the Lure explores the possibility for the poem to account for relationships that materialize and live beyond words, while being embedded in a consumerist society’s confined structures.

Dena Yago (born 1988, lives & works in NYC) is an artist, a writer and a poet. She was one of the founding members of K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group active from 2010 to 2016. Recent publications include Ambergris (Bodega) and Esprit Reprise (Pork Salad Press). Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and at Bodega in New York.

15.00 EUR

William N. Copley: Selected Writings

Authors: William N. Copley; Anthony Atlas (ed.)
Title: William N. Copley: Selected Writings
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Artists' Writings, Art History

For readers interested in the extraordinary life, work, and artistic milieu of the great American surrealist and proto-pop painter William Nelson Copley (1919-96), this volume will come as a thrilling revelation and a long-awaited peek into the mind of one of 20th-century art’s most influential yet least recognized protagonists.

Though best known for his radical work as a painter—which he pursued under the name CPLY—Copley was also a talented writer and the texts gathered here present his most significant essays, articles and conversations. Among Copley’s reflections on art and artists is 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dealer,' a vividly humorous account of his brief tenure as a dealer in surrealist art in 1940s Los Angeles. Also included are key interviews and correspondence illuminating Copley’s own practice and a selection of his newspaper articles, originally published in the 1950s and reprinted now for the first time. [publisher's note]

30.00 EUR

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