SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Pluriverse

Author: Akexander Kluge
Title: Pluriverse
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
Stock: 

To mark the occasion of Alexander Kluge’s eighty-fifth birthday, the Museum Folkwang is organizing a comprehensive show of the work of the film-maker, writer, philosopher, and artist. The exhibition is an introduction to Kluge’s artistic 'pluriverse' and sets out to illustrate his main methods, themes, and conceptual approaches, with the central focus on his filmic collages.
The accompanying book picks up on the themes addressed in the exhibition and concentrates on the principle of work collaboration, which is of key importance for Kluge: the process of 'thinking together' with academics and artists, such as Thomas Demand, Georg Baselitz, and Ben Lerner.

Contributors: Leslie A. Adelson, Christoph Streckhardt, Richard Langston, Ben Lerner, Alexander Kluge, Anna Fricke, a.o.

24.00 EUR

John Smith

Authors:  Tanya Leighton,  Kathrin Meyer (eds.)
Title: John Smith
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing
Subject: Monographs
Stock: 

This comprehensive new monograph on the influential British artist-filmmaker—renown for his playful and formally ingenious subversion of the everyday world—contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife. 

Herbert’s text provides an incisive overview of Smith’s work over the past four decades while Christie examines Smith’s oeuvre within the context of English eccentricity. Meyer’s essay discusses Smith’s film The Black Tower in relation to absence and abstraction while de Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of Smith’s Gargantuan.

The publication includes a complete fully illustrated filmography spanning 84 pages, with images and synopses from nearly fifty film and video works made between 1972 and 2012.

30.00 EUR

Writings, Conversations, Scripts

Author: Ane Hjort Guttu
Title: Writings, Conversations, Scripts
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings

Writings, Conversations, Scripts is the first survey of text works by Ane Hjort Guttu. Written between 2003 and 2018, the texts range from public statements, poetic short prose, and film scripts to reflections on the role of the artist and essays on art for children. With a special focus on the significance of 'image-text constellations,' this anthology, edited by Rike Frank and designed by HIT, suggests connections between artistic writing and curatorial publishing.

25.00 EUR

Cosey Complex

Author: Maria Fusco & Richard Birkett (eds.)
Title: Cosey Complex
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Monographs
Stock: 

A major new publication shifting Cosey Fanni Tutti from noun to verb.
This book is the first major publication discussing and theorising Cosey as methodology. Contributors include: Martin Bax, Gerard Byrne, Daniela Cascella, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Diedrich Diederichsen, Graham Duff, Anthony Elms, Chris Kraus, Patricia MacCormack, Clunie Reid, Rob Stone, Corin Sworn and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Designed by Zak Kyes.

28.00 EUR

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
Stock: 

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

OKEANOS

Authors: Daniela Zyman, Cory Scozzar (eds.)
Title: Allan Sekula. OKEANOS
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna)
Subject: Monographs
Stock: 

Contributions by Nabil Ahmed, Keller Easterling, Carles Guerra Rojas, Celina Jeffery, Laleh Khalili, Rosa Lleó, Gabriele Mackert, Jegan Vincent de Paul, Filipa Ramos, Cory Scozzari, Allan Sekula, Sally Stein, Philip Steinberg, Daniela Zyman

This publication intersperses essays from scholars, historians, and thinkers with a selection of Allan Sekula’s seminal texts and excerpts from his private notebooks. The title is a reference to Okeanos—son of Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth—who ruled over the oceans and water. Made and written across the decades, Sekula’s sketches and texts focus on maritime space and the material, economic, and ecological implications of globalization. In projects such as his magnum opus Fish Story (1989–95), or films like Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010), Sekula provided a view from and of the sea. This publication expands on these oceanic themes, seeking to honor the scope and complexity of the late artist-theorist’s work, and situate his ideas in current political, social, and environmental discourses. 

29.00 EUR

Bas Jan Ader: Discovery File 143/76

Author: Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra (eds.)
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Books
Stock: 

In 1976, Bas Jan Ader’s boat, the Ocean Wave, was found unmanned and partially submerged 150 miles off the coast of Ireland by a Spanish fishing vessel. The Dutch artist’s boat was taken to La Coruna for investigation. Days later, the boat was stolen and the cult of Ader, whose body was never recovered, was truly cemented. In this volume, artists Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra, compile ten years of research into this unsolved mystery. The Spanish police report documenting the theft is reproduced in facsimile alongside a translation into English, many pages of additional documentation, and the transcriptions of interviews produced during the editors’ investigations.

45.00 EUR

Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality

Authors: Frederick Kiesler
Title: Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunsthalle Wien
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
Stock: 

This collection of unpublished or rare texts by Frederick Kiesler written between 1927 and 1957 is published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality' at Kunsthalle Wien (May 27–August 23, 2015), curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Müller. The exhibition, developed in cooperation with the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, focuses on Kiesler’s ideas on display, and juxtaposes works of contemporary artists with a number of original drawings by Kiesler. Views of the exhibition are included in the pages of this publication.

With works by Leonor Antunes, Olga Balema, Celine Condorelli, Morton Feldman, Annette Kelm, Friedrich Kiesler, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Luca Trevisani, Nicole Wermers

14.00 EUR

Non-Conscious Architecture

Authors: Gianni Pettena, edited by Marco Scotini in collaboration with Gabriele Sassone
Title: Non-Conscious Architecture
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli
Subject: Architecture, Monographs
Stock: 

This publication surveys the work of Italian critic, architect, and visual artist Gianni Pettena. Focusing on a rich ten-year period of production that began in the mid-sixties, it brings new attention to the artistic and intellectual practice of a figure known primarily as one of the main exponents of the Radical Architecture movement. International curators and writers consider a span of projects about landscape and the built form as well as objects and works documenting Pettena’s interests in labor, temporality, action, and the event. Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'About Non-Conscious Architecture' at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, 2017, the book also contains a republished conversation between Pettena and artist Robert Smithson and an illustrated index detailing the trajectory of Pettena’s body of work and research.

22.00 EUR

ABC

Author: Bruno Munari
Title: ABC
Publisher: Corraini Edizioni
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids
Stock: 

ABC is an alphabet book written and designed by Bruno Munari in 1960 with his characteristic, colourful humour. Originally conceived for the United States, it has become a simple and entertaining English lesson for Italian children and adults.

25.00 EUR

Pontus Hulten and Moderna Museet: The Formative Years

Author:  Anna Tellgren (ed.)
Title: Pontus Hulten and Moderna Musset. The Formative Years
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Monographs
Stock: 

The legendary curator Pontus Hulten (1924-2006) worked at Moderna Museet in Stockholm between 1958 and 1973. In 1960 he was appointed director. It was in this role that he built the collection and the museum's international reputation, with exhibitions such as Movement in Art (1961), American Pop Art (1964), Niki de Saint-Phalle's She-A Cathedral (1966) and Warhol's first European solo exhibition (1968). In 2005 Hultén donated his art collection, library and archives to Moderna Museet. 

Pontus Hulten and Moderna Museet: The Formative Years explores Hultén's practice as a curator and director. In addition to new essays, the book contains archival photographs and documents as well as a previously unpublished 1962 text by Hultén outlining his ideas on how an art museum should run.

 

24.00 EUR

Yvonne Rainer. Moving and Being Moved

Author: Yvonne Rainer (ed.)
Title: Yvonne Rainer. Moving and Being Moved
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings
Stock: 

Edited by Yvonne Rainer, this selection of texts and images by Rainer and various authors, offers a retrospective portrait of her work, focusing on some of her most notable performances and projects from both the late 1960s (‘Trio A’, ‘The Mind Is a Muscle’) and since her return to dance with the White Oak Dance Project in 2000. Rainer is known for her challengingly experimental and sometimes minimalist work as a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker, which spearheaded the rise of postmodern dance. An essay by Rainer frames things from the perspective of an ageing dancer who is aware of her physical limitations. With a conversation between Rainer and dancer Trisha Brown.

28.00 EUR

Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (New Edition 2017)

Author: Slavs and Tatars
Title: Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (New Edition 2017)
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogues

Beginning as an investigation into the apparently disparate events that bookend the twentieth and twenty-first century – the collapse of Communism and the Islamic Revolution in Iran – Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz traces unlikely points of convergence in Iran and Poland’s economic, social, political, religious and cultural histories. Drawing on Slavs and Tatars’ multi-disciplinary practice encompassing research, installations, lecture-performances and print media, this publication embraces new contributions in the form of essays, interviews, and archival presentation on subjects that range from seventeenth-century Sarmatism to the twenty-first-century Green Movement, taking in along the way, tales of the Polish Exodus, Wojtek the bear, craft, hospitality, Passion plays and taziyeh, and the political lessons of a Polish slow burn revolution for contemporary Iran.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China and is joined here by Agata Araszkiewicz, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Adam Michnik, Mara Goldwyn, Shiva Balaghi and Michael D. Kennedy.

29.00 EUR

The Long Road to Xico

Author: Pedro de Llano (ed.)
Title: The Long Road to Xico / El Largo Camino a Xico. Maria Thereza Alves 1991-2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Catalogues
Stock: 

The Long Road to Xico, 1991–2015 is the first monograph of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, and the outcome of her solo show at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2015. It gathers more than twenty projects realized between 1991 and 2015, including rarely viewed early works that help us see her most recent production from a new perspective. This publication also collects a selection of Alves’s writings and contextualizes her work in the political and cultural debates from the 1980s, when she became an activist—in the United States and Brazil—and an early participant in discourses around 'postcolonialism' and 'ecology'. Together with these materials, the book contains essays by the editor, Pedro de Llano, and T. J. Demos, professor of art and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

20.00 EUR

Workshop of the Film Form

Authors: Marika Kuźmicz, Łukasz Ronduda (eds.)
Title: Workshop of the Film Form
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Fundacja Arton 
Subject: Monographs
Stock: 

Workshop of the Film Form provides an in-depth overview of the achievements of Warsztat Formy Filmowej (WWF; Workshop of the Film Form), a group of avant-garde artists who were working at the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz, Poland, between 1970 and 1977. WWF was founded by the students and graduates of the school, now known as the National Film School, and included: Wojciech Bruszewski, Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Różycki, Józef Robakowski, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Kazimierz Bendkowski, Antoni Mikołajczyk, Janusz Połom, and Ryszard Waśko. As pioneers of video art in Poland and structural cinema in Central and Eastern Europe, the artists refused classical narrative and traditional film media, working instead somewhere between cinematography and contemporary art. 
 
This publication examines all aspects of WFF’s activity, from their films, photographic experiments, video art, and performative actions to their teaching work, which includes previously unexplored pedagogical contributions to the National Film School. Drawing on the private archives and oral testimonies of the WWF, Workshop of the Film Form attempts to provide a full account of the group’s history as well as a comprehensive survey of each member’s practice. The writers who were invited to respond to the WWF for this book provide insightful new readings of the group’s output and activities, contextualizing their work in the history of the prewar Polish avant-garde and the politics of experimental filmmaking in Poland under the rule of the Polish United Workers’ Party (PZPR).

25.00 EUR

Monica Ross. Ethical Actions

Author: Susan Hiler, Suzanne Treister (eds.)
Title: Monika Ross. Ethical Actions. A Critical Fine Art Practice
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Exhibitio Catalogues
Stock: 

British artist Monica Ross (1950–2013) left behind forty years of socially engaged, feminist, and performative artwork, which has had a deep effect on contemporary art and society. This fully illustrated publication documents Ross’s works from 1970 to 2013, including early feminist collaborative works, drawings made at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, poster designs for the antinuclear movement, works relating to the writings of Walter Benjamin, and documentation from the sixty performances of Anniversary—an act of memory (2008–13), solo, collective, and multilingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which concluded with a final collaborative performance at the UN in Geneva on the day of Ross’s death. With essays by Esther Leslie, Eric Levi Jacobson, Alexandra M. Kokoli, Denise Robinson, and Yve Lomax, this book is a valuable art-historical document.

22.00 EUR

Charlemagne Palestine. Gessammttkkunnstt MeshuggahhLaandtttt

Author: Luca Lo Pinto, Samuel Saelemakers (eds.)
Title: Charlemagne Palestine. GessammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition  Catalogues
Stock: 

Charlemagne Palestine works form a highly personal universe of rituals, intoxication, and shamanism. In the last four decades, the artist has created an extensive body of experimental musical compositions, bodily performances, and, in later years, visual art works that are inhabited by stuffed animals. To Palestine, teddy bears figure as powerful shamanic totems, which he fondly calls Divinities.

24.00 EUR