Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 341 pages 21 x 15 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 29 ORDER

Isabelle Stengers, Didier Debaise, Gestes spéculatifs, Les presses du réel, 2015

La pensée spéculative trouve aujourd'hui une nouvelle actualité. Ce renouveau est indissociable de la mise en crise généralisée des modes de pensée qui, d'une manière ou d'une autre, devaient leur autorité à une référence au progrès, à la rationalité, à l'universalité. Mise en crise redoutable, car on ne s'écarte pas sans danger de ce qui a servi de boussole à la pensée euro-américaine depuis qu'il est question de modernité. Mise en crise nécessaire, car ces modes de pensées sont sourds à la nouveauté effective de notre époque, à la manière dont la mission de la modernisation à laquelle ils adhéraient vire au cauchemar d'un enchevêtrement de ravages et d'impuissances.
La pensée speculative est trop souvent définie comme purement théorique, abusivement abstraite, ou relevant tout simplement d'un imaginaire déconnecté de toute prise sur le réel. Parler de "gestes spéculatifs", c'est au contraire mettre la pensée sous le signe d'un engagement par et pour des possibles qu'il s'agit d'activer, de rendre perceptibles dans le présent.

Avec des textes de Fleur Courtois-l'Heureux, Didier Debaise, Vinciane Despret, Thierry Drumm, Emilie Hache, Donna J. Haraway, David Jamar, Claude de Jonckheere, Maryam Kolly, Bruno Latour, Pierre Montebello, Tobie Nathan, Nicolas Prignot, Camille Riquier, Alice Rivières, Isabelle Stengers, Lucienne Strivay, Marcelle Stroobants, Katrin Solhdju, Fabrizio Terranova, Graziella Vella, Benedikte Zitouni. Sous la direction d'Isabelle Stengers et Didier Debaise.

Anthology, Exhibition catalogue First Edition Softcover 448 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 62 out of stock

Coll., Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, Walker Art Center, 2015

Hippie Modernism examines the art, architecture and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. The catalogue surveys the radical experiments that challenged societal norms while proposing new kinds of technological, ecological and political utopia. It includes the counter-design proposals of Victor Papanek and the anti-design polemics of Global Tools; the radical architectural visions of Archigram, Superstudio, Haus-Rucker-Co and ONYX; the installations of Ken Isaacs, Joan Hills, Mark Boyle, Hélio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida; the experimental films of Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner and John Whitney; posters and prints by Emory Douglas, Corita Kent and Victor Moscoso; documentation of performances by the Diggers and the Cockettes; publications such as Oz and The Whole Earth Catalog; books by Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller; and much more.

While the turbulent social history of the 1960s is well known, its cultural production remains comparatively under-examined. In this substantial volume, scholars explore a range of practices such as radical architectural and anti-design movements emerging in Europe and North America; the print revolution in the graphic design of books, posters and magazines; and new forms of cultural practice that merged street theater and radical politics. Through a profusion of illustrations, interviews with figures including: Gerd Stern of USCO; Ken Isaacs; Gunther Zamp Kelp of Haus-Rucker-Co; Ron Williams and Woody Rainey of ONYX; Franco Raggi of Global Tools; Tony Martin; Clark Richert and Richard Kallweit of Drop City; as well as new scholarly writings, this book explores the conjunction of the countercultural ethos and the modernist desire to fuse art and life.

First Edition Softcover 230 pages 21 x 16 cm Texts in French   Good condition       EUR 70 ORDER

Livre de Chilam Balam de Chumayel, Denoël, 1955

“Parmi tant de publications consacrées au Mexique et à la civilisation maya par de modernes explorateurs, voici, venu au travers des siècles, le document probablement le plus authentique et le plus important sur ce peuple: l'un des quatre ou cinq livres sacrés mayas connus dans le monde entier, et, pour la première fois, publié en français.“

Traduit de l'espagnol et présenté par Benjamin Peret. Avec douze illustrations hors-texte et tous les dessins du manuscrit original.

Criticism/Theory Softcover 66 pages 20 x 13 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 10 ORDER

Claire Fontaine, Human Strike Has Already Begun & Other Writings, Mute, 2013

The term ‘human strike’ was forged to name a revolt against what is reactionary even – and above all – inside the revolt. It defines a type of strike that involves the whole of life and not only its professional side, that acknowledges exploitation in all the domains and not only at work. The human strike is a movement that could potentially contaminate anyone and that attacks the foundations of life in common; its subject isn’t the proletarian or the factory worker but the ‘whatever singularity’ that everyone is. This movement isn’t there to reveal the exceptionality or the superiority of one group or another, but to unmask the whateverness of everybody as the open secret that social classes hide.

Founded in 2004, the Paris-based collective artist Claire Fontaine declares a position as a ‘readymade artist’. Having assumed the name of a popular French brand of notebooks, her practice centers on the production of works in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text. Her neo-conceptual art targets the exchangeability and disintegration of notions of authorship. Her position stems from the awareness of the shared condition of political impotence and the crisis of singularity within contemporary society today.

Artist's book First Edition Softcover 26 x 18 cm Texts in no text   New       EUR 30 ORDER

Urban Zellweger, Snow, Hacienda Books, 2016

Book of drawings published on the occasion of the exhibition of Urban Zellweger at Shoot the Lobster, New York, January 2016. 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 232 pages 23 x 15 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Carla Lonzi, Autoportrait, JRP|Ringier, 2013

Première traduction en français de l'ouvrage de Carla Lonzi, document inestimable sur l'art italien des années 1960, paru pour la première fois en 1969 avant d'être oublié très vite, sans doute aussi en raison du fait que son auteure décida d'abandonner l'activité de critique d'art pour l'engagement féministe radical.

Composé d'entretiens enregistrés puis recomposés afin de former un montage textuel inédit, Autoportrait est une tentative expérimentale pour réinventer la critique d'art à partir d'un récit fragmenté et d'une iconographie où les reproductions d'œuvres se mêlent à des images intimes. Document inestimable sur l'art italien des années 1960, Autoportrait est cet ouvrage polyphonique, « sorte de banquet maïeutique » auquel Carla Lonzi nous invite afin de repenser la production du discours sur l'art et les artistes. Le livre contient des entretiens avec Carla Accardi, Getulio Alviani, Enrico Castellani, Pietro Consagra, Luciano Fabro, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Nigro, Guilio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Mimmo Rotella, Salvatore Scarpita, Guilio Turcato, Cy Twombly...

Le parcours de Carla Lonzi (1931-1982) est indissociable de l'histoire culturelle, sociale et politique de l'Italie de l'après-guerre ; elle y tient une place singulière, aujourd'hui à réévaluer. Critique d'art reconnue de la scène artistique des années 1960, complice de figures comme Carla Accardi, Luciano Fabro, Giulio Paolini et Jannis Kounellis, elle rédige en 1969 Autoportrait, une « déclaration d'amour » aux artistes et à la création mais également un chant d'adieu à la critique et au monde de l'art. L'année suivante, elle co-fonde en effet Rivolta Femminile, collectif parmi les plus actifs du féminisme italien dont elle reste la figure emblématique.

Fiction, Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 20 x 11 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Sylvère Lotringer, Fous d'Artaud, Sens&Tonka, 2003

Les fous d’Artaud sont-ils aussi fous que lui ? La folie, comme la peste, est contagieuse et tous, psychiatres, disciples, famille, critiques, tous ceux qu’Artaud a approchés, ou qui ont approché Artaud, semblent participer de son délire. Cet ouvrage le montre de diverses manières, la plus saisissante étant sans doute ce qu’Artaud avait nommé un "drame mental" – une confrontation avec les témoins ou «persécuteurs» du poète où se démasque à vif le délire propre à chacun d’eux, et celui de l’auteur lui-même.
Ce livre n’entend pas apporter une strate supplémentaire aux débats qui ont fait rage depuis la mort du poète maudit, ni prendre parti entre les différents camps qui se disputent encore la dépouille d’Artaud ; il parle du lieu où se "travaille" la folie.
Dans un travail commencé depuis plus de vingt ans (Antonin Artaud, New York, Scribner’s Son, 1983), Lotringer a interviewé les deux médecins de Rodez qui ont soumis le patient Antonin Artaud aux électrochocs : le directeur de l’hôpital psychiatrique, Gaston Ferdière, et son interne, Jacques Latrémolière.
Enfin, la si contestée – par la famille d’Artaud – Paule Thévenin livre l’identité du fameux 'Dr J. L.' violemment pris à parti par Artaud dans son Van Gogh, le suicidé de la société.

Fiction New edition Hardcover 288 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 17 ORDER

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Tuskar Rock Press, 2015

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997 by Semiotex(e). 

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 125 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 23 ORDER

Lucy McKenzie, Alan Michael, Unlawful Assembly, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2015

Unlawful Assembly is a collection of interrelated short stories by the artists Lucy McKenzie and Alan Michael. First published in a limited edition, it was intended as a cheap holiday read to entertain summer visitors to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli, and as a site-specific work.

Fiction First Edition Softcover 128 pages 17 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 14 ORDER

Richard Hawkins, Fragile Flowers, Les presses du réel, 2013

“Everywhere dark-eyed incredibly handsome college-age youths with fresh haircuts and unshaved chins approached with ebullient grins to offer, with corny charming salutations and flirting flattering winks, any and every service: “Ya'll'd like a beer on the house mister?”“

Richard Hawkins' first book of fiction: eight jubilatory and decadent short stories.

 

Criticism/Theory Softcover 457 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 36 ORDER

Mike Kelley, Minor Histories: Statements, Conversations, Proposals, MIT Press, 2004

What John C. Welchman calls the "blazing network of focused conflations" from which Mike Kelley's styles are generated is on display in all its diversity in this second volume of the artist's writings. The first volume, Foul Perfection, contained thematic essays and writings about other artists; this collection concentrates on Kelley's own work, ranging from texts in "voices" that grew out of scripts for performance pieces to expository critical and autobiographical writings.

Fiction First Edition Softcover 256 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Summer of Hate, Semiotext(e), 2012

Waking up from the chilling high of a near-death sex game, Catt Dunlop travels to Albuquerque in 2005 to reinvest some windfall real-estate gains and reengage with something approximating “real life.” Aware that the critical discourse she has used to build her career as a visiting professor and art critic is really a cipher for something else, she hopes that buying and fixing slum buildings will bring her more closely in touch with American life than the essays she writes.

In Albuquerque, she becomes romantically involved with Paul Garcia, a recently sober ex-con who has just served sixteen months in state prison for defrauding Halliburton Industries, his former employer, of $873. Almost forty years old, Paul is highly intelligent but has only been out of New Mexico twice. He has no information. With Catt’s help, he makes plans to attend UCLA, only to be arrested on a ten-year-old bench warrant en route.

Exhibition catalogue First Edition Softcover 223 pages 33 x 25 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 60 ORDER

Emma Lavigne (ed.), Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, 1887–2058, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2015

Catalogue de l'exposition éponyme de l'artiste française au Centre Pompidou, Paris, 23 septembre 2015 – 1er février 2016. 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster nourrit son oeuvre d'une mémoire vivante du cinéma, de la littérature et des structures ouvertes de l'architecture et de la musique. À caractère rétrospectif et prospectif, l'exposition propose dans l'espace une chronologie ouverte, qui s'étend de 1887 à 2058. Elle conjugue plusieurs siècles et plusieurs climats en trouvant son origine à la fin du 19ème siècle, traverse les expériences du 20ème siècle et projette le spectateur dans des paysages et des intérieurs tropicaux ou désertiques, biographiques ou dystopiques. Ces réalités parallèles, ces espaces scéniques – où coexistent les genres du paysage, du portrait et des chambres d'époque – deviennent une demeure de fiction aux multiples entrées. Telle une machine à voyager dans le temps, le catalogue Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, 1887–2058 retrace la timeline ouverte que déploie l'exposition.

Sous la direction d'Emma Lavigne, avec les contributions de Tristan Bera, Elia Biezunski, Nicole Brenez, Pablo León de la Barra, Catherine Millet et Enrique Vila-Matas.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 208 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 34 ORDER

Mike Kelley, Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism, MIT Press, 2003

This book offers a diverse collection of Kelley's writings from the last twenty-five years. It contains major critical texts on art, film, and the wider culture, including his piece on the aesthetic he calls "urban Gothic." It also contains essays, mostly commissioned for exhibition catalogs and journals, on the artists and groups David Askevold, Öyvind Fahlström, Douglas Huebler, John Miller, Survival Research Laboratories, and Paul Thek, among others. Kelley's voices are passionate, analytic, and ironic, and his critical intelligence is leavened with touches of whimsy.

Monograph First Edition Hardcover 180 pages Texts in English / Deutsch   As new       EUR 100 ORDER

Jutta Koether, Kunsthalle Bern, Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2006

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Jutta Koether: Fantasia Colonia“, held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, May 27 to August 13, 2006 and at Kunsthalle Bern, January 19 to March 11, 2007.

With texts by Isabelle Graw, Martin Prinzhorn, Diedrich Diederichsen and Micahel Kerkmann; and a conversation between Koether, Sam Lewitt and Eileen Quinlan.

 

Exhibition catalogue First Edition Softcover 275 pages 28 x 22 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 42 ORDER

Josephine Pryde, The Enjoyment of Photography, JRP|Ringier, 2015

This publication presents a broad selection of Josephine Pryde's work from 1990 to 2014. In photographic works that encompass the full range of the medium's historical and current genres, styles, and techniques, but also through sculpture and writing, the Berlin- and London-based artist (*1967) offers incisive, often ironic, and provocative commentary on the values, hierarchies, and economies subtending the field of contemporary art against the backdrop of larger societal shifts. Estranging the familiar or conversely expressing the common in a radically unforeseen manner, Pryde's ingenuous choice of subject matter, unusual formal solutions and surprising juxtapositions continue to capture international exhibition audiences.

Featuring more than 350 color images, this most comprehensive monograph available on Pryde's work to date appears subsequent to the artist's mid-career survey exhibitions at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and at Kunsthalle Bern in 2012.

Exhibition catalogue First Edition Softcover 40 pages Texts in German & French   New       EUR 45 ORDER

Yo Sermayer, Voici: “Peinture d'ameublement“, Kunstmuseum Bern, 1983

“Tout a commencé avec une photo montrant Marcel Duchamp en conversation avec Robert Lebel dans son atelier. Au mur figure un tableau représentant deux sièges vides. Jacques Caumont et Jenifer Gough-Cooper, longtemps intrigués par cette peinture, mirent quelques temps à en retrouver l'auteur: Yo Sermayer. L'oeuvre s'intitule 'Conversations'.“

 

Artist's book First ed. of 1000 copies Soft cover, perfect binding 21 x 14 cm Texts in English / Deutsch   Very good condition       EUR 180 ORDER

Anonymous, Why I Got Into Art (Vaseline Muses), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Jablonka Gallery, 1991

Artist's book by "Anonymous" aka: Mike Kelley, detailing why he got into art -- naked women. Essay by Diedrich Diederichsen. Contains 22 photographs, in black-and-white, manipulated to have soft-core porn qualities of Yoko Ono, Lynda Benglis, Hannah Wilke, Carolee Schneemann and other woman engaged in nude dance performances, guerrilla actions, happenings, avant-garde theatre, actions, performances, gallery advertisements, body art, gesture art, etc. Published as two entities, back-to-back & upside down from each other, in one volume. Text in English and German.

Criticism/Theory Soft cover, perfect binding 416 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 35 out of stock

Adrian Piper, Out of Order, Out of Sight, MIT Press, 1999

Adrian Piper joins the ranks of writer-artists who have provided much of the basic and most reliable literature on modern and contemporary art. Out of Order, Out of Sight is an artistic and intellectual autobiography and an (occasionally scathing) commentary on mainstream art, art criticism, and American culture of the last twenty-five years.

Piper is an internationally recognized conceptual artist and the only African American in the early conceptual art movement of the 1960s. The writings in Out of Order, Out of Sight trace the development of her thinking about her artwork and the art world, and her evolving awareness of herself as a creative, racial, and gendered subject situated in an often limiting and always absurd cultural and social context.

First Edition Softcover in boxset Texts in French / English   New       EUR 160 ORDER

Mel Bochner, Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to be Viewed as Art, Cabinet des Estampes, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 1997

Originally conceived as an exhibition, shown at the Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, December 2 - December, 1966, Bochner compiled notebook pages and working drawings by Carl Andre, Jo Baer, John Cage, Tom Clancy, Dan Flavin, Milton Glaser, Dan Graham, Eva Hesse, Alfred Jensen, Donald Judd, Michael Kirby, William Kolakoski, Robert Lepper, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Moskovitz, Robert Smithson, Kenneth Snelson, and others into a xeroxed volume which was then presented in four identical copes, each on their own pedestal.

This edition of the Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to be Viewed as Art by Mel Bochner is published on the occasion of the exhibition Mel Bochner | Projets à l'étude | 1966-1996 at the Cabinet des estampes du Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva (February 27 to April 3, 1997). The edition was printed from the photocopies dating from the 1996 installation contained in the first binder of the Working Drawings

This publication, inspired by the original presentation, consists of four identical volumes, plus a new volume of critical texts on the work within a slipcase. Fifth volume texts by Christophe Cherix, Laurent Jenny, James Meyer in French and English.

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