Criticism/Theory Softcover 470 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

George Baker, The Artwork Caught by the Tail. Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris, MIT Press, 2010

The artist Francis Picabia—notorious dandy, bon vivant, painter, poet, filmmaker, and polemicist—has emerged as the Dadaist with postmodern appeal, and one of the most enigmatic forces behind the enigma that was Dada. In this first book in English to focus on Picabia's work in Paris during the Dada years, art historian and critic George Baker reimagines Dada through Picabia's eyes. Such reimagining involves a new account of the readymade—Marcel Duchamp's anti-art invention, which opened fine art to mass culture and the commodity. But in Picabia’s hands, Baker argues, the Dada readymade aimed to reinvent art rather than destroy it. Picabia’s readymade opened art not just to the commodity, but to the larger world from which the commodity stems: the fluid sea of capital and money that transforms all objects and experiences in its wake. The book thus tells the story of a set of newly transformed artistic practices, claiming them for art history—and naming them—for the first time: Dada Drawing, Dada Painting, Dada Photography, Dada Abstraction, Dada Cinema, Dada Montage.

Along the way, Baker describes a series of nearly forgotten objects and events, from the almost lunatic range of the Paris Dada “manifestations” to Picabia’s polemical writings; from a lost work by Picabia in the form of a hole (called, suggestively, The Young Girl) to his “painting” Cacodylic Eye, covered in autographs by luminaries ranging from Ezra Pound to Fatty Arbuckle. Baker ends with readymades in prose: a vast interweaving of citations and quotations that converge to create a heated conversation among Picabia, André Breton, Tristan Tzara, James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and others. Art history has never looked like this before. But then again, Dada has never looked like art history.

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Germano Celant, William N. Copley, Fondazione Prada, 2016

Monograph published on the occasion of the artist's retrospective exhibition at Fondazione Prada, Milano, October 20, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Essays by Germano Celant, Toby Kamps, Jonathan Griffin, Paul B. Franklin, Gwen L. Allen, Alison M. Gingeras; Chronology by Claire Brandon.

Criticism/Theory Softcover 104 pages 32 x 21 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 32 ORDER

Jelena Martinovic, Bold Climbers, Cordyceps Press, 2016

Climbers today and in the past have perceived the mountain as a theatre of aesthetic exploration and scientific experimentation. In this richly illustrated book, featuring sixteen original artworks, the paths of artists and writers cross as, following the trails of mythology, medical geography, natural history and cinema, they turn mountain landscapes into modernist painting. Whether the expedition itself was famous or obscure, the ascent to high altitudes was a crucible for bold eccentrics in the Alps, including art historian Aloïs Riegl, occultist Aleister Crowley, operatic filmmaker Daniel Schmid, and altitude therapist Henri Clermond Lombard. Four original texts written by Merel van Tilburg (art historian), Vincent Barras (poet and historian of medicine), Maxime Guitton (music curator), and Jelena Martinovic (artist and historian of science) reflect on the interest and inspiration found in alpinism from the 19th century to the present. Bold Climbers is both an investigation and experiment into the aesthetics of peak performances.

W/ Stefan Benchoam, Pauline Cazorla, Guillaume Dénerveaud, Aldric Lamblin, Sarah Margnetti, Mathias Pfund, Aude Richards, Vincent de Roguin, Pierre Szczepski, Luca Schenardi, Konstantin Sgouridis, Annabelle Voisin, Héloïse Verdan, Vivian Suter, Elisabeth Wild.

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Heimo Zobernig, Books & Posters, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2016

The Vienna-based artist Heimo Zobernig has achieved wide recognition for his sculptures, paintings, videos and performances. With works that respond to the legacy of the discourses and themes of formalist, abstract and Minimalist art, often establishing a close dialogue with the architecture and history of a specific place, he is an important representative of the artists associated with 'Kontext Kunst' (Context Art) in the German-speaking art scene of the 1990s. This survey book offers an original and comprehensive overview of the ways Zobernig has engaged since 1980 with an expanded notion of publishing as a way to explore the linguistic aspects of art. Ingeniously designed by the graphic studio Oficina de disseny based in Barcelona, it presents 114 artist's books, monographs and exhibition catalogues as well as 117 posters that, thanks to an essay by Anja Dorn that contextualises them, sheds light on a rarely commented side of Zobernig's multi-faceted practice.

With texts by Diana Baldon, Anja Dorn, Moritz Küng & Heimo Zobernig.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Paperback 499 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 28 ORDER

Thomas W. Laqueur, Solitary Sex. A Cultural History of Masturbation, Zone Books, 2004

"Around 19700, masturbation morphed from a minor sociospiritual transgression into a moral-medical horror. Laquer explains why–better and certainly more exhaustively than previous scholars. As centralized monarchs and the church lost power and the individual assumed new importance in civil society, masturbation was revisioned as the most selfish, antisocial, and dangerous perversion of individualism. Much later, Freud remade masturbation into a temporary, youthful way station for individual socialization. Then after the 1960s, feminism and gay liberation helped engineer a third makeover of masturbation as fundamental for socialized individuals of any age."

Multiple Edition of 15 80 x 15 cm   New       EUR 300 ORDER

Marlie Mul, Bam Bam’ (bæm bæm), 2015

Edition of hand carved caveman clubs based on Marlie Mul’s large-scale installation ‘Ug’ (Ug), ‘Duh’ (dǝ), ‘Muh’ (mɜːɹ), ‘Bam Bam’ (bæm bæm)‘ that was a part of her solo exhibition Arbeidsvitaminen at Vilma Gold in 2015.

Materials: polyurethane, paper, sand, glue, varnish. Hand carved.

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Monograph First Edition Softcover 212 pages 30 x 23 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 48 out of stock

Mara Züst, Simone Koller, Doris Stauffer: A Monograph, Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015

In addition to her contributions to art criticism, Doris Stauffer has produced an impressive body of artistic work that consists of photography, sculpture, and collage. The subject of exhibitions in her native Switzerland, Stauffer is among the founders of the F + F School of Experimental Design, and her explorations of form and color have long been recognized for engaging with feminism and the existing conventions and hierarchies within society.

With more than three hundred illustrations, Doris Stauffer documents for the first time the life and work of this important twentieth-century artist with a focus on her political engagement. Essays place Stauffer’s work in historical and political context, including her involvement with the Swiss women’s liberation movement and an interview in which the artist imagines alternative forms of feminism and art education. Additional essays look at the influence of Stauffer on other female artists, as well as some of the recurring themes in her art, including fairy tales and other forms of narration.

Sexualités, Fiction Second Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 300 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 32 ORDER

François Peraldi, Polysexuality (Semiotext(e) #10), Semiotext(e), 1995

Originally conceived as a special Semiotext(e) issue on homosexuality at the end of the 70s, “Polysexuality” quickly evolved into a more complex and iconoclastic project whose intent was to do away with recognized genders altogether, considered far too limitative. The project landed somewhere between humor, anarchy, science-fiction, utopia and apocalypse. In the few years that it took to put it together, it also evolved from a joyous schizo concept to a darker, neo-Lacanian elaboration on the impossibility of sexuality. The tension between the two, occasionally perceptible, is the theoretical subtext of the issue. Upping the ante on gender distinctions, “Polysexuality” started by blowing wide open all sexual classifications, inventing unheard-of categories, regrouping singular features into often original configurations, like Corporate Sex, Alimentary Sex, Soft or Violent Sex, Discursive Sex, Self- Sex, Animal Sex, Child Sex, Morbid Sex, or Sex of the Gaze. Mixing documents, interviews, fiction, theory, poetry, psychiatry and anthropology, “Polysexuality” became the encyclopedia sexualis of a continent that is still emerging. What it displayed in all its forms could be called, broadly speaking, the Sexuality of Capital. (Actually the issue being rather hot, it was decided to cool it off somewhat by only using “capitals” throughout the issue. It was also the first issue for which we used the computer).
 
Includes work by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Félix Guattari, Paul Verlaine, William S.Burroughs, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Roland Barthes, Paul Virilio, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and more.


 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 256 pages 21 x 15 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 15 ORDER

Öyvind Fahlström, Essais choisis, Les presses du réel, 2002

Connu principalement comme artiste visuel, Öyvind Fahlström (1928-1976) était également poète, dramaturge, happening-maker, cinéaste, critique d'art et critique littéraire. Sa recherche d'un art total explique son intérêt pour les formes d'art hybrides, et éclaire la grande variété des sujets abordés dans le présent recueil, dans lequel figurent de nombreux inédits en français : Sade, Céline ou W. S. Burroughs y croisent la poésie concrète et le Nouveau Roman, les artistes du Pop Art les réalisateurs de la Nouvelle Vague et les pionniers de la musique électronique, et les considérations sur la contre-culture hippie se mêlent aux commentaires de Fahlström sur son propre travail.
« L'artiste est comme un agent, comme un espion ou un membre d'une organisation clandestine. Auparavant je pensais que je pourrais peindre à certains moments, et me distraire à d'autres. Mais dernièrement j'ai réalisé que, en tant qu'artiste, l'on n'est jamais au repos, que la chasse et la pêche continuent perpétuellement, et comme un membre de la résistance, on ne peut jamais se détendre, dès lors que l'on sait qu'on pourrait venir frapper à votre porte à tout moment pendant la nuit ». Les observations réunies dans cette anthologie forment ainsi comme autant de rapports de cette activité ininterrompue, celle d'un artiste entendu comme agent double, ou espion, tour à tour savant fou (Benway) et explorateur (Livingstone).
 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 179 pages 19 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 21 out of stock

Stefan Morawski, Lee Baxandall, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, International General, 1977

"Documents on Marxist Aesthetics" 1. A compilation of 57 texts and extracts from the work of Marx and Engels containing all their basic aesthetic thought organized in 9 sections reflecting the main underlying themes: aesthetic sensibility; capitalist alienation; communism; class values; realism; tendency literature; and form and style, among others. Includes a major critical introduction by Polish aesthetics philosopher Stefan MORAWSKI, p3-47; a supplement with texts by Eleanor MARX, Paul LAFARGUE, and Franziska KUGELMANN, p[149]-56; an extensive bibliography of Marxist books in English on aesthetics, p[159]-74; and name index, p[177]-9.

Criticism/Theory Fourth corrected and enlarged edition Softcover 120 pages 25 x 17 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 22 out of stock

Armand Mattelart, Ariel Dorfman, How to Read Donald Duck. Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic, International General, 1991

The classic, critical and humorous study of cultural imperialism and children's literature; how the Disney fantasy world reproduces the "American Dream" fantasy world, and the disastrous effect of Disney comics and other "mass" cultural merchandise on the development of the so-called "Third" World. In 1973 this work was banned and burned in Chile, and later the English edition was banned for more than a year by the US government. In comic book format with cartoon examples, introduction by David KUNZLE on the Disney world, a bibl of left writings on cultural imperialism and the comics, and an appendix by John Shelton LAWRENCE on the book's US censorship and the legal-political issues involved in the right to criticize Disney.

English translation, originally published in Spanish in Chile: Para Leer al Pato Donald, by Valparaiso in 1971. First English edition: 1975.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 188 pages 20 x 14 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 25 out of stock

Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Commodity Aesthetics, Ideology and Culture, International General, 1987

A compilation of 10 essays setting forth a multi-dimensional analysis of culture integrating three related theories: (1) a theory of commodity aesthetics; (2) a theory of the cultural as an omni-present dimension of everyday life, especially "culture from below"; and (3) a theory of the ideological, especially "from above". Also includes an extensive bibl of the author's writings since 1958. The first English-language work of this important German Marxist philosopher.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 165 pages 21 x 14 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 25 out of stock

Bernard Miege, The Capitalization of Cultural Production, International General, 1989

A critical left study of the confronting logics underlying the production, diffusion and consumption of culture and communication in late capitalism, both on a national as well as on an international level, with 8 texts on communication studies, the cultural commodity, the cultural industries, children's cultural products, artistic and intellectual creativity, information systems, cable television and the new media. Includes bibl, p163-5.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 160 pages 18 x 12 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 22 out of stock

Sakari Hänninen, Leena Paldán, Rethinking Ideology: A Marxist Debate, International General, 1983

"International Socialism-Discussion" 3. "Argument-Sonderband AS 84". An anthology of 36 critical Marxist and left texts re-thinking the theory of ideology as an increasingly central element in an analysis of late capitalist society as well as in a political project for its transformation. Based on the work of the research group "PIT" ("Projekt Ideologie-Theorie"), it contains the papers presented at the "International Seminar on Problems of Research on Ideology" held in Berlin dealing with highly conceptual problems as well as those on politics, education, aesthetics, fascism, and feminism.

Contributors include I. Bessenyei, J.-P. Cotton, W. Elfferding, W.F. Haug, F. Haug, T. Heilmann, K. Holzkamp, B. Johasen, M. Kitamura, E. Laclau, K.H. Ladeur, A. De Leeuw, T. Metscher, C. Mouffe, D. Némedi, R. Nemitz, A. Neusüss, S.A. Nohrstedt, M. Péchieux, J.M. Ripalda, K.R. Scherpe, H. Scholtz, R. Sharp, G. Therborn, & F.O. Wolf.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 173 pages 18 x 10 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 22 out of stock

Yves De La Haye, Marx & Engels On the Means of Communication (The Movement of Commodities, People, Information & Capital). A Selection of Texts, International General, 1980

A compilation of 26 extracts from the work of Karl Marx & Frederick Engels, organized in 4 sections: general works on the relations of exchange; the means of communications in social relations; the expansion of communications, especially the railways; & the transportation industry. Includes important introduction, p9-55; bibl, p172-3. Unique work on subject.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 202 pages 19 x 14 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 22 out of stock

Sakari Hänninen, Leena Paldán, Rethinking Marx, International General, 1984

"International Socialism-Discussion" 5. "Argument-Sonderband AS 109". An anthology of 51 critical Marxist and left texts re-thinking the ideas of Marx in function of the new forms and problems in the contemporary struggles for a truly liberated society. The texts were presented at the "Internationale Konferenz Aktualisierung Marx" held in Berlin, and deal with historical materialism, the State, economic and class analyses, culture and ideology, new social movements, politics and socialist perspectives, and the possible renewal of Marxism.

Contributors include D. Albers, J. Bayers, J. Bidet, Y.M. Bodemann, M. Von Brentano, F. Cerutti, J.-P. Cotton, A. Domènech, W. Elfferding, V. Gransow, F. Haug, W.F. Haug, T. Heilmann, J. Hirsch, P.J. Houtondji, M. Jäger, M. Kitamura, P. Kosonen, M. Krätke, G. Labica, E. Laclau, S.E. Liedemann, G. Lohmann, L. Marmora, J. Mehtonon, S. Mercier-Josa, G. Minnerupo, C. Mouffe, H.-P. Müller, R. Nemitz, C. Pasquinelle, V. Pietlä, K. Ruoff, M. Sagnol, D. Sasson, B. Sekulic, J. Sempere, R. Sharp, K.H. Tjaden, R. Winkerlmann, F.O. Wolf, & E. Wulff.

Political theory, Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 140 pages 26 x 18 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 28 ORDER

Armand Mattelart, Communicating in Popular Nicaragua. An Anthology, International General, 1986

An anthology of 13 critical texts from Nicaragua, Europe and the USA, the first on the media and culture in Nicaragua, many of which are published here for the first time. It includes social-historical analyses of Nicaraguan journalism, the press, radio, film, video, mural expression, literacy and social movements, in light of Nicaragua's struggle to develop a practice of democratic participation under the siege conditions of US-imposed economic, psychological and military warfare.

It includes 2 unpublished texts by Tomas Borge Martinez, the sole surviving founder of the FSLN and Nicaraguan Minister of the Interior, as well as studies by Armand Mattelart, Julianne Burton, Omar Cabezas, Fernando Cardenal and Valerie Miller, the Center for Atlantic Coast Research and Documentation (CIDCA), Jose Luis Coraggio, Howard H. Frederick, Dee Dee Halleck, David Kunzle, & Guillermo Rothschuh Villanueva. Includes a bibl. of left studies on the media and culture in Nicaragua and Latin America, p[136]-40.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 445 pages 26 x 18 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 65 out of stock

Seth Siegelaub, Armand Mattelart, Communication and Class Struggle. Vol. I: Capitalism, Imperialism, International General, 1979

Volume 1 of 2 Volumes. An anthology of 64 left and progressive texts on the relationship between the practice and theory of communication and their development in the historical context of social struggle on a world scale, of which more than 1/3rd are published for the first time in English, with some published for the first time in any language. This 1st volume deals with the basic Marxist theory underlying the analysis of the communication process, as well as studies centered on the formation of the capitalist communication apparatus, ideology and "mass" culture.

It contains texts by S. SIEGELAUB, A. MATTELART, K. MARX, A. GRAMSCI, V.I. LENIN, MAO Tse-Tung, P. BOURDIEU, REVOLUTIONARY LEFT MOVEMENT (MIR, Chile), H. LEFEBVRE, L. ACOSTA, M. MATTELART, D.W. SMYTHE, S. FINKELSTEIN, T. WENGRAF & R. MURRAY, F. MEHRING, R. ESCARPIT, J. HABERMAS, Y. DE LA HAYE, A. CABRAL, R. CONSTANTINO, C. ORTEGA & C. ROMERO, R. FREDERIX, J.D. BERNAL, S. EWEN, N.R. DANIELIAN, THE FILM COUNCIL (UK), R. LINDNER, R. WILLIAMS, R.A. BRADY, D. SINGTON & A. WEIDENFELD, FREE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, R. PERON, FRENCH COMMUNIST PARTY-CHAIX PRINTERS, R. BONCHIO, J. STRASSER, M. JANCO & D. FURJOT, J.-M. CARIOT, M. O'CAOLLAI, SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE, L.A. PEREZ JR., H.I. SCHILLER, R. DRINOT SILVA, T.H. GUBACK, S. PEREZ BARRETO, J. ARONSON, PHONG HIEN & LE VAN HAO, C. BRIGHTMAN & M. KLARE. Includes an extensive bibliography with over 500 left books on the subject, p431-41. Along with vol 2, the most important attempt —in any language— to lay the groundwork for a critical left theory of communication and culture.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 438 pages 26 x 18 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 65 out of stock

Seth Siegelaub, Armand Mattelart, Communication and Class Struggle. Vol. 2: Liberation, Socialism, International General, 1983

Vol 2 of 2 Volumes. An anthology of 64 left and progressive texts on the relationship between the practice and theory of communication and their development in the historical context of social struggle on a world scale, of which more than 38 are published for the first time in English, with some published for the first time in any language. This 2nd volume deals with an analysis of the development of popular and working-class communications and culture, its theory and practice under different political, social and historical conditions, as well as its contemporary expression.

It contains texts by S. SIEGELAUB, A. MATTELART, A. GRAMSCI, M. MATTELART, L. TROTSKY, O. NEGT & A. KLUGE, W.F. HAUG, E.CABET & L.-A. PAGNERRE, K. MARX, A. FORNET, R. LAVROFF, V.I. LENIN, THE COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL, D. TARTAKOWSKY, P. FOGARASI, WORKER'S LIFE, B. HOGENKAMP, G. BARONE & A. PETRUCCI, B. BRECHT, H. EISLER, F. HOLLERING, E. HOERNLE, W. MUNZENBERG, P. GAUDIBERT, L. BASSETS, CHE GUEVARA, A. SIBEKO, A. DORFMAN, F. FANON, O. GETINO & F. SOLANAS, H. ABU GHANIMA, A.B. KHALATOV, S. TRETIAKOV, EL LISSITSKY, T. KURTOVIC, F. CASTRO, J. GARCIA ESPINOSA, S. COELHO, THE MPLA, J. REBELO, FRELIMO, M. CHANAN, UNIFIED FEDERATION OF PRINTING & PAPER WORKERS-DEMOCRATIC FEDERATION OF PTT WORKERS-CFDT, P.M. MANACORDA, S. ALLENDE, D. KUNZLE, ARMED FORCES MOVEMENT, PORTUGUESE COMMUNIST PARTY, THE STRIKE COMMITTEE OF THE ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS, DIRECTORS OF POPULAR THEATRES AND CULTURAL CENTRES, COUNCIL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDIA, G. RICHERI, J. LINDSAY, & J.-M. PIEMME. Includes an extensive bibliography with over 650 left books on the subject, p421-35. Along with volume 1, the most important attempt —in any language— to lay the groundwork for a critical left theory of communication and culture.

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Emil Michael Klein, untitled, BECKBOOKS, 2014

Silkscreen print on paper.

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