Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 304 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 39 ORDER

Bruce Hainley, Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant's Volte-Face, Semiotext(e), 2014

Asked to sum up her artistic pursuit, the American artist Elaine Sturtevant once replied: “I create vertigo.” Since the mid-1960s, Sturtevant has been using repetition to change the way art is understood. In 1965, what seemed to be a group show by then “hot” artists (Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, and James Rosenquist, among others) was in fact Sturtevant’s first solo exhibit, every work in it created by herself.

In Under the Sign of [sic], Bruce Hainley unpacks the work of Sturtevant, providing the first book-length monographic study of the artist in English. Hainley draws on elusive archival materials to tackle not only Sturtevant’s work but also the essential problem that it poses. Hainley examines all of Sturtevant’s projects in a single year (1967); uses her Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform) from 1995 as a conceptual wedge to consider contemporary art’s place in the world; and, finally, digs into the most occluded part of her career, from 1971 to 1973, when she created works by Michael Heizer and Walter de Maria, and had her first solo American museum exhibit.

Sexualités First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 316 pages 24 x 17 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Fabrice Stroun, Lionel Bovier, AIDS RIOT NEW YORK 1987–1994: Artist Collectives Against AIDS, Magasin, 2003

The rise of AIDS in New York during the '80s caused and unprecedented social crisis. Catastrophic management of the epidemic by public authorities and the media magnified the scale of the tragedy. In reaction to the stigmatization and discrimination of the groups affected by the disease, strategies of resistance sprung out from various levels of civic society. AIDS RIOT focuses of a series of collective responses originating from the field of contemporary art. From the appropriation of advertising campains by Gran Fury to the virus-like circulation of General Idea's AIDS logo, and from Group Material's pedagogical exhibitions to the 'guerilla' videos by Testing the Limits, artist collectives reestablished the proactive role of art – as a vector for social change – and profoundly changed the shape of cultural activism. AIDS RIOT concentrates on the period from 1987 to 1994, when questions of efficient methods and modes of addresses were debated with an unprecedented clarity. 
This publication gathers a selection of texts and documents central to the debates of the era, notably by Douglas Crimp, David Deitcher, General Idea, Gran Fury, Group Material, as well as new interviews with Julie Ault, Gregg Bordowitz, AA Bronson, Donald Moffett and Marlene McCarty.
The positions highlighted in AIDS RIOT question the forumula for a successful articulation of theory and practice from and within a given cultural scene. In a time of growing estheticization of the political and increasing nostalgia for social commitment, this anthology points towards the kinds of discourses and relation to power and dominant representations cultural practices should develop in order to be truly active today.

AIDS RIOT is a research project conceived and edited by the 12th Session of the École du Magasin, Curatorial Studies Program of the Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble: Caroline Engel, Nicolas Fenouillat, Aurélie Guitton, Benedetta di Loreto, Flora Loyau, Ivana Mestrov and Ana Olszewska, supervised by Lionel Bovier and Fabrice Stroun.

Artist's book First Edition Hardcover with dust jacket 174 pages 31 x 23 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 55 ORDER

Bjarne Melgaard, BATON SINISTER, Karma, 2011

As part of 'Beyond Death', a graduate program led by Bjarne Melgaard at the Università IUAV, Venice, this publication compiles the multitude of visual and textual materials used in the course, as well as installation images from the exhibition Melgaard organized in collaboration with his students at the Palazzo Contarini Corfu. The course examined how AIDS has become a key lens through which to investigate some of the key transformations affecting the world today, especially in relation to identity formation, the use of violence and the possibility of collective action, while drawing on the work of theorists such as Guy Hocquenghen and Michel Foucault, artists such as David Wojnarowicz and William Copley. Also included in the book are variously manipulated stills and text excerpts from filmed interviews Melgaard conducted with leading queer theorist and co-lecturer Leo Bersani.

Criticism/Theory Softcover 192 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Douglas Crimp, Our Kind of Movie: The Films of Andy Warhol, MIT Press, 2012

“We didn’t think of our movies as underground or commercial or art or porn; they were a little of all of those, but ultimately they were just ‘our kind of movie.’”
—Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a remarkably prolific filmmaker, creating more than 100 movies and nearly 500 of the film portraits known as Screen Tests. And yet relatively little has been written about this body of work. Warhol withdrew his films from circulation in the early 1970s and it was only after his death in 1987 that they began to be restored and shown again. With Our Kind of Movie Douglas Crimp offers the first single-authored book about the full range of Andy Warhol’s films in forty years—and the first since the films were put back into circulation.

In six essays, Crimp examines individual films, including Blow Job, Screen Test No. 2, and Warhol’s cinematic masterpiece The Chelsea Girls (perhaps the most commercially successful avant-garde film of all time), as well as groups of films related thematically or otherwise—films of seductions in confined places, films with scenarios by Ridiculous Theater playwright Ronald Tavel. Crimp argues that Warhol’s films make visible new, queer forms of sociality. Crimp does not view these films as cinéma-vérité documents of Warhol’s milieu, or as camera-abetted voyeurism, but rather as exemplifying Warhol’s inventive cinema techniques, his collaborative working methods, and his superstars’ unique capabilities. Thus, if Warhol makes visible new social relations, Crimp writes, that visibility is inextricable from his making a new kind of cinema.

Criticism/Theory 1997 edition Soft cover, perfect binding 200 pages 20 x 17 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 23 ORDER

David Antin, Je n’ai jamais su quelle heure il était, Éditions Héros-Limite, 2008

Je n’ai jamais su quelle heure il était réunit des pièces «parlées» de ces dernières années, au cours desquelles David Antin explore l’expérience du temps: les différentes perceptions qu’on en a, comment se forme un souvenir, qu’est-ce que raconter – autant de questions qui doivent également être prises de manière réflexive dans la production des talk poems, eux-mêmes parlés et réécrits à partir d’un double matériau: enregistrement et souvenir. Véritables «Thinking-while-talking» (comme il le dit des Recherches philosophiques et des leçons de Wittgenstein), ces «investigations» convoquent et intriquent de manière spéculative, et avec humour, des domaines bien connus de lui, l’art, les sciences, la linguistique et la philosophie, l’épuisement des métaphores et des raisonnements logiques qu’il affectionne depuis l’un de ses tout premiers livres, Meditations (1971) dans la trame essentielle du récit de souvenirs d’expériences personnelles (son arrivée à San Diego, lui le New-yorkais, en 1968, sa traversée des Etats-Unis en stop, ses origines familiales en Europe de l’Est et le Brooklyn de son enfance, sa relation à la scène artistique, sont autant de «motifs» que l’on retrouve dans plusieurs talk pieces).

Criticism/Theory Softcover 126 pages 18 x 11 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 12 ORDER

Jean Giono, Lettre aux paysans sur la pauvreté et la paix, Éditions Héros-Limite, 2013

La Lettre aux paysans sur la pauvreté et la paix est écrite durant l’été 1938, entre le début juillet et la mi-août. Jean Giono la rédige dans une atmosphère de bouleversement. En pacifiste convaincu il sait que depuis l’Anschluss les Français se préparent de plus en plus à la guerre et sont prêts à la faire. Son intention n’en est que renforcée : « Continuer à combattre, écrit-il le 16 mars dans son journal, contre le militarisme et forcément commencer par lutter contre celui de ma patrie. » Or abattre la guerre, c’est abattre l’État, quel qu’il soit.

Le Giono des premiers écrits, le romancier décrivant un monde paysan accordé aux grands rythmes élémentaires, somme toute assez inoffensif, laisse place au penseur engagé, politiquement incorrect. La lutte que le « pacifiste-anarchiste » engage ici, aux côtés des paysans du monde entier, contre la guerre et contre l’État est une lutte perdue d’avance. La guerre et l’État, tant totalitaire que démocratique, passeront par là. Et pourtant en parlant aux paysans, Giono sait qu’il parle de choses humaines valables pour tous. Il sait que son message portera loin, et ce faisant qu’il saura à sa manière rendre compte de l’évidence : « tous les peuples du monde sont prisonniers ». Paysans et non-paysans partagent, malgré eux, la même communauté de destin. Celui d’un monde aux prises avec le culte de la vitesse, de la technique et du progrès, dont le propre est, petit à petit, d’éliminer le naturel au profit de l’artificiel. Un monde qui aujourd’hui voit plusieurs centaines de millions de paysans souffrir de la faim.

 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 39 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Kelly Lake Store & Other Stories, Companion Editions, 2015

Kelly Lake Store and Other Stories is a unique extension of Kraus’s recent art writing, produced specifically for the Companion Editions series, an imprint of the Portland, Oregon-based Cooley Gallery. The series features one essay by a contemporary writer or scholar in relation to a singular artistic project. It was edited as a collaboration between the gallery’s director, Stephanie Snyder, Kylie Gilchrist and Megan Stockton.

Sexualités Softcover 301 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 29 out of stock

Douglas Crimp, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, MIT Press, 2004

In Melancholia and Moralism, Crimp confronts the conservative gay politics that replaced the radical AIDS activism of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He shows that the cumulative losses from AIDS, including the waning of militant response, have resulted in melancholia as Freud defined it: gay men's dangerous identification with the moralistic repudiation of homosexuality by the wider society.

With the 1993 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, it became clear that AIDS no longer determined the agenda of gay politics; it had been displaced by traditional right issues such as gay marriage and the right to serve in the military. Journalist Andrew Sullivan, notorious for pronouncing the AIDS epidemic over, even claimed that once those few rights had been won, the gay rights movement would no longer have a reason to exist. 

Crimp challenges such complacency, arguing that not only is the AIDS epidemic far from over, but its determining role in queer politics has never been greater.

Artist's book First Edition Softcover 800 pages 19 x 14 cm   New       EUR 34 ORDER

Thomas Ruff, Zeitnungsfotos / Newspaper Photographs, Bookhorse, 2014

Best known for his oversized, dead-pan portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, and his seemingly straightforward photographs of architecture, Thomas Ruff has quietly approached many familiar genres, and proceeded to discreetly reinvent them. For his Zeitungsfotos (Newspaper Photographs) series, Ruff found images in newspapers, and then re-photographed and enlarged them to isolate the photographs from the text, allowing Ruff’s viewer, now no longer a reader, to make assumptions about the photograph without any information to support the viewer’s inferences.
The book consists of 400 reproductions from German newspapers that Ruff collected over the span of 10 years (1981–1991).

Edited by Lex Trüb and Christoph Schifferli.

Artist's book First Edition Softcover 160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 28 out of stock

Ramaya Tegegne, Menage A Trois, Friart, 2015

Menage A Trois is a visual and textual essay composed of more than 140 quotes xeroxed, scanned and laid out to form a long collage of 160 pages. It is subjective anthology, re-publishing sociological, philosophical and historical texts as well as visual art works, reflecting on the ecology of social relationships and artistic communities.

Published on the occasion of Ramaya Tegegne: Somebody in New York Loves Me, at Friart, Fribourg, September 4 to October 25, 2015.

Artist's book First Edition Hardcover 100 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 40 ORDER

Tina Braegger, The Grateful Dead, FORDE, 2015

The publication The Grateful Dead results from “The Grateful Dead“ paintings series, ink jet prints of colorful psychedelic marching bears on canvas, which is one of the logos of The Grateful Dead, a sixties rock band from San Francisco. They released a record called “The History of the Grateful Dead“ in 1973, on which they were working with a sound engineer called Bob Thomas, who happened to also be their acid dealer. They asked him to contribute a little drawing or something for the booklet that would come along with the album. Since Bob Thomas was a very big and tall guy, his friends would call him “the bear“. He came up with a cartoonish figure of a colourful, psychedelic marching bear. It had a look that was typical for the time: as if the viewer were on acid. LSD hallucinations always look alike, no matter who consume the drug. The bear was one of the first cultural logos that went around the world. The fan of the band were very intrigued by the motif and came up with their own, colorful versions of the drawing. The band liked these drawings and used them for flyers and posters. Even though the members of the band are long dead, the fans are still alive. They call themselves the “Deadheads“. The movement is ongoing. One can still find new drawing of the bear everyday on the internet.

Fiction First Edition Paperback 350 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 40 ORDER

Tom Gidley, Stunning Lofts, Metronome Press, 2005

“There are many beautiful places in the world, and a few of them belong to me. A street in a village near Bari, every surface whitewashed to dazzling affect on a Mediterranean summer's day. The lighthouse at the tip of a tiny Welsh peninsula, approached in a small boat at dawn under cover of rolling black clouds. That inlet from the sea somewhere on the south west coast of Sweden that suddenly becomes a twisting stream set in dense woodland, lined by a scattering of modernist houses. These are some of mine. I think about them and the others quite often, to keep them with me and not allow them to fade away.“

Two nameless protagonists talk about their lives in a series of alternating short chapters. Unaware of each other, and speaking from two different periods of time in London (one an office worker in the mid nineties, the other a homeless man shortly after the turn ofthe new millenium) their very different experiences begin to overlap and mirror each others’ in various ways. Both reach a point of crisis and their lives draw inexorably closer together, leading to a tragic and unexpected conclusion.

Metronome Press is a not-for-profit collective run by Clémentine Deliss and Thomas Boutoux in Paris. It was founded in 2005 and it has to be considered as an extension of the research of Metronome No.9, based on the international history of avant-garde publishing in Paris and its productive intersection between art and literature.

Artist's book, Criticism/Theory Soft cover, perfect binding 208 pages 23 x 15 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Lili Reynaud Dewar, My epidemic – texts about my work and the work of other artists, Paraguay Press, 2015

My epidemic (texts about my work and the work of other artists) is the first anthology of writings by French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar. The oldest text in the book dates back to 2003 – but was until now unpublished – whereas the most recent one is still to appear in the forthcoming issue of the art journal May of the summer 2015. The rest of the compendium has been disseminated during the last twelve years between as many exhibition catalogues and magazines editions in France but mostly abroad. They are sometimes essays on fellow artists (Lothar Hempel, François Curlet, Caroline Mesquita, John Smith, among others), exhibitions reviews, scripts from her artist talks, or can even take the form of a treatise on teaching. The provocative variety of subjects and ideas addressed by Reynaud-Dewar in My Epidemic stresses the anti-generalizing approach she’s now famous for in her sculpture and installation work, her obsession with how much difference differences make. My epidemic also retraces how her writing style has built up during these twelve years, gaining in visibility and distinctiveness, and it demonstrates the centrality of the role writing has come to play in her artistic practice. This book in this sense reads almost like a biography.
As often the case in her projects, Reynaud Dewar has collaborated with a number of close artist friends and colleagues for this book: Verena Dengler wrote the foreword; Marina Faust created the cover; Ramaya Tegegne designed this volume and inserted two new visual essays of her Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz series within; Paraguay Press published it.

Artist's book Soft cover, perfect binding 88 pages 28 x 21 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Clément Rodzielski, Aube, Paraguay Press, 2015

Aube, by French artist Clément Rodzielski, is an unconventional publication: the book was conceived as a work of its own, from a luxurious range of editorial operations – from cutting to digital process, collage and scan to drawing – on images of the artist’s past works. Aube thus reconsiders the legacy of the artists’ book and the livre de peintre, and foregrounds the importance of publishing and writing as models for the practice of art. Rodzielski’s work examines and makes use of contemporary modes of production, reproduction and circulation of images. For the book Aube, he turns this process to his own work, that we see developing by fragments and previews, as if behind an openwork filter – or is it the surface of the page that is appearing through the pictures?

A poem written by the artist – an “Alba” — gives the book its rhythm: it refers to an ancient genre of poetry that describes the sun rising and lovers leaving each other. But here this movement of becoming visible and setting apart is affecting the images and their materiality, as well as the way we look at them. A 12-page insert provides an index of the works, and an essay by art critic and curator Benjamin Thorel, about the role of poetry and inscription in the work of the artist.

Criticism/Theory Paperback 364 pages 20 x 13 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 28 out of stock

Émilie Hache (ed.), De l'univers clos au monde infini, Editions Dehors, 2014

Le geste de la modernité – viser la maîtrise non seulement de l’ensemble des formes naturelles mais également du monde comme totalité – est aujourd’hui invalidé par les conséquences qui en découlent, et que nous rassemblons sous le nom de « changement climatique global ». À cette transformation, à toutes les échelles, des conditions de vie sur Terre, appelée aujourd’hui « Anthropocène », correspond un renouvellement de l’idée formulée depuis longtemps par les écologistes, selon laquelle nous sommes tenus par les limites de notre planète. Plutôt qu’à la multiplication des performances techniques que suppose une hypothétique conquête de l’espace, répétant sur un autre mode nos rêves de prédation, c’est à un « retour sur Terre » que la crise environnementale nous confronte ; à une culture, aventureuse et responsable, des rapports à créer avec l’intrication infinie des êtres qui la peuplent. Cet ouvrage rassemble six essais, inédits en français, de philosophes, historien-ne-s, anthropologues et sociologues qui ont tou-te-s contribué ces dernières années à la prise en compte des enjeux écologiques dans les sciences humaines.

Textes de Bruno Latour, Christophe Bonneuil et Pierre de Jouvancourt, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Isabelle Stengers, Giovanna di Chiro, Déborah Danowski et Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

Artist's book Edition of 200 Softcover in sleeve 180 pages 26 x 18 cm Texts in no text   New       EUR 40 ORDER

Tiphanie Mall, Ramsdorf, 2015

The images in this book come from CERN’s photographic archive, which is the largest research center in particle physics.
Without the context of the archive or explanatory legends, the content becomes abstract and hypothetical. The documentary images are assembled into various sequences forming narrative patterns that exploit their representational capacity.
Ramsdorf is critical to how information is processed through expectations and speculations of the content in the photographs.

Tiphanie Mall (*1987 in Basel) lives and works between Basel and Paris. 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 128 pages 18 x 11 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 15 ORDER

Tadashi Kawamata, Entretiens, Éditions Lutanie, 2013

“Un jour – cela arrive à tout le monde – je me suis senti perdu, je ne savais plus quoi dessiner, quels thèmes aborder; je n’avais plus de sujet. (...) Et puis une idée m’a traversé l’esprit : (...) il m’a semblé que cette structure qui supporte la toile – je veux parler du châssis en bois – pourrait constituer la base même d’une œuvre.“
Tadashi Kawamata, 1987

Les éditions Lutanie présentent ici la traduction de cinq entretiens de Tadashi Kawamata, dont quatre sont inédits en français.

Multiple Edition of 10         EUR 300 ORDER

Miriam Laura Leonardi, Tambour et ses baguettes, 2015

Artist edition, handmade, signed and numbered
Material: welded iron rods, red cord
Dimensions: drum 42 x 24 cm, sticks 30 cm

 

Architecture Hardcover with dust jacket 328 pages 29 x 24 cm Texts in French   The dust cover is used, but the inside is in perfect condition       EUR 45 ORDER

René Creux, Arts populaires en Suisse, Éditions de Fontainemore, 1970

Véritable encyclopédie des arts populaires suisses qui remonte aux sources de l'histoire des quatre régions
ethniques de la Confédération afin de nous faire découvrir un patrimoine mutliple et varié. Sont ainsi détaillés meubles et objets du quotidien, mais également costumes, papiers découpés, ex-voto, masques, cartes à jouer, enseignes, jouets. 

Le livre contient plus de 600 illustrations en noir et blanc et couleurs.

Artist's book First edition of 400 copies Softcover 20 pages 42 x 29 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Miriam Laura Leonardi, VOILÀ, 2015

The French weekly paper VOILÀ was founded by Gallimard in 1931 and distributed until World War II. Amongst the contributors were writers such as Albert Londres, Joseph Kessel, Georges Simenon, the aviator Mermoz as well as photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. A selection of articles addressing key events of the past as well as every day matters are reassembled and modified by Leonardi to highlight their ongoing relevancy and reprinted in a new publication. While the orginal layout remains, words or sentences are rearranged to offer a more abstract but direct meaning. The contemporary speed of information is thus questionned through this new format allowing an accelerated reading of the original content.

Original texts in French, with English translations.

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