Exhibition catalogue Softcover 144 pages 28 x 21 cm Texts in English / Deutsch   New       EUR 26 ORDER

Stephan Dillemuth, Sound and Smoke—A Revue in Pictures, Sternberg Press, 2017

This catalogue illustrates Stephan Dillemuth’s elaborate solo show at the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, through installation photographs as well as texts by art historian Kerstin Stakemeier and theorist Helmut Draxler. The exhibition presented newly conceived works alongside works from the 1980s exhibited for the first time. Dillemuth’s paintings, sculptures, video projections, and assemblages are brought together as a theatrical social group. Plaster-cast limbs appear unexpectedly from the ceiling, enmeshed within clock cogs or combined with boars’ heads, cattle ears, and deer feet. Dillemuth’s Bayernbilder (1979) were inspired by sentimental and trivial postcard motifs from Bavarian spa towns. In Schönheitsgalerie (1985), featuring over fifty works, Dillemuth explores questions of representation. His gallery turns against the idea of external beauty and how it is represented in art. The paintings, like the faces, develop a life of their own through the process of painting, which makes it possible to see a new kind of “beauty.” Works that Dillemuth produced in the late 1980s in Chicago, exhibited for the first time, resemble disco decorations, and glitter in the light of a video projection. Is disco a “theater of cruelty”—an ecstatic place where all images, whether ugly or beautiful, mean or seductive, are transcendent?

Addressing the question of the role of the artist in society, Dillemuth challenges the contemporary imperative that artists, as exemplars of individuality, are required to have a distinct authorial identity. Despite a history of working collaboratively and prioritizing artistic research, at the Künstlerhaus Dillemuth exposes himself as a solo artist, reconstructing the history of his work from the margins of group life that has taken shape in the midst of it. Here he reveals the consistency of the farce of his ego, the heroic yet bad-mannered delinquent artist subject. Dillemuth presents his aging body for all to see, playing with the boundaries between inside and outside, institution and alternative, and life and form.

Edited by Sandro Droschl, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
Texts by Kerstin Stakemeier, Helmut Draxler

Copublished with Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
 

Artists' writings First Edition Softcover 130 pages 19 x 12 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 13 ORDER

Jutta Koether, f., Sternberg Press, 2015

First published in German in 1987, this is artist and writer Jutta Koether's meditation on painting. In novella form, f. follows several disembodied female characters as they consider velvet, coral, the curtain, money, color, red.

These objects, these things, help the narrator and other characters come into being, but it is paintings that embody who the narrator really is: “Even if I'm their hostage when I look at them, I'm not inferior to them. I lie down, stand, or sit in front of them and, in this moment, I'm everything they affect in me.” Unlike people, paintings are fixed, explicit with their intentions and challenges—in the end they will still be here, outlasting those who made them or who looked at them. A facsimile of the original German publication is included in this volume.

Edited by Isabelle Graw and Daniel Birnbaum.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 128 pages 20 x 13 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 18.5 ORDER

Martin Herbert, Tell Them I Said No, Sternberg Press, 2017

This collection of essays by Martin Herbert considers various artists who have withdrawn from the art world or adopted an antagonistic position toward its mechanisms. A large part of the artist’s role in today’s professionalized art system is being present. Providing a counterargument to this concept of self-marketing, Herbert examines the nature of retreat, whether in protest, as a deliberate conceptual act, or out of necessity. By illuminating these motives, Tell Them I Said No offers a unique perspective on where and how the needs of the artist and the needs of the art world diverge. Essays on Lutz Bacher, Stanley Brouwn, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Trisha Donnelly, David Hammons, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Laurie Parsons, Charlotte Posenenske, and Albert York.

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic living in Berlin. He is associate editor of ArtReview and writes for international art journals. Previous books include The Uncertainty Principle (2014) and Mark Wallinger (2011).

Artist's book First Edition Paperback 124 pages 19 x 13 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 16 ORDER

Keren Cytter, A–Z Life Coaching, Sternberg Press, 2016

An incomplete guide for life. Each person written about is represented by a letter, and when an object turns into a subject it is marked in bold.

The form of life coaching described in this book won’t lead the reader to social recognition or financial success. If one of the two occurs after reading this text, it is a coincidence. This book aims to expose the owners of an innocent heart to reality’s true structures and to utilize them for spiritual growth so their soul and body evaporate into the abstract.

This book was written from the middle. The contents of these pages have been modified numerous times. Notes were taken, ideas were rewritten—the ones that survived bare the most essential guidelines and wisdom for life.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 286 pages 19 x 12 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 16 ORDER

Isabelle Graw, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-medium Condition, Sternberg Press, 2016

In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-medium Condition seeks new ways to approach and historicize the question of the medium. Reaching back to the earliest theoretical and institutional definitions of painting, this book—based on a conference at Harvard University in 2013—focuses on the changing role of materiality in establishing painting as the privileged practice, discourse, and institution of modernity. Myriad conceptions of the medium and its specificity are explored by an international group of scholars, critics, and artists. Painting beyond Itself is a forum for rich historical, theoretical, and practice-grounded conversation.

Contributions by Carol Armstrong, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Sabeth Buchmann, René Démoris, Isabelle Graw, David Joselit, Jutta Koether, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Matt Saunders, Amy Sillman.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 696 pages 22 x 15 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 27 ORDER

Yann Chateigné, Markus Miessen, The Archive as a Productive Space of Conflict, Sternberg Press, 2016

This applied research project and publication deals with archival practice and its spatial repercussions. Inquiring whether any accumulation and organization of knowledge is productive—to the effect that it generates a narrative and / or history—the project focuses specifically on archives becoming productive due to their spatial framework.

With contributions by Philippe Artières, Stuart Bailey, Bassam El Baroni, Thomas Bayrle, Jeremy Beaudry, Beatrice von Bismarck, BLESS, Boris Charmatz, Beatriz Colomina, Céline Condorelli, Mathieu Copeland, Dexter Sinister, Michel Giroud, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Grima, Nav Haq, Sandi Hilal, Nikolaus Hirsch, Thomas Jefferson, Christoph Keller, Christophe Kihm, Alexander Kluge, Joachim Koester, Pierre Leguillon, Franck Leibovici, Armin Linke, Markus Miessen, Julia Moritz, Rabih Mroué, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Seth Price, Walid Raad, Alice Rawsthorn, Patricia Reed, David Reinfurt, Claire de Ribaupierre, Eyal Weizman.

Fiction First Edition Paperback 348 pages 17 x 10 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

K.D., Headless, Sternberg Press, 2015

When workaday author John Barlow is asked to ghostwrite a novel about secretive tax havens, he assumes the job will be straightforward. Then he learns that his employers, Swedish conceptual artist duo Goldin+Senneby, want him to investigate Headless Ltd, a shadowy company with possible links to French philosopher Georges Bataille, famed for his fixation with human sacrifice. Barlow travels to Nassau, the mecca of offshore finance, to uncover the plot. He is not alone. A beautiful, mysterious woman is also seeking the truth about Headless—and about Barlow. One day the ghostwriter is happily posting to his travel blog; the next he is implicated in the decapitation of a police officer, consumed by the dark world of covert capitalism and secret societies. Barlow’s probing becomes desperate. The more he grasps at the threads of the labyrinthine plot, the closer he comes to madness.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 16 pages 512 x 22 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 32 ORDER

John C. Welchman, Past Realization: Essays on Contemporary European Art XX–XXI, Vol. 1, Sternberg Press, 2016

This volume is a collection of dynamic and engaged writings by art historian John C. Welchman on a range of contemporary European artists: Vasco Araújo, Cosima von Bonin, Jan De Cock, Orshi Drozdik, Susan Hiller, Andy Hope 1930, Michael Kunze, Nathaniel Mellors, Miguel Palma, José Álvaro Perdices, Sascha Pohle, Thomas Raat, Nicola Stäglich, and Xavier Veil­han. Anchored in concerns that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s, Welchman poses thoughtful and provocative questions about how these artists receive and negotiate the social and aesthetic histories through which they live and work.

Design by Metahaven.

Criticism/Theory Soft cover, perfect binding 80 pages 28 x 21 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger, Magnus Schäfer, Dealing with—Some Texts, Images, and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co., Sternberg Press, 2012

The New York gallery American Fine Arts, Co.—whose name today is largely synonymous with that of its gallerist, Colin de Land (1955–2003)—represents a gallery practice in which a decided deviation from conventional models overlaps with successful activities within the framework of the art market. Today, American Fine Arts, Co. and de Land figure as uncontested projection screens for the desire for independence from or bohemian resistance against the dictate of the market. Particularly in retrospect, a consistent image of the gallery is not discernible. Faced with the obvious risk of romanticization, it appears all the more important to pursue an understanding of how American Fine Arts, Co. functioned as a gallery.

With contributions by Andrea Fraser, Manfred Hermes, Karl Holmqvist and Tobias Kaspar, Isla Leaver-Yap, Jackie McAllister, James Meyer and Christian Philipp Müller, Magnus Schäfer, Axel John Wieder, Phillip Zach; a conversation between Colin de Land, Josef Strau, and Stephan Dillemuth; and an introduction by Hannes Loichinger and Magnus Schäfer.

Exhibition catalogue First Edition Softcover 288 pages 28 x 21 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Mark Von Schlegell, Sophie von Olfers, Hamlet, mise-en-scène: EXTRA TROUBLE—Jack Smith in Frankfurt, Sternberg Press, 2015

The publication brings together extensive material from Hamlet, mise-en-scène presented at Portikus, along with recently restored as well as never-published stills, drawings, and writings by American filmmaker and artist Jack Smith, related to his film Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment) (1970–73).
Hamlet, mise-en-scène, directed by Mark von Schlegell, was an adaptation that retold Shakespeare’s most abused tragedy while channeling the ghost of Jack Smith. The two-night rendition of Hamlet was performed by members of Städelschule’s Pure Fiction seminar, presented here alongside a rare selection of works by Smith, both from private collections and from the Jack Smith Archive.

With texts by Sylvère Lotringer, Birte Löschenkohl, Sophie von Olfers, Laura Preston, Juliane Rebentisch, Mark von Schlegell, et al.

Criticism/Theory, Periodical Soft cover, perfect binding 160 pages 24 x 17 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Angie Keefer, Stuart Bailey, David Reinfurt, Bulletins of the Serving Library #6, Sternberg Press, 2014

This issue poses as a retroactive non-catalog for the group exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania curated by Anthony Elms. As such, its nominal theme is Fashion. Bulletins from the edges of that world are from Angie Keefer, Robin Kinross, Joke Robaard, Brian Eno, Nick Relph, Eli Diner, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Stuart Bailey, Sarah Demeuse, Adloph Loos, Kuki Shûzô, Sanya Kantarovsky, and Perri MacKenzie.

Source Book First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 255 pages 30 x 23 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

John Kelsey, Aleksandra Mir, Corporate Mentality, Sternberg Press, 2003

Calling for a reassessment of the function of art in late capitalist society, Corporate Mentality focuses on the complex and ambiguous ways artistic production inhabits corporate processes, abandoning the autonomy of the artwork in order to elaborate resistant approaches to a world increasingly determined by commercial strategies and market concerns.
Based on an archive (1995–2001) maintained by Aleksandra Mir, it presents a diverse spectrum of artists who take on business as site, as material, and as subject of their work. As Will Bradley writes in frieze, “The book focuses on … an essential area of interest as artists wake up to the reality of the Clinton-era fantasy of ethical corporatism. The plan came out of Mir and Kelsey's realization that the publicity industry wasn’t stealing artists’ ideas, but simply employing artists, like Mir herself, who needed a day job. ‘Radical’ aesthetics that had taken at least six months to travel (we're in New York here) from downtown to uptown were now transferred almost instantaneously, causing artists to reassess their methods.” 
 
Contributions by Absolute Vodka, Atelier van Lieshout, Bernadette Corporation, Will Bradley, Claude Closky, Anthony Davies/Simon Ford, Dejanov & Heger, Liam Gillick /Carey Young, Gareth James, Laura K. Jones, Lars Bang Larsen, Matthieu Laurette, Daniel Pflumm, Purple Institute, Bennett Simpson, Superflex, Piotr Uklanski, et al. 
 
Aleksandra Mir is an artist based in New York and Palermo, Sicily. John Kelsey is a founding member of Bernadette Corporation and co-Director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art. 
 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Paperback 182 pages 19 x 12 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Kim Gordon, Is It My Body? Selected Texts, Sternberg Press, 2014

Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, Kim Gordon—widely known as a founding member of the influential band Sonic Youth—produced a series of writings on art and music. Ranging from neo-Conceptual artworks to broader forms of cultural criticism, these rare texts are brought together in this volume for the first time, placing Gordon’s writing within the context of the artist-critics of her generation, including Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Dan Graham. In addressing key stakes within contemporary art, architecture, music, and the performance of male and female gender roles, Gordon provides a prescient analysis of such figures as Kelley, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Tony Oursler, and Raymond Pettibon, in addition to reflecting on her own position as a woman on stage. The result—Is It My Body?—is a collection that feels as timely now as when it was written. This volume additionally features a conversation between Gordon and Jutta Koether, in which they discuss their collaborations in art, music, and performance. 
 
Edited by Branden W. Joseph

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