Solution 186-195: Dubai Democracy (Where Desert Dreams Come True)

Ingo Niermann, Solution 186-195: Dubai Democracy (Where Desert Dreams Come True)

Ingo Niermann, Solution 186-195: Dubai Democracy
Softcover, 128 pp., offset 3/1, 110 x 180 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-1-934105-17-7
Published by Sternberg Press

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Using Dubai as a sort of modernist blank slate for urban and social renewal, author Ingo Niermann — a relentlessly creative artist whose tongue is firmly jammed into his cheek — confronts today’s most relevant cultural and technological developments with elixirs that are as pertinent as they are unbelievable. In the fifth book in the Solution series, Niermann sees Dubai, a sparsely populated piece of desert, become specialized as housing the global center for treating diabetes, called Sugar World. And the Gulf state will be Kumbaya-style universal, too, offering non-confrontational public spaces where both a state of total advertising and compulsive kindness, or what he calls a “personal humaneness account,” co-exist.

“Ingo Niermann is the author and brain behind some of the most intriguing and bizarre intellectual speculations of the last years.”

—Fabrizio Gallanti, Abitare

Bypass 2

Bypass 2

Bypass 2
Softcover, 352 pp., offset 4/1, 150 x 210 mm
English and Portuguese
Edition of 10,000
ISSN 1646-9011
Published by Bypass

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Bypass is a multidisciplinary publication on creation and theory. It is edited by Álvaro Seiça Neves and Gaëlle Silva Marques. It is annual and bilingual: English and Portuguese. It contains 352 pages on a contemporary theme, which is appropriated by authors of different disciplines: architecture, art theory, design, literature, music, performance arts, philosophy, visual arts. Theme: The infinitely small and the infinitely large.

Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers

erry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers

Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers
Hardcover, 352 pp., offset 4/4, 8 x 10 inches
Edition of 5000
ISBN 978-0-935640-94-6
Published by Walker Art Center

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Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers is published to accompany the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States in nearly 30 years. It includes examples from all of Klein’s major series, including his Anthropometries, Cosmogonies, fire paintings, planetary reliefs and blue monochromes, as well as selections of his lesser-known gold and pink monochromes, body and sponge reliefs, “air architecture” and immaterial works. Essays by curators Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Klein scholar Klaus Ottmann, art historian Kaira M. Cabañas and curatorial fellow Andria Hickey, as well as archival materials and translations of Klein’s published and unpublished writings, offer insights into the artist’s endeavors and process. Born in Nice, France, in 1928, Yves Klein created what he considered his first artwork when he signed the sky above Nice in 1947, making his earliest attempt to capture the immaterial. The artist carved out new aesthetic and theoretical territory based on his study of the mystical sect Rosicrucianism, philosophical and poetic investigations of space and science, and the practice of Judo, which he described as “the discovery of the human body in a spiritual space.”

(pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins

Eva Weinmayr, (pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins

Eva Weinmayr, (pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins
Softcover, 72 pp., offset 1/1, 210 x 297 mm
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-0-9562605-4-3
Published by Occasional Papers

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Why did Art in Ruins, a once prominent art collective, suddenly fall off the art world map? Did they run out of ideas, move on to other territories or simply withdraw in disgust? During brief lulls in their frenetic peregrinations around the glittering international art circuit, a loose group of artists, curators, critics and other art professionals discuss the mysterious disappearance of Art in Ruins, maintaining a sober tone of inquiry even as they encounter herds of bison, anomalous Richard Serra walls and security personnel steeped in art theory. Using actual dialogue from interviews with art professionals who knew Art in Ruins, Eva Weinmayr constructs a hypothetical play as an anti-documentary or anti-biography.

The Portable John Latham

Antony Hudek and Athanasios Velios, The Portable John Latham

Antony Hudek and Athanasios Velios, The Portable John Latham
Softcover, 112 pp., offset 2/1, 170 x 250 mm
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-0-9562605-5-0
Published by Occasional Papers

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This book features a selection of documents from the personal archive of the late British artist John Latham (more information here), presently maintained in his last home and studio in Peckham, South London. Through reproductions of letters, invitation cards, exhibition reviews, performance scripts and images, the publication retraces Latham’s pioneering practice over six decades, from the late 1940s to his death in 2006. Published on the occasion of John Latham: Anarchive in association with Whitechapel Gallery, the book also includes an interview by Charles Harrison from 1968 and a glossary section.

Edited and introduced by Antony Hudek and Athanasios Velios.

In the painting and sculpture for which he is best known, Latham’s primary materials included glass, books, canvas and the spray gun. Developing alongside this concise visual language, from the mid-1950s onwards, was a cosmological theory, formulated through his art-making discoveries, that considered time and event to be more primary than the established means of understanding, based on space and matter. Termed Time-Base Theory (sometimes Flat Time Theory or Event Theory) it offers an ordering and unification of all events in the universe, including human actions, and allows an understanding of the special status of the artist in society.

Latham looked at the way in which human knowledge has become fragmented over time; split by divergent religions, ideologies and world-views. He identified the way in which the fields of science and art, despite emerging from a common root, have become separate and operate in isolation of one another: even within a field such as physics, there exist a large number of schisms and specialisations that further fragment our knowledge and understanding of the universe. John believed that this endless division would eventually lead to a kind of entropy and from that state, to a disintegration of society.

C Magazine 107

C Magazine 107, Animals

C Magazine 107, Animals
Softcover, 64 pp., offset 4/1, 210 x 295 mm
Edition of 2000
ISSN 1480-5472
Published by C Magazine

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Issue 107 includes feature essays by Carla Benzan, on Carolee Schneemann’s cats; Karen Houle, on ethics and animal kinship; Jon Davies, on Mike White’s film, Year of the Dog; and Helena Reckitt, writing about human/non-human animal relationships; book and exhibition reviews from Calgary, the Alberta Biennial in Edmonton, Dublin, Halifax, Montreal, New York, Paris, Peterborough, Toronto, the winning entry for the 2010 New Critics Competition from Minneapolis; and an artist project by Bill Burns, with an essay by Gentiane Bélanger.

C Magazine 106

C Magazine 106

C Magazine 106, The Supernatural
Softcover, 64 pp., offset 4/1, 210 x 295 mm
Edition of 2000
ISSN 1480-5472
Published by C Magazine

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Issue 106 includes feature articles by Jennifer Fisher on psychometry, Lynn Crosbie on Michael Jackson, and Louis Kaplan on Nate Larson’s photographic miracles; David Lillington interviews Paulette Phillips, and Leah Modigliani interviews The Center for Tactical Magic; book and exhibition reviews from Antwerp, Chicago, Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria, Charlottetown, Stratford Ontario, McIvers Newfoundland and Ridgefield Connecticut, with a special section covering Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics; artist project by Scott Treleaven, accompanied by an essay by Elijah Burgher.

Benzanoe 63

Benzanoe 63

Benzanoe 63
Newspaper, 12 pp., web offset 1/1, 12.5 x 18 inches
Edition of 100
Published by Benzanoe

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(Dreams) do not exist in the moment. (They) yearn for a future.

“Harnessing the spirit of the dawn, and with heads full of utopian dreams, we go in search of Benzanoe*. Forever correcting our course, with no accordance with commission or compromise. Ignoring the lag between memory and vision, we continue. Though we may never find it, imagine what we will create along the way.”

—Walter Leachman (1914)

Wouldn’t it be nice

Katya Garcia-Anton and Emily King, Wouldn't it be nice

Katya Garcia-Anton and Emily King, Wouldn’t it be nice
Softcover, 300 pp., offset 4/1, 232 x 297 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-3-905829-24-2
Published by JRP|Ringier

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Contemporary culture is witnessing one of the most significant shifts of recent times. The old dividing lines between artists and designers appear to be dissolving into one another. Indeed the breadth and range of investigation and inspiration they share is possibly the widest to date. This publication Wouldn’t it be nice hopes to present a series of projects emerging from these lines of dissolution, which reflect the current spirit of cultural production internationally.

The publication includes interviews with Jurgen Bey, Bless, Dexter Sinister, Dunne & Raby and Michael Anastassiades, Alicia Framis, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Martí Guixé, Tobias Rehberger, and Superflex. Fully illustrated, the book presents a number of projects that have been specially commissioned for the exhibition. Quoting the aesthetic of the glossy magazine, the publication is designed by London-based group Graphic Thought Facility, and has attached to each cover a Bless N°14–2000, Shopping Supports Stickerbags self-adhesive purse/multiple.

Utopics: Systems and Landmarks

Simon Lamunière, Utopics: Systems and Landmarks

Simon Lamunière, Utopics: Systems and Landmarks
Hardcover, 160 pp., offset 4/4, 160 x 220 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-3-03764-056-2
Published by JRP|Ringier

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This publication examines the spaces, nations, and communities created by artists or indivuals to develop alternative modes of living. Throughout history individuals have continuously developed systems based on a mix of reality, fiction, and mediatization, create micro-nations, or fight for their existence. All these proposals are simultaneously real and utopic. By inventing identity signs (IDs, flags, constitutions, currencies, etc.), by practicing their beliefs (be it through dance, naturism, terrorism, or collectivism), and by working on the boundaries of reality (parallel worlds, isolationism, new territories, etc.), these proposals are challenging our definitions of normalcy and territoriality. The title Utopics is itself the free contraction of utopias, you, topic, topos, and pics.

Conceived as a glossary, the book includes artists such as Le Bélier, Carsten Höller, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Fabrice Gygi, General Idea, Lang/Baumann, Matt Mullican, Mai-Thu Perret, NSK (Irwin), Peter Coffin, Steiner & Lenzlinger, Superflex, as well as intitiatives such as La République Géniale (Robert Filliou), State of Sabotage (Robert Jelinek), micro-nations, L’Ecole de Stéphanie, etc.

A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution

Shamita Sharmacharja, A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution

Shamita Sharmacharja, A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution
Softcover, 184 pp., offset 2/2, 150 x 210 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-3-86560-618-1
Published by Walther König

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A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution invites 12 writers — artists, academics, curators and gallery and museum directors—to assess the present trajectory of arts institutions by explicating various issues, each of which is associated with an imaginary room. Readers journey from the reception to the roof terrace via rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions, site-specific commissions and collections displays, taking in the bookshop, café, auditorium and education spaces along the way. Bruce Altshuler, Iwona Blazwick, Chris Dercon, Maria Fusco, Caro Howell, Charles Merewether, Mark Nash, Brian O’Doherty, Niru Ratnam, Sukhdev Sandhu, Adam Szymczyk and Nayia Yiakoumaki are our guides to this inviting theater. The result is an indispensable handbook for art professionals, students and anyone curious about today’s art world.

Words Without Pictures

Alex Klein, Words Without Pictures

Alex Klein, Words Without Pictures
Softcover, 510 pp., offset 1/1, 5.75 x 8.25 inches
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-1-5971114-2-3
Published by Aperture/LACMA

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Words Without Pictures was originally conceived by curator Charlotte Cotton and artist Alex Klein as a means of creating spaces for discourse around current issues in photography. Every month for a year, beginning in November 2007, an artist, educator, critic or curator was invited to contribute a short unillustrated essay about an aspect of emerging photography. Each piece was available on the Words Without Pictures website for one month and was accompanied by a discussion forum focused on its specific topic. Over the course of its month-long “life,” each essay received both invited and unsolicited responses from a wide range of interested parties. All of these essays, responses and other provocations are gathered together here. Previously issued as a print-on-demand title, we are pleased to present Words Without Pictures to the trade for the first time as part of the Aperture Ideas series.

Paper Monument 3

Paper Monument 3

Paper Monument 3
Softcover, 84 pp., offset 4/1, 7 x 10 inches
Edition of 2200
ISSN 1938-8918
ISBN 978-0-9797575-3-2
Published by n+1 Foundation, Inc.

$12.00 · out of stock

Paper Monument is a journal of contemporary art published in association with n+1. It is edited by Naomi Fry, Dushko Petrovich, Prem Krishnamurthy, Jessica Slaven, and Roger White, and designed by Project Projects. Issue Three includes new artworks by Matthew Brannon, Leslie Hewitt, Munro Galloway, and Jessie LeBaron; and writing by Sarah Hromack, Lauren O-Neill Butler, James Bae, Christopher Hsu, and many others.