PALS (Coming Soon)

Richard Lidinsky and Jonathan Maghen, PALS (Coming Soon)

Richard Lidinsky and Jonathan Maghen, PALS (Coming Soon)
Océ print/poster, 1/0 on pink paper, 20 x 28 inches [21 x 29 inches framed*]
Edition of 3 + 2 proofs, numbered
Published by Textfield

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Collaboration with Richard Lidinsky and design of poster/edition for the exhibition PALS.

Pals (full title: Pals for Life / Life for Pals) is a teleplay about the dialectics of friendships under the strain of artistic endeavor. Shot principally in January 2011 at the Actual Size gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, the approx. 34-minute video — told from the point of view of a traditional studio audience television program — revels in the angst and emotion of 4 friends/lovers who must install their respective art works in the presence of frenemies large and small. Each Pal is named after a specific human being, though the story implies that these pals are simple archetypes from a vast universe of narcissistic micro-movements.

*PALS (Coming Soon) print/poster ships unframed; trim size is an exact fit for this frame.

Rex Reason (solid gaseous liquid synthetic)

Simon Patterson, Rex Reason (solid gaseous liquid synthetic)

Simon Patterson, Rex Reason (solid gaseous liquid synthetic)
Softcover, 116 pp., offset 5/1, 105 x 130 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-1-870699-13-6
Published by Book Works

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Rex Reason presents the Periodic Table of the Elements in book form. A colour-coding system is set up (black for solids, blue for liquids and yellow synthetics) but where we might expect to find hydrogen, helium or lithium we find Yul Brynner, William Hogarth and Maria Callas. The selected names relate to the chemical symbol for each element: both letters must appear in the chosen name for example, Bertolt Brecht (Br, Bromine).

A loose logic prevails in the choice of names, for example names in red, gases, are from Greek myth or history and the yellow synthetic elements are given their proper names. However, Patterson disrupts this system with red herrings, mysteries and riddles that test the reader’s knowledge and that expose the inherent human desire to establish order and meaning.

Weaverbird & Other Words

Marc Hundley, Weaverbird & Other Words

Marc Hundley, Weaverbird & Other Words
Hardcover, 68 pp., offset 4/4, 183 x 251 mm
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-0-9806516-2-1
Published by Rainoff Books

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First monograph by Canadian-born, New York-based artist Marc Hundley, traces a curated-selection of his divergent work from the beginning of the century until present.

Four Over One

Phil Chang, Four Over One

Phil Chang, Four Over One
Hardcover, 64 pp., offset 4/1, 240 x 320 mm
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-087588720-4-9
Published by LACMA

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In Four Over One, the Los Angeles based artist Phil Chang employs the format of an artists book to explore ideas of economy and obsolescence. In collaboration with designer Jonathan Maghen, Four Over One is structured around Chang’s interest in how new outcomes arise from an antagonism between perceived and actual forms of value. The photographs that appear in the book were created using expired photographic materials exposed by an archival book scanner. Through a sparse display of color, black and white, and half-tone photographs, in conjunction with a restrained typographic treatment, Four Over One employs an economy of scale in order to consider the roles of abstraction, methods of art production, and modes of distribution in our contemporary culture.

Artforum 500 Words.

Kidnapping Mountains

Slavs and Tatars, Kidnapping Mountains

Slavs and Tatars, Kidnapping Mountains
Softcover, 96 pp., offset 4/1, 20 x 26 cm
Edition of 1250
ISBN 978-1-906012-19-9
Published by Book Works

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Kidnapping Mountains is a playful and informative exploration of the muscular stories, wills, and defeat inhabiting the Caucasus region. The book is comprised of two parts: an eponymous section addressing the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and Steppe by Steppe Romantics, a restoration of the region’s seemingly reactionary approaches to romance.

Mr. Bumba Draws a Kitten

Pearl Augusta Harwood, Mr. Bumba Draws a Kitten

Pearl Augusta Harwood, Mr. Bumba Draws a Kitten
Hardcover, 32 pp., offset 3/2, 8.25 x 9.25 inches
Fifth edition
ISBN 0-8225-0107-4
Published by Lerner Publications

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condition: very good, some wear on cover, interior unblemished, fifth edition, excellent reference copy.

Mr. Bumba was a painter of pictures. One day he wanted to make a picture of a kitten. But he could not remember just how to do it.

Copyright 1966 by Lerner Publications Company; fifth edition published in 1974. The type used in this book is Mr. Bumba Text set in 16 point.

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.

General Idea, AIDS Stamps

General Idea, AIDS Stamps

General Idea, AIDS Stamps
Perforated paper, offset 3/0, 210 x 255 mm
Edition unknown, unsigned
1988 / 8804
Published by General Idea

out of print

Produced as a insert for Parkett No. 15 (1988, pp. 117-127). The artists also signed and numbered an edition (8805) of 200 off-prints of the AIDS Stamps as a fundraiser for amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research).

I like your work: art and etiquette

Paper Monument, I like your work: art and etiquette

Paper Monument, I like your work: art and etiquette
Softcover, 56 pp., offset 1/1, 4.25 x 8.5 inches
Second edition
ISBN 978-0-9797575-2-5
Published by Paper Monument

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Paper Monument publishes its first pamphlet, I like your work: art and etiquette, with contributions from 38 artists, critics, curators, and dealers on the sometimes serious and sometimes ridiculous topic of manners in the art world.

The art world is now both socially professional and professionally social. Curators visit artists’ studios; collectors, dealers, and journalists assemble for a reception and reconvene later for dinner; everyone goes to parties. We exchange introductions and small talk; art is bought and sold; careers (and friendships) brighten or fade. In each situation, certain behaviors are expected while others are silently discouraged. Sometimes, what’s appropriate in the real world would be catastrophic in the art world, and vice versa.

Making these distinctions on the spot can be nerve-wracking and disastrous. So we asked ourselves: What is the place of etiquette in art? How do social mores establish our communities, mediate our critical discussions, and frame our experience of art? If we were to transcribe these unspoken laws, what would they look like? What happens when the rules are broken? Since we didn’t have all the answers, we politely asked our friends for some help.

The Form of the Book Book

Sara De Bondt and Fraser Muggeridge, The Form of the Book Book

Sara De Bondt and Fraser Muggeridge, The Form of the Book Book
Softcover, 96 pp., offset 2/1, 140 x 230 mm
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-0-9562605-1-2
Published by Occasional Papers

out of print

A collection of essays on book design by Catherine de Smet, James Goggin, Jenni Eneqvist, Roland Früh, Corina Neuenschwander, Sarah Gottlieb, Richard Hollis, Chrissie Charlton, Armand Mevis.

Performance

Harsh Patel, Performance

Harsh Patel, Performance
Cotton tote bag, screenprint 1/0, 297 × 420 mm
Published by Harsh Patel

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Made in a small, but unknown, quantity.

Annotated Catalogue Raisonné of the Books by Martin Kippenberger 1977-1997

Martin Kippenberger, Annotated Catalogue Raisonné of the Books by Martin Kippenberger 1977-1997

Martin Kippenberger, Annotated Catalogue Raisonné of the Books by Martin Kippenberger 1977-1997
Softcover, 368 pp., offset 1/1, 8.25 x 11 inches
Edition of 5000
ISBN 9781891024658
Published by Distributed Art Publishers

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Roberta Smith called him the “madcap bad boy of contemporary German art” and also “one of the three or four best German artists of the postwar period.” Martin Kippenberger disrupted the status quo throughout his brief, excessive life, not just by making art of every variety and medium but also by conducting an extended performance in the vicinity of art that involved running galleries, organizing exhibitions, collecting the work of his contemporaries and overseeing assistants. He published books and catalogues, played in a rock-and-roll band and cut records, ran a performance-art space during his early years in Berlin, became part owner of a restaurant in Los Angeles during six months he spent there preparing for an exhibition, and collaborated extensively with other artists. This particular volume considers his output of artist’s books, as well as his exhibition catalogues and all the publications whose content he either created or edited. More than just documentation, this publication makes accessible for a wider public the multiple aspects of Kippenberger’s books, with all the complexity and consequence of his oeuvre intact.

Karel Martens: Counterprint

Karel Martens: Counterprint

Karel Martens: Counterprint
Softcover, 32 pp., offset 4/4, 210 x 297 mm
Edition of 4000
ISBN 978-0-907259-25-1
Published by Hyphen Press

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Throughout his career as a designer, Karel Martens has made artistic (uncommissioned) work. In his early days he used sheets of paper, cut to make reliefs. Then he began to make prints from Meccano, metal plates and washers, and other found objects. These prints were made in very small numbers, or were perhaps one-offs. They were studies in form and colour, done as experiments or intended as gifts to friends. The work was very much in the Dutch tradition of experimental printing (the artist H.N.Werkman is the great exemplar here). But Martens kept this work largely apart from his graphic design work. He has occasionally shown it in exhibitions, and some pieces were published in the book Karel Martens: printed matter / drukwerk.

This is the first publication devoted to Martens’s prints. It is made in association with the printer Lecturis, in Eindhoven, and is produced to the highest quality. Bound in Chinese/Japanese fashion, like the first Martens book, it has a strong quality as an object. The main text in the book is an essay by the English designer Paul Elliman: ‘The world as a printing surface’. Dutch critic and teacher Carel Kuitenbrouwer provides a short introduction. The book is designed by Hans Gremmen, under the supervision of Karel Martens, at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.