The Panhandler’s Handbook

Omar the Beggar, The Panhandler's Handbook Omar the Beggar, The Panhandler's Handbook

Omar the Beggar, The Panhandler’s Handbook
Softcover, 176 pp., offset 1/1, 105 x 175 mm
Edition of 500
ISBN 978-94-90629-05-2
Published by Kunstverein

$15.00 · out of stock

This publication is a reprint of the original The Pandhandler’s Handbook which was published by Kensington Publishing Cooperation in 1977.

Omar Rockford, founder of Omar’s School for Beggars, teaches out-of-work men and women how to creatively panhandle for a living. Successful, high-income begging on the streets requires imaginative deception. Omar demonstrates hundreds of foolproof methods in this handbook. You’ve got to have a glib tongue, a sense of urgency and a believable story – also proper dress and courtesy are a must. The first few weeks can be rough, since one isn’t easily adjusted to the embarrassment of being turned down. It takes about a month to become a real pro and practice does make perfect. With this practical guide, you’ll never need to work a real job again,

The Line

Saul Steinberg, The Line

Saul Steinberg, The Line
Leporello Foldout, 30 pp., offset 1/1, 195 x 255 mm [5850 x 255 mm unfolded]
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-3-905714-80-7
Published by Nieves

$24.00 · out of stock

The hallmark of Saul Steinberg’s art is the inked line, always drawn with a spare elegance that expresses the semiotic richness of the line itself. As it shifts meaning from one passage to the next, Steinberg’s line comments on its own transformative nature.

The Line, the original a 10-meter-long drawing with 29 panels that unfold, accordion fashion, is Steinberg’s manifesto about the conceptual possibilities of the line and the artist who gives them life. His drawing hand begins and ends the sequence, as the simple horizontal line that hand creates metamorphoses into, among other things, a water line, laundry line, railroad track, sidewalk, arithmetic division line, or table edge; near the end, the curlicues etched by the iceskater’s blade remind us of the role calligraphy plays in Steinberg’s art.

The Line was designed for the Children’s Labyrinth, a spiraling, trefoil wall structure at 10th Triennial of Milan, a design and architecture fair that opened in August 1954. The drawing, photographically enlarged and incised into the wall, was one of four Steinberg conceptions used on the labyrinth.

Bom Dia, Boa Tarde, Boa Noite (Manuel Raeder Agenda 2011)

Manuel Raeder, Bom Dia, Boa Tarde, Boa Noite

Manuel Raeder, Bom Dia, Boa Tarde, Boa Noite (
Manuel Raeder Agenda 2011)
Softcover, 128 pp. + 4/1 insert, offset 1/1, 140 x 160 mm
Edition of 1000
Agenda/calendar/notebook 2011
Published by Manuel Raeder

$29.00 ·

Agendas are an ongoing project that Manuel Raeder has been doing since 2003. The idea of this series of time storage devices, is to focus on questioning different methods of how we organize, in a personal or none personal way our time. Formats, sizes and distributions systems vary each year.
 A whole year compiled in one book, with the following contributions: Manuel Raeder (January), Carla Zaccagnini (February), Mariana Castillo Deball (March), Daniel Steegmann (April), Manuel Raeder (May), Eran Schaerf (June), Bojan Sarcevic (July), Manuel Raeder (August), Rodolfo Samperio (September), Amanda Haas (October), Amalia Pica (November), Adriana Lara (December), Manuel Goller (January).

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

$123.00 ·

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.

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art)

Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr, Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art)

Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr, Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie
Softcover, 180 pp., offset 4/1, 170 x 240 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-1-933128-88-7
Published by Sternberg Press

$25.00 ·

Class inevitably raises awkward questions for the protagonists of contemporary art — about their backgrounds, patrons and ideological proclivities. Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates this latent yet easily overlooked issue, which has been historically eclipsed by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. This book creates a conversation on a sensitive subject, bringing together essays by art-world types including artists, curators and critics. On one hand, the ideas here raise the question of whether a given socio-economic background still helps define an artistic career — and to which point this career might reflect or consolidate the hierarchies in question. On the other hand, the project asks whether the traditional ways of analyzing class structure are actually helpful in an examination of who makes art today.

The Last Whole Earth Catalog

Stewart Brand, The Last Whole Earth Catalog

Stewart Brand, The Last Whole Earth Catalog
Softcover, 452 pp., web offset 1/1, 10.75 x 14.25 inches
First edition (1971)
ISBN 0-394-70459-20
Published by Portola Institute

$55.00 · out of stock

condition: good, edge wear, worn cover/spine, interior discolored, very good reference copy.

We can’t put it together. It is together.

The Whole Earth Catalog is an American counterculture catalog published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998. Although the WECs listed all sorts of products for sale (clothing, books, tools, machines, seeds — things useful for a creative or self-sustainable lifestyle), the Whole Earth Catalogs themselves did not sell any of the products. Instead the vendors and their prices were listed right alongside with the items.

The title Whole Earth Catalog came from a previous project of Stewart Brand. In 1966, he initiated a public campaign to have NASA release the then-rumored satellite photo of the sphere of Earth as seen from space, the first image of the “Whole Earth.” He thought the image might be a powerful symbol, evoking a sense of shared destiny and adaptive strategies from people. The Stanford-educated Brand, a biologist with strong artistic and social interests, believed that there was a groundswell of commitment to thoroughly renovating American industrial society along ecologically and socially just lines, whatever they might prove to be.

The Whole Earth Catalog functions as an evaluation and access device. With it, the user should know better what is worth getting and where and how to do the getting. An item is listed in the Catalog if it is deemed:

1. Useful as a tool
2. Relevant to independent education
3. High quality or low cost
4. Not already common knowledge
5. Easily available by mail

Catalog listings are continually revised according to the experience and suggestions of Catalog users and staff.

We are as gods and might as well get good at it. So far, remotely done power and glory — as via government, big business, formal education, church — has succeeded to the point where gross defects obscure actual gains. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate, personal power is developing — power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by The Whole Earth Catalog.

all color book of Kittens

Howard Loxton, all color book of Kittens

Howard Loxton, all color book of Kittens
Hardcover, 62 pp., offset 4/4, 215 x 290 mm
Edition of 5000
ISBN 0-7064-0325-8
Published by Octopus Books


condition: fair, missing dust jacket, worn cover, interior in good condition.

all color book of KITTENS, published in 1974 by Octopus Books, London. A collection of 108 photographs of kittens being as cute as they can, doing kitten things: drinking milk and playing with string. Black and white illustration on front and back cover, all color photographs inside. Contents: You and your kitten; The new arrival; The variety of kittens; Discovery and exploration; In high places; Kittens at play; Acknowledgments.

Magic Number Rattle Rock

Anna Sew Hoy, Magic Number Rattle Rock

Anna Sew Hoy, Magic Number Rattle Rock
Ceramic sculpture, glazed stoneware, dimensions variable
Edition limited, each unique
Published by Anna Sew Hoy

$400.00 ·

Anna Sew Hoy has produced a limited edition of ceramic sculptures entitled Magic Number Rattle Rock; unique objects at 400 dollars each to support her forthcoming artists book project. Each rattle has its own set of magic numbers, with an object embedded in the sculpture which makes a very special noise. Purchase a sculpture above to support, or contribute to the project here at different tiers: limited edition poster signed by the artist and designer ($25); signed copy of the book + signed poster ($100); limited edition sculpture + signed book + signed poster ($500); personal thank you in the book + limited edition sculpture + signed book + signed poster ($800).


Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo, Copy

Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo, Copy
Softcover, 80 pp., offset 4/1, 195 x 260 mm
Edition of 200
ISBN 978-3-940215-07-9
Published by Passenger Books

$25.00 ·

This picture book documents how these two young Swiss product designers have copied objects seen at international design fairs over the last few years. Each of these copies is juxtaposed with the original, mostly on a double page spread. Using a precise approach, they exaggerate significant aspects of the original. In this way the dialog between the original and the copy represents an homage to the authors. Moreover, the originality of the copy shows what inspirational reading this makes. This wonderful artist book shows the Swiss duo’s incredible sense of humor besides their original vision and innovative design. An edition of 200 copies.

Objects As Images of Objects

Richard Artschwager, Objects As Images of Objects

Richard Artschwager, Objects As Images of Objects
Hardcover, 128 pp., offset 4/1, 8.25 x 10.25 inches
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-09771714-4-6
Published by David Nolan Gallery

$55.00 ·

Described variously as Minimalist, Conceptualist, Pop and (more recently) proto-Neo-Geo, Richard Artschwager’s art has long defied easy categorization, a sure sign that he has been doing something right. His career as a sculptor and draughtsman has playfully engaged issues of surface, material, object and function to pose repeatedly the Duchampian question: what constitutes an art object? Objects as Images of Objects is a 40-year survey of drawings in charcoal, ink and pastel, from the 1960s to the present, by an artist for whom drawing has remained primary, a spine of continuity throughout his many preoccupations. The diversity of imagery contained in these works on paper–including colorfully surreal landscapes and ambiguous shapes and objects that wreak havoc with cognition, sometimes floating on a sheet or arranged in different perspectives, other times taken from photographs and newspapers–reflect the artist’s highly idiosyncratic approach to image-making.

Wear 2010 (Cultural Exchange)

Wear Journal 2010

Elaine W. Ho, Wear 2010 (Cultural Exchange)
Hardcover, 80 pp. + 28 pp. insert, offset 4/4, 185 x 250 x 28 mm
Edition of 500
ISSN 2078-8691
Published by HomeShop

out of print

This issue and the second season of HomeShop are marked by a more cynical bent, whereby the pointedness of quotation marks, as in “cultural exchange”, invite investigation into the deeper multiplicities and ambivalence hidden within this overwrought term. Continuing its documentation of daily life in the hutong, Wear number two intertwines HomeShop’s series of exercises in cultural exchange with commentary, imagery and special projects on the topic by contributors such as Carol Yinghua Lu, RAQS Media Collective, Meiya Lin and Michael Eddy. A special 28-page insert has also been created especially for the journal by artist Reinaart Vanhoe.

Wear is the independently published journal of HomeShop, an artists’ initiative located in one of the hutong alleyways in the centre of Beijing. Aiming to be an annual project, WEAR combines an artist book, theoretical reader and social research in printed form. The journal documents the public activities, discussions and interventions organised at HomeShop, also serving as a broader platform from which to gather contributions from artists, writers and the folks in the neighbourhood for a local dialogue and everyday reflection upon the contradictions and dynamism of a fast-changing China.

Aki Books Poster

Morten Spaberg, Aki Books Poster
Morten Spaberg, Aki Books Poster, offset poster, 500 × 700 mm (above: folded, 250 x 350 mm)

Morten Spaberg, Aki Books Poster
Poster, offset 1/0, 500 x 700 mm
Edition of 500
Published by Aki Books

$5.00 ·

Aki Poster No. 1

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

$42.00 ·

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.