ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 5/20/2016

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, Vavoom

DATE 5/18/2016

Blueprint for Counter Education

DATE 5/17/2016

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love, My Heart

DATE 5/16/2016

Agnes Martin On a Clear Day

DATE 5/14/2016

Olivia Bee & BŘRNS Launch 'Kids in Love' at ARCANA

DATE 5/10/2016

Blueprint for Counter Education Launch at Harvard CCVA

DATE 5/7/2016

Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s Wrong with Redistribution?

DATE 5/6/2016

Mark Bradford: Tears of a Tree

DATE 5/6/2016

Rosalyn Drexler, Katy Siegel & Jonathan Lethem Launch 'Who Does She Think She Is?' at 192 Books

DATE 5/6/2016

On Curating 2: Paradigm Shifts Launch & PanelOn Curating 2 Launch & Panel with Carolee Thea

DATE 5/5/2016

Isa Genzken: Mach dich hübsch!

DATE 5/4/2016

Marcel Broodthaers: The Conquest of Space

DATE 5/3/2016

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper's Bazaar

DATE 5/2/2016

Walead Beshty Launch & Conversation at Printed Matter

DATE 5/2/2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist In Conversation with Pedro Reyes

DATE 5/2/2016

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Diana Vreeland

DATE 5/1/2016

Cinco de Mayo!

DATE 5/1/2016

Marianne Vitale Launches 'Train Wreck' at 192 Books

DATE 5/1/2016

Lipstick Flavor: Mickalene Thomas

DATE 4/30/2016

Lipstick Flavor: A Contemporary Art Story with Photography

DATE 4/30/2016

Meghan Boody Book Launch at Book Soup

DATE 4/29/2016

Susan Orlean & Philip Taaffe Launch 'The Floral Ghost' at Rizzoli

DATE 4/29/2016

The Floral Ghost by Susan Orlean and Philip Taaffe

DATE 4/28/2016

The Floral Ghost

DATE 4/27/2016

JH Engström: Tout va Bien

DATE 4/26/2016

Mother's Day Gift Books

DATE 4/26/2016

Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, #3

DATE 4/25/2016

Agnes Martin: Who's Afraid of Triangles, Briony Fer

DATE 4/24/2016

Agnes Martin: "Untitled" (2002)

DATE 4/24/2016

Anna Lovatt on Agnes Martin

DATE 4/22/2016

Agnes Martin: "Gratitude" (2001)

DATE 4/21/2016

Polly Apfelbaum Book Signing at Printed Matter

DATE 4/21/2016

Blueprint for Counter Education

DATE 4/21/2016

'The Open Road' in the Wall Street Journal

DATE 4/17/2016

'David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape' with Vince Aletti, Andrew Durbin, Karen Finley, John Kelly, Carlo McCormick, & Stewart Uoo

DATE 4/17/2016

Frank Stella: Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, Juam

DATE 4/16/2016

Stan Douglas: The Secret Agent

DATE 4/16/2016

Frank Stella: Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, Marriage of Reason and Squalor

DATE 4/15/2016

John Singer Sargent: Watercolors

DATE 4/14/2016

John Singer Sargent: Watercolors, Mountain Fire

DATE 4/13/2016

192 Books Presents Christophe Cherix & Elizabeth Zuba on Marcel Broodthaers

DATE 4/12/2016

The Anatomical Venus, a PW Top Pick!

DATE 4/12/2016

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, Hearts

DATE 4/11/2016

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, Tripping Corpse 2, The Hippie Thing

DATE 4/10/2016

Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series, Woman Standing Alone

DATE 4/9/2016

A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond

DATE 4/9/2016

David Campany & Jerry L. Thompson Launch 'Walker Evans: Labor Anonymous' at Aperture

DATE 4/8/2016

Robert Adams: The New West

DATE 4/8/2016

Badlands Presents 3 Launch Events for 'Kuntalini' Author Tamara Faith Berger

DATE 4/8/2016

Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS

DATE 4/7/2016

Printed Matter Launch for Jared Bark: Photobooth Pieces


AT FIRST SIGHT

THOMAS EVANS | DATE 3/18/2011

Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society

The methodological models for urbanism are plentiful, ranging from the recent revival in cartography to the boom in infrastructure theory, but Wolfgang Scheppe’s Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society offers a wonderfully original take on the city he has made his ongoing object of study, Venice. Migropolis, Scheppe’s massive two-volume saturation job on Venice from 2010, adopted an impressive and thorough but not unfamiliar psychogeographic method for excavating the city’s layers, in which various mappings were undertaken through walks around the city. Done.Book is a more eccentric enterprise. Described by Scheppe as “an inquiry into the depth of visual archives,” it assembles a portrait of Venice through two sets of archival materials: the notebooks used by the Victorian art writer John Ruskin (1819-1900) for his legendary 1851 study Stones of Venice and the photographic archive of one Alvio Gavagnin, a Venetian market seller and non-professional photographer who bequeathed Scheppe his archive after they met at Gavagin’s stall.
Ruskin’s notebooks are filled with Ruskin’s sketches of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance Venetian architecture. A part of his aim in documenting Venice’s religious architecture was to define it as a paradigmatic city for the integration of a spiritual life with the experience of citizenship—to contrast with the alienated labor conditions of Victorian England he so abhorred. When his notes were complete, Ruskin would sign each page “done” in the lower right corner. Scheppe interprets this “done” signature as indicative of Ruskin’s struggle to cohere the abundant fruits of his obsessive scrutiny of the city.
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Scheppe describes his first encounter with the author of the second archive: “Many years ago I noticed Alvio Gavagnin as he sold things in the Via Garibaldi market close to his house. Following a crazed but lucid system, displayed on his wall were fragments of an obviously structured but apparently eclectic collection, including a series of carefully constructed large boxes labeled ‘Foto Vere,’ and containing many thousands of photographic prints.”
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Over the past three decades, Gavagnin had created an extraordinarily dense photo documentation of Venice—particularly the working-class district of Garibaldi in which he and his wife lived—simply as a way to get to know his city better. “In a city like Venice,” he tells Scheppe in an interview in the book, “there is nothing particular. Everything is particular.” Everything, in other words, is worthy of the same attention. As the archive proliferated, Gavagnin also developed a signatory gesture of closure, stamping the backs of his photographs with “I Alvi.” The obsessive, completist character of both Ruskin and Gavagnin’s projects inspired Scheppe to compose Done.Book, in which he places Gavagnin’s photographs en face alongside Ruskin’s notebook entries to suggest formal comparisons on rotundas, plinths and other architectural structures. Done.Book allows the reader to absorb the scrutinies of Ruskin and Gavagnin, while also conveying Scheppe’s fascination with the method of close reading as the means to a method of his own.
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society
Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society

Done. Book

Done. Book

HATJE CANTZ
Hbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 368 pgs / 14 color / 385 duotone.

DATE 8/23/2015

Xanti Schawinsky

Xanti Schawinsky

DATE 7/31/2015

Axel Hoedt

Axel Hoedt

DATE 9/11/2014

New York Is ...

New York Is ...

DATE 5/13/2014

Libuse Niklová

Libuse Niklová


ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
155 Sixth Avenue
New York NY 10013
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2013 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com