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John Yau

Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays


                                 

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Joyce Pensato: I Killed Kenny

Edited by Monica Rumsey. Foreword by Elsa Longhauser. Text by Jeffrey Uslip, John Yau. Interview by Ali Subotnick.

Hbk, 9.5 x 12.75 in. / 110 pgs / 94 color. | 12/31/2014 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780983967224 | $39.95


Norbert Prangenberg: The Last Works

Text by John Yau.

Hbk, 10.25 x 8.75 in. / 72 pgs / 30 color. | 2/24/2015 | In stock
ISBN 9780989890236 | $40.00


Art Green: Certain Subjects

Text by John Yau.

Hbk, 8.75 x 10.25 in. / 72 pgs / 48 color. | 2/24/2015 | In stock
ISBN 9780989890212 | $40.00


Sean Scully: Night and Day

Text by John Yau.

Clth, 11.75 x 13 in. / 64 pgs / 13 color. | 9/30/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9780985141097 | $60.00


John Buck

Text by Linda Tesner, Ken Wells, John Yau.

Clth, 11 x 12 in. / 200 pgs / 200 color / 50 bw. | 11/30/2014 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780615864525 | $45.00


Jay DeFeo: Chiaroscuro

Text by John Yau.

Hbk, 10 x 12.25 in. / 112 pgs / 36 color / 19 bw. | 9/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783037643396 | $45.00


Mernet Larsen

Text by John Yau.

Hbk, 9.75 x 11.25 in. / 96 pgs /illustrated throughout. | 12/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788862083065 | $45.00


Jorinde Voigt: Pieces for Words and Views

Edited by David Nolan. Text by John Yau.

Hbk, 9.75 x 12.75 in. / 80 pgs / 57 color. | 2/28/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783775734738 | $60.00


Albert Contreras

Text by Dave Hickey, Ed Schad, David Pagel, John Yau.

Hbk, 9.25 x 11 in. / 112 pgs / 77 color. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780988227507 | $35.00


Helmut Federle: American Songline

Text by Fanni Fetzer, Joseph Masheck, Robert Storr, John Yau.

Clth, 7.5 x 10 in. / 268 pgs / 98 color. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783775733823 | $75.00


Nicholas Krushenick: A Survey

Text by John Yau, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Mary Heilmann, Thomas Nozkowski, David Reed.

Hbk, 8.25 x 9.75 in. / 144 pgs / 75 color / 11 bw. | 3/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9780982974735 | $35.00


Lois Dodd: Catching the Light

Edited by Barbara O'Brien. Text by Alison Ferris, Barbara O’Brien, John Yau.

Clth, 9 x 11 in. / 136 pgs / 85 color. | 5/31/2012 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781891246234 | $40.00


Daniel Douke: Beyond Appearance

Text by John Yau, Belinda Grace Gardner.

Hbk, 9.5 x 6.5 in. / 112 pgs / 65 color. | 6/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9783866782617 | $40.00


Robert Motherwell: Open

Text by Matthew Collings, Mel Gooding, Robert Hobbs, Donald Kuspit, Robert S. Mattison, Saul Ostrow, John Yau.

Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 183 pgs / 98 color. | 4/30/2010 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781901785128 | $65.00


Conjunctions: 48, Faces of Desire

Text by Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson, Robert Olen Butler, Donald Revell, H.G. Carrillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Will Self, David Shields, Frederic Tuten, Rikki Ducornet, Robert Kelley.

Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 400 pgs. | 7/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9780941964647 | $15.00


Conjunctions: 42, Cinema Lingua

Edited by Bradford Morrow.

Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 400 pgs. | 6/2/2004 | In stock
ISBN 9780941964586 | $15.00


A Convergence Of Birds: Original Fiction And Poetry Inspired By Joseph Cornell

Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. Writings by: Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane Ackerman, Martine Bellen, John Burghardt, Mary Caponegro, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, Siri Hustvedt, Ann Lauterbach, Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Bradford Morrow, Howard Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Pinsky, Erik Anderson Reece, Rosemarie Waldrop, Paul West, Diane Williams, John Yau

Slipcased, 6 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 26 color. | 7/2/2002 | In stock
ISBN 9781891024306 | $425.00


                  

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William Tillyer: Watercolours

Text by John Yau.

Clth, 11.75 x 11 in. / 272 pgs / 224 color. | 9/30/2010 | Not Available
ISBN 9781901785135 | $65.00


A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns

By John Yau.

Hardback, 9 x 7 in. / 208 pgs / 70 color | 12/1/2008 | Not Available
ISBN 9781933045627 | $39.95


Fred Tomaselli: Monsters Of Paradise

Introduction by Fiona Bradley. Essays by John Yau, Fred Tomaselli and Jonathan Lethem.

Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 95 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 1/15/2005 | Not Available
ISBN 9780947912833 | $50.00


Jessica Stockholder

Essays by Christoph Brockhaus, John Yau, Armin Zweite, Gottlieb Leinz and Pia Müller-Tamm.

Hbk, 11.75 x 9 in. / 176 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 7/2/2003 | Not Available
ISBN 9783933807823 | $40.00


Richard Artschwager: The Hydraulic Door Check

Artwork by Richard Artschwager. Edited by Peter Noever. Contributions by John Yau. Text by Jàrg Heiser, Anthony Vidler.

Hardcover, 9.5 x 7.25 in. / 253 pgs / 115 color / 172 bw | 10/2/2002 | Not Available
ISBN 9783883755724 | $45.00


Hiroshi Sugimoto: Architecture

Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Edited by Francesco Bonami. Contributions by John Yau. Text by Marco de Michelis, Robert Fitzpatrick.

Hardcover, 10.75 x 12 in. / 168 pgs / 68 tritone. | 3/2/2003 | Not Available
ISBN 9781891024542 | $75.00


A Convergence Of Birds

Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. Writings by: Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane Ackerman, Martine Bellen, John Burghardt, Mary Caponegro, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, Siri Hustvedt, Ann Lauterbach, Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Bradford Morrow, Howard Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Pinsky, Erik Anderson Reece, Rosemarie Waldrop, Paul West, Diane Williams, John Yau.

Hardcover, 6 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 51 color. | 6/2/2001 | Not Available
ISBN 9781891024221 | $27.50


Mary Heilmann: Color And Passion

Artwork by Mary Heilmann. Contributions by John Yau, Christa Hausler.

Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 64 pgs / 40 color | 7/2/1998 | Not Available
ISBN 9783893223510 | $14.95


Tracey Moffatt

Artwork by Tracey Moffatt. Edited by Martin Hentschel. Contributions by John Yau, Gerald Matt.

Paperback, 10 x 7 in. / 128 pgs / 113 color | 7/2/1998 | Not Available
ISBN 9783893224234 | $29.95


Joyce Pensato: I Killed KennyJoyce Pensato: I Killed Kenny

Published by Santa Monica Museum of Art/Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Edited by Monica Rumsey. Foreword by Elsa Longhauser. Text by Jeffrey Uslip, John Yau. Interview by Ali Subotnick.

For more than 30 years New York–based artist Joyce Pensato (born 1941) has transformed America's most iconic cartoon characters into psychologically charged enamel paintings and charcoal drawings. Her subjects, such as Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, Donald and Daisy Duck, the Simpsons, Batman and South Park's Kyle and Stan, oscillate between comedic representation and menacing abstraction. I Killed Kenny is the first museum exhibition devoted to Pensato's work and features the monumental wall painting "Running Mickeys," created on-site for CAM. Presenting a selection of key paintings and works on paper spanning Pensato's career—from being mentored by Joan Mitchell and Mercedes Matter at the New York Studio School in the 1970s to her most recent metallic painting, "Gold Batman"—this book reveals her work's evolution.

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Norbert Prangenberg: The Last WorksNorbert Prangenberg: The Last Works

Published by Garth Greenan Gallery.
Text by John Yau.

This publication focuses on the last works that Norbert Prangenberg (1949–2012) completed before his premature death. During a 2012 residency at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts he produced a diverse body of small-scale ceramics, most of which are abstractions based on either landscapes or portrait heads.

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Art Green: Certain SubjectsArt Green: Certain Subjects

Published by Garth Greenan Gallery.
Text by John Yau.

For over 35 years, Ontario-based artist and former member of the Hairy Who Art Green (born 1941) has carefully honed his personal iconography—idealized, archetypal images of ice cream cones, wood grain patterns, burning candles, moonlit landscapes and perfectly polished fingernails. This publication traces the development of Green's work from 1975 to 2013.

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Sean Scully: Night and DaySean Scully: Night and Day

Published by Cheim & Read.
Text by John Yau.

Sean Scully (born 1945) is known for rich, painterly abstractions in which stripes or blocks of layered color are a prevailing motif. The delineated geometry of his work provides structure for an expressive, physical rendering of color, light, and texture. Scully's simplification of his compositions and use of repetitive forms--squares, rectangles, bands--echoes architectural motifs (doors, windows, walls) and in this way appeals to a universal understanding and temporal navigation of the picture plane. However, the intimacy of Scully's process, in which he layers and manipulates paint with varying brushstrokes and sensibilities, results in a highly sensual and tactile materiality. His colors and their interactions, often subtly harmonized, elicit profound emotional associations. Scully does not shy away from Romantic ideals and the potential for personal revelation. He strives to combine, as he has said, "intimacy with monumentality." This volume surveys works of the past three years.

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John BuckJohn Buck

Published by Marquand Books.
Text by Linda Tesner, Ken Wells, John Yau.

Over the past ten years, Iowa-born sculptor John Buck (born 1946), known for his woodblock prints, wall reliefs and three-dimensional freestanding works, has experimented with the addition of mechanical components to his wooden sculptures. This publication presents Buck’s kinetic sculptures.

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Jay DeFeo: ChiaroscuroJay DeFeo: Chiaroscuro

Published by JRP|Ringier.
Text by John Yau.

This new monograph on Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) focuses on her late work, the paintings of the 1980s as well as the exceptional corpus of drawings of the 1980s and her photographic oeuvre of the 1970s. It thus complements the book published on the occasion of her Whitney Museum retrospective in 2013. DeFeo was part of a vibrant community of avant-garde artists, poets and musicians in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Her circle included Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Edward Kienholz and Michael McClure. Although best known for her monumental painting "The Rose" (1958–1966), DeFeo worked in a wide range of media and produced an astoundingly diverse and compelling body of work over four decades. Her unconventional approach to materials and her intensive, physical method made her a unique figure in postwar American art.

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Mernet LarsenMernet Larsen

Published by Damiani.
Text by John Yau.

Mernet Larsen is the first monograph published on an American painter who has recently been rediscovered by the art world as a significant voice in the “extensive, possibly global conversation about how to portray modern, three-dimensional life on two-dimensional surfaces” (Roberta Smith, The New York Times). Larsen’s paintings are a complete world and, in that regard, belong to the tradition that includes Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. These worlds “reach toward” ours, even as they pull us in. Larsen’s paintings are abstracted figurations with Japanese-inspired perspective; tracing-paper cutouts are used all across the canvas, giving her works a constructed appeal. Their subjects include classrooms, coffee shops, vacation spots and malls--gathering places--as well as parodies of religious events such as the Resurrection. This monograph gives a full analysis of Larsen’s work of the past 30 years, with a focus on her oeuvre since 2000.

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Jorinde Voigt: Pieces for Words and ViewsJorinde Voigt: Pieces for Words and Views

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by David Nolan. Text by John Yau.

Music, weather, geography, literature and philosophy are among the subjects that inspire Jorinde Voigt’s mesmerizing diagrammatic drawings, all of which she renders into a dizzying maelstrom of lines and notations as one idea links to the next. In Piece for Words and Views, Voigt turns to Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse to produce 36 drawings, which this volume gathers.

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Albert ContrerasAlbert Contreras

Published by Marquand Books.
Text by Dave Hickey, Ed Schad, David Pagel, John Yau.

Los Angeles painter Albert Contreras (born 1933) first won public acclaim in the early 1960s, with monochrome paintings featuring a central disc motif. By the early 1970s, with the “dematerialization of art” in the air, Contreras’ pursuit of extreme reduction led him to cease painting altogether, and he spent the next two decades driving garbage trucks and resurfacing roads for the City of Los Angeles. He returned to painting in 1997 (following an intensive period of psychotherapy), producing relatively small, square-ish canvases with thick, gridded swathes of bright colors and glitter, seemingly inspired by the aesthetics of cupcake bakeries, cosmetics counters and custom car shops--canvases that critic David Pagel describes as “obscenely edible.” This first substantial Contreras monograph surveys the painter’s recent and older works.

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Helmut Federle: American SonglineHelmut Federle: American Songline

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Text by Fanni Fetzer, Joseph Masheck, Robert Storr, John Yau.

The minimalist paintings of Swiss artist Helmut Federle (born 1944) are inflected with a strong spiritual character. American Songline focuses on his lesser known, more freely rendered paintings and drawings, discussed in a series of critical essays by renowned authors and interspersed with poems chosen by the artist.

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Fresh Widow: The Window in Art since Matisse and DuchampFresh Widow: The Window in Art since Matisse and Duchamp

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Foreword by Marion Ackermann. Text by Elke Bippus, Ina Blom, Erich Franz, Rune Gade, Stefan Gronert, Christoph Grunenberg, Caroline Käding, Peter Kropmanns, Doris Krystof, Heinz Liesbrock, Isabelle Malz, Christian Müller, Maria Müller-Schareck, Hans Rudolf Reust, Lisa Schmidt, Rolf Selbmann, Melanie Vietmeier, John Yau.

Leon Battista Alberti’s 1435 treatise De pictura influenced generations of painters by suggesting that a painting should be approached as an open window. By the twentieth century, the window had transformed into a motif that would test the limits of painting. With his 1920 “Fresh Widow”--a replica of a French window with panes covered in black leather--Marcel Duchamp postulated a farewell to illusionist painting. This publication presents the development of window painting by artists such as Robert Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Ellsworth Kelly, Eva Hesse, Gerhard Richter and many others.

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Nicholas Krushenick: A SurveyNicholas Krushenick: A Survey

Published by Gary Snyder Gallery.
Text by John Yau, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Mary Heilmann, Thomas Nozkowski, David Reed.

Where some painters emerging in the late 1950s struggled with the disparities between Abstract Expressionist and Pop styles, often electing to choose one or the other, Nicholas Krushenick (1929–1999) solved the problem by choosing both--that is, by evolving his own unique style, in his own resolutely independent trajectory. This monograph--the first since 1972--offers a retrospective view of Krushenick’s work from the 1960s to the 1990s, from the loose geometries and web-like forms of his early paintings to the artist’s groundbreaking experiments in Pop abstraction, which have lost none of their relevance, freshness and energy. Also included is a selection of collages and preparatory drawings, many of which have never been reproduced, plus essays by critics and admirers. The volume is published on the occasion of a survey exhibition at Gary Snyder Gallery in September 2011.

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Lois Dodd: Catching the LightLois Dodd: Catching the Light

Published by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Edited by Barbara O'Brien. Text by Alison Ferris, Barbara O’Brien, John Yau.

Over the past 50 years, American painter Lois Dodd (born 1927) has been recording the quieter moments of everyday life on New York’s Lower East Side and in mid-coast Maine, infusing the modernist tradition of plein air painting with Shaker-like qualities of modesty, airiness and quiet elegance. Views from city windows, gentle scenes of washing lines in back gardens, the artist’s shadow on a summer lawn with her painting tools at the far edge of the image: these objects of the painter’s attention declare themselves while leaving room to breathe for both viewer and artist. Published on the occasion of the artist’s first museum retrospective at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (which travels to Portland Museum of Art in Maine), Catching the Light offers the first comprehensive overview of Dodd’s art in full-color reproductions, photographic documentation and essays.

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William Tillyer: WatercoloursWilliam Tillyer: Watercolours

Published by 21 Publishing Ltd.
Text by John Yau.

British painter William Tillyer (born 1938) is regarded as one of the most accomplished and consistently inventive artists working in watercolor. His work luxuriates in translucent color and sensuous brushwork. Some of his pieces, in their untrammeled expressive zeal and readily apparent love of color as a pure quality call to mind the canvases of Morris Louis; in other paintings, flamboyantly voluptuous shapes confront geometric abstractions and Minimalist blocks of color. With 224 full-color images, William Tillyer: Watercolours provides a comprehensive look at the titular aspect of Tillyer’s oeuvre, looking back over nearly 40 years of work. It includes three texts by the American poet and art historian John Yau, an essay describing the development of Tillyer's watercolors and linking his work to the tradition of the English watercolor, an essay on the latest body of work and an interview with the artist.

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Daniel Douke: Beyond AppearanceDaniel Douke: Beyond Appearance

Published by Kerber.
Text by John Yau, Belinda Grace Gardner.

California painter and California State University professor Daniel Douke meticulously recreates the product packaging of everything from vintage toys to iPhones in three dimensions with his photorealistic paintings and drawings. The near-perfect illusion is only broken in views of pieces that have been turned upside-down, revealing the edges of the stretched canvas.

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Robert Motherwell: OpenRobert Motherwell: Open

Published by 21 Publishing Ltd.
Text by Matthew Collings, Mel Gooding, Robert Hobbs, Donald Kuspit, Robert S. Mattison, Saul Ostrow, John Yau.

Robert Motherwell, who died in 1991, was the youngest member of the first wave of Abstract Expressionists known as the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman. An articulate writer, Motherwell was pegged early on as the intellectual of the group. Robert Motherwell: Open is the first examination of the painter's Open series, which preoccupied him from 1967 until the last years of his life. Pared down and minimal, these paintings differ greatly from his more dynamic and monumental Elegies series, for which he is perhaps best known. Containing many previously unpublished paintings as well as works in public collections, this monograph--the most comprehensive and best-illustrated book on Motherwell currently in print--introduces a series of texts by critics and art historians John Yau, Robert Hobbs, Matthew Collings, Donald Kuspit, Robert Mattison, Mel Gooding and Saul Ostrow.

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A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper JohnsA Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns

Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers.
By John Yau.

This beautifully illustrated and profoundly original volume of essays by the New York poet and critic John Yau mounts one of the most eloquent defenses of the art and vision of Jasper Johns ever written--going well past tired and traditional Formalist readings of the artist's work to propose a completely new way of reading them: One that is intensely human. Praised by renowned American art historian and critic Jack Flam as, "a brilliantly attentive and original reading of Jasper Johns' work," this volume not only makes many aspects of the artist's work accessible for the first time, but also reveals an emotional tenor to the man whom so many critics have characterized, wrongly, according to Yau, as aloof or hermetic.
Expanding upon the ideas he laid out in The United States of Jasper Johns, published in 1996 by Zoland Books, Yau traces the ways that the artist's work conveys a connection to the common experience--a "sense of life" that encompasses thoughts, memory, consumption, excretion, life, death, time and mortality. Yau's readings of the works are broadened by statements from conversations between the poet and artist that have taken place over the course of the last 30 years. Lending to this sense of intimacy, many of the works collected in this volume come directly from the artist's studio or his private collection, and have rarely been reproduced before. According to Flam, "John Yau focuses his attention on how the artist's pioneering paintings relate to life as it is lived--and on what they tell us about what it means to be mortal and alive in time. Along the way, Yau cuts a much-needed clearing through the tangle of narrowly self-reflexive interpretations that have plagued so much critical writing on Johns' work during the past half century--providing a fresh approach and opening our eyes to Johns' accomplishment in revealing ways. This is a groundbreaking book, written with both precision and passion. It should be read by everyone who cares about modern painting."
John Yau is a poet and critic. He is the author of several books, including The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry, Paradiso Diaspora and Borrowed Love Poems, as well as contributions to monographs and catalogues on Joan Mitchell, Jessica Stockholder, Wifredo Lam and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Since 2004, he has been the Arts Editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently an Associate Professor of Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry in 2006-2007.

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Conjunctions: 48, Faces of DesireConjunctions: 48, Faces of Desire

Published by Bard College.
Text by Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson, Robert Olen Butler, Donald Revell, H.G. Carrillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Will Self, David Shields, Frederic Tuten, Rikki Ducornet, Robert Kelley.

Desire, for hire, would tire a shire, James Joyce wrote in Finnegans Wake, though Conjunctions: 48 proposes the shire'd be tired even if the desire weren't hired. Desire informs everything we do, from the smallest gestures to the grandest concerns. When it establishes residence in the heart, it becomes a tireless engine, motivating good, and by turns evil. Yearning can be sexual or religious, charitable or greedy, thoughtful or callous, profound as belief or superficial as a whim. Is there any more formidable, defining emotion? Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Robert Kelly, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson, Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, Will Self, David Shields, Frederic Tuten and Rikki Ducornet, mong others, explore its tricky terrain in never-before-published essays, memoirs, poetry and fiction. Faces of Desire is an exuberant look--now grim, now hilarious, now poignant--into one of the most mysterious and crucial forces of life.

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Fred Tomaselli: Monsters Of Paradise

Published by James Cohan Gallery.
Introduction by Fiona Bradley. Essays by John Yau, Fred Tomaselli and Jonathan Lethem.

Unorthodox materials such as over-the-counter remedies, medicinal herbs, prescription pills and psychoactive plants are just some of the materials that make up artist Fred Tomaselli's collaged paintings. Others include cut-out photographs of flowers, insects and leaves from field guides and seed catalogues that jostle for attention with their carefully-pressed and preserved real-life counterparts. Whole figures crafted from magazine cut-outs of animals and body parts--nightmarish Archimboldo-esque hybrids--present Tomaselli's intensely personal vision of the universe. Moving between abstractions and figurations, Monsters of Paradise presents 32 visually exuberant works reproduced in glorious color, and provides a comprehensive view of Tomaselli's work from 1995 to today.

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Conjunctions: 42, Cinema LinguaConjunctions: 42, Cinema Lingua

Published by Bard College.
Edited by Bradford Morrow.

Now that the art of motion pictures has matured into its second century, Conjunctions has commissioned a diverse group of writers to respond--in poetry, fiction, and multi-genre works--to the countless cultural, historical, psychological and theatrical aspects of the seductive flickering medium we watch in the dark. Cinema Lingua pays creative homage to the symbiosis between filmmaking and the written word. Our authors explore, rewrite and celebrate all avenues of film, from its narrative plots to visual storytelling, from character to mood, from lighting to suspense. Each contributor presents defining visions of the movies and focuses the lens of writing on one of our liveliest modern art forms, from mainstream Hollywood to the most exotic corners of the experimental and avant garde. A movie theater of the mind, Cinema Lingua's contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, who explores the troubled relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies, Peter Straub writing on film noir, Peter Gizzi, who offers a multi-genre poem on silent film, Frederic Tuten, whose Never Never Land Near Marienbad is based on the Alain Resnais film, as well as works by Peter Hutton, Elizabeth Willis, Robert Coover, William H. Gass, Tan Lin, Kent Jones, Joshua Furst and many others.

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Jessica StockholderJessica Stockholder

Published by Richter Verlag.
Essays by Christoph Brockhaus, John Yau, Armin Zweite, Gottlieb Leinz and Pia Müller-Tamm.

Through the poetic clash of everyday materials, diverse surfaces, pop colors and patterns galore, Jessica Stockholder has achieved an aesthetic that is at once hot pink, wooly, artificial and quilted. Somewhere in between assemblage and painting, her three-dimensional installations and reliefs violently juxtapose the everyday with the strange, the banal with the familiar, opposites with similarities, the artificial with the natural, kitsch with class, glitz with frumpiness. Found objects from flea markets sit atop mass products from department stores, the whole a whirlwind of narrative suggestion and abstract color and form. This volume features documentation of one of Stockholder's temporary installations as well as many reproductions of her studio works and drawings.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto: ArchitectureHiroshi Sugimoto: Architecture

Published by D.A.P./Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Edited by Francesco Bonami. Contributions by John Yau. Text by Marco de Michelis, Robert Fitzpatrick.

Known for his long-exposure photographic series of empty movie theaters and drive-ins, seascapes, museum dioramas, and waxworks, Hiroshi Sugimoto has been turning his camera on international icons of twentieth-century architecture since 1997. His deliberately blurred and seemingly timeless photographs depict structures as diverse as the Empire State Building, Le Corbusier's Chapel de Nütre Dame du Haut, and Tadao Ando's Church of Light in Osaka. The resulting black-and-white photographs, shot distinctly out of focus and from unusual angles, are not attempts at documentation but rather evocation--meant to isolate the buildings from their contexts, allowing them to exist as dreamlike, uninhabited ideals. Among the other buildings represented in the series are Philippe Starck's Asahi Breweries, Fumihiko Maki's Fujisawa Municipal Gymnasium, the United Nations Building, the Chrysler Building, Giuseppi Terragni's Santelia Monument Como, the World Trade Center, Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, Antonio Gaud''s Casa Batll* II, the 1922 Schindler House, and buildings by Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others in Europe, North America and Asia.

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Richard Artschwager: The Hydraulic Door CheckRichard Artschwager: The Hydraulic Door Check

Published by Walther König, Köln.
Artwork by Richard Artschwager. Edited by Peter Noever. Contributions by John Yau. Text by Jàrg Heiser, Anthony Vidler.

One of the pioneers of contemporary object and installation art, Richard Artschwager's three-dimensional paintings and two-dimensional sculptures wittily evoke associations with commonplace objects such as furniture and household appliances. Accompanying essays consider Artschwager's artistic development, the meaning of surface quality in his work, and his place within the context of relevant art movements.

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A Convergence Of Birds: Original Fiction And Poetry Inspired By Joseph CornellA Convergence Of Birds: Original Fiction And Poetry Inspired By Joseph Cornell

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Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. Writings by: Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane Ackerman, Martine Bellen, John Burghardt, Mary Caponegro, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, Siri Hustvedt, Ann Lauterbach, Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Bradford Morrow, Howard Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Pinsky, Erik Anderson Reece, Rosemarie Waldrop, Paul West, Diane Williams, John Yau

This special limited edition of A Convergence of Birds follows the successful publication of the trade edition of this wonderful anthology of new fiction and poetry inspired by the art of Joseph Cornell. This book features writing from 22 of the best American writers working today; authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Pinsky, Rick Moody, Howard Norman and Barry Lopez, all invited to participate by editor and contributor Jonathan Safran Foer. The limited edition of only 225 copies is linen-bound and slipcased, and signed by each author on individual sheets of vellum that are bound into the book at the beginning of their contributions. A wonderful and highly collectable edition that will be treasured by lovers of contemporary writing and fine books.

In order to insure safe delivery for this item we can only ship Federal Express 3rd Day. An additional charge of $25.00 will be added to your purchase.

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A Convergence Of BirdsA Convergence Of Birds

Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Joseph Cornell

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Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. Writings by: Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane Ackerman, Martine Bellen, John Burghardt, Mary Caponegro, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, Siri Hustvedt, Ann Lauterbach, Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Bradford Morrow, Howard Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Pinsky, Erik Anderson Reece, Rosemarie Waldrop, Paul West, Diane Williams, John Yau.

Jonathan Safran Foer, acclaimed young author of Everything is Illuminated, fell in love with the work of Joseph Cornell while still a student at Princeton University and embarked on an ambitious project: to interest some of America's best-known writers to create original fiction and poetry inspired by the boxed collages of this beloved artist. Beautifully designed and produced--with over 20 tipped-on color plates, some of which are reproduced here for the first time--this original literary anthology will please readers and art lovers alike.

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Tracey MoffattTracey Moffatt

Published by Cantz.
Artwork by Tracey Moffatt. Edited by Martin Hentschel. Contributions by John Yau, Gerald Matt.



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Mary Heilmann: Color And PassionMary Heilmann: Color And Passion

Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers.
Artwork by Mary Heilmann. Contributions by John Yau, Christa Hausler.



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