Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Donna Wingate, Marc Joseph Berg. Text by Geoffrey Batchen, Francesco Bonami, Gavin Brown, Paulo Herkenhoff, Chrissie Iles, Jenelle Porter, David Rimanelli, Christian Scheidemann, Adam Szymczyk, Catherine Wood.
Emerging in the mid-1990s, the Warsaw-born, New York-based artist Piotr Uklanski has created a provocative body of work that ranges across media, from installation, paper reliefs, tie-dye paintings, textile-based immersive sculptures and resin-based sculptures and paintings to photography, performance and a feature-length film, Summer Love. Second Languages is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this iconoclastic artist. Taking the form of a reader, this richly illustrated collection of 11 essays--authored by internationally renowned art historians, curators and critics--analyzes Uklanski's protean output. While this book serves to critically situate Uklanski's work in art historical and theoretical contexts, it also provides some unconventional, humorous interpretations.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Geoffrey Batchen, Patrick Javault.
Piotr Uklanski’s The Joy of Photography series is named after a Kodak handbook for amateur photographers that has equipped generations of enthusiasts with the techniques necessary in their quest for the perfect shot. However, in the age of the digital camera, the practices advocated in the Kodak manual are now rarely deployed. “The guy who buys a special filter in order to better photograph the sunset has disappeared,” laments Uklanski. For this project, adopting this near-obsolete manual as a guide, Uklanski set out on a hunt to redeem its ideas and its perspectives. Exceptionally colorful and coolly artistic, the 50 photographs collected in this book flirt with abstraction, frequently eluding easy comprehension. This volume is the first complete presentation of Uklanski’s nostalgic homage. The New York-based conceptual artist Piotr Uklanski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1968. He has had solo exhibitions at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and at The Museum of Modern Art’s project space in New York.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Artwork by Piotr Uklanski.
In his mix of pop culture and fine art references, Polish-born artist Piotr Uklanski often examines controversial subjects, as in The Nazis, a spectacular series of film stills showing Hollywood stars playing members of the Third Reich. This book, designed by the artist himself, presents Uklanski's image archive, the series Joy of Photography, and documentaion of various actions and outdoor sculptures.