Published by Karma, New York. Text by Massimaliano Gioni.
Andro Wekua's (born 1977) Gems Survey is a book of memories: pinned to the bare field of each page are small images of buildings, scraps of cities and shreds of skies, clippings of stars and far-off galaxies. These are the places that Wekua has traveled to, real and imaginary, environments that influence and constitute a large part of his oeuvre.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Daniel Feinberg, Augusta Joyce. Text by Mark von Schlegell.
Drawing on genres such as fantasy, sci-fi and horror, Andro Wekua (born 1977) creates fantastical, macabre tableaux that explore personal, collective and fictional memory. This book includes works from the artist’s 2012 exhibition at Gladstone Gallery--large colorful abstractions--as well as Wekua’s signature collages and portraits.
Published by DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. Edited by Karen Marta, Massimiliano Gioni. Text by Gary Carrion-Murayari.
Using painting, collage, drawing, installation, sculpture and film, Georgian artist Andro Wekua channels personal memories and political history into veiled narratives that vacillate between the ultra-real and dream-like fictions. 2000 Words: Andro Wekua presents the wide array of the artist's work in the Dakis Joannou Collection, along with an essay by Gary Carrion-Murayari that gives voice to this eerie and deeply personal work. Conceived and commissioned by Massimiliano Gioni and published by the Deste Foundation, each monograph in the new 2000 Words series combines a critical, forthright essay with a survey of an artist's works and gives insight into the work of some of today's most exciting contemporary artists.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Rein Wolfs, Gerald Matt, Andrea Bellini.
Georgian artist Andro Wekua (born 1977) merges images found in magazines or old photo albums with painting to create multilayered, kaleidoscopic collages. The design for this three-volume catalogue is based on American horror and science-fiction magazines, reflecting recent themes developing in the artist's video and installation work.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Alessandro Baricco.
Over the last few years, the young Georgian artist Andro Wekua has broken on the international art scene with enigmatic installations made of sculptures, collages, films and paintings. Reflecting both the melancholy of a childhood in a post-Communist country and a tragic sense of history, in this artist's book Wekua explores the polysemy of the images and signs of his generation in large-scale installations.
Designed by the artist, who grew up in war-torn Georgia, this volume presents new sculptures, paintings and collages that combine sweet nostalgia with a masochistic relish for history's decay. Doppelgängers of the artist as a child seem to be blinded or burned, pointed noses grow from models' heads and figures walk through foreboding landscapes.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Andro Wekua. Text by Dieter Schwarz, Rein Wolfs.
If There Ever Was One is full of collages, in the widest sense of the word: Andro Wekua assembles objects, old and new, discarded and valued, in installations, paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos and texts. His ominous tableaux of childlike figures lost in ceramic landscapes combine a sweet nostalgia for youth with an almost masochistic relish for history's decay. Those kid-doppelgangers harbor a tragic fragility, often signaled by blindness or burns, evoking the displacement of the refugee and internalized angst of those growing up witness to national strife, as Wekua did in Soviet and post-Soviet Georgia. His soulful and enigmatic imagery recreates an abstracted vision of that history, and imagines a refuge. As seen at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York and in the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Rubbell Collection, Miami and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.