• Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Books, and Projects


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    Charta

    Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2

    Since Hans Ulrich Obrist--museum director, curator, writer, cultural instigator and professional conversationalist--released his bestselling first volume of interviews back in 2004, one wonders if there is a living artist, musician or writer left with whom Obrist hasn't recorded an interview. Happily, of course, there are plenty. Obrist--who was born in Zurich in 1968, and who joined London's Serpentine Gallery as Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects in 2006--makes it his business to cross paths with the most significant thinkers of our time, from in or outside the artworld. Since 1993, he has conducted literally hundreds of interviews. The 70 published here are taken from an archive containing nearly 2,000 hours of recordings and organized by interviewees' dates . . . . Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 950 pgs.

    Edited by Charles Arsène-Henry, Shumon Basar, Karen Marta.

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    JRP|Ringier

    A Brief History of Curating

    By Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Part of JRP|Ringer's innovative Documents series, published with Les Presses du Réel and dedicated to critical writings, this publication comprises a unique collection of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the development of the curatorial field--from early independent curators in the 1960s and 70s and the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and the U.S. through the inception of Documenta and the various biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hulten and Harald Szeemann. Speaking of Szeemann on the occasion of this legendary curator's death in 2005, critic Aaron Schuster summed up, "the image we have of the curator today: the curator-as-artist, a roaming, . . . . Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 200 pgs.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Thames & Hudson

    Formulas for Now

    For centuries the formula has been one of the building blocks of human knowledge. In mathematics and science, formulas express information symbolically—to solve a problem, to describe an observable phenomenon, or to postulate a theory. More generally, a formula can be a plan of action; a statement or declaration; a definition or rule; or a list of ingredients or recipe to achieve a desired outcome.

    For all the contributors to this unique volume—including eminent minds from the fields of art, science, mathematics, performance, architecture, design, literature, and sociology—the formula is a fruitful way of investigating the nature of human existence. Selected especially for the book, more than one hundred invited participants have produced or chosen their own personal formulas to express . . . . Hbk, 8.4 x 11 in. / 160 pgs / 48 color / 57 b&w.

    Contributions by Marina Abramovic, David Adjaye, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Thomas Demand, Elizabeth Diller, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Damien Hirst, Rem Koolhaas, Jeff Koons, Harry Mathews, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter, Nancy Spero, Rosemarie Trockel, Wang Jian Wei, and James Watson.

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    Walther König, Köln

    Gerhard Richter: Obrist-O’Brist

    Gerhard Richter and Hans Ulrich Obrist first met in 1985. Their professional collaborations began seven years later, when the 24-year-old Obrist curated his first Richter exhibition; the following year he published a collection of his writings. Now Gerhard Richter has dedicated an artist's book to this longstanding relationship. The texts in Obrist-O'Brist have been produced by rearranging Obrist's interviews using a random generator, setting the results in blocks without discrete passages or paragraphs. The color plates are made up of photographs—both portraits and mementos—of Hans Ulrich Obrist, from the past 15 years, and photos of Richter's own paintings, which Richter has then painted over using brushes and scrapers. Chiming with many currents in contemporary writing and bookmaking, Obrist-O'Brist is an adventure . . . . Pbk, 6.75 x 9 in. / 184 pgs / 102 color.

    Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Damiani/ Third Line

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

    Born in 1924 in the ancient Persian city of Qazvin, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian spent her childhood in a grand old house replete with stained glass, wall paintings and nightingales. Coming of age during World War II, she left occupied Iran and audaciously set out for New York, where she was quickly absorbed into the city's thriving avant garde. In the decades to follow, during successive exiles in Tehran and New York, Farmanfarmaian developed an intuitive yet painstakingly crafted artistic practice in mirror mosaic and reverse-painted glass that weds the cosmic patterning of her Iranian heritage with the rhythms of modern Western geometric abstraction. This book is the first substantial survey of Farmanfarmaian's acclaimed geometric works, and features an in-depth interview by . . . . Hbk, 9.75 x 11.75 in. / 256 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Karen Marta. Text by Nader Ardalan, Media Farzin, Eleanor Sims. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Hatje Cantz

    Johan Grimonprez: It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards

    Situating themselves at the intersections of art, cinema, documentary and fiction, the critically acclaimed films and video installations of Johan Grimonprez (born 1962) explore the mechanisms by which fear and ignorance are perpetuated and whipped up in the media. This Grimonprez reader gathers essays on and film scripts from his work. . . . . Clth, 5.5 x 8 in. / 352 pgs / 33 color / 18 b&w.

    Edited by Benoit Detalle. Text by Catherine Bernard, Slavoj Zizek, Hans Ulrich Obrist, et. al.

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    Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books

    Indian Highway

    Following the rapid economic and cultural developments on the Indian subcontinent in recent years, Indian Highwayis a timely snapshot of a new generation of artists. Its title indicates the significance of the road in migration, as well as the information superhighway” that has driven India's economic boom. A common thread throughout is the political and social engagement of these artists, who include: Ayisha Abraham, Ravi Agarwal, Sarnath Banerjee, Hemali Bhuta, Nikhil Chopra, Desire Machine Collective, Sheela Gowda, Sakshi Gupta, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, NS Harsha, Abhishek, Hazra Shanay, Jhaveri, Jitish Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Bose Krishnamachari, Nalini Malani, Jagannath Panda, Prajakta Potnis, Raqs Media Collective, Tejal Shah, Valay Shende, Sudarshan Shetty, Dayanita Singh, Sumakshi Singh, Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand, Thukral . . . . Pbk, 8.75 x 10 in. / 320 pgs / 290 color.

    Edited by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail.

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    Walther König, Köln

    Jeff Koons: Popeye Series

    Jeff Koons' Popeye series, begun in 2002, incorporates some of the artist's signature themes and motifs: the surrealistic combination of everyday objects, cartoon imagery, outsized scale, art-historical references and children's toys. The sculptures reproduced here continue Koons' fondness for casting inflatable toys in aluminum—carefully painted to resemble supple plastic—which he juxtaposes here with unaltered everyday objects, such as chairs or garbage cans. The Popeye paintings are complex and layered compositions that combine disparate images both found and created by Koons (including images of the sculptures in the series). The instantly recognizable figures of Popeye and Olive Oyl are central, and recur across several key works within the book. Frederic Tuten, Arthur C. Danto and Dorothea von Hantelmann provide commentary on this . . . . Pbk, 8.75 x 10 in. / 88 pgs / 37 color.

    Foreword by Julia Peyton Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Frederic Tuten, Arthur C. Danto, Dorothea von Hantelmann. Conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    JRP|Ringier/ BDV Bureau des videos

    The Secret Files of Gilbert & George

    For the last 40 years Gilbert & George have united and divided the international art scene with equal parts insolence and elegance. Their oeuvre, with its repeating figures and reprising themes of shit, piss, blood, tears, nudity, sperm, alcohol and drugs, overturned the conventions of the twentieth century and helped to set the agenda for the twenty-first. This 35-minute film produced, hosted and edited by the influential international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is the first documentary to follow Gilbert & George inside their creative process, and into their archives and collection. Obrist discovers the couple's intimate life within the interior of their London house, a veritable museum of obsessions. Beyond good and bad, beyond appearances and objects (negatives, books, press cuttings… . . . . DVD video, PAL Multizone, 5.5 x 7.5 in.

    Edited by Nicolas Tremblay. By Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.

    Gerhard Richter: Writings

    1961 to 2007

    For a painter who has so successfully neutralized the declarative potential of his medium, Gerhard Richter has committed to print a surprisingly large amount of discussion on his work. Perhaps it is only natural that an artist whose painting incarnates the Cagean premise that there is nothing to communicate should be moved to address that fact over and over. For this reason, the first edition of Richter's writings, The Daily Practice of Painting (published in 1993 by MIT Press) was an especially compelling collection, gathering the speculations of an artist profoundly involved in states of doubt, uncertainty and negation. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, it quickly became a basic text in all of the creative fields. For this new, complete edition . . . . Hbk, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 600 pgs / 115 b&w.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dietmar Elger.

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    D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.

    Broken Screen: Expanding The Image, Breaking The Narrative

    26 Conversations with Doug Aitken

    Broken Screen is comprised of informal conversations between artist Doug Aitken and a roster of 26 carefully chosen artists, filmmakers, designers and architects. Part guidebook and part manifesto, the book takes a fresh look at what it's like to create work in a world that has become increasingly fragmentary. Through casual and direct discussions Broken Screen offers a detailed navigation through the ideas behind the important yet under-documented visual language of nonlinear narratives, split screens and fragmentary visual planes that define the most progressive moving images today. Presented in 26 illustrated chapters, the focus here lies on the shattering of the linear narrative in the visual arts through the use of image-based work to articulate the speed and fragmentation of modern . . . . Paperback, 7 x 9.5 in. / 288 pgs / 310 color / 65 b&w.

    Edited by Noel Daniel.

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    Turner/Galeria de Arte Mexicano

    Stefan Brüggemann: Capitalism And Schizophrenia

    Ah, capitalism and schizophrenia. Everyone's favorite two topics, or at least Deleuze and Guattari's--and now Stefan Brüggemann's, too. Brüggemann, a young contemporary artist of the Mexican variety, makes witty text installations and other conceptual projects, as if Jenny Holzer and Bruce Nauman got together south of the border and had a baby. One text piece, installed in the form of a neon sign at the Lisson Gallery in London, proclaims, I Can't Explain And I Won't Even Try.” A wall piece in silver block text notes, Everybody Is Thinking Outside This Room.” Capitalism and Schizophrenia, the book, is divided into three sections, the first of which represents Brüggemann's artwork in a format as close as possible to the artist's actual work. . . . . Hardcover, 7.75 x 10.5 in. / 282 pgs / 16 color.

    Essays by Alexandra Garcìa and Nicolas De Oliveria. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Pedro Reyes.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Yang Fudong: No Snow on the Broken Bridge

    Film and Video Installations

    Though he trained as a painter at the China Academy of Fine Arts, Yang Fudong, one of the most interesting and influential young artists emerging from China today, has always preferred film. His videos and photographs combine and accumulate perspectives, investigating identity through ancient mythology, personal memory and lived experience. His subjects, often in their late 20s and early 30s, seem confused and appear to be hovering between the past and present, or perhaps China's past and present. That split gives them an expectant quality, as if something is going to happen that never quite does. Yang Fudong seeks, through vignettes, a poetics of place and people as an alternative to the politics of power. No Snow on the Broken Bridge . . . . Paperback, 7.5 x 10 in. / 180 pgs / 70 color / 20 b&w.

    Edited by Ziba de Weck. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Lyon Biennial

    00s—The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named

    The curators of the ninth Lyon Biennial approached the task of mapping the moment in contemporary art playfully: by commissioning a polyphonic history and geography book. With 70 players” from around the world, the game” of how to define the decade unfolded via a series of delegations, invitations and programs in which artists proposed their responses and critics and curators sequenced and challenged them, in turn suggesting artists of their own. Reframing the unfolding present from within, creatively rethinking the role of the artist as well as that of serious play, and reconsidering the now-ubiquitous and decreasingly authoritative biennial exhibition, these myriad voices, framed by only a few rules, became participants in an exercise in collective self-determination. This lavishly illustrated publication, . . . . Hardback, 7 x 9.25 in. / 304 pgs / 500 color.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stéphanie Moisdon. Text by Okwui Enwezor. Text by Michel Houellebecq, Paul Veyne, Ralph Rugoff.

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    Guggenheim Museum

    Theanyspacewhatever

    During the 1990s a number of artists claimed the exhibition as their medium. Working independently or in various collaborative constellations, they eschewed the individual object in favor of the exhibition environment as a dynamic arena, ever expanding its physical and temporal parameters. For these artists an exhibition can comprise a film, a novel, a shared meal, a social space, a performance or a journey. Their work engages directly with the vicissitudes of everyday life, offering subtle moments of transformation. This catalogue, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, is the first in the U.S. to examine the dynamic interchange among a core group of these artists--Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, . . . . Hardback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 256 pgs / 85 color.

    Essays by Michael Archer, Jan Avgikos, Daniel Birnbaum, Ina Blom, Stefano Boeri, Francesco Bonami, Nicolas Bourriaud, Xavier Douroux, Patricia Falguieres, Heike Föll, Hal Foster, Massimiliano Gioni, Michael Govan, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jens Hoffman, Chrissie Iles, Branden Joseph, Emily King, Christy Lange, Maria Lind, Tom Morton, Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Barbara Steiner, Rachael Thomas, Eric Troncy, Giorgio Verzotti, Thomas Wulffen, Olivier Zahm

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  • New Books and Catalogues Releasing This Week


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    PictureBox

    Joe Bradley: Drawings

    Joe Bradley (born 1975) is widely known for his bright, angular abstract paintings and glyph-like drawings. This first publication on Bradley gathers his drawings from the last five years, charting their evolution from starkly funny plays on Minimalism to cartoons to linear abstraction. Each drawing is presented to scale, and the book can be read as a flip book of Bradley's process. . . . . Hbk, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 112 pgs / 120 color.

    Text by Joe Bradley.

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    The Museum of Modern Art, New York

    Jasper Johns: Regrets

    In June 2012, Jasper Johns encountered a photograph of the painter Lucian Freud reproduced in a Christie's auction catalogue. Inspired not only by the image, but by the physical qualities of the photograph itself, Johns took this motif through a succession of cross-medium permutations. He also incorporated into his art the text of a rubber stamp he had had made several years earlier to allow him to efficiently decline the myriad requests and invitations that come his way: "Regrets/Jasper Johns." But the stamp's text also calls to mind the more familiar connotations of regret, such as loss, disappointment and remorse, evoking an enigmatic sense of melancholy. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of this series of paintings, drawings and prints created . . . . Hbk, 9 x 10.5 in. / 72 pgs / 45 color.

    Text by Ann Temkin, Christophe Cherix.

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    Big Life Editions/D.A.P.

    Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls

    In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the fast-disappearing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some of the world's last great populations of large mammals--elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and their kin--he created two of the twenty-first century's most popular photographic books: the instant bestsellers On This Earth (2005) and A Shadow Falls (2009). Portraying East Africa's animals with a solemnity and empathy usually reserved for human subjects, Brandt's photographs "tell us, in a way that is beyond words, that we do not own this planet, and are not the only beings living on it who matter," as philosopher Peter Singer writes in an essay in this new volume. On This Earth, A . . . . Clth, 15.5 x 13.5 in. / 192 pgs / 90 quadratone.

    Text by Vicki Goldberg, Peter Singer, Jane Goodall, Alice Sebold, Nick Brandt.

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    Siglio

    Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994

    Ray Johnson (1927–1995) blurred the boundaries of life and art, of authorship and intimacy. Correspondence is the defining character of all of Johnson’s work, particularly his mail art. Intended to be read, to be received, to be corresponded with, his letters (usually both image and textual in character) were folded and delivered to an individual reader, to be opened and read, again and again. Johnson's correspondence includes letter to friends William S. Wilson, Dick Higgins, Richard Lippold, Toby Spiselman, Joseph Cornell, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Robert Motherwell, Eleanor Antin, Germaine Green, Lynda Benglis, Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Christo, Billy Name, Jim Rosenquist and Albert M. Fine, among many others. The subjects of his correspondence ranged from the New York avant-garde . . . . Pbk, 8 x 10 in. / 380 pgs / 45 color / 163 b&w.

    Edited by Elizabeth Zuba. Text by Kevin Killian.

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    Errata Editions

    Martin Parr: Bad Weather

    Books on Books No. 17

    Published in a landscape paperback format by A. Zwemmer Ltd in 1982, Bad Weather was the debut monograph of one of Britain’s most world-renowned and prolific photographers. Armed with his famous wry humor and a water-proof camera, Martin Parr (born 1952) captured the social landscape and national character of the UK during downpours, drizzles, snow storms and other challenging varieties of the weather for which Britain is so famed, in gentle, charming, black-and-white photographs. Bad Weather has been out of print for 30 years and is now one of Parr’s most sought-after books. Books on Books No.17 reproduces the entire publication spread by spread, and includes an essay by Thomas Weski on Britain’s obsession with its weather, called "Even the Queen . . . . Hbk, 7 x 9.5 in. / 96 pgs / 20 color / 45 duotone.

    Text by Thomas Weski, Peter Turner, Michael Fish, Martin Parr, Jeffrey Ladd.

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    Errata Editions

    Donigan Cumming: The Stage

    Books on Books No. 19

    Donigan Cumming’s The Stage is one of the most challenging photo books published in the last century. Rather than merely documenting his subjects, Cumming collaborated with them, carefully orchestrating their appearance and posture in each photograph, emphasizing their most eccentric qualities to a degree that has earned him comparisons with Diane Arbus. The Stage thus constitutes a portrayal of the elderly, the odd, the sick and the possibly demented. Books on Books No. 19 offers a complete facsimile of this extremely rare, remarkable and little-known Canadian photo book. It includes an essay by prominent cultural journalist Robert Enright. . . . . Hbk, 7 x 9.5 in. / 132 pgs / 150 duotone.

    Text by Robert Enright, Jeffrey Ladd

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    Errata Editions

    Richard Billingham: Ray's a Laugh

    Books on Books No. 18

    Photographer and painter Richard Billingham (born 1970) grew up in a cramped, high-rise tenement apartment with his mother and father in Birmingham, England. His father, Ray, was an unemployed, chronic alcoholic, often sleeping the whole day through, while Liz, Billingham’s overweight and heavily tattooed mother, filled her home with porcelain dolls and jigsaw puzzles, housing ten cats and three dogs. These are Billingham’s subjects. In stark comparison to conventional family photos around the dinner table or in front of the Christmas tree, Billingham’s images are raw, intimate and often uncomfortably humorous. First published in 2000, Ray’s a Laugh is now considered one of the most important British photo books of the recent past. This publication reproduces this renowned book spread by . . . . Hbk, 7 x 9.5 in. / 112 pgs / 65 color.

    Text by Charlotte Cotton, Jeffrey Ladd.

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    National Portrait Gallery

    Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

    Virginia Woolf's many novels--notably Night and Day (1919), Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931)--transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterization. Sister of Vanessa Bell, Woolf was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, that union of friends who revolutionized British culture with their innovative approach to art, design and society in the early years of the twentieth century. Portraiture figured greatly in Woolf's life: portraits by G.F. Watts and photographs made by her aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron, furnished rooms in which she lived; written portraits were produced in the family home; and her father, Leslie Stephen, published short biographies of Samuel Johnson, Pope, Swift, George Eliot and Thomas Hobbes, while editing the first . . . . Pbk, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 192 pgs / 100 color.

    Text by Frances Spalding.

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    David Zwirner

    Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven

    Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven features new work from the artist's critically acclaimed 2013 inaugural exhibition at David Zwirner, which spanned the gallery's three locations in New York. Kusama's extraordinary and highly influential career spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design and interventions within existing architectural structures. Opening this book is a series of exquisitely produced color plates of brightly colored, large-format square paintings. Part of a recent body of work, they allude to universal spheres or basic life forms and highlight Kusama's unique amalgamation of representational and nonrepresentational subject matter. Also featured is the video installation, Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict, in which the artist herself is seen performing a . . . . Hbk, 12.5 x 12.5 in. / 108 pgs / 60 color.

    Text by Akira Tatehata, Yayoi Kusama.

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    Siglio

    Ray Johnson: The Paper Snake

    Long out of print and unavailable to wider audiences, The Paper Snake is an essential work in Ray Johnson’s oeuvre and the second title published by Dick Higgins’ Something Else Press, in 1965. Johnson describes the book as "all my writings, rubbings, plays, things that I had mailed to [Higgins] or brought to him in cardboard boxes or shoved under his door, or left in his sink, or whatever, over a period of years." A vertiginous, mind-bending artist’s book, The Paper Snake was far ahead of its time. In his essay "The Hatching of the Paper Snake," Higgins says: "I was fascinated by the way that the small works which Ray Johnson used to send through the mail seemed so rooted . . . . Hbk, 10.75 x 8.75 in. / 48 pgs / 48 color.


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    Aperture

    Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms

    Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms, the first publication to comprehensively feature Jo Ann Callis’ mid-1970s investigation of the nude body and sexuality, is a revelation; the work is provocative, seductive and remarkably fresh. The artist’s playful, evocative use of constrictions and overlays on the human form, including twine, belts, tape and other everyday materials, are both humorous and fraught, offering an intensely personal assessment of the variable meanings of pleasure and the female nude as a staple of fine art photography. Callis has been an active artist since the 1960s, working in painting, sculpture and photography, among other media, and is known for capturing complex and often opposing emotions in a single piece. Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms is an exquisitely . . . . Clth, 8.5 x 11 in. / 88 pgs / 30 color / 15 duotone.

    Text by Francine Prose.

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    Many Voices Press

    Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down

    The Arkansas Delta has been called at different times the soul of the South, the land of opportunity, a place ruled by race, a forgotten place. Eugene Richards (born 1944) first went to the delta as a VISTA volunteer in 1969. It was less than a year after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a time when cotton, religion, prejudice and poverty were what characterized most peoples' lives. Increasingly drawn to this both sorrowful and beautiful place, Richards would stay for more than four years, working as a social worker and reporter until the community service organization and newspaper he helped found were forced to close their doors. But over the years he would keep returning. Red Ball of . . . . Hbk, 12 x 9.75 in. / 112 pgs / 26 color / 26 b&w.

    Text by Eugene Richards.

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    Hayward Publishing

    The Human Factor

    The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

    The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture brings together the work of over 25 leading international artists, in whose practice the human form plays a central role. Over the past 25 years, artists have reinvented figurative sculpture by looking to earlier movements in art history as well as imagery from contemporary culture. Setting up dialogues with modernist as well as classical and archaic models of art, these artists engage and confront the question of how we represent "the human" today. In these works, bodily forms hover between familiarity and an unsettling otherness, between signs of presence and absence, agency and objectification, as artists find novel ways to question our commonplace codes of subjectivity and to challenge our impulse to identify . . . . Hbk, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 208 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Foreword by Ralph Rugoff. Text by Penelope Curtis, Martin Herbert, Lisa Lee, James Lingwood, Ralph Rugoff.

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    MCA Chicago

    Anne Collier

    New York-based conceptual photographer Anne Collier (born 1970) creates neutral images of objects that already exist in the world, often charged with undercurrents of emotional complexity and vulnerability. Her work deftly addresses subjects inherent to both the act and industry of photography while simultaneously lampooning clichés and uncovering hidden truths. Describing Collier's work in Frieze magazine, the acclaimed author and critic Brian Dillon wrote, "Collier uncouples the machinery of appropriation so that her found images seem weightless, holding their obvious meaning in abeyance." This volume, part of the MCA Monograph series, accompanies the first major solo US exhibition of Collier's work. Alongside a selection of color plates, Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the MCA, reviews the works in . . . . Hbk, 10 x 10 in. / 116 pgs / 55 color.

    Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn. Text by Michael Darling, Chrissie Iles, Kate Zambreno.

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    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    Simon Starling: Metamorphology

    British conceptual artist Simon Starling (born 1967) interrogates the histories of art and science, as well as other subjects such as economic and environmental issues, through a wide variety of media including film, installation and photography. Published for his first survey exhibition at a major American museum, Simon Starling: Metamorphology highlights a fundamental principle of Starling’s practice: an almost alchemistic conception of the transformative potential of art, or of transformation as art. The Turner Prize–winning artist’s working method constitutes recycling, both literally and figuratively: repurposing existing materials for new, artistic aims; retelling existing stories to produce new historical insights; linking, looping and remaking. This catalogue accompanies an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in tandem with the Arts . . . . Hbk, 8 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / 70 color.

    Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn. Text by Dieter Roelstraete, Mark Godfrey, Janine Mileaf, Simon Starling.

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  • Charta

    Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2

    Edited by Charles Arsène-Henry, Shumon Basar, Karen Marta.
    Since Hans Ulrich Obrist--museum director, curator, writer, cultural instigator and professional conversationalist--released his bestselling first volume of interviews back in 2004, one wonders if there is a living artist, musician or writer left with whom Obrist hasn't recorded an interview. Happily, of course, there are plenty. Obrist--who was born in Zurich in 1968, and who joined London's Serpentine Gallery as Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects in 2006--makes it his business to cross paths with the most significant thinkers of our time, from in or outside the artworld. Since 1993, he has conducted literally hundreds of interviews. ...
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  • JRP|Ringier

    A Brief History of Curating

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
    Part of JRP|Ringer's innovative Documents series, published with Les Presses du Réel and dedicated to critical writings, this publication comprises a unique collection of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the development of the curatorial field--from early independent curators in the 1960s and 70s and the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and the U.S. through the inception of Documenta and the various biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hulten and Harald Szeemann. Speaking of Szeemann on the occasion of this legendary curator's ...
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  • Thames & Hudson

    Formulas for Now

    Contributions by Marina Abramovic, David Adjaye, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Thomas Demand, Elizabeth Diller, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Damien Hirst, Rem Koolhaas, Jeff Koons, Harry Mathews, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter, Nancy Spero, Rosemarie Trockel, Wang Jian Wei, and James Watson.
    For centuries the formula has been one of the building blocks of human knowledge. In mathematics and science, formulas express information symbolically—to solve a problem, to describe an observable phenomenon, or to postulate a theory. More generally, a formula can be a plan of action; a statement or declaration; a definition or rule; or a list of ingredients or recipe to achieve a desired outcome.

    For all the contributors to this unique volume—including eminent minds from the fields of art, science, mathematics, performance, architecture, design, literature, and sociology—the formula is a fruitful way of investigating the nature of human existence. Selected ...

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    Gerhard Richter: Obrist-O’Brist

    Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
    Gerhard Richter and Hans Ulrich Obrist first met in 1985. Their professional collaborations began seven years later, when the 24-year-old Obrist curated his first Richter exhibition; the following year he published a collection of his writings. Now Gerhard Richter has dedicated an artist's book to this longstanding relationship. The texts in Obrist-O'Brist have been produced by rearranging Obrist's interviews using a random generator, setting the results in blocks without discrete passages or paragraphs. The color plates are made up of photographs—both portraits and mementos—of Hans Ulrich Obrist, from the past 15 years, and photos of Richter's own paintings, which Richter has ...
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    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Karen Marta. Text by Nader Ardalan, Media Farzin, Eleanor Sims. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.
    Born in 1924 in the ancient Persian city of Qazvin, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian spent her childhood in a grand old house replete with stained glass, wall paintings and nightingales. Coming of age during World War II, she left occupied Iran and audaciously set out for New York, where she was quickly absorbed into the city's thriving avant garde. In the decades to follow, during successive exiles in Tehran and New York, Farmanfarmaian developed an intuitive yet painstakingly crafted artistic practice in mirror mosaic and reverse-painted glass that weds the cosmic patterning of her Iranian heritage with the rhythms of modern Western ...
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  • Hatje Cantz

    Johan Grimonprez: It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards

    Edited by Benoit Detalle. Text by Catherine Bernard, Slavoj Zizek, Hans Ulrich Obrist, et. al.
    Situating themselves at the intersections of art, cinema, documentary and fiction, the critically acclaimed films and video installations of Johan Grimonprez (born 1962) explore the mechanisms by which fear and ignorance are perpetuated and whipped up in the media. This Grimonprez reader gathers essays on and film scripts from his work. ...
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  • The Conversation Series


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Robert Crumb: The Conversation Series

    This out-of-sequence first volume in Hans Ulrich Obrist's Conversation Series is devoted to the influential cult comics artist, Robert Crumb-creator of Fritz the Cat, Zap Comics and Mr. Natural, among many other iconic underground mainstays. Both Obrist and Crumb are great conversationalists, and here they make a great match:
    Obrist: Could you tell me a little bit about how you feel about America and world politics right now?
    Crumb: Well, when I was young I really believed in the revolution. I don't really believe in revolution any more; I'm too old now. I think that any violent over-turning of a government or society causes a reaction that is bad or worse than the thing that they were revolting against to begin with... In . . . . Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 47 pgs / 1 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Konrad Klapheck: The Conversation Series

    Volume 3

    In this German-language-only installment of Hans Ulrich Obrist's Conversation Series, the acclaimed curator-conversationalist speaks with the German Pop Surrealist painter Konrad Klapheck, and includes the German conceptual photographer Hans-Peter Feldmann--who was there to document the afternoon's activities with a series of photographic portraits--in the talk. Writing of Klapheck's psycho-erotic "machine" imagery in a 1994 Art in America review, critic Ken Johnson wrote, "What makes Klapheck's pictures compelling is the way the objects he paints are psycho-erotically animated. His machines…are like primitive totems…monumental, amusingly absurd and sexually suggestive." This volume contains generous photo documentation, with many new paintings depicting offbeat human sexual encounters reproduced in color. . . . . Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 68 pgs / 16 color / 21 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Wolfgang Tillmans: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 6

    Over the course of two very personal conversations, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Wolfgang Tillmans discuss the photographer’s work, his changing artistic vision and various thematic pursuits since the 1980s. Tillmans’ recent book Manual is discussed in detail, as are cultural and social topics like AIDS. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 140 pgs / 30 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yona Friedman: The Conversation Series

    Volume 7

    People make too much of architecture. I have a running quarrel with architects who overestimate architecture. Reality is at eye-level with people walking down the street. Born in 1923 in Budapest, Hungary, Yona Friedman is widely considered one of the greatest utopian visionary architects of the twentieth century. Currently based in Paris, he is just as much a sociologist as a designer of buildings, more concerned with the way people interact with their environments than monumental statements by an ego-centric creator. In this illuminating talk with The Conversation Series editor Hans Ulrich Obrist, he touches on the needs of the individual in heterogeneous urban societies, past and future projects, utopia, influences and metaphysics, revealing a wise and deeply-animated humanistic intellect. Known . . . . Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 126 pgs / 29 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Zaha Hadid: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 8

    The celebrated architect and Pritzker Prize-winner speaks with series editor Hans Ulrich Obrist about the projects that established her distinctive, deconstructivist style, and shares her thoughts about contemporary architecture. Conceptual and structural questions are discussed with great precision, providing insight into one of the world’s most influential architectural firms. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 136 pgs / 35 color / 45 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Gilbert & George: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 9

    Series editor Hans Ulrich Obrist here collects seven years worth of interviews with the hugely influential British artistic collaborators Gilbert & George, providing an intimate vision of what they consider the most important landmarks in their four-decade-long career together. Many of the conversations are delightfully performative. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 192 pgs / 22 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Nancy Spero: The Conversation Series

    Vol.11

    For more than half a century, the influential American artist and activist Nancy Spero has been known for her relentless honesty and her unshakable commitment to political, social and cultural causes--from women’s issues to war and other power conflicts. In this volume, she shares strong thoughts and light moments with series editor Hans Ulrist Obrist. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 12

    The challenging French conceptualist Gonzalez-Foerster is prominent on the international scene. For Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007, she showed small-scale replicas of other Münster fair works, past and present; for her recent ARC Paris museum show, she collaborated with designer Nicolas Ghesquière. Here she speaks with fellow relational aesthetician, Hans Ulrich Obrist. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 190 pgs / 31 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Olafur Eliasson: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 13

    Hans Ulrich Obrist and Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson have known each other for many years, and have worked together intimately--on exhibitions, book projects, performances and more. Their legendary conversations, gathered here, are revealing, challenging, philosophical--and essential to both oeuvres. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in.color.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Philippe Parreno: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 14

    The French filmmaker and artist Philippe Parreno born in Algeria, has been working and collaborating with curator/thinker/editor Hans Ulrich Obrist for many years; over many projects they have taken huge risks and broken countless conventions together. The conversations gathered here give us a window into a dynamic and forward thinking aesthetic relationship. . . . . Paperback, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 154 pgs / illustrated throughout.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yoko Ono: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 17

    In this volume, Hans Ulrich Obrist elicits from New York art veteran Yoko Ono a portrait of her life and career that is unprecedented in detail. Across five interview sessions, Obrist quizzes Ono about her earliest works in visual art and music in Japan, her musical development in New York, her friendship with John Cage, her Fluxus days, the founding of the new state of Nutopia with John Lennon and her ongoing campaigns for world peace and human rights. Ono also recounts here the genesis of her installations and performances, so many of which have since become classics of their genre. Throughout these discussions with Obrist, in which architects and artists such as Rem Koolhaas and Gustav Metzger also participate, this . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 96 pgs / 16 b&w.

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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & John Baldessari: The Conversation Series Volume 18

    Hans Ulrich Obrist has been a staunch supporter of the Los Angeles maestro of Conceptualism John Baldessari from early on in his career. For these conversations, the artist and curator were joined by, among others, the Uruguayan artist and author Alejandro Cesarco, a friend and previous public interlocutor of Baldessari's. Baldessari himself offers readers insight into the motives and semiotics of his multimedia work and his life as an artist, always expressing himself with precision and with wit. A recurrent topic throughout these discussions is the interaction of text and image (on which so much of Baldessari's work leans), and issues such as the museum as institution, idea archives and unrealized projects, and on his career, exhibitions and retrospectives of the . . . . Pbk, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 242 pgs / 20 b&w.

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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Christian Boltanski: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 19

    Hans Ulrich Obrist and Christian Boltanski are not only associated through their longstanding friendship: Boltanski was also the first artist that Obrist ever exhibited. Over the course of this friendship the two have often met for discussions, the earliest of which, from 1994, are published here. Whether on a taxi-boat in Venice, in his atelier or at an exhibition in Ljubljana, Botanski readily divulges information on his projects. His collaborations with other artists such as Ilya Kabakov, which have also led him into the field of performance arts such as opera and dance, are a particular theme of the conversations; on occasion, other interlocutors step in, such as the designer Jean Kalman or the sociologist Luc Boltanski (Christian Boltanski's brother). The . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 234 pgs.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Marina Abramovic: The Conversation Series

    Volume 23

    Over the past three and a half decades, Marina Abramovic’s astonishing oeuvre, with pieces in which she performs feats of extreme endurance or mortification of the flesh, has laid bare--perhaps more than any other artist has done--the human body’s strengths, limitations, vulnerabilities and complex bouquet of meanings. In addition, her projects have simultaneously provoked and deflected intense curiosity about who could possibly want to publicly subject herself to such agonizing conditions: who, in short, is Marina Abramovic? In this revealing set of conversations--conducted in train stations, hotels, galleries and her own private studio--between Abramovic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, with the occasional addition of other interlocutors including Gustav Metzger (the Old Master of action art”), the artist talks about her work, . . . . Pbk, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 192 pgs / 25 b&w.

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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Dan Graham: Conversation Series

    Volume 25

    Since the mid-1960s when he started out as a fledgling critic, Dan Graham has carved out a unique role for himself, expanding the scope of the Conceptual artist to incorporate art criticism, music criticism, photography and architecture. For this volume, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist met with Graham on several occasions to discuss the artist's work, life and the numerous interests he passionately follows. The conversation thus wanders seamlessly from architecture to rock and roll, philosophy to astrology, Graham's early performance pieces, photography and articles, to the films and glass pavilions for which he is best known today. A fountain of art folklore, Graham offers recollections of friends and colleagues, art work and influences, providing an invaluable insight not only into the . . . . Pbk, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 134 pgs.

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  • HANS ULRICH OBRIST


    "Curators should be book machines."

  • HANS ULRICH OBRIST ON THE INTERVIEW PROJECT

    "Over the last years I have felt an increasing urgency to do more and more interviews, to make an effort to preserve traces of intelligence from past decades, particularly the 20th century pioneers who are in their 80s or 90s or even older, testimonies of the century past from those who are not online and thus who might fall into oblivion. The Interviews Project acts as "a hedge against the systematic forgetting," that, according to Rem Koolhaas, "hides at the core of the Information Age and which may in fact be its secret agenda." The Project enacts what Eric Hobsbawm has called a "protest against forgetting."

    The Institute of the 21st Century is dedicated to preserving and sharing Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Interview Project Archive, advocating the voices of the world’s most important artists and thinkers.

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