• 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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    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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    JRP|Ringier

    Rirkrit Tiravanija

    Rirkrit Tiravanija thrives on the interactions between himself and strangers, friends new and old that he encounters on his travels. He insists that art should provide an occasion for geniality and sociability, an insistence that has enriched the environments he has traversed. Conceived as an artist's book, Rirkrit Tiravanija is also the artist's first monograph. It is constructed as a "storyboard" comprised of images from every work produced between 1989 and the present day. In collaboration with the great Paris designers M/M, Tiravanija offers us the most complete evaluation of his work to date, using as narrative backbone his numerous international retrospective exhibitions of 2004 and 2005 (at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand, the Munich Kunstverein, the Boijmans . . . . Hardcover, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 218 pgs / 1000 color.

    Edited by Francesca Grassi. Text by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rochelle Steiner, Philippe Parreno, Bruce Sterling.

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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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    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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    D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers

    On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators

    By Carolee Thea

    On Curating, Carolee Thea's second volume of interviews with ten of today's leading curators, explores the intellectual convictions and personal visions that lay the groundwork for the most prestigious and influential exhibitions in the world today. Among the aesthetic and theoretical issues raised are the relationship between artist and curator, globalism, post-colonialism, capitalism, the future of cultural tourism and the biennial as spectacle or utopian ideal. As Thea notes in her introduction, "the biennial or mega-exhibition--a laboratory for experimentation, investigation and aesthetic liberation--is where the curators' experience and knowledge are tested. As they negotiate venues for artistic expression, intellectual critiques and humanistic concerns in their own societies and others, they are challenged by the certainties and uncertainties of a constantly evolving . . . . Pbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 144 pgs / 50 color.

    By Carolee Thea. Edited by Thomas Micchelli. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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  • New Books and Catalogues Releasing This Week


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Quilts and Color

    The Pilgrim/Roy Collection

    Quilts and Color presents more than 60 graphically bold American quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, one of the finest and largest collections of quilts in the world. Influenced by twentieth-century art developments such as Abstraction, Op art and the Color Field movement, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy were among the first to appreciate quilts as more than simply decorative bedcovers, women’s fancy work or symbols of a rustic past. Reproduced brilliantly and arranged by ideas based in color theory--Vibrations, Mixtures, Gradations, Harmonies, Contrasts, Variations and Optical Illusions--each quilt in this book is celebrated as a unique work of art. The accompanying text also sheds light on the social and cultural history of the quilts and the practices and aspirations of their . . . . Clth, 9 x 10 in. / 144 pgs / 90 color.

    Text by Pamela A. Parmal, Jennifer M. Swope.

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    Galerie Gmurzynska AG

    Fernando Botero

    This publication is comprised of more than 20 new pieces by Colombian painter, draftsman and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932), probably the best-known Latin American artist working today. The book, handsomely bound in linen with a tip-on reproduction of the painting "The Street," revisits the most iconic subjects of the artist’s six-decade career, including examples of Botero’s bullfighters, circus performers, imbibers, musicians, reclining couples and society women. In addition to his new works, the book also includes archival photographs of the artist as a child, at exhibitions and in his studio, as well as an interview conducted by the book’s editors. In the interview, Botero discusses his august career and turning 80: "from the point of view of my energy to . . . . Hbk, 9.75 x 12 in. / 92 pgs / 40 color / 7 b&w.

    Edited by Mitchell Anderson, Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer. Introduction and interview by Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer.

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    Wakefield Press

    Pybrac

    By turns amusing and offensive, Pierre Louÿs’ Pybrac is possibly the filthiest collection of poetry ever published, and offers a taste of what the Marquis de Sade might have produced if he had ever turned his hand to verse. First published posthumously in 1927, Pybrac was, with The Young Girl’s Handbook of Good Manners, one of the first of Louÿs’ secret erotic manuscripts to see clandestine publication. Composed of 313 rhymed alexandrine quatrains, the majority of them starting with the phrase "I do not like to see…," Pybrac is in form a mockery of sixteenth-century chancellor poet Guy Du Faur, Seigneur de Pibrac, whose moralizing quatrains were common literary fare for young French readers until the nineteenth century. Louÿs spent his . . . . Pbk, 4.5 x 7 in. / 160 pgs / 10 b&w.

    By Pierre Louÿs. Introduction and translation by Geoffrey Longnecker. Illustrations by Toyen.

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    Hatje Cantz

    Michaël Borremans: As Sweet as It Gets

    Since the late 1990s, when he first began to produce drawings and paintings, Michaël Borremans has created an extraordinarily mature body of work that has captured international attention. The disparate spaces he imagines in his paintings, drawings, sculptures and films are unified by an uncanny sense of dislocation and an often unsettling beauty. Rendered in complex palettes and exquisite techniques, Borremans’ works in all media embrace a rich legacy of artistic progenitors, but remain firmly anchored in the present. Presenting over 100 works created by the artist over a 14-year period in all media, this publication includes many works not previously reproduced in books or catalogues, offering the most complete overview of Borremans’ oeuvre to date. Contributions include a concise and . . . . Hbk, 11.5 x 13.25 in. / 304 pgs / 120 color.

    Edited by Jeffrey Grove. Text by Michael Amy, Hans Christ, David Coggins, Martin Germann, Jeffrey Grove, Jan Hoet, Jeffrey Kastner, David Lynch, Charlotte Mullins et al.

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    Damiani

    Robert Dodge: Vietnam 40 Years Later

    Narrated through the colorful photographs of Washington, DC–based photographer Robert Dodge, this publication explores Vietnam four decades after the end of the war. Dodge’s images from throughout Vietnam reveal a country at a crossroads with serious economic and political challenges. . . . . Hbk, 12 x 9.75 in. / 110 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Foreword by Andrew Lam.

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    Damiani

    Jeff Zimmerman

    This first monograph on the work of American master glassmaker Jeff Zimmerman examines both his sculptures and functional pieces and provides an overview of his breadth of technique and creative vision. Drawing inspiration from natural forms and employing advanced glassblowing techniques, Zimmerman’s illuminated sculptures evoke branches, petals and waves. These organic forms are combined with human accidents, like crushing and splattering, embracing the quality of unpredictability inherent to the glassblowing process. Works such as "Biomorphic Bubble," "Rain Drop," "Vine" and "Serpentine" create fantastic and new formal possibilities for glass, while staying true to the traditions and techniques of old-world Italian glassmakers. This book includes previously unpublished photographs of works created throughout his career, as well as interiors featuring his custom light . . . . Hbk, 9.5 x 11 in. / 224 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Text by John Drury. Interview by Sean Kelly.

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    RM/BBVA

    Posada: A Century of Skeletons

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Posada’s death, A Century of Skeletons collects nearly 1,000 reproductions of original prints, including dozens of engravings never before published. Over the last century, Posada’s satirical illustrations with their signature "calaveras," or skeletons, have become synonymous with the imagery of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations. Often guised in various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Skull of the Female Dandy," Posada’s Calaveras also satirized the lifestyle of the Mexican upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. His prints and lithographs utilize a distinctive blend of black, white and middle tones and his works in type metal, zinc and wood make dramatic use of proportion and disproportion. Reflecting on various aspects . . . . Clth, 9 x 12 in. / 376 pgs / 968 color.

    Text by Juan Villoro, Mercurio López, Helia Bonilla, Montserrat Gali, Rafael Barajas.

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    RM

    Christopher Anderson: Stump

    As one of today’s most influential political photographers, Christopher Anderson has enjoyed rare behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of American political theater. Stump collects his color and black-and-white photographs from recent campaign trails--particularly from the 2012 Obama/Romney contest--that scrutinize the highly rehearsed rhetorical masks of, among others, Barack and Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton and others (including audience members at rallies). Removed from the context of reportage and sequenced here, these images accumulate a mesmerizing quality that is both frightening and hilarious. They are interspersed with other campaign-trail images, of fireworks, flags and other props of high pomp that attend such occasions. John Heilemann, author of the New York Times bestseller Game Change (on the . . . . Flexi, 9.25 x 12 in. / 96 pgs / 84 color.

    Text by John Heilemann.

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    La Fábrica

    El Lissitzky: The Experience of Totality

    The epitome of the modernist engineer-architect-artist, El Lissitzky is one of the most influential and genuinely experimental artists of the early twentieth century. Equally prolific as a painter, designer, architect and photographer, he connected countries and cultures as a leading ambassador between the Soviet and European avant-gardes of the 1920s, promoting Suprematist and Constructivist art in the West and European abstract movements in Russia. For El Lissitzky, art was conceived not as a personal expression and production of objects, but rather as a collective and social activity. Working with Malevich, he developed the new visual language of Suprematism, which he applied not only to painting, but also to print and book works, architectural and theater projects, ceramics, educational theory and propaganda. . . . . Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 200 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Edited by Olivia María Rubio. Text by Isabel Tejeda, Valery Dymshits, Victor Margolin.

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    nai010 publishers

    The Quay Brothers' Universum

    American-born, UK-based identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 1947), better known as the Quay Brothers, are internationally celebrated for their incredibly inventive, otherworldly films that deploy objects, puppets and people in gloomy fantasies and haunted visions, creating a fetishized erotics of "stuff" in which dead matter mocks human form. Over the course of their careers, they have worked across disciplines to develop an aesthetic that manages to inspire, confound and often disturb their viewers. The Quays are also well known for the diverse cultural influences referenced throughout their films and designs, from Polish modernist poster design to antiquarians such as Athanasius Kircher, authors such as Robert Walser, Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz, and artists such as Adolf Wölfli. Published for . . . . Pbk, 7 x 9 in. / 144 pgs / 100 color.

    Edited by Jaap Guldemond, Marente Bloemheuvel. Text by Suzanne Buchan.

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    Walther König, Köln

    Philip Guston: Late Works

    Philip Guston (1913–1980) was the first abstract painter to return to figuration in the postwar era and was pioneering in his mixing of high art and popular culture. He initially came to prominence as a first-generation Abstract Expressionist, alongside his close friends Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Toward the end of the 1960s, dissatisfied with abstraction, he embarked on an intense phase of drawing, which culminated in his departure from the "purity" demanded of abstract art. Guston introduced human figures smoking, drinking and painting; large heads, severed hairy legs, clumsy shoes and domestic objects such as walls, doors and lamp bulbs were among the motifs of these new paintings. The first exhibition of these works was in 1970; . . . . Hbk, 10 x 11 in. / 148 pgs / 170 color.


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    nai010 publishers

    Russian Avant-Garde

    The Khardzhiev Collection at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

    The famous Russian collector and literary scholar Nikolai Khardzhiev (1903–1996) was a close friend and admirer of the modern painters, poets and philosophers of his time. Often buying directly from the artists and their families, from the late 1920s Khardzhiev collected work by such masters of the Russian avant-garde as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, Olga Rozanova, El Lissitzky, Vasily Chekrygin, Mikhail Matyushin and Vladimir Tatlin, thus compiling one of the greatest collections of this period. As the Soviet regime began to clamp down on Futurism and Suprematism, Khardzhiev sought to acquire anything that would allow him to one day write a history of these movements, and his archives also included manuscripts and rare books, as well as his own correspondence with . . . . Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 552 pgs / 900 color.

    Text by by Elena Basner, Geurt Imanse, Frank van Lamoen, Michael Meylac, Sergey Sigey et. al.

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    Damiani

    David Altmejd

    David Altmejd (born 1974) is known for his intricate and highly worked room-size installations and sculptures. Seamlessly moving between a variety of aesthetic modes--from an almost ascetic minimalism in works employing plaster and mirror to works teeming with accumulations of crystals, gold chain, thread, taxidermied birds and animals, among other objects--Altmejd's work offers beautifully wrought meditations on the cycles of life and death, interiority and exteriority, sexuality and spirituality. In the most comprehensive consideration of the artist's work to date, the volume includes four essays by a range of writers, who by providing different entry points to Altmejd's art, animate and engage the rich and diverse ideas that characterize his important practice.
    The full range of Altmejd's nearly 20 years of work . . . . Clth, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 384 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Text by Robert Hobbs. Contributions by Trinie Dalton, Christopher Glazek, Kevin McGarry.

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    Radius Books/David Zwirner

    Palermo: Works on Paper 1976-1977

    Although it has been linked with distinct twentieth-century art practices--including abstraction, Minimalism and Conceptual art--Blinky Palermo’s (1943–1977) diverse body of work defies easy classification. Throughout his brief and influential career, Palermo executed paintings, objects, installations and works on paper that addressed the contextual and semantic issues at stake in the construction, exhibition and reception of works of art. This publication focuses in depth on the artist’s works on paper from 1976–1977, executed just prior to his untimely death in February 1977. Palermo’s late work is characterized by its explorations of the tensions and contrasts between material and color, surface and depth, and signification and abstraction. These works on paper convey his understanding of color as a system of signs. This fully . . . . Hbk, 8.25 x 10.75 in. / 134 pgs / 104 color.

    Text by Christine Mehring, Christoph Schreier.

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    Moderne Kunst Nürnberg

    Mel Ramos: New Prints

    Catalogue Raisonné of Original Prints

    Mel Ramos (born 1935) rose to prominence as an important exponent of Pop art after exhibiting in shows alongside Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol in the early 1960s. Juxtaposing glamorous bodies with the seductive but hollow artifacts of American consumerism, Ramos is perhaps best known for his distinctive female nudes--stylish pin-up girls bedded on fruit or posing lasciviously with, or popping out of, larger-than-life consumer goods such as candy bars and soft drinks. Throughout his career, Ramos has explored these motifs in prints as much as in paintings. Mel Ramos: New Prints surveys a range of Ramos’ print work, starting from his figurative departure from Abstract Expressionism to his portraits of comic book heroes such as Wonder Woman and his satirical . . . . Pbk, 9.25 x 12 in. / 180 pgs / 200 color.

    Text by Claire Breukel, Jeanette Zwingenberger.

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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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  • Walther König, Köln

    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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  • Damiani/ Third Line

    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 & Rem Koolhaas: The Conversation Series

    Volume 4

    In this traditional paperback, renowned critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist teams up with Dutch avant-garde architect and paradigm-shifting intellectual, Rem Koolhaas, for a discussion of Koolhaas's work in China, his designs for Prada, architecture as metaphor, and the development of urbanism in the slipstream of globalization. . . . . Paperback, 5.5 x 8 in. / 68 pgs.


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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 & 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.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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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.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Walther König

    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 & Cedric Price: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 21

    The British architect Cedric Price (1934-2003) completed relatively few buildings, but through his drawings, proposals, teachings and conversations, he exerted an enormous influence across many disciplines. For Price, as for an increasing number of architects today, architecture was an instrument towards social and pedagogical growth, and not an aesthetic gesture in itself. His two most famous structures of the early 1960s, the Fun Palace (1961) and the Potteries Thinkbelt (1964) were both intended to foster social cohesion, and were executed as short-term structures. Hans Ulrich Obrist met the great visionary and architectural theorist several times between 1999 and his death in 2003, and spoke with him about his ideas and his most important projects. The result is a spirited and vivid . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 172 pgs / 26 b&w.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Walther König, Köln

    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Jeff Koons: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 22

    Reflecting on 20 years of making art, Jeff Koons talks to Hans Ulrich Obrist about his vocation and its frequently controversial highlights. Koons makes acknowledgement here of determinative influences such as Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and elucidates his sense of the legacy of Pop art and his own transformations of that legacy. Koons emerges from this volume as a charmingly open and very focused artist, with strong views on the purposes of art today, and advice for practitioners: See everything as an opportunity. Stay focused, then amazing things can happen.” Koons' goals are also inspiringly utopian and appropriate to all forms of art: The journey of art begins with self-acceptance,” he declares at one point, espousing his ideal . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 123 pgs / 28 b&w.

    Edited by Karen Marta.

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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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