• Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Books, and Projects


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    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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    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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    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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    Gregory R. Miller & Co.

    In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas

    One of the most continuously influential figures of the past half century, Joan Jonas was among the first artists to embrace the forms of video, performance and installation. From her beginnings as a sculptor, and her emergence in the New York art and performance scenes of the 1960s and 70s (including the seminal "Vertical Roll" video piece of 1972, in which the titular television malfunction enacted a memorably fractured female identity), up through her six appearances at Documenta and her performance at the Performa 13 biennial, her work has always been surprising, groundbreaking and necessary. This extensively illustrated volume, containing hundreds of full-color photographs, drawings, scripts and diagrams, presents the definitive collection of Jonas' work. The first and authoritative career-spanning monograph . . . . Clth, 9.5 x 12.75 in. / 536 pgs / 840 color.

    Edited with text by Joan Simon. Text by Joan Jonas, Douglas Crimp, Johanna Burton, Barbara Clausen, Richard Serra, Susan Rothenberg.

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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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    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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    Kerber

    Alois Mosbacher: Out There

    Secession

    Here is the premier of Alois Mosbacher's block of works developed over the last few years, comprising over 80 pictures and revolving around the theme of the woods as a space for outsiders and drop-outs. By interlocking the classical media of painting and drawing with the language of computer games, Mosbacher expands his image-based research into complex and often eerie narratives that present contemporary meanings of the woods on various levels.

    . . . . Paperback, 8.25 x 11.75 in. / 84 pgs / 55 color / 13 b&w.

    Essays by Brigitte Huck, Matthias Herrmann and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    media_city seoul 2000

    Media_City Seoul 2000

    Featuring an astonishing array of work by such artists and architects as Nam June Paik, Rem Koolhaas, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Chantal Akerman, Matthew Barney, Pierre Bismuth, Stefano Boeri, Christian Boltanski, Marco Brambilla, Angela Bulloch, Cai Guo-Qiang, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Dan Graham, Rodeny Graham, Lynn Hershmann, Gary Hill, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Kim Young-Jin, Charles Long and Stereolab, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Chan-Kyong Park, Paul Pfeiffer, Pipilotti Rist, Sam Taylor-Wood and Bill Viola--as well as a number of emerging Korean artists--media_city seoul 2000documents the recent international cultural festival in the South Korean capital city of Seoul.media_city seoul 2000 takes as its focus today's increasingly media-defined and media-centered cultural and physical landscape, and presents multimedia and video art along . . . . Paperback, 7.5 x 9 in. / 392 pgs / 146 color / 25 b&w reproductions.

    Includes Ryu Byounghak, Anne-Marie Duguet, H.D. Gadamer, Udo Kittelmann, Alexander Kluge, Rem Koolhaas, Barbara London, Geert Lovink, Lev Manovich, Jeremy Millar, Paul D. Miller, Nam June Paik, Marian Pastor Roces.

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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

    Merz World: Processing the Complicated Order

    The evolving artwork and early, all-encompassing installation Merzbau was German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters’ obsession. He began building a fantastical structure inside his Hanover studio in 1923, which he conceived as a project without end. It gradually took over most of the house. He continued to work on it in different locations throughout his life, remarking that the Merzbau contained everything that was important to him. This groundbreaking volume results from the first of a series of Zurich-based symposia on the Merzbau and its legacy in contemporary architecture, art and society. The Symposium Merzbau sets a new standard for further research on Schwitter’s influential project. Edited by curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist, this book includes contributions by art historians, critics and . . . . Paperback, 4.25 x 6.5 in. / 124 pgs / 20 color.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adrian Notz. Text by Yona Friedman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Peter Bissegger, Karin Orchard, Gwendolen Webster.

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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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    JRP|Ringier

    Victor Man

    Victor Man, born in 1974, won international renown when his work was presented in the Romanian pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. This first monograph documents a large portion of his artistic output, which ranges from painting to sculpture, installation, wall painting and printing.

    . . . . Hbk, 8 x 11.25 in. / 64 pgs / 46 color.

    Edited by Alessandro Rabottini. Text by Yilmaz Dziewior, Tom Morton, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Collection agnès b.

    French fashion designer and cultural broker agnès b. has been a major participant in the international art world for many years--especially in New York, where her encouragement and support of numerous artists and institutions has made her a revered philanthropist and friend to many. Now, this book offers a window into agnès b.'s much-admired eye by surveying the highlights of the collection she has amassed over the decades. Initially organized around Modern photography, with a focus on Brassaï, Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt and Weegee, as well as classic pieces by Atget, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, the collection quickly expanded into Contemporary art and photography, as agnès b. acquired works by William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat . . . . Hbk, 7.25 x 9.25 in. / 356 pgs / 400 color / 50 b&w.

    Edited by agnès b. Text by Edouard Glissant, Felix Hoffmann, André Magnin, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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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


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    Reel Art Press

    Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years

    Frankenstein lives! 200 years of the book, the movies and the monster in pop culture and beyond

    On New Year’s Day 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Some thought the book was too radical in its implications; a few found the central theme intriguing; no-one predicted its success.

    Since then, there have been many, many adaptations—120 films alone, at the last count—on screen, stage, in novels, comics and graphic novels, in advertisements and even on cereal packets. From a Regency nightmare, Frankenstein became a cuddly childhood companion—thoroughly munstered, so to speak. The story has been interpreted as a feminist allegory of birthing, an ecological reading of mother earth, an attack on masculinist science, . . . . Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 208 pgs / 125 color / 75 b&w.

    By Christopher Frayling.

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    The Museum of Modern Art

    Stephen Shore

    Organized into 60 thematic sections, this magisterial volume provides a complete overview of Shore's career—from the early portraits of Warhol's Factory to his latest Instagram images

    One of the most influential photographers of our time, Stephen Shore has often been categorized as one of a group of artists of the 1970s who captured American popular culture in straightforward, unglamorous color images. While this is true, it is only part of the story: Shore has worked with many forms of photography, switching from cheap automatic cameras to large format in the 1970s, pioneering the use of color film before returning to black and white in the 1990s, and, in the 2000s, taking up the opportunities offered by digital photography, digital printing and social . . . . Hbk, 10.5 x 9 in. / 336 pgs / 450 color.

    Edited with text by Quentin Bajac. Text by David Campany, Kristen Gaylord, Martino Stierli.

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    Guggenheim Museum Publications

    Josef Albers in Mexico

    Albers in "the promised land of abstract art”: the little-known influence of Mexico

    “Mexico is truly the promised land of abstract art,” Josef Albers wrote to his former Bauhaus colleague Vasily Kandinsky in 1936. Josef Albers in Mexico reveals the profound link between the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and Albers’ abstract works on canvas and paper. With his wife, the artist Anni Albers, Albers toured pre-Columbian archeological sites and monuments during his 12 or more trips to Mexico and other Latin American countries between 1935 and 1968. On each visit, Albers took black-and-white photographs of pyramids, shrines, sanctuaries and landscapes, which he later assembled into rarely seen photo collages. The resulting works demonstrate Albers’ continued formal experimentation with geometry, this . . . . Hbk, 8 x 10 in. / 128 pgs / 110 color.

    By Lauren Hinkson. Text by Joaquin Barríendos.

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    David Zwirner Books

    Letters to a Young Painter

    "As for you, my dear Balthus, you surely know full well the love that connects us. Yours with all my heart, Rilke."

    Never before translated into English, Rainer Maria Rilke’s fascinating Letters to a Young Painter, written between 1920 and 1926 toward the end of his life, is a surprising companion to his infamous Letters to a Young Poet, earlier correspondence from 1902 to 1908.

    While the latter has become a global phenomenon, with millions of copies sold in many different languages, the present volume has been largely overlooked.

    In these eight intimate letters written to a teenage Balthus—who would go on to become one of the leading artists of his generation—Rilke describes the challenges he faced, while opening the door for the young . . . . Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 64 pgs.

    By Rainer Maria Rilke.

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    David Zwirner Books

    Summoning Pearl Harbor

    "Now he had time to think. Tadayoshi Koga, 19 years old, had just crash-landed his Mitsubishi Zero airplane on the remote Aleutian island of Akutan. It was June 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor..."

    Summoning Pearl Harbor is famed art historian Alexander Nemerov’s mesmerizing display of linguistic force that redefines remembering.

    How do words make the past appear? In what way does the historian summon bygone events? What is this kind of remembering, and for whom do we recall the dead, or the past?

    In this highly original meditation on the past, Nemerov delves into what it means to recall a significant event—Pearl Harbor—and how descriptions of images can summon it back to life. Beginning with the photo album of a former Japanese kamikaze . . . . Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 96 pgs / 12 color.

    By Alexander Nemerov.

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    Radius Books/Mingei International Museum

    Kantha

    The part of Bengal where the Ganges River flows into the Bay of Bengal has historically been the source of the finest cotton ever produced. The kind of embroidery known as kantha is created from this material, for daily use in many different contexts and in many different sizes. It deploys a simple running stitch in quilting layers of used cloth; details are embroidered using satin and stem stitches with thread taken from the colored borders of cast-off saris and dhotis. The workmanship varies from the crude to the complex and refined, but they are all made for daily use for various household purposes. The tribal culture of this region and its sense of continuity were evident until the early part . . . . Hbk, 9.75 x 12 in. / 224 pgs / 90 color.

    Text by John Gillow, Pratapaditya Pal, Courtenay McGowen, Rob Sidner.

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    HENI Publishing

    What Is Gilbert & George

    Gilbert and George met at St Martin’s School of Art in September 1967. 50 years later, Michael Bracewell has worked with them on this beautifully designed primer, posing the question What Is Gilbert and George? Over the course of 37 short chapters, Bracewell—who has written extensively about Gilbert and George over many years—has created an accessible handbook to their work.
    Accompanied by illustrations selected by the artists, the book provides candid insights into their working practice, East London, sex, Victorian art, nationalism and maleness, among many other subjects. We may never find the answer to the question What Is Gilbert and George?, but this book, marking their halfcentury partnership, brings us closer than ever before.
    Gilbert was born in Italy in 1943; George . . . . Hbk, 6.25 x 9.25 in. / 180 pgs. / 80 images, illustrated throughout

    By Michael Bracewell.

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    Dancing Foxes Press/Galerie Buchholz

    In Part: Writings by Julie Ault

    Spanning more than three decades, In Part brings together a full spectrum of the New York–based artist, writer and activist Julie Ault’s (born 1957) published texts through carefully selected extracts in a single volume.

    Reprinted in chronological sequence alongside a selection of full-length texts, this series of excerpts offers a timeline of Ault’s continuous artistic growth, longstanding political concerns and dynamic interpersonal affinities.

    Beginning in the 1980s with texts written with her collaborators in Group Material, In Part highlights Ault’s shift from exhibition making in the mid-1990s to include publishing and writing. Ault’s dialogic practice extends to the present day through her sustained engagements and relationships with such artists as Corita Kent, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Spero, Martin Beck, David Wojnarowicz, Liberace and Martin . . . . Hbk, 6 x 9 in. / 276 pgs.

    Edited by Julie Ault, Nicolas Linnert. Introduction by Lucy R. Lippard.

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    Radius Books

    One

    Photography is omnipresent; everyone is photographing everything. How do artists and writers reconcile this voracious urge to photograph with a photographic aesthetic and methodology that has tended to value less is more”?

    One pairs artists and writers to think about this question. Eight photographers—Marco Breuer, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Gossage, Trevor Paglen, Alison Rossiter, Victoria Sambunaris, Rebecca Norris Webb and James Welling—were asked to submit one image on the theme of minimalism. Eight writers—David Campany, Teju Cole, Christie Davis, John D’Agata, Michael Fried, Darius Himes, Leah Ollman and Laura Steward—were enlisted to respond to those submissions, each paired with a specific image. The results offer a probing assessment of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s maxim: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more . . . . Pbk, 10 x 12 in. / 64 pgs / 10 color.

    Text by David Campany, Teju Cole, Christie Davis, John D’Agata, Michael Fried, Darius Himes, Leah Ollman, Laura Steward.

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    SITE Santa Fe

    Future Shock

    Future Shock is the catalog accompanying SITE Santa Fe’s exhibition of the same title.

    The name is inspired by Alvin Toffler’s prophetic book Future Shock (published in 1970), in which he describes the profound impact of the acceleration of technological, social and structural change in contemporary life. Themes explored in the exhibition include: the role of technology in our lives and the effects of globalism, population growth, surveillance, privacy and the Anthropocene.

    With Toffler’s predictions and warnings as a backdrop, this exhibition brings together a group of artists whose works imagine a range of visions of our present and future. Future Shock includes works by Tom Sachs, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Doug Aitken, Alexis Rockman, Andreas Gursky, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Patrick Bernatchez, Dario Robleto, Regina Silveira . . . . Hbk, 7 x 11 in. / 144 pgs / 60 color.

    Text by Irene Hofmann, Brandee Caoba.

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    Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

    Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

    For nearly three decades, Brooklyn-based Annabeth Rosen (born 1957) has demonstrably interrogated the place of ceramics in the contemporary art landscape.

    Formally trained in ceramics yet heavily influenced by painting, Rosen has expanded her practice into conceptually driven sculptural forms, exploring the temporal nature of the medium—melding performative aspects into both material and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works composed through laborious, additive processes push the medium beyond spectacle and into conversations about endurance-based performance, feminist thought, contemporary painting and conceptual art. Rosen functions as an important link between such artist as Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Mary Heilman, Lynda Benglis and a new generation of artists working in the medium. Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and . . . . Hbk, 6.5 x 8.5 in. / 240 pgs / 160 color.

    Foreword by Bill Arning. Text by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Nancy Princenthal, Jenni Sorkin.

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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 ...
    Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 200 pgs.

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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 ...
    Pbk, 6.75 x 9 in. / 184 pgs / 102 color.

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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 ...
    Hbk, 9.75 x 11.75 in. / 256 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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  • Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books

    Indian Highway

    Edited by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail.
    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, ...
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    In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas

    Edited with text by Joan Simon. Text by Joan Jonas, Douglas Crimp, Johanna Burton, Barbara Clausen, Richard Serra, Susan Rothenberg.
    One of the most continuously influential figures of the past half century, Joan Jonas was among the first artists to embrace the forms of video, performance and installation. From her beginnings as a sculptor, and her emergence in the New York art and performance scenes of the 1960s and 70s (including the seminal "Vertical Roll" video piece of 1972, in which the titular television malfunction enacted a memorably fractured female identity), up through her six appearances at Documenta and her performance at the Performa 13 biennial, her work has always been surprising, groundbreaking and necessary. This extensively illustrated volume, containing hundreds ...
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    The Secret Files of Gilbert & George

    Edited by Nicolas Tremblay. By Hans Ulrich Obrist.
    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 ...
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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.

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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.

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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 & 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 & Gustav Metzger: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 16

    In volume 16 of The Conversation Series, Hans Ulrich Obrist presents an in-depth exchange with the venerable German-born artist and activist Gustav Metzger, which illuminates the artist's fascinating life and 60-year career. In 1959, Metzger penned a manifesto of Auto-destructive art, which states in part, "Auto-destructive paintings, sculptures and constructions have a lifetime varying from a few moments to 20 years. When the disintegrative process is complete, the work is to be removed from the site and scrapped." In this volume, Metzger talks to Obrist about his past and present association with Auto-destructive art, how he has come to fuse his art practice with his political commitment to human rights and ecology, how he escaped the Holocaust at the age of . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 168 pgs / 41 b&w.

    Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gustav Metzger.

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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 & 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.

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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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    "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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