• 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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    JRP|Ringier/ BDV Bureau des videos

    The Secret Files of Gilbert & George

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

    Edited by Nicolas Tremblay. By Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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

    Gerhard Richter: Writings

    1961 to 2007

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

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dietmar Elger.

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

    Broken Screen: Expanding The Image, Breaking The Narrative

    26 Conversations with Doug Aitken

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

    Edited by Noel Daniel.

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    Turner/Galeria de Arte Mexicano

    Stefan Brüggemann: Capitalism And Schizophrenia

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

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

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    JRP|Ringier

    Yang Fudong: No Snow on the Broken Bridge

    Film and Video Installations

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

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

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    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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    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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    JRP|Ringier

    Luke Fowler

    A prominent figure in Glasgow's vibrant art scene, Luke Fowler's cinematic collages break down conventional approaches to biographical and documentary filmmaking. Fowler's films have often been linked to the British Free Cinema of the 1950s, and Fowler likewise avoids didactic voice-over and narrative continuity in favor of impressionistic sound and editing. However, Fowler moves beyond simply referencing the work of his predecessors. Mercurially applying the logic, aesthetics and politics of his subjects—who include the composers/musicians Cornelius Cardew and L. Voag, and the psychologist R.D. Laing—to the film he is making about them, he creates atmospheric, sampled histories that reverberate with the vitality of the people he studies. This is the first major publication on Luke Fowler. It provides a comprehensive overview . . . . Hbk, 8.75 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / 127 color / 18 b&w.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Beatrix Ruf. Text by Will Bradley. Interview by Stuart Comer.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

    Puerto Rico-based American and Cuban-born Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are known for their playful, socially-involved, sound-based installations, videos and performances. This well-designed volume presents recent works that investigate how power, militarism and war are encoded into sound. . . . . Hbk, 8.25 x 10.5 in. / 156 pgs / 112 color.

    Edited by Beatrix Ruf. Text by Hannah Feldman, Hou Hanru, Martijn van Niewenhuyzen, Hamza Walker, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Hans Ulrich Obrist: Battery City: A Post-Olympic Beijing Mini-Marathon

    On January 31, 2008, Swiss curator, critic and historian Hans Ulrich Obrist conducted a "marathon" of conversations in Beijing, after the example of his famous Serpentine Gallery marathons. This marathon called on artists, cultural producers and media practitioners to discuss the post-Olympic state of the city. Participants included internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei and Cao Fei, writer and publisher Hung Huang, fashion designer Zhang Da and many others. Topics discussed included everyday life in contemporary Chinese society, the impact of the Olympic Games and the role of the internet in daily life. . . . . Pbk, 4.75 x 8.25 in. / 138 pgs / 30 b&w.

    Edited and with text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hu Fan.

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  • New Books and Catalogues Releasing This Week


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    Matthew Marks

    The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969

    This is the first complete presentation of the artists' books, posters, prints and ephemera produced by The Hairy Who (Chicago, 1966-69), which was composed of Jim Falconer (born 1943), Art Green (born 1941), Gladys Nilsson (born 1940), Jim Nutt (born 1938), Suellen Rocca (born 1943) and Karl Wirsum (born 1939).
    Over the course of five exhibitions in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC, The Hairy Who represented a de facto rebuke to the chilly ironies of Pop and forged new ways of crafting figurative painting. As likely to use Plexiglas as canvas and employing a language based on verbal confusion, visual puns and an almost ecstatic use of line and color, the members of the Hairy Who produced publications, posters and . . . . Hbk, 9 x 12 in. / 168 pgs / 145 color.

    Edited with text by Dan Nadel.

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    Steidl

    Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World

    A Sculptor's World is the long-awaited reprint of Isamu Noguchi's 1968 autobiography, which Steidl last printed in 2004. It remains Noguchi's most comprehensive statement about the art that brought him international acclaim. Told in words and images, A Sculptor's World is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the life and work of this seminal artist or a general interest in sculpture. Reissued in 2004 and since out of print, A Sculptor's World is now in its third edition, reprinted by Steidl. This volume includes the original foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller as well as a new timeline of major events in Noguchi's life between 1968, when he created his seminal autobiography, and his death in 1988. . . . . Clth, 9.25 x 10 in. / 260 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller. Text by Isamu Noguchi.

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    RM/CONACULTA

    Mexico Illustrated 1920–1950

    This volume is an expanded edition of the most important study ever published on modern illustrated books in Mexico. Mexico Illustrated 1920–1950 explores the illustration and poster work of great Mexican artists from the first half of the twentieth century, offering a selection of the finest illustrations from books, magazines and posters published in this era. Reflecting the range of aesthetic, pedagogical, political and propagandistic trends that held sway in Mexico at the time, it contains works relating to the Mexican Revolution, illustrations made for socialist writings and art drawn from novels and children's books, along with a great many contributions to magazines that oscillated between the avant-garde and the construction of a new vision of Mexico. Among the artists included . . . . Clth, 9.5 x 12.75 in. / 336 pgs / 405 color.

    Text by Salvador Albiñana, Juan M. Bonet, Deborah Dorotinsky, Marina Garone.

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    JRP|Ringier

    Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler

    Since the late 1990s, artist Tony Oursler (born 1957) has amassed a vast personal archive of objects and ephemera relating to magic, the paranormal, film, television, phantasmagoria, pseudoscience and technology. For Oursler, the archive functions as an open visual resource, historical inquiry and--most intriguingly--a family history. One of the collection's many digressions records the friendship between the artist's grandfather Charles Fulton Oursler--a famous early 20th-century author and publisher--and magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, and a historic interaction with Arthur Conan Doyle, who, beyond his Sherlock Holmes series, was an important advocate for spiritualism and the paranormal.
    This publication features up to 1,500 objects from Oursler's collection, including photographs, prints, historic manuscripts, rare books, letters and objects. Additional topics include stage magic, thought . . . . Pbk, 8 x 10 in. / 666 pgs / 180 color.

    Edited with text by Tom Eccles, Maja Hoffmann, Beatrix Ruf. Text by Jordan Bear, Karen Beckman, Branden Joseph, Fred Nadis, Stephanie O'Rourke, Jim Shaw, Chris Turner.

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    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

    The Passion According to Carol Rama

    Ignored for decades by official art-history discourses, Italian Carol Rama (1936-2006) can be considered today to be one of the essential artists for understanding 20th-century production. Through a selection of 120 works--mostly paintings--and essays by Paul B. Preciado, Anne Dressen and Teresa Grandas, in addition to the contributions of a selection of artists, writers and musicians, this clothbound volume proposes an attempt to recognize and restore a life's work--one markedly feminine and sexualized--still unknown but nevertheless slated to become classic.
    This publication aims not only to explore the art of Carol Rama, but also to challenge the dominant narratives of art history through work that requires us to undo narratives and reformulate concepts. Almost forgotten by art history and the feminist movement, . . . . Clth, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 272 pgs / 138 color.

    Edited with text by Paul B. Preciado, Anne Dressen, Teresa Grandas. Text by Lea Vergine, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Jack Halbertam, Ariana Reines, Elisabeth Lebovici, Pedro G. Romero, Maurizio Cattelan, Catherine Lord, Le Tigre, Luigi Ontani, Andrea Viliani, Mai-Thu Perret, Alexandra Wetzel, Bettina M. Busse, Melissa Logan, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Valentín Roma, Maria Cristina Mundici, Corrado Levi, Filippo Fossati.

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    Steidl

    Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964

    Bruce Davidson describes the genesis of this project thus: "Esquire's editors sent me to Los Angeles, and when I landed at LA International Airport I noticed giant palm trees growing in the parking lot. I ordered a hamburger through a microphone speaker in a drive-in called Tiny Naylor's. The freeways were blank and brilliant, chromium-plated bumpers reflected the Pacific Ocean, but the air quality was said to be bad. People looking like mannequins seemed at peace on the Sunset Strip while others were euphoric as they watered the desert. I stood there ready with my Leica, aware of my shadow on the pavement. I walked up to strangers, framed, focused and in a split second of alienations and cynicism, pressed the . . . . Clth, 11.75 x 11.5 in. / 56 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Text by Bruce Davidson.

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    Dust-to-Digital

    Parchman Farm

    Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947-1959

    In 1947, 1948 and 1959, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax (1915-2002) went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck--and, in 1959, a camera--Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the black inmates labored "from can't to can't," chopping timber, clearing ground and picking cotton for the state.
    They sang as they worked, keeping time with axes or hoes, adapting to their condition the slavery-time hollers that sustained their forebears and creating a new body of American song. Theirs was music, as Lomax wrote, that "testified to the love of truth and beauty which is a universal human trait." Their songs participated in . . . . Slip, Hbk, 6.25 x 9.5 in. / 124 pgs / 77 color / 2 Audio CDs.

    By Alan Lomax. Introduction by Anna Lomax Wood. Text by Bruce Jackson.

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    Hatje Cantz

    Lee Miller

    Lee Miller (1907-77) began her artistic career in 1929 as a Surrealist photographer in Paris. She produced images, often in collaboration with Man Ray, in which she isolated motifs by means of tight framing and experimental techniques, and in doing so rendered visible a paradoxical reality.
    This publication surveys Miller's best works, including early Surrealist compositions as well as travel photos. At the end of World War II, Miller traveled through Europe as a war reporter, producing harrowing photographs of considerable historical significance. One of her most spectacular pictures originated in late April 1945 in Adolf Hitler's city apartment at Prinzregentenplatz in Munich: Lee had a photo taken of herself sitting naked in the dictator's bathtub--not long after having captured on . . . . Pbk, 8.25 x 11.5 in. / 160 pgs / 70 color.

    Edited by Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Walter Moser. Text by Anna Hanreich, Astrid Mahler, Elissa Mailänder, Walter Moser, Ute Wrocklage.

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    MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Made in the Americas

    The New World Discovers Asia

    Made in the Americas reveals the overlooked history of Asia's profound influence on the arts of the colonial Americas. Beginning in the 16th century, European outposts in the New World, especially those in New Spain, became a major nexus of the Asian export trade. Craftsmen from Canada to Peru, inspired by the sophisticated designs and advanced techniques of these imported goods, combined Asian styles with local traditions to produce unparalleled furniture, silverwork, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, painting and architectural ornaments.
    Among the exquisite objects featured in this book, from across the hemisphere and spanning the 17th to the early 19th centuries, are folding screens made in Mexico in imitation of imported Japanese and Chinese screens; blue-and-white talavera ceramics copied from Chinese porcelains; . . . . Hbk, 7.75 x 10.25 in. / 160 pgs / 100 color.

    Text by Dennis Carr, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Timothy Brook, Mitchell Codding, Karina H. Corrigan, Donna Pierce.

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    Walther König, Köln

    Wolfgang Tillmans: The Cars

    The Cars compiles a new body of work by renowned photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968). Since the early 90s, Tillmans has redefined the genre of photography, epitomizing a new kind of subjectivity and questioning existing values and hierarchies. The Cars is no exception; images of cars in a typical street view--not in a crash, or an extreme traffic jam, but simply present--pay tribute to the amount of time we spend around, or looking at, or using the vehicle.
    "Cars are everywhere," the photographer says. "Their sheer number is the most crazy thing about them. They appear in our lives with excessive omnipresence. In their volume cars intrude upon public space, and the way they occupy streets and open areas is rarely challenged." . . . . Pbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 128 pages / 150 color.

    Edited and text by Wolfgang Tillmans.

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    RM/PHREE

    Carlos Spottorno: Wealth Management

    Wealth Management is a brilliant artist's book from Spanish photographer Carlos Spottorno (born 1971). Designed as a mock bank brochure issued by the fictitious "WTF Bank," this volume of black-and-white images of the 1% lifestyle--polo matches, skiing, office-scapes--foreground photography's relationship to the powers that keep the wealthy wealthy. . . . . Flexi, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 64 pgs / 33 b&w.

    Text by Carlos Spottorno.

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    Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

    Chris Ofili: 2000 Words

    Since the mid-1990s, Chris Ofili's (born 1968) painstakingly crafted paintings and sculptures have dazzled--and often distressed--viewers with a fusion of opposing forces: sacred meets profane, formal bows to demotic, and exalted bleeds into vulgar. Paintings of rare beauty are propped on elephant dung; deities squat to defecate; and lovers embrace and yet are forcibly bound.
    This volume in Deste's 2000 Words series is authored by Katherine Brinson, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she curated the museum's 2013 Christopher Wool retrospective and also organizes the Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award honoring significant achievement in contemporary art. . . . . Pbk, 7.25 x 10 in. / 70 pgs / 17 color.

    Edited by Karen Marta, Massimiliano Gioni. Text by Katherine Brinson.

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    J&L Books

    Gus Powell: The Lonely Ones

    Inspired by the late, great cartoonist William Steig and his classic book, The Lonely Ones (which pairs Steig's line-drawn characters with simple one-liners of dialogue-to-self), photographer Gus Powell (born 1974) made his own "lonely ones"--quiet but evocative color photographs of interiors and landscapes, inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.
    Every photograph is paired with a suggestive text, functioning here as the opposite of a caption--each of the 40 color photographs in The Lonely Ones is hidden by a gate-fold, on which is printed the single phrase. Every photograph is revealed individually behind its gate-fold. "Which way to the symposium?" paired with a photograph of a butterfly in midair. "Let's not ruin it by talking." "Mistakes were made." "This might hurt." . . . . Hbk, 5 x 7.5 in. / 96 pgs / 40 color.


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    Anton Kern Gallery, New York

    Mark Grotjahn: Nine Faces

    Los Angeles-based artist Mark Grotjahn (born 1968) is well known for using the human face as a starting point for his intense, abstract paintings. This publication exhibits his large-scale series Nine Faces, in which he uses a palette-knife technique to apply thick slashes of complex color. . . . . Hbk, 12.25 x 15.25 in. / 48 pgs / 27 color.

    Text by Carroll Dunham.

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    RM/MACG

    Eduardo Terrazas: Second Nature

    Mexican Eduardo Terrazas (born 1936) has worked as an artist, architect, urbanist, museographer and designer for 45 years. He first came to prominence as a co-designer of the logo for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City; during that same period, he created the now-iconic inflatable ball-balloon, inside of which models posed for mod shots featured in Harper's Bazaar. His objects--often geometric and brightly colored--have made their way into pop culture. The artist has also risen to prominence as an urban planner: he has designed numerous public housing projects in cities across Mexico, and was invited by the Tanzanian president to rethink the nation's capital in the 1970s.
    This publication spans Terrazas' prolific output, from his earliest plastic art to his modernist . . . . Pbk, 8.75 x 10 in. / 104 pgs / 103 color.

    Text by Vania Rojas, Paola Duarte, Edward J. Sullivan, Eduardo Terrazas.

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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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    Gerhard Richter: Obrist-O’Brist

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

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

    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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    Gerhard Richter: Writings

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dietmar Elger.
    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 ...
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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 & Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 12

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Olafur Eliasson: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 13

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Philippe Parreno: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 14

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & 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 & Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Conversation Series

    Volume 20

    Rirkrit Tiravanija is easily one of the most important artists developing the social and relational aspects of art today. He has transformed gallery spaces into de facto banquet halls, pirate radio stations and even a replica of his own apartment, and in so doing he insists on social interaction, generosity and sociality as components of the art-going experience. It is about being in the space, participating to an activity,” he has said of his project; the nature of the visit has shifted to emphasize on the gallery as a space for social interaction. The transfer of such activities as cooking, eating or sleeping into the realm of the exhibition space put visitors into very intimate if unexpected contact.” Here, curator, critic . . . . Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 150 pgs / 25 b&w.

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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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.

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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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