• Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Books, and Projects


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    Charta

    Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2

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

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

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    JRP|Ringier

    A Brief History of Curating

    By Hans Ulrich Obrist

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

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Thames & Hudson

    Formulas for Now

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

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

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

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    Walther König, Köln

    Gerhard Richter: Obrist-O’Brist

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

    Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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    Damiani/ Third Line

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

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

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

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    Hatje Cantz

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

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

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

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    Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books

    Indian Highway

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

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

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    JRP|Ringier/ BDV Bureau des videos

    The Secret Files of Gilbert & George

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

    Edited by Nicolas Tremblay. By Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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

    Gerhard Richter: Writings

    1961 to 2007

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

    Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dietmar Elger.

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

    Broken Screen: Expanding The Image, Breaking The Narrative

    26 Conversations with Doug Aitken

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

    Edited by Noel Daniel.

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    Turner/Galeria de Arte Mexicano

    Stefan Brüggemann: Capitalism And Schizophrenia

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

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

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    JRP|Ringier

    Yang Fudong: No Snow on the Broken Bridge

    Film and Video Installations

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

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

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    JRP|Ringier

    Lyon Biennial

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

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

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

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    Guggenheim Museum

    Theanyspacewhatever

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

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

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    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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  • New Books and Catalogues Releasing This Week


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

    FUEL Publishing

    Soviet Space Dogs

    This book is dedicated to the Soviet Space Dogs, who played a crucial part in the Soviet Space program. These homeless dogs, plucked from the streets of Moscow, were selected because they fitted the program's criteria: weighing no more than 15 pounds, measuring no more than 14 inches in length, robust, photogenic and with a calm temperament. These characteristics enabled the dogs to withstand the extensive training that was needed to prepare them for suborbital, then for orbital, space fights. On 3 November 1957, the dog Laika was the first Earth-born creature to enter space, making her instantly famous around the world. She did not return. Her death, a few hours after launching, transformed her into a legendary symbol of sacrifice. . . . . Clth, 5 x 8 in. / 240 pgs / 350 color.

    Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Text by Olesya Turkina.

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    Aperture

    This Equals That

    Aimed at children ages five and up, this clever and surprising picture book by artists and collaborators, Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin, takes young viewers on a whimsical journey while teaching them associative thinking and visual language, as well as colors, shapes and numbers. Through a simple narrative and a rhythmic sequence of photographs, the book generates multiple meanings, making the experience of reading the book interactive--parent and child must ask questions and come up with their own answers, drawing on the child’s imagination. Each spread presents a new relationship that changes and shifts as the book unfolds, with the last picture relating again to the first, forming a circle. Through playful and inspired sequencing, everyday scenes are transformed into a . . . . Hbk, 7.75 x 7.75 in. / 80 pgs / 40 color.

    By Jason Fulford, Tamara Shopsin.

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    AsaMER

    Rebels Rebel: AIDS, Art and Activism in New York, 1979-1989

    Rebels Rebel looks at the history of AIDS activism undertaken by various artistic collectives in New York between 1979 and 1989. Among these once-controversial, now-legendary collectives were Gran Fury (who scandalized the 1990 Venice Biennale with their billboards juxtaposing the pope and his anti-contraception stance with a two-foot high penis), the Silence = Death Project (who appropriated and inverted the Nazis' pink triangle), Gang and DIVA TV. These collectives addressed concrete social problems using unconventional media, and in doing so helped to shift the public and political perception of the AIDS crisis. Collating a wealth of materials and perspectives, from graphic design to art works, and from sociopolitical to art-historical reflections, Rebel Rebels is an important and thorough examination of a . . . . Pbk, 5.25 x 8.5 in. / 264 pgs / 100 b&w.

    Text by Tommaso Speretta. Afterword by Loring McAlpin.

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    Fraenkel Gallery

    Robert Adams: A Road Through Shore Pine

    A Road Through Shore Pine focuses on a series of 18 never-before-seen photographs by Robert Adams (born 1937), taken in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon, in the fall of 2013. Adams documents a contemplative journey, made first by automobile, then by foot, along an isolated, tree-bordered road to the sea. As presented through Adams' 11 x 14-inch prints, the passage takes on the quality of metaphor, suggestive of life's most meaningful journeys, especially its final ones. For this group of photographs, all of which were printed by Adams himself, the artist returned to the use of a medium-format camera, allowing the depiction of an intense amount of detail. Through experience gathered over more than four decades, Adams' trees, especially the tips . . . . Hbk, 9.75 x 11.75 in. / 42 pgs / illustrated throughout.


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    MoMA PS1

    Henry Taylor

    Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor (born 1958) applies his brush both to canvas and to unconventional materials--suitcases, crates, cereal boxes, cigarette packs--using everyone and everything around him as source material. While Taylor drew and painted in his youth, he studied art formally only later in life, attending the California Institute of the Arts after working for ten years as a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital. This experience sharpened his interest in, and appreciation for, individuals from all economic and social backgrounds, and encouraged a passion to create an intensely empathetic style of portraiture. Published on the occasion of Taylor’s 2012 exhibition at MoMA PS1, where the artist established his New York studio for the duration of the show, the publication . . . . Clth, 7.75 x 10.25 in. / 112 pgs / illustrated throughout.

    Text by Laura Hoptman, Naima Keith. Interview by Peter Eleey.

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    Aperture

    Richard Misrach & Kate Orff: Petrochemical America

    Now available in a compact and easy-to-reference paperback edition, Petrochemical America features Richard Misrach’s haunting photographic record of Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor, accompanied by landscape architect Kate Orff’s Ecological Atlas--a series of "speculative drawings" developed through research and mapping of data from the region. Their joint effort depicts and unpacks the complex cultural, physical and economic ecologies along 150 miles of the Mississippi River, from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, an area of intense chemical production that first garnered public attention as "Cancer Alley" when unusual occurrences of cancer were discovered in the region. This collaboration has resulted in an unprecedented, multilayered document presenting a unique narrative of visual information. Petrochemical America offers in-depth analysis of the causes of decades of environmental . . . . Pbk, 11.75 x 9.25 in. / 240 pgs / 150 color.


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    MER. Paper Kunsthalle

    Raoul De Keyser: The Last Wall

    In the summer of 2012, the acclaimed Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012) was preparing a show with David Zwirner, planned for March 2013. His friend, the photographer Jef Van Eynde, visited him that summer. "We were allowed to take a look at a new series of small paintings in his studio," Van Eynde recalls in his postscript to this volume. "In their startling simplicity, these had been reduced right down to the essential. Some of them just had an oversized hook for a hanger, with the canvas simply wrapped around a wooden board." De Keyser died in October 2012, and Van Eynde's photographs of the paintings and the titular wall upon which they were arranged are the only documentation of . . . . Hbk, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 40 pgs / 19 color / 11 b&w.

    Afterword by Barbara Weiss, Kasper König. Photographs by Jef Van Eynde.

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    Badlands Unlimited

    The Best Most Useless Dress: Selected Writings of Claudia La Rocco

    Widely known as an incisive critic for The New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet and performer whose hybrid texts are as mercurial and imaginative as her criticism. The Best Most Useless Dress reveals the breadth and depth of La Rocco's art, encompassing a decade's worth of poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews. These writings explore how movement and rhythm--in time, through space, across bodies, on the page--engender experience itself. Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts at the Whitney, writes: "Claudia La Rocco's impactful writing sketches its performing subjects in real time, depicting not only the character of work, but the conditions in which it collectively forms and exists. Here the spaces of New York performance . . . . Pbk, 5 x 8 in. / 120 pgs / 10 b&w.

    Edited by Paul Chan. Introduction by Elizabeth Robinson.

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    MER. Paper Kunsthalle

    Julião Sarmento: One Hundred Seventy One Entertainment Celebrities

    In this volume, Portuguese multimedia artist Julião Sarmento (born 1948) showcases the archive of the film critic Rui Pedro Tendinha, which features indefinably odd photos of Tendinha posing awkwardly (and often with the same hand gestures) with celebrities such as Christian Bale, Joan Cusack, Mike Myers, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jon Voigt and Emily Watson. . . . . Clth, 5.5 x 4.25 in. / 176 pgs / 172 color.


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    Daylight Books

    #Sandy: Seen Through the iPhones of Acclaimed Photographers

    #Sandy is a book of iPhone photos of Hurricane Sandy captured by photographers Benjamin Lowy, Stephen Wilkes, Ed Kashi VII, Hank Willis Thomas, 13th Witness, Richard Renaldi, Michael Christopher Brown, Wyatt Gallery, Ruddy Roye and others. After Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut areas in October of 2012, Foley Gallery and photographer Wyatt Gallery organized an exhibition of iPhone photographs of the storm by the photographers featured here. Hundreds of people attended the one-night event, and almost 400 photographs were purchased: as a result, $19,000 was donated to Occupy Sandy and Third Wave Volunteers. All royalties from this collection, published to coincide with the Rising Waters exhibition at the Museum of The City of . . . . Hbk, 8 x 8 in. / 96 pgs / 94 color.

    Edited by Wyatt Gallery. Text by Sean Corcoran, Eddie Brannan.

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    MER. Paper Kunsthalle

    Hugo Puttaert: Think in Colour

    visionandfactory

    Visionandfactory, established in 1990, has long played a prominent role in the Belgian and international graphic design scene. From its foundation, the studio has established a reputation for a rich culture of experimentation, an innovative combination of analog and digital techniques and an eagerness to tackle even the most difficult of projects. The studio's key figure is Hugo Puttaert (born 1960), designer, professor, editor, publisher and hugely influential figure in the design world. Think in Colour offers a selection of the firm's work, a kaleidoscopic view of Visionandfactory's output. Text from Pattaert not only contextualizes these selected works through insights into the studio's history and work processes, but also gives the reader a glimpse into his vision of design as a . . . . Hbk, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 369 pgs / 300 color / 100 b&w.

    Text by Hugo Puttaert, Steven Cleeren, Rick Poynor.

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    AsaMER

    Elly Strik: Ghosts, Brides & Other Companions

    Ghosts, Brides & Other Companions gathers new and early paintings and drawings on paper by Dutch artist Elly Strik (born 1961), spanning the entirety of the artist's career to date. It includes an interview conducted by Swiss curator and art historian, Jean-Christophe Ammann. . . . . Hbk, 8.75 x 12 in. / 296 pgs / 150 color.

    Foreword by Manuel Borja-Villel. Text by Ben Okri, Carlos Gamerro, Victoria Noorthoorn, Beatriz Preciado, Bart Verschaffel. Interview by Jean-Christophe Ammann

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    Daylight Books

    Hiroshi Watanabe: The Day the Dam Collapses

    The latest body of work from California-based Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe (born 1951), The Day the Dam Collapses consists (unusually for this artist) of digital pictures taken over the past five years (since his son was born). Ranging from seemingly ordinary details of quotidian life to poetic visual metaphors, the The Day the Dam Collapses paints the cycles of life as fleeting, fragile and devastatingly ephemeral. In his introduction to the book, Watanabe writes: "the truth is, we are all living like the characters in a disaster movie. We know we may someday face a disaster or a terrible event, but we keep living calmly as we do not know what and when that might occur. But a disaster will surely . . . . Hbk, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 88 pgs / 66 color.

    Text by Kirsten Rian.

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    MediuMER

    David Helbich: Belgian Solutions

    David Helbich (born 1973) is a German-born, Brussels-based conceptual artist who has created various experimental works on stage, in writing, online and in public spaces. In 2006, Helbich began a series of photographs of witty, at times hilarious, hands-on "solutions" for the everyday environment. These photographs depict absurd scenes such as a staircase that leads to a solid wall, or an unwittingly confusing set of signs for an escalator or a bike route. "I called this a solution, not a failure. At one time, it made sense," says Helbich regarding the title of this publication. Interested in the audience reception of his work, Helbich began posting the photos of these "Belgian solutions" to his social media platform and the project grew . . . . Clth, 6.75 x 5.25 in. / 302 pgs / 300 color.


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    Kerber

    Color Cubed

    Yuji Takeoka, Werner Haypeter, Christian F. Kintz

    In Color Cubed, the three renowned but stylistically different abstract artists Yuji Takeoka, Werner Haypeter and Christian F. Kint discuss their respective approaches to painting as a physical and sculptural three-dimensional medium, and share relevant examples of their own work. . . . . Hbk, 6.5 x 9.25 in. / 128 pgs / 88 color.

    Text by Matthias Bleyl, Ulrike Schick.

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  • Charta

    Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2

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

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  • JRP|Ringier

    A Brief History of Curating

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

    Formulas for Now

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

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

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  • Walther König, Köln

    Gerhard Richter: Obrist-O’Brist

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

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

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

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

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

    Vol. 2

    The American sculptor John Chamberlain, known for using parts of wrecked automobiles in his volumetric, abstract work, is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 60s generation. Here, he speaks with curator, museum director, writer and cultural catalyst Hans Ulrich Obrist, editor of The Conversation Series, about everything from the need for a redesigned hospital gown, to his relationship to Donald Judd and Marfa, Texas, to "recipes" for making art, his years spent in the Navy, becoming a hairdresser in order to meet women, being cast as a drunken womanizer by Black Mountain College scholars, Andy Warhol's Factory, John Waters, Robert Creeley and even Chamberlains, the restaurant he owned with his son in the mid-1990s. . . . . Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 128 pgs / 18 b&w.


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Konrad Klapheck: The Conversation Series

    Volume 3

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Wolfgang Tillmans: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 6

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yona Friedman: The Conversation Series

    Volume 7

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Zaha Hadid: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 8

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Gilbert & George: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 9

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Nancy Spero: The Conversation Series

    Vol.11

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


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

    Vol. 12

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Olafur Eliasson: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 13

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Philippe Parreno: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 14

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yoko Ono: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 17

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

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

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

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    Walther König

    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Christian Boltanski: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 19

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


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    Hans Ulrich Obrist & Cedric Price: The Conversation Series

    Vol. 21

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

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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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