Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"My films are first and foremost about materials and textures. I want people to have a physical connection to the work. That is why I create viewing devices, installations around the film that accentuate the relation between the body and space. Through the setting I want to make viewers aware of the surrounding architecture and go back to their physicality…I want a visitor to the show to prepare him or herself to see the work. It is the same as in the movies: the cinema is a middle space between reality and illusion." Mika Rottenberg, excerpted from her interview with Ann Demeester in Mika Rottenberg.
Published by New Museum. Edited with text by Margot Norton. Foreword by Lisa Phillips. Text by Diana Coole, Samantha Frost. Interview by Julia Bryan-Wilson.
Easypieces is published for the first New York museum solo presentation of work by Argentine artist Mika Rottenberg (born 1976). Employing absurdist satire to address the critical issues of our time, Rottenberg creates videos and installations that offer subversive allegories for contemporary life.
Contributors include Samantha Frost, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Diana Coole, Professor of Political and Social Theory at the School of Politics of Sociology, Birkbeck, University of London; and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, in an interview with Rottenberg. The catalog also features an overview by New Museum Curator Margot Norton.
Easypieces is part of an ongoing series of solo exhibitions that provide a focused exploration of artists’ practices and continues the New Museum’s history of giving contemporary artists their first museum presentations in New York.
PUBLISHER New Museum
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.25 x 9.75 in. / 130 pgs / 62 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/20/2019 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 141
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780915557202TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $34.95 GBP £22.00
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co./Rose Art Museum. Introduction by Christopher Bedford. Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Wayne Koestenbaum, Mika Rottenberg.
This volume offers a comprehensive look at the career of Mika Rottenberg (born 1976). Each chapter is devoted to one of the major videos/installations for which Rottenberg has become known, with an abundance of installation views, video stills, planning diagrams and source materials. Additional illumination is provided through texts by Rottenberg herself that accompany each project. The book also includes drawing and photography, significant bodies of work by Rottenberg not previously explored in book form. Also included is a major new text by award-winning poet, novelist, humorist and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as texts on the artist by Rose Art Museum director Christopher Bedford, and author and theorist Julia Bryan-Wilson. The book also contains a thorough biography and bibliography of the artist to date, making this a comprehensive resource on Rottenberg.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Foreword by Ann Demeester. Text by Linda Williams, Hsuan L. Hsu, Efrat Mishori.
The ersatz factories and farms that appear in the video-installations of Mika Rottenberg (born 1976) are tended by female laborers with unusual features. Uncommonly fat, tall, muscular or long-haired women work on strange, alchemical assembly lines to turn red fingernails into maraschino cherries, or to squeeze together blush, lettuce and rubber into a curious and magical product. Published on the occasion of Rottenberg's retrospective exhibition at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, this first publication on the acclaimed young artist presents a comprehensive overview of her work to date. It includes extensive sections on all of Rottenberg's major video installations, culminating with her latest, “Squeeze” (2010). Video stills, diagrams, drawings and previously unpublished source material are interwoven with essays investigating the work from political, philosophical and historical perspectives. Interviews conducted by the artist with some of the performers whose extreme physiques she showcases in her videos provide unique insight into Rottenberg's process of blending fact and fiction to create her highly original work.