Edited by Lionel Bovier, Vít Havránek, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Milan Grygar, Ivan Kafka, Stanislav Kolíbal, Jirí Kovanda, Martin Machovec, Karel Malich, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Zdenek Sykora, Jirí Valoch.
Pbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 176 pgs / 50 bw. | 2/24/2015 | In stock $29.95
Edited by Cristina Bechler, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf. Text by Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Simone Forti, Hamish Fulton, Sarah Morris, Mai-Thu Perret, Tobias Rehberger, Lawrence Weiner, Cerith Wyn Evans, Annalisa & Peter Zumthor.
Pbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 264 pgs / 43 bw. | 2/28/2014 | In stock $29.95
Edited by Karen Chen, Jannie Haagemann, Tiffany Hu, Shu-Wen Lin, Janna Lund, Kelly Ma, Chinyan Wong. Foreword by Luise & Jens Faurschou. Text by Jannie Haagemann, Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cai Guo-Qiang.
Hbk, 8.5 x 9.5 in. / 208 pgs / 224 color / 8 bw. | 2/28/2014 | In stock $49.95
Introduction by Philip Monk. Text by Raqs Media Collective, Svetlana Boym, Kaushik Bhowmik, Alexander Keefe, Anders Kreuger, Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Parul Dave Mukherji, Jonathan Watkins, Elena Bernardini, Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Theodor Ringborg, Cédric Vincent.
Pbk, 6 x 9.5 in. / 300 pgs / 120 color. | 9/30/2014 | In stock $30.00
Edited by Lionel Bovier, Annette Schönholzer, Marc Spiegler. Text by Harry Bellet, Florence Derieux, Gianni Jetzer, Arto Lindsay, Massimo Minini, Elaine Ng, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mickalene Thomas, Philip Ursprung, Pauline J. Yao, et al.
Hbk, 8.5 x 12 in. / 700 pgs / 500 color. | 5/12/2014 | In stock $80.00
Edited by Andreas F. Beitin, Peter Weibel. Text by Tony Benn, Hubert Burda, Tom Mole, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Wolfgang Ullrich, et al. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Elmgreen & Dragset. Interview by Sacha Goldmann with Paul Virilio.
Clth, 8 x 10 in. / 384 pgs / 100 color. | 12/31/2011 | In stock $59.95
Includes Ryu Byounghak, Anne-Marie Duguet, H.D. Gadamer, Udo Kittelmann, Alexander Kluge, Rem Koolhaas, Barbara London, Geert Lovink, Lev Manovich, Jeremy Millar, Paul D. Miller, Nam June Paik, Marian Pastor Roces.
Paperback, 7.5 x 9 in. / 392 pgs / 146 color / 25 bw reproductions. | 11/2/2000 | In stock $40.00
Edited by Andreas Beyer. Foreword by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, Bruno Monnier, Philip Rylands. Text by Andreas Beyer, Bodo Brinkmann, Christian Müller, Philip Rylands, Seraina Werthemann. Interview with Ulla Dreyfus-Best by Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
Hbk, 7.5 x 9.75 in. / 288 pgs / 176 color. | 9/30/2014 | Not available $60.00
By James Flint, Richard Williams, Paul Smith. Artwork by Glen Baxter, Mich Brownfield, Paul Slater. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Robert Violette. Contributions by Richard Wentworth, William Gibson, Alan Aboud, Michael Hodgson, Jonathan Ive.
Slipcased, 10 x 8.25 in. / 272 pgs / 500 color | 6/2/2002 | Not available $49.95
Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Barbara Vanderlinden. Texts by Bruno Latour, Peter Galison, Jonas Mekas and others. Interviews with Carsten Holler, Odalele Ajiboye Bamgboye, Okwui Enwezor, and others.
Paperback, 7.75 x 9.75 in. / 496 pgs / 263 color / 118 bw | 8/2/2001 | Not available $49.95
Edited by Carin Kuoni. Essays by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Carlos Basualdo, René Block, Francesco Bonami, Dan Cameron, Lynne Cooke, Bice Curiger, Donna De Salvo, Richard Flood, Thelma Golden, Yuko Hasegawa, Jean-Hubert Martin, Gerardo Mosquera, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Paperback, 5 x 8.5 in. / 144 pgs / 100 bw. | 6/2/2001 | Not available $14.95
Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has now been asked, revealing the truth from the beginning of his career as a young curator in his Zurich kitchen to his recent position as co-director of the Serpentine in London. This book is a “production of reality conversations,” otherwise known as interviews. It undertakes the impossible: pinning down this peripatetic curator, and affirming the wisdom of an artist who told Obrist “don’t go” when he contemplated leaving the art world for other fields. Interviews by Jean Max Colard, Robert Fleck, Jefferson Hack, Nav Haq, Sophia Krzys Acord, Brendan McGetrick, Ingo Niermann, Paul O’Neill, Philippe Parreno & Alex Poots, Juri Steiner, Gavin Wade, et al.
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Published by Steidl. Interview by Ewa Hess with Francesco Bonami.
On the occasion of Hans Ulrich Obrist's 50th birthday in 2018, Swiss gallery 107 S-chanf asked fellow curator Francesco Bonami to create a celebratory exhibition. Bonami's initial idea was to invite 50 artists to create 50 portraits of Obrist in an ambitious collaborative homage. Yet the idea proved a little too ambitious, and Bonami decided to create the portraits all by himself. Within just two weeks 50 oil paintings were ready—endearing and humorous works, many of which incorporate artists of the past and present, including Edward Hopper, Ai Weiwei and Georg Baselitz.
In January 2019 Juergen Teller was invited to view the exhibition 50 Times Obrist by Bonami, and with characteristic spontaneity he photographed Bonami and Obrist before each portrait. This resulting book, with Teller's photos on the left-hand pages and Bonami's paintings on the right, is an unconventional, tongue-in-cheek portrait of a portrait.
Published by La Oficina del Doctor. Edited by Karen Marta. Text by Beatriz González, Mateo López, Bernardo Ortiz, Gabriel Sierra, Hans Ulrich Obrist, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, et al.
A series of conversations held in 2011 with artists, filmmakers, writers and even the former mayor of Bogotá serendipitously turned into a mapping of the artistic landscape in Colombia's art scene just as it is exploding internationally. This volume is a collaborative event: artists Beatriz González, Mateo López, Bernardo Ortiz, Gabriel Sierra and José Antonio Suárez Londoño worked closely with Hans Ulrich Obrist on the naming, design and rendering of this journey into a book. The 17 interviews published here invite the reader to join Obrist's ongoing conversation about Colombia. Interviewees include Álvaro Barrios, María Fernanda Cardoso, Antonio Caro, Danilo Dueñas, Beatriz González, Mateo López, María Angélica Medina, Jorge Orlando Melo, Antanas Mockus, Oscar Muñoz, Bernardo Ortiz, Luis Ospina, María Isabel Rueda, Gabriel Sierra, Doris Salcedo, José Antonio Suárez Londoño and Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
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BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.25 x 9 in. / 248 pgs / illustrated throughout.
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Published by Steidl. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Phillip Keel.
Over the course of a half-century, the photographs of René Burri (1933–2014) have tracked the turning points, triumphs and crises of the twentieth century. Whether it was the 15-year-old Burri's portrait of Winston Churchill or his later portrayals of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon, Anwar as-Sadat or Muammar al-Gaddafi, all have lodged themselves in the collective consciousness. Removed from sensationalism yet no less striking are Burri's images of the theater of war, of people suffering in poverty and calamity. And as if to hold such horrors in check, Burri turned his lens with equal intensity to the spheres of beauty and creativity—to the landscapes of Latin America, to great artists such as Picasso and Maria Callas, and to luminaries of architecture such as Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. This two-volume collection offers an extensive compilation of images from the eminent photojournalist.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Introduction byTom Eccles, Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Johanna Burton, Germano Celant. Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Beatrix Ruf.
Primarily known for his paradigmatic "shelves" displaying everyday objects, Haim Steinbach (born 1944) has developed a practice that evolved from early minimalist painting with grids and monochromes to later large-scale installations that have seldom been seen in the US. Growing out of a traveling exhibition that features works drawn from throughout Steinbach's career, as well as archival materials and new site-specific installations, Object and Display urges readers to take a closer look at this seminal artist's works. Hundreds of full-color illustrations document the exhibition, which included photographs, models and recreations from past works, along with photography of the site-specific installations that appeared at each institution. New essays by writers Johanna Burton and Germano Celant explore the evolution of Steinbach's practice and his investigations into what constitutes an art object and how art and objects are displayed.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This publication reissues a much sought-after photobook. Taryn Simon is an American artist whose works combine photography, text and graphic design. Her practice involves extensive research, in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification. For Contraband, 1,075 photographs were taken at both the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the US Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. From November 16 to November 20, 2009, Simon remained on site and continuously photographed items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the United States from abroad. The list of items includes pork, syringes, Botox, GBL date rape drug, heroin, imitation Lipitor, Ketamine tranquillizers, Lidocaine, Lorazepam, locust tree seed, ginger root, deer tongues, cow urine, Cohiba cigars and Egyptian cigarettes. The volume is published in three differently colored covers.
Taryn Simon (born 1975) has been the subject of monographic exhibitions at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011); and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). Her work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and was included in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and the Carnegie International in 2013. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Simon lives and works in New York.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Hélène Cixous, et al.
This publication is the first to focus solely on the photographic work of Welsh sculptor and filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans (born 1958), revealing a selection of previously unpublished images. Accompanying this is two texts in a separate booklet: a poetic response to the photographs by philosopher Hélène Cixous, and an abécédaire cowritten by Wyn Evans and philosopher Alexander García Düttmann.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier, Vít Havránek, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Milan Grygar, Ivan Kafka, Stanislav Kolíbal, Jirí Kovanda, Martin Machovec, Karel Malich, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Zdenek Sykora, Jirí Valoch.
This publication is the result of visits carried out by Hans Ulrich Obrist to artists' studios in Prague around 2001 and 2008. Interviews with Milan Grygar, Jirí Kovanda, Karel Malich, Zdenek Sykora and others map the historical events as well as the personal stories of the protagonists of the Czech "second avant-garde" and the "neo-modernism" of the former socialist bloc. Born between 1920 and 1945, this generation lived through the cultural upheaval of the Prague Spring in the 1960s and the "normalization" of the 1970s, when censorship was reintroduced. These interviews contextualize a generation of Czech artists within the historical events that marked their lives and careers, and draw attention to their urgently felt need to resist historical events while keeping their artistic practices sustained, radical and vital. This volume is part of the Documents series of critical writings.
Published by Art Gallery of York University. Introduction by Philip Monk. Text by Raqs Media Collective, Svetlana Boym, Kaushik Bhowmik, Alexander Keefe, Anders Kreuger, Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Parul Dave Mukherji, Jonathan Watkins, Elena Bernardini, Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Theodor Ringborg, Cédric Vincent.
This book documents 80 artworks and projects by New Delhi–based Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) from 2002–2012. The collective executes a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from full-scale curatorial works to discrete objects such as prints.
Published by Faurschou Foundation. Edited by Karen Chen, Jannie Haagemann, Tiffany Hu, Shu-Wen Lin, Janna Lund, Kelly Ma, Chinyan Wong. Foreword by Luise & Jens Faurschou. Text by Jannie Haagemann, Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cai Guo-Qiang.
Throughout his career, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957) has used the motif of the boat to represent the exchange of knowledge across cultures. In his latest monograph, A Clan of Boats, Guo-Qiang gathers his use of the motif into a single compilation and speaks for the first time about the many works he has created with boats throughout the course of his artistic career. "I am actually a vessel myself," he writes in this volume; "I left home a long time ago, the centuries-old harbor city of Quanzhou. I sailed to Shanghai first, and then to Tokyo, New York, and the rest of the world, further and further, shuttling between different ports, different natural sceneries, cultures, and histories." The book includes an essay written by art critic Karen Smith and two interviews (conducted ten years apart) by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
PUBLISHER Faurschou Foundation
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.5 x 9.5 in. / 208 pgs / 224 color / 8 bw.
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Published by Silvana Editoriale. Introduction by Abdellah Karroum. Text by Pierluigi Tazzi, Angela Mengoni, Abdellah Taia. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
L’Age D’Or is the new work of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed (born 1971). This gold-cloth-covered box set contains three volumes: one volume of drawings, a photography volume and an essays volume with four texts in English and Arabic.
BOOK FORMAT Boxed, Clth, 11 x 17 in. / 224 pgs / 120 color / 60 duotone / LTD Ed of 1,000
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2014 Active
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Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Cristina Bechler, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf. Text by Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Simone Forti, Hamish Fulton, Sarah Morris, Mai-Thu Perret, Tobias Rehberger, Lawrence Weiner, Cerith Wyn Evans, Annalisa & Peter Zumthor.
This volume compiles ideas and projects from well-known artists, architects, designers, filmmakers and researchers on mountainous regions not only in Switzerland, but worldwide. It includes writings by Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Ron Arad, Nairy Baghramian and Jan von Brevern, as well as a discussion on architect Bruno Taut’s "Crystal Chain Letters."
Published by Glenstone. Edited by Emily Wei Rales, Ali Nemerov. Foreword by Emily Wei Rales, Mitchell P. Rales. Text by Boris Groys, Mark Godfrey. Interview by Brian O'Doherty, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Peter Fischli (born 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) collaborate to transform the stuff of ordinary life into a series of quizzical, whimsical, even disquieting encounters. Fascinated with unconventional subject matter and material, Fischli and Weiss toy with the idea of "high art," questioning popular narratives and movements in art and cultural history. Peter Fischli David Weiss presents an in-depth survey of the artists’ work from 1979 through 2012, drawn exclusively from Glenstone’s collection. The volume includes rubber and clay sculptures, photographic series including Equilibres (A Quiet Afternoon) and Sausage Series, digital slides such as Airports and Flowers and Mushrooms, stills from their acclaimed video The Way Things Go and the most recent iteration of their alter egos, Rat and Bear. Also reproduced is the artists’ most ambitious polyurethane installation, The Objects for Glenstone, and Questions, a slide installation of over 400 handwritten existential queries such as "Is the Devil a cheerful person?" and "Will happiness find me?" which won the Golden Lion Prize at the 2003 Venice Biennale.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.25 x 11 in. / 256 pgs / 1660 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2014 Active
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Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Edited and with text by Jens Hoffmann. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Massimiliano Gioni, Maria Lind, Jessica Morgan, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Adriano Pedrosa, Mary Jane Jacob.
This monumental new book explores the recent history of exhibition-making, looking at the radical shifts that have taken place in the practice of curating contemporary art over the last 20 years. Tracing a history of curating through its most innovative shows, renowned curator Jens Hoffmann selects the 50 key exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and curators. Chosen from the plethora of exhibitions, biennials and art events that have sprung up across the world since the 1990s, each exhibition reviewed here has triggered profound changes in curatorial practice, and reanimated the potential of contemporary art. The book includes an international roster of curators, and exhibition venues that span the globe, from the USA, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and Spain. It is comprised of nine themed sections, including: "New Lands" (on shows such as Magiciens de la Terre, The Short Century and After the Wall); "Biennial Years" (which documents influential biennials such as the Documentas [10, 11, 13] and the Berlin and São Paulo Biennials); "New Forms" (including experiments in exhibition-making such as Do It and NowHere); "Others Everywhere" (on ‘identity politics’ shows such as In a Different Light, Phantom Sightings and the 1993 Whitney Biennial); "Tomorrow’s Talents Today" (on influential group exhibitions of emerging artists such as Helter Skelter and Sensation); and "History" (on historical surveys such as Inside the Visible, Global Conceptualism and WACK!). A bold proposition for the future of exhibition culture as well as a means of making the recent past accessible, Show Time is essential reading for any student of curating or museum studies, for professional curators and for all those interested in one of today’s most dynamic forms of cultural production.
Jens Hoffmann is an exhibition maker and writer based in New York. He is Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Jewish Museum, New York. He has curated and co-curated a number of large-scale exhibitions, including the 2nd San Juan Triennial (2009), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012).
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier.
Following the success of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s A Brief History of Curating, this publication gathers the influential curator’s interviews with some of the foremost musicians and composers of the 1950s–1990s. It brings together leading avant-garde composers of the early postwar period such as Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen; pioneers of electroacoustic music such as François Bayle, Pauline Oliveros, Iannis Xenakis and Peter Zinovieff; minimalist and Fluxus-inspired artist-musicians such as Tony Conrad, Henry Flynt, Phil Niblock, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich and Terry Riley; and figures that have moved between classical/experimental realms and more pop terrain, such as Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Howie B., Arto Lindsay and Caetano Veloso. Obrist’s interviews map the evolution of the new music in Europe and America across all of its genres, from musique concrète to the recent hybridizations between pop and avant-garde, as techniques from both realms cross-pollinate. A Brief History of New Music is an ideal introduction to the experimental and new classical music of the past half-century.
Published by Forlaget Press. Edited by Line Ulekleiv. Foreword by Jan Andresen, Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Pernille Albrethsen, John Kelsey, Patrick Frey.
In 2013, the Serpentine Gallery in London presents Fischli & Weiss’ first public sculpture in the United Kingdom, “Rock on Top of another Rock,” installed in Hyde Park, near the Gallery. This work was undertaken in tandem with the duo’s monumental rock project in Valdresflya, Norway, which was unveiled in the fall of 2012. The latter project was part of a nationwide effort by the National Tourist Routes in Norway, for which internationally renowned artists and architects have been invited to create works that dialogue with the Norwegian landscape, for each of the 18 roads spanning the country. Published to accompany this dual venture, this catalogue features essays by Patrick Frey, John Kelsey and Pernille Albrethsen as well as historical texts selected by the artists.
Published by Rubell Family Collection. Text by Liam Gillick, Nicola Lees, Johnathan P. Watts. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This volume documents the first U.S. solo exhibition of Colombian-born, London-based artist Oscar Murillo (born 1986), held at the Rubell Family Collection in Florida in 2013. Over the course of a five-week residency in the summer of 2012, Murillo took over a 60-foot space at the Rubell, as well as its sculpture garden, to create 32 works, including five massive paintings, all of which are reproduced here. These works were informed by Murillo's exposure to Miami's Latin culture, as well as a weekend visit to his native Colombia and the gigantic proportions of the exhibition space itself. Two of the largest works are abstract; three are inscribed with words evoking colonial and/or Western appropriation ("mango," "chorizo" and "yoga"); all display the heavily worked surfaces for which Murillo is well known. Also included here is photo documentation of the exhibition's preparation and an interview with the artist.
PUBLISHER Rubell Family Collection
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8 x 10.25 in. / 112 pgs / 56 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/30/2014 Out of print
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Published by Badlands Unlimited. Introduction by Paul Chan. Text by Michael Diers.
Think Like Clouds collects for the first time the drawings, notes and diagrams of curator, writer and Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist. For the past 22 years, Obrist has curated exhibitions around the world and has interviewed major and minor personalities in nearly every field of endeavor; from architect Rem Koolhaas to painter Gerhard Richter; from astronomer Dimitar Sasselov to journalist and activist Studs Turkel. Obrist draws obsessively during his work in order to help him remember and expand the conversation at hand. But these drawings are more than mere memory aids. Beautiful and enigmatic, they reveal, upon closer scrutiny, constellations of names, ideas, dates, quotes and loose bits of information entangled in wavering lines and undulating scribbles. Each drawing is a conceptual portrait of a conversation or an event. Taken as a whole, they map in visual form the intellectual and historical terrain of one of the most active and curious minds in contemporary art today. Think Like Clouds includes an introduction by scholar and archivist Michael Diers and an interview with Obrist conducted by artist Paul Chan.
An icon in his native city, Tsang Tsou Choi (1921–2007) covered the streets of Hong Kong with his graffiti for over 35 years, using a brush and ink to proclaim himself “the King of Kowloon”--heir to an imaginary birthright that fueled a lifetime of artistic output. With his signature style, Tsang wrote himself into the collective memory of a generation caught between British and Chinese rule, leaving behind an oeuvre that includes countless outdoor projects (the majority now extant only in photographs), myriad works on paper, board and cloth, as well as painted objects. This milestone publication documents Tsang’s influential art and enduring legacy. With over 100 reproductions, a foreword by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and critical essays by Hou Hanru, Ou Ning and others, The King of Kowloon is the first comprehensive survey of Tsang’s complex and fascinating artistic output.
Published by Damiani/Perrotin. Foreword by Claude Rutault. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
French artist Claude Rutault (born 1941) blurs the boundaries of painting and sculpture, and/or painting and architecture. The work reproduced here consists of monochrome painted canvases that are hung on a wall of the exact same color.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Sophie O’Brien, Federico Leon, Eyal Weizman.
The first thing seen upon entering the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery is a life-size clay elephant, pitching itself toward a brick wall. This work is part of an installation by Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas (born 1980), documented in this catalogue.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier, Annette Schönholzer, Marc Spiegler. Text by Harry Bellet, Florence Derieux, Gianni Jetzer, Arto Lindsay, Massimo Minini, Elaine Ng, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mickalene Thomas, Philip Ursprung, Pauline J. Yao, et al.
In celebration of Art Basel's 44th year--the first to include three exhibitions on three continents--JRP|Ringier joins Art Basel in publishing a new book documenting the dynamic experience of its Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong fairs. Art Basel | Year 44, designed by Gavillet & Rust (Geneva), has an A-to-Z format that maps the world of Art Basel with a comprehensive look at the shows of 2013. This elegant, hardcover publication offers the widening audience of art lovers a compilation of portfolios, interviews and essays on contemporary art, and lists all exhibitors participating in the three exhibitions. It depicts works from the different shows' sectors, highlights events and talks, and gives art world experts, curators and collectors a platform for sharing their expertise, providing an immersive art experience for the reader. Among the authors and artists featured are John M. Armleder, Nicholas Baume, Harry Bellet, Dara Birnbaum, Florence Derieux, Herzog & de Meuron, Gianni Jetzer, Tadashi Kawamata, Arto Lindsay, Malcolm McLaren, Elaine Ng, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mickalene Thomas and Adrian Wong, as well as many others whose work contributed to the exhibitions on all three continents. An extensive survey, a path to discovery and an indispensable piece of memorabilia, Art Basel | Year 44 will no doubt be a favorite addition to the library of essential art books for the expanding global art world community.
A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Andreas Beyer. Foreword by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, Bruno Monnier, Philip Rylands. Text by Andreas Beyer, Bodo Brinkmann, Christian Müller, Philip Rylands, Seraina Werthemann. Interview with Ulla Dreyfus-Best by Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
The collection of Richard and Ulla Dreyfus-Best in Basel resembles a cabinet of curiosities, wherein secular artifacts are contrasted with works of ars erotica. Also included are works by Hans Baldung Grien, Bellmer, Böcklin, Brueghel, de Chirico, Clemente, Doré, Kubin, Moreau and others.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited with text by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Georges Didi-Huberman, Dietmar Elger, Michiko Kono, Dieter Schwarz.
Over the 60 years of his artistic career, Gerhard Richter (born 1932) has produced a standard-setting oeuvre whose thematic and stylistic diversity has no equal among the art of our time. This extensive monograph is the first to present the complete range of the numerous works Richter realized as series, cycles and spaces. It includes figurative paintings, such as landscapes, still lifes and portraits, many of which are based on photographs, such as the series S. and Child, a personal and intimate variation on the traditional subject of the Madonna and Child. It also features abstract works, for which Richter draws from a changing repertoire of forms and colors to produce both small and monumental paintings.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Text by Dieter Schwarz. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Gerhard Richter (born 1932) is predominantly known for his paintings and drawings, which strike a playful balance between photo-realism and abstraction, while at once delving into often controversial political commentary. His works have explored a multitude of media, from photo-based, monochrome and brightly colored paintings to ink-doused papers and thin, multicolored strips of pure pattern. Beyond his artistic works, and particularly in recent years, Richter has published extensively on his vision of art and artistic values: in letters, interviews, public statements, excerpts and articles, Richter has established himself as a brilliant advocate of contemporary painting. Richter has also increasingly explored the possibilities of the book as medium in a series of extraordinary artist's books. Gerhard Richter: Books takes an in-depth look at his work in this medium. It features a book-length interview with the artist by internationally renowned art critic and historian Hans Ulrich Obrist, who walks us through the Richter archive and discusses the work with the artist himself, affording the reader an entirely new perspective on his works. The book also includes a new text by Kunstmuseum Winterthur director Dieter Schwarz.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited with text by Sara Harrison. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Reproducing over 200 works on paper from the past 50 years, this retrospective publication presents a crucial part of British sculptor Phyllida Barlow's (born 1944) oeuvre. Designed by Japanese graphic designer Takaaki Matsumoto, the book will be published alongside the Hauser & Wirth London exhibition opening in late May 2014. A never-before-published interview between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist provides insight into drawings that are not preparations but, rather, daily exercises done before, during and after the creation of her sculptures. While the works on paper range in style, they demonstrate a consistency in color and form in their exploration of ideas related to structures, architectural interiors and urban surroundings. Barlow's works on paper date back to the early 1960s when she was a student at Chelsea College of Art in London.
Published by Other Criteria Books. Text by Mario Codognato. Conversation between Mario Codognato, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The Visual Candy paintings were made between 1992 and 1994.The works showcase the ways in which Damien Hirst used the signifier of candy during the early 1990's, exploring questions of pure aesthetics. Hirst says they were created as a direct riposte to an art critic who had dismissed Hirst's Spot Paintings as "just visual candy.' Addressing the viewer on a deliberately emotionaland instinctive level, these works, abetted by their exuberant titles, among them Some Fun (1993) and Dippy Dappy Dabby (1993), set out to question the implication that aesthetically pleasing art is inherently insignificant.While ostensibly abstract, the paintings in fact depict medicinal pills, and can be seen as a stylised depiction of the psychological effects of happy, mood-enhancing drugs. Hirst once described how, "in every painting there is a subliminal sense of unease… the colours project so much joy it's hard to feel it, but it's there. The horror underlying everything," In this context, the Visual Candy paintings, despite their surface optimism, posses a disquieting undercurrent of tension and darkness - born from an awareness of the inevitable low that follows any high. Hirst once said that "art is about life - there isn't anything else.'
Published by JRP|Ringier/LUMA Foundation. Edited by Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno. Text by Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maja Hoffmann, Tom Eccles, Beatrix Ruf, Philippe Parreno.
This book documents a performance event in the Amphitheater in Arles, France, with artists Uri Aran, Daniel Buren, Fischli & Weiss, Jef Geys, Douglas Gordon, Oscar Murillo and Lawrence Weiner, among others. Using imported sand, the space was transformed into a beach and a moonscape.
Published by Koenig Books. Foreword and interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Fabrizio Gallanti, Smiljan Radic.
The 2014 Serpentine Pavilion is designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic (born 1965) as a multipurpose social space with a café. A semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembles a shell and rests on large quarry stones, its torus-shaped fiberglass shell resembles the cast-off chrysalis of some bulbous insect.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Carlos Basualdo, Darius Khondji, Mouna Mekouar. Conversations with Carlos Basualdo, Philipp Parreno, Michel Serres, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Photographs by Darius Khondji.
Philippe Parreno (born 1964) reconceives the exhibition experience by creating a mise-en-scéne in the Palais de Tokyo, shepherding the viewer through a torrent of sound, image and performance.
In 1993, the curator and art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist (born 1968) organized an unannounced exhibition in a hotel room in Paris, where he lived for the duration of the show. This publication tours the now-legendary event, documenting the work of the 70 invited artists.
Published by Reykjavik Art Museum. Text by Eleanor Heartney, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Uri Gordon, Hafthor Yngvason.
The Black Cone documents a 2012 performance by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra (born 1966), that resulted in a six-foot-high monolith in front of the Icelandic parliament, commemorating the third anniversary of the protests that followed the country’s economic crash.
PUBLISHER Reykjavik Art Museum
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 8.5 in. / 145 pgs / 5 color / 45 bw.
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Published by Blue Kingfisher Limited. Edited by Li Zhenhua, Zhang Moyi. Text by Li Zhenhua, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Hu Fang, Philip Tinari, Nataline Colonnello, Hou Hanru, Tang Xin, Daniela Trincia, Andrew Maerkle, Pi Li, Jonathan Napack, Ai Weiwei. Interview by Li Zhenhua, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Yan Lei, Carol Yinghua Lu, Jérôme Sans, Waling Boers.
What I Like to Do is the first full monograph on Chinese artist Yan Lei (born 1965), whose paintings, based on digitally reduced photographs, explore the structure and function of the global art market as it relates to his own career.
PUBLISHER Blue Kingfisher Limited
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 7.75 x 10.5 in. / 290 pgs / illustrated throughout.
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Published by Hatje Cantz. Foreword by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Thomas Girst.
In 2009, 12 years after acquiring the Duchamp collection of Ronny van de Velde, the Staatliche Museum Schwerin launched a Duchamp Research Center. This publication is the second volume of the Center’s Poeisis series, inaugurated in 2011 with Impuls Marcel Duchamp. The Indefinite Duchamp assembles essays by Duchamp expert Thomas Girst, interviews with Duchamp’s contemporaries and quotations from peers.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Christoph Doswald. Text by Christoph Doswald, Markus Miessen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anna Schindler, Philip Ursprung.
Art and the City explores the condition of public art in cities. Divided into two volumes shrinkwrapped together--one of color plates, the other of critical discussion--it includes works by artists such as Doug Aitken, Ai Weiwei, Los Carpinteros, Martin Creed, Frank Stella and Oscar Tuazon.
Published by Silvana Editoriale. Edited by Alberto Fiz. Text by Bruno Corà, Maria Grazia Aisa, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Buren.
This book gathers a number of public artworks by the celebrated French artist Daniel Buren (born 1938), all of which deploy various sculptural realizations of his stripe motif in path-like structures. The volume is published on the occasion of his installation at the Scolacium Archaeological Park in Calabria, Italy.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 11 in. / 240 pgs / 180 color / 20 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/30/2013 Out of stock indefinitely
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Published by Independent Curators International/D.A.P.. Edited and with introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Foreword by Kate Fowle. Text by Bruce Altshuler.
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Do It began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier and Obrist himself, who was experimenting with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. The discussion led to the question of whether a show could take “scores” or written instructions by artists as a point of departure, which could be interpreted anew each time they were enacted. To test the idea, Obrist invited 13 artists to send instructions, which were then translated into nine different languages and circulated internationally as a book. Within two years, Do It exhibitions were being created all over the world by realizing the artists’ instructions. With every version of the exhibition new instructions were added, so that today more than 300 artists have contributed to the project. Constantly evolving and morphing into different versions of itself, Do It has grown to encompass “Do It (Museum),” “Do It (Home),” “Do It (TV),” “Do It (Seminar)” as well as some “Anti-Do Its”, a “Philosophy Do It” and, most recently, a “UNESCO Children’s Do It.” Nearly 20 years after the initial conversation took place, Do It has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide. To mark the twentieth anniversary of this landmark project, this new publication presents the history of this ambitious enterprise and gives new impetus to its future. It includes an archive of artists’ instructions, essays contextualizing Do It, documentation from the history of the exhibition and instructions by 200 artists from all over the world selected by Obrist, among them Carl Andre, Jimmie Durham, Dan Graham, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay and Rosemarie Trockel, including 60 new instructions from Matias Faldbakken, Theaster Gates, Sarah Lucas, David Lynch, Rivane Neuenschwander and Ai Weiwei, among many others.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Meg Cranston, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This second volume of JRP|Ringier’s complete John Baldessari writings traces the genesis and development of the artist’s understanding of art in the early 1960s through to the present. More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari presents Baldessari as storyteller, moralist, teacher and occasional gadfly, always concerned to accomplish what he describes as the central task of art making: to communicate in a way that people can understand. These writings address everything from matters of color in sculpture, to the dilemmas of art students in need of ideas, to the art world’s ever-conflicted relationship with money, while always returning to Baldessari’s love of language and his longstanding investigation into the tensions of word and image. With numerous never-before-published texts and facsimiles of original documents, this long-anticipated collection will prove essential reading for anyone involved in contemporary art.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Meg Cranston, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This first volume of JRP|Ringier’s complete John Baldessari writings project traces the genesis and development of the artist’s understanding of art in the early 1960s. More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari presents Baldessari as storyteller, moralist, teacher and occasional gadfly, always concerned to accomplish what he describes as the central task of art making: to communicate in a way that people can understand. These writings address everything from matters of color in sculpture, to the dilemmas of art students in need of ideas, to the art world’s ever-conflicted relationship with money, while always returning to Baldessari’s love of language and his longstanding investigation into the tensions of word and image. With numerous never-before-published texts and facsimiles of original documents, this long-anticipated collection will prove essential reading for anyone involved in contemporary art.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Kathryn Rattee. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Daniel Birnbaum.
This flipbook reprises one of Sturtevant’s more recent works, Finite Infinite (2010)--a large-scale projection that features a dog running in an endless loop across an expanse of grass. Themes of repetition in Sturtevant’s art are explicated in an essay by Daniel Birnbaum.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Sophie O’Brien, Melissa Larner, Rebecca Lewin. Text by Niklas Maak. Interview with Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 is designed by award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto (born 1971)--the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The Serpentine’s past pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid (2000). Inspired by organic structures such as forests, nests and caves, Fujimoto’s buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. Fujimoto’s pavilion is a delicate, latticed structure of steel poles--lightweight and semi-transparent in appearance--that allows it to blend, cloudlike, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing. It is designed as a flexible, multipurpose social space. This volume documents the project.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Heinz Peter Schwerfel. Text by Walter Grasskamp, Hans Peter Schwerfel, Heiner Stadler, Franziska Stöhr. Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, David Lynch.
Visual artists frequently work with the raw material of cinema, shooting with movie stars, professional technology and special effects, and telling lavish stories in single- and multi-channel works. Are art museums the cinemas of the future? This volume explores this topic with around 60 descriptions of new artists’ films and essays.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text and interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
In this artist’s book, Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (born 1962) takes New York Times obituaries of famous people, removing anecdotal information to reveal the wit, drama and absurdity of the press perception of public life.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Text by Defne Ayas. Conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Füsun Onur.
This spiral-bound, scrapbook-style guide to the half-century career of Turkish sculptor Füsun Onur (born 1938) reproduces more than 200 pages of photo documentation from the artist’s personal albums. Onur’s sculptures range from minimalist abstraction to assemblage incorporating furniture and fabric.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Andrea Bellini. Text by Andrea Bellini, Dan Cameron, Laura Chrubini, Christoph Khim, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marc Olivier Wahler.
A founding member of Arte Povera, Gianni Piacentino (born 1945) has pursued a path that has taken him from early Minimalist structures to sculptures influenced by modern industrial design, celebrating the dynamism of motorcycles, automobiles and planes. This book spans his career from 1966 to the present.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Anri Sala. Text by Michael Fried, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Edi Rama, Anri Sala, Marcus Steinweg, Erion Veliaj.
Edi Rama (born 1964) is an Albanian artist and the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania. Edited by Anri Sala, this volume collects his doodles, made on printouts of his daily agenda, office notes, protocols, faxes and other official correspondence.
British video artist and filmmaker Tacita Dean (born 1965) is internationally admired for her patient and sensitive approach to her subject matter, explored in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist in this collection of in-depth interviews. In her Berlin studio, at a conference and on a train journey, they discuss her film portraits of architectural structures and personalities such as Merce Cunningham, Michael Hamburger, Mario Merz and Cy Twombly; her fervent collecting and reworking of analogue material--postcards, four-leaf clovers, albumen prints--and the things that have informed and influenced her artistic output over the past two and a half decades. The result is a broad and invaluable introduction to one of the most important British artists of our times, full of fascinating anecdotes and insights into her working methods and illustrated with black-and-white images of her work.
Over the course of about ten years, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Matthew Barney met several times to discuss Barney’s past work, current projects and his plans for the future. The resulting collection of interviews provides a rare insight into how the work and working method of one of the most prominent artists of a generation has developed over time, and uncovers the ideas, influences and collaborations that lie behind his multi-layered and multimedia creative output. The conversation covers all of his major pieces to date, from the internationally acclaimed Cremaster cycle to the somewhat less well-known Drawing Restraint series, as well as looking at particular projects in more detail, such as the recent “Khu” performance and Barney’s participation in Il Tempo del Postino, curated by Obrist at the 2007 Manchester International Festival.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Sophie O’Brian. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by John Berger.
Over the last two decades, alongside his better known sculptural work, German artist Thomas Schütte (born 1954) has created watercolors and drawings of his acquaintances and friends, as well as numerous self-portraits (such as the Mirror Drawings). These drawings are often created in series, as Schütte approaches the same subject over and over, obsessively covering all angles and methodically exhausting the possibilities. Schütte’s drawings directly inform his sculptural portraits, which are created in a similar spirit. With 130 color reproductions, Faces and Figures offers a selective, themed Schütte retrospective, surveying these portraits and other works on paper, as well as ceramic and bronze sculptures--including the impressive “Vater Staat” (Father State), a towering steel figure that despite its scale appears frail and isolate.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Karen Marta.
Reflecting on 20 years of making art, Jeff Koons talks to Hans Ulrich Obrist about his vocation and its frequently controversial highlights. Koons makes acknowledgement here of determinative influences such as Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and elucidates his sense of the legacy of Pop art and his own transformations of that legacy. Koons emerges from this volume as a charmingly open and very focused artist, with strong views on the purposes of art today, and advice for practitioners: “See everything as an opportunity. Stay focused, then amazing things can happen.” Koons' goals are also inspiringly utopian and appropriate to all forms of art: “The journey of art begins with self-acceptance,” he declares at one point, espousing his ideal of art as a tool for happiness. “Objective art is about Love.”
Published by Walther König/Koenig Books. Edited by Kathryn Rattee. Text by Paul Virilio, Samantha Hardingham. Interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Renowned French architect Jean Nouvel designed the Serpentine Gallery's pavilion for 2010, and created a commanding, eye-catching all-red structure designed to mimic the moment "when the summer sun catches you full in the eyes and, as you blink, the world dissolves into red." Also inspired by London's red buses and telephone boxes, this dramatic and seductive pavilion consists of a cantilevered glass wall supporting a central frame, with retractable red canvas awnings, a red rubber floor and, to accommodate its many visitors, a red café bar, red table tennis tables and red hammocks, tables and chairs. "It's architecture on holiday," Nouvel has joked, also describing the pavilion as a "big sunglass." This similarly striking publication, designed by Nouvel, records the project in documentation, eight foldout posters and an interview with Nouvel by Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Since the mid-1960s when he started out as a fledgling critic, Dan Graham has carved out a unique role for himself, expanding the scope of the Conceptual artist to incorporate art criticism, music criticism, photography and architecture. For this volume, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist met with Graham on several occasions to discuss the artist's work, life and the numerous interests he passionately follows. The conversation thus wanders seamlessly from architecture to rock and roll, philosophy to astrology, Graham's early performance pieces, photography and articles, to the films and glass pavilions for which he is best known today. A fountain of art folklore, Graham offers recollections of friends and colleagues, art work and influences, providing an invaluable insight not only into the New York art scene of the 60s and 70s, but also one of its most influential representatives.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima (born 1956) has established her Tokyo studio SANAA, cofounded with Ryue Nishizawa, as one of the art world's favorite architectural teams. SANAA has been responsible for some of the most innovative art museums built over the past two decades, from the New Museum in New York and one of the Serpentine pavilions in London to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, which won the Golden Lion in 2004 as the most significant building at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2010, Sejima and Nishizawa co-curated the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale. Hans Ulrich Obrist caught up with Sejima on several occasions throughout the past few years. They discussed her built and unbuilt projects, her collaborations with other architects and artists and the changing role of women within architecture.
Published by nai010 publishers. Edited by Marente Bloemheuvel, Toos van Kooten. Text by Doris von Drathen, Ingrid Commandeur, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jos ten Berge, Jan van Adrichem.
This catalogue gathers work that explores recent changes in the perception of nature. The 12 artists featured are Lothar Baumgarten, Mark Dion, Cai Guo Qiang, Peter Doig, Mario García Torres, Kimsooja, Tetsumi Kudo, Charly Nijensohn, Yoko Ono, Marco Pando Quevedo, Willem de Rooij and Liang Shaoji.
Published by Charta / Long March Space. Text by Guo Xiaoyan, Gunnar B. Kvaran. Foreword by He Juxing. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philip Tinari.
Considered one of China’s foremost artists, Liu Wei (born 1972) uses performance, sculpture, photography, video and installation to explore themes of late capitalist excess and the anxieties of cultural identity. This latest monograph is the catalogue for the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai.
PUBLISHER Charta / Long March Space
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.25 in. / 128 pgs / 63 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2012 No longer our product
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Published by Luma Foundation. Edited by Tim Griffin. Introduction by Maja Hoffmann. Text by Alex Klein, André Rottmann, Kaja Silverman.
How Soon Is Now features the work of leading contemporary photographers: Anne Collier, Liz Deschenes, Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Roe Ethridge, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Fishli & Weiss, Annette Kelm, Darius Khondji, Elad Lassry, Leigh Ledare, Marlo Pascual, Gilad Ratman, Solmaz Shahbazi, Kazuo Shinohara and Taryn Simon. The photographers were selected by five of the world’s leading artists and curators: Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf. Some of the works included explore personal and intimate investigations by the artists, some filter and document everyday experiences or words, and some endow photographs with material presence as physical objects. A common element is the use of collage, video, film, installation or sculpture. Essays by Alex Klein, André Rottmann and Kaja Silverman consider the shifting role of the photographic medium.
PUBLISHER Luma Foundation
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 9.75 x 9.75 in. / 297 pgs / 131 color / 13 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/31/2012 Out of print
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The last decade has witnessed a noticeable return to utopia and utopian thinking in contemporary art. This volume convenes artists, academics and curators to discuss different ways of thinking and performing utopia. Divided into two sections, “Utopia Revisited” and “Utopian Positions,” it considers both artists exploring the theme as subject matter and artists actively aspiring towards utopian ideals.
Published by Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books. Edited by Nicola Lees, Lucia Pietroiusti. Introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones.
Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 2009 Poetry Marathon was an ambitious two-day poetry event held in Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa’s summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery, with performances from leading poets, writers, artists, philosophers, scholars and musicians. Intended as a continuation of the overlap between twentieth-century poetry and art in Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, the New York Schools and Fluxus, this ambitious occasion is now commemorated in this 728-page volume. Poetry Marathon includes contributions from Sean Bonney, Tracey Emin, Brian Eno, James Fenton, Gilbert & George, John Giorno, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Kenneth Goldsmith, Eugen Gomringer, Richard Hell, Geoffrey Hill, Joan Jonas, August Kleinzahler, Nick Laird, Sean Landers, Jonas Mekas, Maria Mirabel, Eileen Myles, Philippe Parreno, Holly Pester, Jeremy Reed, Gerhard Rühm, Barry Schwabsky and Agnès Varda, among many others.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This notebook is Hans Ulrich Obrist's homage to the French author, poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011). Glissant, one of the most influential figures of the French-speaking Caribbean and a pioneer of postcolonial thinking, called attention to "means of global exchange which do not homogenize culture but produce a difference from which new things can emerge." Obrist encountered Glissant at the beginning of his career, through the recommendation of Alighiero Boetti. In his introduction, Obrist creates a multilayered portrait of the intellectual, laying out some of his key concepts: the creolization of the world, "archipelic thought," and the museum as archipelago, as well as utopia. These ideas are explored by Glissant in a selection of title pages of his books with drawings, notations and poetic dedications that are reproduced here in facsimile.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Charlotte Douglas, Krystyna Gmurzynska, Alexander Lavrentiev, Melodie Leung, Andrei Nakov, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mathias Rastorfer, Kenny Schachter, Patrik Schumacher.
This volume juxtaposes the dynamic, sweeping planes and angles of the buildings of Zaha Hadid (born 1950) with the equally dynamic art of the Russian Suprematist and Constructivist avant garde—as exemplified in works by Ilya Chashnik, El Lissitzky, Kasimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and Nikolai Suetin. The book documents an extraordinary, imaginative exhibition curated and designed by Hadid, which examines this conjunction across four themes or aesthetic qualities: Abstraction, Distortion, Fragmentation and Flotation. The exhibition, held in the Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich in the summer of 2010, was effectively a continuous art installation or environment, with the rooms dramatically striated and sculpted in angular black and white patterns. Hadid first explored the Russian avant garde in her graduation project in 1976–77, and this project consequently represents both a culmination and a labor of love for the architect.
Internationally celebrated Swiss curator and cultural mastermind Hans Ulrich Obrist never looks back. Since 2005, he has asked artists, architects, scientists, actors and philosophers the world over to fill in the blank for what’s to come. Now, he turns to China to further his ongoing speculative narrative. In this elfin-size, bilingual (English/Chinese) volume, people active in Chinese culture tell Obrist what they think the future will be. Co-published with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, this is the first installment of a new series published by Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli. Participants include A Yi, Nadim Abbas, Ai Weiwei, Daniel A. Bell, Cao Fei, Yung Ho Chang, Chen Jiaying, Chen Xiaoyun, Chen Man, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Cheng Wenhao, Chi Huisheng, Heman Chong, Chu Yun, Ding Yi, Duan Jianyu, Fang Lu, Gao Lei, Gao Weigang, Ge Lei, Frank Gehry, Gu Dexin and many others.
PUBLISHER Pinacoteca Agnelli/UCCA
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 5 in. / 300 pgs.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/31/2012 Out of print
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Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword and interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ai Weiwei, Joseph Rykwert.
In 2008, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei joined forces to design the celebrated Beijing National Stadium for the Olympic Games. In 2012, the team came together again for the Serpentine Gallery’s acclaimed annual commission, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. Their pavilion takes visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous pavilions. Supporting the structure from below, eleven columns symbolize past pavilions, and a twelfth represents the current one. The pavilion’s interior is clad in cork, to evoke the excavated earth, and is built as a network of pathways and trenches. Herzog & de Meuron and Weiwei’s archaeological approach creates a space that invites visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time to the inspiration of earlier structures.
Published by Progetto Prada Arte. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Carsten Höller’s chunky artist’s book The Double Club documents the London nightclub of the same name, which operated in 2008–09. Each room in the space was divided into Congolese and Western areas, creating an environment where guests enjoyed the fruitful coexistence of two different cultures.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Yoko Ono. Text by Alexandra Munroe. Chrissie Iles. Interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
As a pioneering conceptual artist, performance artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer and peace activist for over five decades, Yoko Ono (born 1933) has influenced several generations of artists, musicians and cultural workers across the globe. Throughout her career, Ono has explored an incredible range of media, coining new kinds of artistic genres--most notably with her instruction pieces, which she began making in the 1950s and continues to devise today. Yoko Ono: To the Light accompanies the artist’s major 2012 overview at the Serpentine Gallery in London (a city to which she has longstanding ties). In her introduction, Ono explains the book and show’s title: “We are now at the 13th hour, facing the future together in which we may destroy ourselves or go on to create our heaven on earth. For the Serpentine Gallery, I selected pieces which had the strongest vibration to take us to the light.” In accord with this utopian emphasis, Ono is also presenting #smilesfilm, a worldwide participatory project, as part of her exhibition. Conceived as a way of connecting people across the world, users are invited to upload images of their smiles via Twitter and Instagram, creating a global string of smiles. Included in this volume are reproductions of installations, films and performances, plus archival material relating to several key early works. Yoko Ono: To the Light is a concise introduction to the vast scope of this era-defining artist’s many endeavors.
Published by This Side Up/Fundación Helga de Alvear. Interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed a range of architects and artists associated with the venue. His interviewees include Emilio Tuñón and Luis Moreno Mansilla, Doug Aitken, Helena Almeida, Fernando Bryce, Angela Bulloch, James Casebere, Thomas Demand, Cristina Iglesias, Isaac Julien, Ernesto Neto and others.
PUBLISHER This Side Up/Fundación Helga de Alvear
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 240 pgs / 28 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/31/2012 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 164
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Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Helena Tatay. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Dirck Luckow. Text by Brigitte Huck, Helena Tatay. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Helena Tatay.
Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941) is a virtuoso taxonomist of contemporary visual culture. Published for Feldmann’s major 2012 exhibition at the Serpentine Galllery in London (which travels to Vienna and Hamburg), Catalogue compiles well-known images alongside new and unseen works, including selections from the artist’s private photo albums and reproductions of early book works from the late 1960s on. Grids of seagulls and postcards share space with lighthearted photobooth snaps of people crossing their eyes and a variety of other visual gags. At once intimate and accessible, Catalogue includes a lengthy, playful interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Helena Tatay, in which Feldmann looks back over his career, discussing inspirational figures such as Marcel Broodthaers, Bruno Goller and Konrad Klapheck and his favorite books.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Andreas F. Beitin, Peter Weibel. Text by Tony Benn, Hubert Burda, Tom Mole, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Wolfgang Ullrich, et al. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Elmgreen & Dragset. Interview by Sacha Goldmann with Paul Virilio.
In their latest monograph, the Danish-Norwegian duo Elmgreen & Dragset address the world of celebrity: rumor-mongering, life in the public eye, the mechanisms of the media, its formation of myths and how those myths endlessly bombard us with staged presentations of the self. Two allegorical installations on celebrity and its implications of "the one" (the celebrity) and "the many" (the rest of us) were devised for the duo's exhibition at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, and are here documented across 100 color plates. In one of the museum's atriums, Elmgreen & Dragset installed a full-scale high-rise apartment block; the other atrium was converted into a neoclassical ballroom. Also documented in this volume are The Welfare Show and the widely acclaimed 2009 Venice Biennale project, The Collectors. The book includes interviews with the duo and with French philosopher Paul Virilio.
1967-2010 in Alphabetical Order, Catalogue Raisonné
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Inigo Philbrick.
Gilbert & George Art Titles offers a new spin on the catalogue raisonné: a complete catalogue of the titles of all of the duo's works, from 1970 to the present, in the form of a continuous poetical index. Designed by the artists, it commences with their first performance at Nigel Greenwood Gallery in 1970, "3 Living Pieces"--flanking the title with the year on the left margin and the acronym "LS" ("living sculpture") on the right--and opens out into the more poetical titles for which they are known. The catalogue of works is also printed alphabetically, and each title is identified with an acronym indicating its format. Spanning more than 40 years of exhibitions, pictures, postcards, books and other formats, this volume constitutes an epic of accidental verse.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Raymund Ryan, Pedro Reyes.
Marking the ten-year anniversary of Fernando Romero's Laboratory of Architecture, this publication celebrates the work of the young Mexican architect. After working at the offices of Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam from 1997 to 2000, Romero started his own practice, the Laboratory of Architecture (LAR). The firm has produced a vast collection of designs and buildings ranging from the orthogonal to the fluid and organic. With offices in Mexico City and Los Angeles, the firm has consistently lived up to its name, demonstrating a willingness to experiment with new materials and methods while serving a diverse international clientele. LAR has worked to create luxury apartments and low-cost housing projects, museums and banks, schools and bridges. Presenting a selection of projects combining master planning, cultural exchange and socio-political research, LAR/Fernando Romero: Simplexity provides an overview of the architect's visions, designs and buildings.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Günther Holler-Schuster. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Robert Fleck, Annelie Pohlen.
Alois Mosbacher (born 1954) is a representative of Austria's Neue Malerei (New Painting) movement of the 1980s. This publication shows the progression of Mosbacher's career with plates of early as well as recent works, illustrating his early personal mythology and his more recent use of photography and mass media.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Sara Harrison, Michaela Unterdörfer. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Martin Herbert.
Subodh Gupta (born 1964) agglomerates everyday Indian household objects such as cooking utensils into monumental entities such as mushroom clouds or skulls, often sabotaging the fiction of intrinsic value through witty inversion and conjunction. Among the fruits of his methods are sculptural works such as bronze mangos, Hindu-swastika ceiling fans and worn-out sandals placed alongside three-dimensional Mona Lisas. Gupta's mostly found materials, which range in texture from aluminum, bronze and stainless steel to fiberglass and neon, identify themselves as Indian in origin, but are recomposed into sculptural meanings accessible to all nationalities (one implication of the title's "common man"). This monograph is published on the occasion of Gupta's first solo exhibition in London; alongside full-color reproductions, it includes an interview between Gupta and Hans Ulrich Obrist and an essay on the artist's work by Martin Herbert.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist embarks on intimate conversations with the artist while rowing on a lake, on automobile trips and walking through a museum, opening portals onto Tiravanija’s projects and methods.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Cerith Wyn Evans’ gloriously uncategorizable oeuvre has spanned installation works, sculptures, photography, film, text and a recent collaboration with industrial-music pioneers Throbbing Gristle. Preoccupations with language and perception generally lead the works, from an exhibition at Tate Britain in which a computer randomly selected lines from William Blake’s poetry to be reflected off a disco ball in Morse code format to “Inverse, Perverse, Reverse,” a large circular mirror that showed viewers’ reflections upside down, referencing Lacan’s mirror-stage theory of identity while throwing a wrench into the expected experience of representation. Evans has said he wants his work to function as a “catalyst or reservoir of possible meanings that, for the viewer, could unravel many discursive journeys.” In this series of conversations, Hans Ulrich Obrist draws Evans on these and other themes.
Published by Walther König/Koenig Books. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Over the fall of 2010, visitors to the serene and stately grounds of Kensington Gardens in London encountered four monumental stainless-steel sculptures by Anish Kapoor, carefully situated to reflect and distort in their mirrored surfaces the weather, the wildlife and the changing colors of the surrounding foliage. Visible from afar, Kapoor's sculptures interact with the locale with a tremendous sensitivity, while opening up whole new vistas and indeed "turning the world upside down." A tinted "Sky Mirror" disc planted in the Serpentine lake transforms the grey London sky into a dramatic and luminous red; a fluted, conical, mirrored structure seems to suck up the earth and siphon it into the sky. Illustrated with full-color plates of these works in situ, Turning the World Upside Down in Kensington Gardens is also the first Kapoor monograph to offer a comprehensive overview of all of the artist's stainless steel sculptures.
Published by Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books. Edited by Karen Marta, Kathryn Rattee, Zoe Stillpass. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones. Texts by Nicolas Bourriaud, Michael Fried, Dorothea von Hantelmann.
Philippe Parreno rose to prominence in the 1990s among a group of artists later gathered under the rubric of Relational Aesthetics. Parreno has sought to redefine the exhibition experience as a coherent object rather than a collection of individual works. In this spirit, his recent exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery constitutes an environment through which the visitor is guided by an orchestration of sound and image. This catalogue for the exhibition examines Parreno’s films, including Invisibleboy (2010), the tale of a Chinese immigrant boy who sees imaginary monsters that are scratched onto the film stock; June 8, 1968 (2009) which revisits the train voyage that transported the corpse of Robert Kennedy from New York to Washington D.C.; and The Boy from Mars (2003), which partly focuses on the generator that supplies the power required to make the film.
Published by Hatje Cantz. 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.
Published by Damiani/Third Line. 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 geometric abstraction. This book is the first substantial survey of Farmanfarmaian's acclaimed geometric works, and features an in-depth interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist; critical essays by Nader Ardalan, Media Farzin and Eleanor Sims; warm tributes by Farmanfarmaian's friends Etel Adnan, Siah Armajani, caraballo-farman, Golnaz Fathi, Hadi Hazavei, Susan Hefuna, Aziz Isham, Rose Issa, Faryar Javaherian, Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin Neshat, Donna Stein and Frank Stella; an excerpt from The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture by Nader Ardalan and Laleh Bakhtiar (1973); and an annotated timeline of Farmanfarmaian's life by Negar Azimi. "A role model for the artist of the twenty-first century." -Hans Ulrich Obrist
Published by Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books. 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, Prajakta Potnis, Raqs Media Collective, Tejal Shah, Valay Shende, Sudarshan Shetty, Dayanita Singh, Sumakshi Singh, Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand, Thukral & Tagra and Hema Upadhyay.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited and text by Claudia Emmert. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
For the past 30 years, German artist Thomas Stimm has examined our planet from the perspective of the solar system, fabricating sculptural and painted vignettes adorned with speech bubbles and logos that describe our planet--”Terra”--as a “home in space” for Terranians of all continents. This volume surveys Stimm’s cheerful utopian vision.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The Trip documents artist Marcus Coates’ work with outpatients at St John’s Hospice in London—persons in the final stages of their lives, to whom Coates put the question: “what can I do for you?” One unexpected reply was a request to travel to the Amazon rainforest and ask its inhabitants a set of questions. This volume records Coates’ extraordinary journey.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Introduction by Angelique Campens, Fredi Fischli, Magdalena Magiera, Jakob Schillinger, Scott Cameron Weaver. Foreword by Klaus Biesenbach, Christine Macel, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Based in Berlin showcases some 80 emerging artists currently living and working in Berlin, pursuing practices ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, photography, film and video, text, performance and installation. The publication is produced through the initiative of the same name, and is the result of hundreds of studio visits made since November 2010.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Norman Rosenthal, Sophie O'Brien, Clive Phillpot.
Pioneer of Auto-Destructive art, affiliate of Fluxus and the subject of several books but never a full retrospective, Gustav Metzger (born 1926) at last receives a substantial retrospective on more than half a century of activity. Born in Nüremberg, Germany, to Polish-Jewish parents, Metzger was evacuated to England with his brother as part of the Kindertransport in 1939 (his parents disappeared in 1943); 20 years later, after a period of study with the painter David Bomberg, he would abandon painting to seek ways of working that would recognize the destructiveness of the twentieth century: “artists have a special part to play in opposing extinction, if only on a theoretical, intellectual basis,” he wrote. Metzger's manifesto for “Auto-Destructve” art led to the famous Destruction in Art Symposium held at the London ICA in 1966, in which Yoko Ono, Wolf Vostell, Al Hansen and John Latham also participated. His subsequent work has included political activism, installation, performance and writing; among the many iconic images that Metzger has bequeathed to art history is one of him assaulting a large canvas with acid, wearing a gas mask and suit—an instance of creative destructiveness which later inspired Pete Townshend of The Who to trash his guitar onstage. With essays and an interview, Decades records Metzger's passionate war with art for the sake of a more peaceable world.
Raised as a child in Nazi Germany, Gustav Metzger (born 10 April 1926) is an activist political artist who founded the auto-destructive art movement and called for an Art Strike in the late 1970s to protest art's engagement with capitalism.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 portrait of Cedric Price's life and work.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Here, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hans-Peter Feldmann have decided to play with the interview format: Obrist poses the questions in writing and Feldmann answers each of them with a picture. The results are frequently funny, and an impressive exercise in visual thinking.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 icon of twentieth-century culture shows herself to be a generous and smart personality, and a multifaceted artist of enormous influence.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Manifesto Marathon is the third in Hans Ulrich Obrist's series of Marathon events at London's Serpentine Gallery. Coming at a moment when manifestos, having ceased to spearhead artistic movements, seem ripe for reinvention, Manifesto Marathon collects statements and declarations of all kinds from artists and contributors from the worlds of literature, design, science, philosophy, music and film. Highlights include Nicolas Bourriaud's “Altermodern,” Paul Chan's “Sex and the New Way, V.I.,” Jimmie Durham's “No More Silly Hats,” Fritz Haeg's “London: A Manifesto From Your Animals,” David Hockney's “Manifesto for Smoking,” Adam Pendleton's “Black Dada,” Agnès Varda's “What To Do?,” Ben Vautier's “I Don't Know What To Do,” Ai Wewei's “Despicable Things,” Vivienne Westwood's “AR,” Lebbeus Woods' “Slow Manifesto,” plus interviews with Eric Hobsbawm and Tino Sehgal, and a wealth of photographs from the event.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited and with text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hu Fan.
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.
Published by JRP|Ringier. By Dorothea von Hantlemann. Edited by Karen Marta. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Art has never been as culturally and economically prominent as it is today. How can artists themselves shape the social relevance and impact of their work? In How to Do Things with Art, German art historian Dorothea von Hantelmann uses four case study artists--Daniel Buren, James Coleman, Jeff Koons and Tino Sehgal--to examine how an artwork acts upon and within social conventions, particularly through the "performing" of exhibitions. The book's title is a play on J.L. Austin's seminal text, How to Do Things with Words, which describes language's reality-producing properties and demonstrates that in "saying" there is always a "doing"--a linguistic counterpart to the dynamics envisioned by Von Hantelmann for art, in which "showing" is a kind of "doing." Von Hantelmann's close analysis of works by Buren, Coleman, Koons and Sehgal explores how each of these artists has taken control of how their work conducts itself in the world.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Over the past three and a half decades, Marina Abramovic’s astonishing oeuvre, with pieces in which she performs feats of extreme endurance or mortification of the flesh, has laid bare--perhaps more than any other artist has done--the human body’s strengths, limitations, vulnerabilities and complex bouquet of meanings. In addition, her projects have simultaneously provoked and deflected intense curiosity about who could possibly want to publicly subject herself to such agonizing conditions: who, in short, is Marina Abramovic? In this revealing set of conversations--conducted in train stations, hotels, galleries and her own private studio--between Abramovic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, with the occasional addition of other interlocutors including Gustav Metzger (the “Old Master of action art”), the artist talks about her work, the strict discipline of her Yugoslav childhood and the process of preparing for her epochal retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
An Exhibition Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at The Huerta de San Vicente Casa Museo de Federico García Lorca
Published by Federico García Lorca Foundation/ Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Taking the Granada home of the poet Federico García Lorca as a stage for site-specific art, Hans Ulrich Obrist invited James Fenton, Gilbert & George, Dominique González-Foerster, Enrique Vila-Matas, Cristina Iglesias, Pere Portabella and others to respond to its interior.
PUBLISHER Federico García Lorca Foundation/ Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales
BOOK FORMAT Slip, Clth, 2 volumes, 5 x 7.75 in. / 400 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2010 p. 142
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Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Daniel Birnbaum, Tacita Dean, Ingar Dragset, Michael Elmgreen, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
What Good is the Moon? is the first book to chronicle the exhibitions of the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, which stages ambitious shows at historic landmarks and unusual sites throughout Milan. Works by Darren Almond, John Bock, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Urs Fischer, Fischli and Weiss, Paola Pivi and Tino Sehgal are featured.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
With his memorably titled 1956 collage "Just What is it that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?", British artist Richard Hamilton (born 1922) heralded the British Pop revolution; and with his 1967 Swingeing London series of prints, which depicted the arrest of Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser, Hamilton's art entered the general public consciousness. But unlike so many Pop artists, Hamilton was never an uncritical or ambivalent advocate of postwar society, and he has often agitated directly against it, producing a great deal of openly political, satirical work that assaults both consumer culture at large and more immediate political events. This monograph, published for Hamilton's 2010 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London (his first exhibition since 1992), brings together Hamilton's famous "protest" paintings as well as newer political works and features essays by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Michael Bracewell.
Published by Walther König, Köln. 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 then painted over using brushes and scrapers. Chiming with many currents in contemporary writing and bookmaking, Obrist-O'Brist is an adventure from cover to cover; it even has two different sleeves, and can be approached from either end (as frequent upside-down pages indicate).
A Dialogue on Art and Architecture with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Published by Walther König, Köln/D.A.P..
In this Dialogue on Art and Architecture, Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923) reminisces with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his early career, his teachers (Max Beckmann, Brancusi, Léger and Vantongerloo) and particularly on the relation of his work to architecture: “architects are usually the first people who understand my work,” he tells Obrist here, while describing his many collaborations in this field. Throughout this beautiful publication runs a series of collaged and overpainted postcards by Kelly, dating from 1949 to 1984, which are reproduced here for the first time. These postcards, referred to throughout the dialogue, are unlike any of Kelly's paintings and sculptures, particularly in their use of body imagery; others are closer to familiar Kelly terrain, as projections of torn colored paper forms onto found landscapes and architecture. This artist's book makes a wonderfully unusual record of a warm encounter.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln/D.A.P.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 7.25 x 10 in., 80 pgs / 58 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 56
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781935202134TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This bilingual book is built around Thomas Demand's exhibition Nationalgalerie, held at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Obrist and Demand's conversation examines the exhibition, Demand's literary influences and collaborations, and the logistics of exhibition spaces.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Mark Wigley, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrice Galilee. Foreword by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
An ongoing program of temporary structures designed by internationally acclaimed architects, The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission was conceived by the institution's director, Julia Peyton-Jones, in 2000, and is unique worldwide. The Pavilion for 2009 was designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, of the leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA. Sejima and Nishizawa created a stunning structure that resembles a reflective cloud or a pool of water, sitting atop a series of delicate columns. The metal roof varies in height, wrapping itself around the trees in the park and sweeping down almost to the ground in some places. Open and ephemeral in structure, its reflective materials allow it to sit seamlessly within the natural environment, reflecting both the park and sky. “It works as a field of activity with no walls,” say Sejima and Nishizawa. This publication documents the conception, construction and life of this impressive temporary structure.
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.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 past few years.
Published by Charta. 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. The 70 published here are taken from an archive containing nearly 2,000 hours of recordings and organized by interviewees' dates of birth. Volume 2 is another collection of insightful dialogues with a diverse group of architects, artists, filmmakers, historians, musicians, philosophers and writers--including Björk, Miranda July, Studs Terkel, Czeslaw Milosz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Emmett Williams, Merce Cunningham, Richard Hamilton, Doris Lessing, Beno"t Mandelbrot, Kazuo Shinohara, Jacques Herzog, Ai Wei Wei, Arto Lindsay and Michel Houellebecq-- a rich trove of international cultural thought spanning the past 100 years. Encyclopedic in scope but intimate in tone, these exchanges provoke unexpected torrents of biographical trajectories, theoretical adventurings and inklings of projects to come.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 950 pgs.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/30/2010 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2009 p. 176
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881587315TRADE List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by RoseLee Goldberg. Text by RoseLee Goldberg. Contributions by Catherine Wood, Jay Sanders, Anthony Huberman, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Assembled by the pioneering scholar of performance art, RoseLee Goldberg, this volume documents new performances by some of the world's most exciting visual artists, focusing on the relationship between contemporary dance and visual art, the ongoing legacy of "Happenings" inventor Allan Kaprow and the recent explosion of performance in China. Photographs, artists' scripts, sketches, journals and storyboards are complemented by writings from prominent curators and critics, as well as interviews with Paul McCarthy, Dan Graham, Isaac Julien, Yvonne Rainer, Nathalie Djurberg, Jérôme Bel and others.
Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. By Carolee Thea. Edited by Thomas Micchelli. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 future." Thea's interviewees are Joseph Backstein, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Massimiliano Gioni, RoseLee Goldberg, Mary Jane Jacob, Pi Li, Virginia Perez-Ratton and Rirkrit Tiravanija. On Curating also includes 50 color illustrations of relevant works by (among others) Kutlug Ataman, Tamy Ben-Tor, John Bock, Cao Fei, Olafur Eliasson, Isaac Julien, Francois & Philippe Parreno, Yvonne Rainer, Michael Rakowitz, Doris Salcedo, Allan Sekula, Yinka Shonibare and Francesca Woodman.
Carolee Thea is a curator, critic, art historian and independent scholar. Her first book, Foci: Interviews with Ten International Curators was published in 2001. She is contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Sculpture magazine and was the English editor of Atlántica 45. Her articles, reviews and interviews have been published in many arts journals, among them Parkett, Artforum.com, The New Art Examiner, Modern Painters, Artnet.com, ZSijue 21 Beijing, Heresies, Tema Celeste, Parachute and ArtNews.
Published by Violette Editions. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Robert Violette. Introduction by William Gibson. Text by James Flint, Richard Williams, Paul Smith.
New paperback edition! Called, "A ripe blend of master craftsmanship and Monty Pythonesque lunacy" by Monument and, "A treasure trove," by The Bookseller, You Can Find Inspiration in Everything is now in its third printing and still going strong. Far from being just a fashion monograph, this volume "images" Paul Smith's brain on the page, presenting original and often humorous thoughts and ideas--found in shop windows, advertising campaigns, photographs and souvenirs brought back from world travels--that became the inspiration for the look of the season. In addition to texts and images by the renowned British designer himself, collaborations include an account of Smith's teenage obsession with cycling by Guardian sportswriter Richard Williams; a fictional text by celebrated novelist James Flint; interviews with neuroscientist Dr. Semir Zeki and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist; two posters; and The Bunny, a comic book within the book, complete with a cryptic crossword, puzzles, a fold-out board game and illustrations by various acclaimed artists and designers.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Preface by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Peter Gidal, Julia Peyton-Jones.
Composed of bright monochrome squares randomly arranged in a grid to create stunning sheets of kaleidoscopic color, Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colors (2007)--the latest result of the artist's long-term exploration of seriality--was created just following the completion of his design for the south transept window of Cologne Cathedral, unveiled in August 2007, which is made of 11,500 hand-blown squares of glass in 72 colors. 4900 Colors consists of 196 panels of 25 different colored squares that can be reconfigured in 11 variations, from one large-scale piece to multiple, smaller paintings. Version II--49 identically sized paintings, each 38 x 38 inches--was produced for Richter's 2008 Serpentine Gallery exhibition, also catalogued here, alongside texts by critics Benjamin Buchloh, Peter Gidal and Birgit Pelzer as well as Serpentine Director, Julia Peyton Jones and Serpentine Co-Director of Exhibitions Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by agnès b. Text by Edouard Glissant, Felix Hoffmann, André Magnin, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
French fashion designer and cultural broker agnès b. has been a major participant in the international art world for many years--especially in New York, where her encouragement and support of numerous artists and institutions has made her a revered philanthropist and friend to many. Now, this book offers a window into agnès b.'s much-admired eye by surveying the highlights of the collection she has amassed over the decades. Initially organized around Modern photography, with a focus on Brassaï, Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt and Weegee, as well as classic pieces by Atget, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, the collection quickly expanded into Contemporary art and photography, as agnès b. acquired works by William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Nan Goldin, and later by Cameron Jamie, Richard Billingham and Martin Parr.
Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. 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 Hans Ulrich Obrist, it quickly became a basic text in all of the creative fields. For this new, complete edition of the writings, Richter has placed his private archive at the editor's disposal; most of the photographic material comes from this archive and has not been previously published. The volume begins with the artist's farewell letters to his teacher Heinz Lohmar in 1961, is augmented with 15 unpublished texts from 1962 to 1993, as well as texts from the past 14 (highly productive) years of his career, and closes with an interview on his contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. In between are public statements on specific exhibitions, private reflections drawn from personal correspondence, answers to questions posed by critics and journal excerpts discussing the intentions, methods and subjects of his works from various periods. At more than 600 pages (the first edition was only 288), it is without doubt the essential companion to Richter's colossal oeuvre. Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932. His first solo show was in 1964 at Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf. Today he is ranked among the world's greatest painters.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Olafur Eliasson, John Brockman, Bruno Latour, Gustav Metzger, Barbara Vanderlinden.
In 2007, Serpentine Gallery Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Olafur Eliasson invited more than 100 leading artists, architects, filmmakers, academics and scientists--including Peter Cook, Simon Baron-Cohen, Gloria Friedmann, Neil Turok, Kim Gordon, Spartacus Chetwynd, Simon Forti, Fia Bäckstrom and Joseph Grigely--to expand the notion of experimentation for their 24-Hour Experiment Marathon, held in the Rem Koolhaas-designed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. In the tradition of Obrist's now-legendary ongoing 24-Hour Interview Marathon, the crowds were standing-room-only and the action never stopped. This publication details the more than 40 screenings, performances and experimental films making up this genre-bending blend of science and art.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Enzo Mari.
Volume 15 of The Conversation Series features a riveting dialogue between series editor and cultural catalyst Hans Ulrich Obrist and the renowned Italian designer Enzo Mari. More concerned with theoretical issues in design than commercial success, Mari is one of the most thoughtful and intellectually provocative designers of the late twentieth century. His work as a product and furniture designer, as well as a writer, teacher and artist, has proved influential both to his peers and to younger generations. In this volume, Mari discusses his iconic designs for cutting-edge production houses Danese, Olivetti and Castelli, his experience of the contradictory aspects of postwar Italy and his unique take on the design trends of the 1960s and 1970s. Enzo Mari was born in 1932 in Novara, Italy. He has most recently completed a series of tubular aluminum chairs for Vienna's Gebrüder Thonet and a collection for the Japanese home store Muji.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gustav Metzger.
In volume 16 of The Conversation Series, Hans Ulrich Obrist presents an in-depth exchange with the venerable German-born artist and activist Gustav Metzger, which illuminates the artist's fascinating life and 60-year career. In 1959, Metzger penned a manifesto of Auto-destructive art, which states in part, "Auto-destructive paintings, sculptures and constructions have a lifetime varying from a few moments to 20 years. When the disintegrative process is complete, the work is to be removed from the site and scrapped." In this volume, Metzger talks to Obrist about his past and present association with Auto-destructive art, how he has come to fuse his art practice with his political commitment to human rights and ecology, how he escaped the Holocaust at the age of 13 and the many projects he has yet to realize.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Kasper König, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Barbara Engelbach, Julia Peyton-Jones.
The definitive book on filmmaker, writer, founder of Anthology Film Archive and all-round cinema avatar Jonas Mekas, this compendium of materials is essential for all fans of independent American cinema. Since the early 1950s, when he acquired his first Bolex camera (shortly after moving to New York from Lithuania), Mekas has practiced a kind of diaristic filmmaking, which developed into a distinct style in the 1960s, where his documentations of John Lennon, Allen Ginsberg and other member of the New York counterculture were blended with footage of the city's street life and everyday incidents. Since the 1990s, he has also produced so-called "frozen film stills" and installation video pieces. This book presents his newest work (such as the huge video piece "365 Day Project," for which he filmed a video every day for a year) alongside his texts--journals, poems, letters, essays and interviews--and a huge array of historical photographs, posters and other ephemera.
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 result is an informal portrait of one of the most important artists of our time.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Julia Peyton-Jones, Martin Herbert, Barry Schwabsky.
With her classically formal clay and bronze sculptures, London-based Rebecca Warren positions herself within the predominantly male figurative tradition, which includes Degas and Rodin, while maintaining the contemporary stance of questioning her predecessors' authority. Here she presents new works alongside well-known pieces from throughout her career.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Beatrix Ruf. Text by Will Bradley. Interview by Stuart Comer.
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 of his artistic production, with color illustrations, an in-depth discussion between Stuart Comer and the artist, and an essay by Will Bradley.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Christine Macel, Karen Marta. Text by Simon Critchley, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Philippe Parreno (born 1964) undermines the notion of the discrete, ownable, copyrighted artwork through collaborations with artists such as Douglas Gordon and Pierre Huyghe, performances, dialogue and the cultivation of exhibitions as real-time encounters. This superbly produced monograph, designed by M/M, offers the first substantial inventory of Parreno's work since the late 1980s, covering his multifarious production from film (such as the famous Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait, made with Douglas Gordon, 2006) to spectacle (Il Tempo del Postino, with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2007). It also includes critical and fictional texts by Maria Lind, Charles Arsène-Henry, Enrique Juncosa and Simon Critchley, as well as an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Peyton Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Frederic Tuten, Arthur C. Danto, Dorothea von Hantelmann. Conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Jeff Koons' Popeye series, begun in 2002, incorporates some of the artist's signature themes and motifs: the surrealistic combination of everyday objects, cartoon imagery, outsized scale, art-historical references and children's toys. The sculptures reproduced here continue Koons' fondness for casting inflatable toys in aluminum—carefully painted to resemble supple plastic—which he juxtaposes here with unaltered everyday objects, such as chairs or garbage cans. The Popeye paintings are complex and layered compositions that combine disparate images both found and created by Koons (including images of the sculptures in the series). The instantly recognizable figures of Popeye and Olive Oyl are central, and recur across several key works within the book. Frederic Tuten, Arthur C. Danto and Dorothea von Hantelmann provide commentary on this fun body of work, which Koons discusses in a conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
My goal is to re-experience a past emotion...to relive anxiety…anxiety is a passive state, and the object is to be active and take control, stated Louise Bourgeois about her practice, which spanned more than 60 years and a variety of media. This beautifully produced, limited-edition book is a rare glimpse at over 40 of Bourgeois’ works, mostly drawings from a private Swiss collection, which are richly reproduced and juxtaposed with excerpts from her journal. The diary entries highlight Bourgeois’ method of mining her past as part of her practice, but the work itself draws heavily from an impressive breadth of historical and contemporary art. These works, produced from 1939 to 2002, also provide a new look at the evolution of one of this century’s most important artists--who has stopped being innovative and inspiring to her peers. Her defiance in the face of all of twentieth-century art movements is legendary.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adrian Notz. Text by Yona Friedman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Peter Bissegger, Karin Orchard, Gwendolen Webster.
The evolving artwork and early, all-encompassing installation Merzbau was German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters’ obsession. He began building a fantastical structure inside his Hanover studio in 1923, which he conceived as a project without end. It gradually took over most of the house. He continued to work on it in different locations throughout his life, remarking that the Merzbau contained everything that was important to him. This groundbreaking volume results from the first of a series of Zurich-based symposia on the Merzbau and its legacy in contemporary architecture, art and society. The Symposium Merzbau sets a new standard for further research on Schwitter’s influential project. Edited by curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist, this book includes contributions by art historians, critics and architects--including Yona Friedman, Thomas Hirschorn and Gwendolen Webster--who discuss ways in which the Merzbau resonates in their fields, and provide new perspectives on Schwitters’ under-examined masterwork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
00s—The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stéphanie Moisdon. Text by Okwui Enwezor. Text by Michel Houellebecq, Paul Veyne, Ralph Rugoff.
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, designed by the renowned Parisian firm M/M and edited by Biennial curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Stéphanie Moisdon, includes previously unpublished essays by Michel Houellebecq, Okwui Enwezor and Ralph Rugoff, and functions as a manual for “a decade yet to be named…a present that is endlessly arriving.”
Published by JRP|Ringier. 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 death in 2005, critic Aaron Schuster summed up, "the image we have of the curator today: the curator-as-artist, a roaming, freelance designer of exhibitions, or in his own witty formulation, a 'spiritual guest worker'... If artists since Marcel Duchamp have affirmed selection and arrangement as legitimate artistic strategies, was it not simply a matter of time before curatorial practice--itself defined by selection and arrangement--would come to be seen as an art that operates on the field of art itself?"
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications. 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
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, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija--a many-sided conversation that helped shape the cultural landscape of the 1990s and beyond.
Published by Richter Verlag. Text by Enrique Juncosa, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Rachael Thomas, Jenni Lomax, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Reviewing a 2006 exhibition of the Berlin-based artist Thomas Scheibitz's work in The New York Times, Roberta Smith wrote, "Stylish and cool, the work... continues to violate the borders between abstraction and representation, painting and sculpture, art and other visual culture. His sculptures resemble architectural models or fragments of logos; his paintings are vaguely figurative. Both seem derived from some outside source, and display a flexible faith in form's infinite allusiveness and consequent ability to inspire free-form reverie." This volume presents Scheibitz's pictorial archive, compiled from a vast range of pictures found in newspapers, magazines, films and cartoons, as well as our collective memory. In making this material available, Scheibitz gives readers a tool to draw many conclusions about his artistic methods in painting and sculpture.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Julia Peyton-Jones, Tilda Swinton, Chrissie Iles, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Brutal Beauty presents Isaac Julien's refreshing vision of Derek Jarman as a true Renaissance man--a painter, director, activist, diarist and gardener--whose infectiously prolific range of enterprises belies a consistent preoccupation with liberated sexual politics and the defiance of inherited mores.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Nils Norman, Julia Peyton-Jones.
This publication documents British artist Nils Norman's collaboration with London's Serpentine Gallery and a UK organization, through which he worked with homeless people to map their experiences, uncovering how the economic and physical structures of the city impact the people who inhabit its public spaces.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Julia Peyton-Jones. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Born in 1919, Viennese artist Maria Lassnig--who coined the phrase "body-awareness painting"--uses bold forms and strong colors to create portraits and semi-figurative abstractions. This volume, with texts by Robert Storr, Jennifer Higgie and Paul McCarthy, includes a selection of sensational, fresh and vibrant works from the last three years.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Alessandro Rabottini. Text by Yilmaz Dziewior, Tom Morton, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited and with text by Daniel Birnbaum, Udo Kittelmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Thomas Bayrle, born in 1937 in Berlin, has always been obsessed with Mao's China. He remembers seeing, as a young man, photographs of stadium-wide choreographed events there, where thousands of participants held up a sign on command, each sign a pixel in a giant picture. Of replicating that mass choreography in his early moving figurines--including Western figures who shaved or ate ice cream collectively--and of mixing Communist and capitalist elements in his work, he says, "irreconcilable ideological opposites thus become ever more similar--and down through the years become blurred--to the point of the global rock 'n' roll today." This volume drops viewers straight into Bayrle's prescient globalism through bright graphic works featuring repeating soldiers, Maos, chairs and chickens, in old-school silkscreen and recent digitized photographs. Softcover binding wraps all sides of the book, and pages are printed at full bleed, without text, except for the interview section.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Olafur Eliasson. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The Goose Lake Trail through the remote highlands of Iceland winds across glaciers and moving sands. This deceptively delicate volume, with its cloth cover and topographic end-papers, documents a road trip there in Olafur Eliasson's "survival car," as Hans Ulrich Obrist dubbed it in his journey-long interview with the artist. Eliasson writes of the drive: "At one point the ground under the car started to shift softly as if the whole area were made of jelly… I said that this was not unusual at all, and that I do this every summer... The image of the car sinking through the sand, carrying us into the underground glacial river hovered continually in the back of my head. Luckily Hans Ulrich believed me. Turning to the window while looking at the surprising appearance of water shooting up everywhere around us, he calmly prepared the next question." Landscape photographs by Eliasson and text by Obrist.
Published by Trilce Ediciones. Introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Edited by Pedro Reyes. Text by Liam Gillick, Rem Koolhaas.
When architect Luis Barragán (1902-1988) won the Pritzker Prize in 1980, he marveled that "publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement…. though I am fully aware that I have not done them complete justice in my work, they have never ceased to be my guiding lights." Barragán's aesthetic makes him colossally relevant in an art world rediscovering beauty. Here critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has gathered 30 of today's most interesting and relevant artists and architects to interpret Barragán's work from every angle: Contributors include Gilbert & George, Olafur Eliasson, Fischli & Weiss, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Rem Koolhaas, Ed Ruscha and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
PUBLISHER Trilce Ediciones
BOOK FORMAT Fliexibound, 6.5 x 9 in. / 228 pgs / 138 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 95
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Published by Charta. Text by Benedetto Gravagnuolo, Stefano Boeri, Mimmo Jodice, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Born in 1934 in Naples--where he still lives and works--Mimmo Jodice has been at the top of his profession, one of the great Italian masters of photography, for more than 45 years. This volume celebrates Jodice's architectural work, uniting his portraits of eight world capitals into a kind of self-portrait. Four of the cities have been the subjects of previous titles: Paris: City of Light; Inlands: A Vision of Boston; São Paulo and La città invisibile: Nuove vedute di Napoli; and four are new to print, including Rome, Moscow, Tokyo and New York. When Jodice's Medeterranean appeared, which includes some Rome images, the architecture critic Herbert Muschamp observed of it in the New York Times that "Mr. Jodice depicts a mythical place… a romantic intertwining of wholeness and solitude: the oceanic sensation of merger between a self and its surroundings." That impression of unity is as strong--if not as relaxing--in his contemporary urban landscapes as in his ancient ones. With text from Stefano Boeri of Domus magazine and an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Jodice's previous books, in addition to those above, include Light, Eden and Tempo Interiore.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 11x 11 in. / 144 pgs / 62 duotone/ 2 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/1/2007 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 115
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881586288TRADE List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00
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.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Ziba de Weck. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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 includes in-depth coverage of the recent title piece and an overview of his oeuvre to date. Texts by Ziba de Weck and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by JRP|Ringier/Tranzit series. Edited by Vit Havranek. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pawel Polit, Georg Schöllhammer, Jiri Sevcik, Igor Zabel.
This first complete record of Prague artist Jiri Kovanda's actions, installations and interventions over the past 30 years replicates the A4 pages (with photographs and typewritten texts attached) on which he documented his activities in the 1970s and 1980s. That first ephemeral work focused on the discoveries of new types of relationships, enacted with his friends and anonymous passersby in the streets. His installations from the 1980s were ironic responses to American Minimalism, set up in peripheral public spaces during the period of so-called "real socialism." Actions and Installations 1975-2006 covers those evolving performances and interventions up through 2005 and situates Kovanda's work in the history of Conceptualism. Among its three interviews is a talk with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Kovanda has been invited to participate in Documenta 2007.
Published by JRP|Ringier/e-flux. Introduction by Daniel Birnbaum. Edited by Anton Vidokle. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Using an archive of electronic announcements distributed by e-flux, The Best Surprise is No Surprise documents significant recent developments in art-related media releases, which are now global, instantaneous and linked coming and going. Readers can track the dissemination of information about exhibitions, publications, events and symposia organized and selected by some of the most active international curators, artists, critics and art historians of our time. That information is accompanied by brilliant color images of the events themselves, so that the book becomes a resource documenting recent contemporary exhibitions as well as the evolution of their self-portrayal and promotion. With an introductory essay by Daniel Birnbaum, an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and 250 e-flux announcements selected by Zdenka Badovinac, Ariane Beyn, Mircea Cantor, Binna Choi, Hedwig Fijen, Elena Filipovic, Liam Gillick, Jens Hoffmann, Eungie Joo, Samuel Keller, Francesco Manacorda, Viktor Misiano, Naeem Mohaiemen, Jessica Morgan, Molly Nesbit, Ernesto Neto, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Natasa Petresin, Brian Sholis, Nancy Spector, Christine Tohme, Tirdad Zolghadr and many more.
Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. Edited by Georg Leutner. Text by Doryun Chong, Vincent Honoré, Udo Kittelmann, Gunnar Kvaran, Wilfried Lentz, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Zhang Qing, Tania Ragasol, Trevor Smith, Sonja Traar.
Eleven top curators from international museums tap 25 young artists to break out and change the art world. The curators, many of whom match the same criteria--young and gunning for change--include Udo Kittelmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Trevor Smith, among others. Artists include Brock Enright, Reena Spaulings and Paul Chan.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Francesca Grassi. Text by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rochelle Steiner, Philippe Parreno, Bruce Sterling.
Rirkrit Tiravanija thrives on the interactions between himself and strangers, friends new and old that he encounters on his travels. He insists that art should provide an occasion for geniality and sociability, an insistence that has enriched the environments he has traversed. Conceived as an artist's book, Rirkrit Tiravanija is also the artist's first monograph. It is constructed as a "storyboard" comprised of images from every work produced between 1989 and the present day. In collaboration with the great Paris designers M/M, Tiravanija offers us the most complete evaluation of his work to date, using as narrative backbone his numerous international retrospective exhibitions of 2004 and 2005 (at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand, the Munich Kunstverein, the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Serpentine Gallery in London). As documentation, this book is an unsurpassed survey that demonstrates the conceptual unity of Tiravanija's seemingly disparate projects. Texts include written scenarios and scripts by the artist Philippe Parreno, the science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and by Tiravanija himself. Also included is a post-retrospective conversation between the exhibitions' curators, among them Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) Rirkrit Tiravanija lives and works in New York, Berlin and Bangkok.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Heinz Stahlhut, Juri Steiner, Stefan Zweifel. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jean Beaudrillard, Giorgio Agamben, et. al.
A precursor to Arte Povera, Fluxus and Punk, the Situationist International has bequeathed a uniquely complex and conflicted legacy to contemporary art-making. Led by Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem, it initially favored the production of art objects; by 1962, collective debate on the role of art had caused the expulsion of its fine-artist members, including Asger Jorn, other members of Cobra and the entire Munich-based Gruppe SPUR. The revolution envisaged by the Situationist International demanded creativity in everyday life, the constructing of situations or the "fashioning of a temporary micro-environment and series of events for a single moment in the life of several individuals." The Situationist International (1957-1972) (the catalogue for the eponymous exhibition at Centraal Museum, Utrecht, and Museum Tinguely, Basel) is the first publication to evaluate the creative contributions of the SI. It addresses three areas of Situationist practice: firstly, anonymous and communal artistic production (e.g Cobra, Asger Jorn's folk art research and the "Bauhaus Imaginiste"); secondly, "détournement," variously translated as "diversion" or "subversion," a key SI strategy in which extant works such as advertisements, comics, paintings or films are politically reconstituted by collage or other means; and thirdly, the practice of "dérive"--"drift" or purposeless wandering in an urban milieu--which generated the now widely known phenomenon of "psychogeography" and led to radical reassessments of architectural practice. The Situationist International includes new unpublished SI documents and essays by Giorgio Agamben, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Sloterdijk and Philippe Sollers.
Published by JRP|Ringier/BDV Bureau des videos. 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 their London house, a veritable museum of obsessions. Beyond good and bad, beyond appearances and objects (negatives, books, press cuttings… ), viewers are offered unprecedented insight into the artists' methods and the forms of thinking and categorizing that make up their philosophy on art and life. Gilbert & George met and began their collaboration in 1967 in London; in 1986 they won the Turner Prize; in 2005 they represented the U.K. at the Venice Biennale; from 2007 through 2009, a retrospective of their work will be touring major museums worldwide.
Volume number 10 in the Conversation Series with the influential museum director, curator, writer and conversationalist Hans Ulrich Obrist, is given over to an intensive talk with the important German conceptual artist, Thomas Demand, who constructs precise environments out of paper maquettes, which are then photographed to haunting effect. Topics include concepts and rules of operation, the reconstruction and reverberation of history, work processes, studio realities and significant exhibitions of recent years. This wide-ranging conversation, modestly illustrated with black-and-white images, is as intelligent as it is revealing, giving the reader an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two of the most brilliant players on the international art scene. Demand lives between Berlin and New York, where a retrospective of his work was shown at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Hans Ulrich Obrist is the Co-Director of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as well as the Serpentine Gallery, London, where he lives and works.
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 for his 1958 manifesto, L'Architecture mobile, Friedman's ideas have remained influential. His work was featured at the 2002 Documenta.
The radical, internationally renowned curator and cultural instigator Hans Ulrich Obrist never looks back. For this book project he compiled a list of quotes on what the "future will be" by some of the creative figures of his acquaintance. Lawrence Weiner replied, "The future is what we construct from what we remember of the past--the present is the time of instantaneous revelation." Olafur Eliasson answered, "The future will be curved." Tino Sehgal: "The future will be so subjective." Trisha Donnelly: "Future?... You must be mistaken." Martha Rosler: "The future always flies in under the radar." Zaha Hadid: "The fuiture is not." And many others weighed in. The design of this book was composed by M/M, Paris. The edition is limited to 600 copies, each of which is numbered, signed by Obrist, stamped by M/M and includes your own sticker.
PUBLISHER Onestar Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 9 in. / 150 pgs.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2007 p. 142
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782915359244FLAT40 List Price: $35.00 CDN $40.00
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 the early 1970s I believed in that whole thing. I had basically left-wing sympathies but, I don't know, as someone said about communism: great idea, wrong species!
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.
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.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Essay by Francis Mckee.
This insightful book features a clear PVC cover designed by the artist, printed in silver ink. Barney's sometimes ominous and sometimes sexy black-and white work is highlighted by a 12-page high gloss full color insert--the centerfold, if you will.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Essays by Jörg Immendorff, Anette Hüsch.
In his youth, J‡rg Immendorff was an assistant at Joseph Beuys's legendary performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. As he describes here in an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, when Beuys complied with his dealer's request to rearrange the stage for commercial reasons ('I need the stuff we can sell at the front.'), Immendorff stuck a red dot on Beuys's vest, the international sign that a work has sold, and in this case the scarlet letter of the sellout. Immendorff remains as politically and personally engaged today. Male Lago, a gigantic scrapbook and portfolio almost three-and-a-half inches thick and weighing in at 880 pages, tracks his work from its earliest and most political days through to his recent paintings and quietly wry brass monkeys.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 11 in. / 880 pgs / 148 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2006 p. 99
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883759975SDNR30 List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00
Published by Walther König, Köln. Essays by Igor Zabel, Georg Schüllhammer and Frank Frangenberg. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The essays in this overview of Roman Ondák's work call his pieces "poetic non-events," and "situations." What kind of non-events exactly? A while ago he parked some vintage Slovak Skodas, with old plates, outside a gallery. Lately he's been giving away chocolate bars, asking the recipients to make something from the wrappers, and exhibiting the resulting works by the hundreds. Includes an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9.25 in. / 224 pgs / 183 color / 10 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2006 p. 148
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883759616SDNR30 List Price: $42.00 CDN $50.00
Published by Errant Bodies Press. Essays by Federico Marulanda Rey, Kim Cascone and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Introduction by Brandon LaBelle.
A pioneer since the early 1960s in sound art and digital composition, Yasunao Tone has composed for Merce Cunningham (alongside John Cage) and been a member of the groups Ongaku, Hi-Red Center and Fluxus. He is unabashedly avant garde and continues today to engage questions of noise, language and systems of representation. This indispensable monograph catalogues the artist's career through documentation of seminal projects.
Published by e-flux/Revolver. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Essays by Daniel Birnbaum and Harold Garfinkel.
The Do It book contains artworks by more than 100 international artists in the form of do-it-yourself text instructions to be completed by the reader. Based on the traveling exhibition and e-flux online project curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the book also includes a selection of essays and interviews, and offers comprehensive material on the groundbreaking show. Do It began in 1993 with a discussion among friends Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier and Hans Ulrich Obrist. All three had been interested in various forms of instructional procedures since the early 1970s, and that evening they spoke of the instructions contained within their own work. From this discussion arose the idea of an exhibition of do-it-yourself descriptions and procedural instructions. Since 1993, the exhibition has taken place in venues in more than 40 cities worldwide, including Palo Alto, Pittsburg, Calgary, Atlanta, Toronto, Andover, Glasgow, Reykjavik, Helsinki, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Edmonton, Paris, Mexico City and Costa Rica. Meaning has been multiplied as various interpretations of the text accumulated while the exhibition traveled from venue to venue. The online component, which invites participants to upload images of the results of their chosen project, is less concerned with copies, images or reproductions of artworks than with human interpretation.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 370 pgs / 30 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 1/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 41
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783865880017TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00
Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Edited by Noel Daniel.
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 life. Perhaps best of all, Broken Screen is a unique opportunity for readers to learn the thoughts and personal beliefs of these artists in their own words and imagery, unencumbered by critical or commercial filters, and communicated in the manner of a conversation between friends. It also seeks to produce a cultural manifesto for new communication, expression and understanding in both the present and future--much as Marshall McLuhan's Medium is the Massage did. With its accessible conversational style, forward-thinking graphic design and over 300 high-contrast images, Broken Screen extends across many disciplines including art, film, design and architecture, and is sure to become an important document of our time. Aitken's 26 interviewees are Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Robert Altman, Kenneth Anger, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Chris Burden, Bruce Conner, Claire Denis, Stan Douglas, Olafur Eliasson, Pablo Ferro, Mike Figgis, Werner Herzog, Gary Hill, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Rem Koolhaas, Greg Lynn, Carsten Nicolai, Richard Prince, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Ed Ruscha, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Robert Wilson and Amos Vogel.
Published by Charta. Essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Francesca Pasini, Giulio Paolini, Angela Vettese, Grazia Toderi and Harald Szeemann.
This book acts like a thematic biography that deals with the concept of theater, a topic that is present in all of Grazia Toderi's work. Featured here are images of the stage, images of TV shows--the “theater” of stars--and, eventually, of cities observed from above. The exceptional dialogue between music, theater and visual art, and stills of Toderi's latest video project, La Fenice, are presented in this monograph, along with texts by Francesca Pasini, Angela Vettese, Harald Szeeman, Hans Ulrich Obrist and with the participation of Giulio Paolini. Also included in this comprehensive volume of Toderi's work is an anthology of writings by artists and international critics.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 144 pgs / 52 color / 20 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/15/2005 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 118
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881585014TRADE List Price: $37.95 CDN $45.00
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Inka Schube. Essay by Beatrice von Bismarck. Conversations with Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Inka Schube.
Martha Rosler is one of the most iconoclastic and politically motivated artists of her generation. Most of the encounters that unfold in Rosler's works originate in seemingly ordinary scenes of domestic life or everyday activities such as shopping, watching the news, reading the newspaper or traveling. The photographs gathered here--from the 80s to the present--shed light on the many ways in which our routines are governed by social norms. Included are documentary views of the highways and byways of daily life, including roads, subway tunnels, airports, shopping districts, parking lots and more. This powerful image collection offers critical insight into day-to-day movements within rigidly structured relationships of power.
Published by Kerber. Essays by Brigitte Huck, Matthias Herrmann and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Here is the premier of Alois Mosbacher's block of works developed over the last few years, comprising over 80 pictures and revolving around the theme of the woods as a space for outsiders and drop-outs. By interlocking the classical media of painting and drawing with the language of computer games, Mosbacher expands his image-based research into complex and often eerie narratives that present contemporary meanings of the woods on various levels.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Under the pseudonym Amicale des tªmoins, Christian Boltanski created his poetic-conceptual project Entendre Les Chiens (Listen to the Dogs) for the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. During the exhibition, he emitted a recording of the sounds of an island of errant dogs--who are kept away from the city of Venice on the island Lazzarretto Vecchio--from a series of speakers hidden throughout Venice.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4.75 x 4.75 in. / 48 pgs / illustrated throughout
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 137
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883758961SDNR30 List Price: $35.00 CDN $40.00
Published by Onestar Press. Afterword by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Dog is an intermix of dogs, art and politics that views dogs as myth, symbol, aesthetic musings, and in scenes of casual and/or extreme tensions. Leon Golub chose visuals that are jittered and visually and informationally fractured, concrete and irrational. According to critic J.G. Ballard, this final book in Golub's career since his recent death “challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions.” Dog explores what the world and human life could be once humanism is put aside--and all through images of dogs: homeless dogs, bondage dogs, running dogs, atomic dogs and assorted canine-themed writings. A small, compact and thought-provoking manual.
PUBLISHER Onestar Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.75 in. / 96 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 131
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782915359084TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $30.00
Published by Violette Editions. Edited by Robert Violette. Essay by Paul Smith. Interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Richard Wentworth. Fiction by James Flint and Richard Williams. Introduction by William Gibson.
Back in print! Unlike any other fashion designer at work today, Paul Smith has managed to combine a flair for eccentric, subversive detail, a dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship and a business and marketing sense that has made him simply the most successful designer in British history. But this publication is not a fashion monograph; it is not a catalogue of suits. Rather, imagine Paul Smith's brain on a page: cleverly original and often humorous thoughts and ideas, perfectly executed, not just on the back of a man or a woman but in shop windows, in advertising campaigns, in toys, photographs and souvenirs brought back from travels throughout the world that became the inspiration for the look of a season. Words and images crash together in striking contrast to reveal the passions and amusements of a designer committed to both modesty in his pursuits and stunning innovation. Designed by Alan Aboud, Art Director for Paul Smith for more than a decade, complete with specially inserted posters and comic book, this publication will bring together observations, images, and, in its own unique design and production, all of the extraordinary qualities possessed by Paul Smith himself.
Published by Kerber. Essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Andrea Kroksnes. Introduction by Sune Nordgren and Susanne Pagé.
Not just anyone gets to be the subject of a Taschen book, and British filmmakers Oliver Payne and Nick Relph are no exception. This is not a Taschen book. But in keeping with the carefree, phantasmagorical attitude that pulsates through their cinematic essays, Payne and Relph have decided to title their book Taschen, thereby adding a Taschen book to their bibliography without actually having to fit the publishing company's profile. Their videos and films reflect the zeitgeist of a young, urban generation, a world in which teenage garage bands bang away, kids grope each other in the subway, and too many people wear those awful masks from Scream. It's not an ironic point of view; as the artists exclaim in gold lettering on the front cover: We don't have the option of turning away from the future.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Essays by Peter Herbstreuth and Chizuko Ueno. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster.
The Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi achieved her breakthrough into the international art world with the photo series Elevator Girls, which intermingled the twin themes of consumer culture and the role of women. Originally begun as a performance project, Elevator Girls depicts groups of women in identical uniform enclosed in regimented consumer spaces. The Girls, modeled on the young women who operate elevators in Japanese department stores, stand in as a symbol of the repressive strictures governing the behavior of young women in contemporary Japanese society. Yanagi's latest series, My Grandmothers, is a penetrating and fantastic analysis of the future dreams of young women. Using makeup and computer manipulation, she shows her protagonists as they imagine they will look and live in 50 years. Accompanied by brief, suggestive texts based on conversations with her subjects, these personal visions of life in the year 2050 run the gamut from a purple-haired grandma riding shotgun on her young stud's motorcycle to a lonely elegant woman eating alone on a train. This first monograph on Miwa Yanagi includes work ranging from 1994 to three new images produced in early 2004.
Published by Turner/Galeria de Arte Mexicano. Essays by Alexandra Garcìa and Nicolas De Oliveria. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Pedro Reyes.
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. Included are his Notes (magazine pages and A4 sheets on which he writes), various truisms, and stills from his Video Notes. The second section includes critical texts, an interview with the artist, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Pedro Reyes, a visual intervention by Martin Creed, and a photo essay. The third section offers documentation of the artists exhibition installations.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno. Essays by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maurizio Lazzarato, Israel Rosenfield, Maurice Pianzola and Kathryn Davis.
AnnLee is an avatar, a virtual being made in Japan for the animated film industry. She was intended as a third-rate character, one with few personality traits, designed to lead a brief life. In 1999, French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought the rights to her, gave her a name, and initiated a project to fill the empty entity AnnLee with stories and ideas generated by other artists and writers, including Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Richard Philips, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 11.5 x 9 in. / 304 pgs / 150 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/2/2003 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2003
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883756646SDNR30 List Price: $65.00 CDN $75.00
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Thomas Bayrle. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Listen to Johnson, one of America's most potent architectural forces, talk with Obrist, curator and interviewer extraordinaire, and Koolhaas, architect of the global moment. But listen also to the background sounds provided by German artist Thomas Bayrle's application of Johnson's saying, “I take collective skeletons and insert the appropriate flesh,” to book design by way of The New York Times.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 11 in. / 120 pgs / 48 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/2/2003 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883755304SDNR30 List Price: $30.00 CDN $40.00
Published by Charta/Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery. Interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists including Vito Acconci, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, Daniel Buren, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mario Merz, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and others.
It is not an exaggeration to write that Hans Ulrich Obrist is everywhere, has curated everything and has interviewed everyone. If “peripatetic” is the word most overused to describe him, it is not inappropriate. The Swiss-born, everywhere-based curator and head of the Programme Migrateurs at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has an unstoppable wanderlust and a related symptom: his penchant for interviewing anyone and everyone who piques his curiosity, be they artist, scientist, writer, curator, composer, architect, thinker, etc. Since 1993, Obrist has conducted more than 300 interviews, 75 of which are collected here in a selection that respects the cultural and professional diversity of the interviewees. Each interview is introduced by a short text outlining the biography of the interviewee and giving some contextual information on the recording of the interview.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Miyake Akiko.
Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference--the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals--but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations. This tale is told by Bruce Mau in the introduction to Bridge the Gap?, the printed result of an evolving conference that looks at the increasing interest in science demonstrated in the work of many contemporary artists, architects and designers, as well as by thinkers in the humanities. Included are texts by Marina Abramovic, Arima Akito, are you meaning company, Olad»l» A. Bamgboy», Stefano Boeri, John Casti, Gregory J. Chaitin, Chang Yung-Ho, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Carsten Hàller, Hsia Chu-Joe, Ikegami Takashi, Evelyn Fox Keller, Rem Koolhaas, Kunitake Toyoki, Sarat Maharaj, Mogi Ken'ichiro, Sanford Kwinter, Mark Leonard, William Lim, Ken Lum, Jeff Preiss, Israel Rosenfield, Saskia Sassen, Luc Steels, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wang Jian-Wei and Anton Zeilinger, plus a musical project on audio CD by Pipilotti Rist and Anders Guggisberg.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 6.75 in. / 551 pgs / 608 color 1 DVD
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/2/2003 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2003
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9784901387804SDNR30 List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
During the last five years of his life, Chen Zhen expended his energies to create a body of work that poetically articulated his knowledge of traditional Chinese culture and Western avant-garde art. Born in Shanghai in 1955, Chen grew up during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. When China transitioned out of that era, he became interested in combining traditional Chinese philosophy (forbidden under Maoist rule) and Western practices as an alternative to the government's official cultural ideology. The resulting body of work held as a central theme the creation of harmony through difference, taking the human body, illness and medicine as metaphors, mixing cross-cultural social dynamics before multiculturalism and globalization had ever been articulated. Exploring the intricate and often paradoxical relationship between the material and the spiritual, the community and the individual, interior and exterior, Chen used sound and everyday materials such as candles, beds, chairs, and even chamber pots, linking the physical world to the spiritual, ritualistic one. The result was an aesthetic immersed in the traditional past but aligned with the present. This catalogue accompanies an exhibition held at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in tribute to the artist, who died from a rare medical condition known as autoimmune hemolytic anemia in 2000, in Paris, where he had emigrated as an art student in the mid-80s.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Artwork by David Shea, Johan Grimonprez. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Don DeLillo, Vr‚‚th òhner, Slavoj Zizek.
Buckle up for a bumpy ride down history lane! Welcome to the world's first unofficial chronicle of international skyjacking. Acclaimed as the most exceptional entry at Documenta 10, this pre-September 11 documentary film takes you on an alternately frisky and subversive tour of terrorism: from the idealistic heyday of the romantic hijacker-revolutionaries of the 1960s and 70s to the state-sponsored anonymous parcel bombs of the 90s. Blending archival footage with personal home movies, this film investigates the media politics within the imagination of disaster. Inspired by Don DeLillo's novel Mao II, this project riffs on DeLillo's motif: "Home is a failed idea." Director Johan Grimonprez unwraps our complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster, as the spectacle of international terrorism and the desire for ber mayhem invades the living room and threatens our domestic bliss. An original soundtrack by David Shea accomanies this eccentric rollercoaster ride through history.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Artwork by Herbert Brandl, Peter Weibel. Edited by Gunther Holler-Schuster, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Denys Zacharopoulos, Ulrich Loock.
One of the most important, though largely unknown, exponents of the new painting, Herbert Brandl helped take art in a new direction in the 1980s, not least in response to a concept-based medium that had become academic. This volume documents Brandl's artistic development to date, revealing the strong analytic components of his work, and his ability to "depict depicting."
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Peter Noever. Interview with Vito Acconci by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Artists include: Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Bazon Brock, Boris Groys, Magdalena Jetelova, Gerhard Merz .
Can the museum be viewed as a conceptual structure capable of liberating itself from visual and imaginary content? To address this question, a group of well-known philosophers, theorists, and artists undertook a critical examination of collection and exhibition concepts, especially of those that are orientated toward market success. With current trends toward global museum mergers, large-scale exhibitions, and "art light," the participants of this symposium, held at the MAK in Vienna, discuss the possibilities for daring curatorial policies dedicated to presenting art within critical aesthetic contexts and point the way to possible future forms of the museum. Participants include Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Bazon Brock, Boris Groys, Magdalena Jetelova, Gerhard Merz, Peter Noever, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Published by Violette Editions. By James Flint, Richard Williams, Paul Smith. Artwork by Glen Baxter, Mich Brownfield, Paul Slater. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Robert Violette. Contributions by Richard Wentworth, William Gibson, Alan Aboud, Michael Hodgson, Jonathan Ive.
Unlike any other fashion designer at work today, Paul Smith has managed to combine a flair for eccentric, subversive detail, a dedication to the highest standards of craftmanship, and a business and marketing sense that has made him simply the most successful designer in British history. But this publication is not a fashion monograph; it is not a catalogue of suits. Rather, imagine Paul Smith's brain on a page: cleverly original and often humorous thoughts and ideas, perfectly executed, not just on the back of a man or a woman, but in shop windows, in advertising campaigns, in toys, photographs, and souvenirs brought back from travels throughout the world that became the inspiration for the look of a season. Words and images crash together in striking contrast to reveal the passions and amusements of a designer committed to both modesty in his pursuits and stunning innovation. Designed by Alan Aboud, Art Director for Paul Smith for more than a decade, and with a slipcase designed by Jonathan Ive (famed designer of the iMac), this publication will bring together observations, images, and, in its own unique design and production, all of the extraordinary qualities possessed by Paul Smith himself.
Published by DuMont. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Barbara Vanderlinden. Texts by Bruno Latour, Peter Galison, Jonas Mekas and others. Interviews with Carsten Holler, Odalele Ajiboye Bamgboye, Okwui Enwezor, and others.
At first glance, the artist and the scientist don't seem to have very much in common. One deals with aesthetics, emotions, and visual power, while the other works with facts, verifiable proof, and academic rigor. At another level, however, we find similarities: both artists and scientists work in the realms of imagination, of asking what is possible, of experimentation. One of the ways that these similarities find their expression is in the workplace: the artist's studio and the scientist's laboratory. Laboratorium explores the laboratory and the studio on the basis of their various concepts within different disciplines. Drawings from distinct yet interrelated domains, the book singles out complex scientific and artistic investigations into the limits and possibilities of the places where knowledge and culture are made. Published on the occasion of an exhibition in Antwerp, it presents, in a volume designed by Bruce Mau, the experiments, laboratories, and projects initiated by participants from various fields in the arts and sciences. In addition, there are several essays and interviews that trace the intellectual implications of the workplace and process of investigations.
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI). Edited by Carin Kuoni. Essays by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Carlos Basualdo, René Block, Francesco Bonami, Dan Cameron, Lynne Cooke, Bice Curiger, Donna De Salvo, Richard Flood, Thelma Golden, Yuko Hasegawa, Jean-Hubert Martin, Gerardo Mosquera, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
A modern update of the Medieval trade manuals--the 'come-along-with-me' (vade mecum) of Medieval craftsmen--Words of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum is an invaluable guidebook for anyone interested in contemporary art and the practice of curating. In over fifty short essays, this compendium offers advice to a new generation of curators from veterans of contemporary art exhibitions who, over the past 25 years, have played a crucial role in shaping what we see today, and how we see it. While providing an intimate look at the minds of these master curators, Words of Wisdom also establishes the curator's craft as an important vocation that has changed tremendously over the past quarter-century. In the course of their musings, the curators offer behind-the-scenes insights into influential exhibitions and institutions and the contemporary art world they represent. Among the contributors are Jean-Christophe Amman, director of the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, Germany; Donna de Salvo, curator at the Tate Gallery, London; Richard Flood, chief curator at the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; independent curator Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Marcia Tucker, founding director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Foci gathers together interviews with ten of the most renowned curators working internationally in the field of contemporary art. The interviews are rich with wide-ranging dialogue and cover issues such as the relationship between the exhibit and its location, art as the barometer for the age, the role of architecture, fashion and design in shaping art, the notions of national and gender identity in art, as well as more specific issues concerning personal curatorial styles. Interviews with Kasper Koenig, Rosa Martinez, Hou Hanru, Harald Szeemann, Vasif Kortun, Maria Hlavajova, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dan Cameron, Yuko Hasegawa and Barbara London give the reader a fascinating insight into the work and thought process of some of the most creative individuals in today's art world.
PUBLISHER ApexArt Curatorial Program
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 144 pgs / 23 color / 28 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/2/2001 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2001
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Published by media_city seoul 2000. Includes Ryu Byounghak, Anne-Marie Duguet, H.D. Gadamer, Udo Kittelmann, Alexander Kluge, Rem Koolhaas, Barbara London, Geert Lovink, Lev Manovich, Jeremy Millar, Paul D. Miller, Nam June Paik, Marian Pastor Roces.
Featuring an astonishing array of work by such artists and architects as Nam June Paik, Rem Koolhaas, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Chantal Akerman, Matthew Barney, Pierre Bismuth, Stefano Boeri, Christian Boltanski, Marco Brambilla, Angela Bulloch, Cai Guo-Qiang, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Dan Graham, Rodeny Graham, Lynn Hershmann, Gary Hill, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Kim Young-Jin, Charles Long and Stereolab, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Chan-Kyong Park, Paul Pfeiffer, Pipilotti Rist, Sam Taylor-Wood and Bill Viola--as well as a number of emerging Korean artists--media_city seoul 2000documents the recent international cultural festival in the South Korean capital city of Seoul.media_city seoul 2000 takes as its focus today's increasingly media-defined and media-centered cultural and physical landscape, and presents multimedia and video art along with architectural projects, as well as essays by Barbara London and Hans Ulrich Olbrist, and interviews with Nam June Paik, Rem Koolhaas and the philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer.
PUBLISHER media_city seoul 2000
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.5 x 9 in. / 392 pgs / 146 color / 25 bw reproductions.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/2/2000 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2001
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Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Contributions by Guy Tortosa.
This fascinating book takes conceptual art to a new level by presenting art projects by a number of prominent artists that were never realized. Black and white illustrations give substance to the visions.
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI). Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Text by Bruce Altschuler.
Based on the concept of a do-it-yourself manual, Do It provides step by step instructions for producing actions, artworks and events that can be constructed and conducted either at home or at a museum.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Artwork by Leon Golub. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Even in his earliest work, Leon Golub rejected the formalism of Abstract Expressionism and countered it with and activist, political approach to figurative painting. This collection of his writings includes interviews with the artist.