In Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating ten distinguished contemporary curators pose and then propose answers to a series of key questions related to curating, art and exhibition making today: What Is a Curator? What Is the Public? What Is Art? What About Collecting? What Is an Exhibition? Why Mediate Art? What To Do with the Contemporary? What About Responsibility? What Is the Process? How About Pleasure?
The book originates from a series of ten commissioned essays for Mousse magazine, appeared over a period of two years, in 2011 and 2012.
Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating is a project published by Mousse in collaboration with the Fiorucci Art Trust.
This publication represents one of the many spaces occupied by Doug Ashford's work. As the first collection of his writings and conversations, it attempts to encompass the changing ideas to which the artist has subscribed over the past 25 years. Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist, and writer. He has taught design, sculpture, and theory at Cooper Union in New York since 1989. From 1982 to 1996, his primary artistic activity was as a member of Group Material, and since then he has gone on to paint, write, and produce other cross-disciplinary projects.
Co-published with Grazer Kunstverein.
“Here we are, we’ve arrived on an island jungled with palm trees. Soaring thin trunks, crowned with extended leaves, sway in response to the traveling wind.” So begins the new book by Canadian artist Zin Taylor, a recount of the formative power of music, rock bands, record shops, zines and, mostly, fortuitous encounters. The fog, a metaphor for how elusive memory can be, in its in-between state, is “breath made thick,” and the narratives collected by Taylor echo the structure of a generative cycle, “the ecosystem of the jungle.”
Des Savoirs Bouleversés is a publication inscribed in “Unsettled Knowledge,” a cycle of exhibitions which has explored the propensity for artists to engage with knowledge from fields beyond their own area of specialism. This book and additional instalment concludes the cycle by taking one further step into the relationship between art, knowledge and specialism as observed in the three exhibitions. It features the work of artists—Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Aurélien Froment, Goldin+Senneby, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Jochen Lempert, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Melvin Moti, Benjamin Seror, Simon Starling, and Claudia Triozzi—who wear several hats (scientist, historian, economist, storyteller) and are committed to bridging art and other specialised fields of knowledge. Their practice entails borrowing methodologies from distinct disciplines, infiltrating disparate subject areas and collaborating with agents from further afield in the interests of new forms, new languages, new questionings, and new readings.
“Distance is far, nobody said. (Somebody, surely.)” So begins Quinn Latimer’s strange, elliptical account of an exhibition and a body of work by Sarah Lucas that the poet and critic has never seen, made and installed in a city she had not yet visited. In the spring of 2012 the renowned English artist’s exhibition “NUDs” was mounted in Mexico City at Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, the famed pyramid-like museum built by the muralist and architect Juan O’Gorman to house Rivera’s approximately 50,000 Mesoamerican artifacts and objects. In the summer of 2012 Latimer found herself in Elba, the island of Napoleon’s exile, where she embarked on this small, charged book. In four interconnected essays, the writer limns the myriad impressions, ideas, objects, personages, and histories relevant to Lucas’s fantastically transparent yet complicated “NUDs,” and their storied making and installation in Mexico. Exploring shame, passivity, palindromes and fertility statuary, as well as notables including Antonin Artaud, Napoleon, Susan Sontag and Mary Wollstonecraft, Describe This Distance is at once an adroit art-historical study and a poetic travelogue, once or twice removed.
This is the first volume of “Air Mexico,” a literary series investigating art exhibitions initiated by Mousse and commissioned by kurimanzutto. Describe This Distance is co-published with Sadie Coles HQ.
This new monograph on the work of English film and video artist John Smith, conceived and designed in collaboration with the artist, provides thorough insight into a highly original and diverse practice spanning over forty years. Lavishly illustrated with still images and synopses from a complete filmography comprising nearly fifty film and video works, the book contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife. Herbert's text provides an incisive overview of Smith's work over the past four decades, while Christie examines his oeuvre in relation to the tradition of English eccentrism. Meyer's essay focuses on absence and abstraction in Smith's film The Black Tower, while De Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of his film Gargantuan.