Despite a prolific and diverse practice, Robert Overby (1935–93) remains one of the best-kept secrets in post-war American art. While rarely exhibiting during his lifetime, he nonetheless built up an extraordinary, multifaceted body of work encompassing sculpture, installation, painting, photography, print and collage.
This monograph is published on the occasion of “Robert Overby: Works 1969-1987”, the first survey exhibition of the artist’s work to be organized in Europe. Edited by Alessandro Rabottini —in collaboration with Andrea Bellini and Martin Clark—it has been conceived, from the outset, as a joint project of four partner institutions: Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève; GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Bergen Kunsthall, and Le Consortium, Dijon.
“Objects live their lives, going from place to place, just like the rest of us. Their moods change. Some have different temperaments than others—there are the bullies, the nerds, the dandies, the punks, the hippies, the pranksters, the playboys. They have a mind of their own.
Gedi Sibony’s studio has a mind of its own. Ideas come and go, people pass through, decisions are made, problems get solved. There’s enough room to walk around, but there is also a significant amount of stuff in the way—crates, ladders, furniture, rolls of fabric, sheets of cardboard, stored artworks, empty food containers, children’s toys. As any new object arrives, another moves slightly out of the way.” - Anthony Huberman
Painting · Drawing & Sculpture, Collected Works · Gedi Sibony, Volume III brings together a selection of works made over the last fifteen years by Gedi Sibony (b. 1973, New York), alongside texts by Dan Byers, Michael Darling, Sarah French, Agnes Gund, Anthony Huberman, John Hutchinson, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Conny Pur till, Tara Ramadan, Yasmil Raymond, Ami Sibony and others, inspired by the evocative power of the American artist's sculptures and installations.
Published in conjunction with Sietsema’s show at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Seven Films by Paul Sietsema is the first publication devoted to the artist’s films. In the words of Sarah Robayo Sheridan, “Paul Sietsema compounds organic and artificial detritus in all his artwork, scavenging in history’s wake to identify specific tools of cultural production and foraging for concepts of art promulgated in the words of artists and attitudes of critics. He mines film as a vestige, the medium of the mechanical age, pressing and squeezing its very obsolescence through a contemporary sieve. In so doing, the artist hovers in the switchover between a bodily inscription in the image and a fundamental reconstitution of sight and representation in the matrix of the virtual. Where body stops and image starts is a divide collapsing through a series of innovations and accidents that go back as far as the people of Pompeii trapped in an emulsion that marked their death, but which paradoxically carried forward their image into eternity.”
“New Management” refers to the legendary management philosophy that Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of the Samsung Group, infamously introduced in the early nineties. “The New Management” principle was first proclaimed in 1993 at a high-level executive meeting at the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch near Frankfurt am Main International Airport. Lee flew in his entire top management from around the world for a three-day conference, emphasizing the need to globalize and preparing his employees for a new philosophy of change he was going to introduce in order to turn Samsung into a global market leader in all its sectors. This seminal meeting became known within the company as the “Frankfurt Declaration.” In the introduction to the publication, Simon Denny writes: “In Portikus one sees a fantastic conglomeration of material that tries to monumentalize [Samsung’s] powerful cultural message; arranging imagined and remade objects around excerpts from Lee Kun-hee’s texts and Samsung’s history. I’ve tried to stay close to the context it describes: the global material language of corporate pride and presentation.” In commissioning two different English translations of New Management, a publication in Korean about the philosophy and history of Chairman Lee’s legacy, Denny investigates existing hierarchies. On the one hand, the material carries with it extremely specific cultural and economic meaning and value, and on the other, it forms a part of global culture and public information. The same goes for Samsung’s comic version of New Management and the inclusion of Sam Grobart’s article on Samsung that originally ran in Bloomberg Businessweek. Denny levels the role of the artist with those of the professional from a tech company, a journalist, an independent contractor hired through freelancer.com, and finally the viewer of the work
Developed as a reference monograph, the first to be published on the Italian artist Francesco Gennari, this volume offers insights into the artist’s body of work—composed of sculptures, drawings, and installations—coherently spanning the last 20 years of his artistic practice.
Published on the occasion of Gennari’s upcoming exhibition at Museo Marino Marini, Florence (November 2014) the book includes an anthology of works selected by the artist documenting almost every series he has worked on and developed since the beginning of his career. A selection of essays further elaborates the systems operating in the living structures created by the artist . . . and his alter ego, “the demiurge.”
Elad Lassry’s multi-media practice explores the current status of images as the point where multiple modes of production and reception merge. In just a few years Lassry (b. 1977, Tel Aviv; lives and works in Los Angeles) has established himself as one of the most original artists of his generation, through photographs, films, sculptures, performances and installations that are both visually seductive and conceptually challenging. This book – edited by exhibition curator Alessandro Rabottini – documents Elad Lassry’s solo exhibition at the PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy; the first and most comprehensive monographic show held at an Italian institution. With an essay by Aram Moshayedi (Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles) and a conversation between the artist and Jörg Heiser (co-editor of frieze magazine), the book provides an in-depth critical examination of Lassry’s work since the beginning of his career.
The reference monograph on the American artist Michelle Grabner, this volume offers an expansive look at an artist whose body of work and sphere of influence continue to gain recognition. Published on the occasion of the the artist’s retrospective at the MOCA Cleveland, the book documents works from the last 20 years, positioning the studio as core to a remarkably diverse output—paintings, drawings, prints, videos, and sculptures. Considering Grabner’s pursuit of art making, criticism, and curating as inextricably linked, this publication seeks to highlight the distinctive values and ideas that drive Grabner’s practice: woking outside of dominant systems, working tirelessly, and working across platforms.
Corin Hewitt’s performative installations use exhibition spaces as sites for production. Integrating process and display strategies, Hewitt offers viewers the simultaneous encounter of an artwork and the action that brought it to be. This book, published after the artist’s exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, brings together the documentation of seven installations, produced from 2007 up to the 2013, including preparatory sketches, process shots, exhibition documentation, and discrete photographic works. This visual mass helps understand Hewitt’s practice as a continuum of interconnected actions and materializations, instances of generative discovery and contextual play.
Starting in the mid-1990s, Joachim Koester developed an oeuvre that could be described as a complex web in which journalistic and historical research fuses with personal and fictive narratives. He belongs to an artists’ generation whose practices are based on what Hal Foster once described as the “archival approach.” Balancing the thin line between documentary and fiction, Koester’s films, photos, and installations reexamine and activate forgotten histories, failed utopias, and the obsolete. In his work, bygone counter-cultural movements reemerge in the same way that geographical and spiritual journeys are retraced.
Joachim Koester: Of Spirits and Empty Spaces is published to accompany five independent, complementary exhibitions of the work of Joachim Koester, at Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne; List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève.
“She, the grid system is aware only of her corners, not of her straight lines. She perceives her own space and those persons who traverse her space as flat entities moving swiftly and without substance.” - Maria Fusco.
The artist book New Reproductions, published in conjunction with David Maljković's exhibition at CAC Vilnius, is a dense object in which the textual contributions function as poetic and fictional response to the artist’s collaged 48 images. Here, Maljković provides a certain utilitarian take on re-reading, remembering, incompleteness, and exhaustion as artistic positions in order to assemble filiations between works separated by time span and by his changing ideas.
New Reproduction is part of MIDI, an imprint of Mousse Publishing initiated by Åbäke
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.