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Forrest Bess
Seeing Things Invisible

The eccentric visionary artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) spent most of his life on the Texas coast working as a commercial fisherman. In his spare time, however, he painted prolifically, creating an extraordinary body of work rich with enigmatic symbolism. Bess experienced hallucinations that both frightened and intrigued him, and he incorporated images from these visions into small-scale abstract paintings starting in the mid-1940s. His canvases attracted an underground following, and between 1949 and 1967, Betty Parsons organized six solo exhibitions of Bess’s work at her prominent New York City gallery. Since then, the art world has periodically rediscovered his work, most recently through a 2012 Whitney Biennial installation by American sculptor Robert Gober, which further exposed Bess’s psychological, medical, and religious theories. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is the artist’s first museum retrospective with catalogue in the United States and offers a fresh look at Bess’s work and a better understanding of this curious and complicated artist.

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Sculpture on the Move: 1946-2016
Kunstmuseum Basel


What new paths have sculptors opened up since the end of World War II? Based on late works by Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, this comprehensive volume illustrates the exciting and multifaceted developments in this dynamic art form. The long list of the first-class artists presented ranges from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Jean Tinguely to Franz West, Damien Hirst and Monika Sosnowska. Sculpture on the Move demonstrates how the classic notion of form and sculpture was set in motion, became more abstract, came closer to the ordinary everyday object, dissolved spatial or conceptual boundaries, and even reconstituted itself, returning to figurative traditions. On the basis of selected works from the Kunstmuseum Basel and from international museums and private collections, the book opens up a dense, extremely rich world of contrasts. Featured artists include Absalon, Carl Andre, Jean Arp, Max Bill, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Gober, Duane Hanson, Eva Hesse, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Mario Merz, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Pablo Picasso, Charles Ray, Richard Serra, Monika Sosnowska, David Smith, Jean Tinguely, Oscar Tuazon, Danh Vo and Franz West.

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Rober Gober
2000 Words series


In placing us at a remove from our relationships to familiar, domestic objects and environments, Robert Goberʼs labor-intensive work defies our understanding of accepted conventions and draws attention to the movement of meaning between materials and across personal histories.

Part of the 2000 Words series, conceived and commissioned by Massimiliano Gioni, and published by the Deste Foundation, Robert Gober: 2000 Words presents the entirety of the sculptorʼs works in the Dakis Joannou Collection and includes an essay by Johanna Burton that examines how the artistʼs work alloys personal histories with collective experience.

Published by the Deste Foundation.

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Nest issue 2
Fall 1998

 
Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors
was a unique and ground-breaking magazine published from 1997 to 2004, for a total run of 26 issues.

Marketed as an interior design magazine, and edited by Joseph Holtzman, Nest generally eschewed the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors showcased in other magazines, and instead featured photographs of nontraditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. Fred A. Bernstein, writing in the New York Times, wrote that Joseph Holtzman “believed that an igloo, a prison cell or a child’s attic room (adorned with Farrah Fawcett posters) could be as compelling as a room by a famous designer.” During its run, Nest showed the room of a 40-year-old diaper lover, the lair of an Indonesian bird that decorates with coloured stones and vomit, the final resting place of Napoleon’s penis, the quarters of Navy seamen, a barbed-wire-trimmed bed that doubled as a tank, and a Gothic Christmas card from filmmaker John Waters. Noted architect Rem Koolhaas called it “an anti-materialistic, idealistic magazine about the hyperspecific in a world that is undergoing radical leveling, an ‘interior design’ magazine hostile to the cosmetic.” Artist Richard Tuttle was quoted as saying that Mr. Holtzman “channeled the collective unconscious, to give us the pleasure of ornament before we even knew we wanted it.”

Nest issue 2, Fall 1998 features, amongst much more: artist Rosemarie Trockel (including a unique flocked cover design by Trockel), Igloo’s by photographer Richard Harrington, sculptor Robert Gober on architect Jan Pol, master decorator Renzo Mongiardino, inmates reflect on the decor of a New Mexico Womens Correctional Facility, the temporary lodgings of novelist Muriel Spark, artist Vincent Fecteau an scholar Michael Lobel look at the work of actor-turned-decorator Hasi Hester, the apartment of Pierre et Gilles,  and much more… A magazine like no other before or since.

* Condition: Good (general wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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