Category: Performance / Dance / Theater

Florine Stettheimer
Painting Poetry

A new look at the art of one of the most charming and idiosyncratic personalities of early 20th-century New York Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) was a New York original: a society lady who hosted an avant-garde salon in her Manhattan home, a bohemian and a flapper, a poet, a theater designer, and above all an influential painter with a sharp satirical wit. Stettheimer collaborated with Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson, befriended (and took French lessons from) Marcel Duchamp, and was a member of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic and intellectual circle.

Beautifully illustrated with 150 color images, including the majority of the artist’s extant paintings, as well as drawings, theater designs, and ephemera, this volume also highlights Stettheimer’s poetry and gives her a long overdue critical reassessment. The essays published here-as well as a roundtable discussion by seven leading contemporary female artists and curator Jens Hoffmann-overturn the traditional perception of Stettheimer as an artist of mere novelties. Her work is linked not only to American modernism and the New York bohemian scene before World War II but also to a range of art practices active today.

Flamboyant and epicurean, she was an astute documenter of New York and parodist of her social milieu; her highly decorative scenes borrowed from Surrealism and contributed to the beginnings of a feminist aesthetic.

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Open Spatial Workshop
Converging in Time

Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time was published on the occasion of the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA’s much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists. Converging in Time continues OSW’s sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this major book explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies they produce and sustain.

Designed by Paul Mylecharane and Ziga Testen
Artists: Open Spatial Workshop (comprising of Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell)
Text: Open Spatial Workshop, Saskia Beudel, Kathryn Yusoff, Matt Poll

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IN ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARSW
Adam Cruickshank / Open Spatial Workshop

A publication instigated in response to perceived inadequacies in traditional artist monography conventions. A response to the practice of Melbourne based artist collective Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell), this publication began as a manipulation of the monograph form.

Adam Cruickshank
Cruickshank is an artist and designer based in Melbourne. His work examines the foundational frameworks that structure understandings of artworks. Currently this revolves around publishing and design’s relationship to exhibition making and its conventions of explication and archiving. He teaches at Monash University, has a Masters of Fine Art at Monash and is a current PhD candidate at RMIT University.

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The Improvised Play
The Work of Mike Leigh


The scarce 1983 paperback “The Improvised Play : The Work of Mike Leigh”, written by Paul Clements and dedicated entirely to the work of the great English writer and director of film and theatre, Mike Leigh. Leigh began as a theatre director and playwright in the mid-1960s and in the 1970s and 1980s his career moved between theatre work and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterised by a gritty “kitchen sink realism” style. Mike Leigh’s many works include “Nuts in May”(1975), “Abigail’s Party”(1977), “Life Is Sweet”(1990), “Naked”(1993), “Secrets & Lies”(1993), “Vera Drake”(2004),”Mr. Turner”(2014), to name a few. Being the first extensive study of Leigh’s early work, this textbook, drawn principally from innumerable conversations and taped interviews with Leigh between 1980-1982, gives the reader an introduction and background to Leigh’s beginnings, an in-depth study of his methods and approaches to plays and films, and a valuable appendix (complete checklist of all the plays and films devised and directed by Mike Leigh up until 1983).

First edition.

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

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