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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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1968
Radical Italian Furniture


Photographs by Maurizio Cattelan & Pieropaolo Ferrari
Published by Deste Foundation/Toilet Paper

Preface by Maria Cristina Didero. Drawings by Alessandro Mendini.
1968: Radical Italian Design, the newest project from Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s Toilet Paper in collaboration with the Deste Foundation in Athens, offers an unorthodox, kaleidoscopic walk through the Dakis Joannou collection of Italian Radical Design furniture.

Led by avant-garde design firms such as Archizoom, Superstudio, Global Tools and 9999, Radical Design was firmly opposed to the ethics, and indeed the very notion of, “good design” or taste. Toilet Paper’s bold, mischievous interpretation of Joannou’s collection results in delightful, high-contrast photographs that merge the seductive lines of Radical Design furniture and objects with the curves of the modern-day nymphs cavorting among them. Published as a board book, and named after a year that was pivotal for architecture and design (and, of course, the world at large), 1968 is a collection of dreams and nightmares, an inspiring, eye-popping compendium of colorful, ironic objects and bodies. At once charmingly retro and alarmingly surreal, 1968 includes drawings by one of the Radical Design movement’s foremost architects, Alessandro Mendini.

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Elad Lassry
2000 Words series


American artist Elad Lassry’s work investigates the possibilities and impossibilities surrounding the current notion of a picture.

With a peculiar aesthetic sense that combines outmoded commercial imagery and a variety of art historical references, the artist has expanded his study in photography to include techniques from film and dance.

Displaying the wide array of Lassry’s work in the Dakis Joannou Collection, this volume includes an essay by Tim Griffin that examines how the artist challenges the nature of our perception and questions the meaning of the contemporary image.

Conceived by Massimiliano Gioni and published by the DESTE Foundation, the new 2000 Words series is a compilation of small volumes that gives insight into the work of some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.

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On Democracy by Saddam Hussein


In 2003, after returning from a monthlong stay in Baghdad, American artist Paul Chan was given a gift from a colleague in the human-rights group Voices of the Wilderness: a copy of three speeches on democracy written by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s, before he became president of Iraq. The speeches, compiled here for the first time in English, are politically perverse, yet eerily familiar. The then vice president of Iraq characterizes social democracy as demanding authority, and defines free will as the patriotic duty to uphold the good of the state. This volume takes the speeches as an opportunity to ask what democracy means from the standpoint of a notorious political figure who was anything but democratic, and to reflect on how promises of freedom and security can mask the reality of repressive regimes. With drawings by Paul Chan, including a new suite in its entirety, and essays by Bidoun’s Negar Azimi, philosopher and artist Nickolas Calabrese and journalist Jeff Severns Guntzel, this book is the inaugural copublication of the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art and Chan’s own Badlands Unlimited.

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