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Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi is a pioneer of Arte Povera and a proud advocate of an ecological-concerned undertaking in visual arts. He is a peripatetic artist who gathered information about experimental art and creators in the 1960s, promoting the work of Richard Long or Jan Dibbets, and introducing Bruce Nauman or Eva Hesse into Europe. He is also a political activist who marched with FIAT workers in the 1970s, and who founded, in the 2000s the Living Art Park, commissioning earthworks to contemporary artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster or Lara Almarcegui. For all this and for much more—his design and fashion creations, his social endeavors, etc.—Piero Gilardi is emblematic of the evolutions of art and society of the last five decades. He is an artist whose works and theoretical researches are still relevant to map what art could achieve and how art could be useful in the “real world.”

Published with Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Nottingham Contemporary.

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Marc Camille Chaimowicz
The World of Interiors

  

One of the great artist monographs of our time. Disappearing from existance very quickly after its publication, this book fast became a very hard to find classic.
The publication was conceived and realized by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, French artist living in London (*1947), on the occasion of his solo exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Functioning as an all encompassing scrapbook reference catalogue of the history of the artist’s practice over nearly 30 years (almost a perfect folow-up artist book to Chaimowicz’s “Café Du Reve” from 1985), The World of Interiors is a perfectly reproduced issue of the famous World Of Interiors interior design magazine that has been beautifully détourned by Chaimowicz through inserting and collaging his patterns, drawings, writings, photographs, paintings, documentations of installations, sculptures, his own domestic interiors, furniture, objects, clippings from other magazines, references to Jean Cocteau, Proust, Flaubert, Eileen Grey, Jean Genet, Giacometti, and texts by contributing writers throughout its pages. Legend has it (and we have this from the best sources) that the publishers received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from World Of Interiors’ publisher Conde Nast and the majority of the print-run was ‘destroyed’, making this a very scarce and sought after book.

During the 1970s, Chaimowicz’s approach to performance, at a time when the norm was a more or less a political or corporeal engagement, was a lighter, more poetic concern with impermanence and evocation. Far from the noisy declarations of some of his contemporaries, his performances were opportunities for the spectators to negotiate their relation to art, and to reflect on their own position. His relation to music shares this interest in unstable states and possibilities.

Looking back over nearly 30 years of work, the artist conceived this publication as a reference monograph and a source catalogue, ranging from his first post-Pop scatter installations to works realized in the 1990s.

Published with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.
Awarded in the competition “The most beautiful Swiss books 2007.”

A fine example of a very collectable and special book.

* Condition: Very good – (Tight and clean copy with original protective plastic sleeve over dust jacket and only light shelf/reading wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Josephine Pryde
The Enjoyment of Photography

This publication presents a broad selection of Josephine Pryde’s work from 1990 to 2014. In photographic works that encompass the full range of the medium’s historical and current genres, styles, and techniques, but also through sculpture and writing, the Berlin- and London-based artist (*1967) offers incisive, often ironic, and provocative commentary on the values, hierarchies, and economies subtending the field of contemporary art against the backdrop of larger societal shifts. Estranging the familiar or conversely expressing the common in a radically unforeseen manner, Pryde’s ingenuous choice of subject matter, unusual formal solutions and surprising juxtapositions continue to capture international exhibition audiences.

Prefaced by art historian André Rottmann, the volume features new essays by scholar Rhea Anastas and artist/critic Melanie Gilligan that insightfully survey Pryde’s work over the last two decades, providing in-depth discussions of the artist’s continuous engagements with photographic imagery, visual culture, social and artistic conventions, as well as political issues associated with feminism (among other concerns). An illustrated exhibition chronology and detailed bibliography provides further information on the artist’s career.

Featuring more than 350 color images, this most comprehensive monograph available on Pryde’s work to date appears subsequent to the artist’s mid-career survey exhibitions at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and at Kunsthalle Bern in 2012.

Published in collaboration with Kunsthalle Bern and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

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Barbara Kasten
Stages

Since the 1970s Barbara Kasten has developed her expansive practice of photography through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this publication situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography.

Barbara Kasten (*1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. During the 1980s she embarked on her “Construct” series, which incorporates life-size elements such as metal, wire, mesh, and mirrors into installations produced specifically for the camera. Kasten was one of the first artists to be invited by Polaroid to use its new large format film, and it was with this that she made many of her best known works, her palette becoming bolder in response to the lush, saturated quality of the medium. In the mid-1980s she stepped out of the studio and began working with large architectural spaces that were symbolic of both economic and cultural capital.

“Barbara Kasten: Stages” is the first major survey of her work. The publication includes a biography of the artist, a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes, and new scholarly essays by curator Alex Klein, and art historians Alex Kitnick and Jenni Sorkin.

Published in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

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