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Jimmie Durham
Waiting To Be Interrupted. Selected Writings 1993 - 2012


Jimmie Durham, artist, poet and political activist, has been one of the most influential figures of recent decades.

This volume of writings comprise a selection of essays and conferences on art and society, critical reflections on ‘Eurasia’, the history of US-American Indian relations, and observations on the city and nature.

A recurrent theme is his interrogation of the ideological complicity between monumental architecture and scripture – ‘architexture’ – as the foundation of Eurocentric belief and tool of others’ disenfranchisement.

Here, words, like the stones and motley materials he gathers for his assemblages, are remobilised otherwise; they become agents for ‘interrupting’ received ideas through writings that both disturb and delight, but never cease to provoke questions about the forces that shape our world.

Jimmie Durham is a rare and liberating voice in the architextural wilderness of contemporary life.

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Lee Bontecou

 

Since the 1960s, American artist Lee Bontecou has been internationally praised for her intriguing sculptures and installations. The rich, organic shapes of her sculptures seem to originate from a mysterious universe in which manʼs fears and desires are condensed.

Recently the artist created Sandbox, a new installation in which she combines elements from her work from the 1960s to the present.

A picture essay by Joan Banach, artist and friend of Bontecou, focuses on the genesis of Sandbox and maps the rich network of Bontecouʼs inspirations: pictures range from extracts from geological and historical books to images of works by old masters. The beautiful, detailed photographs were taken at the artistʼs studio.

This publication also shows Bontecouʼs sketchbooks and the inspirational ʻwall of drawingsʼ in her studio. It is an intimate insight into the creative process of the artist.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, 25 February – 2 July 2017.

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Paul Thek
Tales the Tortoise Taught Us

Paul Thek (1933 – 1988) is the epitome of an ‘artist’s artist’ whose influence extends through to recent generations. This comprehensive exhibition comprising over 300 works and ranging across all periods of his artistic creativity, is concerned with the phenomenal influence his work continues to exert on contemporary art and his historical significance: from legendary outsider to the central figure of an art movement.

In their anti-heroic diversity and multimediality, and with their references to art, literature, and religion, his works (painting, photography, video, sculpture and installations) are among the central sources for the revolt and eruption of art in the 1960s. Published to accompany the exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe and Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg in 2008.

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Willem de Rooij
Fong Leng. Sportswear

This publication presents de Rooj’s private collection of sportswear by Dutch designer Fong Leng.

Offering a focus on these supposedly trivial, mass-produced objects de Rooij creates groups of similar labels, colours and patterns that expose cross-references. Thus it becomes apparent that many of the surfaces recur to techniques and patterns of a wide variety of cultural spheres, such as caucasian carpets or Navajo blankets. Others seem to address sports as part activity, part status symbol.

Some of the prints and applications recall North American quilts or the specific Adiretechnique known from Ghana. The outcome of this is a contemporary discourse of fashion, gender and identity as much as within the oeuvre of Willem de Rooij.

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