1960 Atsuko Tanaka

Published by The Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo, 1985, 12 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 22 cm, Japanese

Price: €75

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Atsuko Tanaka – 1960 点と線の渦巻き at The Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, 19 April – 15 May, 1985.

Atsuko Tanaka was a Japanese avant-garde artist best known for her Neo-Dada Electric Dress (1956), a garment made from hundreds of lightbulbs painted in primary colors. This iconic work, which she wore to exhibitions, functions as a conflation of Japanese traditional clothing with modern urbanization, bringing an unexpected and challenging interpretation to both. “I wanted to shatter stable beauty with my work,” Tanaka once said. A member of the Gutai movement, much of her work used domestic objects like lightbulbs, textiles, doorknobs, and doorbells. With these objects, the artist was able to create work about the body without a body present. She maintained a broad practice that included performance “happenings,” sculpture, and installation, while her later work focusing on two-dimensional painting, with colorful organic abstract shapes connecting circles and lines.

*Please note this publication is secondhand and has some traces of previous ownership.

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Drawings Christopher Knowles

Published by Uitgeverij Bébert, Rotterdam, 1985, 32 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 27.5 cm, English

Price: €28

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Christopher Knowles / Drawings and Typings at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 20 October – 2 December, 1985.

Knowles is a poet, performer and visual artist whose output includes text, sound, typing, painting, drawing, sculpture, and recorded performance. With an introduction by theatre director Robert Wilson, who Knowles began collaborating with in 1974 when he was 15 years old.

*Please note this publication is secondhand and has some traces of previous ownership.

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Section 21-29 Ian Wilson

Published by Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, Paris, 1985, 78 pages, 14 × 21.5 cm, English

Price: €35 (Temporarily out of stock)

Ian Wilson has been exploring the aesthetic potential of spoken language since the late 1960s. His ongoing body of work—beginning with “oral communication” and eventually including his signature Discussions—began in 1968 with the spoken word “time”.

Over the course of the 1970s, his discussions took on a more formal character, and his interests shifted towards ‘The Known and Unknown’, based on Plato’s ‘The Parmenides’. In contrast to a ‘performance’, during a discussion the audience can actively take part in realising the concept of ‘oral communication’. Wilson does not want the discussion to be recorded either on film or audio. Wilson summarises the core of these discussions in a book series entitled ‘section’.

#1985 #ghislainmollet-viéville #ianwilson
Nordhorn Westwerk Franz Erhard Walther

Published by Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, 1985, 12 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 28 cm, German

Price: €10

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Kunst Stoff Kunst at the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, September 7 – October 13, 1985.

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Surrogates Allan McCollum

Published by Lisson Gallery, London, 1985, 24 pages (b/w ill.), 14.8 × 20.8 cm, English

Price: €12

Produced on the occasion of Allan McCollum’s exhibition at Lisson Gallery, London, 3 October – 2 November, 1985. With a text by Craig Owens.

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Cafe du Reve Marc Camille Chaimowicz

Published by Thames and Hudson, London, 1985, 181 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 26 cm, English

Price: €70 (Out of stock)

Since the 1970s, Marc Camille Chaimowicz has explored the space between art, life, and decoration. He develops interiors and spatial arrangements as well as various furnishings and decorative objects, paintings, vases, curtains, furniture, and wallpaper. In his work, Chaimowicz blurs the boundaries between private and public space. His formal language—in painting, interiors, and arrangements—perhaps refers to intimist painting from the late nineteenth century, including work by artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

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