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Gifts Barbara Bloom

Published by Ludion, Brussels, 2015, 112 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €22

Barbara Bloom explores the nature of gifts in relation to aspects such as wrapping, covering and uncovering, pleasure, secrets, and generosity. Through an exploration of art historical and cultural practices, she reveals the complicated relationship we have with the concept of the gift, considering how these traded objects take on meaning and serve as symbols of our affections, but also anticipate a sense of loss. The gift is a means of apology, making advances, gaining trust, and providing assurances. Through gift-giving, we show a version of intimacy, love, and desire that is deliberate and controlled, but also often more meaningful than intended. With texts by Susan Tallman.

Comes with a bookplate signed by the artist.

#2015 #barbarabloom
Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum (Exhibition brochure) Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

Published by Kunstverein München, München, 2015, 16 pages (b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, German / English

Price: €4

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum at Kunstverein München, München 25 April — 14 June, 2015. All 179 works from the exhibition are indexed chronologically from 1975 to 2015.

You can find more on the exhibition here.

#2015 #anne-mievankerckhoven #ephemera #kunstvereinmünchen
Beyond Conceptual Art Seth Siegelaub

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2015, 560 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, English

Price: €45

Produced on the occasion of Seth Siegelaub – Beyond Conceptual Art at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 12 December, 2015 – 16 April, 2016. An overview of the life and work of the art pioneer, collector and publisher, Seth Siegelaub, one of the key figures of early conceptual art.

#2015 #sethsiegelaub #stedelijkmuseum
Standards, Surnames Jacob Kassay

Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan, 2015, 180 pages (b/w ill.), 21.5 × 28 cm, English

Price: €35

Produced on occasion of Jacob Kassay’s exhibition at R.M. Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles, 26 – 27 September, 2015.

This artist’s book has been developed as an index—with relative digitally drawn blueprints, structural diagrams and basic dimensional specifications—for the entire series of wooden stretchers that are part of “Remnants,” previously exhibited at The Kitchen and 303 Gallery in New York (2013).

“Recuperating leftover pieces of canvas that remain from those he cuts and stretches, Jacob Kassay found himself […] with a collection of scraps that still had value. More specifically, these scraps were of value to Kassay because they indexed his system of production. Once again, he seized upon a system that fetishizes his hand but discounts any aesthetic decision. These canvas forms, which Kassay calls ‘remnants,ʼ were made negatively through the creation of silver paintings and other works.” Peter Eeley

#2015 #jacobkassay #moussepublishing
Serving Compressed Energy With Vacuum Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2015, 110 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 30 cm, English / Dutch

Price: €19

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Kunstverein München, this catalogue is presented as an integral part of the show, augmenting it through the presentation of subjects, aspects, and themes which are better suited to the printed medium or demand another kind of involvement. Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s works involve painting, drawing, digital media, and video, and reflect her fascination from a female point of view with the representation of women in mass media, the connections between sex and technology, different knowledge systems, and the unconscious. Besides numerous works, projects, and images, the book includes insightful explanations by the artist.

Designed by Julie Peeters.

#2015 #anne-mievankerckhoven #juliepeeters #kunstvereinmünchen #romapublications
Composition Jochen Lempert

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2015, 60 pages (b/w ill.), 23 × 33 cm, English

Price: €44

Produced on the occasion of Jochen Lempert’s first solo exhibition in the United States , a major survey at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, 3 February – 31 March 2012 and and Rochester Art Center, February 4 – April 22, 2012. With a text by Chris Sharp.

Images of the exhibition can be found here.

#2015 #chrissharp #jochenlempert #photography #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig