Brass Handles Bruce Conner

Published by J&L Books, 2016, 128 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16.5 × 22.8 cm, English

Price: €45

A project by Will Brown. Text by Jean Conner. Photographs by Jason Fulford.

Artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner’s (1933–2008) mobility was severely limited for the last five years of his life, when he rarely left the San Francisco home he shared with his wife, Jean. To aid in his physical navigation of its spaces, he worked with assistants to install a succession of solid brass handles in each and every room—surrounding the stove, down the boat-like stairwell, inside the recesses of the bedroom closet. At last count, the handles, a labyrinth of critical support, numbered 163. Still in situ after his death in 2008, the handles are arguably Conner’s last great work—at once physical and metaphysical, fragmentary and elusive, elegant and anonymous.

Will Brown is a collaborative project founded by Lindsey White, Jordan Stein and David Kasprzak.

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The Books 1996-2016 Giorgio Maffei

Published by Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, 2016, 78 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 24 cm, English / Italian

Price: €8

This book lists and describes, in chronological order, the forty-three books that Giorgio Maffei published in the course of twenty years, an important corpus of works that examine the theme of the publishing and photographic documentation of twentieth century art.

#2016 #giorgiomaffei
How to know what’s really happening Francis McKee

Published by Kayfa ta, 2016, 56 pages, 9.6 × 14.8 cm, Arabic

Price: €7

In this post-truth era, how does one navigate the endless information available and choose a viable narrative of reality? In How to Know What’s Really Happening Glasgow-based writer and curator Francis McKee looks at various techniques for determining verity, from those of spy agencies and whistle-blowers to mystics and scientists.

Francis McKee is an Irish writer, medical historian, and curator working in Glasgow where since 2006 he has been the director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, and is a lecturer and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art. McKee has worked on the development of open-source ideologies and their practical application to art spaces.

Designed by Julie Peeters and Valerie Arif.

#2016 #francismckee #juliepeeters #kayfata
How to know what’s really happening Francis McKee

Published by Kayfa ta, 2016, 56 pages, 9.6 × 14.8 cm, English

Price: €7

In this post-truth era, how does one navigate the endless information available and choose a viable narrative of reality? In How to Know What’s Really Happening Glasgow-based writer and curator Francis McKee looks at various techniques for determining verity, from those of spy agencies and whistle-blowers to mystics and scientists.

Francis McKee is an Irish writer, medical historian, and curator working in Glasgow where since 2006 he has been the director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, and is a lecturer and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art. McKee has worked on the development of open-source ideologies and their practical application to art spaces.

Designed by Julie Peeters and Valerie Arif.

#2016 #francismckee #juliepeeters #kayfata
Giorgio Griffa

Published by Analogues, France, 2016, 72 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.5 × 31 cm, English / French

Price: €24

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Giorgio Griffa at Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, from February 13 to April 24, 2016.

The art of the italian artist Giorgio Griffa developed quietly and with impressive coherence outside the latest movements broadly outlined on the contemporary scene. At the beginning of his career Griffa nonetheless associated himself with the representatives of Arte Povera, with whom he exhibited on numerous occasions in the 1960s and 1970s. His simultaneously “minimalist” painting also displayed an affinity in particular with the group Supports/Surfaces in France.

With texts by Bice Curiger, Giorgio Griffa, Francesco Manacorda.

#2016 #bicecuriger #giorgiogriffa #painting
Speechless Bik van der Pol

Published by Pérez Art Museum, Miami, 2016, leperello (colour & b/w ill.), 21.5 × 28 cm, English

Price: €3

“Speechless, a new work by the Rotterdam-based artistic duo Bik Van der Pol (Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol), is a multilayered exploration of how we speak about the precarious state of the natural world. The work consists of a custom-built aviary, which houses four parrots taught to mimic phrases from T.S. Elliot’s seminal 1922 poem, The Waste Land, comparing landscape devastated by war to the ecological devastation of today. The aviary is furnished with a jumble of sculptural letters that spell out the terms “global warming,” “climate change,” and “sustainability.” Part poetic gesture and radical expression, Speechless addresses the power of language within political contexts, and our ability to understand and discuss environmental degradation. The work was inspired, in part, by recent debate in Florida’s state government regarding the use of controversial terms such as “climate change” and “global warming.””

You can see a video on the work here.

#2016 #bikvanderpol #ephemera