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Frederick Wiseman

Published by Monarch Press, New York, 1975, 134 pages (b/w ill.), 16 × 23 cm, English

Price: €17

The films of Frederick Wiseman, unparalleled as social and artistic documents of U.S. institutional life, have earned him international acclaim and generated continued controversy. His career and remarkable series of documentaries, beginning with the now famous Titicut Follies to later work Juvenile Court, Primate and Welfare, are covered in this collection of critical essays, interviews, reviews, complete filmography and a selective bibliography.

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

#1975 #film #frederickwiseman
Film (Fahrbereitschaft) Trims, 2017 Margaret Honda

Published by Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, 2017, 1 of 33 polyester lighting gels in paper envelopes, 10.5 × 24 cm (each), English

Price: €35

Signed, dated, numbered, edition of 2 + 1 ap.

Margaret Honda’s films grow out of a sculptural practice that privileges a material relationship to the medium above any narrative or representational concerns. Honda aims to reconsider the standards of film production protocols, often rearranging the order in which things are done or utilising only certain aspects of the production chain.

#2017 #artistedition #experimentalfilm #film #margarethonda
Film at Wit’s End : Eight Avant-garde Filmmakers Stan Brakhage

Published by McPherson & Co Publishers, New York, 1991, 183 pages (b/w ill.), 15.1 × 22.7 cm

Price: €12

In these eight biographies, Stan Brakhage brings us into intimate acquaintance with some of America’s most influential independent filmmakers; Jerome Hill, Marie Menken, James Broughton, Christopher MacLaine, Maya Deren, Sidney Peterson, Bruce Conner and Ken Jacobs.

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Writings Morgan Fisher

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2012, 280 pages (b/w ill.), 20.5 × 28.5 cm, English

Price: €29 (Temporarily out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of Morgan Fisher’s exhibitions The Frame and Beyond at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, March 2 – July 29, 2012 & Translations at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, October 23 2011 – February 5, 2012.

Complementing Fisher’s Two Exhibitions monograph, this volume compiles the Los Angeles-based artist’s writings of the past three decades, from 1975 to the present. Fisher discusses his own films, paintings, installations and photographs and the works of artists such as Carl Andre and Blinky Palermo. A final section compiles his film and video transcripts and narrations.

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Two exhibitions Morgan Fisher

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2012, 240 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 28.5 cm, English / German

Price: €34 (Temporarily out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of Morgan Fisher’s exhibitions The Frame and Beyond at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, March 2 – July 29, 2012 & Translations at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, October 23 2011 – February 5, 2012.

Morgan Fisher studied art history at Harvard from 1960 to 1964 before attending film school in Los Angeles and going into film. He then worked in Hollywood for several years, mostly as an editor, an experience that shaped his experimental practice. In the 1970s, Fisher created several film installations that can be described as works of Expanded Cinema. From the mid-1990s, in a further development, he turned to monochrome painting and installations of monochrome paintings.

With introductions by Sabine Folie and Susanne Titz, essays by Thom Andersen, Rainer Bellenbaum / Sabeth Buchmann, Yve-Alain Bois and short texts by Morgan Fisher

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Luke Fowler

Published by JRP Ringier, Zurich, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, and Serpentine Gallery, London, 2009, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 25.5 cm, English / German

Price: €25

Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Beatrix Ruf. Texts by Will Bradley, Stuart Comer.

A central figure in Glasgow’s vibrant art scene, Luke Fowler’s cinematic collages break down conventional approaches to biographical and documentary filmmaking. Fowler’s films have often been linked to British Free Cinema, the distinctive aesthetic of which came out of a conscious decision to engage with the reality of contemporary Britain in the 1950s. Avoiding didactic voice-over commentaries and narrative continuity, Fowler similarly uses impressionistic sound and editing. However, Fowler moves beyond simply referencing the work of his predecessors. Intuitively applying the logic, aesthetics, and politics of his subjects onto the film he is making about them, he creates atmospheric, sampled histories that reverberate with the vitality of the people he studies.

#2009 #film #jrpringier #lukefowler