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Vincent Fecteau

Published by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2021, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.5 × 22.5 cm, English

Price: €46

Produced on the occasion of Vincent Fecteau’s exhibition at the Wattis Institute in San Francisco in the fall of 2019. Along with a group of new sculptures by Fecteau, the exhibition also featured two works by Lutz Bacher. The catalogue includes texts by Anthony Huberman, who curated the exhibition, Don Potts, Renny Pritikin and Fanny Singer.

#2021 #anthonyhuberman #ccawattisinstitute #fannysinger #lutzbacher #vincentfecteau
Hölle Rainald Goetz

Published by Galerie Buchholz, Köln, 2019, folded poster in envelope (colour & b/w ill.), 59.5 × 63 cm, English

Price: €10

A poster with the transcript of Rainald Goetz’s presentation of the English translation of his novel Insane on the occasion of the exhibition opening for the group exhibition Hölle in September 2018 at Galerie Buchholz New York, featuring new or selected works by Lutz Bacher, Caleb Considine, Vincent Fecteau, Rainald Goetz, Sergej Jensen, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, Monica Majoli, Albert Oehlen, Henrik Olesen, and Heji Shin.

#2019 #albertoehlen #calebconsidine #galeriebuchholz #hejishin #henrikolesen #juttakoether #lutzbacher #michaelkrebber #monicamajoli #rainaldgoetz #sergejjensen #vincentfecteau
Rip Tales: Jay Defeo’s Estocada & Other Pieces Jordan Stein

Published by Soberscove Press, Chicago, 2021, 160 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 22.2 cm, English

Price: €24

In 1965, Jay DeFeo (1929–89) was evicted from her San Francisco apartment, along with The Rose, the two-thousand-pound painting that would make her legendary. The morning after her front window was sawed open to make way for the colossus, DeFeo attempted to salvage Estocada, a large-scale painting on paper stapled directly to her hallway wall. Unfinished and never documented, the little-known piece was ripped down in chunks, saved, and reanimated years later in the studio through photography, photocopy, collage, and relief.

Rip Tales traces Estocada’s material history, woven into this narrative are other Bay Area stories that likewise privilege transformation, multiplicity, intuition, and absence. Drawing on interviews and personal experience, curator Jordan Stein explores these themes in the work and lives of artists Zarouhie Abdalian, April Dawn Alison, Ruth Asawa, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Conner, Dewey Crumpler, Trisha Donnelly, and Vincent Fecteau.

You can watch Jordan Stein and Hilton Als talk about the book here.

#2021 #aprildawnalison #bruceconner #deweycrumpler #jaydefeo #jordanstein #lutzbacher #ruthasawa #soberscovepress #trishadonnelly #vincentfecteau #zarouhieabdalian
Open the Kimono Lutz Bacher

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2018, 312 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22.5 × 30.5 cm, English

Price: €32

Open the Kimono is a chronological record of remarks from cable TV ads, movies, news radio, novels, airplanes, subways, sidewalks and elevators from 2013-2018.

American artist Lutz Bacher made work spanning an array of media since the 1970s. The game of hide-and-seek she played with her own self by working under a masculine pseudonym since early on in her career can serve as a helpful entry point to Bacher’s artistic practice. It centered around issues of identity, power structures, and violence, all the while remaining ambiguous and enigmatic.

#2018 #lutzbacher #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
ELVIS MOAN (CARD) LUTZ BACHER

Published by Fridericianum, Kassel, 2021, card, 16 × 11.5 cm, English / German

Price: €9

Produced on the occasion of the exhibiting of Lutz Bacher’s work Elvis Moan (2008/2013, Sound, 5’ 13’) in the basement of Fridericianum, Kassel, from April 3 to September 5, 2021.

#2021 #ephemera #lutzbacher
Lutz Bacher What’s Love Got to Do With It invitation

Published by Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2018, foldout poster (colour & b/w ill.), 10.5 × 21 cm (folded) 42 × 38 cm (unfolded), English / German

Price: €2 (Out of stock)

Invitation produced on the occasion of Lutz Bacher, What’s Love Got to Do With It at Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 7 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

American artist Lutz Bacher made work spanning an array of media since the 1970s. The game of hide-and-seek she played with her own self by working under a masculine pseudonym since early on in her career can serve as a helpful entry point to Bacher’s artistic practice. It centered around issues of identity, power structures, and violence, all the while remaining ambiguous and enigmatic.

In Untitled (2017), Donald Trump’s signature is enlarged and repeated on white paper that runs across the walls of all three exhibition galleries. The work is intersected by hastily scribbled notes from everyday life in Open the Kimono (2018), and ostensibly meaningful, zen-inspired sentences in Black or White (2018), which pass by in an endless loop on giant screens.

#2018 #ephemera #lutzbacher