Cologne Art Fair, 1977 Jack Smith

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2010, fold out poster (colour & b/w ill.), 19.7 × 21 cm (folded) 119.2 × 84 cm (unfolded), English

Price: €15

Jack Smith presented his performance Irrational Landlordism of Bagdad as part of the Cologne Art Fair fringe in the summer of 1977. Many other events were documented photographically and can now be found in the Cologne Art Fair archives – not so Smith’s performance. This poster publication, edited by Michael Krebber, shows him in his fair stall and during his performance for the first time. The pictures are perfect documents of a completely eccentric transaction by this pioneering director and performance artist.

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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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Painting as a Weapon: Progressive Cologne 1920 – 1930

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln & Museum Ludwig, Köln, 2008, 160 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20 × 24.5 cm, English / German

Price: €47

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition at Museum Ludwig, Köln, March – June 2008. The Cologne Progressives were a group of artists who came together in Cologne, Germany in the 1920s. The artists in this exhibition, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, Heinrich Hoerle and Gerd Arntz, were its core members. In the aftermath of the horrors of the First World War, like many Germans, these artists desired radical social and political change. Supporters of socialism and workers’ rights, the Progressives sought to unite art and politics. Their aim was to embody change with both the subject matter depicted and in the way they painted their artworks.

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The Dream of the Audience Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2004, 290 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 19 × 24.4 cm, German / English

Price: €42

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, The Dream of the Audience, at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, 14 May – 15 August 2004.

From the mid-1970s until her death at age 31 in 1982, Korean-born artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha created a rich body of conceptual art that explored displacement and loss. Her works included artists’ books, mail art, performance, audio, video, film, and installation. Although grounded in French psychoanalytic film theory, her art is also informed by far-ranging cultural and symbolic references, from shamanism to Confucianism and Catholicism. Her collage-like book Dictée, which was published posthumously in 1982, is recognized as an influential investigation of identity in the context of history, ethnicity and gender.

Preface by Dietrich Karner, introduction by Sabine Breitwieser, texts by Constance M. Lewallen, Lawrence Rinder, Trinh T. Minh-ha and Bernadette Hak Eun.

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An Introduction Michael Stevenson

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2012, 262 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 28 cm, English / Spanish

Price: €39

Produced on the occasion of Michael Stevenson’s 2012 exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City.

A plane is lodged in the Portikus attic to be seen across the river. In keeping with Stevenson’s commitment to producing objects that animate historical narratives, often as replicas, facsimiles or architectural re-constructions, the object will be transformed into an image through the very fragile and the most minute effects of optical lenses and mirrors, so that it appears in the main exhibition space.

With texts from Roberto Bolaño, Giovanni Intra, José de Jesús Martínez, Marilyn Strathern, Michael Taussig, Laura Preston, Mark von Schlegell & Jan Verwoert

#2012 #giovanniintra #janverwoert #laurapreston #markvonschlegell #michaeltaussig #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig