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Armadillo House Marc Camille Chaimowicz & Roger Diener

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2022, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 12 × 20.3 cm, English

Price: €18

A conversation between the artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz and the architect Roger Diener about their collaboration, The Armadillo House in Basel. Chaimowicz claims the interior as a pictorial space while also referencing the history of architecture, art and design. His agenda has been described as the celebration of domestic detritus and his spatial installations appear as painterly tableaus. From the 1970s onwards he advanced a critique of rigid, austere minimalism. For Diener, on the other hand, pictorial space is not a factor. Instead, he puts forward a modernist notion of non-expression, with architecture functioning as its raw material. In his architecture, it is not the insertion of culturally codified images but rather spatial configurations that shape the movement and circulation of inhabitants.

#2022 #architecture #marccamillechaimowicz #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
Henrik Olesen

Published by Secession, Vienna, 2004, 54 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 30 cm, English / German

Price: €28

Henrik Olesen’s artworks question the sexually political effects of everyday conventions. Contemporary and historical materials serve as the starting points for this inquiry. These materials include visual and textual representations drawn from the fields of architecture, the history of industrialization, the imposition of legally sanctioned punishment, verdicts handed down by courts of law, the geographic and demographic distribution of capital, the natural sciences, and the history of art. Olesen uses the techniques of appropriation, manipulation or contextual shifting to explore the theme of the stigmatization, criminalization, and repression of homosexuality.

#2004 #henrikolesen #secession #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
Catalogue Raisonné Volume 1 Michael Krebber

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2022, 608 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.1 × 27.9 cm, English

Price: €120

A projected multivolume catalogue of the Michael Krebber’s complete work, compiling high-quality photographs, material descriptions, and provenance of his output in all media. Focused on his early work, this first volume includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and film from 1972 to the year 2000. Opening with a historical essay that traces the genesis of Krebber’s practice in relation to contemporaries such as Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, the book also contains numerous short texts analyzing and contextualizing individual works. In addition to a full biography and bibliography, the catalogue raisonné features extensive documentation of Krebber’s early exhibitions, many of which have not been published before.

#2020 #martinkippenberger #michaelkrebber #painting #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
Amelie von Wulffen: Ausstellungen 2018-2022

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2022, 176 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22.4 × 27.5 cm, German / English

Price: €28

This book documents Amelie von Wulffen’s exhibitions at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York / Gió Marconi, Milan / KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin / Établissement d’en face, Brussels / Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien between 2018 and 2022. With texts from Helmut Draxler, Valérie Knoll & Tonio Kröner.

#2022 #amelievonwulffen #etablissementdenface #helmutdraxler #kwinstituteforcontemporaryart #painting #reenaspaulingsfineart #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
Josef Strau: Spirits And Objects

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2022, 198 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 23 cm, English

Price: €22

This publication assembles a selection of texts produced between the years 2005 and 2020, starting with The Non- Productive Attitude (2005), his prominent reflections on the anti-productive attitude in the Cologne art scene of the time. The experience of having to write the essay overnight within a few hours, and without any time for revision, triggered his interest in exploring forms of unintentional writing, and consequently the replacement of the intentional author by an unconscious writer / producer. This mode of automatic writing has manifested itself until today, and has become the core of Strau’s artistic practice.

#2022 #josefstrau #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
The Letters of Rosemary & Bernadette Mayer, 1976–1980

Published by Lenbachhaus, München; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Spike Island, Bristol & Swiss Institute, New York, 2022, 376 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14 × 21 cm, English

Price: €24

This collection of the correspondence between artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014) and poet Bernadette Mayer (born 1945) occurs between the years of 1976 and 1980, a period of rich creativity in New York’s artistic avant-garde, and one which includes the development of major bodies of work by the two women. Rosemary Mayer was creating sculptures, watercolours, books and “temporary monuments” from weather balloons and snow, while Bernadette Mayer was working on some of her best-known publications, including the book-length poem Midwinter Day and the poetry collection The Golden Book of Words. Spanning the worlds of Conceptual art, Postminimalism, feminism, the New York School, Language poetry and more, these letters elucidate the bonds of sisterhood through intimate exchanges about art, relationships and everyday life.

#2022 #bernadettemayer #rosemarymayer #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig