Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - november-december 2016

Femmy Otten : Slow Down Love / text John C. Welchman, Laurie Cluitmans. - Rotterdam : nai010 publishers, 2016. - 136 p. : ills. ; 34 cm
Includes biography.
Femmy Otten refuses to comply with the scope of canvas or paper. She mainly distinguishes herself by her complex wall compositions, bringing together two- and three dimensional elements. Images of women and of mythological creatures, made of plaster or wood, rise out of a bright white wall. Drawings in serene lines, watery-coloured monsters, mythological creatures and pastel-painted motifs and frescoes complete the mythical world in which Otten creates her poetic logic.

Daido Moriyama : Daido Tokyo / text by Daido Moriyama. - Paris : Fondation Cartier, 2016. - 248 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Selection of contemporary Moriyama material shot in Tokyo split between colour and black&white, published to accompany the solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain from December 2015 to March 2016.
Moriyama invented a new visual language in his work from the mid- 1960s onwards. Frenetic and tormented, it depicted a reality that was grainy, blurry and out-of-focus. Depicting backstreet neighbourhoods in the Japanese capital - a favorite location for the photographer - these images reference the motifs that are omnipresent in the artist's work.

Provoke : Between Protest and Performance : Photography in Japan 1960-1975 / edited by Diana Dufour, Matthew S. Witkovsky, with Duncan Forbes and Walter Moser ; texts by Yukio Lippit, Hamaya Hiroshi, Kaneko Ryuichi [ al.]. - Göttingen : Steidl, 2016. - 680 p. : ills. ; 25 cm
This catalogue accompanies the first exhibition ever to be held about the magazine Provoke and its creators and focuses on its historical context. The short-lived Japanese magazine Provoke is recognized as a major achievement in world photography of the postwar era, uniting the country's most contentious examples of protest photography, vanguard fine art, and critical theory of the late 1960s and early 70s in only three issues overall. Provoke's members were critic Koji Taki, poet Takahiko Okada, photographers Takuma Nakahira, Yutaka Takanashi, Daido Moriyama. Recording live actions, photography in these years was also an expressive form suited to emphasize and critique the mythologies of modern life with a wide spectrum of performing artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Koji Enokura and Jiro Takamatsu.

Miklos Klaus Rozsa / edited and concept by Christof Nüssli, Christoph Oeschger ; texts by Peter Kamber, Miklos Klaus Rozsa, Christof Nüssli, Christoph Oeschger. - Leipzig : Spector Books, 2014. - 624 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
The photographer and political activist Miklós Klaus Rózsa (*1954) was kept under surveillance for years by the Swiss Federal Office of Police, the Cantonal police, and the municipal police of Zurich. His photographs as well as the State Protection files compiled on him from 1971 - 1989 form the basis for the book. The collage of these sources produces new images that reveal the history of a politically agitated time in Switzerland. The two lines of narration could not be more antithetic: On the one hand are the images by Rózsa which document the events from the midst of the agitation, the Zurich youth movement of the 1980s. On the other hand the surveillance files demonstrate the distanced and often uncomprehending gaze of the police observing the occurrences. The montage brings the conflict between Rózsa's images and the State Security texts to light. Observation and counter-observation clash.

Constant : New Babylon. To Us, Liberty / texts Laura Stamps, Willemijn Stokvis, Mark Wigley, Pascal Gielen, Trudy van der Horst. - Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2016. - 240 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
A world without borders, capable of flowing out in all directions and allowing its residents to develop as freely as they do flexibly. This fascinating utopia of architectural and organic growth of the living environment forms the starting point of Constant Nieuwenhuys' lifelong project: New Babylon. Between 1956 and 1974 he worked on numerous models, paintings, drawings, and collages for the purpose of depicting his vision of the nomadic city of the future. The catalogue focuses not only on the architectural aspects but embraces them as an artist's synthesis of the arts.

Dysfunctional Comedy : A Reader / editors Livia Paldi ad Olav Westphalen ; contributors Aaron Flam, Anna Kinbom, Roee Rosen [...eta l.]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2016. - 118 p. : ills. ; 20 cm
Includes biographies.
The publication features more than fifteen artists and writers who engage with a variety of comedic techniques, often as a way to subvert the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy and rethink artistic performativity and audience participation. Public speech and the ways of addressing sensitive issues, stereotypes, taboos, and power relations are also examined, not only to seek new modes of public address, but to look critically at the art world and cultural-political operations, conservatism, and inflexibility.

Guillaume Bijl / by John C. Welchman. - Zürich : JRP | Ringier, 2016. - 160 p. : ills. ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
This reference monograph reveals the scope of Guillaume Bijl's thinking and art during the last four decades. The book spans the early "Treatments" (1975-1978) to the on-going "Transformation Installations," "Situation Installations," "Compositions Trouvées," and "Sorry" bodies of work. Grounded in and marked by a number of economic, social, and cultural conditions, Bijl's works are a stimulating reflection and synthesis of our current times. As John C. Welchman writes: "Bijl's work made important contributions to many of the issues addressed by the Western neo-avant-garde art world from the 1970s to now—questions about performativity and spectacle; elitism and "lowness"; simulation and "commodity art"; life-scaled corporeality and the uncanny; appropriation, archives and the postmodern 000000readymade; negotiations with selfhood and artifice; and the tension between work situated in art institutional and public spaces."

Jill Magid : The Proposal / editors Nikolaus Hirsch, Carin Kuoni, Hesse McGraw, Markus Miessen ; contributions by Leonardo Díaz Borioli, Nikolaus Hirsch, David Kim, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Daniel McClean, Hesse McGraw, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Ines Weizman. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2016. - 202 p. : ills. ; 15 cm. - (Critical Spatial Practice 8)
This book focusses on Jill Magid's "The Barragán Archives," a multiyear project that examines the legacy of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Luis Barragán (1902-1988). The archive of Barragán was split in two after his death—the personal archive is kept in his home in Mexico, while his professional archive was purchased in 1995 by Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the Swiss furniture company Vitra, inaccessible to the public.
With The Proposal Magid attempts to bring together Barragán's professional and personal archives by probing the architect's official and private selves, and the interests of various individuals and governmental and corporate entities who have become the archives' guardians. Magid, with permission of the Barragán family, commissioned a small amount of Barragán's cremated remains to be transformed into a diamond. The stone, set in a gold ring, was offered to Federica Zanco in exchange for the return of the professional archive to Mexico. Magid's artwork directly engages the intersections of the psychological and the judicial, national identity and repatriation, international property rights and copyright law, authorship and ownership, the human body and the body of work.

Fourth Plinth : How London created the smallest sculpture park in the world / foreword by Grason Perry ; texts by Isabel de Vasconcellos. - London : Art Books Publishing, 2016. - 208 p. : ills. ; 26 cm
The vacant plinth in the north-west corner of London's Trafalgar Square has provoked controversy for generations. Originally intended to hold an equestrian statue of William IV, it remained empty because of a lack of funds. For a century and half, debate over the plinth's fate raged until 1998, when it was decided to use the spot as a site of temporary commissions of contemporary art by leading artists.The results have divided opinion across the capital and beyond, prompting debate not only about the merits of each commission but also about the value of art in the public realm.
This book tells the story of the ongoing Fourth Plinth program from its inception to the very latest commission, David Shrigley's "Really Good," to be unveiled in September 2016.

Van Rodin tot Bourgeois : Sculptuur in de 20ste eeuw / redactie Doede Hardeman ; teksten Patrick Elliot, Laura Stamps, Céline Vermeiren [ al.]. - Veurne : Uitgeverij Hannibal, 2016. - 272 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Dit boek is verschenen bij de gelijknamige tentoonstelling in het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag van 15 oktober 2016 tot 21 januari 2017, in nauwe samenwerking met de National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. Aan de hand van sculpturale hoogtepunten van kunstenaars als Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Julio González, Henry Moore, Donald Judd, Jean Tinguely, Louise Bourgeois en vele anderen focust deze publicatie op de belangrijkste ontwikkelingen van de Europese en Amerikaanse beeldhouwkunst in de periode 1876-1965.

Frederick Kiesler: Function Follows Vision ; Vision Follows Reality / editors Luca Lo Pinto, Vanessa Joan Müller, and the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2015. - 116 p. : ills ; 18 cm
This collection of unpublished or rare texts by Frederick Kiesler written between 1927 and 1957 is published on the occasion of the exhibition "Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality" at Kunsthalle Wien (May 27-August 23, 2015). The focus is on Kiesler's ideas on display, and juxtaposes works of contemporary artists with a number of original drawings by Kiesler. With works by Leonor Antunes, Olga Balema, Céline Condorelli, Morton Feldman, Annette Kelm, Friedrich Kiesler, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Luca Trevisani, Nicole Wermers

Animals / editor Filipa Ramos. - London ; Cambridge Mass. : Whitechapel Gallery : The MIT Press, 2016. - 240 p. ; 21 cm. - (Documents of Contemporary Art series)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Animals have become the focus of much recent art. Contemporary art has emerged as a privileged terrain for exploring interspecies relationships, providing the conditions for diverse disciplines and theoretical positions to engage with animal behavior and consciousness.
This interest in animal nature reflects a number of current issues. Observations of empathy among nonhumans prompt reconsiderations of the human. The nonverbal communication of animals has been compared with poetic expansion of the boundaries of language. And the freedom of animal life in the wild from capitalist subordination is seen as a potential model for reconfiguring society and our relationship to the wider environment. Animal nature is at the heart of debates on the Anthropocene era and the ecological concerns of scientists, thinkers, and artists alike.

Aby Warburg Mnemosyne Bilderatlas : Reconstruction - Commentary - Revision / concept and editing Axel Heil, Margrit Brehm, Roberto Ohrt. - Karlsruhe : ZKM, Center for Art and Media , 2016. - 48 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
To mark the 150th birthday of the cultural scientist Aby Warburg (1866-1929), the ZKM is exhibiting a complete reconstruction of his Mnemosyne picture atlas in its original size. Warburg developed this comprehen­sive and unusual instrument in his last years. All 63 panels are presented for the first time with a detailed commentary, combining the findings from Warburg's writings with an analysis of his visual language.

Midpoint / edited by Laurie Charles, Alberto Garcia del Castillo, Louise Osieka and Marnie Slater ; interviews with Fatma Arar, Nick Bastis, Carles Congost [ al.]. - Brussels : Théophiles Papers, 2016. - 138 p. : ills. ; 18 cm
This book portrays a slice of the history of Midpoint Café & Bar in Brussels from 2011 until today, through interviews with one of its owners and a few of the regulars.
In Brussels, trams are scarce at night. So you might want to walk to Midpoint, in the western end of the city centre. Tonight somebody might be hosting an opening after-party, or there could be a birthday to celebrate. That friend of yours is doing some kind of art project and a DJ is playing that song you love. Or maybe, tonight, people just want to dance. Great. You've got a busy night! Or, just another night at Midpoint.

[inaudible] A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts / artist's book by Lawrence Abu Hamdan ; with contributions by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Emily Apter, Giovanni Carmine, Omar Kholeif, Fabian Schöneich. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2016. - 68 p. : ills. ; 16 cm
A "politics of listening" is an intervention into and a reorganization of forms that listening takes rather than a call for free speech or for a platform for voices to be heard. In his art and research, Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan explores the perception of language, sound, and listening. National identity, human rights, and the administration of justice are recurrent themes in his work. The techniques used in his audio-aesthetic practice have been used to conduct forensic audio analysis for several legal investigations. This monograph includes a series of transcripts of live speech from sermons, monologues, testimonies, and interviews made over the course of the last five years.

Visual Cultures as... Opportunity / by Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mörtenböck ; introduction by Jorella Andrews. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2016. - 96 p. : ills. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
In this volume, the fourth in the series Visual Cultures as..., Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mörtenböck analyze the networked spaces of global informal markets, the cultural frontiers of speculative investments, and recent urban protests, and discuss crucial shifts in the process of collective articulation within today's "crowd economy." Assemblies, gathering places, and agora-like situations have become popular sites for contemporary art. At the heart of these arenas is the search for new ways to counter the crisis-ridden experience of homo economicus—the pervasive and alienating marketization of all aspects of our lives. A great deal of hope is being placed on the potential of social formations enabled by new technologies of connectivity and exchange. Artists and cultural producers are at the forefront of testing the viability of transgressive actions such as coworking, crowdfunding, and open-source provisions.

Onder den vrijen hemel / auteurs Casper Postmaa, Diederik Gerlach ; beeld Diederik Gerlach. - Den Haag : Eindeloos uitgevers, 2016. - 132 p. : ills. ; 26 cm
‘Onder den vrijen hemel' is het avontuur van Henk Gerlach (Nijmegen, 1920 - Den Haag, 1986) en zijn drie vrienden, die in mei 1943 tijdens de tweede wereldoorlog besluiten om Nederland te ontvluchten om zich aan te sluiten bij de geallieerden. Juist als zij denken het geluk aan hun zijde te hebben, verandert de reis in een drama. Toch zal Henk het einde van de oorlog halen en het moment meemaken dat de Sovjets in Berlijn de Rijksdag bestormen. Voor zijn ogen ziet hij het ‘Rijk van het kwaad' ineenstorten, maar hij is dan een andere man dan toen hij aan de reis begon. Zijn zoon, de Haagse kunstenaar Diederik Gerlach, volgde samen met journalist Casper Postmaa het spoor van zijn vader door Europa, van Scheveningen via België, Frankrijk, Zwitserland, Italië en Oostenrijk naar Berlijn.