Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - september-oktober 2016

Gerard Petrus Fieret / text Hripsimé Visser, Wim van Sinderen, Violette Gillet, Francesco Zanot. - Lichtervelde : Uitgeverij Hannibal, 2016. - 592 p. : ills. ; 26 cm. - Nl. / Eng.
The output of Gerard P. Fieret (1924-2009) included some of the strangest and most subversive works produced in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. Fieret was self-taught and, between 1965, the year he acquired his first camera (a Praktiflex) and the end of the 1970s, he was an obsessional and insatiable photographer, taking pictures of anything and everything: women, legs, children, shop windows, street scenes, himself, more women - models, students, young mothers, dancers, strangers, as well as breasts, buttocks, legs, necks and other body parts. Through his photographs, as through unsilvered mirrors, he achieved the paradox of revealing himself and asserting his presence in the world by hiding behind a camera.

Constant, Space + Colour : From Cobra to New Babylon / editors Ludo van Halem, Trudy Nieuwenhuys-van der Horst ; authors Constant, Laura Stamps, Katja Weitering [ al.]. - Rotterdam ; Amstelveen : nai010 publishers : Cobra Museum, 2016. - 160 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920-2005) is primarily known as the co-founder of the international Cobra group and as the initiator and maker of the New Babylon project. This publication sheds light, for the first time, on a third influential period in his artistic practice, during which he made the journey from Cobra to New Babylon, continually reinventing himself along the way. During the 1950s Constant was searching for new means to contribute, as an artist, to the reconstruction of society in the wake of the devastation of the Second World War. Significant developments in urbanism and technology were reflected in his work. In the spatial effect that colours produce, Constant saw possibilities for an intensive collaboration between visual artists and architects. His ideal was a fusion of different disciplines into a new art form that would address the human living environment (habitat) as a whole.
The publication 'CONSTANT. Space + Colour. From Cobra to New Babylon' appears to coincide with the exhibition ‘Constant. Space + Colour', Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, 28 May - 25 September 2016. The exhibition ‘Constant - New Babylon. ‘To Us, Liberty' is hosted concurrently in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Magali Reus : Spring for a Ground - Particle Of Inch - Halted Paves - Quarters / text by Andrew Bonacina, Ruba Katrib. - Milano : Mousse Publishing, 2016. - 80 p. : ills. ; 16 x 22 cm
In the spring of 2015, Magali Reus (b. 1981, the Hague, the Netherlands; based in London) opened the first in a series of four exhibitions of new work co-commissioned and presented by SculptureCenter, New York; Hepworth Wakefield, England; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany; and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy. The culmination of these collaborative projects is documented in this publication, marking an important chapter in the evolution of Reus's work. Magali Reus has evolved a practice that requires a constant examination of how we engage with, and understand, the everyday items that accompany us in the world—the ‘supporting-cast' objects that we rely on but rarely acknowledge.

Poul Gernes : I cannot do it alone - want to join in? / edited by Rydal Jørgensen, Anders Kold. - Humlebæk : Louisiana Museum, 2016. - 96 p. : ills. ; 35 cm
Includes biography.
Poul Gernes (1925-1996) is widely known for his large public decorations such as the Palads Cinema in Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital. Today, Gernes appears both as a colorful and optimistic designer and as the inveterate critic of capitalism, but also as a pioneer of a new conception of art and the artist's role in society. With this extensive exhibition, Louisiana wants to point to several possible entry points to the experience of Gernes' art. We are introduced to both the artist with an exceptional talent for making large, effective images, and on the other hand a Gernes with a rigorously experimental practice, in which art, in keeping with the reorientations of the 1960s, should be torn down from the easels and engage others—the people, all of us—to help carry out the works. Or with Gernes' own words: "I cannot alone—want to join in?"

Voebe de Gruyter / tekst Maria Barnas, Steven ten Thije. - Breda : Club Solo, 2014. - 32 p. : ills. ; 30 cm. - nl. / eng.
Bij elke solo verschijnt een publicatie met foto's van de tentoonstelling en twee teksten. Eén tekst gaat over het werk van de solokunstenaar en wordt geschreven door een auteur naar keuze van de kunstenaar. Daarnaast schrijven curatoren van het Van Abbemuseum en het M HKA om en om een tekst waarin het door het museum toegevoegde werk uit eigen collectie en het motief achter deze keuze uitgelegd wordt.

Matthias Buchinger "The Greatest German Living" / by Ricky Jay, Whose Peregrinations in Search of the "Little Man of Nuremberg" are herein Revealed. - Catskill, NY : Siglio Press, 2016. / 152 p. ± ills. + 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739) performed on more than a half-dozen musical instruments, some of his own invention. He exhibited trick shots with pistols, swords and bowling. He danced the hornpipe and deceived audiences with his skill in magic. He was a remarkable calligrapher specializing in micrography—precise handsome letters almost impossible to view with the naked eye—and he drew portraits, coats of arms, landscapes and family trees, many commissioned by royalty. Amazingly, Matthias Buchinger was just twenty-nine inches tall, and born without legs or arms.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Inventive Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay," January 8 - April 11, 2016.

Dada : Zürich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris / edited by Leah Dickerman ; with essays by Brigid Doherty, Dorothea Dietrich, Sabine T. Kriebel [ al.]. - Washington : National Gallery of Art, 2005. - 520 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references, biographies and index.
This catalogue presents the hybrid forms of Dada art through an examination of city centers where Dada emerged: Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, New York and Paris. Covered here are works by some 40 artists made in the period from circa 1916, when the Cabaret Voltaire was founded in Zurich, to 1926, by which time most of the Dada groups had dispersed or significantly transformed. Born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I, Dada displayed a raucous skepticism about accepted values. Its embrace of new materials, of collage and assemblage techniques, of the designation of manufactured objects as art objects as well as its interest in performance, sound poetry and manifestos fundamentally shaped the terms of modern art practice and created an abiding legacy for postwar art.

Cleo Wächter : Autostop - Retracing routes
/ concept and photography Cleo Wächter. - Den Haag : in eigen beheer, 2016. - 62 p. : ills. ; 23 cm + roadmap
In 1980 my father hitchhiked approximately 8000 kilometres through Scandinavia. He was 17 years old at the time. While he didn't take any photographs, his trip is documented through a booklet of city names, which he displayed while hitching rides. My father's choice to travel this way was an obvious and common one at the time.
Hitchhiking takes patience and mutual trust. This was put to the test when my brother and I attempted to retrace my father's route in the summer of 2016; Curious to see how far we would get and who we would meet and hoping to get "under the hood" of contemporary hitchhiking culture.

'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' / author Laura Mulvey ; introduction Mark Lewis ; responding images Rachel Rose. - London : Afterall Books, 2016. - first published in 1975. - 64 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Since it first appeared in Screen in 1975, Laura Mulvey's essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' has been an enduring point of reference for artists, film-makers, writers and theorists. Mulvey's compelling, structured and polemical analysis of visual pleasure has provoked and encouraged others to take positions, challenge pre-conceived ideas and produce new works that owe their possibility to the generative qualities of this key essay.

Beelden : Stadsverfraaiing in Rotterdam sinds 1940 / auteur Siebe Thissen. - Heijningen : Jap Sam Books, 2016. - 530 p. : ills. ; 29 cm
Bevat register.
Beelden, Stadsverfraaiing in Rotterdam sinds 1940 is geschreven door Siebe Thissen (hoofd BKOR,  het programma Beeldende Kunst & Openbare Ruimte van CBK Rotterdam) gaat over de wederopbouw in Rotterdam en de rol die de kunst daar in speelde. Het geeft een geschiedenis van de kunst in de openbare ruimte van Rotterdam, en dan vooral vanuit het perspectief van de kunstenaar die invloed wil uitoefenen op de (wederop)bouw, het aanzicht en de uitstraling van de stad. Siebe Thissen beschrijft de reuring, de acties, de ambities en de successen die de relatie van de kunst met de stad hebben bepaald.

Het grafelijk en stadhouderlijk hof Den Haag : Een overzicht van opgravingen en waarnemingen van 1770 tot en met 2013 / auteur M.M.A. van Veen ; met een bijdrage van E. Esser. - Den Haag : Gemeente Den Haag; Afdeling Archeologie & Natuur- en Milieueducatie Dienst Stadsbeheer, 2015. - 374 p. : ills. ; 30 cm. - (Haagse Oudheidkundige Publicaties 19)
De afdeling archeologie van Dienst Stadsbeheer in Den Haag heeft 300 jaar archeologische opgravingen gebundeld en dat geeft een bijzonder gedetailleerd beeld van het leven rond het historische Binnenhof, de plek waar in graaf Floris IV rond 1230 het hof 'Die Haghe' stichtte.

Unmaking, or How to Rethink Urban Narratives / editors Expodium ; contributors Jelle Reumer, Joris Lindhout, Nikos Doulos [ al.]. - Utrecht : Expodium, 2016. - 152 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Unmaking takes the permanent reconfiguration as the conditio sine qua non of the contemporary city. It is a book on the city as we perceive it; a place to rethink and reimagine the existing built environment. Unmaking departs from a local area in the city of Utrecht: Werkspoorkwartier, a former industrial zone. This part of town is the departure point for contributions by artists, biologists, architects, thinkers of all sorts.

'A Play' / by Uta Eisenreich and James Langdon. - Amsterdam : ROMA Publications, 2016. - 96 p. : ills. : 18 cm
This book is published in accompaniment to 'Things On A Table', a performance by Uta Eisenreich and Eva Meyer-Keller. The performers handle and display a collection of everyday objects, following the text 'Objects Lie On A Table' by Gertrude Stein as a score. Stein's objects — a pot, a pan, a ladle, etc. — are at once their humble selves and characters in a series cryptic narratives. The book departs from Stein's text in an alternative, entirely graphic direction, constructing narrative from a set of simple geometric shapes.

Mortal Cities Forgotten Monuments / concept and writing Arna Ma?ki?; introduction by Chris Keulemans ; texts by Bogdan Bogdanovic, Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen. - Zürich : Park Books, 2016. - 160 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Arna Mackic is an architect based in Amsterdam. Since 2009 she is part of the core design team of RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], and in 2013 she started a design research on the cultural heritage of former Yugoslavia: the monuments commemorating the victims of fascism during the Second World War and destroyed cultural heritage during the Bosnian war (1992-1995). Architecture has played a large role during turning points in the history of former Yugoslavia, both during the Second World War, when Yugoslavia was formed, as well as during and after the last civil war of 1992 - 1995. Arna Ma?ki?'s fascination for the monuments commemorating Second World War victims in Yugoslavia grew from here, along with her interest in the becoming and the functioning of destroyed cities as a result of the last civil war. Above all Ma?ki?'s interest centers around the aspect of time — around the way destroyed cities transform over time.

Visionäre der Moderne = Modern Visionaries : Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Paul Goesch / concept Annelie Lütgens ; with contributions by Eva-Maria Barkhofen, Sabine Hohnholz, Greta Kühnast [ al.]. - Zürich : Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, 2016. - 200 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
This book brings together three exceptional German visionaries of early modernism: the novelist, poet, and inventor Paul Scheerbart, architect Bruno Taut, and architect and artist Paul Goesch. All three men were wildly creative, offering unprecedented meldings of art and architecture into fantasias of invention that spoke directly to the concerns of the early Weimar Republic—while anticipating many of the architectural and artistic innovations of the decades that followed. Modern Visionaries, published to coincide with an exhibition at Berlin's Berlinische Galerie in spring 2016.

Ivan Grubanov : United Dead Nations / edited by Dragan Jelenkovic ; texts by Lidija, Ana Bogdanovic, Peter Vermeersch. - Belgrade : The Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015. - 174 p. : ills. ; 31 cm
Includes biography.
The "United Dead Nations" project representing the Serbian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia by artist Ivan Grubanov aims to establish a dialogue on what does the notion of the nation represent in our post-global times by putting in focus the nations that no longer exist as such, but whose ghosts are still conditioning the geo-spheres they had occupied.Grubanov uses the flags of nations that ceased to exist during the 20th century (Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ottoman Empire, USSR, German Democratic Republic, South Vietnam, United Arab Republic, Czechoslovakia, Tibet, Yugoslavia, Gran Colombia) and treats them as painting material: soaks them in chemicals and colors, exposes them to damaging influences, creates imprints of their symbols on clean canvases, produces sculptural forms and ambiental situations. Past, present and future, life and death, art and politics find themselves overlapped in Grubanov's powerful composition.

Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow / by Yuval Noah Harari. - London : Harvill Secker, 2016. - 440 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In this book Yuval Noah Hariri turns his focus toward humanity's future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.