Since 2011, L.I.E (Library of Independent Exchange) have been inviting key proponents of “the book” to submit a list of ten important titles that form part of their personal book collections. The book L.I.E LISTS OF TEN BOOKS includes 20 contributions from Ed Ruscha, Katrina Brown, New Jerseyy, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Cheetham, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jem Southam, Jeff Eaton, Benjamin Sommerhalder, Lionel Bovier, James Jenkin, OMMU, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Jeremy Millar, Alec Finlay, Fraser Muggeridge, Torpedo Press, An Endless Supply, Axel Wieder. Book launch December 13, 6pm, L.I.E/Detroit Bristol.
In the attic of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a unique collection had been lying forgotten, untouched by time. It consisted of rare graphic design journals, cases of metal and wood type, books, type catalogues and printing machines dating back to the last century. The exhibition A Form for History, until January 3, 2014, at Oslo’s R21 gallery, presents part of the typography archive and offers an exceptional glimpse of Norwegian graphic design history.
On show is a selection of books and printed titles from the archive; demonstrating a diverse visual field where modernistic expression developed in conjunction with lingering roots of art nouveau. The titles are accompanied with quotes from the archive, seeking to portray a varied cultural development where issues such as national style, a lack of high quality paper, The New Typography and the role of women have all been debated.
The large, red table, with two stairs that leads up to it, was imagined as both a reference to the attic which had been the archives hiding place for several years, as well as the often unapproachable aspect that history can hold. The table itself contains 20 articles, which as a whole presents both an insight into the industrial progress, as well as the development of visual expressions in Norway. Visitors are invited to bring home copies of the articles as a way to create their own selection of history.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner, New York, until December 18, the catalogue Ad Reinhardt, How to Look. Art Comics presents a comprehensive exploration of american painter and writer Ad Reinhardt’s cartoon works, which he created for various publications throughout his lifetime, most notably the progressive tabloid daily newspaper PM in which his “How to Look” series first appeared in 1946. Reinhardt’s comics shed light on the artist’s humorous insight into art history, politics, and culture, as well as his unparalleled critical sensibility as a painter and thinker.
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books. Printed Matter’s new website, among other specific features, includes tables that let staff, artists, publishers, and every user curate groups of books and write critical essays about them.
Imagine a museum in which the portrait of Carlotta Valdes, an important prop in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, hangs on a wall next to the painted portrait of the title character of Otto Preminger’s Laura and opposite the uncanny portraits of the desired or murdered women in Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, George Cukor’s Gaslight, and Nicholas Ray’s Born to Be Bad. In an adjacent gallery, the visitor of this imaginary museum can contemplate the portraits of patriarchs that feature in films such as House of Strangers, Suspicion, Gilda, and Strangers on a Train. This is precisely the concept of this book.
The Dark Galleries deals with American (and some British) films of the 1940s and 1950s, in which a painted portrait plays an important part in the plot or the mise-en-scène. Particularly noir crime thrillers, gothic melodramas, and ghost stories feature painted portraits that seem to have a magical power over their beholders. Apart from an extensive introductory essay, this museum guide presents more than eighty entries on the artistic and cinematic aspects of noir painted portraits.
Film and book presentation, December 6, 2013, 8pm, Kask, Ghent.
Over a period of 10 years Erik Kessels has made many books and exhibitions out of the passion for vernacular and amateur photography. In the lecture “Storytelling with vernacular photography” – December 11, 5.30pm, Tre Oci, Venezia – he will highlight his latest projects and publications and give an insight in collecting and editing the photographs often found online or on flea markets from all over the world. Another subject of the lecture is the role of images in the time we live in and how you can look at these in other ways than simply consuming them.
The last instalment in Erik Kessels’ long running found photography book series, In Almost Every Picture #12, tells the story of a Moroccan wedding filmmaker with a knack for self-promotion. Larbi Laaraichi lives in Fez, where he’s been capturing the happiest days of people’s lives since the early Nineties. While videoing their big days, he also ensures that he gets a shot of himself in action. These images plaster the walls of his shop.
As well as amateur advertisements, these pictures tell the story of Larbi himself. Kessels has ordered the portraits chronologically, hinting at changes in Larbi’s life in almost every picture. We see changes in Larbi’s fashion taste, from the extremes of turn of the century stripy shirts to more demure contemporary clothing. And we see Larbi’s career path through his equipment: proudly wielding an old-school video camera to (a decade later) atop a stepladder with a slick, space-age camera.
Any Part, Any Form is a follow up to London-based graphic designer Radim Peško’s Informal Meetings, a collection of photographs made during travels and wanderings to different places. This volume brings back found compositions and situations where seemingly unremarkable encounters between space, architecture and water suggest their own stories.
The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction.
From December 6 to February 8, 2014, the Piracy Project collection will be housed at
Grand Union, Birmingham, with 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world. The collection, which is catalogued online, is the starting point for talks and work groups around the concept of originality, the notion of authorship and politics of copyright.
The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying, re-editing, translating, paraphrasing, imitating, re-organising, manipulating of already existing works. Here creativity and originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.
The Last Books – a publishing house and performance project initiated by Philip Baber and Snejanka Mihaylova – published Cannon Magazine No.3 which comprises two texts by Peter Handke – a reprint of his 1986 novel Repetition and the first English edition of his long poem To Duration – published in two separate volumes.
Pierre Faucheux (1924-1999) a été l’une des figures majeures de l’édition française au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Renouvelant largement ce champ du design graphique, il traversa la seconde moitié du XXe siècle en y laissant des empreintes multiples qui sont autant d’expérimentations revisitant les avant-gardes ou s’inscrivant dans les courants artistiques de son époque. En marge de son atelier, il développa un travail visuel constitué de collages et d’”écartelages” photographiques. Enfin, il consacra également sa carrière à l’architecture, en s’associant aux projets de divers architectes ou en élaborant des aménagements muséaux et des scénographies d’expositions.
Faucheux concevait l’architecture comme une écriture et la mise en livre comme un travail architectural : écrire l’espace et être un architecte du livre, tel fut le grand écart qu’il se proposa de tenir tout au long de sa carrière. À partir de cette notion d’écart, qu’il fit sienne à la suite de Charles Fourier puis des surréalistes, L’écartelage ou l’écriture de l’espace d’après Pierre Faucheux, sous la direction de Catherine Guiral, Brice Domingues & Jérôme Dupeyrat, propose d’approfondir la connaissance critique du travail de Pierre Faucheux tout en le situant parmi les acteurs de son époque et en regard des références historiques et culturelles qui permettent de comprendre les divers aspects de son œuvre.
A photograph of me crying early in the morning on the beach in the far rockaways that is placed onto the english wikipedia page for mood disorder and then used by various websites as a free stock
As the title said, “A photograph of me crying early in the morning on the beach in the far rockaways that is placed onto the english wikipedia page for mood disorder and then used by various websites as a free stock”, by David Horvitz, published by Shelter Press.
The Fox issue 4 is loosely a continuation of the 1970′s journal The Fox produced by the artist’s collective Art & Language, however this regenerated version deviates from the concerns of the past publication, instead holding a closer link to the ‘natural world’, particularly the urban fox as a medium through which to explore attitudes towards the city, culture, nature, labour, architecture and design.
Designed by Mathew Whittington and with contributions by Daniel Arsham, Federico Campagna, Mike Davis, Mabli Elliman, Paul Elliman, Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks, Valentijn Goethals, Bill Hutchison, Esther Leslie & Ben Watson, Tetsuo Mukai, Leonard van Munster, Melissa Pilon, and Hermione Spriggs, as well as a selection of re-published material from the 19th and 20th century. Launch December 14, 3-5pm, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, as part of X Marks the Bökship’s X-Operative.
Simple Pleasures is an artist book by the Los Angeles based photographer Zoe Ghertner. Between the two bright red card covers, Ghertner has composed a group of measured still lives. The brightly colored painted wooden shapes and their equally colorful backgrounds playfully tease the viewer’s sense of scale, dimension and space.
The Fox was a short-lived critical journal and magazine published in New York in 1975 and 1976 by the American chapter of British conceptual art group Art & Language; only three issues were ever published. The Fox was primarily text based and rooted in recent experimental conceptual practices. It also had a highly critical and articulate voice on a number of art- and society-related problems: education, the power of money and value in art, institutions and their functions, and autonomy.
Re: The Fox, a curatorial project by Arnaud Desjardin and The Everyday Press, with John Slyce, November 15 to December 21, 2013, UNIT/PITT Projects, Vancouver, proposes a limited facsimilé reprint of the three issues of The Fox, accompanied by a number of historical documents, ephemera and other printed matter belonging to the period. Using some of the texts originally published in The Fox, a series of readings and group discussions will be staged in order to test and argue the relevance, resonance and acuity of those ideas today.
The Fox was originally printed with metal type on cheap newsprint, for this reissue the text was completely re-typeset and the layout design recreated digitally for all three volumes. This was done in order to be able to produce cheap printed copy through the current digital presses and/or office printing technologies.
The ultimate aim of Re: The Fox is to produce as a form of live historical bootlegging where authenticity is not a marketable gimmick but a political problem of transmission from one generation to the next.
The publication The Letter E is Everywhere is published in conjunction with the same name exhibition which consists of display structures and furniture pieces as well as books, prints, objects and textiles designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, juxtaposed with other objects found during an exploration of local handcraft production in Oaxaca. The exhibition also features furniture pieces developed as a result from this research, in collaboration with Oaxacan artisans, and objects whose production converses between craft and design practice: industrial, mass-produced popular objects, handicrafts, and furniture pieces from popular design.
The exhibition and catalogue propose an open narrative through the objects on display and question the position contemporary design plays in the dialogue between people and every day objects. At the same time, it reflects the approach that Manuel Raeder and his studio have about their practice, where design is used as a tool that is constantly reconsidered and customized.
La quatrième classe (The fourth class) is an exhibition curated by Jérôme Dupeyrat, with among other artists Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Jonathan Monk, Julien Nédélec, Conny Purtill, Nick Thurston, and many more… November 23 to December 21, 2013, Florence Loewy by artists, Paris.
Published for the first time in 1905, the universal decimal classification (UDC) is a knowledge classification system widely used in libraries. In itself rational and comprehensive, this system has nonetheless exhibited a kind of anomaly: the 4th class was transferred without being re-attributed, and is “currently unoccupied”. Although the 4th class doesn’t have a concrete usage in libraries, it is not strictly speaking non-existent, but more precisely vacant. In other terms, it exists by virtue of its potential, though remaining empty of any substance which might make this existence tangible.
According to an analogous logic, the exhibition La quatrième classe brings together diverse artistic propositions linked to books and publishing (artists’ books, pageworks, works making reference to books, creations with libraries or bookshops as sites) which have in common the fact that they make concrete discrete or inframince realities whose existence is borne of absence and the substance of a void…
Offprint Paris is an art publishing fair for emerging practices in art. Over four days, it gathers institutional and independent publishers from all over the world featuring publications by contemporary artists, graphic designers, photographers, publishers, bookdealers, museums, art schools, curators and antiquarians.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward top-quality book design in Switzerland. The awarded books become part of an exhibition which will stop off in London during Thoughts on a Book. The event this year, November 22, 2013, 7pm, Open School East, London, will take a closer look into one of the awarded books: Trix + Robert Haussmann, edited by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (Studiolo). Both the architects, Trix & Robert Haussmann, and the editors will give a talk about their collaboration, showcasing their process of working together.
Untitled (September magazine), by artist Paul Elliman, takes the form of a 600 page glossy magazine, completely absent of any editorial text, and comprised instead only of cropped and juxtaposed images collected by Elliman over many years. The publication conveys in itself a kind of text spelled out in body shapes, signs and gestures. “In photographed fragments, the body seems both to correspond to the shapes of letters and to assume writing’s inanimate agency. Or maybe another spirit altogether is communicated by the perverse range of images, a secret map of the inner territory of language conducted by the body”.
Launch, November 8, 7pm, San Serriffe, Amsterdam.