The highly distinctive publications on contemporary art are shaped by the personal preferences and friendships of the publisher. Painting and drawing, photography, video, installation, and new media are of interest as independent positions or in combination with architecture and the environment.
The artist Annelies Štrba, best known for photographs of her children, now brings us in Noonday pictures of her grandchildren. In this “noonday dream” (a reference to Emily Brontë), we encounter a host of fairytale creatures, playing, sleeping, or dreaming. The viewer is drawn in and becomes part of this reverie, which is interspersed with images of everyday family life, travel, and game-playing. While the images in the artist’s previous series, Shades of Time (1997), were raw and direct, Noonday glows with the ease of a summer afternoon and yet still leaves us with the melancholy certainty that the days of childhood pass by much too fast.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
17.3 × 24 cm, 6 ¾ × 9 ½ in, 336 pages, hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-388-7, Englisch€49.00 / $65.00 / £39.00
Life in the digital economy of information and images enriches us but often induces a sense of being overwhelmed. Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts considers the impact of technology by exploring ways it was addressed in the practice of the Hungarian polymath artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), a prominent professor at the Bauhaus and a key fi gure in the history of Modernism. Moholy-Nagy felt that people needed guidance to cope with the onslaught of sensory input in an increasingly technologized, mediatized, hyper-stimulating environment. His ideas informed media theorists such as Walter Benjamin, John Cage, Sigfried Giedion, and Marshall McLuhan, who anticipated digital culture as it emerged. Should we then regard Moholy-Nagy as a pioneer of the digital? His aesthetic engagement with the technology/body problematic broached the notions of immersion, interactivity and bodily participation, innately offering a critique of today’s disembodiment. Was he then both a pioneer and a proto-critic of the digital? This book is intended to introduce this seminal fi gure of post-medial practices to younger generations and, by including responses to his work by contemporary artists, to refl ect on the ways in which his work is relevant to artistic practice now.
21 × 29,7 cm, 8 ¼ × 11 ¾ in, 192 pages, hardcover (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-433-4, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-434-1, German€35.00
Place by Place is the latest publication by the artist Felice Varini, constituting a re-examination of his complete oeuvre based on his most recent works.
His fascinating spatial installations make use of urban landscapes, walls, and rooms as “screens” for abstract graphical projections which the artist paints, draws, or fabricates from materials such as adhesive tape. Seen from an ideal vantage point, they appear as unexpected two-dimensional patterns against their three-dimensional background. When the viewer then leaves this vantage point and moves through the space, he sees the work as a perpetual metamorphosis of shifting, evolving forms. Accompanying the numerous illustrations is a text by Doris von Drathen that situates the work in its art-historical context, as well as an interview she conducted with the artist.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
30 × 24 cm, 11 ¾ × 9 ½ in, 402 pages, approx. 615 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-405-1, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-406-8, French€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00
French,€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00
Liminal SpacesJurek Wajdowicz. Fotografie 75
With a contribution by Fred Ritchin
Polish-born photographer Jurek Wajdowicz’s new art book luxuriates the viewer
with both saturated and minimalist images that float between abstraction and
reality of both the perceived and the imagined. The largeness of this limited-
edition publication, reminiscent of a gallery space, envelops the reader and
creates a pause for each image. You realize at once you are seeing something
captured in its purity—in its minimal, intense and separate state.
Fred Ritchin in his introduction writes “…Seeing and looking are hardly the
same. The riches reside as well in the parallel universes, those which
conventional photography, quoting from appearance, hardly seem to take into
account. In the hints of shape in Wajdowicz’s own images, in his embrace of
negative space, appearance manages to conceal itself, implying the gaps of the
forever in-between. The engaged viewer can then infer ways to re-imagine,
while Jurek’s lens argues for a less traveled space. It is no wonder that his
imagery reads like jazz…”
Design: Jennifer Sterling
29,5 x 38,1 cm, 11½ x 15 in, 112 pages, 75 illustrations, paperback (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-410-5, English, Polish€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00
Some BookGraphic Expressions between Design and Art
Edited by Sven Völker, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
With contributions by Magne Furuholmen, Liam Gillick, Eugen Gomringer, Ellen Lupton, László Moholy-Nagy, Michael Schirner, Sven Völker and Beat Wyss
Concept: Maria Franke, Verena Lupberger, Tom Zander, Sven Völker
No delivery to the USA and Canada
Art or design, designer or artist: why be constrained by categories? Some Magazine from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle tells of the intersection between these two fields. After running for three years, its editorial team under the guidance of Sven Völker has focused on the potential of visual forms of expression for the publication Some Book. Next to large format drawing machines by Eske Rex, it presents experimental carpet designs by Jürgen Dahlmanns and engages with early conceptual artworks by Lawrence Weiner. A selection of text contributions by Magne Furuholmen, Liam Gillick, Eugen Gomringer, Ellen Lupton, László Moholy-Nagy, Michael Schirner, Sven Völker and Beat Wyss give an overview over the discovery of the artist as a social figure in the 13th century up to his manifold entanglements with popular culture in the present. The book points to the varied and exciting perspectives for designers today.
16.5 x 21 cm, 6 ½ x 8 ¼ iin, 272 pages, 199 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-412-9, English/German€30.00
Edited by Gerd Blum and Johan F. Hartle
With a foreword by Mike Guyer
Independent and reflective, this artist book is a new take on the design principles of First Cuts by the artist Harald F. Müller. It presents 15 photographic appropriations by Müller that have been installed at Zurich's Prime Tower, the tallest building in Switzerland, realized by the architects Gigon/Guyer. The photographs deal with pioneering technical, sporting and cultural achievements that created new realities. Not only do they point retrospectively to Modernism's euphoria of progress, but they also include the latest scientific research and timeless modernity, with motifs such as CERN or constructivist works. Printed onto sound-absorbent sheets of metal with hole matrix on the interior walls of the building, the works refuse a passive decorative function and instead make an architectural proposition relating to abstraction and atomism. Detailed texts by the editors Gerd Blum and Johan Frederik Hartle elucidate First Cuts in relation to Harald F. Müller's artistic practice and their cultural-historical context. The book translates First Cuts' design principles into the framework of a unique book object.
Design: büro uebele
18 × 24 cm, 7 × 9 ½ in, 180 pages, 38 b/w illustrations, paperback (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-408-2 English/German€32.00 / $42.00 / £27.0013 Mike Guyer –
25 Gerd Blum, Johan F. Hartle –
The cosmos is too large
139 Johan F. Hartle –
The same image – once again
telehorthe international review new vision
Facsimile Reprint and Commentary
Edited by Klemens Gruber and Oliver Botár
In 1936 the first and only issue of the magazine telehor (Greek for tele-vision) was released in four languages, as a special edition on and by László Moholy-Nagy. The facsimile reprint of the magazine is accompanied by a commentary volume.
The reprint makes the magazine accessible again in terms of its artistic and theoretical-historical dimensions. Particular attention has been paid to the production process. Thus the volume appears spiral-bound, an ultramodern technique in the mid-1930s. The commentary contains an editorial statement that places the magazine, telehor, in the context of the art and media of the 1920s and 1930s and unlocks the position of the artistic avant-garde at the intersection of two epochs.
It also contains new translations of the original texts: in Mandarin, Russian, Hungarian and Spanish.
With a text by Sigfried Giedion
Design: Integral Lars Müller
21 x 29.7 cm, 8¼ x 11¾ in, 138 pages, 69 illustrations, spiral binding (reprint)
21 x 29.7 cm, 8¼ x 11¾ in, 80 pages, 52 illustrations, paperback (commentary) (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-253-8, German/English/French/Czech/Mandarin/Russian/Hungarian/Spanish€50.00 / $65.00 / £45.00
News represents a further development of the much-acclaimed work of artist Thomas Flechtner. Whereas in Snow he looked at snow as a metaphor for timelessness, calm, distance, and loneliness, and in Bloom Flechtner used atmospherically condensed studies of plants to examine the boundless colorfulness and movement of grown nature, for his new project News Flechtner collected newspaper front pages over a period of one year, scattered plant seeds from very different countries over them, watered them, and, finally, exposed them to the sun. He recorded the way the “news” was gradually bleached and overgrown with plants in more than one hundred color photographs. Flechtner contrasts the anarchy of nature with the agenda of mankind, while also questioning the fleetingness of memory and the demands made on it in shaping today’s world.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Portfolio 112 newspaper pages in box, 35 x 50 cm, 13 ¾ x 19 ¾ (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-318-4, English/German€80.00 / $120.00 / £65.00
Gewinner 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012
Encyclopedia of FlowersFlower Works by Makoto Azuma, photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki
Edited by Kyoko Wada
Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma—encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs,
Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay.
In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.
Design: Kenya Hara
16.5 × 24.8 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 512 pages, 203 color illustrations, paperback in a transparent slipcase (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-313-9, English€58.00 / $85.00 / £50.00
Video – Architecture – TelevisionWritings on Video and Video Works 1970–1978
Edited by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Reprint, original 1979
With an introduction by Eric de Bruyn
This title, published in 1979 and long since out of print, now appears as a reprint from Lars Müller Publishers. The original book was released in the series of publications Source Materials of the Contemporary Arts initiated by Kasper König and produced by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The publication represents an important document in Dan Graham’s artistic examination of the video medium. Graham’s installations and performances with video from the years 1970–78 are documented with numerous illustrations, photos, and brief descriptions. In addition, the volume contains an essay by the artist in which he examines the various possibilities and forms of representation offered by the video medium, and draws the boundaries between these and representational spaces in television, film, or architecture. The book also offers contributions by Michael Asher and Dara Birnbaum, as well as an annex with a biography and bibliography.
DAN GRAHAM, born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1942, is one of the most renowned contemporary artists. His work often focuses on cultural phenomena, incorporating materials as diverse as photography, video, performance, glass, and mirror structures. Dan Graham lives and works in New York.
28 x 21.6 cm, 11 x 8 ¼ in, 96 pages, 113 illustrations, paperback (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-300-9, English€40.00 / $50.00 / £35.00
David AdjayeAuthoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture
Edited by Marc McQuade
Lars Müller Publishers in cooperation with the Princeton University School of Architecture
Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture challenges traditional assumptions about the relationship between art and architecture. From 2008 through 2010, David Adjaye, along with Marc McQuade, taught three studios at the Princeton School of Architecture. Each studio focused on a collaboration with three distinguished artists—Matthew Ritchie, Teresita Fernández, and Jorge Pardo—on interventions in three vastly different sites: the state of New Jersey, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, and the city of Mérida in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Through an exploratory process of questioning, developing, and testing, each architect and artist reexamines the expectations traditionally associated with the conventions of architectural design and representation. Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture presents recent projects from David Adjaye, Matthew Ritchie, Teresita Fernández, and Jorge Pardo, along with interviews, essays, and archival material that unpack the shared space of art and architecture.
With contributions by David Adjaye, Stan Allen, Alex Coles, Teresita Fernández, Dave Hickey, Sanford Kwinter, Jorge Pardo, and Matthew Ritchie.
16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 276 pages, 121 illustrations, paperback (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-282-8, English€32.00 / $45.00 / £28.00
Steven Holl – ScaleAn Architect's Sketch Book
Edited by Lars Müller
Following Written in Water (2002), this is the second publication devoted to Steven Holl’s legendary watercolors. Four hundred watercolors represent the creative process of this renowned and influential American architect and reveal his highly personal method developed over many years, containing preliminary ideas and sketches of all major projects.
Holl is known for his sculptural architecture and his virtuosic use of light, and watercolors are the ideal means to visualize these characteristic aspects of his work. At a time of rapidly changing technology in the service of architectural design, these watercolors become spectacular examples of a low-tech method. The results are invariably original works of art. The water colors are juxtaposed with photographs of the built architecture and emphasize the crucial aspect of scale.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16,8 x 12,6 cm, 6 ½ x 5 in, 480 pages, 400 illustrations, hardcover (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-251-4, English€40.00 / $55.00 / £38.00
Dan Graham's New Jersey
In cooperation with GSAPP, Columbia University
With contributions by Mark Wigley and Mark Wasiuta
Dan Graham, one of North America’s most important contemporary artists, is best known today for his sculptural works and installations. His photographic works are generally not so well known, despite the fact that he first became famous for his photographic series Homes for America, pictures of typical American suburbia. To this day the theme of architecture and its surfaces in the context of postmodern everyday culture represents an extremely important facet of his work.
This publication presents new photographs by Dan Graham together with original photographs from the Homes for America series. The new images exhibit stark similarities to the old pictures, as they were taken in the same locations, the same deserts of suburban streets and housing that Graham photographed in the sixties. Creating a fascinating, multilayered reference system of repetitions and differences, both spatially as well as temporally, it raises questions about architecture and public space and their function in society.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Design: Integral Lars Müller
19 x 26 cm, 7 ½ × 10 ¼ in, approx. 128 pages, approx. 140 illustrations, hardcover (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-259-0, Englisch€45.00 / $65.00 / £42.00
DAM Architectural Book Award 2011
Insular InsightWhere Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature
Edited by Lars Müller and Akiko Miki (Eds.)
With contributions by Peter Sloterdijk, Eve Blau, Nayan Chanda, Jean-Hubert Martin, Soichiro Fukutake, Shunya Yoshimi, and Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto
The islands of Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea are places of pilgrimage for friends of contemporary art and architecture. Alongside works in public spaces and site-specific installations, the islands also feature numerous museums and collections of contemporary art. They are home to buildings by architects such as Kazuyo Sejima and Ruye Nishizawa (SANAA), Tadao Ando, and Hiroshi Sambuichi, as well as works of art by Richard Long, Christian Boltanski, and Mariko Mori, among many others.
This publication offers a comprehensive documentation of this unique cultural landscape surrounded by Japan’s inland sea. The photographs by the Dutch photographer Iwan Baan that move between tiny details and grand panoramas create a comprehensive portrait of the islands and their fluid transitions between nature, art, and architecture. Numerous texts introduce readers to the individual areas and projects either on permanent display or that have taken place temporarily on the islands. Essays explore the history and historical predecessors of the islands, the role of architecture and art in the context of this unique landscape, and the island as a cultural concept and phenomenon.
With photographs by Iwan Baan
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 464 pages,
259 illustrations, hardcover (2011)
ISBN 978-3-03778-255-2, e€45.00 / $70.00 / £45.00
Edited by Editions Attitudes, Genève
Silvia Bächli and Eric Hattan spent four months, from March to June, in Seydisfjördur in eastern Iceland. The landscape they explored on their daily walks is dominated by snow, which shapes the atmosphere in and around the fjord with its changeable forms: turquoise meltwater, frost patterns, a few glass-clear bright colours in the whiteness, walls of snow by the edge of the road, drifts, icicles and at last the first brown snow-free places — things are slowly turning green. The artists create a unique portrait of Iceland’s magnificent landscapes with their photographs, in all its detail, thus chronicling the passage of time and the approach of the warmer season.
29 x 16.3 cm, 11 ½ × 7 ½ in, 304 pages, approx. 152 photographs, hardcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-216-3, e/g/f/ic€40.00 / $65.00 / £40.00“An original and unique artist's book.”
The Uncarved Block
Hamish Fulton’s photographic work focuses on nature and the way people experience nature. He has been hiking all over the world for 30 years, and translates what he experiences and sees into art. In 2009, Hamish Fulton and an expedition team climbed Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. This publication presents this artist treatment of the ascent to the summit for the first time in a compendious pictorial volume in the form of collages of photographs and text, sculptures and works on paper.
30 x 24 cm, 160 pages, approx. 120 illustrations, hardcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-227-9, e€50.00 / $75.00 / £50.00“A big art book. And a mountain book like no other.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Findings on Elasticity
Edited by the Pars Foundation
The second issue in the exciting and experimental cross-disciplinary series “Findings on…” by Astrid van Baalen and Hester Aardse from the pars Foundation is centred on Elasticity in the broadest sense of the word. What happens when one gives a simple rubber band to an architect, historian, choreographer, chemist, artist, mathematician, physicist, economist, anthropologist, and geologist and asks each of them for a statement on elasticity? The economist studies the elasticity of supply and demand of market forces. The architect calculates the elasticity of the steel structure of a building during an earthquake. The anthropologist studies the ﬂow of people returning to their homes in the wake of a natural disaster. “The Pars Foundation” draws researchers out of their specialized niches in order to publish their brilliant, crazy, important, or bewildering results and assembles them in this interdisciplinary volume. “Findings on Elasticity” is the second part of a publication series that together will constitute an atlas of creative thinking. There are no guidelines for the form their contributions must take. It may be images, poems, essays, sketches on coasters, formulas or a piece of sculpture; the editors only ask that a contribution reﬂect the respondent’s own field as well as his or her passion for the topic.
20 x 27 cm, 7¾ x 10¾ in, 190 pages, 130 illustrations, softcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-148-7, e€35.00 / $55.00 / £35.00Foreword
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Pipilotti Rist"A shimmering book collage on the theme of elasticity.” Art
Paradoxes of AppearingEssays on Art, Architecture and Philosophy
Edited by Michael Asgaard Andersen and Henrik Oxvig
The book contains a collection of essays by scholars and artists from a range of different fields including art, art history, architectural theory and philosophy. The essays are based on papers given at a symposium in Copenhagen in June 2008 and refer to the following considerations: When spectators confront and designers invent works of art and architecture, vital questions regarding their appearance arise. These are not simply questions about what appears, also what does not, i.e. what withdraws when works are experienced and created. How do we cope with this withdrawal, with latencies that escape concretization? What are the productive paradoxes associated hereto and how do they influence the processes of making? Based on multiple discourses on these subjects, contemporary positions in art, architecture and philosophy draw up new challenges, especially with regard to the creative practices. Within and between these positions emerge potentials for modes of thinking and doing with a new sensitivity.
With contributions by Michael Asgaard Andersen and Henrik Oxvig, Renaud Barbaras, Andrew Benjamin, Olafur Eliasson, Sanford Kwinter, David Leatherbarrow, Martin Seel, David Summers and Sven-Olov Wallenstein
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 8½ x 9½ in, 224 pages, 60 illustrations, softcover (2009)
ISBN 978-3-03778-192-0, e€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00Introduction: Paradoxes of appearance
Michael Asgaard Andersen and Henrik Oxvig
The Archaeology of Appearance as Paradox
Hegel and the Grounding of Architecture
On Abstraction: Notes on Mondrian and Hegel
The Appearance of Spaces in Film
Invisibility at the Heart of Appearance: On Perception, Art and Desire
Facing and Spacing
Silvia Bächli – das
Edited by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Bern
Silvia Bächli was invited to design the official contribution for the Swiss Pavilion at this year’s Biennale in Venice. This book offers a look inside her studio and documents the preparation of her works for the Biennale, illustrating her working process with spatial situations and snapshots that show her trying out various constellations as well as focusing on individual works and groups. The works and pictures from the artist’s studio are combined with photographs of her working stay in Iceland. Bächli has developed her body of drawings over the course of three decades, using varying formats and techniques. Drawing, for her, is a movement of seeing, of gentle deviations and displacements within the gravitational field of an aimless attentiveness to things and dreamlike phenomena that doesn’t really come to rest even in the finished drawing. The result is not just painterly moments; the drawings often seem to capture, as if in film stills, a cinematic look way of looking at bodies and things or their details, at landscapes, gestures, structures, and processes.
13 x 19.5 cm, 5 x 7¾ in, 136 pages, 60 illustrations, softcover (2009)
ISBN 978-3-03778-155-5, e/g€23.00 / $40.00 / £23.00«Fast erlaubt einem dieses Buch, die Perspektive der Künstlerin einzunehmen, die ihre Werke probehalber ins Atelier hängt und stellt, näher herangeht, die Nachbarschaft verändert, schliesslich ein paar Schritte zurücktritt, das Gesamttableau prüft.»
«Auf dieser Bildspur begleitet man Silvia Bächli durch ihr poetisches Künstlerbuch.»
The Most Beautiful German Books 2009
Katharina Grosse. Wish I Had a Big Studio in the Center of the City
Edited by Katharina Grosse
The German artist Katharina Grosse has fulfilled her dream of a tailor-made studio, a place large enough to accommodate her large-scale works and where an industrial atmosphere is combined with soft light and neutral walls. In close cooperation with the artist, the firm Augustin und Frank Architekten planned the studio in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood and completed it in 2007. The result is a compact reinforced concrete cube containing workrooms, storerooms, an archive, offices and living space. The contributors to this publication use Grosse’s studio as a springboard to explore the relationship between painting and architecture, and the role that studios play in the production of art. Numerous photographs show the raw architecture of the new building and the artist’s appropriation of the space.
With contributions by Georg Augustin, Laura Bieger, Andreas Denk, Ulrich Loock and Philip Ursprung.
With contributions by Georg Augustin, Laura Bieger, Andreas Denk, Ulrich Loock und Philip Ursprung
17 x 23 cm, 6¾ x 9 in, 144 pages,
73 illustrations, hardcover (2009)
ISBN 978-3-03778-170-8, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-168-5, g€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00
German,€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00
On the Building and the Architectural Concept
Building and Painting
When Buildings Want
A Face in the Crowd: Katharina Grosse’s Artist’s House
Art Space Catalyst – An Encounter
Andreas DenkThe book has been commended in the category “Art and Photography” by the jury of “The Best German Book Design 2009”.
Quote from the jury's statement:
“A subtle, sensitive book with a most convincing concept! Attractive and bold printing on bookprinting paper with good non-dazzling paper whiteness - the illustrations appear to be very self-contained and calm thanks to the matt surface.
The book's dramaturgical composition is highly convincing, The subject of the effect of space on the artistic process is rendered visually in this book through a successful mixture of essays, documentary photographs and atmospheric still-lifes in a manner which is expansive, i e borderless, and nuances.”
“The result is not just outstanding architecture but also, in the shape of this book, a wonderful portrait of a highly individual house.”
LidschlagHow It Looks
Silvia Bächli (1956) has become one of the most successful Swiss artists of her generation. This publication was developed with the artist, and is the first comprehensive survey of her output. Silvia Bächli’s art makes us feel unsure of ourselves. It sends viewers on a tightrope walk between banality and deliberate continuity. Her art always concentrates on the minimum. We see isolated arms or faces or eyes. No context is provided at all. She illustrates the impressions that remain after a walk. Despite the general trend in art towards being ever more provocative, louder and more strident, Silvia Bächli has stuck to Indian ink, gouache, oil paint and thin, smooth white paper for over twenty years.
22 × 28 cm, 8¾ x 11 in, 304 pages, 211 illustrations, softcover (2007), hardcover (2004)
ISBN 978-3-03778-013-8, e/gHardcover,
ISBN 978-3-03778-115-9, e/g, softcover€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00
Softcover,€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00Out of print
Pipilotti Rist, eine der gefeiertsten Schweizer Künstlerinnen der Gegenwart, und Richard Julin, Chefkurator der Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, haben sich in Zürich einen Tag lang den Vorbereitungen von Rists Einzelausstellung Gravity, Be My Friend in Stockholm gewidmet. Das aus dieser Begegnung resultierende Buch eröffnet neue Dimensionen von Pipilotti Rists Welt und fördert Anekdoten aus dem kreativen Prozess zu Tage. Das reich illustrierte Buch zeigt u. a. Bilder des neuen Werks Tyngdkraft, var min vän sowie von jüngeren Arbeiten wie Homo sapiens sapiens (2005) und A Liberty Statue For Löndön (2006).
14.8 × 21 cm, 160 pages, 103 illustrations, hardcover (2007)
ISBN 978-3-03778-108-1, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-107-4, g€25.00 / $35.00 / £20.00Out of print
German,€25.00 / $35.00 / £20.00
«Rist gibt selten Interviews. Herzlichen Glückwunsch ist die Gelegenheit; der bilderreiche Einblick in ihre Welt einzigartig.»
Posters for the Opera
Pierre Mendell has been designing the posters for the Staatsoper in Munich from 1993 to 2006. With over a hundred motifs to his name, he has not only successfully created an unmistakable identity for the Munich opera, he has also linked this opera house with a form of visual expression that is unparalleled in its originality and immediacy. Mendell’s simple, almost archaic, visual language is admired over the world and his poster designs are represented in leading collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
15.5 × 22 cm, 6 x 8¾ in, 160 pages, 97 illustrations, hardcover (2006)
ISBN 978-3-03778-082-4, e/g€25.00 / $35.00 / £25.00
SalibaMazza – Aus der feinen Küche Syriens
Edited by Elias Hanna Saliba
Hanna Saliba ranks among the most innovative restaurateurs in Germany. His restaurant Saliba in Hamburg, which serves Syrian cuisine, is renowned far beyond the city’s borders for its magical culinary experiences. Some of the restaurant’s guests —Hans Hansen from Hamburg, the Munich designer Pierre Mendell, and the publisher of this volume — developed the concept for this book together with Saliba as an expression of their enthusiasm for Arab cuisine, particularly for the diversity and sophistication of its incomparable hors d`oeuvres called Mazza. “Eating with the eyes” is to be taken literally. Arabic calligraphy complements the feast for the eyes and makes the book much more than a collection of recipes for amateur cooks and professional chefs.
With a preface by Udo Steinbach
With photographs by Hans Hansen
15.4 × 21.6 cm, 176 pages, 49 illustrations, hardcover (2006)
ISBN 978-3-907078-98-3, g/arab.€25.00 / $39.90 / £22.00«Dieses Kochbuch macht Augenmenschen glücklich, den Geniesser sowieso. Arabische Küche ist im Schwange. Heben wir den Schatz!»
Aus der Jury-Begründung
Kochbuch des Monats, Mai 2008
«Ein Koch, ein Kalligraf, ein Professor und ein Fotograf haben zusammen ein Buch gemacht, und was sie alle verbindet, ist die Liebe zur syrischen Küche. Aus dem Vorhaben ist ein kleines Kunstwerk geworden.»
«Ein wundervolles Koch- und Geschenk-Buch für den aussergewöhnlichen Genuss und Anlass.»
A Time and PlaceMedia Architecture 1991–2003
A Time and Place shows the extensive body of work by the German artist Christian Moeller, who lives in Los Angeles. It includes work dating from 1991 to 2003, and describes his fascinating tightrope walk between analogue and digital worlds. This is the first time there has been a monograph consisting of both internet and book pages. Playing to the particular strengths of each medium, A Time and Place gives it readers a book that, strange as it may sound, can be read at a computer that is logged on the internet. The artist’s texts, drawings and photographs in the book are complemented by digitized internet film documentation sequences in image and sound.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
12.5 × 19 cm, 5 x 4½ in, 240 pages, 288 illustrations, softcover (2004)
ISBN 978-3-907078-91-4, e€20.00 / $30.00 / £18.00
Felice VariniPoint of view
With a text by Fabiola Lopez
Felice Varini has been exploring architectural space with his painting for over twenty years. His sensitive interventions have fascinated observers all over the world, as his work makes seeing into a real experience. Varini takes enclosed spaces or the urban environment and arranges lines in them whose formal organization is not clear at first glance. Then, all of a sudden, a figure is revealed to the viewer at a single point, the “point of view”. If viewers leave the invisible co-ordinates of the point of view, the ostensible order is broken again.
This publication brings all the major works together, along with an essay by the art historian Fabiola Lopez, who explains Varini’s approach
and places it in art-historical terms.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 × 24 cm, 300 pages, 300 illustrations, hardcover (2004)
ISBN 978-3-03778-023-7, fFrench,Fr.400.00
SpiraleAn Artists Magazine 1953- 1964
Spirale was an international artists’ magazine for young art and is now one of the most important records of how art developed in the 50s. It marks the change of generations in post-war art and documents the development of abstract and constructive/concrete art in Europe. The Spirale was edited by Marcel Wyss, Dieter Roth, and Eugen Gromringer and appeared from 1953 to 1964.
30 x 22 cm, 224 pages, 450 illustrations, hardcover (2001)
ISBN 978-3-906700-21-2, g€58.00 / $65.00 / £52.00
As Found, The Discovery of the OrdinaryBritish Architecture and Art of the 1950s
Edited by Claude Lichtenstein and Thomas Schregenberger
British art and architecture of the 1950s are of extraordinary topicality today. This applies particularly to the Independent Group which included artists such as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Magda Cordell, the photographer Nigel Henderson, critics Reyner Banham and Lawrence Alloway as well as architects such as Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling and Colin St. John Wilson.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6½ x 11½ in, 320 pages, 300 illustrations, hardcover (2001)
ISBN 978-3-907078-40-2, gGerman,€30.00 / $45.00 / £30.00
“Without the material presented in As Found it is not possible to understand either 68 or Postmodernism.”
Habit – HabitatChrista de Carouge
Edited by Werner Blaser and Lars Müller
“Clothing as housing, the shell in which we live and breathe.” That is the credo of the cosmopolitan fashion designer, Christa de Carouge, who has roots in both Geneva and Zurich. Just as no-one changes their home without good reason, Carouge’s timeless creations are designed to last. The materials are of the finest quality, the color is almost always black, occasionally red or white. Silk is her preferred fabric, even for heavy-duty garments. Subtle folds and throws enclose the wearer’s form. No buttons, no hooks. The simplicity of the forms, the precious fabrics, and the life-style and life-sense that go with these are much desired today. And overwhelmingly successful. The architecture expert, Werner Blaser, goes into the background that applies here, and with a sideways glance at Mies van der Rohe’s leaning toward reduction and the sensitive material collages of Le Corbusier, he explores the way in which Christa de Carouge’s philosophy meets a particular need of people today, whose clothes must have identity, and combine comfort with aesthetics. The designer herself finds her own equilibrium and inspiration in travel.
24 x 26 cm, 216 pages, 180 illustrations, hardcover (2000)
ISBN 978-3-907078-16-7, g
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The Isms of Art 1914–1924 Reprint 19901914–1924, Reprint 1990
Edited by Hans Arp and El Lissitzky
This surprising collection of “isms” ranks among the most important publications on avant-garde art in the 1920s. Hans Arp and El Lissitzky took a refreshing, frankly opinionated inventory of artistic attitudes and movements from 1914 to 1924. Lissitzky’s exuberant design of the book epitomizes the style of the times.
With an essay by Alois M. Müller
14.5 × 26.5 cm, 5¾ x 10½ in, 48 pages, 75 illustrations, hardcover (1999)
ISBN 978-3-906700-28-1, e/g/f€20.00 / $30.00 / £15.00
Published by Fotomuseum Winterthur
There is a conspicuously strong tradition among Swiss artists and photographers to examine, explore, probe, celebrate and experiment with images. Initially this payful approach to discovery and invention was pursued largely in the medium of the drawing and, from the 70s, in photography as well. In this publication, research sheds its serious demeanor in order to enjoy the opulence and wit of earnest play.
With an essay by Urs Stahel.
24 x 30 cm, 96 pages, 90 illustrations, hardcover (1996)
ISBN 978-3-907044-04-9, g