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In the past 12 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

Seven Logics of Sculpture

Seven Logics of Sculpture

Encountering Objects Through the Senses
Seven Logics of Sculpture examines contemporary sculpture through a present-day gaze, filling a gap in art theory.⁠ ⁠ Whilst discussions about installation art, performance art, or other 3D art forms are widespread, the discourse on sculpture seems to be stuck in historical, material, or thematic frameworks. ⁠ Valiz see a loss for our understanding of art in general, and of sculpture in particular. So this book explores ‘seven logics’ of sculpture—not as a historical overview, but with a contemporary analytical approach, drawing from literature, philosophy, psycho-analysis, architecture, and mundane daily culture—that help understand specific manifestations of sculpture and the active perception by the viewer. It relates to aspects such as the senses, the skin, the body, objecthood, narrative dynamics, the shaping of space, fragmentation, and montage.⁠ ⁠ Seven Logics of Sculpture opens up new ways of looking at, understanding, and appreciating sculpture, placing the medium at the heart of art’s experience; how sculpture can be shaped, assembled, encountered, seen and embodied. Buy
Cycladic Blues

Cycladic Blues

Marlene Dumas
This cahier is a visual sketchbook for an exhibition by Marlene Dumas at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. It puts Dumas' work in dialogue with the museum’s collection - the enigmatic Cycladic antiquities, dating from 3000-2000 BC. The visual correlations are mesmerising. The millennia-old pieces of statues speak to us in the same timeless language as Dumas’ contemporary works. ⁠ ⁠ Although the exhibition has been postponed towards 2025, this anticipatory publication already arose from Dumas’ enthusiasm and affection for this combination. ⁠ Buy
Foam #63 2023 - The Nourishing Issue

Foam #63

The Nourishing Issue
The aesthetically truly incredible magazine foam is always one step ahead in contemporary photography. The latest issue is all about food. But of course not in the way of a cooking magazine with recipes and so on. Rather, it's about using photography to explore what food means culturally and to society.⁠ ⁠ FOOD! The Nourishing Issue looks at what we are made of, focusing on the ways food drives us apart, brings us together and moves us further — all at the same time. Food fuels us, heals us and brings people together. Yet there is another side to food, which is more political and complex than it appears. Nourishment, ritual, sustainability, economy, labour, culture, ecology, community, exploitation, identity, politics: the collection of portfolios included in this issue are a testament to the variety of visual strategies addressing a few of such matters.⁠ Buy
Mortadella

Mortadella

Christoph Hänsli
Meticulously, Christoph Hänsli paints and works his way through 166 slices of a whole mortadella, and not only that, he paints each piece from the front and back. In the end, there are 332 pictures.⁠ ⁠ Approaching the essence of a sausage, the slowly changing pink constellations turn into an almost hypnotic universe of meditative mortadella mandalas.⁠ ⁠ This world of sliced sausage is accompanied by an exclusive text on Hänsli's work by the renowned British writer John Berger. Buy
Drone Vision:

Drone Vision:

Warfare, Surveillance, Protest
Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance, Protest brings the perfidious character of drones to the fore. Namely, seeing without being seen - and the associated insecurity and vulnerability, but also the usage for resistance and protest. The book presents three projects that move between art and politics - from migrant protests to colonial surveillance and the aesthetics of drone photography. The latter shows the geological scars and war remnants of five abandoned military sites in Israel - army strongholds, shooting ranges and urban warfare training facilities - and juxtaposes them with the personal and political scars engraved and marked on the private human body. Buy
Research For People Who Think They Rather Would Create

Research For People Who Think They Rather Would Create

Onomatopee #201
What is artistic research? What is a research document? How do these relate to the making process, invention, and creativity? ⁠ ⁠ Research For People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create addresses all relevant aspects that need to be considered during a research and documentation process, such as: finding the right topic and approach; formulating your research question; working out your methods; choosing one or more suitable writing styles; and considering the possible roles of visual, virtual, auditory, embodied, and spatial materials.⁠ Buy
Wild Animals Calendar

Wild Animals Calendar

These fluffy animals are sure to be a cute companion for the coming year. The playful and quirky creatures were created using a wet-on-wet technique in which liquid watercolours run freely over a painting ground moistened with a sponge. The artist Rop van Mierlo has always been fascinated by modern man's urge to tame nature. On the contrary, he wanted to create wild animals that he could not control. The wet-on-wet technique seemed perfect for Rop's concept, as it allows for chance. And now these soft but uncontrollable creatures are coming to help you take control of the year ahead. Sounds like a winning team to us! Buy
Every day is a new day

Every day is a new day

Karel Martens 2023 Calendar
Every year we get a very special calendar. This time, it's from 83-year-old graphic design icon Karel Martens. "Everyday is a new day" has, you guessed it, a page for every day of the year. The 365 number compositions are designed in Martens' signature method of found and digitized metal pieces.⁠ ⁠ Buy
Cinzia Says…

Cinzia Says…

Cinzia Ruggeri
Artist and fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri (1942-2019) was definitely ahead with her nonconformist perspective and ever experimental practice. She investigated the architectural and social dimension of the body with irony and oneirism.⁠ ⁠ Cinzia Says… is the first monograph on this unconventional figure who moved across disciplines with absolute freedom.⁠ Buy
A Dictionary of Color Combinations

A Dictionary of Color Combinations

Sanzo Wada
The Dictionary of Color Combinations is probably one of the most beautiful books we ever held in our hands! After it has been sold out for a year, we finally have it back in stock and are mesmerized as before.⁠..⁠ ⁠ The pocket size jewel offers 348 incredible color combinations by Japanese painter Sanzo Wada. The compositions of two, three, and four tones could not be more intriguing and with its index registering the CMYK code of every shade used it is an indispensable tool for every designer.⁠ Buy
Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

The idea for Paradise Camp came to Yuki Kihara, an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Samoan descent, as she sat in front of three Gauguin paintings at the Met in New York. With a bit of luck, she was let into the museum before the official opening time, along with the security guards and cleaners. As she sat almost alone on an ottoman in front of these paintings in the museum, Kihara thought of Ngahuia Te Awekotuku's 1992 essay on Gauguin, in which Te Awekotuku asks whether Gauguin's famous paintings are "stories of mahu trickery" - mahu being the third gender in Tahiti.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Paul Gauguin's paintings of Tahitian women have often been criticised for their over-sexualised depictions. But Yuki Kihara, a fa'afafine - the third gender of Samoa - also saw a Western vision of exoticism and gender norms imposed on Pacific Islanders that was never her own. And so she decided to reclaim paradise.⁠⁠ Yuki Kihara is known for exploring the complexities of postcolonial history in the Pacific and challenging Western misinterpretations from the Fa'afafine perspective. Paradise Camp uses striking visual language to explore small island ecologies, queer rights, intersectionality and decolonisation, drawing attention to often untold, marginalised histories and issues facing Kihara's community.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠Paradise Camp is on show in the New Zealand Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.⁠⁠ Buy
Rough Version

Rough Version

The NTS Interviews with Francesca Gavin, 2016-2021
This book brings together frank and sincere conversations about art and music from the first five years of the ongoing radio show Rough Version on the iconic online station NTS Radio.⁠ ⁠ Conceived and hosted by author and curator Francesca Gavin, the monthly show has captured the musical output and sonic inspirations of some of the biggest and most interesting emerging names in contemporary art. The music opens the door to each international artist's practice, providing insights into who they are, what motivates them and what they like to listen to.⁠ Buy