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Erwin Wurm's photography is as weird and funny as his sculptures. Erwin Wurm Photographs 1986 - 2018 examines the artistic process through which Wurm created many of his major works and series, from his “Dust Sculptures” and “Fabio Getting Dressed” to his influential “One-Minute Sculptures,” and also features his recent large-format Polaroid photographs. Be prepared to be amused!⁠⠀ Buy...

Vertical lines bound by razor-sharp rims, meet gently rolling bodies of symmetric beauty, round vessels with asymmetric collars and irregular appearing spikes that seem to be sometimes thorns, sometimes nipples, glowing in burnished graphite black or soft terra cotta.⁠ Magdalene Odundo's work is inspired by the human body, by traditional vessels, ethnological objects, and sculptures. "Study whatever has gone before, not with a view to becoming a copyist, but with the object of gaining knowledge." Fascinated by these words of British industrial designer Christopher Dresser she absorbed the British museums and pieced what she saw together into a language truly of her own.⁠ "Making is a journey of collecting, piecing together the collected or recorded memories." This publication translates Odundo's quote into print and shows her work next to all the objects that inspired her, insightful essays about her method and practice round it off.⁠ We are so happy that with the second edition we have this jewel back in our shop.⁠ Buy ...

Independent publishing can be very timely - we are already getting the first books in about covid-19 and the pandemic lockdown!⁠⠀ Max Siedentopf - you know the one that already delighted us with Toiletpapa just a few weeks back -created a survival guide of what to do with your time when being stuck at home in quarantine. Home Alone is a composition of photographs from the internet community translating into action Max Siedentopf's open calls, like "invent a new way to lie on your sofa" or "Create a party makeup look using only what you can find in the fridge" The best pictures from the series, which now comprises over 1000 photos, are collected in this little book. An effective remedy against boredom in any case.⁠⠀ Buy...

In the spring of 1945, at the close of the Second World War, refugees from the Nazi concentration camps arrived with “White Buses” operated by the Swedish Red Cross in Malmö. With public facilities quickly reaching capacity, Malmö Konstmuseum's director Ernst Fischer decided overnight to transform the museum into a refugee shelter, providing hundreds of beds. The event is memorialised in a monumental painting from the same year by the artist Sven Xet Erixson. But it is also recorded in the many drawings left behind by those who found accommodation in the museum, which have remained in the collection ever since. Among them are small works on paper that depict life in the concentration camps, or portraits of other prisoners.⁠ The own history and the recent events let to the exhibition "Migration: Traces in an Art Collection". How have artists related to exile and migration over the past 150 years? From the artworks left behind by the concentration camp survivors to works of exiled Latvian artist in Sweden to works by artists who have firsthand experience of migration but do not explicitly depict it in their art, the publication accompanying the exhibition engages a range of artistic expressions of the migrant experience. It also presents a number of contemporary works that comment on the perception of migration and displacement in a globalised world while examining the museum itself as a site of knowledge production.⁠ Buy...

Bright, geometrical shapes floating within embroidery grids; while – layer upon layer – hypnotising patterns evolve. Patterns which are always both: utmost abstraction and surprisingly concrete. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg and some years of working within the fashion industry, Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon turned her back on the daily life of custom sized work, deadlines and compromises in 2005. As an autonomous artist she finally found the time to entirely follow her curious mind, experimenting with materials and printing techniques while exploring the DNA of her own visual language. A milestone of this journey was her fateful encounter with the Risograph. Legend has it that from the very first moment, she couldn't get her hands off this machine. Now, her colourful and electrifying Riso press artwork can be marvelled at in her latest Riso print publication SC_1/1_1/2_1/4_1/8

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New York is its own mythology. It is the metropolis to which the whole world turns in search of trends and movements. It is the city that once stole the idea of modern art from Paris and transformed it into a gigantic art bubble. But NY, like the American dream it embodies, is broken. For years it has been torn between nostalgia and capitalist excess, which does not seem to be detrimental to the creative breeding ground. And so this city, like the American dream, is full of false promises, but also ambitious, witty and resilient.⁠ No wonder Spike Art Magazine set out to investigate this multi-layered biotope of creation and destruction. They take us through the ever-changing, ever-exciting art scene, from artist studios to thoughts like why New York is such a bore and why doesn't anyone have sex in New York anymore. For this issue, they even changed the entire layout of their magazine to make it look like New York's famous subway system. If you're wondering now if all the articles are from the time before Corona - they aren't. This virus also finds its place in this issue, but not only. Although New York is so badly hit by Covid-19 that even she who never sleeps stands still for a moment. But that won't make the problems that this city had before disappear, on the contrary, and neither will the creative scene disappear, since it always came from the bottom. And so the myth of New York tells us that this city will rise again because New Yorkers are stubborn and strong and resolute. And because they are the ones who make New York what it is.⁠ May this myth not be an illusion. New York! New York!⁠ Buy ⁠...

Since 2009 Charlie Engman has photographed his mother. In the beginning, the only reason for this was her availability and willingness to meet his requirements to train his skills. But what began as a casual, organic process developed into an intense collaboration. In his book MOM we soon get to know her freckled complexion and her intense gaze, but the more we see of her, the less clear the image and her position in the pictures becomes. The result is neither a family album nor a childlike homage, but a much deeper and far more complex interaction - an interaction that raises questions about the limits of familiarity, the rules and boundaries of roles and representation, vulnerability and control, and what it means to look and be seen.⁠ Buy...

Ronan Bouroullec is probably best known for his furniture design practice side on side with his brother - but he is also a painter. Ronan Bouroullec's works on paper follow the idea of so-called intuitive drawing. This technique enables him to develop new images and reach the subconscious layers of the mind. The latest publication "Juillet" shows a small selection of Ronan Bouroullec's latest drawings. But even if these are abstract, they give the impression of fabric, folds, upholstery or corrugated glass. The balance of form and colour within a few simple lines is astonishing and reassuring.⁠ Buy ⁠...

It is finally here - the ultimate graphic designer's bible! This time Shoplifters looks closely at drawings. With 536 pages and alphabetically organised, this reference book of artists who draw showcases their work using fluorescent inks as a replacement for cyan, magenta, and yellow, giving these drawings vibrance and saturation.⁠ Buy...

Diving into Steve McQueen’s audio-visual cosmos feels most of the time like a free fall into the far-flung corners of the depths of human existence. His critically acclaimed films such as 'Hunger', 'Shame' or '12 Years of Slave' are anything else than easy to digest, spanning from slavery, racism, sex addiction, self harming behavior to torture. And yet, his tangible and astounding multi-sensorial exploitation of mankind shows above all, our vulnerability  – and it’s beauty. The Tate Modern currently would present – under different, pre-corona circumstances – the work of this exceptional British artist and filmmaker. This range of installations, films and video art of the last 20 years is both, radically thought-provoking and dazzling poetic. Starting where his last exhibition at the ICA ended in 1999, this catalogue gives you the chance to see – not in real, but in a not less tactile version – an on-going search of this radical mind for the truth, albeit as he said in interview with BBC Radio 4: “…the most horrific things sometimes happen in the most beautiful places…I cannot put a filter on life. It’s about not blinking.” Buy...