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Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature Donna Haraway

Published by Free Association Books, London, 1996, 290 pages, 15 × 23 cm, English

Price: €24

Simians, Cyborgs and Women is a powerful collection of ten essays written between 1978 and 1989. Although on the surface, simians, cyborgs and women may seem an odd threesome, Haraway describes their profound link as “creatures” which have had a great destabilizing place in Western evolutionary technology and biology. Throughout this book, Haraway analyzes accounts, narratives, and stories of the creation of nature, living organisms, and cyborgs. At once a social reality and a science fiction, the cyborg–a hybrid of organism and machine–represents transgressed boundaries and intense fusions of the nature/culture split. By providing an escape from rigid dualisms, the cyborg exists in a post-gender world, and as such holds immense possibilities for modern feminists. (First published in 1991.)

#1996 #donnaharaway
Soleil politique Pierre-Bal Blanc

Published by Paraguay Press, Paris, 2016, 216 pages (b/w ill.), 15 × 24 cm, English

Price: €25

Soleil Politique is a book conceived by curator Pierre-Bal Blanc, in dialogue with graphic designers Vier5 and Paraguay, the book dwells on the exhibition that he organized at Museion Bolzano in 2014. In Soleil Politique, Pierre Bal-Blanc examinines the exhibition starting points in the readings of a group of thinkers and artists, its methodology—inspired by the musical compositions of Cornelius Cardew.

Contributions by Robert Breer, K.P. Brehmer, Marcel Broodthaers, Giorgio De Chirico, Josef Dabernig, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Sanja Ivekovic, Deimantas Narkevičius, Roman Ondák, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Pratchaya Phinthong, Carlo Scarpa, Allan Sekula, Sturtevant, Terre Thaemlitz, Philippe Thomas, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Lois Weinberger, Lawrence Weiner and others.

#2016 #christodoulospanayiotou #clemensvonwedemeyer #deimantasnarkevičius #giorgiodechirico #josefdabernig #kpbrehmer #loisweinberger #paraguaypress #pierrebalblanc #pratchayaphinthong #terrethaemlitz
Visit (1883–2020). Notes on Museumplein’s exhibitionary complex across coloniality and modernity Timo Demollin

Published by the artist, Amsterdam, 2020, 120 pages, (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 28 cm, English / Dutch

Price: €28

Produced as a supplement to the work Visit (1883–2020), 2020, in the context of the group exhibition In the Presence of Absence. Proposals for the Museum Collection, curated by Britte Sloothaak and Fadwa Naamna at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, September 5, 2020–January 31, 2021.

With contributions by Marieke Bloembergen, Jan van Adrichem, Aspha Bijnaar, Sadiah Boonstra, Caroline Drieënhuizen, Mitchell Esajas, Guno Jones and Simone Zeefuik.

Designed by Jan-Pieter Karper.

#2020 #janpieterkarper #stedelijkmuseum #timodemollin
Griffa Giorgio Griffa

Published by Edizioni Essegi, Ravenna, 1989, 164 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, Italian

Price: €55

Abstract painter Giorgio Griffa, closely linked to the Arte Povera movement, first became known in the 1960s as part of an Italian generation of artists who sought to radically redefine painting.

Believing in the ‘intelligence of painting’, Griffa allows the essential elements of his process, such as the type or width of the brush, the colour or dilution of the paint and the nature of the canvas, whether linen, cotton, hemp or jute, to influence and form the work. Griffa’s approach is performative and time-based – often working horizontally on the floor, his rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed and unstretched material.

#1989 #giorgiogriffa #painting
Stockhausen Serves Imperialism Cornelius Cardew

Published by Primary Information, New York, 2020, 126 pages, 14 × 22 cm, English

Price: €17

Originally published in 1974, Stockhausen Serves Imperialism is a collection of essays by the English composer Cornelius Cardew that provides a Marxist critique of two of the more revered avant-garde composers of the post-war era: Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. A former assistant to Stockhausen and a champion of Cage in England, Cardew provides a cutting rebuke of the composers’ works and ideological positions, which he saw as reinforcing an imperialist order rather than spotlighting and serving the struggles of the working class.

#2020 #corneliuscardew #johncage #karlheinzstockhausen #primaryinformation
Transmissions Nick Mauss

Published by Dancing Foxes Press, New York; Yale University Press, New Haven & the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2020, 192 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 29.8 × 24.1 cm, English

Price: €34

This book extends into book form Nick Mauss’s 2018 exhibition Transmissions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which was heralded by the New York Times as “an installation, a collage of several art forms, a revisionist investigation of New York modernism and sexual expression, and an essay in queer theory…”

Including never-before published reproductions of documents and artworks by Eugene Berman, Ilse Bing, Paul Cadmus, Maya Deren, Walker Evans, Peter Hujar, George Platt Lynes, Elie Nadelman, Isamu Noguchi, PaJaMa, Dorothea Tanning, Pavel Tchelitchew, Carl Van Vechten, and many more. The essays consider subjects of ballet and the body, Mauss’s work as artist and exhibition maker, performance and historiography, and dance in museum spaces.

#2020 #dance #dancingfoxespress #dorotheatanning #mayaderen #nickmauss #peterhujar