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Little Sparta – Der Garten – The Garden Ian Hamilton Finlay

Published by Wild Hawthorn Press, Lanarkshire, 1998, Leporello (b/w ill.), 14 × 16.7 cm, English / German

Price: €19

Set in the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. Finlay moved to the farm of Stonypath in 1966 and, in partnership with his wife Sue Finlay, began to create what would become an internationally acclaimed garden across seven acres of a wild and exposed moorland site.

Collaborating with stone carvers, letterers and at times other artists and poets, the numerous sculptures and artworks created by Finlay, which are all integral to the garden, explore themes as diverse as the sea and its fishing fleets, our relationship to nature, classical antiquity, the French Revolution and the Second World War.

More information on Little Sparta can be found here.

#1998 #gardens #ianhamiltonfinlay
I·M·U·U·R·2 Martin Wong

Published by Walther König, Köln & Galerie Buchholz, Köln, 2013, 208 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.8 × 22.8 cm, English

Price: €45

Edited by Julie Ault, Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo, Christopher Müller & Daniel Buchholz.

This catalogue documents the collection of the artist Martin Wong. In numerous colour illustrations, photographs that Heinz Peter Knes took together with Danh Vo, the book depicts the interiors of the Wong Fie family residency in San Francisco filled with paintings, sculptures, and multifaceted objects from very specific and diverse fields of interest such as asian antiques and americana that Martin Wong followed and collected together with his parents throughout is life.

#2013 #christophermuller #danielbuchholz #galeriebuchholz #heinzpeterknes #julieault #martinwong
Sweet Oblivion Martin Wong

Published by Rizzoli, New York and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1998, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.7 × 25.4 cm, English

Price: €70 (Out of stock)

The visionary paintings of Martin Wong, one of the unsung geniuses of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s, are collected here and examined in depth for the first time. Entirely self-taught, Wong created intricate compositions that combine gritty social documents, cosmic witticisms, and highly charged symbolic languages-customised manual alphabets for the deaf, street graffiti, Nuyorican poetry, hand-lettered signs, meticulously rendered brick facades, rearrangements of Zodiac signs-sometimes within a single painting.

The urban landscape of Loisaida, the Hispanic section of the Lower East Side where Wong lived, is the source of his imagery. Whatever the theme-the survival of a neighbourhood besieged by drugs and crime, homoerotic fantasies of men in uniform, the multiplicity of meaning in language, the kitsch and ornamentation of Chinatown USA-Wong’s work is visually startling and movingly autobiographical.

More information on Martin Wong can be found here.

#1998 #martinwong
10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages On Kawara

Published by Yale University Press, New Haven & Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 2008, 192 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21.6 × 28 cm, English

Price: €28

Produced on the occasion of On Kawara’s exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art, May 18 – August 24, 2008.

Since the mid-1960s, On Kawara (b. 1933) has objectively recorded his existence through everyday numbers, words, and found images. This book presents works selected by the artist from throughout his illustrious career, including paintings made at the time of the 1969 moon landings, other large-scale paintings, a 100 Years Calendar, and a vast array of his own books that chronicle his extensive travels, acquaintances, and personal readings.

#2008 #onkawara
PAUL THEK IN PROCESS. COMMENTARIES ON/OF AN EXHIBITION

Published by Revolver Publishing, Berlin, 2014, 212 pages (b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, English / German / Swedish

Price: €18

Paul Thek in Process. Commentaries on/of an Exhibition includes all research material which was made public in different formats in the exhibition series Paul Thek in Process. The exhibition was born out of the desire to memorialise Paul Thek’s spatial work that the artist realised in Europe in the 1970s and to make it possible to experience it in a larger historic context. Thanks to the historic distance, the latter is possible today. As exhibition, documentation and inscenation at the same time, the project not only traced the tracks of a lost artistic practice, but also questioned the importance of ephemeral material in exhibition contexts, the boundaries of the artwork, the exhibition and institution history, the reception and today’s practice of re-inscenation. The publication is conceived as a work list, a biography and a history of objects, an image documentation of the exhibitions and, last but not least, as a self-critical curatorial review on this past project.

#2014 #paulthek #revolverpublishing
Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto

Published by Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2013, 224 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.1 × 28 cm, English

Price: €28

Produced on the occasion of Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, March 26 – August 25, 2013.

Throughout his career Hiroshi Hamaya pursued objective documentation, while Kansuke Yamamoto favoured avant-garde forms of expression. These photographers embody two sides of modern Japanese life: the traditional and the forward looking, the rural and the urban, the Eastern and the Western.

Both artists grew up during the brief Taishō era (1912–1926), a period of industrialization and experimentation that ushered in the modern Shōwa era (1926–1989). It was during this time, between the international Depression and World War II, that Hamaya began to document regional traditions and social issues, primarily on the country’s rugged “back coast” along the Sea of Japan. In contrast, Yamamoto found inspiration in Surrealist art from Europe and produced innovative, socially conscious photographs, poems, and other works that advanced the avant-garde movement in Japan.

#2013 #hiroshihamaya #japaneseavant-garde #japanesephotography #kansukeyamamoto #photography