Conveyor of the Impossible Kansuke Yamamoto

Published by Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, 2001, 319 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 x 14.1 cm, Japanese/English

Price: €60

Produced on the occasion of Kansuke Yamamoto: Conveyor of the Impossible, 22 August – 24 September, 2001.

Kansuke Yamamoto was a photographer and poet. He was a prominent Japanese surrealist born in Nagoya, Japan.

Yamamoto’s early experiments in collage and photomontage utilized the techniques of the Surrealists in tandem with his own artistic philosophies, beginning a lifelong dialogue in internalizing an internationally inherited art form into his own. While it is known that artists such as Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Yves Tanguy and René Magritte were inspirational to Yamamoto during his artistic development, his photographic works and skills from the outset were strongly innovative and equally comparable to the European artists who he studied

This highly original work represents the socio political situation of the 1930s through a veil of whimsy, sexuality and lampoonery, signature themes in Yamamoto’s practice. By the end of the 1930s, he was leading the Nagoya avant-garde scene as an influential center in Japan. During the Pacific War and until the end of World War II artistic activities were forbidden, and it was after the war’s end that Yamamoto continued to create singular works; working in different mediums including photography, drawing, painting and poetry. – Taka Ishii gallery

#2001 #japaneseavant-garde #japanesephotography #kansukeyamamoto
Minimal Art

Published by Stadtkunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 1969, 64 pages (b/w ill.) German. 19.9 × 19.9 cm, German

Price: €28

Produced on the occasion of Minimal Art at Akademie der Künste, Berlin 23 March to 27 April, 1969. Including artists; Sol Lewitt, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Ronald Blades, Robert Grosvenor, Tony Smith, Michael Steiner

#1969 #carlandre #danflavin #donaldjudd #robertgrosvenor #robertmorris #robertsmithson #sollewitt #tonysmith
Robert Hunter

Published by National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2018, 136 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 29.5 × 24.5 cm, English

Price: €90

Robert Hunter was arguably Australia’s pre-eminent Minimalist painter. In 1968, at age twenty-one, he was the youngest artist represented in The Field, the inaugural and now-legendary exhibition at the new National Gallery of Victoria, which announced the arrival of late modernist abstraction in the Australian context. Hunter was also one of very few Australian artists to participate in an international art movement, exhibiting in Eight Contemporary Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1974, and continuing to be involved in significant exhibitions in Australia and internationally throughout his career.

This publication, which is now unfortunately out of print, surveys Hunter’s unswerving commitment to a singular aesthetic position, evident in his earliest white-on-white paintings through to the mature works for which he is best known. Robert Hunter contains more than forty colour illustrations as well as essays by Jane Devery, Tom Nicholson, Ann Stephen and Jennifer Winkworth.

#2018 #roberthunter
Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065

Published by MUMA (Monash University Art Museum), Melbourne, 2018, 16 pages (b/w ill.), 29.7 × 21 cm, English

Price: €2

Room brochure produced to accompany Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065, an exhibition that surveyed the art and life of Mutlu Çerkez, the Turkish Cypriot Australian artist who lived and worked in Melbourne until his death in 2005 at MUMA (Monash University Art Museum), Melbourne.

Çerkez was an influential artist who, during his lifetime, had a significant impact on the Australian and international art worlds. His work incorporated traditions of conceptual art, minimalism and monochrome painting but made its own internal logic its primary reference point while strenuously resisting a reduction to any single style.

His practice explored its own temporality and sought to create a conversation between past actions and future scenarios. Each new work was ascribed a future date on which he intended to remake the work. Working in a range of mediums including printmaking, painting and sculptural installations, Çerkez employed abstract designs and aphoristic symbols to expound upon time and reality and build upon the conversation between past actions and future scenarios. In 2005, Çerkez passed away in his Melbourne home.

#2018 #muma #mutluçerkez
Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective Jonas Staal

Published by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 2018, 96 pages, (colour ill.), 23 × 12.6 cm cm, English

Price: €15

This publication accompanies the eponymous exhibition project by artist Jonas Staal that offers an overview of the artistic, cultural, and political work of Stephen K. Bannon, best known as campaign manager and advisor for US President Donald Trump. Less well known is Bannon’s work as a filmmaker. Between 2004 and 2016 he directed nine documentary films in a style he has termed “kinetic cinema”. Together they sketch a grim profile of a world on the brink of disaster, beset by economic crisis, secular hedonism, and Islamic fundamentalism. The book deconstructs the mechanisms of propaganda, showing how Trumpism was decades in the making through Bannon’s work

#2018 #jonasstaal
WORPSWEDER LANDSCHAFT: MODELLBUCH PROTOTYPE COMPROMISED Christopher Williams

Published by Walther Konig, Köln, 2018, 72 pages (1 colour ill.), 9.6 × 14.8 cm, English / German

Price: €7

This book, in the tradition of the famous Reclam book series, documents Christopher Williams’ contribution to the exhibition “We Call It Ludwig. The Museum Is Turning 40!” With a text by Christopher Williams. #christopherwilliams #ludwigmuseum

#2018 #christopherwilliams #museumludwig #waltherkönig