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
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.

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Last Stop West Martin Kippenberger

Published by Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 1998, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 15.5 × 20 cm, English

Price: €19 (Temporarily out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Martin Kippenberger, The Last Stop West at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture, Schindler House, L.A. which focused on Kippenberger’s METRO-Net series, which included six conceptual sculptures that, as a group, establish a far-flung metaphorical subway system from the Greek island of Syros, to several sites in Germany; Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada; and West Hollywood, at the Schindler House. With texts from Norman M. Klein, Peter Noever, Roberto Ohrt.

#1998 #hatjecantz #martinkippenberger #normanmklein
Isa Genzken – Caroline Van Damme

Published by Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, 1998, 64 pages (b/w ill.), 19 × 25 cm, English

Price: €45 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Isa Genzken – Caroline Van Damme at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, May 17th – July 5th, 1998. Curated by Luk Lambrecht. Designed by Studio Luc Derycke.

#1998 #isagenzken
SOME Marc Nagtzaam

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 1998, 40 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 23.5 cm, English

Price: €50

The first publication published by Roma Publications, this coverless book shows collected text fragments hand written by Marc Nagtzaam – to be seen as sources of his work – followed by a series of abstracted drawings of passed exhibitions. Produced in an edition 200.

#1998 #marcnagtzaam #romapublications
KEMPENS INFORMATIEBLAD. Speciale Editie Provincie Limburg Jef Geys

Published by Provinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten Begijnhof, Hasselt & Jef Geys, Balen, 1998, 44 pages (b/w ill.), 30.5 × 44 cm, Flemish

Price: €13

Kempens Informatieblad, was a newspaper published by Belgian artist Jef Geys between 1971 and 2018.

Since the early 1960s, in addition to his interlocking artistic and pedagogical work, Geys was also involved in the production and distribution of a local newspaper, the Kempisch Reklaamblad, on whose pages he began to publish various textual and pictorial material among the advertisements placed therein. After it was discontinued, Geys took over the paper and continued it under his own direction as Kempens Informatieblad.

Functioning as an alternative to the conventional artist catalog, the issues, over 50 in total, were mostly published in connection with his exhibitions. As an information system directed by the artist, it successively developed into a kind of meta-medium within his practice, through which he himself organized his representation and mediation – beyond the exhibition context.

#1998 #jefgeys #kempensinformatieblad