Uneven Bodies (Reader) Edited by Ruth Buchanan, Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Hanahiva Rose

Published by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, 2021, 120 pages (single colour ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €20

Uneven Bodies (Reader) is a comprehensive collection of writing produced as an outcome of a symposium of the same name held in Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020 that addresses the politics of collections today and the complex terrain of power in which this conversation sits. The collection places specific emphasis on Indigenous positions, linking this into the so-called international paradigm. Topics covered include collecting contemporary both inside and outside the institution, repatriation, deaccession, and Indigenous methodology in collection work. With keynote contributions from Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Gabi Ngcobo, Dr. Clémentine Deliss, and Wanda Nanibush and nine other positions, the readers offers a template for how we can imagine collecting in the future; full of mutated spaces we don’t yet know how to move in, full of powerful languages we still need to learn how to speak, together. Designed by HIT.

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The Auratic Narrative Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

Published by Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln & Walther König, Köln, 2021, 52 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 30 × 26 cm, English

Price: €25

Adapted from writings by artists and critics appearing in magazines, catalogs, and other recent publications, The Auratic Narrative was conceived by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda as a framing device for their exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2019. The text-as-artwork offers a dramatic account of an unnamed artist’s ambivalence toward their professional milieu. Here the narrative is presented in its entirety along with bibliographical notes and an introduction by artist and writer Ariane Müller. Photographic documentation of the exhibition–the first survey of the artists’ collaborative practice–accompanies the work. Taken together, word and image chart a course through the show and the artists’ oeuvre.

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Die Kassettenkataloge Des Städtischen Museums Mönchengladbach 1967 – 1978

Published by Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach & Walther König, Köln, 2021, 391 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 28 cm, German / English

Price: €44

For the first time, the 35 legendary box catalogues of Städtische Museum Mönchengladbach have been published as a book. Museum director Johannes Cladders developed the idea of catalogues in the form of a box with Joseph Beuys in 1967. Until 1978, Cladders worked closely with exhibiting artists to create such catalogues, which radically re-envisaged the traditional exhibition and museum publication. They embody the participatory approach of their time and instance a vision of a porous democratic work. Viewers are invited to actively participate in this artistic and institutional endeavour and engage both intellectually and physically. Researched by Susanne Rennert, designed by Petra Hollenbach, with photographs documenting all catalogues by Tobias Hohn & Stanton Taylor, and introductory essays by Susanne Rennert and Susanne Titz.

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Postcards Jef Geys

Published by Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen 2020, set of 5 post cards (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 10.5 cm, English

Price: €13

Set of 5 cards produced on the occasion of Jef Geys, Bergen Kunsthall, 20 November 2020 — 5 April 2021.

The exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall looks into some aspects that are specific to Jef Geys’ oeuvre, such as his work with pedagogy, architecture, and art history. Through a series of different chapters, the exhibition brings seminal works together with rarely seen objects and archive materials, focusing on the artist’s use of different production and circulation systems, such as the school, industrial workshops, rural spaces and the art world. His use of these distinct systems is explored as a questioning of authorship and identity, but also as an investigation of infrastructures through which meaning and knowledge is produced and distributed.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Nicholas Tammens’ talk Jef Geys and the School can be found here.

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Bill 3 Julie Peeters (editor)

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2021, 184 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 31 cm, English

Price: €28

A special archival issue, featuring unpublished Martin Margiela lookbook photographs, a horse, street style from the 90’s, vases of Japan, a silver story, a flash forward and back, tennis, an icecube tray, more Margiela, Hysteric Glamour and a bunch of frivolous images. The stories are sourced from the book collections of RareBooksParis and Julie Peeters. Edited and designed by Julie Peeters.

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Necessary Questions Adrian Piper

Published by Unbidden Tongues / Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2021, 44 pages (b/w ill.), 20 × 23.5 cm, English

Price: €9

Consisting of an internal report written by conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper in 1998, Necessary Questions takes Wellesley College, Massachusetts—where she was then on staff—as a case study in institutional racism and neglect. As such, the report could be read simply as an administrative document, though one drenched in meticulously clear advice that could still be, despite being written twenty-three years ago, taken up on a glaringly universal level. Yet the role it went on to play in Piper’s life proves it’s not just a context-specific document, but an all-too-real example of exactly what it stood against: the ways in which the langue of protocol and the false façade of civility are utilised as tactics to ensure that one stays in their place.

It is the third title from Unbidden Tongues, a series edited by Isabelle Sully that focuses on previously produced yet relatively uncirculated work by cultural practitioners busy with questions surrounding civility and civic life—particularly so in relation to language.

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