Inklusive Franz Xaver Kroetz 1971 (Card) Christopher Williams

Published by Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, 2021, card (colour ill.), 21 × 14.7 cm, English

Price: €1

Card produced on the occasion of the publication and book launch for Christopher Williams publication Inklusive Franz Xaver Kroetz 1971.

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Ein Western für den SDS Günter Peter Straschek

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 248 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20 × 27 cm, German w. English translation insert

Price: €29

The Austrian Günter Peter Straschek belonged to the very first cohort of students at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie in West Berlin – alongside Hartmut Bitomsky, Harun Farocki and Helke Sander. He and many of his fellow students participated in the New Left movement, recording demonstrations and supporting campaigns. Straschek’s Western für den SDS (1967/68, cinematography: Holger Meins) depicts the development of the left as a learning process for women, whose consciousness grows through the movement, but who continue to have no say in it. It was seized by the governing body of the film school in 1968, never screened and consequentially became legendary. Western für den SDS was finally given its premiere in 2018 at Museum Ludwig, as part of an exhibition dedicated to Straschek. This book publishes previously unreleased work material related to the film, which is a key work of the student movement and of Günter Peter Straschek’s oeuvre. Includes a photo gallery from the Christopher Williams class, Köln, 2019.

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Stage Play Christopher Williams

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 240 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 23.9 cm, English

Price: €45

This four-volume set of publications focuses on Christopher Williams’ theatrical work Stage Play, first presented in 2017 at Miller’s Studio in Zürich. Housed in a slipcase, it contains documentation and the playscript for his eponymous play, related publicity and research documents, the artist’s series of open letters, and a related interview he conducted with historian Markus Krajewski on the ceramic tile façades of post-war architecture in Cologne. In addition to two critical essays by McDonough, this publication is largest collection to date of Williams’ writing.

Contributions by Christopher Williams, Tom McDonough, Markus Krajewski, Petra Hollenbach, Fredi Fischli, Niels Olsen & Oskar Rindlisbacher.

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Angola To Vietnam Christopher Williams

Published by Imschoot Uitgevers, Ghent, 1989, 84 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, English

Price: €160

Angola to Vietnam is Christopher William’s 1989 artist’s book based on his photographic piece of the same title featuring twenty-seven images of glass flowers from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. “Drawing from the Peabody’s cache of sculptural specimens, Christopher Williams selected only those plants native to countries in which state-sponsored murders occurred in 1984. The information affixed to each photograph mimics the museum’s labels, but here Williams places the country of origin above the flower’s Latin name, subtly foregrounding the political over the natural. By referencing government-sanctioned atrocities, Williams calls attention to the flowers’ colonial origins, as the science of botany is rooted in the tangled and often exploitative history of international exploration and trade”.

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Program. – For Example: Dix-Huit Lecons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 10) Christopher Williams

Published by Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, 2010, 80 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 25.5 cm, English / Norwegian

Price: €35

Program was produced by Bergen Kunsthall on the occasion of the exhibition For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 10), curated by Solveig Ovstebo. With texts by Solveig Øvstebø, Diedrich Diederichsen, John Kelsey, and Christopher Williams, and design by Christopher Williams and Petra Hollenbach.

Christopher Williams’ work operates within the conventions of advertising, the superficiality of surface, and, ultimately the history of Modernism. In photography, film, performance, sculpture, graphic design, and video, the process of reproduction is the artist’s point of entry; from there he exposes the flaws in a near-perfect, carefully constructed reality. Each image, whether architectural or figurative, natural or manufactured, is subject to the conditions of production and the inevitable boundaries of the pictorial surface.

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Kunst Aus Los Angeles Der 60er Bis 90er Jahre

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2007, 48 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21.5 × 27 cm, English / German

Price: €21

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Kunst Aus Los Angeles Der 60Er Bis 90Er Jahre at the Kunstverein Braunschweig, December 2, 2006 – February 18, 2007 , which concentrated on artistic positions from the Sixties to the Nineties and on works which explore conceptual approaches (Bas Jan Ader, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Douglas Huebler, Larry Johnson, William Leavitt, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Stephen Prina, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Williams) as well as on Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon’s more recent Pop-Art-based assemblages which expose everyday myths, prejudices, and tenets of belief as lies that serve to perpetuate social oppression.

Designed by Yvonne Quirmbach.

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