On the Extremes of Good and Evil Hugo Canoilas

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 104 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.5 × 34 cm, English / German

Price: €15

Produced on the occasion of Hugo Canoilas being awarded the Kapsch Contemporary Art prize 2020, and the resulting exhibition at MUMOK, Vienna.

Canoilas’s combination of painting with strategies of installation and performance is evidence of an expanded concept of painting based on an awareness of contemporary social and political developments and of the appertaining philosophical and art-historical discourses. These take a critical view of our world order shaped by humanism, with its hierarchical structures of values, and they advocate an empathetic approach to nature and all creatures and animals.

You can see a video on the exhibition here.

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Performance People Ei Arakawa

Published by Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Artists Space, New York & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 414 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 15.2 × 22.8 cm

Price: €34

This first monograph on Ei Arakawa allows a profound understanding of Arakawas complex artistic practice in general: on behalf of Illustrations, performance scripts, notes, and sketches it unfolds a kind of archive along the performances as well as the performance people the artist has worked with over the past ten years.

With texts from Ei Arakawa, Eva Birkenstock, Sarah Chow, John Kelsey, Jutta Koether, Erika Lindström & Reiko Tomii. Reiko Tomii’s talk on Ei Arakawa can be seen here.

Designed by Hit Studio.

#2021 #eiarakawa #evabirkenstock #hitstudio #juttakoether #performance #reikotomii #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig: Transcorporealities

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2020, 236 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 23 cm, German / English

Price: €29

The concept of transcorporeality (Stacy Alaimo) builds on the thesis that all bodies are permeable, open-ended systems in constant exchange with their environment and other biological, technological, economic, and sociopolitical realities. With works by Jesse Darling, Flaka Haliti, Trajal Harrell, Paul Maheke, Nick Mauss, Park McArthur, Oscar Murillo, and Sondra Perry, Transcorporealities critically examines the permeability of bodies-including the museum-at the interfaces between subject, object, and space. It focuses on urgent (institutional) questions of visibility and accessibility as well as the possibilities and limits of representation: What is inscribed and attributed to bodies? Who is looking at whom? What is meant when we say “we” and “they”?

With texts from Stacy Alaimo, Yilmaz Dziewior, Park McArthur, Leonie Radine & Nora Sternfeld.

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Beggars Andrea Büttner

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2018, 308 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, English

Price: €39

German artist and 2017 Turner Prize nominee Andrea Büttner examines depictions of beggars in visual culture in an artist’s book about poverty, art history, theology, and the politics of social benefits. Büttner, whose work addresses notions of shame, vulnerability, and dignity, presents a recent series of woodcuts, as well research conducted at the Warburg Institute in London, including sixteenth-century vignettes from the “Liber Vagatorum ” and a visual essay on the iconography of shepherds and kings in nativity scenes.

With contributions by Andrea Büttner, Anne Carson, Christopher P. Heuer and Linda Nochlin.

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Indifference Mathias Poledna

Published by Galerie Buchholz, Köln; MUMOK, Wien & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 102 pages (colour & b/w ill.), slipcase, 21.5 × 28.5 cm, English / German

Price: €39

Mathias Poledna’s film Indifference (2018) further advances the artist’s ongoing inquiry into modernity’s visual imaginary. The film unfolds as a series of brief, hallucinatory scenes set in the waning days of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy at the cusp of World War I. It details in elegant restraint the seemingly mundane routine of a single protagonist played by French actor Alain-Fabien Delon. His character – an Austrian officer / aristocrat – is drawn from types common in German-speaking fin-de-siècle literature, as well as from historical dramas and period films produced in the Cold War era. While evocative of the larger backdrop of traumatic modernization and conflict in early 20th century European history, Poledna’s film forgoes a broader narrative focusing instead on the transient and disjointed.

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Unbecoming Forms, Works 1967 – 1974 Joachim Bandau

Published by Kunsthalle Basel, Basel & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, date, 192 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 21 cm, English

Price: €38

Joachim Bandau’s early sculptural works from the years 1967-1974 remain as strange and singular today as when he first made them. At once technoid and bodily, minimal and monstrous, often with couplings or hoses that resemble weirdly organic orifices and tentacles, these works address questions of agency, control, technology, and history in a way that is increasingly relevant to the present.

With texts by Joachim Bandau, Alexandra Bircken, Elena Filipovic, Martin Herbert, Renate Wagner. Designed by Petra Hollenbach.

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