Ketty La Rocca

Published by Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2003, unpaginated (b/w ill.), 16.5 × 24 cm, German

Price: €12

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Ketty La Rocca, at Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 6 June – 10 August, 2003.

Ketty La Rocca (1938–1976) was an important proponent of Conceptual and Body Art in Italy in the 1960s and 70s. Based on a visual poetry, she dealt radically with the sociopolitical limits of the meaning of language and images in her collages, performances and photographs. A central aspect is the examination of the bodily gesture as an “original means of communication”.

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Univerzálne Futurologické Operácie Július Koller

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2003, 247 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24.5 cm, English / German / Slovak

Price: €30

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Univerzálne Futurologické Operácie at Kölnischer Kunstverein 19. July – 21 September, 2003.

Július Koller (1939–2007) was one of the most important Eastern European artists working since the 1960s. From the mid-1960s he designed Antihappenings and Antipictures, creating a playfully ironic oeuvre that combined a Dadaist spirit with radical-skeptical stance. Koller painted object-images in white latex and pictures of question marks that became the universal symbol of his critical view of everyday life and reality. Koller saw tennis and table tennis as participatory art forms and here too he combined sport with political statement by demanding that the rules of the game and fair play be adhered to—as the basis of all social action. After the Prague Spring was put down, Koller began his U.F.O.naut series that challenged reality with “cultural situations” and utopias of a new, cosmohumanistic culture and future.

More on Július Koller can be found here.

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Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills On Kawara

Published by les presses du réel, Dijon, 2003, 336 pages (b/w ill.), 18 × 24 cm, English

Price: €30

Produced on the occasion of the tour of the exhibition Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills, this publication gathers and documents Kawara’s Date paintings (revealing for the first time their method of production), telegrams and books from the One Million Years series. Texts by Yamamoto, Khalil Gibran, Osho, René Denizot, Michel Gauthier, Franck Gautherot, Jonathan Watkins, Adachi, Penrose, Hamerro, Bohm.

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Piero Gilardi

Published by Il Torchio - Costantini, Milan, 2003, 38 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 23 cm, Italian

Price: €21

Published on the occasion of Piero Gilardi’s 2003 exhibition at Costantini Arte Contemporanea e il Torchio Galleria d’Arte, Milan

Piero Gilardi’s artistic practice is certainly an early statement about this evolution into a machine-made and financialized nature. From his role as one of the early protagonists of Arte Povera, to his collective actions organized for protests, and since 2008 the development of his initiative Parco de Arte Vivente in Turin, Gilardi has forged a distinctive unity between artistic practice and activism.

Since 1963 Gilardi has produced large, hyper-realistic sculptures of polyurethane foam, the so-called Nature Carpets. With these interactive sculptures he tries to give new meaning to interaction between viewer and artwork and nature and culture.

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Běla Kolářová

Published by the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Prague, 2003, 176 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 25.5 cm, English/Czech

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Prague-based artist Běla Kolářová (1923–2010) began experimenting with photographic techniques in the early 1960s, creating photograms and X-ray photographs that continued the Bauhaus tradition of photography as an abstract medium. Thus, for a series of photograms she called vegetages, she produced miniature “artificial negatives” by pressing natural materials into soft paraffin and using them for the exposure of the photographic paper instantaneously as “negatives.” In the late sixties Kolářová increasingly began creating assemblages out of found objects including household items such as snap fasteners, needles and safety pins. Kolářová arranged these objects according to conceptual grids, and thus they are somewhat akin to the work of Nouveaux Realistes as well as to various conceptual practices. The work she produced in this way defied the aesthetic canon of Socialist Realism, and Kolářová developed a remarkable conceptual feminist style that was all her own.

In recent years, Kolářová’s work was shown at the documenta 12 (2007), at the Raven Row gallery in London (2010) and in solo shows at the Museum Kampa in Prague (2008) and Muzeum Umění in Olomouc (2007).

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