Fantasian Larissa Pham

Published by Badlands Unlimited, New York, 2016, 120 pages, 11.4 × 17.8 cm, English

Price: €15

A young Asian woman’s life at Yale takes a dizzying turn when she meets Dolores—her doppelgänger—at a party. As they begin to merge into each other’s social and sexual worlds, it becomes impossible to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. When Dolores’ boyfriend and his twin brother enter into this pas de deux, identities and couplings spin off into a sinister and perverse web of illusions. Fantasian is Single White Female for the dawn of a new sexual fluidity.

Fantasian by Larissa Pham is one of the New Lovers, a series of short erotic fiction published by Badlands Unlimited. Inspired by Maurice Girodias’ legendary Olympia Press, New Lovers features the raw and uncut writings of authors new to the erotic romance genre. Each story has its own unique take on relationships, intimacy, and sex, as well as the complexities that bedevil contemporary life and culture today.

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Object and Display Haim Steinbach

Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co, New York, 2016, 250 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 25.4 × 30.5 cm, English

Price: €45

Primarily known for his paradigmatic “shelves” displaying everyday objects, Haim Steinbach (born 1944) has developed a practice that evolved from early minimalist painting with grids and monochromes to later large-scale installations that have seldom been seen in the US. Growing out of a traveling exhibition that features works drawn from throughout Steinbach’s career, as well as archival materials and new site-specific installations, Object and Display urges readers to take a closer look at this seminal artist’s works. Hundreds of full-color illustrations document the exhibition, which included photographs, models and recreations from past works, along with photography of the site-specific installations that appeared at each institution. New essays by writers Johanna Burton and Germano Celant explore the evolution of Steinbach’s practice and his investigations into what constitutes an art object and how art and objects are displayed.

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Continuous Moment: Big Foot’s Studio Damiano Bertoli

Published by The Narrows, Melbourne, 2016, 4 page concertina fold (b/w ill.), 10.5 × 29.7 cm (folded) 42 × 29.7 cm (unfolded), English

Price: €2

Produced on the occasion ofContinuous Moment: Big Foot’s Studio, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, October 6 – November 5, 2016.

Continuous Moment: Big Foot’s Studio is part of Bertoli’s ongoing research and investigation into Picasso’s play Le Désir Attrapé par la Queue (Desire Captured by the Tail). Referring to both a 1944 reading of the play and a staging of the play in 1967 by Jean Jacques Lebel, Bertoli’s work addresses ideas of repetition, reprise and continuity. Like Picasso’s text and Lebel’s production, Bertoli draws on a vast network of references and influences. In this light, Continuous Moment: Big Foot’s Studio can be understood as an assemblage of existing voices through which Bertoli is part of the aggregating authorship around ‘Le Désir’.

Text By Rex Butler. Designed by Warren Taylor.

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Signs Fiction Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Published by ChertLüdde, Berlin, 2016, 864 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24 × 32 cm, german / English

Price: €65 (Out of stock)

This book aims to collect and present a comprehensive overview of the work of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt. It is the result of a long and intense immersion into her archive, and intends to establish the importance of this unique artist – who did not have much recognition in the past – not only to the present day, but also to the precise political context and time to which she and her work belong.

The book presents her typewritings series, all produced between the early 1970s (some of the earliest works are dated 1972) and 1989. Mail Art was her way to be in contact with the world outside the GDR, otherwise impossible to reach. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Reunification, the artist stopped producing any art: She felt her involvement was no longer “needed”.

With a text by Zanna Gilbert, edited by Jennifer Chert, designed by Till Gathmann.

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Secession Vincent Fecteau

Published by Secession, Vienna, 2016, 56 pages (colour & b/w ill.), Hardcover, book block in leporello fold, 12.7 × 17.8 cm, English

Price: €25

Produced on the occasion of Vincent Fecteau’s 2016 exhibition at Secession, Vienna.

Fecteau’s abstract sculptures defy summary description. Out of everyday staples like papier-mâché, cardboard, pictures from magazines, and paint, he fashions complex objects in which spaces simultaneously collapse and explode. Reminiscent, in many instances, of the elemental forms of early twentieth-century art, his works evoke associations ranging from utopian architecture and avant-garde stage design to masks and industrially manufactured components, yet they do not spell out their references. They keep their secret in a deliberate and insistent refusal to communicate definite meaning, indicating the artist’s emphasis on sculpture as sculpture and the agency it possesses as a real thing in the world.

In his exhibition in the Secession’s main gallery, the first time his work is on display in Austria, Vincent Fecteau presents a new series of ten painted sculptures. Their fairly large rectangular shapes only distantly recall the boxes for cut flower with which the artist started. Alternately adding and removing elements in a playful cumulative practice that is characteristic of his art, Fecteau has transformed them into convoluted volumes.

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Déformation Professionnelle Nairy Baghramian

Published by S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2016, 26 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, Dutch / French / English

Price: €4

Pamhplet produced on the occasion of Nairy Baghramian’s solo show Déformation Professionnelle, 26 November 2016 – 19 February 2017.

Déformation Professionnelle was a new production that built on 18 sets of works in the artist’s oeuvre from 1999 to 2016. Baghramian alludes to existing work and associated elements, from discarded ideas to working material. In this exhibition she was, in her own words, “surveying the survey”. By refusing to show what exists and nevertheless reconsider it in the ‘new’, the exhibition connected to fundamental questions about progress and economy and asks when something ceases to exist, and how something new comes into being.

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