Grace Crowley Riet Wijnen

Published by Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2019, 272 pages, 12 × 17 cm, English

Price: €20

Grace Crowley is a publication by Riet Wijnen, based on letters sent to the Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting Grace Crowley (1890–1979) by friends, family and colleagues. Parts of those letters, which are now housed in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the State Library of New South Wales archives in Sydney, were transcribed and categorized by Wijnen in subsections such as ‘Marital Status’, ‘Teaching’, ‘Hosting’, ‘Eurasia’, ‘X’, ‘Being A Woman’, ‘War’, ‘$’, and ‘Making Work’. The result is an alternative biography constructed solely through a living set of relations.

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Stray: A Graphic Tone Shannon Ebner, Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam & Fonograf Editions, Portland, 2019, Vinyl record in gatefold sleeve (colour & b/w ill.), 31 × 31 cm, English

Price: €18 (Out of stock)

This fourteen-track LP features poems of American poets Susan Howe (b. 1937) and Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1947) as produced by visual artist Shannon Ebner. Juxtaposing historic and recent material from 1991 until 2018, the work brought together here examines the two writer’s lifelong preoccupation with subjects adrift in narratives of dispossession both real and imagined. Liner notes contain excerpts of original interviews as well as reproductions of the poets’ published materials. According to Ebner, “STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE is the full-length version of what I started in 2016 when I began seeking exchanges with these two poets. I was drawn to their works for their experiments with poetic form – for their politics of poetic form, to be exact – for their poems’ stray figures and stray errant marks.” It was recorded at various locales between 1991 and 2018. The album was edited and produced by Shannon Ebner and mastered and engineered by Joseph Stewart. Designed by Julia Born and Shannon Ebner.

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Lynch Fragments Melvin Edwards

Published by MASP, São Paulo, 2019, 256 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18.5 × 24.3 cm, English

Price: €49

Lynch Fragments brings together a significant selection of works from the homonymous series by the American sculptor Melvin Edwards, created between 1963 and 2016, comprising more than fifty years of what is considered the artist’s central body of work.

Edwards started to produce the Fragments series when he lived in Los Angeles, at a crucial time of the civil rights movement in the United States. The works directly reference the practice of lynching after the abolition of slavery. Denouncing violence against African Americans, Edwards created these steel sculptures as forms between bodies and machines that can also be interpreted as weapons, given the sense of violence and danger suggested by their blunt, angular and protruding shapes. The selection of works in this book reflects the multiplicity of thematic interests and the formal variations across the series.

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Texts Elizabeth Newman

Published by Discipline, Melbourne, 2019, 192 pages, 10.8 × 17.6 cm, English

Price: €9

Elizabeth Newman is best known as a visual artist whose practice encompasses a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Writing, too, is central to her art. As indicated by the twenty-five or so texts compiled in this book, all dating from the last fifteen years, Newman’s literary output extends beyond her studio practice. Many of these texts are about artworks and exhibitions—her own as well as those of other local artists: they serve a critical rather than an aesthetic function. As such, these writings offer valuable insight into Newman’s artistic intentions and motivations, and her commentaries on the art of her peers constitute a compelling partial survey of art produced in Melbourne over the last decade and a half. Designed by Robert Milne.

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Cat Daniel Gustav Cramer

Published by Eddy Merckx, Milan, 2019, 6 pages (colour ill.), 15.5 × 22 cm, English

Price: €8
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Window View Daniel Gustav Cramer

Published by Daniel Gustav Cramer, Berlin, 2019, 6 pages, 15 × 21 cm, English

Price: €5

Produced on the occasion of Modell und Ruine, Dessau, 2019. For Haris Epaminonda’s installation inside the Meisterhaus Feininger in Dessau, six individual recordings are compiled into a single track. For each recording, a microphone was positioned on a window sill, documenting the interweaving sounds of the interior and exterior spaces.

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