preussische maasse und gewichte stanley brouwn

Published by Wiens Verlag, Berlin, 2013, 96 pages, 15.5 × 15.5 cm, German

Price: €40

Artist book by stanley brouwn, produced by the Wiens Verlag, Berlin in 2013.

The book is a reproduction of the book Taschenbuch der Münz-. Maass- und Gewichtsverhältnisse, Leipzig 1851. It dealt with the entire European measurement system in the middle of the 19th century.

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portraits of spaces stanley brouwn

Published by Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2001, unpaginated, 15.5 × 15.5 cm, English / French

Price: €60

Artist book by stanley brouwn, produced by the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent in 2001.

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Archief 5 Jef Geys

Published by Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, 2017, unpaginated (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm

Price: €50

In 2015, the Frans Masereel Centre started a collaboration with Geys to publish parts of his archive. The first archive publication, Archief 1 and Archief 2, consists of two thick volumes in A4 format with more than 800 scanned archive documents, and appeared on the occasion of Geys’s solo exhibition in the SMAK in 2015. The material was presented as it was, without any explanation or hierarchy.

Archief 5 appeared on the occasion of Geys’ archive installation about the role of the media in the Gulf War in the M HKA, and was preceded by a brief pre-publication of documents relating to the execution process of the installation and an introduction by Bart De Baere.

An animation of the contents of the book courtesy of the Frans Masereel Centre can be seen here.

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Archief 4 Jef Geys

Published by Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, 2017, unpaginated (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm

Price: €38

In 2015, the Frans Masereel Centre started a collaboration with Geys to publish parts of his archive. The first archive publication, Archief 1 and Archief 2, consists of two thick volumes in A4 format with more than 800 scanned archive documents, and appeared on the occasion of Geys’s solo exhibition in the SMAK in 2015. The material was presented as it was, without any explanation or hierarchy.

Archief 4 (2017) begins with a detailed index of Geys’ archive, a complete station novel with annotations by Geys, and continues with documents relating to cultural subsidies and correspondence concerning the foundation of an association for visual artists who fought in the early seventies for a social status for visual artists.

An animation of the contents of the book courtesy of the Frans Masereel Centre can be seen here.

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Script opposition in Late-Model Carrot Jokes Michael Portnoy

Published by Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp and Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, 2011, 52 pages (colour ill.), 18 × 29.7 cm, signed, English

Price: €100

Carrot Jokes are a genre of dense, joke-like texts first proposed by cognitive linguists Chlopicki and Petray (1981) to undermine emerging computational models of humor analysis. These jokes, further developed by others in the field, depend on a preponderance of background incongruities, blunt omissions, faulty script switch-triggers, “gray” implicature, and missing links in inferencing.

Michael Portnoy’s practice spans dance-theater, vocal power-tools, Relational Stalinism, reptangles, abstract gambling, the improvement of biennials, and Icelandic cockroach porn. His art circles the rules of play and communication – language itself playing a crucial role in the works.

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Never Odd or Even Barbara Bloom

Published by Carnegie Museum of Art, 1991, 22 leaves in a cardboard folder (colour & b/w ill.), 19.5 × 28 cm, English / German

Price: €55

A book inspired by Bloom’s installation at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Kunstverein München, and the Endlichkeit der Freiheit exhibition in post-wall Berlin. The title, Never Odd or Even, is a palindrome, which parallels the artist’s investigation into the workings of symmetry and order that occurs in nature (as with butterflies and twins) and in culture (the architecture of Chinese palaces, formal gardens, Palladio, and the Nazi structures of Albert Speer). Exploring both the beauty and the horror of the ordering principles of symmetry, Never Odd or Even contains some of Bloom’s most memorable discoveries (such as a photo of identical twins showing Johnny Carson their butterfly collection). A must for Nabokov fans, whose lepidopterist spirit is conjured throughout. Presented in the form of leaves which the reader must cut apart with a knife.

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