Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979

Published by Primary Information, New York, 2020, 480 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.3 × 22.7 cm, English

Price: €28 (Temporarily out of stock)

Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979 is an expansive anthology focused on concrete poetry written by women in the groundbreaking movement’s early history. It features 50 writers and artists from Europe, Japan, Latin America, and the United States selected by editors Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre.

The works in this volume evolved from previous manifestations of concrete poetry as defined in foundational manifestos by Öyvind Fahlström, Eugen Gomringer, and the Brazilian Noigandres Group. While some works are easily recognized as concrete poetry, as documented in canonical anthologies edited by Mary Ellen Solt and Emmett Williams in the late ’60s, it also features expansive, serial works that are overtly feminist and often trouble legibility.

Artists and writers include; Ana Bella Geiger, Mira Schendel, Mirella Bentivoglio, Tomaso Binga, Ilse Garnier, Mirtha Dermisache, Mary Ellen Solt, Susan Howe, Liliane Lijn, Hannah Weiner, Irma Blank, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, Chima Sunada, Katalin Ladik amongst others. Designed by Scott Ponik.

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Clairvoyant Journal 1974 Hannah Weiner

Published by Bat Editions, Paris, 2014, 56 pages (b/w ill.), 24 × 33 cm, English

Price: €15

Clairvoyant Journal 1974 by Hannah Weiner (1928-1997) is based on the typescripts Early and Clairvoyant Journals and includes the entries dated February 23 to June 10. This new edition of Clairvoyant Journal features an “Afterword” by Patrick Durgin, which completes his study on Hannah Weiner’s “clair-style” writing (“BIG SENSIBLE, Introductory Remarks on Clairvoyant Journal”) previously published on www.f-u-t-u-r-e.org.

With Clairvoyant Journal, Hannah Weiner writes a specific form of diary, using the characteristics of typographic styles (roman, italic and CAPITAL) to present an inner discussion between three separate voices. Clairvoyant Journal also gives an insight into the daily life of a writer living in New York in the 1970s, evoking a poetic, musical, and artistic scene, yoga and a poetical experience.

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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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Ici Non, Hier Nicht, Not Here #1 Christopher Knowles

Published by Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, 2020, 12 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 29 cm, English

Price: €10

Ici Non, Hier Nicht, Not Here is a new publication series of the Kunstverein. The first issue is dedicated to the work of Christopher Knowles.

Ici Non, Hier Nicht, Not Here is an exhibition that uses the ‘paper space’ as an exhibition space. Its name is derived from a series of works by artist Remy Zaugg from 1995. This series consists out of small paintings with scarcely legible words that dialectically refer to the fact that images are physical, found in a specific place, and yet also ubiquitous.

Concept: Noor Mertens, Bart de Baets, Lea Schürmann. Designed by Bart de Baets.

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A Valentine for Noël Emmett Williams

Published by Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1973, unpaginated (colour & b/w ill.), 15.5 × 20 cm, English

Price: €30 (Temporarily out of stock)

Texts and graphic works by Emmett Williams the American Fluxus artist and poet. With the introduction in the form of a letter to Ann Noel, his wife. The book is divided into four parts: IBM; EGO, HEGO, SHEGO; DIE (DIE) & FETE DUCHAMPETRE, all are multi page flip book-style compositions.

To see more on Edition Hansjörg Mayer visit Kunstverein Amsterdam’s current exhibition, The How and the What – Edition Hansjörg Mayer, extended until 21 June, details can be found here.

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Introverse Arrangements Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Published by Unbidden Tongues / Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2020, 28 pages (b/w ill.), 11 × 18.5 cm, English

Price: €6

Introverse Arrangements is centred on the work of German artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt who, despite only recently garnering attention for her work, is most known for a period of geometric and poetic typewriter drawings produced between the 1970s and 1990 while employed as an administrator for the German Democratic Republic.

Unbidden Tongues is a series edited by Isabelle Sully that focuses on previously produced yet relatively uncirculated work by cultural practitioners busy with questions of civility and civic life—particularly so in relation to language.

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