Teruo Nishiyama Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Published by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Berlin, 2017, 3 unpaginated books with slipcase (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 31 cm, English / Japanese

Price: €130

Three volume artist book reproducing avid fan of the Japanese avant-garde, Teruo Nishiyama’s scrapbook. Despite not having personal contacts in the art world, Nishiyama witnessed many of the emerging radical art events and exhibitions of the 60s, including those by the Neo-Dada Organizers and Tokyo Fluxus. He also meticulously documented everything he saw in photographs and copious written notes, as well as by collecting ephemera. He preserved the material he had assembled over the course of two years in a scrapbook album.

The first volume of this new publication depicts the exhibitions Nishiyama attended in Tokyo from 1965 to 1966. In the second volume, Chung and Maeda have attempted to follow Nishiyama’s methods, documenting various exhibitions held in Tokyo from January 17th to February 3rd, 2017. The third volume includes an English translation of the notes in the Nishiyama’s scrapbook, as well as an interview with Nishiyama by Chung and Maeda

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Letters Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Published by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Berlin, 2018, 102 pages (b/w ill.), 17 × 23 cm, English

Price: €65

An artist book by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda that offers summaries of several hundred documents from the archive of gallerist Alfred Schmela, now housed in the Getty Research Institute collection. Through his gallery, Schmela introduced and promoted innovative European and American artists such as Joseph Beuys, Arman, Gerhard Richter, ZERO (Otto Piene, Günther Uecker and Heinz Mack), Hans Haacke, Christo, Lucio Fontana, Robert Indiana and Yves Klein. For Letters, Chung and Maeda concentrate on the final years of the gallery’s operations, beginning from 1980 when, upon his death, the gallery was taken over by Schmela’s daughter Ulrike. With active support from his wife Monika, the gallery operated under Ulrike’s directorship until its closure in 1992.

Edition of 300. Introduction by Helen DeWitt. Designed by Ronnie Fueglister.

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