Better Read Than Dead Seth Siegelaub

Published by Walther König, Köln & Stichting Egress Foundation, Amsterdam, 2020, 384 pages (b/w ill.), 19 × 27.5 cm, English

Price: €30

Ed. Marja Bloem, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Sara Martinetti & Jo Melvin.

Better Read Than Dead was the title Seth Siegelaub had chosen for an anthology of his own writing – one of the projects for which he never found the time, busy as he was running his global one-man operation. The selected writings, interviews, extended bibliography and chronology in this source book fill historical gaps in the sprawling network of exhibitions, publications, projects, and collections that constitute Siegelaub’s life’s work. “Siegelaubian paperwork” comprises Siegelaub’s writings, which are reproduced as scans in order to convey the variety of the documents and to give a sense of archival immersion.

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Marlow Moss Riet Wijnen

Published by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam, 2013, 128 pages, 11 × 17 cm, English

Price: €15

This publication tells the story of the British Constructivist artist Marlow Moss (1898–1958) and her work. A series of lists with ‘facts’ is compiled from writings about and by Moss. These lists contain contradictions and gaps. In part because some characters in the novels written by Netty Nijhoff, Moss’s partner, are based on Moss, and so this knowledge has been sometimes treated as non-fiction because of the lack of information on Moss. The result is that fiction became part of reality. The publication is an alternative biography that indirectly shows how history is constructed.

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Hans de Vries

Published by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam, 2016, 40 pages (b/w ill.), 23 × 30 cm, English / Dutch

Price: €15

Hans de Vries concentrated on the study and registration of processes and appearances that occur in and are created by nature. De Vries was a close observer, an onlooker, an eyewitness, whose aim was to discern and document the relationship between man and his natural environment. His practice has been referred to as “micro-emotive art”, a term coined by the Italian artist Piero Gilardi. ‘Hans de Vries Works 1968–1975’ is De Vries’s first exhibition since he stopped producing art at end of the 1970s. It is a retrospective of all the publications and book-related works including parallel articles and essays about his practice.

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10 Years KV

Published by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam, 2019, 310 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 30 cm, English

Price: €25

Kunstverein is essentially a curatorial office that offers lectures, presentations, screenings, and independent publishing. Because of its unconventional structure, it allows alternative methods to be considered in terms of presentation, hosting, and exhibition-making. This extensive anthology looks back at the past decade of their activity, from 2009 to 2019, and is filled with ephemera, images of performances and shows, bulletins, and much more. With contributions by Yana Foqué, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Anthony Huberman, and Maxine Kopsa.

Designed by Marc Hollenstein.

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Blood: The Poems And Archive Of R. Broby-Johansen Line-Gry Hørup

Published by Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2020, 434 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20 × 24 cm, English

Price: €50

Edited and designed by Line-Gry Hørup, this long-awaited publication presents the first-ever translations of the fourteen (and only) poems written by the Danish art historian and publisher R. Broby-Johansen in 1922, for which he was sentenced to jail. In vivid and gory details, the poems depict the red-light district of Copenhagen’s underbelly. In them, he defends those subjected to misery and poverty, and comments on the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie responsible for their misery. The appendix of the book gives a unique insight into Broby-Johansen’s methodology, interests and life following the end of his career as a poet, through photographs taken by Johannes Schwartz and translations of the archive by Hørup.

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grey-blue grain Adam Pendleton

Published by Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2010, 80 pages (b/w ill.), 12 × 18 cm, English

Price: €12.50

This paperback serves as an extension of Adam Pendleton’s 2009 exhibition and performance series entitled EL T D K Amsterdam. It consists of excerpted texts and images integral to Pendleton’s practice at the time of the exhibition. Sources include Joan Retallack’s The Poethical Wager, Jena Osman, Edward Sapir, Ron Silliman, Tan Lin, Jean-Luc Godard, Leslie Scalapino, Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones and Hugo Ball, and the artist’s own writings.

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