Blood and Guts in High School Kathy Acker

Published by Grove Press, New York, 2017, 176 pages, 12.9 × 19.8 cm, English

Price: €14 (Out of stock)

A masterpiece of surrealist fiction, steeped in controversy upon its first publication in 1984, Blood and Guts in High School is the book that established Kathy Acker as the preeminent voice of post-punk feminism. With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of her birth, as well as the 10th year since her death this transgressive work of philosophical, political, and sexual insight—with a new introduction by Chris Kraus—continues to become more relevant than ever before.

In the Mexican city of Merida, ten-year-old Janey lives with Johnny—her “boyfriend, brother, sister, money, amusement, and father”—until he leaves her for another woman. Bereft, Janey travels to New York City, plunging into an underworld of gangs and prostitution. After escaping imprisonment, she flees to Tangiers where she meets Jean Genet, and they begin a torrid affair that will lead Janey to her demise. Fantastical, sensual, and fearlessly radical, this hallucinatory collage is both a comic and tragic portrait of erotic awakening.

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The Skins of Alca Impennis (1992-2017) Jochen Lempert

Published by Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 2017, 78 pages (b/w ill.), 23 × 18.8 cm, English

Price: €33

The Skins of Alca impennis (1992-2017) is an ongoing series of photographs depicting the extinct bird, the Great Auk (Alca impennis). Over the last two decades, Lempert has photographed 52 of the 78 specimens that remain in collections internationally – entering the bureaucracies that surround these birds, gaining permission from those appointed to administer and conserve them for posterity, and uniformly representing their profiles. The book is published on the occasion of Lempert’s solo show Honeyguides held at the Sprengel Museum in October 2017. Images of the bird’s taxidermized heads alternate with blank pages, for the still missing photographs of this ongoing project.

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The System of Systems

Published by Rebecca Glyn-Blanco, Maria McLintock and Danae Io, 2017, 220 pages (b/w ill.), 14 × 22 cm, English

Price: €18

The System of Systems is a book published in conjunction with an exhibition which took place in Athens in May 2017. It interrogates how political powers in Europe are using technologies, from data collection to private companies, in bureaucratic systems which determine the fate of asylum seekers. Bringing together artists, designers, architects, academics, activists and practitioners, working across a range of mediums, the publication responds to the complex and knotty legal framework which individuals seeking asylum are forced to navigate, or, in many cases, elude.

With contributions by – Lawrence Abu Hamdan, James Bridle, Kamil Dalkir, Design Unlikely Futures, Ayesha Hameed, Paul Feigelfeld, Melanie Friend, Eugenio Grosso, Olivia Head (Bread & Roses), Andrew Herscher, Thomas Keenan, Sohrab Mohebbi, Daniela Ortiz, Lucie Parker, Jill Power, Xose Quiroga, Daniel Trilling, Nana Varveropoulou.

Edited by Rebecca Glyn-Blanco, Maria McLintock and Danae Io.

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Neću (I don´t want to) Sven Stilinović

Published by DAF – obrt za izdavanje knjiga, Zagreb, 2017, 208 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 24 cm, Croatian / English

Price: €34

Sven Stilinović was still a schoolboy when he started exhibiting with the Group of Six Artists on the streets of Zagreb in 1975. Photographic enlargements of small collages in which he recycled fragments of older photographs and tiny objects, as well as series where photographs of garbage interchange in a photographic sequence with photographs of cluttered shops raise the issue of photographic motif, while in “Comparison of the development of painting and non-development of photography” (1975) he concludes that that which is offered as a history of photography does not lead to its openness and creativity.

With texts from Ivana Bago, Branko Cerovac, Suzana Marjanić, Vlado Martek, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Branka Stipančić, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak.

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Photographs 1927-1936 Raoul Hausman

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln , 2017, 264 pages (b/w ill.), 20.5 × 23.2 cm, English

Price: €30

Raoul Hausmann’s photographic work has long been underrated. This key artist of the twentieth century is remembered primarily for the central role he played in Berlin Dada with his assemblages, photomontages, and optophonetic poems, yet the vicissitudes of history caused his photography, an essential facet of his oeuvre, to be cast almost entirely into the shade. From 1927 on, Hausmann became an avid and restless photographer in Germany, in particular during his stays at the North Sea and Baltic coasts. While in exile in Ibiza after the Nazis came to power, he took an interest in the local populace and vernacular architecture, before emigrating again in 1936. During this intense decade, he reflected extensively on photography, developing a highly individual practice in the medium, simultaneously documentary and lyrical, inextricably linked to his way of thinking and living.

#2017 #photography #raoulhausmann #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
Catalogue Raisonné 1986 – 2015 Maria Eichhorn

Published by Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, 2017, 560 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18 × 23 cm, English / German

Price: €34

Produced on the occasion of Maria Eichhorn’s exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 10 May – 6 July 2014. This comprehensive and chronologically structured catalogue raisonné orders the work of the artist Maria Eichhorn according to art history and is supplemented by extensive image and archive material on her works, projects and exhibitions since 1986.

With the addition of large-format illustrations of the exhibition in Bregenz, this is one of the most comprehensive publications on the work of the artist to date. Designed by Yvonne Quirmbach.

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