The city Fred Herzog documented over more than half a century has vanished-an early kind of urban flaneur, Herzog wandered the streets of Vancouver, creating an archive that encapsulates the essence of a bygone era. Considered today as one of the most important street photographers of the 20th century, he changed the international conversation about early color photography. However, it was only in the late 1950s that he decided to primarily shoot with Kodachrome color slides. Fred Herzog: Black and White is the first acknowledgement of a lesser-known facet of the photographers' work. Complementing the seminal Modern Color, it encompasses almost graphical urban scenes of shadow and light, alongside travel photographs and depictions of rural life. Evoking notions of melancholy, this book reveals that Herzog's appeal lies in his ability to seize a condensation of a psychological state.
It's All About Freedom presents a comprehensive cross-section through nine decades of Tomi Ungerer's artistic work for the first time-from drawings from the nineteen-thirties to objects from the two thousand-tens. The exhibits selected shed new light on Ungerer's oeuvre by making it possible to comprehend the artistic dimension of the political and stylistic lines and breaks in his oeuvre as a 'freewheeling artist'. His passion for experimenting across genres and the interplay between drawing, collage, and assemblage through which he searched for identity and humanity is thus shown in his work again and again. Developed by the Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg in cooperation with the Tomi Ungerer Estate and the Musee Tomi Ungerer in Strasbourg, the volume brings together contributions on Tomi Ungerer's life's work by Thomas David, Belinda Grace Gardner, Aria Ungerer, and Therese Willer, with a foreword by Dirk Luckow and Harald Falckenberg.
Piet Mondrian had a decisive influence on the development of painting from figuration to abstraction. On the occasion of his 150th birthday, Mondrian Evolution is dedicated to his multifaceted work and artistic development. Initially working in the tradition of Dutch landscape painting of the late 19th century, Symbolism and Cubism subsequently took on great significance for him. It was not until the early 1920s that the artist focused on a wholly non-representational pictorial vocabulary, limited to the rectangular arrangement of black lines with surfaces in white and the primary colors blue, red and yellow. In separate chapters, this path is traced through motifs such as windmills, dunes, and the sea, farms reflected in the water, and plants in various forms of abstraction.
The exhibition Maison Sonia. Sonia Delaunay and the Atelier Simultane is dedicated to the applied work of Russian-French artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), with a focus on her textile design work. The accompanying catalogue includes the first scholarly essays on Sonia Delaunay's collaborations with silk industrialist Robert Perrier and couturier Jacques Heim, who were among her most important collaborators and previously unexplored. In addition, the publication provides the first overview of the role of Sonia Delaunay's simultaneous fabrics in the design of modern living and media spaces.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the fabric works from the last two decades in the career of legendary artist Louise Bourgeois. "I've always had a fascination with the needle," she said, "the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair damage. It's a claim to forgiveness." This body of work began when the artist started incorporating clothes from all stages of her life into her art, and later expanded to include a range of other textiles such as bedlinen, handkerchiefs, tapestry, and needlepoint. The fabric works mine the themes of identity and sexuality, trauma and memory, guilt and reparation, and serve as metaphors for emotional and psychological states. The catalog - which accompanies the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London and the Gropius Bau, Berlin - features works from numerous series, including the monumental Cell installations, figurative sculptures, and abstract drawings.
Her sensual Nanas-buxom, colorful female figures laid the foundation for her international success beyond the art world: Niki de Saint Phalle. But the self-taught artist's creative spectrum is much broader, and her unconventional oeuvre, ranging from painting and drawing to assemblages, performances, theatre, film, and architecture, is more subversive and critical of society than is widely assumed. Based on her efforts to process her own feelings, she addressed social and political issues, critically questioning institutions and role models in ways that are as relevant today as they have ever been. The exhibition and the publication shed new light on the artist's exceptional personality and uncover the wide-ranging oeuvre of the popular outsider-that is always surprising and eccentric, emotional, dark and brutal, humorous and cheerful.
Fred Herzog est aujourd'hui considéré comme un pionnier de la couleur, un confrère canadien de Garry Winogrand, Helen Levitt ou Saul Leiter dans les années 50 et 60. Dans les rues de Vancouver, il a travaillé exclusivement au Kodachrome pendant plus de 50 ans. Ce matériel a commencé à être scanné et archivé il y a seulement 10 ans. Cette monographie, réalisée avec la collaboration du photographe et accompagnée d'un texte de David Campany, rassemble 230 images en couleur mais aussi en noir et blanc, dont beaucoup étaient restées inédites. Elle constitue une référence unique sur son travail.
Few materials have experienced a similar revaluation in contemporary art as clay has in the past few years. This timely publication accompanies a large-scale exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, exploring how contemporary artists are using clay and ceramics in inventive and surprising ways, and pushing the boundaries of the medium. Featuring the work of over 20 international artists-from Grayson Perry to Woody De Othello-an introductory essay by curator Cliff Lauson, a text on the history of fine art and ceramics by writer and critic Amy Sherlock, and a round table discussion with artists from the exhibition, this catalogue is a meaningful contribution to the ongoing conversation about the relationship between art and craft.
La Fondation Beyeler consacre une rétrospective majeure au célèbre peintre français d'origine polonaise. Son chef-d'oeuvre monumental, Passage du Commerce-Saint-André, en prêt de longue durée à la Fondation Beyeler, est le point de départ de cette exposition. Cette peinture énigmatique réunit les préoccupations intenses de Balthus pour les dimensions spatiales et temporelles de l'image et leur relation à la figure et à l'objet. Suivant le fil rouge de ces considérations, ce catalogue réunit une cinquantaine de peintures majeures issues de toutes ses périodes. Dans cette perspective sont mises en lumière les stratégies parfois provocatrices de la mise en scène picturale de Balthus mais aussi l'ironie de son art.
What began as a spontaneous enthusiasm for a photo turned out to be a long-lasting fascination with one of the world's best-selling products: the Monobloc, as it is known in specialist circles. It's the simple plastic chair that exists all over the world, as director Hauke Wendler discovered during his research trip. In November 2021, a documentary film will be released in cinemas, which is about this chair and its countless contexts. Hauke Wendler sees the piece of furniture, which is made from a single cast - hence the name - as a stand-in for stories, anecdotes and snapshots. Although the Monobloc is never the centre of attention, it is always a supporting actor and somehow "present" on all five continents the director has travelled to. The piece of furniture, of which there are supposed to be a billion copies, is as universal as hardly any other object. The photobook "Monobloc", which traces Hauke Wendler's journey alongside the documentary film, is a declaration of love for the world's most famous plastic chair.
A l'automne 2021, la fondation Beyeler organise, avec le soutien du musée du Prado à Madrid, une des expositions les plus importantes jamais consacrées à Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) hors d'Espagne. Celle-ci réunit soixante-dix tableaux, accompagnés d'un choix de dessins et de gravures, qui emporteront les visiteurs dans un voyage vers le beau et l'étrange. Le catalogue de cette exposition présente donc cet ensemble unique, comportant des tableaux rarement montrés à ce jour, appartenant à des collections privées espagnoles, conjointement à des oeuvres-clés provenant des musées et des collections les plus célèbres d'Europe et des États-Unis.
Accompagnant la première exposition rétrospective d'Erwin Olaf en Allemagne, à Munich, ce catalogue propose une rétrospective de son univers singulier et inéquiétant, et balaie son oeuvre multiple sur les 40 dernières années. Il comprend également des travaux récents et inédits, dont certains ont été réalisés spécifiquement pour l'exposition.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Art and Objecthood, at Nahmad Contemporary, this book will illuminate the role of found objects and unconventional materials in the Jean- Michel Basquiat's oeuvre. Basquiat, whose artistic practice has profoundly impacted audiences on an international scale, used objects and media from his environs to proliferate messages of social justice and change.
Featuring a breadth of works that the artist made using unconventional painted supports and found-object sculptures, this publication will provide an innovative, in-depth look into the artist's sculptural practice. In addition to painting and drawing on items within his domestic spaces-refrigerators, chairs, and cabinets-Basquiat also left his mark on items he encountered on the street-discarded windows and doors, mirrors, wood boards, and subway tiles.
The publication will present new scholarship by leading Basquiat academics and art historians that will explore Basquiat's use of found objects and materials and their role in addressing issues of social inequality and the politics of race in the United States.
A l'occasion du centenaire de la naissance de Lina Bo Bardi (1914 - 1992), ce livre revient sur une carrière aussi riche que remarquable. Architecte, designer, scénographe, artiste, critique et collectionneuse, cette femme d'origine italienne, arrivée à São Paulo après la Deuxième Guerre, n'a eu de cesse de transcender les genres pour tenter de saisir l'éthique, la définition et le rôle même de l'architecte. Sa maison de verre, le MASP (musée d'art de la ville), et le Sesc Pompeia témoignent de la poésie de son approche.
Frank Kunert's works are as ambiguous as life itself. Constantly questioning the human condition, the artist translates his interpretations of the world into meticulous miniature models and captures them photographically. Kunert's constructions contain intelligent observations about the delicate task of balancing work and life, or the whimsicality of the everyday. Following his illustrated volumes Topsy-Turvy World, Wonderland, and Lifestyle, Carpe Diem reveals the contradictions of our existence-between euphoria and impending misery. Comedy and tragedy are closely intertwined in the work of model maker and photographer: Kunert leads us into a parallel universe that seems surreal yet strangely familiar.
Pourquoi autant de soldats allemands s'habillaient en femme ? L'artiste Martin Damman a collectionné les photographies de ces militaires de la Seconde Guerre mondiale travestis. Elles sont désormais compilées dans cet ouvrage qui permet aussi d'éclairer cette pratique surprenante du quotidien de la Wehrmacht, entre bizutage réservé aux nouvelles recrues et costumes improvisés pour reproduire la scène théâtrale au front, mais aussi un semblant de vie normale.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Berlin-born Sibylle Bergemann created an extraordinary oeuvre ranging from fashion and portrait photographs, literary reportages and artistic documentary series. Alternating between commissions and work of her own choosing, her focus was always on people. In the GDR, Bergemann worked both freelance as well as continuously for various art and culture magazines. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she co-founded the self-administered photographer's agency OSTKREUZ, and worked for leading German as well as international magazines such as GEO, Die Zeit, Stern or New York Times Magazine. The catalog accompanying the exhibition at Berlinische Galerie approaches the unique visual universe of one Germany's most famous photographers on several narrative levels. Including more than 200 photographs from the museum's own collection as well as from the photographer's estate, it shows selected images from her early work for the first time.
Some 40 carefully chosen juxtapositions of masterpieces by both artists trace a dialogue that ranks among the most fascinating in art history. This publication brings Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) encounter with the Cretan-born old master Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco (1541-1614), vividly to life.
El Greco's unmistakable painting style won him considerable fame in his day. Soon after his death, however, his work was largely forgotten. It was only around 1900 that an El Greco revival was launched, with Picasso serving on the front lines. His engagement with the Greek-Spanish master not only went far deeper than has previously been assumed but also lasted much longer. From his first encounter with El Greco's works shortly before 1900 until the end of his life, Picasso not only referenced but engaged in a fascinating artistic dialogue with the old master.
Pivotal in modern art's move towards abstraction, Piet Mondrian's oeuvre is extraordinarily versatile and complex. Not only did he paint and draw, he also wrote extensively about his thoughts and theories on art and life. Moving from traditional Dutch landscape painting to a pronounced rhythmic framework focusing on compositional structure rather than naturalistic representation, Mondrian was profoundly impressed by contemporary culture. Thus, he was not only inspired by the pattern of the extensive Dutch canal system, but also by the rhythm of jazz and the foxtrot. Demonstrating the impact of his oeuvre, Yves Saint-Laurent's famous "Mondrian Dress" even made him a fashion icon posthumously.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, Ulf Kuster entertainingly leads through well- and lesser-known aspects of Mondrian's life and work offering inspiring impulses for reflection and further engagement with the fascinating artist.