A pioneering figure in Industrial/experimental music and performance art, Cosey Fanni Tutti has embodied many roles since her early days as one half of COUM Transmissions, alongside Genesis P-Orridge. COUM’s first art exhibition, Prostitution, at the ICA London in 1976, outraged the public with its inclusion of bloodied tampons and photographs of Cosey modeling for porn magazines, and was closed after four days. Cosey and Genesis went on to cofound Throbbing Gristle, the band that pioneered and named Industrial music as a genre; when they split in 1981 she formed the electronica duo Chris & Cosey with TG keyboardist Chris Carter. In 2010, Cosey returned to the ICA for an all-day celebration of her work, arranged by editor and author Maria Fusco. Arising from that occasion, this volume is the first major publication on Cosey, and features contributions by Martin Bax, Gerard Byrne, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Daniela Cascella, Diedrich Diederichsen, Graham Duff, John Duncan, Chris Kraus and many others.

Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing presents a timely discussion about independent publishing and publishing by artists, focusing on books where the makers keep control of every aspect of production through to distribution. Combining an interest in what and why publishers and artists feel compelled to deliver such materials, together with the economic models, audience and networks of association that can give independent productions a wider cultural presence, this book features a broad range of written and visual pieces alongside ‘case-studies’ from a selection of contemporary international publishers. Contributors: Wieder, Axel John; Trembley, Nicolas; Tillman, Lynne; Pettibon, Raymond; Osbaldeston, David; Moisdon, Stéphanie; Mir, Aleksandra; Miller, Paul D.; Miller, John; Lippard, Lucy; Kolding, Jakob; Klingberg, Gunilla; King, Emily; Hunt, Ian (ed.); Home, Stewart; Higgs, Matthew; Dibosa, David; Cattelan, Maurizio; Camplin, Bonnie; Cabinet Magazine; Brady, Andrea; Bracewell, Michael; Bedwell, Simon; Baldessari, John

Tra le fine del XIX e l’inizio del nuovo secolo si arriva al totale riconoscimento dell’invenzione e dell’originalità come momenti propri dell’iter fotografico, della autonomia e della natura estetica delle sue immagini. Anche la natura meccanica del mezzo e la sua iper-oggettività può essere interpretata ormai come scelta individuale dell’artista. Seguendo così le vicende dell’arte italiana dal 1850 ad oggi, il percorso espositivo si snoda attraverso la focalizzazione dei più significativi momenti storico-artistici e storico-fotografici, soffermandosi e valorizzando artisti e opere selezionati dalle collezioni della Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e dall’Istituto nazionale per la Grafica. Il volume è generosamente illustrato per dare evidenza visiva all’intensità degli scambi tra i differenti mezzi espressivi; introducono il libro un saggio di Marina Miraglia sulla storia della fotografia, un testo di Silvia Bordini sugli scambi la tra pittura e la nuova tecnica ed un testo di Andrea Cortellessa sul rapporto tra letteratura e immagine.

A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution invites 12 writers-artists, academics, curators and gallery and museum directors-to assess the present trajectory of arts institutions by explicating various issues, each of which is associated with an imaginary room. Readers journey from the reception to the roof terrace via rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions, site-specific commissions and collections displays, taking in the bookshop, café, auditorium and education spaces along the way. Bruce Altshuler, Iwona Blazwick, Chris Dercon, Maria Fusco, Caro Howell, Charles Merewether, Mark Nash, Brian O’Doherty, Niru Ratnam, Sukhdev Sandhu, Adam Szymczyk and Nayia Yiakoumaki are our guides to this inviting theater. The result is an indispensable handbook for art professionals, students and anyone curious about today’s art world.