European Book

Haim Steinbach (born 1944, Rehovot, Israel) is a leading figure in American art. Since the 1970’s he has been conceiving structures and framing devices for the presentation of objects. Steinbach displays already existing objects, ranging from the natural to the common, the artistic to the ethnographic, giving form to art works which illuminate objects’ aesthetic and social qualities.
By exploring the psychological, cultural and ritualistic context of the art work, and its role in the production of meaning, Steinbach has radically redefined the status of the object in art.
Steinbach’s art practice has had a far reaching influence on contemporary art thinking. This book documents the artist’s activity over the past 30 years.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of Max Ernst’s work in Turin, this book includes almost 150 reproductions of his sculptures and collages, from the 1930s on.

Text by Johanna Drucker. Interview with David Ross by Ida Gianelli. Representing a virtual who’s-who of American art over the last two decades, this book-length catalog is an essential illustrated overview of the ever-shifting state of contemporary culture. Featuring works by such noted figures as Basquiat, Frankenthaler, Haring, Newman, Reinhardt, Salle, Sherman, and many more.

The Collections is the official catalogue of the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is housed in Turin’s Rivoli Castle. This castle was commissioned in 1718 by the king of Italy and has been home to the Museum’s splendid contemporary collection since 1984. Some of the artists represented are Carla Accardi, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Lucio Fontana, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, Tony Cragg and James Lee Byars. Each reproduced work is accompanied by biographical information that situates each artist historically.

In Shirin Neshat’s photographs, Persian calligraphic script is transcribed over black and white depictions of the exposed faces, hands and feet of Iranian women. In her video works, swarms of women in black hijabs ululate, or a man in a white dress shirt and black pants sings to an all-male audience, while a lone woman sings to herself in a darkened theater. Always aesthetically compelling, Neshat’s work is equally thematically ambiguous, never settling on a simple or singular meaning, never offering social commentary within prescribed limits. Though focused on the particulars of sex segregation and the suppression of women in contemporary Iran, Neshat underscores the relevance of her poetic, disturbing, moving ensembles to a broader culture. This monograph documents and provides critical insight into the evolution of her work.

This monograph documents the creative path, From the 1930s to the present, of one of Italy’s most important living artists — Emilio Vedova, born in Venice in 1919, and winner of the Leone d’Oro all’Opera prize at the 1997 Venice Biennale. With extremely detailed contents, including extensive texts by specialists and writings by the artist, as well as lavish reproductions, this book presents a comprehensive overview on a leading figure in contemporary art. Vedova’s sculptural work, his circular, expressionistic abstractions, are among the objects For which this publication provides entry as well as his extensive work theater, films, and videos. Also included are significant critical essays by Achille Bonito Oliva, Rudi Fuchs, Luigi Nono, Konrad Oberhuber, Giulio Carlo Argan, Palma Bucarelli, Johannes Gachnang, Edoardo Sanguineti, and Carla Schulz-Hoffmann.