Since the early 1990s, Koo Jeong A has created ephemeral drawings, environments, and sculptures that examine the poetics of everyday life and the mysteries of imagination. Following the artist’s longtime interest in natural phenomena and sensory experience, Constellation Congress features a diverse group of texts encompassing art historical, philosophical, scientific, and literary voices that offer insightful considerations into the intricacies of the artist’s method and conception of art in which the most ordinary objects—a puddle of water, a pile of charcoal, or a ray of light—are graced with dignity and reverence. The publication includes drawings by Koo and contributions by Yona Friedman, Molly Nesbit, Federico Nicolao, Philippe Parreno, Cedric Price, Yasmil Raymond, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Dimitar Sasselov, Philippe Vergne, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Matvei Yankelevich.

Hans-Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference–the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals–but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.~This tale is told by Bruce Mau in the introduction to Bridge the Gap?, the printed result of an evolving conference that looks at the increasing interest in science demonstrated in the work of many contemporary artists, architects and designers, as well as by thinkers in the humanities. Included are texts by Marina Abramovic, Arima Akito, are you meaning company, Oladélé A. Bamgboyé, Stefano Boeri, John Casti, Gregory J. Chaitin, Chang Yung-Ho, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Carsten Höller, Hsia Chu-Joe, Ikegami Takashi, Evelyn Fox Keller, Rem Koolhaas, Kunitake Toyoki, Sarat Maharaj, Mogi Ken’ichiro, Sanford Kwinter, Mark Leonard, William Lim, Ken Lum, Jeff Preiss, Israel Rosenfield, Saskia Sassen, Luc Steels, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wang Jian-Wei and Anton Zeilinger, plus a musical project on audio CD by Pipilotti Rist and Anders Guggisberg. Edited by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Miyake Akiko. Paperback, 8.5 x 6.75 in./551 pgs / 608 color 10 BW0 duotone 0 DVD~ Item D20350

The cultural-historical starting point of Saint Sebastian: Or a Splendid Readiness For Death is found in Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian: A Mystery in Five Acts, a musical play on which D’Annunzio collaborated with Debussy and in which the role of Saint Sebastian was taken by D’Annunzio’s lover, the dancer Ida Rubenstein, whose transvestism in the role brought denunciations from the Church. But that is another story. Nevertheless, our Saint Sebastian is similarly arranged into five thematic focal points: Sebastian as the “exemplary sufferer” (Susan Sontag); as multifarious icon of the history of civilization; as saint, who attracts misfortune upon himself in order to avert it from others; as fetish of erotic subcultures; and as vamp and dandy, whose beauty only blossoms in its full splendor when caught in the throes of excruciating agony. A sixth thematic point sneaks in here, and Saint Sebastian is brought up to date as the great “ecstatician” of art history. Oh, and the art. Contemporary artists whose work is explored through the lens of Saint Sebastian include Ron Athey, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Francesco Clemente, Bavo Defurne, Kirby Dick & Bob Flanagan, Cerith Wyn Evans, Eikoh Hosoe, Derek Jarman, Adi Nes, Luigi Ontani, Catherine Opie, Ana Maria Pacheco, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Paul Schrader, Kishin Shinoyama, Fiona Tan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Joel-Peter Witkin and David Wojnarowicz.

Diffuso ormai da un secolo in ogni ambito della vita quotidiana e da subito divenuto un simbolo della modernità, il neon è anche uno dei materiali più ricchi di potenzialità espressive tra quelli utilizzati nel campo artistico contemporaneo. Dagli anni cinquanta del Novecento in avanti, la sua energia smaterializzata, l’intensa gamma dei colori, la sua capacità di trasformarsi in segni, lettere e forme a due o tre dimensioni, lo ha infatti tramutato in una vera e propria “materia” duttile e luminosa, un medium di cui gli artisti hanno indagato di volta in volta le potenzialità comunicative, i risvolti fenomenologici, gli effetti sull’ambiente e sulla psiche umana. Il catalogo della mostra Neon. La materia luminosa dell’arte indaga in modo specifico la fortuna dei tubi fluorescenti nel panorama artistico internazionale degli ultimi cinque decenni, disegnando un viaggio attraverso poetiche, visioni e sensibilità diverse accomunate dalla attrazione per le possibilità espressive di un materiale straordinariamente versatile, in cui si combinano origine industriale e realizzazione artigianale, dimensione architettonica e linguistica, immagine e parola, luce e spazio. Mentre il neon tende a scomparire dalle città contemporanee, sostituito da più prosaiche insegne luminose a led, è l’arte visiva a rammentarci oggi la sua vicenda straordinaria e ad aprire le sue ancora inesplorate possibilità. Artisti: Jean-Michel Alberola, Stephen Antonakos, Olivo Barbieri, Massimo Bartolini, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Bik Van der Pol, Pierre Bismuth, Stefan Brüggemann, Marie José Burki, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Maurizio Cattelan, Chul Hyun Ahn, Claire Fontaine, John Cornu, Tim Davis, Cédric Delsaux, Laddie John Dill, Tracey Emin, Flavio Favelli, Spencer Finch, Dan Flavin, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, He An, Alfredo Jaar, Gyula Kosice, Joseph Kosuth, Piotr Kowalski, Brigitte Kowanz, Sigalit Landau, Bertrand Lavier, Marcello Maloberti, Mario Merz, François Morellet, Andrea Nacciarriti, Maurizio Nannucci, Moataz Nasr, Bruce Nauman, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Fritz Panzer, Anne e Patrick Poirier, Riccardo Previdi, Delphine Reist, Jason Rhoades, Paolo Scirpa, Jamie Shovlin, Keith Sonnier, Tsuneko Taniuchi, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Massimo Uberti, Grazia Varisco, Vedovamazzei, Cerith Wyn Evans.

Certificates of authenticity are a critical aspect of art works today. They often embody the artwork itself, while referring to it, serving as its deed, legal statement, and fiscal invoice. Certificates by artists validate the authorship and originality of the work and they allow the work of art to be positioned in the marketplace as a branded product. Providing examples of artists certificates from the past fifty years, this book reveals how roles have shifted and developed, as well as how the materials and content of art have changed. With certificates by: Ruben Aubrecht, Judith Barry, Robert Barry/Stefan Brüggemann, Hemali Bhuta and Shreyas Karle, Pierre Bismuth, George Brecht, Marinus Boezem, Daniel Buren, Andre Caderé, Marcel Duchamp, Maria Eichhorn, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, Liam Gillick, The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Hans Haacke, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Ken Lum, Piero Manzoni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Josiah McElheny and Allan Kaprow, Jonathan Monk, Robert Morris, Antoni Muntadas, Yoko Ono, Cesare Pietroiusti, Adrian Piper, Emilio Prini, Robert Projansky and Seth Siegelaub, Raqs Media Collective, Robert Rauschenberg, Sharmila Samant, Joe Scanlan, David Shrigley, Daniel Spoerri, Haim Steinbach, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ben Vautier, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Cerith Wyn Evans, Carey Young, Andrea Zittel, Heimo Zobernig.

Marcel Broodthaers has been one of the greatest inspirations to the following generation of artists. This book shows current work by internationally renowned artists, in which loose connections to particular Broodthaers motifs are not in the foreground, but rather the forward projection of those ideas and questions, often understood as homage, which make Broodthaers’ work still appear alive and topical today. The ongoing influence of Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) has extended itself to video art, Relational Aesthetics and text art of all kinds. This volume assesses that multifarious influence, in works by Tacita Dean, Olivier Foulon, Andreas Hofer, Henrik Olesen, Kirsten Pieroth, Stephen Prina, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Joėlle Tuerlincks, Susanne M. Winterling and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Designed by acclaimed graphic designers Scott King and Regis Tosetti, this vibrant artist’s book compendium offers up a complete remix of art, discourse and propaganda based on the activities of Germany’s Kunstverein Munchen between 2005 and 2009. Visual and textual documentation was collected, sorted and jumbled up to create new constellations and relationships, rendering book as exhibition and exhibition as book. Spilling over with inserts and full-color reproductions, Be Nice Share Everything Have Fun contains contributions from Allora & Calzadilla, Lutz Bacher, Victor Burgin, Tom Burr, William S. Burroughs, Gerard Byrne, Duncan Campbell, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, Dot Dot Dot, Cerith Wyn Evans, Luca Frei, General Idea, Gilbert and George, Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Richard Hamilton, Florian Hecker, Jim Isermann, Ray Johnson, Scott King, Zoe Leonard, Linder, Hilary Lloyd, Dorit Margreiter, Michaela Melian, Christian Philipp Muller, The Neo Naturists, Henrik Olesen, Stephen Prina, Arthur Russell, Peter Saville, Sean Snyder, John Stezaker, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo, Lawrence Weiner, Jean-Michel Wicker, Stephen Willats, David Wojnarowicz, Akram Zaatari and many others.