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Mar 14, 2019
Notes and Methods
Hilma af Klint / University of Chicago Press 2018 / $45
288 p, ills color, pb, English

At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian. Many consider her the first trained artist to create abstract paintings. With Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, we get to experience the arc of af Klint’s artistic investigation in her own words.

Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now
Maggie Taft / University of Chicago Press 2018 / $65
448 p, ills color and bw, hardcover, English

Part of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s year-long Art Design Chicago initiative, which will bring major arts events to venues throughout Chicago in 2018, Art in Chicago is a landmark publication, a book that will be the standard account of Chicago art for decades to come. No art fan—regardless of their city—will want to miss it.

Constructing Imperial Berlin: Photography and the Metropolis
Miriam Paeslack / University of Minnesota Press 2019 / $30
216 p, ills color and bw, pb, English

This is the first book to critically assess, contextualize, and frame urban and architectural photographs of Berlin’s crucial Imperial years between 1871 and 1918. Imperial Berlin emerges as a modern metropolis, only half-heartedly inhibited by urban preservationist concerns and rather more akin to North American cities in their bold industrialization and competing urban expansions than to European counterparts.

Biology in the Grid: Graphic Design and the Envisioning of Life
Phillip Thurtle / University of Minnesota Press 2018 / $28
272 p, ills color and bw, pb, English

Phillip Thurtle explains how the grid came to dominate biology in the twentieth century, transforming biologists’ beliefs about how organisms were constructed. Biology in the Grid ultimately suggests that such a grid-organized understanding of natural life inevitably has social and political dimensions, with society recognized as being made of interchangeable, regulated parts rather than as an organic whole.

Now that the audience is assembled
David Grubbs / Duke University Press 2018 / $19.95
152 p, pb, English

Following his investigation into experimental music and sound recording in Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs turns his attention to the live performance of improvised music with an altogether different form of writing. Now that the audience is assembled is a book-length prose poem that describes a fictional musical performance during which an unnamed musician improvises the construction of a series of invented instruments before an audience that is alternately contemplative, participatory, disputatious, and asleep. Over the course of this phantasmagorical all-night concert, repeated interruptions take the form of in-depth discussions and musical demonstrations. Both a work of literature and a study of music, Now that the audience is assembled explores the categories of improvised music, solo performance, text scores, instrument building, aesthetic deskilling and reskilling, and the odd fate of the composer in experimental music.

Art for People's Sake: Artists and Community in Black Chicago, 1965-1975
Rebecca Zorach / Duke University Press 2019 / $28.95
416 p, ills color, pb, English

In Art for People's Sake Rebecca Zorach traces the little-told story of the visual arts of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, showing how artistic innovations responded to decades of racist urban planning that left Black neighborhoods sites of economic depression, infrastructural decay, and violence. Working with community leaders, children, activists, gang members, and everyday people, artists developed a way of using art to help empower and represent themselves. Showcasing the depth and sophistication of the visual arts in Chicago at this time, Zorach demonstrates the crucial role of aesthetics and artistic practice in the mobilization of Black radical politics during the Black Power era.

February 2019

Gabriel Sierra (the title of the exhibition changed every hour)
Gabriel Sierra and Solveig Øvstebø / Bom Dia Books / Graham Funded / $27.25
192 p, ills b/w, pb, English

This publication is a continuation of Gabriel Sierras site-specific installation project at the Renaissance Society in 2015. Sierra is intrigued by the language of the spaces in which we live, work, and think. His practice employs a variety of techniques to examine how the human body functions in relation to its environment. The Bogotá-based artist’s first solo show in the United States consisted of a group of constructions to stand in, walk over, or lie down in, and relating abstractly to the idea of inhabiting different moments of space and time. The title of the exhibition changed every hour to frame the specific moment in which the visitor experienced the work.

One head too many
Elise Florenty and Marcel Türkowsky / Bom Dia Books 2017 / $27.25
160 p, ills color, pb, English, French, German

Dissected into five colours in motion – all at once skin, gesture, word, voice – this first trilingual monograph by Elise Florenty and Marcel Türkowsky focuses on five film-projects investigating different layers of consciousness and power relations that blur the modern boundaries between the animate and the inanimate, the verbal and the non-verbal, the dream and the awake state. Each project unfolds minor situations in marginal zones – from Mississippi to the Aegean Sea, Brazil to Japan and Eastern Ukraine – where the human and the nonhuman – an imaginary river, an amazonian parrot, a speaking cactus plant or cannibal electrons – often meet to bring back “social-utopic” experiments and the part of future that seems to have been buried with them.

Makulatur 2010–2016 Studio Manuel Raeder
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Eran Schaerf, Mela Dàvila Freire and Manuel Raeder / Bom Dia Books 2016 / $38.50
336 p, ills color, pb, English

Makulatur, a German word that derives from lat. maculatura ’something stained’, refers to misprinted paper that is discarded at the beginning of the printing process as use- and worthless. In 2010, the graphic designer Manuel Raeder started to collect and preserve misprinted sheets of all the publications he designed not only for his own publishing house BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE but also for fellow artists and institutions.These original waste paper sheets, with different qualities and grammatures, – trails, testy or stains – were combined to a new volume as a compilation of maculae ’stains’. Thus, dissolving the spoiled material from the realm of invisibility and displays it to the public whereby the Makulatur book reveals and reflects on the conventions of a book.

Gabriel Sierra: Before Present
Gabriel Sierra / Bom Dia Books 2018 / $29.95
128 p, ills color, pb,  English

We are almost constantly surrounded by architecture, but we barely perceive it. Yet it has a major impact on our thought and actions – sometimes obviously, but usually unconsciously. The Colombian artist Gabriel Sierra is interested in precisely this psycho­logical dimension of architecture. He aims to create an experiment that explores the intricate relation in between reality and perception. After all, built spaces are repositories for ideas, fears, and convictions; they are full of ambitions, traces, and future experiences, and possess multiple layers of time. Hardly any other experience demonstrates this as strikingly as déjà-vu, when we witness a moment as if it had already occurred. During a moment of déjà-vu, the present is transported backward in time; in it, the past, the future, and the present merge into a magical second that is both euphoric and unsettling.
Before Publication: Montage in Art, Architecture and Book Design. A Reader
Nanni Baltzer, Martino Stierli (Eds) / Park Books 2018 / $39
160 p, ills color, pb,  English
The contributors to Before Publication consider the construction of visual meaning through montage, with each essay taking as its starting point a particular artifact—from Ed Ruscha’s photobook, Every Building on the Sunset Strip to works by Sergei Eisenstein, Muriel Cooper, and Marshall McLuhan to Tristan Tzara’s unpublished Dadaglobe anthology. A common theme threading throughout the chapters is the relationship between privacy and publicity. A concise introductory chapter by the book’s editors, Nanni Baltzer and Martino Stierli places the chapters in conversation and discusses the broader subject of montage in art, architecture, and book design.

PIN-UP #25 The Home Issue
Editors / PIN-UP 2018 / $20
249 p, ills color, pb, English