American Imaginations
Richard Kostelanetz
Published by Merve Verlag, Berlin, 1983, 158 pp., 12 × 17 cm, English/German
Price: €10

An exploration and anthology of the work of Charles Ives, Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson. In German and English.

*Please note this publication is secondhand and has some traces of previous ownership.

#1983 #johncage #mercecunningham #merveverlag #richardkostelanetz
Ecce Kosti
Richard Kostelanetz
Published by Archae Editions, New York, 1996, 160 pp., 16 × 23 cm, English
Price: €10

In response to publishers’ demands that writers possess a body of reviews of their work, Richard Kostelanetz compiles all known reviews and mentions of his work in the press.

*Please note this publication is secondhand and has some traces of previous ownership.

#1996 #richardkostelanetz
A l'etage—Plat Verso
Jessica Warboys
Published by Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011, unpaginated (colour & b/w ill.), 15.2 × 21 cm, English/French
Price: €9

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Jessica Warboys: A l’etage at Jeu de Paume, 24 March–15 May, 2011, curated by Raimundas Malašauskas.

You can see more on the exhibition here.

#2011 #jessicawarboys #raimundasmalasauskas
Pierre Klossowski
Published by Libro Port, Tokyo, 1991, 1 volume in cardboard slipcase and dust jacket 168 pp. (colour & b/w ill.), 26 × 30.3 cm, Japanese
Price: €88

With a text by Jacques Henric, translated by Masashi Ogura.

Pierre Klossowski was a French writer, translator and artist. A prolific late in life artist who was internationally acclaimed for his writings and translations on Sadeian erotic expression, Klossowski is a pivotal yet underrepresented figure in the history of 20th-century art, often overshadowed by his earlier literary work and his younger brother, Balthus. Primarily working with pencil and charcoal, the laborious drawings he produced reference a variety of subjects, including Greek mythology, Sadean decadence, medieval fantasy and sexualized scenarios involving a recurring female figure, Roberte. These imagined scenes depict a perplexing and intriguing array of mature, familiar and fantastical situations involving cartoonish human figures set in fictitious landscapes that uniquely relate back to the dystopic realities he creates.

#1991 #pierreklossowski
Working Conditions:
The Writings of Hans Haacke
Published by MIT Press, Cambridge, 2016, 344 pp. (colour & b/w ill.), 18.5 × 23.7 cm, English
Price: €18

This volume collects writings by Haacke that explain and document his practice. The texts, some of which have never before been published, run from straightforward descriptions to wide-ranging reflections and full-throated polemics. They include correspondence with MoMA and the Guggenheim and a letter refusing to represent the United States at the 1969 São Paulo Biennial; the title piece, “Working Conditions,” which discusses corporate influence on the art world; Haacke’s thinking about “real-time social systems”; and texts written for museum catalogs on various artworks, including GERMANIA, in the German Pavilion of the 1993 Venice Biennial; DER BEVÖLKERUNG (To the Population) of 2000 at the Berlin Reichstag; Mixed Messages, an exhibition of objects from the Victoria and Albert Museum (2001); and Gift Horse, unveiled on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2015.

*Please note this publication is missing it’s original dust jacket.

#2016 #hanshaacke
Michael E. Smith
Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan, 2024, 208 pp. (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, English / German
Price: €35

Michael E. Smith occasionally creates drawings as organisational notes for his exhibitions: a to-do list may be intertwined with a sketch outlining an idea for a sculpture, and at times, drawings emerge as impromptu phone scribbles. Over the past fifteen years Smith has accumulated a substantial collection of drawings, collected here for the first time in this publication produced on the occasion of the exhibition Michael E. Smith at the Kunst Museum Winterthur, 3 February – 28 April, 2024.

#2024 #drawing #michaelesmith #moussepublishing