Sweet Oblivion
Martin Wong
Published by Rizzoli, New York and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1998, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.7 × 25.4 cm, English
Price: €78 (Out of stock)

The visionary paintings of Martin Wong, one of the unsung geniuses of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s, are collected here and examined in depth for the first time. Entirely self-taught, Wong created intricate compositions that combine gritty social documents, cosmic witticisms, and highly charged symbolic languages-customised manual alphabets for the deaf, street graffiti, Nuyorican poetry, hand-lettered signs, meticulously rendered brick facades, rearrangements of Zodiac signs-sometimes within a single painting.

The urban landscape of Loisaida, the Hispanic section of the Lower East Side where Wong lived, is the source of his imagery. Whatever the theme-the survival of a neighbourhood besieged by drugs and crime, homoerotic fantasies of men in uniform, the multiplicity of meaning in language, the kitsch and ornamentation of Chinatown USA-Wong’s work is visually startling and movingly autobiographical.

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Performance into Politics
Yvonne Rainer
Published by the Barbican Centre, London, 1998, 16 pages (b/w ill.), 14.7 × 21 cm, English
Price: €20 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of Performance into Politics by Yvonne Rainer at the Barbican Centre, London, 10 June–15 July, 1998.

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

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Volume A Rhoades Referenz
Jason Rhoades
Published by Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Oktagon Verlag, Köln, 1998, 168 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18 × 24 cm, English
Price: €85 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Jason Rhoades: The Purple Penis and the Venus at Kunsthalle Nürnberg and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 1998.

Jason Rhoades (1965–2006) is known for monumental, room-filling installations. These idiosyncratic sculptures incorporate a wide range of objects including products of mass culture combined with hand-made items and biographical references.

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

#1998 #jasonrhoades #vanabbemuseum
Ernst Caramelle
Published by Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, 1998, 80 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.5 × 22 cm, German
Price: €15

Produced on the occasion of Ernst Caramelle being awarded the Kunstpreis der Stadt Nordhorn 1998.

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16 Installaties / 16 Installations
Ilya Kabakov
Published by MuHKA, Antwerp, 1998, 165 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 28 cm, English / Dutch / Russian
Price: €20

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Ilya Kabakov: 16 Installaties / 16 Installations, 17 April–20 September, 1998 at MuHKA, Antwerp.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are American artists of Russian descent who work together on environments that merge elements of everyday life with elements of the conceptual. Although their work is deeply rooted in the social and cultural context of the Soviet Union in which the Kabakovs grew up, it nevertheless has universal significance.

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Little Sparta: Der Garten/The Garden
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Published by Wild Hawthorn Press, Lanarkshire, 1998, Leporello (b/w ill.), 14 × 16.7 cm, English / German
Price: €19

Set in the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. Finlay moved to the farm of Stonypath in 1966 and, in partnership with his wife Sue Finlay, began to create what would become an internationally acclaimed garden across seven acres of a wild and exposed moorland site.

Collaborating with stone carvers, letterers and at times other artists and poets, the numerous sculptures and artworks created by Finlay, which are all integral to the garden, explore themes as diverse as the sea and its fishing fleets, our relationship to nature, classical antiquity, the French Revolution and the Second World War.

More information on Little Sparta can be found here.

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