Barbara Bloom
Published by Ludion, Brussels, 2015, 112 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 24 cm, English
Price: €22

Barbara Bloom explores the nature of gifts in relation to aspects such as wrapping, covering and uncovering, pleasure, secrets, and generosity. Through an exploration of art historical and cultural practices, she reveals the complicated relationship we have with the concept of the gift, considering how these traded objects take on meaning and serve as symbols of our affections, but also anticipate a sense of loss. The gift is a means of apology, making advances, gaining trust, and providing assurances. Through gift-giving, we show a version of intimacy, love, and desire that is deliberate and controlled, but also often more meaningful than intended. With texts by Susan Tallman.

Comes with a bookplate signed by the artist.

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16 Dagen
Barbara Bloom
Published by Groningen Museum, Groningen, 1977, card (b/w ill.), 14.5 × 10.2 cm, Dutch
Price: €15 (Out of stock)

Card from a tear-off calendar with artist postcards for a series of events and screenings in the Groninger Museum in August 1977. Including artists were Fitzgibbon & Winters, Dekker, Taal Handelingen, Carolee Schnemann, Yvonne Rainer, Michael Snow, Michael Waisvisz, David Salle, Jack Goldstein, Paul Sharits, Chris Langdon, Pieter Holstein, Nan Hoover, Barbara Bloom, Vito Acconci, Charlemagne Palestine.

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

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Never Odd or Even
Barbara Bloom
Published by Carnegie Museum of Art, 1991, 22 leaves in a cardboard folder (colour & b/w ill.), 19.5 × 28 cm, English / German
Price: €55

A book inspired by Bloom’s installation at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Kunstverein München, and the Endlichkeit der Freiheit exhibition in post-wall Berlin. The title, Never Odd or Even, is a palindrome, which parallels the artist’s investigation into the workings of symmetry and order that occurs in nature (as with butterflies and twins) and in culture (the architecture of Chinese palaces, formal gardens, Palladio, and the Nazi structures of Albert Speer). Exploring both the beauty and the horror of the ordering principles of symmetry, Never Odd or Even contains some of Bloom’s most memorable discoveries (such as a photo of identical twins showing Johnny Carson their butterfly collection). A must for Nabokov fans, whose lepidopterist spirit is conjured throughout. Presented in the form of leaves which the reader must cut apart with a knife.

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Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time)
Curated by Robert Nickas
Published by Le Consortium, Dijon, 1994, 72 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 27 cm, English / French / German
Price: €12 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of the exhibitions Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time) curated by Robert Nickas at The Consortium, Dijon; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York;  Le Capitou, Fréjus; Städtische Galerie, Göppigen; Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milano, presenting On Kawara’s Date paintings in relation to various contemporary photographs.

Featuring the following artists; Dan Graham, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Douglas Huebler, Lee Friedlander, Larry Clark, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Jan Groover, Peter Campus, James Welling, Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Barbara Bloom, Louise Lawler, Sam Samore, John Coplans, Barbara Ess, Andres Serrano, David Robbins, Jeanne Dunning, Zoe Leonard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Philip-Lorca Di Corcia, Charles Ray, Robert Barry, Danny Lyon.

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The Collections of Barbara Bloom
Barbara Bloom
Published by Steidl/ICP, Göttingen, 2007, 272 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 30 × 25 cm, English
Price: €40

This volume assesses a wonderful body of work that encompasses installations, films, artist’s books and specimens from the artist’s vast archives of ephemera. Like Marcel Broodthaers and Susan Hiller, Bloom has a creative attraction toward taxonomy and museology: the installation “Greed” (1988), for instance, is comprised of a chair, an empty frame and a photograph of a museum gallery with a seated guard. An example of one of her own collections is a complete set of Vladimir Nabokov’s writings for which Bloom redesigned all of the book covers, referring both to herself and Nabokov as collectors (he obsessively collected editions of his own books) and in the process interposing herself as artist. In some cases, Bloom revisits previous installations to add new elements, resisting and upsetting the orderliness of a conventional artistic chronology. The Collections of Barbara Bloom includes essays by Dave Hickey and Susan Tallman and expands a project developed as part of Bloom’s Wexner Art Center Residency Award in 1998.

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The Passions of Natasha, Nokiko, Nicole, Nanette and Norma
Barbara Bloom & Shelley Hirsch
Published by Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 1993, 93 pages (colour ill.), 14.0 × 19.5 cm, English / German
Price: €15

Over the past four decades, Barbara Bloom (American, born 1951) has engaged in a nonceptual practice centered on photography and intricate image-based installations featuring diverse elements such as sculptures, found objects, and film stills.

Bloom rarely presents a singular image or object, but concerns herself with the relationships between objects and images, and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination. Bloom’s artwork uses beauty as a premise for investigating illusion, fragility, and transience.

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