Theatre in Review: Upper Austria
Christopher Williams
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2024, 62 pp. (b/w ill.), 15 × 23 cm, English / German
Price: €12

Produced on the occasion of Christopher Williams: Radio / Rauhfaser / Television at Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago, 8 February – 19 April, 2024. Designed by Petra Hollenbach.

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Stage Play
Christopher Williams
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 240 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 23.9 cm, English
Price: €45

This four-volume set of publications focuses on Christopher Williams’ theatrical work Stage Play, first presented in 2017 at Miller’s Studio in Zürich. Housed in a slipcase, it contains documentation and the playscript for his eponymous play, related publicity and research documents, the artist’s series of open letters, and a related interview he conducted with historian Markus Krajewski on the ceramic tile façades of post-war architecture in Cologne. In addition to two critical essays by McDonough, this publication is largest collection to date of Williams’ writing.

Contributions by Christopher Williams, Tom McDonough, Markus Krajewski, Petra Hollenbach, Fredi Fischli, Niels Olsen & Oskar Rindlisbacher.

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Program. For Example: Dix-Huit Lecons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 10)
Christopher Williams
Published by Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, 2010, 80 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 25.5 cm, English / Norwegian
Price: €35 (Out of stock)

Program was produced by Bergen Kunsthall on the occasion of the exhibition For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 10), curated by Solveig Ovstebo. With texts by Solveig Øvstebø, Diedrich Diederichsen, John Kelsey, and Christopher Williams, and design by Christopher Williams and Petra Hollenbach.

Christopher Williams’ work operates within the conventions of advertising, the superficiality of surface, and, ultimately the history of Modernism. In photography, film, performance, sculpture, graphic design, and video, the process of reproduction is the artist’s point of entry; from there he exposes the flaws in a near-perfect, carefully constructed reality. Each image, whether architectural or figurative, natural or manufactured, is subject to the conditions of production and the inevitable boundaries of the pictorial surface.

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