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AutoPlastic

Wendell Castle

AutoPlastic: Wendell Castle (1968-1973) accompanied R & Company’s exhibition of the same name, curated by Donald Albrecht and on view at the gallery’s 82 Franklin location from April 20 to June 15, 2004.

AutoPlastic situates Wendell Castle’s plastic furniture in the context of late 1960s and early 1970s design innovations and examines, through a selection of photographs, magazine clippings, and ephemera, the relationship between the objects and their era’s social and cultural concerns. With natural, primitive, archaic, and womb-like forms, Castle’s plastic objects recall a time when novelty and fantasy were a means of individual expression (“doing your own thing”). They also highlight how environmentalism (“going back to the earth”) and escapism (“getting away from it all”) were intense reactions to the upheaval of America’s shifting values, student protests, race riots, assassinations, and the war in Vietnam.

The AutoPlastic: Wendell Castle (1968-1973) catalog featured an essay by Donald Albrecht, was designed by Lisa Steinmeyer with photographs by Eva Heyd.

Boats Crosses Trees Figures 1977-78

Peter Halley

A survey of Peter Halley’s (born 1953) early works on paper made during his years as a graduate student at the University of New Orleans. Already pointing clearly to the pictorial concerns that he would focus on throughout his career these works initiate Halley’s interest in the interaction of opposites, primarily abstraction and figuration but also interior and exterior, foreground and background, light and dark, appearance and disappearance. Inspired by the color and sound of New Orleans, Halley translates the physical world into bright, geometric compositions constructed of gridded squares of color, where, through the combination of formal severity and openness as equal partners, seemingly simple compositions turn into complex amalgams of various possible views of an image and its space. Text by Richard Speer.

The Words of Tuck Tuck Tuck

Richard Aldrich

Tuck Tuck Tuck was the name of artist Richard Aldrich’s solo music project, done between 1999 and 2001, with records released in 2002 and 2003 on his own Skul record label. The words of Tuck Tuck Tuck compiles exactly that: all use of printed language surrounding Tuck Tuck Tuck. What is ostensibly a lyric book contains press releases, insert texts, and record reviews in addition to the lyrics. The book mimics the concerns of Aldrich’s painting practice, objects that contain different tones, purposes, and functions collected together to create a larger and multi-faceted understanding of a body of actice, objects that contain different tones, purposes, and functions collected together to create a larger and multi-faceted understanding of a body.

Drawing Papers 59: Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Study Book

Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Catherine de Zegher, Katherine Carl, Jaleh Mansoor, Michael Newman

Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Studybook, the artist’s first exhibition in New York, presents a new project by the Belgian artist filled with stretch drawings, floating forms, moving points, and flat shapes that index the measurements and scale of the space. The accompanying publication features Tuerlinckx’s own extensive documentation of her exhibition at The Drawing Center, as well as documentary images from her exhibition at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago. The 562 page, and over 500 image (approximately 400 b/w; 100 color) volume also includes an introduction by Catherine de Zegher and Katherine Carl, and essays by Jaleh Mansoor and Michael Newman.

Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms—Works from 1959-1979

Alastair Gordon

Published to accompany an exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2012, this book focuses on Wendell Castle’s exceptional early works in wood and fiberglass, which transformed the way we look at furniture making.

American studio furniture icon Wendell Castle is one of the most important, influential, and celebrated designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For more than 50 years, he consistently pioneered new territory in design and beyond. His visionary constructions and distinctive stacked-laminate woodworking process cross the boundaries between sculpture, design, and craft. These highly original works have influenced generations of furniture makers, designers, artists, sculptors, collectors, and design enthusiasts.

Renowned writer Alastair Gordon lucidly tells the exciting story of Castle’s impact and innovations through the defining works of his career. The text is accompanied by hundreds of drawings, press clippings, and never-before-seen images of Castle, his workspace, and process. Beautifully designed by award-winning Pandiscio Green and incorporating materials from Castle’s personal archives, this book is the definitive study of one of the most significant furniture designers working in the world today and one of America’s true cultural treasures.

Bio-Music

Manford L. Eaton

This pocket-sized edition reprints articles originally published in the experimental music journal Source that relate to the creation of music through human brain alpha waves. The introduction defines bio-music as “the term used by ORCUS research to describe a class of electronic systems that use biological potentials in feedback loops to produce powerful, predictable, repeatable, physiological / psychological states that can be controlled in real time.” The research on employing sensory stimulation towards the creation of time-rhythmic sequences is imbued with an utopian desire to create art that reaches towards a deeper human consciousness.

Architecture Box Set
(13 books)

Architecture has long been a productive site for artistic practices that address society, politics, technology, and the environment. This box set explores how architecture informs contemporary experiences and propositions in the arts and culture.

Beyond architecture's professional boundaries and disciplinary mandates, the publications in this box set highlight alternative modes and spaces in which architecture takes hold: Yona Friedman’s About Cities presents the late Hungarian-born architect’s drawings of his ever-radiant urban vision; Elizabeth Gill Lui’s Building Diplomacy provides a photographic atlas mapping the politics and desire of American ambassadorial architecture abroad, and; Benjamin H. Bratton’s Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution delivers a delirious theory-fiction of architecture’s dystopian fantasies of control and violence—to name only a few.

With the selected titles, we hope to feature how artists, researchers, and writers engage, contest, and transform architecture and its histories, disciplines, and institutions. This box set is recommended for a general readership.

Building Diplomacy: The Architecture of American Embassies

Elizabeth Gill Lui

Embassy architecture and design ranges from the humble to the stately, from the practical to the grand. Building Diplomacy is the first comprehensive photographic portrait of the official face of American diplomacy around the world. Elizabeth Gill Lui traveled to fifty countries to photograph American embassies, chanceries, and ambassadors' residences. This record of her journey includes approximately five hundred artful and eloquent interior and exterior views shot by Lui with a large-format camera. Keya Keita, Lui's daughter and partner on the project, shot a live-action documentary of embassies and the cultural milieu of each nation Lui and Keita visited. The text includes an essay by Jane Loeffler detailing the history of the U.S. Department of State's building program. America's commitment to historic preservation of properties has been realized in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Prague, and Tokyo. The modernist tradition is showcased in Argentina, Greece, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Uruguay. Vernacular buildings adapted to diplomatic use are widespread: Lui photographed examples of adapted reuse in Ghana, Iceland, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Palau. Buildings that reflect Europe's colonial legacy are also in evidence. After the 1983 bombing in Beirut, embassy construction began to reflect increased security concerns. Embassies built after 1998, although isolated within walled compounds, are well regarded by those who work in them. The author makes a case that embassy architecture is a critical aspect of American identity on the international landscape and can be formative in defining a new cultural diplomacy in the twenty-first century. Structured geographically, Building Diplomacy portrays embassies in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, the Pacific, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. An appendix lists the architects and designers of the featured buildings.

Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution

Benjamin H. Bratton

Equal parts Borges, Burroughs, Baudrillard, and Black Ops, Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution charts a treacherous landscape filled with paranoid master plans, failed schemes, and dubious histories. With a foreword by Keller Easterling. Benjamin H. Bratton’s kaleidoscopic theory-fiction links the utopian fantasies of political violence with the equally utopian programs of security and control. Both rely on all manner of doubles, models, gimmicks, ruses, prototypes, and shock-and-awe campaigns to realize their propagandas of the deed, threat, and image. Blurring reality and delusion, they collaborate on a literally psychotic politics of architecture. The cast of characters in this ensemble drama of righteous desperation and tactical trickery shuttle between fact and speculation, action and script, flesh and symbol, death and philosophy: insect urbanists, seditious masquerades, epistolary ideologues, distant dissimulations, carnivorous installations, forgotten footage, branded revolts, imploding skyscrapers, sentimental memorials, ad-hoc bunkers, sacred hijackings, vampire safe-houses, suburban enclaves, big-time proposals, ambient security protocols, disputed borders-of-convenience, empty research campuses, and robotic surgery. In this mosaic we glimpse a future city built with designed violence and the violence of design. As one ratifies the other, the exception becomes the ruler.

e-flux journal Series edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle Design by Jeff Ramsey, cover artwork by Liam Gillick.

Critical Space

Andrea Zittel

This catalogue of a travelling American exhibition is the first comprehensive publication on the influential contemporary artist Andrea Zittel. It focuses on the experimental nature of her signature objects, inhabitable sculptures and other projects. In her work as an artist, Zittel investigates domestic and urban life in Western societies. Exploring the various aspects of living, the artist designs her own household settings to serve as a test case for her experimental living structures. Her work has provoked debates about the changed meaning of domestic and collective space and the possibilities for new adaptations to urban conditions today.

Richly illustrated, Andrea Zittel: Critical Space includes nearly two hundred reproductions of Zittel's works of art, many of which are published here for the first time. The book includes over one hundred sculptures and drawings, documentation of early work and recent site-specific work in the Mojave Desert of California. With essays that touch on urbanism, architecture, design and consumer culture, this catalogue offers an extensive analysis of Zittel's contribution to contemporary trends in art and architecture.

Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions

Didier Fassin, Mariella Pandolfi

From natural disaster areas to zones of conflict around the world, a new logic of intervention has emerged. This new post-Cold War international order combines military action and humanitarian aid, conflates moral imperatives and political arguments, and confuses the concepts of legitimacy and legality. The mandate to protect human lives, however and wherever endangered, has thus promoted a new form of military and humanitarian government that operates in a temporality of urgency, moving from one crisis to the next, applying the same battery of technical expertise — from army logistics to epidemiological management to the latest administrative tools for forging “good governance.” In the name of the right to intervene, this new strategy challenges national sovereignties and deploys economic powers. Not only does it take charge of people’s lives, it also reduces their histories and expectations to bare lives to be rescued.

Drawing on the critical insights of anthropologists, legal scholars, political scientists, and practitioners from the field, Contemporary States of Emergency first examines the historical antecedents as well as the moral, juridical, ideological, and economic conditions that have made military and humanitarian interventions possible today. It then addresses the practical process of intervention in global situations on five continents, illustrating the diversity as well as the parallels between contemporary forms of military and humanitarian interventions.

Finally, it investigates the ethical and political consequences of the generalization of states of emergency and the humanitarian government that they entail. The authors thus seek to understand a critical question that confronts the world today: How and why have military and humanitarian interventions transformed the international order such that what was once a logic of exception has now become the rule of contemporary global politics?

Drawing Papers 78: Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations

Yüksel Arslan

Yüksel Arslan is an artist who mines the depths of the unconscious mind, bringing together Western and Eastern aesthetics and philosophy in finely wrought works that he calls Artures. Accompanying the exhibition Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations, this publication features twenty of the artist’s Arture drawings dealing with subjects as varied as schizophrenia and the eroticism of de Sade, Bataille, and Artaud, as well as visual interpretations of artists, poets, writers, scientists, musicians, and philosophers that have influenced his thinking.

Lee Bul: Live Forever, Act II

Bul Lee

Live Forever is a multi-media installation consisting of three karaoke pods in the form of futuristic race cars, and three original videos. This ambitious project continues Lee’s investigation of karaoke, a form of entertainment that has been wildly popular in Asian urban centers for over a decade. Her earlier project exploring the subject was Gravity Greater Than Velocity, an installation first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1999. Each karaoke pod in Live Forever was first carved in Styrofoam, which was then used to cast the forms in fiberglass. The interiors are upholstered in leather, and equipped with sound systems and a small video monitor that plays one of three videos—Amateurs, Anthem, or Live Forever—while the words of the chosen song scroll by. The enclosed pods are comfortable and private, allowing individual participants to sing their favorite song at full volume should they desire to do so. While the audio is not played outside the karaoke booths, the video and lyrics are projected onto the wall opposite each pod, a gesture that heightens the ambivalence between public and private that characterizes each participant’s performance.

Typewriter Poems

Peter Finch, Alison Bielski, Paula Claire, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Michael Gibbs, John Gilbert, dsh, Philip Jenkins, Andrew Lloyd, Peter Mayer, Cavan McCarthy, Edwin Morgan, Will Parfitt, Marcus Patton, I.D. Pedersen, Alan Riddell, John J. Sharkey, Meic Stephens, Charles Verey, J.P. Ward, Nicholas Zurbrugg

Co-published with Second Aeon Publications, Typewriter Poems gathers together twenty-two practitioners of the art of the typewriter poem–which relies on the limitations imposed by the machine to produce its form–in this slim volume of experimental letters. Featuring the work of British poets Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Michael Gibbs, and many others.

Psychopathological Notebook

Bjarne Melgaard, Alison Gingeras, Jamieson Webster, Alissa Bennett

Created three decades ago, The original Psychopathological Notebook is one of the most important works of artist Karel Appel, a central member of the Cobra artist group. Taking the facsimile of Appel’s notebook as his “canvas” Melgaard’s frenetic drawings and collage surge through the entire volume, a cannibalistic work that sees the artist crossing out Appel’s name with urgently-applied strokes of black ink wherever it appears. With contributions by Alison Gingeras, Jamieson Webster and Alissa Bennett.

Book about Love War & Death

Dick Higgins

Motivated by the contrasting feelings he felt from his recent marriage to Alison Knowles as well as his brother’s untimely death in the civil war-torn Congo, Dick Higgins wrote this book over the course of a decade from 1960-1970. The resulting book is organized in five cantos that break down into chapters. Higgins approaches the writing style for this book in opposition to the lyrical and concrete poetry of the late 1950’s to embrace a more conceptual literary style. A chance system and dice in conjunction with an English-Indonesian dictionary also play a key determining role in the creation of content for this book.

In the closing of his introduction, Higgins notes, “because we are not used to such concentration of literary and conceptual images, it is virtually impossible to read any large section of the Book to oneself. It should always be read aloud or heard, preferably with the text being passed among a number of readers, as each tires, laughs too hard or reaches a natural pausing point.”

Sister

Jim Lewis

First published in 1993, Sister is a story of love and violence bearing justice. In author and critic Jim Lewis’ first novel, an orphaned, 17-year-old Wilson leaves his Nebraska home and heads south to Mississippi. There, he finds work as a gardener on the estate of the Miller clan—a nuclear family with two lovely daughters, Marian and Olivia, living in compliant happiness. Wilson’s surreptitious presence soon casts a quiet path of destruction through the Miller home with very tangible results for the sisters. Twenty years after its original publication, Lewis’ lyrical, atmospheric novel remains exacting in its appraisal of young love linked to loss and unnerving in its examination of the isolated American family.

The Book of Hours and Constellations

Eugen Gomringer, Jerome Rothenberg

Best known as a founder of concrete poetry, Eugen Gomringer concentrates the visual element of his poems in geometrical structures. In his own words, Gomringer has noted, “Of all poetic structures based upon the word, the constellation is the simplest. It disposes of its groups of words as if they were clusters of stars. The constellation is a system, it is also a playground with definite boundaries. The poet sets it all up. He designs the play-ground as a field of force and suggests its possible workings. The reader accepts it in the spirit of play, then plays with it.”

Pope.L: My Kingdom for a Title

Pope.L, Kandis Williams

My Kingdom for a Title is a collection of writing by Chicago–based artist Pope.L documenting his use of language as a mode of visual, narrative, and performative story telling.

The act of writing has been integral to how Pope.L works and is arguably the most consistent element in his practice. These works take various forms: scripts, short stories, scribbled notes, large scale installation, and painting—many never before released. Assembled here for the first time, My Kingdom for a Title allows the breadth of the artist’s engagement with language to be fully assessed. Within the book, Pope.L’s work is supplemented with extensive endnotes sourced by artist Kandis Williams.

Pope.L is a visual artist and edu­cator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries, and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create artworks in various formats including writing, painting, performance, installation, video, and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal, and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race, and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money, and uncertainty—not necessarily in that order.

This title contains adult language.

Irving Penn: Fashion

Irving Penn

Irving Penn: Fashion

Irving Penn

This is the exhibition catalog for Irving Penn: Fashion. It presents the fashion photography by Irving Penn. For more than 40 years, Irving Penn worked with the fashion magazine Vogue and many of his images have become iconic. The successful exhibition brought together photographs from Irving Penn’s whole career; spanning from the timeless elegant images of the 1950’s to the vibrant fashion of the 60’s and 70’s and also images from the unique collaboration with Issey Miyake.

Guardians of Solitude by Laura McPhee

Laura McPhee

The images in this series were made in three canyons in the White Cloud Mountains of central Idaho in 2008. About three years earlier, on a windy early September day, a man burning a cardboard box in a burn barrel watched helplessly as sparks escaped and ignited the dry brush at his feet. Over the next two weeks, 40,838 acres of forest burned in a wildfire that was ultimately extinguished by snowfall.

Guardians of Solitude is printed in a signed and numbered edition of 600 copies including a special collector’s edition of 175 with an original color print.

Laura McPhee was born in Manhattan and raised in central New Jersey. She obtained her BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Presently, she serves as a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, residing in Brookline, MA. Her extraordinary artistry primarily focuses on vast landscapes and portraits of the individuals inhabiting them. Currently, Laura is engaged in capturing visual stories about time, both geological and human, in the desert west of the United States.

Office US Atlas

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, Ahsley Schafer, Michael Kubo

OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion for the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, reframes the history of U.S. architecture through the lens of export in two interrelated constructs: “The Office” and “The Repository”. The “Repository” presents 1000 projects designed by 200 US offices working abroad in a chronological archive of the last 100 years. Collectively these projects tell multiple, imbricated stories of U.S.

firms, typologies, and technologies, as well as a broader narrative of modernization and its global reach. The “Office” engages these projects, revisiting their premises and conclusions over the

course of the Biennale. It functions as a laboratory staffed by a diverse group of resident design partners collaborating with outpost offices and a rotating cast of visiting experts. Together, these two halves of OfficeUS create both an historical record of the U.S. contribution to global architectural thought, and a petri dish in which that record is submitted to contemporary agents of disruption and critique.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin, Bob Nickas

“… I came to the city in 1976 and painting was a pretty narrow place—Minimalism was king and the unspoken rule seemed to be that an artist was supposed to find his or her image and stick to it. Then in the 1980s, when Schnabel, Basquiat, and all the Europeans arrived, the whole scene opened up and I started to embrace my own practice. The artists who I admire the most seem to be able to bring whatever is happening in the world and in their own lives directly into their work.” Published on the occasion of Martin’s 2014 solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, this book includes full color plates of the artist’s large, ethereal glitter paintings made in upstate New York as well as forty photographs documenting the period during which the work was created.

Ishtar

Charles Harlan, Robert P. Drake

“The Gate of Ishtar I have built with blue glazed bricks for Marduk, my Lord … Marduk, Sublime Lord … eternal life … grant as a gift.”

A facsimile of the Pergamon Museum’s publication, Ishtar, chronicling the history of the historic gate during its removal from Babylon to its installation in Berlin, this publication references the famed gate, paralleling its journey in a new iteration: Charles Harlan’s site-specific exhibition Ishtar at Venus Over Manhattan.

Dennis Oppenheim: Body to Performance 1969-73

Nick Kaye, Amy van Winkle Oppenheim, Dennis Oppenheim

A comprehensive view of Dennis Oppenheim’s radical art practices during this explosive five-year period.

Dennis Oppenheim was a pioneer in the fields of earthworks, conceptual art, body art, and performance. This monograph follows the studio practice, public performance works, and gallery and museum shows that took place between 1969–1973 with documentation of conceptual performance works in slide, film, video, and photographic form exhibited alone or as a component of installations. A special emphasis will be how works such as Arm and Wire, 1969; Reading Position for Second Degree Burn, 1970; and Wishing Well, 1973, are made with diverse mediums and modes of work in which the idea and act of time-based performance is central.

Found Poems

Bern Porter

Bern Porter’s classic text, Found Poems, compiles a broad series of the author's distinctive poetry composed of clippings from advertisements, repair manuals, postcards, textbooks, and more. Through re-arrangement and re-contextualization, Porter appends this hidden literature from its original forms, producing a graphically and linguistically playful text that simultaneously raises a critique against commercialism and bureaucracy through wry, playful methods.

Tom Slaughter

Tom Slaughter

Of Tom Slaughter, Henry Geldzahler, the first curator of twentieth-century art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commented: “The quality of freshness, the familiar world re-seen, from the water towers of New York City to the rural pleasures of boating, is the most immediately arresting aspect of Tom Slaughter’s art...Bold bright colors swiftly laid down echo with resonances: Léger and Stuart Davis, Raoul Dufy and Roy Lichtenstein.” Slaughter’s work, with its seemingly effortless whimsy rendered with a strong sense of line, color, and rhythm, has also been compared to Matisse. His Pop-inflected drawings, prints, paintings, and illustrations convey his love of life as he relentlessly explored the complexities of the urban scene or the simple pleasures of boating. The Artist Book Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Tom Slaughter, an extensive monograph of the artist’s enormous body of work that celebrates his enduring optimism, personal and artistic honesty, and charming brashness in a landscape of pure joy.

David Wiseman

David Wiseman, Evan Snyderman, Zesty Meyers, Brooke Hodge

Inspired by the rich classical history of decorative objects and sumptuous table settings, Wiseman explores a multilayered vocabulary of manmade and biomorphic forms such as a blossoming tree, a spider web or a glacier. His limited-edition designs range from place-card holders, vases and chandeliers to furniture and architectural installations. Constantly exploring new ways of working with media such as porcelain, metals and exquisite Czech crystal, Wiseman is extraordinarily hands-on, and his works extremely labor-intensive. He recently created installations for Christian Dior flagship stores in Shanghai and New York, and is soon to install a permanent environmental installation for the West Hollywood public library.

Renate Müller: Toys + Design

Evan Snyderman, Reinhild Schneider

Renate Müller: Toys + Design is the first monograph on the German designer’s work available in the United States. Coinciding with her first solo exhibition at R & Company in 2011, this volume inspires and delights.

Made of beige jute with colored leather accents, Renate Müller's animals and forms are some of the sweetest and most artistic toys ever made. They were conceived in the early 1960s as part of an endeavor launched by Helene Haeusler at the Sonneberg Technical College in Germany, and designed to enhance orthopedic exercises and balance coordination for mentally and physically handicapped children.

Müller's toys debuted at the Leipzig Fair in 1967, and were then tested by psychiatric hospitals and clinics throughout Germany, proving to be a huge success. Her alligators and rhinos were so lovable, her fabric bowling pins so beautifully made, her hippos and elephants so comforting, that they quickly became coveted by design buffs worldwide, and they have remained so to this day. In 1990, Müller took over the rights to her designs and continues to hand-produce very limited quantities of these classic designs as well as new designs.

With a foreword by Evan Snyderman and text by Reinhild Schneider.

Don Gummer

Don Gummer

The trajectory of Don Gummer’s career as a sculptor began in New York City in the late 1970s with his wall reliefs of painted wood, carefully layered geometric works exhibiting a strong architectural influence. Moving beyond wood to stone, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, and glass as his primary materials, his artworks evolved into subtly inventive freestanding sculptures, often of monumental scale, that exhibit his unfailing attention to craftsmanship and detail. The Artist Book Foundation is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Don Gummer, a new monograph on the artist and his highly acclaimed body of work.

Hugo Franca: The Story of the Tree

Evelise Grunow

Brazilian artist Hugo França’s work is a potent reminder that magnificent objects can be fashioned from cast-offs. This catalog was published by R & Company when França’s work was exhibited at the gallery in 2008.

For the past 30 years, Hugo França has been creating monumental furniture and sculptural pieces from the remnants of the gigantic hardwood tree called Pequi, which he harvests from the fields and forests of south Bahia in Brazil. This publication presents the finished pieces and documents the laborious process by which França works with a team on the site where he finds the wood, marking and cutting the huge trunks, branches, and roots to reduce them in size for transport to his studio.

Evelise Grunow's informative text (in English and Portuguese) tells of França's discovery of the south Bahia area and his attraction to the subsistence living of the Brazilian first nation Pataxós, especially their handmade wood objects that retain the original features of the wood. This mode of working became the essence of his design philosophy: one that would embody his reverence for the tree.


Human Flow

Ai Weiwei

In the course of making Human Flow, his epic feature documentary about the global refugee crisis, the artist Ai Weiwei and his collaborators interviewed more than 600 refugees, aid workers, politicians, activists, doctors, and local authorities in twenty-three countries around the world. A handful of those interviews were included in the film. This book presents one hundred of these conversations in their entirety, providing compelling first-person stories of the lives of those affected by the crisis and those on the front lines of working to address its immense challenges.

Speaking in their own words, refugees give voice to their experiences of migrating across borders, living in refugee camps, and struggling to rebuild their lives in unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings. They talk about the dire circumstances that drove them to migrate, whether war, famine, or persecution; and their hopes and fears for the future. A wide range of related voices provides context for the historical evolution of this crisis, the challenges for regions and states, and the options for moving forward.

Complete with photographs taken by Ai Weiwei while filming Human Flow, this book provides a powerful, personal, and moving account of the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time.

Reginald Cunningham: Black Pearls

Reginald Cunningham, Austin Modine

Black Pearls is the catalog of the eponymous exhibition that brought Washington DC-based photographer and activist Reginald Cunningham to Boca Raton’s historic Pearl City neighborhood to photograph the stories of generations. The artist captured not just images of Pearl City residents, but also the physical and ephemeral elements that make up the community. Pearl City is the oldest existing neighborhood in Boca, and its physical property anchors downtown, located south of Glades Boulevard between Dixie and Federal Highways. Pearl City's community, however, stretches beyond these physical limits.

Reginald Cunningham is a prominent Washington DC-based photographer that works in the dynamic fields of concert, fashion, and activist photography. Cunningham only fully embraced photography as recently as 2017, but within just five years, his work graced the cover of British Vogue’s 2020 September issue. Additionally, his photographs have been featured in international publications such as "The Washington Post," "Essence," "HuffPost," "Ebony," and "Buzzfeed." Throughout his career, Cunningham has made his focus the celebration of Black talent. Between his Master of Arts in Media + Communications, his established skill in fine art photography, and his interest in promoting revolutionary images, Cunningham has established a distinguished career path; It is a rare artist whose social activism matches their artistry.

2 220

Daniel Turner

“The above named patient was certified for 14 days involuntary treatment pursuant to section 5250 et. seq. of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. The certification was on the basis of one or more of the criteria specific by law; danger to self, danger to others, or grave disability (strike out inapplicable).” Blurring the line between the physical and psychological, personal and professional, 2 220 is an archive of both art supply and medical bills from Daniel Turner’s life. when seen side by side along with a series of stark, clinical installation shots, the experiences documented on each scrap of paper becomes neutralized and intertwined, assuming equal meaning.

John Van Alstine: Sculpture 1971–2018

John Van Alstine

For nearly forty years, John Van Alstine has created abstract sculptures forged from steel and stone. In John Van Alstine: Sculpture 1971–2018, three notable essayists explore the sculptor’s abstract landscapes that reveal the complex synergy between natural forces and man-made elements. The artist weaves into his works elements of mythology, celestial navigation, implements, human figures, movement, urban forms, and found objects, while using motion, balance, and inertia to incor-porate the eternal forces of gravity, tension, and erosion.

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