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  • A Forest of Signs: Art In the Crisis of Representation

    By Ann Goldstein

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780262071192
    • Publisher: MIT PRESS
    • Published: June 1989
    A Forest of Signs documents a major exhibition of critical art in the last decade, one that marks a change in the art world, perhaps even in the broader culture. The thread of representation ties together the work of the 30 artists included in the book, encompassing such issues as allegory, appropriation, and commodification, the role of the artist, and the functions of authorship and originality in vesting meaning in art. Much of the work is provocative, challenging the way we look at art, the way we talk about it, where we see it, and how we buy it.The development of these issues and their role in shifting the focus of much recent art from insistence on the art as object, to a host of representations is addressed in four essays and a section of "artists' pages." In the first essay, exhibition co-organizer Ann Goldstein discusses the individual artists and points to key issues and methods in their art. The artists themselves are represented by a 60 page portfolio of their works. Designed by the artists, these pages include personal statements, the remarks of others, works made specifically for the book and works using the tools of mechanical reproduction.In the three essays that follow, Anne Rorimer, former Curator of 20th Century Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, traces the roots of recent American art to the development of international conceptualism in the 1960s and early 1970s; Mary Jane Jacob, exhibition co-organizer and MOCA Chief Curator, places the artists within the current trends of European as well as American art; and editor and critic Howard Singerman examines the relationship of recent art to its circle of critics and to the emergence of critical theory.Copublished with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.The ArtistsRichard Baim, Thomas Lawson, Judith Barry, Sherrie Levine, Ericka Beckman, Robert Longo, Gretchen Bender, Allan McCollum, Dara Birnbaum, Matt Mullican, Barbara Bloom, Peter Nagy, Troy Brauntuch, Stephen Prina, Sarah Charlesworth, Richard Prince, Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Simmons, Larry Johnson, Haim Steinbach, Ronald Jones, Mitchell Syrop, Mike Kelley, James Welling, Jeff Koons, Christopher Williams, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler
  • Cecilia

    By Linda Ferri

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781933372877
    • Publisher: Europa Editions
    • Published: April 2010
    Tells the story of a young woman's search to find her place in a world that is in upheaval and religious conflict.
  • Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

    By Amara Lakhous

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781933372617
    • Publisher: Europa Editions
    • Published: September 2008
    After the body of a tenant is discovered in the elevator of an apartment building in Rome, the police gather widely different accounts of what may have led to the crime from each of the other tenants.
  • Cosima Von Bonin: Roger and Out

    By Cosima Von Bonin

    Our Price: $64.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9783865602893
    • Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
    • Published: February 2008
  • Do You Believe? Conversations on God and Religion

    By Antonio Monda

    Our Price: $6.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307280589
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: November 2007
    Monda is at once a disarming and rigorous interviewer, asking provocative questions that lead to wide-ranging conversations with both believers and atheists. The subjectsdiscussed range from personal images of God to religion's place in American culture, from the afterlife to the concepts of good and evil, from fundamentalism to the Bible. And, almost without fail, the conversations turn to questions of art & literature. Interviewees include, among others: Paul Auster, Saul Bellow, Nathan Englander, Richard Ford, Daniel Libeskind, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Derek Walcott, and Elie Wiesel. 178p.
  • Emmaus

    By Alessandro Baricco

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781936365593
    • Publisher: McSweeney's Books
    • Published: 2012
  • Emmaus

    By Alessandro Baricco

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938073151
    • Publisher: McSweeney's
    • Published: July 2013
    Follows four friends, all devout Catholics from poor, but proud, Italian families as they advance from adolescence to manhood, fighting the problems and uncertainty of youth, while attracted to the same hyper-sexual woman.
  • Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective

    By Martin Kippenberger

    Our Price: $70.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781933751092
    • Publisher: MIT Press
    • Published: October 2008
    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) is a special case in art. His life and works were inextricably linked in a remarkable practice that centered on the role of the artist within both the culture and the system of art. With his larger-than-life persona, Kippenberger cast himself as impresario, entertainer, curator, bohemian, collector, architect, and publisher. He collected art, set up clothing companies and nightclubs, and ran art-world scams. Nothing was sacred to this iconoclast except the right to satisfy his enormous appetite for life, appropriate anything for his art, and create continual chaos around himself. This book, which accompanies the first major U.S. retrospective exhibition of Kippenberger's work, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, documents Kippenberger's extraordinary twenty-year career with works in many media - paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, photographs, collaborations with other artists, posters, postcards, books, and music. Among the major works reproduced are key selections from the I.N.P. Bilder (Is Not Embarrassing Pictures) and No Problem paintings of the 1980s; the landmark 1987 exhibition of sculpture "Peter. Die russische Stellung" ("Peter. The Russian Position"); self-portraits in a variety of media; Laterne an Betrunkene (Street Lamp for Drunks); the Raft of the Medusa cycle of the 1990s; the renowned Hotel drawings; and the monumental installation, The Happy End of Franz Kafka's "Amerika." Accompanying the artworks is an essay by exhibition curator Ann Goldstein; newly commissioned texts by art historian Pamela Lee, Kippenberger scholar Diedrich Diederichsen, and curator Ann Temkin; reprinted excerpts from a 1991 interview with Kippenberger by artist Jutta Koether; and an illustrated exhibition history, chronology, and bibliography. Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective offers readers the most comprehensive view yet of this legendary artist's body of work.
  • Mr. Gwyn

    By Alessandro Baricco

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781938073960
    • Publisher: McSweeney's
    • Published: July 2014
    Two novellas by an award-winning author from Italy include the title story, in which a writer who has sworn off novels falls in love while penning character portraits for paying clients; and Three Times at Dawn, in which the same two people meet in three different times under unique circumstances.
  • Pushkin's Button

    By Serena Vitale

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374239350
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
    • Published: March 1999
    A riveting narrative about the four months of the Russian poet's life leading up to the fatal duel in the snow on January 27, 1837, when a young French officer in the Russian Army shot and killed Russia's greatest living artist. 355p.
  • Reconsidering the Object of Art

    By Ann Goldstein

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780262571111
    • Publisher: MIT Press
    • Published: October 1995
  • The Baron in the Trees

    By Italo Calvino

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780544959118
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: October 2017
  • The Days of Abandonment

    By Elena Ferrante

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781933372006
    • Publisher: Europa Editions
    • Published: September 2005
    A gripping story of a woman's descent into emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal. A national best seller for almost an entire year. 188p.
  • The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels: Book 4)

    By Elena Ferrante

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781609452865
    • Publisher: Europa Editions
    • Published: September 2015
    “Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014.Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and aNew York Times Notable Book of the Year. Its author was dubbed “one of the great novelists of our time” by theNew York Times Book Review. This fourth and final installment in the series raises the bar even higher and indeed confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world’s best living storytellers.Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable!Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship.The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and, like Elena and Lila themselves, every return will bring with it new discoveries.Four starred reviews for Book 3 in the series14 best-of-the-year appearances for Book 3
  • Thomas Struth: 1977-2002

    By Thomas Struth

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300093605
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: May 2002
    Accompanying a major retrospective of German-born photographer Thomas Struth's work (organized by the Dallas Museum of Art; travels to the MetMusArt/Feb.-May/2003), the book is the most comprehensive book to date on his photographs. Best-known for his majestic, large-scaled museum photographs depicting visitors to some of the great museums, Struth continues his interest in series, with recent works basedon the natural world, often focusing on a particular contemporary melding of nature with technology and architecture. Illus., 75 color/30 b&w photographs. 164p.

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