This week we’re celebrating recent and forthcoming titles on the work of female artists (wahoo!), partly inspired by a brand new book in from Sadie Coles HQ (more on that later) and partly… because we want to!
So let’s get on with it shall we?
First up, we’ve been banging on about it for ages on twitter, but for good reason. Accompanying the first UK public institution of her work 25 years after her death, it’s the fantastic work of Swiss Artist Heidi Bucher. Published by Parasol Unit, this is an extensive publication on some of the key works of the last 20 years of her practice. Bucher is best known for her latex ‘Skinnings’ works (or ‘Häutungen‘ as she called them), used to create emotional and haunting casts of rooms and objects.
Following the solo exhibition ‘Human Landscapes’ at The Hepworth, Wakefield and also at Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden we have this almighty monograph from Walther Koenig on the oeuvre of Polish artist and Holocaust survivor Alina Szapocznikow . Working with photography, drawing and sculpture Szapocznikow’s work focuses on the body, the female body in particular, and her work is charged with political ideas.
ROOM published by Sadie Coles HQ accompanies the group exhibition of the same name. Featuring the work of 15 female artists, ROOM looks at this domestic space, often thought of as ‘female’, and how it has been explored in art over the years. The book is a thoughtfully designed 2 volume set from the Fraser Muggeridge studio and includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Nan Goldin and Francesca Woodman, among others.
Living icon Yoko Ono is the creator of our next book from JRP Ringier. ‘Everything in the Universe Is Unfinished’ features previously unpublished texts and invitations by Ono from 2016-2018 alongside drawings she made as part of her Franklin Series in 1994. Through these she shares her resolute belief that the world can change through art in all it’s forms. PEACE IS POWER.
Now for some forthcoming titles (exciting!).
We’re expecting a new monograph on the work of British artist Anna Barriball in November from Verlag fur moderne Kunst. Barriball’s practice often takes the form of labour intensive drawings of domestic environments with elements of relief. The artist views these spaces as extensions of ourselves. Predominantly monochromatic, the more recent work incorporates colour in subtle and moving ways, intending to help communicate the mood of her inner thoughts. Published on occasion of the artist’s exhibition at Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart 2018.
Who’s been to see the ace Francis Upritchard exhibition ‘Wetwang Slack’ at the Barbican Curve Gallery? So good! We’re totally over the moon to be distributing the accompanying book, due in November (watch this space). Made using balata, a rare rubber from Brazil, Upritchard has imagined a spectacular sort of museum, part imaginary/part influenced from a vast variety of cultures you can’t quite pin point. Very intelligent, very fun, very good.
Our last title, due in November, accompanies the current solo exhibition at Ikon Gallery by New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum. ‘Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)’ takes its name from a song by Graham Parker and René Magritte’s definition of a garden, and in this vein of borrowing things from here and there, of using a pop song as a title for a fine art exhibition, the work exhibited continues. Ideas of craft and high art weave in together in a bold and colourful body of work. Brilliant.
Image: Installation image from Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers) at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (19 September – 18 November 2018). Courtesy of the artist and Ikon Gallery.