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Gallery Weekend 2017

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Art news called it the ‘Art-Mageddon 2017’. Every ten years – like an obscure star constellation or a rare natural spectacle – the major art events happen to be in alignment: 2017 is the year of art superlatives. After the opening of documenta14 in Athens the art world is waiting for the 57th Biennale di Venezia, Skulptur Projekte Münster and Art Basel, where we will again pop-up with our Satellite Store during and at Design Miami/ Basel.
But before the crazy international art marathon gains momentum we’re excited for Berlin’s very own art spectacle: Gallery Weekend. As most of Berlin galleries open their doors to the public and present their highlights, we wouldn’t want to miss out on the occasion.
In this newsletter, you’ll find our recommendations for reading material, books and magazines on contemporary art.

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Our reading recommendations…

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Social Medium:
Artists Writing, 2000–2015

Edited by Jennifer Liese
Published by Paper Monument
Text in English
€ 28,00

“Artists can’t, shouldn’t, or simply don’t write.” – well not quite. This 600 page reader is definitive proof of the exigency of artists’ writing in this millennium (the publishers go as far as calling it the “golden age of artists’ writing”). Seventy-five texts by seventy-five artists are comprised into six different chapters that span from “Artists writing on Artists’ Writing”, “Artists writing on the whole world” to “Artists’ writing as Art”. The texts – essays, criticism, manifestos, fiction, diaries, scripts, blog posts and even tweets – are sometimes iconic, sometimes rare and surprising finds. Social Medium is not only a beautifully edited collection. It is also the manifestation of artist-writers’ important recent contributions to contemporary art and art discourse – in the medium of language and writing.
Including writings by Adam Pendleton, Adrian Piper and Kay Rosen whose works are at show during Gallery Weekend Berlin.

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The Contemporary Condition Series
Edited by Geoff Cox and Jacob Lund
Published by Sternberg Press
Text in English
€ 8,00 each

As ‘the contemporary’ becomes the buzzword of the 21st century, the question still remains: What do we mean when we say that something is contemporary? And what is contemporary art then, if not merely art of ‘today’ or ‘the present’? These questions mark the guideline for this series, investigating into contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present and the role of artistic practice within. The first volume serves as a comprehensible introduction as well as preface into the topic. The second volume looks at art’s role in countering divisive difference with practices of composition. Ultimately, the third volume of the small series is concerned with the question of temporality – what is art’s role within an environment of acceleration or radical slowness?
The Contemporary Condition Series though is not only an illustrative read. It is also an individually artistic publication, set in an unusual typeface called Meta-The-Difference-Between-The-Font, which is newly generated in every following publication.
The Contemporary Condition Series is co-published with Aarhus University and ARoS Art Museum.

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I Can’t Work Like This
A Reader on Recent Boycotts and Contemporary Art

Edited by Joanna Warsza
Published by Sternberg Press
Text in English
€ 20,00

I can’t work like this! – We’ve probably all had this thought at least once or twice in our lives. For some though, this thought becomes their everyday working condition. Especially within the art industry, the exhausted sigh of ‘I can’t…’ signifies the ubiquitous political dilemma of engagement or disengagement while working in the arts. As biennials, art festivals and exhibitions have become more important in shaping our society, they are more and more bound to abide by the laws of revenue and even political power(s). Is it the right answer to refuse to partake in these dynamics? This reader is the result and documentation of a workshop led by Joanna Warsza, dealing with these questions. It examines boycotts at four different Biennials from 2013-2015, presenting statements and interviews with the parties involved, as well as timelines and information on the economic and ideological contexts of these boycotts. I Can’t Work Like This is prove that Art Biennials and festivals are not only reproducing an ambiguous art economy, they can also serve as places where the outcry ‘I can’t work like this!’ can be heard and made productive.
With contributions by Julieta Aranda, Boris Buden, Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Erdem Gündüz, Ciara Ianni, Kaspar König, Ahmet Ögüt, Hito Steyerl and many more.

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Ur-Geräusch / Primal Sound
Carsten Nicolai with text by Rainer Maria Rilke

Edited by Kunstverein Braunschweig
Published by Spector Books
Text auf Deutsch / English
€ 28,00

“It must have been when I was a boy at school that the phonograph was invented” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote almost a hundred years ago. His essay “Ur-Geräusche” (Primal Sounds) is the point of departure for German sound artist Carsten Nicolai’s work under the same title. As Rilke was producing written text on the phenomenon of the Ur-Geräusch (the overall mediality of sound) – Nicolai aims at the same translatability of sound into another visual medium. For his installation at Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2015 Rilke’s essay was heard as a recording. In this publication – which also serves as the catalogue for Nicolai’s exhibition – the recorded voice is visualized by the envelope curve, contrasted with the printed text. Ur-Geräusche / Primal Sound is almost taking literally Rilke’s thoughts on the phonograph: “What variety of lines then could one not put under the needle and try out?” Is there any contour that one could not experience in another field of sense?
Ur-Geräusch / Primal Sound is a publication concerned with sound, but equally fascinating as a printed medium. Bound in linen, with silver embossing, it feels delicate and inscrutable at the same time. The actual images of Nicolai’s exhibition are tucked away in the Japanese binding – like a ‘hidden track’ that needs to be discovered.

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The Anti-Museum
Edited by Mathieu Copeland & Balthazar Lovay
Published by Fri Art & Koenig Books
Text in English
€ 38,00

Art institutions, namely museums, have always been subjected to criticism, be it from artists, curators or even the public. If an exhibition space is not only a physical building, what codes, values, systems of power are (re)produced within institutional art spaces? Some of the most radical answers to these questions have been given by anti-artists who refuse to support the established regime of visibility. The anthology Anti-Museum is looking closely at these anti-practices – anti-art, anti-exhibition, but also anti-design, anti-religion or anti-philosophy. The Anti-Museum is an extraordinary collection of counter positions, gestures, movements, radical actions, political attacks or even unyielding refusal as an artistic position itself. From Dada to the Ciclo de Arte Experimental, from ‘All is Art’ to NO!Art, from the London Antiuniversity to the Lettrist Anti-cinema, from anti-writing to anti-internet: The Anti-Museum leaves no doubt that refusal, opposition and negation can be productive practices in their own right, asking the right questions rather than looking for perfect answers.
The Anti-Museum includes the work of over 80 artists and writers including Marcel Broodthaers, Maurizio Cattelan, Jean Tinguely, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Yvonne Rainer, Guillaume Apollinaire, Kenneth Goldsmith and many more.
It has been awarded as one of “The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” 2016.

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Panta Magazine
- Issue #10

Text in English
€ 15,00

Already their tenth issue, but for the first time in our store; we’re happy to announce Panta as part of the do you read me?! family. What started out as a small independent project by the Berlin creatives of ‘Book a street artist’ has since then become a magazine full of integrity and idealism. Panta features the work of unknown or emerging artists, writers and creatives that focus on social, cultural and environmental issues. Their mission: breaking out of the bubble of institutionalized art, supporting artists to work outside of the box – and pushing art as a social and communal power. In their tenth issue, Panta talks to Iranian photographer Hoda Ashfar about power relations, representation and identity, Philipp Ruch from ‘Zentrum für Politische Schönheit’ about his Berlin project “Flüchtlinge fressen”, the people behind Urban-Think Tank, their design practice and collaboration with the non-profit group Theatre4Change and the makers of Germany’s first Refugee Radio Network. These stories, as well as other formats, like fiction, essays or photo editorials, make up the universe that – in Panta’s own words – can build, if not a better, then at least a more conscious and fairer art world for everyone.

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Even Magazine
– Issue #6

Text in English
€ 16,00

“Artist or autocrat, you cannot take a pause from history.” – this heavy yet wise quote marks the point of entry for Even magazine’s sixth issue (Spring 2017) but also their overall endeavor. Based in New York and edited by US art critic Jason Farago, Even bridges the gap between (seemingly) elite art and culture and the ‘outside’ world. Political, cultural or sociological events (- ‘history’, as one might put it -) become the accelerator and catalyst for Even’s in-depth exhibition reviews, interviews and essays. And – after recent news have been dominated by the ‘freak election of Donald Trump’ – their latest issue is an uncommonly American one. Even takes a closer look at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Black History and Culture, works out the link between Taylor Swift and Twitter Nazis or asks the painful question why the aesthetic endeavor of ‘political art’ has failed so dramatically. Additionally, artists Matthew Barney and Ma Yansong talk about their work’s relation to the world at large. But Even wouldn’t be Even without looking beyond their own nose – into the battle over Syria’s urban future or Luanda’s young Hip Hop scene and their fight against the corrupted oil regime of Angola.
The times may be cruel, but as long as there’s Even around we have hope for art and art criticism.

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Marfa Journal
- Issue #7

Text in English
€ 25,00

First thing we noticed about Marfa Journal’s latest issue: No front cover. No iconic combination of the heavy font and a horizontal photograph. Had the magazine, bursting with creative insanity and insane creativity gone tame? No worries.. they haven’t. The ‘White album’ cover is as tricky as the Beatles’ iconic record; clean and white from the outside, loud and visionary inside. Created by Alexandra Gordienko in 2013, Marfa Journal has since then become a collaborative project of a variety of people called Marfriends – and it hasn’t lost its unique anarchic take on the concept of a fashion/art magazine. The White Album features Lily McMenamy in conversation with her dad, man behind the legendary Paris club ‘Les Bains Douches’, an investigation into the word ‘Stammtisch’ with the German musicians of “Bohren und der Club of Gore” or a trip to Gavin Brown’s newly opened gallery space in Harlem. And as every amazing music record provides some unexpected ‘hidden tracks’, Marfa Journal’s latest issue sneaks in a simple 2-page photo story in Jenny Holzer’s studio or surprises you with an interview with musician/magician Daryl Davis – just as you’ve thought you’ve reached the end of over 300 pages of ecstatic creative output.

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The-Art-Form
- Issue #2

Text in English
€ 12,00

Nomen est omen. The limited edition magazine The-Art-Form is a collection of forms – that each artist has to fill out. When asked why he felt like making another art magazine in an already saturated market, editor Andre Townsend stated the obvious: The-Art-Form is not a magazine about art. It’s a collection of tiny little art works, created by several artists contemplating their own practice. Questions or requests like ‘Make Art here!’ or ‘What’s on your mind?’ as well as ‘What’s next?’ or ‘Why do you make art?’ make up a small and playful publication that gives insight into artists’ works outside of the intellectual contextualization – and provides a space for each artist to show their work and personality in unique ways they’ve chosen themselves. Their second issue presents sketches, collages, paintings or drawings by Daniel Buren, Ryan Gander, Rob Pruitt and many more!

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Some interesting new titles…

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F.R. David – Spring 2017
€ 10,00

The Steidz Magazine #2
€ 15,00

Afterall #43
€ 12,00

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Mousse #58
€ 11,50

Printed Pages #13
€ 15,00

Apartamento #19
€ 12,00

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Pin-Up #22
€ 20,00

HOLO #2
€ 25,00

Puss Puss #5
€ 16,00



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