Alice Neel: An Engaged Eye
Angela Lampe, Serge Lasvignes, Bernard Blistene
Acc Art Books, 2021
“I have always believed that women should resent and refuse to accept all the gratuitous insults that men impose upon them.” – Alice Neel, 1971 One of the greatest portrait artists of the 20th century, Alice Neel's vibrant, expressionistic paintings revealed a breath-taking depth of emotion within her subjects. From works exploring loss and grief, to communist political art, Neel's work pushed boundaries of social justice throughout the 1900s. Her dedication to capturing the truth of humanity is evident: she painted those rejected by society, the victims of social or gendered oppression. Latin American and Puerto Rican immigrants, African-American writers excluded from the intellectual elite, single mothers struggling to raise their children, homosexual couples – all were presented with equal candidness by Neel's brush. Her unflinching approach to the female body took a ground-breaking step towards reclaiming the nude from the male gaze, and the activism inherent to her art resonates with viewers to this day.
This book highlights Neel's political and social commitment to her art, as a figurative painter at odds with the artistic styles of the avant-gardes of her time. Structured in two thematic parts – social injustice and gender inequality – this retrospective includes some 60 paintings and drawings as well as numerous documents. Following the artist from her first works in the 1920s to her final evocative self-portrait, made shortly before her death, this is the defining treatise on Alice Neel.
English - 160 pages - 23 x 2.5 x 28 cm - 1,2 kg
Dirk Luckow, Tomi Ungerer
Hatje Cantz, 2022
Collages, drawings and more from the legendary illustrator and author of The Three Robbers. From early childhood drawings of the 1930s to collages and objects from the last decade of the artist’s life, Tomi Ungerer: It’s All about Freedom presents a comprehensive cross section of Ungerer’s vast oeuvre for the first time, revealing the political and stylistic lines and breaks in his career as a “freewheeling artist.” With an abundance of illustrations, the book includes many unpublished and unseen works from the Ungerer estate, and celebrates his unceasing passion for experimentation across genres and the interplay between drawing, collage and assemblage.
Accompanying essays―by the artist’s daughter Aria Unger, Thérèse Willer, Belinda Grace Gardner and Thomas David―examine the continuities and motifs across the many genres Ungerer traversed.
English - 263 Pages - 23 x 2 x 25 cm - 1.4 Kg
L’exposition contamine petit à petit tous les espaces de la Bourse de Commerce : de l’exposition Felix Gonzalez-Torres Roni Horn à OPERA (QM.15) de Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster -présentés depuis avril- à l’ensemble du deuxième étage du musée. Elle rassemble les œuvres d’une quinzaine d’artistes. Le récit composé par les œuvres réunies par une seconde d’éternité explore la polysémie du temps présent, tour à tour suspendu, fugitif, habité de présences spectrales, traversé par le thème de l’absence et de l’incarnation. Ce cycle emprunte son titre à l’œuvre de l’artiste belge Marcel Broodthaers. Une seconde d’éternité (d’après une idée de Charles Baudelaire) conçue en 1971, film qui fait apparaître, pour un court instant, la présence de l’artiste par la simple figuration de sa signature. L’œuvre donne le ton d’une exposition où l’intensité de la présence des corps et des images se mesure à l’aune de leur fugacité. Il s’agit, comme dans les mots de Charles Baudelaire, de saisir « dans une seconde l’infini de la jouissance » et de la contemplation.
Avec les œuvres de la collection : Larry Bell, Marcel Broodthaers, Miriam Cahn, Nina Canell, Liz Deschenes, Ryan Gander, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Pierre Huyghe, Gustave le Gray, Sherrie Levine, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, Rudolf Stingel, Sturtevant, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems.
On January 9 1974, Joseph Beuys (1921–86), together with Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl, traveled for the first time to America. This trip was a carefully planned performance that took place in airplanes, taxis, hotels, universities and galleries, and was comprehensively documented in photographs and video. The tour began with a lecture at New York’s New School, visited by artists including Claes Oldenburg, Lil Picard and Al Hansen; the next stop was Chicago, the site of more controversial lectures and an unexpected performance reenacting the death of John Dillinger; then Minneapolis, with more conferences and discussions. Upon returning to Germany, the hundreds of photographs and many hours of videotape were assembled, but it was only in October 1985, shortly before his death, that Beuys finalized the sequence for the book. Originally published in 1987, this new Steidl edition has been wholly reconceived by Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl.English-Deutsch - 217 Pages - 20 x 27 cm - 1.8 Kg
Pathways of Art, How Objects Get to the Museum, Museum Rietberg
Esther Tisa Francini, Sarah Csernay
Scheidegger & Spiess, 2022
Non-European artworks in European and American museums have become the subject of controversial debate. How exactly these collections of art from Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Oceania have been amassed in the global North over centuries, and how such works continue to be acquired and traded today, is under close scrutiny, and claims for their restitution to the places and people of their origin are voiced loudly.
Zurich’s Museum Rietberg, one of Europe’s most renowned museums of non-Western art, has undertaken an extensive exhibition project to explore the thoroughly ambivalent history of its own collection. The essays in this illustrated reader published in conjunction with the exhibition investigate the pathways along which objects traveled to the museum. They shed light on how the meaning of these artifacts has shifted in the course of the transfers. And they demonstrate the importance of provenance research for learning comprehensively about and taking a critical approach in the assessment of the complex biographies of artifacts. Pathways of Art offers an important contribution to the current debate about the status and impact of non-European art in the global North. It aims to foster awareness of the colonial and postcolonial contexts of trading and collecting such artworks and to help establish new museum narratives.