BOOKS2015 ✎ MOUSSE
gennaio 1, 2016
Here the books selection made by Mousse.
GIORGIO GRIFFA: WORKS 1965–2015
Texts by Andrea Bellini, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Martin Clark, Suzanne Cotter, Chris Dercon, Giorgio Griffa, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marianna Vecellio
248 pages | English | Hardcover | 18×24,8 cm | € 32
Published on occasion of the cycle of exhibitions dedicated to the work of Giorgio Griffa (Turin, 1936) (Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto; Bergen Kunsthall; and Fondazione Giuliani, Rome) this monograph aims—through a series of essays by Andrea Bellini, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Martin Clark, Suzanne Cotter, and Chris Dercon, a conversation between Griffa and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and a selection of artist’s writings and a chronology compiled by Marianna Vecellio—to highlight the very diverse features and extraordinary richness of Griffa’s paintings.
ENNESIMA: AN EXHIBITION OF SEVEN EXHIBITIONS ON ITALIAN ART
8 volumes | 960 total pages | It. / Eng. | Soft cover, 16.5×22 cm | € 55
Published for the exhibition “Ennesima. An exhibition of seven exhibitions on Italian art,” curated by Vincenzo de Bellis (La Triennale di Milano, 26 November 2015–6 March 2016), the seven volumes of the publishing project “Ennesima” interpret and investigate the multiple, extensive thematic content covered in the exhibition. They are joined by the Guide to the exhibition, introduced by a critical essay by the curator of “Ennesima” Vincenzo de Bellis (“Why Ennesima? Genesis of an exhibition born agnostic”) and subdivided into seven thematic chapters, like the “Ennesima” show itself. Every work (over 170 by about 70 Italian artists who have reached the international spotlight from the early 1960s to the present) is illustrated with a photograph and a critical profile on the artist and the current to which the work belongs, indicated on the extensive mapping that crosses the publication and reproduces its itinerary. The Guide is accompanied by the complete listing of the works.
FREDRIK VÆRSLEV: REALITY BITES
Texts by Matias Faldbakken, Alberto Salvadori, Josh Smith, Caroline Soyez-Petithomme
180 pages | Eng. | Hardcover | 28×19.8 cm | € 35
Published in conjunction with the exhibitions “Querelle of Brest” (Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, 2015) and “Inner Beauty” (Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2015), Reality Bites is the first monograph dedicated to the work of Fredrik Værslev (b. 1979, Norway), analyzed through rich visual content and texts by Matias Faldbakken, Alberto Salvadori and Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, as well as a conversation between the artist and Josh Smith.
PETER FRIEDL: IMAGES AT WAR. PEEP-HOLE SHEET #26
Edition of 350 | 8 pages | Eng. | broadsheet | 48×33 cm | € 10
When invited to contribute to Peep-Hole Sheet, Peter Friedl decided to publish for the first time a selection of notes from his private diaries. Written between October 2014 and July 2015, these notes follow no chronological order and fall into no narrow thematic sphere, ranging freely between art, literature, history and current events. From Tolstoy to Pasolini and from Fascism to Islamic terrorism, the many annotations that make up “Images at War” from an intricate mosaic of reflections whose radical diversity conveys the complexity of his thinking, and of the critical, historical and political awareness that distinguishes it. The journalist from which these notes are drawn are part of a broader ongoing project titled The Diaries (1981-2015), recently presented at the 56th Venice Biennale and in the artist’s solo exhibition at Centre d’art contemporain – La Synagogue de Delme: a vast collection of diaries that Peter Friedl has been compiling for over 20 years, which shows how writing has always played a central role in his artistic practice.
PATRICK STAFF: THE FOUNDATION
Texts by Isla Leaver-Yap and Catherine Lord. Conversation between Patrick Staff and Tom of Finland Foundation’s S.R. Sharp
132 pages | Eng. | Softcover | 14×21 cm | € 22
This book documents the eponymous work by British artist, Patrick Staff, presented at the Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. The film combines footage shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles—home to the archive of the erotic artist and gay icon and a community of people that care for it—with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set. The legacy of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), better known as Tom of Finland, spans multiple generations. Tom of Finland’s work made a considerable impact on masculine representation and imagery in post-war gay culture. Rather than focusing on Tom of Finland’s work, Staff’s film evokes the foundation as a set of relations. Staff explores how a collection is formed and constituted; the communities that produce and are produced by a body of work; and ideas of intergenerational relationships and care. Through observational footage of the house, its collections and inhabitants, the foundation is revealed as a domestic environment, a libidinal space, archive, office and community centre; a private space which is also the home of a public-facing organisation and the source of a widely dispersed body of images.