BOOKS2015 ✎ NERO
dicembre 19, 2015
ATPdiary selected some publishings that devote their work to contemporary art, and asked them for a selection of titles that they wish to suggest to their readers. In the next weeks we will point out the publishings and the books they picked.
ATPdiary ha selezionato una serie di case editrici che si occupano di arte contemporanea, a cui ha chiesto una selezione di titoli che desiderano consigliare ai propri lettori. Nelle prossime settimane vi segnaleremo le varie case editrice ed i libri che hanno selezionato.
Here the books selection made by NERO.
PHILLIPS CONTEMPORARY ART NEW YORK EVENING SALE 4 MAY 2015
31×24 cm | 338 pages | 500 copies | 30 € – link to page on Nero’s website
PHILLIPS CONTEMPORARY ART NEW YORK EVENING SALE 4 MAY 2015 is an artist’s book by Marc Horowitz accompanying his solo exhibition Interior, Day (A Door Opens) at Depart Foundation, LA. The artist has photographed each page of an art catalogue by Phillips, the famous auction house in New York, having placed on the pages the residues of junk food. Horowitz’s book maintains the title, number of pages and orientation of the Phillips catalogue, and its cover, back and coast also coincide with the original. The yellow background on which the catalogue is posed creates a distance, even in time, between the action of the artist (put food on the catalogue and shoot a photograph) and the reader’s perception of the differing levels in the artwork.
Niki, Lucy, Lola, Viola
17×11,5 cm | 544 pages | Eng. | 500 copies | 20 € – link to page on Nero’s website
Niki, Lucy, Lola, Viola collects screenshots of a desktop-performance made by Petra Cortright. During the 2 hour performance (from 11:39am until 1:26pm), the artist activated a software that made “Niki”, “Lucy”, “Lola” and “Viola” and other virtual erotic dancers previously purchased online, move and dance on the screen, while she changed the desktop’s backgrounds with sampled clip art, wallpapers and imagery found online. As a result, the pages of the book look like continuous digital collages, synthetic and painterly landscapes populated by the strippers posing for the viewer.
Cy Twombly, Photographer
34×24 cm | 96 pages | Eng. | 500 copies | 25 € – link to page on Nero’s website
Cy Twombly, Photographer is the exhibition catalogue accompanying the first Italian retrospective on the photographic activity of the artist held at the American Academy in Rome. The catalogue includes a plethora of photographs of still lives of fruit and flowers, portraits and fragments of landscapes that constitute visual and formal notes as well as considerations on the nature or ontology of everyday objects. This rich corpus of evocative imagery provides us with insight into the artist’s daily operations in his studio as well as glimpses of a parallel intimate, private life passed on both sides of the atlantic.
Risograph print | 11×7,8 cm | 50 pages | Ita. | 500 copies | 10 € – link to page on Nero’s website
The text published in Villa is a transcript of a heretofore unpublished manuscript by Emilio Villa, written around 1962 and addressed to the painter Mario Schifano. The book is the second publication of the series by NERO dedicated to unpublished texts by twentieth- century artists. The first book of the series, published in December 2013, was dedicated to Tano Festa.
Canto di strada (Street Song)
2 cloth-bound books, 1 cardboard slipcase | 16,5×22,5 cm | 66 pages (book 1), 60 (book 2) | Eng./Ita. | 500 copies | 20 € – link to page on Nero’s website
Canto di strada (Street Song) is the catalogue of the joint exhibition by Hamish Fulton and Michael Höpfner, held at the MAN Museum in Nuoro (6 January–5 April 2015). The exhibition at the Nuoro MAN placed the two artists’ work side by side identifying a common ground for comparison in a 14-day walking journey through the Supramonte and Gennargentu mountains. The artists undertook separate journeys which have been documented in two separate books. Their work is a reflection on art through an analysis of the relationship between experience and narration. For both artists, the object is a residual part of the experience – the real work – and is for the public.
Cîroc Boyz: vol 1
13×21 cm | 60 pages | Eng. | 500 copies | 10 € – link to page on Nero’s website
Cîroc Boyz: vol 1 is a collection of nightclub VIP bottle service receipts. Cîroc is the name of a vodka brand prepared in France, made from grapes, five times distilled. The brand is promoted by P Diddy, making it a symbol of luxury. Cîroc vodka was introduced to the Ultra Premium Vodka category by Diageo. Five years later Diageo and Sean “P Diddy” Combs formed a strategic alliance. As in previous endeavours, Diddy turned to a marketing agency to help create a promotion strategy that would embed the brand in the Urban consumer’s lifestyle. Just as the Cîroc brand is synonymous with quality and success, the same trait holds true and is the cornerstone and the hallmark of each individual selected to be a Cîroc Boy.
King Leopold’s Soliloquy
12×18,5 cm | 49 pages | Eng. | 500 copies | 20 € – link to page on Nero’s website
The artist’s book by Elisabetta Benassi King Leopold’s Soliloquy is a faithful reproduction of the original pamphlet edited by Mark Twain and published for the first time by The P. R. Warren Co. in Boston in 1905. The original book is a work of political satire about King Leopold’s rule over the Congo Free State, a monologue in which Leopold speaks in his own defense. The artist’s book by Benassi also includes miscellaneous attachments collected by the artist and is part of the work M’FUMU, installation and performance, produced for Personne et les Autres: Vincent Meessen and guests, group exhibition at the Belgian Pavilion, the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015.