Paul Laffoley: The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience

Paul Laffoley: The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience

Introduction by Richard Metzger

Thought-Forms by Paul Laffoley

Kent Fine Art, New York, NY, 2015 

142 pp. 

Online Publication 

ISBN: 978-1-878607-32-4

Dennis Adams: The Architecture of Amnesia

Dennis Adams: The Architecture of Amnesia

This survey documents Adam’s explorations of the unstable relationship between image, memory, and architectural form.  Monograph with text by Mary Anne Staniszewski that documents the work of the artist from 1979 through 1989.  Book design by the artist.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989.

112 pp., 91 color plates

ISBN-1-878607-07-3

 

$80.00

 

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Dennis Adams: Double Feature

Dennis Adams: Double Feature

Double Feature is a series of constructed film stills composed from individual frames grabbed from Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1959) and Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966).  Patricia, a young American woman selling the New Herald Tribune on the streets of Paris (played by Jean Seberg) has been displaced from her iconic stroll up and down the Champs-Elysees with Jean-Pal Belmondo in Breathless.  She has been relocated to the war torn streets of Algiers during their struggle for independence from French rule as depicted in The Battle of Algiers

 

“You know the old story of the chameleon.  

Put him on green, he turns green.  Put him on black, he turns black. 

But if you put him on plaid he explodes” - Jean Seberg

 

Kent Gallery, New York.  2008. 

92 pp., 40 color plates

ISBN: 978-1-878607-77-5

 

$14.95

 

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Dennis Adams: Malraux's Shoes

Dennis Adams: Malraux's Shoes

In his video Malraux’s Shoes, Dennis Adams masquerades as André Malraux on a set that reconstructs the iconic photograph of Malraux standing amid plates from his Imaginary Museum. We see Adams’s Malraux walking over the images as we overhear his interior monologue, interrupted by raving outbursts. The publication also includes notes and documentation of Adams’s entire video oeuvre and related works.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2012

120 pp. 48 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-52-2

Altered States

Altered States

Special issue of the original London based ZG Magazine edited by Rosetta Brooks.  Essays by Vito Acconci, J.G. Ballard, Douglas Blau, Rosetta Brooks, Robin Cembalest, Charles Hagen, Paula Jean Hoffman, Ronald Jones, Richard Ledes, Jonathan Miels, Oliver Sacks, Jerome Schulze, Michael Ventura, Paul Virillo, Robert Wright.  (

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989

76 pp.  Illustrated.  Oversize.

ISBN: none

 

$75.00

 

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American Myths

American Myths

out of print

 

Includes a statement by each artist. Includes both paintings and sculpture. Modern art has tried to cope with the modernism of the modern world and modernization in general and what these imply as to utopian possibility (anti-utopian hopes as well!) and mirror images of grinning self-conscious consumptions and marvelous divertissements. In contrast to the Pop Art elimination of content from their creations, the artists selected here use the pop art approach, but with emotionally and conceptually charged outcomes.  Included works by Richard Artschwager, Andy Warhol, Leon Golub, Jerry Kearns, Irving Petlin, Llyn Foulkes, and Barbara Kruger.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

40 pp. 16 color plates

ISBN: none

Artschwager/Shapiro/Byars

Artschwager/Shapiro/Byars

out of print

 

Three volumes/one per artist.  Works curated by D.K. Walla, this project addresses the interrelationships between these three influential sculptors.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1988.

120 pp total, illus in b & w, Slipcase

ISBN: none

Assemblage

Assemblage

out of print

 

Assemblage is an attempt to explore and address the development of assemblage from its beginnings in Dada, with an eye towards the future in a historical climate of developing interest in minimalism and conceptualism. Addressing the West Coast propensity to recycle emotionally-charged detritus, the works in this exhibition reveal an ongoing relevancy of the synthesized by-product, which continues to shape different artist’s personal languages.  Including works by: Edward Kienholtz, Bruce Conner, Llyn Foulkes, Arman, Jean Arp, Wallace Berman, Louis Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, MAcrel Duchamp, Max Erst, Eva Hesse, Ed & Nancy Keinholz, Jannis Kounellis, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Dorothea Tanning, Tom Wesselmann, and others.  Works selected and compiled by D.K. Walla.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

44 pp. 26 color plates.

ISBN: 1-878607-15-4

Varujan Boghosian: Master Bricoleur
Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus and Beyond

Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus and Beyond

out of print

 

The Bauhaus is, to this day, regarded as the nucleus of the early 20th-century German avant-garde, and no artist practiced its principles more enthusiastically in the United States than Austrian-born Herbert Bayer (1900 – 1985). Conceived as an artistic utopia, the Bauhaus developed from a “blend of profound depression resulting from the lost war with its breakdown of intellectual and economic life, and the ardent hope and desire to build up something new from these ruins.” The history of the Weimar Republic, founded in 1919 as the first German Democracy, and the creation of the Bauhaus in the same year, were both subject to the slow political decline that carried them to their grave in Berlin in 1933. Though it was in existence for only 14 years, the ideology carried forth from the Bauhaus would have a profound impact both in Europe and the United States. For more than six decades, Bauhaus ideals stood at the core of Herbert Bayer’s artistic approach in the belief that the arts, technology and nature should share a unity. Along with his contemporaries (Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and László Moholy-Nagy), Bayer believed in the importance of the “total artist” moving between private, autonomous expression and public projects which made them unique in their creative depth and scope. 

Essay and text notes by D.K. Walla

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2003.

120 pp. 32 color plates.  Clothbound

ISBN:  1-878607-87-1

John Brill: The Photography of John Brill

John Brill: The Photography of John Brill

Essay by Leah Ollman

 

Over the course of his career, Brill has produced several thematically coherent, discrete bodies of work, including Family Holiday Album, Engrams, Ennui, Reliquary, Cosmophilia, Bad Memory, Accidental Diary, and Family Portraits.  His work is the subject of a monograph published in 2002, The Photography of John Brill, with text by the critic Leah Ollman.  Writing in a spirit that reflects the spirit of the photographs, Ollman begins the book with the following meditation

Believe everything you’ve heard about those two, photography and time. The rumors, the theories, even the lies—they’re all true.  Shameless seducers, both of them. Their cunning liaison ensnares us all, compelling us to remember, betraying us into forgetting.    – Leah Ollman

 

Kent Gallery, New York.  2002

104 pp., 47 color plates, Clothbound

ISBN: 978-1-878607-77-5

 

$14.95

 

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Eugene Carriere: The Symbol of Creation

Eugene Carriere: The Symbol of Creation

Concerned with “mysterious centers of thought”, Gauguin, Redon and Carriere believed that to define a form too precisely was to rob it of its imaginative resonance and nuanced feeling.  The French artists and poets of this circle became known as the “Symbolists” within which Carriere was a central figure.  Monograph with introduction by Robert Rosenblum and extensive text by Dr. Robert Bantens

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989

132 pp. 52 color plates. 28 black and white plates. Clothbound.

ISBN-1-878607-08-01

 

$65.00

 

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Matthew Cusick: The Map Paintings

Matthew Cusick: The Map Paintings

out of print

 

Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at the Kent Gallery. Includes essays on each painting and the artist's biography.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2004

31 pp. 12.5 x 17.5 cm.

Edition size 1000, unsigned and unnumbered

ISBN 1878607812

Mike Cockrill: Awakening

Mike Cockrill: Awakening

Essay by Anthony Hayden-Guest. 

 

On the face of it what Mike Cockrill is doing here is upright and straightforward, Boy Scoutish even, which is not a bad metaphor, considering that he was himself a Boy Scout during those years when he was unknowingly accumulating the material that would be the core of much of his mature work.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York.  2011

90 pp., 45 color plates, Clothbound

ISBN: 978-1-878607-63-4-1

 

$16.95

 

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Mike Cockrill: Existential Man

Mike Cockrill: Existential Man

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Existential Man, new work by Mike Cockrill. The paintings are playfully sardonic and beautifully constructed portraits of a hapless everyman adrift in postwar America. The publication also includes The Ink Spots, a group of drawings from 1996–98. 

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2013

Essay by Darius James

62 pp. 29 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-30-0

ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP

ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP

Curated and Text Compilations by Douglas Walla

 

Expresses that limit between the domestic and the wild.  Dennis Adams, Hans Haacke, Richard Hamilton, Muntadas, Yoko Ono, George Washington and others.

"The selection of issues that should rank high on the agenda of concern for human welfare and rights is, naturally, a subjective matter. But there are a few choices that seem unavoidable, because they bear so directly on the prospects for decent survival. Among them are at least these three: nuclear war, environmental disaster, and the fact that the government of the world’s leading power is acting in ways that increase the likelihood of these catastrophes. It is important to stress the government, because the population, not surprisingly, does not agree. That brings up a fourth issue that should deeply concern Americans, and the world: the sharp divide between public opinion and public policy, one of the reasons for the fear, which cannot casually be put aside, that “the American ‘system’ as a whole is in real trouble—that it is heading in a direction that spells the end of its historic values (of) equality, liberty, and meaningful democracy.” - excerpt from Failed States by Noam Chomsky 2006

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2008

60 pp. 20 color plates. Clothbound

ISBN: 978-1-878607-58-4

 

$15.00

 

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Leandro Erlich: Turismo (with Judy Werthein)

Leandro Erlich: Turismo (with Judy Werthein)

out of print

 

This publication documents a project undertaken for the VII Bienal de la Habana in Cuba in November 2000.  The artists created a photographic setting of an unreachable Austrian Alps landscape which they transported from their Brooklyn studios to Cuba where it was installed at “La Cabaña”, a historical fortress dating back to the colonial period and which in later times was used for other purposes, such as the residence of Fulgencio Batista, a jail, and, after the 1959 revolution, the headquarters of the Comandancia, led by the Che Guevara.  The alpine backdrop was set up with artificial snow, skis, sleds and all other accompanying decorative items that helped create the magical illusion. Cubans residents were then invited to come and take their picture in front of the backdrop and thus completing the work of art. 

 

We wished to compose an idea that would allow us to come

 into close contact with the people of Cuba.

 A project connected with the reality of the situation

rather than the mere manifestation of an artwork

 that was alien to the Cuban context. 

We would transport a meeting place in the form

 of a landscape,

a fantasized imaginary situation.

 

Text by the artists.

Kent Gallery, New York, 2001.

64 pp., 29 color plates, Clothbound

ISBN- 1-878607-99-5

Heide Fasnacht: Drawn to Sublime

Heide Fasnacht: Drawn to Sublime

Essay by Nancy Princenthal

 

The visible world, full of animate things in continuous motion, is the focus of Heide Fasnacht’s drawings, sculpture, and installations.  Often based on photographs from slightly dated science textbooks and magazines, her subjects encompass volcanoes, geysers, sneezes, bomb blasts, rapid eye movement and rain.  Fasnacht’s art is based  in the phenomenological examination of experience.  She explores notions of objectivity in worth that concentrates on the processes of perception rather than mere representation.

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2005

80 pp. 20 color plates. 11 black and white

ISBN: 1-878607-54-5

 

$14.95

 

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Fictions

Fictions

out of print

 

Text and Photo Essay by Douglas Blau

 

A visual essay of 19th and 20th century painting relating to the concept of portaling along with a piece of reportage concerning a writer named Eleanor Norwich.

Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held jointly at Kent Fine Art and Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, November 17 - December 31, 1987. Curated by Douglas Blau, with essay by Blau. Includes works by Troy Brauntuch, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Thomas Moran, Charles Wilson Peale, Johannes Vermeer, William Merritt Chase, Randy Dudley, Chesley Bonestell, Norman Rockwell, John Bowman, Thornton Oakley, Caspar David Friedrich, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Cindy Sherman, Hans W. Hannau, Stanford Gifford, William Cameron Menzies, Richard Bergh, Winslow Homer, Joseph M. Newman, Stanley Kubrick, Hugh Ferriss, Arnold Genthe, Mark Innerst, Eugene Medard, Eugene Chaperon, Joseph Wright of Derby, David Deutsch, Thomas Eakins, Charles West Cope, Charles Lewis Fusell, C.E. Swaye, Thomas Anshutz, George Pal, Virgil Mirano, Howard Hawkes, Jack Conway, Charles H. Stephens, Johann Zoffany, John Ferguson Weir, Walter Dorwin Teague, Thomas Cole, Jan Christiaensz, Jack Goldstein, Komar & Melamid, William L. Sonntag, Hubert Robert, Bonfils, Elihu Vedder, Edwin Dickinson, William Bradford, Jospeh Mallord, William Turner, Frederic Edwin Church, Michael Zwack, Arnold Böcklin, Alain Resnais, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, George Caleb Bingham, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Joseph Hirsch, Fernand Khnopff, James Rosenquist, Giuseppe Pellizza Da Volpedo, Chuck Rogers, Angelo Morbelli, Gustave Caillebotte, Michele Zalopany, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

86 pp. 103 color plates.

ISBN: none

Heide Fasnacht: LOOT

Heide Fasnacht: LOOT

Fasnacht explores landscapes of cultural destruction and in the process recovers and repurposes images that have lain dormant and silent. Against what seems our current inability to face history, Fasnacht excavates the past as she examines the irreparable waste, destruction, and loss that mark global conflicts, and their continuing and contemporary repercussions.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2012

Texts by the artist

142 pp. 45 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-27-0

Llyn Foulkes: The Sixties

Llyn Foulkes: The Sixties

Essay by Peter Selz

 

In Selz’s essay, Works of the 1960s: Images of Disruption and Illusion, the author contextualizes the emergence of this important California artist as an eccentric outsider and highly original painter.  Fully engaged by the 1960s, the dark power of his extraordinary work was already recognized by artists, critics, and curators of discernment.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

36 pp. 18 plates plus French fold wrap studio shot.

ISBN-10: 1878607677

 

$ 85.00

 

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Llyn Foulkes: Scrapbook 1957 — 2005

Llyn Foulkes: Scrapbook 1957 — 2005

Llyn Foulkes pictorial biography as portrayed through collected photographs, press clipping, and personal ephemeral materials beginning with his arrival in Los Angeles to his late engagement with his multi-dimensional tableaus of the 1990s.

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2007. 

72 pp. 50 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-66-9

 

$14.95

 

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Llyn Foulkes: Bloody Heads

Llyn Foulkes: Bloody Heads

Bloody Heads features the most recent group of Llyn Foulkes’s iconic mixed media “portraits,” in which faces and figures are subject to a range of bloodied distortions, from irreverent additions to brutal subtractions. As Rosetta Brooks has written, “Contemporary life is full of all kinds of monsters which many of us either ignore or conceal. Foulkes does neither.”

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2011

80 pages, 33 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-26-3

 

$   14.95

 

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Julio Gonzalez: Drawn from the Studio (1876-1942)

Julio Gonzalez: Drawn from the Studio (1876-1942)

out of print

 

Drawing served as the groundwork of Gonzalez's sculpture, creating a view of sculpture as three-dimensional drawing.  Although World War I prevented him from being a more prolific sculptor at that time, Gonzalez produced an abundance of welded-iron sculpture in the last ten years of his life.  This outpouring can be seen as a result of his productive relationship with Picasso.  Experiments and collaborations with Picasso between 1928 and 1932 contributed to the transition of Cubist theory and two-dimensional pictoralism into the three-dimensional space of sculpture.  Picasso sought his old friend’s expertise in translating drawings to three-dimensional figures, as well as his mastery of the art of acetylene welding. Gonzalez's influence also reached the next generation.  Sculptors such as David Smith and Anthony Caro point to Gonzalez as a key figure in the formation of their art.   -dkw

 

With Text Notes by D.K. Walla

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2007.

76 pp.  33 Color Plates.

ISBN:  978-1-878607-00-3

John Heartfield: AIZ/VI 1930-1938

John Heartfield: AIZ/VI 1930-1938

out of print

 

Heartfield and Grosz began experimenting with photomontage, a term coined by the Berlin Dadaists, in 1915 or 1916.  During the 1920’s and 1930’s Heartfield developed photomontage into a powerful satirical tool he was to use throughout his career.  This is the catalogue raisonne for his best known body of work published between 1930 and 1938 in the magazine Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (Worker’s Illustrated Paper, renamed Volks Illustrierte form 1936 to 1938).  Extensive text and plate notes by David Evans.  Edited by Anna Lundgren.

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 1992

524 pp. 247 color plates. Clothbound.

ISBN-1-878607-28-6

Pablo Helguera: The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style

Pablo Helguera: The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style

out of print

 

The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style functions as a social etiquette manual for the complex contemporary art world. Should one sleep with an artist whose work one does not like? What do you say to a good friend who is exhibiting horrid works at his opening? How does one approach a gallery tastefully? The book answers all these questions with lots of examples and information. There is a glossary of art terms at the end of the book. For example: “Art School: Institution that teaches XIXth Century art techniques, XXth Century art history, and bills students with the tuitions of the upcoming century, under the assumption that art students will be able to fend with the present on their own.”  

 

Jorge Pinto Books, 2007, New York

Paperback, 9 x 6 in., 102 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-9790766-0-2

Pablo Helguera: Education for Socially Engaged Art

Pablo Helguera: Education for Socially Engaged Art

 

out of print

 

Education for Socially Engaged Art is the first “Materials and Techniques” book for the emerging field of social practice. Written with a pragmatic, hands-on approach for university-level readers and those interested in real-life application of the theories and ideas around socially engaged art. The book, emphasizing the use of pedagogical strategies to address issues around social practice, addresses topics such as documentation, community engagement, dialogue and conversation, amongst many others.

 

Jorge Pinto Book, New York, 2011

Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5 in, 90 pp. 

ISBN 978-1-934978-59-7

Paul Laffoley: Boston Visionary Cell

Paul Laffoley: Boston Visionary Cell

Paul Laffoley: The Boston Visionary Cell

Kent Fine Art LLC, New York, 2012

103 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-29-4

Jerry Kearns: Risky Business

Jerry Kearns: Risky Business

out of print

 

Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held March 18 - April 11, 1987. Text by Lucy R. Lippard. Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white. Includes list of works in the exhibition, selected biography, and exhibition history.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

exhibition catalogue with pictorial wrappers

offset-printed and glue bound

black-and-white & color, 23 x 26.5 cm., 35 pp.

edition size unknown

unsigned and unnumbered

Paul Laffoley: The Phenomenology of Revelation

Paul Laffoley: The Phenomenology of Revelation

out of print

 

This first monograph of the artist’s writings begins with a pivotal dream that Laffoley had in 1961.  Laffoley’s work has been a constant, interdisciplinary quest to explore the structure, and mystery of knowledge and transcendence.  His dense diagrammatic paintings bring together philosophy, history, science and the meaning and power of symbols.  All texts by Paul Laffoley, edited by Jeanne Marie Wasilik. 

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989

112 pp., 8 color plates, 56 black and white plates. Clothbound.

ISBN 187860705

Paul Laffoley: Time Phase X

Paul Laffoley: Time Phase X

My work is the product of the convergence of the instantaneous practice of invention and the slow craft of art. I have always believed that my period of most complete expression and appreciation would be my late future and beyond, in Time Phase X, the final phase of Modernism in the Western world. Time Phase X began on September 11, 2001, and will continue for the next one hundred years. My term for this period is the Bauharoque. It combines the heroic Modernism of the German Bauhaus, with its aspiration toward a technological Utopia, and the exalted theatricality of the Italian Baroque, in which an exuberance of form and illusion serve to express the mystical union of art and life.

Paul Laffoley, 2005

Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque

Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque

out of print

Sold out

 

In Dreaming About the Future with his Eyes Wide Open, curator Luis Croquer contemplates Laffoley’s thoughts on art, philosophy, reflections on history and the cosmos, and for bringing us to a richer awareness of our multi-faceted universe through his art.  Along with the essays, included here for the first time are 5 hand written unedited journals for 1972 to 2001.

 

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2013

302 pp. 13 color plates. Softcover

ISBN: 978-0-935558-52-4

Beverly McIver: Invisible Me

Beverly McIver: Invisible Me

Text by Irving Sandler

 

I have spent all of my life questioning my identity.  As a little girl, I felt invisible, non-descript.  I was in the shadow of my oldest sister Renee, who is mentally retarded.  Our family life centered on the well being of Renee.  From day to day, activities were planned, always subject to cancellation depending upon if Renee had a seizure or threw a tantrum.  My mother was a single parent, working as a maid to raise my middle sister Roni, Renee and me.  We grew up poor, dependant upon welfare and other handouts to make it.  We grew up in a housing project called Morningside Homes, in Greensboro, NC.  I became aware that I was poor at the start of school integration, as I was bused to predominately white schools, K-12.  Several of my friends were white, and instantly I noticed a difference between their lifestyle and mine.  Although my mother created a loving home for my sisters and me, the reality of what it meant to be poor slapped me in the face every time I left our two-bedroom apartment.  Danger lurked around our home.  In fact in 1979 the KKK visited our home and shot five Communist worker party members dead.  My mother witnessed the entire scenario from our kitchen window.   -BM

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2006 

56 pp. 23 color plates.

ISBN:  1-878607-96-0

 

$14.95

 

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Survey including works by Dennis Adams, Joseph Beuys, Fernando Bryce, Charles Gaines, Hans Haacke, Alfredo Jaar, Muntadas, Mark Lombardi and others.  Most of the world events that we witness today leave the reader or witness in a state of utter perplexity.  The artists presented here respond to these events with the intelligence and sensitivity.  It is their nature to be radical, and given the excellence of their art, they are necessarily provocative, each in their own way.

 

Compilation and text notes by D.K. Walla

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2012. 

60 pp. 16 color plates.

ISBN:  1-878-607-91-1

Henry Moore: Model to Monument

Henry Moore: Model to Monument

out of print

 

The last lifetime exhibition of this historic modernist includes 20 of Moore’s  working models and several large scale works. Curated by D.K. Walla and drawn from the collection of  George and Virginia Ablah.  Introduction by David Finn with excerpts from Henry Moore.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1986

36 pp. 19 color plates.

ISBN 1878607219

Muntadas: Eleven

Muntadas: Eleven

Eleven documents eleven works that Muntadas made in varying locales and under varying circumstances. Although the artist is well known for constructing critiques of what he calls the media landscape in large and complex projects, each of these eleven works embody a particularly direct and personal engagement with issues of perception, interpretation, and representation.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2012

65 pp. 30 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-98-0

Of Absence and Presence

Of Absence and Presence

out of print

 

An investigation of how two geographically and chronologically different groups of artists resolved problems of form, reduction, and how they perceived absence and/or presence. Includes works by: llya Chashnik, Ellsworth Kelly, Kasimir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt, David Smith, Tony Smith  Drawing on the parallels between the works of the modern American artists and the Russian avant-garde,  John Bowlt notes that, "all these artists reduced artistic form to its purest condition and tested the very limits of pure painting and construction."

 

Text by John Bowlt curated by D.K. Walla.

 

Selected with text notes by D. K. Walla

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1986

55 pp.  23 color plates. Paperback

ISBN: none

Meret Oppenheim

Meret Oppenheim

Best known by her “Fur Teacup and Spoon” in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection since 1936, this was the first publication on her works in English after her death in 1986.  Text by Bice Curiger, editor of Parkett Magazine and author of the Meret Oppenheim catalogue raisonne.  Also includes poems by Meret Oppenheim. 

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1988

54 pp., 12 color plates, 6 black & white plates

ISBN: none

 

$50.00

 

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Irving Petlin: Weisswald

Irving Petlin: Weisswald

out of print

 

At a moment when all received aesthetic orthodoxies have descended into that special purgatory reserved for the bankruptcy of incomplete ideas developed beyond their narrow limits, and when the world itself is lost in an inflation of trivia into cynical grandiosity, it is fitting that Irving Petlin should emerge as one of the very few authentic artists in late twentieth century America. Now is the moment in which art and human experience seem to be hopelessly adrift and severed from each other: memory, history and the sense of a possible humanity are carefully excluded from the consciousness of individuals; and the manipulation of aesthetic means and strategies has become a mannerist end in itself, like a technology running wild and out of control. But Petlin dares to retain a vision both moral and aesthetic, of the wholeness of consciousness and experience, and to remind us that the highest function of art is to transmit such a vision to the world.

This catalogue was published on the occassion of the exhibition Irving Petlin: Weisswald, September 12 - October 10, 1987, at Kent Fine Art, Inc., New York.

 

Kent Fine Art, Inc., New York, 1987

Papberback, 10 x 7.5 in.

33 pp. 8 color plates.

ISBN: 978-1878607249

Irving Petlin: Pastels 1961-1987

Irving Petlin: Pastels 1961-1987

Petlin’s pastels of the previous 40 years result from memory and history building on its own mysterious world of fantastic resources.  One of the most gifted members of the mid-fifties Chicago school, Petlin’s mastery of the pastel medium is illuminated here.  Written by Paul Cummings.

“Pastel is the unforgiving medium – there is no going back, every move indelible.  The medium developed in the 18th Century (Léotard) and later explored by Odilon Redon, Degas, Manet and others, survives today in the hands of very few artists.  Somehow, I cannot stop exploring the medium.  Color radiates from a pastel in a unique way.  The crystaline structure of the great color with the paper’s light throwing capacity creates a new kind of space –  a universe « huge », but a surface «small » .  It transports the eye into a deep space that does not exist, yet is felt, often deeply, as if the eye says, “I have been there.”  -IP

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989

84 pp., 28 color plates.  Clothbound.

ISBN-1-878607-01-4

 

$40.00

 

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Irving Petlin: An Artist of Conscience

Irving Petlin: An Artist of Conscience

This publication documents Petlin’s long engagement with issues of conscience in the global arena of political and military engagement.  Included here is also a complete chronology.

 

It is an article of faith with me that good and true artists will always represent the human face and figure and presence until the end of time.  Some will not.  Those who will, as they always have, will transform the depictive art by power of unique gifts and character and personality and doggedness and luck and thorough the courtesy, as it were, of the time and place in which they live and interact.

 

Do not be impatient with those of us like Petlin who are having to reread our depictive history slowly , as if in this era of later modernism that history is written in a lost of distant tongue.      - R. B. Kitaj

 

Kent Gallery, New York.  2009.

Edited by Douglas Walla

90 pp.  28 color plates

Francis Picabia: Accomodations of Desire

Francis Picabia: Accomodations of Desire

Text by Sarah Wilson, Courtlauld Institute

 

In commenting on the artist’s most influential period of 1924 to 1932, Duchamp stated that Picabia had added a fourth dimension to painting.  Concurrent with investigations by Duchamp and Man Ray, Picabia investigated layers of literal and figurative meaning by juxtaposing Old Master painting subjects and techniques with references to biblical, optic, photographic, opium-inspired, Freudian, and occult sources. 

 

Courtauld Institute, 1989

80 pp., 18 color plates, 10 black and white illustrations.  Clothbound.

ISBN-1-878607-04-9

 

$80.00

 

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Emily Prince: American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (but Not Including the Wounded, nor the Iraqis nor the Afghans)

Emily Prince: American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (but Not Including the Wounded, nor the Iraqis nor the Afghans)

American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (but Not Including the Wounded, nor the Iraqis nor the Afghans).  2004 to the present.  The project documents images, birthplaces and personal notations of the 4,952 American causalties as exhibited at the Venice Biennale curated by Rob Storr in 2007, and suplimented as causalties grow. 

In her ongoing project, American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (but not Including the Wounded, nor the Iraqis nor the Afghans), Emily Prince seeks to make a pointed political statement by offering a detailed rendering of the human cost of war.  The project serves as a memorial, containing individual, hand drawn portraits of the United States casualties of the War in Iraq.  Each sheet of paper includes the portrait of the soldier which is posted on the website as well as the soldier’s biographical information including their name, hometown/state, age, date of death, and other personal, distinguishable facts. All fifty states as well as the United States territories are included in the project.  Using only gridlines, Prince created a map of the United States on the gallery wall and each portrait is hung in correspondence to the soldier’s hometown location.

 

“The numbers kept coming up in the daily reports.  Five here, fourteen there, one day after another.  And then the growing figure mounting over a thousand.  Peripherally it was ever-present, but still only an abstraction.  It was no longer enough to know how many.  I needed to see pictures of them, to familiarize myself just a tiny bit more with what was happening far from my warm home.  And it really isn’t much.  It too is a mere summary, just one more step beyond bare numbers. 

Yet for me it is something.  It means spending time with each one.  It is looking into their eyes to see who is now gone.  It is following the line of their brow and trying to perceive the expression there.  It is a visual and visceral exploration of these individuals by way of their faces.  It is my own eyes and my hand tracing out some very slight acquaintance with what’s occurring.

As an investigation it is little, and it is incomplete.  It addresses only the Americans who have died.  Neither the Iraqis nor the Afghanis are pictured.  However, this gap in my own representation does not symbolize any deliberate or meaningful exclusion.  I feel deep sadness for the people of these nations."  EP  2006

 

ONLINE PUBLICATION

Richard Prince: Inside World

Richard Prince: Inside World

Prince’s visual narrative of aggression and sexuality in the media, composed of  “found photography” and works by Man Ray, Warhol, Richter, Picabia, Sherman, and others.  An artist’s book compiled by Richard Prince, curated by Thea Westreich

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989.

88 pp. 88 color plates.

 

$150.00

 

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Reality Remade

Reality Remade

out of print

 

Examining the continuing influence of Dada, this selection of works include contributions by Duchamp, Man Ray, Artschwager, Beuys, Ellsworth Kelly, Justen Ladda and others.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1986

54 pp.  24 color plates.

ISBN: none

Revisiting Histories

Revisiting Histories

Gallery exhibition surveying key works by Dennis Adams, John Brill, Mike Cockrill, Heide Fasnacht, Llyn Foulkes, Liselot van der Heijden, Pablo Helguera, Paul Laffoley, Muntadas, Irving Petlin, Judith Shea.  Circa 1985 to 2004 including extensive text notes by Jeanne Marie Wasilik.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2014. 

56 pp, 26 color plates.

ISBN: 1-878607-97-3

Medardo Rosso

Medardo Rosso

This exhibition, curated by Gloria Moure, was the most extensive survey of this highly influential Italian sculptor of the late 19th to early 20th Century.  Published by Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  This publication is extensively illustrated with the variations on each sculptural theme, as well as a generous amount of Rosso’s own photography.  Essays by Gloria Moure, Francisco Calvo, Luciano Fabro, Juan Munoz, Thomas Schutte, as well as the writings of Rosso. 

 

CaixaGalicia, 1996.

326 pp., 232 plates, fully illustrated in color. 

Includes Biography as well as full Bibliography

ISBN: 84-453-1802-0

 

$200.00

 

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Medardo Rosso: Impressions in Wax and Bronze

Medardo Rosso: Impressions in Wax and Bronze

“Il caso Medardo Roso” is the title of a book published ninety years ago by Ardengo Soffici, the Italian man of letters and painter who had recognized the greatness of the sculptor in Paris.  Despite the refinements in critical analysis and the enrichment of opportunities to evaluate Rosso in the context of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and his place in the development of modern sculpture- from Picasso and Boccioni to Brancusi- the case is, in fact, still open.  Comprehensive investigation of the lifecast works of this 19th century Italian master. 

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1989

Written by Luciano Caramel.

112 pp., 13 color plates.  Clothbound.

ISBN-1-878607-030

 

$150.00

 

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Judith Shea

Judith Shea

Beginning from a foundation in fashion design during the 60s, Shea moved forward formally to the discipline of sculpture finding the technical and aesthetic roots of the practice of greater interest.  Along with her first exhibition at the Clocktower (1976), she had numerous collaborations with Trisha Brown, the Eye and Ear Theater, Red Grooms and Elizabeth Murray.  In retrospect, Shea has stated, “that highly disciplined study in fashion served me well as an essential training for building a figure.  I used what I knew, and that was the unique underpinning to my work.”  Along with an extensive photo essay of the current work, included here is the timeline of her oeuvre since 1976.

 

Text notes by Jeanne Marie Wasilik.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 2014

152 pp. 98 color plates.

Dust Jacket, Cloth Cover, and Smythe Sewn

ISBN 978-1-1878607-31-7

 

$16.95

 

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Myron Stout

Myron Stout

out of print

 

Stout presented in depth for only the second time following the Whitney Museum’s earlier retrospective, this project was realized in collaboration with Richard Bellamy.  Texts by Richard Bellamy and Henry Geldzahler. Fully illustrated, includes bibliography and exhibition history.

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1990

64 pp. Softcover.

ISBN 0962425826

Dorothea Tanning: On Paper

Dorothea Tanning: On Paper

out of print

 

Essay by Donald Kuspit

 

Known as the last of the original group of Surrealists, Kuspit focuses here on Tanning’s mastery of the drawing, “The sublime fluidity-the magical flow of the unconscious, of a subterranean process that erupts in imagery but remains just out of reach . . . “

 

Essay by Donald Kuspit

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987

68 pp.  17 plates.

ISBN: none

Dorothea Tanning: Eleven Paintings

Dorothea Tanning: Eleven Paintings

out of print

 

Introduction by Pontius Hulten

 

In his introduction, Hulten remarks, “ Dorothea Tanning’s technique is superb but, of course, she has painted her whole life.  She walks, especially in her later work, a tight-walk on the edge of the void.”

Also included are Mesostics by John Cage

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1988

40 pp. 12 color plates.

ISBN: none

Dorothea Tanning: Insomnias 1955-1965

Dorothea Tanning: Insomnias 1955-1965

This was the first Tanning exhibition since Birthday and Beyond, the retrospective that the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted in 2000 to mark their acquisition of Tanning’s celebrated 1942 self-portrait, Birthday.  In the 1940s, when she was one of the painters in Julien Levy’s stable, Tanning painted within the idiom of surrealist representation. By the mid-50s, her work had radically changed.  As Tanning explains, “Around 1955 my canvases literally splintered . . . I broke the mirror, you might say.”  The Insomnias — the group takes its name from a painting of the same title that Tanning made in 1957 — are forays into the realm of conjured energies. They represent a forceful shift at a particular, postwar moment that continues to reverberate today.

Essays by Dr. Charles Stuckey and Richard Howard

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2005. 

80 pp.  14 color plates.

ISBN: 1-878607-95-2

 

$14.95

 

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Dorothea Tanning and Friends: All in this Together

Dorothea Tanning and Friends: All in this Together

Co-curated by Douglas Walla and Dorothea Tanning

 

Including works by: Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Matta, Motherwell Man Ray, Lee Miller and others.

 

" We are the product not only of our own choices but of the sounds, sights, and especially the people we have encountered along the way. . . whoever they are, they have marked a life." Excerpt from Tanning: Between Lives  (p. 7)

 

Kent Gallery, New York.  2009

114 pp.  47 plates.

ISBN: 978-1-878607-90-4

The Times, The Chronicle, & The Observer

The Times, The Chronicle, & The Observer

out of print

 

Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Malcolm Morley, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol

 

Curated by Douglas Blau

 

“I first came across the name Richard Archer (1937 - 1970) a few years ago, while reading through a box of old magazines that I’d found at a thrift store in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. The collection - an odd assortment of English art journals and science fiction reviews - included a number of real rarities: a dozen copies of Ambit and fifteen issues of New Worlds, all dating from the mid-1960s….”  -db

 

Kent Fine Art, New York, 1990

64 pp. 22 black-and-white plates.

ISBN 1878607251

Liselot van der Heijden: False Metaphors

Liselot van der Heijden: False Metaphors

Liselot van der Heijden makes photographs, videos, and installations that subtly build the case that representations of nature reveal more about cultural, ideological, political, and social frameworks than about nature itself. The monograph False Metaphors documents over a decade of van der Heijden’s projects.

 

SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2010

100 pp.  56 color plates.  Clothbound

ISBN: 978-90-806655-8-3

 

availability upon request