Allan Kaprow Painting, 1946 – 1957

 

 

ISBN 978-3-86442-202-7
published 2017, SNOECK Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne

Euro 25,- (Villa Merkel) 

Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) genießt Weltruhm vor allem als Aktionskünstler. Doch nicht allein, dass auf ihn der Begriff des Happenings zurückzuführen ist – er prägte diese Kunstform Ende der 1950er Jahre in New York; auch seine Environments gelten als Marksteine der jüngeren Kunstgeschichte. Indes begann Allan Kaprow seine künstlerische Karriere als Maler, nicht zuletzt im Zusammenhang seines Studiums bei Hans Hofmann; zudem studierte er Kunstgeschichte bei Meyer Shapiro und Komposition bei John Cage, zeigte sich also früh nicht nur der Theorie, sondern auch verschiedensten künstlerischen und weltinterpretativen Ansätzen gegenüber offen. Die Ausstellung in der Esslinger Villa Merkel widmete sich erstmals ausschließlich dem zwischen 1946 und 1957 entstandenen malerischen Frühwerk und lässt die Vorbilder erkennen, an denen sich der junge Künstler orientierte und abarbeitete, wobei insbesondere sein Interesse an Fragen des Raums wie auch sein Bestreben, die Leistungen eines Jackson Pollock und eines John Cage miteinander kurzzuschließen, ins Auge stechen. Das reicht hin bis zu den Mitte der 1950er Jahre entstandenen Arbeiten, die er »Action­collagen« nannte und in die er nach und nach Alltags-materialien und -gegenstände miteinbezog.


Stories in your mind

 

 

ISBN 978-3-98169-267-9
published 2017, EDITIONrandgruppe, Stuttgart

Euro 12,- (Villa Merkel) 

Die Darstellung von Erzählungen weist innerhalb der Bildenden Kunst eine jahrhundertelange Tradition auf. Sowohl die Verbildlichung literarischer Vorlagen wie beispielsweise in der mythologischen und religiösen Historienmalerei als auch die Darstellung historischer Ereignisse dominierten die künstlerische Produktion über lange Zeit. Grundsätzlich prägt das Geschichtenerzählen aber auch alle sozialen und gesellschaftlichen Lebensbereiche, sei es in Form von Wirklichkeitserzählungen oder aber fiktionalen Erzählungen in Literatur, Film und Serien. Im Rahmen der Wissenschaften hat dies zu einem transdisziplinärem Interesse geführt, das über die klassische Erzählforschung hinausgeht.

„Stories in Your Mind“ knüpft an diese Entwicklung an. Zum einen steht die Interaktion zwischen Kunstwerk und Betrachter im Fokus. Welche medialen und inhaltlichen Werk-Merkmale inspirieren die Vorstellungskraft des Rezipienten? Welche künstlerischen Strategien entfalten eine erzählerische Wirkung?


GOOD SPACE – political, aesthetic and urban spaces

 

 

ISBN 978-3-86442-178-5
published 2017, Snoeck Verlag, Cologne

Euro 25,- (Villa Merkel) 

»GOOD SPACE – politische, ästhetische und urbane Räume« heißt vor allem: Chancen aufzeigen. Ausgelotet wird in diesem Ausstellungsreader, wie die an öffentliche Räume adressierten Erfordernisse umgesetzt werden können. In den Fokus gerückt sind überraschende Raum­nutzungen und subversive künstlerische Strategien. ­Befragt wird die Gestalt und Bedeutung öffentlicher Räume, seien diese de facto gebaut, als Utopie entworfen oder im Digitalen angesiedelt. Dabei geht es um Zukunftsfähigkeit und die perspektivischen Fragen danach, wie das Individuum zukünftig in der Öffentlichkeit agieren kann und soll. Mit »EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s« ist zudem eine Präsentation des ICA London aus dem Jahr 2015 in das Ausstellungskonzept miteinbezogen worden, die den historischen Hintergrund der visionären und utopischen Architektur- und Raumbegriffe der 1960er und -70er Jahre anschneidet. Das Buch ist als Reader die Summe aller Ausstellungsbeiträge und Vorträge in der Esslinger Villa Merkel im Sommer 2016.


Willie Doherty: HOME

 

 

ISBN 978-3-86442-178-5
published 2016, Snoeck Verlag, Cologne

Euro 20,- (Villa Merkel) 

HOME (2016), so heißt die neueste Video-Installation von Willie Doherty, Documenta-Teilnehmer (2012) und Vertreter Irlands auf der Biennale von Venedig (2007). Auf subtile Weise hat Willie Doherty die prekäre politische Lage Nordirlands schon immer reflektiert und dabei stets individuelle Befindlichkeiten, die zwischen Sicherheit und Bedrohung, Verletzbarkeit und Unversehrtheit schwanken, in den Fokus genommen – so wie er nun in selber übergeordneter Form auch nach dem Kontext von Migration und gesellschaftlicher Zugehörigkeit fragt. HOME kreist um die Flüchtlingsthematik, während die Videoarbeiten »The Amnesiac« (2014) und »Buried« (2009) Aspekte der Erinnerung mit dem Wunsch nach individueller Unversehrtheit verbinden. Die Installation »Remains« (2013) spielt dagegen mit der Idee des kollektiven Gedächtnisses, indem sie ihr Augenmerk auf die von drei IRA-Generationen gepflegte Praxis des sogenannten Kneecapping richtet. Dabei wurden tatsächliche oder vermeintliche Abweichler oder Verräter mit einem Schuss in eine der Kniescheiben bestraft. Zwischen den beiden Polen Authentizität und Fiktion erforscht Willie Doherty die Bedingungen des Filmischen und spielt gekonnt mit den Genres des Action-, Autoren- oder Dokumentarfilms. Seine Bildtechnik gleicht dabei einer kriminalistischen Erzählung: Sie steigert die Ununterscheidbarkeit zwischen konkreter Bedrohung und der Angst vor dem Unbestimmten, Erzählstrukturen und ihre Interpretationsmöglichkeiten bleiben weitestgehend offen.


Dicker als Wasser – Konzepte des Familiären in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

 

ISBN 978-3-86442-198-3
published 2016, Snoeck Verlag, Cologne

Euro 22,- (Villa Merkel) 

Artists:
Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Simon Fujiwara, Nan Goldin, Badr el Hammami & Fadma Kaddouri, Verena Jaekel, Haejun Jo, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, Neozoon, Johannes Paul Raether, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Yves Zintel


Better than de Kooning

 

ISBN 978-3-86442-137-2 Euro 22,- (Villa Merkel)

 

Ed. by Andreas Baur and Marcus Weber for the Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Snoeck Verlag Köln, 2015

Texts (German / English) by Esther Leslie, Andreas Baur, Marcus Weber. An Interview from Marcus Weber with Peter Saul and a reprint of an obituary on Maria Lassnig by Paul McCarthy

152 pages, Format 28x21cm, with coloured illustrations


Obsessionen und surreale Welten

Werke aus der Graphischen Sammlung der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar

 

ISBN 978-3- 931238-44-5
Euro 12,- (Villa Merkel)

 

Ed. by Andreas Baur for the Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, 2015
Texts (German) by Andreas Baur, Tina Plokarz and Anka Wenzel.
120 p. with coloured illustrations


Jäger & Sammler

 


ISBN 978-3-86832-240-8
Euro 24,- (Villa Merkel) 

 

Ed. by Fritz Emslander for the Museum Morsbroich and Andreas Baur for the Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Wienand Verlag, Cologne.
Texts (German) by Markus Heinzelmann, Andreas Baur, Fritz Emslander, Gabriele John
160 p. with 140 coloured illustrations


HAMISH FULTON –
WALKING TRANSFORMATION


ISBN 978-3-86442-092-4
Euro 20,- (Villa Merkel) 

 

Hamish Fulton, born in London in 1946, is working on an entirely independent body of work that is rather poetic and borne by a distinguished, authentic and open-minded attitude. For over 40 years, he has been conveying and acknowledging »walking« as an art form: Walks. Fulton makes Walks in all corners of the world, such as a walk »From Coast to Coast« in the UK, for instance. They result in wall drawings and images, photos and objects capturing in a variety of ways the defining phenomena of the Walks. At the same time, according to the motto »No Walk, No Art«, they can also be read as a passive protest against the excesses of urbanization that Fulton formulates in a sympathetic, yet uncompromising way. In 1994, Hamish Fulton, for the first time, directly involved other people in his work with a Group Walk. This volume documents the nucleus of the exhibition at Villa Merkel in Esslingen (9/3–8/6/2014), and the Walks recorded by the artist in recent years.

Ed. by Andreas Baur and Tina Plokarz for the Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne, 2014.  
Texts (German/English) by Andreas Baur, Hamish Fulton, Freddy Langer, Tina Plokarz
64 p. with 30 coloured illustrations, hardcover with dust jacket


ANDREAS SCHULZE


ISBN 978-3-942680-54-7
Euro 20,- (Villa Merkel) 

Ed. by Andreas Baur for the Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Strzelecki Books, Köln, 2014.
Texts (German/English) by Andreas Baur, Konrad Bitterli, Gunter Reski, Christoph Schreier
112 p. with 50 coloured illustrations, brochure with dust jacket


STEFAN PANHANS –

Too much change is not enough


ISBN 978-3-86335-492-3
Euro 16,- (Villa Merkel) 

 

Applying the philosophical theorems of Gilles Deleuze, the works of Panhans offer an impressive investigation into the relationship of image and time, motion and time as well as body and memory. He successfully connects philosophical questions with the psychology of the present. On the one hand he reveals the identity-establishing and increasingly absurd influence on our thoroughly digitised consumer society, while on the other hand he seems to ask with Deleuze, à propos Henri Bergson (Matière et mémoire, 1896): " Does this mean that [...] cinema is only the projection, the reproduction of a constant, univeral illusion? As though we had always had cinema without realising it?" 

Edited by Katja Blomberg, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König: Berlin, 2014 
Texts (ger./eng.) by Dr. Katja Blomberg, Reinhard Braun 


WOZU BILDER?
Gebrauchsweisen der Fotografie


ISBN 978-3-86442-076-4
Euro 24,- (Villa Merkel) 

“What Use Are Pictures?” – especially in today's times, this is a downright radical and simultaneously impertinent question. The same-named exhibition at the Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, and the Kunstsammlung Jena takes as its theme the extremely varied utilizations of photography on the basis of some four hundred photographs from a renowned private collection in southern Germany which are outstanding, even bizarre, sometimes strange, but always astounding. The publication is published on the occasion of same-named exhibition.

Ed. by Andreas Baur for the Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Bernd Stiegler, Felix Thürlemann
Texts (German) tutorial project at the Universität Konstanz under the supervision of the instructors Bernd Stiegler and Felix Thürlmann
304 p. with 250 coloured illustrations, hardcover


CROSSING MEDIA 

Art as a Stage 


ISBN 978-3-86442-071-9
Euro 18,- (Villa Merkel)  

»Crossing Media« is the name of the format now to replace the photo triennial first held in 1989 in Esslingen, which is also being expanded to include a festival comprising video presentations, performances, readings, discussions and concerts. The keyword »crossover«, i.e. the blurring and infusing of genres and disciplines, no longer describes such new things, it’s true, but does apply as a process to a lot of that which contemporary art denotes. Such a crossover process not only gives rise to those works of art that are surprising to our viewpoints and other modes of experiencing them, but it once again makes it apparent that within art there can be no more standard explanations. All artistic works and actions, especially at this festival, share the fact that they refer back to a stage-like presentation or display for their comprehension and presentation. Even as visitors arrive in the spacious entrance hall of the villa, they are surprised by a delicate construction by Banks Violette with a gleaming black stage floor and ceiling, from which a jumbled assortment of neon tubes appears to fall; it bears the title »Kill Yourself«. Or in the next room, where a large, empty sculpture plinth stands carefully illuminated on a red carpet in the floor space: this is »Public Sculpture« by Julien Berthier. Walking around the work visitors are transported by the artist’s symphonic hammer strikes on bronze statues in the open space into an ephemeral sound situation – or one might even say they are surrounded with a sculpture of sound. These examples are representative of many others by the 17 artists exhibited, as compiled in this comprehensive volume. Other participants of »Crossing Media. Art as a Stage« include Nevin Aladag, Birgit Brenner, Daniele Buetti, Kurt Caviezel, Beate Engl, Rainer Ganahl, Johan Grimonprez, Paul Harrison/John Wood, Christine Hill, Eva Kotátková, Jung Lee, Alexandra Leykauf, Atelier van Lieshout, Andres Lutz & Anders Guggisberg and Philippe Ramette.  

Edited by Andreas Baur, Snoeck Verlag: Köln, 2013.
Texts (ger./eng.) by Andreas Baur, Anne Horny, Tina Plokarz, Anka Wenzel


MANFRED KUTTNER – WERKSCHAU


ISBN: 978-3-86335-402-2
Euro 25,- (Villa Merkel)

 

In the spring of 1963, Manfred Kuttner and his fellow students, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter organize the legendary “Demonstrative Ausstellung” (Demonstrative Exhibition) at Kaiserstraße 31A in Dusseldorf. This marks the beginning of so-called German Pop Art, where the now-legendary term Kapitalistischer Realismus (Capitalist Realism) is born. In 1960, Manfred Kuttner escapes from East Germany to Dusseldorf. At the Dusseldorfer Kunstakademie in the class of Karl Otto Götz, he becomes involved with Informel, and soon also with ZERO and the Fluxus movement. At the end of 1962, he discovers the fluorescent “Plaka” paint which has recently been launched and marketed by Pelikan. The following months, he creates a series of some 30 geometrically structured paintings in fluorescent colours and 15 articles for daily use painted likewise in luminous colours. In addition, he shoots the film “A–Z”, does a photo series with body paintings, and writes the script for an experimental play entitled “Unfall” (Accident). In 1964, Manfred Kuttner ends his artistic career and works in the following years as a graphic designer. Not until recently has Manfred Kuttner’s oeuvre again come to public attention in solo and group exhibitions. With a solo exhibition at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen and one at the Langen Foundation in Neuss, the oeuvre of Manfred Kuttner is being presented for the first time in its full glory.


Edited by: Andreas Baur und / and Marcus Weber, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen; Christiane Maria Schneider, Langen Foundation, Neuss


Texts by: Birgit Hein, Tobias Kuttner, Christine Mehring, Thomas Scheibitz, Sabine Sense, Franz Erhard Walther, Marcus Weber

Pages: 192,   Language: German / English

 


Goldrausch –
Gegenwartskunst aus, mit oder über Gold


ISBN: 978-3-86984-387-2

Euro 24,- (Villa Merkel)

The appeal in dealing with gold for contemporary art seems to lie in the multifaceted levels of expression and significance that are associated with this auratic material. Between fascination, adoration and desire, the noble metal plays for hundreds of years a major part. Gold invariably invokes reactions – a potential that is exploited with great diversity by 18 international artists.

 

Edited by Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Villa Merkel Esslingen
Texts Klaus H. Orth, Anne Schloen, Harriet Zilch
German/English

204 pages, Numerous ills. in color, Hardcover

 


Vergessen Sie nicht die Wuchskraft der Bambuswurzeln!": Klasse Reto Boller in der Villa Merkel und dem Bahnwärterhaus, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar


ISBN: 978-3-942144-21-6

Euro 14,- 

The Villa Merkel and the Bahnwärterhaus become a platform for current artistic approaches. An expanded discourse on painting is on offer: a group of 27 artists from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart – students, graduates and visiting students from Reto Boller’s class – are introducing themselves in an international context.  

Texts Reto Boller, Andreas Bauer, Nadine Bracht  
Edited by Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar and Verlag Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
80 pages


TOBIAS PUTRIH – WHITE CITY


ISBN: 978-3-931238-42-1

Euro 8,- 

In his work the Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih engages with particular aspects of modernist history such as political and social utopianism, modernist architecture and design and the origins and evolution of cinema. For exhibition he created an architecture in architecture along the lines of the Chicago World Exhibition in 1893. The show at Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, was the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Tobias Putrih in Germany. 

Edited by Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Necker / Anka Wenzel    


SAATGUT – EMBLEMENTS –GRAN


ISBN: 978-3981372847

Euro 8,-  

Over a period of three weeks the three artists Anike Joyce Sadiq, Max Santo and Ines Wuttke showed installations and performances specially created for the Bahnwärterhaus. The examination of illusion and fiction is inherent in all three positions, as well as partly found objects, narration motivs and dramatic scenarios.

EDITIONrandgruppe

56 p., coloured pictures


BREITSEITE – IM FOKUS: RAUM 
(Broadside – In Focus: Space)

 

ISBN: 978-3-931238-41-4

Euro 14,- 

 

Breitseite – Im Fokus: Raum (Broadside – In Focus: Space) addresses artistic positions concerned with both the interior of space – especially exhibition spaces – and also the externals of spatial structure. The view of exterior of a spatial structure and seeing the interior are driven by various artistic approaches. The rooms in the Villa Merkel are analysed, processed and changed. New forms of perception emerge , concrete and applied experience come to light.


Breitseite – Im Fokus: Raum features sculptures that create an individual spatial structure and transform the exhibition space itself.


Breitseite – Im Fokus: Raum also features photographs that reinterpret spatial structures from the outside and explore the interior of a space.

 

Texts (German/ English) by Andreas Baur, Stephan Günzel, Maria Wäsch
80 p., coloured pictures


DARREN ALMOND
Nocturne


ISBN 978-3-940953-91-9
Euro 39,-

Darren Almond – Nocturne is a solo show of one of the most outstanding British contemporray artists at Villa Merkel. The transience of time in the fleeting moment of beauty: works in various media – photography, film or installation – show where Darren Almond´s interests lie. He addresses subjects such as signs of the times, landscape and journeys, and also political and historical memory. The fleeting quality of a moment, the fragility of human existence, all this is shown to viewers.

The special nature of this publication in cassette form relates to the specific execution of individual works, sometimes as a concertina folder or a simple booklet. Thus all of the photographs in the exhibition are adequately covered and the film receives a form of publication which can been viewed in particular as a mirror of the artist’s experiences.


Cassette, edited by Andreas Baur
Texts (German/English) by Andreas Baur, Tim Ingold, Johannes Meinhardt
 

Snoeck Verlag
, Köln.

3 concertina folds of 18, 6 & 32 p, two stappled note books each of 44 p with 400 coloured illustrations in all.
310 x 305 mm, cassette


MICHAEL BAUR
K-Hole: Frogs


ISBN 978-3-86984-259-2
Euro 12,-

The picture that marked the beginning of the show presents a trunk-feather (?)-fur creature transported from intermediate or dream worlds, scarcely ever seen in this form. It is looking back with one eye. This picture gave the exhibition just one of many animal-shaped spirits, just one of the strange hybrid creatures, one of the masks that inhabit psychedelic worlds. They all came along as figures grown out of patches of dirt and clumps of colour, permeated with heraldic forms, accompanied by ornaments, as artificial things, developed from material of painting.

Edited by Andreas Baur for the Galleries of the city of Esslingen on the Neckar


Texts (German/ English) by Andreas Baur, Maria Wäsch. 
Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg.


MELANIE SMITH – SHORT CIRCUIT


ISBN: 978-3-86442-029-0

Euro 20,- 

Melanie Smith was born in 1965 in Poole, United Kingdom, and now lives in Mexico City. Her ­installations, paintings and video works address a wide range of ­issues relating to perception, as well as philosophical questions with an emphasis upon socially ­relevant issues. Her impressive contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2011, which she readopted in a markedly extended form in her first museum-based solo show in Germany this summer at the Villa Merkel, Esslingen, wowed audiences across the board.

Hrsg. von / edited by Andreas Baur


Texts (German/English) by Andreas Baur, Aoife Rosenmeyer, Johanne Sloan
120 p with 100 ­coloured illustrations
280 x 210 mm, softcover

Euro 20,- (Villa Merkel)