Bernhard Cella

Collecting Books

A conceptual snapshot of the arts in book form.

My first selection of Austrian art books and artists’ books produced over the last two years. Who publishes art books and artists’ books today and what content do they articulate? This collection contains a synopsis of statements by the actors, their descriptions of themselves, and a brief introduction to each of the curated books. Participants: Museums, firms, private foundations, small publishers, and individual artists.

Catalog / Photography /

Cindy Sherman: The early Works 1975-1977

For more than 35 years, Cindy Sherman (born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) has been visualising a multitude of role models and female identities. The artist elevated the game of transformation into her artistic concept and, in her early years, created numerous hitherto unknown photographs. Sammlung Verbund has academically edited the conceptual beginnings of her œuvre into a comprehensive Catalogue Raisonné.

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Photography /

Johanna Diehl: Displace

In Displace photographer Johanna Diehl looks at the architectural traces left by an ongoing conflict on the island of Cyprus, which has been partitioned for some 35 years now. In her meticulous colour photographs the artist develops a typology of a sacral architecture that has undergone dramatic change as a result of standing empty, conversion and destruction over many years of conflict.

photography public space

Magazine / Photography /

Eikon #79

The bilingual (English/Deutsch) journal EIKON is thematically divided into two parts: the first part, the Artist Pages, includes artistic and theoretical contributions, and is intended to be a forum for artists. The second part of EIKON focuses in the form of regular series on current and interesting issues in the arts and cultural politics.

photography media art art-magazine

Magazine / Photography /

Streulicht

"Streulicht", ein Magazin für Fotografie und Artverwandtes, begreift sich als Publikationsform, in welcher ausgehend von einer österreichischen Perspektive ähnlich einem Ausstellungsformat aktuelle fotografische Tendenzen und Diskurse präsentiert werden. Im Zentrum steht die Wahrnehmung von und via dem Medium der Fotografie und seinen ‚artverwandten‘ Erscheinungsformen.

streulicht photography magazine

Artist Book / Photography /

O Perfume do Boi

André Príncipe 2012 O Perfume do Boi (translated: "the perfume of the bull") was shot during a three-month anticlockwise journey around Portugal's borders. Outside cities, out in the fields and in the woods, in small town circuses, with the lunatics and the acrobats. The very strong narrative feeling comes with an equally strong suspicion that there might be no story. The photos of the animals and people combined with the natural elements, cause a sense of eminent

Artist Book / Photography /

Portobello

Patrícia Almeida 2009 Photography arrests time but can as well capture the action of an already arrested time, i.e. a vacancy, a time immobilized even before it is captured, a dead time. The pictures of Portobello show us bodies in expected and satisfied poses, representations of a low cost popular culture, self-fictions of proletarian glamour. But they also show us places immobilized within town-planning and architectural projects whose expression refers more to the kind of organization and arrangement

Artist Book / Social / political Activism / Photography /

I Fear Nothing Because I have Nothing

Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot 2012 'I Fear Nothing' is a collection of photographs of posters from the demonstration held on October 15 2011, which led to the occupation of the Parliament staircase in Lisbon. On October 15, the Spanish indignados movement called for a day of global protest. The movement had got its second wind in September, with the "Occupy Wall Street" mass demonstrations in New York. In Lisbon, the protest named "October 15, Democracy goes out!" began with a

Artist Book / Photography /

bad liver and a broken heart

São Trindade 2012 The origin of this work of self-fiction can be found in one of São Trindade’s sketchbooks, this one entirely devoted to the subject of loss or decadence. With references to the aesthetics of crime scenes and nightlife photographed by Weegee in New York in the 1930 and 1940’s, the device is simple: in a "real décor," São Trindade’s body, abandonned and unconscious, is photographed. The body

Artist Book / Photography /

All Beauty Must Die

Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot 2011   'All Beauty Must Die' is a reference to the lyrics of Nick Cave’s 'Where the Wild Roses Grow', a duet with Kylie Minogue released with Nick Cave’s 1996 record Murder Ballads, but also to John Keats’ Ode on Melancholy: “She dwells with Beauty – Beauty that must die”. This book collects multilingual comments left by anonymous visitors of the show "All Beauty Must Die"

Artist Book / Social / political Activism / Photography /

The Candidate

António Júlio Duarte 2012 Macau was the last remaining European colony in China when the Portuguese transferred back the Sovereignty over Macau to China on the 20th of December 1999. The government in Macau is now headed by a chief executive, who is appointed by the People's Republic of China's central government after selection by an election committee, whose members are nominated by local corporate bodies. In June 2009 Fernando Chui Sai On declared himself the sole

Photography /

Thomas Freiler: apparate arbeiten/CAMERAS WORK

A photo book as an experimental setup in which the medium informs itself and becomes a bibliophile object that explores photography as a collection and argumentation.

Catalog / Photography /

Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break

This publication offers a stunning array of images drawn from a variety of sources, including WPA documentary photographs, Old Master oil paintings, contemporary art, and photographs by Lockhart herself.

Catalog / Photography /

Brian McKee: Re-Build-ings

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Brian "McKee – Re-Build-ings".

Artist Book / Photography /

Brian McKee: Urbanus

The URBANUS series focuses on abandoned cities and communities that McKee photographed using natural light.

Artist Book / Photography /

Klaus Pichler: Fürs Leben gezeichnet

This volume documents a tradition that is now dying out, namely that of prison tattoos in German-speaking countries.

Artist Book / Photography /

Matthias Aschauer: Stars of Albania

The Mercedes star developed from the symbol for the unachievable and for the unscrupulously dominating, communist power elite, to the omnipresent symbol for the new, post communist Albania trying to archive Western standards.

Artist Book / Photography /

Roger Palmer: Circulation

Circulation is Roger Palmer’s second monograph after Overseas (Fotohof edition 2004), and once again it addresses complex issues relating to the representation and possible misinterpretation of landscape and its inscribed cultural codes.

Artist Book / Photography /

Vera Brandner: Picturing Others

Any photographic representation of distant lifeworlds usually entails a visual formulation of what »the Other« might be. Countless photographic images of the Self and of the Other are created, continually rigidifying the boundaries separating oneself from »the Others« and validating one’s own prejudices.

Artist Book / Photography /

Matthias Herrmann: 270 West 17th Street #20c NY NY 10011

Matthias Herrmann’s book is something of a tribute to metropolitan New York, the confession of a flâneur who reveals his itineraries to the onlooker in the form of a photographic diary.

Catalog / Photography /

Mutations II: Moving Stills

A catalog accompanying the group exhibition of the network of the European Month of Photography composed of the cities Berlin, Bratislava, Luxembourg, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

Catalog / Photography /

Lewis Baltz: Hannover 2012

This catalogue was made in close collaboration with Lewis Baltz and approaches his work through various angles. The texts highlight how Baltz's photographies relate to the art of the 1970s, how he applies filmic strategies and why he does not call himself a photographer.

Artist Book / Photography /

Ida Marie Hede and Christian Mayer: Gizmo

A fascinating mixture of prose book and art book, Gizmo is the result of a collaboration between Danish writer Ida Marie Hede and German artist Christian Mayer. The thrilling dialogue of image and text captures the spirit of symbiotic movements between visibility and invisibility, materiality and dissolution, oblivion and recollection.

Artist Book / Photography /

Hans-Peter Feldmann: Ein Energieunternehmen

Ein Fotobuch über die Produktion und Verteilung von Energie in Niederösterreich; es dokumentiert die Anlagen eines Elektrizitätsunternehmens, das ihn mit dieser Arbeit beauftragte.

Artist Book / Photography /

Bernhard Cella: and . learning english has no use

"Eine Gesprächsentwicklung war eigentlich unmöglich. Ich bin in den fernen Osten gefahren und habe versucht, mich mit der dortigen Kultur auseinanderzusetzen. Etwa so, als ob man einige U-Bahnstationen später aussteigt als üblich. Im Umfeld, aus dem ich komme, baue ich modellhafte Situationen, singuläre Spielräume. Genau genommen erscheinen chinesische Künstler moderner als wir im Westen."

Artist Book / Photography /

Christian Wachter: Diar El Mahçoul

In diesem Frühling, der inzwischen der „Arabische“ genannt wird, war ich, wie viele andere, überfordert von den Nachrichten aus Afrika und dem Nahen (und Fernen) Osten. Weil das „Große“ und „Ganze“ so schwer zu verstehen und in den Blick zu bekommen ist, greife ich kleine Teile davon heraus.

Catalog / Photography /

David Claerbout: Diese Sonne strahlt immer

According to Claerbout, the once opposing characteristics of film (= movement) and photography (= the frozen moment) are no longer so clear. And this is the point from which he developed his own philosophy. Claerbout manipulates time by using the principles of the media of photography and film for both.

artist photography film visual art

Catalog / Photography /

Clegg & Guttmann: Portraits and Other Cognitive Exercises 2001-2012

For their exhibition Portraits and Other Cognitive Exercises 2001 – 2012 at BAWAG Contemporary, Clegg & Guttmann take a fresh look at their defining work from a present-day perspective. A selection from their body of work Cognitive Exercises, in continual development since 2001, is juxtaposed with early and recent examples of their irresistibly attractive portrait photography. The result is a visual and substantive span between austerity and opulence, between glamour and discourse.

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Catalog / Photography /

Joachim Brohm: Color

This book has been published on the occasion of the exhibition „Joachim Brohm: Color“ from November 10th 2011 to February 2012 at Landesgalerie Linz.

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Catalog / Photography /

Stéphane Couturier: Melting point (continued)

An extensive monograph/exhibition catalog on Stephane Couturier, who is undeniably one of the most important French contemporary photographers, an influential presence on the international exhibition scene since the mid-1990s with his large-format, brilliantly elaborated photographic tableaux.

artist exhibition

Catalog / Photography /

Haubitz+Zoche: Facelift

Engagement with urban space and sensitisation to the mechanisms at work in it is a core theme of the artist duo Haubitz + Zoche. Architectural structures of urban space are also the focus of their series Facelift, begun in 2006, which is presented in this publication with a selection of approx. 50 works and accompanied by a literary contribution by Andreas Neumeister.

exhibition

Special Edition / Photography /

Public Art Lower Austria: Special Edition

This Special Edition occupies a particularly dedicated place in the publications 'Public Art. Art in Public Space in Lower Austria”. On the one hand, it is a photo book documenting the 'Art in Public Space' openings of the period 2000-2012. On the other hand, the Special Edition, with its unique graphic design of superimposed photographs, is an art book of a special kind.

artist public space

Theory / Photography /

Ernst Logar: Invisible Oil

In 'Invisible Oil', the artist Ernst Logar addresses the material petroleum and its importance as a basis of our modern civilization using the example of the Scottish petroleum metropolis Aberdeen. In the course of his work, the artist managed to get access to non public places of the North Sea based petroleum industry.

artist contemporary art public space enviroment

Artist Book / Photography /

smog studio: LOFT P.

In Loft P Per-Johan and Caroline Dahl draw from their research and practice in architecture and urbanism to extract the spatial typology of the loft.

architecture photography per-johan dahl caroline dahl

Artist Book / Photography /

Peter Köllerer: Inner City (London)

The photographs of the Austrian artist Peter Köllerer lead us into London‘s “Inner City” without showing the well-known icons of the center. Instead, we see irritatingly anonymous views of a sensed interior city space.

photography city public space

Artist Book / Photography /

G.R.A.M.: Paparazzi

Since a decade G.R.A.M. delivers a series of Paparazzi images, a personal contribution to media’s conjuration of the Еnd of Privacy.  All images were taken by G.R.A.M. themselves, through the mixing of prominent persons and celebrities (e.g. Barack Obama, David Beckham, Kate Moss, or Paris Hilton) and non-prominent persons a visual undergrowth evolves, where there seems to be no safe truth.

magazine photography

Artist Book / Photography /

Allan Sekula: Performance under Working Conditions

Allan Sekula’s works are among the most discussed in the field of contemporary art. In his combination of photography and text, he explores the issue of documentary forms, which particularly now is of great relevance. In addition, his works make controversial contributions to current debates on economic, social, and cultural globalization. Only when these two aspects are viewed together do the themes dealt with by Allan Sekula fully disclose themselves.

artist documentary society and politics

Catalog / Photography /

Zoe Leonard: Photographs

Photographs is the first major survey of the work of American artist Zoe Leonard. In addition to early works, the mumok exhibition will include Analogue, a series of 412 photographs produced between 1998 and 2009 in which Leonard investigates the changes in the urban landscape and economy resulting from a rapidly advancing globalization.

artist book photography

Theory / Film / Photography /

Three Films/Three Photographs

In tandem with the exhibition Three Films / Three Photographs (Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany 2011), this publication endeavours to provide a contribution to the discussion of current debates and focuses thematically upon the global, cultural and medial condition of a society that - in the words of Zygmunt Bauman - cannot stand still, but is perpetually modernising.

exhibition photography

Catalog / Photography /

Cars You Drive Me Art

Geprägt von der Einbettung in literarische und vor allem filmische Kontexte - Stichwort „Roadmovie“ - vermittelt das Auto vor allem seit seiner Behandlung durch die Pop Art einen Topos zwischen Alltagskultur und Fetischisierung, der von zahlreichen KünstlerInnen mit unterschiedlichen Konzepten und vor dem Hintergrund verschiedener historischer Referenzen aufgegriffen wird.

exhibition-catalogue exhibition collection

Theory / Photography /

Daniel Hafner: Dialogue(s) Reflecting on all things merely experienced

Daniel Hafner’s series of artistic experiments are not only capable of making us aware of the complex ways in which our phenomenal world functions. In addition, his seemingly simple viewing devices often unmask our experience as deceptive appearance.

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Catalog / Photography /

Elfie Semotan im Heiligenkreuzerhof

Die Modefotografie ist ein ideales Medium, um die Welt der Mode abzubilden, eine Welt, die den Glamour an der Grenze zwischen Realität und Fiktion perfekt beherrscht. Manchmal zu perfekt. Elfie Semotan pflegt einen anderen Zugang. Auf intellektuell humorvolle Art und Weise thematisiert sie das Schöne und Glamouröse in seiner Fragilität und Brüchigkeit.

elfie semotan vienna

Theory / Photography /

Katrina Daschner: Nouvelle Burlesque Brutal

Time and again Katrina Daschner perceives the stage and the context of an exhibition as a sexualised arena of play and performance in which processes of desire and power - along with gaze scenarios - are negotiated and staged.

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Photography /

Leo Kandl: Free Portraits

In his Free Portraits series Leo Kandl used newspaper ads to find models in cities as diverse as New York, Moscow, London, Kiev and Vienna, but without divulging the specific purpose of the photographs; as a result he met usually young, self-assured people who liked the idea of self-expression.

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Photography /

Fritz/Frassl: Westbahnhof 1-4

During a night in April 2006 we allowed ourselves to be locked in the ticket hall of the Vienna Westbahnhof train station. From one until four o´clock in the morning it is closed and not accessible to the public. All doors are locked, only the sliding doors to the platforms remain open.

artist`s project public space photography

Catalog / Photography /

Michael Strasser: Domestic Sculpture Garden

The focus of Michael Strasser photographic works and installations oscillates between an analysis of body and space which is then translated into an artistic process. Thus he contextualizes the physical environment between sculpture and architecture, and deconstructs design and residential functions of architectural space in general.

photography sculpture architecture public space

Catalog / Photography /

Five Directions of Photography Through Photography

During the Spring Semester of 2010 period students of the art & photography class (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) divided themselves into five workshops, each dealing with a different topic related to the field of art photography.

martin guttmann photography vienna

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Brian McKee: Detritus

Brian McKee shows us prestigious ruins: Places, which were badly destroyed in the war (of Afghanisthan) with the Soviet Union and are no longer used today. We can see staircases, porticoes, reveals.

photography public space

Catalog / Photography /

Anastasia Khoroshilova: Russkie

Russkie (Russians) does not represent a nationality, a country, a way of thinking, a religion or a community. It is rather a vector of history and scholarship that the artist, of the pre- and post-perestroika school, has surpassed.

photography public space

Catalog / Photography /

Norbert Artner: Studios 2008 - 2012

This publication features Norbert Artner’s series of photographs entitled Studios for the first time. In 2008 he began systematically to photograph studios – first in Linz and Vienna, later in Berlin, Amsterdam, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The technique used allows each studio consisting of many individual digital images to appear as an image space.

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Artist Book / Photography /

Markus Oberndorfer: Foukauld

Markus Oberndorfer takes pictures of disappearance and change, of the appropriation of the remnants of World War II.

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