A Publishers Paradise
Last weekend saw the Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair come to town and with it came a plethora of exciting international publishers. The fair held in Berlin’s Akadamie der Künste, featured books, editions, prints, and all things printed matter, showcasing works on art to architecture, design to poetry, and much more. Here, we select a small number of international publishers that took part in the annual fair and the brand new publications that stood out amongst the bustling crowd.
The Images of Architects by Valerio Olgiati, The Name Books
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the minds of architects? What inspires them and what fuels their vision? Well now that mystery might just be over. Swiss publisher The Name Books and Swiss architect, Valerio Olgiati, have teamed up to create The Images of Architects. Asking leading international architects to submit up to ten images that best capture the basis of their practice and what appears in their minds when they think, Olgiati lets the reader into the architects most personal space whether they like it or not. Comprised of a whopping 432 pages, this brick-like publication is a testament to what can happen when you strip back the foundations of text and let the images do the talking. Sometimes there is just no need for words.
Bishan Commune – How to Start Your Own Utopia by Ou Ning, Antipyrine in collaboration with OVO Press
For the first time since its original release, Chinese activist and curator Ou Ning’s Bishan Commune – How to Start Your Own Utopia is now published in English. This reproduced Moleskin notebook is not to be confused with just any travelers diary, as with every turn of the page you find yourself being taken on Ning’s journey to the Bishan Commune (an artist and intellectual group that is based in the Bishan Village, in the Guizhou region of southeastern China) through his eyes. It’s the scribbles, drawings, handwritten notes, and the hand-drawn maps in this little diary that make sure you follow Ning all the way to his destination. The publication includes Ou Ning’s notebook and also a translation of the notebook from Chinese to English.
Fatal Kadata Fatal (Special Edition) by Henning Bohl, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
It seems only natural that large-scale painter Henning Bohl would want to go beyond the confides of a book, and that is exactly what he has done with this special edition from Berlin publisher, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite. The edition is is a signed and numbered silkscreened scarf along with the two artist books Kadath Fatal and its sequel Fatal Kadath Fatal. The new publication, produced as a leporello, enables the reader to glide over Bohl’s 18 drawings, taking time to notice the only slight changes in tone and contrast from one image to the next. Bohl’s play with dimension and size is echoed again in this special edition, allowing the reader the opportunity to own a piece of work from a super size scale artist.
Adoptives by Various Artists, Mark Pezinger Verlag
This is for everyone that has ever loved and lost an artist book and was unable to get ahold of an additional copy. Adoptives is a series of artist books from The Mark Pezinger Adoption Program, where rare, forgotten and lost previously self-published artist books are given a new lease of life by the Mark Pezinger Verlag. Featuring a whole array of genre’s, Adoptives surely has something for everyone, featuring publications from Jozef Wouters, Kasper Andreasen, David Sherry and Michael Ebert-Hanke to name just a few. As part of this artist book loving program, everyone is invited to propose a self-published artist book that they could benefit from Mark Pezinger’s helping hand.