Freedom & Protest


The art world is full of un-told thoughts, secrets and hidden collections, only to be found via close contacts and often just being in the right place at the right time. In this new "Library" post we look at two publications that bring to light two worlds which are often hidden from public view – first being the UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom published by Hatje Cantz which showcases the corporate collection, and Tell Them I Said No by Martin Herbert, published by Sternberg Press, that looks into the nature of retreat within the art world.

UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom, Hatje Cantz

Regarded as one of the most important corporate collections in the world, the UBS Art Collection dates back from the 1960s until the contemporary art of today, showcasing a varied collection that represents art throughout the last five decades. UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom is the first major book dedicated entirely to the UBS Collection in nearly ten years, and it does not disappoint. Featuring a “visual essay” that captures the collection as well as a two-hundred color illustrations offering an in-depth insight into the history and evolution of the UBS Collection. Artists that are included in this incredible collection include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Roni Horn, Martin Kippenberger, Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Neo Rauch, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman. A collection that truly holds no limits.

Tell Them I said No, Sternberg Press

Ever wondered why an artist withdraws from the art world or perhaps why they suddenly adopted an antagonist stance, both to their work and the market? In this collection of essays from Berlin-based writer and critic, Martin Herbert hopes to dig deeper to find out the “nature of retreat, whether in protest, as a deliberate conceptual act, or out of necessity.” Tell Them I said No spreads itself over 128 pages, offering a unique perspective on the wants of an artist and how that can often clash with the needs of the voracious art market, featuring words on Trisha Donnelly, Laurie Parsons, Stanley Brouwn, Lutz Bacher and David Hammons to name a few.

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