uncommon books at the intersection of art & literature

The book is the thing: Four gorgeous objects — in which language becomes material and the visual can be read as language — all released in 2020.

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader

Edited by Lucy Ives

Paperback  |  6 x 8  |  328 pages  |  b+w

$28 — Add to Cart

Check out the video of The Classroom event on Saturday: “Surviving Death with Madeline Gins: A Conversation with Paul Chan and Lucy Ives.”
Adrian Piper: "For anyone who wants to experience directly the uncharted regions of inner and outer space in which language, perception, thought, and image play freely with our cramped expectations of them, the Madeline Gins Reader is an indispensable guide and a startling discovery...This volume performs an invaluable service in recalling her to our attention.”

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader is a revelatory anthology, bringing together never-before-published poems and essays together with a complete facsimile reproduction of Gins’s 1969 masterpiece, the artist's novel WORD RAIN.


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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Photostats

Co-edited by Richard Kraft and Lisa Pearson
Writings by Mónica de la Torre and Ann Lauterbach

Clothbound  |  8.25 x 6.5  |  88 pages  |  b+w

$36 — Add to Cart

Outstanding Art Books 2020, BOOKFORUM"Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Photostats offers its own formal conceit, presenting the series in two symmetrical and mirrored halves ... In lieu of an art historical exegesis, Mónica de la Torre and Ann Lauterbach extend the associative logic of the photostats into lyrical musings on the ever-compounding layers of history embedded and reflected in the work. Consistent with the artist’s approach, the volume avoids definitive representation, instead providing multiple ways into the artworks. In the middle of another pandemic fueled by government neglect, Gonzalez-Torres’s investigations into the contingencies and coincidences of history resound with urgency."

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Frog Pond Splash: Collages by Ray Johnson with Texts by William S. Wilson

Edited by Elizabeth Zuba
Hardback  |  5.5 x 7.25  |  88 pages  |  full color

$29.95 — Add to Cart

Best Art Books 2020, NEW YORK TIMES (Holland Cotter): "The artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995) and the writer William S. Wilson (1932-2016) were decades-long friends—soul mates really is the word—and comparably skilled acrobats of images and words. This lovely little book pairs well-known collages by Johnson, the inventor of Mail Art, with little known writing on him by Wilson, and it’s a serious pleasure."

Taking its title from Wilson’s haiku equivalence of Johnson’s process, Frog Pond Splash is a small book but many things: a collage-like homage to their friendship and a treasure chest of prismatic “correspondances,” honoring Johnson’s 'open system,’ an undefined surface of indeterminate immediacies and immediate indeterminacies.

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See also: Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994

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Memory by Bernadette Mayer

Hardback  |  10 x 7.25  |  336 pages  |  full color

$45 — Add to Cart

In July 1971, Bernadette Mayer embarked on an experiment: For one month she exposed a roll of 35mm film and kept a daily journal. The result was a conceptual work that investigates the nature of memory, its surfaces, textures and material. This publication brings together the full sequence of over 1100 images and text together for the first time in book form.

Best Photography Books 2020, NEW YORK TIMES (Luc Sante): “The photos are necessarily small (roughly 2½ inches by 1¾ inches), arrayed in grids of nine, along with intermittent full-page blowups, and as lovely as individual images are, their power is cumulative: a wide-ranging work of personal cinema, in stills. Her journal provides the narration in galloping long-breath prose poetry that feels as spontaneous and alive as the pictures.”


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