Book Hook

A weekly suggested reading list of art-related printed matter including artists' publications.

  • by Rachel Simkover, 14 May 2013
    Book Hook: Yorgos Sapountzis, Eine Statue hat sich an mich erinnert, A statue has remembered me    I am pleased to present Eine Statue hat sich an mich erinnert, A statue has remembered me by Berlin-based Yorgos Sapountzis because as far as exhibition catalogues go, this is one of the best. It goes far...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 23 Jan 2013
    Interview with Kai von Rabenau of mono.kultur How did mono.kultur come about, and what were your goals with the publication? The main inspiration for mono.kultur was to feature long and extensive interviews with artists and designers that we find inspiring and thought-provoking. We simply love the format of...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 17 Jan 2013
    The work of Riccardo Benassi encourages slow looking and acute observations of the surrounding environment. He works primarily with installation and sound, and his book projects pick up the residue of his time-sensitive and spacial works and re-present the pieces in a new way, making connections between the temporal...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 10 Jan 2013
    The grey beginning of a new year seems like an appropriate time to look back at some of the best books spotted within the last year, especially now that you have probably cashed in on all of the returnable and unwanted gifts received over the holidays. I know the money is burning a hole in your pocket.   The...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 19 Dec 2012
    Interview with John Holten of Broken Dimanche Press If you are not yet already familiar with BDP it would be helpful to first acquaint yourself by reading an interview here with John Holten that took place at the beginning of this year. (above photo: The Narrative Machine by Lorenzo Sandoval, Installation View)...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 16 Dec 2012
    This week’s Book Hook features two books by Berlin based artist Alexine Chanel, whose participation with Bigs goes back to last May’s Speed Portfolio Viewing. Both projects deal with the body (or absence of the body) in relation to public and private space; for those of you who managed to squeeze into the...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 28 Nov 2012
    K.Verlag was founded in 2011 in Berlin by Anna-Sophie Springer and Charles Stankievech. Anna-Sophie is an editor, curator, translator, and writer currently editing a book with Hélène Cixous for Merve Verlag, and her academic essay “Volumes: The Book as Exhibition” will be published in the...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 21 Nov 2012
    Robert Montgomery: Echoes of Voices in the High Towers mono.log #01 published by mono.kultur Documentation of Robert Montgomery’s fleeting public works that most likely had a lasting effect on you this past summer are now accessible in a stunning, three part publication for private consumption and enjoyment...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 14 Nov 2012
    Italian Conversations: Art in the age of Berlusconi Fucking Good Art #29 For the 29th issue of FGA (Fucking Good Art) editors and artists Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma ventured out on a travelling residency/Grand Tour of Italy, visiting seven cities in three months last year around the same time Maria was there...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 7 Nov 2012
    Interview with Nuno da Luz of Atlas Projectos The first installment of Book Hook spotlights on Berlin’s publishers begins with Atlas Projectos based in Lisbon and Berlin.   How did you get involved with Atlas Projectos?  André Romão, Gonçalo Sena and I met in college and...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 15 Sep 2012
    As opposed to the Miss Read fair last year, where if you were at KW that weekend, you were there for the books, the book fair this year acts as more of a supplement to the larger abc. Miss Read's integration into abc is most likely advantageous to the publishers as they get more traffic from the art fair attendees...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 13 Aug 2012
    Don’t get me wrong; I love to read. But when it’s sunny and warm outside I have a difficult time focusing on a block of text. Sadly summer weather doesn’t stop me from spending too much time looking at images on the internet, the result being tired eyes. The solution? Books with few words and mostly...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 28 Jun 2012
    As Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pecuchet have shown us, trying to learn only from books and no experience only leads to one failure after another. Sometimes we need to take a closer look at the educational system and how knowledge is produced in order to move forward.   When math class gets boring...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 11 May 2012
    Book Hook: The Real Thing   One thing that I find especially appealing about books is that since they are produced in editions, it is possible and affordable to obtain and hold in one’s hand the original object. Why is it so important to be able to verify authenticity? This selection of books deals with...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 24 Mar 2012
      They say not to judge a book by its cover, but when browsing at a bookstore, of course the books I pick up first are the ones with the bright covers. Only after I have fondled all the colorful books or ones with nice textured covers will I look at titles, names, etc. So this assortment of books contains the...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 9 Feb 2012
    Earlier this week I attended a conversation between artist Ilana Halperin and Professor Achim Brauer (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam) on the occasion of Halperin’s exhibit at Schering Stiftung, “Hand Held Lava”. In close collaboration with geological specialists, Halperin...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 13 Jan 2012
    This month I have selected a handful of books that cover the basic incentives for traveling so that you, reader, can avoid cramped red-eye flights, immunization shots, visa nightmares, and meat in your supposedly vegetarian meals. Maybe we can’t all afford the time and money to travel the world, so these books...
  • by Rachel Simkover, 2 Dec 2011
    Two months ago I was pining for the NY Book Art Fair and wondering if I could scrape together enough money to visit NYC for the weekend. It didn’t happen, but fortunately, a book fair came to me in the form of Miss Read at KW. Although not as fancy or extensive as the New York fair, the quality of the...

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