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Guy Bigland, All the painting in the Museum, 2015
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Marcus Geiger, Ich Rufe Morgen An, Forum Stadtpark, 1991
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Vv.Aa., The complete series of Boabooks artists' notepads, Edition Fink, 2015
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Stefan Brüggemann, Show Titles, Christophe Daviet-Théry, 2016
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David Jourdan, Wiener Times
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James Hoff, Top Ten: 2008-2018, Primary Information, 2019
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Anne Collier, Women with Cameras, Karma, New York/Studio Voltaire, 2017
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Billy X. Curmano, Futurism’s Bastard Son, Mark Pezinger Books, 2012
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Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife, Three Star Books, 2019
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Christoph Meier, CCOOOO, Harpune Verlag, 2018
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Susan Hiller, The Artist's Palette Alphabet, Boa Books, 2013
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Claudia de la Torre, Buchhandling, backbonebooks, 2018

Luca Lo Pinto’s Picks from Vienna Art Book Fair

October 6, 2019
Text by Luca Lo Pinto

Luca Lo Pinto, Italian curator and co-founder of the magazine and publishing house NERO, sent us his twelve favorite pieces from the Vienna Art Book Fair. In 2017/18 he curated an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien about publication as an artistic tool that followed his interest in language and methods of representation. He is also part of the curatorial team at this year’s Vienna Art Book Fair.

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Guy Bigland, All the painting in the Museum, 2015

»I love titles, lists and collections. The British artist Guy Bigland inscribes himself in a long tradition of conceptual artist. The book might sound as a déjà vu but a good one.«

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Marcus Geiger, Ich Rufe Morgen An, Forum Stadtpark, 1991

»The Xerox image of a woman offering a spoon of food to a man is repeated on all the pages including the cover. Xerox and repetition are common tools but they don’t always work. Here we have a positive example.«

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Vv.Aa., The complete series of Boabooks artists' notepads, Edition Fink, 2015

»A Swiss publisher publishing a book of another Swiss publisher. A book of books. The publication brings together reprints of 28 artist notepads released by Boabooks, which is run by Izet Sheshivari, between 2008 and 2011. The individual blocks each comprise a 20-page contribution by an artist. A light brick compendium.«

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Stefan Brüggemann, Show Titles, Christophe Daviet-Théry, 2016

»Finding a good title for a show is always hard. Stefan Brüggemann did a work – which appears here in the format of a book – titled Show Titles. An ongoing list of suggestions for exhibition titles. They can also be accessed on Stefan Brüggemann’s website. The titles can be used by anyone without authorisation and are for free. I used one for a show I curated in 2007: ›9 or 10 works I used to like, in no order‹.«

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David Jourdan, Wiener Times

»David Jourdan is a French artist based in Vienna who, among many other things, runs the publishing house Westphalie Verlag. He produced an exquisite multiple of book covers in ceramics for Wiener Times, a project in-between design, crafts, art, and decoration. I bought the ›Oulipo‹ one.«

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James Hoff, Top Ten: 2008-2018, Primary Information, 2019

»James Hoff is a New York based artist and musician. Together with Miriam Katzeff, he founded one of my favorite publishing houses: Primary Information. They print and reprint artists’ books and artists’ writing at affordable prices. This book is the sequel of ›Top Ten: 1998-2008‹. It collects all the columns featuring art world professionals’s top ten favorite exhibitions within a ten-year timespan with all the images replaced by black squares. An homage to Mallarmè and Malevich. If you want to build up a family, have a look also at Sven Sachsalber, Peter Fischli, Mungo Thomson’s Artforum-related projects.«

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Anne Collier, Women with Cameras, Karma, New York/Studio Voltaire, 2017

»A sequence of 80 images of found amateur photographs that each depict a female subject in the act of holding a camera or taking a photograph. Simply but beautiful. A classic Collier.«

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Billy X. Curmano, Futurism’s Bastard Son, Mark Pezinger Books, 2012

»›The only human being in recorded history to claim the distinction of swimming the entire length of the Mississippi River. He was buried alive for three days in a much ballyhooed effort to bring art to the spirirt world that included a New Orleans-style funeral complete with Christlike resurrection. He once imprisoned himself in a tiger cage to protest the inhumane treatment of POWs in Vietnam.‹ I never heard of Billy X Curmano before. A great discovery. One of the many gems of Mark Pezinger Books, which was founded by Astrid Seme and Thomas Geiger in 2015.«

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Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife, Three Star Books, 2019

»In 2012 Cyprien Gaillard went on a trip to Sri Lanka and printed a few copies of an artist book in a local printer, using the same paper employed for the street posters in the city walls. A problem with the laser copy machine produced a strange white lighting strike effect across the pages. Recently Three Star Books decided to publish it in a revised and augmented three volume version. 180 large black and white analog night photos arranged in a cinematic sequence printed with the paper used by the artist for his original book. Expensive but it’s worth it.«

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Christoph Meier, CCOOOO, Harpune Verlag, 2018

»Exhibition catalogues usually are pretty boring. When artists make it, it’s much better. Meier translated ideas, materials, concepts of his traveling exhibition ›CCOOOO‹ into printed matter. The book costs 10 euros … almost as the exhibition ticket. The artist has also contributed to the Moby Dick project by the same publisher. Harpune Verlag is in fact producing a special version of Herman Melville’s masterpiece inviting different artists to illustrate each chapter.«

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Susan Hiller, The Artist's Palette Alphabet, Boa Books, 2013

»Susan Hiller passed away this year and it has been a great loss. This small book is a postcard alphabet compiled by her from her ongoing project Homage to Man Ray. The different images may be sent as postcards, transforming the book into fragments of memory.«

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Claudia de la Torre, Buchhandling, backbonebooks, 2018

»Claudia de la Torre’s practice revolves around the medium of book as a site to interrogate mechanisms of knowledge, perception and reality in an expanded way. In 2011 she founded backbonebooks where she published her own books as well by other artists. ›Buchhandling‹ is the result of an installation by de la Torre in a book in a German bookshop where she turned inwards the books from the shelves in order toto show the edge instead of the spine.«

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