Our Editorial Selections 03/2

By Sybaris Collection

Käthe Kollwitz (Königsberg, 1867 – Moritzburg, 1945) is a German artist who has unanimously obtained favorable opinions from critics and the public. Interested in politics, particularly feminism (she studied at the Munich School of Female Artists in 1889), her work achieved its highest recognition at the end of the First World War.

Title: Käthe Kollwitz: A Survey of Her Work 1867 – 1945

Author: Hannelore Fischer

Editorial: Hirmer Publishers

Place: Germany, 2020

208 pp.

Especially with The Seven Woodcuts, which represents the sadness of society in the face of the adversities of war. This book is a journey through her life and work: engravings, woodcuts, lithography and graphics. A piece that not only registers a decisive epoch for 20th century art, but the gaze of one of the pioneers of openly feminist art.

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Title: Schlemmer (Mega Square)

Author: Klaus H. Carl

Editorial: Parkstone Press


256 pp.

The work of the sculptor and painter Oskar Schlemmer is essential to understand performance art and contemporary theater. Through the eyes of the writer and photographer Klaus H. Carl, this book reconstructs his life and his artistic obsessions: from the human body to spatial dimensions, choreography, painting and the performing arts, where he probably merged all his aesthetic interests. Owner of a transgressive gaze, his most famous work, Triadic Ballet (1922), surprisingly fuses dance with music, fashion and gestures, which earned him international recognition. The book will be circulating from December 30, 2020, but can be downloaded from today on the publisher’s page.

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Title: Punk Orientalism: Central Asia’s Contemporary Art Revolution

Author: Sara Raza

Editorial: Black Dog Press

Place: London, 2020

192 pp.

Soviet art was one of the most influential in the history of the 20th century. But what happened after the fall of the Soviet Union? This book accounts for the aesthetic transformation in Central Asia that has taken place since the early 1990s. Independent editor and publisher of ArtAsiaPacific magazine, Sara Raza carefully reviews the movements, the names of the artists, and the schools that turned the dogmatic guidelines of the Soviet state on how art should be made. Punk Orientalism: Central Asia’s Contemporary Art Revolution pays special attention to media-less countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

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Title: Worlds in a Museum: Exploring Contemporary Museology

Author: Louvre Abu Dhabi, École du Louvre

Editorial: Leuven University Press

Place: Belgium, 2020

408 pp.

What are the main challenges for museums today? What are their purposes and how should they be achieved? Words in a Museum: Exploring Contemporary Museology revolves around these questions focusing on the public, the museum exhibition, the interpretation of the pieces of art from the curatorship, among others. The essays were taken from the symposium organized by the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the École du Louvre. The book will go on sale in September this year, but it can be ordered today.


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Title: Ethics of Contemporary Art: In the Shadow of Transgression

Author: Theo Reeves-Evison

Editorial: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

Place: New York, 2020

192 pp.

Do works of art produce ethical effects with a view to social change? This book stops at one of the most interesting questions of recent times: Should contemporary art have an impact on society? Taking as a starting point some ideas by Félix Guattari and Jacques Lacan, Ethics of Contemporary Art: In the Shadow of Transgression takes concepts from different disciplines to reflect on subjectivity, language and morality. A fusion between contemporary art, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

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