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Ulrike Mueller

Ulrike Müller: Franza, Fever 103, and Quilts
With essays by Achim Hochdörfer, Christian Kravagna, Amy Sillman, and Aruna D’Souza
Edited by Achim Hochdörfer and Barbara Schröder
Design by Carl Williamson
104 pages, 102 color images
ISBN 978-0-9853377-0-4
US $30

Published in conjunction with Ulrike Müller’s contribution for the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010), this book takes as its subjects the drawings, paintings, and quilts the artist has produced since 2006, from the Curiosity drawings, which mark the beginning of Müllers engagement with modernism’s visual strategies, to Franza, her latest group of enamel paintings developed for the Cairo Biennale. Transcending conventional binaries, such as the division of abstract forms and representational logic, these works charge seemingly neutral abstract and diagrammatic imagery with psychology and sexual politics. Shaped by her understandings of feminist art and institutional critique, they rekindle the avant-garde desire to tie aesthetic production to a tangible, concrete experience of life.

Leidy Churchman: Emergency

Leidy Churchman: Emergency
With essays by Manuela Ammer, John Kelsey, and Lanka Tattersall
Edited by Barbara Schröder
Design by Ginger Brooks Takahashi
64 pages, 50 color images
Copublished with Boston University Art Gallery
ISBN 978-1-881450-34-4
US $20

Focusing on videos, floor paintings, and works on canvas from the past four years (2010–13), this publication is the first monograph on the work of New York-based painter Leidy Churchman.

Herstory Inventory

Herstory Inventory
Edited by Ulrike Müller, Karen Kelly, and Barbara Schröder
Design by Tiffany Malakooti
272 pages, 103 color and 42 b/w images
ISBN 978-0-9853377-1-1
US $45  

In 2007, Ulrike Müller found an inventory list describing a collection of feminist T-shirts at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Over the next few years, she selected and handed out descriptions to 100 artists, inviting them to retranslate the texts into drawings. The result, Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists (2009–2012), is a collaborative rethinking of feminist imagery that opens up a space for diverse expressions of political desire.

Moyra Davey

Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries
With texts and photographs by Moyra Davey and Allison Strayer
Design by Filiep Tacq
Copublished with MuMOK, Vienna, and ICA, Philadelphia
ISBN 978-0-9853377-2-8
US $27

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In the oeuvre of New York artist Moyra Davey (born 1958), literature and writing are as significant as photography, film, and video. In her latest text, Burn the Diaries, Davey considers the work of French playwright and political activist Jean Genet (1910–1986), among other texts, while examining fugitive moments from her own life. An essay by her childhood friend and reading companion Alison Strayer, written in response, reflects on Davey’s themes. The publication is part of a group of new works—that includes photographs, a film, and an installation of her signature mailers—and can be read both as an artist’s book and a catalogue to accompany the exhibition at mumok, Vienna, and the ICA in 2014.

Zoe Leonard

Zoe Leonard: Available Light
With contributions by Diedrich Diederichsen, Suzanne Hudson, Glenn Ligon, and Eileen Myles
Design by Joseph Logan
Copublished with Ridinghouse, London
ISBN 978-1-905464-86-9
US $40

In the two related bodies of work that form this volume’s centerpiece, Zoe Leonard poses fundamental questions about the medium of photography and the nature of sight. In a series of large-scale installations sited in the United States and Europe, the artist has employed the principal of the camera obscura, pairing it with silver-gelatin photographs of the sun. The image in Leonard’s room-size camera obscuras is immersive and continuous, shifting constantly in response to the fleeting light of the outside world and unraveling in the surrounding space to come into its full vibrancy. This title explores this body of work in depth through photographs that document these installations in five international cities.

A special edition of 50 with a signed and numbered digital print by Zoe Leonard is also available. For more information contact df.press.mail@gmail.com



Kara Walker

Kara Walker: Ruffneck Constructivists
With contributions by Kara Walker and Craig L. Wilkins
Design by A.K. Burns
96 pages, 120 color images
Copublished with ICA, Philadelphia
ISBN 978-0-88454-129-5
US $25

Ruffneck Constructivists, published to accompany a group exhibition curated by artist Kara Walker, brings together 11 international artists in order to define a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change. Inspired by both the Russian Constructivists and MC Lyte’s 1993 hit song “Ruffneck,” the phrase “Ruffneck Constructivists” evokes thuggishness as an expression of abjection. As Walker states, “Ruffneck Constructivists are defiant shapers of environments. Whatever their gender affiliation, Ruffnecks go hard when all around them they see weakness, softness, compromise, sermonizing, poverty, and lack; they don’t change the world through conscious actions, instead they build themselves into the world one assault at a time.” The book features sculpture, photography and video by the artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, Pope.L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil and Szymon Tomsia.

Fred Sandback

Fred Sandback: 10 Isometric Drawings
24 pages, 10 illustrations
First published by Lapp Princess Press, New York, 1977. Reprinted 2003. This facsimile edition is published by the Fred Sandback Archive, in association with Dancing Foxes Press, 2014.
ISBN 978-0-9853377-6-6
US $12

First published in 1977 in a uniform series of artist’s books, this publication diagrams a series of Sandback’s linear sculptures in the simplest terms. Art historian Edward Vazquez has described the drawings as “adamantly abstract—beginning with figures that outline L- and U-shapes, and then vertical lines, all rendered in white on a black ground, coursed through with the even thinner white lines of an isometric grid, a reversal owed to their status as reproduced Photostats of drawings on isometric paper. These drawings make no reference to architecture, and the space implied by the grid ends in a white border to each image.”

Fred Sandback

Fred Sandback: 16 Variations
2 books in slipcase; 36 pages, 16 illustrations each
First published by Erik A. Mosel publisher, Munich, 1973. This facsimile edition is published by the Fred Sandback Archive, in association with Dancing Foxes Press, 2014.
ISBN 978-0-9853377-7-3
US $36

These two artist’s books, long out of print, were published to accompany exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bern and Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, in 1973. The shows comprised sixteen iterations of a two-part sculpture; each book documents, in Sandback’s diagrammatic drawings, all parts of these changing exhibitions. The artist wrote: “There are sixteen aspects of the idea. Each echoes and recalls all the others. The piece is the core of a situation which is always changing. The core piece is always changing too.”

Anna Ostoya

Anna Ostoya
With texts by Ben Lerner, Tom Williams, and Anna Ostoya
Edited by Karen Kelly and Barbara Schröder
Design by Filiep Tacq
50 pages, 41 illustrations (24 color plates)
Copublished with La Kunsthalle Mulhouse
ISBN 978-0-9853377-5-9

This is the first monograph on the Polish-born, New York–based artist Anna Ostoya whose practice includes photography, collage, painting, sculpture, and writing. Her works span multiple aesthetic traditions, often drawing on the histories and strategies of the twentieth century avant-garde. Rejecting the commonplace opposition of aestheticism and antiart, Ostoya’s intricate compositions invite us to reflect on the historical and institutional contexts of artistic production.

Lynne Cooke: Selected Writings
Edited by Karen Kelly and Barbara Schröder
Design by Filiep Tacq
Copublished with Ridinghouse, London