Numerous accounts of the RAF and the German Autumn in 1977 have been chronicled over the past forty years, from journalistic, historical, literary, cinematic, and artistic perspectives. Arwed Messmer begins with the various photographs made by police photographers at the time?pictures of demonstrators, crime scene images, and mug shots. He poses the question of how this past search for criminological evidence can be employed artistically. His narrative strikes an arc from the beginnings of the movement to the multiple eruptions of violence in 1977, the abduction and murder of Hanns-Martin Schleyer, and the suicides of Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe in Stammheim Prison. Messmer?s work therefore also has an ethical dimension: which photographs can be shown, how can they be shown, and why do we want to see them? This investigation touches a key point in the debate on images that are on the one hand historical documents, and on the other hand embodiments of their own aesthetic with powerful potential for an empathetic examination of history.00Exhibition: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (09.06.-03.09.2017) / Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Manheim, Germany (09.09.-05.11.2017).
In recent years, the group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. Today, the group provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, but has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an optical device to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, as well as to cross-reference a variety of evidence sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd-sourcing. In Forensic Architecture, Eyal Weizman, the group's founder, provides, for the first time, an in-depthintroduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of this practice. The book includes an extensive array of images, maps, and detailed documentation that records the intricate work the group has performed. Traversing multiple scales and durations, the case studies in this volume include the analysis of the shrapnel fragments in a room struck by drones in Pakistan, the reconstruction of a contested shooting in the West Bank, the architectural recreation of a secret Syrian detention center from the memory of its survivors, a blow-by-blow account of a day-long battle in Gaza, and an investigation of environmental violence and climate change in the Guatemalan highlands and elsewhere. Weizman's Forensic Architecture,stunning and shocking in its critical narrative, powerful images,and daring investigations, presents a new form of public truth, technologically, architecturally, and aesthetically produced. The practice calls for a transformative politics in which architecture as a field of knowledge and a mode of interpretation exposes and confronts ever-new forms of state violence and secrecy.
In the archives of East Germany's Stasi secret police, there are countless photographs of failed escape attempts across the Berlin Wall. Here, German artist Arwed Messmer (born 1964) presents a complex collage of found, retouched and recontextualized visual records and Messmer's own photographs.
Quality. We all make judgments about it every day. Yet articulating a clear definition of quality in an investing context is challenging. This book addresses the challenge, and distills years of practical investing experience into a definitive account of this under-explored investment philosophy. Finance theory has it that abnormal outcomes do not persist, that exceptional performance will soon enough become average performance. Quality investing involves seeking companies with the right attributes to overcome these forces of mean reversion and, crucially, owning these outstanding companies for the long term. This book pinpoints and explains the characteristics that increase the probability of a company prospering over time - as well as those that hinder such chances. Throughout, a series of fascinating real-life case studies illustrate the traits that signify quality, as well as some that flatter to deceive. The authors' firm, AKO Capital, has a strong track record of finding and investing in quality companies - helping it deliver a compound annual growth rate more than double that of the market since inception. Quality Investing
sheds light on the investment philosophy, processes and tough lessons that have contributed to this consistent outperformance.
The Washington Information Directory is the essential one-stop source for information on U.S. governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations. Organized topically, this thoroughly researched guide provides capsule descriptions and contact information that help users quickly and easily find the right person at the right organization. The Washington Information Directory offers three easy ways to find information: by name, by organization, and through detailed subject indexes. It focuses on the Washington metropolitan area—an organization must have an office in Washington to be listed. It also includes dozens of resource boxes on particular topics, organization charts for all federal agencies, and information about the FOIA and privacy legislation. With more than 10,000 listings and coverage of evolving presidential administration, the 2018–2019 Edition features contact information for the following: Congress and federal agencies Nongovernmental organizations Policy groups and political action committees Foundations and institutions Governors and other state officials U.S. ambassadors and foreign diplomats Congressional caucuses
Gudrun Ensslin – Pastorentochter, Studienstiftlerin, Terroristin: Was sagen diese Schlagworte über die Person? Wie kam es zu ihrer Radikalisierung? Im Fokus des Buches steht die Kehrtwendung Gudrun Ensslins aus einer vornehmlich bürgerlichen Existenz zu einem Dasein im Untergrund. Diese Wende der späteren Mitbegründerin der RAF in die Militanz und den Terrorismus scheint sich ohne nennenswerten ideologischen Anlauf vollzogen zu haben. Bis ins Jahr 1967 nimmt Ensslin beispielsweise kaum an Demonstrationen teil. Im Vordergrund steht für sie der Aufstieg ins linksliberale Kulturestablishment der Bundesrepublik, eine geplante Dissertation über Hans Henny Jahnn, schließlich auch ihr Kind. Der Tod Benno Ohnesorgs am 2. Juni 1967 markiert den Beginn ihrer Radikalisierung, die sie geradezu zur Kaufhausbrandstiftung und daran anschließend zur RAF-Gründung katapultiert. Was den Zeitgenossen damals schon rätselhaft erschien, ist auch heute für uns ein aktuelles Problem. Immer wieder fragen wir uns, wie Radikalisierung unbemerkt entstehen konnte (und kann). Folgt man dem Radikalisierungsverlauf Gudrun Ensslins durch die Bildungsinstitutionen hindurch, dann wird sichtbar, wie sich darin langsam das Erleben von Bildung und das von Radikalität immer ähnlicher werden. Alex Aßmann rekonstruiert den Weg Ensslins von der Studentenbewegung in den Linksradikalismus als Bildungsgeschichte. Ihren Ausgang nimmt diese Entwicklung in den 1940er und 50er Jahren, denen das besondere Augenmerk des Autors gilt. Sein Buch eröffnet auf diese Weise einen neuen Blick auf die RAF-Protagonistin und räumt mit weit verbreiteten Missverständnissen auf.
Knots surveys a series of knot paintings by New York-based multidisciplinary artist Seth Price (born 1973) created between 2009 and 2013. Developed closely with Price, the book offers both close-up and full views of the rich surfaces of his works, while the binding reflects their materiality.
The American Dream: From Pop to present' presents an overview of the development of American printmaking since 1960, paying particular attention to key figures such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The 1960s was a period of change in the production, marketing and consumption of prints and the medium attracted a new generation of artists whose attitude towards making art had been conditioned by the monumentality and bold, eye-catching nature of popular imagery in postwar America, from advertising billboards to drive-in movies. Artists used to working on large canvases and huge sculptures created prints of an unprecedented ambition, scale and boldness in state-of-the-art workshops newly established on both the East and West coasts. Prints also became a means for expressing opinions on the great social issues of the day, from civil rights to the overt and covert role of government. This has continued, with feminism, gender, the body, race and identity, all topics represented in prints in a variety of stylistic approaches across the decades. 0The changing nature of American society provides a core element of the narrative, with prints offering a fascinating insight into contemporary thinking and attitudes. 0Exhibition: British Museum, London, UK (09.03.-18.06.2017).
Perhaps more than any other artist of his generation, Jim Dine (born 1935) is fascinated with the technical processes of printing, particularly with its experimental aspects and unpredictability. Dine often combines the most varied of printing techniques on the same sheet of paper, creating completely new methods of working with the printing plate--often in collaboration with master printers such as Aldo Crommelynck, Kurt Zein and Michael Woolworth. This book explores seven print series selected from across the spectrum of Dine's printmaking, from his famous hearts to his ongoing exploration of the self-portrait and his fascination with the story of Pinocchio. Two essays offer an insight into the technical particularities of Dine's prints and the importance of his collaborations with printers. "About the Love of Printing" furthermore presents all prints created by Dine since 2001, filling a crucial gap in the documentation of his graphic oeuvre.
An insight into the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, through the eyes and voice of the man who shaped it. An extraordinary artist, Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, activist, and social entrepreneur who used his art to chronicle the social and artistic struggles in a country known largely for poverty and disasters. Lucid and personal, this much-awaited book includes over 100 photographs tracing Alam’s artistic career, activism, and the founding of photography organizations. From early images shot in England to photographs of the last two decades in his native Bangladesh, this is a journey from photojournalism into social justice. Alam’s superb imagery is matched by his perceptive accounts, at once deeply intimate and bitingly satirical.
On February 27, 1975, Peter Lorenz, a Christian Democratic politician in West Berlin, was abducted by the Bewegung 2. Juni (June 2 Movement). Today, when one enters key terms into an Internet search engine only one image appears that is (still) embedded in collective visual memory. It features Peter Lorenz in a photograph reproduced many times as a victim in his cell. However, a body of about three thousand negatives has survived, hidden in an archive. They were produced within the scope of investigations by Berlin's state security and also include the documentation of a meticulous reenactment by the police featuring the original materials used to build the basement space. Unlike the events that took place during Germany's fall of terror in 1977, this abduction ended without bloodshed. In his artistic work, Arwed Messmer places the images in a relationship to one another through a series of decisions concerning material, size, detail, and placement. In doing so he makes them accessible visually and links them with his own photographs in a nonlinear narrative.
Published in conjunction with the exhibitions: FoMu, Antwerp, Belgium, October 25, 2013-March 9, 2014; Winzavod, Moscow, October 18-December 22, 2013; and DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, January 16-March 30, 2014.
This fascinating, interdisciplinary, and generously illustrated book presents creative pairings that defy the idea of the modern artist as a solitary genius. In the art world, pairs of individuals often inspire each other's works. These intimate relationships are explored in all their various forms--obsessional, conventional, mythic, fleeting, life-long--in this book that illuminates the works of painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, poets, writers, musicians, dancers, and performers of the modern era. In addition to introductory essays, each couple is profiled in brief chapters that feature candid portraiture, illustrations of the works that illuminate the impact each had on the other, and an introductory text that pinpoints the significance of the relationship. Two additional chapters focus on surrealist couples and the Temple of Friendship in Paris to explore the common traits of collaboration, friendship, anti-establishment notions and radicalism that variously characterized these largely literary groups. Reflecting a contemporary view of sexuality and relationships, this book also offers a counterpoint to the notion of the female as muse, highlighting instead female empowered relationships and emphasizing a new balance between male and female creative output. Featuring artists across a wide variety of disciplines, this volume also reveals how creative individuals came together to overcome the constraints of their time, reshape art, redefine gender stereotypes, and forge new ways of living.
Few artists have changed the manner in which photographic images are made, read, and received over the past two decades as dramatically as German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968). One of the most important and distinctive artists to emerge in the 1990s, Tillmans’s work is internationally recognized for its powerful reflections on the often overlooked objects and moments in everyday life. With images culled from the entirety of Tillmans’s career, this generously illustrated book accompanies the artist’s first retrospective exhibition in the United States and features the potent effects of his portraits, abstractions, and structural and sculptural motifs. Essays by leading scholars examine the context of the German art and pop cultural scene in which Tillmans first began working in the late 1980s; his use of magazines as both venue and source materials; his unique approach to portraiture; his ability to create a sense of intimacy between the viewer and subjects ranging from his friends to cultural figures and heads of state; and his distinctive approach to presenting his images in displays and installations. A fascinating look at the breadth of Tillmans’s career to date, including his most recent new work, this book demonstrates the renowned abilities of one of the art world’s most revolutionary photographers.
In 1965-66, soldiers from the East German border patrol photographed 40 kilometers of the east side of the Berlin Wall, producing more than 1,000 images. In The Other View, Arwed Messmer (born 1964) digitally reconstructs these photographs to produce 300 panoramas, to which author Annett Gröschner provides captions. Please note that the book is bound with a special "open softcover" technique which allows the opened book to lie flat. To this purpose its end leaf has only been partially glued to the cover. This is no binding mistake, but a unique printing technique specially created for the book!
Catalogue raisonné of the complete editions published by Editions Schellmann, Munich-New York, from 1969-2009: prints, objects and installations.
The BP Portrait Award , now in its thirty - eighth year, is one of Britain's most prestigious art prizes , and is the leading showcase for artists throughout the world specialising in portraiture. In 201 6 more than 18 5 ,000 peopl e visited the exhibition based on the competition open to all artists aged eighteen and over from around the world. The catalogue features fifty works from an international list of artists, whi ch together display a diverse range of styles and painterly techniques. It also includes an essay, an illustrated interview with the previous year's Travel Award winner and interviews with the prizewinners by Richard McClure, which give further insight int o the artists behind the portraits.
"More than seven hundred million people worldwide use Instagram every month, and the numbers are growing. Instagram is the medium for the perfect outfit, the perfect interior decor--the perfect moment. The most popular photo format is the selfie--self-portraits that present this perfection through reliable filters. Followers reward selfies with great admiration, envy, or even rejection. This very special relationship between Instagram icons and their followers is observed in Chris Drange's book Relics. Contrasting selfies from some of Instagram's most successful users, such as Kim Kardashian or Selena Gomez, with selected comments from their followers, he draws a precise picture of the dynamic between the stars and their admirers. On double-spread pages against black backgrounds, and hardly bigger than a smartphone, this slim volume also visualizes a double-edged body image that oscillates between emancipation of dominant ideals of beauty and the digital body cult"--Publisher's website.
John Latham (1921 - 2006) is widely considered a pioneer of British conceptual art.His multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, installation, painting, film, land art, engineering, found-object, assemblage, performance happenings and theoretical writings, the diversity of which is galvanised by his unique understanding of our place in the universe.This publication traces the trajectory of Latham's practice and brings together archival material, including documentary photographs, texts, correspondence and various ephemera, in order to build a picture of the artist's life and work. Latham saw the artist as holding up a mirror to society: an individual whose dissent from the norm could lead to a profound reconfiguration of reality as we know it.Latham has been associated with several national and international artistic movements, including the first phase of conceptual art in the 1960s. He was an important contributor to the Destruction in Art Symposium of 1966, and also a co-founding member of the Artist Placement Group APG (1966-89).The Serpentine Gallery exhibition (and this accompanying catalogue) spans Latham's career to include his iconic spray and roller paintings; his one-second drawings; films such as Erth (1971), and Latham's monumental work, Five Sisters (1976) from his Scottish Office placement with APG.Published on the occasion of the exhibition, A World View: John Latham at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2 March - 21 May 2017.
Midnight Modern brings into focus a view of Palm Springs and its internationally renowned modernist houses never before shown, shot entirely by the light of the full moon. Created over the course of three years, by Australian photographer Tom Blachford, the surreal images function as portals in time, with the homes, cars, and beautiful scenery appearing almost exactly as it all did 60 years ago. The crisp moonlight adds a new dimension to the famous mecca of desert modernism and shows a contrasting side to a town famous for its sunshine, cocktails, and hedonism. Working closely with the Palm Springs community Blachford gained remarkable access to some of the most coveted architectural jewels in the area, including the Kaufmann House, Edris House, Frey House II, Sinatra House, and dozens of restored Alexander Tract homes in the valley. Blachford's work builds on the famous documentary and lifestyle approaches of Slim Aarons and Julius Shulman, but injects a signature mystery. His cinematic aesthetic acts as a stage for an untold narrative, inviting the viewer to script their own drama going on behind the walls of these historic homes. This original, lush work is a rich contribution to the record for those mid-century architecture and design lovers fascinated by Palm Springs.