The Non-Conformists' features Martin Parr's first major body of work from the mid-1970s, published here for the first time in book form. A wonderful and charming surprise for Parr enthusiasts and fans of traditional reportage, this body of black-and-white imagery predates the cutting colour work that earned him his fame in the 1980s. In 1975, fresh out of art school, Martin Parr found poor footing in the London photography scene, so he moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he documented the town in photographs, showing in particular the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susie Parr, whom he had met in Manchester, joined him in documenting a year in the life of a small Methodist chapel, together with its farming community. In words and pictures, the Parrs vividly and affectionately document cobbled streets, flat-capped mill workers, hardy gamekeepers, henpecked husbands, and jovial shop owners.
Magnum photographer Martin Parr is a key figure in the worlds of photography and contemporary art. He has been an avid postcard collector for twenty years and in Langweilige Postkarten he presents the pride of his 'boring' collection: 160 postcards from Germany that take you on a daringly dull tour of its autobahns, airports, hotels, factories, shops, border posts, tower blocks and new towns.Presented without commentary or introduction of any kind, and with the original captions, the postcards are allowed to speak for themselves. They were all made before German reunification and provide fascinating and hilarious insights into German social and architectural values between the 1950s and 1980s. The two nations' special relationship with concrete and the functional modernist block is nostalgically and repetitiously celebrated in postcard after postcard, and the volume provides a revealing context for consideration of the work of contemporary German art and landscape photographers.
In this delightful collection forty-three acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 in hardback only, original contributors include Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Gray, Germaine Greer, Alan Hollinghurst, Doris Lessing, Candia McWilliam, Edna O'Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend and Jeanette Winterson. The new edition will include essays from five new writers, Emily Berry, Kamila Shamsie, Rory Stewart, Katie Waldegrave and Tom Wells. Royalties generated from this project will go to Give a Book, www.giveabook.org.uk, a charity set up in 2011 that seeks to get books to places where they will be of particular benefit. Give a Book works in conjunction with Age UK, Prison Reading Groups, Maggie's Centres, which help people affected by cancer, and various schools and literacy projects, such as Beanstalk, where many pupils have never had a book of their own in their lives.
The American Agnes Martin is one of the most revered artists of the second half of the twentieth century. She exerted considerable effect and influence not only on her contemporaries but also on later generations of artist. This carefully designed catalogue presents her life and work to German audiences.
The human costs of de-industrialisation and globalisation were the great central themes of the documentary photographers active in the North of England in the late 1970s and 1980s. This is a document of British Photography from the late 1960s until the late 1980s.
In der Zeit des Umbruchs von der Endphase der Sowjetunion bis in die postkommunistische Gegenwart fotografierte der Fotograf Sergey Chilikov das russische Leben der einfachen Leute auf dem Land, fernab der urbanen Hektik und der städtischen Anonymität. Die berühmte russische Melancholie ist dabei immer nur unterschwellig zu spüren, vielmehr dominiert die Fotos eine leise Ironie, die aus der eigenwilligen Inszenierung des Porträtierten entsteht. Chilikov versteht es, die Dynamik der oder des Dargestellten in Szene zu setzen seien es Bauern auf dem Feld, spielende Kinder, Hausfrauen oder Stillleben von Schrottteilen.ʹAuffallend an den Fotos sind der freimütige Umgang mit Nacktheit und die selbstverständliche Freikörperkultur. Das Kokettieren, die Freude am Spiel mit dem Körper ist in den Fotos immer Thema. Dabei kontrastiert diese unverblümte Erotik mit dem entbehrungsreichen und unglamourösen Landleben. Die englische Ausgabe dieses Katalogs ist 2011 bei Mets en Schilt erschienen (ISBN 9789053307601).
These days people love art especially contemporary art, which has become a constantly growing cultural factor. Fascinated by the artists' creative milieu, the public strives to share in its atmosphere of being something special. In a time of upheaval, this publication offers a look behind the scenes of the contemporary art world in which the triangle of artist, artwork, and viewer has long since been expanded many times over. The relationships between artist, collector, gallerist, curator, and critic frequently inform the works' very contents, and these aspects are increasingly represented in the works themselves. Many artists keep an eye on what happens in the art world and reflect the more and more lavish trade: from the creative process and the mounting of an exhibition to the rituals of the scene. English and German text.
The global art market has recently been valued at close to $50bn - a rise of over 60% since the global financial crisis. These figures are driven by demand from China and other emerging markets, as well as the growing phenomenon of the artist bypassing dealers as a market force in his/her own right. This new textbook integrates, updates and enhances the popular aspects of two well-regarded texts - Understanding International Arts Markets and The Art Business. Topics covered include: Emerging markets in China, East Asian, South East Asian, Brazilian, Russian, Islamic and Indian art, Art valuation and investment, Museums and the cultural sector. This revitalized new textbook will continue to be essential reading for students on courses such as arts management, arts marketing, arts business, cultural economics, the sociology of arts, and cultural policy.
Insgesamt 26 785 Autokilometer hätten Hoepker und Winter zurückgelegt, so Chefredakteur Mahnke, der im Editorial zu Heft 8/1964 den USA-kritischen Tenor der Serie insgesamt vorwegnahm: "Sie sahen weit hinter die Wolkenkratzer von Manhattan, deren eindrucksvolle Silhouette von vielen Europäern immer noch für typisch amerikanisch gehalten wird. Und sie fanden abseits des Postkarten-Amerikas einige Wahrheiten, von denen ich denke, dass es gut ist, wenn wir sie zur Kenntnis nehmen. Es sind ein paar schockierende Wahrheiten darunter, und der legendäre American way of life sieht im Lichte dieser Wahrheiten nicht mehr ganz so sieghaft strahlend aus, wie man ihn sich im allgemeinen vorstellt.
»Wozu die deutsche Kriminalliteratur in der Lage ist, zeigt der fantastische Band ›Berlin Noir‹. Besser kann man sich nicht durch Berlin führen lassen.« Thekla Dannenberg, Perlentaucher Ein spannendes literarisches Städteporträt und eine tiefschwarze Liebeserklärung an eine Stadt, die vor allem eines ist: keine Sekunde langweilig. 13 Kurzgeschichten, 13 Blickwinkel, 13 Stadtviertel – und 13 faszinierende Teile eines größeren Puzzles. Das Verbrechen zieht seine blutige Spur vom noblen Grunewald bis in den tiefsten Wedding, vom beschaulichen Altglienicke über das bunte Kreuzberg bis ins lebendige Friedrichshain, spürt den tödlichen Geheimnissen der Geschichte nach und setzt die Gegenwart als dunkel schimmerndes Kaleidoskop neu zusammen. Eine junge Frau aus gutbürgerlichem Zuhause endet in der Obdachlosenszene um den Bahnhof Zoo; eine Schießerei zwischen einem Ex-Bullen und einem Kleinganoven endet tödlich; die zarte Liebesgeschichte zwischen einer Boutiquebesitzerin und einem ehemaligen Kindersoldaten wird durch einen notwendigen Mord gestört – und wer weiß, was es mit der Leiche auf sich hat, die ein Barmann in der Kühltruhe einer Absturzkneipe findet ... »Berlin Noir« – so vielfältig wie die Stadt. Unberechenbar, überraschend, tragisch und komisch. Ein substanzieller Baustein der Berlin-Literatur. Aktuell und originell, wie Berlin selbst.

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