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Loris Greaud - Ladi Rogeurs - Sir Loudrage. Glorius Read.


Holzwarth Publications 2019 ISBN 9783947127092 Acqn 30018
Hb 22x30cm 140pp 77col ills £40

The young French conceptual artist Loris Greaud (born 1979) transforms exhibition spaces into
opulent stages: vivid walk-in settings where materials full of history and narrative sculptural
constellations converge. Starting at Max Hetzler in Paris and then shifting like a cinematic cross-
fade to the gallery's Berlin venue, Greaud blurs the boundaries between reality and mythical
fiction in a diffuse violet light from which the sculptures emerge: electrified spores hanging from
the ceiling; ceramics violently modelled with plastic explosives; pits in the gallery floor filled with
rubble from the set of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker; and a complex object shaped like a tree whose
branches seem to be flailing under lightning strokes - a strange landscape constructed from dead
objects as a contemporary form of vanitas. The book guides us through Loris Greaud's
magnificent tableaux in a series of installation views and closer shots of the works accompanied
by explanatory texts. QR codes link to exhibition trailers and videos of the pieces in action,
including a third stage at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, with a text by its director
Fabrice Hergott introducing us to an artistic universe full of dark beauty.

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Boris Mikhailov - Temptation of Life


Holzwarth Publications 2019 ISBN 9783947127146 Acqn 30032
Hb 22x32cm 424pp 418col ills £235

In his new artist's book, Temptation of Life, Boris Mikhailov starts an expansive dialog that mixes
earlier pictures with photographs from 2017, taken in a Soviet-time crematorium in Kyiv and its
surroundings overgrown by nature. Other settings include the crumbling corners of East and West
European cities, private bedrooms and public hospitals, gardens and night bars. In more than 200
photographic diptychs, Mikhailov creates a view of reality that changes over the pages of this
book, a passage between times. Partly documenting and partly staging his subjects, he draws
historical, human, technological, and cultural connections, while at the same time creating a
distance from a purely narrative reading, from the immediate reality of what can be seen, by
playfully stressing formal correlations between motifs on the pages. Where earlier artist's books
by Mikhailov, such as Case History and Unfinished Dissertation, were true classics of the genre,
exploring life on Ukrainian streets or under Soviet rule; now, with Temptation of Life, the artist
offers something like a philosophical resume on the spirituality of the everyday and the
perishability of all flesh and consumer waste, on sex, life, and death.

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Zhang Wei
Holzwarth Publications 2019 ISBN 9783947127191 Acqn 30033
Hb 24x30cm 224pp 187col ills £56

"What I paint seems to be something that expresses itself as nothing, not conveying any
meaning," Zhang Wei says. "But, in fact, human life is basically the same… the true meaning lies
in the value of life itself." In his abstract paintings, the Chinese artist thrives on a tension between
the expressive gesture in abstract expressionism and the quiet force of calligraphic brushstrokes
and pure concentration of Chinese ink painting. Between rapid execution and perfectly balanced
composition, the white ground becomes its own shape, and colour becomes a carrier of meaning.
The present book completely focuses on the abstract paintings of Zhang Wei. The artist co-wrote
the story of contemporary art in China, which developed with staggering speed after the Cultural
Revolution, as a member of the legendary No Name Group and a pioneer of abstraction… who at
the same time always followed his own path and worked outside of any collective on his unique
artistic perspective combining Eastern and Western tendencies. After an introduction by Hans
Werner Holzwarth, curator He Guiyan follows the development from Zhang Wei's early
abstractions in the late 1970s and early '80s-inspired by the ink paintings of Qi Baishi or the first
Beijing exhibition of American abstract expressionism-toward his ever more fragile compositions
of today. In a conversation with Colin Siyuan Chinnery, Zhang Wei explores his own biography
and tells of the radical cultural shifts in society that formed the basis for his artistic growth.

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Jeff Elrod
Holzwarth Publications 2019 ISBN 9783947127177 Acqn 30034
Hb 24x30cm 268pp 132col ills £56

"I think the world has absolutely changed, and our intimate relationship to the screen has become
one of the most important things that we do," says US artist Jeff Elrod. "My work reflects this
comfort with the screen. It's a very natural way for me to draw." And so he easily changes
between the digital and analogue worlds in his works on paper, between quick lines scratched out
on a screen and painterly pieces that shimmer in deep blurriness. Some of the motifs appear like
sketches for later paintings; others mesh contradicting ideas that only harmonize in the visible
spontaneity of their making. Elrod has collected 132 of these inkjet and laser prints from 1996 to
2015 for this artist's book, whose narrative lies in the continuity of their creation-the layers of time
or the visible frame of a program window on the final sheet-that reads like a script for a world view
between abstraction and gradation.

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Gunther Forg - Works from the Friedrichs Collection


Holzwarth Publications 2019 ISBN 9783947127122 Acqn 30035
Hb 24x30cm 198pp 168ills 163col £56

Gunther Forg united the antagonistic extremes of modernism, perpetuating their unredeemed
possibilities and keeping them alive. He stood on the brink of a present in which modernity hasn't
been lost but remains as yet unaccomplished. In all their sensuality, Forg's paintings are
"temporal images." They have a history which may be hidden but can always be felt beyond their
ostensible abstractness. And his often small, simple and laconic gestures are elementarily
human; they gain greatness due to their vulnerability...

This book engages with the complete scope of Gunther Forg's oeuvre, driven by the passion of
the collectors Brunhilde and Gunther Friedrichs. The main focus is on Forg's abstract paintings,
which interrogate modernist art in loosely executed colourfields and patterns. With the rough
surfaces of his masks, stelae and reliefs, Forg extends painting into the exhibition space, and with
his wall paintings he turns that space itself into a work of art. In his photographs, he captures
modernist architecture with the vibrancy of a snapshot, and in his exhibitions, he opens up a
dialog between all these elements.

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