BOOKS

BLACK TRANSPARENCY...................

The right to know In the age of Mass surveilance

By Metahaven

Black transparency is an involuntary disclosure of secrets against a backdrop of systematic online surveillance, as large parts of contemporary life move into the digital realm. Black transparency, as a radical form of information democracy, has brought forward a new sense of unpredictability to international relations, and raises questions about the conscience of the whistleblower, whose personal politics are now instantly geopolitical. Empowered by networks of planetary-scale computation,

Alone Together ( why we expevt more from technology and Less from each other)

By Sherry Turkle

Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.

In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity. (less)

The Power of Myth

By Joseph Campbell

"The Power Of Myth" launched anextraordinary resurgence of interest in JosephCampbell and his work. A preeminient scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence onmillions of people. To him, mythology was the"song of the universe, the music of the spheres."With Bill Moyers, one of America's most prominentjournalists, as his thoughtful and engainginterviewer, "The Power Of Myth" toucheson subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering abrilliantcombination of intelligence and wit."

BIG BROTHER

The Orwellian nigthmare come ture

By Mark Dice

In Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True, Mark Dice details actual NSA high-tech spy systems, mind-reading machines, secret government projects, and emerging artificial intelligence programs that seem as if they came right out of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Orwell’s famous book was first published in 1949, and tells the story of a nightmarish future where citizens have lost all privacy and are continuously monitored by the omniscient Big Brother surveillance system which keeps them obedient to a totalitarian government.

JASPER JOHNS

REGRETS

This catalogue documents Jasper John's most recent body of work, a cohesive group of two paintings, ten  drawings, and two prints created over the last year and a half.

 

In June 2012, Johns encountered an old photograph of the artist Lucian Freud reproduced in an auction catologue. In the picture, Freud sits on a bed, holding his right hand to his forehead in a gesture of weariness or despair. Johns was inspired not only by this scene but also by the damaged appearance of the photograph itself.

 

In the month that follewed, he carried the image thruogh a succession of permutations using a variety of mediums and techniques. The title and signature inscribed on most of the works-"Regrets/Jasper Johns"-call to mind a feeling of sadness and regrets or disappointment. The words, however, are not without irony: Johns borrowed them from a rubber stamp he had made several years ago to decline the myrid requests and invitations that come his way.

Unofficial War Artist

by

Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard is Britain's foremost political artist and has been at the cutting edge of global political image making since the Vietnam War.

In Unofficial War Artist, published to accompany the first major retrospective of his work. Kennard brings together the best of his images from a 45-year career of provocative, ground breaking and unique art.

 

In this book, Kennard has added a twist, juxtaposing his photomontages with numbers to an audit of war in terms of both the human and financial cost-a list of countless zeros which, he says, form the noose with which we are killing ourselves.

Leon Golub Echoes of the Real

Second Revised and Expanded Edition

by Jon Bird

As a history painter, Golub is acutely aware of the antecedents to his own imagery and symbolism, and part of bird's examination of Golub's work is to track and define the artist's relationship to modernism. Making a case for the artist's practice of 'critical realism' that work: how his art figures the body as a sign for social and psychic identity, and what might be termed the symbolic expression of social space. Golub's main point of visual reference for his painting, drawing and print-making was his archive of photographic images, and bird shows how the imagery of Abu Ghraib confirmed the topicality and accuracy of Golub's vision as he traced the effects of traumatic violence upon the bodies and psyches of both perpetrators and victims.

Leon Golub

Bite Your Tongue

Leon Golubs: Bite Your Tongue is the first major institutional survey of the Artist's work in London snice his death in 2004 and explores its progression from the 1950s to the early 2000s. His art from the 1950s can be perceived as belonging on one side of the art-historical division between abstraction and figuration that occurred at the end of the second World War. During this period, the role of the artist in the communication of the world was brought into question. While New York postwar abstraction skirted these questions, Golub and other artists from Chicago painted works that made direct reference to past and present atrocities. His work of the period was influenced by non-Western and classical pictorial traditions, presenting totem-like figures that explore the complexities of human nature.

Anselm Kiefer

by Daniel Arasse

Until this volume, the first major monograph on Kiefer, no one had attempted to analyse in depth the very essence of Anselm Kiefer's art. Daniel Arasse takes as a starting point the1980 Venice Biennale, a key moment in the artist's career that marked the birth of both his international reputation and the controversy over the 'Germanness' of his work. Across six main chapters, the author delves into the central themes of Kiefer's art and their evolution; Nordic and Germanic mythologies; Jewish mysticism; the cosmos; the legand of the ancient world; links between heaven and earth, gods and men; transmutation, and the role of the human body. All of these lie at the heart of Kiefer's thought. Interspersed with the main discussion are five sub-chapters that shed new light on the fabric of Kiefer's art by examining his favourite motifs and the ways they have mutated through time and thematic shifts.

EXHIBITIONS

ID........................Exhibition   by Mark Wallinger

 London

 26th Feb - 7th May 2016

ELECTRONIC SUPERHIGHWAY    (2016-1966)

 

Whitechapel Gallery

History is Now

7 Artist take on Britain

Hayward Gallery

10th Feb-26th Apr 2015

The EY Exhibition:

The World Goes Pop

17th Sept 2015 - 24th Jan 2016

Fighting History

Tate Britain: Exhibition

9 June – 13 September 2015

Artists

Mark Wallinger ( Born UK 1959- )

Mixed Media Artist

A British artist, best known for his sculpture for the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Ecce Homo (1999), and State Britain (2007), a recreation at Tate Britain of Brian Haw's protest display outside parliament. He won the Turner Prize in 2007.[1] He is a studio holder at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in Archway, North London. [2] In October 2010, he and 100 other leading artists signed an open letter to the Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt protesting against cutbacks in the arts - he created a new work, "Reckless", for the protest.

Peter Kennard ( Born UK 1949- )

Political Artist

Kennard originally trained as a painter, abandoned painting in the 1970s in search of new forms of expression that could bring art and politics together for a wider audience. This search has resulted in making photomontage and installation work over many years covering major political events. The visual language he has developed to the present day uses common news imagery, photojournalism and the face.He has often worked in collaboration with writers, photographers, filmmakers and artists such as Peter Reading, John Pilger and Jenny Matthews.

 

Leon Golub ( Born USA 1922 - 2004 )

Painter

Golub was an American painter who was both horrified and inspired by the Vietnam War. His reaction against the human brutality of that conflict led to a series of large-scale paintings that featured figures, sometimes inspired by Greek mythology, engaged in some form of monumental struggle. I became interested in his technique of scraping paint on the canvas to create a rough, almost three-dimensional effect, as I had been exploring different ways of creating layered effects in my own work. Golub was an artist who did not turn away from the difficult or somber, and the gritty honesty of his work appealed to me, as did the courage he demonstrated in exploring the uses and abuses of power through his art. 

Jasper Johns ( Born USA 1930- )

Painting/Printer

One of the most significant and influential American painters of the twentieth century, and one of the greatest printmakers of any era. He invented a new style that helped to engender a number of art movements, including Pop. I immediately resonated with Johns’ use of the concrete, ordinary things of this world, including casts of parts of the body, but what most directly influenced my own practice was his overriding focus on process. I already had an intuition that process and meaning were inseparable for me, along with a tendency to combine mediums in unconventional ways to achieve a desired outcome. John’s work stimulated an even greater engagement with the process and methods of printmaking, and sparked my continuing practice of creating versions and variations that reference my own work, transformed and reinvented through other techniques and mediums.

Anselm Kiefer ( Born Germany 1945- )

Painter/Sculpture

 

A German artist best known for his paintings, which can be vast in scale, and are often encrusted with layers of paint and embedded with various objects from sunflowers and plants to diamonds and lumps of lead. His ideas draw on many sources, including history, mythology and science, and most of his work refers to subjects drawn from Germany and its culture. I find the sheer scale of his work liberating and inspiring, and it has reinforced my understanding that nothing is invalid as a material. Keifer is interested in rebirth and the cycles of time, and has been known to set fire to his pieces, or to bury them for periods of time. I have been inspired to explore this idea – that creation and destruction are one and the same -  through my own practice in similar ways.