Made in Zurich. To Be Read Everywhere
As everyone very well knows, contemporary culture is now as diverse and self-generated as ever. We are all creating our own cultural feasts, composed of common references and idiosyncratic interests, through words, pictures, sounds, moving images, ideas, and emotions. All as tasty as the manifold texture of our own bookshelves, which offer to our hands, eyes, and brain so many tempting spines (hard, soft, colored, graphic, thick, worn, or as pristine as if unopened … ). If JRP|Ringier were a human body, no doubt its cultural identity would be defined by a profound knowledge of contemporary arts, thank to the hundreds of books it would have read over the last several years, and the dozens currently in the making.
The image above is from Walead Beshty’s "Industrial Portraits," a nonhierarchical, kaleidoscopic, yet very detailed “facebook” of the art world. It provides the cover of the last issue of our regular newspaper that can be downloaded. You will find information about the books published at the end of 2017, as well as those to be printed in the coming months. Typically, our current and forthcoming editorial program combines promising young artists with established ones, textbooks on art history, aesthetics, and the ecosystem of the visual arts, artists’ books, and scholarly publications. To list just a few: new monographs on artists such as Rasheed Araeen, John Baldessari, and Ugo Rondinone; publications stemming from acclaimed exhibitions such as "The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War"; theoretical books dedicated to current theoretical issues ("Art & Crisis"), or to the relationship between art and activism during the so-called “AIDS Years” (Elisabeth Lebovici, "Ce que le sida m’a fait," awarded the 2017 Pierre Daix Prize for art history books). Forthcoming titles include those on/by Sam Falls, Wade Guyton, Peter Halley, Thomas Hirschhorn, Guillermo Kuitca, Greg Parma Smith, Tomas Pospiszyl, Alice Rawsthorn, and many more. To conclude I would like to mention one of our most recent books as this new year begins: “Somewhere Totally Else” by Hans Ulrich Obrist will prove to be a perfect companion to broaden horizons and foster new ideas, as this global citizen par excellence guides the reader through a stimulating survey of contemporary art and cultural affairs.
We hope you will enjoy many volumes as you discover, learn more, or remember, and that some books will soon dwell on your bookshelves-turned-cultural-portrait.
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