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  1. Item:MER-1228

    Alchimia Nova, AnneMarie Maes

    €25.00

    Maes is a multi-media artist who has been studying the tight interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. In the open-air lab on the rooftop of her studio, she created an experimental garden and has been keeping bees in self-designed beehives, equipped to bring out hidden structures in the life of the colony. Her “field notes” provide an on-going source of inspiration for her artworks. The Bee Laboratory, as well as her late experiments with “living” textiles, open a framework that has been initiating a wide range of installations, photography works, sculptures, workshops and books. It is a long-term project on the edge of art, science and technology.

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  2. Item:MER-1226

    Crossing The Circle, Philippe Vandenberg

    €39.00

    Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing The Circle comes out on the occasion of the first exhibition in the UK of the drawings of Vandenberg (1952 – 2009), who is considered one of the foremost painters in Belgium. Vandenberg’s extraordinary drawings, distinguished by fluid draughtsmanship in pencil, ink, sometimes blood and richly colored watercolor, possess an urgency and economy alongside a playful sensibility. His drawings have rarely been shown. Vandenberg was an accomplished and prolific draughtsman, filling hundreds of sketchbooks with drawings and watercolors. For the first time, the publication Crossing The Circle shows a selection of drawings spanning the years 1990 to the year of his death in 2009. The works selected display radical stylistic and thematic shifts, that combine highly personal images about life, sex, death, good, evil, as well as powerful responses to the political and social upheavals which the artist perceived around him. They explore difficult confrontational subjects of personal suffering and brutal depictions of human cruelty that express an existential disgust and despair with the world but equally can contain humor.

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  3. Item:MER-1224

    Projet pour un jardin, Roman Signer

    €29.00

    The publication Roman Signer – Project pour un jardin is a lavishly illustrated monograph, comprising many photographs and essays by Gerhard Mack, Sara Weyns, Pieter Boons and nationally acclaimed Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. This monograph gives an overview of all past works of Swiss artist Signer, in which natural elements such as water, air and fire often play a prominent role. Equally included in the publication are his latest works, which he realized especially for Antwerp’s Middelheimmuseum. The photographs of the artwork were made by Simon Vogel and Aleksandra Signer.

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  4. Item:MER-1225

    Siebzehn, Michael Seidner

    €29.00

    German artist Michael Seidner (° 1985) makes small-scale, abstract and often fiercely colorful paintings, which can range from very bright and shiny, to extremely sober, dark and referencing inwardness. Simultaneously the impact his paintings therefore can have, shift from a soothing, melancholy feel to a more acute, even aggressive awareness. In the work of Seidner, a substantial amount of effort seems to center around his motivations with respect to colors, texture and gesture, turning every painting into previously unknown territory, ready for the viewer to discover. This publication comes out on the occasion of Seidner’s show Siebzehn from November 25, 2016 until April 2, 2017 at the Neues Museum, State Museum for Art and Design Nuremberg, Germany.

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  5. Item:MER-1227

    The World of a/the Monkey, Pol Dehert

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    The World of a/the Monkey is the written result of years of fascination by theater director Pol Dehert for the life and works of the 17th-century poet and libertine John Wilmot, alias "the monkey" and duke of Rochester. In this essay, devised as a play in several acts, Dehert sketches the signs of early modern visual culture, the prevalent theoretical morals of libertinism, and the theatrical baroque body. These findings coincide with the author's other fascination for everything popular: from burlesque theater over freak shows, variety and revue, to music hall, grand guignol and striptease. The premise for this publication was the author's eponym doctoral dissertation on Exhibiting Baroque Bodies, which was defended in 2015 at the Brussels' RITCS, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound.

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  6. Item:MER-1222

    Het Conscienceplein, Bakermat voor ANDERE TIJDEN?

    €5.00

    In this research project, the artistic scenes in Antwerp in the 1950s and 1960s are explored, based on a study of the archive of Stephan Peleman. This archive was built up over the years and consists of, among others, newspaper clippings, photographs, prints and artworks from this period. It’s an extensive collection of all kinds of witnesses of an era that is particularly interesting from an art historical point of view. This Track Report-booklet was made to accompany the exhibition ‘ANDERE TIJDEN?’ [Different times?] at De Lange Zaal of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (19/11/2015 - 13/12/2015).

    This is Track Report 15/02

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  7. Item:MER-1220

    Silent Circle

    €10.00

    A curious circle. A circle of seventeen young artists, alumni students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerpen. A circle of complementary energies and new ideas. A circle of sitting together and listening to one another. A circle of inspiring thoughts and shared conversations. A circle of whispering sounds carried by the breath from one person to the other, also known as Chinese Whispers.
    This book was presented with the eponymous film at Cinema Zuid on December 16 2015. 


    This is Track Report 15/03

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    En passant. de kunstenaar als reiziger, de reis als kunstwerk, Liesbet Bussche

    €15.00

    ‘En passant: de kunstenaar als reiziger, de reis als kunstwerk’ [En passant: the artist as traveler, the travel as artwork] contains conversations with four artists that use traveling as a methodology in their praxis: the Belgian artists Christoph Fink and Ria Pacquée and the Dutch artists Ted Noten and Joost Conijn. All these artists share traveling as their primary artwork but the artistic outcomes of their journey and their perspectives on this topic are remarkably diverse. Besides walking, which is most frequently used by artists and therefore the most researched method in the discourse of this subject, these four artists are also biking, driving, flying and dreaming. Author Liesbet Bussche talks with them about the diversity of the landscape they traverse, the difference between traveling alone or in company and how they share the experience of their travel with the public. 

    This is Track Report 16/02

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  9. Item:MER-1223

    Update_6, new technological award

    €29.00

    'UPDATE-6' gives a short overview of how new technological art has developed since the 1950's. At the site 'Zebrastraat Ghent' various renowned and upcoming artists gave their take on the idea of new technological art. This book gives a reflection of this international exhibition and takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the evolution of how the new technological arts have unfolded through history. 

    The appearance, during the 1950's, of electronic and computer tools in the arts, forced artists to a more in-depth knowledge of techniques and their languages to “master” the new instruments that were now put at their disposal by engineers. Artists reacted to this new development in two main ways: either by collaborating with engineers or by learning to use the new techniques themselves. This new undertaking also forced the artist to make an ideological choice: proceed with the idea of art as causa mentale, or consider finding new ways to master the technology and submit it to their artistic needs. In practice of course, this pas de deux was not as straightforward and, over time, many different exchanges and interweavings saw flourishing. This publication aims to provide an overview of the most relevant authors, exhibitions, events and places.
     

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  10. Item:MER-1219

    Heads and Tails. Tales and Bodies

    €80.00

    The publication Heads and Tails. Tales and Bodies: Engraving the Human Figure from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, is the result of an exhibition that took place at The Pushkin Museum of Moscow, from July 6th until September 30th, 2016. Heads and Tails displays and discusses extremely rare numismatic, glyptic and archaeological artifacts that have only very rarely been presented to a broader audience. Hence this publication is an impressive gallery of masterpieces of miniature sculpture, such as coins, medals, plaquettes and statuettes, in which man always takes pride of place. The perception and depiction of the human figure by artists of different periods, the development of artistic styles, and the close links between the iconographic repertoire and mythology, religion, history, literature and philosophy of the Greater Greek World are themes well reflected by international specialists in this publication. The publication was made possible through the combined efforts of the Benaki Museum in Athens and the Greek Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE). 

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