Category Review

Review — Michalis Pichler’s SOME MORE SONNET(S)

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I am very happy to present you this review written by Richard Kostelanetz.

Michalis Pichler’s SOME MORE SONNET(S) was published by Greatest Hits, Berlin in 2011 in an edition of 400 copies. It collects 44 variants of a sonnet, that was originally written by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and which was already published in 44 variations by Ulises Carrion in 1972. While Ulises Carrion used a typewriter, Michalis Pichler used a computer, probably word or open office.

I hope you enjoy it…

Clive Phillpot — Booktrek

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A few weeks ago my copy of Clive Phillpot’s Booktrek arrived and since then it became a very important book and a great resource for me. It is a collection of essays on the artists’ books phenomena he wrote between 1972 to 2010. In Booktrek you’ll find various essays on the definition and development of artists‘ books, including historical texts, manifestos, catalogue entries, and essays on works by Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth, and Richard Long…

Review — Medium #1 & #2

For my second review on artzines I picked Medium, a zine I had first seen at  MZIN bookshop in Leipzig in 2011. Recently, I met one of the editors of Medium in Zurich by chance and received a copy of the brand-new second issue. For both issues, the three editors of Medium — graphic designer Manuel Krebs, author and curator Tirdad Zolghadr and photographer Shirana Shahbazi — have created a treasure chest of twists and turns that is abundant of delightful discoveries and ironic punch lines…

Review — ZUG #1 & #2

Reviews are important. As an informed opinion they offer guidance and arouse interest. In the era of the internet you often judge an artzine or artist book just by the pictures of a few spreads. It is hard to know what a publication contains and in most cases you buy it without detailed information, or you do not buy it at all. In the bigger cities, distros have tackled the problem and it is here, where you can browse (manually) through the different publications before you make your buying decision. Unfortunately, not every city has a distro and for this reason, artzines.de has not only improved its selection of artzines introduced online, but did so on the grounds of reviews by Regine Ehleiter. Under Regine’s guidance, artzines.de will update its selection regularly, including newcomers as well as  classics of the artzine scene.

Regine studied Cultural Studies, Journalism and History of Art at University of Leipzig, Germany. She has proven herself as a knowledgeable and passionate expert on artzines, when giving a lecture on the topic at the »I’ve Zine The Darkness« exhibition in Halle. Furthermore, Regine curated the »Thanks for Sharing« exhibition at D21 Kunstraum in Leipzig of which she is a founding member. She currently works as a curatorial assistant at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

Please warmly welcome Regine to artzines.de. I am very happy to work with her… — Moritz

Folio Magazine

Folio is a nice newsprint zine co-edited by Merve Kaptan and Charlie Coffey. It is designed as a two dimensional exhibition space especially for three-dimensional, time-based and de-materialised works. In ever issue the work of four artists is presented. Each time by a different guest editor who will bring influences from other disciplines including music, architecture and writing into the issues…

Virtual Book Launch — 3 Zines by Manfred Naescher

The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyperreal. (Jean Baudrillard)
There are three art zines on my table. They are all equal in size (about 21 by 15 cm), conceptualized, designed and published by the Berlin based artist Manfred Naescher. These books are the subjects of the first virtual book launch here on artzines.de.
“Architecture Without Films”, “Faces” and “Moutains with Subtitles” are the titles of the books, and they investigate, similar to the other publications Manfred Naescher published previously, the medium film/cinema – using appropriated pictures as starting point for his own recontextualized and reconfigured sequential work…