September 29, 2014 - Kunstinstituut Melly - New releases from Witte de With publishers
September 29, 2014

New releases from Witte de With publishers

WdW Review

Download the WdW Review app on iOS and Android for a series of essays, reflections, drawings, and conversations about Witte de With’s ever-expanding spheres of action in an age of constant reformations, be they aesthetic, geographic, economic, communal, ecological, and even spiritual. New texts are published weekly.

WdW Review receives regular contributions from desks around the world, such as Athens: Yanis Varoufakis; Cairo: Yasmine El Rashidi; Delhi: Ruchir Joshi; Istanbul: Binnaz Saktanber; Jerusalem: Tirdad Zolghadr; Moscow: Ekaterina Degot; and Shanghai: Nick Land. Recent and forthcoming contributions include a series of essays in which writers Monica de la Torre, Brian Dillon, and Ingo Niermann each analyze a single image, from a film still in a book to a 16th-century artwork; drawings by Dan Perjovschi, Sholem Krishtalka, and Sarnath Banerjee; and two texts looking into the year 1971 for the section Sediments, by John Menick and Amy Zion.

WdW Review is edited by Witte de With’s Director Defne Ayas and writer Adam Kleinman, and managed by editor Orit Gat.

Latest releases

Rotterdam Zuid – HOME 
Erik van Lieshout
Artist book 

Since 2007, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has produced a series of books focused on Rotterdam, each showcasing the vision of an artist mainly working with photography or video, who has a strong relationship to the city. Cumulatively, this loose series of artists’ books continues to bring into focus Rotterdam’s very different urban protagonists. Erik van Lieshout’s Rotterdam Zuid—Home is the fifth volume in the series, and one in which the focus shifts to a particular area: Rotterdam South. Erik van Lieshout is an artist who is often known for his controversial video installations and drawings that traverse the edges of vulgarity and the most uncensored realities of society, with a particular interest in the Netherlands and, more specifically, Rotterdam. Populist yet critical at its core, Van Lieshout’s work has the knack of, all in good humor, putting his viewer at an unease that makes us ultimately realize the gravity of the subject at hand. This artist book, in the end, functions as homage to the people of the city of Rotterdam, a city often faced with misconceptions.

Concept: Erik van Lieshout
Editors: Defne Ayas, Amira Gad, Suzanne Weenink
Contributors: Erika Balsom, Antoinette Laan, Ivo van Woerden
Design by Remco van Bladel

For more information about Witte de With’s Rotterdam series, click here.

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The Crime Was Almost Perfect

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Crime Was Almost Perfect at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (January 24–April 27, 2014), the book pays a tribute to the format of paperback pulp detective novels whose aesthetics and contents informed the curatorial narrative of the exhibition. Part exhibition catalogue, part collection of texts blurring the lines between fiction and critique, it provides a both distanced and fascinated look on the themes that cross the exhibition, from suspense to the cinematic, violence, forgery or criminology. 

Editors: Cristina Ricupero, Defne Ayas, Amira Gad
Contributors: Tom Morton, Alexandra Midal, Cristina Ricupero, Astrid Trotzig, Michael Zinganel
Design by Anna Haas         
Co-publisher: Sternberg Press

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