September 7, 2009 - Kunstinstituut Melly - PUBLICATIONS
September 7, 2009


Photo: Derek Brunen


Publications are an integral part of the artistic activity of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art. Our attitude is that books constitute a unique medium. They are distinct from exhibitions and events. They travel easily and have a lasting quality, becoming archives of the joint activity of writers, artists, curators, designers, editors and readers.

While they have always held a prominent place amidst Witte the With publications, monographic books that delve deeply into the work of a single artist gained prominence from the Winter of 2007/2008 through the Summer of 2009, as Witte de With committed exclusively to monographic exhibitions. They are as varied as the artists we work with and range from our signature Source Books, through comprehensive catalogues, to artist’s books and editions that are conceived as artworks in their own right. Inaugurated in 2008, with On (Surplus) Value in Art by Diedrich Diederichsen, a new series (Reflections) involves inviting a public intellectual to explore one key thematic in a book-length essay (translated into English, Dutch and a third language).

There are notable exceptions to the monographic vein, such as the richly varied publications made by young people engaged in Witte de With Education. Indeed, our focus now shifts towards the production of complex, polyphonic books structured around large social and aesthetic questions. The critical reader, Meaning Liam Gillick, already expands well beyond its implied monographic focus. Rotterdam Dialogues: Critics, Curators, Artists (Fall 2009) and Cornerstones (Spring 2010) are culminations of two extensive theoretical programs held between 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Witte de With turns twenty and we will produce a chronicle of our projects over the last two decades. Bridging this transition is an experiment extended across several semi-autonomous exhibitions, a film program, a performance cycle, a symposium and a website – all structured around the leitmotif of MORALITY. Its final component will take the form of a book (Summer 2010).


Billy Apple® / Source Book 7
With contributions by Christina Barton, Michelle Menzies, Benedicte Ramada, William Wood. Edited with an introduction by Zoë Gray, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monika Szewczyk.
Receive a free Billy Apple poster with purchase during the closing weekend of the exhibition:
11-13 September 2009
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50, 3021 BR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Meaning Liam Gillick
The first critical reader on the artist’s work with essays by Peio Aguirre, Johanna Burton, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Kelsey, Maurizio Lazzarato, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Benoît Maire, Chantal Mouffe, Barbara Steiner and Marcus Verhagen. Edited by Monika Szewczyk.
Published with Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstverein München and Chicago MOCA.
Co-published and distributed by The MIT Press.
8 pm / 2 October 2009
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building

5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery), New York, NY 10003, USA
Artist, editor and several writers in attendance.


The London Art Book Fair
25-27 September 2009
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX
(presentation with BAK, Utrecht and de Appel, Amsterdam)

The Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair
2-4 October 2009
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave), Long Island City, NY 11101
(presentation with de Appel, Amsterdam)

Signed books available at the NY Art Book Fair:
Sarah Morris: Beijing
Sung Hwan Kim / Source Book 6


Annette Kelm
Saâdane Afif: Technical Specifications
JET: It’s not a plane, it’s not a girl’s name, it’s a book about art /
Junior Editorial Team
Ian Wallace: A Literature of Images

Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tel +31 (0)10 411 0144
Fax +31 (0)10 411 7924

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