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Back to School Sale 8.15 – 9.3

From 8.15 to 9.3, ICI is offering a 50% discount on a selection of publications. Go to ICI’s Shop page to see all publications and Limited Editions on sale.

Art Materialized Art Materialized Retail: $12.95 Sale Price: $6.50 Art Materialized organizes the objects created at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia since its inception in 1977. By manipulating everyday experiences with fabric, the reader is induced to contemplate the ordinary, even domestic uses to which art often function as. The catalogue which accompanies the circulating exhibition curated by Michael A. Quigley, includes essays by Sarah McFadden and Carter Ratcliff commenting on the historical perspective of textile-based art and feature artists who sought projects outside the restrictions of the commercial fabric industry.

At the Threshold of the Visible At the Threshold of the Visible Retail: $19.95 Sale Price: $9.95 At the Threshold of the Visible is a bright, compact book that appropriately catalogues an exhibition of minuscule and small-scale art from 1964-1996. Neatly divided in to two essays, one by Ralph Rugoff and the other by Susan Stewart, the tiny book of tiny art expands the aesthetic and conceptual margins for the very small, generating both a humbling and charming experience in viewing art. Artworks range from a tiny gold figure under a bell jar by Chris Burden to the most minuscule orb set beside the text, “This sphere will be a sharp point when it gets to the far corners of the room in your mind,” by Yoko Ono.

Beyond Preconceptions Beyond Preconceptions: The Sixties Experiment Retail: $29.99 Sale Price: $8.00 The Beyond Preconceptions: The Sixties Experiment offers incredible, new insight into art during that decade—a groundbreaking and formative one for contemporary art. The essays by Lawrence Rinder, Paulo Herkenhoff, Jana Šev?íková and Ji?í Šev?ík, among others, provide unique, global perspectives on the sixties, focusing on South America and Eastern Europe in addition to more well-known works that emerged from America and Western Europe.

Media to Metaphor From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS Retail: $20.00 Sale Price: $10.00 From Media to Metaphor: Art About Aids chronicles the visual conversation in which artists reflected on the AIDS epidemic in 1993 during the height of the deepening and ongoing catastrophe. Bound by a green and copper prismatic cover, the exhibition catalogue includes a dialogue between Robert Atkins and Thomas W. Sokolowski on art’s role in invoking the American psyche of the time, a pop-out timeline of the AIDS crisis, as well as full-page renditions and descriptions of works by dozens of artists from the groundbreaking exhibition.

Inside the Studio Inside The Studio Regular Price: $29.95 Online Sale: $15.00 In 1981, Independent Curators International began “New York Studio Events” program, an annual series of visits to the studios of prominent artists. Inside the Studio presents excerpts from the talks delivered by nearly seventy of these artists to their guests over the last two decades. Transcribed, excerpted, and shared here for the first time, ICI’s tapes of these talks constitute a remarkable record of the thinking and conversation of key artists of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and today. From one speaker to the next, the reader moves among radically different creative universes, listening in on a chorus of ideas about a hundred different subjects in the field of art. The artists variously provide personal insights, philosophical reflections, stories, and discussions of the origin and evolution of their practice.

Jess Jess: To and From the Printed Page Retail: $29.95 Sale Price: $15.00 Jess: To and From the Printed Page continues ICI’s history of highlighting the unexpected, and explores the work of a revered artist active in the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1950s to the 1990s. It focuses on the intricately imaginative collages and drawings that Jess created for books, magazines, and other printed matter and traces a rich web of connections—to communities of poets, small independent publishers, and other artists. Infused throughout with Jess’s unique literary sensibility, this publication offers an illuminating view of a bold and idiosyncratic artist.

Mixed Signals Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports Retail: $22.95 Sale Price: $11.95 Christopher Bedford’s essay which guides the catalogue, has just as many ambiguous undertones in his use of puns and allegories as the traveling exhibition’s challenging portrayal of the wholesomely masculine American athlete. The clean magazine-style layout of the book sets a conventional façade of a sports history survey or even a gear catalogue, yet Bedford’s text, accompanied by essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson and Judith Butler, as well as the exhibition’s provocative selection of work from photographs of high-school football players to physically manipulated sports regalia, guides you through an eye-opening exploration of the highly convoluted, ignored culture of athletes by first digging in to the denial of alternative gender views head-on. Artists featured include Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Marcelino Goncalves, Lyle Ashton Harris, Brian Jungen, Kurt Kauper, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Kori Newkirk, Catherine Opie, Paul Pfeiffer, Marco Rios, Collier Schorr, Joe Sola, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Hank Willis Thomas.

People's Biennial People’s Biennial 2010: A Guide to America’s Most Amazing Artists Retail: $35.00 Sale Price: $17.50 People’s Biennial is a project that examines the works of artists who operate outside the sanctioned mainstream art world. Conceived by the artist Harrell Fletcher and the exhibition-maker Jens Hoffmann, the collection includes 36 artists working in cities that are not considered the primary art capitals: Haverford, PA; Portland, OR; Rapid City, SD; Scottsdale, AZ; and Winston-Salem, NC. The hard-cover guidebook of the little-known and overlooked practices, People’s Biennial represents a real snapshot of creative practice in America today, including work ranging from documentary photographs of military life to video works focusing on the biological activity in urban ecosystems.

Phantasmagoria Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence Retail: $24.95 Sale Price: $12.50 Published to accompany the traveling exhibition Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, this book features works by twelve contemporary artists from various parts of the world who reflect upon the fleeting nature of earthly existence — on disappearance and loss, ghosts and shadows. In these works, mysterious images flicker across fog and smoke, or silhouettes dance on the walls. Ranging from the festive to the ironic, they show a fascination with perceptual ambiguities and the macabre, often with visual trickery inspired by the 18th- and 19th-century stage spectacle known as the “phantasmagoria.” Artists include Christian Boltanski, Jim Campbell, Michel Delacroix, Laurent Grasso, Jeppe Hein, William Kentridge, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Teresa Margolles, Oscar Muñoz, Julie Nord,Rosângela Rennó, Regina Silveira.

Shoot the Family Shoot the Family Retail: $19.95 Sale Price: $9.95 In recent years, contemporary artists have often aimed their cameras at their own families, framing a subject that is undeniably charged. In compelling and diverse images by 16 artists selected by curator Ralph Rugoff, we are invited to contemplate the strong emotional and psychological ties that connect these artists to their relatives and partners, as well as the powerful social and economic forces that shape the family. With a text by Rugoff and a short story by author Lynne Tillman, Shoot the Family is a fully illustrated catalogue published to accompany a traveling exhibition organized by ICI. Artists include Yasser Aggour, Darren Almond, Janine Antoni, Richard Billingham, Miguel Calderón, Mitch Epstein, Hai Bo, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ari Marcopoulos, Malerie Marder, Jonathan Monk, Anneè Olofsson, Adrian Paci, Chris Verene, Gillian Wearing, and Zhang Huan.

Space is the Place Space Is the Place Retail: $22.95 Sale Price: $11.95 The idea of traveling to outer space excites the mind. At a time of great terrestrial conflict, it has inspired contemporary artists to engage in fascinating speculation, dark nostalgia, and optimistic flights of fancy about living above and beyond the earth. The works of art on the theme presented in Space is the Place — and the essays by curators Alex Baker, Toby Kin this catalogue — address the historical successes and failures of space exploration and its future potential.

Video Transformations Video Transformations Retail: $15.00 Sale Price: $7.50 Video Transformations catalogues new video art developed in the 1980s by young artists who aimed to develop a new meld of the performing and visual arts through video, not to be an imitation of stage, film, or studio work but to serve as unique presentations that utilized technical effects to affect new emotion. The publication, with its iconic black and silver cover, includes short synopses and still shots of each short film in the 4-part video program curated by Lois Bianchi, transforming practices from dance, poetry, visual arts, drama, and music, and features an array of video subjects from Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog to a memory-based investigation in to madness.

What Sound Does a Color Make? What Sound Does a Color Make? Retail: $17.95 Sale Price: $8.95 What Sounds Does a Color Make? explores time-based work by artists who manipulate sound with image, and image with sound, in videos and immersive sensory environments. This exhibition provokes a renewed awareness of human cognition and perception through a selection of compelling works by an international group of artists, while connecting recent development in digital audio-visual art to its predigital 1970s roots. The catalogue features an essay by Kathleen Forde, a curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and interviews with Steina Vasulka, a leading pioneer in video art, and Naut Humon, the founding member of the avant-garde music ensemble Rhythm & Noise.

August 15, 2013- - September 3, 2013 @ Everywhere

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