Documenta 6 was published in the context of the exhibition Orphan Papers, which was held in the art library at Sitterwerk, St Gallen. This book is a facsimile of the art book collector Daniel Rohner's diary, when he visited Kassel from the 19th March to the 1st April 1977 - and sheds some light onto what his interests were. This pocket-sized diary was found within the pages of the art journal Kunstforum: Talk show der documenta 6: Stichwortgeber: Georg Jappe (GM608796). This diary is one of six hundred documents which were reproduced and catalogued by Izet Sheshivari for the exhibition. It is accessible via the online catalogue of the Sitterwerk art library, as one of the many cut-outs, notes and manuscripts that were found amongst the library's books.
505 The complete series of Boabooks artists’ notepads
With the works of Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Léopold Banchini, Carola Bonfili, Susanne Bürner, Isabelle Cornaro, Jérémie Gindre, Nicolas Giraud, Raphaël Julliard, Laurent Kropf, Stéphane Le Mercier, Anne Minazio, Aurélien Mole, Olivier Mosset, Samuel Ostermann, Yann L. Popper, Frédéric Post, Fabienne Radi, Christophe Rey, Tatiana Rihs, Christian Robert-Tissot, Izet Sheshivari, Derek Sullivan, Lance Wakeling, Eric Watier, Christine Würmell, Zhang Xiao and published by edition fink in the fink twice serie.
“A Metaphysical Interior” is the title of the book that was published on a proposal from Luca Lo Pinto during the exhibition “D’après Giorgio”, which was held at the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico from 27th January 2012 to 27th January 2013. Housed in the House Museum at 31 Piazza di Spagna in Rome, the exhibition brought together works by the following artists: Alek O., Darren Bader, Nina Beier, Carola Bonfili, Benny Chirico, Patrizio Di Massimo, Giulio Frigo, Julia Frommel, Martino Gamper, Paul Armand Gette, Nicolas Hatfull, Isola & Norzi, Tobias Madison & Kaspar Mueller, Marcello Maloberti, Carlo Mollino, Momus, Olaf Nicolai, Henrik Olesen, Nicola Pecoraro, Emilio Prini, Dan Rees, Alexandre Singh, John Stezaker, Luca Trevisani, Luca Vitone, and Raphael Zarka. The book presents the result of a correspondence protocol suggested by Izet Sheshivari at the curator’s invitation. After receiving and printing the 214 illustrations sent by the artist, Luca Lo Pinto arranged the pictures within the museum space, and documented them in situ. Featuring captions, the book provides “augmented” perspectives from a visit of Giorgio de Chirico’s flat. Page after page, the book generates an ever-changing relationship between the meaning of a flat interior design and the remote discovery of works by contemporary artists.
The engravings reproduce in “Anonymous Engravings on Ecstasy Pills” were designed by unknown people who abandoned them. In this book of drawings, Frédéric Post offers a piece of research worthy of a modern-times archaeologist. He collected and re-created these figures, conferring thus value to an underground iconography of over 500 signs. The classification of the drawings into three groups (figures, typography, symbols) was carried out with Izet Sheshivari, in remembrance of the work of Hans Rudolf Lutz. This collection shows elements of a visual folklore that hints at popular figures.
“Pierre Schwerzmann” extends the lexicon of minimal painting beyond the boundaries of the visible and of the canvas. The differently sized pages of this artist’s book generate strong iconographic and rhythmic ellipses. Each section provides clues for exploring a complex system that governs the artist’s body of work. Essays by artist Thomas Huber and by Marco Costantini, as well as an interview with Catherine Othenin-Girard, tune in as several voices to the book. Reproductions of exhibition pictures provide an indication of the structural challenge taken on by the artist and his painting, as well as his experimenting with boundaries, which are reflected in this book. Awarded by the jury of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2013.
“Miracol” is the name of pirate records label of the Swiss artist Frédéric Post. With the participation of numerous composers, he relases single or multiple copies of picture disc homemade with glued. The idea of the artist is related to the speculation on the limited duration of his fragil and authentic product. The layout of the sleeve design during the production of this reverse records intend his work into a reseach in contrast of the main marketing idea of the records industrie, affecting most of the time not only the design but also the sounds of the musicians.
Susan Hiller has compiled a postcard alphabet from her ongoing project “Homage to Man Ray”. With reference to her first book “Rough Sea” (1976) this compilation allows the reader to rediscover and reuse an archetypal form of collective memory. The images in “The Artist’s Palette Alphabet” may be sent as postcards, the book subsequently become again a fragmented memories.
“Various Small Meals and Roses” is a reappropriation of Ed Rusha’s “Various Small Fires and Milk”, adding to the many remakes published over the last four decades. The book was part of an eponymous installation that was presented in La Spezia, and was inspired by one of the many staged arrangements that Ed Rusha made from his books, a tribute that combined photography with cooking improvisation.
This catalogue is meant to address the latest developments in artists' book history. An amazing corpus of new works makes up a most dynamic overview. There are many books dealing with the topics such as emptiness, space, or the very substance of pages, and we deemed it necessary to look at the influence of books that have been published in neighboring fields to that of the artist's book or book-works publications, in order for us to define our investigation for the exhibit “Blank Book Makers” set up at Fonderie Kugler in 2012.
Can the cult of napping, as well as dreams, be depicted in an image? Izet’s close shots of unconscious bodies, while crossing the Adriatic Sea, reveal an ambivalent perception, halfway between grace and anxiety.
More Boabooks design by Izet Sheshivari
Elizabeth Lebon 200 Memories
Izet Sheshivari Art-Rite
Fabienne Radi Cent titre sans Sans titre
Izet Sheshivari Dérives urbaines
Miriam Sturzenegger The Fog is a Light Darkness
Donatella Bernardi The Hacker Grail
Ulises Carrión In alphabetical order
Tom Wasmuth Laurence Whitfield
Izet Sheshivari Les livres dont vous n'êtes pas le héros.
Miriam Sturzenegger Renovieren
Elizabeth Lebon Spooool
Yoshinori Mizutani Taxi Dirty Book
Elizabeth Lebon Twelve Tapestries