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Roma Publications (Amsterdam, NL) was founded by artist Mark Manders and graphic designer Roger Willems. They produce and publish books by collaborating closely with the artists, designers, and writers behind the works. Each release is numbered and varies in edition size.
A Dirk Braeckman by Dirk Braeckman. With Martin Germann, Dirk Lauwaert. A monograph from the Belgian photographer. Each image tells an isolated story. All are black and white, and somehow it feels new, and rare. Large format, the better for details, and yet there are almost none. 400 pages, 10" x 11.5". $82. Add to cart
B The Object of Criticism by Benoît Maire. With Lorenzo Benedetti. This book is lively! Centered on five works that comprised Maire's first solo exhibition in Holland (2011), they provide a structure by which the very act of criticism, and therefore the tropes of philosophical consideration, may be exercised. Visible, Fragment, Page, Device, Language. 48 pages, 8" x 11". $27. Add to cart
In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art. Eds. Susan Hapgood, Cornelia Lauf. With Lorenzo Benedetti. Certificates of authenticity for a variety of artworks. Gathered together, they act as stand-ins for the actual works, as symbolic of monetary potential, as branded product. Its own evolving history of art. With certificates by Judith Barry, Pierre Bismuth, Daniel Buren, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Flavin, Liam Gillick, Hans Haacke, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Piero Manzoni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jonathan Monk, Robert Morris, Antoni Muntadas, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, David Shrigley, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ben Vautier, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, and more. 104 pages, 7.5" x 10.5". $26.
D On the Self-Reflexive Page by Louis Lüthi. Edited and designed by Lüthi as well. The following text is taken directly from the Roma Publications website. Their description features a priè d'insérer from Lüthi. We've obliged, too:
"The subject of this book is the page, and the pages reproduced in it are taken from works of literature (or, in some cases, art books that derive specifically from literature). I have chosen to present them thematically, resulting in a typology of self-reflexive pages: Black Pages, Blank Pages, Drawing Pages, Photography Pages, Text Pages, Number Pages, and Punctuation Pages. The repetition this entails is somewhat deceptive (for a start, the reader will observe the slight but not insignificant differences between the visual and verbal presentations); in literature, such devises are often used as a counterpoint to what has preceded or what will follow in the narrative. And the same means may evidently be used to different ends. For these reasons, and because the book attempts only to trace an isolated theme through numerous and often otherwise unrelated works, the reader is in all instances referred to the original publications, which are listed in the bibliography." 5" x 7.75", 160 pages. $25. Add to cart
E Ruth On The Phone by Nigel Shafran. From 1994-2003, the photographer documents Ruth, on the phone, as she and her surroundings change. It produces a meditative, and surprisingly moving account of a life, and somehow, a relationship. More a filmic sensibility than a photographic one. 152 pages, 6.5" x 9.5". $43. Add to cart
F Oeuvre Sculpte, Travaux Pour Amateurs by Koenraad Dedobbeleer. The Belgian artist's works are shown in historical and contemporary contexts, high and low design traditions, carefully orchestrated and every day life milieus. Enormously satisfying to view. 7.5" x 9", 112 pages. $43. Add to cart