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Jessica Morgan is curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Modern.
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Jessica Morgan is curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Modern.
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  • Spoiled

    Spoiled
    You say Spoiled like it's a bad thing. Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little) terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into the deep of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her life couldn't get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a smothering dose "sisterly love"...but in this town, nothing is ever what it seems. Set against a world of Redbull-fuelled stylists, tiny tanned girls, popped-collar guys, and Blackberry-wielding publicists, Spoiled is a sparkling debut from the writers behind the viciously funny celebrity blog GoFugYourself.com.

    Messy

    Messy
    Sometimes life gets Messy. When sixteen-year-old Brooke Berlin catches a taste of fame and her movie-star father's attention, she decides it's time to take her career to the next level--by launching a blog that will position her as a Hollywood "It Girl" who tells it like it is. But between schoolwork, shopping, and spray-tan appointments, she hardly has the time to write it herself... Enter green-haired outsider Max McCormack, an aspiring author with a terrible after-school job pushing faux meat on the macrobiotic masses. Max loathes the celebrity scene almost as much as she dislikes Brooke, but wooed by an impressive salary, Max reluctantly agrees to play Brooke's ghost-blogger -- and the site takes off. How long will their lie last? Can the girls work together to stay on top, or will the truth come out and ruin everything they've built? Along with an entourage of fame-hungry starlets, scruffy rocker wannabes, and sushi-scarfing socialites, the case of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's dazzling debut, Spoiled, are back for another adventure in Tinseltown.

    Do It Yourself: Damian Ortega

    Do It Yourself: Damian Ortega
    A survey of the innovative sculptural and installation work of Damián Ortega. In works that spin, dangle, sprawl and climb, Damián Ortega reveals his fascination with how everyday things—whether manmade or organic—are constructed, and his keen interest in the tools and elements that facilitate the process of construction, from pickaxes and pulleys to bricks to molecules. A former political cartoonist, Ortega infuses his sculptural work with an incisive wit, bringing the humorist’s eye to works in which materials are manipulated in surprising ways. His objects reflect the dynamism of the world around us in ways that we might otherwise overlook, subtly subverting conventional views of sculpture as permanent and monumental. This book, accompanying a major exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, brings together work from 1996 to 2007, including sculpture, photography, and video, revealing the rich range of Ortega’s artistic activity.

    Tate Modern Artists: Gabriel Orozco

    Tate Modern Artists: Gabriel Orozco
    Tate Modern Artist Series Description: These books are part of the Tate Publishing series focused on living artists. Generously illustrated, accessible, and affordable, the Modern Artists Series is an essential reference for all those interested in contemporary visual culture. Gabriel Orozco, born in Mexico in 1962, is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Dividing his time among Mexico City, Paris, and New York, his constant traveling has been as much a part of his artistic practice as a lifestyle. His works, often playful and characterized by an ironic humor, range from photographs to collages, sculptures, performance, paintings, and large-scale installation works--including a ball of Plasticine the same weight as the artist, pushed through the streets of New York, gathering the detritus of the urban landscape. Here, Jessica Morgan traces Orozco's artistic development. With more than 100 color illustrations, six key works examined in depth, and a new interview with Orozco, this is the perfect introduction to one of the most stimulating artists at work today.

  • Common Wealth

    Common Wealth

    Time Zones

    Time Zones
    Recent Film and Video
    Published to accompany a groundbreaking exhibition of film and video works at Tate Modern, "Time Zones explores questions about the nature of time and the way it is perceived in modern culture. The international selection of artists featured in the book, including Fkret Atay, Yael Bartana, Jeroen de Rijke, Wllem de Rooij, Wolfgang Staehle, and Fiona Tan, all make the passage of time a central feature of their work. Essays by Tate curators Jessica Morgan and Gregor Muir offer insights into the individual artists.

    Martin Kippenberger

    Martin Kippenberger

    Carsten Holler: Test Site

    Carsten Holler: Test Site

  • The World as a Stage

    The World as a Stage
    The World as a Stage presents a key group of international contemporary artists—Pavel Althamer, Catherine Sullivan, Tino Sehgal, and others—who reinvigorate the rich historical relationship between visual art and theater. Challenging negative associations made between the notion of “theatricality” and the realm of visual art in recent decades, the artists in this book make visible the extent to which a sense of theater, or spectacle, now permeates the spectator’s role in the museum or gallery and how this carries through to their experience of the contemporary urban environment. Considering a variety of media including installation, sculpture, performance, participatory works, and events, this book deals with issues such as the framing of human presence in the experience of art.

    Go Fug Yourself

    Go Fug Yourself
    The Fug Awards

    ICA/Vita Brevis 1998-2003 History

    ICA/Vita Brevis 1998-2003 History
    Vita Brevis was established in 1998 to broaden the reach of The Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA), adding relevance and visibility to adventurous present-day art. The program commissions artists from around the world to create temporary works of public art in response to Boston's rich landscape and history. Unusual and challenging settings are used for these projects--public parks, urban wilds, historic sites, roadways, riverbanks and more--resulting in works that encourage people to experience Boston's environs and multifaceted history with renewed understanding and focus. Participating artists include Olafur Eliasson, Cornelia Parker, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Ann Carlson, Nari Ward, Jim Hodges and others. ICA/Vita Brevis 1998-2003: History, Landscape and Art documents the program's first five projects.

    Simryn Gill

    Simryn Gill
    Sydney-based Simryn Gill is interested in how we locate ourselves in the world through objects. By photographing, casting, collecting and arranging various objects, she demonstrates how meaning is dependent on context. This first monograph features works from the past two decades and in-depth essays illuminating her idiosyncratic process.

  • Brian Jungen

    Brian Jungen
    Brian Jungen is perhaps best known for his Prototypes for New Understanding(1998-2005), a series of reproduction Northwest Coast Aboriginal masks made from disassembled athletic shoes. That ingenious mash-up of two seemingly disparate hot commodities--globally branded footwear and revered First Nations artwork--reflects the artist's own hybrid cultural identity, as both a member of the Doig River band, a tribe in British Columbia's Dunne-za Nation, and a fixture of Vancouver's thriving art scene, a position recently cemented by a show at the Tate Modern in London. Other meldings of consumer goods and common materials through which Jungen has explored the exchange of goods, ideas and cultures include a basketball court made of sewing tables and a whale skeleton built from plastic lawn chairs. All represent the Postmodern, postcolonial world with aplomb and a sense of humor. Includes an interview with the important postcolonial theorist Homi Bhaba.

    Carsten Höller: Experience

    Carsten Höller: Experience
    Carsten Höller has created a world that is equal parts laboratory and fun house. He explores important themes such as architecture, childhood, love, happiness, hallucination, and the future. Trained as a scientist, his work often takes the form of experiments designed to test the limits of human sensorial experience through carefully controlled situations.    The exhibition presents a selection of pieces that highlight the different visual or experiential dimensions of Höller’s groundbreaking work. A number of signature works are presented, including his stroboscopic light installations, disorienting architectural environments, and a mirrored carousel. This beautifully illustrated book is organized around approximately twenty significant themes developed in his work. Each of the themes is explored by an extraordinary group of curators and writers, including Daniel Birnbaum, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Germano Celant, Lynne Cooke,  Hal Foster, Massimiliano Gioni, Jessica Morgan, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Gloria Sutton, and Rosemarie Trockel, among many others.  This book is in association with the New Museum.

    Ian Wallace

    Ian Wallace
    At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
    Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography is a monograph on the photographic work of one of Canada’s most significant contemporary artists. Ian Wallace's influence is lasting and broad. He has made an outstanding impact on both his contemporaries and subsequent generations through his important work as an art historian, critic and educator and also through an art practice that has consistently demonstrated conceptual rigor and aesthetic innovation. The book draws together these key themes by presenting the images alongside essays split by nature— Still image; Studio; Museum; Street and including a chronology of key works. This book covers the full range of his distinguished career and the principle themes that he has evolved over four decades of work.

    TH 2058: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

    TH 2058: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
    Best known for using light and sound to create immersive, interactive environments,  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is the ninth artist to be invited to transform the massive space of the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern with a visionary project of her own. Born in Strasbourg in 1965, Gonzalez-Foerster came to public attention in the mid-1990s as part of a generation of French artists that includes Pierre Huyghe and Phillipe Parreno. Her critically acclaimed piece Seance de Shadows was displayed in Tate Modern's The World as a Stage exhibition in 2007. Her recent work focuses on creating otherworldly environments and often incorporates film to depict scenes of urban life in cities around the world. Her work Riyo was shot on the riverbank of Kyoto, Japan, and shown recently at Expodrome in Paris. With dramatic installation photography and an insightful text, this exciting book follows the artist's newest project at Tate Modern from start to sensational finish.

  • John Baldessari

    John Baldessari
    Pure Beauty

    Olafur Eliasson

    Olafur Eliasson

    Collectors Collect Contemporary

    Collectors Collect Contemporary

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