Biographies / autobiographies

 
 
Wesley Brown - Blue in Green (paperback edition)
2023
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
forthcoming
Wesley Brown narrates the day when trumpeter Miles Davis was assaulted by the New York Police Department. A dramatic and humorous story, told from multiple perspectives including that of Frances Taylor, Davis's wife, and the musicians in Davis's bands: a timely meditation on the psychological impact of police brutality, through the lens of a day in the life of Miles Davis.
Louis Reyes Rivera - A Strange Celestial Road
2023
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
forthcoming
In this memoir, Harlem-born trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah recounts decades of national and international touring with the Sun Ra Arkestra and charts the rise of New York loft jazz scene, offering a fascinating portrait of advanced music in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Omar Kholeif - Sonia Balassanian
2022
English edition
Sternberg Press - Imagine Otherwise
forthcoming
A deeply personal portrait of Iranian Armenian American artist Sonia Balassanian.
Matthias Brunner - Magnificent Obsessions Saved My Life
2022
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
forthcoming
A life, between art and cinema.
Wesley Brown - Blue in Green
2022
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
forthcoming
Wesley Brown narrates the day when trumpeter Miles Davis was assaulted by the New York Police Department. A dramatic and humorous story, told from multiple perspectives including that of Frances Taylor, Davis's wife, and the musicians in Davis's bands: a timely meditation on the psychological impact of police brutality, through the lens of a day in the life of Miles Davis.
Ahmed Slama - Marche-frontière
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Literature – Al Dante
Al Dante - Poetry & Literature
forthcoming
A very personal literary narrative, with a singular writing, of a migrant's experience of wandering and borders.
Enzo Mari - 25 façons de planter un clou
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Architecture / design / graphic design – Design/Théories
forthcoming
Raphaël Minnesota - Patrice Kirchhofer - Un cinéma pariétal
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Cinema & video art
forthcoming
Raphaël Minnesota retraces the career and explores the whole oeuvre of Patrice Kirchhofer (1953-2019), one of the most mysterious and mythical filmmakers of French experimental cinema.
Liam Gillick - A Max De Vos
2022
English edition
MER. B&L
A novel by Liam Gillick.
Richard Hertz - Jack Goldstein et la CalArts Mafia
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
JRP|Editions - Documents (co-edition Les presses du réel)
The fascinating story of Jack Goldstein, the beginnings of CalArts, and some of the illustrious fellows who, in the 1970s and 1980s, led the transition from conceptual art to the Pictures Generation, paints an uncompromising picture of the art world then and now.
Marie Gispert - Jean Cassou - Une histoire du musée
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
A history of the museum of modern art, exhibitions and discourses on art and its public in the 20th century, from the trajectory of Jean Cassou (1897-1986), writer, resistance fighter, art critic, poet and chief curator of thenational museum for modern art of France from 1945 to 1965.
Jan-Christopher Horak - Saul Bass - Autopsie du design cinématographique
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Architecture / design / graphic design – Design – Misceallenous
The first book to examine the life and work of the fascinating figure of Saul Bass, exploring the designer's revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries.
Camille Azaïs - Homemakers
2022
French edition
Tombolo Presses
The first published fiction text by art critic and author Camille Azaïs, which questions the return to the home of American women since the 2010s.
Julius Eastman - Gay Guerrilla - L\'histoire de Julius Eastman
2022
French edition
Éditions 1989
A collection of biographical and musical essays about composer-performer Julius Eastman—a compelling portrait of Eastman's enigmatic and intriguing life and music.
 Boris Blank & Dieter Meier - Oh Yeah - Yello 40
2022
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
A celebration of the 40 years of career of electropop pioneers.
Benjamin Mouliets - Mikami Kan (book + CD)
2021
French edition
Lenka lente
The biography of the singer and performer Mikami Kan, figure of the Japanese underground scene, with two unreleased concerts on CD.
Jerry Hunt - Partners - A Biography of Jerry Hunt
2021
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
The life and work of Amercian experimental musician/composer/intermedia artist Jerry Hunt (1943-1993)—an intimate portrait of a lifetime spent with one of the most eccentric figures in the world of new music
Kazuki Tomokawa - Try Saying You\'re Alive!
2021
English edition
Blank Forms - Books
A memoir by Kawasaki-based writer and musician Kazuki Tomokawa, Try Saying You're Alive! offers a semi-fictionalized account of the vibrant Tokyo underground that he has been at the center of since the 1970s.
Emmanuelle Antille - KD - Karen Dalton
2021
French edition
varia
Between a film diary and a manifesto on the creative process, this book is a wild and enchanting journey in Karen Dalton's footsteps, the cult singer and her breathtaking voice, friend of Bob Dylan and forgotten muse of the '60s, and offers an investigation combining texts, photographs, drawings and archives, at the crossroads of the worlds of art, music and cinema.
Emmanuelle Antille - KD – Karen Dalton / A Bright Light - Karen and the Process (bundle book + DVD)
2021
French edition
varia
47.00 30.00 €
Between a film diary and a manifesto on the creative process, this book is a wild and enchanting journey in Karen Dalton's footsteps, the cult singer and her breathtaking voice, friend of Bob Dylan and forgotten muse of the '60s, and offers an investigation combining texts, photographs, drawings and archives, at the crossroads of the worlds of art, music and cinema. The book is accompanied by Emmanuelle Antille's film A Bright Light – Karen and the Process on DVD (special offer).
Marie-Christine Vernay - Danse la vie, danse la ville - Histoires de Guy Darmet
2021
French edition
Hippocampe - Books
A history of dance in Lyon and in France over the last 40 years through the story of the various lives of Guy Darmet, director for 30 years of the Maison de la Danse and initiator of the first International Dance Biennale.
 Manon - Feathers
2021
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
Feathers presents a collection of notes written by the Swiss artist during the conception of an aborted documentary in 2005. Taking the shape of a diary, it offers a unique gateway into Manon's daily life, interweaving memories and reflections on her artistic practice.
Ghada Selten - Habib Masrouki par Ghada Selten
2021
French edition
ESAAA (Higher School of Art Annecy)
An investigation into the history of Tunisian filmmaker Habib Masrouki (1950-1980).
Mark Wigley - Critical Spatial Practice - Konrad Wachsmann\'s Television – Post-architectural Transmissions
2021
English edition
Sternberg Press - Critical Spatial Practice
In this provocative intellectual biography, architectural historian Mark Wigley makes the surprising claim that the thinking behind modernist architect Konrad Wachsmann's legendary projects was dominated by the idea of television.
Maxine Gordon - Dexter Gordon - Sophisticated Giant
2021
French edition
Lenka lente
Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his "solo" turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present.
Gary Hill - You know where I\'m at and I know where you’re at
2021
English edition
Dis Voir - Visual Arts – Encounters
The encounter between international artist Gary Hill and Martin Cothren, an Amerindian fisherman from the Yakama reserve, thrown in prison and died homeless shortly after his release: conceived by Gary Hill, this singular book alternates the story of their common history over twenty years, touching and tragic (an opportunity for Hill to look back on his own trajectory) and Cothren's letters, interspersed with his extraordinary naive drawings.
Gary Hill - Tu sais où je suis et je sais où tu es
2021
French edition
Dis Voir - Visual Arts – Encounters
The encounter between international artist Gary Hill and Martin Cothren, an Amerindian fisherman from the Yakama reserve, thrown in prison and died homeless shortly after his release: conceived by Gary Hill, this singular book alternates the story of their common history over twenty years, touching and tragic (an opportunity for Hill to look back on his own trajectory) and Cothren's letters, interspersed with his extraordinary naive drawings.
Laurent Le Deunff - L\'incroyable
2021
French edition
L'Incroyable - Books
An illustrated portrait of Laurent Le Deunff through interviews with various personalities, artists, filmmaker, philosopher and art critics.
Chus Martínez - Corona Tales - Let Life Happen to You
2020
English edition
Lenz Press
When she started writing the Corona Tales, Chus Martínez had been weighing how people and the media were addressing the outbreak of the virus as an unprecedented disaster. One possible contribution, as curator and writer, would be to write a short story a day and post it on an Instagram account that many could access…
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré - Paris la Consciencieuse : Paris la Guideuse du monde
2020
French edition
Empire - Books
The unpublished story, reproduced in facsimile, of the journey to Paris of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923-2014), Ivorian poet and artist, "prophet", creator and inventor of the Bété alphabet, who writes a "report" of his encounter with the Western world on his return from the opening of the mythical exhibition "Magiciens de la Terre".
Isabelle Graw - In Another World - Notes, 2014–2017
2020
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
This book merges memoir and social critique in an original fashion. By combining personal observations with a general systemic analysis, it thereby seeks to propose a new genre of writing.
Lilian Auzas - Nina Hagen interprète Bertolt Brecht
2020
French edition
Hippocampe - Books
A free reflection on the influence of Bertolt Brecht in the work of Nina Hagen, this hybrid text approaches two great popular figures of German culture through an unusual prism, through the margins, and paints a portrait of Nina Hagen as we have never seen her before.
Christian Rosset - Le Dissident secret - Un portrait de Claude Ollier
2020
French edition
Hippocampe - Books
A portrait of Claude Ollier (1922-2014), writer of the Nouveau Roman, where memories, reflections, hypotheses and descriptions are intertwined, with a notebook of photographs composed by Camille Rosset.
Isidore Isou - Antonin Artaud torturé par les psychiatres
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Literature – Al Dante
Al Dante - Poetry & Literature
Through the detailed analysis of Antonin Artaud's psychiatric history, Lettrist master Isidore Isou delivers a real indictment in this singular text which is both an investigation and a pamphlet.
Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux - Récits de la vie de Michelangelo Merisi, dit « Le Caravage »
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Literature – Al Dante
Al Dante - Poetry & Literature
A story, between myth and reality, of Caravaggio, by parodic artist Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux.
Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux - Récits de la vie de Michelangelo Merisi, dit « Le Caravage » - Limited edition
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Literature – Al Dante
Al Dante - Poetry & Literature
Limited edition, numbered from 1 to 20, with an original artwork signed by the artist.
Simone Forti - L\'orso allo specchio
2020
Italian edition
Kunstverein Publishing Milano
This artist’s book gathers childhood memories, some lived experiences and personal reflections on the family histories and relations, and the ways in which they interweave with geographical locations.
Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio - The Grinberg Mystery
2019
bilingual edition (English / Spanish)
Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
This autobiographical novel describes the author's esoteric quest and involvement with a shaman in the hope of saving his mother, diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Anna M. Szaflarski - Very Normal People
2019
English edition
Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
In this collection of stories and illustrations, Szaflarski examines the subject of violence, in particular as it is experienced through the female body. Beginning with an autobiographical experience, the story triggers a dissociative state that plunges the book in and out of imaginary worlds and associative narrative threads.
Nicole Eisenman - L\'incroyable
2019
French edition
L'Incroyable
L'Incroyable - L'Incroyable (magazine)
L'Incroyable is a monographic magazine dedicated to an artist's teenage years and his cultural background. This third issue proposes an immersion into the young years of artist Nicole Eisenman in New York in the 1980s.
Katarina Taikon - The Day I Am Free / Katitzi
2019
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
The story of epoch-changing activist, prolific writer, and Swedish countercultural icon Katarina Taikon's life.
Angéline Neveu - Enragée de Nanterre - ou Le mensonge intime
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Literature – Al Dante
Al Dante - Poetry & Literature
Angéline Neveu, a figure of May '68 then of the French poetic underground, close to the Situationists, tells herself and offers a testimony on the years 1960-70.
Susi Wyss - Guess Who Is the Happiest Girl in Town
2019
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
The richly illustrated memoirs of 1960-1970s jet-set call-girl/muse Susi Wyss: In 800 pages and 1.000 photographs, this publication tells the sulfurous story of Wyss' first forty years. A true tale of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, in which the reader will meet a gallery of colorful socialites and artists like Helmut Newton, Kenneth Anger, Iggy Pop, Dennis Hopper, Brion Gysin…
Catherine Grenier - Sophie Ristelhueber - La guerre intérieure
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
JRP|Editions - Documents (co-edition Les presses du réel)
Interview with one of the great figures of art photography today, in which Sophie Ristelhueber reflects on her own carrer and practice.
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