Sternberg Press

Sternberg Press grew out of the small publishing house known as Lukas & Sternberg, founded in 1999 by Caroline Schneider. With a focus on art criticism, theory, fiction and artists' books, the Berlin-New York based publishing endeavor was set in motion with a pocket book series, edited in part with Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, Sternberg Press has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture (architecture, design, film, politics, literature and philosophy) can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates.
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The D-Tale - Video Art from the Pearl River Delta
2019
bilingual edition (English / Chinese)
forthcoming
An overview of video art production from the Pearl River Delta in China: having emerged in the mid-1980s, this vital yet under-represented art scene is thoroughly documented in this richly illustrated catalogue (460 ill.) which features works by nearly sixty artists (catalogue of the inaugural exhibition at Times Art Center Berlin).
Materialisation in Art & Design (MAD)
2019
English edition
forthcoming
This publication presents the outcomes of the master Materialisation in Art & Design (MAD) at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. The contributions reflect on the program's quest to re-establish the material at the center of art and design practices.
Of Other Spaces - Where Does Gesture Become Event?
2019
English edition
forthcoming
Stemming from the namesake exhibition program at Cooper Gallery, Of Other Spaces draws on women artists' activism from the 1970s to the present day to build a reflection on feminist thinking as a provocative and cogent mode of creative and critical inquiry.
Love and Ethnology - The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte)
2019
English edition
forthcoming
Halfway between a catalogue and a reader, this publication documents a long-term, touring exhibition project on the critical reception of Hubert Fichte's ethnographic travel literature. This large-scale initiative brings forth a multi-faceted debate on colonial modernism, ethnography, poetry and sexuality.
Pedro Barateiro - How to Make a Mask
2019
English edition
forthcoming
This monographic volume dedicated to the work of Pedro Barateiro spans a period that dates back to 2008 and features extensive visual and written material of key projects presented in solo exhibitions, as well as other relevant installations, videos and performances.
Ana Ofak - Agents of Abstraction
2019
English edition
forthcoming
This historical essay recounts the story of the EXAT 51 collective—the first Yugoslavian abstract art group—and how it shaped the idea of abstract socialism by associating socialist cultural politics and modernist artistic practice.
Barry Schwabsky - The Observer Effect - On Contemporary Painting
2019
English edition
forthcoming
A wide-ranging collection of texts on contemporary painting, by one of its most finest observer today.
Our Happy Life - Architecture and Well-Being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism
2019
English edition
Our Happy Life investigates the architectural implications of the new happiness emotional paradigm by dissecting and questioning the political, economic, and emotional conditions that generate space today.
The Art of Direct Action - Social Sculpture and Beyond
2019
English edition
This collective study examines the influence of Joseph Beuys's concept of social sculpture in the evolution of artistic practices from the 1970s to the present day.
Nos jours heureux - Architecture et bien-être à l\'ère du capitalisme émotionnel
2019
French edition
Our Happy Life investigates the architectural implications of the new happiness emotional paradigm by dissecting and questioning the political, economic, and emotional conditions that generate space today.
Theater, Garden, Bestiary - A Materialist History of Exhibitions
2019
English edition
Une histoire transdisciplinaire des expositions.
What about Activism?
2019
English edition
This reader gathers more than twenty leading curators and thinkers who present powerful case studies, historical analyses, and theoretical perspectives that address the dynamics of activism, protest, and advocacy in curatorial practice.
Waiting for Omar Gatlato - A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora
2019
English edition
This catalogue offers diverse representations of everyday life in Algeria and its diaspora through film, paintings, photography and sculpture by twenty-five contemporary artists. It includes the first English translations of key theoretical texts on Algerian contemporary art.
Sven-Olov Wallenstein - Spacing Philosophy - Lyotard and the Idea of the Exhibition
2019
English edition
Daniel Birnbaum and Sven-Olov Wallenstein analyze the significance and logic of Lyotard's “Les Immatériaux” exhibition while contextualizing it in the history of exhibition practices, the philosophical tradition, and Lyotard's own work on aesthetics and phenomenology.
Nina Canell - Reflexologies
2019
English edition
Cable cuts, energetics, and gunk: moving back and forth between a group of core subjects, Reflexologies converts the past five years of Nina Canell's sculptural work into a 384-page book.
Jill Johnston - The Disintegration of a Critic
2019
English edition
Un recueil de trente textes de la journaliste, critique d'art et de danse et écrivaine américaine Jill Johnston, icône lesbienne et figure du féminisme radical des années 1970.
Mischa Kuball - Res.o.nant
2019
English edition
Res·o·nant documents the namesake light and sound installation created by conceptual artist Mischa Kuball for the Jewish Museum Berlin. The catalogue comprises contributions by a prestigious ensemble of international thinkers, artists, and writers.
Jacob Lund - The Contemporary Condition - Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination
2019
English edition
This theoretical essay advocates for the overcoming of the dominant notion of the contemporary as the point of departure for the development of (art-) historical imagination.
Oliver Marchart - Conflictual Aesthetics - Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere
2019
English edition
Oliver Marchart traces trajectories of artistic activism in theater, dance, performance, and public art, and investigates the political potential of urbanism, curating, and “biennials of resistance.”
 Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel - Stop and Go - Nodes of Transformation and Transition
2019
English edition
This publication presents the results of a research project which explored the transformation of informal structures within the road transport corridors connecting Eastern and Western Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Hans Ulrich Obrist - An Exhibition Always Hides Another Exhibition - Texts on Hans Ulrich Obrist
2019
English edition
A collection of essays and portraits on one of the most influential art critic and curator of today.
Stephen Sutcliffe - At Fifty
2019
English edition
First monograph dedicated to British filmmaker and video artist Stephen Sutcliffe. Including commissioned essays and an interview with the artist, At Fifty examines over twenty years of film collages practice, delving into Sutcliffe's extensive use of television archives and critical reflection on British cultural identity.
Peter Wächtler - Jolly Rogers
2019
English edition
Jolly Rogers is a collection of Peter Wächtler's latest short texts, written in preparation of his two solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthalle Zürich (both 2019), and combined with a nearly complete collection of the artist's drawings and prints from recent years.
Verina Gfader - The Contemporary Condition - The Last Resident
2019
English edition
The publication presents a collective project lead by artist and researcher Verina Gfader.