Ai Weiwei, art edition is a monography about the work that the chinese artist has developed during his career, with more than 700 pages and edited in a direct collaboration with his studio. For carrying out the publication it was be possible to access into his personal archives, in order to show both his artistic and activist career. The publication also counts with declarations of the artist, as well as text by close persons. Besides, every exemplary is presented carefully covered with a piece of habotai silk, according with the work that the artist made in 2008 in reference to the Sichuan earthquake.
In addition it is going to be presented the SUMO edition about Annie Leibovitz, edited exclusively with TASCHEN. The publication revises the artist career, that while more than fourty years has portraited people of every kind, from actors to comedians, musicians, artist, writers and gymnasts. Every copy goes with a notebook with texts and notes by the artist as well as people of her close enviroment.
On 3 June at 7 p.m. Ivorypress will present the latest publications from German publishing house Taschen. On this occasion Javier Bone-Carbone, product manager at Taschen, will show—for the first time in Spain —an Ai Weiwei monograph and Annie Leibovitz's SUMO edition.
Bone-Carbone collaborated intensely in the production of these two titles, which collector’s editions are going to be exhibited at Ivorypress. The presentation will be an opportunity to get an insight into the selection of the photographs, brands involved and other details about these two important publications.
The book by Ai Weiwei—whose work is represented by Ivorypress in Spain—is a comprehensive monograph about Ai Weiwei’s life and work, compiled in close collaboration with the artist from his studio. Thanks to the direct access provided to his own archives, it explores the artist's particular brand of expression and activism over more than seven hundred pages of images and text.
Each copy is wrapped in a Habotai silk scarf, based on a detail from his work Straight, a reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. The edition includes numerous statements extracted from exclusive interviews with the artist conducted especially for this publication as well as essays by Uli Sigg, Ai’s long-time friend and former Swiss ambassador to China; Roger M. Buergel, who curated the 2007 Documenta, which exhibited the artist’s Fairytale piece; and experts on Chinese culture and politics, Carlos Rojas, William A. Callahan and James J. Lally.
The SUMO edition of the work of American photographer Annie Leibovitz will also be on show at Ivorypress. The edition features images from more than forty years of her artistic career, gathering portraits that make up a family album of our time: actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, performance artists, journalists, athletes, businesspeople... Performance and power are recurring themes.
The edition includes a supplementary book that contains essays by Annie Leibovitz; Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair in USA; Paul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London and short texts describing the subjects of the more than two hundred and fifty photographs found therein.
Javier Bone-Carbone graduated in Industrial Design from New York's Parsons School of Design. He worked as a designer for several years for the Conduit Group for clients such as Moss, MoMA Store or the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. His first experience in publishing was as director of publications for Visionaire. Upon his return to Europe he began to work for Taschen as product manager, where he is currently responsible for collector’s editions and special productions.
Date.- Tuesday 3rd of June at 07:00 pm.
Venue.- Ivorypress Space c/ Comandante Zorita, 48, Madrid, Spain.