This is the updated and revised version of the Polke book published in 2005 by Ediciones Polígrafa. This publication was designed and conceived in collaboration with the artist and includes part of his personal documentation. It is also the only publication that includes a critical review of his production of Films.

Also there is a very interesting crosscutting issue in the book: the relation of the artist with the Goya painting, Las viejas o el tiempo. The new cover shows Polke photographing this painting in The Beaux Arts Museum in Lille (France). 

Starting from the profane material of everyday culture, Polke interprets images of reality rather than reality itself, satirizes tendencies in contemporary painting, questions the role of the artist as author, breaks down the trivial visual worlds of media photography, and always, but always, takes off on the most magnificent fights of imagination.

The 20_21 Collection focuses on the creative and intellectual approach of key contemporary artists and consists of a series of monographs that examine the interdisciplinary nature of the definition of art and its limits. The collection also provides a forum for the critical consideration of contemporary art practice as a whole.

Based on rigorous research, these essays on the oeuvre of an individual artist also look at the context surrounding the work.

Gloria Moure, the editor of the collection, also pays special attention to material from the artists’ archives, their writings and their creative process.

Published titles: Marcel Broodthaers, Vito Acconci, Jannis Kounellis, Cristina Iglesias, Tony Oursler, Jeff Wall...



* MoMA
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
(April 19–August 3, 2014)

* TATE Modern London
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
(October 1, 2014–February 8, 2015)

* Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
(March 14–July 5, 2015)

Updated edition (20_21 Collection)
328pp./ 21.5x26cm./ 180il./ Hardcover

9788434313378 English


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Michael Snow is, without doubt, one of foremost living artist, and a central figure in North American art in the latter half of the Twentieth Century.

Since the reception of the “Independent Film Award” (1968) from the journal Film Culture, his work was placing in the ranks of such major figures of avant-garde cinema as Stan Brakhage and Gregory Markopoulos as well as in the company of two other artists-turned-filmmakers: the photographer Robert Frank and the painter Andy Warhol.

The image of Michael Snow that emerges from this complete mongraph is of a contemporary Renaissance man. The artist himself captured this diversity in a profile written in the late 1960s “I am not a professional. My paintings are done by a filmmaker, sculpture by a musician, films by a painter, music by a filmmaker, paintings by a sculptor, sculpture by a filmmaker, films by a musician, music by a sculptor… sometimes they all work together […]".

Mixing reflexive humor with a nuanced grasp of the many faces of contemporary art, Snow’s text acknowledges the difficulties an artist faces in approaching different disciplines when there is ‘a tendency towards purity in all these media as separate endeavours’.

Within a structure of seventeen chapters, the artist makes a complete overview on his own work, writing the texts, doing the sequences…an editorial task he knows very well, as we can understand seeing his remarkable artist books.

Certainly, this is an unsurpassed book about one of our most outstanding artists.

>> Gloria Moure is a renowned freelance curator and editor. On last ten years, she has curated exhibitions and edited referente monographs on key contemporary artists, such us Sigmar Polke, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dan Graham and Marcel Broodthaers.

>> Bruce Jenkins is professor of film, video, new media, and animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Former curator of film/video at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), he currently works in the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol.

A collaboration with [LA VIRREINA] CENTRE DE LA IMATGE


Michael Snow. Sequences

A history of his art
Gloria Moure
Essay by Bruce Jenkins Writings by Michael Snow
376pp./ 0x0cm./ / Hardcover

9788434313521 English


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