Our Book of the Month for June is David Shrigley’s Err, with 30% off direct orders until 30 June 2021. Order it now.
David Shrigley lives and works in Brighton, UK and has exhibited internationally since studying at Glasgow School of Art, with solo projects at Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Power Station of Art & Design, Shanghai; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Hayward Gallery, London; Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and many others.
Shrigley’s work has been described as having the ability to make one laugh and cry at the same time. Working across different media – drawing, sculpture, photography and painting – Shrigley’s output defies categorisation and, indeed, resists analysis. Err illustrates the moral and artistic conundrums at the heart of contemporary commentary, using drawings full of bleak humour, that confound the brain and unsettle the soul.
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013, Shrigley was commissioned to make a new work for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London (2016 – 2018) and has a major new commission opening July 2021, Joy, at the Wellcome Collection, London. Err was originally published in 1996, this is now the eighth edition, with an original cover designed by the artist.
We’ll be doing a promotion on a different book every month – watch this space for future titles!
Hamishi Farah’s new solo show, Dog Heaven 2: How sweet the wound of Jesus tastes, opens Friday 4th June at Fri Art Kunsthalle in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Dog Heaven 2 : How Sweet the Wound of Jesus Tastes is Hamishi Farahʼs first institutional exhibition and a sequel to the artistʼs first solo show in Europe in 2015 in Brussels. The exhibition gathers newly commissioned paintings and other recent works.
Hamishi Farah is a self-taught artist whose work in conceptual and figurative painting plays inside the production of a politics and philosophy of representation, with a particular focus on the libidinal afterlife of coloniality and its permeation through contemporary art.
In 2020, Book Works published Farah’s graphic novel, Airport Love Theme. Drawings from this project also appear in the show. The book will be available to buy at the exhibition, and you can order it online here.
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Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
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Book Works Publishing is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects and include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops.
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Include new projects with: Phyllis Christopher; Francesco Pedraglio; Sarah Tripp; Praneet Soi; Stuart Brisley; Nina Wakeford and Art on the Underground; Erica Scourti; Sophia Al-Maria; Bouchra Khalili; Laure Prouvost; Stephen Sutcliffe; Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan; Contact – a series guest edited by Hannah Black with Hamishi Farah, Momtaza Mehri and Derica Shields; and Interstices, a fiction series edited by Bridget Penney with Harun Morrison, Diana Georgiou and Licorice by Bridget Penney.
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