Adam Szymczyk

Adam Szymczyk is a Polish art critic and curator. He was Artistic Director of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017, and Director at Kunsthalle Basel from 2004 to 2014. He is Guest Lecturer at Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna as well as at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany.

  • Yannis Tsarouchis

    Yannis Tsarouchis

    Dancing in Real Life

    Niki Gripari and Adam Szymczyk

    On Yannis Tsarouchis's career: his thirteen-year exile in Paris, and his absorption and transformation of Greek folk traditions, ancient Greek and early Christian art, shadow theater, and modern art.

    Yannis Tsarouchis was a Greek painter whose multifarious practice spanned seven decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s. More than three decades after his death in 1989, the artist's immensely rich oeuvre is relatively unknown outside of Greece, where he is unanimously recognized as one of the most important painters of the twentieth century. This catalogue is published on the occasion of the first major survey of his work outside of his home country, which is also the first exhibition in the United States devoted to his work, at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago. The show brings together over two hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, stage designs, and photographs, including portraits of anonymous youths, homoerotically charged mise-en-scènes, and major allegorical paintings referencing religious iconography augmented with contemporary costumes and props.

    The foundation of Tsarouchis's artistic sensibility involved negotiating the difference between the promise of modernization and the spell of tradition, as well as the gradual elaboration of this difference in his personal politics, which aimed at subverting the gender binary. Portraying solitary young men in interiors—daydreaming, gazing pensively, reclining, relaxing, and enjoying their own company—Tsarouchis formulated a unique artistic language. His works establish their own symbolic universe, mixing personal memory, loss, and desire, pointing to the negotiation and transgression of limits between art and the everyday that were central to his work and philosophy.

    Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life includes numerous works spanning the artist's career, including his thirteen-year exile in Paris, showing how he absorbed and transformed influences including Greek folk traditions; ancient Greek and early Christian art; Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and icon painting; the Greek shadow theater of Karaghiozis; and even the new languages of modern art: Cubism, Fauvism, and Surrealism. It features English translations of Tsarouchis's writings and poetry, essays by Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation president Niki Gripari, art historian Evgenios D. Matthiopoulos, curator and writer Adam Szymczyk, and dramaturge and scholar Dorota Sajewska, and a project by artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis.

    • Paperback $42.00
  • Elisabeth Wild

    Elisabeth Wild

    Fantasías

    Adam Szymczyk

    A tribute to Elisabeth Wild's kaleidoscopic and vibrant collages, with contributions that frame the importance of this singular artist's work and life.

    This beautifully designed monograph exhibits Elisabeth Wild's kaleidoscopic and vibrant collages. Using cutouts of commercial imagery from glossy magazines, Wild composes a dimensionless reality that is witty yet menacing, ancient yet immortal. Imagining figures that are structural and anatomical, her work presents a shimmering dream logic. Wooden totems and stone altars, woven rugs, and precious stones are the cosmic architectural inhabitants that unveil the artist's fantasies. Along with Wild's collages, this volume includes contributions by poet Negma Coy, curator Adam Szymczyk, art educator and writer Barbara Casavecchia, art historian and critic Noit Banai, and gallerist Karolina Dankow of Karma International, all which frame the importance of this singular artist's work and life.

    Born in Austria, Elisabeth Wild (1922–2020) fled to Argentina during WWII with her parents. In 1962 the family escaped the regime of Juan Peron and found a new home in Basel, Switzerland. Wild opened an antique shop at St. Johannstor which became the outlet for her creativity at the time and also supported her and her family financially. Until her death at the age of 98, Wild was carefully crafting her light-hearted, joyous abstract worlds walking the line between construction and deconstruction. Alongside her daughter, Vivian Suter, Wild has exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, documenta 14, and the Powerplant in Toronto.

    • Hardcover $35.95
  • Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs

    Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs

    Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder

    Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk

    Since his arrival in New York in 1969, the French artist Michel Auder (b. 1945, Soissons, France) has authored more than five hundred video works that chart five decades of the medium's history. Employing new video formats as they become available, many of which have quickly fallen into obsolescence, Auder has prolifically produced short and feature films as well as video installations and photography that transgress genres, gleaning the fields of art history, literature, commercial television, and experimental cinema. At once poetic and critical, cruel and confessional, Auder's casually virtuosic oeuvre continues to disrupt traditional perceptual habits of moviegoers and art audiences alike, subverting notions of filmic narrative and process.

    This new monograph includes “Twenty Film-Poems for M. Auder,” a series of mini-essays on selected videos by Quinn Latimer, an American poet and critic based in Basel, as well as “Portrait of the Marauder,” an extensive interview with the artist by Adam Szymczyk, director of Kunsthalle Basel. The book which also includes a catalogue raisonné of Auder's video works, was designed by Julia Born, a Swiss graphic designer who lives and works in Berlin.

    This book was conceived on the occasion of the exhibitions “Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder,” on view at Kunsthalle Basel, June 9–August 25, 2013, and curated by Adam Szymczyk; and “Michel Auder: Selected Works,” on view at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, October 31–November 17, 2013, and curated by Sophie von Olfers.

    • Paperback $57.00