Michael Hirsch

  • Der symbolische Auftraggeber / The Symbolic Commissioner

    Der symbolische Auftraggeber / The Symbolic Commissioner

    Søren Grammel, Michael Hirsch, Mari Laanemets, Ruby Sircar, and Jan Verwoert

    The expression “Der symbolische Auftraggeber/The Symbolic Commissioner” refers to the utopia of the New Man, which various avant-gardes from art, dance, and architecture proclaimed both the client and the aim of their artistic production at the beginning of the 20th century. This client is a symbolic one, because his actual identity remains ambivalent. Houses and carpets, wallpapers and suits, new cities and chairs were designed for him. Yet the figure has remained a utopian one, flaring-up only for brief moments and as a fragmentary manifestation from the productions of the artists.

    A thematic book including a.o. numerous color views of the exhibitions “Idealismusstudio” and “Die Blaue Blume” (the latter counted among the “Best themed Shows 2007” in frieze magazine, 2008). Both projects took place at the Grazer Kunstverein.

    Co-published with Grazer Kunstverein

    Contributors Anni Albers, Vojin Bakić, Martin Beck, Christoph Bruckner, Saim Demircan, Luca Frei, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Heidrun Holzfeind, Marine Hugonnier, David Jourdan, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Paul Klee, Katarzyna Kobro, Hilary Lloyd, Marika Lõoke & Jüri Okas, Camilla Løw, Kenneth Martin, Ulrike Meinhof, George Nelson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Vaclav Pozarek, Florian Roithmayr, Giles Round, Nora Schultz, Sean Snyder, Juliane Solmsdorf, Pernille Kapper Williams.

    • Hardcover $34.00
  • Adorno, Volume 1

    Adorno, Volume 1

    The Possibility of the Impossible

    Michael Hirsch, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Nicolaus Schafhausen

    The first volume of Adorno: The Possibility of the Impossible comprises theoretical essays which investigate the relevance of Adorno's critical theory for the present. The tight connection between individual observations in aesthetics and cultural criticism, on the one hand, and the large speculations of social theory and the history of philosophy, on the other, that is found in Adorno's own work is taken as a point of departure in many passages. The difference—disparity, even—in the varied attitudes toward the content of Adorno's theory is evident. Seen from the perspective of the present, this multiple rereading is directed at fragments of a thought that has preserved its radicality even when abstracted from its immediate historical context. Both publications—Adorno: The Impossibility of the Impossible Vol. I and Vol. II—accompany an exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Theodor W. Adorno.

    Contributors Norbert Bolz, Peter Bürger, Alex Demirovic, Diedrich Diederichsen, Alexander García Düttmann, Michael Hirsch, Christoph Menke, Willem van Reijen, Martin Seel

    • Paperback $26.00
  • Adorno, Volume 2

    Adorno, Volume 2

    The Possibility of the Impossible

    Michael Hirsch, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Nicolaus Schafhausen

    Volume II of Adorno: The Possibility of the Impossible documents the exhibition that looks at the connection between contemporary art and Adorno's writings, with the visual arts becoming a central platform for comparison to Adorno's main subjects. The publication illustrates the works exhibited and discusses the relationship between autonomy and sovereignty.

    Artists included are Carl Andre, Samuel Beckett, Martin Boyce, André Cadere, Martin Creed, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Maria Eichhorn, Peter Friedl, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Henrik Plenge Jacobsen, Euan McDonald, John Massey, Jonathan Monk, Sarah Morris, Bruce Nauman, Mathias Poledna, Stephen Prina, Florian Pumhösl, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Markus Schinwald, Andreas Slominski, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Williams, Cerith Wyn Evans.

    • Paperback $26.00