Natasha Hoare

Natasha Hoare is Curator of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.

  • If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 1–3

    If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 1–3

    Tony Cokes

    Natasha Hoare

    The first monograph on the work of artist Tony Cokes, creating a visual cartography of a body of moving image work that spans twenty years.

    Tony Cokes's video works are eviscerating critiques and affective art works, bringing together color theory, sound, music, and texts, and quoting a polyphony of voices including Aretha Franklin, Mark Fisher, David Bowie, Public Enemy, and Donald Trump. Combining political and social commentary with cultural theory and a critique of capitalism, Cokes's works viscerally confront the social condition, particularly the prejudices and threats suffered by black subjects. This book is the first monograph on his practice, creating a visual cartography of a body of work that spans twenty years.

    It features four critical pathways into Cokes's decades-long practice, with essays contributed by notable academics, and conversations between Cokes and artist Kerry Tribe. Cokes's work deals with mediation and distribution, and the book itself becomes another conduit for the dissemination of theory, critique, and counter-narrative—a process that Cokes so powerfully engages in as an artist.

    This book accompanies Cokes's solo exhibition, If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 1–3, across three international art institutions: Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University; and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels.

    Contributors

    Dan Byers, Tony Cokes, Christoph Cox, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Sarah McCrory, Sohrab Mohebbi, Kerry Tribe, Niels Van Tomme

    • Hardcover $32.00 £26.00
  • Ivor Cutler

    Ivor Cutler

    Y'Hup

    Natasha Hoare

    A collection of musical scores, lyrics, sketches, artworks, letters, press cuttings, and posters, gathered to celebrate the Scottish poet, songwriter, and humorist Ivor Cutler.

    Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist Ivor Cutler (1923–2006) was a singular force in popular culture. His oeuvre encompassed absurd songs and poems, surreal performances, and illustrated publications. These abstract the banal and everyday with warmth, occasional darkness, and quiet radicalism. Self-styled as an "Oblique Musical Philosopher," Cutler saw himself as having "the effect of a very mild earthquake, one that nudges people into having a look around themselves, through all the rubbish that passes for convention."

    His whimsical performances gained him a cult following across generations, not least as part of 1960s and 70s counterculture. Broadcasts on the Home Service in the 1950s lead to albums, later with Virgin Records and Rough Trade. TV appearances on the BBC caught Paul McCartney's attention. Cutler appeared in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and George Martin produced his album Ludo (1967). Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine invited him to play on two of his tracks on the album Rock Bottom (1974). New generations were introduced to his work in the 1980s on TV for the Old Grey Whistle Test, and on radio for John Peel and later Andy Kershaw. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jim O'Rourke, Laura Marling and Franz Ferdinand.

    Cutler also wrote many books for children and adults, and his wish to open adults up to their childish self (as counter to intellect and convention) was bolstered by his work as a teacher, at A. S. Neill's Summerhill School and for inner-city schools in London for 30 years.

    The Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art exhibition from which this volulme draws pulls from the Cutler archive to present original musical scores, lyrics, sketches, artworks, letters, press cuttings, and posters, many of which have never been previously exhibited, gathered to celebrate Cutler's life and work.The book features an essay by Dan Fox, coeditor of frieze magazine and author of Pretentiousness: Why it Matters and Limbo.

    • Paperback $13.00 £10.99
  • Alexis Hunter

    Alexis Hunter

    Sexual Warfare

    Natasha Hoare

    Key work by the artist Alexis Hunter.

    Sexual Warfare presents key work by Alexis Hunter (1948–2014), an influential figure in the Women's Artstrength, made between 1968 and 1986. The first solo presentation of Hunter's work in the UK since 2006, and in London since 1981, the exhibition brings her acerbic critique into dialogue with the contemporary moment and reinforces her importance

    The publication features essays by Dr Althea Greenan, Special Collections Curator at the Women's Art Library and Amy Tobin, Lecturer in the History of Art. Curator of Exhibitions, Events and Research at Kettle's Yard.

    • Hardcover $31.95 £26.00