Published on the occasion of the exhibition Technologies of the Self at Marc Selwyn Fine Art with works by Max Hooper Schneider, Tetsumi Kudo, Lucas Samaras and Paul Thek and curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan, this book explores how these artists use the concept of the container as a tool for understanding and transforming the self. 

 

The publication, which is designed by Benjamin Schwartz, printed by die Keure, and co-published by Del Vaz Projects and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, is meant to perform as a box that opens and closes upon itself. The book is riddled with dualities - inside and out, left and right, text and image, alluding to the containment-transformation duality which is at heart of the exhibition. 

 

The “left” book includes a preface and introduction by the exhibition's curator Jay Ezra Nayssan, and four critical essays on each of the four artists in the exhibition written by Johannes Hoerning, lead researcher for the Marcel Duchamp Collection and Archive of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum and PhD candidate at Cambridge University. 

 

The “right” book includes over 100 pages of images and texts by Max Hooper Schneider, Tetsumi Kudo, Lucas Samaras, and Paul Thek which have been collected from over 50 sources including museums, galleries, catalogs and publications in order to highlight the similarities (and dissimilarities) between the four artists.

 

Publication Stockists: 

192 Books, New York

Aeon Bookstore, New York

After 8 Books, Paris

Arcana: Books on the Arts, Los Angeles

Art Catalogues, Los Angeles

Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, Tokyo

Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles

KARMA Bookstore, New York

Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles

Owl Bureau, Los Angeles

Printed Matter, Inc., New York 

Whitney Museum, New York