Clouds is a small publishing house involved in the publication of art books in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are primarily interested in increasing the supply of interesting tomes and slimmer volumes both about and by artists.

We are Warren Olds and Gwynneth Porter. Clouds is based in Newton, Auckland.

NEW

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Jim Allen, The Skin of Years

Anne Noble, The Last Road

RECENT

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Kate Newby, Incredible Feeling

Tessa Laird, A Rainbow Reader

PUBLISHED TITLES

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Michael Stevenson & Jan Verwoert, Animal Spirits

Nova Paul, Form Next to Form Next to Form
(with Dent-De-Leone)

Fiona Jack, Living Halls

Layla Rudneva-Mackay, Green with Envy

Daniel Malone, Black Market Next To My Name,
co-published with Hopkinson Cundy

Louise Menzies, Pursuit of an Ideal

Anne Noble, Ice Blink

Volume 2., a document-extension of the Artspace project, co-published with Artspace

Dan Arps, Affirmation Dungeon

025 Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling,
PX: Thoughts on Painting

026 Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People: the Book of the Zine

020 Julian Dashper, This is not writing,
co-published with Michael Lett

023 Pūrākau / Myths and Legends / Mitos y Leyendas

022 Sean Kerr, Bruce is in the garden; so someone is in the garden

017 Peter Robinson’s Ack and other Abdications,
co-published with Artspace

018 Sriwhana Spong, Nijinsky,
co-published with Michael Lett

016 Bruce Russell Left-handed Blows: Writing on sound, 1993–2009

015 Daniel Knorr Pukapuka Tohunga Mahi Toi,
edition published with Artspace

014 Sean Kerr Pop, co-published with Michael Lett

013 Joseph Churchward, an extended biography on New Zealand type designer Joseph Churchward, co-published with Jan van Eyck Academie and Colophon

012 The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, co-published with Aotearoa Digital Arts

011 Dan Arps' Sun Seeker, co-published with The Physics Room, Neon Parc and Michael Lett

010 Paul Winstanley Threshold: Paintings 1989–2007,
co-published with Artspace

009 Volume 1., a document-extension of the Artspace project, co-published with Artspace

008 Teststrip: a history of an artist-run space (1992-1997)

007 Meg Cranston, Hot Pants in a Cold Cold World,
co-published with Artspace

006 Ava Seymour, The White House Years

005 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

004 Judy Darragh, Arts Society

003 Tessa Laird, Shards of the Jealous Potter

002 Sweet Punch: recent Nordic video

p001 Bruce Barber & Emma Bugden, Party Without Party

DISTRIBUTION TITLES

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All the Cunning Stunts, SO GAY!,
published by All the Cunning Stunts

Connect, published by Colophon

Ruth Buchanan Lying Freely, published by Jan van Eyck Acadamie and Casco

Louise Menzies & Warren Olds, Mushroom magazine poster

David Bennewith, Suggestions poster, Joseph Churchward's suggested designs for TV 2 logo

Speculation, NZ Venice Project 2007,
published by Artspace

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

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Peter Robinson: Modern Standards (essays by Francis Pound, Lauren Winstone and Luke Willis Thompson)

Daniel Malone's Muddy Footprints

STOCKISTS

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Our publications are available from the following stockists:

Motto, Berlin
W139, Amsterdam

Artspace, Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Pah Homestead/TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
s/f, Auckland
Unity Books, Auckland
University Bookshop, Auckland
Tivoli, Waiheke Island
Wheelers Books, Auckland
Gordon Harris, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Pakuranga, Manukau
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Bruce McKenzie Booksellers, Palmerston North
City Gallery, Wellington
Unity Books, Wellington
Parsons Books & Music, Wellington
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
Page and Blackmore Booksellers, Nelson
Christchurch Art Gallery
Scorpio Books, Christchurch
The Physics Room, Christchurch
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a stockist. We offer standard trade terms to retail partners.

INTERNATIONAL

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Our publications are distributed in the USA and Canada by RAM.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland our publications are distributed by Vice Versa Vertrieb.

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PO Box 68-187
Newton, Auckland 1145
Aotearoa New Zealand

+64 9 309 2604

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PX: Thoughts on Painting

PX: Thoughts on Painting was published following the two-part PX exhibition at St Paul Street Gallery, AUT University, Auckland – A Purposeless Production: A Necessary Praxis, curated by Leonhard Emmerling, and Snow Falls on Mountains Without Wind, curated by Jan Bryant.

This book functions both as a theoretical study of painting practice – two opposed essays disagreeing about the supposed purpose or operation of contemporary painting – and an exhibition catalogue, illustrating in full the wide variety of practices that made up this show of the work of painters (in the widest sense) from New Zealand, Europe and the US:

Whitney Bedford, Richard Bryant, Amelia Harris, Dil Hildebrand, Colin Lawson, Saskia Leek, Patrick Lundberg, Michel Majerus, Fiona Macdonald, Isobel Thom, Barbara Tuck, Genevieve Allison, Guy Benfield, James Cousins, Simon Glaister, Kerstin Gottschalk, Katharina Grosse, Simon Ingram, Imi Knoebel, Tumi Magnusson, Paul McCarthy, Judy Millar, Ben Morieson, Gerhard Richter, Nedko Solakov.

Bryant and Emmerling’s essays pay particular attention to the legacies of conceptualism and the diverse relations that contemporary painting holds with various art-historical, philosophical and political discourses. Here we find the figure of painting radically expanded for the twenty-first century.

Fusing Kant’s definition of art as ‘purposeless’ with Adorno’s notion of the autonomous work of art as the only one with utopian potential, Emmerling’s text considers painting’s complete uselessness as the basis of its inalienability. Bryant adapts Jean Paulhan’s ideas on cliché and terror and attempts to delineate a certain genealogy that might account for aspects of contemporary painting practice that can’t be folded neatly into dominant art-historical discourses, even when a dialogue with art history is being carried out.

Texts by Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling
Designed by Tana Mitchell

Published by Clouds
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-6-3

140 pages
Colour and black/white images
Softcover
English

Edition: 750
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 10mm
Weight: 310 gm
Individually shrinkwrapped

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Clouds publishing

PO Box 68-187
Newton, Auckland 1145
New Zealand

+64 9 309 2604
www.clouds.co.nz