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Haim Steinbach: Object and Display

Text by Johanna Burton, Germano Celant, Jenny Jaskey, and Timothy Morton
Artist interview with Tom Eccles, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf

Primarily known for his paradigmatic “shelves” displaying everyday objects, Haim Steinbach’s influential practice developed from early minimalist painting based on the grid structure to later large-scale installations of common objects that have seldom been seen in the US.

Haim Steinbach: Object and Display grew out of the expansive traveling exhibition of Steinbach’s work, once again the world is flat, which invited the artist to reconfigure historical installations and present major new works at three participating institutions: the Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; the Serpentine Galleries in London; and Kunsthalle Zürich. The resulting exhibitions drew work from every stage of Haim Steinbach’s 40 years of artmaking, presented and installed in relation to each institution’s particular histories, architecture, and collections.

Haim Steinbach: Object and Display documents these exhibitions alongside works from throughout the artist’s career in hundreds of full-color illustrations. Designed with the artist’s close participation to parallel his own reiterative practice, photographs, models, and recreations from past works appear with photography of the new site-specific installations that appeared at each institution.

Major new texts by Johanna Burton, Germano Celant, Jenny Jaskey, and Timothy Morton explore the evolution of Steinbach’s historic practice and his investigations into what constitutes an art object and how art and objects are displayed. A conversation with exhibition curators Tom Eccles, Beatrix Ruf, and Hans Ulrich Obrist detail the artist’s unique approach to artmaking and staging an exhibition of this unprecedented nature.

With complete checklists for each exhibition, along with an exhibition history and bibliography of the artist, Haim Steinbach: Object and Display is the definitive work to date on the seminal artist’s career and active practice. Like his own work, this unique book urges readers to take a closer look at the objects and histories before them.


Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York:

06/22/13 – 12/20/13
Serpentine Gallery, London:

03/05/14 – 05/05/14
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich:

05/24/14 – 08/17/14

Hardcover, 8.85 x 10.52 inches, 444 pages, 180+ color images

ISBN: 9781941366028
Published Spring 2016

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