Garage publishing program: exhibition catalogues, research, books on contemporary culture by key Western and Russian authors.
Garage has been publishing exhibition catalogues since the Museum was founded. In 2012 Garage launched a joint publishing program with Ad Marginem Press of titles about contemporary art, photography, architecture, theater, cinema, and new media theory. In 2012, we began publishing research based on Garage Archive Collection.
The first Garage publication was the catalogue for Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s 2008 exhibition to mark the Museum’s opening. Since then, we have published over fifty exhibition catalogues and brochures on artists exhibited at Garage, including John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Gormley, Takashi Murakami, and Mark Rothko, as well as catalogues of group exhibitions such as Futurologia / Russian Utopias, The New Décor, Personal Choice, Performance in Russia 1910–2010, and Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo.
From 2012 to 2020, Garage and Ad Marginem Press published over 200 books by leading international theorists and cultural figures, with an overall print run of 930,000 copies. Authors include Walter Benjamin, Claire Bishop, David Brooks, Boris Groys, Gilles Deleuze, Viktor Misiano, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Susan Sontag, and László Moholy-Nagy. Special imprints within the program include the series GARAGE PRO, Minima, Critical Biographies, and Plato and Co.
Garage also conducts original research and produces special publications on lesser-known topics based on the rich resources in Garage Archive Collection. In 2012, we published Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban, followed in 2013 by Reconstruction, a two-part publication that introduced the reader to Moscow’s vibrant art life in the 1990s. In 2016, we launched a series of books on Soviet modernist architecture, followed by the publication of Yuri Avvakumov’s important work on paper architecture, which was published in 2019.
In 2015 Garage launched its international publishing program, aiming to make books in English based on Garage Archive Collection and the Museum’s exhibition program available outside Russia. In the same year we published the catalogue Grammar of Freedom/Five Lessons based on the exhibition of the same name which, for the first time, presented Eastern European art as a narrative incorporating Russian artists. In 2016, we published Exhibit Russia: The New International Decade 1986–1996 and Access Moscow: The Art Life of a City Revealed 1990–1999, two books exploring the history of postwar Russian art using materials from Garage Archive Collection. In 2019, an English translation of the book Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991 was published, followed by a translation of Yuri Avvakumov’s Paper Architecture. An Anthology in 2021.
In 2017 Garage launched two new book series: GARAGE DANCE, on the history of modern and contemporary dance, and GARAGE.txt, which comprises books on contemporary culture written in Russian by scholars who have been awarded a publishing grant by Garage.
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