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Marcel Duchamp

Duchamp & co.   Pierre Cabanne. Paris : Terrail, c1997.
The world of Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968 by Calvin Tomkins and the editors of Time-Life Books.


Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, spaceof akari & stone. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1986.
Isamu Noguchi text by Sam Hunter. New York : Abbeville Press, [1978]
A sculptor's world Isamu Noguchi ; foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller. Gottingen : Steidl, 2004.


Joseph Beuys

Arena : where would I have got if I had been intelligent! edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly. New York : Dia Center for the Arts, c1994.
The essential Joseph Beuys - Alain Borer ; edited by Lothar Schirmer.


Robert Irwin   

Artist talk on YouTube.
Seeing is forgetting the name of the thingone sees : a life of contemporary artist Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1982. 
Robert Irwin exhibition organized by Richard Koshalek and Kerry Brougher. Los Angeles, Calif. : Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ; New York : Rizzoli, c1993. 


James Turrell    

James Turrell : Geometrie des Lichts =James Turrell : geometry of light edited by Ursula Sinnreich, Kulturbetriebe Unna. Ostfildern, Germany : Hatje Cantz, c2009.
James Turrell : light & space an exhibition organized by Barbara Haskell. New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, c1980.


Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson Madeleine Grynsztejn, Daniel Birnbaum, Michael Speaks. London : Phaidon, c2002.
Olafur Eliasson : your lighthouse : works with light 1991-2004. Ostfilden-Ruit : Hatje Cantz Verlag, c2004.


Andy Goldsworthy  

Rivers and tides [DVD] : Andy Goldsworthy working with time: a film by Thomas Riedelsheimer. c2006.
Wood / Andy Goldsworthy ; introduction by Terry Friedman. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
 Hand to earth : Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, 1976-1990 / [edited by Terry Friedman andAndy Goldsworthy]. New York : H.N. Abrams, 1993. 
Studio visit - youTube video by Tate Modern


Wolfgang Laib 

Wolfgang Laib : somewhere else. Ostfildern : Cantz, c1999.
Wolfgang Laib : a retrospective / Klaus Ottmann, with an essay by Margit Rowell, and a conversation between the artist and Harald Szeemann. New York : American Federation of Arts and Hatje Cantz, 2000.
Wolfgang Laib: Returning to What Is. An Interview with Wolfgang Laib.


Ann Hamilton  

Ann Hamilton by Joan Simon. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
Ann Hamilton : an inventory of objects Joan Simon. New York : Gregory R. Miller & Co., c2006. 


Diana Thater

Diana Thater : between science and magic. [Santa Monica] : Santa Monica Museum of Art : Distributed by r.a.m. publications + distributions, 2010. 


Cai Gui Qiang 

Cai Guo-Qiang: Dana Friis-Hansen, Octavio Zaya, Serizawa Takashi. London ; New York, NY : Phaidon, 2002. 
Cai Guo-Qiang : I want to believe: Thomas Krens and Alexandra Munroe. New York : Guggenheim Museum : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers [distributor], 2008.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Mystery Circle - on Vimeo from MOCA


John Cage

Silence; lectures and writings, by John Cage. Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press 1973.
John Cage / edited by Richard Kostelanetz. New York : Praeger, c1970.


Meredith Monk 

Ellis Island and Book of days on DVD conceived and directed by Meredith Monk.
Book of Days, excerpt on YouTube


Robert Rauschenberg 

 Robert Rauschenberg, a retrospective : Walter Hopps and Susan Davidson ; with essays by Trisha Brown ... [et al.]. New York : Guggenheim Museum, c1999.
Off the wall : Robert Rauschenberg and the art world of our time : Calvin Tomkins. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1980.
Robert Rauschenberg on the Art Story


Robert Wilson 

Robert Wilson's vision : an exhibition of works by Robert Wilson with a sound environment by Hans Peter Kuhn : Trevor Fairbrother. Boston : Museum of Fine Arts ; New York : H.N. Abrams, 1991.
Robert Wilson, the theater of images : The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, The Byrd Hoffman Foundation, New York. New York : Harper, c1984.

Janet Cardiff

Janet Cardiff : a survey of works including collaborations with George Bures Miller : Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Long Island City, NY : P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center ; New York : Available through D.A.P./Distributed Arts Publishers, [2001?]


Gordon Matta Clark  

Gordon Matta Clark : you are the measure edited by Elisabeth Sussman. New York : Whitney Museum of American Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
Gordon Matta-Clark : works and collected writings: Gloria Moure. Barcelona : Ediciones Poligrafa, c2006.


Christian Marclay  

Christian Marclay : Jennifer Gonzalez, Kim Gordon, Matthew Higgs. London ; New York :Phaidon, c2005.
Link to The Clock  youtube links.... 
Christian Marclay - a mini-documentary

Damian Ortega

Do it yourself: Damian Ortega. New York, N.Y. : Skira Rizzoli ; Boston, Mass. : Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2009.
On Damian Ortega on Artcube



Bill Viola    

Bill Viola : curated by David A.Ross and Peter Sellars ; with contributions by Lewis Hyde ... [et al.]. New York : Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Flammarion, Paris-New York, 1997.
Reasons for knocking at an empty house : writings 1973-1994: Bill Viola ; edited by Robert Violette in collaboration with the author ; introduction by Jean-Christophe Ammann. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; London : Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1995.
Bill Viola videorecording : selected works [DVD] : [all works conceived and produced byBillViola]. Los Angeles, CA : Voyager Press, c1986.


Martin Puryear   

Martin Puryear : by Neal Benezra ; with an essay by Robert Storr. New York : Thamesand Hudson ; Chicago : The Art Institute, c1991.
Martin Puryear : John Elderfield ... [et al.]. New York : Museum of Modern Art, c2007.


Pipilotti Rist  

Pipilotti Rist / Peggy Phelan, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Elisabeth Bronfen. London ; New York : Phaidon, 2001.


Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman / Coosje van Bruggen. New York : Rizzoli, 1988.
Bruce Nauman : topological gardens / Carlos Basualdo and Michael R. Taylor. Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.

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