Book of the Week

book of the week

Steve Mc Queen


Steve Mc Queen is one of the most acclaimed British contemporary artists and movie directors  of our times, from Hunger (2008) to Shame (2010) and his recent triumph “Twelve Years a Slave” shown at the Toronto Festival, but there are only a very few publications available about his work.

This catalogue, published two years after his recent solo show by Shaulager gives a great opportunity to know his work more intimately.

To explore Mc Queen’s way of working is illuminated here in many ways.

 The interview he did with Adrian Searle highlights the hard logic in his works.  The extreme consciousness of his path since the very beginning, with works like Bear and Exodus in 1992 attest to the scope and intensity of his career:

“Once you put down your flagpole, or you’ve made the first step, it says a lot about who you are, what you are, and where you want to go”.

This catalogue comprises essays by Cameron Bailey, artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Okwui Enwezor, director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, James Rondeau, curator of contemporary art at The Art Institute of Chicago, art theorists Georges Didi-Huberman, from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and Jean Fisher, and a conversation between Steve McQueen and Adrian Searle, art critic for the British newspaper The Guardian will no doubt become an immediate collector’s piece.

Steve Mc Queen


Schaulager Publishing, 2013

22 x 28 cm, hardcover, pp. 248, 43 €

on sale at Galleria Carla Sozzani Bookshop