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‘The process of making a book is in many ways comparable to creating an exhibition. In both, we try to provide artists with the instruments necessary to make concrete their ideas.’—Iwan Wirth, Hauser & Wirth Co-President

Artists’ voices, exceptional art, scholarship, design, and bookmaking are at the heart of Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ program. Books are critical gateways to new ways of thinking and seeing; they provide vital, lasting records of artists’ works and ideas and the discourse they inspire. This is why publishing has been a cornerstone of the gallery’s activity since its founding and why Hauser & Wirth Publishers has grown to become a leading imprint for unique, object-like books that encourage an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. With the special access granted by artists to their writings and archives, Hauser & Wirth Publishers often brings new and overlooked aspects of an artist’s creative practice into focus. Our backlist offers a robust program that comprises artists’ books, artists’ writings, biographies, monographs, surveys, exhibition catalogs, and collectors’ perspectives.

Hauser & Wirth’s publishing activity extends back to 1992, from where it steadily flourished through partnerships with reputable imprints such as Hatje Cantz, JRP|Ringier, Snoeck, Steidl, Thames & Hudson, and Yale University Press, before publishing independently under its own imprint. Based in Zurich and New York City, Hauser & Wirth Publishers commissions titles that we believe are keystone resources and references related to the artists represented by the gallery. Our titles are distributed worldwide via Distributed Art Publishers and Buchhandlung Walther König.

Hauser & Wirth Bookshops

Titles from the Hauser & Wirth Publishers program can be found at each of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery locations. Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ newly opened headquarters in Zurich features a publisher’s bookshop that joins its counterparts in New York and London – shops that also serve as local hubs for communities and artists, where the gallery presents a range of public programming.




In the final years of her life, Luchita Hurtado engaged in a series of interviews with Hans Ulrich Obrist that...


Beginning in the early 1970s, Richard Jackson’s Wall Paintings, Stacks, and Room-themed installations gave...


‘Not Vital: SCARCH’ is a survey of sculptural architect Not Vital’s career, published on the occasion of a January...

Hauser & Wirth Publishers Book Lab

The Hauser & Wirth Book Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Book Lab presents thematic installations, displays, and programming that invite reflection, creative thinking, and further conversation about the world of printed matter and its connection to artists’ ideas and objectives.

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Current & Upcoming Book Labs

  • Jackson Book Lab Lead image

    20 Mar – 6 Jun 2021

    Richard Jackson
    Works with Books

    Los Angeles

    The gallery is now open at limited capacity. Free entry. No booking necessary. For more information, please visit the Los Angeles location page. About the Presentation Beginning in the early 1970s, lifelong Californian Richard Jackson’s Wall Paintings, Stacks, and Room-themed installations gave...

Past book labs

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    3 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    Lee Lozano Book Lab


    Lee Lozano is one of the most innovative artists to have worked in America during the 1960s. Throughout her entire oeuvre, which spans a little more than a decade, she produced ground-breaking work in a progression of styles, from the figurative and cartoonish pop-expressionism of her early...

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    13 Feb – 12 Apr 2020

    August Sander Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    In partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hauser & Wirth presents ‘August Sander: New Women, New Men, and New Identities,’ marking the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade devoted to renowned German photographer August Sander’s pioneering work. Hosted in the gallery’s...

  • Book Lab1

    25 Jan – 4 May 2020

    Not Vital: SCARCH


    ‘As a kid, growing up in Switzerland, I didn’t like to eat. I wouldn’t eat for days, so my father would carve little houses & towers out of cheese & I would eat the houses & towers without even being aware that it was food. So, I was eating architecture. 1 of my first models for the tower in my...

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    28 Sep – 22 Dec 2019

    David Smith: Field Work – Making a Mark


    The Book Lab at Hauser & Wirth Somerset is devoted to the American artist David Smith. Titled ‘Making a Mark’ it uses archival material both in printed form and stories told by his children presented in films to bring Smith’s artistic legacy to life. These archival images and stories show Smith...

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    1 Jun – 8 Sep 2019

    Richard Scarry. Making it Fun is the Best Way! Book Lab

    The Hauser & Wirth Book Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists.  Hauser & Wirth Somerset is pleased to celebrate the 100th anniversary of revered children’s author Richard Scarry. ‘Making it Fun is the Best Way!’ presents...

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    7 Feb – 7 Apr 2019

    Piero Manzoni Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    Piero Manzoni: A Biography Through the Guido and Gabriella Pautasso Collection of Documents is curated by Guido Pautasso and Irene Stucchi. This iteration of the Book & Printed Matter Lab is dedicated to the work of seminal artist and progenitor of Conceptualism, Piero Manzoni, and compliments...

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    19 Jan – 25 May 2019

    Matthew Day Jackson Book Lab


    Matthew Day Jackson took part in the residency programme at Hauser & Wirth Somerset from August 2018 to January 2019. During this time he worked towards his current exhibition, entitled ‘Pathetic Fallacy’, as well as his forthcoming exhibition at Serlachius Museums in Finland, opening in May...

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    29 Sep 2018 – 1 Jan 2019

    Takesada Matsutani. drop in time Book Lab

    Programmed alongside the exhibition ‘Takesada Matsutani. drop in time’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this Book Lab is inspired by Matsutani’s interaction with books and takes the ‘artist book’ as its subject. Included in the Book Lab is a selection of the artist’s prints dating...

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    23 Jun – 23 Jul 2018

    Don McCullin Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    British photographer Don McCullin has witnessed some of the most harrowing humanitarian disastersof the last half-century, having covered every major conflict in his adult lifetime for news sources such as The Observer and Sunday Times Magazine. His assignments included the Vietnam and Biafra...

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    26 May – 9 Sep 2018

    Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky Book Lab


    This Book & Printed Matter Lab is devoted to Alexander Calder. The theme of Calder’s Roxbury studio in particular becomes the focus, directing a selected representation of how the artist moved between a variety of media and visual languages. Among the materials on view are the historic film...

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    1 Mar – 28 Apr 2018

    Lorna Simpson Book Lab


    Artist Lorna Simpson has been using found images since 2010, when she came upon her grandmother’s Ebony and Jet magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s. A selection of magazines from the artist’s collection, a primary source material for her 2018 London exhibition ‘Unanswerable’, is...

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    17 Feb – 20 May 2018

    Hauser & Wirth Publishers: Exploring the Archive Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    Since its founding in 1992, Hauser & Wirth Publishers has been devoted to the presentation of unique, object-like books and a rich exchange of ideas between artists and scholars. For this Book and Printed Matter Lab at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, we are presenting the entirety of our backlist,...

  • Mike Kelley, Kandors, Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles, 2017 October

    21 Oct 2017 – 21 Jan 2018

    Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 - 2011 Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    From the Archives of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important space that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Lab...

  • Page from Peter Mí_rkli sketchbook

    30 Sep 2017 – 1 Jan 2018

    Josephsohn / Märkli Book Lab


    The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Lab presents thematic installations, displays, and...

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    12 Sep – 28 Oct 2017

    Arte Povera. Curated by Ingvild Goetz Book Lab

    New York

    ‘Arte Povera. Curated by Ingvild Goetz‘ is complemented by a Book Lab located on the 3rd floor of Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street gallery. A wealth of publications, rare invitation cards and archival materials selected by Ingvild Goetz are on display in bookcases within the...

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    25 Jul – 17 Sep 2017

    Summer Reading Room Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    We invite you to enjoy and engage with a comprehensive selection of publications on the artists featured in our summer exhibitions – Takesada Matsutani, Paul McCarthy, and Monika Sosnowska. Throughout the summer, the Book & Printed Matter Lab will host a series of programs highlighting these...

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    27 May – 10 Sep 2017

    Rashid Johnson Book Lab


    This special edition of the Book & Printed Matter Lab is dedicated to the exhibition ‘Rashid Johnson. Stranger’. The Lab presents a display of books from the artist’s collection: ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus, ‘Notes on a Native Son’ by James Baldwin, ‘The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual’ by...

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    19 May – 29 Jul 2017

    Lee Lozano and Ida Applebroog Book Lab


    ‘By the late 1970s, it became clear that ultimately there was no criterion for how a work of art had to look – and hence that art could look any way at all. This effectively sundered art from aesthetics, and opened possibilities for art beyond those of simply prompting visual pleasure....

  • ROTH 28919, ROTH 45398, ROTH 45399, ROTH 46077, ROTH 46078 Seydisfjördur Slides

    18 Feb – 21 May 2017

    Dieter Roth and Björn Roth Book Lab

    Los Angeles

    Seydisfjördur Slides – Every View of a Town, 1988 – 1995 The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Lab...

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    15 Feb – 8 Apr 2017

    Serialities Book Lab

    New York

    A designated Book Lab in the form of a Reading Room will complement the exhibition ‘Serialities’ at Hauser & Wirth New York. Housed on the 3rd floor of the 22nd Street Gallery, the Reading Room will provide a literary sanctuary for gallery-goers as they settle in among tomes and long tables. A...




For the confirmed bibliophile, there are few joys more pure than cracking open a box containing a book—a new book, a...