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DATE 10/30/2014

Goya: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

DATE 10/29/2014

Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and The Nude

DATE 10/28/2014

Grotesque, Garish, Exuberant American Art: 'What Nerve!' in the NYRB

DATE 10/27/2014

In Memoriam: David Armstrong

DATE 10/26/2014

'Fischerspooner: New Truth' Launch at VFILES

DATE 10/24/2014

Photography & Modern Architecture in Spain 1925-1965

DATE 10/24/2014

New York Times Reviews Paul Strand’s Lifetime of Photography at Philadelphia Museum

DATE 10/23/2014

Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect

DATE 10/22/2014

Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect

DATE 10/21/2014

Alec Soth and Brad Zellar Book Event at the Walker Art Center

DATE 10/20/2014

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years

DATE 10/16/2014

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids

DATE 10/16/2014

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Presents 'What Nerve' Panel, Signing and Screening

DATE 10/15/2014

'Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs' Launches Thursday at MOCA Grand Avenue

DATE 10/15/2014

'Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller' Launches in NY

DATE 10/14/2014

Julian Schnabel: Draw a Family

DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

DATE 10/8/2014

ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s

DATE 10/8/2014

EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel

DATE 10/6/2014

Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014

DATE 10/5/2014

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor: Robert Gober at MoMA

DATE 10/3/2014

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

DATE 10/2/2014

Books for Life: Steidl

DATE 10/1/2014

Gordon Parks: Collected Works

DATE 10/1/2014

'Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth' Featured in the New York Times

DATE 9/30/2014

Termite Art: 'What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art' in NY Times

DATE 9/29/2014

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

DATE 9/29/2014

Now Available: A New, Expanded Edition of the Teacher's Manual to 'In the Making'

DATE 9/26/2014

ARTBOOK @ NYABF

DATE 9/25/2014

Luck, Laughs, Lust & Love: Chloé Griffin on Cookie Mueller

DATE 9/25/2014

Join OSMOS for a Kon Trubkovich: Leap Second Book Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/25/2014

K8 Hardy 'How To: Untitled Runway Show' Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK Presents K8 Hardy Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 Presents Cory Arcangel at the NYABF Opening

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK Presents Cory Arcangel One Night Installation and Signing at the NYABF Opening

DATE 9/23/2014

Paul Chan: New New Testament

DATE 9/22/2014

Cory Arcangel: All The Small Things

DATE 9/21/2014

Kelley Walker Book Signing at 192 Books

DATE 9/20/2014

ARTBOOK + SWISS INSTITUTE Launch Two New Books by Paul Chan

DATE 9/20/2014

Celebrate 'Ray Johnson: Not Nothing' at the MoMA Library Wednesday Night

DATE 9/19/2014

The Essential Cy Twombly: Beautiful in Their Subversion of 'Beauty'

DATE 9/19/2014

What Nerve! Destroy All Monsters

DATE 9/18/2014

A Country of Cities Now Available in eBook Editions

DATE 9/18/2014

What Nerve! Christina Ramberg Rediscovered

DATE 9/17/2014

ARTBOOK @ SI Launch Party

DATE 9/16/2014

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

DATE 9/16/2014

Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India

DATE 9/15/2014

Just One Good Chair


EX LIBRIS

DATE 10/8/2014

EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel

As many book lovers know, we now proudly distribute Steidl. Here are a few favorites shipping out this week, selected by 'What Nerve' curator and editor, PictureBox publisher and ARTBOOK | D.A.P. key accounts sales director, Dan Nadel.

1. A thrilling and surprising five-volume set collecting the best photographs from Gordon Parks’ astonishing career. Parks was a man who made his own luck and documented America in the most crucial decades off the 20th century. The unsurpassed breadth of Parks’ work takes in Tuskegee Airmen, Gloucester Fishermen, Harlem Gangs and Ingrid Bergman in the 1940s; US Steel, Alberto Giacometti, Benedectine Monks and segregation in the 1950s; Duke Ellington, The March on Washington, George Balanchine, and Stokely Carmichael in the 1960s; Muhammad Ali and The Black Panthers in the 1970s. Parks never missed a beat. Volume V is dedicated solely to perfect reproductions of Parks’ Life Magazine spreads. No other photographer in our catalog combines such personal verve with such a stunning eye for history in the making. This is my absolute favorite Steidl project and is now $100 less than when previously offered. Do not miss it.

2. This one was a surprise to me. I knew it was a classic, originally published in 1985, but I was unprepared for the complete redesign and expanded field of this new oversized edition. Goldberg’s masterpiece is like a novel in its detailed focus of the narrative of class in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco. His photographs are paired with his subject’s handwritten text, creating a startlingly personal contrast. This edition also includes a new accordion fold print revealing the cityscapes of the rich and the poor.

3. This is the kind of book that makes this job a delight. South African photographer Santu Mofokeng has compiled a trove of 1890-1950 portrait photographs of urban black working and middle class. The texture of these images, presented as archival objects, is alive to the touch, vibrant and transportive, but there is another context lurking beneath: the slow but steady marginalization of an indigenous people. An essential volume.

4. We are New Yorkers here, and we love Manhattan’s High Line: A stretch of once-forgotten elevated train tracks now transformed into a lush park. But back in 2001 Joel Sternfeld led us on a photographic walk of those same tracks in all their abandoned beauty in this photo book classic.

5. Formatted like a ledger, this collection of Polaroids by Robert Frank documents his material world, from candid photos of the likes of Walker Evans to landscapes to long-abandoned beds. Exquisitely designed and printed on lush uncoated paper– this is a unique look at the iconic photographer.

6. A tremendous undertaking in photography, urban studies and South African history, this project uses virtually every photographic technique imaginable to providing a kaleidoscopic view of the titular Johannesburg skyscraper, Africa’s tallest residential building. Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse spent six years on this story and have produced a box containing 17 booklets and one hardcover book. These publications contain portraits of Ponte City residents, the view from every window in the structure, as well as found material and documents about the building. Rounding out the picture is a series of essays about the idea and reality of this urban anomaly.

7. Ahhh, Rodchenko, master of Russian Constructivism. This oversized volume is the most complete collection of the great artist’s photographs to date. These pictures, taken and printed in the 1920s and ‘30s, are dynamic and intimate portraits of athletes, poets and industry in the new Russia. A generous peek into a world gone by.

8. A face is missing from each of these photographs, taken at Gulu Real Art Studio, the oldest photography studio in Gulu, a city in Northern Uganda that has been in near-constant upheaval for the last two decades. The faces were cut out and used for identification documents, and the remnants left behind allow us to take in posture, mood, and clothing as the sole indicators of life. Gathered by Italian photo-journalist Martina Bacigalupo, these objects reveal as much as they conceal and somehow they are beautiful.

9. Between the plush covers and festive endpapers of Australian photographer Trent Parke’s “Family Album” lurks a darkly funny portrait of a family Christmas celebration gone both terribly wrong and hilariously right. Oh yes, there is a bright wreath, tidily wrapped gifts, and children at play but there are is also a dog fight, a dead rodent, a rather unusual swimsuit, and (in the only picture not taken by the author), Parke himself vomiting into yes, you guessed it, a bucket also used to house the Christmas tree itself.

10. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Berenice Abbott turned to something new: photographing physics. The Physical Science Studies Committee published this work in textbooks and other materials, complete with sober modernist graphics. And now we have a volume of pictures with titles like “Strobe of a Bouncing Ball”, “Time Exposure of Standing Waves” and “Beginning of a Battery”. There is little in this book life that could be so simultaneously subtle, delightful and psychedelic.

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Key Accounts Sales Director Dan Nadel is the curator of What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present on view at the RISD Museum, as well as the editor of the show's killer catalog. He is also the publisher of PictureBox.

EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel
EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel

DATE 8/31/2013

EX LIBRIS: Herbert Pfostl: The Original List

In 2009, Herbert Pfostl--legendary curator and book buyer for the New Museum Store--put together a list of his then-top ten most indispensible books--many of which turned out to be bilingual or German first editions by somewhat obscure international publishers of critical, philosophically adventurous material. more

DATE 12/27/2012

EX LIBRIS: Melanie McWhorter

Melanie McWhorter has managed photo-eye's Book Division for over 14 years. She is a regular contributor to the photo-eye Blog and is co-founder of Finite Foto. Below are her top 10 photobooks of 2012. more

DATE 12/25/2012

EX LIBRIS: Herbert Pfostl

Herbert Pfostl works at New York City's New Museum, where he is Curator and Book Buyer for the New Museum Store. He is the co-author of To Die No More. His artwork can be seen at Paper Graveyard and Blind Pony. Below are his top ARTBOOK | D.A.P. picks for 2012. more

DATE 12/18/2012

EX LIBRIS: Shannon Michael Cane

Australian expat, curator, writer, independent publisher and self-confessed book nerd Shannon Michael Cane works as the Editions and Fair Coordinator at Printed Matter. This post offers up his favorite books from 2012. more

DATE 7/19/2012

Ex Libris: Peter Saville

A selection of 10 preferred titles from the JRP | Ringier backlist by design legend Peter Saville, whose book Estate is among the classics of JRP|Ringier’s program. more



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