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AVERY LOZADA | DATE 8/11/2011

Dog Days

ChewedIdeal World Books
Takashi Homma: TokyoAperture
FACE, Investigations of a DogJRP|Ringier
Show Dogs: A Photographic Breed GuideEvil Twin Publications
Andy Warhol: Man's Best FriendLococo Fine Art Publisher
Art BrandsHatje Cantz
William Wegman: Dogs on RocksA.S.A.P.
Fernando Sánchez Castillo: Rich Cat Dies Of Heart Attack In ChicagoTurner/Ministero de Asuntos Exteriores
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ChewedChewed

Published by Ideal World Books.
Photographs by Arne Svenson & Ron Warren. Texts by Augusten Burroughs, Todd Oldham, William Wegman, Roz Chast, Maira Kalman, Rick Meyerowitz, Isaac Mizrahi, Andrew Zimmern.

Photographers Arne Svenson and Ron Warren--co-authors of the popular Sock Monkeys--here turn their attention to those masses of slobbered-over yarn, remnants and stuffing that ordinarily go the way of all pet toy casualties and get discarded without a second glance. Before their lenses, once-plush cuddly creatures and formerly bouncy rubber toys are transformed into intriguing eyeless, armless, one-legged sculptures--snatched, from the jaws, so to speak, of oblivion. A headless bunny rabbit, mutated plastic rat, masticated rubber hotdog or donut--each is a beloved pet's dream companion, transfigured by the sharp teeth and powerful jaws of the overinfatuated animal. Svenson and Warren have photographed the chewed victims in a formal yet irreverent style appropriate to the perspective of the pet; the result is a humorous appraisal of beauty, devotion and contentment. With more than 130 full-color photographs, Chewed includes delightful, twisted and poignant short stories by a variety of contributors writing about their favorite chewed creature, including writer Augusten Burroughs; artists Roz Chast, Maira Kalman, Rick Meyerowitz and William Wegman; designers Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham; and food-world personality Andrew Zimmern.

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Takashi Homma: TokyoTakashi Homma: Tokyo

Published by Aperture.
Text by Ferdinand Brueggemann.

Since the advent of photography, certain cities have become inextricably intertwined with their depiction by great photographers: Eugčne Atget in turn-of-the-century Paris; Berenice Abbott in 1930s New York; Ed Ruscha in late-60s Los Angeles. While Daido Moriyama documented the disaffection and dissipation of postwar Tokyo, Takashi Homma picks up the baton with a contemporary portrait of the modern-day metropolis that is both cinematic and complex. For over a decade, Homma has turned the neutral gaze of his lens toward Tokyo’s suburban environs and urban center. As in all of his work, Homma’s vision of Tokyo navigates a finely nuanced line between sterility and sentimentality, detachment and lusciousness, presenting a sleek, contemporary vision of a postmodern megalopolis populated by a new generation of video-game aficionados and fashionistas. While Homma has published extensively inside his native Japan, this is his first volume published for an international audience. Takashi Homma: Tokyo compiles selections from each of the artist’s six previously published titles on the city, including Tokyo Suburbia, his seminal work now considered a contemporary classic.

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FACE, Investigations of a DogFACE, Investigations of a Dog

Works from Five European Art Foundations

Published by JRP|Ringier.
Text by Aristide Antonas, Jonas Hassen Kherimi, Rui Cardoso Martins, Emmanuelle Pagano, Tiziano Scarpa.

Established in 2008, FACE (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe) is a European interest group for the arts. Its first initiative draws its title from a short story by Franz Kafka, and presents 40 artworks from the partner collections and five commissioned Kafka-inspired short stories.

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Show Dogs: A Photographic Breed GuideShow Dogs: A Photographic Breed Guide

Published by Evil Twin Publications.
Edited by Stacy Wakefield. Photographs by Kate Lacey.

The American Kennel Club recognizes over 160 breeds of dogs in seven categories: Hound, Working, Sporting, Non-sporting, Terrier, Toy and Herding. Thousands of Americans own purebred show dogs, and year round, local kennel clubs host events at which judges evaluate how closely individual dogs conform to breed standard. Ribbons and trophies are bestowed and points are accumulated. The ultimate event in a show dog's life is Westminster--held in New York every year since 1877--which attracts hordes of visitors and an international media bonanza. In 2005 Life magazine assigned photographer Kate Lacey to cover Westminster. She decided that instead of documenting the scene, she would rig up a seamless backdrop to make elegant portraits, much as Richard Avedon once captured glamorous celebrities. Though partial to poodle mutt mixes herself, on this assignment Kate became entranced by show dogs, and their exquisite grooming and acclimatization to attention made them ready subjects. After the assignment ended, she continued traveling to dog shows in a quest to photograph every one of the AKC-recognized breeds. Some of the dogs in Show Dogs are veterans of years of shows, some are champions and some are just puppies; but their achievements in the ring are not the point. With each portrait you'll just see the nickname given by the people who love them, not their official championship names, which convey their titles and lineage. The dogs in this book are like supermodels off duty, showing us a personal side in a candid moment. What we love about these dogs is not their fancy parentage and titles, but exactly what we love about every dog in our lives; their quirky and wonderful dogginess.

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Hardcover, 6.25 x 9 in. / 112 pgs / 168 color.

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Andy Warhol: Man's Best FriendAndy Warhol: Man's Best Friend

Published by Lococo Fine Art Publisher.
Text by Vincent Freemont.

Andy Warhol: Man's Best Friend collects works from a less familiar Warhol. Here are surprisingly sweet and intimate sketches of dogs, including portraits of Warhol's own best friend, the dachshund Archie. A short essay by former Vice-President of Andy Warhol Enterprises Vincent Fremont tells the story of how Archie came into Warhol's life.

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Art BrandsArt Brands

when Dogs Eat Beuys

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Text by Michael Klant, Jochen Ludwig, Günter Figal et al.

Vermeer chippers, Fontana juice, Giotto candies, Goya noodles, Lichtenstein medicine, Rembrandt toothpaste, Richter spicy fish rolls and Beuys dog food… In this amusing volume, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, German artist and historian Michael Klant introduces us to “art brands,” his collection of products named after famous artists throughout history. As the subtitle, If Dogs Eat Beuys, suggests, some of these objects are quite humble. Sometimes they are made by manufacturers who happen to have the same last name as the famous artist, but often they have simply been given these illustrious names so that they will sell better--as with Rembrandt toothpaste, which presumably implies that your teeth will be as brilliant as the seventeenth-century master’s paintings. On the serious side: these product names are canny cultural hooks that subliminally play on our knowledge of art in the name of commerce.

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Hatje Cantz

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Paperback, 8.75 x 9.25 in. / 120 pgs / 50 color.

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William Wegman: Dogs on RocksWilliam Wegman: Dogs on Rocks

Published by A.S.A.P..
Edited by Marion Boulton Stroud.

Dogs on Rocks is a volume of new photographs of William Wegman's famous Weimaraners, taken while he was in residence at The Acadia Summer Arts Program in Maine or at his own home in Maine. Many of these stunning shots--of the dogs alone, in pairs or in groups--take advantage of the breathtaking vistas of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, where the program is located. Wegman's formal portraits of the animals are framed by the natural beauty and muted tones of the island's forest and rocky beach. "I don't feel lonely when I'm around them," Wegman has said about his beloved dogs, "But I love also listening to them. I always make sure I spend some time just seeing what they're really doing. Especially outside, you know, when you're alone with them. Because so many people, including myself, fill in a whole vocabulary for them that is ours and not theirs. I remember spending some time for the first time with Man Ray, my first dog. I didn't talk that day. I just listened to what he was listening to, the whole aura of smells and sounds and sights and things that he was picking up on during that day." The Acadia Summer Arts Program was founded by Marion Boulton Stroud, the founder of The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, where she is the Artistic Director.
William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Though he studied painting, Wegman gradually began to develop an interest in photography and video, the mediums for which he remains known. In the early 1970s, he moved to Southern California and began a long and fruitful collaboration with his first dog, Man Ray--who endeared himself to the art world with his deadpan presence. Wegman has added several dogs to his cast in the course of his nearly 40-year career. In addition to maintaining a presence in the art world, he has published a number of children's books and has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street. He lives and works in New York City and Maine.

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Fernando Sánchez Castillo: Rich Cat Dies Of Heart Attack In ChicagoFernando Sánchez Castillo: Rich Cat Dies Of Heart Attack In Chicago

Published by Turner/Ministero de Asuntos Exteriores.
Edited by Katya Garcěa Anton.

“Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago” was the puzzling headline of one of Brazil's most important newspapers in April 1964, after a coup had just taken place. (Censorship had ensured that the paper could not carry a factual title, so they resorted to using a superficial story.) Rich Cat... is also the title of artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo's video narrative, which shows the cast bronze head of a “standard” ruler (civil, military, royal?) being subjected to a sequence of ambiguous events--choreographies, frivolous games and competitive sports--it is flung from a triumphal arch, dragged by a rope from a security tank, attacked by a pack of hounds and attached by ropes to a number of horses which pull it in opposite directions. As Sánchez Castillo explains, “The intention is to accord an imagery to those social processes which we know have taken place, but of which there has been scarcely any visual representation.” The project is extensively documented with performance images and the artist's sketches; also included here are other projects from 1994-2003.

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Leon Golub: DogLeon Golub: Dog

Published by Onestar Press.
Afterword by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Dog is an intermix of dogs, art and politics that views dogs as myth, symbol, aesthetic musings, and in scenes of casual and/or extreme tensions. Leon Golub chose visuals that are jittered and visually and informationally fractured, concrete and irrational. According to critic J.G. Ballard, this final book in Golub's career since his recent death “challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions.” Dog explores what the world and human life could be once humanism is put aside--and all through images of dogs: homeless dogs, bondage dogs, running dogs, atomic dogs and assorted canine-themed writings. A small, compact and thought-provoking manual.

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Alexander Calder: Animal SketchingAlexander Calder: Animal Sketching

Published by Editions Dilecta.
Preface by Arnauld Pierre.

Animal Sketching was Alexander Calder's first book, published in New York in 1926 shortly before he left for France. It is a study of about ten animals and their movements, illustrated by numerous drawings, and with short commentaries by Calder on individual species and on problems of caricature, action and pose (or lack thereof). Animal Sketching also provides some insight into his ingenious sculptural work, foreshadowing as it does his famous Miniature Circus of 1927, in which these animals achieved full dimensionality. Following the Whitney Museum's 2008 exhibit on Calder's Paris years, Éditions Dilecta here provides a facsimile of a foundational publication by one of America's most beloved artists. This edition adds a postface by Arnauld Pierre, Calder expert and member of the Calder Foundation board. Beautifully and modestly designed, Animal Sketching is a giftworthy gem that will tickle adults and children alike.

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