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AVERY LOZADA | DATE 8/13/2012

Not Just for Children

Century of the ChildThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
BaggageThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hannah Höch: Picture BookThe Green Box
The Lucky, Plucky ChairsVitra Design Museum
Munari's Machines / Le Macchine Di MunariEdizioni Corraini
The ClassroomWasmuth
Carlos Amorales: Caca GrandeRM/BLOK
Renate Müller: Toys & DesignR & Company/Whitehaus Media
An Alphabet by Peter BlakePaul Stolper/Coriander Studio
Children's CornerEdizioni Corraini

Century of the ChildCentury of the Child

Growing by Design 1900-2000

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Edited by Juliet Kinchin. Text by Tanya Harrod, Medea Hoch, Juliet Kinchin, Francis Luca, Maria Paola Maino, Amy Ogata, Aidan O'Connor, David Senior, Sarah Suzuki.

In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key published The Century of the Child, presaging the coming century as a period of intensified focus and progressive thinking around the rights, development and well-being of children. Taking inspiration from Key-and looking back through the twentieth century-this volume, published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, examines individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the "citizens of the future" to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation. Surveying more than 100 years of toys, clothing, playgrounds, schools, children's hospitals, nurseries, furniture, posters, animation and books, this richly illustrated catalogue illuminates how progressive design has enhanced the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children and, conversely, how models of children's play have informed experimental aesthetics and imaginative design thinking-engendering, in the process, reappraisals of some of the iconic names in twentieth-century design and enriching the unfolding narrative of modern design with other, less familiar figures. Divided into seven sections-"New Century, New Child, New Art"; "Avant-Garde Playtime"; "Light, Air, Health"; "Children and the Body Politic"; "Regeneration"; "Power Play"; and "Designing Better Worlds"-The Century of the Child focuses on individuals and projects that represent innovative and comprehensive contributions to design for children.

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 264 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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BaggageBaggage

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
By Samuil Marshak, Vladimir Lebedev. Afterword by Sarah Suzuki.

During the 1920s, avant-garde Russian authors and artists worked with fervent dedication to create a new type of children’s literature, drawing on both the aesthetic innovations of the period and contemporary social and political philosophy to inspire and stimulate young minds. This whimsical children’s picture book is one of numerous remarkable collaborations between artist and illustrator Vladimir Lebedev and poet, translator and children’s writer Samuil Marshak, many of which are now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This volume reproduces the original book in size, shape and layout, with new English translations in place of the Russian and an accompanying text by curator Sarah Suzuki. The dynamic graphic compositions and playful rhyming texts remain as compelling today as they were nearly a century ago.

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Hannah Höch: Picture BookHannah Höch: Picture Book

Published by The Green Box.
Afterword by Gunda Luyken. Translated by Brian Currid.

A central figure in the Berlin Dada circle, friend to Kurt Schwitters and Piet Mondrian and lover of Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch (1889-1972) is probably the most important female artist from the German modernist period. She is best known for her pioneering works of photomontage, which briskly juxtapose mechanical and organic forms, ancient and contemporary bodies, symbols and text drawn from brands and headlines, also edging feminism, commodity critique and other political concerns into the mix. "It is striking how contemporary to us much of Höch's work feels," Luc Sante wrote recently, "in its sexual politics, its humor, its gleeful appropriation of anything and everything at hand." In 1945, Höch made this fantastical full-color children's book, which chronicles the adventures of the four mythical creatures Runfast, Dumblet, Snifty and Meyer in an enchanted garden, combining photomontage with the hallucinatory plant imagery she had come to favor. It is published here for the first time.

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The Green Box

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Hardcover, 10.75 x 8.75 in. / 44 pgs / 19 color.

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The Lucky, Plucky ChairsThe Lucky, Plucky Chairs

Published by Vitra Design Museum.
By Rolf Fehlbaum and Maira Kalman.

When a set of eight classic old No. 14 Thonet chairs are threatened with certain doom, their ingenuity saves the day. Together they discover a way to escape, and encounter a world of the most wonderful and imaginative chairs from around the globe. The Thonets discover, too, that they have a talent for the stage. This charming tale by Rolf Fehlbaum, with delightful illustrations by Maira Kalman, is accompanied by a brief and informative glossary of 22 of the most innovative chairs created in 150 years. Rolf Fehlbaum (born 1941), a critical figure of design entrepreneurship, led the Swiss furniture company Vitra from 1977 to 2013. In the early 1980s he began to assemble a collection of modern furniture, which led to the foundation in 1989 of the Vitra Design Museum. Maira Kalman (born 1949) is an author and illustrator of numerous books for adults and children, including Fireboat: the Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey. She lives in New York City, where she is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery.

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Vitra Design Museum

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Clth, 6 x 8 in. / 48 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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Munari's Machines / Le Macchine Di MunariMunari's Machines / Le Macchine Di Munari

Published by Edizioni Corraini.
Artwork by Bruno Munari.

In 1942, the artist, writer, product designer, architect, graphic designer, illustrator, educator and philosopher Bruno Munari created an enormously successful and utterly charming book called Le Macchine di Munari. Faithfully reprinted here, it contains instructions for building the most fantastical of mechanical structures, including a machine for taming alarm clocks, a lizard-driven engine for tired tortoises, a mechanism for sniffing artificial flowers, a humiliator for mosquitoes, a machine for playing the pipe even when you are not home, a machine for seeing the dawn before anyone else and a tail wagger for dogs.

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Edizioni Corraini

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Hardcover, 8.75 x 11.5 in. / 34 pgs / 15 color / 2 bw.

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The ClassroomThe Classroom

From the Late 19th Century Until the Present Day

Published by Wasmuth.
Text by Thomas Müller, Romana Schneider.

Taking as its epigraph the architect Hans Scharoun's aphorism that "young people want to be inspired, not taught," The Classroom shows how furniture designers from the late nineteenth century to the present have strived to enliven the classroom experience for children, telling for the first time the history of this neglected area of furniture design. The book is based on the collection of the VS school museum in Tauberbischofsheim, which houses a unique collection of school furniture from Germany and abroad. Through this collection, it draws out the fascinating tale of educational theory and school architecture over the past hundred years, tracing the ascent of a child-centered approach to education and attendant developments in design, as well as such topics as the use of propaganda in Soviet- and Nazi-era schools. Chairs, desks, classrooms and entire schools by Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jean-Baptiste Mathon, Jean Prouvé, Eero + Eliel Saarinen and Bruno Taut are abundantly illustrated and examined. The Classroom looks back over this history and looks forward to possible future developments.

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Wasmuth

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Paperback, 9.75 x 11.75 in. / 304 pgs / 400 color / 400 bw.

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Carlos Amorales: Caca GrandeCarlos Amorales: Caca Grande

Published by RM/BLOK.

Poop in the air, poop in the trees, poop on your chin, poop on your knee: Mexican artist Carlos Amorales' children's book revels in the stuff, rendering these scenes in bold, scatological brown and black silhouette. Amorales (born 1970) has already established an impressive reputation as an artist working in a variety of media--animation, performance, video, sculpture, photography and works on paper--and here explores that singular niche within artists' publications: the artist's book sort of for children and definitely for adults. Caca Grande plays fast and loose with the brown stuff, dispatching it to places it had previously never been, with joyous abandon.

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RM/BLOK

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Paperback, 8.25 x 11.75 in. / 66 pgs / 40 color.

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Renate Müller: Toys & DesignRenate Müller: Toys & Design

Published by R & Company/Whitehaus Media.
Foreword by Evan Snyderman. Text by Reinhild Schneider.

Made of beige open-weave jute with colored leather accents, Renate Müller's toy animals and shapes are some of the sweetest, most endearing and simply artistic toys that have ever been made. They were conceived in the early 1960s, as part of an endeavor launched by Helene Haeusler at the Sonneberg Technical College for Toy Design in Germany, and were designed to fulfill the need for large, brightly colored stuffed animals to enhance orthopedic exercises and balance coordination for mentally and physically handicapped children. Müller's toys debuted at the Leipzig Fair in 1967, were tested by psychiatric hospitals and clinics throughout Germany and proved a huge hit. In fact, her alligators and rhinos were so lovable, her fabric bowling pins so beautifully made, her hippos and elephants so comforting, that they quickly became coveted by design buffs worldwide, and they have remained so to this day. In 1990, Müller took over the rights to her designs and continues to hand-produce very limited quantities of these classic designs as well as new designs. Renate Müller: Toys + Design is the first monograph on Müller's work available in the United States. Coinciding with a wave of renewed interest in therapeutic toy design, and with Müller's first solo exhibition, at R 20th Century, this volume inspires and delights in equal measure.

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R & Company/Whitehaus Media

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Clth, 11.25 x 8.5 in. / 80 pgs / 40 color / 26 bw.

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An Alphabet by Peter BlakeAn Alphabet by Peter Blake

Published by Paul Stolper/Coriander Studio.
Text by Mel Gooding, Gavin Turk.

Best known for designing the seminal Beatles album cover, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sir Peter Blake, born in 1932, is widely considered the godfather of British Pop art. Across his oeuvre, Blake has always drawn inspiration from popular culture, often collaging disparate elements or quoting from works by other artists. Over the years he has continued to produce art for many musicians, including Ian Dury, Paul Weller and Oasis. And today, he is hugely influential among contemporary fine artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
In 2007, Tate Liverpool presented a major retrospective exhibition of Blake's paintings. At the same time, London's Paul Stolper Gallery collaborated with the renowned fine art printmakers, Coriander Studio, to publish a new portfolio of prints and the accompanying book, Peter Blake: An Alphabet.
Since the 1950s Blake has maintained a deep interest in the letters of the alphabet. This exquisitely fashioned volume reproduces all 26 of the new prints--one for each letter of the alphabet. Each visual interpretation is a collage of images from vintage cards, magazines and books, and the finished works are at once nostalgic and whimsical, humorous and fascinating. This spectacular abecedarium celebrates the interest, from childhood onwards, that we all share in letters and words. With an interview by the renowned art writer Mel Gooding and a specially designed cover by the artist, it is required reading for all Peter Blake fans.

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Paul Stolper/Coriander Studio

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Hardback, 9 x 12 in. / 64 pgs / 29 color.

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Children's CornerChildren's Corner

Artists' Books for Children

Published by Edizioni Corraini.
Foreword by Günther Januth, Daniela Rossi Saretto, Enzo Nicolodi, Sabina Kasslatter Mur, Luigi Cigolla, Florian Mussner. Text by Giorgio Maffei, Annie Pissard, Barbara Nesticò, Marzia Corraini, Valerio Dehò.

El Lissitzky for kids? Ellsworth Kelly? Surprisingly, both artists have designed and created artistss books for small children--or children at heart. This anthology of children's artists' books from the ÓPLA Archive (Oasis for Art Books) in Merano, Italy, is designed like a children's book itself--small in scale, paperback, with strong tear-proof paper. Inside, one finds detailed reproductions of rarely seen books by Keith Haring, John Armleder, Andy Warhol and Bruno Munari, among many others. One particular standout is an exquisite little book by Japanese artist Katsumi Komagata, a colorful, abstract pop-out book with an origami-like design. A special section features color reproductions of artworks and installations by artists such as Joan Miró, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighero Boetti.

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Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 152 pgs. / illustrated throughout.

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