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DATE 10/24/2017

NEW! 'Charles White: Black Pope'

DATE 10/23/2017

Must-Have Fashion Book of 2017: The House of Dior

DATE 10/22/2017

The power of absurdity in Vincent Sardon's 'The Stampographer'

DATE 10/21/2017

"Intern Fondler" and worse … Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer

DATE 10/21/2017

Heidi Zuckerman, Adam McEwen, Rachel Rose & Lorna Simpson launch 'Conversations with Artists' at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 10/20/2017

Bookseller favorite 'Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer' receives high praise from 'Publishers Weekly'

DATE 10/20/2017

Neal Preston launches Exhilarated and Exhausted at Rizzoli

DATE 10/19/2017

The recently discovered early b&w photos of Guy Bourdin

DATE 10/18/2017

BACK IN STOCK! Karlheinz Weinberger: Swiss Rebels

DATE 10/18/2017

Into Words: Carroll Dunham speaks with Scott Rothkopf at The Whitney

DATE 10/17/2017

The 60s Satanism of Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield

DATE 10/16/2017

'Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures' and the involuntary, inadvertent, unpredictable and idiotic

DATE 10/16/2017

See pics from our 2017 AIGA pop-up bookstore!

DATE 10/14/2017

Get your copy of the 2018 Toilet Paper monthly calendar!

DATE 10/13/2017

Ellen Lupton on Herbert Bayer's indelible Bauhaus 'universal' lettering

DATE 10/12/2017

Design Is Storytelling and other design favorites

DATE 10/12/2017

Ellen Lupton's 'Design Is Storytelling' releases next week. Preorder now!

DATE 10/11/2017

Remarkable midcentury photos from the Father of Iraqi Photography

DATE 10/10/2017

"I think painting is my sexual preference." Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER

DATE 10/10/2017

Making Never Built New York: Discussion, Q+A & Book Signing at Queens Museum

DATE 10/10/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

DATE 10/9/2017

"Just having a body is a daily comedy." Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER

DATE 10/9/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

DATE 10/8/2017

From Andy to Mao Zedong: Damiani presents Jean Pigozzi's selfies, 1972–2016

DATE 10/8/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

DATE 10/7/2017

OG Selfie master Jean Pigozzi publishes "ME + CO" spanning 1972–2016

DATE 10/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

DATE 10/6/2017

For the Collector: Limited Editions & Catalogues Raisonnés

DATE 10/6/2017

Ultraviolet light, crude oil baths and more in 'Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums'

DATE 10/6/2017

Jack Pierson to launch 'The Hungry Years' October 12 at SVA

DATE 10/5/2017

For the cheeky Russophile, a Soviet design booklist

DATE 10/5/2017

Could anyone not love "Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums'?

DATE 10/5/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

DATE 10/4/2017

A photographer's revelation in "Joel Meyerowitz: Cézanne's Objects"

DATE 10/3/2017

Courtesans, clients and codes in eighteenth-century Japanese tattoos

DATE 10/3/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

DATE 10/3/2017

Join Artbook @ AIGA National Conference, Minneapolis

DATE 10/2/2017

Dive deep into the history of Japanese tattoos in this new gem from MFA Boston

DATE 10/2/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

DATE 10/1/2017

From aviator glasses to yoga pants: MoMA's 'Items' asks, Is Fashion Modern?

DATE 10/1/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

DATE 9/30/2017

What are the possible meanings of the Bucket Hat? MoMA reveals all in 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?'

DATE 9/29/2017

MoMA asks the question: Is Fashion Modern?

DATE 9/28/2017

Sory Sanlé on 'Les Afro-Pop'

DATE 9/27/2017

Sory Sanlé remembers 'Belle de Jour' in 'Volta Photo 1965–85'

DATE 9/26/2017

The wonderful recently discovered studio portraits of Sory Sanlé

DATE 9/25/2017

Watch Grace Coddington on Late Night with Seth Meyers

DATE 9/25/2017

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 debuts new 2,000 square foot space at 2017 NYABF

DATE 9/25/2017

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from the Brooklyn Rail Launches 9/26 at 192 Books

DATE 9/24/2017

The astonishing books and prints of Louise Bourgeois

DATE 9/22/2017

How we love the books and prints of Louise Bourgeois in MoMA's 'An Unfolding Portrait'


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/24/2017

NEW! 'Charles White: Black Pope'

“An artist must bear a special responsibility,” Charles White said in 1978. “He must be accountable for the content of his work. And that work should reflect a deep, abiding concern for humanity. He has that responsibility whether he wants it or not because he’s dealing with ideas. And ideas are power. They must be used one way or the other.” Featured image, “Love Letter #1” (1971), is reproduced from Charles White: Black Pope, published to accompany the current David Hammons-curated Charles White / Leonardo da Vinci show currently on view at MoMA, in advance of White’s 2018 traveling retrospective.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/23/2017

Must-Have Fashion Book of 2017: The House of Dior

“Haute couture dresses have the unique and extraordinary character of art objects,” Christian Dior said. “They are among the last remaining things to be made by hand, by human hands whose value remains irreplaceable for they endow everything they create with qualities that a machine could never give them: poetry and life.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/22/2017

The power of absurdity in Vincent Sardon's 'The Stampographer'

“The stamp is never neutral. It packs a symbolic wallop because of the millions of judges, cops, customs officials—agents of public authority—who use them to validate passports, to turn people away at the border, to pass judgement, to pass laws, to sentence, to record proceedings, to excommunicate—all sorts of evil documents that have the power to of putting people in impossible situations. Any absurdity presented in this manner becomes ten times more powerful thanks to the magic wand of graphics."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2017

Heidi Zuckerman to launch 'Conversations with Artists' with Adam McEwen, Rachel Rose & Lorna Simpson at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

Thursday, October 26, from 6 - 8PM, the Aspen Art Museum, D.A.P. and Artbook @ MoMA PS1 invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Conversations with Artists' by Aspen Art Museum Director Heidi Zuckerman. A book signing will follow a conversation between Zuckerman and artists Adam McEwen, Rachel Rose and Lorna Simpson.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2017

"Intern Fondler" and worse … Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer

Who wouldn’t want a collection of stamps engraved with the phrases, “Useful Idiot,” “Art Opening Cockroach,” “Little Inadvertently Wealthy Avant-Gardest” or “Intern Fondler” to comment upon unwelcome invitations, forced correspondence, and irritating ephemera? Perhaps you’d like to stamp your own notes-to-self with the descriptors, “Goddess of Sex and Destruction,” “Inventor of Disco,” “Matador of Love,” or “Descendent of the Prophet.” All these, and much darker, more erotic, even worse, are collected in Siglio’s staff favorite new release, Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2017

Neal Preston & Cameron Crowe launch 'Exhilarated and Exhausted' at Rizzoli

Thursday, October 26 from 6-8PM, Reel Art Press, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and Rizzoli invite you to the New York launch and signing of 'Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted.' Book signing will follow a conversation between Preston and Cameron Crowe.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2017

Bookseller favorite 'Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer' featured in 'Publishers Weekly'

Congratulations to Siglio Press, whose new monograph, Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer, has received high praise from Publishers Weekly. “Gorgeously uncouth, cynical, and—in moments—despairing, Sardon’s work primarily revels in a Dada-like spirit of playful inconsequence and good-natured goading, and it’s expertly captured here."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/19/2017

The recently discovered early b&w photos of Guy Bourdin

“Better 5 minutes of happiness than a lifetime of conformity,” Guy Bourdin wrote on the back of this 1955 self-portrait. It is one of many early black-and-white photographs that laid dormant in an unassuming box of negative envelopes for more than half a century before Bourdin scholar Shelly Verthime and the artist’s son, Samuel, randomly unearthed them in 2011.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/18/2017

Into Words: Carroll Dunham speaks with Scott Rothkopf at The Whitney

Thursday, October 26, from 6:30 - 8 PM, painter Carroll Dunham will appear in conversation with Whitney curator Scott Rothkopf in celebration of 'Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham,' published by Badlands Unlimited.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/18/2017

BACK IN STOCK! Karlheinz Weinberger: Swiss Rebels

“Weinberger’s lusty portraits of men are… visually expressive, free-spirited, and self-confident replies to a fundamental social question of the post-war era: How (and where), in a society still largely homophobic but in any case heteronormative, can a gay photographer photograph men who attracted him?” - Daniela Janser

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/17/2017

The 60s Satanism of Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield

Featured photograph—of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey and 50s B-movie sex-pot/acolyte Jayne Mansfield at her over-the-top Mediterranean-style Hollywood mansion, the Pink Palace, in 1966 (the year they met) or 1967 (the year she died in one of the most notorious celebrity car crashes of all time)—is reproduced from California Infernal, Trapart’s surprise staff favorite of 2017.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2017

See pics from our 2017 AIGA pop-up bookstore!

Thanks to the AIGA for a wonderful fair last week in Minneapolis, and thanks to Blu Dot for supplying our pop-up bookstore furniture! See pictures of our design bookstore, which hosted signings with Ellen Lupton, Michael Bierut, Louise Fili, Steff Geissbuhler, Sean Adams, Paula Scher, Wendy MacNaughton & Sarah Rich, and Alina Wheeler.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2017

'Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures' and the involuntary, inadvertent, unpredictable and idiotic

“In a context in which even shared languages seem to have abrogated their responsibility for communication, meaning itself seems in a terminal process of contraction, and truth has become fugitive, it is precisely at this moment and in these conditions that the involuntary, the inadvertent, the unpredictable, and even the idiotic come into their own. Rather than engaging directly with a disputed and disputable account of a subject that refuses to settle down, Wurm’s work invites us into its monumental trajectory simply by offering us safe passage from A to B.” - Simon Baker

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/14/2017

Get your copy of the 2018 Toilet Paper monthly calendar!

A scruffy West Highland Terrier smoking a pipe, a toad sandwiched between two hamburger buns and a fluffy white cat clutching an Oscar statuette while reclining on a purple sofa are just a few of the cute/confounding background images in Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferarri’s 2018 first-ever animal-themed Toilet Paper Calendar.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/13/2017

Ellen Lupton on Herbert Bayer's indelible Bauhaus 'universal' lettering

“Herbert Bayer’s universal alphabet became a symbol of ‘Bauhaus typography,’ even though it was not strictly speaking a typeface. Fixed in memory through a few endlessly repeated reproductions, the universal alphabet was a philosophical idea that reverberated throughout the promotional activities of the Bauhaus and beyond … Bayer’s letters are awkward, inconsistent, and not very useful, yet they gave form to prevalent avant-garde thinking about function, modularity, industrial standards, and machine production. Bayer released his idea into the wilderness of typographic discourse, and there it lived.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2017

Ellen Lupton's 'Design Is Storytelling' releases next week. Preorder now!

“Emotion is temporal,” Ellen Lupton writes in Design Is Storytelling. “Currents of feeling lure us out of the present into the past and future … Anticipation and reflection are integral elements in the design of full, temporally complex experiences.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/11/2017

Remarkable midcentury photos from the Father of Iraqi Photography

“I had a strange incident around 2004, when I went to a kiosk to buy a newspaper. The man told me it had sold out because of a calendar supplement of photographs. I asked him what it was, and he said, I don’t know, some photographs of Baghdad by a man called Ani. I told him, I was the photographer. He was so surprised he kissed me. He asked if Baghdad really was like that? He couldn’t believe it was the same city he lived in. He said: ‘It was so ordered and clean. Why are we like this today?’”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2017

Making Never Built New York: Discussion, Q+A & Book Signing at Queens Museum

Sunday, October 29 from 2-4PM, the Queens Museum presents a behind-the-scenes look into the building of 'Never Built New York' with Sam Lubell, Christian Wassmann and Joshua Jordan, the exhibition’s co-curator, designer, and fabricator, respectively. Book signing to follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2017

"I think painting is my sexual preference." Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER

“I started painting seriously after studying Japanese language, literature, and writing for a year in college. But, once I got there: oh, painting! Painting has taught me everything I know on this earth! Sensuality, depth, surface, changes, the unknown, the hard-to-understand, the mysterious, the high, the low, the poetic, the intellectual, the dumb, the immediate. Oil painting specifically because I can change it endlessly; I don’t like the plasticky quality of acrylic paint. But that’s just a material choice. Painting is like a love affair. I think painting is my sexual preference.” - Amy Sillman

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/9/2017

"Just having a body is a daily comedy." Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER

"We are trying to surprise ourselves, and that is hard to do. I think it is a kind of metabolism that drives me to change and change and change my forms, searching rather earnestly for something I don’t quite know already, a kind of questioning machine, endlessly discontent. I would say that form is the shape of my discontent, and that what interests me is how form can match that feeling or condition—of funny, homely, lonely, ill-fitting, strange, clumsy things that feel right." - Amy Sillman, The ALL-OVER

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/8/2017

From Andy to Mao Zedong: Damiani presents Jean Pigozzi's selfies, 1972–2016

Businessman, art collector, philanthropist, bon vivant and heir to the Simca automobile fortune, Jean Pigozzi has traveled the world among the flamboyantly creative jetset with camera in hand for more than forty years, snapping selfies. Paris Hilton, Salman Rushdie, Cindy Sherman, Joni Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson and B.B. King make appearances, alongside a favorite valet, a Turkish belly dancer, and a stuffed crocodile.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/7/2017

OG Selfie master Jean Pigozzi publishes "ME + CO" spanning 1972–2016

"I invented the selfie (but not the word selfie).
I use a Leica with a flash.
I have long arms.
I am dyslexic.
Selfies are much better than autographs as they really prove that you met the person in the photo next to you." —Jean Pigozzi

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2017

Jack Pierson to launch 'The Hungry Years' October 12 at SVA

Dear Dave, SVA Theatre, Damiani and ARTBOOK | D.A.P. invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Jack Pierson: The Hungry Years' with a conversation between Pierson and Steel Stillman on Thursday, October 12, at 7PM. Book signing to follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2017

Ultraviolet light, crude oil baths and more in 'Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums'

Reproduced from Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums, this photograph captures vacationers at the Aurora sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan—one of the poorest post-Soviet states. This particular treatment involves placing ultraviolet light-emitting sterilization lamps in the ear, nose or throat to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/5/2017

Could anyone not love "Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums'?

The photographs in Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums do not get old. Pictured here is Druzhba, the best known of all Soviet-era sanatoriums. “When it was built in 1985 by architect Igor Vasilevsky and engineer Nodar Kancheli,” Maryam Omidi writes, “its neo-futuristic style … caught the eye of the Pentagon and Turkish intelligence, who mistook it for a missile-launch facility. According to Vasilevsky, others feared it might be a time-machine or a flying saucer.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/4/2017

A photographer's revelation in "Joel Meyerowitz: Cézanne's Objects"

Look familiar? Featured images are reproduced from Cézanne's Objects, color master Joel Meyerowitz’s new collection of photographs of the objects that Cézanne left behind in his studio when he died of pneumonia in 1906. “A few years ago during a visit to Cézanne's studio in Aix-en-Provence,” Meyerowitz writes, “I experienced a flash of insight about the artist that I saw as intrinsic to his becoming the father of modern painting. Once having seen it, it inspired me to move in a new direction in my own work. Cézanne painted his studio walls a dark grey with a hint of green. Every object in the studio, illuminated by a vast north window, seemed to be absorbed into the grey of this background. There were no telltale reflections around the edges of the objects to separate them from the background itself, as there would have been had the wall been painted white. Therefore, I could see how Cézanne, making his small, patch-like brush marks, might have moved his gaze from the object to background, and back again to the objects, without the familiar intervention of the illusion of space.”

DATE 10/1/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

They're cute, they're small, they're surprising and affordable. Here are 10 staff picks for the stockings on your list »

DATE 11/14/2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

10 must-have 2017 reading books, from Jeremy Sigler's new collection of diaristic tales to collected art writings by Glenn O'Brien and Carroll Dunham and more »

DATE 10/2/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Our staff picks the must-have art books of 2017, from surveys on art in the age of black power to major monographs on twentieth-century titans of art and design »

DATE 10/5/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

For photography lovers – here are 10 of our favorite 2017 monographs and surveys by Modern and contemporary photographers »

DATE 10/3/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Our staff picks the must-have architecture and design books of 2016, from radical feminist posters of the 1970s to 50s tea towels by recently rediscovered American textile designer, Marguerita Mergentime »

DATE 10/6/2017

For the Collector: Limited Editions & Catalogues Raisonnés

For the Collector: Limited Editions & Catalogues Raisonnés

From MoMA's boxed facsimile edition of Robert Rauschenberg's 'Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno' to limited editions with prints by Jack Pierson, Joel Meyerowitz, Steven Klein and Hiroshi Sugimoto - our top picks for collectors »

DATE 10/9/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Whether you love it or hate it, left it or long for it - here are our 10 favorite gift books for the New Yorkers in your life »

DATE 10/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

From books on Grace Coddington, Guy Bourdin, Jean Pigozzi, and MoMA's survey, ITEMS - our staff favorite holiday fashion gift books »

DATE 10/8/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Books on Vincent Sardon, R. Crumb, LGBT San Francisco, Cuban protest posters, Feminist protest posters, black power art, and Jim Marshall's photos of the peace sign are some of our favorites on Rebels and Resistance for 2017

DATE 10/10/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

10 books that we love outside of logic, beyond our control, or for reasons unknown, even to ourselves. Holiday Gift Staff Favorites, 2017 »

DATE 1/9/2017

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

This weekend, the world lost jazz and civil rights champion Nat Hentoff, one of the greatest and most passionate music journalists of all time. In memoriam, we are honored to present Hentoff's eloquently direct text, 'Jazz Festivals and the Changing of America,' from 'Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival' by Reel Art Press.

DATE 6/6/2016

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

In celebration of the retrospective currently on view at LACMA, we present an excerpt of Agnes Martin's iconic 1989 essay, reproduced from 'Agnes Martin.' In the 'New York Times Book Review' Patricia Albers made special note of this text, asserting that it is "not to be missed."

DATE 6/15/2015

The Future of the Skyscraper

The Future of the Skyscraper

Last week, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Metropolis Books launched the SOM THINKERS series with 'The Future of the Skyscraper,' featuring texts by Bruce Sterling, Tom Vanderbilt, Matthew Yglesias, Diana Lind, Will Self, Emily Badger, Dickson Despommier and Philip Nobel, whose Introduction is excerpted here.



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