CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/24/2019
February 2–4, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. presents a curated selection of this season's best and brightest books on art and culture at SHOPPE OBJECT 2.0, New York’s semi-annual independent home and gift show, presenting 200+ visionary brands and makers in an elevated boutique setting! Our second-floor bookstore in the North Shoppe will host signings with William Abranowicz, John Derian, Julie Gaines, Wendy Goodman and Thomas O'Brien.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/23/2019
"Late 70s, early 80s… Ruby Ray and her camera, capturing the movers and the shakers of the San Francisco punk and industrial scenes… And then some… Performance art, music, literature, photos, videos made with a 'fuck you' and 'do it yourself' attitude." So begins Carl Abrahamsson's introduction to Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool, releasing this week from Trapart.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/22/2019
Maybe you've been to a destination wedding in Oahu or a Star Wars themed bar mitzvah at the Pierre. But you haven't seen anything til you've gone behind-the-scenes at an over-the-top upper-class Indian wedding, where several thousand guests, bodyguards, fireworks, marching bands and live animals would not be unusual. Well, now you have your chance in Indian photojournalist (and wedding photographer) Mahesh Shantaram's fascinating Matrimania, reviewed this week in The Guardian. Featured images are "Bride with Bouncers," Bangalore, KA (2012) at top, and "Sangeet I," Mumbai, MH (2009), below.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/21/2019
Featured image—of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Mrs. Du Bois Peck Williams on February 23, 1968—is reproduced from Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets. Other photos capture civil rights marches, protests, school children playing, families at Coney Island, members of the Black Panther party (including Malcolm X), empty lots, anti-war rallies, kids jumping rope, card games, carrier pigeons and more.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/18/2019
Featured image is reproduced from Karma's whopping new 424-page clothbound monograph on NYC-based Minimalist painter Paul Mogensen. In her essay, painter and long-time friend Lynda Benglis describes Mogensen as a "philosopher purist, very logical in terms of accepting the most direct means of making a painting with great clarity…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/17/2019
From American frontier log cabins to alpine huts, emergency shelters, slave housing, fire lookouts, ice shacks, leisure cottages, A-frames, geodesic domes and sustainable micro cabins, every possible fascinating, glamorous, pragmatic and ingenious permutation of the North American rustic dwelling is covered in this jam-packed exhibition catalogue / scholarly volume / lifestyle book for the smart, DIY-design set.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/16/2019
Boo Saville's "Born with Two Faces" (2018) is reproduced from True Colours, Other Criteria's catalogue to Newport Street Gallery's recent three-person painting show with Saville, Helen Beard and Sadie Laska.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/15/2019
"The chair is a very difficult object," Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said. "Everyone who has ever tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems—the chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair." Featured image—of Hans J. Wegner's 1950 Wishbone Chair—is reproduced from Strandberg Publishing's new and beautifully designed encyclopedic history of twentieth-century Danish chair design, The Danish Chair.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/14/2019
"Roebuk and Landscape" (1913) is reproduced from Niko Pirosmani, Hatje Cantz's fascinating new monograph on the "vagrant autodidact," sometime railroad brakeman and dairy farmer who eked out a living painting signs for stores and taverns in Russian Georgia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. "For Pirosmani, art was a wide-open field," Bice Curiger writes. "He was an outsider—a vagabond, as they say—who deliberately chose moving about as a way of life. He was a wanderer between city and countryside, between inns and stables, who at the same time resided in the center of community events. Indeed, Pirsmani located his commissioned works in society, literally in media res, in almost allegorical places that embody conviviality and open exchange, in inns, taverns, bars and stores—not in the symbolic interstice of galleries, artists' associations and museums. From earliest childhood, Pirosmani was influenced by personal blows of fate, but also by the experience of failure and the inability to integrate into a regular professional life. For him, art—painting—was emancipation."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/13/2019
"I've been inspired by the four seasons," Beatriz Milhazes is quoted in Editora Cobogó's wonderful new book of the artist's collages. "Nature changes from one season to another and often motivates me to be an artist and develop things using this feeling. It probably comes from my passion for opera. Very often classical composers worked with the change of the seasons and how it influenced the drama of the characters. It is about creating areas of importance and how they can dialogue together, how they can make a composition from their own temperature and intensity." Featured image is "Mundy" (2011).
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/12/2019
If ever you're feeling down, pick up a copy of Beatriz Milhazes: Collages, Editora Cobogó's effervescent new collection of the Brazilian artist's collages made from candy wrappers gathered during a residency in Brittany, among other materials.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/11/2019
Featured image is reproduced from Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980, the companion publication to the hit documentary film, The Last Resort. "Sweet is really looking," Lauren Groff writes. "He's paying attention. The way he sees people nearing the end of their life is vibrant; he loves them in the brightest colors he can magic out of the camera… Picture after picture shows old ladies sitting quietly in their beach chairs outside of their tiny hotels, gentle moments of rest, their sneakers huge at the ends of their columnar, panty-hosed legs. And because Andy often shot in the late afternoon, with its hot and slanted sun and lengthening shadows, there is a sense of swiftly depleting time, a threnodial quality to the work that underscores the humor and deepens it."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/10/2019
This image, from Bone Idle's "Party! Party!! Party!!!: Photographs from Weimar Germany" is captioned, "Carl Ludwig Schleich's book Cocaineism described the proliferation of cocaine in Berlin as a symptom of the malaise of a modern life continually speeding up." Other anonymously authored photographs capture underground clubs, family celebrations, showgirls, cross-dressing, orgies, party caravans, banquets, costume balls and more.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/9/2019
Saturday, January 12 from 6–9 PM, Park Life will be hosting an exhibit and book signing with Ed Templeton for the publication of 'Tangentially Parenthetical,' his new photography book from Um Yeah Arts.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/9/2019
Featured image, captioned "Live it to the hilt — Renee, Westminster Bridge, 1968" is reproduced from As It Was: Frank Habicht's Sixties, the only book in print on the adventurous German photographer who captured London in all its rapturous, hairy, experimental glory during the swinging sixties. Carnaby Street, student carnivals, reluctant debutantes, street kids, flea markets and plenty of models, friends and celebrities in various states of dress all make appearances in beautiful black-and-white.
LACY SOTO | DATE 1/5/2019
Saturday, January 19 from 3–5 PM Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles & Verso Books invite you to join author Joshua Sperling in conversation with Elisa Wouk Almino to celebrate the publication of 'A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger.'
LACY SOTO | DATE 1/4/2019
Join Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Saturday, January 12 from 3–5 PM for a special book launch and signing with author Janet Clare to celebrate the release of "Time is the Longest Distance."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/21/2018
Featured photograph, of astronomer Johann Friedrich with Julius Schmidt's plaster model of the moon, 1898, is reproduced from The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space—a book that seems to carry the right spirit for a new year. "What is important to us, to what do we ascribe value, how do we create meaning in the world?" Louisiana Museum of Modern Art curator Marie Laurberg asks. "Ask the moon. It hovers in the sky like a blank white screen and shows us the stories we tell about it."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/19/2018
"Untitled" (1979) is reproduced from Janice Guy, the first monograph on the British-born photographer who for many years was also the co-proprietor of one of New York's most respected independent galleries, Murray Guy. "What Janice initially risked in her own art she has risked in every decision she brought to her life," friend and former art school classmate Thomas Struth writes in the book. "When she first moved to Rome, believing it to be a temporary stay, she left her negatives and vintage prints with me. I kept them in my basement, and later in my storage facility. In 2008 we took them out of their boxes for the first time in nearly thirty years. We spread them out in my studio and looked at what the pictures had to tell us." Congratulations to Hunters Point Press on this small but essential piece of excavated art history.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/18/2018
Said Rosie, "And is there an elfen-land?
Are goblin stories true?
Did you ever see a fairy's wand?
Do the fairies talk to you?
Are they far away or near us?
When we're speaking can they hear us?"
Said I, "There is really a fairy-realm,
Not so very far away.
Shall we sit in the shade of this great old elm
And visit it for a day?
For we'll find its true location
In the realm of the Imagination."
REILLY DAVIDSON | DATE 12/17/2018
This surprising new release from David Zwirner Books provides an elegant, leather-bound escape from your everyday planner. Inspired by Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s renowned Diary—which begins, "Monday. Me. Tuesday. Me. Wednesday. Me. Thursday. Me."—Sherrie Levine’s finely crafted artist book / daily calendar provides ample space for you to write everything from your next dental appointment to your observations about the passenger sitting across from you on the L train. The sophisticated duality of this sly, beautifully designed volume should entice anyone in the market for an exceptional mode of organizing the year 2019. As the graphic “ME.” is printed on each individual page (in an extremely appealing pastel pink), I guess you could say that with this book, every day is a “ME.” day!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/16/2018
"Kusama" (2014), by James Welling was commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for Oasis in the City, a Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book 2018. Both a deluxe limited edition and a fact-filled history of MoMA's beloved Sculpture Garden—filled with fascinating scholarship, vintage photographs and new images by Welling, Richard Pare, Candida Höfer, Tina Barney, Thomas Struth, Carrie Mae Weems, Vera Lutter and Hiroshi Sugimoto—this boxed, 16" x 11.25" clothbound volume is the perfect gift for luxury collectors, cosmopolitan world travelers and die-hard native New Yorkers.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/16/2018
"One of the strongest images that I associate him with is the glove. I always loved how he could take normal articles of clothing such as a white glove, red leather jacket, shoes and claim them as elements of his identity so wherever you see them in the world they bring your thoughts back to Michael." —KAWS
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/15/2018
On October 9, 2018, Reel Art Press released 'Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin' across the world in Japanese, Dutch, Italian, German and English editions. Here in the US, we've blown through several print runs, with no end in sight. "We can really say that this is the authentic book of Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin," Jimmy Page says in the band's new book trailer, featured here. "I just hope that it really travels through the fans and their imaginations." See for yourself—this trailer is awesome!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/14/2018
"Dr. Blankman's New York feels like a great, lost book. In a parallel world it might have become a landmark. In some latent world it might still. Why the delay? Many reasons. Some personal, some pragmatic. Papageorge has said that audiences have never meant that much to him. Many of his projects have found their moment long after the photographs were made. We barely got to see them when they were contemporary in the literal sense." —David Campany
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Travel-themed books this season include two photo books centered around swimming pools; two books on Soviet design; a gorgeous book of international landscape design and photo books that take us to Mongolia, Madagascar and Provence »
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Whether for a book collector or a lover of limited editions, these deluxe publications make wonderful gifts for those with a taste for the finer things.
This week, Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers was honored at the 2018 Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at the New York Public Library. As the North American distributor of Lars Müller's extraordinary list of books on art, architecture, design and theory, we are ourselves honored to reproduce his acceptance speech here.
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.
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."