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DATE 4/26/2015

Visit ARTBOOK at Paris Photo Los Angeles

DATE 4/26/2015

Off the Richter Scale! 'Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986' Launches at AIGA SF

DATE 4/26/2015

Peter Doig

DATE 4/24/2015

Black Dolls

DATE 4/24/2015

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

DATE 4/22/2015

303 Gallery Launches Jens Hoffmann: (Curating) From A to Z

DATE 4/21/2015

Jan Schoonhoven

DATE 4/21/2015

Hokusai

DATE 4/18/2015

Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition

DATE 4/17/2015

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

DATE 4/16/2015

Luke Stephenson: An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

DATE 4/15/2015

Lina Bo Bardi: 100

DATE 4/14/2015

Celebrating Abraham Lincoln

DATE 4/14/2015

Lance Wyman: México

DATE 4/13/2015

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

DATE 4/12/2015

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

DATE 4/11/2015

Walker Art Center’s ‘International Pop’ Reviewed in the New York Times

DATE 4/11/2015

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

DATE 4/9/2015

In the News: Alice Neel Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

DATE 4/9/2015

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

DATE 4/7/2015

Dennis Feldman: Hollywood Boulevard

DATE 4/5/2015

Richard Kraft: Here Comes Kitty

DATE 4/4/2015

Robert Overby: Works 1969–1987

DATE 4/3/2015

Greg Reynolds: Jesus Days

DATE 4/3/2015

Robert Overby: Works 1969–1987

DATE 4/2/2015

Sophie Calle: Suite Vénitienne

DATE 3/30/2015

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

DATE 3/29/2015

Bookforum Reviews Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends

DATE 3/29/2015

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

DATE 3/28/2015

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

DATE 3/27/2015

New York Times: The Latin Aesthetic, at Home on Any Horizon

DATE 3/27/2015

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio Launch at 192 Books

DATE 3/26/2015

Pedro Reyes: The Permanent Revolution

DATE 3/25/2015

The Birth of Rock and Roll

DATE 3/25/2015

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

DATE 3/24/2015

Victor Moscoso: Psychedelic Drawings 1967-1982

DATE 3/22/2015

Masao Yamamoto: Small Things in Silence

DATE 3/20/2015

Victor Moscoso: Psychedelic Drawings Reviewed in NY Times

DATE 3/20/2015

The Forever Now

DATE 3/20/2015

Mujercitos!

DATE 3/20/2015

James Mollison: Playground

DATE 3/19/2015

Robert Adams: A Road Through Shore Pine

DATE 3/18/2015

Yves Saint Laurent's Studio: Mirror and Secrets

DATE 3/17/2015

Olaf Otto Becker: Reading the Landscape

DATE 3/14/2015

Modern Times: The Age of Photography

DATE 3/13/2015

Thomas Ruff: Editions 1988–2014

DATE 3/13/2015

Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman

DATE 3/12/2015

Laurie Simmons

DATE 3/10/2015

David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape

DATE 3/10/2015

Ken Schles: Night Walk

DATE 3/9/2015

ARTBOOK INTERVIEW: Badlands' 'New Lovers' Erotica Author Wednesday Black


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/26/2015

Visit ARTBOOK at Paris Photo Los Angeles

ARTBOOK presents a pop-up photography bookshop for connoisseurs at Paris Photo Los Angeles. Visit us May 1-3 to browse new, signed and collectible books and editions by the world's most prominent photography publishers, plus a selection of rare and out-of-print titles sourced through Lee Kaplan at Arcana. Read more about our amazing schedule of book signings!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/26/2015

Off the Richter Scale! 'Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986' Launches at AIGA SF

Join the AIGA San Francisco for a book launch and panel discussion about some of the left coast’s most earthshaking work. Speakers include 'Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots' author Louise Sandhaus, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Emory Douglas; the panel will be moderated by Eric Heiman.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/26/2015

Peter Doig

"Milky Way" (1989-90) is reproduced from Peter Doig, the catalogue to the artist's recent exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, published by Hatje Cantz. In conversation with Ulf Küster, Doig refers to the painting: "…"Milky Way"—it's such a ridiculous idea. You know, it may sound like I was being strategic but I think if you're going to do things like that you have to create a kind of fine balance between absurdity and seriousness. I see a lot of people's work and I think, that's a very impressive painting, painted interestingly… it's a good idea—but then there will be something about the figurative element that is lame and it becomes just a joke, and I just lose any interest I initially had in it… There has to be that element of… reality, I suppose."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/24/2015

Black Dolls

"Woman with Pink Pocket," by an unknown artist circa 1870-90, is reproduced from Radius Books' outstanding and beautifully produced new release, Black Dolls: Unique African American Dolls, 1850–1930 From the Collection of Deborah Neff. Published to accompany the San Diego Mingei Museum's critically acclaimed current exhibition of 100 unique handmade African-American dolls, this book is an eye-opening treasure. Pulitzer Prize winning essayist Margo Jefferson writes, "They induce a rapture in this viewer. They say: I am black and comely in all conceivable ways. I am varying shades of black, brown and beige. I am decorous, impish, fearsome and wise. They say: I have my vanity. (Gaze on my dark, lustrous eyelashes and smartly-coiffed hair.) They say: I have my griefs. (Count the tears on my cheeks.)"

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/24/2015

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Published to accompany the current exhibition on view at Grey Art Gallery in New York, Performing for the Camera is the first comprehensive survey of photographer / performance artist Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990). Best known for his stark, black-and-white self-portraits in Mao costume—at world monuments or infiltrated society events—Tseng also documented the "raucous rabble-rousing" of the 80s East Village scene which included Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, who appears in (and decorated) the image featured here. Essayist Amy Brandt draws a comparison to Nan Goldin's seminal Ballad of Sexual Dependency. But in contrast to Goldin's "powerful narrative of drug addiction, depression, and AIDS among young people living the hedonistic life of the 1980s… Tseng’s images focus on the pure enjoyment, self-indulgence, and gratification of the participants, showing moments of PG-rated fun among them. It is a happy-go-lucky world, miles away from the tragedy that ensued at the end of the decade: the death and destruction of lives filled with so much energy and purpose."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/22/2015

303 Gallery Launches Jens Hoffmann: (Curating) From A to Z

Thursday, April 23 at 6PM, 303 Gallery presents an evening of rigorous performance, unfiltered expression, intellectual efficiency and shameless exhibitionism to celebrate the publication of'(Curating) From A to Z),' an indexical portrayal of exhibition making by Jens Hoffmann and published by JRP|Ringier.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/21/2015

Jan Schoonhoven

In his introduction to David Zwirner Books' new monograph on Dutch artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994), David Leiber writes, "From 1946 until his retirement in 1979, the Dutch artist and civil servant Jan Schoonhoven took the morning commuter train from his native Delft to The Hague, where he labored in the Department of Post, Telegraph, and Telephone. His wife packed his daily lunch of fried meatballs. Somehow Schoonhoven clung to the scaffolding of this everyday clerical routine and returned home nightly to his small kitchen table 'refreshed' and ready to work. There in Delft, a town known for its painters (Vermeer), pottery, and also breathtaking light, the artist crafted his signature sunken reliefs made from discarded cardboard boxes (usually packing for television sets) and sealed with unprinted newsprint and common white latex paint. As Rudi Fuchs wrote: 'Despite their minimal form and color there’s no boring monotony. Firstly, there is a sense of it being a manuscript, in which the handmade quality is almost tangible.'" Thin Ridge Cardboard-Second One (1965) is reproduced from Jan Schoonhoven, which will be the subject of a talk between Leiber and Schoonhoven scholar Antoon Melissen at the New York Public Library tonight at 6PM.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/21/2015

Hokusai

At last, Hokusai! Featured image, "The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province" (circa 1832), is reproduced from MFA Publications' wonderful catalog to the major new Hokusai show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, reviewed last week in the Boston Globe. Sebastian Smee writes, "Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) had everything you could want from an artistic genius, in any epoch, anywhere: a masterpiece as well-known as the Mona Lisa (in the form of “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” a.k.a. “The Great Wave”), a glint of madness and mayhem in his eyes, even multiple pseudonyms. But beyond all this, and over and above his virtuosity, inventiveness, range, and infectious sense of mischief, what this artist most forcefully conveys is appetite."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/18/2015

Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition

"Two Shells" (1927) is reproduced from Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition, Aperture's fiftieth anniversary reissue of this classic volume by one of the giants of twentieth-century photography. In a July 25, 1927, entry in his daybook, made in Glendale, California, Weston writes, "I must take time to write about the reactions to my shell prints, as written by Tina [Modotti] from Mexico after showing them to several old acquaintances. First, to quote briefly the most salient remarks. 'My God Edward, your last photographs surely took my breath away. I feel speechless in front of them. What purity of vision. When I opened the package I couldn’t look at them very long, they stirred up all my innermost feelings so that I felt a physical pain.'"

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/17/2015

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Marilyn Minter's highly anticipated traveling retrospective, Pretty/Dirty, opens Friday at CAM Houston. For those who can't make it to Texas and don't want to wait until the exhibition arrives at the Brooklyn Museum this fall, we recommend Gregory R. Miller & Co.'s outstanding exhibition catalog. Featuring work from every period of the artist's forty-year career, this book is a star. In addition to copious reproductions, it features contributions by Bill Arning, Elissa Auther, Eileen Myles, Nick Flynn, Jenni Sorkin, Colby Keller, Neville Wakefield, K8 Hardy, Richard Hell, Catherine Morris and Linda Yablonsky, who asks Minter about the grotesque in her work. Minter responds, "The way I was thinking about it was that if you get in close enough, you get rid of narrative. I was going for the least amount of information that can still have lots of power. Multiple readings. Like when you pull your socks down and there are those lines in your legs. Things like that really interest me. Everyone knows about it, but no one’s ever made an image of it. I notice these things. I notice graffiti. I notice what the ads look like underneath it. I notice that sweat makes people look sexier. I’ve always been fascinated by details, so I’m not telling people what to think, but I still have content. Multiple meanings, multiple reads. That’s all I’m interested in—metaphor and paradox." Featured image is "Glazed" (2006).

DATE 2/22/2015

On the Small and the Contrary

On the Small and the Contrary

Lisa Pearson of Siglio writes on publishing as "An act of resistance to the literal, the authoritarian and the facile... and as a testament to the 'book' as refuge, dissent, beacon, and nexus."

DATE 3/5/2013

Imagining the Future Art Book
Sharon Helgason Gallagher

Future of the Art Book

"Paging through a book is like closing a door behind you that simultaneously opens another onto a new room -- all the while keeping the previous room available, just behind the now-closed door of the turned page. Here I am in the hallway of the introduction..." -- excerpt from Sharon Helgason Gallagher's remarks at the New York Public Library panel discussion The Future of the Art Book

DATE 9/27/2012

What Shall We Want to Have Called a "Book"?
Sharon Helgason Gallagher

What Shall We Want to Have Called a "Book"?

What are the kinds of books we ought to be publishing today as exemplars of the book for the future? What is the enduring legacy of "bookishness" that we want to -- may I say "ought to" -- transmit to the future? What kinds of meaning are and can be transmitted uniquely in the book form? What is the "bookishness" of the book that does not survive conversion, translation, adaptation, or reformatting as a digital publication? And what kinds of books even posses this quality?

DATE 7/16/2012

Excerpt from Gainsbourg: The Biography

Excerpt from Gainsbourg: The Biography

Tonight, TamTam Books launches Gilles Verlant's authoritative new biography of the legendary French pop star, Serge Gainsbourg. Below is an excerpt: Verlant's chapter on Gainsbourg's passionate but short-lived love affair with screen legend, Brigitte Bardot.

DATE 5/10/2012

"Schindler, Space Architect" Excerpted from Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

Schindler, Space Architect Excerpted from Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

"ONE DAY Schindler was looking at the floor plan of a house that had just been developed in quarter scale from the rough plan he had made directly on the surveyor’s eight-scale contour map."



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