CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/21/2018
In celebration of Women’s Marches all over the United States and the world this weekend, we are pleased to feature this photograph of a 1964 Mary’s Day march from Come Alive!: The Spirited Art of Sister Corita. Essayist Daniel Berrigan details a scandal that erupted after the pacifist/activist artist/nun featured the text, “Mary Mother is the juiciest tomato of them all” on a mid-60s serigraph poster reclaiming the greatest female symbol in all of Catholocism. “Who owned the Blessed Virgin?” he asks. “Well, one thing was clear: Women didn’t… Beyond doubt, dynamite dwelt in the images… She had claimed the icon.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/20/2018
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Half a century after this 1966 serigraph poster was printed, the Spirited Art of Sister Corita feels more relevant than ever. For anyone and everyone looking for protest graphics inspiration right now, there's no better place to start.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/19/2018
Tuesday, February 6 at 12PM, the National Gallery of Art presents Carrie Mae Weems lecturing on her seminal 'Kitchen Table Series.' Book signing to follow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/19/2018
During the first half of the twentieth century—roughly around the time that the Suffragette movement was picking up speed here and abroad—an interesting photographic genre was born: the Woman in the Tree. Some of these photos were clearly made by loving men, who directed their adorable girlfriends, daughters, sisters or wives to climb on up. Others capture rather more empowered subjects, who ascended a bit higher than might be safe—huge grins across their faces. In Hatje Cantz’s wonderful new collection of unattributed vernacular photography, More Women in Trees, we also find one woman and her girlfriend taking swigs from a bottle, and others who have been liberated from their skirts altogether—whether in bathing costumes, or in the newfangled fashion for trousers. This isn’t a book about the Suffragette movement, but we are featuring it in anticipation of this weekend’s upcoming Women’s Marches just the same!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/17/2018
Here is a book among books—a facsimile edition of a humble graph-paper notebook, complete with dark brown tape residues, shorthand notations, and pencil drawings that both conform and do not conform to the printed grid. It was kept by Bauhaus textile master Anni Albers late in her life—primarily during the 1970s—but discovered only after her death in 1994.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/16/2018
“So why a show ‘about’ gender,” curator Johanna Burton asks in her Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon introductory essay. “Our hope is that Trigger offers a lens beyond the stalemate of identity even while acknowledging identity’s vexed central role in culture today (and perhaps always). Audre Lorde famously argued in her 1983 essay ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’ that one cannot use the tools of racist patriarchy to examine the ‘fruits’ of racist patriarchy. Following this logic, one must ask: What are our tools today? Can anything truly be seen as falling outside the conventions, systems of oppression, and stalemates we interrogate? Gender, as a moving target, usefully occupies and exceeds the context within which it is understood. If it is a weapon, it is one of deflection rather than outright attack. Indeed, in our current moment, when conservatives are calling for the ‘safe spaces’ they mocked not long ago, we might understand gender as a boomerang, hurled through cultural systems of appropriation and instrumentalization and returning transformed.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/15/2018
“Now we are tired of being on the bottom. We are tired of being exploited. We are tired of not being able to get adequate jobs. We are tired of not getting promotions after we get those jobs. And as a result of our being tired, we are going to Washington, D.C., the seat of government, and engage in direct action for days and days, weeks and weeks, and months and months if necessary, in order to say to this nation that you must provide us with jobs or income.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/14/2018
I knew I had to shoot the Poor People’s Campaign when they murdered Martin Luther King, Jr. I had to see what was happening, to record it and be a part of it, I felt so bad… And I never realized how much it had become a part of me until I was writing this and saying we and us and feeling homesick. Which is what Resurrection City was all about…Always have been poor people, still are, always will be. Because governments are run by ambitious men of no imagination. Whose priorities are so twisted that they burn food while people starve. And we let them. So that history doesn’t change much but the names. Nothing protects the innocent. And no news is new." – Jill Freedman, Resurrection City, 1968
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/12/2018
“They came to Washington in the spring of 1968, by the thousand, young and old, black and white, traveling in busses and cars and mule trains… Almost all of them were poor. Although Martin Luther King and the Southern Leadership Conference had summoned them to the nation’s capital, this movement belonged to them. This was the Poor People’s Campaign.” - John Edwin Mason, Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/11/2018
How we love Eyeball Cards, Four Corners Books’ perfectly out-of-left-field new collection of social / business cards made by users of British CB Radio in the “golden age” of the 1970s and early 80s. “Irreverent, coded and rich with playful imagery, the phrases of CB radio make up a pidgin language all of its own,” William Hogan writes. “When in full flow, it can include a heady mix of amateur radio’s Q code and elements of the police 10 code, but usually it’s a scattergun of accepted half-sense and carriageway wisdom.” Thus, “bubble trouble” means “tire problem.” “Lettuce” equals “money.” And “88s” stands for “kisses.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/10/2018
Every season there are a few books that everyone loves. Everyone. So far in 2018, this is the one. Published by London-based Four Corners Books, UFO Drawings from the National Archives collects six decades worth of homespun UFO documentation from the recently released files of the British Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk. (Swear.) Featured here is "The National Archives DEFE 24/2036," a photograph submitted by a British tourist on vacation in Sri Lanka on the afternoon of March 27, 2004.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/9/2018
Not so long ago, the situation between the United States and North Korea was terrible. Absurd, preposterous, scary… but not apocalyptic. That has changed. Amazingly, we have a book of photographs that is chillingly right for the times. Korean photographer Jongwoo Park’s eye-popping 288-page DMZ: Demilitarized Zone of Korea is an “incredible document,” according to the New York Journal of Books, offering “a rare glimpse into a world only seen in the circumscribed rituals of international diplomacy and prisoner exchanges."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/8/2018
“Park near Lu” (1938) is reproduced from Paul Klee: The Abstract Dimension, a deluxe, linen-bound treasure from the Fondation Beyeler and Hatje Cantz. Jenny Holzer writes, “I adore that Klee presented the accessible and what you will never know. He proffered not knowing as invitation to (and commemoration of) great mystery, that of his creation and your own experience and existence. He draws and paints an intermittently inscrutable come-on to ‘see’ him and, maybe in the process, you.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/7/2018
These two portraits of an Israeli soldier, Evgenya, in civilian dress and in uniform, taken nine months apart in 2002, are reproduced from the Louisiana Museum’s superb new Rineke Dijkstra retrospective. "The power of the series lies in Dijkstra’s subtle but thorough avoidance of cliché,” Hans den Hartog Jager writes. “The girls don’t look especially pained in their regulation army outfits, or especially relieved or liberated at home… As a viewer, you realize that your interpretation of the photo says a great deal about your own attitude toward uniforms, freedom, war, and major social dilemmas.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/6/2018
Thursday, January 18, from 6-8 PM, Printed Matter presents a special event on occasion of the release of 'Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland: Word, Image, and Institutional Critique,' published by Valiz. Project editor Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes will be joined in conversation by artist Brian O’Doherty.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/6/2018
“In their lesser-known Portuguese style of bullfighting, the bull is not killed but pressed to the ground by a team of men,” Hans den Hartog Jager writes in Rineke Dijkstra: The Louisiana Book. “One of the men is responsible for jumping straight onto the front of the bull—but this role is not assigned until the last minute. Only then does the front man hear that he will soon almost literally be staring danger and death in the eyes. It was these front men that Dijkstra chose to portray, just after they had left the arena. Strikingly, they show almost the same emotions as [new] mothers: a mixture of pride, relief, and exhaustion. The very different source of those emotions seems to make no difference for the picture. Once you’ve stood on the edge of the abyss, it doesn’t matter how you got there.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/5/2018
Most people know Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra for her iconic portraits of young people at the beach. Other series—including bullfighters, new mothers, Israeli soldiers, and club kids, to name a few—are equally powerful, adding up to one of the most significant bodies of portraiture of the last century. Pictured here is “Almerisa, Asylum Center Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands, March 14, 1994,” the first in an ongoing series of portraits of a Bosnian refugee. See more in the stellar new retrospective catalogue from the Louisiana Museum, Denmark.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/4/2018
Congratulations Reel Art Press, publisher of one of our best-selling titles of 2017. This unapologetically exuberant photography collection has been impossible to keep in stock, but we are delighted to say that we've just received a fresh shipment. Think you don't care? Try again. This book is addictive. Pictured here, Elton John in Los Angeles, 1974. Elsewhere in this oversized 336-page rock explosion: Led Zeppelin, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, The Who, Sid Vicious, Al Green, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin… there's not enough space to go on, but it just gets better.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/3/2018
Friday, January 12, Printed Matter hosts the launch event for UDP’s facsimile edition of "The Blind Man," edited by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roche, and Beatrice Wood in 1917. Facsimile co-editor Sophie Seita will be joined by Kim Rosenfeld and Marjorie Welish for a night of performances and readings, followed by a conversation moderated by co-editor Harris Bauer.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/3/2018
Thursday, January 4, J&L Books and Kadist present two special NYC launch events for 'Where to Score.' From 6-8 PM, Mast Books hosts the release of this new book edited by Jordan Stein and Jason Fulford. At 8 PM, Anthology Film Archives will present a rare 35mm screening of Milos Forman’s 1971 film, 'Taking Off.' This cheap night out carries a rich cultural payoff!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/3/2018
This 1979 photograph of the desert between Phoenix and Tuscon—the major area of potential development—is reproduced from Arizona Trips, Reel Art Press’s remarkable new collection of photographs by David Hurn. Football games, tarantula races, retiree roping competitions, animal cemeteries, demolition derbies, and winter cacti covered with protective paper cups are just a few of the pictures that have made this book an end-of-year favorite for CNN, The Guardian, and It’s Nice That, among many others.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/24/2017
Truly one of the most wonderful photographs of all time, “Nuit de Nöel” is reproduced from Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist. Deceptively titled, it was actually made on February 23, 1963, the eve of Ramadan. “The two teenagers are brother and sister,” Brigitte Ollier writes. “Earlier on, the barefoot young girl had other dancing partners. A tuneful initiation, mutual affection, radiant elegance…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/23/2017
“At all times love and discipline have led to a beautiful environment and a good life.” Featured image is the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, photographed at the Eames Office in Venice, CA, 1957. Happy holidays from ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/22/2017
“If there is any underlying theme to my work—whether in film, architecture, or graphics—it comes through as one begins to question any specific aspect of the problem, and it usually comes out in architectural terms.” Reproduced from Vitra’s stellar new holiday staff favorite,
Essential Eames: Words & Pictures, this 1945 photograph captures Charles and Ray Eames lighting candles on a Christmas tree made from molded plywood chair legs.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/21/2017
“The motivation behind most of the things we’ve done was either that we wanted them or we wanted to give them to someone else.” Featured image is a Christmas card by Charles and Ray Eames, 1946. Reproduced from Vitra’s wonderful new release, Essential Eames: Words & Pictures, the image is constructed of: 1) a background photograph of birds at the beach; 2) a foreground photograph of Charles and Ray Eames; 3) a final photograph of the foreground image reflected in the glass ball with bird background.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/20/2017
“Here is more than a prediction—but a sincere hope that tomorrow’s design will see less and less of the designer himself reflected in it.” Featured image is a still from Tops (1969), the classic Eames toy film. It is reproduced from Essential Eames: Words & Pictures, the perfect gift for the design lover on this last night of Hannukah.
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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."
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.