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DATE 10/20/2014

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years

DATE 10/16/2014

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Presents 'What Nerve' Panel, Signing and Screening

DATE 10/16/2014

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids

DATE 10/15/2014

'Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs' Launches Thursday at MOCA Grand Avenue

DATE 10/15/2014

'Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller' Launches in NY

DATE 10/14/2014

Julian Schnabel: Draw a Family

DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

DATE 10/10/2014

Alec Soth and Brad Zellar Book Event at the Walker Art Center

DATE 10/8/2014

EX LIBRIS: Hand-Picked Steidl Favorites from Dan Nadel

DATE 10/8/2014

ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s

DATE 10/6/2014

Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014

DATE 10/5/2014

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor: Robert Gober at MoMA

DATE 10/3/2014

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

DATE 10/2/2014

Books for Life: Steidl

DATE 10/1/2014

'Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth' Featured in the New York Times

DATE 10/1/2014

Gordon Parks: Collected Works

DATE 9/30/2014

Termite Art: 'What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art' in NY Times

DATE 9/29/2014

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas

DATE 9/29/2014

Now Available: A New, Expanded Edition of the Teacher's Manual to 'In the Making'

DATE 9/26/2014

ARTBOOK @ NYABF

DATE 9/25/2014

K8 Hardy 'How To: Untitled Runway Show' Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/25/2014

Join OSMOS for a Kon Trubkovich: Leap Second Book Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/25/2014

Luck, Laughs, Lust & Love: Chloé Griffin on Cookie Mueller

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK Presents Cory Arcangel One Night Installation and Signing at the NYABF Opening

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK Presents K8 Hardy Signing at the NYABF

DATE 9/24/2014

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 Presents Cory Arcangel at the NYABF Opening

DATE 9/23/2014

Paul Chan: New New Testament

DATE 9/22/2014

Cory Arcangel: All The Small Things

DATE 9/21/2014

Kelley Walker Book Signing at 192 Books

DATE 9/20/2014

ARTBOOK + SWISS INSTITUTE Launch Two New Books by Paul Chan

DATE 9/20/2014

Celebrate 'Ray Johnson: Not Nothing' at the MoMA Library Wednesday Night

DATE 9/19/2014

What Nerve! Destroy All Monsters

DATE 9/19/2014

The Essential Cy Twombly: Beautiful in Their Subversion of 'Beauty'

DATE 9/18/2014

A Country of Cities Now Available in eBook Editions

DATE 9/18/2014

What Nerve! Christina Ramberg Rediscovered

DATE 9/17/2014

ARTBOOK @ SI Launch Party

DATE 9/16/2014

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

DATE 9/16/2014

Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India

DATE 9/15/2014

ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE Presents the World's Best Books on Contemporary Chair Design

DATE 9/15/2014

Just One Good Chair

DATE 9/14/2014

Joan Rothfuss to Sign 'Topless Cellist' at Walker Art Center

DATE 9/12/2014

George Herms: The River Book

DATE 9/11/2014

ARTBOOK Launches a New Pop Up Bookstore at Swiss Institute In Soho

DATE 9/11/2014

New York Is ...

DATE 9/10/2014

The Essential Cy Twombly

DATE 9/10/2014

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

DATE 9/8/2014

Reflection, Illumination, Luminosity, Shadows and Patterns: Andrew Wyeth Looking Out, Looking In

DATE 9/6/2014

Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth


RECENT POSTS

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2014

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years

In Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years, Caroline Busta writes, "Now almost twenty-one, BC has taken on a variety of identities available to the creative class—filmmaker, fashion designer, novelist, gallery artist, anarchist, among others—paralleling the corporatization of the arts-and-culture sector (and the concomitant lifestylification of corporate culture) that has expanded in step with the group’s own development. 'We call ourselves a corporation because corporations are everywhere, and it impresses people... pretending we are business people while we sleep all day like cats,' reads a BC statement from 1999. Yet incorporating as a cultural-sector business was more than an anti-neoliberal gesture (though it was that too). It was perhaps foremost a strategy for pooling resources—computers, printers, fax machines, a thousand square feet on the Bowery—as well as for aggregating creative capital under a single logo." Featured image is reproduced from the book, which released last week.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2014

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Presents 'What Nerve' Panel, Signing and Screening

Next Tuesday, October 21 from 6-8PM, ARTBOOK + Swiss Institute (SI) present "What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present." The evening will include a viewing of the rare Forcefield video "Tunnel Vision," a conversation between Peter Saul and Dan Nadel, and a book signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2014

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids

"Created entirely surreptitiously, and perhaps intended by the artist as a kind of final offering that might solve the riddles to understanding his life's work after death, the Polaroid nudes are tinged by a frisson of carnal abandon and impending climax and release. Fetishistic in their exacting detail to each provocative pose, mise-en-scène and material surfaces, and often explicitly revealing the sitters' sex, Mollino's Polaroid nudes are highly directed pictures in which nothing was left to chance… Mollino first had identified each of these nubile creatures as viable subjects. Girls from the streets of Turin, some of them professionals, friends, models, possible mistresses and women that randomly crossed Mollino's path were enlisted to collaborate in the production of these images in which the subjects are often semi-clad wearing the shoes, jewelry and fashion selected for them by Mollino and often posed with Mollino's radical furniture designs and the sensual accoutrement of his architectural and interior worlds. " Featured image and excerpt from James Crump's introductory text are reproduced from Carlo Mollino: Polaroids, the must-have book of vintage nude photography from Damiani/Crump.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/15/2014

'Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs' Launches Thursday at MOCA Grand Avenue

If you're in Los Angeles, stop by the MOCA Store at Grand Avenue for a book launch and signing with Matthew Brandt, whose beautiful new monograph, 'Lakes and Reservoirs,' is just out from Damiani and Yossi Milo.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/15/2014

'Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller' Launches in NY

"This is a rare period in human history. Never before have so many with so little become so big for a duration of time so short. Never before has such a shiftless bunch of life's lightweights hewn such formidable nests for themselves in so many other people's minds. Never before have the woody, meandering paths of directionless plodders led to the blazing floodlit clearing in the forest, the center ring for the mini-history makers. This is the age of fleeting media stars. Watch the news. Read the papers. These stars are easy to forget." So wrote Cookie Mueller, timeless cult actress, writer and muse to virtually every underground scene of the 1970s and 80s, in a 1987 column for Details magazine. This gem is one of many hundreds excerpted in Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, Berlin-based Chloé Griffin's breakout homage/oral-history dedicated to Mueller and her generation of off-the-hook risk-takers and scandal-makers. Griffin officially launches the book in New York this week with events Wednesday through Sunday at Participant gallery and Printed Matter, where she will be joined on all occasions by special guests who knew or were influenced by Cookie during her short, meteoric lifetime (1949-1989). To see more from the book, continue to our blog. "Cookie," ca. 1981, by Ileane Meltzner, is reproduced from Edgewise.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/14/2014

Julian Schnabel: Draw a Family

Julian Schnabel has been a fearless presence in the artworld since the late 1970s, a prolific and influential painter, friend to artists, and noted filmmaker in more recent years. His gorgeous, and we do mean gorgeous, 544-page clothbound paintings monograph from Karma, New York, arrives in stores this week.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

Featured image, of a vintage Amazing Stories magazine featuring artwork and writing by outsider sci-fi legend Richard Shaver, is reproduced from The Hidden World, Jim Shaw's magnificent compendium of out-there American graphic materials and educational / religious propaganda. Shaw explains, "In the beginning Shaver was working in an auto assembly plant in Detroit, and a welding gun would be swung to him and he started having these visions from the arcs and sparks and he realized that it was the Dero, who were the deranged robots who had survived from the pre-flood civilizations. And they lived inside the earth and they would aim rays at people and make them go insane. And they had all these things, they would kidnap earth women and they would subject them to these sexual stimulations rays, so they would have orgasm deaths. It was these fantasies and they would be printed in a science-fiction magazine that Ray Palmer edited. Every time one of his stories would appear they would sell 100,000 extra copies and it was featured in Life magazine. Then the fact that he had actually been in an insane asylum during this period came out, so it kind of fizzled away."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2014

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

Featured image, of a vintage Amazing Stories magazine featuring artwork and writing by outsider sci-fi legend Richard Shaver, is reproduced from The Hidden World, Jim Shaw's magnificent compendium of out-there American graphic materials and educational / religious propaganda. Shaw explains, "In the beginning Shaver was working in an auto assembly plant in Detroit, and a welding gun would be swung to him and he started having these visions from the arcs and sparks and he realized that it was the Dero, who were the deranged robots who had survived from the pre-flood civilizations. And they lived inside the earth and they would aim rays at people and make them go insane. And they had all these things, they would kidnap earth women and they would subject them to these sexual stimulations rays, so they would have orgasm deaths. It was these fantasies and they would be printed in a science-fiction magazine that Ray Palmer edited. Every time one of his stories would appear they would sell 100,000 extra copies and it was featured in Life magazine. Then the fact that he had actually been in an insane asylum during this period came out, so it kind of fizzled away."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

Goya's iconic 1797 portrait of Maria del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo y Silva, Thirteenth Duchess of Alba, is reproduced from Goya: Order & Disorder, the MFA Boston's gorgeous and immediately indispensible 400-page catalog for the first major Goya exhibition in North America in almost three decades. Until recently, the Prado's Manuela B. Mena Marqués writes in the book, discussions of this portrait—in which the figure famously points to the inscription "Solo Goya/Only Goya" before her feet—"revolved around the sitter's supposed affair with the artist. Several factors, however, argue against such an affair ever having taken place. These include the status of the duchess in 1797 as both a widow and a member of one of Spain's most important noble families, as well as her grief at the unexpected death of her young husband. To these we might add Goya's awareness of social parameters, which—as an artist striving to advance his standing as portraitist of Spain's most esteemed families—he would hardly violate. The inscriptions on the rings worn by the duchess, juxtaposing the names Goya and Alba (and thus equating the name of one of the most distinguished families of Spain with that of a Court Painter), have long been cited as evidence of that affair; however, they were added in the mid-nineteenth century."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2014

Goya: Order & Disorder

The last of the old masters, the first of the moderns; Goya's works in all media are gathered in this opulent volume, published on the occasion of the largest North American Goya show in more than 25 years—on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Sunday through January 19. Featured image, "Seated Giant" (by 1818) is discussed in the chapter on power struggles: "The curvature of the earth on which he sits alludes to the cosmic scale of his power, but he turns his back as if resisting his dominion. The moment is the cusp of day, with the crescent moon setting and light breaking at the horizon. He turns, as well, from the light. The giant's form and hunched, melancholic posture have been compared to to representations of titans such as Saturn (Cronus in Greek myth) and Hercules. But, in spite of the figure's strength and bulk and apparent derivation from antique sculpture (the Apollo Belvedere in Goya's Italian Notebook), this is not the idealized form o a go: the treatment of the musculature, hair, and face is naturalistic," Manuella B. Mena Marqués writes, "…its subject and mood suggest Goya's preoccupations after the war; the ambivalent treatment of the giant as powerful yet withdrawn could refer to the defeated Napoleonic empire, the Spanish nation, or the artist himself. Although power is fleeting, this enigmatic giant remains permanently suspended in space and time."

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."

DATE 4/11/2012

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed

We are pleased to present a preview of Violette Editions' extraordinary forthcoming collection of Louise Bourgeois' psychoanalytic writings, The Return of the Repressed.



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