CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/27/2019
Painted just a few months before Picasso's revolutionary "Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon," "Nude on Red Background (Young Woman with Loose Hair)" (1906) is reproduced from Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods, the gorgeous new oversized exhibition catalogue from Hatje Cantz and Fondation Beyeler. In a published interview in the book, noted Picasso biographer John Richardson comments that the greatest ambiguity in the artist's work can be seen in his images of prostitutes, "which bear the stamp of instant compassion and equally of an eroticism that is sometimes sadistic." Interviewer Stéphane Guégan notes Richardson's assertion that the work of this period, "haunted by the fear, widespread at the time, of venereal disease—rarely seeks to incriminate or denounce, and that there was 'more Romantic agony than social criticism' in these images of women locked up in quarantine or of existential solitude."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/26/2019
Tuesday, April 2 at 7PM, photographer Edward Burtynsky will appear in conversation with Indigo’s Chief Booklover, Heather Reisman, in celebration of Burtynsky's new book 'Anthropocene,' which brings contemporary art into conversation with the massive and irreversible impact of humans on Earth. Book signing to follow.
AMANDA PAIXãO | DATE 3/26/2019
Saturday, April 6 from 3–5PM, the MoMA PS1 Book Space presents a conversation between Thierry de Duve and Herman Parret in celebration of 'Aesthetics at Large: Vol I: Art, Ethics, Politics,' published by University of Chicago Press. Book signing to follow!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/26/2019
"Self-Portrait" (1901) is reproduced from Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods, the exceptional new exhibition catalogue from Hatje Cantz and Fondation Beyeler. One of the first works to explore the full potential of the blue monochrome, the painting presents the artist "as a member of bohemian society, pale-faced and hollow-cheeked, deliberately made to seem older than his years, and enveloped in a thick overcoat that turns his body into an indistinct mass," Stéphanie Molins writes.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/25/2019
Thursday, March 28 at 7PM, photographer Ruby Ray will launch 'Kalifornia Kool: Photographs 1976-1982,' published by Trapart, at City Lights Books in San Francisco.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/25/2019
Featured photograph, of Garry Winogrand in New York City, 1971, is reproduced from Lee Friedlander: The Mind and the Hand, the Eakins Press new release collecting six concise volumes of Friedlander's photography, each dedicated to one of the great friends of his long life—Richard Benson, William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, John Szarkowski and Winogrand—all of whom happen to be towering figures in American post-war photography, alongside Friedlander himself. "There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described," Winogrand is quoted. "I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/24/2019
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Venetian Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto, the National Gallery in Washington D.C. opens a major—and extremely rare—Tintoretto exhibition today, after a government-shutdown related delay. We're celebrating too, with Looking at Tintoretto with John Ruskin, an illustrated collection of the Victorian critic's writings on the artist. Of "Visitation," Ruskin writes, "A small picture, painted in his very best manner; exquisite in its simplicity, unrivaled in vigour, well preserved, and, as a piece of painting, certainly one of the most precious in Venice."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/23/2019
“I feel it is my moral obligation as a black artist to try to graphically document what I feel socially,” David Hammons said in 1969, one year before he made this haunting double self-portrait. Titled “Black First, America Second” (1970), this body print and silkscreen on paper presents one version of the self that “clings to the stars of the national flag,” according to Soul of a Nation originating curators Mark Godfrey and Zoé Whitley, “while the other self appears almost painfully cleaved by its stripes… [It] is an image both timely and resolutely of its time.” This work and 235 others are featured in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, the exhibition catalog of the decade, published to accompany the international traveling survey that opens today at The Broad in Los Angeles.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/22/2019
In celebration of BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The Work and Music of Yoko Ono, the one-night tribute taking place tonight at the LA Phil's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, we are featuring this 1965 Minoru Niizuma photograph of Ono performing her seminal "Cut Piece" on stage at Carnegie Hall on March 21 of that same year. The work is described in MoMA's essential 2015 exhibition catalogue, Yoko Ono: One Woman Show: "The artist, wearing her 'best suit,' knelt silently at the entrance of the stage and placed a pair of tailor's scissors in front of her. At her invitation, the audience members came up and cut off portions of her clothing, after which they exited the stage with the scraps of fabric." More than five decades later, the piece is more resonant, and haunting, than ever.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/21/2019
"Gio Ponti, born in Milan in 1891, is an Italian, a Lombard, a Milanese. A cheerful man, ever active, who writes, draws, builds, travels: who loves living. Who doesn't belong to any movement or school but trusts solely in the maturation that comes from his work. He says that maturity contains within it all the ages of life that you bring with yourself; that you find there everything that you've been, but that his maturity is not a source of tranquility. He lives in a state of productive agitation, participating in his time with a passionate enthusiasm." —Gio Ponti, 1945
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/20/2019
Saturday, March 23 from 3–4PM, Artbook in the MoMA PS1 Book Space and D.A.P. Publishing present Vince Aletti signing copies of 'The Disco Files 1973–78: New York's Underground, Week by Week' during the Come Together Music Festival and Label Market at MoMA PS1.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/20/2019
"Untitled" (circa 1971) is reproduced from Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being, the new release from University of Kentucky Art Museum, which hosted the corresponding exhibition through December of 2018. "There are some people who live lives as facts, and others who live lives as fiction," Duane Michals writes. Meatyard "was a Foto Voyant, a photographer whose imagination floated through the air like a cooling zephyr on a hot August afternoon in Kentucky. Beads of perspiration became pearls on his forehead. A reflection in a window revealed an entire galaxy of romantic whims. He didn't look to see, he saw to feel. Shadows were his reality… It is no surprise that an optician would be a seer."
For more on the show and book, read John Yau's superb review in Hyperallergic.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/19/2019
This weekend, the Financial Times published a major excerpt from our forthcoming book, The Spectacle of Illusion, magician-turned-experimental-psychologist Matthew L. Tompkins's riveting investigation of deception, magic and the paranormal from the eighteenth-century until now. Mesmerism, hypnotism, seances, spirit photographs, trance drawings, automata, trick photography, sleight of hand, ghost hunting, levitation, ectoplasmic ejaculations, ESP and many other tricks and practices are discussed in this fascinating exposé of our will to be deceived.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/18/2019
On this day in 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as police officers pulled the greatest art heist in world history, stealing 13 works by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet and Degas from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In just 81 minutes, the thieves cut numerous paintings, including Rembrandt’s only known seascape and Vermeer's 1664 "The Concert," from their frames, grabbed an ancient Chinese beaker and a bronze eagle finial, and made off with a host of framed works by Degas and Manet. All told, these works are valued at more than $500 million; this remains the largest and most perplexing unsolved art theft in world history. Sophie Calle devoted the book Ghosts to these works (find a copy if you can!), and they are the subject of Kota Ezawa's recent monograh, The Crime of Art. Featured here is Ezawa's 2015 rendition of Vermeer's "The Concert."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/17/2019
We're celebrating Women's History Month and St. Patrick's Day with this image from Mary Swanzy: Voyages, the first comprehensive monograph on the pioneering Irish Modernist. Produced during her Paris years, during which time she was embraced by Gertrude Stein and her coterie, "Flowers and Lighthouse" (c. 1927) is among Swanzy's Cubist paintings. But she was an artist of fierce independence and ever-evolving curiosities, whose work also flirted with Post-Impressionism, naturalism, Futurism, Symbolism and Surrealism. To settle with one style, or even one person, was not in her DNA. "She talked about her art being her consuming passion and how much better it was that it should be art, and not a young man, for it was something that she could keep control over," Seán Kissane writes. "Artists should keep their life-force for the easel for if they wasted it on relationships there would be nothing left for the art."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/16/2019
Wednesday, March 20 at 6PM, The Museum at FIT presents Dorothea Mink, professor of fashion design at the University of Arts, Bremen, and Homer Layne for a presentation of 'Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape,' their fascinating book on the renowned British-American designer who died in 1978. Book signing to follow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/15/2019
Guy Mendes's 1986 photograph of "Royal Robertson's House," Baldwin, LA, is reproduced from Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey—a book that is universally loved here at Artbook | D.A.P. Collecting the radically unpretentious chronicles of poet, photographer, publisher and "survivor from the Days of Highbrow Culture" Jonathan Williams, and the corresponding photographs of Roger Manley and Guy Mendes, made while the trio road-trip-surveyed the most outlandish and autonomous folk art of the American South (primarily during the 1980s), the book is dedicated to "the bright-eyed, non-uppity, autochthonous, wacko, private, isolate, unconventional, un-paved, non-commercial, non-nice (but very-nice), naive, outside, fantastic, demeaned, sub-aesthetic, home-style and bushy-tailed" artists the group encountered along their meandering journeys. There's not a boring word or image in the book, lovingly compiled by editor Phillip March Jones.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/14/2019
Sunday, March 17 from 4–6 PM, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture presents a panel discussion on 100 years of Bauhaus and the legacy of the institution with Michael Boyd (Furniture and Landscape Designer), Mariestella Casciato (Curator of Architecture, Getty Research Institute), Kurt W. Forster (Visiting Professor, Yale School of Architecture), Lars Müller (Designer and Publisher), and Priscilla Fraser (Executive Director, MAK Center for Art & Architecture).
REILLY DAVIDSON | DATE 3/14/2019
The sheer size of this deluxe (almost 11x17-inch) staple-bound collection zine sweeps the reader away to the desert, where a variety of female subjects are swathed in nude and grey clothing. The photographs, by Jackie Nickerson, are marked by a distinct bluish hue that adds to the mystery of a journey through an otherwise abandoned desert scape. Published by Steidl, this text-free volume of enigmatic full-bleed images effectively captures a vision of allure, juxtaposed against the ashes of the Santa Monica Mountains, post-wildfire. Nickerson documents the current Yeezy collection—from shoes to clothing to accessories—with extreme care and intimacy. For example, in her presentation of the new Yeezy sneaker release, above, Nickerson toys with light and form to entice the viewer to imagine the person behind the shadow.
KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 3/13/2019
Join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore on March 15, 16 and 17 for the Fifth-Annual Bookstore Stoop Sale, taking place in the Book Space and First Floor North Hallway. This will be the biggest sale yet with books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and records! FREE and OPEN TO ALL during museum hours.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/13/2019
Featured collage, from Nobuyoshi Araki's 1973 Tokyo series, is reproduced from Araki: Impossible Love, the powerful new release from Steidl. Published to accompany a recent show of mostly "vintage" photographs at C/O Berlin, this 368-page monograph highlights "what Araki has been confronting and engaging with for decades: radical intimacy in the interweaving of personal experiences with external social tensions," curator Felix Hoffmann writes. "The immediacy of his photos often comes in part from the exhibitionism of his surroundings as it catches his gaze. As collages, his photos continually reveal aspects of a dysfunctional society that is too often based on superficial values, and question the social responsibility and moral attitudes of its members."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/12/2019
"Untitled" (2016) by Etel Adnan is reproduced from Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism, forthcoming from D.A.P. Edited by Todd Bradway with text by Barry Schwabsky, alongside contributions from Susan A. Van Scoy, Robert R. Shane and Louise Sørensen, this is the book on contemporary landscape painting, featuring work by more than 80 artists, from nonagenarians like Adnan to established figures such as David Hockney, Mamma Andersson and Peter Doig, to rising stars like Jordan Nassar and Shara Hughes.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/11/2019
Gerrit Rietveld's cantilevered 1932-33 Zig-Zag Chair, produced by Dutch manufacturer and retail outlet, Metz & Co., is reproduced from The Danish Chair: An International Affair, published by new D.A.P. publisher, Strandberg. The Zig-Zag Chair is sculptural and simple, Christian Holmsted Olesen writes, citing the designer's striking focus on construction. "Rietveld was a member of the Dutch design group De Stijl, whose proponents favored abstract and distorted forms. He himself said, ‘It isn’t a chair but a designer joke.’ In other words, this was not about comfort or ergonomics but about pursuing the idea of a chair— an abstraction that challenged the very concept of a chair."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/9/2019
Saturday, March 9 from 3–5 PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore and City Lights Books invite you to join Tosh Berman in conversation with Claudia Bohn-Spector for a special book signing and conversation to celebrate the release of 'TOSH: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/9/2019
Reproducing all fourteen of the Bauhaus's in-house quarterly, founded and overseen by Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy from 1926 to 1931, this remarkable facsimile edition is design-world gold. Slipcased with the first complete translation of the journals in English (or any other language), this volume is also a New York Times critic's pick this week. "I can only imagine how exciting it must have been to hold the first issue of the bauhaus journal in one's hand in December 1926 and then look forward avidly to the latest news from the modernist idea lab every quarter year," visionary publisher Lars Müller writes. "Produced quickly and at low cost, the journal breathes the avant-garde spirit, and its concise typography, inspired by Moholy-Nagy's design of the first issues, veritably insists on the urgency of the message it brings…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/8/2019
"Sometimes I hate you so much that I must suppose I really hate you," Dorothy Iannone wrote in one of the opening spreads of her hand-written 1969 Cookbook dedicated to then-lover, Dieter Roth. "But that's only when you hurt me and just from my midget point of view. When I look at you full height I find you admirable and loveable and sort of godlike (I'm an old Catholic and have studied literature so I've got an idea what he's like—for one thing I know God is a man). Is this true? Anyway what I wanted to say the whole time is that I never would have started this recipe book if I didn't have the pleasure of cooking for you here and there. That's true." On the facing page, solid recipes for gazpacho, lentil soup and baked trout meuniere are surrounded by additional commentary, including: "I don't like to be sad. Half the time I am." And: "This is my ass mentally. Black + blue."
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