CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/24/2018
Saturday, September 29 from 11AM–1PM, SOCO Shop presents photographer Karine Laval in conversation, followed by a signing of her newly released Steidl monograph, 'Poolscapes.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/20/2018
Featured image is reproduced from Ellie Ga: Square Octagon Circle, the lyrical new release and NY Art Book Fair favorite from Siglio. "Opening the layered die-cuts that make up the book’s cover feels like diving," NYABF Fairs and Editions coordinator Emmy Catedral writes in BOMB. "Each spread: text on photograph, full bleed. I find myself in a sequence of underwater backgrounds in varying stages of lucidity. One could go through the book in a single sitting, but my favorite part of this object is that I can surface, linger with a line, dive back underwater, revisit Ga’s well-used Egyptology books with page flags spilling at the edges. There are transcriptions of recorded conversations with archeologists, silversmiths, and filmmakers, as well as a memorable recounting of a visit to a secretive Department of Drowned Antiquities."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/20/2018
Could it be any simpler, more direct or true? Captioned, "Add color where the world needs peace," this image is reproduced from Yoko Ono's new clothbound Grapefruit-sized artist's book, Everything in the Universe Is Unfinished, releasing this week from JRP|Ringier. Elsewhere she asks, "What can a pen do?" And states, "Believe in yourself and you will change the world."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/19/2018
Featured spreads are from Editions Xavier Barral's beautiful 416-page monograph on Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase—best known for his influential 1991 black-and-white photobook, The Solitude of Ravens, and yet shown here to have been an artist of amazing range. Though he was known to have "expressed himself in darkness," Simon Baker writes, he turns out, "on closer inspection to have had a wildly playful nature, burning with the full power of the sun's rays when the mood took him. And while Fukase may have been defined by Ravens since its publication—in the public eye at least—his career long before this milestone was defined by powerfully experimental and boundary-challenging work that bridged documentary practice, surrealism, performance and autobiography, often all within a single image."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/18/2018
October 9 is the worldwide launch date for Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin—the first and only official illustrated book ever produced in full collaboration with the members of the band. And while we can't release the book to the public yet, we do have copies in hand, and we can definitively say that the book is even better than we dared to dream. At 400 pages, this beautifully-edited linen-bound fiftieth-anniversary photobook features more than 300 photographs, artworks and articles of ephemera culled from the band's private archives—many of which have never been published before.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/17/2018
Join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore during the NY Art Book Fair September 20-23! Antoni Miralda will launch a 'Limited-Unlimited' Artbook Edition during the opening. Friday through Sunday, signings and talks include Lori Waxman, Charles H. Traub, Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez and Stacy Wakefield, Matthew Craven, Carmen Winant, Patrick Waterhouse, Emma Kemp, Laura Wexler and Jo Ann Walters, Jan Voss, Francesca Capone, Leonhard Hurzlmeier and Christian Ganzenberg, and a panel on Children’s Books and the Influence of Bruno Munari. Magazine and book launches include 'mag@zine: Print, Gender, Sex,' 'Mold Magazine,' and 'Recto / Verso: Art Publishing in Practice, New York.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/17/2018
Between Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, and Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, which opened at MoMA yesterday (see performance schedule here), New York is having a radical 60s moment that feels like a breath of very fresh air in the current climate. Featured image, from the Judson book, is by Peter Moore. Performance view of Trisha Brown and Steve Paxton in Brown’s Lightfall, Concert of Dance #4, January 30, 1963. © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Paula Cooper, New York.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/16/2018
"Couple walking" (1979), by Roy DeCarava, is reproduced from Soul of a Nation, on view at the Brooklyn Museum. In the chapter "Notes on Black Abstraction," Mark Godfrey notes that DeCarava photographed many of his subjects from behind or on the side. "While he was taking these photographs, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand were being feted for the sharpness of their portraits: indeed it is impossible to call to mind their work without remembering the idiosyncratic facial expressions of the subjects. So why did DeCarava photograph his subjects from behind? Arguably his intention was to eschew character studies and instead to photograph abstract concepts: community, resilience, family love and tenderness, romance, dignity, elegance. These images constitute [a] kind of Black abstraction."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/16/2018
Emma Amos’s “Eva the Babysitter” (1973) is reproduced from Soul of a Nation, the catalog to the blockbuster survey currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Amos was the only female member of the New York City-based Spiral Group, which included Charles Alston, Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis, also in the show. Called "radiant and radical" by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, this landmark exhibition collects twenty years worth of "work that functioned, in its time, as seismic detector, political persuader and defensive weapon."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/15/2018
“Wake Up” (1971) by Gerald Williams is reproduced from Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, published to accompany the blockbuster international traveling exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Williams was one of the original members of AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), whose manifesto in part read, “It’s NATION TIME and we are now searching. Our guidelines are our people—the whole family of African people, the African family tree…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/14/2018
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/13/2018
"Like the painter Constantin Guys, whom his friend Baudelaire described as the perfect flaneur, Sorolla was a keen spectator capable of capturing the fleeting beauty of the street, a shrewd observer aware of the changes in dress, 'if a fashion of the cut of a garment has been slightly modified, if bows and curls have been supplanted by cockades, if bavolets have been enlarged and chignons have dropped a fraction towards the nape of the neck, if waists have been raised and skirts have become fuller, be very sure that his eagle eye will already have spotted it from however great a distance.'" —Eloy Martinez de la Pera
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/12/2018
Posturing presents game-changing fashion photography by the new generation of photographers, stylists and models who are approaching the body in all sorts of liberating, future-oriented ways—"celebrating aesthetic oddness." The photographs "are a lens through which to see new ways of thinking about race, age, gender, politics, and even the economics of a global industry. They give us a new way to understand what fashion can mean—and in doing so give us the chance to think again about where we are going."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/12/2018
Burt Glinn's photographs of the New York Beat Scene will be on view at Jason McCoy Gallery from Wednesday, September 12 through October 12, 2018. Curated by Samantha McCoy in collaboration with the Burt Glinn Estate and Magnum Photos.
KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 9/11/2018
Sunday, September 16, from 2-4PM, the MoMA PS1 Book Space presents French artist Louise-Marie Cumont and Élisabeth Lortic, co-founder of the extraordinary French children's book organization Les Trois Ourses, for a children's workshop inspired by Cumont's cloth book "Les Masques" (The Masks).
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/11/2018
Fashion Drive: Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts is a remarkable 500-year survey of fashion history as told through artist representations. It ranges from suits of polished medieval armor to erotic Renaissance paintings, seventeenth-century Swiss mourning attire, film stills by the Lumière Brothers, Dadaist costumes and contemporary works by the likes of Charles Ray, Wolfgang Tillmans, K8 Hardy and Inez van Lamsweerde.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/10/2018
Featured photograph, of Carolyne Benezet wearing Versace for Condé Nast Traveler, Rome, 1998, is reproduced from Stephanie Pfriender Stylander: The Untamed Eye, the new Fashion Week favorite from MW Editions. Cinematic and moody, the photographs capture favorite models like Kate Moss alongside creative powerhouses like Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix and Keith Richards. The only text in this fully-illustrated, deluxe oversized monograph is a poetic text by the artist beginning, "did i tell you the moon was full and bounced across the dark sky lighting up the bedsheets filled with pages of paper and word…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/9/2018
Featured photograph, of Adwoa Aboah & Cameron Russell modeling Viktor & Rolf's Boulevard of Broken Dreams collection, is by Emma Summerton from Vogue Spain, April 2017. It is reproduced from Fashion Week favorite Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years, the gorgeous new oversized retrospective catalogue from nai010. For this collection, the Dutch fashion artists "delved deeper into their search for 'conscious design' and sustainability in an industry marked by overconsumption, using as their base material vintage cocktail and evening wear from various decades going back to the forties. Existing dresses—many damaged, with visible signs of wear—were taken apart. One vintage Courrèges dress from the 60s was used for three different looks," for example.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/8/2018
"It was the last show on the last day. For weeks I tried to get the picture. There were just so many, many distractions; it wasn't working. Exhausted, so ready to go home, so over it all, I sat down for a rest. Looking up I saw her. Sitting for the last makeup, absolutely exhausted, depleted, nothing left, she was beautiful. As the makeup artist reached across with the brush in her hand, she looked at me, with the sky blue eyes, it was my moment. I came in close. She just looked at me. She didn't try. Her expression the same the closer I got. She didn't give me what she thought I wanted. Not this time. She was done. It was our moment." —Just Loomis: Backstage
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/7/2018
Featured image is reproduced from GingerNutz Takes Paris, in which the supermodel orangutan (modeled on Grace Coddington) conquers fashion across the pond. For example, when GingerNutz goes out on the town, "She started out merrily playing the accordion on the bohemian streets of Montmartre before attending a show at the Folies Bergère, having been given a front-row ticket by her agency. Knowing her fondness for bananas, they couldn't wait to hear her reaction to Josephine Baker, the musical star whose theme for the show was bananas. And so it was that French TV carried sensational news film that evening of GingerNutz chasing the star around the stage trying to steal the bananas from her skirt."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/6/2018
Featured image is reproduced from GingerNutz Takes Paris: An Orangutan Conquers Fashion, Michael Roberts' second illustrated tribute to fashion-world legend Grace Coddington by way of the ginger-haired orangutan supermodel named GingerNutz. "What GingerNutz and I share—apart from our unmissable hair color—is our love of fashion," Coddington writes in her Introduction. "Even during our early modeling days, we both had an eye for style that could transform the most pedestrian outfit. And where did we develop this? In Paris, of course, where the simplest everyday item can reek with chic."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/5/2018
"When we gaze afar, across the distant field of heaven, upon the peak of Mt. Fuji in Suruga that has stood—divine, lofty and noble—ever since the heaven and earth were parted, we see that even the light of the sun crossing the sky is shaded, the light of the moon shining at night goes unseen, and the white clouds shrink from crossing its face. But the snow, forever it falls! We shall tell the tale, by word of mouth and from generation to generation, of the lofty peak of Fuji." —Yamabe Akahito, seventh century AD, excerpted from Hokusai: The Master's Legacy
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/4/2018
Featured image is reproduced from Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo—back in stock from Steidl and the Art Institute of Chicago. It is captioned, "Kouloubi, a younger sister of Yakaridjan and girlfriend of Sory at the time, 1960/65. Kouloubi wears a dress adorned with portraits of pan-African revolutionary leader Sékou Touré, the first president of Guinea."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/3/2018
It may be the last day of summer, but we're not giving up without a nod to the newest book from Heni Publishing. Collecting British architectural photographer Will Scott's pictures of seaside shelters like this one at Skegness, Lincolnshire, this volume couldn't be more beautifully produced, down to the tipped-on image attached to the perfect sea-foam green cover. Reviewed in Elle Decor, Floornature, Creative Boom and Wallpaper.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/2/2018
"There is nothing, quite possibly, more British than the seaside shelter," Edwin Heathcote writes in this end-of-summer staff favorite, "the sense it embodies of a struggle against the elements; the loneliness of a small structure outlined against the vast horizon of the sea on a rainy day; the optimism of a day out at the seaside despite the weather; the municipal sense of a public good which is now mostly a memory. These small, intimate, curious works of micro-architecture are simultaneously reminders of a very particular world-view, nostalgia pods and wonderfully public places, perhaps the last architecture owned by us and open to all at any time of the day or year." Featured image is from Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/1/2018
Will Scott's photos of British seaside shelters capture "one of the few examples of an arena in which the British succeeded in creating an enduring architecture for everyone: young and old, homeless, left-alone, cantankerous or drunk. Seaside shelters have no doors, no opening times, no profit motive and no real defined purpose. They are just there. They are, perhaps, paradoxically, among the saddest and the most joyous, the smallest and the biggest hearted buildings ever built." —Edwin Heathcote
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