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DATE 7/31/2018

Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

DATE 7/30/2018

Identity: Six decades of logo design by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

DATE 7/29/2018

NEW! Picasso: Ceramics

DATE 7/28/2018

Christopher Willoughby & James Munn launch "This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby" at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 7/28/2018

Special magic in 'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby'

DATE 7/27/2018

This Is No Dream… Reel Art Press celebrates the 50th anniversary of 'Rosemary's Baby'

DATE 7/26/2018

Frail and beautiful and deeply human

DATE 7/25/2018

Psychological and erotic, "Saul Leiter: In My Room"

DATE 7/24/2018

Burt Glinn's 'The Beat Scene'—a national treasure

DATE 7/23/2018

From East to West, Upper Bohemia to Lower: Burt Glinn documented 'The Beat Scene'

DATE 7/22/2018

Celebrate the SF Art Book Fair with 'Protest: The Aesthetics of Resistance'

DATE 7/22/2018

'Posturing' at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 7/21/2018

Find summertime staff favorite 'Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums' at the SF Art Book Fair

DATE 7/21/2018

Sara Jane Boyers & Shana Nys Dambrot on "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" at Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 7/20/2018

'Shoplifters 7' launch at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 7/20/2018

From Kenneth Anger to Agnès Varda: Jonas Mekas' 'Conversations with Film-makers'

DATE 7/19/2018

Mario Carnicelli's American Voyage

DATE 7/18/2018

Renate Aller and Terrie Sultan talk and signing at Parrish Art Museum

DATE 7/18/2018

Renate Aller and Terrie Sultan talk and signing at Parrish Art Museum

DATE 7/18/2018

Blurring and deformation in 'Bacon / Giacometti'

DATE 7/17/2018

The milestone telling its story in 'Bacon / Giacometti'

DATE 7/16/2018

Join us at the 2018 SF Art Book Fair!

DATE 7/16/2018

MoMA's 'Toward a Concrete Utopia' revives a lost architecture

DATE 7/15/2018

Fantastic Brutalism in hot MoMA show, 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980'

DATE 7/14/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Deanna Templeton: The Swimming Pool

DATE 7/13/2018

David Hockney, palm trees and homoeroticism in 'Paradise is Now'

DATE 7/12/2018

Celebrate the radical optimism of Buckminster Fuller during the month of his birth 123 years ago!

DATE 7/12/2018

Palm trees and art in 'Paradise Is Now'

DATE 7/11/2018

Game-changing fashion photography in Posturing

DATE 7/11/2018

An eerie time machine: Unearthing Ancient Nubia

DATE 7/9/2018

Fluid and improvisational, 'Saul Leiter: Early Color'

DATE 7/9/2018

Visit us at the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market

DATE 7/8/2018

Saul Leiter, offbeat chronicler of metropolitan scenes

DATE 7/7/2018

In 'Saul Leiter: Early Color,' urban visual poetry that is by turns deeply affectionate, edgy and breathtakingly poignant

DATE 7/6/2018

Bruno Ceschel & Shonagh Marshall to launch 'Posturing' at MAST

DATE 7/5/2018

Looking, identity and other texts in 'Felix Gonzalez-Torres'

DATE 7/4/2018

Celebrate the 4th of July with Ice Cream Headaches

DATE 7/3/2018

Cool off with 'The Swimming Pool in Photography'

DATE 7/2/2018

Joni Sternbach's 'Surf Site Tin Type' evokes a time when the sea had its own voice and the energy of mana animated all persons and places

DATE 7/1/2018

Celebrate 4th of July weekend with the lifeguards of Jones Beach

DATE 6/30/2018

One version of gay happiness: Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines

DATE 6/29/2018

George Condo on Ed Ruscha

DATE 6/28/2018

Edward Weston: caressing and coaxing his camera towards the highest form of picture art

DATE 6/27/2018

NEW! Edward Weston: The Early Years

DATE 6/26/2018

SCHOOL'S OUT & SURF'S UP! Staff Favorite Summer Books, 2018

DATE 6/25/2018

Ryan McGinness: #metadata is new from Damiani!

DATE 6/24/2018

Celebrate the LGBT Pride Parade, now and then

DATE 6/24/2018

Celebrated photographer David Goldblatt dies, aged 87

DATE 6/23/2018

CELEBRATE LGBT PRIDE!

DATE 6/22/2018

Playfulness and Pride in 'LGBT: San Francisco'

DATE 6/21/2018

In 'Sorolla and Fashion,' a keen spectator capable of capturing fleeting beauty


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/31/2018

Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

"We try to really get down to the basic thing, a basic mark that can identify whatever the institution is that we're identifying in a clear way. And we have three basic criteria. One is that it be appropriate—that is, you would do something for a sports team that would be quite different from something you'd do for a bank, for example. It should be appropriate to the client and to what they do. The second one would be that it be distinctive, that you can see it, you can remember it, you can recognize it, maybe you can doodle it quickly after having seen it a couple of times—that it will stand out and be recognized. And then the third thing is just that it works in all kinds of sizes, different materials and so on, if that's appropriate, and it often is. So if it can meet those three criteria, then we're doing pretty well." —Tom Geismar

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/30/2018

Identity: Six decades of logo design by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Featured here are two spreads from Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, the newest offering from Standards Manual, collecting six decades of work by the firm that came up with iconic logo designs for some of the biggest and best-known brands of the twentieth century, including NBC (1986) and Pan Am (1971), as seen here. Other clients include Mobil Oil, PBS, Chase Bank, NYU, National Geographic, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Barney's, Xerox, the EPA and NASA. "A logo is not a piece of communication," Sagi Haviv is quoted. "A logo is identification. You have all your beautiful photography and messaging and advertising and marketing materials. Those are the communications. The logo is the period at the end of the sentence."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/29/2018

NEW! Picasso: Ceramics

Picasso really could do it all. "Two-handed Vase with Faun's Head and an Owl," (1961) is one of approximately 4,000 ceramic works produced by the artist between 1947, when he first tried his hand, and 1964. More than 150 of Picasso's most important works in clay are collected in Picasso: Ceramics, the Louisiana Museum's concise and delightful a new release.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/28/2018

Special magic in 'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby'

When Rosemary's Baby, came out in 1968, The New York Times' Renata Adler wrote, “Miss Farrow is quite marvelous, pale, suffering, almost constantly on-screen in a difficult role that requires her to be learning for almost two hours what the audience has guessed from the start.” Kathleen Carroll of The New York Daily News added, “Miss Farrow’s special magic is her fragility. She reminds one of a fawn in captivity. What she does so remarkably well is draw sympathy to Rosemary who is herself a captive fawn, a totally helpless heroine surrounded by evil on all sides with no way out. Everyone in the audience will want desperately to help her.” Go way behind the scenes of Roman Polanski's horror masterpiece with Reel Art Press' fiftieth-anniversary new release, This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby, featuring photographs by Bob Willoughby and text by James Munn.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/28/2018

Christopher Willoughby & James Munn launch "This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby" at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Saturday, July 28, from 4-6PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Reel Art Press present Christopher Willoughby, son of legendary set photographer Bob Willoughby, discussing his father’s career and his work on "Rosemary’s Baby" with James Munn, author of "This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/27/2018

This Is No Dream… Reel Art Press celebrates the 50th anniversary of 'Rosemary's Baby'

When Polish-born filmmaker Roman Polanski released his first American feature—the psychological horror film Rosemary's Baby—in 1968, he changed the genre forever. Starring John Cassavetes and Mia Farrow (pictured here), the film was famous not only for its Satanic / supernatural plotline, but for its hairy production issues. (Polanski went way over schedule, almost getting fired; Cassavetes and Polanski fought; Farrow's husband, Frank Sinatra, threatened to leave if she didn't quit acting to better play his wife.)

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/26/2018

Frail and beautiful and deeply human

Saul Leiter came to New York City in 1946, on the run from rabbinical school with dreams of becoming a painter. Instead, he took up photography, having some success in fashion, but remaining relatively obscure as an artist for most of his life. The body of work collected in this volume is intensely personal, Robert Benton writes, "a very private diary in which the pages have somehow gotten out of order." All friends or lovers, "the women in these photographs are unguarded; they are naked, not nude, not clothed with the invisible garb of 'art.' They are just out there, these women, frail and beautiful and deeply human."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/25/2018

Psychological and erotic, "Saul Leiter: In My Room"

"Leiter's nudes have a spontaneous and romantic quality, like the scattered pages of a diary, or stills from early movies. These women are completely natural in front of Leiter's camera, and uninhibited. They are waking up, taking a bath, applying lipstick or makeup, smoking the first cigarette of the day… They are dressing, undressing, pulling a skirt's zipper, unbuttoning a blouse, or simply daydreaming… Leiter's gaze is not that of the typical male: the women can be in turn shy, aggressive, or playful, but they always appear to be partners and full participants in a give-and-take, a dialogue, very aware of the photographer and the photograph that is being taken. In other words, these are not traditional nudes but rather portraits of women who happen to be in the nude. The psychological component is as strong as the erotic, in balance with Leiter's formal concerns." —Carole Naggar

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/24/2018

Burt Glinn's 'The Beat Scene'—a national treasure

They painted, they wrote and performed. They smoked and they argued, dressed and undressed, they danced and drank and talked all night. From New York City's Gaslight Café on Macdougal Street to City Lights Books in San Francisco and all stops in-between, Magnum photographer Burt Glinn captured the Beat Scene in all its wild, unfettered, creative glory during the late 50s and early 60s. Most of these negatives were stored in archival boxes while Glinn focused on his Magnum assignments of the same years, and would have been forgotten entirely if Michael Shulman and Reel Art Press publisher Tony Nourmand hadn't discovered them while researching a Glinn retrospective.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/23/2018

From East to West, Upper Bohemia to Lower: Burt Glinn documented 'The Beat Scene'

Featured image—of poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso with Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park, c. 1957—is reproduced from The Beat Scene, Reel Art Press' highly anticipated collection of mostly previously-unpublished work by Magnum photographer Burt Glinn.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/22/2018

Celebrate the SF Art Book Fair with 'Protest: The Aesthetics of Resistance'

Fifty years after 1968, ideological frontlines that were once clearly defined have irretrievably collapsed into a state of utter confusion. Protest seems to have been largely appropriated by the economy, becoming a matter of fashion; it is abused by the masses and those in power alike. At the same time, there is a rich repertoire of creative practices in which resistance is continually being reinvented in the face of advanced globalization and digitization. Here, protest manifests itself as a cultural achievement that is as vibrant and necessary as ever before. It is precisely for that reason that the question of the relevance and impact of protest needs to be posed anew.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/22/2018

'Posturing' at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Sunday, July 22 from 3-5PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Bookstore and SPBH Editions invite you to join Shonagh Marshall in conversation with "Autre" magazine‘s fashion director Eddie Chacon to celebrate the release of "Posturing."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/21/2018

Find summertime staff favorite 'Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums' at the SF Art Book Fair

The photographs in Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums do not get old. Pictured here is Druzhba, the best known of all Soviet-era sanatoriums. “When it was built in 1985 by architect Igor Vasilevsky and engineer Nodar Kancheli,” Maryam Omidi writes, “its neo-futuristic style … caught the eye of the Pentagon and Turkish intelligence, who mistook it for a missile-launch facility. According to Vasilevsky, others feared it might be a time-machine or a flying saucer.” A summertime staff favorite, available at the SF Art Book Fair through Sunday, July 22!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/21/2018

Sara Jane Boyers & Shana Nys Dambrot on "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" at Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Saturday, July 21, from 3-5PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Abrams Books invite you to join Sara Jane Boyers in discussion with Shana Nys Dambrot for a reading and discussion in celebration of the 25th Anniversary edition of "Life Doesn't Frighten Me," pairing the words of Maya Angelou with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/20/2018

'Shoplifters 7' launch at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Friday, July 20, from 6-8PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Bookstore and Actual Source invite you to the launch of Issue 7 of "Shoplifters," the Los Angeles Issue!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/20/2018

From Kenneth Anger to Agnès Varda: Jonas Mekas' 'Conversations with Film-makers'

Every once in a while we get a book that stops us in our tracks and causes an office-wide slowdown as we pass the finished copy around the office. Spector Books' Conversations with Film-makers by Jonas Mekas is one such book. A collection of Mekas' legendary 60s and 70s "Movie Journal" columns for the Village Voice, this volume gets everything right. Printed on newsprint and glossy paper and designed to look like vintage Voice, the book contains interviews with everyone from Kenneth Anger to Agnès Varda.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/19/2018

Mario Carnicelli's American Voyage

"Photography is my way of writing, my language. My main subject is always the person, the humanity. Man is never alone, he is the crowd and the crowd becomes the man. People narrate their selves through their gaze, their clothes, their way of moving. You understand immediately where they come from and where they are heading to. Images come to me as if they were looking for me, they don't need footnotes, just references: date and place. It's in this precise moment that an image becomes a photograph." —Mario Carnicelli, American Voyage. Featured image is "Phone Booths, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, 1966."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/18/2018

Renate Aller and Terrie Sultan talk and signing at Parrish Art Museum

Join photographer Renate Aller and Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan at 11AM on Sunday, July 22, as they discuss Aller's new book, 'Mountain Interval,' followed by a book signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/18/2018

Blurring and deformation in 'Bacon / Giacometti'

"Bacon's process of blurring and deformation, especially in the treatment of heads, is similar to the sculptural method of Giacometti. Both artists manipulated the model's appearance and left his or her individuality in doubt. That the resulting portraits may be more honest than if the artists had striven for greater verisimilitude is one thing; the other is that, by making their working processes visible, Bacon and Giacometti drew attention to the importance of their individual form of artistic expression, which—in portraits too—is always in the forefront." — Ulf Küster

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/18/2018

Renate Aller and Terrie Sultan talk and signing at Parrish Art Museum

Join photographer Renate Aller and Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan at 11AM on Sunday, July 22, as they discuss Aller's new book, 'Mountain Interval,' followed by a book signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/17/2018

The milestone telling its story in 'Bacon / Giacometti'

"Filled with doubts and obsessions, enriched by the experience of failure, animated by the same inner violence, Giacometti and Bacon, who were both friends of the writer Leiris, could have recognized themselves equally in an observation of Leiris's, on the subject of Giacometti, but just as applicable to Bacon: 'There are moments of what can be called crisis, the only ones that count in life.… I love Giacometti's sculpture because what he makes is like the petrification of one of these crises, the intensity of a chance event swiftly caught and immediately frozen, the milestone telling its story." — Catherine Grenier

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/16/2018

MoMA's 'Toward a Concrete Utopia' revives a lost architecture

Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, many of its most ambitious architectural projects have fallen into disrepair. "The commons—from urban public spaces to the various civic, educational, and cultural facilities—have been subject to shady privatization schemes, reduced to mere real estate," Martino Stierli and Vladimir Kulic write in MoMA's wonderful Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980. "Many of the monuments commemorating the victims of fascism and the antifascist struggle of World War II have been vandalized or completely destroyed, now discredited as 'Communist.' Though the vast majority of buildings and structures continue to be used and inhabited, they—as with postwar and brutalist architecture in other parts of the world—have suffered from neglect due to a general lack of appreciation of the architectural propositions and concerns of that period."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/16/2018

Join us at the 2018 SF Art Book Fair!

Join ARTBOOK | D.A.P. July 21 and 22 at the 2018 SF Art Book Fair, where we will feature new books by FUEL, Lars Müller and Spector Books, among others, at Booth A5. Preview is Friday evening, July 20, from 6 – 10 PM. All events are free and open to the public!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/15/2018

Fantastic Brutalism in hot MoMA show, 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980'

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 opens this weekend at MoMA, and already reviews are pouring out from media outlets like Metropolis, Wallpaper, Dexigner, ArchDaily and The Art Newspaper, to name a few. Not only is the fantastical Brutalism of the architecture of short-lived Yugoslavia fascinating, but the photography in the accompanying exhibition catalog is outstanding.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/14/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Deanna Templeton: The Swimming Pool

The perfect book for the long, hot days of summer, The Swimming Pool is Deanna Templeton's elegant yet playful book of floating, shooting, revolving, swimming nudes from Um Yeah Arts.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/13/2018

David Hockney, palm trees and homoeroticism in 'Paradise is Now'

"Café" from "Parade Triple Bill" (1979) by David Hockney is reproduced from Paradise Is Now: Palm Trees in Art. "Hockney integrates the homoeroticism that suffuses his themes into settings that render Los Angeles as tropical and urban at once," Eva Beck writes." The palm tree appears in this context as a sensual element, a phallic symbol whose visual quality he once described as ejaculatory."

DATE 12/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

They're cute, they're small, they're surprising and affordable. Here are 10 staff picks for the stockings on your list »

DATE 11/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Our staff picks the must-have art books of 2017, from surveys on art in the age of black power to major monographs on twentieth-century titans of art and design »

DATE 11/6/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

For photography lovers – here are 10 of our favorite 2017 monographs and surveys by Modern and contemporary photographers »

DATE 11/13/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Our staff picks the must-have architecture and design books of 2016, from radical feminist posters of the 1970s to 30s tea towels by recently rediscovered American textile designer, Marguerita Mergentime »

DATE 11/16/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

From MoMA's new monographs on Stephen Shore and Frank Lloyd Wright to Xavier Barral's gorgeous collection of car photography, FUEL's book on rare chess sets from around the world, and Reel Art Press's Frankenstein survey, our staff recommends these 10 handsome books for the men in your life »

DATE 11/20/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

From books on Grace Coddington, Guy Bourdin, Jean Pigozzi, and MoMA's survey, ITEMS - our staff favorite holiday fashion gift books »

DATE 11/23/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

10 must-have 2017 reading books, from Jeremy Sigler's new collection of diaristic tales to collected art writings by Robert Storr, Glenn O'Brien and Carroll Dunham »

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Books on Vincent Sardon, R. Crumb, LGBT San Francisco, Cuban protest posters, Feminist protest posters, black power art, and Jim Marshall's photos of the peace sign are some of our favorites on Rebels and Resistance for 2017

DATE 11/30/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Whether you love it or hate it, left it or long for it - here are our 10 favorite gift books for the New Yorkers in your life »

DATE 12/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

10 books that we love outside of logic, beyond our control, or for reasons unknown, even to ourselves. Holiday Gift Staff Favorites, 2017 »

DATE 5/9/2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

This week, Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers was honored at the 2018 Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at the New York Public Library. As the North American distributor of Lars Müller's extraordinary list of books on art, architecture, design and theory, we are ourselves honored to reproduce his acceptance speech here.

DATE 1/9/2017

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

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.

DATE 6/6/2016

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

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."



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