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DATE 12/23/2017

A feast for the eyes: Matisse in the Studio

DATE 12/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

DATE 12/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

DATE 11/30/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Staff Pick 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' transforms the familiar to historically significant

DATE 11/26/2017

The American Surfaces of Stephen Shore

DATE 11/25/2017

Banality and lack of artifice: Stephen Shore

DATE 11/24/2017

A seeming paradox and an American treasure: Stephen Shore

DATE 11/23/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

DATE 11/23/2017

Design to the Nth power: Essential Eames

DATE 11/22/2017

Bold, dashing color on the table: 'Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas'

DATE 11/21/2017

Unsentimental Wonder: Hilton Als on Alice Neel

DATE 11/20/2017

SHIPPING NOW! ‘Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years’

DATE 11/20/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

DATE 11/19/2017

Always someone under the neon lights… Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

DATE 11/19/2017

STEIDL x STRAND 2017

DATE 11/18/2017

‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’

DATE 11/18/2017

Rizzoli presents 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' with Paola Antonelli

DATE 11/17/2017

Moments of truth, spirited away in 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist'

DATE 11/16/2017

Oliver Clegg Slot Car Race & Book Launch at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 11/16/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

DATE 11/16/2017

Boom boxes, break dancing and the Salsa King: Jamel Shabazz's NYC Street Photographs

DATE 11/15/2017

Jorn Weisbrodt, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Holdengraber, Karen Hopkins & Charles Renfro launch Into the Culture Cave at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 11/15/2017

Holiday Gift staff favorite 'Josef Albers in Mexico' releases today!

DATE 11/14/2017

Evidence of life before the art market … Club 57

DATE 11/13/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

DATE 11/12/2017

Black artist as superhero: Barkley L. Hendricks in 'Soul of a Nation'

DATE 11/10/2017

Soul of a Nation featured on the cover of November ARTFORUM

DATE 11/10/2017

Tell Me Something Good panel and launch with Phong Bui, Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Jack Whitten at The Strand

DATE 11/9/2017

Fearless in all things: Sonia Delaunay

DATE 11/9/2017

For the Collector: Limited Editions & Catalogues Raisonnés

DATE 11/9/2017

Goddess in the Details: Ellen Lupton & Paula Scher at The Strand

DATE 11/8/2017

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Fourth-Annual Stoop Sale: The Relocation Sale

DATE 11/7/2017

Find Holiday Gift Perfection in 'Sonia Delaunay: Art, Design and Fashion'

DATE 11/7/2017

Thomas Struth book signing at Dashwood

DATE 11/7/2017

Petra Collins Book Launch at ARTBOOK @ Hauser & Wirth LA

DATE 11/7/2017

Jamel Shabazz to sign 'Sights in the City' at NiLu

DATE 11/6/2017

The pen-and-ink 'photography' of Tommy Kane

DATE 11/6/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

DATE 11/5/2017

A glimmer of Peace in Jim Marshall's 60s photos

DATE 11/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

DATE 11/4/2017

Shepard Fairey on Jim Marshall's 60s 'Peace' photos

DATE 11/3/2017

Eileen Myles, from 'Jack Pierson: The Hungry Years'

DATE 11/1/2017

'You are kind of what stops the action of the swirling world.' Eileen Myles on Jack Pierson

DATE 11/1/2017

Heidi Zuckerman, Walead Beshty, Liz Larner & Frances Stark launch 'Conversations with Artists' at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

DATE 10/31/2017

Neal Preston to launch 'Exhilarated and Exhausted' at Book Soup

DATE 10/31/2017

HALLOWEEN READING: Anton LaVey's 1967 press release for the 'first Satanic baptism in history'

DATE 10/30/2017

Jack Pierson to launch 'The Hungry Years' at BOOKMARC, NYC

DATE 10/30/2017

Can't do better than 60s Celebrity Satanism for Halloween 2017

DATE 10/28/2017

Carroll and Lena Dunham launch 'Into Words' with ‘Strange Days’ screening at Metrograph


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/23/2017

A feast for the eyes: Matisse in the Studio

A silver chocolate pot makes a cameo appearance in Matisse's "Still Life with Lemons" but also appears in at least eight other artworks. Follow its journey in Matisse in the Studio.

9781633450363 | DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Staff Pick 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' transforms the familiar to historically significant

Reproduced from Items: Is Fashion Modern?—which the New York Review of Books calls MoMA’s “fashion ‘canon’ for contemporary life”—this photograph from Monika Mogi’s photo essay shows Capri Pants, Converse All Stars and a Fitbit. “Items offers a satisfaction similar to that of a completed list or a well-organized room,” NYRB’s Hilary Reid writes. “It is the catalog, though, that transforms the items from familiar to historically significant… To fully appreciate the pieces in Items, it is the viewer’s duty—delight, really—to imagine how she has encountered and used each item over time. That the playful and delightfully bizarre contemporary fashion photographs in the catalog offer a vision of our mundane items beyond what we already know is the show’s most rewarding surprise.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/26/2017

The American Surfaces of Stephen Shore

Reproduced from MoMA’s essential new Stephen Shore retrospective catalog, “Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1972” was shot as part of the photographer’s largely autobiographical, road-trip heavy photo-diary, American Surfaces. Influenced by the conceptual practices of serial artists like Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, an interest in amateur photography and a fascination with the aesthetics of kitch, vernacular and pop culture, this body of work is widely credited with having influenced the color photography of the next three decades, though it was shown only once—and scathingly reviewed—in 1972, before a collector friend purchased it and donated it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it “remained largely invisible for almost thirty years,” according to MoMA curator Quentin Bajac.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/25/2017

Banality and lack of artifice: Stephen Shore

“In their banality and lack of artifice, [Stephen] Shore’s pictures seem to fly in the face of typical food photography, which always seeks to beautify the meal being photographed. In contrast, the food on display here—that of travelers and people in a hurry, in cafeterias motels drive-ins, diners, planes—is repetitive, unsophisticated, and rarely appetizing." - Quentin Bajac, 'Stephen Shore'

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/24/2017

A seeming paradox and an American treasure: Stephen Shore

“At the age of seventy, [Stephen] Shore is both one of the most influential and one of the most elusive American photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, a seeming paradox,” curator Quentin Bajac writes, noting that Shore’s work is characterized by a search for maximum clarity; an almost mystical respect for natural light; a preference for horizontal format; and extreme discipline in limiting shots. “Shore’s approach to photography is both transparent and contemplative, and marked by a willful economy of means.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/23/2017

Design to the Nth power: Essential Eames

“Any time one or more things are consciously put together in a way that they can accomplish something better than they could have accomplished individually, this is an act of design. Combining rye bread and swiss cheese is a great act of design. The value of the result, the sandwich, is not the value of rye bread plus cheese, but it is rye bread plus cheese raised to the Nth power.” - Charles Eames

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/22/2017

Bold, dashing color on the table: 'Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas'

Every once in a while we get a book that is not like any other. Featured on Food 52 and a Wall Street Journal top Holiday Gift Book for 2017, Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas is a refreshing look at an under-recognized giant of American industrial design—a fearless niche specialist in 1930s kitchen textiles.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/21/2017

Unsentimental Wonder: Hilton Als on Alice Neel

One of the Wall Street Journal’s top holiday gift books of 2017 (and one of ours as well), Alice Neel, Uptown features 57 supremely humane portraits of the artist’s Spanish Harlem neighbors, lovers, artists and friends alongside an enlightening essay by Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Hilton Als.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/20/2017

SHIPPING NOW! ‘Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years’

Reviewed in such wildly disparate media as the New York Times Book Review, Horrorphilia and It’s Nice That—where Owen Pritchard cites an early review calling Frankenstein “perhaps the foulest toadstool that has yet sprung up form the reeking dunghill of the present time”—Sir Christopher Frayling’s Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years is one of the most highly anticipated books on our fall list.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2017

STEIDL x STRAND 2017

From Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1, renowned international art book publisher STEIDL takes over the Strand Book Store! All week long STEIDL x STRAND presents new books, stage talks and book signings with artists and speakers including Peter Badge and Marc Patcher with Gerhard Steidl, Henry Wessel, Betsy Karel, Mitch Epstein, Hank O'Neal, Jongwoo Park, Tod Papageorge and Mona Kuhn.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2017

Always someone under the neon lights… Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

“Studio Malick stayed open from morning to evening, or even midnight,” Brigitte Ollier writes in Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist. “There was always someone under the neon lights—friends, people playing cards, checkers, and ludo, passersby, tourists, night owls, and others. In the early evening, around five o’clock, Malick’s sons sometimes came by after school. One of them, Zakaria, remembers these special moments shared with his older brothers and cousins: ‘I liked everything that he liked. At home, it was rare to see him. We waited for him at lunchtime, he made us laugh, danced with his belly. After a nap and the afternoon prayer, he went back to the studio. He was very cheerful with the people, very human.’” Featured photograph was made in 1973.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/18/2017

‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’

“I would be in my studio until ten or eleven at night, because the nightlife started late. Then I would go off to the clubs with my bike, until five in the morning! I could cover five parties all at once, especially on Saturdays and during the holidays … I would let people know I had arrived by letting off my flash, people made way to let me in, and everyone was happy … I would circulate among the people dancing, taking several quick photos. People would say: ‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’” – Malick Sidibé, excerpted from Mali Twist

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/18/2017

Rizzoli presents 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' with Paola Antonelli

Thursday, November 28 from 6-8PM, The Museum of Modern Art, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and Rizzoli invite you to a presentation and signing of 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' with Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher and Stephanie Kramer from MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design. Join us for a discussion around MoMA's first major fashion exhibition since 1944!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/17/2017

Moments of truth, spirited away in 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist'

“Looking at his portraits is like following a stylized reportage on a dynamic generation of African youth, open to the world, uninhibited, and full of aspirations that are offbeat and legitimate at the same time. He spirited away moments of truth, solemnity, fantasy, and built a mosaic of little stories that intertwine to form a single, unique story, which is that of his people. I’d like someone to say that about me one day.” - Omar Victor Diop

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/16/2017

Oliver Clegg Slot Car Race & Book Launch at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

Saturday, December 2 from 4PM-6PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents a unique event that's equal parts book launch, competition, and ice cream social! The first 32 individuals to purchase a copy of Oliver Clegg’s monograph will be awarded a ticket to compete in a slot car race held in the Book Space! Spectatorship is free and open to all!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/16/2017

Boom boxes, break dancing and the Salsa King: Jamel Shabazz's NYC Street Photographs

Times Square, 1982—this photograph says it all. Other pictures recall old-school 80s police vans, Flatbush boys with their boom boxes, Washington Square Park break dancers, prostitutes, pimps, block parties and the World Trade Centers lit up at night.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/15/2017

Holiday Gift staff favorite 'Josef Albers in Mexico' releases today!

In his 1937 text Truthfulness in Art (delivered at Harvard University in 1940), Josef Albers declared, “Let us learn from the Mexican artist truthfulness to conception and material, truthfulness to art as spiritual creation.” Reproduced from the Guggenheim Museum’s show-stopping new release, Josef Albers in Mexico, featured image is “Variant/Adobe, Orange Front” (1948-58).

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/15/2017

Jorn Weisbrodt, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Holdengraber, Karen Hopkins & Charles Renfro launch Into the Culture Cave at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

Sunday, November 19 at 3PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents the launch of 'Into the Culture Cave: Generator of Art and Community, Emotions and Ideas' with a panel and signing. Author Jorn Weisbrodt will appear in conversation with Rufus Wainwright, Paul Holdengraber, Karen Hopkins and Charles Renfro.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/14/2017

Evidence of life before the art market … Club 57

If you’re looking for a crash course on what it was like to be an artist, or at least an after-hours flaneur in alt-downtown NYC during the late 70s and early 80s, MoMA’s vibrant new survey, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 is an excellent source. Paintings, collage works, film stills, photographs, posters, flyers, and zines are by the likes of Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Fred Brathwaite (aka Fab 5 Freddy), Ann Magnuson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Wojnarowicz and John Sex, whose 1981 silkscreen is reproduced here.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/12/2017

Black artist as superhero: Barkley L. Hendricks in 'Soul of a Nation'

Barkley L. Hendricks’ riveting 1969 self-portrait—titled Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People—Bobby Seale)—is reproduced from Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. “The work’s subtitle invites a declarative statement of solidarity with the Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale,” co-curator Zoé Whitley writes. “But Hendricks makes evident another position: here we find the Black artist as superhero, painting himself into history rather than waiting for someone else to confer the honor upon him.” One of our top Holiday Gift Art Books of 2017.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2017

Tell Me Something Good panel and launch with Phong Bui, Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Jack Whitten at The Strand

Monday, November 13 from 7-8PM, the Strand presents a panel and signing in celebration of 'Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail,' published by David Zwirner Books. 'Brooklyn Rail' publisher Phong Bui will appear in conversation with Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Jack Whitten, moderated by Lucas Zwirner. Book signing to follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2017

Soul of a Nation featured on the cover of November ARTFORUM

Featured this month on the cover of ARTFORUM, where it is treated to a six-page review by Cheryl Finley, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power may be one of the most important shows of the decade. Certainly, its timing is impeccable. En route to Crystal Bridges and the Brooklyn Museum from Tate, the show, and its superb catalog—one of our top Holiday Gift Art Books of 2017—features work by major names like Romare Beardon (pictured here), as well as "a handful of works that had not seen the light of day anywhere in decades.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/9/2017

Fearless in all things: Sonia Delaunay

Born in 1885 to a modest Jewish family in Odessa, then raised by an uncle in St. Petersburg and educated in Karlsruhe, Germany, Sonia Delaunay settled into the high bohemia of Paris’s Latin Quarter in the early 1900s. Together with her husband, Robert, she developed Simultanism. “Colorful reminiscences of her Russian childhood, the artist’s first appliquéd creations testify to the quest for a total art, in the Wagnerian sense, from textiles to architecture, and illustrate her willingness to have the aesthetic of Simultanism penetrate the feminized field of popular culture.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/9/2017

Goddess in the Details: Ellen Lupton & Paula Scher at The Strand

Tuesday, November 14, from 7-8 PM, the Strand Bookstore presents design luminaries Ellen Lupton and Paula Scher speaking about fonts, fairy tales and what it takes to make it in graphic design. Book signing to follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/8/2017

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Fourth-Annual Stoop Sale: The Relocation Sale

Join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 on November 10, 11, and 12 for the Fourth-Annual Stoop Sale—THE RELOCATION SALE—taking place in the hallway between the M. Wells Dinette and the Book Space. Because of Artbook @ MoMA PS1's recent move, this will be the biggest sale yet with books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and records!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/7/2017

Find Holiday Gift Perfection in 'Sonia Delaunay: Art, Design and Fashion'

Begin and end your 2017 gift book search with Sonia Delaunay: Art, Design and Fashion. Beautifully designed, printed and bound to the exacting standards of Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza foundation, this 236-page hardcover brings together the pioneering Modernist’s work in painting, theatrical sets, advertising, interiors, fashion and textiles. “I do not know how to define my painting,” Delaunay wrote in 1978. “But no matter, because I don’t trust classifications and systems. How should I define what is done with the heart?”

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 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."

DATE 6/15/2015

The Future of the Skyscraper

The Future of the Skyscraper

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.



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