CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/29/2018
Thursday, March 29, at 7PM, Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Williamsburg presents the launch of 'Ice Cream Headaches: Surf Culture in New York & New Jersey,' published by Damiani. Drinks by Brooklyn Brewery and Ziobaffa Wines, alongside an exhibition of prints from the book.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/20/2018
In 1904, the New York Daily News called Alphonse Mucha the "greatest decorative artist in the world." Yet Mucha was also a philosopher, a pacifist and a dreamer who was among the first to be arrested by the Gestapo when the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Though they are less well known than his most iconic fin-de-siècle posters and paintings, many of his later works express humanitarian concerns, and speak out against the threats of war in a rapidly changing world.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/19/2018
This 1896 lithograph, "Zodiac," is reproduced from Alphonse Mucha, Skira's handsome new overview of the beloved fin-de-siècle Czech artist and designer whose work virtually defines the Art Nouveau style. It is one of more than 250 works—including paintings, photographs, illustrations, posters, sculptural works, jewelry, products, interiors, and theater designs—that tell the artist's cosmopolitan-Bohemian life story in a visual language meant to express beauty. "Art is the expression of innermost feelings," Mucha said, "a spiritual need."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/18/2018
Filled with superb, uncomplicated recipes based on Mina Stone's Greek grandmother's elegant, homey repertoire and style, Cooking for Artists bursts with outstanding, close-up food photography and candid shots of Stone and some of the artists she has cooked for as house chef to Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Urs Fischer, among others. The book also includes original artworks by many of the artists Stone has come to know and joyfully feed, including Rob Pruitt, whose "Studio Stew" (2014) is reproduced here.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/17/2018
"Back in 1992 my friends and I were in our late teens and living in the suburbs. We had started venturing to Belfast to see punk bands play in either Richardson's social club or the Penny Farthing bar. Then we got wind of a gig at the Warzone Centre. For years we'd kept hearing rumors about this place… rumors which made it seem almost mythical—shit scary and appealing, all at the same time. Nazi Skinheads would lay in wait to beat up punks. Or, if you weren't punk enough, the punks would beat you up! We had to go…" So begins photographer Ricky Adam's essay in Belfast Punk: Warzone Centre 1997-2003, our Staff Pick for Saint Patrick's Day 2018.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/16/2018
For pure originality, Carolien Niebling's The Sausage of the Future—new from Lars Müller—is pretty much in a class of its own. Offal, insects, plants, seeds, grains, nuts and legumes are charted, skins of all sorts are investigated, production techniques elucidated, and "the psychology of disgust" debunked. Insect pâté, anyone? Clockwise from top left: carrot, apricot and coconut dried sausage; berry, date and almond dried sausage; insect salami; berry liver sausage; apple blood sausage; potato and pea fresh sausage; mortadella with asparagus.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/15/2018
"I started writing and the result was something unreadable. In fact, illegibility is a key aspect of my work. With hindsight, I must admit that all my works create some tension between the communication formats offering a stable framework and the act of writing, which provides the unstable dimension. Maybe it's like saying that for me the liberation of the sign takes place within culture and history, and not on their margins." —Mirtha Dermisache
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/14/2018
"I am very interested in raising issues," Joyce J. Scott is quoted in the catalogue to her acclaimed recent solo exhibition, Harriet Tubman and Other Truths. "My work is not mean to be openly offensive, but that does happen. I skirt the borders between comedy, pathos, delight, and horror. I believe in messing with stereotypes, prodding the viewer to reassess, inciting people to look and then carry something home—even if it's subliminal—that might make a change in them… We never know what person we are affecting and how they might change as a result… I seek opportunities to talk about how women—the very people who make human life—are considered expendable and disposed of. On the other hand, my beadwork might inspire mathematically or musically." Featured image is "Shhhhh!" (2012).
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/13/2018
"It drives me all on its own. Why? Where does it come from? It's one of those mysteries that will probably never be solved. What do I get from art? It frees me from material things. It's easier when you're released from material concerns. I don't give my pictures titles because everybody sees something different in them. When I draw something, it's already fulfilled its purpose: It brings me boundless joy.
- Anna Zemánková
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/12/2018
One of the weirdest books on our list this season, as well as one of the most beautiful, Anna Zemánková is the first major English-language monograph on this fascinating self-taught Czech painter, draftsman and pastel artist who began drawing when she was more than fifty years old, getting up at 4:00AM daily to enter a trance-like state, "as if dawn could put her in a state of ecstasy conducive to attracting the magnetic forces emanating from a parallel world."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/11/2018
Featured image, whose 262-word, profanity-laden title begins, "You're gonna die up there / Keep away! The sow is mine," and ends, "Why Dimmy?" is reproduced from Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, the catalogue to the midcareer survey currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum, which The New York Times' Roberta Smith called singular, odd and inspiring. This particular work, whose title refers to a series of lines spoken by the demon in William Friedkin's 1973 film The Exorcist, is shown suspended within the domed glass atrium of the Museo Reina Sofia's Palacio de Cristal, in its original installation in 2015.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/10/2018
"Call him what you will. Art is magic. Chris Martin is a magician. He creates mojos, mandalas and divining tools, the sort of art made to conjure. He's made a planetary annex and you can have one too. He's got the goods. Control panels for nature. He has been everywhere. He has seen everything. He has knowhow. He's got pizazz. He's got it going on. Chris Martin is the Dali Lama's favorite painter." - Glenn O'Brien
BRIDGET LESLIE | DATE 3/10/2018
Originally produced as potential covers for André Breton's 1920s Surrealist literary journal, 'Littérature,' the 26 subversive—at the time, even scandalous—Francis Picabia drawings that are collected in this remarkable new limited edition from Small Press Books had been sealed in an envelope (dated August 8, 1923) and forgotten for decades until Breton's daughter, Aube Breton-Elléouët, unearthed them in 2008.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/9/2018
Klimt and Schiele "were provocateurs in the depiction of the human body, challenging conventions and expectations in portraits, nudes, and allegories. The body as a coherent whole was not a given, nor was its beauty or inherent virtue or vice. Klimt was not interested in all bodies equally, declaring, 'There is no self-portrait of me. I am not interested in myself as a "subject for depiction" but rather in others, above all women.' For Schiele, all bodies including his own were subject to appraisal: 'The figure is after all the most essential, and what gives me the greatest satisfaction, the human body.'" - Katie Hanson, Klimt and Schiele: Drawings
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/8/2018
Today we celebrate International Women's Day with this poster from the March 8, 1975, protest march in London. It hails from our best-selling collection of the radical feminist posters of the See Red Women's Workshop (active in the UK from 1974-1990), and it couldn't be better matched to today's historic themes, which include the #PressforProgress, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements. This poster was, in fact, the collective's first commission. Five thousand of these offset litho prints were wheat-pasted around London in advance of the march 43 years ago today. See the best of the rest in See Red!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/7/2018
As a child, Marina Abramovic identified with the story of the Ugly Duckling. "Since I was very young I always felt like a misfit," she writes in her new illustrated version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. "The moment I stepped in front of the public in my first performance, I experienced my transformation immediately, like I was hatching out of an egg. I left behind my doubts and low self-esteem and discovered my higher self. When I perform, I feel beautiful, radiant and powerful. Everything is possible, and the world around me becomes luminous."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/6/2018
Featured image is Surrealist René Magritte imitating the pose of his lifelong hero, the French crime fiction character Fantômas, in his painting “The Barbarian” at London Gallery, London, 1938. It is reproduced from René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Ludion's remarkable collection of 400 playful biographical images that tell the story of the artist’s life while illuminating his creative process.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/6/2018
Releasing May 22, 'Johnny Cash at Folsom and San Quentin: Photographs by Jim Marshall' features 120 black-and-white photographs of Johnny Cash's legendary prison concerts at Folsom in 1968 and San Quentin in 1969. See the video trailer here!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/5/2018
This 1930 photograph of Frida Kahlo, pregnant, at Casa Azul—the family home she shared with Diego Rivera in Coyoacán¡n, Mexico City—is reproduced from Frida Kahlo: Her Photos. On the back, Kahlo has written, "Here's a picture of your girl in August 1930, and to you she dedicates this photo with buten [sic] of amore. Freon."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/5/2018
Saturday, March 10 at 6 PM, Spoonbill Studio in Bushwick presents painter Chris Martin in conversation with painter Katherine Bradford, in celebration of Martin's new monograph from Skira. Libations will be served; book signing to follow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/5/2018
Wednesday, March 21 from 7-8:30 PM, the Strand Bookstore presents the launch of 'The Future of Public Space,' the second in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's SOM Thinkers Series. Ben Davis will moderate a panel including Olalekan Jeyifous, Damon Rich, Oana Stanescu and Claire Weisz.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/4/2018
Honestly, who wouldn't want to see 401 of the best pictures from Frida Kahlo's private archive of more than 6,000 photographs? As we ease our way into Women's History Month, we are delighted to have this staff favorite 524-page hardcover photo collection back in stock after months of waiting. Bonus: many are inscribed, incised, or decorated with lipstick kisses. Featured here is a 1946 photograph of Kahlo in her New York hospital bed by sometimes-lover Nickolas Muray.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/2/2018
"Banisteriopsis-Dark Ink" (1968-1994) is reproduced from Lifelines, the Centre Pompidou's highly anticipated 60-year Sheila Hicks retrospective. "Textile acts as the common denominator between art and life," Michel Gauthier writes, "from clothes to sculpture by way of architectural integrations. But textile is also a material whose characteristics keep the work alive—in open, ductile form. As though this warp and weft of poetics were granting more than one meaning to life."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/2/2018
"What is my work? […] I have studied painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, but my strongest attraction is to textiles. I make a kind of textile art. I develop environments, fabricate thread objects, weave textiles, build up soft sculptures, bas-reliefs, and I design and make functional things from thread." - Sheila Hicks
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/1/2018
"Palitos con Bolas" (2011) is reproduced from Sheila Hicks: Lifelines, the most comprehensive overview ever published on this legendary octogenarian master of textile and installation art. Produced to accompany the career overview currently on view at the Centre Pompidou, this volume features a silk-bound cover with special stamping and translucent printing, paper changes, and beautiful reproductions set against scholarly essays by an international cast.
CORY | DATE 2/28/2018
Thursday, March 8th at 7PM, 192 Books presents painter, critic, museum curator and exhibition-maker Robert Storr in conversation with art historian, curator and critic Francesca Pietropaolo, in celebration of Storr's new 900-page interview collection, 'Interviews on Art,' edited by Pietropaolo and published by Heni.
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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.
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."
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.