CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/31/2015
"'Rise up! I have surpassed the tomb you dreamed for me,' declared Cameron in 1956. An exhortation to her deceased husband, rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons (1914–1952), Cameron's prose implied a spiritual breakthrough and a fearless resolve to continue on the magical path Parsons had introduced to her in 1946. Originally published in Wallace Berman's avant-garde art journal Semina, today Cameron's words resonate not only as mystical poetry, but as a shot across the bow of time: that her art not be buried with her body, that we see her art undead and always alive." Excerpt from Yael Lipschutz' text and Autumn (1955) are reproduced from Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman, one of the featured Semina-related titles in our store this week at the LAABF.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/30/2015
Join us Saturday, January 31 at 4PM for the launch of Wael Shawsky's new book, 'Horsemen Adore Perfumes and Other Stories,' hosted by Hoor Al-Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large, MoMA. Shawsky will appear in conversation with Al-Qasimi prior to signing.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/30/2015
Join us January 29 - February 1 in BOOTH E08 at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair. Our store features books and ephemera related to 'Semina Culture,' a STEIDL store, signed sets of The Los Angeles Project series books by UCCA/Koenig and limited editions by the Haas Brothers and John Baldessari!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/30/2015
QUESTION: Does anyone make a better photobook than STEIDL? ANSWER: No.
To bask in a substantial selection of key titles from this leading German publisher, including the superb new edition of Jim Goldberg's Rich and Poor, visit our STEIDL booth at the LAABF at the Geffen Contemporary. Out of print since 1985, Rich and Poor has been completely re-designed and expanded by the artist for this new edition. Available for the first time in hardcover, Rich and Poor builds upon the classic combination of photographs and handwriting, and includes vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited before.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/29/2015
In Ed Ruscha: Books and Paintings, Armin Zweite quotes the artist on his Boss paintings: "'It wasn't the multiplicity of its meanings that gave the power. It's somehow the roundness of the whole thing—and the 'S's' and the 'B' and the 'O'.... Somehow that's where all of this inspiration is contained.'" Visit ARTBOOK at the LAABF Thursday through Sunday at the Geffen Contemporary. We are pleased to present many books on Ruscha and other radical artists from the west coast Beat scene. Featured image is "Not Only Securing The Last Letter, But Damaging It As Well (Boss)" (1964).
DAN NADEL | DATE 1/28/2015
Maybe you know him as the daring Publisher of PictureBox; maybe as the curator and editor of the 2014 art bestseller 'What Nerve.' Or maybe you've met with him in his role as Key Accounts Sales Director. Whichever, Dan Nadel is always right.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/28/2015
"Wallace was always a mystery to me, and he was very glamorous," Dennis Hopper is quoted in Semina Culture, the quintessential book on Wallace Berman and his circle, which sold out immediately upon first publication in 2005. "He was
a quiet, gentle, humble person, and he had this strange aura about him that was removed, yet not hostile—he was a guy you couldn’t really reach. I don’t know anybody who didn’t respect him, and we all deferred to him because he had a very spiritual quality. He was the guy. Wallace was the guru." Advance copies of the long-awaited reprint will be available at our booth at the LAABF this Thursday through Sunday, alongside signed and numbered Berman limited edition posters and books by related artists—including Tosh Berman, pictured above with his mother, Shirley. The photograph, taken by Wallace Berman in Beverly Glen, 1956, is reproduced from Semina Culture.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/27/2015
January 28 at 6PM, The Standard, Hollywood, ARTBOOK and Metropolis Books invite you to a book signing with Louise Sandhaus, author of 'Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots', followed by a special performance by Quindar, a joint project between Mikael Jorgensen and James Merle Thomas.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/26/2015
Describing his 1993 assignment to photograph the Pacific Coast Highway for Travel & Leisure magazine in STEIDL's essential new monograph on his color work, Bruce Davidson writes, "It was a dream assignment to cruise up the coastal highway from Santa Monica, California to Seattle, Washington taking pictures of vistas along the way. Some of the highway views were exquisitely powerful with the mountain range's foothills coming right down to the Pacific Ocean coastline. My wife Emily and I felt the power and beauty at this edge of America. It took us seventeen days to complete the journey and without Emily's abundant energy, strong driving skills and astute organizing, I could not have completed the project." Advance copies will be available at our ARTBOOK + STEIDL booth at the LAABF, opening Thursday night at the Geffen Contemporary!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/25/2015
"I think all the stuff on the street is a gift. But you only get it if you go out there every day. You have to be there to see it, you have to read the content of the street.
I think it's rich with potential meaning, and with the light changing every minute, that, too, changes the meaning of what you read. I am always looking to make a photograph of something nearby, and something far away, at the same time.
For me, that 's what so exquisite about being out on the street, that it's throwing all this content at me all day long, and I am trying to see what can I do with all this loose information, how can I put a frame around it to make it somehow astonishing, while actually it is just ordinary life?" Featured image ("New York City, 1975) and excerpt are reproduced from Joel Meyerowitz: Retrospective.
"Paging through a book is like closing a door behind you that simultaneously opens another onto a new room -- all the while keeping the previous room available, just behind the now-closed door of the turned page. Here I am in the hallway of the introduction..." -- excerpt from Sharon Helgason Gallagher's remarks at the New York Public Library panel discussion The Future of the Art Book
What are the kinds of books we ought to be publishing today as exemplars of the book for the future? What is the enduring legacy of "bookishness" that we want to -- may I say "ought to" -- transmit to the future? What kinds of meaning are and can be transmitted uniquely in the book form? What is the "bookishness" of the book that does not survive conversion, translation, adaptation, or reformatting as a digital publication? And what kinds of books even posses this quality?
Tonight, TamTam Books launches Gilles Verlant's authoritative new biography of the legendary French pop star, Serge Gainsbourg. Below is an excerpt: Verlant's chapter on Gainsbourg's passionate but short-lived love affair with screen legend, Brigitte Bardot.
"ONE DAY Schindler was looking at the floor plan of a house that had just been developed in quarter scale from the rough plan he had made directly on the surveyor’s eight-scale contour map."