CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/11/2013
Herbert Pfostl, the New Museum Store's inimitable curator and book buyer, is at it again—compiling sophisticated and provocative book lists for the compulsively curious. His Best of 2013 list features quite a few gems from the ARTBOOK | D.A.P. list.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/11/2013
Featured image, of early climbers Don Wilson, Warren Harding, Jerry Gallwas and Royal Robbins hamming it up on Glacier Point in Yosemite Valley, 1955, is reproduced from T Adler's must-have photography collection, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties. In his introduction, Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard writes, "The fifties were the easy years in California. With full employment from the Korean War, we were enjoying all the fruits of the fossil fuel culture. Gas was a quarter a gallon, used cars could be bought for twenty-five dollars, campgrounds were free, and you could easily live off the excess fat of society. Those of us in the counter cultures of climbing and surfing were as climber Pete Sinclair said, 'the last free Americans.'"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/7/2013
"Imogen Cunningham was a true artist: throughout her long life she embraced the diverse developments of photography and the liveliness of the changing times in which she lived (1993-1976). An inspiration to successive generations, she was herself a vintage figure, a root of the ever-expanding family tree of photography that we continue to experience in our lives today. Her genuine human interest was on-going and is still refreshing now, at a time when photography has become overpowered by artistic re-interpretation and appropriated photographs themselves are seen as precious objets d'art. It is her modernist artistic legacy that has impacted photography most, but her thirst for experimentation was perpetual. Her integrity, frankness of opinion, her wit and respect of individual rights live on." Curator Celina Lunsford's text is reproduced from Imogen Cunningham, one of our top Holiday Gift Books of 2013.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/3/2013
Each year, we are proud to serve as the official bookseller for Art Basel Miami Beach, and each year we bring a deeper, more finely tuned selection of books and objects for our store. Visit us at Bookstore Booth 2, just inside the beachfront entrance to the fair!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/3/2013
Featured image—of Jim Hodges' poetic 2011 installation, "Untitled," at Gladstone Gallery, New York—is reproduced from Give More Than You Take, the catalog to Hodges' current traveling retrospective, published by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. One of our top Holiday Gift Books of 2013, it is also a featured title at our booth at Art Basel Miami. Essayist Bill Arning writes, "It caused something akin to the delirium of that dance-party effect whereby one loses the sense of who or what is spinning—you, fellow dancers, or the room—but in the most languid manner. Though disco balls are most often associated with good times and festive occasions, here the pace of the spinning was lugubriously slow, almost glacial, and the silence moved viewers’ thoughts toward the infinite…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/1/2013
Featured photograph, made at the home of Laurence and Patrick Seguin, features artwork by Mark Grotjahn, Richard Prince, Richard Kern, Nick Cave, Jean Michel Basquiat, Nate Lowman, Jim Lambie and Wade Guyton & Kelley Walker, and furniture by Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret & Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille. It is reproduced from A Passion for Jean Prouvé: From Furniture to Architecture: The Laurence and Patrick Seguin Collection, one of the most unabashedly beautiful titles on our list, one of our top Holiday Gift Books of 2013, and a featured title at our booth at Design Miami.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/30/2013
December 3-8, ARTBOOK teams up with The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt at Design Miami, the global forum for design. Located just inside the entrance to the fair, and outfitted with vintage and custom furniture by R 20th Century Gallery and Formica, our booth presents a curated selection of books and objects for collectors and holiday shoppers.
ELKE SELTER | DATE 11/27/2013
This week on the Metropolis Books site, Elke Selter, former head of UNESCO’s culture program for Haiti, reports on efforts to save Haiti’s cultural heritage in the face of overwhelming obstacles and competing priorities.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/26/2013
"Mario" (1978), by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, is reproduced from Color Rush, one of our top Holiday Gift Books of 2013. Brimming with outstanding examples of color photography both vintage and contemporary, from magazine pages to gallery walls, and from advertisements to photojournalism, Color Rush charts the history of the medium in the United States from the 1907 unveiling of the autochrome through the landmark 1981 survey, The New Color Photography. Essayist Katherine A. Bussard writes, "Although the photograph plays off the long history of color snapshots (and, in fact, the man is diCorcia's brother), diCorcia purposefully amplified the fluorescent light from the refrigerator to achieve an uneasy green cast, full of drama that would be unusual in an everyday snapshot..."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/25/2013
Saturday night, agnès b. hosted a crowd of booklovers browsing the new ARTBOOK Holiday Bookstore on Howard Street - open through January 19. Jazz musician Alex Simon provided the excellent gypsy guitar, and Jing Lau and Mr. Chen of LC "Yihuang" Tea Trading served rare Chinese teas to warm the night.
"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."