CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/26/2016
At 77, Augusten Burroughs writes in T Magazine's recent "The Greats" issue, William Eggleston is "mischievous, beguiling, puzzling and fascinating, all in nearly equal measure. He has been called a legend and an icon. He is frequently referred to as 'the godfather of color photography,' even though the sensational 1976 solo exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art that established him as such was widely panned at the time. 'Critics and so forth obviously weren’t really looking at this stuff,' he says today. 'Didn’t bother me a bit. I laughed at ’em.'" A selection of images from Eggleston's monumental Democratic Forest will be on view starting tomorrow at David Zwirner gallery. Eggleston will be signing copies of the accompanying monograph, from which this image is reproduced, tonight at The Strand to kick off STEIDL x STRAND week 2016.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/25/2016
In Kerry James Marshall: Look See by David Zwirner Books, noted art historian Robert Storr describes "Untitled (Red Line)" (2014), pictured here, by the MacArthur-genius-award-winning, Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-retrospective-having artist as pushing "most of the panic buttons of 'good taste' while offering, to those less hemmed in by 'white' norms, a glimpse of what high-style 'Other' kinds can look like." The red line "runs like a wound right through the face and body of the stylishly dressed woman who raises her dark glasses to look out at whoever is looking in at her… Behind her is a perfectly calibrated gray scale with a white ray at its center that dead ends in the wide black band that traverses the painting horizontally and presses her forward from behind. Thus ebony and ivory and scarlet exchange their latent symbolic meanings like electric charges arcing between proximate poles, amidst which stands a human subject."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/24/2016
Pablo Picasso's 1937 "Portrait of Lee Miller à l'Arlésienne" is one of nearly 90 artworks featured in the National Portrait Gallery's acclaimed London Picasso Portraits exhibition. At the time the painting was made, Miller was often idealized as "the incarnation of perfect beauty, grace and serenity," according to curator Elizabeth Cowling. "Picasso was having none of this. He knew that the real woman was more than a beautiful face and body, more than a graceful clothes-horse, and he apparently felt that, with her racy wit and libertine sexuality, Miller deserved to be treated with friendly banter rather than awestruck homage."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/23/2016
This week, The New York Times' T Magazine celebrates seven people who are redefining our culture with seven unique covers. These include first lady Michelle Obama, pop performer Lady Gaga, designer Junya Watanabe, chef Massimo Bottura, writer Zadie Smith, photographer William Eggleston and painter Kerry James Marshall, whose career retrospective opens this week at The Met Breuer. The idea of the paintings, Wyatt Mason quotes Marshall, "is that blackness is non-negotiable in those pictures. It’s also unequivocal — they are black — that’s the thing that I mean for people to identify immediately. They are black to demonstrate that blackness can have complexity. Depth. Richness."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/22/2016
"Brilliant, confounding and heartbreakingly soulful," pioneering American photographer William Eggleston is featured on one of seven unique T Magazine covers this weekend. In his profile, Augusten Burroughs calls Eggleston "a self-taught photographer who has succeeded in proving all his savage, elitist and uncomprehending original critics — including The New York Times — utterly, deliciously wrong. In his pressed suit he stands vindicated, fire bursting from his fingertips as he lights another American Spirit, a flesh-and-blood world changer. Everywhere he looks he notices things others miss. 'I see great pictures all the time,' he says, and that is unequivocally dazzling."
A selection of photographs from Eggleston's monumental Democratic Forest series will be on view starting Thursday, October 27 at David Zwirner gallery. Eggleston will sign copies of the beautifully edited and beautifully produced accompanying monograph Saturday, October 22 from 3-5 PM at the gallery.
He will sign again on Wednesday, October 26 from 4-6 PM at The Strand, hosted by publisher Gerhard Steidl.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2016
"I began 'Majesty' (pictured) after my first trip to Iceland, during which I went glacier walking and experienced the northern lights. The aurora borealis and the primordial landscape, the fairy-tale-like energy of the place, were within me when I started it. Fuschia and green were there when I closed my eyes, so I started with those colors and allowed myself to be swept up by a feeling of awe." – Shinique Smith, in conversation with Jen Mergel, Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art. Read more about this superb collection and catalog in the New York Times.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2016
Join Hennessey & Ingalls Friday, October 28th at 6PM for a discussion and book signing with Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, authors of the new Metropolis Books blockbuster, 'Never Built New York!'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2016
"I have been chasing the idea of the unit, as the plastic underpinning of abstract painting, for the past 50 years," painter Jack Whitten is quoted in Four Generations, Gregory R. Miller's extraordinary new catalog of the Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Modern and contemporary abstract African diasporan art. "Norman Lewis knew about the unit and spoke of it as a single gesture or point. My early 1960s visits to Norman Lewis' studio on 125th Street [were] a highlight of my life as a young artist. We spoke about painting, and we spoke about 'The Problem.' His insistence on the Black artists' freedom to investigate pure abstraction without the intervention of social narrative continues to nourish my commitment to abstract painting. His mentorship was a gift of cosmic proportions." Featured image is Lewis's 1969 oil painting, "Afternoon." Read more in the New York Times.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/19/2016
From Wednesday, October 26 through Saturday, October 29, STEIDL takes over the Strand Book Store with new books, stage talks and book signings with William Eggleston, Robert Polidori, Joel Sternfeld and Frank Gohlke, Mark Peterson, Bruce Davidson and Anna Mia Davidson, Philip Trager, A-chan, Romney Müller-Westernhagen and Victoria Whyte Ball & Ken Ball.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/19/2016
Come to 192 Books Tuesday, October 25 for the launch of 'Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures' by Whitechapel Gallery. Heilmann will be signing from 7-8PM!
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.
Lisa Pearson of Siglio writes on publishing as "An act of resistance to the literal, the authoritarian and the facile... and as a testament to the 'book' as refuge, dissent, beacon, and nexus."
This week, Beyond Shelter author Marie Aquilino initiates a regular column for Metropolis Books, reporting on her work with the Montesinos Foundation in Titanyen, Haiti.
"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