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DATE 9/19/2014

What Nerve! Destroy All Monsters

DATE 9/18/2014

What Nerve! Christina Ramberg Rediscovered

DATE 9/17/2014

ARTBOOK @ SI Launch Party

DATE 9/16/2014

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

DATE 9/16/2014

Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India

DATE 9/15/2014

ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE Presents the World's Best Books on Contemporary Chair Design

DATE 9/15/2014

Just One Good Chair

DATE 9/12/2014

George Herms: The River Book

DATE 9/11/2014

ARTBOOK Launches a New Pop Up Bookstore at Swiss Institute In Soho

DATE 9/11/2014

New York Is ...

DATE 9/11/2014

A Country of Cities Now Available in eBook Editions

DATE 9/10/2014

The Essential Cy Twombly

DATE 9/10/2014

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

DATE 9/10/2014

Luck, Laughs, Lust & Love: Chloé Griffin on Cookie Mueller

DATE 9/10/2014

ARTBOOK + SWISS INSTITUTE Launch Two New Books by Paul Chan

DATE 9/9/2014

Kelley Walker Book Signing at 192 Books

DATE 9/9/2014

Celebrate 'Ray Johnson: Not Nothing' at the MoMA Library Wednesday Night

DATE 9/8/2014

Reflection, Illumination, Luminosity, Shadows and Patterns: Andrew Wyeth Looking Out, Looking In

DATE 9/6/2014

'What Nerve' Previewed in ARTnews

DATE 9/6/2014

Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth

DATE 9/4/2014

Walter Keller

DATE 9/4/2014

Henry Taylor

DATE 9/2/2014

'The Best Most Useless Dress: Selected Writings of Claudia La Rocco' Launch Event at The Kitchen

DATE 9/2/2014

Soviet Space Dogs

DATE 9/1/2014

Mathemysticism in John Severson's SURF

DATE 8/29/2014

John Severson's SURF

DATE 8/27/2014

Jaromír Funke: Between Construction and Emotion

DATE 8/25/2014

Susan S. Szenasy and John Hockenberry to Speak at the AIA Center for Architecture

DATE 8/25/2014

Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms

DATE 8/23/2014

Laura Lima

DATE 8/21/2014

Ed Atkins

DATE 8/19/2014

Building as Ornament

DATE 8/17/2014

Elad Lassry

DATE 8/15/2014

Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down

DATE 8/13/2014

Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994 in The New York Times

DATE 8/11/2014

Wellfleet Public Library to host Cape Cod Modern Panel, Lecture and Book Signing

DATE 8/11/2014

Ron Galella: New York

DATE 8/10/2014

Pierre Charpin

DATE 8/8/2014

Pierre Charpin

DATE 8/6/2014

Sune Jonsson: Life and Work

DATE 8/4/2014

Ken Price: The Large Sculptures

DATE 8/3/2014

The Slovak New Wave

DATE 8/1/2014

The Human Factor

DATE 7/29/2014

Mika Rottenberg: The Production of Luck

DATE 7/27/2014

Anne Collier

DATE 7/25/2014

Jasper Johns: Regrets

DATE 7/24/2014

Cape Cod Modern Book Launch in Provincetown

DATE 7/23/2014

Phyllida Barlow: Fifty Years of Drawings

DATE 7/21/2014

Toulouse-Lautrec in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art

DATE 7/21/2014

Visit the 5th Annual David Zwirner Pop-Up Bookstore

DATE 7/19/2014

Konstantin Grcic: Panorama


RECENT POSTS

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/19/2014

What Nerve! Destroy All Monsters

"In this cultural suburban wasteland, there was only isolation and a sense of being betrayed. The strange brew of avant-garde experimentation and populism of late ’60s acid rock had failed in its social promises. To someone of my age (too young to be a hippie, too old to be a punk), there was definitely a feeling of resentment at having missed the short, hedonistic flowering of this dream... it seemed as if the world had ended, and all outside communication to whatever small outposts were left was cut off. Destroy All Monsters operated in this vacuum. We truly thought we were the only ones doing what we were doing." Cary Loren's Niagara as the Giant Sphinx (1975/2011) and excerpt of a passage quoting Mike Kelley are reproduced from the chapter on Destroy All Monsters in What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/18/2014

What Nerve! Christina Ramberg Rediscovered

"I think that it all came from when I was young. My father was in the military and I can remember sitting in my mother’s room watching her get dressed for public appearances. I got to put her hankie, lipstick, and compact mirror in one of those tiny beautiful little purses. I watched her getting dressed, and she would wear these—I guess that they are called 'merry widow[s]'—and I can remember being stunned by how it transformed her body, how it pushed up her breasts and slendered down her waist. Then she put on these fancy strapless dresses and went to parties. I think that the paintings have a lot to do with this, with watching and realizing that a lot of these undergarments totally transform a woman’s body... Watching my mother getting dressed I used to think that this is what men want women to look like, she’s transforming herself into the kind of body men want." ...more

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/17/2014

ARTBOOK @ SI Launch Party

Last night, the Swiss Institute was filled with lovers of art, design, books and all things Swiss at the launch of our new pop up store, ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/16/2014

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

In his chapter on visionary and comic-book artist Jack Kirby, one of the featured artists in What Nerve!, his must-see and much talked-about exhibition of alternative figures in American art from 1960 to the present, curator Dan Nadel describes Dream Machine (1970-75), a detail of which is reproduced here. "There’s nothing else quite like it in Kirby’s ouvre. It is, of course, deeply psychedelic, and reminds me of work by the British design collective Archigram, drawings by Ettore Sottsass, and the maximalist paintings of Icelandic pop artist Erro, but in relation to contemporary art, Kirby was working mostly in a vacuum, even as his comic-book art found wider and wider purchase via appropriations by Richard Hamilton (1956’s Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?) and Roy Lichtenstein (Image Duplicator, 1963). ...more

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/16/2014

Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India

Pierre Jeanneret's 1955-56 office chair is reproduced from Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India, a featured title in our pop up bookstore, ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE, curated through November to support and enhance Fin de Siècle, architect Andreas Angelidakis' Ionesco-inspired exhibition of modern and contemporary chair design. "For Le Corbusier planning a new city meant a global approach, so the need to design the furniture for Chandigarh's public buildings was self-evident. The modernity, purity and consistency of the whole had to be perceptible. For this enormous project, he called in his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, who shared his convictions and had his full confidence."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/15/2014

ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE Presents the World's Best Books on Contemporary Chair Design

Chairs, chairs, chairs! The smartest, tightest new pop up bookstore in New York debuts Tuesday, September 16th from 6pm to 8pm during the opening of the Swiss Institute's curatorial homage to Ionesco's 1952 play, 'The Chairs.' We proudly present the brightest, most refined selection of books on chairs and Modern and contemporary furniture design in the city.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/15/2014

Just One Good Chair

Just One Good Chair, Hatje Cantz's pretty much perfect new book on Hans J. Wegner, undisputed master of Danish chair design, begins with this 1952 statement by Wegner: "If only you could design just one good chair in your life… But you simply cannot." Over the course of the next 250 oversized, heavily illustrated pages, the reader is treated to more than 500 designs, each more refined and lighthearted than the next. The design of the book is sophisticated and clean; the writing, by Designmuseum Danmark's Christian Holmsted Olesen, is alive. "All that talk about 'the chair'—it's nonsense," Olesen quotes Wegner from 1992. "Because the chair isn't there. I have the feeling that the more I work on it, the more it keeps moving farther and farther away. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. You can't make something definitive. Only people who don't understand what it's all about say so. I still think it can be done better—maybe with just four equal sticks." Buy this book and other seminal publications on the history of chair and furniture design, at ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE, opening Tuesday evening, 6pm, at 18 Wooster Street.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/12/2014

George Herms: The River Book

"Beauty" (1978) is reproduced from George Herms: The River Book, Hamilton Press' essential new monograph on the pivotal California assemblage artist known equally for his work on films such as Easy Rider, his collaborations with Wallace Berman and Diane di Prima, his hand-printed books and avant-garde theater works. Unbelievably, this exquisitely produced, slip-cased, two-volume set is the first comprehensive publication ever devoted to Herms' work, and it is truly a treasure trove, featuring not just reproductions of Herms' artworks in all media, but a wealth of archival photographs and a DVD containing Herms' free-jazz opera, The Artist Life and a slide show of several hundred collage works. On Tuesday, September 16, New York poet and critic John Yau will appear in conversation with Herms at The Strand, to be followed by a book signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/11/2014

ARTBOOK Launches a New Pop Up Bookstore at Swiss Institute In Soho

ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE—a pop up bookstore in SoHo—debuts on Tuesday, September 16th from 6pm to 8pm during the opening of the Swiss Institute's Annual Design Series in their space at 18 Wooster Street.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/11/2014

New York Is ...

In this concise photobook, German photographer Nadine Ottawa and Swiss journalist Nuria Furrer approach strangers on the streets of New York and ask them to complete the sentence, "New York is …."

DATE 3/5/2013

Imagining the Future Art Book
Sharon Helgason Gallagher

Future of the Art Book

"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

DATE 9/27/2012

What Shall We Want to Have Called a "Book"?
Sharon Helgason Gallagher

What Shall We Want to Have Called a "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?

DATE 7/16/2012

Excerpt from Gainsbourg: The Biography

Excerpt from Gainsbourg: The Biography

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.

DATE 5/10/2012

"Schindler, Space Architect" Excerpted from Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

Schindler, Space Architect Excerpted from Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

"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."

DATE 4/11/2012

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed

We are pleased to present a preview of Violette Editions' extraordinary forthcoming collection of Louise Bourgeois' psychoanalytic writings, The Return of the Repressed.



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