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DATE 5/21/2018

Agnes Martin: "Gratitude" (2001)

DATE 5/20/2018

Late Magritte: the missing link between James Ensor and Zap Comix

DATE 5/19/2018

After the confusion and panic… Magritte's late vache paintings and 'sunlit Surrealism'

DATE 5/18/2018

René Magritte: The Fifth Season comes to SFMOMA

DATE 5/18/2018

Whitewalling: Aruna D'Souza with Paul Chan at McNally Jackson Soho

DATE 5/18/2018

Susan Meiselas with Ann Hamilton LIVE from the NYPL

DATE 5/17/2018

David Goldes: Electricities, up against the limits of the medium

DATE 5/16/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story

DATE 5/15/2018

Positive notions of transgressions in Vitra's 'Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960-Today'

DATE 5/14/2018

Gay Pride!

DATE 5/14/2018

Night Fever, Night Fever!

DATE 5/13/2018

Mother's Day Magic in 'The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of Flowers in Art'

DATE 5/12/2018

Howardena Pindell: intellectual and hedonistic, ironic and lyrical

DATE 5/11/2018

See video of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Darius Himes speaking at The Strand

DATE 5/9/2018

Kevin Beasley opens at ICA Boston

DATE 5/9/2018

Almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky: Birgit Nilsson

DATE 5/9/2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

DATE 5/9/2018

Jack Pierson to launch 'Tomorrow's Man 4' at BOOKMARC NYC

DATE 5/8/2018

My work is black, it is feminine, and it is marginal: Sonia Gomes

DATE 5/8/2018

Marathon Reading of 'Sculptures for the Blind' by Lenka Clayton at MoMA PS1

DATE 5/7/2018

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Portraits

DATE 5/7/2018

Hiroshi Sugimoto & Darius Himes at the Strand

DATE 5/6/2018

Mary Corse 'unweaves' the rainbow

DATE 5/6/2018

Mojos, mandalas and divining tools: Chris Martin

DATE 5/5/2018

LAMM Presents D'Avila at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 5/4/2018

An epic movie-novel: Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

DATE 5/3/2018

Only psychedelic if you are stoned watching it… Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

DATE 5/3/2018

Drown yourself in art books at Frieze New York, 2018!

DATE 5/2/2018

Take a page from Stanley Whitney's 'Sketchbook'

DATE 5/1/2018

'Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics' is here at last!

DATE 5/1/2018

Pansy Beat book launch and screening at Printed Matter

DATE 5/1/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Nan Goldin: The Beautiful Smile

DATE 4/29/2018

Silent Beauties for Mother's Day

DATE 4/28/2018

Mother's Day Favorite: Anna Zemánková

DATE 4/27/2018

Make Simple Books with Esther K Smith at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 4/27/2018

Rather the fine thread of a dandelion than the flower itself… Judith Milberg

DATE 4/27/2018

Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth presents Sesshu Foster & Will Alexander

DATE 4/26/2018

Just in time for Mother's Day: The Wirtz Gardens III

DATE 4/26/2018

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents "Sound Studies: ray ferreira, DeForrest Brown Jr., Bob Bellerue"

DATE 4/25/2018

A flash of light, an imprint on paper: Adam Fuss

DATE 4/24/2018

David Goldblatt, a prowling animal searching for prey

DATE 4/23/2018

His smile said it all: 'Jessica Antola: Circadian Landscape'

DATE 4/22/2018

Get utopian Earth Day inspiration from 'Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders'

DATE 4/21/2018

A beautiful facsimile of the classic Victorian children's primer

DATE 4/20/2018

Robert Storr on Ruth Asawa

DATE 4/19/2018

Ruth Asawa

DATE 4/18/2018

Adam Fuss and Stephen Frailey at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 4/18/2018

Lovers, pretenders, homosexuals, lesbians, drug addicts, sad girls, hard girls, tough girls, weak girls, girls…

DATE 4/17/2018

NEW! Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

DATE 4/16/2018

A fascinating read for anyone interested in biodiversity: 'Mario Del Curto: Seeds of the Earth'

DATE 4/15/2018

In 'Handbook of Tyranny' Theo Deutinger asks, 'Where are we now?'


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/21/2018

Agnes Martin

"When I first made a grid I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees and then this grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied." –Agnes Martin

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/20/2018

Late Magritte: the missing link between James Ensor and Zap Comix

Magritte's sunlit surrealist and vache paintings are "deeply, thoroughly weird, not only in their iconography but also in their departure from Magritte's long-established style, palette, and facture… With their penis-nosed grotesques, lurid colors, and bodily eruptions, the vache paintings have been described as 'look[ing] like nothing so much as the missing link between James Ensor and Zap Comix.'" – Abigail Solomon-Godeau

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/19/2018

After the confusion and panic… Magritte's late vache paintings and 'sunlit Surrealism'

"The painting of my 'sunlit period' is obviously in contradiction to many things we were convinced of before 1940," René Magritte wrote to fellow Surrealist André Breton. "This, I think, is the main explanation of the resistance it has met with. I believe however that we no longer exist to prophesy (our prophesies were always unpleasant, it must be admitted); at the International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris visitors had to find their way around with electric torches. We had this experience during the occupation and it wasn't funny. The confusion and panic that Surrealism wanted to create in order to bring everything into question were achieved much better by the Nazi idiots than by us, and there was no question of avoiding the consequences."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/18/2018

Whitewalling: Aruna D'Souza with Paul Chan at McNally Jackson Soho

Thursday, May 24 at 7 PM, McNally Jackson Soho presents a reading and signing with 'Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts' author Aruna D'Souza and artist and Badlands Unlimited publisher, Paul Chan.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/18/2018

Susan Meiselas with Ann Hamilton LIVE from the NYPL

Wednesday, May 23 from 7-9 PM, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas will appear in conversation with visual artist Ann Hamilton, LIVE from the NYPL in the Wachenheim Trustees Room at the main branch of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street & 5th Avenue.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/18/2018

René Magritte: The Fifth Season comes to SFMOMA

René Magritte: The Fifth Season, focused on the artist's late vache and "sunlit surrealist" paintings, opens tomorrow at SFMOMA, and we are delighted to have co-published the superb exhibition catalog. "To paraphrase philosopher Ferdinand Alquié," curator Caitlin Haskell writes, "Magritte's Surrealism was not so much about losing reason, but rather a concerted recovery of what reason makes us lose… It was Magritte's gift, and his great pleasure, to identify the cracks between a painting's imagery and a viewer's assumptions and then slip a second 'feed' into that perceptual blind spot."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/17/2018

David Goldes: Electricities, up against the limits of the medium

"You seem to be interested in things that can be demonstrated and recorded photographically, but you're also keen to bring the viewer up short, up against the limits of the medium," David Campany says of David Goldes' work. Its success often "hinges on the certainties that are lost when three dimensions are translated into two. Solids into planes. Binocular eyesight into monocular depiction."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/16/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story

In March of 1961, Parks told a Brazilian journalist, "The world must see the tragedy of poverty as it is, and feel all its drama… everyone must face the problems of humanity. My way of facing these issues is through photography. It is important because it can show, without needing words, everything that is wrong and can be improved."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/15/2018

Positive notions of transgressions in Vitra's 'Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960-Today'

One of the major European clubs of the 1990s, Les Bains Douches in Paris was designed by none other than Philippe Starck. Photographed here by Foc Kan, Les Bains is one of dozens of innovative, outrageous, transgressive and progressive international nightclubs documented and analyzed in Vitra's highly anticipated new release, "Night Fever." Sociologist Silvia Rief is quoted, "clubbing…assumes positive notions of transgressions into liminal states, in which 'other' modes of being, activity and living can be explored."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/14/2018

Night Fever, Night Fever!

Though the title of this book takes off from the 1977 Bee Gees hit, the phrase,night fever actually "describes the experience of going out more generally," Catharine Rossi and Jochen Eisenbrand write, "as we escape from the working day and venture out into the hedonistic night. Night fever is the feverish expectation of what is to come; the dressing up (or down) for the night ahead; and the nervous excitement felt while queuing outside a club, uncertain if you are going to get in. It is the mounting anticipation as you enter a venue and head down a darkened corridor, through a murky tunnel, or up a narrow flight of stairs. It is the racing pulse and heightened temperature as you move to the music, lost to the rhythm in a sea of bodies, and maybe even meeting a rendezvous for the hours ahead."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/13/2018

Mother's Day Magic in 'The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of Flowers in Art'

"My first works played with anemones buried in sulfur, cut and dissected pomegranates, flower petals pinned to walls," Jean-Michel Othoniel writes in The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of Flowers in Art, which he created from works at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. "I loved Federico García Lorca's poetry, the wind in the poplars, the oracle in their foliage; I conscientiously pinned leaves from the álamo (poplar) onto maps of Spain. I burned matches—I was intoxicated by the sulfur fumes—and I plunged laurel branches into pink wax. I drew female sexual organs on dandelion heads. I harvested chestnut burrs in the park of Jouy-en-Josas."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/12/2018

Howardena Pindell: intellectual and hedonistic, ironic and lyrical

Howardena Pindell: Paintings, 1974-1980, is a staff pick on the occasion of Pindell's current exhibition at MCA Chicago. Barry Schwabsky calls Pindell's work, "intellectual and hedonistic, contemplative and active, concrete and imagistic, ironic and lyrical, constructive and spontaneous."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/11/2018

See video of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Darius Himes speaking at The Strand

Monday May 7, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto spoke with Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's and co-author of Publish Your Photography Book, at the Strand Bookstore in celebration of "Portraits," Sugimoto's latest collection of photographs published by Damiani and MW Editions. See video of the discussion here!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/9/2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

This week, Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers was honored at the 2018 Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at the New York Public Library. As the North American distributor of Lars Müller's extraordinary list of books on art, architecture, design and theory, we are ourselves honored to reproduce his acceptance speech here.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/9/2018

Kevin Beasley opens at ICA Boston

Kevin Beasley's Untitled (...just watch) (2015) was produced the same year Eric Garner and Tamir Rice were killed by police, and three years after Trayvon Martin was killed by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. "Beasley's sculpture is not a response to any one instance of murder or brutality," Ruth Erickson writes in the new exhibition catalog from ICA Boston, "but rather an evocation of a bodily state, a passing in plain sight. The work's title, just watch, could be read as a call to witness. Perhaps we are called out of resignation to the inevitable: 'Just watch.' Perhaps this is an instruction to watch our backs. Or maybe this is a pointedly taunting response to our utter disbelief."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/9/2018

Almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky: Birgit Nilsson

"Turandot was sitting in her palace, high above the arena's enormous stage, and Birgit's voice seemed to me almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky. I don't know why—maybe for acoustical reasons, maybe for psychological ones—but the farther away I stood, the more monumental her voice seemed. Sometimes I was so overwhelmed with admiration that I almost forgot to sing my own part. It was one of the high points of my life, not only as an artist but also as a worshipper of great singing." - Placido Domingo

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/9/2018

Jack Pierson to launch 'Tomorrow's Man 4' at BOOKMARC NYC

Thursday, May 10, BOOKMARC New York presents Jack Pierson launching and signing 'Tomorrow's Man 4,' published by Bywater Bros. Editions. Champagne reception, 6-8PM!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/8/2018

Marathon Reading of 'Sculptures for the Blind' by Lenka Clayton at MoMA PS1

Join J & L Books Sunday, May 13, from 2-6 PM in the Artbook at MoMA PS1 Book Space for a Marathon Reading of 'Sculptures for the Blind' by Lenka Clayton. Contributors will read all 192 pages of the book (out loud) from a podium. Drop in, listen for a while, go see the exhibitions, then come back. (They'll still be there.)

CORY REYONLDS | DATE 5/8/2018

My work is black, it is feminine, and it is marginal: Sonia Gomes

"Of course my work carries the South," she is quoted by Solange Farkas, "My work is black, it is feminine, and it is marginal. I am a rebel. I never worried about masking or stifling anything that might or might not fit standards of what is called art. I always sought nonconformity with things that are established. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles because I'm a woman, because I'm black, because I was too old to be considered one of Brazilian art's young talents. Even here, people found it difficult to understand my work. People reject our roots, they feel more comfortable with what comes from abroad. We're prejudiced against ourselves. My work is Brazilian." - Sonia Gomes

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/7/2018

Hiroshi Sugimoto & Darius Himes at the Strand

Monday May 7, from 7 - 8 PM, Hiroshi Sugimoto will appear in conversation with Darius Himes at the Strand Bookstore, in celebration of 'Portraits,' Sugimoto's latest collection of photographs published by Damiani and MW Editions. Signing to follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/7/2018

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Portraits

"Fidel Castro" (1999), Hiroshi Sugimoto's "portrait" of the Cuban revolutionary as sculpted in wax, is reproduced from Hiroshi Sugimoto: Portraits, new from Damiani and MW Editions. "For Sugimoto, photography is not just an artistic vehicle," Maria Morris Hambourg writes, "it is a philosophical instrument. From his first photographs of dioramas, the artist understood that 'photography does not exist separate from the world… but already exists as an innate perceptual tool within our mind.'

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/6/2018

Mojos, mandalas and divining tools: Chris Martin

"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

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/6/2018

Mary Corse 'unweaves' the rainbow

"Corse's project recalls debates around Newtonian optics. Having decomposed white light into the prismatic spectrum, Sir Isaac Newton was charged by John Keats with 'unweaving the rainbow' in his great Lamia of 1819. For Corse, the study of the physical world does not dismantle aesthetics but encourages on a shared epistemological ground the possibility of a non-disinterested position of engagement. Of course, personal observation of fleeting incidents—like water droplets appearing in the sky as some gorgeous Technicolor phantom, or a brilliant twinkling monochrome ceasing to exist and returning anew in flickering alternationz—survive in the post-Newtonian world, where the development of quantum mechanics emphasizes the impact of the act of observation on the observed. Corse's paintings serve as humbling reminders of this fact." - Suzanne Hudson

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/5/2018

LAMM Presents D'Avila at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

Sunday, May 6th, from 4-6PM: Following 'twinnish,' their inaugural interdisciplinary, performance focused poetry event at Artbook @ MoMA PS1, poets and performers Monica McClure and Laura Marie Marciano will continue LAMM, a multidisciplinary, experiential poetry project, with D'Avila. LAMM is a special partnership between McClure and Marciano that places an audience's experience of poetry within the intersections of image, sound, fashion design and performance.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/4/2018

An epic movie-novel: Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

"What is The Chelsea Girls?" Jonas Mekas asked in his September 29, 1966, review in The Village Voice. "It is Warhol's most ambitious work to date. It is also probably his most important work to date. It is an epic movie-novel… The film in its complex and overlapping structure, in its simultaneity of lives before our eyes, comes closest to Joyce. Forgive me this sacrilegious comparison—really, this is the first time that I dare mention Joyce in connection with cinema. This is the first time that I see in cinema an interesting solution of narrative techniques that enable cinema to present life in the complexity and richness achieved by modern literature."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/3/2018

Only psychedelic if you are stoned watching it… Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

Featured image, of Warhol Superstar Nico in reel 12 of Warhol's cinematic split-screen masterpiece, is reproduced from Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls, published by D.A.P. and The Andy Warhol Museum. "I am on the screen for an hour, and I prefer one scene to the other," Nico is quoted in the book. "There is a scene where my face is colored with patterns and it's supposed to be, oh, psychedelic.… It is only psychedelic if you are stoned watching it. Otherwise it is a portrait with color added. It is beautiful in a certain way, but it is like a silk screen that Andy has made, except I cannot put it on my wall. It only goes on the walls of cinemas."

DATE 12/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

They're cute, they're small, they're surprising and affordable. Here are 10 staff picks for the stockings on your list »

DATE 11/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Art Lover

Our staff picks the must-have art books of 2017, from surveys on art in the age of black power to major monographs on twentieth-century titans of art and design »

DATE 11/6/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

For photography lovers – here are 10 of our favorite 2017 monographs and surveys by Modern and contemporary photographers »

DATE 11/13/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

Our staff picks the must-have architecture and design books of 2016, from radical feminist posters of the 1970s to 30s tea towels by recently rediscovered American textile designer, Marguerita Mergentime »

DATE 11/16/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

From MoMA's new monographs on Stephen Shore and Frank Lloyd Wright to Xavier Barral's gorgeous collection of car photography, FUEL's book on rare chess sets from around the world, and Reel Art Press's Frankenstein survey, our staff recommends these 10 handsome books for the men in your life »

DATE 11/20/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

From books on Grace Coddington, Guy Bourdin, Jean Pigozzi, and MoMA's survey, ITEMS - our staff favorite holiday fashion gift books »

DATE 11/23/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

10 must-have 2017 reading books, from Jeremy Sigler's new collection of diaristic tales to collected art writings by Robert Storr, Glenn O'Brien and Carroll Dunham »

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

Books on Vincent Sardon, R. Crumb, LGBT San Francisco, Cuban protest posters, Feminist protest posters, black power art, and Jim Marshall's photos of the peace sign are some of our favorites on Rebels and Resistance for 2017

DATE 11/30/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

Whether you love it or hate it, left it or long for it - here are our 10 favorite gift books for the New Yorkers in your life »

DATE 12/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

10 books that we love outside of logic, beyond our control, or for reasons unknown, even to ourselves. Holiday Gift Staff Favorites, 2017 »

DATE 5/9/2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

Vivid words from Lars Müller at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit, 2018

This week, Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers was honored at the 2018 Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at the New York Public Library. As the North American distributor of Lars Müller's extraordinary list of books on art, architecture, design and theory, we are ourselves honored to reproduce his acceptance speech here.

DATE 1/9/2017

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

Remembering Nat Hentoff, Champion of Jazz and Civil Rights

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.

DATE 6/6/2016

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

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."



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