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DATE 12/23/2017

A feast for the eyes: Matisse in the Studio

DATE 12/17/2017

What did X-rated movie posters look like in the 1970s?

DATE 12/16/2017

Sex Still Sells! ‘X-rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s’

DATE 12/11/2017

The perfect holiday gift book for the one who doubts everything

DATE 12/10/2017

The rarest William Eggleston: Election Eve

DATE 12/9/2017

LSTW launch event at Artbook at MoMA PS1

DATE 12/9/2017

NEW! William Eggleston: Election Eve

DATE 12/7/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Stocking Stuffers

DATE 12/7/2017

Arcana presents Mega Photobook Afternoon with Mike Slack, Tim Carpenter and others

DATE 12/6/2017

Autophoto: an exquisite holiday gift featuring cars and photography, 1900-now

DATE 12/6/2017

Nonchalant flirting with oblivion: Ray Johnson

DATE 12/6/2017

Tim Carpenter and Mike Slack in conversation with Ron Jude at Ampersand

DATE 12/6/2017

LAMM presents 'twinnish' at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 12/6/2017

BACK IN STOCK! Nan Goldin: The Beautiful Smile

DATE 12/5/2017

101 Danish Design Icons: the 'perfekt' holiday gift for design lovers

DATE 12/4/2017

From the salon to the boudoir: 'Casanova: The Seduction of Europe'

DATE 12/4/2017

Stephen Shore signing at The Strand

DATE 12/4/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Weird and Wonderful Staff Favorites

DATE 12/2/2017

Visit Artbook @ Design Miami 2017

DATE 12/1/2017

Must-Have Fashion Book of 2017: The House of Dior

DATE 11/30/2017

Behold, Thomas Struth

DATE 11/30/2017

Visit our Design Book Pop-Up Store at Usagi NY

DATE 11/30/2017

Visit Spoonbill Studio's Snail Farm and Friends Book Fair!

DATE 11/30/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: New York, New York

DATE 11/29/2017

Thomas Struth asks, "What are we doing here?"

DATE 11/28/2017

Going beyond in 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?'

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Staff Pick 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' transforms the familiar to historically significant

DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Rebels and Resistance!

DATE 11/26/2017

The American Surfaces of Stephen Shore

DATE 11/25/2017

Banality and lack of artifice: Stephen Shore

DATE 11/24/2017

A seeming paradox and an American treasure: Stephen Shore

DATE 11/23/2017

Design to the Nth power: Essential Eames

DATE 11/23/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

DATE 11/22/2017

Bold, dashing color on the table: 'Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas'

DATE 11/21/2017

Unsentimental Wonder: Hilton Als on Alice Neel

DATE 11/20/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Fashion Forward

DATE 11/20/2017

SHIPPING NOW! ‘Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years’

DATE 11/19/2017

Always someone under the neon lights… Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

DATE 11/19/2017

STEIDL x STRAND 2017

DATE 11/18/2017

‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’

DATE 11/18/2017

Rizzoli presents 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' with Paola Antonelli

DATE 11/17/2017

Moments of truth, spirited away in 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist'

DATE 11/16/2017

Oliver Clegg Slot Car Race & Book Launch at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 11/16/2017

Boom boxes, break dancing and the Salsa King: Jamel Shabazz's NYC Street Photographs

DATE 11/16/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Him

DATE 11/15/2017

Holiday Gift staff favorite 'Josef Albers in Mexico' releases today!

DATE 11/15/2017

Jorn Weisbrodt, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Holdengraber, Karen Hopkins & Charles Renfro launch Into the Culture Cave at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

DATE 11/14/2017

Evidence of life before the art market … Club 57

DATE 11/13/2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Design Devotee

DATE 11/12/2017

Black artist as superhero: Barkley L. Hendricks in 'Soul of a Nation'

DATE 11/10/2017

Tell Me Something Good panel and launch with Phong Bui, Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Jack Whitten at The Strand


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/23/2017

A feast for the eyes: Matisse in the Studio

A silver chocolate pot makes a cameo appearance in Matisse's "Still Life with Lemons" but also appears in at least eight other artworks. Follow its journey in Matisse in the Studio.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/17/2017

What did X-rated movie posters look like in the 1970s?

This poster for the 1970 John Holmes vehicle I Want You is reproduced from Reel Art Press’ naughty new bit of film-ephemera-worship, X-rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s. “Ripped brutally from the tortured realities of twisted lives, I WANT YOU is the ultimate in exploitation fare,” promotional copy promises. “I WANT YOU is a film that combines all the elements demanded by your audience plus mystery, excitement, and murder. The ending is guaranteed to be the most surprising of the year…” What can we say, it’s one of our Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books of 2017!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/16/2017

Sex Still Sells! ‘X-rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s’

“Kitty was a woman’s woman, a man’s woman or everybody’s woman. She was wild.” Reproduced from X-rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s, a Holiday Gift Staff Pick 2017!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/11/2017

The perfect holiday gift book for the one who doubts everything

Let’s face it, the holidays can be oppressive—psychologically, spiritually, emotionally and aesthetically. Our antidote: Vincent Sardon: The Stampographer, published by Siglio Press.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/10/2017

The rarest William Eggleston: Election Eve

Election Eve, William Eggleston’s first artist’s book, was published as an edition of only 5 in October of 1977. It contained 100 original prints in two leather-bound volumes housed in a linen box. It remains Eggleston’s rarest collectible book. Luckily for us, Steidl has remedied the situation with this new trade edition, released this week and set to sell out by the next. Original publisher Caldecot Chubb tells the story of the first edition, concluding, “My mother, when we knelt on the living room rug at home and I showed her the two enormous volumes and the pictures in them, thought I’d done something wonderful. I was 27 when I published Election Eve and had no real idea how lucky I was. I know now.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/9/2017

NEW! William Eggleston: Election Eve

“Bank parking lot, Plains” is reproduced from William Eggleston: Election Eve, Steidl’s superb new release gathering 100 photographs that Eggleston shot in Georgia just prior to the 1976 Presidential election. “On the eve of the election, when nothing had yet been decided, when everything—whatever that everything was—hung in the balance, Eggleston made an elegy … a statement of perfect calm,” Lloyd Fonvielle writes.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/9/2017

LSTW launch event at Artbook at MoMA PS1

Saturday, December 9 from 4-6 PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents the launch of 'LSTW Issue 2,' an intimate exploration of lesbian communities across Canada.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/7/2017

Arcana presents Mega Photobook Afternoon with Mike Slack, Tim Carpenter and others

Saturday, December 9 from 3 -7 PM, Arcana presents photobook signings Mike Slack, Tim Carpenter, Ed and Deanna Templeton, Sam Contis, Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Fumi Ishino and Mark Ruwedel.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2017

Tim Carpenter and Mike Slack in conversation with Ron Jude at Ampersand

Friday, December 8 at 7PM, Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books in Portland, Oregon, presents an evening with photographers Ron Jude, Mike Slack and Tim Carpenter. Moderated by Jude, the conversation will center on recent bodies of work made by Slack and Carpenter. A book signing will follow.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2017

LAMM presents 'twinnish' at Artbook @ MoMA PS1

Join us on Sunday, December 10th from 4PM - 6PM in the Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Book Space for an experiential poetry event, "twinnish," presented by LAMM.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2017

Autophoto: an exquisite holiday gift featuring cars and photography, 1900-now

“I noticed at certain times an erotic charge between the mechanics and the cars, muscle on muscle, especially in cases where the men were under the cars. In combining mechanic and car I am objectifying the men as much as the cars. This is as much a function of photography as my own sexuality." – Justine Kurland, from multi-category 2017 Staff Pick Holiday Gift Book, Autophoto.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2017

Nonchalant flirting with oblivion: Ray Johnson

“Untitled (Dali/Dear David Smith/Barbra Streisand)” (1974) is reproduced from Matthew Marks’ new Ray Johnson monograph. Featuring work from the ’60s through the ’90s, a selection of well-chosen archival photographs and a personal essay by Brad Gooch, this small but rich volume tells the story of “an obsessive patternmaker in his life and work … forever scrambling the two. All the elements were present from the start: the witty eye, the textural jump-cutting, the nonchalant flirting with oblivion.” Get it while it’s hot.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2017

BACK IN STOCK! Nan Goldin: The Beautiful Smile

We’ve waited a long time for this gorgeous—no, really gorgeous—book to come back to us, and at last, we have it. Having sold out immediately upon its original publication (to commemorate Nan Goldin’s 2007 Hasselblad Award), this clothbound volume with tipped-on cover image is the favorite of all her books—which is saying a lot. “Nan Goldin’s pictures are desire,” Walter Keller wrote for the catalog essay, “the desire to break through that impossible barrier between ‘you’ and ‘I.’” Featured image is “Isabella on Guido’s head, Sardinia” (2003).

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/5/2017

101 Danish Design Icons: the 'perfekt' holiday gift for design lovers

Let’s say there’s someone on your holiday shopping list with impeccable taste, who has everything, and doesn’t want more… unless it’s really good, smart, elegant, surprising and new. Problem solved. This person needs 101 Danish Design Icons, Hatje Cantz’s 464-page bible of iconic functional objects from the small creative powerhouse to the North.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/4/2017

Stephen Shore signing at The Strand

Tuesday, December 5, from 7:30 – 8:30 PM, the Strand Bookstore presents photographer Stephen Shore signing copies of his new retrospective catalog from MoMA. Join us for this special occasion.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/4/2017

From the salon to the boudoir: 'Casanova: The Seduction of Europe'

All talk of modern-day sexual misconduct aside, the show currently on view at the Kimbell Art Museum (traveling in 2018 to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and MFA Boston) is an extremely exciting display of good old-fashioned eighteenth-century hedonism, with all of the “shimmering surfaces, flushed bare flesh and roiling curves” of the Rococo period (to quote the Wall Street Journal) perfectly matched to content.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/2/2017

Visit Artbook @ Design Miami 2017

Visit us December 6-10 at Design Miami/ 2017! In addition to a curated selection of art and design books, catalogues raisonnés and collector’s editions from around the world, we are featuring the brand new signed and numbered Steven Klein Visionaire, 'Fetish.' Book signings are with David Adjaye, Sharon Johnston, Annabelle Selldorf, Alberto Vicente and Marcelo Vasconcellos, Rafael de Cárdenas and Aaron Betsky.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/1/2017

Must-Have Fashion Book of 2017: The House of Dior

“Haute couture dresses have the unique and extraordinary character of art objects,” Christian Dior said. “They are among the last remaining things to be made by hand, by human hands whose value remains irreplaceable for they endow everything they create with qualities that a machine could never give them: poetry and life.” You can't go wrong with this Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book for 2017.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/30/2017

Behold, Thomas Struth

“What lends Struth’s pictures their own individual and unmistakable character are the questions that he poses to us—questions about the relevance of public space, about the connecting moment of the cohesion of families, about the meaning of nature and culture, about the limits and possibilities of new technologies. Struth succeeds in realizing fundamental themes, such as the instability of societal structure or the fragility of human existence, in pictures of high formal elegance, which evoke simultaneously participation and empathy and permit beholders to become partners in the working through of social, ethical, and human values.” - Thomas Weski

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/30/2017

Visit Spoonbill Studio's Snail Farm and Friends Book Fair!

Sunday, December 3rd, Spoonbill Studio hosts the Snail Farm and Friends Book Fair, featuring objects and books and more from Erin Hester, Heinzfeller Nileisist, Txt Books, Mega Press, Aidan Koch, Aventures LTD, Snail Farm and Spoonbill Books! Plus… a curated selection of design book favorites from ARTBOOK | D.A.P.!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/30/2017

Visit our Design Book Pop-Up Store at Usagi NY

Design book lovers, rejoice! And make your way to Dumbo, Brooklyn, where Artbook has joined forces with interdisciplinary art/work/think space, Usagi NY, now through December 31.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/29/2017

Thomas Struth asks, "What are we doing here?"

“What would you say is your critical project when you add… all the work you’ve done over the last forty-five years,” Okwui Enwesor asks photographer Thomas Struth in the comprehensive new retrospective monograph from D.A.P. “Did you have a program? Are you still searching for your subject matter?” Struth responds, “I think what connects them is the question I have them pose to the public—and to myself, since I’m also part of the audience. And that question is: What are we doing here?” See more Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books > > here! > >

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/28/2017

Going beyond in 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?'

In MoMA’s historic new survey, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, five rising international photographers—including Omar Victor Diop, Bobby Doherty, Catherine Losing, Monika Mogi and Kristin-Lee Moolman—were asked to interpret some of the articles of clothing featured in the show. This photo by Kristin-Lee Moolman & IB Kamara shows items from Pierre Cardin’s space age Cosmos collection, a Swatch watch, and YSL Touche Éclat face highlighter—all gleaned from a secondhand store in Johannesburg.

9781633450363 | DATE 11/27/2017

Holiday Gift Staff Pick 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' transforms the familiar to historically significant

Reproduced from Items: Is Fashion Modern?—which the New York Review of Books calls MoMA’s “fashion ‘canon’ for contemporary life”—this photograph from Monika Mogi’s photo essay shows Capri Pants, Converse All Stars and a Fitbit. “Items offers a satisfaction similar to that of a completed list or a well-organized room,” NYRB’s Hilary Reid writes. “It is the catalog, though, that transforms the items from familiar to historically significant… To fully appreciate the pieces in Items, it is the viewer’s duty—delight, really—to imagine how she has encountered and used each item over time. That the playful and delightfully bizarre contemporary fashion photographs in the catalog offer a vision of our mundane items beyond what we already know is the show’s most rewarding surprise.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/26/2017

The American Surfaces of Stephen Shore

Reproduced from MoMA’s essential new Stephen Shore retrospective catalog, “Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1972” was shot as part of the photographer’s largely autobiographical, road-trip heavy photo-diary, American Surfaces. Influenced by the conceptual practices of serial artists like Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, an interest in amateur photography and a fascination with the aesthetics of kitch, vernacular and pop culture, this body of work is widely credited with having influenced the color photography of the next three decades, though it was shown only once—and scathingly reviewed—in 1972, before a collector friend purchased it and donated it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it “remained largely invisible for almost thirty years,” according to MoMA curator Quentin Bajac.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/25/2017

Banality and lack of artifice: Stephen Shore

“In their banality and lack of artifice, [Stephen] Shore’s pictures seem to fly in the face of typical food photography, which always seeks to beautify the meal being photographed. In contrast, the food on display here—that of travelers and people in a hurry, in cafeterias motels drive-ins, diners, planes—is repetitive, unsophisticated, and rarely appetizing." - Quentin Bajac, 'Stephen Shore'

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 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."

DATE 6/15/2015

The Future of the Skyscraper

The Future of the Skyscraper

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.



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