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DATE 9/14/2015

Fashion: Glam, Punks & Rockers

DATE 9/12/2015

Fashion: The Classics

DATE 9/11/2015

Lee Miller in Hitler's Bathtub

DATE 9/10/2015

Fashion: The Avant-Gardes

DATE 9/10/2015

Lee Miller: Dead SS Guard, Floating in Canal, Dachau

DATE 9/9/2015

Lee Miller: Solarized Portrait of an Unknown Woman [Meret Oppenheim?]

DATE 9/8/2015

The Maddest Dream a Man Could Make: Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/7/2015

Not Built for Mortal Men: Karl Lagerfeld's Photos of Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/6/2015

Karl Lagerfeld: Casa Malaparte

DATE 9/5/2015

Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World: Playground Equipment

DATE 9/4/2015

The Passion According to Carol Rama: Opera

DATE 9/4/2015

Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World: George Balanchine's Orpheus

DATE 9/3/2015

The Passion According to Carol Rama: Appassionata

DATE 9/3/2015

Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World: The Victim

DATE 9/2/2015

Made in the Americas: Cabinet, Lima, Peru

DATE 9/1/2015

Made in the Americas: John Singleton Copley: "Nicholas Boylston"

DATE 8/31/2015

Wim Wenders Book Signing at IFC NY!

DATE 8/31/2015

Made in the Americas: Abraham Gessner Globe

DATE 8/30/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits: Untitled 1995 girl in striped dress

DATE 8/29/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, Untitled Tokyo

DATE 8/28/2015

Don't Miss Jonathan Horowitz' 160 Dots Project at Swiss Institute!

DATE 8/28/2015

Hellen van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

DATE 8/27/2015

Crafted: Objects in Flux: Sonya Clark, Hair Craft Project

DATE 8/26/2015

Mexico Illustrated 1920–50

DATE 8/26/2015

Crafted: Objects in Flux: Jonathan Keep, Sound Surface

DATE 8/25/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Karl Wirsum

DATE 8/25/2015

Come to the ARTBOOK | D.A.P. & Siglio Press Los Angeles Sample Sale

DATE 8/24/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Jim Falconer

DATE 8/23/2015

Xanti Schawinsky

DATE 8/23/2015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969: Jim Nutt

DATE 8/22/2015

Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 2008–2013

DATE 8/21/2015

Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964

DATE 8/20/2015

Making Africa: Vincent Michéa, Untitled (black with spot)

DATE 8/19/2015

Making Africa: Omar Victor Diop, Dom Nicolau

DATE 8/18/2015

Making Africa: Zanele Muholi, Zinzi and Tozama I, Mobray Capetown

DATE 8/17/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Vincent Van Gogh, "Sower with Setting Sun"

DATE 8/16/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Paul Gauguin, "Still Life with Three Puppies"

DATE 8/15/2015

Japanese Inspirations

DATE 8/15/2015

Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh … Japanese Inspirations: Utagawa Hiroshige, "Plum Estate, Kameido"

DATE 8/14/2015

Photographer Greg Gorman to Sign Books at Arcana

DATE 8/14/2015

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

DATE 8/14/2015

Back to School

DATE 8/12/2015

Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

DATE 8/11/2015

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

DATE 8/10/2015

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

DATE 8/9/2015

Diane Arbus

DATE 8/8/2015

William Eggleston's Guide

DATE 8/7/2015

Ai Weiwei: On the Table

DATE 8/6/2015

International Pop: Okamoto Shinjiro "One Little Indian…"

DATE 8/6/2015

International Pop: Antônio Henrique Amaral, 'Homenagem séc. XX/XXI (20th/21st Century Tribute)'

DATE 8/5/2015

International Pop: Andy Warhol, "Sixteen Jackies"


RECENT POSTS

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/11/2015

Lee Miller

On April 30, 1945, photojournalists David E. Scherman and Lee Miller produced one of the most controversial photographic series of the twentieth century; while documenting Hitler's apartment on the day of his suicide, they photographed each other bathing in the Führer's tub. In Hatje Cantz's new release, Elissa Mailänder writes, "Miller’s and Scherman’s action, as a woman and especially as a Jew, can be interpreted as an act of provocation. It was a (successful) attempt to deconstruct the Führer as a (German) identification figure and hereby to undermine his aura at a time when the war had not officially ended. Although Hitler and his wife had just taken their lives, Germany, which lay in ruins, had not yet capitulated. Embedded in that contemporaneous context, the bathtub photographs sent a clear and defiant message to Germany and international society: The Führer is dead. And now we are here." (more...)

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/10/2015

Lee Miller

"Dead SS Guard, Floating in Canal," Dachau, 1945, is reproduced from Lee Miller, the new release from Hatje Cantz. This haunting image is one of many made by Miller during her years documenting World War II and the Allied liberation—following which she fell into depression and alcoholism. Essayist Ute Wrocklage quotes Miller's fellow photojournalist and wartime companion David E. Scherman, "This was a journalist's finest hour, a story worth crossing Europe for… If she had any emotional reaction at all it was almost orgasmic excitement over the magnitude of the story. She was, in her quiet, methodical, practical way, in seventh heaven… When, as a journalist, do you get the chance to shoot as fast as you can, left and right, and make a horrible, exciting, historic picture? The emotional breakdown, if any was in the subsequent let down after the high of Dachau, and a week later, the burning of the Berghof. The let-down of 'no more hot, fast-breaking story.'"

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/9/2015

Lee Miller

Model, muse, Surrealist and war photographer—Lee Miller was a complex artist and a daring human being. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1907, she moved to Paris in 1929 to study and eventually collaborate closely with Man Ray, who became her lover. She went on to fearlessly document the front rank of the Allied liberation of Europe during World War II; some of her most famous images capture the suicides of high-ranking Nazi officials, beaten SS prison guards, piles of dead bodies at Buchenwald, and of course, her own self-portrait in Hitler's bathtub. Featured image, "Solarized portrait of an Unknown Woman," made in Paris, while under the tutelage of Ray in 1932, is thought by some to capture Surrealist sculptor Meret Oppenheim.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/8/2015

The Maddest Dream a Man Could Make: Casa Malaparte

"It’s the maddest dream a man could make and realize," Karl Lagerfeld writes in his collection of photographs of Capri's infamous Casa Malaparte. "Paradise is found here, on this little piece of interdicted, inaccessible private rock. There is a feeling of immortality difficult to explain.
The house has no garden. The high mountains behind show only their granite faces and the sea surrounds the three other sides of the lower rock the place is built on, looking like a part of a forgotten aircraft carrier abandoned there. You can not feel at home here. Malaparte is still too present—in every room—in every corner. The house lies there as if life had leaked away, intending to return, but nobody knows when. When we had to leave, it rained again. The sky gave the impression that the night wept. We had to walk back for more than 50 minutes to the nearest lived-in house. On our way we counted 396 steps. We left behind this magical place sleeping in unseen arms of power and memory."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/7/2015

Not Built for Mortal Men: Karl Lagerfeld's Photos of Casa Malaparte

In 1997, Karl Lagerfeld spent five days photographing the 1937 Italian architectural masterpiece, Casa Malaparte with a Polaroid camera. "The weather was bad—the sky like lead—but the enchantment was there... Storm and rain gave a feeling of Deluge, ready to sweep the house away. During our stay the sun shone only for one short day… The moon, when it came out, slid down the famous stairs leading to the flat roof of the house—the magic terrace floating high above the sea. It’s an absent, mystic house that has gone to rest. It was nearly lost but found again. It has a sovereign unconcern for everything down to earth. It was not build for mortal men ... There are still many scars of despair and time. But you don’t see them, you only listen to the sea. The beauty of the landscape suffocates the eye at any season."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/6/2015

Karl Lagerfeld: Casa Malaparte

In his gorgeous new book of photographs of the ideosyncratic Italian Modernist architectural masterpiece, Casa Malaparte, Karl Lagerfeld writes, "The 'Casa Malaparte' is a vision of a man with no visible influences. Built in the thirties, it has nothing in common with the Italian architecture of those days. It’s also untouched by the then so influential ideas of the Bauhaus—but it is still absolutely modern. There is no other house like this in the world. When he 'created' this house (and nobody knows what the architect Adalberto Libera exactly contributed to this project) he thought perhaps that this place should be the continued evidence of his love of the beauty of Capri and the mediterranean world. It was built for future times— whether they would like it or not. It’s a kind of inevitable inheritance. Nothing can befall this masterpiece whose deep sources are interior. Goodbye to any classic standard of houses and the way we are used to look at them."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/5/2015

Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World

"Brancusi said that when an artist stopped being a child, he would stop being an artist," Isamu Noguchi writes in A Sculptor's World, his 1968 autobiography, now available in a new edition from Steidl. "Children, I think, must view the world differently from adults, their awareness of its possibilities are more primary and attuned to their capacities. When the adult would imagine like a child he must project himself into seeing the world as a totally new experience. I like to think of playgrounds as a primer of shapes and functions; simple, mysterious, and evocative: thus educational. The child's world would be a beginning world, fresh and clear. The sculptural elements here have the added significance of usage—in actual physical contact—much as is the experience of the sculptor in the making." Featured image is of Noguchi's metal models for playground equipment, Hawaii, 1939.

DATE 7/14/2015

Agnes Martin Excerpt: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin Excerpt: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin's 1989 essay is reproduced from our essential new monograph, published to accompany the critically-acclaimed touring retrospective currently on view at Tate Modern. Patricia Albers makes special note of this text in the "New York Times Book Review" this weekend, 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.

DATE 2/22/2015

On the Small and the Contrary

On the Small and the Contrary

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."

DATE 9/16/2013

Abiding Architecture: Marie Aquilino Reports from Titanyen, Haiti

Abiding Architecture: Marie Aquilino Reports from Titanyen, Haiti

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.

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



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