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DATE 7/31/2017

Emil Nolde's wild Grotesques

DATE 7/30/2017

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Summer Reading: Midnight: The Tempest Essays by Molly Nesbit

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DATE 7/26/2017

Nonchalant flirting with oblivion: Ray Johnson

DATE 7/25/2017

Philip Guston's Nixon Drawings have never been more relevant

DATE 7/24/2017

A book for our times: Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings

DATE 7/23/2017

Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1975-1983

DATE 7/22/2017

Tom Bianchi's 70s photos of the Gay Community in Fire Island Pines

DATE 7/21/2017

Exactly what's the deal with Russia, again?

DATE 7/21/2017

Hauser & Wirth LA Presents 'Master of Go' Summer Reading Group

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Hauser & Wirth LA Presents 'In the Deep' Summer Reading Group

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Oozing with potency: Margaret Hooks' Tina Modotti Biography

DATE 7/19/2017

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DATE 7/19/2017

"Disagreements must be intensified and their gaps must be widened."

DATE 7/18/2017

A beautiful new book on Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu

DATE 7/17/2017

Enough room to play: Craft Becomes Modern: The Bauhaus in the Making

DATE 7/16/2017

Between utopia and industrial culture: Craft Becomes Modern

DATE 7/15/2017

Exceptional architecture in 'Francis Kéré: Radically Simple'

DATE 7/14/2017

Marriage of the Minds in Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Slant Rhymes

DATE 7/13/2017

Poetry meets photography in 'Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Slant Rhymes'

DATE 7/12/2017

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DATE 7/11/2017

USPS Celebrates Andrew Wyeth with Forever Stamps

DATE 7/11/2017

'Studio: Remembering Chris Marker' Event at Metrograph

DATE 7/10/2017

The torment of the loner, the distress of the seeker beset by visions: Egon Schiele

DATE 7/9/2017

Even magic is doomed to pass: Egon Schiele

DATE 7/8/2017

Relive turn-of-the-century Paris in the postcards of Eugčne Atget

DATE 7/8/2017

The deceptive simplicity of Women in Trees

DATE 7/8/2017

SUMMER BOOK SALE - SAVE UP TO 70% (click HERE to see more!)

DATE 7/7/2017

Where's Lenin?

DATE 7/7/2017

Atget: Postcards of a Lost Paris

DATE 7/5/2017

Cool Book Alert: FUEL's newest is 'Looking for Lenin'

DATE 7/4/2017

Celebrating American Independence

DATE 7/3/2017

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DATE 7/2/2017

Endless Summer in 'An Uncommon Archive'

DATE 7/1/2017

BACK IN STOCK! Deanna Templeton: The Swimming Pool

DATE 6/30/2017

SURF's Up!

DATE 6/29/2017

We're loving Joe Bradley's 'large, scruffy-looking' paintings

DATE 6/28/2017

At last: the first major American survey of Joe Bradley

DATE 6/27/2017

'Not just anyone can go mad.' Carol Rama: Antibodies

DATE 6/26/2017

NEW! 'Carol Rama: Antibodies' from New Museum

DATE 6/25/2017

LGBT Pride Parade, now and then

DATE 6/24/2017

CELEBRATE LGBT PRIDE!

DATE 6/23/2017

LGBT San Francisco talk and signing at BGSQD

DATE 6/23/2017

Joe Bradley Book Launch at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Bushwick

DATE 6/22/2017

Divine and more in 'LGBT: San Francisco'

DATE 6/21/2017

Documenting Gay Pride: Daniel Nicoletta's 'LGBT: San Francisco'

DATE 6/20/2017

Playfulness and Pride in 'LGBT: San Francisco'

DATE 6/19/2017

Celebrate Harvey MIlk and 'LGBT: San Francisco'


EX LIBRIS

Ex Libris: Mike Slack

DATE 2/16/2010

Ten small, mostly affordable art books to which my initial reaction was something like: "I'm not sure if I understand what this is, but I love it and I must own it at once!"

1. Ron Jude: Alpine Star (A-Jump Books, 2006)

WTF?: An odd selection of B&W photographs from a small-town newspaper, appropriated & edited by Ron Jude (and reproduced with stochastic printing) into something funnier and more cryptic than the original pictures were ever meant to suggest.

2. Sol Lewitt: Isometric Drawings (Paula Cooper Gallery, 1982)

Eye candy: Bold black lines on stark white paper, depicting a sequence of simple (but just slightly incorrect?) geometric forms - pure math with a quirky 'personality.'

3. Paul Kooiker: Room Service (Van Zoetendaal Gallery, 2008)

Guilty pleasure: Faceless women in various stages of undress, photographed in libraries, offices and bookshops, re-printed here rather garishly.

4. Jim Shaw: Dreams (Smart Art Press, 1995)

An old favorite: The vast, mind-boggling collection of Jim Shaw's masterfully executed 'dream drawings,' accompanied by his equally uncanny textual descriptions.

5. Vanessa van Dam & Martine Stig: Any Resemblance to Existing Persons in Purely Coincidental: Stories: Stories of Mr. Wood (Revolver, 2006)

Chance encounters: A kind of large-scale photographic 'scavenger hunt' in which the exact same set of detailed instructions were followed in Bombay, and then again in Los Angeles, over the course of ten days, to produce two completely different pictorial 'narratives.' (The instructions are repeated at the end of the book to encourage the reader to create his/her own story.)

6. Terry Winters: Filters in Stock (38th Street Publishers, 2008)

More eye candy: A small notebook of messy, hand-sketched squiggles and patterns, made with chalk or pencil on paper. (Sort of an intimate counterpart to the Sol Lewitt title mentioned above.)

7. Gerhard Richter: Wald (Walther Konig, 2009)

Yes, another Richter book...: An absorbing, self-contained 'system' of photographs (of a dense forest in Cologne) and words (from a forestry magazine, randomly shuffled by a computer program) arranged throughout the book's pages "according to strict parameters" to generate an ingenious ebb and flow of image and text. One of his best books.

8. Richard Hell & Christopher Wool: Psychopts (JMc & GHB, 2008)

Words as pictures: A playful collaboration in which pairs of similar printed/typeset words and phrases have been overlapped, blurring their meanings and sparking new connotations, often to humorous effect. (I'm an addict of word games, word puzzles, books, dictionaries...)

9. Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson: Fallen Books (onestar press, 2009)

Another book about books: Books and bookcases that have been toppled by earthquakes (mostly photographed by librarians), with pages color-coded throughout to indicate the degree of seismic activity that caused the disarray.

10. Michael Schmelling, The Plan (J&L Books, 2009)

Yikes!: Nearly 500 photographs of the stifling, cramped domestic interiors of 'compulsive hoarders.' Printed in b & w on cheap newsprint, it feels like a little phone book and is almost impossible to view without getting ink all over your fingers--a perfect combo of subject matter and materials.

EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack

Mike Slack is the author of Ok Ok Ok (2002), Scorpio (2006) and Pyramids (2009). He is also co-publisher (with Tricia Gabriel) of The Ice Plant (www.theiceplant.cc). He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Mike Slack: Pyramids

Mike Slack: Pyramids Mike Slack’s Pyramids builds on the striking Polaroid aesthetic of his previous books, Ok Ok Ok (2002) and Scorpio (2006), rounding out a trilogy of stand-alone volumes that together contain 123 pictures. This collection records >>more
The Ice Plant
ISBN 9780982365311
US $30.00 CAN $35.00 TRADE
Clth, 7 x 9 in. / 80 pgs / 41 color.
Pub Date: 11/30/2009


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