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DelMonico Books/Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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Clth, 9.5 x 12.75 in. / 496 pgs / 200 color / 1732 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2022 p. 16   

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ISBN 9781636810744 TRADE
List Price: $79.95 CDN $104.95 GBP £67.99

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Museum, 07/01/22–01/29/23

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Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech

Edited with text by Michael Darling. Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn. Text by Virgil Abloh, Samir Bantal, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Rem Koolhaas, Michael Rock, Taiye Selasi, Lou Stoppard, George Condo, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Tremaine Emory, Kim Jones, Ben Kelly, Michèle Lamy, Heron Preston, Samuel Ross, Justin R. Saunders, Diane Solway, Amy Verner, Matthew Williams, Anna Wintour.

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech

The essential volume on the great fashion designer, entrepreneur and Louis Vuitton artistic director, back in print

This authoritative Virgil Abloh compendium, created by the designer himself, accompanies his acclaimed landmark 2019–23 touring exhibition and offers in-depth analysis of his career and his inspirations. More than a catalog, Figures of Speech is a 500-page user’s manual to Abloh's genre-bending work in art, fashion and design.
The first section features essays and an interview that examine Abloh’s oeuvre through the lenses of contemporary art history, architecture, streetwear, high fashion and race, to provide insight into a prolific and impactful career that cuts across mediums, connecting visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, major brands and architects. The book also contains a massive archive of images culled from Abloh’s personal files on major projects, revealing behind-the-scenes snapshots, prototypes, inspirations and more—accompanied by intimate commentary from the artist. Finally, a gorgeous full-color plate section offers a detailed view of Abloh’s work across disciplines.
Virgil Abloh (1980–2021) was a fashion designer and entrepreneur, and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection from 2018 to 2021. He was also CEO of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013. Born in Rockford, Illinois, to Ghanaian parents, he entered the world of fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rapper Kanye West. The two began an artistic collaboration that would launch Abloh's career with the founding of Off-White. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.


PRAISE AND REVIEWS

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Eric Brain

Figures of Speech is packed with 1,932 images and a number of essays which discuss race, contemporary art history, streetwear and more. Altogether, [it] spans 496 pages and features a fittingly minimalist hardback cover.

AIROWS

Expect it to fly off the shelves like freshly baked cookies

Core77

Craighton Berman

...The object that is really worth coveting is the book. More than a simple catalog it’s a 500 page User’s Manual to his career.

New York Times

Jon Caramanica

The show’s hefty, excellent catalog […] deploys a titillating level of detail.

Harper's Bazaar

Alison S. Cohn

A celebration of the work of a prolific creator who succeeded not just by bringing his own visions to life but by sharing the blueprint for others to do the same for themselves.

TIME

Cady Lang

Bears witness to the dizzying expanse of Abloh’s work and creativity.

Artland

Alice Godwin

Attests to Abloh’s ability to combine the classic with the zeitgeist of the here and now.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/30/2022

In 'Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,' a record of genius

In 'Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,' a record of genius

Featured spreads are from Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech, the definitive 500-page catalog to the exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum—curated, in its current incarnation, by the late designer’s equally game-changing colleague and friend, Antwaun Sargent. Born in Chicago to Ghanian parents, Abloh exploded the boundaries between fashion, architecture, graphics, sound, art and entrepreneurialism. His death at the age of forty-one continues to reverberate. “Abloh often references the artist Marcel Duchamp as a hero,” Lou Stoppard writes. “He calls him his ‘lawyer’ as a means of explaining and legitimizing his tendency to borrow, displace, rename and rework. He is attracted to Duchamp’s interest in context and the manner in which anything can be elevated to the status of art at the artist’s whim, simply through the act of selection and designation. In homage, Abloh uses wording widely across Off-White products and outlets. Some are labeled simply as what they are—'Cap,’ ‘Website,’ ‘Runway Show Invite.’ Others are given a new definition—leather bags are ‘Sculpture.’ He has made himself ‘Virgil Abloh,’ an object in this pursuit, aware that how he labels and positions himself—whether at the helm of a luxury house, as the artist at the opening of a gallery exhibition or on the red carpet of fashion’s most-watched event, the Met Ball, wearing Air Jordans—challenges stigmas, conventions and canons and, in one way or another, moves culture onward.” continue to blog


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