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DATE 8/12/2019

Magic, protection and undeniable beauty in "Wild Beads of Africa"

DATE 8/10/2019

Private entertainments or public show in 'Frida Kahlo: Her Photos'?

DATE 8/9/2019

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Voyagers!

DATE 8/7/2019

Something terrifying emerging from the anxious brushstrokes in 'Landscape Painting Now'

DATE 8/5/2019

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DATE 8/2/2019

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DATE 7/31/2019

'Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold Story' releases this week!

DATE 7/29/2019

Jean-Michel Othoniel's 'Secret Language of Flowers' details the hidden meanings of the various flowers in the Louvre

DATE 7/26/2019

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DATE 7/25/2019

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DATE 7/24/2019

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DATE 7/23/2019

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DATE 7/21/2019

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DATE 7/20/2019

Today, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned moon landing with T. Adler's elegant 'The Moon 1968–1972'

DATE 7/20/2019

The Eagle Has Landed … Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing, July 20, 1969

DATE 7/20/2019

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DATE 7/19/2019

Give in to international Space Fever with 'Soviet Space Dogs'

DATE 7/19/2019

MoMA PS1 Book Space presents Lorraine Passero on 'P.S.1: A School for the Centuries'

DATE 7/18/2019

Space is the place in 'The Comet'

DATE 7/18/2019

Join us at SHOPPE OBJECT 3.0 Independent Home & Gift Show, Summer 2019!

DATE 7/17/2019

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DATE 7/16/2019

Together let us explore the stars with 'The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space'

DATE 7/16/2019

MoMA PS1 Book Space presents an interactive afternoon with 'Colors De La Runway' author Clarence Ruth

DATE 7/15/2019

'Bad Luck, Hot Rocks' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/14/2019

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DATE 7/13/2019

'Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death' opens today at MFA Boston

DATE 7/13/2019

Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago

DATE 7/12/2019

'Mrinalini Mukherjee' at Met Breuer gets rave review from 'The New York Times'

DATE 7/11/2019

A cosmic traffic jam in 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music'

DATE 7/11/2019

Michael Lang & Henry Diltz to launch 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music' at Rizzoli

DATE 7/10/2019

All-too human pain in 'Antonello da Messina: Inside Painting'

DATE 7/9/2019

Frail and beautiful and deeply human, 'Saul Leiter: In My Room' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/9/2019

Visit us at the Atlanta Summer Gift & Home Market

DATE 7/8/2019

Summertime Staff Favorite 'The Swimming Pool in Photography' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/5/2019

Pat de Groot captures nothing or everything in summertime staff favorite, 'Landscape Painting Now'

DATE 7/4/2019

Join us at the SF Art Book Fair, 2019!

DATE 7/4/2019

Join us at the SF Art Book Fair, 2019!

DATE 7/4/2019

The greatest book ever made about 'Once Upon a Time in the West'—the greatest Western

DATE 7/3/2019

'Robert Frank: The Americans' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/2/2019

Celebrate American Independence and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with 'The Moon 1968–1972'

DATE 7/1/2019

'Louise Nevelson: I Must Recompose the Environment' is a welcome, historical deep dive

DATE 6/30/2019

A rare ethic of communion in Pride Month pick, 'Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street'

DATE 6/29/2019

Nan Goldin's evocative 'Diving for Pearls' is filled with pride and longing

DATE 6/29/2019

Bill Owens to sign 'Altamont 1969' at Arcana

DATE 6/28/2019

Celebrating Stonewall, 50 Years of In-Your-Face Pride and Alvin Baltrop with 'The Piers'

DATE 6/27/2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall & Pride Month 2019 with these Staff Picks!

DATE 6/27/2019

Celebrate late-80s East Village Pride with 'Pansy Beat'

DATE 6/27/2019

CELEBRATE LGBTQ PRIDE!

DATE 6/26/2019

'Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity' is a Pride Month Pick from Fundacíon Mapfre

DATE 6/25/2019

Vince Aletti's "The Disco Files" is a Pride Month pick for music lovers

DATE 6/24/2019

Beyond queer, 'Cass Bird: Rewilding' is a Pride Month pick


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Magic, protection and undeniable beauty in "Wild Beads of Africa"

DATE 8/12/2019

Magic, protection and undeniable beauty in "Wild Beads of Africa"

Featured image is reproduced from Wild Beads of Africa, a book unlike any other on our list, and a staff favorite at the SHOPPE OBJECT 3.0 Home & Gift Show closing today in New York. Presenting the astonishing old powderglass bead collection of songwriter Billy Steinberg, it is the first book dedicated to the nineteenth-century beads made by the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and Togo from finely-ground, recycled glass. In West Africa, they are regarded as magical, according to essayists John and Ruth Picard, and “worn proudly as a symbol of prestige and wealth. Their protective powers are well known, somewhat equivalent to the dZi beads of Tibet.”

Private entertainments or public show in 'Frida Kahlo: Her Photos'?

DATE 8/10/2019

Private entertainments or public show in 'Frida Kahlo: Her Photos'?

This 1930 photograph of Frida Kahlo, pregnant, at Casa Azul—the family home she shared with Diego Rivera in Coyoacán, Mexico City—is reproduced from Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, a featured title at SHOPPE OBJECT 3.0. On the back, Kahlo has written, "Here's a picture of your girl in August 1930, and to you she dedicates this photo with buten [sic] of amore. Freon." Casa Azul provides the setting for many of the most dramatic and fascinating photographs in this collection. "Amidst an array of exotic animals—parrots, xoloescuintle dogs, monkeys and deer—the guests in the Casa Azul were part of the private entertainments (paintings, letters, diaries, drawings, and photographs) that would soon be transformed into a public show," Laura González Flores writes. "These photographs are fascinating not because of the objective information we can draw from them, but because the Casa Azul social drama is congealed in them in a kind of everlasting present." Some, however, "accidentally unveil that which the mask-image has striven to hide."

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Voyagers!

DATE 8/9/2019

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Voyagers!

Featured image is reproduced from Voyagers, editor Melissa Catanese's dreamy, enigmatic selection of 67 unattributed early- to mid-century vernacular photographs of people blissfully lost in the act of reading—all culled from the renowned Peter J. Cohen collection. No explanatory or congratulatory essay weighs the book down. However, the front and back covers are printed with an excerpt from Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. It ends, "the book should be the written counterpart of the unwritten world; its subject should be what does not exist and cannot exist except when written, but whose absence is obscurely felt by that which exists, in its own incompleteness."


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