CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/17/2019
For anyone looking to get away from this season's out-of-the-box vampires, ghosts, skeletons and witches, old school DIY Halloween inspiration can be found in Phyllis Galembo's fascinating new photography monograph on the ritual masks, costumes and cultures of Mexico. Worn on festival days that often combine elements of indigenous and Catholic holidays, the masks, costumes and body paint that Galembo documented over several years traveling throughout of the country are all highly symbolic and specific to the characters of each regional festival. Pictured here is a character from Danza de los Santiagueros during the festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Chignautla, Puebla, 2015.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2019
Featured spreads, both by Giorno Poetry Systems, are reproduced from Information, MoMA’s fiftieth anniversary facsimile edition of the legendary catalog for curator Kynaston McShine’s 1970 survey of conceptual art—the first of its kind at a major institution. Featuring work by pioneering conceptualists such as Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Hanne Darboven, Sol LeWitt, Lucy R. Lippard, Helio Oiticica, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner, John Giorno (of Giorno Poetry Systems) and many more, the catalog is one of the most satisfying examples of highbrow low-fi publishing that we’ve ever encountered. If you’re into facsimile editions, this one’s simply excellent. Giorno’s “Dial-a-Poem,” represented by the spreads reproduced here, invited museumgoers to dial the telephone number 956-7032 to hear poems read by John Ashbery, William Burroughs, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O’Hara, Bobby Seale, Anne Waldman and others.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/15/2019
This week Greenwood Cemetery hosts photographer Shannon Taggart at two events. Wednesday and Thursday, October 16 and 17 from 6:30–8 PM, Taggart will lecture and sign copies of her new book, 'Séance,' published by Fulgur Press. In this illustrated presentation, Taggart will share rare historical images and never before told stories behind the photographs lavishly reproduced in her monograph. Refreshments will be served, and Fulgur publisher Robert Ansell will be in attendance with books available for signing.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2019
Featured spread, captioned "27/8/18, Skiathos, morning thunder coming. Slightly down the hill from Agios Nikolaos," is reproduced from A Greek Journey, the Royal Academy’s charming sketchbook-like collection of Anne Desmet’s watercolor drawings made during three Greek summers spanning thirty-four years. The first series was made when Desmet was an art student, in 1984, traveling the Northern Sporades and Aegean Sea with a friend, her uncle and her brother. The second was made in 1985, while traveling with her mother and brother on Alonissos. “One balmy night found us, with my uncle and Greek fishermen friends, on the uninhabited island of Pelagos eating barbequed octopus on the seashore beneath the shining Milky Way and a myriad shooting stars,” she writes. The final series was made in 2018, while traveling with her husband and young children. “The cheerily painted wooden caïques were long gone—replaced by sleek tourist yachts and cruisers—the streets were crowded, whitewashed buildings more numerous. But the landscape and its dazzling colors were unchanged and evoked nostalgic memories. Thus the thirteenth anniversary of my wonderful uncle’s death saw us drinking a toast to his memory from a bar in Patitiri harbor, which seemed to bring my Greek journey full circle.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/11/2019
Featured image is reproduced from Christmas Day, Bucks Pond Road, The Ice Plant’s new photography book by Tim Carpenter. Collecting 56 duotone images made over the course of a two-hour walk, the book conveys silence and forest sounds, stillness and motion, time and timelessness. Featuring a monochromatic debossed cover image printed onto textured paper, it’s certainly an object of contemplation. No essays tell you what to think or see. But one quote from Marilynne Robinson does appear on the colophon page: “Because, once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2019
We are honored to have worked with photographer Jill Freedman, who not only documented but immersed herself in the lives of the disenfranchised. Featured image is reproduced from Resurrection City, 1968. "I knew I had to shoot the Poor People’s Campaign when they murdered Martin Luther King, Jr.," she wrote. "I had to see what was happening, to record it and be a part of it, I felt so bad. Besides, it sounded too good to miss.
So I went and had one of the times of my life, and this is my trip. And I never realized how much it had become a part of me until I was writing this and saying we and us and feeling homesick.
Which is what Resurrection City was all about.
Of course, it was old stuff from the start. Another nonviolent demonstration. Another march on Washington. Another army camping, calling on a government that acts like the telephone company.
Even poverty is ancient history. Always have been poor people, still are, always will be. Because governments are run by ambitious men of no imagination. Whose priorities are so twisted that they burn food while people starve. And we let them. So that history doesn’t change much but the names. Nothing protects the innocent. And no news is new."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/8/2019
"Crocodile" (2016) is reproduced from the precise and beautifully designed catalog to painter Leidy Churchman’s first U.S. survey, at the Hessel Museum of Art, which was reviewed recently in Hyperallergic, where Alex Jen comments on their “beautiful peculiarity.” In a published interview in the book, Churchman tells Lauren Cornell, chief curator at CCS Bard, “When painting happens for me, it’s more like collecting caterpillars on a summer night, being both delighted and grossed out, or it’s driven by a desire to take care of something that is completely unknown.”
LACY SOTO | DATE 10/8/2019
Saturday, October 12 at 3 PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Bookstore presents a reading and signing event for 'Bad Writing,' the new book from writer and artist Travis Jeppesen.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/7/2019
October 31 marks the beginning of Mexico's Day of the Dead festival, and we're preparing early with photographer Phyllis Galembo's eye-popping new monograph, Mexico Masks Rituals. Galembo's images allow us to reflect on the "eternal present" of ritual celebrations, essayist Sergio Rodríguez Blanco writes. "Those who look back at us from these photographs are not the individuals, but the rituals captured in real time, as unabated, materialized symbols depicted in a mosaic of almost unrealistic forms, textures and colors, similar to abstract paintings. While these photographs cannot capture the eternal present of ritual time, the wearers of masks and costumes whose chromatic range seems to overflow from these pages are there posing for the camera, detained in the fixed time, also eternal—perhaps also sacred—of photography." Featured image is "Catrina, Axtla Jacaraondosas Group, All Saints' Day" (2016) from the Xantolo festival in San Luis Potosí. All Saints' Day is the last day of the three-day festival, this year falling on Friday, November 1.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2019
An ode to Louis Armstrong, "King of the Zulus" (1984–85) is reproduced from Jean-Michel Basquiat: Xerox, Hatje Cantz's new, oversized Nahmad Contemporary exhibition catalog collecting the artist's collaged Xerox paintings. "Basquiat's art can be placed in a field of tension between Burroughs's cut-up technique, concrete poetry and the rise of rap in hip-hop," Dieter Burchart writes: "sampling and scratching, just like copy and paste, are part of Basquiat's artistic practice. His works seem like a 'language of rupture' or the concrete poetry of hip hop created using cut and paste; they offer the opportunity to 'experience information simultaneously,' as Laura Hoptman describes in reference to contemporary collage and assemblage. In Basquiat's work, the 'horizontal cloud of information' becomes a poetic condition."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2019
Sunday, October 6 at 2 PM, the Marengo County Historical Society presents photographer Andrew Moore, speaking about and signing 'Blue Alabama,' his new book focused on the Black Belt region of Alabama.
LACY SOTO | DATE 10/5/2019
Saturday, October 5 at 3 PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Bookstore presents a launch event for 'Performance/Media/Art/Culture: Selected Essays 1983–2018,' the new book by interdisciplinary artist/writer/critic Jacki Apple, who will appear in conversation with editor Marina La Palma, followed by a book signing.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/5/2019
"At Home with the Jangs" (1973) is reproduced from Who Is Michael Jang?, the first major monograph on this stealth-great photographer who flew under the radar for the majority of the last half-century before being discovered by SFMOMA curator Sandra S. Phillips in 2001. Known in particular for his uniquely telling family photographs, he’s become the ultimate photographer’s photographer, counting artists like Alec Soth and Erik Kessels among his greatest fans. Kessels notes, “It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what makes Jang’s work so captivating, which is precisely what makes Jang’s work so captivating… He’s a storyteller, skilled in the art of deception, or perhaps it’s more misdirection. At first glance at one of his images you get one story, look again and you’ll get three others. He’s a master of photographic omission, his work is as much about what’s not there as what is.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/5/2019
Saturday, October 5 from 4–6 PM, photographer Michael Jang will sign copies of 'Who Is Michael Jang?,' published by Atelier Éditions at Arcana: Books on the Arts in Los Angeles.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/4/2019
This week, we can think of no better artist to feature than Kehinde Wiley, whose bronze monument, Rumors of War, is currently on view in Times Square, en route to Richmond, Virginia, where it will stand among a group of problematic Confederate statues that it was designed to address. Pictured here is a detail from Charles I (2018), from the catalog to Wiley's recent exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum, the models for which were cast from residents of north St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri. "Wiley's conceptually ambitious portraits encourage us to question the hisories of domination adn exploitation within the discourses of empire, nation, state and city," curator Simon Kelly writes. "Ultimately, in reinscribing a sense of authority wihtin the hands of those historically marginalized, they affirm a hope for change. In the term used by the noted postcolonial theorist, Gayatri Spivak, they give power back to the 'subaltern.' In focusing on the African American population … Wiley offers a message that art can have an important role in redeeming historical injustices and encouraging greater inclusiveness in the future."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/4/2019
Friday, October 4 from 6–8 PM, Dashwood Books presents photographer Juergen Teller signing copies of his new 608-page Steidl monograph, 'Handbags.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/3/2019
Along with Roberta Smith at the New York Times and Brenda Cronin at the Wall Street Journal, we eagerly await the October 29 opening of Félix Vallotton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, en route from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The first Vallotton retrospective in the United States in almost three decades, it promises to be a biting revelation, for the artist was one of the nineteenth century's greatest satirists of bourgeois mores. Cronin quotes curator Ann Dumas, who likens "Vallotton’s psychologically charged sensibility to that of director Alfred Hitchcock, who built mystery and suspense in his films." In regards to The Lie (Le Mensonge) (1897), featured here, Dumas notes Vallotton's ability to play with "ideas of deceit, betrayal, the darker side of social conventions, particularly of the Parisian bourgeoisie at the time… Clearly one of the protagonists is lying, but who is lying to whom and what about will always remain an enigma."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/3/2019
Thursday, October 10 from 7–9 PM, David Reinfurt will lecture on his new book, 'A *New* Program for Graphic Design' (published by Inventory Press and D.A.P.) at the Yale School of Art. Free and open to the public!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/2/2019
Featured spreads are from photographer and R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe's new artist's book, Our Interference Times, made with the influential Canadian writer and artist, Douglas Coupland, with whom Stipe has been discussing ideas and culture for more than two decades. A glitchy, almost hallucinogenic, collage of images from Stipe's massive personal archive, this strange and provocative 200-page abstraction captures an in-between state, a constantly shifting moiré pattern neither analog nor digital, referencing both past and future. At the end, the image captions reads like a readymade autobiographical poem.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/1/2019
Featured image is reproduced from Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980, the companion publication to the hit documentary film, The Last Resort. "Sweet is really looking," Lauren Groff writes. "He's paying attention. The way he sees people nearing the end of their life is vibrant; he loves them in the brightest colors he can magic out of the camera… Picture after picture shows old ladies sitting quietly in their beach chairs outside of their tiny hotels, gentle moments of rest, their sneakers huge at the ends of their columnar, panty-hosed legs. And because Andy often shot in the late afternoon, with its hot and slanted sun and lengthening shadows, there is a sense of swiftly depleting time, a threnodial quality to the work that underscores the humor and deepens it."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/30/2019
If you're looking for a different way to cook—not to mention, a different way to think—for the Jewish holidays and beyond this year, check out recent Nasher-prize-winning Jewish-Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz's A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve, a legit cookbook and a philosophical challenge collecting recipes by 41 international chefs, restauranteurs and food writers centered around one often-overlooked but politically pivotal ingredient: the humble date. A staple in Iraq, where Rakowitz's family emigrated from, as well as a focal point in Rakowitz's critically-acclaimed artwork, date syrup also happens to be a favorite ingredient of chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi, Marcus Samuelsson, Alice Waters and Claudia Roden, who all contribute killer recipes. As Rosh Hashonah is the holiday where Jews traditionally celebrate their hopes for a sweet new year, we're featuring Philip Juma's Kleicha, or date and cardamom cookies.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/29/2019
"10/27/69 (1969) reminds us of what it means to be a living, breathing human body in our world's space and time," Jessica Bell Brown writes in Among Others: Blackness at MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art's ambitious and searching 488-page investigation of its own uneven historical relationship with black artists, black audiences and the broader subject of racial blackness. Bell Brown goes on to describe the highly physical process of making this and other draped pieces, while noting that Gilliam's work may also be read in light of tensions around contemporaneous events like the Civil Rights Movement. She concludes that "the achievement of this and other drape paintings is their destabilization of the choreography of the body inside the white-cube gallery. These paintings ask us as viewers to be in them as much as they call out to be seen. In this sense, by forcing viewers to reckon with imposing forms and with their own bodies in actual space, abstractionists such as Gilliam called attention to ongoing debates about the ontological status of the artwork and of the body, and about art's supposed disengagement from urgent political matters of liberation, equality and power."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/28/2019
"Untitled, San Francisco," from Michael Jang's 1983 Summer Weather series of photographs of aspiring TV weather forecasters, is reproduced from Who Is Michael Jang?, the photographer's first major monograph—and what a great one it is. A favorite of artists and photographers like Alec Soth, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley and Ed Templeton, Jang brings spontaneity and humor to his remarkably unaffected pictures of the 1970s and 80s. "The joyful spirit, the craziness of those times, the absurdity and unrestrained sense of fun evident in the pictures he made of his family and the communities in which he traveled are perhaps more precious today, and more needed," Sandra S. Phillips writes. "We as a people seem less spontaneous and less carefree now, and we are reminded of these useful attributes when looking at Jang's early pictures."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/27/2019
"Chris with Bag" (1973) is reproduced from Who Is Michael Jang?, the first major monograph on this influential yet previously-little-known San Francisco photographer whose work is on view at McEvoy Foundation through January, 2020. "Jang has the rare ability not only to capture a moment in time but to insert himself in a moment that could only be documented from the inside," Erik Kessels writes. "Jang is that proverbial fly on the wall, watching. He sees it all—the ordinary, the bizarre, the mundane, the odd, the funny, the memorable and the forgettable—capturing these moments in images most photographers wouldn't have wasted their film on."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/27/2019
Friday, September 27 from 6–9 PM, Park Life presents photographer Michael Jang signing copies of 'Who Is Michael Jang?' during the Park Life exhibition, 'Enter the Jang.'
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