CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/2/2021
Tuesday, November 2 at 7 PM, Fotografiska presents Mel D. Cole, one of hip hop’s most accomplished and celebrated photographers, discussing his latest book, 'American Protest: Photographs 2020–2021,' with Coltrane Curtis, Founder of Team Epiphany.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/30/2021
Saturday, October 30 from 4–7 PM, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, presents a reception for cinematographer and photographer Roger A. Deakins, who will be signing advance copies of 'Byways,' his new monograph from Damiani.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/28/2021
Featured image, titled “Ladies with Hairdos in the Sun, Lummus Park,” is reproduced from staff favorite new release, Godlis: Miami, collecting the cult NYC photographer’s pictures made during a 1974 trip to Miami Beach, Florida. In 2021 Godlis writes, “Things have changed. Photographs are a testament to that. A kind of time machine. Wolfie’s and the Rascal House are sadly gone. Yiddish American Vaudeville became Prince’s nightclub for a while. Hoffman’s Cafeteria became a nightclub too. The White House at the northern end of Ocean Drive is no more. The pier and the dog tracks on the other end gave way to giant luxury condos on the tip of South Beach. But not all is lost. In 2017, when I last returned to Miami Beach, I stayed in the little Century Hotel, looking pretty close to how it looked in 1974 when I first came upon it. I walked around to see where most of these pictures had been taken. To dream the dream I had photographed 40 years earlier. And I could still see it all. Even my cover girl in her cool Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses. The ocean and palm trees have a way of making those dreams come true. If only for a 1/125th of a second.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/28/2021
Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM EST, Rizzoli Bookstore presents renowned photographer David Godlis in conversation with writer Lucy Sante for the in-person book launch of 'Godlis: Miami,' published by Reel Art Press.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/25/2021
“Untitled (Rising Abyss Study)” (1992) is reproduced from Painting is a Supreme Fiction, Soberscobe Press’s enlightening 312-page compendium of the underrecognized artist and poet Jesse Murry's art criticism, alongside previously unpublished philosophical writing and poetry from 1980 to his death from AIDS-related illness at the age of 44. “As a painter, I mis-read and substitute or make available priorities that address my needs,” Murry asserts in the titular essay, written while he was a student of Harold Bloom at Yale, c. 1986. “For weather, I substitute light, knowing as I do that light is color and color light; light is substance as color is substance or pigment; light as pigment-color is light-imbued substance which in its deployment makes space and in the making of space can assert, deepen, or deny the plane. It can also evoke weather as temperature, climate, light, etc. As an artist, I know these conditions are both part of the factual, visual nature of paint which has the transformative capacity to evoke and possess a metaphoric or poetic power which can be seen as weather. [Wallace] Stevens turns to the idea of weather as a theologian turns to the idea of God. I turn to the idea of God and the knowledge of weather and the experience of light as the materia poetica of painting which transforms painting into a supreme fiction. And I know that the light as weather, as God, takes on a spiritual force and poetic power as the tangible and concrete manifestation of the imagination makes the particulars of my subjectivity or inwardness tenable, actual, real.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/23/2021
Featured spreads are from MFA Publications’ superb new compendium on the early twentieth-century Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen. Perhaps best known for his masterful book illustrations for East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914) and Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen (1924), many will also recognize some element of magic in his work on Walt Disney Studios’ landmark animated film, Fantasia. “A highly skilled draftsperson capable of rendering exceptional detail, Nielsen precisely constructed images that come to life in the viewer’s mind as they convey narrative moments of heightened emotion," Meghan Melvin writes. "His compositions, often featuring just one or two figures, offer windows into enchantingly complex imaginary worlds. Their confident deployment of dense and highly patterned elements with contrasting large empty spaces creates a dramatic visual undercurrent for every tale as it unfolds for the reader.”
KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 10/23/2021
Saturday, October 23 at 2 PM EDT / 11 AM PDT, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Mina Stone, the chef of Mina's restaurant at MoMA PS1, sharing sample dishes and discussing the stories behind the recipes in her newest book, 'Lemon, Love & Olive Oil,' which she will also sign. Watch LIVE on Instagram @artbookps1 or attend in-person in the Bookstore by reserving your timed-entry ticket to the museum.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2021
Featured image is reproduced from Aeroflot: Fly Soviet, Fuel Publishing’s fascinating new collection of oftentimes previously unpublished ephemera from the world’s biggest air carrier of passengers and cargo from its inception in 1917, alongside the Russian Revolution, to its demise in 1991, surrounding the dissolution of the USSR. On-board accessories like cigarettes, ash trays and matches are pictured alongside candy wrappers, ticket folders, promotional fliers, posters, postcards, flight maps, vintage photographs, toys, luggage labels, magazine ads and other documentation and propaganda. Featured here is a 1966 brochure presenting the new international Kiev-Borispol airport.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/19/2021
“What do I say about the Black Album? It turned Metallica from a large garage band into an arena then stadium act and it changed everything.” So begins photographer Ross Halfin’s Introduction to Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White, releasing worldwide today from Reel Art Press. Produced in collaboration with the band and published to accompany the global reissue of their 1991 self-titled album known informally as the Black Album, this 224-page collector's item features 171 black-and-white photographs by Halfin, the band’s official photographer onstage and off, alongside texts by Halfin and band-members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo. “On the Black Album tour, we would always go to places and do pictures,” Halfin writes, “whether it was Lisbon where we just had a minivan and a driver, and we would stop wherever we felt somewhere had a vibe … you have to realize with Metallica, it’s always about the vibe. It’s strange looking at this now—the idea of all of us walking around looking for spots to take photos would be more or less impossible today, but I suppose that goes with the territory of a band who have gone from a garage band to what they are now. The Black Album is very much the representation of when that happened. You could say it’s their Led Zeppelin IV—or in their world, their Number of the Beast—it changed everything.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/16/2021
“Pour Over” (2019) is reproduced from Christina Quarles, published to accompany the exhibition currently on view at MCA Chicago. “Refusing to yield to tacit racial and gender epistemologies or taut ontological constructs, the bodily morphologies inherent in Christina Quarles’s paintings exert agile postures that defy the representational limits designed to contain them,” Uri McMillan writes. “Her painterly tableaux exhort us, in other words, to witness the profound potentiality of the polymorphous bodies straining at the edges of the frame, to see in that effort a freedom of representation. Fantastically excessive and radically abstract, gesticulating to their own internal rhythms, they occasion us to ask: What if we, too, were to embrace the full range of our contradictions, existing in perpetual flux and unapologetic multiplicity rather than in the fiction of singularity?”
ABOVE: Christina Quarles, “Pour Over,” 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 48 x 1 1/2 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 3.8 cm). © Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/14/2021
Thursday, October 14 at 6PM, Rizzoli Bookstore and Damiani Books invite you to an in-person event with author and photographer John Dolan to celebrate the publication of 'The Perfect Imperfect,' an intimate exploration of the American wedding.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/14/2021
Featured spreads are from A Small Book of Jewish Comedians, the newest mainline pleasure-injection from Reel Art Press. Releasing just in time for the holiday gift season, this small-format, 160-page hardcover is not only the undisputed staff favorite Hannukah gift book of 2021, it makes for a killer stocking stuffer as well. Featuring portraits and quotes from an exquisite list of some of the greatest comedic geniuses of the past century—including Groucho Marx, Jerry Lewis, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Bette Middler, Gilda Radner, Andy Kaufman, Larry David and Marc Maron, to name just a few—it’s the perfect antidote to these recent not-so-funny times.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2021
"Sentinel IV" (2019) is reproduced from Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?, the most comprehensive monograph ever published on the artist, which accompanies the exhibition currently on view at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum. Mutu writes, “I create as a way of reinvigorating myself by replacing and reworking images and ideas that never fully represented me and the women and the people I was born from and who made me—the women who worked so hard to feed me and guide me and to give me space to exist. My legacy is in my work and how much I want it to speak of my role on this earth and of my respect for womanhood. I put a lot of love and hope and earth and dignity and feminine energy into every piece I make so that I can awaken the power within, for each and every one of us. I want people to feel how incredible our role as a human species is. How important it is to be a humane human. How significant it is that we are all from the same family in Africa. How important all the soil and the pigments and the bones and the leaves and the paper and the bacteria and the water are, and how much they speak on our behalf about us—if we speak on their behalf for them. I create with material that speaks to me, materials that I can transform and rename.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/11/2021
Featured photograph, titled “Standing Rock Prayer Walk, North Dakota” (2018) is reproduced from Mitch Epstein: Property Rights, a staff pick for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In this 304-page hardcover, Epstein questions who owns the land, by whose authority, and with what rights? In the section devoted to the protests at Standing Rock, Epstein quotes Floyd Hart, aka Little Crow. “Being here is my purpose in life. The Red men were given the obligation to be the protectors of Mother Earth. We will continue to pray, and to believe that the creator and all our resources of nature can help all the people, not just the Lakota.”
KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 10/10/2021
Sunday, October 10 at 2PM EDT / 8PM CEST, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore and Damiani Books present the virtual launch of 'Michael Stipe.' For this live Zoom event, Stipe will be in discussion with JR, exploring the images and behind-the-scene audio contents of this third, photo-based chapter of Stipe's Damiani book series.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2021
Featured image is reproduced from Witch Hunt, the catalog to the exhibition opening at Hammer and ICA LA on October 10. Presenting the work of 16 international artists at the forefront of contemporary feminism, this 224-page hardcover includes work by Leonor Antunes, Yael Bartana, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Candice Breitz, Shu Lea Cheang, Minerva Cuevas, Vaginal Davis, Every Ocean Hughes, Bouchra Khalili, Laura Lima, Teresa Margolles, Otobong Nkanga, Lara Schnitger, Beverly Semmes and Okwui Okpokwasili, whose 2016 “Poor People’s TV Room” is featured here. “Staged as a solo performance for Witch Hunt, ‘Poor People’s TV Room’ finds the artist performing inside a booth constructed of plywood and plastic sheeting, singing short, poetic fragments,” Jamillah James writes. “The shadows that Okpokwasili casts, along with footage projected behind her of Nigerian women congregating in various sites, suggest a critical mass of bodies, the legacy of their struggle contained within her frame, their power amplifying with every gesture and word.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2021
Made around 1955, this Bricklayer or Courthouse Steps quilt from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is reproduced from Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, published to accompany the highly anticipated exhibition opening Sunday, October 10, at MFA Boston. Spanning 400 years of quilt-making by Americans of European, African, Native and Hispanic heritage, this enlightening volume focuses on 58 quilts “unlike any other in the world,” to quote novelist Alice Walker. This particular quilt was probably made by Creola Bennett Pettway in the mid-1950s. “A sophisticated arrangement of red and white cotton strips, its color blocks form a dynamic hourglass shape in a minimalist composition that would rival any abstract painting. Typical of Gee’s Bend, Creola Pettway came from a long line of prolific quilt makers including her mother, Delia Bennett. Steeped in quilt making from an early age, Creola remembered her mother had four quilt frames and encouraged her daughters to help with quilting the corners. Later, as a master quilter herself, Creola took pride in the free-form creativity required to compose her works, recalling that she would ‘decide in my mind the way I want that quilt. When I decide the way I want it, I can make it. You can do things out of your head.’”
Court House Steps quilt. Probably by Creola Bennett Pettway (American, 1927–2015) or possibly by Georgianna Bennett Pettway (American, died in 2012). Alabama, 1950s. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection, 2014.2049. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/6/2021
Wednesday, October 6 at 11AM PST / 2PM EST, the AIGA Book Series presents graphic designer, writer and educator David Reinfurt, speaking on 'A New Program for Graphic Design,' his twenty-first century communication-design textbook, recently published by Inventory Press and D.A.P. Lee-Sean Huang will introduce and lead a Q&A afterwards.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/4/2021
This week, Fuel Publishing releases Auto Erotica: A Grand Tour through Classic Car Brochures of the 1960s to 1980s, another vintage deep-dive assembled by nostalgia enthusiast Jonny Trunk. “This book looks back to a pre-digital period, when designers had pencils and fashioned car models out of clay,” Trunk writes. “It’s a time when car companies took risks and inventors could go a bit mad over a drawing in the sand. Engines failed all the time, you needed a jump-start when it got a bit cold and then you had to de-ice the locks and radiator too. There were no electric windows (well hardly), no sat navs, no central locking, no airbags, no power steering, no alarms, no parking cameras, no computer analysis, no dashboard screens, no intermittent wipers, no proper heating. You might have a cigarette lighter, a rev counter and a terrible radio if you were lucky. These were cars you had to drive—and suffer slightly while you were doing it. I’m not saying it was a better time, but the cars were way, way, more sexy.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/3/2021
Sunday, October 3 from 10AM–4PM, photographer Kristin Bedford will celebrate the release of 'Cruise Night,' her best-selling book on Mexican American Lowrider culture, with the Los Angeles Lowrider Community at the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. Join Bedford for a book signing, car show, food, music, raffles, 50/50, trophies and more! Both the car show and admission to the Autry Museum are free of charge. Books will be available for sale by Skylight Books!
KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 10/2/2021
Saturday, Oct 2 at 6PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore and Triple Canopy present a live-stream book launch, discussion and signing of 'Some Styles of Masculinity.' Friends and frequent correspondents, Gregg Bordowitz and Fred Moten will discuss the performance and consumption of ethnicity in music and comedy; the story of Exodus and the promise of diaspora; and the role of culture in combating bigotry and claiming rights.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/1/2021
Perhaps the most influential yet short-lived school of art and design ever, the Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, in 1919 and forced shut by the Nazis in 1933. During those profoundly productive fourteen years, the school brought an astonishingly experimental group of artists, architects and designers—including Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer and Gunta Stölzl—together to change aesthetic history. Between 1925 and 1930, under the direction of Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, the school published 14 concise books elucidating its key protagonists' ideas on art, design and architecture. Now, noted Swiss design publisher Lars Müller has brought the entire series back as facsimile editions that have gone through the monumental process of being translated into English and reset into the original typography and design. So today, we celebrate not only the centenary of the Bauhaus, but Lars Müller's remarkable ongoing contribution.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/30/2021
Reproduced from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ inaugural exhibition catalog (co-published with DelMonico Books) on the work of the beloved Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this 1988 imageboard was produced for My Neighbor Totoro—perhaps the most indelible, and certainly the most personal and popular of Miyazaki’s films. "In an almost symphonic way, Miyazaki's films orchestrate drama and calm and create an ideal emotional setting for the sensations stemming from his imagination," Daniel Kothenschulte writes. "Similarly, his aesthetic finds a balance between traditional and modern visual languages, between the landscape painting of past centuries and surreal pictorial worlds, between the graphic stylization of traditional Japanese art and the radiant colorfulness of European impressionism.… What has, more than anything, contributed to Miyazaki's fame is [his] ability to create his own fully imagined universe through an unmistakable combination of storytelling and stunning visual language."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/29/2021
Wednesdsay, September 29 from 5–7PM, Dashwood Books presents photographer Marie Tomanova signing 'New York New York,' her new book from Hatje Cantz.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/28/2021
Featured photograph, titled “Makenna and Doe (Tompkins Square Park)" (2020), is reproduced from Marie Tomanova: New York New York, launching in New York with a book signing Wednesday, September 29, from 5–7 PM at Dashwood Books. In her Foreword, Kim Gordon writes, “The portraits in Marie’s book are … a picture of the promise of freedom. That’s what I felt when I first moved there in 1980. You take what you want from the city, people leave you alone. The diversity of the people in this book is a mirror of that thirst for freedom. Despite the shopping mall aspect of lower Manhattan, it still feels like a safe haven from ‘AMERICA.’ Your friends become your family, the family extension is a community that you give back to because you live there; you’re not a distant investor buying a condo you’ll never live in. Marie’s book is a celebration of that young community.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/26/2021
This late-1970s Eric Kroll photograph of Shigeko Kubota with one iteration of "Duchampiana: Nude Descending a Staircase" (1976) in her loft on Mercer Street, New York—is reproduced from Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality, published to accompany the exhibition currently on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. “I am a sculptor, I want to make video, but I also wanted to make objects,” Kubota said in 1983. “So the video part is my mirror for my memory, of my life, but the object is creating my creation.” For those who associate video art and sculpture more readily with Kubota’s husband and sometime collaborator Nam June Paik, this book will be absolutely essential to understanding her importance to the history of Fluxus and video sculpture. “In the beginning Paik only used the television set, just like that, bare, without anything,” she is quoted. “Then I told him that a television by itself is not a work. It could be found in any store, he needed to add something. He didn’t listen to me, so I decided to do it myself, in the late Sixties. Video Sculptures with all kinds of materials, with super 8 and moving images from films.”
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