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DATE 12/4/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 & Damiani Books present Mike Mandel speaking and signing 'Zone Eleven'

DATE 11/28/2021

Get festive! 'A Small Book of Jewish Comedians' is the undisputed staff favorite Hannukah gift book of 2021

DATE 11/27/2021

Remarkable 'Hayao Miyazaki' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift Book, 2021!

DATE 11/26/2021

In celebration of Native American Heritage Day

DATE 11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from Artbook | D.A.P.!

DATE 11/23/2021

Read an excerpt from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes'

DATE 11/21/2021

Viva Mexico!

DATE 11/20/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Damiani Books present Martin Parr, Pierpaolo Ferrari & Sam Stourdzé for the online launch of 'ToiletMartin PaperParr Book'

DATE 11/19/2021

Andrea Bowers and Lucía Sanromán in conversation at MCA Chicago

DATE 11/19/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Stocking Stuffers

DATE 11/19/2021

'Andrea Bowers' opens this week at MCA Chicago!

DATE 11/18/2021

New from Sophie Calle and Siglio Press: 'The Hotel'

DATE 11/18/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Lover

DATE 11/17/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

DATE 11/16/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Black History

DATE 11/16/2021

AIGA Presents 'CAPS LOCK' author Ruben Pater lecturing on Design and Capitalism

DATE 11/15/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Women Artists

DATE 11/15/2021

The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignity

DATE 11/14/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Gardener

DATE 11/14/2021

Kathi Hofer to launch 'Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village' with special tour and signing

DATE 11/13/2021

Eye-popping 'Jim Isermann: Works 1980–2020' is NEW from Radius Books

DATE 11/13/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For Film & Music Buffs

DATE 11/12/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Historian

DATE 11/11/2021

For savvy photography lovers, 'Joel Meyerowitz: Wild Flowers' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift Book

DATE 11/11/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Design Devotee

DATE 11/10/2021

Dashwood Books presents Alexis Rockman signing 'Works on Paper'

DATE 11/10/2021

Ominously beautiful 'Alexis Rockman: Works on Paper' is NEW from Damiani

DATE 11/9/2021

Remembering Robert Frank, born OTD in Zurich, 1924

DATE 11/7/2021

Magical, comprehensive Milton Avery exhibition opens at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

DATE 11/4/2021

Books & Books presents David Godlis and Jorge Zamanillo in conversation for the in-person Coral Gables launch of 'Godlis: Miami'

DATE 11/4/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month!

DATE 11/2/2021

Adam Pendleton's highly anticipated 'Who Is Queen?' reader is NEW from MoMA

DATE 11/1/2021

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month

DATE 11/1/2021

Day of the Dead inspiration in Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals'

DATE 10/31/2021

Get into the Spirit — Halloween Inspiration, 2021!

DATE 10/31/2021

Halloween inspiration in 'California Infernal'

DATE 10/30/2021

Peter Fetterman Gallery presents Roger A. Deakins signing 'Byways'

DATE 10/30/2021

Get into the spirits with 'Ira Cohen: Into the Mylar Chamber'

DATE 10/28/2021

Rizzoli Bookstore presents David Godlis in conversation with Lucy Sante for the launch of 'Godlis: Miami'

DATE 10/28/2021

We ❤️ 'Godlis: Miami'

DATE 10/25/2021

'Painting is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980–1993' is NEW from Sobersove Press

DATE 10/23/2021

Fantasy and Fairy Tales in 'Kay Nielsen: An Enchanted Vision'

DATE 10/23/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Mina Stone discussing and signing her new cookbook

DATE 10/21/2021

Soviet chic! 'Aeroflot: Fly Soviet' releases this week

DATE 10/19/2021

‘Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White’ releases worldwide!

DATE 10/16/2021

The first substantial monograph on rising painter Christina Quarles

DATE 10/14/2021

John Dolan to launch 'The Perfect Imperfect: The Wedding Photographs' at Rizzoli Bookstore

DATE 10/12/2021

'Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?' is a new release this week!

DATE 10/11/2021

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day

DATE 10/10/2021

'Witch Hunt' burns bright at Hammer Museum and ICA LA

DATE 10/10/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Damiani Books present Michael Stipe and JR in conversation for the virtual launch of 'Michael Stipe'


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KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 12/4/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 & Damiani Books present Mike Mandel speaking and signing 'Zone Eleven'

Saturday, December 4 at 5PM EST | 2PM PST, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore and Damiani Books present the launch of 'Mike Mandel: Zone Eleven,' both inside the Bookstore and live-streamed on Instagram @artbookps1. Mandel will present his new photobook, followed by a signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/28/2021

Get festive! 'A Small Book of Jewish Comedians' is the undisputed staff favorite Hannukah gift book of 2021

Featured spreads are from A Small Book of Jewish Comedians, published by Reel Art Press and stacked up at independent bookstores across the country now! 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. See more Holiday Gift Books here!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/27/2021

Remarkable 'Hayao Miyazaki' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift Book, 2021!

This dreamy production imageboard for Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki’s unforgettable animated 2008 adaptation of The Little Mermaid, is reproduced from Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book Hayao Miyazaki, published to accompany the Academy Museum retrospective featured this weekend in T, The New York Times Style Magazine. “Having used CGI in his previous three feature films,” curator Jessica Niebel writes, “Miyazaki decided, with Ponyo, to return to hand-drawn animation and once more push its potential by rendering the shapes and movements of a fluid world ‘where magic and alchemy are accepted as part of the ordinary.’”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/26/2021

In celebration of Native American Heritage Day

Featured image, from Steidl’s recent monograph on Ontario-based Native American photographer Shelley Niro, is titled “Ancestors” from the series M: Stories of Women, 2011. Published on the occasion of the artist’s recent Scotiabank Photography Award, this volume does a remarkable job of conveying the artist’s open, transgressive, matriarchal ethos with wit, irony and humor. The M series addresses the pre-modern Haudenosaunee story of a pregnant Skywoman who finds herself exiled from the night sky. It's the "story of women who live in this world,” Niro writes. “The depiction of Native women in Canada is deplorable. Often stories are bleak and serve only one purpose, to perpetuate Native women as losers and non-producers, often taking away from the common good of this society.… These stories are pulled and spread out for daily digestion depending on the political sway and often used as a divergent from the real issue.… My goal is to create another kind of image of Native North American women. Our legacy starts in the Skyworld. Through an act of accident, we are now inhabiting a world where we faced those everyday challenges and have found ways to thrive and survive.… I give thanks to my ancestors every day. I connect with them through my own imagination. The forward thinking of invention and the inclusion of the universe makes being a part of this world doable and positive. Everyone has their own story.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from Artbook | D.A.P.!

“My Nurse” (1936/67) is reproduced from our 2021 Thanksgiving staff pick, Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, MoMA's definitive study of the German-born Swiss artist, published to accompany a major traveling retrospective currently on view at Kunstmuseum Bern en route to the Menil in Houston and then to The Museum of Modern Art in October 2022. Monumental not only in terms of her contributions to mid-century art over many movements—from Surrealism to Pop, Nouveau Réalisme and Conceptual art—Oppenheim was also well ahead of her time in regards to concepts around gender. As this superb 184-page catalog makes clear, there has always been much more to her work than a furry teacup. This is a book for every serious art library. See more Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books here!

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/23/2021

Read an excerpt from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes'

This week, we're highlighting some recommended reading from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes,' the first comprehensive selection of writings by the noted British art theorist known for his synthesis of aesthetics and psychoanalysis. The product of more than a decade of devout research by editor Thomas Evans, it is the first broad introduction in almost half a century.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/21/2021

Viva Mexico!

Featured spreads are from Mexico: The Land of Charm, RM's exhilarating new clothbound compendium of modern Mexican ephemera produced from the early 1900s through the 1960s—a staff favorite Holiday Gift Book, 2021! “After four years of Donald Trump’s vicious anti-Mexican jingoism,” essayist and international design authority Steven Heller writes, “it is a welcome relief to refocus my attention on the Mexico known for its prolific and abundant modern art heritage on a par with early-twentieth century Europe and mid-Century United States; the Mexico that also inspired an impressive legacy of political and social (and socialist) design commentary and the progressive periodicals (revistas) that published them; the Mexico that produced a wealth of printed material that can stand beside any of the innovative graphic design and typography from the past. From the treasure trove of the Mexican avant-garde—exhaustively chronicled in the 2010 book and exhibition México Ilustrado: Libros, Revistas y Carteles 1920–1950—to a wellspring of quotidian magazines, newspapers and travel and tourist books, many designed with swagger and flair, Mexico is only now receiving its overdue share of notice in art and design histories. And with this book, much of the nation’s otherwise ephemeral graphic, photographic, and typographic ‘applied art’ is finally receiving the attention it deserves—because this book proves that Mexico is an important link in the history of Western graphic design style and form.”

KRISTEN MUELLER | DATE 11/20/2021

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Damiani Books present Martin Parr, Pierpaolo Ferrari & Sam Stourdzé for the online launch of 'ToiletMartin PaperParr Book'

Saturday, November 20 at 2PM EST | 7PM GMT | 8PM CET, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore and Damiani Books present the virtual launch of 'ToiletMartin PaperParr Book.' For this live Zoom event, photographer Martin Parr, 'Toiletpaper's' Pierpaolo Ferrari and curator Sam Stourdzé will discuss the longtime collaboration between Parr and 'Toiletpaper' and their current Villa Medici exhibition in Rome, art directed by Stourdzé and inspired by the 'ToiletMartin PaperParr Book.'

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2021

Andrea Bowers and Lucía Sanromán in conversation at MCA Chicago

Friday, November 19, from 5:45–6:45 PM CT—in celebration of Andrea Bowers' major mid-career survey opening November 20, 2021—MCA Chicago presents the artist in conversation with her good friend, curator Lucía Sanromán. Bowers and Sanromán will be introduced by exhibition curators Connie Butler and Michael Darling.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2021

'Andrea Bowers' opens this week at MCA Chicago!

“Educate, Agitate, Organize” (2010) is reproduced from Andrea Bowers, the comprehensive catalog published to accompany the artist’s major one-person exhibition opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this week, en route to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in June of 2022. “Despite the overwhelming social stasis on issues as wide-ranging and complex as the world itself, Bowers has maintained her dogged efforts to witness, repair and advance our pursuit of justice,” MCA curator Michael Darling writes. “Across more than twenty years, she has developed a highly unique practice—which blends research, craft, activism, theory and art history—to do just that. In a way, she has formed a new kind of social documentation, a contemporary analogue to the history paintings that for centuries memorialized the events, movements and protagonists of civic and social change. Rather than concentrating on a single medium such as the painters or sculptors of yore, however, or being otherwise beholden to the moment as documentary photography requires, Bowers has been able to compose a wide-ranging mosaic of contemporary political activity, telling the stories of protestors she has singled out for their heroism and acknowledging the novel methods that they use to get their points across in her seamless, captivating creations that only an artist of extraordinary gifts and vision can achieve. Indeed, she has embedded herself in the histories and processes of protest so that we might also celebrate the efforts of these individuals, organizations and movements who have, through impassioned work, provided seeds of hope that our systems and institutions can change for the better. And after more than two decades of determined devotion to this practice, we can now look back on the diversity of her output and see ourselves, as well as our societal struggles, reflected in it, just as generations in the future will look to her work as powerful reminders of battles fought, big and small.”

Image courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles.


CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/18/2021

New from Sophie Calle and Siglio Press: 'The Hotel'

“On Monday, February 16, 1981, I was hired as a temporary chambermaid for three weeks in a Venetian hotel,” Sophie Calle writes in The Hotel, her newest artist’s book, releasing this week from Siglio. “I was assigned twelve bedrooms on the fourth floor. In the course of my cleaning duties, I examined the personal belongings of the hotel guests and observed, through details, lives which remained unknown to me. On Friday, March 6, the job came to an end.” Featured image is one of 192 mostly black-and-white photographs gathered in the book and published alongside short ruminations on Calle's clandestine discoveries. To read more about the book, see Lili Owen Rowlands' superb feature in The New Yorker.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/16/2021

AIGA Presents 'CAPS LOCK' author Ruben Pater lecturing on Design and Capitalism

Tuesday, November 16 at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST, the AIGA and Artbook | D.A.P. present Ruben Pater, author of 'CAPS LOCK: How Capitalism Took Hold of Graphic Design, and How to Escape from It,' published by Valiz. This live Zoom webinar will be followed by a Q&A with Lee-Sean Huang.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/15/2021

The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignity

Featured image, of a patient ward at Butaro District Hospital, Rwanda, is reproduced from The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignity, the highly anticipated new release by MASS Design founder Michael P. Murphy Jr. with the help of Jeffrey Mansfield and MASS Design Group. A fascinating, super-relevant history of the design and life of hospitals, this copiously illustrated 256-page hardcover is published to accompany the anticipated blockbuster exhibition Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics opening December 10 at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Murphy writes, “Hospital architecture illustrates the contradiction in nearly all public built spaces: the tension between an imagined population that will need public services—charity—and the systems’ overt need to shape that public’s behavior so its members may attain it—control. The principles of charity and control pertain to architecture more broadly, but they were birthed in the clinic, and they can never be disentangled from the spaces of medical treatment. They help shape our understanding of architecture’s ambivalence toward its public role and clarify that—whether we acknowledge it or not—buildings can determine our behavior as individuals and advance our rights as members of a society.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/14/2021

Kathi Hofer to launch 'Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village' with special tour and signing

Sunday, November 14, from 11 AM – 2 PM PST, Preserve Bottle Village will host a book launch to celebrate the publication of 'Kathi Hofer: Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village,' published by Spector Books. Join artist and author Kathi Hofer on a special tour through the landmark Simi Valley art environment conceived and built by Tressa Prisbrey, followed by a signing.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/13/2021

Eye-popping 'Jim Isermann: Works 1980–2020' is NEW from Radius Books

Featured spreads are from Jim Isermann: Works 1980–2020, the new, 272-page, career-spanning monograph from Radius Books. Jam-packed with vivid details, installation shots, a heavily-illustrated chronology and key reproductions of artworks and design objects, this beautifully-produced volume also comes with three different eye-popping covers—so be prepared to request red, yellow or blue from your favorite independent bookseller! "Isermann’s art of the past forty years has been crucial to the emergence of design as a discipline laden with the same potentially powerful critical capacities attributed to traditional painting and sculpture," Christopher Knight writes in the book's Introduction. "Despite misplaced historical qualms about design’s capacities, and along with artists as diverse as Scott Burton, Jorge Pardo, Pae White, and Andrea Zittel, he has been instrumental in changing the terms of the conversation."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/11/2021

For savvy photography lovers, 'Joel Meyerowitz: Wild Flowers' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift Book

"New York City" (1974) is reproduced from Wild Flowers, Damiani's critically-acclaimed, large-format, expanded edition of Joel Meyerowitz's 1983 photobook classic. "Whether it is a tattooed rose, a floral bedspread, a lovingly held bouquet or a single bloom in a desert, these photographs singly and together echo our yearning for ritual and the need to connect with beauty," Maggie Barrett writes. "While each of these images immortalizes the given moment, the subject matter reveals the ephemeral, temporary nature of existence. Like all well-tended gardens, Wild Flowers is a book you can wander through over and over again and each time discover something new."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2021

Ominously beautiful 'Alexis Rockman: Works on Paper' is NEW from Damiani

"Possum" (1991) is reproduced from Alexis Rockman: Works on Paper, launching Wednesday, November 10 at Dashwood Books in New York. Featuring superb reproductions of 200 watercolors, gouaches, oil drawings and field studies, many of which have never been published before, this is the first comprehensive survey of the artist's graphic work. "Making my works on paper is like a tightrope act between what I have in mind and the material," Rockman is quoted. "Because they are so immediate, they bloom and create themselves. They can function like shadows—fossils or shadows."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2021

Dashwood Books presents Alexis Rockman signing 'Works on Paper'

Wednesday, November 10, from 5–7 PM EST, Dashwood Books presents Alexis Rockman signing 'Works on Paper,' published by Damiani.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/9/2021

Remembering Robert Frank, born OTD in Zurich, 1924

"What a poem this is, what poems can be written about a book of pictures some day by some young new writer high by candlelight bending over them describing every gray mysterious detail, the gray film that caught the actual pink juice of human kind. Whether 't is the milk of human kindness, Shakespeare meant, makes no difference when you look at these pictures. Better than a show." On the occasion of the late photographer's birthday, we are pleased to reproduce "Movie Premiere, Hollywood" (1956) from Frank's seminal first photography book, The Americans, back in stock from Steidl. "The humor, the sadness, the EVERYTHING-ness and American-ness of these pictures!" Jack Kerouac wrote in his 1959 Introduction, also quoted above.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/7/2021

Magical, comprehensive Milton Avery exhibition opens at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

"Beach Blankets" (1960) is reproduced from Milton Avery, published by Royal Academy of Arts to accompany the exhibition opening November 7 in Fort Worth, en route to Hartford, CT, and London in 2022. Essayist Edith Devaney writes, "Of the 60 or so oil paintings Avery created in Provincetown or based on Provincetown sketches, only five or six contain human figures. The seascape is transformed into areas of thin washes of oil paint, often with little or no visible brushwork. Many of these works… are brilliant abstract treatments of nature, their subjects unidentifiable without their titles."

IMAGE CREDIT: "Beach Blankets," 1960, oil on canvas, 136.2 × 181.9 cm (53 5/8 × 71 5/8 inches), Wichita Art Museum. Gift of Marian and S. O. Beren, Wichita, Kansas.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/4/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month!

"Untitled (Squares)" (1968), by Cherokee artist Lloyd Henri "Kiva" New, is reproduced from Action Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, the first major publication analyzing modern Native American art inspired by Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard–edge painting from the mid–1940s through the 1970s. Published by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, this 148-page hardcover features work by more than thirty artists of many different tribes. "Indian art can be projected into the future," New said in 1962, "by a willingness to consider the evolution of new forms, the adoption of new technological methods, and the fact that new incentives for expression by the individual must fill the void of inertia in Indian groups or tribal forces, in the rapidly changing Indian world."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/4/2021

Books & Books presents David Godlis and Jorge Zamanillo in conversation for the in-person Coral Gables launch of 'Godlis: Miami'

Thursday, November 4 at 6:30 PM, Books & Books Coral Gables, HistoryMiami and Reel Art Press present an evening with David Godlis in conversation with Jorge Zamanillo, discussing 'Godlis: Miami,' published by Reel Art Press. Click through to register or pre-order a signed copy.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/2/2021

Adam Pendleton's highly anticipated 'Who Is Queen?' reader is NEW from MoMA

Featured spreads are from the Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? reader, published to accompany the remarkable four-story installation comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture, video works and audio collage that is currently “overwhelming” the Museum of Modern Art’s monumental atrium. “Who Is Queen? is an evolution of the Black Dada project,” curator Stuart Comer writes in his Introduction. “In it, Pendleton has continued his extensive archival research, this time focusing in part on the archives of two institutions—The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis—in order to consider the traditional role of museums as repositories. Who Is Queen? also considers the aesthetics of protest, particularly of the Black Lives Matter and Occupy movements, two of the most significant civil-rights campaigns of the past decade.… Who Is Queen? proposes an experimental encounter between social and artistic forms. It is a superstructure in which the perceived fixity of cultural and institutional memory is placed in contrapuntal relation to the social composition of collective protest and popular movements—to ‘compositions of bodies and everything that activates them, including voices, gestures, images, affects, architectures and refrains,’ as the artist has said. Who Is Queen? recalibrates the museum, from a rigid frame designed to regulate official accounts of history into an open, generative, and polyphonic device, the machine of endless variation described in the Black Dada manifesto.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/1/2021

Day of the Dead inspiration in Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals'

Celebrate Mexico's Día de los Muertos with photographer Phyllis Galembo's classic 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.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/31/2021

Halloween inspiration in 'California Infernal'

Featured photograph—of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey and 50s B-movie sex-pot/acolyte Jayne Mansfield at her over-the-top Mediterranean-style Hollywood mansion, the Pink Palace, in 1966 (the year they met) or 1967 (the year she died in one of the most notorious celebrity car crashes of all time)—is reproduced from California Infernal, Trapart’s Halloween staff favorite of 2017.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/30/2021

Get into the spirits with 'Ira Cohen: Into the Mylar Chamber'

Jhil Prism [Jhil McEntyre] is reproduced from Into the Mylar Chamber, Fulgur Press's enlightening large-format collection of poet, photographer and filmmaker Ira Cohen's late-60s ritual photographs made with friends and collaborators including William Burroughs, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Smith, Angus MacLise, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Alice Farley in a room enhanced with black light and reflective mylar walls. Farley writes, "It has always bothered me in my own dance and mask theater productions when audience comments, usually in the United States, are, such as this: ‘You must have LSD flowing through your veins’; ‘Is that an illustration of a dream?’; ‘Is that an imitation of a painting?’; ‘Is that an illustration of a hallucination?’ So, I find it unfortunate that some part of Ira Cohen’s reputation (thanks to a 1969 Life Magazine spread) lies in that he somehow managed to ‘illustrate’ the hallucinogenic or psychedelic experience. This is not what he did. An authentic vision arises from the fire at the back of the eye. It creates itself; it does not adhere to a formula. There is no map of the hallucinogenic or psychedelic experience, or of the poetic imagination as it arises from the unconscious. One learns from the dream, one does not try to reproduce it. All that there is to be learned is the free embrace of the unknown… that is what Ira Cohen knew. That is what Ira Cohen did."

DATE 11/19/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Stocking Stuffers

They're small, they're smart; they're surprising and affordable »

DATE 11/18/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Lover

The must-have art books of 2021 »

DATE 11/17/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

A few of our favorite 2021 monographs and surveys by modern and contemporary photographers »

DATE 11/16/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Black History

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Black History

From fashion to art, these are some of our favorite books this year »

DATE 11/15/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Women Artists

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Celebrating Women Artists

Five books on some of the (female) giants of art and architecture »

DATE 11/14/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Gardener

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Gardener

Dig in to these top five staff favorite holiday gift books for gardeners and nature lovers »

DATE 11/13/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For Film & Music Buffs

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For Film & Music Buffs

From animation to heavy metal, here are the top film and music books of 2021 »

DATE 11/12/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Historian

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Art Historian

For students and lovers of Art History, here are five unmissable books of the year »

DATE 11/11/2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Design Devotee

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: For the Design Devotee

Your guide to the top new architecture and design books for the 2021 holidays »

DATE 11/23/2021

Read an excerpt from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes'

Read an excerpt from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes'

This week, we're highlighting some recommended reading from 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes,' the first comprehensive selection of writings by the noted British art theorist known for his synthesis of aesthetics and psychoanalysis. The product of more than a decade of devout research by editor Thomas Evans, it is the first broad introduction in almost half a century.

DATE 1/18/2021

On Martin Luther King Day, the story behind 'Young, Gifted and Black'

On Martin Luther King Day, the story behind 'Young, Gifted and Black'

How did the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. influence Bernard Lumpkin, whose collection forms the basis of the best-selling survey, 'Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists'? The story goes back to Lumpkin's father, Oscar James Lumpkin Jr., pictured here with Sarah Benzaquen, Bernard's mother.

DATE 3/7/2019

Remembering Carolee Schneemann

Remembering Carolee Schneemann

We will miss Carolee Schneemann, fearless performance artist, painter, filmmaker, feminist and innate breaker of taboos. She died this week at the age of 79. In memoriam, we present an excerpt from 'Carolee Schneemann: Uncollected Texts,' published by Primary Information.


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