CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/17/2020
Monday, February 17, from 12–1 PM, Palm Springs Modernism Week presents Virginia Bayer speaking on her grandmother, textile designer Marguerita Mergentime, whose textiles reshaped the sensibility of the 20th-century home at a time when modernism was being defined.
LACY SOTO | DATE 2/9/2020
Sunday, February 9 at 3PM, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore and Reel Art Press invite you to celebrate the publication of 'French New Wave: A Revolution in Design.' Editor and publisher Tony Nourmand will appear in conversation with essayist Christopher Frayling. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
LACY SOTO | DATE 2/8/2020
Saturday, February 8 at 3PM, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore and Reel Art Press invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece.' Author Christopher Frayling will discuss images from the book. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
LACY SOTO | DATE 2/1/2020
Saturday, February 1 at 3 PM, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore and City Lights invite you to celebrate the publication of 'The Promise' and 'Forgotten Journey.' Translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Katie Lateef-Jan and Jessica Powell will be in conversation with Magdalena Edwards. Book signing to follow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/1/2020
February 1–3, 2020, from 9 AM–6 PM, Artbook | D.A.P. presents a curated selection of this season's best and brightest books on art and culture at SHOPPE OBJECT 4.0, New York’s semi-annual independent home and gift show. Located in Booth G325, our bookstore welcomes both wholesale and cash-and-carry customers. Join us for a book signing with Caroline Weaver of CW Pencil Enterprise. And buy a tote bag or get any item of your own embroidered on the spot by Stonework Chainstich Embroidery!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/1/2020
Featured image is from Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali, the extraordinary new monograph from Steidl, the Gordon Parks Foundation and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, featuring iconic and previously unpublished photographs from a 1966 Life magazine photo essay and more. "When Gordon Parks photographed and profiled Muhammad Ali for Life magazine in 1966, and then photographed him again in 1970, in some ways he might just as easily have been making self-portraits and writing about himself," fellow sports and civil rights hero Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in his Introduction. "Both men were tenacious fighters. Both men bore the scars of lifelong racism. Both men were internationally acclaimed, yet both were more devoted to speaking out for social justice than seeking out personal success. And though both were celebrated for their nonverbal art—Ali's balletic boxing and Gordon's poignant photography—what truly bound them together was their powerful use of words, specifically poetry, to express their optimism for the promise of America—and frustration with the reality. And, more important, to inspire positive change."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/28/2020
Featured image, captioned "South Texas, January 1983," is reproduced from Steidl's new and expanded edition of Joel Sternfeld's influential 1987 photography book, American Prospects—now featuring a dozen new and mostly unpublished images. "In the future, no doubt, these images will seem suffused with nostalgia, much as we now see Walker Evans's photographs of the 1930s," Andy Grundberg wrote in the first edition. "They will seem less ironic and more totemic, and their sometimes acid social commentary will lose much of its bite. But for now they speak of a time when progress lost its sense of inevitability, when the land lost its last pretense to innocence, when the spirit of individualism flickered for want of fresh air. They also speak of nature's restorative powers, of human goodness, of men and women seeking to accommodate their primal needs to the imperative of technological society. It is tricky business, balancing these messages, and it does not make for ideological simplicity or political instrumentality. However, in these photographs Sternfeld manages to eke a measure of harmony out of an assortment of follies, which makes American Prospects a metonym for the state of our times."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/27/2020
Originally published in Keld Helmer-Petersen's groundbreaking 1948 photobook, 122 Farvefotografier, this remarkable early color photograph is reproduced from Strandberg Publishing's new monograph on the Danish photographer. Spanning 1941–2013, the year of Helmer-Petersen's death, this book is a revelation. "Helmer-Petersen's artistic career was about discovering new meanings, sensory experiences and images in all the familiar things with which we surround ourselves," Mette Sandbye writes. "His gaze, conveyed through the camera, captures shapes, structures and surfaces that we generally do not notice or attach importance to, but which he makes us look at in new ways. He sought for the abstract—or we may simply call it 'the image'—in whatever concrete reality was close at hand, and in that sense his oeuvre is also a study and refinement of photography's potential as a graphic, artistic mode of expression…"
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/25/2020
"Schoolgirl (white photographer), Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo Province), South Africa" (1991) is reproduced from Tel-Aviv-born, London-based photographer Nadav Kander's epic new 324-page clothbound Steidl monograph, The Meeting. Exquisitely printed on the most beautiful matte paper, this volume spans Kander's entire career in portraiture. "A portrait is one way of looking at some facets of our condition," Kander is quoted in conversation with David Campany. "There's a precious and beautiful flicker of understanding, or the opposite, that shows itself for short periods and disappears. These periods, which I must see and try to photograph, are often responses to the light or the atmosphere that the light imbues. I must try to recognize them as an image that has what I love: depth of feeling, vulnerability and poise, pride and soul, a recognition of something more than just this moment now. Little of this is clear to me, but this is the best I can do to explain it."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/25/2020
Featured spread, reproducing details of a 2019 work by west coast conceptualist Charles Gaines, is from Palm Trees and Other Works, published by Hauser & Wirth. Featuring new and historical works (including a wealth of gorgeous, close details) plus text by David Platzker and an interview by Cherise Smith, this is the most up-to-date monograph on the artist currently in print. "Whether a tree is a walnut or a palm, the basic structure of its DNA tells it how to form according to its species," Platzker writes. "Over its lifetime, forces act on and transform it—the constraints of the ground it stands on, its access to nutrients and sunlight, its vulnerability to wind and pests, its responses to other natural and human activities. Humans are similar: we too are subject to forces both natural and imposed on us through circumstances of upbringing, class, education, nationality, gender, orientation, and, what is most apparent to other humans, the color of our skin. In time we acquire physical and emotional scars that further make us unique individuals. Gaines's trees ask us to recognize how the information presented in them amalgamates—to acknowledge how they layer together. Graphing living matter, they speak not only to organic objects' own transformation and diversification but also to what happens to them in time."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/25/2020
Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 PM, SVA presents Thomas Evans, editor of 'The Outwardness of Art: Selected Writings of Adrian Stokes' (forthcoming from Ridinghouse), speaking on one of the 20th century's great prose stylists and most nuanced aesthetic theorists. Advance copies of the book will be available for purchase.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/23/2020
We can't get enough of Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld, Steidl's deluxe, clothbound edition of Karl Lagerfeld's daily devotional cat portraiture. If you love cats and/or fashion personalities, you will not be able to put this book down. One of the most influential designers of the last half-century, Lagerfeld, who died last year, took, chose and sequenced the photographs in this ultra-giftable volume himself. His epigraph reads, "You know, personally, I don't even think I'm that famous. Now, Choupette really is famous. She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that, but it's out of the question. I'm commercial. She's not. She's spoiled to death. Obviously." Read more in The New York Times.
LACY SOTO | DATE 1/21/2020
Saturday, January 25 at 3PM, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore and Softskull invite you to celebrate the publication of 'Imaginary Museums.' Author Nicolette Polek will be in conversation with Kathryn Scanlan. Book signing to follow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/21/2020
Verner Panton's 1970 VP Globe light for Louis Poulsen is reproduced from Strandberg's exquisite new book on Danish Lights: 1920–Now. Clean, buoyant design, substantial texts, lovely paper and printing and a special cover treatment—half-clothbound, half-hardcover—make this a book for any design lover's bookshelf, coffee table or bedside stack. From gas-lit street lights to iconic pendants, desk and floor lamps and chandeliers, this book makes the case for why Danish light design has been so consistently outstanding and influential over the last century. "In Denmark, the light source is so important because we spend so much time indoors," contemporary designer Jonas Edvard is quoted. "Light defines our life. As a result, we might be slightly more persnickety about our light. We are not content with simply having a bright light source placed close to the ceiling in the center of the room; that doesn't work for us."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/20/2020
On April 5, 1957, Philip Randolph, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Roy Wilkins announced, "As the Founding Americans prayed for strength and wisdom in the wilderness of a new land, as the slaves and their descendants prayed for emancipation and human dignity, as men of every color and clime in time of crisis have sought Divine guidance, so we now, in these troubled and momentous years, call upon all who love justice and dignity and liberty, who love their country, and who love mankind, to join in a Prayer Pilgrimage to Washington on May 17, 1957, where we shall renew our strength, communicate our unity, and rededicate our efforts, firmly but peaceably, to the attainment of freedom." Photographer Lee Friedlander heeded the call, and his previously unpublished photographs of this historic event are collected in Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, clothbound with tipped-on cover image, from Eakins Press Foundation. Featured image, © Lee Friedlander/Eakins Press Foundation, is of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. at the podium, with Bishop Sherman Lawrence Greene, Bishop William Jacob Walls, Roy Wilkins and A. Philip Randolph in the first row.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/19/2020
Featured image—of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Mrs. Du Bois Peck Williams on February 23, 1968—is reproduced from Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets. Other photos capture civil rights marches, protests, school children playing, families at Coney Island, members of the Black Panther party (including Malcolm X), empty lots, anti-war rallies, kids jumping rope, card games, carrier pigeons and more.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/18/2020
“Now we are tired of being on the bottom. We are tired of being exploited. We are tired of not being able to get adequate jobs. We are tired of not getting promotions after we get those jobs. And as a result of our being tired, we are going to Washington, D.C., the seat of government, and engage in direct action for days and days, weeks and weeks, and months and months if necessary, in order to say to this nation that you must provide us with jobs or income.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/17/2020
This detail of “The Entombment of Atala” (1808) by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson—with its tree-carved inscription translating roughly, "I passed like the flower... I dried like the grass of the field"—is reproduced from The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of the Louvre’s Flowers, the petite, clothbound follow-up to Jean-Michel Othoniel’s beloved and beautifully produced collection of flower-related imagery in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. “Trumpet vine, once called Indian Jasmine, was introduced to Europe in the seventeenth century,” Othoniel writes. “It originated in tropical regions. There, its red trumpets offer their sweet nectar to hummingbirds. In France, these flowers are the glory of Provençal gardens. In painting, they symbolize the exotic and the passionate; the sensual shape of their flowers evokes male erotic tension. Their winding creepers represent attachment to an infinite love, stronger than death.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/16/2020
"Candomblé" (1957) is reproduced from Djanira: Picturing Brazil. Filled with color reproductions of Djanira's paintings, scholarly essays and a wealth of archival images, this is the first major monograph on the beloved self-taught (and self-deprecating) Brazilian artist to be published in English. "I started to paint by drawing the modest world that surrounded me," Djanira is quoted, "my animals, my veranda, inside my house, portraits of my neighbors. The study done with loving observation of things I valued. Everything was made with slow preparation because, thank God, I was never skillful."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/15/2020
"Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah" is reproduced from David Benjamin Sherry's deluxe new Radius Books monograph, American Monuments, collecting Shery's vibrant, large-format photographs of national monuments under review following the 2017 executive order that has threatened to shrink or redefine many of them. "The candescent photography of David Benjamin Sherry shatters the frontier myth of a world that exists in black and white," Terry Tempest Williams writes. "Call these disruptive images of color as a queering of the American landscape. We can no longer afford to frame this vast territory as belonging only to the rugged individualist, the Marlboro Man riding upright on his high horse trying to corral anything or anyone that looks different than he does."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/15/2020
Friday, January 17 from 7–9 PM, Powerhouse Arena presents photographer Shannon Taggert, author of 'Séance,' in conversation with 'The In-Betweens' author Mira Ptacin and moderator Alex Mar, author of 'Witches of America.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/15/2020
Thursday January 16 from 6–8 PM, Dashwood Books presents photographer Pieter Hugo signing 'La Cucaracha,' published by RM.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/14/2020
Featured image, a 1960 wrapper for Pink Panther Strawberry Flavour Pink Candy, is reproduced from Wrappers Delight, Jonny Trunk's edit (down to 500) out of thousands of British candy wrapper designs from the 1960s to the 80s, all hailing from the collection of Stockport, UK, hoarder / archivist John Townsend, who died in 2016, leaving a five-bedroom house "full of boxes, with boxes on top of boxes, and more on top of those," according to Trunk. "And there were bags everywhere. And all the shelves were full. And there were some rooms you couldn't get into. And the attic was full. And the summerhouse outside was full. And the caravan outside was full too. And on every inch of everywhere there was something… Behind a series of boxes and running into a tall, thin chest of drawers was a set of blue folders. These were all labelled with Dymo tape and were arranged in alphabetical order. Filed by brand was a collection of sweet-related wrappers. But not the usual Mars, Marathon or Milky Way packets—no, these were far more obscure. And far more exciting. There were companies I'd never heard of, chews I'd not seen for four decades — Dad's Army sweet cigarettes, Punk gum, Lolly Gobble Choc Bomb… This had to become a book."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/11/2020
Featured spread is from Mike Kelley: Timeless Painting, published to accompany the current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, New York, on view through January 25, 2020. Featuring an essay by curator Jenelle Porter and intimate texts by a stellar group of contemporary artists including Edgar Arceneaux and Kurt Forman, Carroll Dunham, Daniel Guzmán, Richard Hawkins, Jay Heikes, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Christina Quarles, Mary Reid Kelley and Laurie Simmons, this substantial volume is, surprisingly, the first major monograph on Kelley's paintings, which are variously described as self-deprecating, contradictory, lurid and longing for radical freedom.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/11/2020
Art and food meet social activism in Michael Rakowitz’s inspiring new cookbook, A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve: Cooking with Date Syrup, in which forty-one noted international chefs, restauranteurs and food writers contribute recipes featuring the traditional Middle Eastern ingredient that also plays a key role in Rakowitz’s artwork, which can be seen in his current show at Jane Lombard, The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, section 1, Northwest Palace of Nimrud). “Food becomes very important in exile,” Claudia Roden writes. “Families hold on to their dishes for generations, long after they have cast off their traditional clothes, dropped their native language and stopped listening to their own forms of music. Michael’s family fled Iraq for the United States in 1947 as a result of riots and reprisals against Jews. He has used cooking as a way of celebrating the family’s origin and the harmony that once reigned between Jews and Muslims.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/10/2020
Sunday, January 26 at 3 PM, Anthology Film Archives presents the New York City launch of Jonas Mekas's 'I Seem to Live: The New York Diaries, 1950–1969, Volume 1,' published by Spector Books. A group of special guests will read from the diaries, including poet and writer Vyt Bakaitis, who worked with Mekas on his seminal book 'I Had Nowhere to Go'; Florence and Ken Jacobs, filmmakers and colleagues for many years; filmmaker Chuck Smith; and others. Introduced by editor Anne König, the reading will precede a screenings of Anthology’s new restoration of Mekas’s first feature film, 'Guns of the Trees' (1961).
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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.
This week, Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers was honored at the 2018 Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at the New York Public Library. As the North American distributor of Lars Müller's extraordinary list of books on art, architecture, design and theory, we are ourselves honored to reproduce his acceptance speech here.
This weekend, the world lost jazz and civil rights champion Nat Hentoff, one of the greatest and most passionate music journalists of all time. In memoriam, we are honored to present Hentoff's eloquently direct text, 'Jazz Festivals and the Changing of America,' from 'Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival' by Reel Art Press.