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DATE 3/7/2024

Rizzoli Bookstore presents Chloe Sherman and Noelle Flores Théard on 'Renegades: San Francisco, The 1990s'

DATE 3/6/2024

Yelena Yemchuk to launch 'Malanka' at Dashwood Books

DATE 2/27/2024

192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery presents Robert Slifkin, Elizabeth Smith and Jacob Proctor on 'The New York Tapes'

DATE 2/26/2024

A gorgeous new book on the woodblock virtuosos of the Edo period

DATE 2/24/2024

Save 75–85% at our 2024 LA Showroom Sample Sale!

DATE 2/24/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents 'Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning' with Amy Lyford and Amelia Jones

DATE 2/23/2024

In Walter Pfeiffer's 'Chez Walti,' a playful, captivating dream world

DATE 2/20/2024

The elusive practice of bootlegging, alive and well in the creative fields

DATE 2/18/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents Lisa Lapinski and Bennett Simpson launching 'Miss Swiss'

DATE 2/17/2024

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Hilton Als launching 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin'

DATE 2/17/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents Karen Lofgren & Carmina Escobar launching 'emBRUJAda'

DATE 2/17/2024

Arcana Books presents Yelena Yemchuk signing 'Malanka'

DATE 2/15/2024

Next-level Ellsworth Kelly


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/7/2024

Rizzoli Bookstore presents Chloe Sherman and Noelle Flores Théard on 'Renegades: San Francisco, The 1990s'

Thursday, March 7, from 6–8 PM, Rizzoli Bookstore presents photographer Chloe Sherman in conversation with 'New Yorker' digital photo editor Noelle Flores Théard about Sherman's new monograph 'Renegades: San Francisco, The 1990s,' a tender, joyous portrait of the thriving lesbian subculture in 1990s San Francisco, published by Hatje Cantz.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/6/2024

Yelena Yemchuk to launch 'Malanka' at Dashwood Books

Wednesday, March 6 from 6 to 8 PM, Dashwood Books will host Ukrainian American visual artist Yelena Yemchuk for the signing of her new book, 'Malanka,' published by Edition Patrick Frey.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/27/2024

192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery presents Robert Slifkin, Elizabeth Smith and Jacob Proctor on 'The New York Tapes'

Tuesday, February 27 at 7 PM, 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery present art historian and author Robert Slifkin and Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Smith discussing 'The New York Tapes: Alan Solomon’s Interviews for Television, 1965–66,' moderated by Jacob Proctor, Gilbert and Ann Kinney New York Collector and interviewer for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/26/2024

A gorgeous new book on the woodblock virtuosos of the Edo period

Ohara Koson’s 1926 polychrome woodblock print “Scops Owl in Flight under Cherry Blossom and Full Moon” is reproduced from Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige: Geisha, Samurai and the Culture of Pleasure, Skira’s scholarly yet beautifully-produced survey of 460 of the Edo period’s greatest woodblock prints—some elegant, some delicate and others brazenly erotic. Poetic landscapes, flowers and birds, Kabuki dramas, the female universe, the art of love, warriors and heroes all make appearances in prints that exemplify the concept of ukiyo-e, or the floating world, which seventeenth-century Japanese novelist Asai Riyoi described as “living only for the moment, savoring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves, singing songs, drinking wine and diverting oneself in simply floating, unconcerned by the prospect of imminent poverty, buoyant and carefree like a gourd carried along with the current of the river…”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/24/2024

Save 75–85% at our 2024 LA Showroom Sample Sale!

Visit us Saturday, February 24 from 11AM–4PM! Our Los Angeles Showroom is celebrating the new year with a blowout Winter Sample Sale featuring an amazing selection of books on Art, Photography, Design, Fashion, Architecture, Music, Film and Popular Culture—all at up to 85% off!

LACY SOTO | DATE 2/24/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents 'Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning' with Amy Lyford and Amelia Jones

Join Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore at 3 PM on Saturday, February 24 for the Los Angeles book launch of 'Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning' published by Reaktion Books. Author Amy Lyford will be in conversation with Amelia Jones, with book signing to follow. Join in-person or livestream on Instagram at @artbookhwla.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/23/2024

In Walter Pfeiffer's 'Chez Walti,' a playful, captivating dream world

Featured spreads are from new release Chez Walti, Edition Patrick Frey’s vivid and incorrigible 418-page collection of Walter Pfeiffer photographs, made 2000–2022. In regards to photography, he says, “everything depends on the model. Is he or she funny and playful? Or are they just lame ducks? Worst-case scenario: they really do aspire to become a professional model. I have to enjoy photographing them, otherwise it doesn’t work. It’s the same with a still life or a landscape. I can’t plan it in advance, any more than with people. I have to be there and see it for myself. A still life can, admittedly, be a little embellished, so to speak. But when it comes to landscape, I can immediately look at it and think: That’s it!” In regards to his drawing practice, he says, “I need change, and I always need new people. As long as I can, I’ll just keep on fishing and sometimes somebody will take the bait. People who are captivating, and independent-minded, are a great source of inspiration for me. … There are very few of these one-off individuals. … I’m interested in creating a kind of dream world.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/20/2024

The elusive practice of bootlegging, alive and well in the creative fields

Featured spreads are from new release Unlicensed: Bootlegging as Creative Practice, NYC-based graphic designer Ben Schwartz’s playful, 432-page investigation of the practice of bootlegging in the creative world. From Virgil Abloh’s Off-White logo (borrowed from the Glasgow International Airport) to Dwayne Johnson's "The Rock" stunt double, Jeff Koons’ 2008–2012 “Balloon Venus” (borrowing from the “Venus of Willendorf,” c. 25,000 BP) or even nature’s own Caligo Owl Butterfly, Schwartz drops a lens on the ambiguous practice of borrowing, quoting, sampling, copying—or stealing, depending on how you look at it—via in-depth discussions with 21 creative practitioners, including BLESS, Experimental Jetset, Printed Matter (Jordan Nassar and Christopher Schulz), Hassan Rahim, SHIRT and Oana Stanescu, among others. “By its very nature, a bootleg defies definition,” Schwartz writes. “It travels in black markets and hides in unmarked record sleeves; it communicates in the errors of cheap production and escapes into the loopholes of property law. It cares little for the stability a definition might offer. To define a bootleg would be to contain it. It creates order where mess is much more welcome. Definitions, language, and names clarify, but they also tend to pin things down. A bootleg’s survival is dependent on its ambiguity. Maybe we can talk about a bootleg while resisting the urge to define it. Maybe we can open it up, explore its edges, extend them outward, or destroy them altogether.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/18/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents Lisa Lapinski and Bennett Simpson launching 'Miss Swiss'

Join Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore at 3 PM on Sunday, February 18, for the launch of 'Lisa Lapinski: Miss Swiss,' published by Inventory Press and Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Artist Lisa Lapinski will be in conversation with MOCA curator Bennett Simpson, with book signing to follow. Join in-person or livestream on Instagram.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/17/2024

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth LA Bookstore presents Karen Lofgren & Carmina Escobar launching 'emBRUJAda'

Join Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore at 3 PM on Saturday, February 17 for the Los Angeles book launch of 'emBRUJAda: Charms for the Living,' published by Set Margins' Publications. Artist and author Karen Lofgren will be in conversation with experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar, with book signing to follow. Join in-person or livestream on Instagram.

CHEEYEON PARK | DATE 2/17/2024

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents Hilton Als signing 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin'

Saturday Feb 17 at 4 PM, please join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore to celebrate 'God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin'—published by Dancing Foxes Press and the Brooklyn Museum—with a signing by the book's editor, the acclaimed curator, author and educator Hilton Als. Due to limited capacity, please RSVP at artbookstores.com.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/17/2024

Arcana Books presents Yelena Yemchuk signing 'Malanka'

Saturday, February 17, from 4 to 6 PM, Arcana Books on the Arts will host Ukrainian American visual artist Yelena Yemchuk for the signing of her new book, 'Malanka,' published by Edition Patrick Frey.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/15/2024

Next-level Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly’s 1956 painting Atlantic is reproduced from Glenstone Museum’s fearlessly well-designed, 314-page, clothbound new release, featuring jaw-droppingly beautiful tipped-on images on front and back cover. “It’s about perception, to feel it somehow,” Kelly is quoted. “It’s a special way of looking. I have trained my eye over and over ever since I was a kid. I was a bird watcher when I was a little boy. My grandmother gave me a bird book, and I got to like their colors. I said, ‘Jesus, a little blackbird with red wings.’ That was one of the first birds I saw in the pine tree behind my house, and I followed it as he flew into one of the trees—like he was leading me on. In a way, that little bird seems to be responsible for all of my paintings.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/14/2024

Vintage Valentine

"Looking at photographs of people with no clothes on is always exciting," Cressida Connolly begins her semi-redacted essay in Valentine’s Day Staff Pick Private Collection: A History of Erotic Photography, 1850-1940. "The experience can also be funny, or troubling, or arousing: the pictures here assembled are all three. This collection has a unique claim on our attention, not only for the remarkable candor of many of the images, but because some of these pictures are among the earliest erotic photographs we have. No one had ever photographed nudity or genitals or the acts of sex before. There were no rules. It is the revolutionary newness of these images that makes them as exciting as their subjects." Featured image is courtesy Other Criteria © Danny Moynihan.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/14/2024

Join Artbook | D.A.P. at the 2024 CAA National Conference

Join us February 15–17, 2024, for the College Art Association's Annual Conference in Chicago! Please visit us at Booth 318 to browse forthcoming, new and classic Academic Titles. And in neighboring Booth 316, enjoy a special selection of titles from DelMonico Books.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/14/2024

Joy and magnificence in Valentine's Day staff pick, 'Elder Sex'

Featured spreads are from Marilyn Minter: Elder Sex, JBE Books’ beautifully-produced and celebratory monograph based on the artist’s recent work for a New York Times feature on the joys and challenges of sex after seventy. In her aptly-named catalog essay, “Screw it, this is who I am,” New Yorker writer Naomi Fry states that Minter's work "shows us that we are human in our fullness, in our repellent and attractive parts, and, too, that what counts as repellent can also often be attractive. In the Elder Sex, photos, Minter is unembarrassed to put on display what we are not used to seeing—what culture thinks we don’t want to see—and there is joy and magnificence in that gesture. The bodies that Minter depicts heave and pulse with sensation and texture, giving us something radical. They’re real, and they’re spectacular.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/12/2024

Join Artbook | D.A.P. at Winter Institute, 2024

Please join us at Table 81, Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 at the ABA’s 19th Annual Winter Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio! Artbook | D.A.P. will be part of “Meet the Presses,” taking place in the Grand Ballroom Pre-Function Lobby at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/12/2024

The Center for Black Visual Culture at NYU presents Eric Hart Jr. and Emil Wilbekin

Monday, February 12 at 6:30 PM, the Center for Black Visual Culture at NYU presents photographer Eric Hart Jr. in conversation with journalist Emil Wilbekin for a discussion of Hart's book 'When I Think About Power,' published by Damiani. The evening will feature a discussion of 'When I Think About Power,' followed by a book signing with Hart, where the book will be available for purchase.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/11/2024

Black History essential 'Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971' is on view now at Detroit Institute of Arts

"It is of the utmost importance that a black child see on that screen someone who looks like him," James Baldwin wrote in 1968. "Our children have been suffering from the lack of identifiable images for as long as our children have been born." For film lovers and students of Black history alike, Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971 is an absolute must. Published by DelMonico Books and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to accompany the exhibition currently on view in Detroit, this scholarly, 288-page visual goldmine presents the remarkable, overlooked history of Black representation in American cinema, from the silent film era through the Black Power movement. Featured image is a production still of Fayard and Harold Nicholas in the 1943 all-Black musical comedy, Stormy Weather.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/10/2024

Enter the Year of the Dragon with ‘Cultivated Stones’

“On first encounter, Chinese scholars’ rocks perplex,” Phillip E. Bloom writes in the National Bonsai Foundation's enlightening study, Cultivated Stones: Chinese Scholars' Rocks from the Kemin Hu Collection. “Though composed of solid stone, they may appear to billow like clouds or dance like flames; though viewed atop stands or tables, they may evoke snowcapped mountains or turbulent seas, ferocious beasts or tranquil vistas. When tapped with a mallet—or even a fingernail—they may resonate like bells or tinkle like chimes. A good rock encourages close looking, inviting viewers to explore its wrinkles and crevices, to become lost among its peaks and holes, to embrace its alluring strangeness. One quickly becomes bewildered: ‘What is this odd thing that I am viewing? Why does it exert such a pull on me? What is so appealing about its weirdness?’" Featured here is the Hubei Province turquoise scholars' rock "Charm of a Verdant Peak," reflecting a classic cloud shape.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/7/2024

The Whitney Museum presents Jeffrey Gibson, Dyani White Hawk and Jenelle Porter on 'An Indigenous Present'

Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30 PM, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents 'An Indigenous Present' editors Jeffrey Gibson and Jenelle Porter in conversation with contributing artist Dyani White Hawk and Whitney Director Scott Rothkopf.

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/6/2024

“For anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable in their own skin,” Joshua Amissah presents ‘Black Masculinities’

Featured photograph, by NYC- and Atlanta-based filmmaker and photographer Braylen Dion, is from Black History Month staff pick Black Masculinities: Creating Emotive Utopias through Photography. Featuring work by 22 international photographers, this 320-page hardcover explodes clichés that have been "sugarcoated with ‘coolness,’” according to editor Joshua Amissah. “Unfortunately, the big portion of ‘coolness’ usually does not keep its promise and reveals a bittersweet aftertaste. Once this sugarcoat is deconstructed, the representation of Black men in popular culture exposes its bitter core of attributions such as aggression, hypersexuality, toxic masculinity, class struggle and criminal tendencies.…” The photographers in this book, including Dion, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Kwaku Alston, Kofi Duah, Jabari Jacobs, Isaac West and Ussi’n Yala, among others, “are forming a youthful and liberatory vision based in and around the figures of Black men. Their extraordinary works offer new ways of seeing, imagining and also experiencing Black masculinities, whose cultural meanings are not only full of talent, but also unapologetically reclaiming, brilliant, courageous, thoughtful, decolonizing, captivating, pioneering and absolutely game-changing."

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/4/2024

Black History Month Staff Pick 'Separate Cinema' is Back in Stock!

Featured spreads are from Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art—back in stock in time for the book's tenth anniversary. This 320-page treasure trove collects more than 300 emblematic Black cinema posters of the last century, drawn from the largest private archive of African-American film memorabilia in the world, numbering more than 30,000 movie posters and photographs from more than 30 countries. “Film posters constitute an art form about an art form, and as well, in the case of the Black cinema tradition, a quasi-Black History lesson,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr., writes in his Foreword. “I think I first realized this when I was about to interview Spike Lee at his 40 Acres and a Mule production company in Fort Green. As I waited for our interview to begin, I became enamored—entranced, really—by the marvelous historical posters that Spike had on the walls of his office. I was green with envy and decided to start collecting Black film posters as avidly as I could afford. … The images gathered here in Separate Cinema provide a brilliant overview of the last century of film poster art that every student of film and every student of African American history and culture should experience. And perhaps you, too, will be moved, like I was in Spike’s office, to begin collecting them on your own. For they are a national treasure.”

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/4/2024

Join Artbook | D.A.P. at the Winter 2024 Shoppe Object Independent Home and Gift Show

February 4–6, 2024, from 9 AM–6 PM, visit us in Booth G129 at New York’s most refined independent home and gift show. You'll find our colorful, stimulating, up-to-the-minute book stand at the fair's beautiful new Broome Street location, Skylight at Essex Crossing!