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DATE 9/6/2019

Francis Luca & Rosa Lowinger to launch 'Promising Paradise' at Books & Books, Coral Gables

DATE 8/23/2019

The Hayward Gallery's acclaimed 'Kiss My Genders' is a new release this week!

DATE 8/22/2019

Monumental 'America: Films from Elsewhere' is new from The Shoestring Publisher

DATE 8/21/2019

In 'Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park,' an anticipation so acute it's almost deranged

DATE 8/20/2019

Pop complexity in 'Matthew Brannon: Concerning Vietnam'

DATE 8/19/2019

Feminist, queer, prophetic and imperative: Harmony Hammond, 'Material Witness'

DATE 8/17/2019

Making American history: 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music'

DATE 8/16/2019

'Sunset Market Plaza: Meditations on Strip-Malls in Los Angeles' book launch at Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore

DATE 8/16/2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world

DATE 8/15/2019

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with these Staff Picks

DATE 8/15/2019

Woodstock's message of peace and music, fifty years to the day

DATE 8/14/2019

In Hildegard von Bingen's visionary 'Scivias,' a true cosmic symphony

DATE 8/13/2019

From Michael Jang and Atelier Éditions, sophisticated and surprising coffee table gold

DATE 8/13/2019

In memory of Ridinghouse publisher Karsten Schubert

DATE 8/12/2019

Magic, protection and undeniable beauty in "Wild Beads of Africa"

DATE 8/10/2019

Private entertainments or public show in 'Frida Kahlo: Her Photos'?

DATE 8/10/2019

Join us at SHOPPE OBJECT 3.0 Independent Home & Gift Show, Summer 2019!

DATE 8/9/2019

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Voyagers!

DATE 8/7/2019

Something terrifying emerging from the anxious brushstrokes in 'Landscape Painting Now'

DATE 8/5/2019

Extraordinary 18th-century black magic in 'Touch Me Not' facsimile

DATE 8/2/2019

Art and art-lover merge in 'Coincidences at Museums'

DATE 8/1/2019

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

DATE 7/31/2019

'Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold Story' releases this week!

DATE 7/30/2019

'Another Country: Outsider Visions of America' film series organizers Thomas Beard and Shanay Jhaveri in conversation and signing at Lincoln Center

DATE 7/29/2019

Jean-Michel Othoniel's 'Secret Language of Flowers' details the hidden meanings of the various flowers in the Louvre

DATE 7/28/2019

MoMA PS1 Book Space presents Lorraine Passero on 'P.S.1: A School for the Centuries'

DATE 7/26/2019

Tom Bianchi's 'Fire Island Pines' is eternally magical

DATE 7/25/2019

Tracey Bashkoff on Hilma af Klint

DATE 7/24/2019

'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/23/2019

Shtetl in the Sun. What's not to love?

DATE 7/21/2019

'Freedom of the Presses' presents the twenty-first-century artist's book as esoteric and enigmatic anti-spectacle

DATE 7/20/2019

The Eagle Has Landed … Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing, July 20, 1969

DATE 7/20/2019

Today, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned moon landing with T. Adler's elegant 'The Moon 1968–1972'

DATE 7/20/2019

Visit Artbook at LITLIT!

DATE 7/19/2019

Give in to international Space Fever with 'Soviet Space Dogs'

DATE 7/18/2019

Space is the place in 'The Comet'

DATE 7/17/2019

'Barbara Bosworth: The Heavens' is a deluxe photobook for stargazers, dreamers, science lovers and poets

DATE 7/16/2019

MoMA PS1 Book Space presents an interactive afternoon with 'Colors De La Runway' author Clarence Ruth

DATE 7/16/2019

Together let us explore the stars with 'The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space'

DATE 7/15/2019

'Bad Luck, Hot Rocks' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/14/2019

Celebrate Bastille Day with 'Rachel Cobb: Mistral, The Legendary Wind of Provence'

DATE 7/13/2019

'Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death' opens today at MFA Boston

DATE 7/13/2019

Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago

DATE 7/12/2019

'Mrinalini Mukherjee' at Met Breuer gets rave review from 'The New York Times'

DATE 7/11/2019

A cosmic traffic jam in 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music'

DATE 7/11/2019

Michael Lang & Henry Diltz to launch 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music' at Rizzoli

DATE 7/10/2019

All-too human pain in 'Antonello da Messina: Inside Painting'

DATE 7/9/2019

Frail and beautiful and deeply human, 'Saul Leiter: In My Room' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/9/2019

Visit us at the Atlanta Summer Gift & Home Market

DATE 7/8/2019

Summertime Staff Favorite 'The Swimming Pool in Photography' is Back in Stock!

DATE 7/5/2019

Pat de Groot captures nothing or everything in summertime staff favorite, 'Landscape Painting Now'


EX LIBRIS

Ex Libris: Mike Slack

DATE 2/16/2010

Ten small, mostly affordable art books to which my initial reaction was something like: "I'm not sure if I understand what this is, but I love it and I must own it at once!"

1. Ron Jude: Alpine Star (A-Jump Books, 2006)

WTF?: An odd selection of B&W photographs from a small-town newspaper, appropriated & edited by Ron Jude (and reproduced with stochastic printing) into something funnier and more cryptic than the original pictures were ever meant to suggest.

2. Sol Lewitt: Isometric Drawings (Paula Cooper Gallery, 1982)

Eye candy: Bold black lines on stark white paper, depicting a sequence of simple (but just slightly incorrect?) geometric forms - pure math with a quirky 'personality.'

3. Paul Kooiker: Room Service (Van Zoetendaal Gallery, 2008)

Guilty pleasure: Faceless women in various stages of undress, photographed in libraries, offices and bookshops, re-printed here rather garishly.

4. Jim Shaw: Dreams (Smart Art Press, 1995)

An old favorite: The vast, mind-boggling collection of Jim Shaw's masterfully executed 'dream drawings,' accompanied by his equally uncanny textual descriptions.

5. Vanessa van Dam & Martine Stig: Any Resemblance to Existing Persons in Purely Coincidental: Stories: Stories of Mr. Wood (Revolver, 2006)

Chance encounters: A kind of large-scale photographic 'scavenger hunt' in which the exact same set of detailed instructions were followed in Bombay, and then again in Los Angeles, over the course of ten days, to produce two completely different pictorial 'narratives.' (The instructions are repeated at the end of the book to encourage the reader to create his/her own story.)

6. Terry Winters: Filters in Stock (38th Street Publishers, 2008)

More eye candy: A small notebook of messy, hand-sketched squiggles and patterns, made with chalk or pencil on paper. (Sort of an intimate counterpart to the Sol Lewitt title mentioned above.)

7. Gerhard Richter: Wald (Walther Konig, 2009)

Yes, another Richter book...: An absorbing, self-contained 'system' of photographs (of a dense forest in Cologne) and words (from a forestry magazine, randomly shuffled by a computer program) arranged throughout the book's pages "according to strict parameters" to generate an ingenious ebb and flow of image and text. One of his best books.

8. Richard Hell & Christopher Wool: Psychopts (JMc & GHB, 2008)

Words as pictures: A playful collaboration in which pairs of similar printed/typeset words and phrases have been overlapped, blurring their meanings and sparking new connotations, often to humorous effect. (I'm an addict of word games, word puzzles, books, dictionaries...)

9. Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson: Fallen Books (onestar press, 2009)

Another book about books: Books and bookcases that have been toppled by earthquakes (mostly photographed by librarians), with pages color-coded throughout to indicate the degree of seismic activity that caused the disarray.

10. Michael Schmelling, The Plan (J&L Books, 2009)

Yikes!: Nearly 500 photographs of the stifling, cramped domestic interiors of 'compulsive hoarders.' Printed in b & w on cheap newsprint, it feels like a little phone book and is almost impossible to view without getting ink all over your fingers--a perfect combo of subject matter and materials.

EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack
EX LIBRIS: Mike Slack

Mike Slack is the author of Ok Ok Ok (2002), Scorpio (2006) and Pyramids (2009). He is also co-publisher (with Tricia Gabriel) of The Ice Plant (www.theiceplant.cc). He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Mike Slack: Pyramids

Mike Slack: Pyramids Mike Slack’s Pyramids builds on the striking Polaroid aesthetic of his previous books, Ok Ok Ok (2002) and Scorpio (2006), rounding out a trilogy of stand-alone volumes that together contain 123 pictures. This collection records >>more
The Ice Plant
ISBN 9780982365311
US $30.00 CAN $40.00 TRADE
Clth, 7 x 9 in. / 80 pgs / 41 color.
Pub Date: 11/30/2009 In stock

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