Reading Books for the Recent Graduates on Your List!
Books are gifts for life. What better way to say "congratulations" than to give the graduates on your list a starter library of books on art, architecture, design, photography - or whatever their passion may be? >>Back to the Graduate Gift Guide.
OUR TOP SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTISTS, ART HISTORIANS AND CRITICAL THINKERS.
In 1964, Calvin Tomkins spent a number of afternoons interviewing Marcel Duchamp in his apartment on West 10th Street in New York. Casual yet insightful, Duchamp reveals himself as a man and an artist whose playful principles toward living freed him to make art that was as unpredictable, complex, and surprising as life itself. Those interviews have never been edited and made public, until now. The Afternoon Interviews, which includes an [more]
Pbk, 5.25 x 8 in. / 110 pgs / 10 b&w.
Publication Date: 2/28/2013
Part of JRP|Ringer's innovative Documents series, published with Les Presses du Réel and dedicated to critical writings, this publication comprises a unique collection of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the development of the curatorial field--from early independent curators in the 1960s and 70s and the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and the U.S. through the inception of Documenta and the various biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner [more]
Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 200 pgs.
Publication Date: 10/1/2008
PORK SALAD PRESS
Conventional histories of comedy address the verbal comedy presented on stage or screen, or in broadcast media. During the twentieth century, however, there emerged another form of comedy--a comedy of doing rather than saying--that yielded prop-like conceptual objects and gestures of public theater. Termed concrete comedy” by internationally known artist and writer David Robbins, its origins date from around 1915, with the work of Karl Valentin, a German comedian of stage [more]
Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 360 pgs / 2 color / 300 b&w.
Publication Date: 8/31/2011
As admired for his writing as for his work in art, photography and architecture, Dan Graham was one of the first contemporary artists to embrace Punk, Postpunk and No Wave, becoming a figurehead for those movements, and an early supporter of (and friend to) Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth among many others. Rock/Music Writings collects 13 of Graham's most influential writings, on bands ranging from The Kinks to Bow Wow Wow, [more]
Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 224 pgs / 29 b&w.
Publication Date: 9/30/2009
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
The Art Life: On Creativity and Career is a collection of solicited and selected texts that address the philosophical and practical issues that affect art-making and the marketplace. It brings together visual artists, curators, dealers, writers, musicians, architects, actors, and educators, who speak to their internal motivations, influences and processes, and to their external engagements with community, audience, career and success. Many of the contributors have taken part in exhibitions and [more]
Pbk, 6 x 9 in. / 183 pgs / 30 color.
Publication Date: 3/31/2012
Founder and theorist of the Situationist International, and author of the massively influential book The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord (1931–1994) was also a connoisseur of military strategy. In his first volume of autobiography, Panegyric, Debord recounted his interest in classical war theory as espoused by the Prussian military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz. Debord devised and wrote the board game and book A Game of War in collaboration with his [more]
Slip Pbk, with game board, 6.75 x 8.25 in. / 156 pgs / 114 b&w.
Publication Date: 3/31/2013
GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.
Entertaining, lyrical and informative, Art Life is a selection of essays by well-known contemporary art curator Lawrence Rinder, all written since 1991. Rinder's work is distinguished by a concern for art's role in reflecting and shaping daily life. Informed by history, philosophy and popular culture, these essays provide keys to understanding a broad range of contemporary practices--from painting and drawing to net art and video installation. In each of these texts, [more]
Paperback, 7 x 9 in. / 160 pgs / 85 color.
Publication Date: 8/15/2005
Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our daily lives. Compiling hundreds of images and responses from leading authorities on photography, it offers a brilliant, reader-friendly exploration of the many ways in which photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world. The volume draws on the extraordinary visual assets of the Smithsonian Institution’s [more]
Pbk, 7 x 10 in. / 263 pgs / 250 color.
Publication Date: 6/30/2012
INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL/D.A.P.
In the late 1960s, the New York art world was, famously, an exhilarating place to be. New forms, including performance and video art, were making their debuts, and sculpture was developing in startling ways. In the midst of it all, experimental abstract painting was pressing art's most iconic medium to its limits and beyond. High Times, Hard Times fills a gap in coverage of this moment in history, recapturing its liveliness [more]
Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 50 color and 30 b&w.
Publication Date: 9/15/2006
INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI)
Since 1981, Independent Curators International (ICI) has run a series in which prominent New York artists talk about their work to an audience gathered at the artist's studio. The New York Studio Events program has visited some 200 distinguished artists throughout its history, including Janine Antoni, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Leon Golub, David Levinthal, Mary Lucier, Laurie Simmons, Richard Tuttle, Fred Wilson, Vik Muniz and Andrea Zittel. Inside the [more]
Paperback, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 296 pgs / 75 color / 10 b&w.
Publication Date: 6/2/2004