Book of the Day Posted Jul 19, 2018

Book of the day > Kraftwerk: Dance Forever

Book of the day > Kraftwerk: Dance Forever. Published by Toby Mott @culturaltraffic. Designed by Alex McWhirter @mcwhirterstudio. Catalogue for the Cultural Traffic Detroit exhibition 2018. "A compelling collection of rare items from the German electronic music pioneers and those they influenced, it documents Kraftwerk's aesthetic output from the early 1970’s to the present. On display will be promotional material, sheet music, obsolete recorded media, posters, photos and musical toys charting Kraftwerk's highly influential machine music aesthetic, which inspired dance music and specifically Detroit Techno. The industrial sound of Motor City and Kraftwerk on the autobahn is a spiritual connection bought together at #CulturalTraffic Detroit. To mark the exhibition a catalogue will be available designed by Alex McWhirter containing a flexi disc single; Rusty Egan Presents, 'Thank You’ a tone poem homage to Kraftwerk and other early electronic music pioneers many of whom are featured in Kraftwerk: Dance Forever."


Book of the Day Posted Jul 18, 2018

Book of the day > Wim Wenders: Instant Stories

Book of the day > Wim Wenders: Instant Stories. Published by Schirmer/Mosel. "Wim Wenders, the distinguished filmmaker and co-founder of New German Cinema, is also a world-renowned photographer. He has exhibited his large-format, panoramic photographs in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Bilbao, Sydney, Shanghai, Rome, São Paulo, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Düsseldorf. Now, for the first time, this book – published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery – presents his polaroids. Spanning the 1970s to the present day, they feature friends, actors and personal heroes, objects, places, spaces and situations from the everyday life of a travelling filmmaker. Wenders does not order his ‘photographic notes’, as he calls them, by theme, but as stories. They are accompanied by his own texts, short stories and haikus.Wim Wenders: Instant Stories is a photographic road trip through the life of the artist, from his early travels through America’s cinematic landscapes to the German provinces and beyond."


Events Posted Jul 17, 2018

Book Signing, Discussion, and cake! > SIMONE SHUBUCK - July 28th, 4:00-6:00


Please join us on Saturday, July 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 for a book signing and conversation with artist SIMONE SHUBUCK

The discussion - about her new book, her project 'Wifey,' and the relationship between art and food - will be moderated by curator Laura Fried and will include Wifey collaborator and James Beard nominated pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. (And, yes, there will be cake — and Yola Mezcal!)

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of SIMONE SHUBUCK signed by the artist, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


In the summer of 2017, Simone Shubuck launched Wifey, a Brooklyn pop up that fused art, food, ceramics, flowers, and bit of retail in an elevated DIY way. During the process, Shubuck realized that so much of what she was doing directly connected to a show she staged as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1990s. Wanting to formalize that multi-decade connection, she decided to make a book.

While at the Art institute, Shubuck studied painting, but probably spent more time tagging on the streets in the middle of the night than in her studio. When it came time to produce her student show, she constructed 10 cakes festooned with pink ham hocks, a school of fresh sardines, a tent of chicken feet, and live crickets within a hat box within a cake. It was these images that attracted chefs Ignacio Mattos and Natasha Pickowicz - both of New York's Estela, Flora Bar, and Cafe Altro Paradiso - to the project. They became partners and began experimenting with dreamy layer cakes which were served at Wifey to great acclaim. 

As described by Ella Riley-Adams on "She had made a paged project before; a short run of zines for Natasha Pickowicz’s bake sale benefit at Altro Paradiso. “It had more of a punk vibe,” Shubuck says—150 copies, printed in Chinatown. The new book feels more like a collector’s item: a retrospective of off-kilter cakes, blossoming drawings, and character-filled ceramics that charts Shubuck’s creative course. (It’s the ideal gift for the cool girl in your life.) As Alex Wagner writes, next to a bright yellow page in the book: “Simone’s work—on paper, in clay, in life!—retains a glorious sense of mess and possibility and freedom.” 
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Book of the Day Posted Jun 28, 2018

Book of the day > Casa Barragán

Book of the day > Casa Barragán. Published by Toto. Back in stock after a loooong absence and one of the very few Barrágan books available! “Barragán's houses evoke glamour and simplicity, modernity and nostalgia, respect for tradition and revolutionary turns. The influence of his childhood home, a former Mexican hacienda, is clear and yet contrasted with his bold use of colours. Five of his house designs are lavishly pictured here, both inside and out. Accessible short descriptions are included with each photograph. Accompanied by an extended essay by Yutaka Saito.”





Book of the Day Posted Jun 27, 2018

Book of the day > Pansy Beat

Book of the day > Pansy Beat. Published by Krimskrams Island LLC. "Pansy Beat was a short-lived fanzine published by Michael Economy in New York from 1989 to 1990, totaling five quarterly issues. Each issue’s 50-some black-and-white pages documented the exuberant downtown gay and drag club scene of that era and included one free condom. The zine offered a glimpse into an exhilarating alternative universe during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis. Interviews profiled downtown personalities on the verge of global stardom, many still working to this day. Artists such as Lady Bunny, Billy Erb, Connie Fleming, Kenny Kenny, Lady Miss Kier and Larry Tee first shared their memorable selves in print on the pages of Pansy Beat. The zine also featured interviews with Edwige Belmore, Leigh Bowery and Quentin Crisp. This book celebrates Pansy Beat’s brief but influential life, including a reprinting of all five issues in their original format, previously unseen photographs by staff photographer Michael Fazakerley, new full-color artwork by some of the original contributors, plus new essays and interviews. Book design by Jan Wandrag."


Book of the Day Posted Jun 26, 2018

Book of the day > Jason Fulford: The Medium Is A Mess

Book of the day > Jason Fulford: The Medium Is A Mess. Published by Studio Blanco. ” In the autumn of 2017, Studio Blanco ( invited photographer Jason Fulford (@mushroom_collector) to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to take pictures of the ateliers of Reggio Children. He spent a week in the city with the aim of documenting and celebrating the creative process globally known as the Reggio Emilia Approach. This book features photographs by Fulford in the ateliers and streets of the city, as well as pictures previously taken in Japan, Korea, and the United States.

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains as high as possible.” Loris Malaguzzi In Reggio Emilia, the first public nursery school was created in 1945 with funds from the sales of a military tank, three trucks and six horses left behind by fleeing German soldiers. The school was managed by a group of volunteers, since the role of a professional teacher for pre-schoolers did not exist yet according to the Italian law. Twenty years later, a teacher and psychologist named Loris Malaguzzi took inspiration from those first educational efforts to set up a pioneering educational system, which was tested in a new preschool called Diana. It lay in the middle of the city’s main park. It had a square at its core, three classrooms, two small gardens, a kitchen and an atelier. It was full of light, because most of its walls were just big windows.  Today the Reggio Emilia Approach has become globally renowned: all year long, delegations of teachers flock to this small city to learn about it. Malaguzzi based it on a few basic ideas: the families’ participation, the fact that teachers should work together, the presence of a kitchen and an atelier inside the school and, most importantly, the conviction that the child should always be at the centre of her own development, that she should be let free to express herself in the “hundred languages” that humans can use. This book is a tribute to this approach. In it, shapes and colours from the ateliers are juxtaposed to urban details. Every now and then, some children’s faces peek from a page, as if they were busy making sense out of what they were seeing in order to finally assemble all those elements. Layer after layer, new meanings emerge. We are tempted to grab them, crystallize them, and jot them down but they only last the time of a blink, before being reshuffled with what is coming next and what is still to come. Let’s not worry about it. Isn’t this the experience of growing up, after all?"



Book of the Day Posted Jun 21, 2018

Book of the day > The Swimming Pool in Photography.

Book of the day > The Swimming Pool in Photography. Published by Hatje Cantz. " The Swimming Pool in Photography invites readers to dive into the cultural history of swimming pools. As long as 5,000 years ago, the allure of the sea inspired humans to recreate its essence in miniature artistic forms, such as public baths where ancient rituals would take place. Since then, swimming pools have become status symbols and a source for a gamut of purposes from athletics to the simple pleasure of just being in water. It is no wonder, then, that filmmakers and photographers constantly return to the swimming pool as a subject and setting. Reflections of water and light are captured in countless unique ways in the more than 200 compelling images of pools and swimmers that comprise this catalog. The Swimming Pool in Photography includes works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gigi Cifali, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Emma Hartvig, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Paolo Pelligrin, Mack Sennett, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, Alex Webb, and many others." 


Book of the Day Posted Jun 15, 2018

Book of the day > Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s

Book of the day > Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s by Marilyn F. Friedman. Published by Bauer And Dean. “The designers of the 1930s had a determination to forge a contemporary style, rejecting the revivalism that had defined American design during the nineteenth century. They drew their inspiration from diverse sources, such as Art Deco, the Bauhaus, the Viennese Secession, Shintoism, and streamlining, and they embraced new concepts in construction, materials, and style. Over the course of the decade they developed a framework for modern interior design that was faithful to core principles of simplicity, practicality and comfort, a conceptual framework that continues to define American modern interior design today. A valuable resource for design professionals, historians, and enthusiasts, this book chronicles the development of modern interior design in the United States in the 1930s. With detailed descriptions and more than 200 archival images, design historian Marilyn F. Friedman presents more than 100 interiors by 50 designers and architects, including work by design luminaries Donald Deskey, Paul T. Frankl, Cedric Gibbons, William Lescaze, Tommi Parzinger, Eugene Schoen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Joseph Urban, and Kem Weber. Friedman also draws attention to lesser known male and female designers, including Joseph Aronson, Virginia Conner, Freda Diamond, Robert Heller, and Eleanor Le Maire. Interiors include private commissions, model homes, and exhibition displays that spanned the economic spectrum, from those created for wealthy patrons, such as Walter Annenberg and Abby Rockefeller Milton, to those designed with affordability in mind.”


Book of the Day Posted Jun 14, 2018

Book of the day > Lorna Simpson: Collages

Book of the day > Lorna Simpson: Collages. Published by @chroniclebooks. “’Black women’s heads of hair are galaxies unto themselves, solar systems, moonscapes, volcanic interiors.’ —Elizabeth Alexander, from the Introduction Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, the exquisite and thought-provoking collages of world-renowned artist Lorna Simpson explore the richly nuanced language of hair. Surreal coiffures made from colorful ink washes, striking geological formations from old textbooks, and other unexpected forms and objects adorn the models to mesmerizingly beautiful effect. Featuring 160 artworks, an artist’s statement, and an introduction by poet, author, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander, this volume celebrates the irresistible power of Simpson’s visual vernacular.”


Book of the Day Posted Jun 13, 2018

Book of the day > Stanley Kubrick Photographs: Through a Different Lens

Book of the day > Stanley Kubrick Photographs: Through a Different Lens. Published by @taschen. "Before becoming the critically acclaimed filmmaker responsible for such iconic films as Dr. Strangelove and The Shining, Stanley Kubrick spent five years as a photographer for Look magazine. The Bronx native joined the staff in 1945, when he was only 17 years old, and shot humanist slice-of-life features that celebrate and expose New York City and its inhabitants. Through a Different Lens reveals the keen and evocative vision of a burgeoning creative genius in a range of feature stories and images, from everyday folk at the laundromat to a day in the life of a debutant, from a trip to the circus to Columbia University. Featuring around 300 images, many previously unseen, as well as rare Look magazine tear sheets, this release coincides with a major show at the Museum of the City of New York and includes an introduction by noted photography critic Luc Sante. These still photographs attest to Kubrick’s innate talent for compelling storytelling, and serve as clear indicators of how this genius would soon transition to making some of the greatest movies of all time."