Book of the Day Posted Mar 21, 2019

Book of the Day > Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art

Book of the Day > Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art. Published by Phaidon. "A global survey of more than 100 artists, chosen by art-world professionals for their work with threads, stitching, and textiles. Celebrating tapestry, embroidery, stitching, textiles, knitting, and knotting as used by visual artists worldwide, Vitamin T is the latest in the celebrated series in which leading curators, critics, and art professionals nominate living artists for inclusion. As boundaries between art and craft have blurred, artists have increasingly embraced these materials and methods, with the resulting works being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums worldwide. Vitamin T is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey – the first of its kind."

 
Book of the Day Posted Mar 20, 2019

Book of the Day > Ethan James Green: Young New York

Book of the Day > Ethan James Green: Young New York. Published by Aperture. "Young New York, Ethan James Green’s first monograph, presents a selection of striking portraits of New York’s millennial scene-makers, a gloriously diverse cast of models, artists, nightlife icons, queer youth, and gender binary–flouting muses of the fashion world and beyond. Under the mentorship of the late David Armstrong, Green developed a sensitive and confident style and an intense connection with his subjects; his luminous black-and-white portraits, many taken in Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side, bring to mind Diane Arbus’s midcentury studies of gender nonconformists. Although he often shoots on commission for fashion brands and magazines, for Young New York, Green photographed his close friends and community for more than three years, and his humanist approach transcends the trends of the moment. Young New York promises to announce a bright young talent who is redefining beauty and identity for a new generation. In the words of the model and actress Hari Nef, one of Green’s frequent subjects, 'In Ethan’s world, the kids who inspire him ought to be (and are) the subjects of his work. Ethan is an artist among so-called image makers.'”
None Posted Mar 15, 2019

Book of the Day > Walls Turned Sideways; Artists Confront the Justice System

Book of the Day > Walls Turned Sideways; Artists Confront the Justice System. Published by Name Publications and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
"If the museum is the repository for all that society values, how is the prison the repository for all society seeks to disown? What, then, is the social role and responsibility of the artist in times of political urgency? What functions can only art and artists fulfill in the social and political landscape? Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System brings together contemporary artists working across the United States who mobilize communities to bring visibility to hidden offenses and veiled histories within the justice system. Published on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System is co-published by [NAME] and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. This volume, which includes comprehensive readings of works in the exhibition as well as commissioned essays and primary source material, is authored and edited by the exhibition’s curator Risa Puleo. Representing the full range of contemporary art production made in the studio and the social realm, the exhibition and publication considers artists who reimagine justice in images and objects, position the prison and court systems as structures for dismantling through institutional critique, and aim to change legislature through social practice. Puleo frames artist-led activism and activist-inspired art directed towards the criminal justice system and the prison-industrial complex."
 
Book of the Day Posted Mar 14, 2019

Book of the Day > Dorothy Iannone: A Cookbook

 
Book of the Day > Dorothy Iannone: A Cookbook. Published by JRP Ringier. "Since the 1960s, Dorothy Iannone (born 1933) has aimed at representing ecstatic love, 'the union of gender, feeling and pleasure.' Today her oeuvre, encompassing paintings, drawings, collages, videos, sculptures, objects and artist’s books, is widely recognized as one of the most provocative and fruitful bodies of work in recent decades for its liberalization of female sexuality, and political and feminist issues. Created in 1969, when she was living with Swiss artist Dieter Roth, the Cookbook is a perfect example of how Iannone mixes daily life, creativity and thought, culminating in her vision of cooking as an outlet for both eroticism and introspection. A real book of recipes full of visual delights, the Cookbook contains densely decorated pages with patterned designs, packed text and vibrant colors. Personal sentences are interspersed among the lists of ingredients, revealing the exultations and tribulations of her life between the lines of recipes. Filled with wit, wordplay and idiosyncratic thoughts—'At least one can turn pain to color' accompanies the recipe for gazpacho; “Dorothy’s spirit is like this: green and yellow,” is written next to the ingredients for lentil soup—the Cookbook constitutes a self-portrait of the artist as a cook and a lover. This publication is a facsimile of the 1969 original , now published with a dust jacket specially designed by the artist."
 
Book of the Day Posted Mar 12, 2019

Book of the Day > Soldier Studies: Cross Dressing in der Wehrmacht

 

Book of the Day > Soldier Studies: Cross-Dressing in der Wehrmacht. Published by Hatje Cantz. "Why did so many German soldiers dress up as women during World War II? The artist and collector Martin Dammann has studied war photography, the impact of images, and how history is written. During his research, he came across many amateur photographs of soldiers in the German army who dressed as women—scenes that directly contradicted Nazi ideology. Dammann’s discoveries are now being presented for discussion in his critical book, which features pictures that provide surprising insights into the longings and everyday lives of German soldiers in World War II: from playful scenes of young recruits clowning around, to improvised disguises among close friends at the front, to carefully prepared performances in Allied POW camps. Essays by Martin Dammann and the renowned sociologist and author Harald Welzer examine the multiple facets of the pictures."
 
None Posted Mar 10, 2019

Book of the Day > Graciela Iturbide

Book of the Day > Graciela Iturbide. Published by RM/Fundacion Mapfre. "This is the largest survey yet published on the work of Graciela Iturbide, the most acclaimed photographer working in Latin America and winner of the 2008 Hasselblad Award. It includes 180 representative photographs spanning her career, focusing on her best-known work, such as Frida Kahlo's Bedroom, Those Who Live in the Sand, and Juchitan. Over the course of her four-decade career, Iturbide has built up a poetic language of images and symbols; a consistent preoccupation is the juxtaposition between urban and rural life. The subjects of her black-and-white photography mostly reside in Latin America but encompass India, Europe and Asia as well. This volume provides an essential overview of her accomplishment."
 
None Posted Mar 09, 2019

Book of the Day > Ruth Asawa: Life's Work

Book of the Day > Ruth Asawa: Life's Work. Published by Yale University Press. "Throughout her long and prolific career American artist Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) developed innovative sculptures in wire, a medium she explored through increasingly complex forms using craft-based techniques she learned while traveling in Mexico in 1947. In 1949, after studying at Black Mountain College, Asawa moved to San Francisco and created dozens of wire works, among them an iconic bronze fountain—the first of many public commissions—for the city’s Ghirardelli Square.
Bringing together examples from across Asawa’s full and extraordinary career, this expansive volume serves as an unprecedented reorientation of her sculptures within the historical context of 20th-century art. In particular, it includes careful consideration of Asawa’s advocacy for arts education in public schools, while simultaneously focusing on her vital—and long under-recognized—contributions to the field of sculpture. Insightful essays explore the intersection of formal experimentation and identity to offer a fresh assessment of this celebrated artist. Richly illustrated with exquisite new installation views, Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work introduces original scholarship that traces the dynamic evolution of form in the artist’s work.”

 

None Posted Mar 08, 2019

Book of the Day > Women Artists; The Linda Nochlin Reader

Book of the Day > Women Artists; The Linda Nochlin Reader.  Published by Thames & Hudson.Linda Nochlin is one of the most accessible, provocative, and innovative art historians of our time. In 1971 she published her essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”—a dramatic feminist call-to-arms that called traditional art historical practices into question and led to a major revision of the discipline.
Women Artists brings together twenty-nine essential essays from throughout Nochlin’s career, making this the definitive anthology of her writing about women in art. Included are her major thematic texts “Women Artists After the French Revolution” and “Starting from Scratch: The Beginnings of Feminist Art History,” as well as the landmark essay and its rejoinder “‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ Thirty Years After.” These appear alongside monographic entries focusing on a selection of major women artists including Mary Cassatt, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Kiki Smith, Miwa Yanagi, and Sophie Calle.
Women Artists also presents two new essays written specifically for this book and an interview with Nochlin investigating the position of women artists today.

 

Book of the Day Posted Mar 07, 2019

Book of the Day > Carolee Schneeman: Carolee's Issue 02

In Memory of Carolee Schneeman (1939 - 2019).

 

Book of the Day > Carolee Schneeman: Carolee's Issue 02. Published by The Artist's Institute and Koenig Books. "Carolee’s is the second issue of The Magazine of the Artist’s Institute, the publication which takes each season of the Artist’s Institute as a point of departure for new criticism, journalism, fiction, interviews and artist projects, developed around the work of a single artist. Dedicated to Carolee Schneemann (born 1939), this issue features a previously unpublished archive of images from Schneemann’s studio that documents half a century of morphological connections between her work and other visual material, including art, advertising and popular culture. Published following the Artist’s Institute’s season of exhibitions and programming examining Schneemann’s expanded conception of the body as material, Carolee’s includes a new long-form profile of Schneemann by writer Maggie Nelson that considers the artist’s relationship to the history of her reception and Schneemann’s significant influence on subsequent generations of feminists."

Events Posted Mar 07, 2019

Short Films Walk: LA

Join us this Saturday, March 9th, from 11 am to 5 pm at @helmsbakerydistrict for a day of free screenings of over 24 short films showcasing architecture and design. Pop into any of the eight participating showrooms on the walk, including @arcanabooks, Danish Design Store, H.D. Buttercup, Louis Poulsen, Rejuvenation, Room & Board, Scandinavian Designs, and Vitra to experience a unique program of films curated by the Architecture & Design Film Festival. The full program can be found at helmsbakerydistrict.com/sfwla.
 
The films will be shown on a loop and play throughout the day so guests have an opportunity to see dozens of film shorts as they walk from showroom to showroom. We will screen “In Residence: Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance” Directed by Max Hemmings, “Tides Rising” Directed by Marianne Gerdes, and “Charlotte Perriand: Les Arcs” Directed by Spirit of Space. The SFW:LA will conclude with the screening of a feature length film, Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light, followed by a conversation with Kerry Brougher, the first director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, moderated by Edward Lifson. Seating is limited for this portion of the day so please RSVP and find more information at helmsbakerydistrict.com/sfwla.
 

 

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