Book of the Day Posted Jul 14, 2019

Book of the Day > Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013-2018

Book of the Day > Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013-2018. Published by Kiito-San. "Featuring over 100 works and documentation of forty exhibitions and installations both public and private, New York–based artist Urs Fischer (born 1973) presents six years of work in this substantial volume. Arranged chronologically, this book allows the reader to follow Fischer's developments in form and his frequent adventure into whimsy. The artist's instinct for design is evident not only in his individual works but also in his clarity of vision for a space, beautifully illustrated in this volume. Sculpture inherently has physical presence and Fischer utilizes this to manipulate the viewer's perception of reality. Encountering the immense and the minuscule, the ever-changing and the static, a viewer must reconcile with his or her own presence in time. With this volume, the reader is invited to experience significant ephemeral, collaborative and interactive works in context in over 400 pages plus gatefold inserts."
Book of the Day Posted Jul 12, 2019

Book of the Day > Lautner A - Z

Book of the Day > Lautner A - Z. Published by ArtEz Press.

"Through no fault of his own, John Lautner's contributions to Modern architecture have been widely recognized only in the last ten or fifteen years. Even so, he still remains an enigma for some critics. We still have more to learn – and understand – about how he expanded the boundaries of Modern architecture. After years of research, Tycho Saariste and Jan-Richard Kikkert's book adds an invaluable resource for our understanding of Lautner. This book contains a description of the research and the travels to all built Lautner houses. It also contains a description of these houses and photographs the authors made during their visits. With an introduction by American architecture expert Alan Hess."

 
Book of the Day Posted Jul 10, 2019

Book of the Day > Monster Chetwynd: The Supreme Deluxe Essential Monster Chetwynd Handbook

Book of the Day > Monster Chetwynd: The Supreme Deluxe Essential Monster Chetwynd Handbook. Published by Edition Patrick Frey. "Full to bursting with photographic documentation and source material, this book retraces British performance artist Monster Chetwynd’s (born 1973) work from 2007 to 2018. The photo series are adumbrated by references to sources of inspiration and cast lists."
Book of the Day Posted Jul 09, 2019

Book of the Day > Saul Leiter: East 10th Street

Book of the Day > Saul Leiter: East 10th Street. Published by Gallery Fifty One.

"Gallery FIFTY ONE is delighted to present this gem of anti-prudishness in our complicated times: 'East 10th Street' by Saul Leiter. This series of extremely touching, candid, sensual and delicate nudes of Leiter’s friends and lovers – Jay, Fay, Barbara and his great love, Soames – show us how the artist succeeded in balancing between eroticism and something close to the distinct dreamy atmosphere that characterizes his colour work."

Book of the Day Posted Jul 07, 2019

Book of the Day > Clint Woodside: Independence

Book of the Day > Clint Woodside: Independence. Published by Deadbeat Club.

"In Clint Woodside’s latest monograph, the Independence of the title is the name of a not-quite-yet-has-been town that’s become all too familiar in the United States. It could be almost anywhere; in fact Independence could reference some 30 cities across the country. Like that name, Woodside’s pictures have a universal quality – a feeling owing largely to sympathetically observed specifics which reflect his own recollection of growing up in such a place. “Independence” is, as well, a condition: a sovereignty or self-determination based on the mutual cooperation and confidence of a group of people. As economic and social conditions erode, that confidence becomes ever harder to maintain. We see neglect and collapse, but not surrender, because Woodside manages in his photographs to show us that a decline in hopes does not necessarily mean hopelessness. Independence is the first volume in an ongoing series that will continue with future installments. Each publication will have a different guest collaborator. This first volume is co-edited by Woodside and Josh Schaedel, artist and co-founder of Fulcrum Press."

Book of the Day Posted Jul 05, 2019

Book of the Day > Nari Ward: We the People

Book of the Day > Nari Ward: We the People. Published by Phaidon.

 

“Nari Ward: We the People features over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Since the early 1990s, Ward has produced his works by accumulating staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposing them in consistently surprising ways. His approach evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years. Yet Ward also relies on research into specific histories and sites to uncover connections among geographically and culturally disparate communities and to explore the tension between tradition and transformation. His incisive works frequently comment on issues surrounding race, poverty, consumerism, and diasporic identity in American culture. This book accompanies a major retrospective at the New Museum, highlighting his work from the early 1990s - including Amazing Grace (1993)."

Book of the Day Posted Jul 02, 2019

Book of the Day > World Receivers

Book of the Day > World Receivers. Published by Hirmer.
 
"Wassily Kandinsky is often recognized as the first artist to paint shapes and colors without regard to visual references in the world. However, abstract paintings were being produced even before Kandinsky’s experiments with the form. In the middle of the nineteenth century, in England, Sweden, and Switzerland, respectively, Georgiana Houghton, Hilma af Klint, and Emma Kunz each developed their own abstract pictorial language. Though working completely independently from one another, these three artists shared a desire to make visible the laws of nature, the intellect, and the supernatural. Working within the context of the spiritual movements of their times—Houghton in Spiritism, af Klint in theosophy, and Kunz in naturopathy—they each produced abstract paintings that bore witness to a “mediumistic” praxis. Presenting their works side by side for the first time, World Receivers explores a fascinating and understudied episode of modernism, offering a long-overdue tribute to three expressive women artists."
Book of the Day Posted Jun 30, 2019

Book of the Day > Dan Monick: Goodbye to Romance

Book of the Day > Dan Monick: Goodbye to Romance. Published by Cash Machine & These Days - LA.

“There is a romanticism that comes with documenting this rapidly changing city. The images are homages to not only what seems to be disappearing but also a celebration of perseverance. Every bodega, storefront, donut shop and dry cleaner that Monick has admired anxiously becomes his subject matter. “If I saw something, I used to make a note to return to shoot it at later date. Now its U-turns and ‘sorry I’m late’ as I am never sure it will be there tomorrow...with every image I feel like I say goodbye to romance" - Katherine Whitlock, Los Angeles, 2019. Catalog for Goodbye To Romance exhibition held at These Days gallery April - June 2019.

Book of the Day Posted Jun 27, 2019

Book of the Day > Wild Beads of Africa: Old Powderglass Beads From the Collection of Billy Steinberg

Book of the Day > Wild Beads of Africa: Old Powderglass Beads From the Collection of Billy Steinberg

"This is the first book dedicated to African powderglass beads, with over 180 photographs of gorgeous pieces from a collection assembled by songwriter Billy Steinberg (co-writer of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”). Most of the pieces showcased in this handsomely designed volume are West African beads often referred to as Bodom or Akoso, and were made by Ashanti and Ewe people in Ghana and Togo during the 19th century using finely ground glass sourced from broken bottles, windows or other beads, creating brightly colorful pieces in shiny colors with a handmade textural quality. Highly detailed photography by Fredrik Nilsen provides a comprehensive look at the collection, along with texts by scholar Jamey D. Allen about the history, classification and glassmaking technologies employed in the varieties of beads covered in the book. A glossary provided by Allen also makes this a useful reference title."

Book of the Day Posted Jun 26, 2019

Book of the day > Bertoia: The Metal Worker

Book of the day > Bertoia: The Metal Worker. Published by Phaidon.
 
"A celebration of the rich and varied work of Italian-born American artist, designer, and master of metal, Harry Bertoia From chapel altarpieces and bronze fountains, to wire chairs and silver brooches, Harry Bertoia's creative output was varied in the extreme. This book explores all aspects of the artist's incredible creative output, from his jewelry and iconic furniture to his monoprints, architectural sculptures, and "sonambients" - clusters of metal rods that ring with hauntingly beautiful sound. It also includes previously unpublished material of Bertoia and his works. Bertoia also explores his life story: his move from Italy to Detroit at 15; his formative years at Cranbrook; his work with Charles Eames and Knoll; through to his fascinating sound sculptures. In doing so, the book demonstrates how seemingly disparate works are in fact united in being reflections of nature, and places Bertoia's art squarely at the heart of American modernism."
 
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