Book of the Day Posted Apr 22, 2017

Book of the (Earth) Day > Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant

Book of the Earth Day > Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant. Published by Amphoto Books. "A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity. Inspired by the 'Overview Effect'--a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole--the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in OVERVIEW offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped. More than 200 images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. This extraordinary photographic journey around our planet captures the sense of wonder gained from a new, aerial vantage point and creates a perspective of Earth as it has never been seen before."

Book of the Day Posted Apr 14, 2017

Book of the day > François Halard Polaroids

Book of the day > François Halard Polaroids. Published by The Name Books. “A fine selection of glamourous photographs from three decades.” 

 

Book of the Day Posted Apr 12, 2017

Book of the day > Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967

Book of the day > Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967. Published by MoMA. "In 1967, The Museum of Modern Art presented New Documents, a landmark exhibition organized by John Szarkowski that brought together a selection of works by three photographers whose individual achievements signaled the artistic potential for the medium in the 1960s and beyond: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. Though largely unknown at the time, these three photographers are now universally acknowledged as artists of singular talent within the history of photography. The exhibition articulated a profound shift in the landscape of 20th-century photography, and interest in the exhibition has only continued to expand. Yet, until now, there has been no publication that captures its content. Published in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the exhibition, Arbus Friedlander Winogrand features full-page reproductions of the 94 photographs included in the exhibition, along with Szarkowski’s original wall text, press release, installation views and an abundance of archival material. Essays by curator Sarah Hermanson Meister and critic Max Kozloff, who originally reviewed the exhibition for The Nation in 1967, critically situate the exhibition and its reception, and examine its lasting influence on the field of photography."

Book of the Day Posted Apr 07, 2017

Book of the day > Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern

Book of the day > Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern by Wanda M. Corn. Published by Brooklyn Museum, Delmonico Books | Prestel. “This book explores how Georgia O’Keeffe lived her life steeped in modernism, bringing the same style she developed in her art to her dress, her homes, and her lifestyle. Richly illustrated with images of her art and views of the two homes she designed and furnished in New Mexico, the book also includes never before published photographs of O’Keeffe’s clothes. The author has attributed some of the most exquisite of these garments to O’Keeffe, a skilled seamstress who understood fabric and design, and who has become an icon in today’s fashion world as much for her personal style as for her art. As one of her friends stated, O’Keeffe “never allowed her life to be one thing and her painting another.” This fresh and carefully researched study brings O’Keeffe’s style to life, illuminating how this beloved American artist purposefully proclaimed her modernity in the way she dressed and posed for photographers, from Alfred Stieglitz to Bruce Weber. This beautiful book accompanies the first museum exhibition to bring together photographs, clothes, and art to explore O’Keeffe’s unified modernist aesthetic.”

Book of the Day Posted Apr 06, 2017

Book of the day > Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

Book of the day > Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky. First Edition, 1971. Published by Random House. “In this book Saul Alinksy, America’s most famous community organizer, tells the Have-Nots how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy. Machiavelli told the Haves how to maintain themselves in power – this books tells the Have-Nots how to take that power away. Alinsky’s hard-headed tactical advice provides an alternative not only to the powerlessness that threatens our democracy, but to the random violence and bitter alienation by which so much radical energy is wasted.” Same as it ever was…

 

Book of the Day Posted Apr 05, 2017

Book of the day > Rick Owens Furniture

Book of the day > Rick Owens Furniture. Published by Rizzoli. "This book is conceived as an intimate look into the creative, personal, and often secretive lives of Rick Owens and his wife, muse, and collaborator, Michele Lamy. Known for his self-described “grunge meets glamour” style, Owens showed his first furniture collection in Paris in 2007. It was quickly received as a direct extension of his subversive aesthetic, with its bold mix of material, texture, and functionality, proving that his own artistic universe stretches far beyond the reaches of fashion into a lifestyle his acolytes could embrace.  Rick Owens: Furniture captures the place where Owens began designing furniture as a hobby, his iconic home and headquarters at the Palais Bourbon, a space populated with the furniture that Owens has been designing since 2006. Including antler chairs and petrified bark tables as well as workspaces and bedrooms, this volume provides a unique view of the lifestyle and body of interior design work of an artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries with his personal approach to craft.Beautifully illustrated with previously unpublished photographs of materials and process, this book offers readers a distinct look at the home and lifestyle of one of the most acclaimed couples working in fashion today."

 

Book of the Day Posted Mar 30, 2017

Book of the day > Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Book of the day > Merce Cunningham: Common Time. Published by Walker Art Center @walkerartcenter. "Renowned as both choreographer and dancer, Merce Cunningham also revolutionized dance through his partnerships with the many artists who created costumes, lighting, films and videos, and décor and sound for his choreographic works. Cunningham, together with partner John Cage, invited those artists to help him rethink what dance could mean, both on the stage and in site-responsive contexts. His notion that movement, sound, and visual art could share a “common time” remains one of the most radical aesthetic models of the 20th century and yielded extraordinary works by dozens of artists and composers, including Charles Atlas, John Cage, Morris Graves, Jasper Johns, Rei Kawakubo, Robert Morris, Gordon Mumma, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Pauline Oliveros, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, David Tudor, Stan Vanderbeek, Andy Warhol, and La Monte Young, among many others. These collaborations bring to the fore Cunningham’s direct impact upon postwar artistic practice.

This 456-page volume, published in conjunction with the Walker Art Center and MCA Chicago’s exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common, reconsiders the choreographer and his collaborators as an extraordinarily generative interdisciplinary network that preceded and predicted dramatic shifts in performance, including the development of site-specific dance, the use of technology as a choreographic tool, and the radical separation of sound and movement in dance. It features ten new essays by curators and historians, as well as interviews with contemporary choreographers—Beth Gill, Maria Hassabi, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener—who address Cunningham’s continued influence. These are supplemented by rarely published archival photographs, reprints of texts by Cunningham, Cage, and other key dancers, artists and scholars, several appendices, and an extensive illustrated chronology placing Cunningham’s activities and those of his collaborators in the context of the 20th century, particularly the expanded arts scene of the 1960s and 1970s."

Book of the Day Posted Mar 29, 2017

Book of the day > Cy Twombly

Book of the day > Cy Twombly. Published by Sieveking Verlag @ sievekingverlag "The American artist Cy Twombly was one of the seminal artists of the second half of the twentieth century, with a complex oeuvre extending over six decades. His work brilliantly fused the legacy of American Abstract Expressionism with the intellectual rigor of classical European and Mediterranean culture, reflecting his extensive reading in history, classical literature, and mythology. This catalogue, edited by curator Jonas Storsve, accompanies a sweeping retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, one of the largest exhibitions on his work to date.

 

Twombly's artistic development is traced through more than 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs which span his entire career, including three major history painting cycles - Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Iliam (1978), and Coronation of Sesostris (2000). From his early works at the beginning of the 1950s which were characterized by the interweaving of text with his signature scrawled lines, to his final, vibrantly colored, paintings, this survey underscores Twombly's career as a series of cycles in which he invented painting anew.

 

Polyphonic in conception, Cy Twombly presents a range of views with essays that shed light on the various aspects and phases of his body of work. It includes reflections by contemporary artists (Sally Mann, Edmund de Waal, and Katharina Grosse, among others) as well as recollections by his former assistant, archivist, companion and the president of the Cy Twombly Foundation, Nicola Del Roscio. Together these multiple voices bring Cy Twombly to life, illuminating his creative process and the humanity that underlies his work."

 

Book of the Day Posted Mar 28, 2017

Book of the day > Anthony Hernandez: Beach Pictures, 1969-70

Book of the day > Anthony Hernandez: Beach Pictures, 1969-70. Published by Silas Finch. Signed by the Photographer. " The first photographic project undertaken by Hernandez, this series includes 22 photographs taken at various beaches in Southern California and New York between 1969 and 1970. Printed in tritone on Mohawk Superfine uncoated paper, the book features cloth end sheets and printed chipboard front and back covers." 

Book of the Day Posted Mar 24, 2017

Book of the day > Cristina de Middel: Muchismo

Book of the day > Cristina de Middel: Muchismo. Published by La Fábrica. "Invited to mount an exhibition at the Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid, Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel dug around her studios and chose to display all her images in exactly the way she has them stored—in colossal, gorgeous chaos. The result is Cristina de Middel: Muchismo, a unique display of the photographer’s entire oeuvre, constrained by neither a curator nor any apparent organizing order.

Varied and entertaining, at times playful and bizarre, Muchismo gives de Middel a chance to interrupt the normal operating rules of the art market, presenting her photographs not as collectible objects but as constituent parts of the larger story she has been telling with her work. With Muchismo, de Middel’s latest hotly anticipated publication, the award-winning photographer continues her exploration of the forms and limits of the medium."

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