Book of the Day Posted Jul 21, 2022

Book of the Day > *Signed* Dennis Morris: Super Perry - Iconic Images of Lee "Scratch" Perry

Purchase ● This book contains 42 treasured photographs taken by Dennis Morris, who has earned the trust of many influential, history making musicians - including Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols. ⁡
 
As the subtitle "The Iconic Images of Lee Scratch Perry" suggests, the entire collection is truly iconic. From the recording sessions at the legendary Black Ark Studio in the 1970s, to the joyous photo sessions in the 2000s and beyond, to Perry wandering languidly through the London nights in his later years - the reader will be able to enjoy a truly iconic images of the god of dub throughout this book. ⁡
 
Here is a "small part" of the mysterious and charming life of a legendary man who lived amidst the waves and color of sound.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 20, 2022

Book of the Day > *Signed​* Mason Saltarrelli: Rowing

Purchase ● Rowing collects 55 works on paper by artist Mason Saltarrelli. The oversized hardcover volume is Saltarrelli's first major publication and documents over a decade of the artist's practice, including work from 2008–2019. Rowing allows readers to meander over both the front and back of layered scenes—gouache, graphite, color pencil and paint create a beguiling palimpsest occasionally punctuated by loose, barely-there figuration, eyes and faces are both human and animal. The pieces are saturated, worked into on front, on verso, and meant to be viewed in calm, contemplative succession.
 
Rowing is a springboard, a place where narrative abounds, one just has to look for themselves to find it.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 16, 2022

Book of the Day > D’Angelo Lovell Williams: Contact High

Purchase ● Both an artist’s book and comprehensive inquisition of D’Angelo Lovell Williams’s work to date, Contact High offers an expansive engagement with the visualization of desire and depiction of the Black body. Williams’s narrative images reflect the many forms in which Black queer people exist and have existed historically within each other’s lives, picturing them as sitters, lovers, caregivers, or shadows. Williams’s work is guided by their life experience and an interrogation of their own perspective, as well as wider questions around the representation of race, class, sexuality, gender, and intimacy. The title Contact High references the importance of touch and gesture in Williams‘s work, and alludes to heightened senses and intuitive movement.
 
From self-portraits to collaborations with community, Williams’s photographs visualize the Black body in performative scenes that are theatrical, dance-like, and occasionally mundane, pointing towards collective histories and Black ancestral practices. At the heart of these intimate, dialogic images are notions of kinship and spirituality interweaved with quietly political and radical gestures. Williams’s unfaltering gaze insists on visibility and deference, and creates scenes in which Black and queer voices are the authority. The dynamics that play out between families, cultures, friends, lovers, ancestors and descendants are visualized as a spectrum of care, tenderness, and vulnerability, speaking to the nuances of our complex lives often overlooked by historical depictions.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 15, 2022

Book of the Day > Eric Kroll: The New York Years 1971 to 1994

Purchase ● Eric Kroll is a name familiar to anyone with even the vaguest interest in contemporary photography, he has several high-profile best-selling books with houses like Taschen to his name (“Fetish Girls” anyone?) and his work has featured in countless magazines over the years.
 
Timeless is extremely pleased to showcase a side of his work that hasn’t been widely publicized before. In the late 70s and early 80s Eric found himself at the very heart of a cultural eruption in NYC, with his camera ever at the ready he has documented the work and private pursuits of luminaries from the Stones to the Dead Boys, Blondie, Warhol and Haring. Madonna, Kenneth Anger, Grace Jones and Robert Mapplethorpe all feature in this stunning collection of mostly never-before seen photos. Dive into a world that no longer exists from the sleazy underbelly to the high-brow art galleries Timeless and Eric Kroll invite you to a New York at the height of its decadence and its cultural importance. A unique book, a journey, an experience!
Book of the Day Posted Jul 14, 2022

Book of the Day > Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings

Purchase ● Hidden from view for decades, the work of Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) has captured the imagination of contemporary audiences. She is now widely regarded as a pioneer of twentieth-century abstract art. Her paintings are monumental in scale, with radiant color combinations, enigmatic symbols, and otherworldly shapes. In an era of limited creative freedom for women, her secret paintings were an outlet for her prodigious intelligence, spiritual quest, and groundbreaking artistic vision.
 
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings includes over 125 artworks, ranging from enormous canvasses to small watercolors; pages from her detailed notebooks; and a selection of photographs and other images. Five essays and an illustrated chronology reveal new research on af Klint, her practice, and her place in art history.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 12, 2022

Book of the Day > Toby Mott: New Age — Stonehenge To Jungle B2B 1973/2000

Purchase ● New Age: Stonehenge to Jungle is a comprehensive collection of iconic UK rave, jungle, sound system and warehouse party flyers dating from the early 1973s to 2000. The book is sourced and curated from the Mott Collection – an extensive archive that gathers paper ephemera of British popular culture from punk to rave – curated by artist and collector Toby Mott.
 
Crammed full of 575 entries of flyers and other collectables, New Age is a visual feast that charts the origins and progress of a series of youth rebellions that were to last for a generation. The book looks beyond the music into the fantastical visual language that propelled this subculture, offering a global perspective on how British party culture shifted through the decades.
 
New Age opens with an extensive array of iconic flyers created for the early 1970s free festivals of Stonehenge and Windsor. It then moves into the 1980s, when the boom of illegal London warehouse parties gave birth to acid house – visually embodied by its iconic smiley face, then evolved into sound system and dub clashes. As rave culture takes over, the designs of the flyers become more complex, unveiling a craving for dystopian experiences and surrealistic universes forged by the vision of masters of flyer art, the likes of Pez and Junior Tomlin – also known as the Salvador Dalí of Rave.
 
The book traces the rise of jungle music and more widely the aesthetic of the 1990s, digging into its Jamaican roots and bringing together reggae, rave and sound system culture, giving insight into the profound, and yet often overlooked, impact of the Black British community on rave music.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 08, 2022

Book of the Day > Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks

Purchase ● Shoe design is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in both the real and virtual worlds through state-of-the-art technologies, ground-breaking materials, and new and innovative ways of thinking about what a shoe can be.
 
New modes of making and innovations in materials are inspiring shoe designers to challenge what shoes can look and feel like. This book explores today’s most futuristic footwear designs, from the use of new technologies such as 3-D printing and smart technology to the invention of sustainable materials, including “leather” made from mushrooms and soles made from reclaimed ocean plastics. It also examines footwear design in the virtual world where adherence to things like comfort and gravity are no longer part of the equation. The importance of sneakers in games such as Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite are explored as is the new enthusiasm for collectable non-fungible token (NFT) sneakers that are being acquired for tens of thousands of dollars for a single pair.
 
In-depth interviews with of-the-moment designers, including Iris van Herpen, the team at RTFKT, Steven Smith, Eric Avar, Alexander Taylor, and more, all conducted by the author, dive deep into the creative process, influences, and the future of shoe design. The introduction offers an overview of great footwear innovations from the past that have kept us a step ahead.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 07, 2022

Book of the Day > Raymond Pettibon: Point Break

Purchase ● “All this must be either surfed or painted”: This is the underlying sentiment behind Raymond Pettibon’s iconic works of surfers and waves in this quintessential volume dedicated to the motif.
 
Pettibon is known for his characteristically enigmatic aesthetic and sharply satirical critiques of American culture. Though drenched in cynicism, his work empathizes with the dizzying madness of our own humanity as it engages both so-called high and low culture. Perhaps most poetic among the many motifs present in Pettibon’s oeuvre is the surfer. In 1985, Pettibon began his series of surfers and waves––which he continues to work on to this day––popular for depicting a lone surfer silently carving “a line of beauty” along an impossibly large wave.
 
This book spotlights a selection of more than one hundred surfers from the series, from smaller monochromatic works on paper to colorful large-scale paintings applied directly to the wall. For Pettibon’s protagonist in these works, surfing exists apart from all else. Momentarily he achieves sublimity on the wave, distant yet synced with turbulent reality. We are forced to confront our own scale: small and feeble in the face of the power of nature, what is beyond our control. Pettibon’s lyrical writings on these painted surfaces—both his own and lines taken from literature—reference his own philosophies and the confusions of reality: he critiques and highlights the hypocrisies and vanities of the world he engages. To help navigate, the scholar Brian Lukacher explores art-historical antecedents in Pettibon’s work, particularly the seascapes of J. M. W. Turner, and Jamie Brisick, the writer and former professional surfer, examines the Southern California surf and music culture of Pettibon’s youth. Professional big wave surfers Emi Erickson and Stephanie Gilmore also describe the sensory experience of conquering the enormous waves depicted in Pettibon’s works.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 06, 2022

Book of the Day > Dayanita Singh: Dancing with my Camera

Purchase ● The internationally acclaimed artist Dayanita Singh often describes herself as a “book artist.” Singh was closely involved in the making of this exhibition catalogue, which accompanies the major touring retrospective of Singh’s work, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal for the Gropius-Bau. The most comprehensive publication to date about Singh’s art, it includes a series of scholarly long-form and short-form essays, full-color reproductions, and installation images. The texts situate Singh’s work in relation to topics such as Indian classical music, traditions of the photographic, imaginations of the archive, choreography and economies of reproduction. Presenting every important phase in the artist’s oeuvre, it also enters Singh’s archive to include never-before-seen early works from the 1980s, a new series of montages and the works Let’s see, Museum of Chance, Museum of Shedding, I am as I am, Go Away Closer and Box 507, among others.
Book of the Day Posted Jul 05, 2022

Book of the Day > Marcel Dzama: Who Loves the Sun

Purchase ● Who Loves the Sun is a new zine designed by the Marcel Dzama on occasion of the exhibition at David Zwirner in New York in 2021. The zine features details from an array of new drawings featured in the show, which expand on Dzama’s interest in travel and nature. The work of Marcel Dzama is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas.
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