Book of the Day Posted Sep 01, 2021

Book of the Day > Teju Cole: Golden Apple of the Sun

Purchase ● In the period leading up to the November 3, 2020 elections in the United States, Teju Cole began to photograph his kitchen counter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Working in the still life tradition of Chardin, Cezanne, and the Dutch masters, as well as such contemporary photographers as Laura Letinsky and Jan Groover, he photographed every day over the course of five weeks. Unlike those illustrious forbears, Cole left his arrangements entirely to chance, “the bowls and plates moving in their unpredictable constellations.”
 
What emerges is a surprising portrait, across time, of one kitchen counter in one home at a time of social, cultural, and political upheaval. Alongside the photographs is a long written essay, as wide-ranging in its concerns—hunger, fasting, mourning, slavery, intimacy, painting, poetry and the history of photography—as the photographs are delimited in theirs.
 
The text and photographic sequences are interspersed with an anonymous handwritten eighteenth century cookbook from Cambridge. Golden Apple of the Sun is a luminous and humane work, presented with the formal boldness and oblique intelligence we have come to expect from Teju Cole.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 31, 2021

Book of the Day > Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs

Purchase ● For five decades, photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941-2019) built his reputation as the premier documentarian of Land Art in the US and beyond. After leaving Italy, Gorgoni started making portraits of the major artists of the New York scene, including Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Walter De Maria, Carl Andre, and Richard Serra.
 
It was not long before he was traveling with Heizer, Smithson, and De Maria to the American West in the late 1960s to plot the works that would famously break art practice out of the confines of the gallery world. In Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, these artists embarked on major Land Art installations that would redefine contemporary art practice of the era. In many cases, Gorgoni was the only photographer on the ground to document their projects, and his images often serve as the definitive photographic record of the planning and creation of these groundbreaking works.
 
Published to coincide with the first major exhibition of Gorgoni’s photographic Land Art images at the Nevada Museum of Art, featuring over fifty of his large-scale photographs, Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs includes an introduction by Ann M. Wolfe, Andrea and John C. Deane Family senior curator and deputy director at the Nevada Museum of Art, an essay by the late art historian and critic Germano Celant, whose contribution here is among the last he wrote before his death in 2020, and William L. Fox, the Peter E. Pool Director of the Center for Art + Environment.
 
A landmark collection of photographs of legendary and lesser-known works by Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Ugo Rondinone, and Charles Ross, Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs is a major new assessment of one of the world’s great art movements.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 28, 2021

Book of the Day > AFROSURF

Purchase ● Discover the untold story of African surf culture in this glorious and colorful collection of profiles, essays, photographs, and illustrations.
 
AFROSURF is the first book to capture and celebrate the surfing culture of Africa. This unprecedented collection is compiled by Mami Wata, a Cape Town surf company that fiercely believes in the power of African surf. Mami Wata brings together its co-founder Selema Masekela and some of Africa’s finest photographers, thinkers, writers, and surfers to explore the unique culture of eighteen coastal countries, from Morocco to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa, and beyond. Packed with over fifty essays, AFROSURF features surfer and skater profiles, thought pieces, poems, photos, illustrations, ephemera, recipes, and a mini comic, all wrapped in an astounding design that captures the diversity and character of Africa.
 
A creative force of good in their continent, Mami Wata sources and manufactures all their wares in Africa and works with communities to strengthen local economies through surf tourism. With this mission in mind, Mami Wata is donating 100% of their proceeds to support two African surf therapy organizations, Waves for Change and Surfers Not Street Children.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 27, 2021

Book of the Day > In Color: Spectral Meditations for Healing

Purchase ● In Color: Spectral Meditations for Healing is a portfolio containing seven full scale reproductions of 16 x 23 inch monoprints by Los Angeles based artist Cheryl Humphreys. The series presents all seven colors of the visible spectrum as visual aids for meditation. Created by the artist as an experiential guide, the prints come folded with a key summarizing how each color affects our minds, moods and make-up. Humphreys invites the viewer to deepen their awareness of color and suggests its use to re-establish balance in the body, mind and spirit. Each print undulates, emits and pulses through softly rolled gradients of color, its motif a signifier of the potential energy encapsulated inside. Hang and frame for daily doses or keep safe on the book shelf for that next trip to the desert.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 26, 2021

Book of the Day > A is For Auteur

Purchase ● From the creators of Cinephile: A Card Game comes A is for Auteur, an alphabet book for cinephiles of all ages featuring cinema’s greatest filmmakers from A to Z. Clever, beautifully-designed and packed with references to more than 200 films from Alfred Hitchcock to Agnès Varda, this one-of-a-kind collection is a must-own for cinephiles and little cinephiles alike.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 25, 2021

Book of the Day > (Signed) Jamie Hawkesworth: The British Isles

Purchase ● The British Isles is an account of thirteen years of life across the United Kingdom, as seen through the lens of Jamie Hawkesworth. In this sprawling sequence of portraits and landscapes, Hawkesworth surveys the characters and terrains that make up the everyday fabric of his home country: schoolchildren and shopworkers, markets and estates, priests and professionals, cities and construction sites.
 
These photographs chart an alternative history of this eventful period of British history; a period punctuated by austerity, referenda, celebration, and conflict. And yet as much as a historical document this book is an exercise in curiosity, presenting a radically democratising portrait of the United Kingdom in which individuals, buildings and natural scenes are imbued with Hawkesworth's generous and dignifying eye.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 24, 2021

Book of the Day > Décorateurs Des Années 50

Purchase ● The revival of the decorative arts in post-war France is extremely diverse, from the 40's style which endures through official orders to classical or neoclassical furniture whose success is unprecedented. Modernity remains a battle taken up by the young generation of decorators presented in this book. Their approach responds to the needs and aspirations of a country undergoing reconstruction, with the extraordinary vitality that characterized the time.
 
An introduction, which emphasizes the combination of aesthetics, fantasy and rigor of this abundant French creation, is followed by four parts, each preceded by an introduction that defines the historical context: the masters of the interwar period, the representatives of a '50s style - in freedom, playful and freed from any discourse in "ism”, the great figures of Reconstruction, and their spiritual sons. Text in French.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 21, 2021

Book of the Day > Rudy VanderLans: Oleander Sunset

Purchase ● Inspired by artists like Edward Curtis and Charles Schulz, who devoted their lives to a single objective, Rudy VanderLans continues his pursuit to create a consistent body of work of postcard-size images, rendering a comprehensive portrait of California in the early part of the 21st century.
 
VanderLans, who is often drawn to places with fantastical names — like Oleander Sunset —wanders about California’s back roads with eyes wide open. Without theorizing, or searching for subjects, he allows himself to be receptive to the world around him and discovers beauty in the most ordinary locales. Like the men who named the cities and towns he visits, VanderLans makes the mundane seem less so, and in the process shows us what’s been overlooked.
 
Oleander Sunset juxtaposes single images on opposing pages, setting up dynamic formal and contextual interactions through contrasting, complementing and reiteration. The book is interspersed with a number of fold-out panoramas, placing the viewer smack in the middle of the author’s habitual stamping ground.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 20, 2021

Book of the Day > Judy Chicago: In The Making

Purchase ● One of the founding forces behind the 1970s feminist art movement, Judy Chicago became widely known for The Dinner Party, a massive installation turning women’s traditional household-bound role on its head by setting a feast for thirty-nine remarkable women to shine a spotlight on women’s contributions to history. Like much of her work that would follow, The Dinner Party received massive popular acclaim while being harshly dismissed for its subject matter and embrace of “feminine” craft. For decades, Chicago operated on the margins of the art world, her work shunned by most critics and institutions, but she never stopped creating. Employing a vast array of mediums from textiles to painting to pyrotechnics Chicago is always willing to tackle the most urgent human questions. Judy Chicago: In the Making accompanies the first exhibition to o er a thorough overview of Chicago’s career. It traces the artist’s practice back to its roots, revealing her unique working process and the origins of the formal and conceptual strategies she has applied throughout her oeuvre. Bringing together a selection drawn from every major series of her work, it also reproduces sketchbooks, journals, and preparatory drawings that document her extensive process of research and development.
Book of the Day Posted Aug 19, 2021

Book of the Day > Alex Da Corte: The Roof Garden Commission 2021

Purchase ● Alex Da Corte confronts themes of identity and consumerism in his work by placing familiar objects and cultural icons in surprising and surreal contexts. As Long as the Sun Lasts, his new site-specific work commissioned by The Met for its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, draws together the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird and the kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder. Shanay Jhaveri's incisive essay explores Da Corte's deep engagement with art history, popular culture, and his personal experiences. Cultural critic Jack Halberstam provides a compelling consideration of As Long as the Sun Lasts in the context of Da Corte's earlier work, and the artist further discusses his diverse influences—from Renaissance painting to horror films—in a conversation with Sheena Wagstaff.

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