Book of the Day Posted May 24, 2019

Book of the day (and book signing tomorrow - 5/25, 4-6) > Mona Kuhn: She Disappeared Into Complete Silence

Book of the day > Mona Kuhn: She Disappeared Into Complete Silence. Published by Steidl. “Acclaimed for her intimate nudes, Mona Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest publication, “She Disappeared Into Complete Silence”. Photographed at a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light reflections and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop of the California desert. The human figure in these images - Kuhn’s friend and collaborator Jacintha - emerges like a surrealist mirage, fragmented and indistinct, at times submerged in shadows or overexposed. The building’s facades of glass and mirrors serve as optical planes, an extension of the artist’s camera and lens. Light is split into refracting colors, desert vegetation grows sideways, inside is outside and outside in. Kuhn pushes a certain disorienting effect by introducing metallic foils as an additional surface, at times producing purely abstract results. The work marks Kuhn’s increasing use of techniques that appear to merge the figure, abstraction and landscape into one."

Book of the Day Posted May 23, 2019

Book of the day > Marc Jacobs Illustrated

Book of the day > Marc Jacobs Illustrated. Published by Phaidon. “A unique monograph of over 50 collections created by the fashion designer Marc Jacobs in the past 25 years and illustrated by Grace Coddington. In 2016, internationally acclaimed designer Marc Jacobs commissioned his friend and talented illustrator Grace Coddington to select and draw her personal selection from his collections dating back to 1992, the year he presented his now-infamous grunge-inspired collection. Personal and insightful, this is the first look back on Jacobs's ground-breaking career and is a unique collaboration between tow of American fashion's most influential figures. Sofia Coppola contributes an introduction and the illustrations are punctuated with Jacobs's written commentary about the collections. This publication coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of Marc Jacobs International in 2019."
Book of the Day Posted May 22, 2019

Book of the day > Leslie Dektor: We Are We Dance We Paint

Book of the day > Leslie Dektor: We Are We Dance We Paint. “No one can be found on Skid Row if he doesn’t want to be found. You can live for free, eat for free, do drugs every day if you want. A mental health flea market, monitored at all times. A place where hitting rock bottom can lead to finding yourself. “We Are, We Dance, We Paint" shares in and contributes to the process of witnessing the journeys of several artists as they passed through each other’s lives on (Los Angeles’) Skid Row. Most of us don’t find ourselves on Skid Row, but to reject those that have taken that path is to deny a piece of ourselves. It’s a path, and we’re all taking paths to ultimately get to the same conclusion, trying to understand who we are. “
Book of the Day Posted May 18, 2019

Book of the Day > Sunseekers: The Cure of California

Book of the Day > Sunseekers: The Cure of California by Lyra Kilston. Published by Atelier Editions. "Sunlight was once considered medicinal, a substance that doctors prescribed and architects summoned indoors with bold new designs. Around the turn of the 20th century, sun-drenched locales like Southern California proved an ideal testing ground for unorthodox thinking about healthy living, from diet to fitness to housing. The region’s celebrated climate and untamed nature lured waves of newcomers—health-seekers, iconoclasts, dropouts—all seeking antidotes to physical and civilizational ailments. Their search led to remarkable curiosities like the “Health House,” a helio-therapeutic modern home; the world’s first raw vegan cafeteria; and a group of eccentric barefoot men who camped out in the hills and canyons, getting back to nature long before the 1960s. Lyra Kilston revisits these lesser-known histories and unusual characters, tracing the colorful and surprising origins of how the region became a famed magnet for healthy living."

Book of the Day Posted May 16, 2019

Book of the Day > Trevor Paglen: From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaelogist

Book of the Day > Trevor Paglen: From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaelogist. Published by Primary Information."Commemorative coins, patches, mugs and other ephemera from the shadowy world of US military aviation and aerospace. In From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist, multidisciplinary artist Trevor Paglen (born 1974) collaborates with Peter Merlin, a former NASA archivist, on this new artist’s book featuring a photographic inventory of objects from the aerospace historian’s archive of research culled from military bases such as Area 51. Featuring images of challenge coins, patches and commemorative mugs from within these bases, as well as debris recovered from the surrounding crash sites, the book presents both a social and technological investigation into the US government’s secret aviation history from the atomic age to today's drone wreckage. The symbols and texts featured on these objects that celebrate covert missions range in character from goofy to sinister, though their actual meaning may never be fully explained to the public. In addition to photographic images, the book includes an essay by Paglen as well as in-depth captions of the archive’s inventory, offering context for this history and addressing the present-day ramifications of these military advancements across the realms of communication, surveillance and warfare."

Book of the Day Posted May 15, 2019

Book of the day > Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Book of the day > Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980. Published by @ mca_denver. "In 1979 a young Jean-Michel Basquiat was tagging Lower Manhattan and roaming the nightclubs and bars of the East Village. When he moved into a sixth-floor walkup on East 12th Street with Alexis Adler, a young scientist and amateur photographer, the apartment became a site of artistic experimentation: Basquiat painted every surface, made sculpture from discarded objects dragged in from the street, filled notebook pages, and staged performances, all captured by Adler’s camera and preserved in her archive. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 observes a period in the artistic life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as he emerged as a pioneering and virtuosic painter and performer. Published in conjunction with the MCA Denver exhibition of the same title, this book tells the story of what unfolded in apartment F8 and how the creative impulses evident in Basquiat’s home spilled into the streets of the neighborhood and vice versa. Basquiat Before Basquiat features Adler’s photographs, as well as an essay by MCA Denver curator Nora Burnett Abrams and critical texts and personal remembrances by friends of the artist, including Adler, Luc Sante, Darryl Pinckney, Sara Driver, jennifer jazz, Malu Halasa, Michael Holman, Bud Kliment, Sur Rodney Sur, and Felice Rosser. The book provides an intimate glimpse into the creative life of the artist at a moment that incontrovertibly shaped his artistic practice."
Book of the Day Posted May 14, 2019

Book of the Day > Lee Friedlander: Signs

Book of the Day > Lee Friedlander: Signs. Published by Fraenkel Gallery.
"For more than five decades, Lee Friedlander has repeatedly been drawn to the signs that inscribe the American landscape, from hand-lettered ads to storefront windows to massive billboards. Incorporating these markings with precision and sly humor, Friedlander’s photographs record a kind of found poetry of desire and commerce.Focusing on one of the artist’s key motifs, Lee Friedlander: Signs presents a cacophony of wheat-paste posters, Coca-Cola ads, prices for milk, road signs, stop signs, neon lights, movie marquees and graffiti. The book collects 144 photographs made in New York and other places across the US, and features self-portraits, street photographs and work from series including The American Monument and America by Car, among others. Illegible or plainspoken, crude or whimsical, Friedlander’s signs are an unselfconscious portrait of modern life."
Book of the Day Posted May 11, 2019

Book of the Day > Herman Miller: A Way of Living

Book of the Day > Herman Miller: A Way of Living. Published by Phaidon. A chronicle of the rich history of this innovative furniture company, from its founding in the early twentieth century to today. For more than 100 years, Michigan-based Herman Miller has played a central role in the evolution of modern and contemporary design, producing timeless classics while creating a culture that has had a remarkable impact on the development of the design world. Ten chapters and thousands of illustrations tell the Herman Miller story, documenting its defining moments and key leaders - making Herman Miller: A Way of Living an indispensable addition to the bookshelves of design-lovers around the globe.
Book of the Day Posted May 10, 2019

Book of the Day > Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks/Rituals

Book of the Day > Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks/Rituals. Published by Radius Books.
"Since 1985, photographer Phyllis Galembo has traveled extensively to photograph sites of ritual dress in Africa and the Americas. In her latest body of work, collected in this new publication, Galembo turns to Mexico, where she captures cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, Galembo captures her subjects informally posed but often strikingly attired in traditional or ritualistic dress.
Masking is a complex tradition in which the participants transcend the physical world and enter the spiritual realm. Masks, costumes and body paint transform the human body and encode a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings on the body. In her vibrant color photographs, Galembo highlights the artistry of the performers, how they use materials from their immediate environment to morph into a fantastical representation of themselves and an idealized vision of a mythical figure. In a gorgeous, fascinating photographic survey of Mexico’s masking practices, Galembo captures her subjects suspended between past, present and future, with their religious, political and cultural affiliations—their personal and collective identifications—displayed on their bodies."
Book of the Day Posted May 08, 2019

Book of the day > Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful

Book of the day > Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful. Published by Aperture. "In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan 'Black Is Beautiful.' This monograph—the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite, along with his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models (1962). AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers; Grandassa Models was a modeling agency for black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards. From stunning studio portraits of the Grandassa Models to behind-the-scenes images of Harlem’s artistic community, including Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and Miles Davis, this book offers a long-overdue exploration of Brathwaite’s life and work."