Paul Graham: A1 - The Great North Road
(GRAHAM, PAUL). MACK, I00201003, 2020. 13 x 9 in.. Hardbound. New/No Jacket - As Issued.
A1 - The Great North Road was Paul Graham's first book, published in 1983. Despite the UK having a vibrant photographic scene at the time, there were only handful of monographic books - Chris Killip and Martin Parr had one each - and no dedicated publishers or distributors. Graham had to self-publish A1, but as the first colour book, it had a startling impact on British photography. Uniting the tradition of social documentary with the fresh approach of new colour, A1 - The Great North Road was transformative on photography in the UK and paved the way for a new generation of British colour photographers to emerge, from Nick Waplington to Anna Fox, Richard Billingham to Tom Wood.
Spanning the full length of England and into Edinburgh, Graham travelled repeatedly along the 'Great North Road' with a large format camera, to record the people, buildings, and landscape of early 1980's Britain. Now 40 years old, this book is as much art as it is a historical document of the years of Margaret Thatcher’s government and the UK’s declining industrial base.
Graham went on to complete Beyond Caring (1985) and Troubled Land (1986), both of which became iconic bodies of work. Originally self-published and now rare, Graham's 1980's trilogy of books will be re-published over the coming years by MACK, ending with a limited edition box set of all 3 volumes. @mack_books #PaulGraham 9781912339945 Inventory Number: I00201003
PHILIP GUSTON NOW
(GUSTON, PHILIP) Text by Harry Cooper, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, Kate Nesin. Contributions by Jennifer Roberts, Tacita Dean, Peter Fischli, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, David Reed, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Art Spiegelman, Rirkrit Tiravanija. D.A.P./National Gallery Of Art, I00200521, 2020. 9.5 x 11.5 in, 280 pages. Hardbound. New.
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A long-overdue retrospective of Philip Guston’s influential work, from social realism to abstract expressionism to tragicomic, cartoony figuration
Philip Guston—perhaps more than any other figure in recent memory—has given contemporary artists permission to break the rules and paint what, and how, they want. His nonlinear career, embrace of “high” and “low” sources, and constant aesthetic reinvention defy easy categorization, and his 1968 figurative turn is one of 20th-century art’s most legendary conversion narratives. “I was feeling split, schizophrenic. The war, what was happening in America, the brutality of the world. What kind of man am I, sitting at home, reading magazines, going into a frustrated fury about everything—and then going into my studio to adjust a red to a blue?”
And so Guston’s cross-hatched abstractions gave way to large, cartoonlike canvases populated by lumpy, lugubrious figures and personal symbols in a palette of meaty pinks. That Guston continued mining this vein for the rest of his life—despite initial bewilderment from his peers—reinforced his reputation as an artist’s artist; he has become hugely influential as contemporary art has followed Guston into its own antic figurative turn.
Published to accompany the first retrospective museum exhibition of Guston’s career in 15 years, Philip Guston Now includes a definitive chronology reflecting many new discoveries. It highlights the voices of artists of our day who have been inspired by the full range of his work: Tacita Dean, Peter Fischli, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, David Reed, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Art Spiegelman and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Essays trace the influences, interests and evolution of this singular force in modern and contemporary art—including a close look at the 1960s and ’70s, when Guston gradually abandoned abstraction, returning to the figure and to current history but with a personal voice, by turns comic and apocalyptic, that resonates today more than ever. 9781942884569 Inventory Number: I00200521
Maija Peeples-Bright: beautiFOAL
(PEEPLES-BRIGHT, MAIJA). Parker Gallery, 2020. Paperback. Maija Peeples-Bright (b. 1942 in Riga, Latvia, lives and works in Rocklin, CA) is known for her vividly colored paintings, drawings and ceramics depicting beast-like creatures and various members of the animal kingdom. In 1965, she received her masters degree in art from UC Davis, and had her first solo exhibition at the renowned Candy Store Gallery in nearby Folsom, where her friends and colleagues Robert Arneson and Roy De Forest also exhibited. Widely associated with the Northern California Nut Art movement, her compositions exhibit horror vacui, filled to the brim with tessellations of beasts forming surreal landscapes and interiors in striking impasto. Recent solo exhibition include those held at Nicelle Beauchene, New York (2019) and Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2018). Her work is held in several permanent collections, including the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento; Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis; Minneapolis Institute of Art; and Cincinnati Art Museum. 9780998024110 Inventory Number: SP2023
Reynaldo Rivera: Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City
(RIVERA, REYNALDO). Semiotext(e). Paperback. Photographs by Reynaldo Rivera that document a vanished LA of cheap rent, house parties, subversive fashion, and underground bands, and long-closed gay and transvestite bars.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Reynaldo Rivera took personal photos of the Los Angeles that he lived in and knew: a world of cheap rent, house parties, subversive fashion, underground bands, and a handful of Latino gay and transvestite bars: Mugi's, The Silverlake Lounge, and La Plaza. Most of these bars are long closed and many of the performers have died. But in Rivera's photographs, these men and women live on in a silvery landscape of makeshift old-style cinematic glamour, a fabulous flight from unacceptable reality.
As a teenager, Rivera took refuge in used bookstores and thrift stores, where he discovered old photo books of Mexican film stars and the work of Lisette Model, Brassai, and Bresson. Inspired, he bought a camera and began photographing people at his hotel. In 1981 he moved to Echo Park and began taking photos for the LA Weekly.
This book is an ensemble of almost 200 images selected by Hedi El Kholti and Lauren Mackler spanning more than two decades in Los Angeles and Mexico. The book also includes Luis Bauz's story, “Tatiana,” about one of the subjects of these photographs; a critical essay on Rivera's work by Chris Kraus; and a novella-length conversation between Rivera and his friend and contemporary Vaginal Davis about their lives, work, fantasies, and collective histories. 9781635901122 Inventory Number: SP2022
BLACK & WHITE & WEIRD ALL OVER
(SCHWARTZ, JON "BERMUDA") . 1984 Publishing, I00201209, 2020. 9 x 12 in., 208 pages. New.
"Weird Al" Yankovic is one of music's most beloved figures. A skilled accordion player and songwriter, the California native is known for his meticulous parodies of popular songs, hilarious originals, and, of course, for upbeat polkas!
For much of Al's career, one man has been by his side, photographing and documenting the fun and weirdness: longtime drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz. Since meeting Al in 1980, Jon has taken more than 20,000 images of Al in his element: on tour, in the studio, and on video sets.
Black & White & Weird All Over presents hundreds of images of Al, culled from Jon's personal collection of black-and-white photography. These photos only existed on contact sheets – out of mind and out of sight – until now! From behind-the-scenes shots taken on the sets of Al's iconic videos for "Ricky," "I Love Rocky Road," "Eat It," and "Living With A Hernia," to studio sessions for Al's IN 3-D and Polka Party! LPs, Black & White & Weird All Over is the ultimate photographic essay of Weird Al's undisputed comedic genius. 9781948221160 Inventory Number: I00201209
PUNK SHIRTS: A PERSONAL COLLECTION - SIGNED
(TURCOTTE, BRYAN RAY). Gingko Press, I00200612 2020. 8.8 x 1.1 x 10.7 inches, 300 p. Paperback. New.
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Hundreds of examples from the author’s personal collection of well-worn vintage punk shirts line the pages of bestselling author Bryan Ray’s latest book. Amazing one-of-a-kind pieces including internationally famous t-shirts such as Sid Vicious’ personal Sex Pistols shirt, Joe Strummer’s, ‘Rude Boy’, hand painted red brigade Tee and Darby Crash’s personal Vivian Westwood ‘Boobs’ seditionaries T-Shirt. Turcotte’s collection also features gems such as a hand drawn Ric Clayton (RxCx) Suicidal Tendencies button-up featured on the back of the band’s first LP, dozens of Malcolm McLaren / Vivienne Westwood creations and loads of very rare band tees including Misfits, The Cramps, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Screamers, Germs, Mentors and more. SIGNED by Bryan Ray Turcotte! 9781584237198 Inventory Number: I00200612
Frank Walter: A Retrospective
(WALTER, FRANK). Walther König, Köln . Paperback.
A substantial survey on the increasingly popular postwar Caribbean painter, whose subjects and styles ranged from the abstract to the heraldic, Scottish landscapes to the ancient Arawak peoples
A brilliant autodidact, Antiguan artist and writer Frank Walter (1926-2009) created amazing, luminously colored landscape paintings, imaginary and real portraits, and near-abstractions that subtly explore themes of class, race, nuclear energy and much more.
This substantial paperback volume, published for a major exhibition at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, appraises his diverse oeuvre in all its visual and thematic richness, introducing a little-known protagonist of Caribbean art, whose oeuvre is only recently beginning to be recognized, to a wider audience. 9783960988267 Inventory Number: SP2024
Matthew Wong: Postcards
(WONG, MATTHEW). Karma. Hardbound. An intimate clothbound volume compiling the exquisite postcard paintings of Matthew Wong
This fully illustrated volume collects Matthew Wong’s small-scale postcard paintings made during the last year of his life in 2019. As Winnie Wong writes in her newly commissioned essay for the book, “Art critics have observed that Matthew Wong's landscapes are ‘uncannily familiar,’ and they do prompt viewers to search our own memories, but he almost never titled them as places. Instead, he consistently named them as moments in time: midnight, 5:00am, dawn, daybreak, 12:30am, Autumn, Winter, the first snow, the gloaming, the moon rise … For the postcard is a genre that seems to consciously elude a sense of stable locus, yet marks the times of our lives when we tried to grasp it. Matthew Wong painted at home, on the road, and in the studio. He spoke of the compulsion to finish each of his paintings in a single sitting, and talked of them always as process, rather than subject matter. Standing before paintings he finished years ago, he could recall every stroke and mark as if he had placed them just moments before.”
Matthew Wong (1984–2019) was a self-taught Canadian artist whose paintings evoke art historical precedents ranging Soutine and Van Gogh to abstract expressionism. His colorful, dappled vignettes of imaginary landscapes and half-remembered interiors have the uncanny ability to, in his words, “activate nostalgia, both personal and collective.” Wong held his first American solo exhibition at Karma in March 2018, garnering reviews in the New York Times and the New Yorker, among others. His work is in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. 9781949172508 Inventory Number: SP2025