Friday, January 22, 2016

New Arrivals: Harry Smith




Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith (Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I)

Paperback

"Filmmaker, painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist--Harry Smith (1923-1991) was an incomparable polymath and seminal figure in the realms of beat culture and avant-garde art. Smith's kaleidoscopic experimental films have influenced generations of artists and cinephiles, while his landmark three-volume compilation, the Anthology of American Folk Music (1952), laid the foundation for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to his ecstatic artwork, Smith is renowned for his vast collections of curious objects. The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné series spotlights and indexes his eclectic research obsessions.
Volume one features richly detailed photographic documentation of 251 paper airplanes gathered by Smith from the streets of New York City over an approximately 20-year period. Whimsical and weird, the paper airplanes rank among Smith's most mysterious collecting pursuits. This extensive compendium presents the fruits of his extraordinary aeronautic pursuit and highlights the tangled history and myths that accompany them."


 

 

String Figures: The Collections of Harry Smith (Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II)

Paperback

"Volume two of The Collections of Harry Smith focuses on Smith's erudite study of string figures, an age-old form of spiritual and recreational play that he passionately chronicled in multiple mediums. This immersive volume contains photographs of the extant mounted string figures created by Smith alongside interviews, film stills and selections from his unpublished anthropological research. Additional contextual materials include an introductory essay and a conversation between musician, photographer and filmmaker John Cohen, a longtime colleague of Smith, and painter Terry Winters."

 

 

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Event: Good Game Launch Party!




Sunday, January 17th at 7PM
at
Brickbat Books

Good Game, Issue 2
Launch Party

with performances by
Laura Baird & Martha MacDonald


Event: Poetry!




Friday, January 15th at 8PM
at
Brickbat Books

Poetry
from

Andres Cerpa
Kallie Falandays
Colin Schmidt
Evan Gill Smith


  • Andrés Cerpa was raised in Staten Island, New York. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University Newark. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cider Press Review, Hayden's Ferry Review and The Foundling Review.
  • Kallie Falandays is the author of Dovetail Down the House (forthcoming from Burnside Review), All the Water All the Waves (dancing girl press) and Tiny Openings Everywhere (Upper Rubber Boot Books). Her work has been published in PANK, Black Warrior Review, CutBank, and elsewhere. She lives in Philadelphia.
  • Colin Schmidt grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and Newark, Delaware. His work has appeared in The Paris American, Birdfeast,   He’s currently an MFA candidate for poetry at Rutgers-Newark.
  • Evan Gill Smith's poems have recently appeared in No, Dear Magazine and the Recreation League anthologized chapbook. He’s currently an MFA candidate for poetry at Rutgers-Newark.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Featured: Vintage Van Vogt




A.E. van Vogt, The Beast
Hardcover


 

A.E. van Vogt, Empire Of The Atom
Hardcover 





A.E. van Vogt, The Mind Cage
Hardcover 
 
 
 


A.E. van Vogt, Rogue Ship
Hardcover




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Arrivals: Art Books





Concepts Of The Bauhaus
Paper wraps
(out of print)




Dada Photo Montagen
Paperback
(out of print) 
(as is)




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday
 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Closed for New Year's Day






Brickbat will be closed Friday, January 1st and will re-open Sat. January 2nd, at 11am. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Arrivals: Four Children's Books




Bennett Cerf & Roy McKie, Bennett Cerf's Book Of Riddles
Hardcovet





William Rose Benet & Roger Duvoisin, Famous Heritage Edition Of Mother Goose
Hardcover
(out of print)




Franciszka Themerson, My First Nursery Book
Hardcover
(original 1947 edition)




Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
Hardcover
(very early printing)



These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Featured: Agnes Martin



 


Agnes Martin
Hardcover

"Agnes Martin was one of the preeminent painters of the twentieth century, whose work has had a significant influence both on artists of her own time and for subsequent generations. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists though often identified with Minimalism, Martin was one of the few women artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and she became a particularly important role model for younger women artists. This groundbreaking survey provides an overview of Martin's career, from lesser-known early experimental works through her striped and gridded grey paintings and use of color in various formats, to a group of her final pieces that reintroduce bold forms. A selection of drawings and watercolors is also included. With essays by leading scholars that give a context for Martin's work—her life, relationship with other artists, the influence of South-Asian philosophy—alongside focused shorter pieces on particular paintings, this beautifully designed volume is the definitive publication on her oeuvre.
Agnes Martin was born in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1912, and moved to the US in 1932, studying at universities in Oregon, California, New Mexico and New York. She painted still lifes and portraits until the early 1950s, when she developed an abstract biomorphic style influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Her first one-woman exhibition was held at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1958. Partly through close friendships with artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Ad Reinhardt, Martin began to experiment with symmetrical compositions of rectangles or circles within a square, then from around 1960–61 to work with grids of delicate horizontal and vertical lines. She left New York in 1967, shortly after the death of Reinhardt, and moved to New Mexico, where she lived until her death in 2004."

 






These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Featured: Two More Books




Gold Flower And The Bear
Stapled wraps 

Something about the stylization, especially of the bear, throws this tale off-kilter. Add on a heroine who escapes by claiming to have to poop, and then skewers the bear in a grisly climax, and you have a winner!


 








Verna Mae Casacio & Peter Olsen, Santa's Trip To Mars
Stapled wraps

Don't know what to say about this one...possibly written and published for the author's grandchildren. Doesn't seem to exist on the internet...







These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Featured: Two Books



 

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Paperback

Hippie Modernism examines the art, architecture and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. The catalogue surveys the radical experiments that challenged societal norms while proposing new kinds of technological, ecological and political utopia. It includes the counter-design proposals of Victor Papanek and the anti-design polemics of Global Tools; the radical architectural visions of Archigram, Superstudio, Haus-Rucker-Co and ONYX; the installations of Ken Isaacs, Joan Hills, Mark Boyle, Hélio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida; the experimental films of Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner and John Whitney; posters and prints by Emory Douglas, Corita Kent and Victor Moscoso; documentation of performances by the Diggers and the Cockettes; publications such as Oz and The Whole Earth Catalog; books by Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller; and much more.
While the turbulent social history of the 1960s is well known, its cultural production remains comparatively under-examined. In this substantial volume, scholars explore a range of practices such as radical architectural and anti-design movements emerging in Europe and North America; the print revolution in the graphic design of books, posters and magazines; and new forms of cultural practice that merged street theater and radical politics. Through a profusion of illustrations, interviews with figures including: Gerd Stern of USCO; Ken Isaacs; Gunther Zamp Kelp of Haus-Rucker-Co; Ron Williams and Woody Rainey of ONYX; Franco Raggi of Global Tools; Tony Martin; Clark Richert and Richard Kallweit of Drop City; as well as new scholarly writings, this book explores the conjunction of the countercultural ethos and the modernist desire to fuse art and life.

 

 

 


Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle

Hardcover

"This reprint of the now classic and much sought-after 2005 volume celebrates the circle of the quintessential visual artist of the Beat era, Wallace Berman (1926–76), who remains one of the best-kept secrets of the postwar era. A crucial figure in California's underground culture, Berman was a catalyst who traversed many different worlds, transferring ideas and dreams from one circle to the next. His larger community is the subject of Semina Culture, which includes previously unseen works by 52 artists. Anchoring this publication is Semina, a loose-leaf art and poetry journal that Berman published in nine issues between 1955 and 1964. Although printed in extremely short runs and distributed to only a handful of friends and sympathizers, Semina is a brilliant and beautifully made compendium of the most interesting artists and poets of its time, and is today a very rare collector's item. Showcasing the individuals that defined a still-potent strand of postwar counterculture, Semina Culture outlines the energies and values of this fascinating circle. Also reproduced here are works by those who appear in Berman's own photographs, approximately 100 of which were recently developed from vintage negatives, and which are seen here for the first time. These artists, actors, poets, curators, musicians and filmmakers include Robert Alexander, John Altoon, Toni Basil, Wallace Berman, Ray Bremser, Bonnie Bremser, Charles Britten, Joan Brown, Cameron, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Diane DiPrima, Kirby Doyle, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Duncan, Joe Dunn, Llyn Foulkes, Ralph Gibson, Allen Ginsberg, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Walter Hopps, Dennis Hopper, Billy Jahrmarkt, Jess, Lawrence Jordan, Patricia Jordan, Bob Kaufman, Philip Lamantia, William Margolis, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Taylor Mead, Henry Miller, Stuart Perkoff, Jack Smith, Dean Stockwell, Ben Talbert, Russ Tamblyn, Aya (Tarlow), Alexander Trocchi, Edmund Teske, Zack Walsh, Lew Welch and John Wieners."