Tuesday, March 16, 2010
NEW ARRIVALS: Art, Photograhy, etc
Karel Teige: The Minimum Dwelling
Karel Teige (1900-1951), one of the most important figures of avant-garde modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, influenced virtually every area of art, design, and urban thinking in his native Czechoslovakia. His Minimum Dwelling, originally published in Czech in 1932, and appearing now for the first time in English, is one of the landmark architectural books of the twentieth century.
"The Minimum Dwelling is not just a book on architecture, but also a blueprint for a new way of living. It calls for a radical rethinking of domestic space and of the role of modern architecture in the planning, design, and construction of new dwelling types for the proletariat. Teige shows how Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and others designed little more than new versions of baroque palaces, mainly for the new financial aristocracy. Teige envisioned the minimum dwelling not as a reduced version of a bourgeois apartment or rural cottage, but as a wholly new dwelling type built on the cooperation of architects, sociologists, economists, health officials, physicians, social workers, politicians, and trade unionists.
The book covers many subjects that are still of great relevance. Of particular interest are Teige's rejection of traditional notions of the kitchen as the core of family-centered plans and of marriage as the foundation of modern cohabitation. He describes alternative lifestyles and new ways of cohabitation of sexes, generations, and classes. The detailed programmatic chapters on collective housing remain far ahead of current thinking, and his comments on collective dwelling presage communal living experiments of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the communal facilities in contemporary condominium buildings and retirement communities."
Inose Kou: Visions Of Japan
Hardcover (out of print) $19.95
"...Watchtower ruins of the vast stretch of landscape seen from the Sea of Japan, pigs continue to materialize in a non-intense light-house ... "Magra Dogura" The origin of the series, continue Inose copy of the ambiguity of the boundary between normal and Freaks photo of the light world." -amazon.co.jp
Frida Kahlo: The Painter And Her Work
Hardcover in illustrated slipcase, $75.00 SOLD!
"When Frida Kahlo died in 1954, she left behind a slender oeuvre. It consists of 143 paintings of small size, rarely larger than 20 x 30 inches, many of them now considered icons of 20th century art, most of them self-portraits. The reasons for this ostensible narcissism were closely bound up with Kahlo's biography, with the country and epoch in which she grew up, and with her decidedly eccentric character. It was no coincidence that the major enigmatic minds of the 16th century, namely Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, were among her favorite painters. For Frida Kahlo never displayed her wounds directly--be it the physical wounds caused by accidents and illness, or the psychological inner wounds. Hers is a subtly enciphered symbolic language, rich in metaphors drawn from almost all the world's cultures. Aztec myths of creation, Far Eastern and Classical Greek mythology, and popular Catholic beliefs all mingle in Kahlo's pictures with Mexican folklore and the stuff of quotidian life, with Marx and Freud. Andr™ Breton, one of her many admirers among the European avant-garde, once described Kahlo's art as a "colored ribbon round a bomb." Exotic and explosive, sensuous and fascinatingly vital in terms of artistic statement, Kahlo's paintings shed a complex and often frightening light on her soul, her "inner reality," as she called it.
If the incessant commercial marketing of Kahlo's paintings over the past decade has obscured a clear view of her extraordinary oeuvre, this present monograph attempts to make amends. Frida Kahlo: The Painter and Her Work returns to the heart, to 42 select masterpieces, reproduced in full and in detail. The painterly quality, the beauty, and the immense wealth of details in Kahlo's paintings is laid out before the reader's eyes, as is the abyss in which the artist found herself."
Andy Warhol's Time Capsule 21
Beginning in the 1970s, Andy Warhol collected and stored the remains of his most unusual life in 612 brown cardboard boxes, the so-called Time Capsules. To date, only 100 of these boxes have been opened and examined. Everything Warhol deemed interesting and worth keeping--from precious objects to the most quotidian of souvenirs--was gathered together in these prosaic containers. The collecting strategy was straightforward enough: Warhol would keep an open box beside his desk, dropping in the daily flood of correspondence, magazines and newspapers, gifts, photographs, business records, collectibles, and ephemera that passed through his hands. This Time Capsule in progress would be taped shut and dated by an assistant when Warhol deemed it complete. Today, Warhol's leftovers provide us with the possibility for entering the atmosphere and curious cosmos of a life whose 15 minutes of fame may never really end, despite its physical end having long since passed. This first publication of Warhol's most personal diary will help the careful reader to reconstruct the artist's personality. Each and every item contained in Time Capsule 21 is meticulously revealed. This particular box was chosen because it contains a phenomenal amount of Warhol's art from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as common documents that have turned out to reveal facts about Warhol's life and work--that have, for instance, led to the dating of the drawing Dead Stop (1954) and the establishment of an approximate date for Warhol's first meeting with Leo Castelli. Also included are many images that Warhol used for source material. Leafing through Time Capsule 21, the reader has only to let each object take him or her on a journey into the murky past of The Factory, Studio 54, and Warhol's other haunts.
Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Box Paintings
Hardcover (out of print) $29.95
Pracitcally everyone recognizes the Campbell's Tomato Soup Can images by Andy Warhol that have come to define American Pop Art. Less well known, but equally intriguing, is another part of Warhol's Campbell's oeuvre: the Campbell's soup boxes, which he made during the mid-1980s using paint, silkscreen, and drawing to render these boxes in his inimitable style. Warhol, whose fascination with advertising and consumerism was born of his early career as a commercial artist, took as his inspiration the endlessly replicated images of modern branding, and thus helped to create and define the major art movement of recent decades. This volume, with an essay tracing Warhol's history with Campbell's, reproduces more than 60 of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Box pieces, and as such, adds to the growing documentation of this towering presence in 20th-century art.
Berenice Abbott & Eugène Atget
Hardcover, (out of print) $29.95
"Eugene Atget’s photographs of Paris between 1898 and 1927 form the bedrock of an American modernist photographic vision. In 1927, Berenice Abbott, one of the century’s most renowned photographers in her own right, became the largest collector of Atget’s work when she purchased his estate. For the next 40 years (1929–1969), Abbott devoted much of her creative life to popularizing the work of Atget. Representing her vision of Atget’s tapestry of Parisian life, this book reproduces and discusses the rare prints created by Abbott from Atget negatives — one of the few instances of one great photographer printing another great photographer’s work. Over 100 duotone photos are featured, some of which Abbott developed from previously unpublished Atget negatives. "The Atget prints are ... a rare and subtle perception, and represent perhaps the earliest expression of true photographic art." — Ansel Adams"
Exiles + Emigres: The Flight Of European Artists From Hitler
Hardcover (out of print) $29.95
"LACMA senior curator Barron follows up her acclaimed 1991 show and catalog Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany (LJ 8/91) with this equally important and powerfully rendered exhibition catalog. She covers the careers, lives, and works of 23 well-known German and Austrian artists, architects, and photographers who lived in exile between 1933 and 1945. More than 300 illustrations, historic photographs, and documents accompany essays by 19 contributors that interweave social and political conditions with research on individual artists. Organized thematically, the text covers such topics as the exiled artists' initial flights to European artistic centers outside of Germany, their escape from Europe, the cultural climate they faced in the United States, and their influence as teachers. A detailed chronology and bibliography add to its lasting reference value." Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
Ferit Kuyas: Industrial Interiors
"In places, Kuyas's work looks like the precision photography found in engineering texts of the 1930s: portraits of large machines so pristine that they seem to be awaiting their first use. Ironically, Kuyas captures them long after they have been shut down. He prints his black-and-white images in strong contrast, with a special grasp of light and shadow. For seven years the Turkish-born photographer hauled his heavy equipment through silent Swiss factories stilled by an economy that had replaced the former power of concrete and steel with newer technologies. This book is a ghostly travel guide through doorways, stairwells, random furniture, electrical systems, and huge windows staking claim to a doomed territory once full of activity. There is quiet power here: huge dormant machines, vast spaces without workers, and the shock of a world deemed utterly useless. Kuyas gives nobility, dignity, and a sense of death to the engineered world he has so perfectly photographed. A spare text accompanies his images." A David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT
Joseph Beuys: Block Beuys
"Joseph Beuys created his “Block Beuys” installation in the 1960s out of greatly varied materials and salvaged items that were selected, manipulated, altered and brought together in unusual ways. The objects correspond to one another and, in their unmistakable forms, refer to the artist's work in its entirety. Block Beuys is installed in a series of seven interconnected rooms in the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt. In Leve sieht Beuys, the photographer Manfred Leve has documented “Block Beuys,” not only in the variety of its individual pieces, but also with a view of the entire work of art. His black-and-white photos, devoid of any kind of staging, allow a thorough and genuine look at this radiant work."
Life & Afterlife In Benin
"Photography plays a crucial role in most of our lives - but rarely in our deaths. Yet if you happened to live in the West African country of Benin during the 1960s and 70s, photography was quite literally a matter of life and death.
It is a commonly held belief in many non-Western cultures that a person's soul lives on, as if trapped, within the photograph. In Benin, with its rich spiritual traditions of animism (voodoo is now Benin's official religion), whereby fetishes or objects are regarded to embody powerful spirits, the photograph came to play a fascinating role in the rituals of death.
This unique collection of portrait photography, painstakingly assembled and conserved by the West African art specialist Alex van Gelder, opens an entirely new chapter in the history of African and world photography. Most people's knowledge of African photography is limited to the Bamako school of Mali, whose masters Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé were discovered at the beginning of the 1990s. But where Keita and Sidibé worked predominantly in the town, taking pictures of a young urban population keen to establish the modernity of their lives, here in Benin the photographers were often very ambulant, travelling by bicycle to far flung places to find their clients, and sometimes developing their exquisitely crafted photographs in makeshift darkrooms constructed in the bush.
Marked by dark dramas and deep mysticisms, these portraits record a people caught between a pre-colonial past and a post-colonial future. For many of the people in the photographs it would be their first and last encounter with a photographer. Among the weddings and communions, the courting couples and proud parents, lie startling images of revenants and juju men, voodoo priests and priestesses, thieves and assassins, prostitutes and pimps, and an extraordinary sequence of 'après-mort' or death-bed portraits.
This unique and groundbreaking assimilation of rare images - analysed by poet and curator Okwui Enwelor, one of the world's great authorities on twentieth-century African culture - brings to life a series of mysterious stories from a context that is stigmatized by a tumultuous history." -Phaidon Books
Achim Wollscheid: Selected Works
Paperback (out of print) $16.95
Achim Wollscheid: Selected Works, 1990-2000 is the first comprehensive look at this multimedia artist and writer's work with interactive electronic art in public space. The book documents such landmark works as Connective Memory , a work installed in a technical high school which digitally samples and stores the students' voices; Nordpol Bridge , which turns the movement on a pedestrian bridge into an interactive light composition; Kunitachi Sound Transformation , which involves the live translation of street and traffic sounds into sonic structures; and Clapper System , a flexible network of drums that feeds back the sound of external stimuli. Wollscheid is an artist, writer, and teacher who has worked as an artist since the early 80s, and has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and artists. His work in music has led him to a focus on the relation between sound, light, and architectural space, which he continues to pursue and investigate through interactive installations and performances. He is one of the co-founders of the highly regarded German multimedia collective SELEKTION, and his musical work has appeared on recordings alongside such artists as Merzbow, Pan Sonic, Muslim Gauze, and Oval.
Lucifer Rising: A Book Of Sin, Devil Worship, And Rock'n'roll
"For the first time ever, an illustrated popular history of the misrepresented netherworld that is Satanism. Macabre media/rock music expert Baddeley charts humanity's darkest faith, from its early perversion of Christian rituals, through the high society sinners of the naughty nineties, to the 'great beast' Aleister Crowley, and the Black Metal/Death Metal rock bands who have fuelled modern anxiety about the occult. Using exclusive candid interviews and sumptuous Satanic stills, Lucifer Rising reveals the beliefs, activities and individuals that lie behind the present-day media panic." -Plexus
Mary Ellen Mark: Twins
Mary Ellen Mark, voted by the readers of American Photography as the most influential woman photographer of all time, has made some of America's most iconic images in a career spanning more than three decades. In Twins, her fourteenth publication, Mark turns her acute eye and her heart to the extraordinary bond that exists between these very special siblings.
Hardcover (out of print) SOLD!
"Eroticism, women, sex, women, fetishism, women and obsession--of all the pop artists, it is perhaps Mel Ramos who has dealt most intensively and consistently with these enjoyable subjects. Always bright, always provocative, and always entertaining, his appropriations of some of the most vulgar yet familiar imagery to come out of the 1960s and 1970s advertising world never fail to make the viewer blush with shame and almost simultaneously question such a moralistic reaction. If at first sight his paintings and graphic works are mistaken for typical, if raunchy, product placements, the absurdity of a naked girlie riding a giant cigar soon becomes apparent, as does the subtle surrealism of another naked pinup girl holding a giant spark plug in front of a corporate emblem. Sex and consumer culture never looked so good together, or so parodic."
Private Stash: A Pinup-Girl Portfolio By 20 Cartoonists
Accordian book in clear plastic slipcase (out of print) $19.95
"Girls, Girls, Girls! Step right up and don't be shy. This intimate, accordion-folded and concertina-bound portfolio of 20 never-before-seen "Pinup Girl" portraits from the world's most respected cartoonists opens up to reveal more than 10 feet of original and subversively erotic "girly" comics. Featuring R. Crumb's "Lela," a robust vision of overflowing femininity, Dan Clowes' "Doris," the last girl on earth, Adrian Tomine's "Yuki," a young woman captured in a serene domestic moment, and Gary Panter's "Cave Girl," a menacing yet alluring female amid raptors and pterodactyls, this highly collectible volume is not simply a collection of traditional pinups, but a string of 20 "mini-narratives" set in environments as disparate as the bedroom and the bowling alley, the circus or the Cenozoic. Includes work by Rick Altergott, Peter Bagge, Johnathan Bennett, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Tony Millionaire, Mitch O'Connell, Gary Panter, Archer Prewitt, Ron Rege, Jr., Richard Sala, Adrian Tomine and Dan Zettwoch. The portfolio comes in a transparent plastic box." -Buenaventura Press
Seiichi Furuya: Alive
Hardcover (out of print) $39.95
"Seiichi Furuya's photographs relentlessly highlight the cruel aspect of "shooting" a photograph. It is a materialistic act of severing the familiar relationship between the subject and the object, as well as the viewer and the object. Furuya is a photographer who totally excludes any lyrical vagueness from his images, even when his most intimate moments or his late wife are the subject. His work deploys a sharp tension that can seem like a cutting knife. Thus it seems no coincidence that he has taken up the theme of severance in his Border series, in which he shot the border zone between Austria, where he lived, and the Eastern European nations, and Wall, where he shot the Berlin Wall from the Eastern side before its collapse. In these works, the importance lies not in the old-fashioned melodramatic tragedy of crossing a boundary, but in the fact that the place in question is the remnant of an historical severance. This volume catalogues work Furuya has created over the past 25 years, in Europe, Japan, and the United States, including his latest series, which concentrates on his own neighborhood of Graz, transforming in into images of intense color and magical beauty." -Scalo
Chelsea Hotel Manhattan
Paperback, $11.95 SOLD!
"One hotel, its superstars, bohemians, junkies, losers and outsiders."
Elizabeth Heyert: The Sleepers
"Do we reveal our hidden, inner self when we sleep? In The Sleepers, Elizabeth Heyert's camera bears witness to moments rarely seen, when our public fa¡ade has vanished, and we are completely unaware of scrutiny. Working with a large format view camera from a balcony, Heyert documented modern men and women, in all their diversity, sleeping naked, singly and in couples. Against a stark black background, seemingly isolated in space, none of her subjects look like they are sleeping. Instead, freed and transformed by sleep, they appear to be dancing or flying, or in a state of ecstasy or torment. Then, in a startling second step, Heyert traveled to deserted parts of northern Sicily, and working in the dark of night, projected images of the sleeping figures onto ancient, damaged stone, and re-photographed them. With this surprising layering of imagery, what began as a voyeuristic exploration transcends documentation and captures an abstract, timeless essence of humanity. Iconic images emerge from darkness, mythic and heroic, with their deeper meanings dancing on the edge of ambiguous vision."
Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life Of Jean-Luc Godard
"When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godard’s work shifts fluidly from fiction to documentary, from criticism to art. The man himself also projects shifting images—cultural hero, fierce loner, shrewd businessman. Hailed by filmmakers as a—if not the—key influence on cinema, Godard has entered the modern canon, a figure as mysterious as he is indispensable.
In Everything Is Cinema, critic Richard Brody has amassed hundreds of interviews to demystify the elusive director and his work. Paying as much attention to Godard’s technical inventions as to the political forces of the postwar world, Brody traces an arc from the director’s early critical writing, through his popular success with Breathless, to the grand vision of his later years. He vividly depicts Godard’s wealthy conservative family, his fluid politics, and his tumultuous dealings with women and fellow New Wave filmmakers.
Everything Is Cinema confirms Godard’s greatness and shows decisively that his films have left their mark on screens everywhere."
Donigan Cumming: Pretty Ribbons
Hardcover (out of print) $29.95
"Cumming's images, while pushing the boundaries of what is unusual in the world of photo fine arts, bridge jounalism and art in a creepily joyful way. Beautiful photos of the beautifully unbeautiful, they force me to recognize my unacknowledged predjudices. The images keep coming back, some like the taste of strong herring, others with the dark nostalgia of grappa." lovethebook.com
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