Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Arrivals: Three Photo Books


Rosalind Solomon, Chapalingas
Hardcover

"People and their relationships with each other are the focal point of photographs by Rosalind Solomon. The images show well-known figures and ordinary people as they go about their daily lives and celebrate at parties, privately and publicly. Cultural and social contrasts characterize the American photographer’s images, captured during numerous trips she has taken through the USA and around the world since the 1970s. The pictures tell tales of rootedness and loneliness, poverty and affluence, of moments of hope and happiness.
Rosalind Solomon has assigned her photographs to associative categories such as “Food”, “Wheels”, “Splits”, “Hearts”, “Play” and “Faith”. In doing so, she has designed a general direction and approach that prompts the viewer to compare the motifs and analyze the photographs. The photographs are accompanied by Solomon’s poetic text, which instantly sheds light on her experiences and thoughts within the context of the pictures."





Dorothea Lange, The Crucial Years
Hardcover

"In 1935, the photographer Dorothea Lange joined Franklin D. Roosevelt's Farm Security Administration project, charged with the task of inventing an iconography that would record and convey the tales of Depression-era America. It was a task that forced Lange's photography to evolve from its then portrait-based character, as she stepped out into the streets to document the woes of the Great Depression, thus creating what is today her most legendary body of work. Gathering powerful images of displaced farmers, sharecroppers and migrant workers (such as the classic "Migrant Mother") with her Graflex camera, Lange put a human face to this difficult era, and revolutionized documentary photography. She obtained results without forcing them, instead just "sitting down on the ground with people, letting children look at your camera with their dirty, grimy little hands, and putting their fingers on the lens, and you just let them, because you know that if you will behave in a generous manner, you are apt to receive it." The Decisive Years surveys the various topics that Lange approached throughout the 1930s and 1940s, with an important selection of her work for the War Relocation Authority (on the evacuation and relocation of the American citizens of Japanese origin)--only a few of which have ever been reproduced in catalogues--and her documentations of farmers' communities in California and Arizona, and the Conference of the United Nations in San Francisco."





Bill Jacobson, 1989-1997
Hardcover

"I started taking photographs as a teenager, nearly twenty-five years ago. Since then my work has been an ongoing meditation around desire, loss, and the role of photography as a vehicle for remembrance. My pictures often function as metaphors for the way the mind works: simultaneously collecting images while letting others go, fading in the way memories fade, and alluding to the fact that, historically, photographs have faded as well."
- Bill Jacobson




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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Featured: Ganaderia Trashumante


Ganadería Trashumante No. 2
Paperback, silk-screened covers, 1998 (out of print)
$19.95

Journal published out of Valencia, Spain collecting art, comix, writing, photography

"Open to hundreds of artists and designers, the magazine consistently pours irreverence, freakismo solvent and an "anything goes" very selective. Bound in beautiful silkscreened covers by Color Deluxe, silkscreen trusted tome is ideal for balancing all types of bedside tables and also entertains." - Ganaderia Trashumante, translated via Google translator (i couldn't have said it better myself)




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Friday, February 18, 2011

New Arrivals: Altemus Editions!


On the heels this week's poetry haul comes a very large collection of Altemus books (600+).
Altemus began publishing books in Philadelphia in the mid-19th century. They published bibles, gift and keepsake editions of classic and popular literature of the day, eventually focusing on juvenile fiction not unlike the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Most of the titles in the shop range in price from $10 to $20.










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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Featured: Sugimoto


Sugimoto
Hardcover, Illustrated boards
1999




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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Arrivals: Poetry!

...just got in a lot (ten crates) of modern and contemporary poetry. I'll be featuring select titles over the next few weeks.


Louis Zukofsky, A
Paperback

“‘A’’s place is in the great line of American personal epic begun in Song of Myself and stretching through the Cantos, Paterson, Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, and The Dream Songs. It should be read.”
—The Nation

“Zukofsky’s art, in this work, is without equal. No poet of our time can sound the resources of language, so actuate words to become all that they might be thought otherwise to engender.”
—Robert Creeley, The New York Times

“Magnificent: a great poem really rolling in all its power and splendor of language.”
—James Laughlin






Nikolai Bukharin, The Prison Poems
Hardcover

"Nikolai Bukharin (1888–1938), an original Bolshevik leader and a founder of the Soviet state, spent the last year of his life imprisoned by Stalin, awaiting a trial and eventual execution. Remarkably during that time, from March 1937 to March 1938, Bukharin wrote four book-length manuscripts by hand in his prison cell. Seventy years later, The Prison Poems is the last of the four prison manuscripts, which include How It All Began: The Prison Novel, and Socialism and Its Culture, to be published, allowing readers to grasp Bukharin’s vision in its full extent."




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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Featured: Two Picture Books


Renee French, H Day
Hardcover, illustrated boards








"In H Day, Renee French's first graphic novel in four years, the artist illustrates her struggles with migraine headaches and Argentine Ant infestation through her haunting pencil drawings. A sweeping, often tense narrative of invasion, repulsion and liberation, H Day can be read both as an oblique autobiography and as a suspenseful fantasy story." -Picturebox





Shaun Tan, The Arrival
Hardcover, illustrated boards

"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." -Shaun Tan








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Monday, February 14, 2011

Featured: Pride & Prejudice, 1839


Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
Richard Bentley, London, 1839

Spine missing, but all pages and covers are present




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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Featured: The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia


Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I
Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamt existed. More rarely, that book goes on to become a phenomenon of its own. The 2004 publication of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia was such a phenomenon, spawning two further volumes and alerting a fascinated readership worldwide to the extraordinary and hermetic world of Russian criminal tattoos (David Cronenberg, for example, made regular use of the Encyclopaedia during the making of his 2007 movie Eastern Promises). Now, Fuel has reprinted volume one of this bestselling series, whose first edition already fetches considerable sums online. The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison attendant named Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks and a horned Lenin: these are the signs by which the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves. With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.





Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume II






Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III




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Friday, February 11, 2011

Featured: Ilya Ehrenburg & El Lissitzky's My Paris



Ilya Ehrenburg & El Lissitzky, My Paris
Hardcover in slipcase

The Paris of Ilya Ehrenburg knows no Louvre nor Notre Dame and shows the Eiffel Tower crouching behind shabby facades and building timber. The Paris in which the Russian revolutionary lived from 1908 to 1940 was a place in which completely normal people with little money and hope struggled through life. Ehrenburg photographed them at their doors and in cafés, at work and at rest, in their poverty and dignity, and wrote brief texts that describe them.
My Paris is an impressive work of photographic social reporting. It presents portraits of the elderly and children, workers and outcasts and stands in stark contrast to the glamorous Paris of so many idealized representations. The book was published in Moscow in 1933. El Lissitzky used very clear typography that puts a gentle rhythm into the book. Moi Parizh — My Paris is an extremely rare object, which is presented anew as a reprint.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Arrivals: Two from UDA


Chris Hipkiss, To kick a wind to
black white, printed on 170 gram Rives
32 pages, 11" x 17" w poster insert
$30.00



"These expansive drawings of fantastical landscapes are truly superb. Rendered in black and white, from large format colour transparencies, the image quality is superb, and the size of this soft-cover edition allows for a much better idea of the works as they are 'in the flesh' than is ever possible on screen. A poetic piece by New York art writer, Randall Morris, graces the back of a giant poster of the 2009 drawing, Dreizehn Hassminen."







Daisuke Ichiba, Grossesse Nerveuse
Deluxe double black on 170 gram Rives
32 pages, 11" x 17"
$30.00

"A selection of images by a master of Japanese image-making. A hellish but rewarding world vision, expertly printed in Paris." -Picturebox






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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Arrivals: Powr Mastrs by C.F.


Powr Mastrs 1
Flexibound, 120 pages

Powr Mastrs is an intense fantasy story in which C.F. narrates the story of a tribe of mystical beings whose power relations are constantly in flux. As power shifts, so do physical and psychological identities. In this first volume, we are introduced to the central characters and begin to understand the complex geography in which they wander.






Powr Mastrs 2
Flexibound, 102 pages

In this second volume, C.F.'s epic fantasy picks up steam: Buell Kazee sneaks down into the cellar of the plex knowe crypt and conjures trouble; Tetradyne Cola takes a nap and dreams of Monica Glass and the lemon sparklers of star studio; members of the Marker clan compare notes on their magical crimes and the witches of Lace Temblor conspire over transmutation night.





Powr Mastrs 3
Flexibound, 112 pages

In the third volume in C.F.'s Dune-like science fiction/fantasy epic, Powr Mastrs is overflowing with graphic ideas from the intricately designed costumes each character wears to the exactingly drawn architectural details, all rendered in C.F.'s distinctive pencil line.






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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Featured: The "Far East"




The "Far East." A Monthly Illustrated Journal, Vol. V
Yokohama, Japan. December 1st, 1873
Paper wraps, seven photographic plates, tipped in








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Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Arrival:Two by Mat Brinkman




Mat Brinkman, Heads, 44
88 vellum pages, 11” x 17”
an edition of 1000 (only 700 for sale)
$30.00



"As Mat drew, each of these ink-on-rice paper "heads" would seep onto the next sheet, forming the basis of that drawing, and so on. We've reproduced this work by printing on fine velumn with extra dense black ink which was quick-dried with UV lamps. Watch as marks coalesce, animate, and come alive. Published with The Hole for Mat's solo show." -Picturebox








Mat Brinkmann, Multiforce
Softcover, 11 x 17
SOLD OUT!

"At last, all of Mat Brinkman's 2000-2005 comic strip serial Multiforce is collected in one volume at its original printed size. 22 big pages of some of the best comic strips I've ever seen. PictureBox scanned and carefully retouched these pages in collaboration with Brinkman. Come with Brinkman as he creates, explores and explodes his visual universe. Deeply personal, extravagantly visual, often hilarious: Multiforce is nothing short of a masterpiece. "







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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Featured: Walter Abish's Alphabetical Africa


Walter Abish, Alphabetical Africa
early New Directions paperback edition

"Walter Abish has dovetailed his novel within a Procrustean scheme that has the terrifying and irrefutable logic of the alphabet. Alphabetical Africa is in the line of writers such as Raymond Roussel, Raymond Queneau, Georges Perec and Harry Mathews, who have used constrictive forms to penetrate the space on the other side of poetry." -John Ashbery




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Friday, February 4, 2011

New Arrival: Hannah Höch’s Bilderbuch [Picture Book]


Hannah Höch, Bilderbuch (Picture Book)
Hardcover

"Hannah Höch’s Bilderbuch [Picture Book] from 1945 is now finally available in English, through the ingenious translation by Brian Currid.

The Picture Book presents the fantastic adventures of Runfast, Dumblet, Snifty and Meyer 1, mythical creatures which seem like a dream in a zoological garden, surrounded by fairy tale flowers and plants. Yet, it is not only a wonderful book for children, but an important cultural and historic document, as it was created by Hannah Höch, the most important female artist of the Modernist period in Germany. It is designed through the Dadaistic principle of photomontage which Höch developed, together with Raoul Hausmann, in the early years of the 20th century.

Gunda Luyken writes in her essay about the book: "To counter the grey postwar years, Höch developed in 19 collages and accompanying texts a magical world populated by fantastic exotic plants and animals. People play no role here, apart from the baby emerging from one of the eggs that Madame Marklet has collected around her. ... Although Höch always spoke of her 'picture book', the texts are an essential part of the work. For each of the collages, the artist thought up brief, delicate rhymes that sketch out miniature stories and are reminiscent of the verses of Joachim Ringelnatz or Christian Morgenstern. She gave her impish creatures the oddest names—Loftylara, Brushflurlet, Unsatisfeedle and Runfast. Although Höch conjured up in images and words a fantastic world, it is one not free of human weaknesses like dissatisfaction or disagreement, as represented, for example, by the couple Longfringes. All the same, the book exudes a cheerfulness and light-heartedness that the philosopher and writer Salomon Friedländer also attributed to the artist herself: 'Basically, you are a fabulous and wonderful girl—and whoever doesn’t get you must be a dull and totally impossible guy. And who does understand you? A child, just like you.'"








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