Thursday, April 28, 2011

Featured: Christian Morgenstern & K.F. Edmund von Freyhold



Hasenbuch
Christian Morgenstern, illustrated by K.F. Edmund von Freyhold
Hardcover, tipped-on cover plate and spine labels

Still in print in Germany, but unfortunately unavailable in English, as are all the works of Christian Morgenstern (with the exception of In The Land Of Punctuation, by the wonderful Indian publisher, Tara Books.)
Morgenstern's work was inspired by British nonsense verse (Edw. Lear, Lewis Carroll, etc) although less influenced by mathematics and biology than philosophy and mysticism (Nietzsche, Rudolph Steiner, Tolstoy, etc.)















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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Featured: Hideaki Otsuka & Kabemimi


Hideaki Otsuka is a Tokyo artist and member of the band Kabemimi (featured on Tokyo Flashback 5.) Stylistically his work falls somewhere between Keiichi Ohta and Saeki Toshio, although the content is perhaps less violent and more macabre: the difference between Grand Guignol and the Gothic tradition.




Leaning Tower
Paperback, 8vo
illustrated in b&w, 46 pages

39 macabre, full-page images. Lovely.






Kabemimi V, Requiem
Compact Disc
Appears to be the band's first non-cdr release. Unavailable in these parts.
Puts one in mind of Ichiyanagi's Tadanori Opera, but filtered through that black, PSF millennial darkness: bowel churning drones, snatches of radio broadcasts, and more! Very nice.






Bookmark Set
a collection of seven bookmarks in a printed envelope








the color images bookending this post are silkscreens by Alan Sherry






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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Featured: One By George Brecht


George Brecht & Patrick Hughes
Vicious Circles And Infinity: An Anthology Of Paradoxes
Paperback (out of print)

An obscure little oddity co-written by Fluxus founder George Brecht and artist Patrick Hughes. Exactly what it claims to be: a collection of verbal and visual paradoxes.

"This anthology has no particular axe to grind, other than no particular axe to grind." -Patrick Hughes & George Brecht




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Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Arrivals Today!: Vintage Pulp, Classic Fiction, Children



Just in today: Hundreds of books! Vintage pulp paperbacks, classic literature, children's picture books and storybooks, and more!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Featured: Two Covers by Tomi Ungerer




Eric Hoffer, The True Believer
Paperback






Muriel Spark, Memento Mori
Paperback





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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

EVENT: MV EE, Mick Flower & Willie Lane


Saturday, April 9th at 8PM
at
Brickbat Books

MV & EE with Mick Flower
Willie Lane




Vermont warriors MV + EE have been flying through the cosmos with their future ragas and blues for years now with no indication of slowing down. Tonight they'll be joined by the very British Mick Flower of power-surge drone rockers Vibracathedral Orchestra. All signs point to this being a killer trio. Bring your third eye.

Mick Flower will also be playing a solo set. Not sure exactly what instrument will be used but Flower has been known to shred ferociously on the "japanese banjo" (as heard in his duo with Chris Corsano) as well as axe-sling impeccably with Vibracathedral.

Opening will be a rare live appearance by guitar maestro Willie Lane. Submerged flickering psychedelic folk ragas that always beam you "there".

Donations are absolutely mandatory (sadly non-tax deductible) and beer is BYOB. See you all there.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Featured: Four Photography Books by Four Artists


Ludwig Kirchener, The Photgraphic Work
Hardcover

"Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was one of the most important artists of the Expressionist movement, but he was also a skilled photographer who documented the main protagonists and the milieu of this important era. This book, compiled and edited by the Kirchner Museum Davos, is the first compilation of Kirchener’s photographs, taken between 1908 and 1938. They offer an insight into the beginning of the modern age and all its contradictions; the wild bohemian life of the artists, alongside scenes of the intensely archaic Alpine world. Kirchner also attempted to portray the "model society" of contemporary artists through his portraits, including artists such as Oskar Schlemmer, Hermann Scherer and Albert Müller; authors such as Theodor W. Bluth and Alfred Döblin; and collectors and patrons of the arts such as Carl Hagemann, Frédéric Bauer and Botho Graef. The chronological sequence of images covers all the genres in which Kirchner worked as a photographer: self-portraits, individual and group portraits, nudes, scenes from his atelier, exhibition documentation, landscapes, installations and documentary photographs."





Sigmar Polke, Photographs 1969-1974
Limited boxed collection of loosely bound plates (last copy, out of print!)

Although he's best known as a painter, an inveterate experimenter whose trademark style is never to settle on a style, Sigmar Polke has been taking and printing photographs throughout his career--or in some cases taking photographs and setting the film aside until he had enough money to print them. Polke studied painting at the Dsseldorf Kunstakademie, and in the lean years after his 1968 graduation, made thousands of images on that system. This boxed limited edition includes 32 unbound, loose tritones and a 41-page softcover book on his photographs from 1969 to 1974.





David Salle, Photographs
Hardcover






Andy Warhol, 5 Deaths
Hardcover

“When we were making the 5 Deaths paintings, with the car upside down and the people underneath, Andy asked, 'Are they still alive?' as if the accident had actually occurred in front of us.” --Gerard Malanga
Within Warhol's Death and Disaster series, the so-called Car Crashes comprise the most numerous and diverse set of images. As Gerard Malanga writes in his accompanying essay, “We would return to this silkscreen again and again for several months; in effect, the first painting repeated many times over, this initiating Andy's serial imagery on separate identically shaped canvases, and anticipating the Flower paintings to come.” The book also includes a contemporary interview between Malanga and Jeff Koons as well as a reprint of an interview between Malanga and Warhol from 1963.




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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Featured: Hans Arnold's Monsterland


Hans Arnold, Monsterland
Paperback

A translation of Swiss-Swedish artist Hans Arnold's 1964 classic, Monsterland. Like Edward Gorey, his work marries the supposedly innocent world of juvenile literature with a more macabre sensibility, but with a more freewheeling hippie vibe. Also like Gorey, his work freaked the hell out of folks, especially children who weren't sure if they were supposed to be reading his books or not. Of course now he is much loved, with, one would assume, an industry of coffee mugs, underoos, and other merchandise tie-ins.




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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Featured: Three Photo Books


Nina Pohl
Hardcover, Illustrated Boards

"The large format photographs of this young Düsseldorf photographer possess an air of theatricality and aloofness, a casual epic. There is interplay between the depiction of real and painted landscapes, driven by a Romantic and Symbolist impulse of feeling nature’s granduer. There are clouds, and bird-eye views, lush falling spring blooms and waterfalls, the drama of nature in all its quiet and violent sublimity, captured with an intense awareness of every factor of possible photographic deception. Exquisitely designed and printed, this monograph captures the large scale and scope of Pohl’s work – to articulate the distinctive experience of artificiality intertwined with the pleasure of yearning, to bestow a new and altogether different value upon the illusion of eternity. This elegant volume is the first monograph by Nina Pohl and it includes a text by Jan Verwoert."




Man Ray, La Photographie N’Est Pas L’Art
Twelve unbound plates in printed folder with pamphlet

"Photography is not art, proclaims Man Ray in the essay re-published here as an impeccable facsimile edition of the 1937 original. A pamphlet of loose sheets and 12 images, this publication re-visits an issue that was hotly controversial during the first half of the 20th century – Is Photography Art? – as examined in the influential Paris magazine L’Art. Despite the fact that Man Ray’s provocative works were among the photographs generally agreed by critics to be, in fact, art, Man Ray himself seems barely interested in considering the question. “There’s no point trying to find out if it’s an art,” he said. “Art is a thing of the past. We need something else. You’ve got to watch light at work. It’s light that creates. I sit down in front of my sheet of photographic paper and I think.”




Paul Outerbridge, Command Performance
Hardcover
Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, 1896-1958) burst onto the photographic art scene in the early 1920s with images that were visually fresh, technically adept, and decidedly Modernist. He also applied his talent for composition to the commercial world, introducing an artist's sensibility to advertisements for men's haberdashery, glassware, and JELL-O® in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. An early master of the technically complex carbro color process, he used it to photograph nudes, often shown with a variety of props—images that skirted the limits of propriety in their day.
This catalogue is produced for the first exhibition of Outerbridge's work since 1981, held March 31 through August 9, 2009, at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It brings together one hundred photographs from all periods and styles of the photographer's career, including his Cubistic still-life images, commercial magazine photography, and nudes. The book includes an essay by the curator and a chronology of the artist's life and work.




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