Saturday, December 29, 2012

Featured: The Return Of Arthur!




Arthur #33
Giant-sized Broadsheet newspaper
Sixteen gigantic 15" x 22.75" pages (8 color, 8 b/w)
$5

"After a four-year sabbatical, beloved revolutionary sweetheart Arthur returns to print, renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated and in a bold new format: pages as tall and wide as a daily newspaper on compostable newsprint, with ads only on the back cover(s). Amazing!
In partnership with Portland, Oregon's Floating World Comics, Arthur's gang of idiots, know-it-alls and village explainers are back, edited by ol' fool Jay Babcock and art directed by Yasmin Khan.

This issue’s contents include…
Dream a Deeper Dream: A how-to conversation with cartoonist ROARIN’ RICK VEITCH by Jay Babcock. Plus “Cartographer of the American Dreamtime,” an appreciation of Rick Veitch and his work by Mr. Alan Moore. Mr. Veitch’s “Self-Portrait in Six Dimensions” graces our cover.

JACK ROSE: the definitive, career-spanning interview with this late great America guitarist, conducted by Brian Rademaekers just months before his death three years ago. Plus: Jack Rose discography compiled by Byron Coley, and an illustration of a classic Jack Rose pose by Plastic Crimewave.

An illuminating/endarkening conversation with sparkling Luciferian artist FRANK HAINES by Eliza Swann
Stewart Voegtlin on WAYLON JENNINGS’ dark dream, with an illustration by Beaver

Columnist DAVE REEVES on Burroughs, bath salts and border guards, with an illustration by Arik Roper

Columnist NANCE KLEHM on new modes of exchange—and homemade smokes, with an illustration by Kira Mardikes

Cartoonist GABBY SCHULZ explores our interstate nightmare

The Center for Tactical Magic on “The Magic(k) of Money” — and how YOU can win $1000 for planning a BANK ROBBERY!

“Bull Tongue” columnists BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE survey happenings in underground culture, paying special attention to new and archival releases from Claude Pelieu; Spectre Folk; United Waters; Devin, Gary & Ross; Jess Franco; Mick Farren; Chris D.; Donna Lethal; Crystal Siphon; Mad River; Horace; Erewhon Calling by Bruce Russell; Toy Love; The Clean; David Kilgour; The Heavy Eights; Chris Corsano; Joe McPhee; Rangda; Ben Chasny; Sir Richard Bishop; David Oliphant; Brothers Unconnected; 200 Years; Six Organs of Admittance; Gary Panter; Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski; Cheater Slicks; Ron House; Above Ground; Vacuum; Max Block; Dead C; Axemen; Hamish Kilgour; Circle Pit; Kitchen’s Floor; Bits of Shit; and Boomgates. Plus a special report on The Ex 33 festival at Cafe Oto in East London, featuring The Ex, John Butcher, Zea + Charles, Jackadaw With Crowbar, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Trash Kit, Steve Beresford, Wolter Weirbos, Valentina Campora, Gabriella Maiorino, Andy Moor, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne-James Chaton, Ad Baars, Jorge Vega, Ian Saboya, Enrique Vega, Tony Buck and Roy Paci.
and the proverbial much much more."



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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Featured: Two MOMA Monographs





Gabo - Pevsner
Paper-bound, Museum of Modern Art, 1948




Max Ernst
Paper-bound, Museum of Modern Art, 1961




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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Brickbat Open Sunday & Monday







Brickbat will be open Sunday, December 23rd, 11am to 6pm, and Monday, December 24th from 11am until things quiet down (probably around 4pm.)

We will re-open on Wednesday, December 26th at 11am.

Happy Holidays!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Arrivals: Two by Astrid Lindgren




Pippi Moves In!
Hardcover

Originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty in 1957-1959, a decade after the original books, the comics re-imagine the classic chapter book stories and spotlight both Lindgren's brilliant writing and Vang Nyman's bold bright colors that seem presciently and eerily contemporary. The original illustrator for the chapter books, Vang Nyman was a very talented children's book illustrator and an avant-garde champion of the importance of children's literature who insisted that art in children's books needed to meet the same aesthetic standards as art in any other medium. Sadly Vang Nyman never achieved international success, and tragically committed suicide in 1959 due to mental health issues, while Lindgren went on to become one of the world's best loved writers with over 145 million books sold worldwide.











Pippi Longstocking


Limited Hardcover Edition of 400, No Dust Jacket, as issued






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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Featured: Gorey For The Holidays


The Black Doll: A Silent Screenplay





The Blue Aspic





The Donald Box





The Gilded Bat





The Thoughtful Alphabet






The Wuggly Ump





The Fantod Pack





The Osbick Bird






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Featured: Three By Bruno Munari





The Green Conjurer
Paperback

Alfonso, the thoroughly likeable green magician, disappears and reappears in trunks and boxes. At the end he finally manages to play his violin in peace. Cleverly designed with different-sized pages and hidden flaps, this fifth book in the historic children's series thought up by Bruno Munari in 1945 is still amazingly modern. This is the English edition. Color.






Never Content
Paperback

A lively book where illustrations and short sentences chase one another across large colored pages and small hidden inserts. As often happens in real life, here animals dream of being other animals in a humorous and entertaining circle. "Never content" -- the title sums up the essence of this story in pictures. With hidden flaps, this third book in Munari's historic children's series. This is the English edition. Color.






Gigi Has Lost His Cap
Paperback

Gigi's looking for his cap. Where can it be? Let's help him find it by opening closet doors, lifting lids and looking around. A book to rummage through, like an attic or a messy bedroom, with direct and captivating pictures drawn over half a century ago. Ah! Gigi finds his cap in the end! Designed with hidden flaps, Part of the Munari's children's series. This is the English edition. Color.




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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Featured: Harmony Korine





Harmony Korine & Bill Saylor, Ho Bags
Limited, number edition of 100 (out of print)
Staple-bound, illustrated in B&W



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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Featured: Three By Raymond Pettibon





Raymond Pettibon, The Books 1978-1998
Paperback








Raymond Pettibon, The Pages which Contain The Truth Are Blank
Paperback






Raymond Pettibon, A Reader
Paperback





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Friday, December 14, 2012

Featured: Jess' Tricky Cad




Jess: O! Tricky Cad and Other Jessoterica

  The San Francisco artist Jess (1923–2004) has for decades been known to cognoscenti as an inventive and sophisticated master of the collage aesthetic. Recently however, his works are receiving fresh attention from a younger generation attuned to Jess’ interests in myth, narrative and appropriation. Jess used images taken from sources ranging from Dick Tracy to Dürer, from a Beatles bubblegum card to medical textbook drawings, from 1887 Scientific American line engravings to frames from George Herriman’s Krazy Kat. In reexamining myth through a synthesis of art and literature, Jess’ work remains a crucial assemblage of the meanings of our time. This volume brings to light collages, collage books, word poems and altered comics that have been largely inaccessible or unavailable since their making. Originally published in small editions and hard-to-find journals, or made as one-off artist’s books, these works demonstrate the full range of Jess’s extraordinary verbal and visual play. Several of Jess’s surreal comic-strip manipulations, Tricky Cad (1954–1959), are reproduced for the first time in their entirety, as are others such as Ben Big Bolt and Nance that have never before been published. The book also includes a group of complex wraparound book covers, several unpublished collage poems, and two artist’s books never before reproduced in full: From Force of Habit, a “fantastic tale” which plays with the pages of a Swedish cult sci-fi novel, and When a Young Lad Dreams of Manhood, a homoerotic paean (and naughty parody) of the priapic urge. A facsimile reproduction of the 20-page collage masterpiece O! is included as a separate booklet, and the book sports a dustjacket that folds out into a poster-size collage.














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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Featured: Two New Arrivals





Daniel Paul Schreber, Memoirs Of My Mental Illness

In 1884, the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God. It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in God’s realm,” one that had transformed the rest of humanity into a race of fantasms. There was only one remedy; as his doctor noted: Schreber “considered himself chosen to redeem the world, and to restore to it the lost state of Blessedness. This, however, he could only do by first being transformed from a man into a woman….
The wonderful Schreber…ought to have been made a professor of psychiatry and director of a mental hospital.— Sigmund Freud
[Memoirs of My Nervous Illness examines] what happens when the human mind works in ways that are mysterious even to its owner. — New Yorker
 
Schreber is appealing because his writing is loose and vague, full of sex and politics—a kind of information pornography. It fulfills the pleasures of his readers whatever their ideological persuasion.
— Giovanni Intra, Bookforum
 
Since…[its publication in 1903] it’s been widely regarded as the most revelatory subjective account of mental illness ever put forward…This edition, the first for decades, represents a very welcome return to print….To call this epiphanic confession a cross between Hildegard of Bingen and Philip K Dick may demarcate its territory, but it gives little idea of the universe of detail and the evangelical white heat of its sustained visionary narrative. Schreber was undoubtedly barking mad, as we’re reminded by the dry psychiatric reports on his progress, which are included in this volume. But we’re also reminded throughout that barking madness can coexist with a razor-sharp legal mind, astonishing personal courage and a boundless love for humanity. — Mike Jay, Fortean Times, The Journal of Strange Phenomena





 Boris Vian, To Hell With The Ugly

 First published in French in 1948, To Hell with the Ugly saw Boris Vian's noir-novelist pseudonym Vernon Sullivan take on Vian's own burlesque pop sensibilities. An erotic crime novel with science fiction tendencies, Sullivan's third outing is described by its translator as "a pornographic Hardy Boys novel set on the Island of Dr. Moreau to a be-bop soundtrack." To Hell with the Ugly recounts the tale of Rock Bailey, a dashing 19-year-old lad determined to hold onto his virginity amidst the postwar jazz-club nightlife of Los Angeles-a resolution challenged by the machinations of the demented Doctor Markus Schutz, who has decided to breed beautiful human beings and found a colony in which ugliness is a genetic crime. Vian's brutal depictions of American race relations in his previous Sullivan novels here give way to a frenetic fantasy of eugenics and uniformity-a parodic anticipation of the cosmetic surgery that was to rule Hollywood over the coming decades, as well as a comic-book reflection on Nazi Germany's visions of a master race. With the novel's breathless domino tumble of fist fights, car chases, kidnappings, and murders, Vian here set out to out-Hollywood Hollywood, serving up a narrative cocktail of Raymond Chandler, H.G.Wells, Brave New World and Barbarella.





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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Arrivals: More Photography & Art



Joseph Cornell's Manual Of Marvels

 How Joseph Cornell reinvented a French Agricultural Manual to create an American Masterpiece 
(2 Volumes in a presentation box - including a free CD)

"Joseph Cornell loved to meander through Manhattan’s secondhand bookstalls and antiquarian shops in search of books, old documents, and faded photographs. One day, he came upon a French agricultural manual, the Journal d’Agriculture Pratique, from 1911.
He took it home and began to work on the book, making cutouts through which one could view collaged elements, inserting images from old photographs, and tipping-in classic paintings and transparent overlays. In the process, Cornell reinvented the French manual as an American masterpiece."












Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies
Hardcover

Retrospective Exhibition catalog  from 2010, illustrated throughout, text in English.




Michael Snow: Biographie Of The Walking Woman
Paperback

"Between 1961 and 1967, artist Michael Snow made numerous photographic works, films, performances, paintings and sculptures based on his cut-out of a walking woman, which he snuck into numerous public locations. The many interactions and encounters of these Walking Women with the public are recorded here."

 

 

 


Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison: The Architect's Brother
Hardcover

"I want to make images that have open, narrative qualities, enought to suggest ideas about human limits. I want there to be a combination of the past juxtaposed with the modern. I use nature to symbolize the search, saving a tree, watering the earth. In this fabricated world, strange clouds of smog float by; there are holes in the sky. These mythic images mirror our world, where nature is domesticated, controlled, and destroyed. Through my work I explore technology and a poetry of existence. These can be very heavy, overly didactic issues to convey in art, so I choose to portray them through a more theatrically absurd approach." 
(2000, Robert ParkeHarrison. 64 Four-color Plates, 136 Pages)




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Monday, December 3, 2012

Featured: Three From Chuck Barris

Three signed first editions from Philadelphia native, self-declared CIA assassin and Drexel alum, Chuck Barris...



 Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
Hardcover, First Edition
Signed by Chuck Barris




You And Me Babe
Hardcover, First Edition
Signed by Chuck Barris






The Game Show King
Hardcover, First Edition
Signed by Chuck Barris
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Arrivals: Art And Photography

 

 Zwelethu Mthethwa
Hardcover

Since Apartheid’s  fall in 1994, South African photography has exploded from the grip of  censorship onto the world stage. A key figure in this movement is  Zwelethu Mthethwa, whose stunning portraits powerfully frame black South  Africans as dignified and defiant, even under the duress of social and  economic hardship. Working in urban and rural industrial landscapes,  Mthethwa documents a range of aspects in South Africa—from domestic life  and the environment to landscape and labor issues. His work challenges the conventions of both Western documentary work and African commercial studio  photography, marking a transition away from the visually exotic and  diseased—or “Afro-pessimism,” as curator Okwui Enwezor has referred to  it—and employing a fresh approach marked by color and  collaboration. Zwelethu Mthethwa is the artist’s long-awaited first comprehensive monograph, providing an overview of his work to-date and  featuring the stunning portraits thaT have brought him international  acclaim. (2010, Aperture )




El Anatsui
Hardcover

El Anatsui has always employed modes of craftsmanship within work that has a clear and direct link to traditional African Art.  What makes the work that he is now most celebrated for so important is in the way he has been able to transcend tradition through process, materiality, and in the inclusion of an underlying and implicit social and political content integral to this material.  His work previously consisted of wood that would have been carved and painted in a manner that evoked artifacts commonly found in market places and centers throughout Africa.  Starting in the late 1990’s, El Anatsui made great changes in his working materials, as well as in his method and practice that enabled the work to jettison into a 21st Century post-modern critique on the social implications of craft and the sculptural form. (2009, Jack Shainman Editions )





Subodh Gupta: Gandhi's Three Monkeys
Hardcover

Delhi-based Subodh Gupta uses everyday domestic, rural Indian objects such as pots, pans, squat stools and cow dung in his mixed-media installations. This survey features works from the 1990s to the present (2008, Nicolas Bourriaud, S. Kalidas, Dan Cameron, 318 pages, 150 color)





Hank Willis Thomas: Pitch Blackness
Hardcover

Hank Willis Thomas gained wide recognition with his highly provocative series B(r)ANDED, which addresses the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. Pitch Blackness, his first monograph, includes selections from this series and several others. The book charts Hank Willis Thomas' career as he grapples with the issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. With his characteristic pointedness and dark humor, Willis Thomas shows in Pitch Blackness why he is considered one of today's most compelling emerging artists. (2009, Rene de Guzman and Robin D.G. Kelley, 128 pages)




Adi Nes
Paperback

This comprehensive catalogue of the artist, Adi Nes, was first published when his exhibit at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art opened in the Spring of 2007. The catalogue covers four series of staged photographs which Nes created since the beginning of the 1990 s: Soldiers, Young Boys, Prisoners (a project for the fashion journal, Vogue Hommes International) and Biblical Stories. The Catalogue also includes an introduction by Professor Mordechai Omer, General Director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and an article by Doreet LeVitte Harten which discusses Adi Nes work in its entirety while citing many of the references in Art History which enrich Nes images. (2007, Mordechai Omer, Doreet LeVitte Harten, Susan Chevlowe, 156 pages)




30 Americans
Hardcover

 From its inception in the 1960s, the Rubell Collection has been able to boast a particularly fine range of African-American art. Recent New York exhibitions (such as the Harlem Studio Museum's Freestyle and Frequency, or the Renaissance Society's Black Is, Black Ain't) inspired the Rubell family to mount an exhibition of their holdings in this area, reproduced here in 30 Americans. With a late addition to this exhibition, there are in fact 31 artists: Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Iona Rozeal Brown, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Noah Davis, Leonard Drew, Renée Green, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, William Pope L., Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Shinque Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Purvis Young.





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Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Arrivals: Sophie Calle's Address Book




Sophie Calle: The Address Book
Hardcover

"Never before published in its entirety in English, The Address Book is a key and controversial work in Sophie Calle’s oeuvre. Having found a lost address book on the street in Paris, Calle copied the pages before returning it anonymously to its owner. She then embarked on a search to come to know this stranger by contacting listed individuals—in essence, following him through the map of his acquaintances. Her written accounts of these encounters with friends, family and colleagues—juxtaposed with Calle’s photographs—originally appeared as serial in the newspaper Libération over the course of one month in 1983.

As the entries accumulate, so do the vivid impressions of the address book’s owner, Pierre D., while also suggesting ever more complicated stories as information is gifted, parsed, and withheld by the people she encounters. A multitude of details, from the seemingly banal to the potentially revelatory, are not only collaged into a fragile and strangely intimate portrait of Pierre D.; they also accumulate into a collection of miniatures of the people around him as they reveal something, often unknowingly, of themselves. Further layering The Address Book is Calle’s first person narrative in which she interrogates herself—her fears, obsessions, and assumptions—over the course of her pursuit.

When Pierre D. learned about the work and its appearance in the newspaper, he threatened to sue (and demanded that Libération publish nude photographs of Calle as a reciprocal invasion of privacy). Calle agreed not to republish the work until after his death. In the almost thirty years since its original publication in France, The Address Book has never been published in full again, only described—in Double Game, Calle’s monograph which converses with Paul Auster’s novel Leviathan, and again in the novel itself as a work thought up (but not executed) by the fictional character Maria whom Auster based on Calle.

Part conceptual art, part character study, part confession, part essay, The Address Book is, above all, a prism through which desire and the elusory, persona and identity, the private and the public, knowledge and the unknown are refracted in luminous and provocative ways.

This is the first trade publication in English of The Address Book (Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles released a suite of lithographs modeled on the original tabloid pages from Libération in an edition of 45). Designed in collaboration with Calle, Siglio’s book has the physical weight and feel of an actual address book, creating an intimate space that allows the story to unfold and be savored by the reader."





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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Featured: Argh!







Just in from the excellent nation of Spain. Crude, obscene, anarchic, adolescent, surreal rants cheerfully executed, and beautifully printed. A fine purgative after a diet of deadly serious, "ambitious" graphic novels.








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