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)



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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."

 






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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...







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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."

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

New Arrivals: Charles Reznikoff




Charles Reznikoff:
Testimony, Volumes 1 (Hardcover)
Selected Letters (Paperback)
Charles Reznikoff by Milton Hindus



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Arrival: Roscoe Holcolmb




John Cohen, The High and Lonesome Sound
Hardcover

"In 1959 John Cohen travelled to East Kentucky looking for what he calls old music. Cohen asked for names at local gas stations but soon ran out of leads, and drove off the highway onto the next dirt road. Here he stumbled across Roscoe Holcomb playing the banjo and singing on his front porch in a way says Cohen, "that made the hairs on my neck stand up on end." And so by pure chance began the lifelong friendship that is the background for The High and Lonesome Sound. Cohen visited Holcomb frequently over the next three decades, and made many photographs, films and records of his music. In time Holcomb, a poor coal miner by trade, became a regular feature on the American concert and festival circuits. The strange beauty and discomfort of his music--a mixture of blues, ballads and Baptist hymns, and unique through his high strained voice--was exposed to a larger audience. Nevertheless, Holcomb died alone in a nursing home in 1981. The High and Lonesome Sound combines Cohen's vintage photos, film and musical recordings as well as an anecdotal text into a multimedia tribute to this underappreciated legend of American music whose every performance was, in Cohen's words, "not just a rendition of music, but a test of something to be overcome.""

 

 


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New Arrivals: Poetry!

just arrived: a batch of beautiful poetry chapbooks and hardcover Black Sparrow editions. Creeley, Duncan, Reznikoff, Schwerner, Wakoski, McClure, Ginsberg and more!






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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Event: This Friday at 7pm: Doogie Horner Book Signing!




 
Friday, December 11th at 7PM
at
Brickbat Books:
 
Doogie Horner's
Some Very Interesting Cat's Perhaps You Weren't Aware Of 
 
An evening of storytelling, reading, and heavy petting
• What does your cat do when you're not home?
• Deceptive cats and the people who love them
• Reading from Doogie's new book, Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren't Aware of

Refreshments will be served.
 
 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Featured: Type 42




Type 42: Fame Is The Name Of The Game
Hardcover

"In spring 2012 artist Jason Brinkerhoff (born 1974) discovered a collection of around 950 black-and-white Type 42 Polaroids featuring headshots and intimate close-ups of actresses taken from the television screen beginning in the late 1960s. The origins of the series—and, most notably, its creator—remain entirely mysterious, their author's only trace being the scribbles of actresses' names and dates on the Polaroids' edges. Edited by Nicole Delmes and Susanne Zander, and introduced by Cindy Sherman, Fame Is the Name of the Game showcases a selection of 120 works from the extraordinary archive. Capturing such celebrities as Brigitte Bardot, Doris Day, Catherine Deneuve, Mia Farrow, Jane Fonda, Sophia Loren, Barbara Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Tina Turner, the collection wrests the fleeting fame of 1960s cinema into the present, memorializing the fascination it provided for the anonymous photographer."





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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Featured:Four Books



Kenneth Koch, Bertha
Paperback




Jan Kott, The Theater Of Essence
Paperback




Alain Robbe-Grillet, Djinn
Paperback




Diane Wakowski, The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems
Paperback




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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Featured: Diableries




Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell
Two Volumes in Slipcase

"A devilish 1860s sensation - finally unleashed on the 21st century! In France, around 1860, from the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation - a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER - Hell - communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the 1850s. This 3-D phenomenon, which fascinated a nation for 40 years, is now yours to share. This book, the fruit of half a lifetime's study by three impassioned authors, brings every one of the published Diableries into the 21st century for the very first time. Some of them are so rare that at the time of writing there is no known complete collection of the originals of these masterpieces. But this book enables all but two of the 182 scenes to be enjoyed just as their creators intended, in magnificent 3-D, using the high-quality patent OWL stereoscopic viewer supplied."



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Arrivals




Ambroise Pare, On Monsters And Marvels
Paperback





Rick Moody, Demonology
Paperback





Rudolph Wurlitzer, Hard Travel To Sacred Places
Paperback




Body Criticism (Zone Books)
Paperback




October 62, Fall 1992
Paperback




Frances A. Yates, The Art Of Memory
Paperback



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