In The Art of Looking, renowned art critic Lance Esplund demonstrates that works of modern and contemporary art are not as indecipherable as they might seem. With patience, insight, and wit, Esplund guides us through the last century of art and empowers us to approach and appreciate it with new eyes. Eager to democratize genres that can feel inaccessible, Esplund encourages viewers to trust their own taste, guts, and common sense. The Art of Lookingwill open the eyes of viewers who think that recent art is obtuse, nonsensical, and irrelevant, as well as the eyes of those who believe that the art of the past has nothing to say to our present.
This book covers the long-term exhibition of Moss Sutra with the Seasons (2010–15) at Glenstone Museum, a monumental five-panel painting commissioned by Glenstone and inspired by the artist's fascination with moss, the changing seasons and traditional Chinese calligraphy, among other subjects. The catalog includes two original essays by art historian Suzanne Hudson, an interview with the artist about this commission and a photo-essay by the artist's daughter, Mirabelle Marden, who documented the process of creating the work. Also included are reproductions of all additional works by the artist in Glenstone's collection, a group which spans each decade of the artist's career and an introduction by Emily Wei Rales, Founder and Director of Glenstone Museum.
This ambitious book is the first to examine Andy Warhol’s work in its entirety. It builds on a wealth of new research and materials that have come to light in recent decades and offers a rare and much-needed comprehensive look at the full scope of Warhol’s production—from his commercial illustrations of the 1950s through his monumental paintings of the 1980s.
Featuring works by Andy Warhol, Jean Cocteau, and Edward Steichen
“Among other things, drag queens are living testimony to the way women used to want to be, the way some people still want them to be, and the way some women still actually want to be. Drags are ambulatory archives of ideal moviestar womanhood.”
Andy Warhol’s oeuvre during the 1950’s, the first decade of his career, before he became the godfather of pop, proved to be enormously influential on his life’s work, yet remains little known. Drag & Draw highlights two series of drawings from this decade, when Warhol first began to explore the controversial and for him deeply personal subject of drag.
Featuring works by member artists Robert Colscott, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, and Mark Woods
The exhibition catalogue, published by the Seattle Art Museum on the occasion of its show, focuses on the reassessment and repositioning of the Black figure within Western art and history. Spanning the years 1975- 2017, the featured works reverberate off one another with related topics and themes that the artists address from very different vantage points. Taken together, they refocus and realign our vision through a richer understanding of the past and the present showing who figures and is figures in Western art and who is missing.
Featuring works by many member artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and cover artist Deborah Butterfield
Art of the West showcases essays by prominent scholars and art historians who address various topics, ranging from motorcycles to beadwork and photography. Essays devoted to women’s art, Native American art, and Chicano photography are important correctives to more traditional and linear models of western art history, with its emphasis on rugged masculinity, Anglo-American pioneers, and the myth of an “untamed” frontier.
Featuring works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso
The exhibition catalogue, published on the occasion of the show at Almine Reich Gallery, is curated by the artists’ esteemed grandsons, Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. The intimate exhibition is the first to explore the creative dialogue between these two modern masters. The exhibition brings together more than fifty works created between 1912 and 1967, highlighting the shared formal, social and political concerns that informed their varied and seminal creative outputs. All of the works on view, including paintings, sculpture and works on paper, have been drawn from the respective private family collections, many of which have rarely or never before been exhibited in public.
Featuring works by Grant Wood
The exhibition catalogue, which was published by the Whitney Museum of American Art on the occasion of their show, focuses on the work of Grant Wood. Wood's American Gothic—the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife—is perhaps the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art, an indelible icon of Americana, and certainly Wood's most famous artwork. But Wood's career consists of far more than one single painting. Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables brings together the full range of his art, from his early Arts and Crafts decorative objects and Impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations. The exhibition reveals a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art.
Illustrations by member artist Pierre Alechinsky
First published in French in 1839, Balzac’s Treatise on Modern Stimulants is a meditation on excess by a man who lived by means of excess—an author very conscious of the fact that his gargantuan body of work was driven by an intake of intellectual stimulants (his bouts of writing would typically require ten to fifteen cups a day of his preferred coffee) that would ultimately shorten his life.
Featuring cover work by member artist Josef Albers
Accompanying cover article, Legal Protection for Health Care Rights of Conscience, deals with establishing a taxonomy for policy protections around “conscience clauses” for medical personnel.
Albers, Josef, To Milta © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Show at Gagosian Paris running till Febuary 24th, 2018
Fully illustrated exhibition catalogue. Curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso. Accompanying essay by Elizabeth Cowling
Picasso and Maya is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist’s diverse portrayals of his eldest daughter Maya. The exhibition presents major works from the 1930s to the 1950s, including a collection of intimate portraits, sculptures, and little paper cutouts fashioned especially for his daughter. Like many of his favorite portraits of family members, most of the pieces remained in Picasso’s personal collection until his death in 1973. Alongside the artist’s works, a selection of archival material—unpublished photographs, films, letters, and poems—will explore the relationship between father and daughter while providing an invaluable testimony of this newfound happiness.
Featuring works by Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, and Bruce Nauman.
Cheryl Donegan GRLS + VEILS Standard Edition.
Published in 2018 to accompany her traveling museum exhibition, organized by the Aspen Art Museum and on view from June–December 2018.
New York–based artist Cheryl Donegan (born 1962) is well known for her integration of performance and video with painting and installation, and her subversive spin on issues pertaining to gender, sex and art. This first substantial survey of her work examines her paintings, and includes new, highly conceptual work that continues to transgress traditional media, often merging painting with fashion and appropriated imagery gleaned from pop culture.
Featuring texts by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Bill Arning, Daniel Baumann, Bob Buck, Johanna Burton, Wade Guyton, Rem Koolhaas, Heidi Zuckerman, the publication offers a poignant and introspective look at Donegan’s multilayered practice.
Featuring cover art by Bruce Conner
The Rat Bastard Protective Association was an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists who lived and worked in a building they dubbed Painterland in the Fillmore neighborhood of midcentury San Francisco. The artists who counted themselves among the Rat Bastards—which included Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Michael McClure, and Manuel Neri—exhibited a unique fusion of radicalism, provocation, and community. Geographically isolated from a viable art market and refusing to conform to institutional expectations, they animated broader social and artistic discussions through their work and became a transformative part of American culture over time.
Anastasia Aukeman presents new and little-known archival material in this authorized account of these artists and their circle, a colorful cultural milieu that intersected with the broader Beat scene.
Front cover features works by Ngbaka and Barnett Newman
"Imaginary Ancestors" looks at Primitivism in modern and contemporary art, on the one hand restaging a seminal 1933 Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibition in New York of Fang sculptures and contemporary paintings of the time, and on the other hand presenting a parallel exhibition of Primitivist modern and affiliated contemporary works.
Featuring Cover Image of Roberto Burle Marx’s gauche plan of the Geometric Garden in Sao Paulo
Presenting the first English translation of Burle Marx’s “depositions,” Nordenson’s book highlights the environmental advocacy of a preeminent Brazilian landscape architect who advised and challenged the country’s military dictatorship.
Featuring works by Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Jorge Eielson, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni.
Beyond Matter, Tsuyoshi Maekawa - Catalogue.
Essays by Barbara Bertozzi Castelli and Angela Brown; Artist biographies by Angela Brown.
Published in 2018 on the occasion of the 2017 exhibitionBeyond Matter: Tsuyoshi Maekawa with Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Jorge Eielson, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni at Gagosian, San Francisco.
Hao Liang - Portraits and Wonders Catalogue
Essay by Loïc Le Gall; Conversation between Hao Liang and Philip Tinari.
Published in 2018 on the occasion of the exhibition Hao Liang: Portraits and Wonders at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York.
Katharina Grosse - Catalogue
Introduction by Louise Neri; Essays by Okwui Enwezor and Dan Cameron; Conversation between Katharina Grosse and Isabelle Graw
Embracing the events and incidents that arise as she paints, Grosse opens up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. While she is widely known for her temporary and permanent in situ work, which she paints directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, her approach begins in the studio. With calculated focus, she allows new patterns and procedures in her paintings to emerge from action, further multiplying this potential with stencils cut from cardboard and thick foam rubber—tools with which to develop further cuts, layers, and perspectival depths. Grosse’s gestures unfold all at the same time in unmixed acrylic colors, engulfing the viewer in a toxic sublime.
Published by Gagosian in 2018.
Featuring work by Marcel Broodthaers, Chris Burden, Hans-Peter Feldman, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Hanne Darboven, Pablo Picasso, Andre Breton, Markus Raetz, Lawrence Weiner, Marcel Duchamp & Man Ray.
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists by Marcia Reed & Glenn Phillips.
his stunning volume illuminates the current moment of artists’ engagement with books, revealing them as an essential medium in contemporary art. Ever innovative and predictably diverse in their physical formats, artists’ books occupy a creative space between the familiar four-cornered object and challenging works of art that effectively question every preconception of what a book can be.
Published by Getty Research Institute; 1 edition (July 10, 2018)
Featuring work by Alexander Calder & Carlos Cruz-Diez
L.A. collects L.A. – Latin America in Southern California Collections
by Vincent Price Art Museum. Edited by Jesse Lerner & Rubén Ortiz Torres
The catalogue is accompanying the exhibition L.A. collects L.A., Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park (CA) in the frame of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (September 2017-January 2018)
Featuring work by Martial Raysse.
Focusing on his recent portraiture, this volume includes an essay by art historian and curator Jane Livingston that provides an overview of Raysse’s practice, as well as three texts by the artist. The catalogue also features a newly commissioned poem by Leopoldine Core and an illustrated chronology of the artist’s life.
This fully illustrated volume accompanies Lévy Gorvy’s first solo exhibition of works by Martial Raysse
A new facsimile of Fortunato Depero's monograph, Depero Futurista—also known as The Bolted Book by Fortunato Depero .
The Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero designed The Bolted Book as a kind of portable museum or calling card, a portfolio of his career to date—including paintings, sculptures, textile and architectural designs, theater and advertising work, wordplays, manifestoes, and reviews he received in many different languages. It is at the same time a showcase of his skills as a designer and typographical wizard.
First published by Dinamo-Azari in 1927.
Features work by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, and many more.
Mr. Chow: 50 years by Terence Conran. Celebrating 50 years of fine food and great company, this sumptuously illustrated book takes readers on a fabulous journey through the Chow Dynasty.
Published by Prestel Publishing in February 2018.
Featuring work by Max Ernst, The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child, 1926.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph by Christopher A. Frilingos, Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
For the true enthusiast, the three volume Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History is sure to please. From Rizzoli, including photographs by Henry Clarke.