With the Baudrillard epigraph “photography is our exorcism,” Argentine photographer Mariela Sancari presents Moisés, a moving volume of portraits featuring men in ... More
Book by Mariela Sancari
With the Baudrillard epigraph “photography is our exorcism,” Argentine photographer Mariela Sancari presents Moisés, a moving volume of portraits featuring men in their 70s, the age her deceased father would be today. Sancari was not allowed to see the body of her father before his burial due to reasons she’s unsure of—his suicide, their Jewish beliefs or both. According to thanatology, the scientific study of death, contemplating the body of the deceased is key to overcoming one of the most complex stages of grief: denial. “Not seeing him has made us doubt his death in many ways,” states Sancari. To obtain the closure she needed, Sancari posted an ad featuring an old portrait of her father and asked men of the same age to contact her should they notice a resemblance. While those who responded do not bear any striking similarity to one another, collectively Sancari’s portraits assemble the idea of another, unseen man, especially as each stranger wears her father’s woolen sweater. Moisés is a limited edition of 1000 copies and combines two booklets which fold out over one another to create an intimate, interactive environment for Sancari’s work.
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Renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems described the scenes in her 1990 Kitchen Table Series as “the battle around the family…monogamy…and between the ... More
Book by Carrie Mae Weems
Renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems described the scenes in her 1990 Kitchen Table Series as “the battle around the family…monogamy…and between the sexes.” The 20 photographs and 14 text panels in Kitchen Table Series tell a story of one woman’s relationships with her lovers, friends, children and self. Now collected in book form with text by author Sarah Lewis and curator Adrienne Edwards, Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series renders a page-by-page account of a woman’s life within the intimate setting of her kitchen—a stage for female individuality, intricacy and strength. According to Weems, “unrequited love” is a cornerstone of the story, as are fortitude, vulnerability, aloofness, tenderness and solitude. Weems’ art is presented in public and private collections worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and Los Angeles’ MOCA.
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One of the preeminent female photographers of our time, Nan Goldin integrates her love for artwork from the past with her most ... More
Book by Nan Goldin
One of the preeminent female photographers of our time, Nan Goldin integrates her love for artwork from the past with her most personal relationships in Diving For Pearls. Upon invitation from the Louvre, Goldin photographed artworks of her choice and paired them with early photographs of friends and lovers via aesthetic and associative analysis. The resulting pairs are at times elusive, at times striking in their comparison. Diving For Pearls is comprised of over 400 photos and was exhibited for the first time at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover, Germany. Conceived in book form for the occasion, the artbook contains text by Nan Goldin, curator Lotte Dinse and author Glenn O’Brien. Diving For Pearls is truly an engrossing lesson in art history and a compelling insight into the life and associative comprehension of a distinguished artist.
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Departing from her usual documentary style, California street photographer Deanna Templeton presents The Swimming Pool, a series of eloquent black-and-white and polaroid ... More
Book by Deanna Templeton
Departing from her usual documentary style, California street photographer Deanna Templeton presents The Swimming Pool, a series of eloquent black-and-white and polaroid images of the human form in water. Inspired by a nude swimming shoot with husband and fellow artist Ed Templeton, The Swimming Pool explores the cool and enigmatic nature of water: it’s light, patterns and distortion. The images feature Templeton’s close friends and acquaintances instead of her usual subjects of strangers on the street, and carry this intimate energy in their study of the human form—expressive and quiet, the models vulnerable and at ease.
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Presenting over 600 works from every stage of artist Raymond Pettibon’s career, Homo Americanus charts the appearance and development of the themes ... More
Book by Raymond Pettibon
Presenting over 600 works from every stage of artist Raymond Pettibon’s career, Homo Americanus charts the appearance and development of the themes that have defined his oeuvre. Pettibon gained recognition in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene, and has done iconic art for bands such as Black Flag and Sonic Youth. With subject matter that at times tends toward violent and anarchist, he is best known for his comic-like drawings paired with ironic or ambiguous text. Homo Americanus is the first overview of his work as a whole and notably features text accompaniment by Pettibon, acquainting readers with his depth and complexity of process.
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Hold/Still is the enigmatic third LP from Canada’s Suuns, recorded in Dallas over three weeks with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton. Following from ... More
Hold/Still is the enigmatic third LP from Canada’s Suuns, recorded in Dallas over three weeks with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton. Following from 2010’s debut Zeroes QC and 2013’s Images du Futur, as well as a 2015 collaborative LP with Jerusalem in My Heart, Hold/Still uses all-live analog instruments to create its electronic landscape. The result seems to inhabit contradiction: “simultaneously psychedelic, but austere; sensual, but cold; organic, but electronic; tense sometimes to the brink of mania, but always retaining perfect poise and control.”
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Woods has released nearly a record a year since their 2005 origin in Brooklyn, NY. City Sun Eater in the River of ... More
Album “City Sun Eater in the River of Light”
Woods has released nearly a record a year since their 2005 origin in Brooklyn, NY. City Sun Eater in the River of Light, their ninth full-length release, is now out on singer, guitarist and founder Jeremy Earl’s record label, Woodsist. Though their sound has evolved past its early pastoral folk-rock influences, Woods is still recognizable by Earl’s signature vocals. According the the press release, City Sun Eater in the River of Light finds the band, “dabbling in zonked out Ethiopian jazz, pulling influence from the low key simmer of Brown Rice, and tapping into the weird dichotomy of making a home in a claustrophobic city that feels full of possibility even as it closes in on you.”
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Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts releases Human Performance, a follow-up to 2014’s widely acclaimed Sunbathing Animal and last year’s Monastic Living EP. In true ... More
Album “Human Performance”
Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts releases Human Performance, a follow-up to 2014’s widely acclaimed Sunbathing Animal and last year’s Monastic Living EP. In true Parquet Courts form, Human Performance probes modern existence and anxiety, but surpasses the purely cerebral to strike at an emotional core. “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer and guitarist Austin Brown, who also produced and mixed the record. Co-vocalist and guitarist Andrew Savage adds, “I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance. I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus. Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”
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In the late 1950s through the early ’80s, artists like Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and D.A. Pennebaker were intrigued by America’s most ... More
Book by Sophie Hackett & Jim Shedden
In the late 1950s through the early ’80s, artists like Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and D.A. Pennebaker were intrigued by America’s most unlikely characters. These “outsiders” were the fringe of the post-World War II era, living and dressing counter to the homogeneity of America’s booming middle class. Collected in a volume dubbed Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s, these photographs tour the peripherals of American culture and shed light on its developing conversations. Crossdressers, musicians, performers, biker gangs and protesters parade across its pages. The book features portfolios and works by Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Kenneth Anger, D.A. Pennebaker and Shirley Clarke, as well as photographs from the Casa Susanna Collection, portraying a close-knit community of crossdressers. Outsiders was edited by writer and Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Sophie Hackett, alongside Jim Shedden, Manager of Publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and features contributions by Katherine A. Bussard and Martha Kirszenbaum of Los Angeles’ Flax Foundation.
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