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Louise Bourgeois: Paintings by Clare Davies - Book Review

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$45.00
ISBN: 9781588397485
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - May 3rd, 2022

Much of Bourgeois' work here depicts the relation or tension between the self, in particular herself, and structures; the body, the house, identity, society, memory. As such, her paintings are affecting and relatable, and set the stage for her later work. This compilation is truly beautiful and the included writings insightful. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

Art and obsession fuse 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and obscure 19th Century English bookseller John Snare. Cumming traces Snare's single-minded devotion to a Velazquez painting of England's Prince Charles, and hazards acute perceptions of how art can provoke passion, addiction, and mania. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style by Jason Jules - Book Review

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By Jason Jules (Editor), Jason Jules, Graham Marsh (Designed by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781909526822
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Published: Reel Art Press - December 21st, 2021

This gorgeous fashion book takes a loving look at how Black men from the 1940s to mid 1960s adopted the outward garb of the privileged and powerful, the Ivy or preppy style of the country’s elite, and made it their own-–not really subverting so much as enriching the possibilities of men’s fashion. From an encomium on how the the lapel of Sonny Rollins’ jacket curved over its top button to a 1958 photograph of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers looking all the world like a 1980s Brooklyn Hip-Hop group, from Amiri Baraka’s disheveled “Beat Ivy” to an astounding, defiant photograph of James Baldwin in a shearling coat and monk strap shoes standing in front of the “colored entrance” of a North Carolina ice cream parlor Black Ivy organizes itself with short entries of biography and style on writers, civil rights leaders, musicians, actors, artists, and athletes. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

I loved this book. This story illustrates the power of art as one supposed Velázquez painting changes the lives of those it comes into contact with. A beautiful history of the painter, himself, as well as a compelling true story. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Codex Seraphinianus: 40th Anniversary Edition by Luigi Serafini - Book Review

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$150.00
ISBN: 9780847871049
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Published: Rizzoli - October 12th, 2021

A compendium of wonders! Perhaps the most creative and captivating wonderland ever conjured, this book is a playful art book to be pored over. An untranslatable encyclopedia depicting a fantastical imaginary world and all of the facets therein: flora, fauna, humanoid life & society, all laid out with a gorgeous fictional alphabet. Like the brainchild of Italo Calvino and Lewis Carroll matched with the artistic sensibilities of René Magritte and Dr. Seuss—Luigi Serafini’s Codex Serafinianus is 100% delightful. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780918172020
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Published: Leete's Island Books - December 1st, 1977

Japan's great modernist novelist's gorgeous essay on Japanese aesthetics. Find herein, the difficulty of incorporating Western appliances and the pleasures of a traditional Japanese toilet. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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