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Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris by Leah Dickerman - Book Review

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By Leah Dickerman (Editor), Dorothea Dietrich (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Brigid Doherty (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$29.95
ISBN: 9780894683138
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Published: National Gallery of Art - March 1st, 2008

The supreme book of the nihilist and hilarious art movement. The single best survey of Dada art based on a great exhibition chronologically and geographically organized. There are the famous pieces that still pack a punch and a laugh like Duchamp’s Fountain, Oppenheim’s Breakfast in Fur, and Hausman’s Zeitgeist, but also plenty of great things to discover like the collage on the back cover—George Grosz’s Remember Uncle August, the Unhappy Inventor. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Hilma AF Klint: Paintings for the Future by Hilma Af Klint - Book Review

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By Hilma Af Klint (Artist), Tracey Bashkoff (Editor), Tracey Bashkoff (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9780892075430
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Published: Guggenheim Museum - October 23rd, 2018

This once-forgotten female painter was one of the very first artists to ever move into total abstraction. A radical painter like none other. Af Klint’s work is deeply spiritual (much like Kandinsky’s decades-later abstractions). She is finally getting the attention that she deserves. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Sara Berman's Closet by Maira Kalman - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062846402
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Published: Harper Design - October 30th, 2018

A wonderful tribute to the Maira Kalman's mother whose closet is now a traveling art exhibit. Poignant, funny, delightful with Maira's wonderful drawings and Alex's photos. If you liked Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine this is a book for you. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight


Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross (Pantheon Graphic Library) by Alex Ross - Book Review

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By Alex Ross, Chip Kidd, J. J. Abrams (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781101871973
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2018

A collection of the master comic artist Alex Ross artwork designing Marvel characters. But also, the story of a young Alex’s drive to draw and wear his superhero passion; includes fun photos and artworks from his childhood that show his progression. Great gift book for a Marvel fan. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Selected Essays of John Berger - Book Review

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$21.00
ISBN: 9780375713187
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2003

However beautiful the later collections Portraits and Landscapes are, John Berger’s Selected Essays is still the quintessential Berger collection (brilliantly selected by the wonderful Geoff Dyer). All in one place are some of my very favorite essays period (not art history or political essays, just killer essays—great examples of short non-fiction meditations on various topics). “The Moment of Cubism” is a vital introduction to modern art and Modernism generally and contextualizes it in the experience of modern life. “The Suit and the Photograph” is a laser-pointed political analysis of fashion, photography, and class – “the suit is a symbol of sedentary power.” “Why Look at Animals?” is a brilliant analysis our relationship to animals and how it has been transformed by modernity—zoos emerge when modern capitalism changes our own lives and denigrates the animal with which we once lived into a spectacle. And that’s only three of them. Brilliant. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Smoke by John Berger - Book Review

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By John Berger, Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910749470
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Published: Notting Hill Editions - May 8th, 2018

This posthumous book of the great Berger follows the format of the previous Cataract with lovely entrancing images by Selҫuk Demirel. A slight but enjoyable meditation on smoking--beautifully written, and wistfully meditating on both the social space it once had—a moment of friendly conversation, and the persistence of pollution from cars and factories that goes unchecked. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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