Whether you’re on your balcony or the beach: here are a few thrilling and interesting art books to relax with this Summer.
Chose from some of our favorites such as "Seven Days in the Art World", "I sold my Andy Warhol Too Soon" or “The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby’s-Christie’s Auction House Scandal.”
For Hemingway, Paris was "the best city to allow a writer to write." Who better than Jean Dufy to illustrate that it is also the best city to allow a painter to paint?
With Paris Aux Cent Couleurs, Galerie Jacques Bailly invites us to discover a unique perspective of Paris with a fully-illustrated guide to the works of Jean Dufy. The reader embarks on a journey amid the most iconic depictions of monuments, squares, bridges, and avenues adorning the City of Light, glorified by Dufy’s radiant palette.
Editions|Artists’ Book Fair
If you’re in New York this week, don’t miss the Editions|Artists’ Book Fair. Previously scheduled for early November, the fair was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Founded in 1998, the Editions|Artists’ Book Fair has grown to become the premier showcase for contemporary publishers and dealers, presenting the latest in prints, multiples, and artist’s books from New York to Johannesburg and Paris.
“You can never have enough toilet paper,” said Maurizio Cattelan at the party celebrating the fifth edition of his hugely popular book, Toilet Paper.
Created with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari, the book contains no text but combines commercial photography with twisted narrative tableaux and surrealistic imagery to create a journal that is as appropriate for the coffee table as it is for the bathroom!
Find it on Amazon.
Yayoi & Alice
Here’s an idea for a fabulous and unconventional holiday gift: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with artwork by artist Yayoi Kusama!
Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots. The surreal way in which she sees the world is a perfect match for the ‘Wonderland of Alice!’
The classic book is color illustrated with a clothbound jacket, and produced to very high specification, with Kusama’s images interspersed throughout the text.
Browse our special sale, The Art Of Yayoi Kusama, on artnet Auctions.
Seven Days In The Art World
Some recommended reading:
Sarah Thornton, writer for The Economist, attracted a lot of attention recently when she published a list of her top 10 reasons for quitting the art market, citing its crooked and repetitive tendencies.
In her book, Seven Days In The Art World, Thornton investigates everything from the drama of a Christie’s auction to the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, and life in a notorious art school seminar.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Some weekend reading:
In The $12 Million Stuffed Shark, Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and, status of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored.
Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and galleries, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of Modern Art.
Find it on Amazon.
Supermodel enfant terrible Kate Moss, darling of designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, is pictured here in a photograph by Albert Watson. The photo, taken in Marrakech on a shoot for Vogue, is now live for bidding on artnet Auctions!
The model’s highly anticipated book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book, just arriving in stores yesterday!
Ride out Frankenstorm with some of these fantastic art books.
The Art Bookshelf
It’s that time of year again: Autumn’s rainy days and chilly weather are best spent curled up with a good book (and a hot drink).
Click through to check out what we’re reading.
Leon Black Buys Phaidon Press
New York financier and art collector Leon Black has acquired one of the world’s premier art book publishing houses, Phaidon Press. It is also rumored to have been Black who bought Edvard Munch's The Scream for US$120 milion at Sotheby’s; the work will go on view at the Museum of Modern Art this month.
"We are delighted to work with the Black family to take the business into its next phase of development and growth” David Davies, chief executive officer of Phaidon, told Artforum.
According to Forbes, Leon Black, who is the owner of private equity firm Apollo Global Management, is the 330th richest person worldwide, worth around US$3.5 billion.
Remembering Sol LeWitt
American artist Sol LeWitt was born on this day in 1928, in Hartford, CT.
LeWitt is widely regarded as one of the leaders of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.
Coincidentally, Farrar, Straus and Giroux just announced that it has purchased the first authorized biography on Sol LeWitt, titled Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas, by Lary Bloom, according to GalleristNY.
Gerhard Richter: Patterns
For his latest project, Gerhard Richter: Patterns, German artist Gerhard Richter took an image of his work “Abstract Painting” (CR: 7244) and divided it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, and 2,048, leading up to 4,096 strips.
This process, involving 12 stages of division, results in 8,190 strips, each of which is reproduced here at the height of the original image!
The resulting 221 patterns are reproduced in the book on landscape spreads, making for an extraordinary, visual book experience.
Master Forger Reveals All
Some Summer reading: An extraordinary memoir reveals how a talented artist, Ken Perenyi, managed to forge his way to riches by conning famous auctioneers, dealers, and collectors over 40 years!
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Whether you’re relaxing in the city or hitting the beach over the summer, don’t forget to take one of these fantastic books on artists, curators, and critics with you.
Also, pictured is artist Sam Francis in his Californian studio in Santa Monica, 1979.