Tag Archive: books

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From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan 1945–1989

Posted on January 11th, 2013

The latest release in MoMA’s Primary Documents series is From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan 1945–1989 which includes a variety of primary source documents that collectively investigate more than four decades of art in the region. MoMA’s Primary Documents series is an admirable attempt to make art historical writing that examines non-Western regions available … (More →)

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John Banville: Ancient Light

Posted on January 8th, 2013

It is always exciting to discover an author whose books you’ve never read before but to whom you have an instant attraction. Ancient Light is Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville’s sixteenth novel, so I’m obviously a little late to the game. On the bright side, I have fifteen other books to hopefully enjoy as … (More →)

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Victionary Geo/Graphics

Posted on December 14th, 2012

I’ve written about my love for Victionary’s books here before and I’m excited to get my hands on their latest release, Geo/Graphics — an exploration of the use of geometry in contemporary graphic design. In its selection of a diverse range of projects from a range of international firms and designers, the editors reveal how … (More →)

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Marco Pierre White: the Devil in the Kitchen

Posted on December 14th, 2012

Before there was Anthony Bourdain, David Chang or Gordon Ramsay there was Marco Pierre White, the original rock-star chef, the man who made being a chef very, very cool. Known equally for being, at age 33, the first British chef and the youngest ever to earn three Michelin stars, as well as for his explosive … (More →)

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Posted on December 11th, 2012

While billboards today are nothing more than visual clutter, eyesores advertising the latest car models and reality TV shows that barely command a cursory glance, there was a time when these surfaces were hand painted works of art worth viewing for their aesthetic sensibility as much as for the wares on display. In the late … (More →)

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Beck Song Reader

Posted on December 10th, 2012

I’ve written here a lot lately about efforts by the music industry to reinvent the conventional album in order to remain relevant, and to encourage some semblance of excitement around new releases, in the era of the digital download. I felt it would be remiss to fail to mention Beck’s latest album, Song Reader, … (More →)

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Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Posted on December 10th, 2012

French artist Sophie Calle recently published her controversial work The Address Book for the first time in English – it’s a compilation of essays she wrote for the French newspaper Liberation in the 1983. Calle is known for projects in which she immerses herself in the lives of strangers or allows strangers into her own … (More →)

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Grapefruit by Yoko Ono

Posted on November 30th, 2012

In 2006 a great friend gave me a copy of Grapefruit: A book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono and I have cherished it ever since. The back of the book classifies this book as ‘poetry’ and I guess that’s the best way to describe this small but powerful book which contains Ono’s witty … (More →)