The Design & Art Book List for May 2017 is full of brand new releases on books showcasing the High Line, California design, famous architects branching out into different art mediums and more. Also included in this month’s column are new books on artists David Hockney, Olafur Eliasson, Maria Lassnig, Peter Lindbergh, Garry Winogrand and Takashi Murakami.
“Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park”
The High Line, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway in Manhattan, is one of the world’s most iconic new urban landmarks. Frequently celebrated as a monument to community-led activism, adaptive re-use of urban infrastructure, and innovative ecological design, the High Line is being used as a model for numerous urban redevelopment plans proliferating worldwide.
“Deconstructing the High Line” analyzes the High Line from multiple perspectives, critically assessing its aesthetic, economic, ecological, symbolic, and social impacts. Including several essays by planners and architects directly involved in the High Line’s design, this volume also brings together a diverse range of scholars from the fields of urban studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.
BASIC FACTS: “Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park” is written by Christoph Lindner (Editor, Contributor) and Brian Rosa (Editor, Contributor). Published by Rutgers University Press. Release Date: May 9, 2017. Paperback | 232 pages | $28.95
“California Designing Freedom”
This book examines California's impact on contemporary design, from the counterculture of the 1960s to the tech culture of Silicon Valley. “California: Designing Freedom” explores the idea that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation - from LSD to surfboards to iPhones.
This survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences and how Californian products have influenced contemporary life across the globe.
BASIC FACTS: “California Designing Freedom” is written by Justin McGuirk (Author) and Brendan McGetrick (Author). Published by Phaidon. Release Date: May 15, 2017. Paperback | 240 pages | $39.95
“Mies van der Rohe: Montage, Collage”
Between 1910 and 1965, influenced by Dada, Constructivism and De Stijl, the German-American modernist polymath Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) created montages and collages that endure as illustrations of the design principles of his architecture. However, these works―most of them large-format―are much more than sketches merely intended to assist his creative process as an architect. They are works of art in their own right that demonstrate van der Rohe’s compositional vision in its purest form.
Abrupt changes of viewpoint, freedom from perspective, place and time, montages of found elements and a focus on mixed media places him in the same context as his contemporaries Kurt Schwitters, Theo van Doesburg, Hans Richter and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. This volume celebrates his lesser-known accomplishments in this medium.
BASIC FACTS: “Mies van der Rohe: Montage, Collage” is written by Andreas Beitin (Author, Editor), Wolf Eiermann (Author, Editor), Brigitte Franzen (Author, Editor), Barry Bergdoll (Author), Lena Büchel (Author), Adrian Sudhalter (Author) and Mies van der Rohe (Contributor). Published by Koenig Books. Release Date: May 23, 2017. Hardcover | 264 pages | $55.00
“Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings”
The impact of visionary Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid (1950–2016) upon contemporary architecture cannot be overstated. Among her many talents, Hadid was also an accomplished artist and skilled calligrapher, influenced by the Russian avant-garde (Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko).
This catalog presents a large selection of her rarely seen paintings, drawings (including calligraphy drawings which would later be transformed into architecture), notebooks and visionary digital visual work, all of which echo the lightness and weightlessness of her buildings. Many of Hadid’s early paintings pre-empt the potential of digital and virtual reality. These works, which date from the 1970s to the early 1990s, reveal her as an architect with drawing at the very heart of her work.
BASIC FACTS: “Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings” is written by Etel Adnan (Author), Shumon Basar (Author), Detlef Mertins (Author), Mikhail Piotrovsky (Author), Patrik Schumacher (Author), Amira Gad (Editor), Agnes Gryczkowska (Editor), Zaha Hadid (Artist), Yana Peel (Foreword) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Contributor). Published by Koenig Books. Release Date: May 23, 2017. Hardcover | 168 pages | $39.95
“Like Art: Glenn O’Brien on Advertising”
Glenn O’Brien’s―the prolific writer, editor, creative director and New York staple―words have proven decidedly true, as has much of his writing from the Artforum column on advertising he penned from 1984 to 1990. O’Brien wrote on such diverse topics as advertising in Japan, the Buy American campaign, Burger King, tobacco and alcohol ads, condoms, Max Headroom, computer games, the relationship between advertising and art, and much more.
Now collected in their entirety for the first time, the 38 articles are accompanied by a preface by Jeffrey Deitch and an introduction from O’Brien, as well as a previously unpublished dialogue on consumer culture from the same period.
BASIC FACTS: “Like Art: Glenn O’Brien on Advertising” is written by Glenn O’Brien. Published by Karma, New York. Release Date: May 23, 2017. Paperback | 248 pages | $25.00
“David Hockney: Current”
David Hockney is recognized as one of the most influential British artists of the past century. Born in 1937, he has dedicated his life to drawing, oil painting, printmaking, set design, and photo collage. More recently, he has extended his practice into watercolor, charcoal, multi-camera video installation, and digital drawing that embraces touchscreen technology.
“David Hockney: Current” accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia that will include his large-scale iPad digital drawings and Cubist multi-viewpoint video works―bodies of work that have seen Hockney bring the same focus he is renowned for in his portraiture to the landscape. Eighty-one acrylic portraits are also presented along with recent experiments in perspective in the media of painting, photography, and digital compositing.
BASIC FACTS: “David Hockney: Current” is written by Simon Maidment (Author), Li Bowen (Author), Martin Gayford (Author), Barbara Bolt (Author) and Edith Devaney (Author). Published by Thames & Hudson. Release Date: May 2, 2017. Hardcover | 328 pages | $75.00
“Your Glacial Expectations”
Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has produced a spectrum of work around the world. Perhaps best known in the United States for his “upside-down” waterfall installation in New York, his constant inventiveness and public projects have entranced huge numbers of people.
The title of the book and accompanying exhibition refers to the glaciers that formed the landscape around the installation’s site in Denmark. Five mirrors, ranging from a perfect circle to elongated ellipses, reflect the changing sky above and the contemplator’s own gaze. This publication offers a detailed insight, captured over the course of four seasons, of this singular landscape and documents and enhances the work through photographs, essays, and collaborators who render the power of the project in images and words.
BASIC FACTS: “Your Glacial Expectations” is written by Olafur Eliasson. Published by Thames & Hudson. Release Date: May 9, 2017. Hardcover | 144 pages | $95.00
“Woman Power: Maria Lassnig in New York 1968–1980”
In 1968 at age 49, the painter Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) moved from her residence in Paris to New York City to be in, as she called it, “the country of strong women.” Although well known in her native Austria, Lassnig was virtually unheard of in the States and for the next 12 years she lived in relative anonymity.
New York offered Lassnig a liberation of sorts from the male-dominated art scene of Europe: it gave her the opportunity to be an artist, not simply a female artist―and she worked prolifically, producing paintings, drawings, watercolors, silkscreen prints and animated films. This book brings together works and archival material from her time in New York from 1968 to 1980, including films that Lassnig created in collaboration with the Women/Artists/Filmmakers, Inc. group.
BASIC FACTS: “Woman Power: Maria Lassnig in New York 1968–1980” is written by Elisabeth Bronfen (Author), Janine Latham (Editor) and Maria Lassnig (Artist). Published by Petzel. Release Date: May 23, 2017. Hardcover | 82 pages | $35.00
“Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand: Women”
“Women” presents more than 60 works by two photographers: Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand. A meditation on American street photography, it juxtaposes the classic black-and-white series “Women Are Beautiful” by New York photographer Garry Winogrand (born 1928), first published in 1975, alongside “On Street,” partially unpublished black-and-white portraits of a model by German photographer and director Peter Lindbergh (born 1944), which were taken on the streets of New York during a fashion shoot.
A further highlight is a selection of very rare color photographs by Winogrand, shot in 1958–64. Short essays by Joel Meyerowitz on Winogrand, and by Ralph Goetz on Lindbergh, complete the volume.
BASIC FACTS: “Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand: Women” is written by Peter Lindbergh (Photographer) and Garry Winogrand (Photographer). Published by Koenig Books. Release Date: May 23, 2017. Hardcover | 140 pages | $49.95
“Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg”
Accompanying the first retrospective exhibition devoted solely to Takashi Murakami’s (b. 1962) paintings, this book traces Murakami’s career from his earliest training to his current studio practice. Through essays and illustrations it explores the artist’s relationship to the tradition of Japanese painting and his facility in straddling high and low, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, commercial and high art.
New texts address Murakami’s output in the context of postwar Japan, situating the artist in relation to folklore, traditional Japanese painting, the Tokyo art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, and the threat of nuclear annihilation. This illustrated volume also includes a detailed biography and exhibition history.
BASIC FACTS: “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” is written by Michael Darling (Editor), Madeleine Grynsztejn (Foreword), Michael Dylan Foster (Contributor), Chelsea Foxwell (Contributor) and Reuben Keehan (Contributor). Published by Skira Rizzoli. Release Date: May 30, 2017. Hardcover | 288 pages | $65.00
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