Fashion.Art.Books

An archive of my ever expanding book and print collection

Month: January, 2012

Marina Abramovic – The Kitchen Artists Edition Print

In 2009, the Serpentine Gallery had a retrospective exhibition of Gustav Metzgers work. In conjunction with this exhibition, Marina Abramovic created an edition print entitled “The Kitchen”. Whilst she is considered first and foremost a performance artist, photography plays an important role in her work. She often uses the medium to document her performances, often in its last moments, providing the only lasting trace of the event ever having occurred.

“The Kitchen is a mysterious image, alluding to a space where only the simplest remnants of human life remain, lightly resting upon almost translucent marble shelves. This parallels Gustav Metzger’s focus on our relationship to our environment and his call for a more pared back, gentle relationship to the world around us.”

It’s very rare that Abramovic creates artists editions so this is a real highlight of my collection. The print is 48cmx48cm and was produced in an edition of 150.

Limited Edition Print

Stephen Gill – Off Ground Special Edition

I have covered Stephen Gill’s work here before, and will again, as I am a great admirer of his work and collect many of his books and prints. For this project Gill collaborated with the writer Iain Sinclair. Following the recent riots in Hackney, Gill and Sinclair walked through the aftermath. Gill collected bricks and rocks that had been used in the riots and photographed them in his studio, creating images with an almost forensic quality. Iain Sinclair produced a text which accompanies the images and documents the process and the day. The text and images are presented in a saddle stitched newspaper which comes as a special edition of 100 with a print, housed in a stitched Ratford cloth sleeve. It can be purchased from Gill’s own imprint, Nobody Books

Stephen Gill - Off Ground

Stephen Gill - Off Ground

Stephen Gill - Off Ground

Stephen Gill - Off Ground

Stephen Gill - Off Ground

The Print

Rachel Whiteread – Ringmark 2010 Artists Edition

Rachel Whiteread produced this edition to coincide with her 2010 exhibition of drawings at Tate Britian. Whiteread is best known for her sculptures where she casts objects in concrete, thus documenting the negative space. However, central to her creative process are her works on paper. The collages and drawings presented in this exhibition provide an unrivalled insight into the creative process behind Whiteread’s work. While her sculptures are often large-scale and involve a team of fabricators, these paper works provide a more intimate personal, reference point to her process.

The edition was produced in collaboration with Counter Editions and depicts overlapping ringmarks as if left by numerous cups and glasses, reminiscent of a gathering having occurred. The edition is not your usual print, the ringmarks are laser cut from plywood, stained black and mounted on conservation board. The “print” is 61x53cm and comes in an edition of 400. I bought mine during the exhibition but it is still available from the Counter Editions website.

Counter Editions Print

Matthew Barney – New Work

This catalogue accompanied Matthew Barney’s first major exhibition at San Francisco MoMA in 1992.  The works in this catalogue really shows the basis from which all his future work has developed. The documented videos show his interest in athleticism and the body; it is also in these works where his lifelong connection to working with petroleum jelly is first seen. The catalogue contains video stills from the rather imaginatively titled MILE HIGH Threshold: FLIGHT with the ANAL SADISTIC WARRIOR,  in which Barney, naked save for climbing apparatus, ascends and descends gallery walls and a refrigerated nether space. Scenes and stills from Delay of Game in which Barney, this time dressed as a woman in a white turban, bathing suit, and high heels, pantomimes football-field strategies, are also included along with photographs of Barney’s vaseline covered sculptures.

Matthew Barney - New Work

Matthew Barney - New Work

Matthew Barney - New Work

Matthew Barney - New Work

Lee Friedlander – Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

In Sticks & Stones, published by Fraenkel Gallery, Lee Friedlander offers his view of America as seen through its architecture. In numerous square-format pictures, Friedlander has framed the familiar through his own unique way of seeing the world. Sometimes whimsical, always interesting, Friedlander plays with perspective and geometric lines and shapes in the landscape, which in some cases create abstract images that make the viewer question what they are looking at. Throughout the book, numerous images are juxtaposed to highlight common architectural features in often disparate landscapes. Shot during the course of countless trips to urban and rural areas across the country, many of them made by car, these pictures capture an America as unblemished by romanticized notions of human nature as it is full of quirky human touches.

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

Lee Friedlander - Sticks & Stones: Architectural America

David Maisel – Oblivion

For his Oblivion series of photos, David Maisel took aerial shots of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. In a twist on traditional aerial/landscape photography, the images are presented as negatives which give the city an eerie look, reminiscent of circuit boards and wiring. The project depicts Los Angeles as if it were an ever expanding entity, focused on destruction rather than construction. Maisel compares the city to an autonomous organism with a “cyborg nature”, sprawling across the landscape and consuming all it encounters. The project was first exhibited at the Von Lintel Gallery in New York and has since toured the United States. Nazraeli published the associated catalogue in an edition of 1000 copies and a series of limited editions which came with a print.

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

Visionaire 60: Religion – In Collaboration with Riccardo Tisci

Whenever Visionaire team up with a fashion house you know its going to be a good issue. For No. 60, Visionaire teamed up with Riccardo Tisci, creative director for Givenchy, to explore the theme of religion. The credits for the images read like a who’s who of the fashion and art worlds and includes such luminaries as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Marina Abramovic, Carine Roitfeld, Douglas Gordon, Pedro Almodovar and Gareth Pugh to name but a few. The images, all black and white, are interspersed with eight gold pages which represent  his sisters and mother and a single black page which represents his father who died when Tisci was four. The book is bound in leather, with the title embossed on the front, and is housed in a plexiglass lined wooden box carved out of antique doors that mimic an altar piece. In a nice touch, it is also infused with a fragrance by Yann Vasnier which evokes the smell of an incense filled church. The edition is limited to 3000 copies and is sure to become highly collectible in the years to come.

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

John Stezaker

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Roger Ballen

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Me Company

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Christian Holstad and Gold Insert

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Jonathan Schipper and Amelia Biewald

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Olivier Theyskens

John Divola – Isolated Houses

John Divola is an american landscape photographer who describes his work as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. In the study Isolated Houses, first published by Nazraeli in 2000, Divola photographed isolated structures in the desert of southern California. Here, 150 miles outside of Los Angeles, the built environment thins to a smattering of rudimentary structures, small cubes at the edge of the plane of the desert. Each image is as much about the surrounding landscape and terrain as the building itself; in many images the house is captured from such a distance that they can almost be hard to spot. No information is given on the structures, each is identified only by a geographical co-ordinate.

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs – The Great Unreal

Swiss Duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs released “The Great Unreal” through Edition Patrick Frey in 2009. Over a period of 3 years, the duo travelled through the United States creating trompe l’oeil images along the way. The images in this book explore the American landscape, and through a number of different styles of intervention, make you question what is real and what is fake in each image. There is no text associated with the images, so to the unknowing reader the images at the beginning of the book look entirely real. It is only as you progress through the book, as the images become more fantastical (such as a motel room recreated in the woods or a highway running through motel bedding) and the tricks are revealed through “behind the scenes” shots, that you begin to fully understand and appreciate the project.

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great UnrealTaiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - The Great Unreal

Antonio Marras

I received this book a few years ago as a gift, not knowing much about Antonio Marras. This book is quite rare and is almost impossible to track down online. Marras is a Sardinian designer and, as well as heading his own label, was creative director for Kenzo 2003-2011. This book focuses on the collections for his own label and contains numerous photos and sketches of both menswear and womenswear pieces, as well as the objects that inspired the collections. In this respect, it takes his work from original conception through to it’s final realisation, and is in someways a “memory” book. The book itself is incredibly unique, the hard covers are wrapped in a hessian like material with the designer’s name stamped on the cover, and is wrapped in Marras’ signature red fabric. The edges of the pages, and the exposed binding, are all dyed red as well.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

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