Take a break from that summer reading list and enjoy some of our top rated new release art books!
1) The Printed Image: The Flowering of Japan's Wood Block Print Cultureby Matthi Forrer A comprehensive look at the history of internationally renowned medium, the Japanese wood block print, The Printed Image showcases this very popular and familiar medium. Perhaps the most recognizable art form of East Asia, the Japanese wood block was considered not only a centuries-old, technological wonder, but a social one as well. Produced at a low cost with high quantity, the print could be distributed to the masses by both individuals (artisan hand made) or businesses. The popularity of the medium was seen as a cultural and social revolution within Japan itself and throughout history, these images have influenced many fashion, interior, and lifestyle designs, as well as progressing printing technology internationally. In this new release book, over 100 images and text cover the historical significance of the medium and the cultural movement of the Japanese wood block print.
2)Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts by Aruna D'Souza Inspired by recent events in the contemporary art world, Whitewalling discusses the responsibility that art institutions and organizations have as stewards between artists and the public. Using three incidents involving specifically museums, D'Souza reflects on the struggle these institutions face with concepts of free speech, agency and constructive censorship. Spanning from 1969 to 2017, each incident involved issues of race, and consequently created public protest and outrage. These examples provide a small view of the larger racism that continues to run rampant throughout the United States. A small arena within a wider discussion, Whitewalling showcases that inclusion and diversity are a priority in the stories these institutions tell, but also the significance of the person who tells it.
3)Conversations with Filmmakers: Movie Columns, 1961 - 1975 by Jonas Mekas Between 1958 and 1977, a weekly column in the famous Village Voice featured interviews orchestrated by artist, poet and filmmaker Jonas Mekas and an impressive slew of fellow pioneering filmmakers. As a lead voice in the art scene of the 1960s and 70s, Mekas provided a unique look at the avant-garde film scene. Interviews with artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Susan Sontag, Carolee Schneemann and Michael Snow were all recorded on camera, but were transcribed for the book. Film stills of his original interviews present a full picture of the final productions. In this rare look at some of his most significant dialogues, Conversations with Filmmakers presents a historical snapshot for the foundation of what we think of as film and cinematography today.