Archive for the ‘THE WORLD OF THE BOOKS’

Author(s) : Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Richard Johns

Publisher : Paul Holberton

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud presents new writing on John Ruskin’s vision of art and its relationship with modern society and a changing environment. As part of the re-evaluation of Ruskin, 200 years after his birth in 1819, art historians, scientists, geographers, artists and curators explore the critic’s lifelong commitment to the painted landscapes of JMW Turner and his own artistic ambitions, as well as his prophetic concerns about the world’s darkening skies, pollution and psychological turbulence.

In 1884 John Ruskin spoke out against an encroaching “Storm Cloud”-a darkening of the skies that he attributed to the belching chimneys of the modern world. The imagery of the pollution-stained sky also allowed Ruskin to articulate the internal distress that seemed to engulf him. His analysis of a “blanched sun, blighted grass [and] blinded man” overwhelmed by a modern “plague-wind” expresses both the visible climatic effects of industrial More …

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Auteurs : Piers Bizony, Andrew Chaikin, Roger Launius

Editeur : Taschen

Soixante ans dans l’espace avec la NASA

L’histoire fascinante du programme spatial américain racontée en images

Le 1er octobre 1958, la première agence spatiale civile mondiale est fondée pour riposter en urgence contre le lancement de Spoutnik par l’Union soviétique un an plus tôt. En 10 ans, la National Aeronautics and Space Administration, universellement connue sous l’acronyme NASA, est passée d’un modeste groupe de chercheurs, menant des expériences avec de petites fusées converties, à l’une des plus importantes entreprises technologiques et managériales jamais créée, capable d’envoyer des humains sur la Lune à bord d’énormes fusées et de disperser des robots explorateurs sur Vénus, Mars et plus loin encore. Malgré les quelques revers tragiques qui ont jalonné l’histoire de la NASA, le projet d’alunissage Apollo demeure emblématique de l’ingéniosité américaine; ses navettes spatiales ailées ont été le fer de lance de la station spatiale internationale et son stupéfiant arsenal de satellites astronomiques, d’atterrisseurs robotiques et de programmes d’observation de la Terre ont transformé notre compréhension du cosmos, et de la place qu’y occupe la planète fragile que nous habitons.

Au fil des 60 années d’existence de la NASA, les images ont joué un rôle crucial. Qui, aujourd’hui, n’a jamais été fasciné par les prises de vues de l’univers réalisées par le télescope spatial Hubble, ou les panoramas de Mars, d’une netteté extraordinaire, collectés par les rovers de surface de la NASA? Qui a oublié les clichés des hommes marchant sur la Lune?

Réalisé en collaboration avec la NASA, ce recueil réunit plus de 400 photos historiques et des schémas de conception, scannés et remasterisés grâce aux techniques les plus perfectionnées, puis reproduits en très grand format. Les textes signés du journaliste scientifique Piers Bizony, de l’ancien historien en chef de la NASA Roger Launius et de l’auteur à succès et spécialiste d’Apollo Andrew Chaikin, accompagnés d’une liste détaillée des principales missions spatial More …

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Artist(s): Oscar Murillo

Contributor(s): Victor Wang

Publisher : David Zwirner Books

The Colombian-born, London-based artist Oscar Murillo is known for an inventive practice that encompasses paintings, works on paper, installations, actions, live events, collaborative projects, and videos. Taken as a whole, his body of work demonstrates a sustained emphasis on the notion of cultural exchange and the multiple ways in which ideas, languages, and even everyday items are displaced, circulated, and increasingly intermingled.

In recent years, Murillo has traveled extensively throughout the world to research and prepare exhibitions and other projects, making works both in the studio and in unexpected locations. As a result, airplanes, which are able to move more or less freely and without regard for borders, and the contemplative isolation afforded by these long journeys, have become an important site of production for the artist. His large-scale canvases, in turn, are a synthesis in both form and content of his experiences. By combining personal allusions with more universally recognizable references, Murillo aligns these paintings with preceding art-historical movements that conceptualized art not as a hermetic language but rather as a critical tool for interpreting a world outside of itself-comprising, as he notes, “an accumulation of thought, gesture, discourse, action, and motion.”

Through his command of gesture, form, and spatial organization, Murillo is able to convey a complex and nuanced understanding of the specific conditions of globalization and its attendant state of flux, while nevertheless maintaining the universality of human experience within this milieu. Published on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition of paintings and works on paper at David Zwirner, Hong Kong, in 2018, the build-up of content and information is accompanied by an essay by curator and writer Victor Wang, who attests to Murillo’s work as being guided by mobility. This publication is available in both English only and bilingual English/traditional Chinese editions.

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Oscar Murillo’s practice is closely connected to a notion of community stem More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Paul Mogensen

Posted by AT on Dimanche 24 février 2019

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Publisher : Karma, New York, 2018

The latest in Karma’s acclaimed series of overviews, this 424-page clothbound volume is the first comprehensive survey of New York-based minimalist painter Paul Mogensen (born 1941). Born in Los Angeles, Mogensen arrived in New York in 1966 already associated with such peers as David Novros and (through Novros) Brice Marden. His first solo exhibition at the Bykert Gallery came the following year. Since that time, Mogensen has created often colorful works that follow rule-based progressions (such as the “n + 1″ method) to generate sharply executed geometric abstractions.

In a text for this volume, the artist Lynda Benglis usefully summarizes the special character of Mogensen’s art: “Paul is a colorist who is measured in his method. It may be said that he is a decorative painter as well a painter of a philosophical disposition. He is stringent in his approach, as stringent as a mechanic might be with a Ferrari. There are no accidents.”

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Paul Mogensen was born in Los Angeles in 1941, and was first represented in New York by the legendary Bykert Gallery from the time of its founding in 1966 until its closing in 1975. The use of mathematically-based systems of ordering and progression have bee More …

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Publisher : Paul Holberton

Patricia Wengraf is one of the world’s leading dealers in bronzes, sculpture and works of art. In her particular speciality, bronzes of the 15th-18th centuries, her knowledge and connoisseurship are of world repute. This exquisite catalogue - the first sales catalogue ever published by the dealer - presents a selection of exceptional works. Accompanies an exhibition in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 30 x 24.5

Pages: 120 pages, 100 illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-911300-55-7

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Auteur: Yori Moriarty

Editeur : PromoPress

Découvrez les riches significations cachées dans le monde énigmatique de l’irezumi.  Un catalogue et un voyage visuels à travers la culture japonaise du tatouage avec Yori Moriarty, disciple d’Horitoshi d’Osaka.

La relation intime du tatouage japonais avec le monde ténébreux des yakuzas a contribué à couvrir cette forme d’expression artistique d’un voile de mystère. Mais la culture de l’irezumi est profonde et riche en sens, en formes et en motifs qui sont passés de l’impression en couleur sur des blocs de bois à l’application sur la peau pour embellir et protéger. Cet ouvrage riche en illustrations révèle le sens et les secrets des motifs les plus importants du tatouage traditionnel japonais, comme les créatures mythologiques et surnaturelles, les animaux, les divinités bouddhistes, les fleurs et les personnages historiques, pour transformer cette forme d’art en chemin vers la connaissance et l’expression de soi. Les lecteurs découvriront l’origine et le sens de chaque représentation visuelle des thèmes les plus récurrents dans cet art. Ce livre commence avec un bref aperçu de l More …

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Author : Christina Nielsen

Publisher : Paul Holberton

In the winter of 1903, shortly after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum first opened to the public, John Singer Sargent used the Gothic Room of the museum as a studio. Among the portraits he painted was one of Isabella’s dear friends, Gretchen Osgood Warren. This finely illustrated gem of a publication explores these three remarkable friends: Isabella Stewart Gardner, the museum’s founder and patroness of the arts, John Singer Sargent, premier portrait painter and the museum’s first artist-in-residence, and Gretchen Osgood Warren, a highly accomplished Gilded Age woman.

The collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum includes an astonishing array of objects, including renowned paintings, rare books, sculpture, and decorative arts, as well as more personal items such as collected letters, Isabella’s own correspondence, and ephemera. Mirroring Isabella’s inimitable gallery installations, this publication uses both fine and decorative art, photographs, and correspondence to provide a snapshot in time of the first few years of the museum, in which the collection and its carefully curated spaces inspired new works of art.

As the museum’s first artist-in-residence, Sargent fulfilled Gardner’s hopes for a new kind of cultural institution in Boston, one that would inspire creativity, cultivate artistic talent, and bring joy to artists and amateurs alike. Sargent painted five portraits during his stay at the museum and John Templeman Coolidge, a friend of Gardner’s, captured Sargent at work in the Gothic Room in seven candid photographs. Cigarette in mouth, brush in More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Unsheltered

Posted by AT on Samedi 10 novembre 2018

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Author :  Barbara Kingsolver

Publisher : Faber & Faber

THE NEW NOVEL FROM ORANGE PRIZE WINNER AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER BARBARA KINGSOLVER

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Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against an upended world that seems to hold no mercy for her shattered life and family - or the crumbling house that contains her.

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Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher’s small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome.

Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked More …

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Author :  Joe Moruzzi, Brendon Parry

Publisher : Hardie Grant

SMASH IT with the new stars of cheesecake!

Joe and Brendon have reinvented the cheesecake for a new generation with their massively successful Pleesecakes. Their inventive toppings and out-of-this-world flavour combinations will have you drooling with anticipation, and they couldn’t be easier to make.

Pleesecakes’ first book features over 60 of the boys’ wildly popular no-bake recipes - once you’ve got the base and the basics, you’re SORTED. Pile the toppings high and enjoy! From boozy riffs on cocktails (Mojito, Baileys, Daq attack) and breakfast (cappuccino and build More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Did You See Melody

Posted by AT on Lundi 5 novembre 2018

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Author : Sophie Hannah

Publisher : Hodder Paperbacks

The stunning new pageturner from the Queen of Psychological Suspense.

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied - by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist - but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or t More …