Do the write thing this holiday season. Share your passion for art and books with your loved ones. Here are some of our favorite publications from this year alongside links to some amazing ways to support independent publishers and artists.
FAVORITE NEW ART BOOKS PUBLISHED BY A MUSEUM OR GALLERY
Christopher Williams, The Production Line of Happiness
186 pages, published by Art Institute of Chicago
I asked if it was important that it have the artist’s name on the cover, and they said no. And I thought that was great! But they said, what artist wouldn’t want to have their name on the cover?
— from Hyperallergic’s feature of the publication
Ad Reinhardt: How to Look: Art Comics
by 92 pages
Published by Hatje Cantz/David Zwirner
ALL publications by Dancing Foxes Press
DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS
179 East Broadway, New York, New York 10002
Tuesday December 9th, 6-8 pm
Join AFC on Tuesday December 9th for a night of frolicking amongst wild bamboo and artists. See the Nude Artists as Pandas calendar and prints in the flesh. Meet the artist. Pick up a signed calendar, enter a raffle to win panda pasties, and get your panda polaroid portrait taken by Rachel Stern. Buy your calendar and prints here. RSVP here.
Clown Car by Hen Win
Molasses Books is putting out its first release
Thursday, December 11th, 9PM
DJs & drink specials
I never wrote a story with an allusion to a story that I was yet to write, rather I would always be finishing one and suddenly have the urge to reference one that already existed. I didn’t, for example, end A Football Sized Angel with the line “A black and white portrait on the wall began to speak” and then go on to write Artaud, the story it’s referencing — it was always exactly the other way around. Despite that the stories, which I think of more as fables or parables, occasionally do reference one another I have difficulty thinking of these as characters which could exist together in a specific setting, a particular city, as the characters themselves are so intentionally thin and in some ways consist more as names and concepts than anything resembling flesh or blood. In this way it is hard for me to reconcile the fact that they reference, or seem to generate, one another. That would give them more life and agency then I planned to allow them; they were intended to be more like paper. I think of the context of the Clown Car stories most like the world of Aesop’s Fables: is the city, or pastoral region, in which these fables take place ever named? Is it all the same place? We assume it to be Earth, but foxes and crows and things don’t talk on Earth. Does it matter where it is? One sort of simultaneously assumes that all of Aesop’s fables play out in a consistent world and also that they are all parallel happenings that could never interact or leave the boundaries of their respective pages. The world simply operates as a vehicle for these characters, and in this way you have correctly understood the title.
Holiday Book Bazaar
Saturday, December 13th, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY
Join Aperture for a Holiday Book Bazaar with publishers Abrams, A-Jump Books, A Love Token Press, bookdummypress, Conveyor Arts, D.A.P., Empty Stretch, FotoEvidence, Hassla, Kurt Boone Books, MACK, Magnum Foundation, MassArt/Houseboat Press, The Monacelli Press, Mossless, Oranbeg Press, Pau Wau Publications, Rick Smolan, Spaces Corners, S_U_N_ , and VUU. Pick up a free copy of the latest issue of The PhotoBook Review, and enjoy winter festivities and music by Chris Newmyer throughout the afternoon.
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Vincent Tullo / A Love Token Press
2:00–4:00 p.m.: Duane Michals / The Monacelli Press
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Michael Ashkin / A-Jump Books
3:00–5:00 p.m.: Ricardo Lozano / A Love Token Press
3:00–5:00 p.m.: Various Aperture photographers, including An-My Lê, Kathy Ryan, and Reinier Gerritsen
3:00–5:00 p.m.: Juan Madrid / VUU
4:00–6:00 p.m.: Laia Abril
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Brian Merriam / A Love Token Press
5:00–7:00 p.m.: Stuart Shils / bookdummypress
Wednesday, December 17th, 8PM
WENDY’S IS ONE
Celebrate the one year anniversary of Wendy’s Subway
With Performances and DJ Sets by:
The Kate Bush Dance Troupe
*DJ sets by*
and more TBA
$5 at the door.
Friday, December 19th, 7PM
Futurepoem Holiday Party/Reading with Ugly Duckling Presse
177 N 9th St, Brooklyn, New York 11211
Futurepoem, The Physiocrats, and Ugly Duckling Presse
invite you to a release party for these new books:
Troy, Michigian by Wendy S. Walters (Futurepoem)
Some Shit Advice by Diana Hamilton (The Physiocrats)
Bribery by Steven Zultanski (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Universe by Diana Hamilton (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Books will be for sale at discount prices.
Refreshments (alcoholic and non) will be served.
9 Piece Birch Wood Puzzle
19.5 x 25.5 cm, Edition of 100
2014 VERSO Highlights! 50% off!
Politics, Feminism, Philosophy, Memoir – it’s all covered here in the 2014 end-of-year highlights. Don’t forget, ALL BOOKS are 50% off for the month of December!
WAX Magazine Convertible Neoprene Tote-Backpack
WAX is a bi-annual print publication exploring the intersection of art, culture and surfing. Their first collection is a wearable magazine as beach-kit, and features artwork by Erin O’Keefe http://www.erinokeefe.com
Memberships / Subscriptions / & Giftcards!
Raymond Pettibon invites you to become a member of Printed Matter.
Join at the Friend level ($60 / $35 tax deductible) or higher and receive a 10% discount on most purchases in-store and online, as well as a tote bag by illustrator Jason Polan featuring his rendition of our storefront façade.
Paper Monument is having a sale on holiday gift set through December 17th! They have created some collectable collections to help you with your holiday shopping. Please visit their store by clicking here.
Artists’ Board Books
Combining the conventions of artists’ books with those of children’s board books, the Soberscove Press Artists’ Board Book series was inspired by the delight and creativity with which young children visually and physically explore board books. These books offer art lovers and book lookers of all ages physical experiences with art, as well as an entry point into each artist’s particular visual world. We’d like to think that introducing children to such imagery at an early age will help to expand not only their visual appetites but also their sense of possibility..