PHAIDON

Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

$40

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With some 350 images of as many products, this new hardcover explores design in the USSR from 1950 to 1989 in an interesting peek behind the Iron Curtain. From kids’ toys to posters and electronics, these everyday items each have a tinge of kitsch while often being avant-garde at the same time. It’s a remarkable look into not only everyday life in the USSR at the time, but also the Moscow Design Museum’s collection.

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PHAIDON

Art and Queer Culture

$75

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Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, the lush PHAIDON tome “Art and Queer Culture” is a comprehensive exploration of 125 years worth of everything from fine painting to scrapbooks and activist posters. With queer culture its central focus, the art within spans themes pertaining to gender, identity, eroticism, pornography and so much more. Including 290 images, several essays, and numerous documents, this book is a fascinating look at a very significant and ever-evolving culture.

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Belly Kids

Shoeshi Book

$9

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Onigiri artist Yujia Hu makes wildly detailed sneaker-shaped sushi from iconic designs like Air Jordans, Chuck Taylors, Stan Smiths and more. First creating the little treasures in his family’s restaurant Sakana Sushi in Milan, Hu is now sharing all his tricks and tips to make sneaker sushi at home. These recipes and techniques are outlined in Shoeshi, the artist’s debut book. Price is in British Pounds.

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PHAIDON

Snarkitecture Book

$60

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Available for pre-order now (but shipping 2 April), Snarkitecture’s first book promises to be inspiring and beguiling. This 256-page hardcover includes 400 illustrations showcasing 70+ works from the New York-based studio. Founded in 2008 by artist Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture has been responsible for some of the most charming and immersive projects and their self-titled book will surely uncover some hidden treasures.

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Salvador Dalí

The Wines of Gala

$25

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“We will organize wines according to the sensations they create in our very depths, beyond the limits of the soma, far into the infinite reaches of our soul,” states the manifesto for a guide like no other. While Dalí only contributed some 140 illustrations and no text, his concept for the book “The Wines of Gala” is executed successfully: encouraging readers to approach wine personally and emotionally and to think for themselves (rather than depending on a point system or other wine critics)—to ultimately reach “bacchic enlightenment.”

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between

Comme des Garçons Exhibition Album

$25

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With photography by Nicholas Alan Cope and an essay by professor and Dean Emeritus at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Mark Wigley, this limited edition concertina-fold portfolio offers rare insight into the Met’s Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons exhibition, “Art of the In-Between.” This exhibition album features 21 images, of the objects installed and of the architectural wonders of the gallery space itself—designed by exhibition curator Andrew Bolton and Kawakubo.

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Powerhouse Books

Bros & Brosephines

$45

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Exiled Russian photographer and artist Slava Mogutin explores traditional notions of masculinity and beauty in his new hardcover “Bros & Brosephines.” Even more than that, Mogutin’s images confront gender, sexuality, fetishes, youth, and style. From raw and candid portraits to elaborate fashion shoots and previously unreleased images, the book includes a preface by Zachary Drucker, an essay by David J Getsy, and an epilogue by Bruce LaBruce.

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David Salle

How to See

$30

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For some, a work of art in a museum or gallery can require substantial consideration. For others, a passing glance will do. One can choose to read into symbolism, coloration and more—or purely enjoy (or despise) any type of art for aesthetic reasons. For all the aforementioned, and everyone in between, acclaimed painter David Salle’s book “How to See” offers a helping hand. A series of intimate portraits of Salle’s friends (including Jeff Koons and Alex Katz), peers and other inspirational artists, the work introduces the language of art in a way that artists themselves speak it.

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Phaidon

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide

$35

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Whether used as a real-life travel guide or as a point of reference, Sam Lubell and Darren Bradley’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide is full of design delights from the USA’s West Coast. From celebrated, famous structures to hidden treasures, the flexi-bound book is separated into Pacific Northwest, SF, LA, Palm Springs, and San Diego—complete with maps—so if you’re planning a California road trip, it’s a must-have. From cinemas to houses, bowling alleys and car washes, mid-century architecture is celebrated lovingly in this pocket-sized book.

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Koenig Books

100 Secrets of the Art World

$7

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With a list of contributors as long as its title, “100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know from Artists, Collectors and Curators, but Were Afraid to Ask,” is an impressive book full of information from powerful players in the art world. From Jeff Koons to Marina Abramović and John Baldessari; curators from the world’s most significant museums and more; the contributors know a thing or three about contemporary art. Not just entertaining, the book offers insights and tips for those wanting to start visiting more galleries and festivals, as well as those who are starting their collection.

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Jean Jullien

Modern Life

$20

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Exploring the strange, confusing and oftentimes distressing modern world, French artist Jean Jullien has created a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. While his keen observations on life in the current climate can be a little cheeky, they’re always tender. He’s an artist whose work shows—time and again—an innate sensitivity to his surroundings, but more importantly, the people who inhabit them. “Modern Life” reveals just how perplexed, entertained and saddened we all can be in the present day.

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Phaidon

The Importants

$50

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The tender portraits taken by photographer, casting director and creative director Kevin Amato—for his new book The Importants—honor the characters (mostly from the Bronx) he’s dedicated to capturing on film. Amato is a pioneer of the now-common concept of street-casting, and the images in the gold hardcover range from the recognizable Luka Sabbat to emerging and unknown names. Essentially though, it’s a celebration of diversity and fluidity—from sexuality to gender, appearance and race.

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Rizzoli

Feelings: Soft Art

$24

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With contributions from the likes of Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley and more, experimental book “Feelings: Soft Art” explores contemporary art with a focus on emotions and sensual, gut reactions. Via interviews, short essays and (of course) plenty of imagery, readers are reminded that art isn’t always purely intellectual—rather it’s meant to evoke very human, personal emotions.

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Getty Publications

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive

$33

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Throughout his career, Robert Mapplethorpe archived his extensive output—from his student work to photography, sculptures and jewelry to commercial—and the the resulting collection is quite remarkable. Challenging ideas surrounding censorship, sexuality, gender, Mapplethorpe’s oftentimes provocative works are published in the scrapbook-style book—which opens with an essay by his collaborator, friend and soulmate, Patti Smith.

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Julio Le Parc + Hermès

Variations Autour de La Longue Marche

$38

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This year, 86-year-old Argentine artist and social activist Julio Le Parc was the fourth person invited by Hermès Éditeur to bring his art to silk: vibrant stripes of colors loop, twist and dance to tell of a journey and experiences. Though the sixty one-of-a-kind Hermès scarves Le Parc designed sell for €7000, his color op art experiments have also been preserved in a beautiful (and much more affordable) book form.

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Phaidon

Jutaku: Japanese Houses

$25

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With 400+ houses featured across its 500+ pages, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is pretty big—considering its physical size is quite compact. Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese residential architecture with full-color images, it’s a hardcover tome that will surprise and inspire readers to think outside the “duplex.”

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