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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Captivated by the vivacity of Neapolitan families frolicking in Italy’s warm summer waters, photographer Brett Lloyd began snapping images of them, hoping to capture the carefree scenes playing out in front of him. Dashwood Books took notice of Lloyd’s work and commissioned him to further document his experiences, resulting in Scugnizzi, a photobook dedicated to the playful children found throughout the streets of Naples.
An exciting new pictorial tome, “Madonna NYC 83” presents previously unreleased images from photographer Richard Corman’s extensive shoot with the Material Girl early on in both of their careers. The photos capture her singular energy as well as street life in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and feel as fresh as the day they were taken.
Presenting all of his light installations together for the first time, this is the only volume to document artist Dan Flavin’s entire career. This remarkable and exhaustively researched book features a complete catalogue of over 750 of Dan Flavin’s light works.