Yue Minjun: L’Ombre du fou rire

Stories and works from the cynical realist's fascinating career

Following a major retrospective last year at Fondation Cartier, a monograph of Chinese artist Yue Minjun‘s work is now available through Thames & Hudson. The visually arresting compendium follows the painter’s process from start to finish—including photographic self-portratis, sketches and final pieces. In addition to the visuals, a substantial portion of the publication has been dedicated to introducing and defining the context of Yue’s work. …

Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s

The Pop-Surrealist returns with a series of illustrations highlighting turn-of-century problems

Pop-Surrealist Mark Ryden introduced his creepily precious characters to the contemporary art world in the 1980s to wide acclaim, and in his sixth book, “Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s,” the artist returns to his signature doll-like figures, using them to explore the conflict of ideals around the end of the 1800s. In this book, the artist’s provocative sketches, sculptures and paintings toy with our preconceptions …

Whitewash

The stark side of sunny LA in a book of contrasts

Back in 2002, photographer Nicholas Alan Cope picked up his camera and moved across the country from Maryland to Los Angeles, the city he documents in his new book “Whitewash.” Cope’s LA is one of stark geometric architecture rendered in black and white, a far cry from the colorful Hollywood glitz the city so often tries to project. By harnessing the bright, Southern California sun, …