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Balthus


Scarce monographic catalogue on Balthus, published in Japan in 1993 for an exhibition at the Tokyo Station Gallery. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white with Balthus’ paintings and drawings dating from 1932-1987. Includes text by Jean Leymarie (in French and Japanese), list of exhibitions, biography, bibliography, list of works, portraits of Balthus by Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, etc.

Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. He insisted that his paintings should be seen and not read about, and he resisted any attempts made to build a biographical profile. A telegram sent to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works read: “NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS. B.”

Balthus (February 29, 1908 – February 18, 2001), was a Polish-French modern artist born in Paris to Polish expatriate parents. His given name was Balthasar Klossowski – his sobriquet “Balthus” was based on his childhood nickname, alternately spelled Baltus, Baltusz, Balthusz or Balthus. His father, Erich Klossowski, was an art historian who wrote a noted monograph on Daumier. His older brother was the philosopher and artist Pierre Klossowski. An unusual figure in the history of twentieth century painting, Balthus both traveled among and drew upon the work of other major artists of his time, while at the same time following a unique individual trajectory. He was mentored by, friends of, and/or even collaborated with seminal creative figures from different eras, including Antonin Artaud, André Breton, and Rainer Maria Rilke, while cultivating his own highly refined style of dreamlike, classically-informed painting. The scenes he usually depicted were very ordinary bourgeois interiors or outdoor settings, which nonetheless managed to reveal the heightened inner states of his subjects as well as the states of mind of those who might be viewing them.

“I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always with a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.” – Balthus

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Twentieth Century Type Design
by Sebastian Carter

First edition of this reference compilation of biographies of the most famous type designers of the 20th century. A must for every type book collection.

Since its first publication in 1987, Twentieth Century Type Designers has become a standard reference work for typographers, designers and students alike.
This book serves as an introduction to the concept of typefaces and to some of the personalities who have created them–Goudy, Rogers, Koch, Gill, Morison, Van Krimpen, Trump, Tschichold, Frutiger, Zapf and others–and places them in the context of the enormous changes that have occurred in typography.
The introduction in the 1880s of the Linotype and Monotype hot-metal composing machines, and in particular the Benton pantographic punchcutter, revolutionized the manufacture of type, and caused a flood of new typefaces. More recently, filmsetting and digital typesetting have brought new opportunities–as well as new disciplines. This book examines the conflicts arising from these technological advances, which have pitted craftsmanship against commercial interests, and forced designers to come to terms with the new creative opportunities.
Whatever motivates type designers–whether it is the practical need to create new faces for machines, the ideal of producing the perfect letter-form for our age, or whether type is designed as an offshoot of other artistic activities–their work has had a far-reaching impact on our culture.

Designers featured:

Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, Rudolf Koch, William Addison Dwiggins, Eric Gill, Victor Hammer, Stanley Morison, Hans (Giovanni) Mardersteig, Jan van Krimpen, Georg Trump, Joseph Blumenthal, Robert Hunter Middleton, Jan Tschichold, Berthold Wolpe, Roger Excoffon, Herman Zapf, Adrian Frutiger.

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Interior Best Selection 1

The first volume in the mighty “Interior Best Selection” book collection from the 1980’s, published by Graphic-Sha in Japan. First edition from 1985, and a great copy!
These heavy volumes are cover-to-cover architectural interiors from the land of some of the finest environmental/commercial space design in the world. As put by the editorial committee: “..unique, controversial interior designs for shops, stores, hotels, offices, exhibition halls, museums, leisure facilities, public spaces and private houses.” Features the work of Japan’s leading architects, interior and furniture designers of the period. Too many to list here!
These books are an inspirational reference for any interior design collection. Especially collectable is this wonderful first volume.

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Interior Best Selection 2


Second in the mighty “Interior Best Selection” book collection from the 1980’s, published by Graphic-Sha in Japan. These heavy volumes are cover-to-cover architectural interiors from the land of some of the finest environmental/commercial space design in the world. As put by the editorial committee: “..unique, controversial interior designs for shops, stores, hotels, offices, exhibition halls, museums, leisure facilities, public spaces and private houses.” Features the work of Japan’s leading architects, interior designers and furniture designers of the period. Too many to list here!
First edition. These books are an inspirational reference for any interior design collection.

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