The artist Francis Picabia — notorious dandy, bon vivant, painter, poet, filmmaker, and polemicist — has emerged as the Dadaist with postmodern appeal, and one of the most enigmatic forces behind the enigma that was Dada.
In this first book in English to focus on Picabia’s work in Paris during the Dada years, art historian and critic George Baker reimagines Dada through Picabia’s eyes. Such reimagining involves a new account of the readymade — Marcel Duchamp’s anti-art invention, which opened fine art to mass culture and the commodity. But in Picabia’s hands, Baker argues, the Dada readymade aimed to reinvent art rather than destroy it. Picabia’s readymade opened art not just to the commodity, but to the larger world from which the commodity stems: the fluid sea of capital and money that transforms all objects and experiences in its wake. The book thus tells the story of a set of newly transformed artistic practices, claiming them for art history — and naming them — for the first time: Dada Drawing, Dada Painting, Dada Photography, Dada Abstraction, Dada Cinema, Dada Montage. Along the way, Baker describes a series of nearly forgotten objects and events, from the almost lunatic range of the Paris Dada “manifestations” to Picabia’s polemical writings; from a lost work by Picabia in the form of a hole (called, suggestively, The Young Girl) to his “painting” Cacodylic Eye, covered in autographs by luminaries ranging from Ezra Pound to Fatty Arbuckle. Baker ends with readymades in prose: a vast interweaving of citations and quotations that converge to create a heated conversation among Picabia, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and others. Art history has never looked like this before. But then again, Dada has never looked like art history.
George Baker is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an editor at October magazine and October Books. He is the editor of James Coleman (MIT Press) and a frequent contributor to Artforum.
- The Artwork Caught by the Tail : Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris
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Provokationen. (Superstudio & Paola Navone covers)
Design Aus Italien
Beautiful over-sized book published on the occasion of a special exhibition in Lower Saxony and Bremen in 1982 entitled “Provokationen. Design Aus Italien : Ein Mythos Geht Neue Wege”.
Published more broadly as a softcover book in 1982, here is one of the very limited edition hardcover versions, produced in collaboration between the designers Andrea Branzi, Paola Navone, Mario Radice, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio with Firma Abet Laminati in Turin, especially for the exhibition. Each of the limited hardcover copies is sandwiched between two pieces of actual laminate panels designed by the designers and produced by Abet Laminati.
This particular copy features the work of Superstudio (front cover laminate) and Paola Navone (back cover laminate).
A very collectable copy of an incredible, scarce, heavy Italian design book!
Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated throughout with large black and white examples of the work of Enzo Mari, Sergio Asti, Gae Aulenti, Andrea Branzi, Superstudio, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Roberto Arioli, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Emma Schweinberger Gismondi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, Gio Ponti, Martine Bendin, Daniela Puppa, Antonia Astori de Ponti, Franco Mirenzi, Joe Colombo, Ennio Lucini, Elio Martinelli, Sottsass Associates, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Raggi, Studio Alchimia, Gaetano Pesce, Franco Mello, Guido Drocco, Studio 65, UFO, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Aldo Rossi, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Sergio De Michiel, Paolo Nava, Mario Dell’Orto, Antonio Citterio, Anrea Bellosi, Richard Sapper, Bruno Munari, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giulietto Cacciari, Man Ray, Gigi Sabadin, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Mario Ceroli, Lucchino Oltrona Visconti, Michele De Lucchi, Michael Graves, Paolo Portoghesi, Stanley Tigerman, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Kuzumasa Yamashita, and more.
And also the work of Gerrit Rietveld, Giuseppe Terragni, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Sonja Delaunay, Marcel Breuer, Karl Josef Jucker, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Josef Hoffman in their original, influential forms, and their re-inventions by Alessandro Mendini and co.
* Condition: Very Good (bright, tight very good copy throughout – light wear only and bumping/yellowing to old laminate glue on spine) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
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Issue No.30 of the great SALE2 periodical from Tokyo Japan during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Published regularly as a sort-of fanzine/journal/catalogue/pocket-book by Fiction, Inc., a specialty shop and publisher of fetish and erotica in Tokyo in the 1980-90s. Each issue covers different themes and features, heavy on fetishism.
Issue No.30, the “Special Issue” features Hans Bellmer, Leonor Fini, Richard Cerf, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Paul Wunderlich, Robert Maplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Lewis Carroll, John Willie, Bernard Montorgueil, Guido Crepax, Van Rod, Carlo, Betty Page, Tealdo, clippings from periodicals such as Amateur Bondage, Bondage Life, Bondage Fantasies, Bizarre Comix, Bizarre Classix, Bizarre Fotos, and much more…
Very heavily illustrated throughout with erotic photography and artwork, all texts in Japanese.
* Condition: Very Good-Fine – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
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The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp
by T.J. Demos
Marcel Duchamp was a famous expatriate, a wanderer, living and working in Paris, New York, and Buenos Aires and escaping from each in turn. But exile, argues T. J. Demos in this innovative reading, is more than a fact in Duchamp’s biography. Exile–in the artist’s own words, a “spirit of expatriation”–infuses Duchamp’s entire artistic practice. Duchamp’s readymade constructions, his installations for surrealist exhibitions in Paris and New York, and his “portable museum” (the suggestively named La boite-en-valise), Demos writes, all manifest, define, and exploit the terms of exile in multiple ways. Created while the artist was living variously in New York, Buenos Aires, and occupied France during the global catastrophes of war and fascism, these works express the anguish of displacement and celebrate the freedom of geopolitical homelessness. The “portable museum,” a suitcase containing miniature reproductions of Duchamp’s works, for example, represented a complex meditation–both critical and joyful–on modern art’s tendency toward itinerancy, whereas Duchamp’s 1942 installation design entangling a New York gallery in a mile of string announced the dislocated status that many exiled surrealists wished to forget. Duchamp’s exile, writes Demos, defines a new ethics of independent life in the modern age of nationalism and advanced capitalism, offering a precursor to our own globalized world of nomadic subjects and dispersed experience.
T. J. Demos is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University College London and the author of The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2007). His essays have appeared in such journals as Artforum, Grey Room, October, and Texte zur Kunst.
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