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Sam Gilliam
A Retrospective


In 1968 Gilliam liberated his abstract expressionist canvases from their stretchers and suspended his “ecstatically” colorful paintings like banners or drapery, thus launching a remarkably vibrant career. Yet this is the first full-length book devoted to Gilliam, the best-known African American abstract painter, a much-needed volume produced in sync with a landmark traveling retrospective exhibition. Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., tracks the evolution of Gilliam’s innovative techniques and unabashedly beautiful and often misunderstood work, from subtly layered and delicately atmospheric paintings resembling frost on glass and fossils in stone to more densely textured and earthier canvases; elaborately patterned, painted assemblages; and monochromatic paintings on wood. Binstock also sensitively chronicles the reception of Gilliam’s work, including the criticism that Gilliam’s abstractions don’t overtly reflect African American life. Determined to follow his artistic vision and revel in his independence, Gilliam observes, and all art lovers will concur, that “art is at least as important as politics when it comes to creating new ways of thinking about society and moving it forward.” Donna Seaman

Published in 2005, this monograph on the work of Sam Gilliam features texts by Jonathan P. Binstock, Walter Hopps, and Jacquelyn D. Serwer, alongside a chronology, exhibition list, bibliography and countless colour and black and white reproductions of Gilliam’s work.

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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger's Necronomicon

With an introduction by Clive Baker and numerous texts by HR Giger as well as texts by Fritz Billeter and Simon Vinkenoog and a tribute from Salvador Dali.

“The “Necronomicon” is a legendary magical book that is kept in inaccessible places only in a few, incompletely preserved specimens because it could have disastrous consequences if it fell into the wrong hands. It was written down around 730 AD in Yemen by the legendary Abdul Al Azred. It is said to tell of things and events that took place in the gray age, and illustrations of uncanny creatures lurking in the depths of the earth and the seas, one day destroying mankind and striking the world.
Al Azred’s “Necronomicon” is a kind of museum of the most wonderful abominations and perversions. The well-known writer HP Lovecraft was the first to report in his “Cthulhu” mythology of this work. Many other science fiction and fantasy writers have quoted this fictional work time and again, but it has only become a visual reality in “HR Giger’s Necronomicon”!”

“Giger always opens up new approaches to the origins of our psyche,” writes Clive Baker in his foreword. “He is planning for us to go, encouraged by the knowledge that others have gone before this path, and only a few artists are able to give such impulses, and if we follow Giger, we are initially afraid of our mental health. And quickly recognize that the supposed new territory has countless stations that are connected with our familiar life. For, after all, we are no strangers: Giger points the direction into the world in which we must return, where we pledge our pledge, to pay the tithes which we owe. Giger’s world is the place of our own taboos, and only our own disregard makes him appear frightening, sullen, “alien” (alien). (…) Giger’s work calls us to the common ground of the unconscious, where, though we sometimes alienate ourselves from it, we are never really strangers. In other words, HR Giger’s fantastic art is calling us home.”

Beginning with a hommage from Salvador Dali, the first in this series of oversized and visually overwhelming volumes takes us through the early history of one of the most brilliant fantasy artists of the century. From his “Passegen” series, his work for theatre, posters, album artwork, environments, personal works, is designs for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DUNE, and much more, all beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white, full-bleed spreads, including fold-out pages. These Giger folio books have become very desirable, collectable editions in their various printings around the world, the series encompassing the work of one of the world’s most unique and influential visionaries.

This is the first Swiss edition, published by Edition C.

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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger's Necronomicon II



“The “Necronomicon” is a legendary magical book that is kept in inaccessible places only in a few, incompletely preserved specimens because it could have disastrous consequences if it fell into the wrong hands. It was written down around 730 AD in Yemen by the legendary Abdul Al Azred. It is said to tell of things and events that took place in the gray age, and illustrations of uncanny creatures lurking in the depths of the earth and the seas, one day destroying mankind and striking the world.
Al Azred’s “Necronomicon” is a kind of museum of the most wonderful abominations and perversions. The well-known writer HP Lovecraft was the first to report in his “Cthulhu” mythology of this work. Many other science fiction and fantasy writers have quoted this fictional work time and again, but it has only become a visual reality in “HR Giger’s Necronomicon”!”

The second volume of this oversized and visually overwhelming collection takes us further through the incredible history of one of the most brilliant fantasy artists of the century. Reproducing Giger’s award-winning work for the film ALIEN, his paintings, environments, sculptural works, his work for “The Tourist”, collaborations with Blondie’s Debbie Harry, his “New York City” series from the late 1970’s and much more, all beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white, full-bleed spreads, including fold-out pages. Also includes interviews, texts, biography. These Giger folio books have become very desirable, collectable editions in their various printings around the world, the series encompassing the work of one of the world’s most unique and influential visionaries.

Published first in 1985 in Europe, this is the first Japanese edition, published by Pan-Exotica.

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Philip Guston
Painter 1957-1967

 

Although much attention has been paid in recent years to Philip Guston’s figurative painting of the late 1960s and ’70s, this new book focuses on the decade preceding that period, published to accompany Hauser & Wirth’s first presentation of the work of Philip Guston. Part of the New York School, which included many abstract expressionists, Guston’s influence on his contemporaries and the following generation of painters is considered quite significant. This book focuses specifically on the period beginning in the late 1950s and spanning nearly a decade until the artist’s return to figuration in the late 1960s, featuring nearly 90 paintings and drawings from the artist’s abstract expressionist period, many of which have not been shown in public for decades, presenting a major survey of a seminal phase in the artist’s oeuvre.

This publication features an expanded chronology on the artist, which includes archival material, historic installation views, conversations with Guston and other selected texts (by the artist himself) from the exhibition’s time period. The book concludes with a section of 50 of Guston’s ‘pure’ drawings completed in the late 1960s.

Organised and edited by Paul Schimmel.

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