Cele mai frumoase cǎrţi de design, fotografie şi artǎ din 2013

Vǎ prezint azi câteva dintre cele mai frumoase cǎrţi de artǎ şi design care au apǎrut anul trecut. Sunt cǎrţi pe care, în calitate de cititor, mi-ar plǎcea sǎ le rǎsfoiesc, sǎ sorb cu nesaţ imaginile seducǎtoare, sǎ citesc despre subiecte necunoscute, dar care mǎ atrag ca un magnet. Nu e un top, e o listǎ de favorite. Sper ca şi voi sǎ gǎsiţi inspiraţie citind despre ele.

All the Buildings in New York– James Gulliver Hancock

O scrisoare de dragoste adresatǎ oraşului care nu doarme niciodatǎ, prin desene care înfǎţişeazǎ diferitele stiluri arhitectonice care caracterizeazǎ acest oraş plin de energie şi vitalitate.

Art as TherapyAlain de Botton

“Like other tools, art has the power to extend our capacities beyond those that nature has originally endowed us with. Art compensates us for certain inborn weaknesses, in this case of the mind rather than the body, weaknesses that we can refer to as psychological frailties. … Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.”

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

“Perhaps we need to rethink the assumption, deep-rooted but far from well grounded, that writers and cats are a good mix. Sure, Mark Twain had cats, such as Sour Mash and Blatherskite, and, up at the more louche and loping end of American literature, in the life and work of Poe, Kerouac, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Edward Gorey, and Stephen King, you are never that far from the patter of ominous paws; whether a cat has been reared on a diet of neat Burroughs would find a niche at The New Yorker, however, is open to debate. We aim at the scrutable, the translucent, the undrugged, and the verified; whether we even get close is not for us to say, but such aspirations find no echo in the bosom of the cat. The cat sneers at clarity and career plans, and even its major stratagems can be dropped upon a whim. . . .”

Various Small Books. Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha

I am interested in what is interesting”- Ed Ruscha

O colecţie de fotografii şi eseuri despre cum alţii au copiat sau parodiat opere ale artistului pop Ed Ruscha.

Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions – Guillermo del Toro

To me, art and storytelling serve primal, spiritual functions in my daily life. Whether I’m telling a bedtime story to my kids or trying to mount a movie or write a short story or a novel, I take it very seriously.”

Regizorul colecţioneazǎ desene, cǎrţi, postere sau caiete şi are în casa sa o camerǎ separatǎ pentru aceastǎ colecţie:“As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you’ve been harboring since you were 7.”

Before I Die – Candy Chang

“Death is something we’re often discouraged to talk about or even think about. … Perhaps that is why it took me so long to explore these thoughts, but when I finally did, I found a comfort and clarity that I did not expect. Beyond the tragic truth of mortality lies a bright calm that reminds me of my place in the world. When I think about death, the mundane things that stress me out are reduced to their small and rightful place; the things that matter most to me become big and crisp again. … Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

Garry Winogrand

Imaginile acestui reputat fotograf al secolului 20 vǎ vor transporta în Manhattanul anilor ’60 şi vor depune mǎrturie despre acea epocǎ tumultuoasǎ.

Tender Buttons: Objects –  Gertrude Stein

Ȋn 1914, Gertrude Stein a publicat o colecţie de poeme avangardiste, celebrând obiectele de zi cu zi şi pe care Lisa Congdon le ilustreazǎ magistral în aceastǎ carte.

“In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.”

“Hope in gates, hope in spoons, hope in doors, hope in tables, no hope in daintiness and determination. Hope in dates.”

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age – Kelly Grovier

Ȋn aceastǎ carte, Kelly Grovier îndrǎzneşte sǎ numeascǎ pe cei mai importanţi 100 de artişti care au început sǎ creeze din anii ’90. Printre ei se aflǎ Marina Abramović , Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Cristina Iglesias sau Jeff Koons. O lucrare despre arta contemporanǎ incluzând pictori, sculptori, ilustratori, performeri.

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and his Work

200 de imagini şi 12 articole despre opera celui mai bun ilustrator de cǎrţi pentru copii al secolului 20.

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti –  Rafael Schacter

Street art, artǎ urbanǎ în viziunea a peste 100 de artişti. Evoluţia  graffiti-ului în fiecare ţarǎ, oferind elemente preţioase despre contextul istoric.

Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century – Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer

Experienţa americanǎ a mesei de la începutul secolul al XX-lea, înainte de Julia Child sau Alice Waters. Repast este o istorie a ceainǎriilor şi automatelor, iar meniurile restaurantelor, cǎrţile de bucate sau ziarele vorbesc toate despre obiceiurile culinare ale americanilor din 1900 şi 1910.

Mai jos veţi gǎsi şi alte cǎrţi fantastice. Lecturǎ plǎcutǎ!

Author: Ioana Ristea

Sunt curioasǎ şi-mi place sǎ învǎţ, îmi sunt dragi oamenii şi imperfecţiunile lor, cred în armonie interioarǎ şi încerc sǎ mǎ joc cât mai mult.

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