Here is another beautifully constructed book from Claire Van Vliet’s Janus Press. Beauty in Use is a book of poetry by Sandra McPherson, her third collaboration with Janus Press. Each poem is accompanied by a colorful and complex paper quilt. The book is assembled and bound without the use of adhesives.
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The thirteenth edition of documenta, the prestigious German contemporary art festival, wrapped up September 2012. As a teaser for that festival, the organizers, along with Hatje Cantz, put together a list of 100 slim volumes titled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts which “comprise facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.” The long list of artists and theorists covered includes Ruins or Books favorites Kenneth Goldsmith, William Kentridge and Florian Hecker. And the titles are largely available at the project site (or perhaps at your local art book shop), and a browse of the project site will reveal that several of the later episodes are available free via PDF.
The following pictures come from the Alejandro Jodorowsky volume. The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion.
Mark Z. Danielewski is no stranger to the cleverly put together novel. He’s best known for House of Leaves, which has been published in at least 6 variations of color configurations and levels of elaboration.
The Fifty Year Sword was first published in a lovely and limited edition in 2005, and has been scarce since then. It looks like we’re finally getting a proper run of it in October from Pantheon. And as if the first limited run wasn’t lovely enough, the ante has been upped with this excessive box, which is limited to 1,000 copies and currently available (and rather affordable) via links found on the Pantheon/Knopf site. Check out the signed frontice spread from Z.
initially via Jacket Mechanical
Architect-gone-illustrator Nigel Peake‘s excellent collection of books, zines and prints includes this beautiful catalogue of London’s Bridges. In it Peake makes studies of the structures that are detailed to the point of abstraction.
negative space by mungo thomson. published in 2007 by JRP|Ringier via Christophe Keller Editions. beautiful thing. we picked this up at the Flash Forward photography festival in Boston. but you can and should pick it up at Printed Matter.