The twentieth edition of Graphisme en France was released last wednesday at Centre Pompidou.
Published every year, this free document is a must have.
We are also very pleased to announce :
- three new illustrated titles from Les Requins Marteaux: the business world revised by Guillaumit in Costume cravate and two strange and dreamlike wanderings by Danny Steve: Je t’aime and Mathrock. The opportunity for us to embrace strong positions and originals graphic gestures.
- the release of the seventh session of Jeu de Paume’s Satellite, dedicated to the Slovene artist Nika Autor, invited by the curator Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez. A relevant reflection on the notion of subversion, the complex links between images, moving images and stories in a chaotic political context.
- Mirandola and Mémoire tampon, two works from the Italian Gianpaolo Pagni which handles illustration, words and colors with hand and stamp. A precise vocabulary, perfectly scanned pages – real Art! Digital renders here all the sensibility of gesture and paper… Thank you, Gianpaolo.
- the catalog of the new exhibition Robotic art robotique at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. About ten spectacular projects, inventions and wonders, reference texts by an original and atypical selection of artists. Interesting.
Art Book Magazine’s team
Ps. Discover the monographic App Claude Lévêque on the App Store, still free until the end of the month.
Flatland is an ambitious editorial and curatorial project that is shaping the future of interactive books. Thierry Fournier and his team have truly opened the exhibition’s landscape to a reading experience. The borders between document, experience, and work of art are blurred, with both intelligence and curiosity. Art critic J. Emil Sennewald sheds light on, and contextualizes, these new approaches.
Flatland is dedicated to the Augmented Window project : a real time interactive window on a landscape serving as a curatorial protocol. Presenting 3 exhibitions, the works of 20 artists and texts by 5 authors, this groundbreaking catalogue exploits the full potential of tablets by providing different chapters according to its orientation as well as infinite scroll, transparencies, videos, sound, interactivity, and much more. You get the equivalent of a 420 pages book. This catalogue can be discovered in dialog with Augmented window on iPad, also available on App Store.
We are very proud to offer this publication – free of charge until February 20th. The future is just around the corner. Don’t miss out.
The Art Book Magazine team
We take the opportunity of the monographic exhibition of the photographer Philippe Levy – at the Café de la Danse in Paris, from January 27th till April 1st – to update his Rock etc. book. 1986-2011 becomes 1986-2013.
158 images, joined by 16 new ones, testify of a personal journey in the history of Rock (etc.) New wave, pop, post-punk, electro, rap… As many genres and styles, mixed in the photographer’s eye.
Wayne Coyne (divine Flaming Lips), The XX, The Soft Moon, Chloé, Michael Gira (mythical Swans) now join the portraits of Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Steve Albini, Henry Rollins, Lou Barlow, Björk, Electrelane, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tricky, Lee Scratch Perry, ESG, Daft Punk, Plastikman, Carl Craig, Mark E. Smith, Dominique A., Rodolphe Burger, Pete Doherty, Warpaint…
It is about poses, faces, togs, about time passing by, as well as technology or observation. It is about embodying music.
Portraying musicians is a specific genre, a sort of exercise in style with codes and restrictions – generally within rush, discomfort and improvisation…
It is freed from the fan’s kindness and dwells into the deepest of those personalities who play with the photographer’s eye. Between posture and imposture, promotion and relaxation, the relationship is complex.
This book gets its raison d’être in its digital form because of the rendition of the screen, and the volatility of the captions.
The book is free, exclusively from January 27th till February 28th.
It’s our way of attracting you, and showing that we work for the artists and the authors, setting up smart manners of distributing the contents, far from the commercial logic – even if the latter is necessary to the publishing world. We hope this offer will encourage you to discover the rest of our photography collection.
Wild Rock never dies!
Art Book Magazine
Painter Gregory Forstner presents Fuck Sandy! at Galerie Zink (Berlin), October 19th to November 23rd 2013. For the duration of the show, as an exclusive, Art, Book, Magazine offers Forstner’s first interactive monograph, released earlier this year, for free. There you’ll discover a painting œuvre playing with time and Art History, work that somewhat cruelly blurs boundaries and places us in an unstable, removed position vis a vis contemporary society. Photo coverage of the artist in his Brooklyn workshop, an interview with him and a separate commentary serve to underline how much Forstner’s work also reflects the man himself, and his personal path – to underline how, even more acutely in this specific case, Painting relates to Life.
Switching from paid to free for the duration of a show or a certain event is one of the new possibilities of digital publishing. It’s also possible because our catalogue carries so many exclusive volumes. We hope, with this gesture, to awaken in you a desire to read more and to invest in our project. Being an artist or an author’s companion, circulating exclusive documents, this is part of our intention to create a new approach to digital publishing, to forge a uniquely privileged bond between the book and its reader, to leverage our digital bookstore into a platform for exchanges and meetings.
Loyalty is also among our values, which is why we continue working with small independent publishers and trade publications. Some undertake specific projects for us while others propose exclusive titles.
This month, we are shining the spotlight on Volume magazine with a visual editorial to coincide with the digital release of issue #5: same high standards, same quality as ever, for a table of contents this time on technology and telecommunications. The question of sensory experience is central here, the question of sound itself – as always, complex and varied – sound that materializes and becomes image, either mental or visible. Destroy all Monsters, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Ugo Rondinone, Julien Discrit & Thomas Dupouy, Joachim Koester… This issue is a must read for anyone interested in the new territories of art and its new, increasingly often dematerialized practices, attempting – in a display of strategy, and a deployment of survival instinct – to free it from an increasingly market-driven system..
The concept of new releases doesn’t always make much sense in our new, digital time-space…
Come browse our catalogue!
See you soon,
The team of Art, Book, Magazine
P.S. The application has now been downloaded over 16.500 times! Alas, not every person installing the app goes on to buy a book, of course. But thanks to our high volume of free material, we now can say for certain that digitally publishing contemporary art books, graphic design volumes and indie auteur comics with very high standards is not a fool’s errand – there is a future for our mission. Thank you for playing a part in proving it!
Art Book Magazine continues to expand! Thank you for your support.
Let’s begin this update with a beautiful initiative: access to the interactive catalog Our House is free and will remain free for an as-yet-undetermined time. Following the exhibition at the Maison des Arts de Malakoff, overseen benevolently by the curator Jeanne Susplugas, this exclusive digital edition will allow you to discover a selection of international contemporary artists and works on the theme of the house. Over 200 documents – images, texts, and interviews – were created explicitly for this occasion. This bespoke approach, with a specific back-and-forth between artists and works of art, fully demonstrates the value of a digital catalog. Featuring Alain Declercq, Claude Lévêque, Hans Op de Beeck, Atelier Van Lieshout, Erwin Wurm…
Colorimétrie by Nicolas Ménard on la chose imprimée is a great experiment, at the crossroads of graphic design, mathematics and visual art, proving once and for all that ‘data’ can be plastic and aesthetical. This volume is a never-seen-before exclusive project, demanding and precise – the story of a passion, a magnificent object on color, and much, much more. Digital work in all of its brightness, on your screen.
And finally, don’t forget the offerings of the Musée du Jeu de Paume: the Satellite program with its two first sixth season issues, with Kenneth Goldsmith and Franck Leibovici, directed by Mathieu Copeland. Short volumes, yes, but with a rare intelligence and relevance, built around the sort of challenging curatorial project that our own publishing endeavor was made for.
Summer is coming…
Load up your iPads before leaving on vacation, and send postcards by sharing your enthusiasm for our volumes to Facebook or via email!
The Art Book Magazine team
The English language version of our volume on painter Gregory Forstner is now available! Treat yourself and discover the work of this remarkable Brooklyn-based artist juggling with Art History and History intermingled. A fierce, powerful body of work that will not leave you indifferent, presented in a comprehensive interactive volume. Don’t hold back!
Also new, four volumes of the Satellite 2012 program of the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris under the curation of Filipa Oliveira: Filipa César - Luta ca caba inda, Rosa Barba - Backdoor Exposure, Jimmy Robert - Lemon Rose, Tamar Guimaràes - L’au-delà (des noms et des choses). Artists with alternative practices, from different continents, who open new horizons and perspectives for us both onto the world at large and the world of art. Those books are remarkable, sharp little compendiums.
Still free, though not for long: Armer les toboggans, the catalog of the eponymous show at the Quartier, center for contemporary arts in Quimper (Brittany). Three artists, Robert Breer, Pierre Labat, andCamila Oliveira Fairclough, and three texts from Jean-Marc Huitorel, Philippe-Alain Michaud, and Erik Verhagen…
A project, a show, a book on or around minimalism in art (is it still possible today?)… Don’t hesitate.
See you soon,
The Art Book Magazine team
To further celebrate our first anniversary, we are delighted to offer as part of our new volumes a remarkable monograph on painter Gregory Forstner, presenting a wide view of his life’s work accompanied by an interview and a photographic feature of his Brooklyn workshop.
As well as substantial price reductions on a few of our favorite titles for the next two weeks:
- A 50% reduction on:
Rock etc., volume by photographer Philippe Lévy,
as well as on Collages, a superb catalog on the artistic practice of collage from older avant-gardes until now,
and on Samaran, an Ultralab™ collective catalog,
all reduced from 6,99 to 3,59€ ($7.99 to $3.99)
- A 65% reduction on issue 0 of the magazine OpticalSound, from 2,69 down to 0,89€ (2.99 to $0.99)
Don’t hold back!
From now on, we will regularly facilitate access to some of our editions through specific focus and promotional operations. We will of course reach out to you about them, but do not hesitate to keep up with the news by reading our editorials directly inside the app.
Available April 9th, a monograph of Rudy Ricciotti, an architect we’re hearing a lot about at the moment, published by Le Gac Press and edited by Francis Rambert.
And soon, a gorgeous series of volumes edited by the Musée du Jeu de Paume will be added to our catalog, along with a few interesting surprises.
Having an application in English propelled us above 12 000 downloads of our application, and made us the first contemporary art books publisher for the iPad.
Thank you so much!
See you soon,
The team of Art Book Magazine
We hope you are enjoying discovering our application and its ever-evolving catalog. Please don’t hesitate to lets us know what you think and share which books or magazines you’d like to see here! This application is meant for you.
We are based in Paris. Although we offer a majority of French books (often in bilingual versions), we also work with American, Dutch and German publishers, and new partners join us each month.
The international version of Art Book Magazine is still young, but… It’s the beginning of something big!
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Interactive books are also a great way to discover the potential of our reader application.
This editorial highlights our new publications as well as our favorites, so here are some recommendations for you:
Rock etc. New Wave, pop, post-punk, electro... A sharp and simple interactive book covering the work of Philippe Levy, one of the most famous underground rock photographers, from 1986 to the present day. A very international program, with the greatest musicians (Nirvana, Carl Craig, Pete Doherty, Sonic Youth...), but also a really plastic, art-oriented selection of his photography. Each image is captioned, and sometimes commented. Electric thrills!
Collages. A historical look at the practice of collage from the older avant-guardes up to the present day (catalog of the international exhibition at the Espace d’Art Concret curated by Fabienne Fulchéri).
An unprecedented stroll from Jean Arp to Martha Rosler through Robert Motherwell and John Stezaker, highlighting the rise of a technique that still doesn’t receive a lot of attention, yet gains every year—as does contemporary drawing—a little more recognition. An exclusive, pioneering digital volume; a true feast for the eyes.
Two painting volumes around two French artists with very different styles and positions:
Katia Bourdarel, figurative painter, whose work, bordering on a sentimental and metaphorical hyperrealism, covers topics such as adolescence and childhood, the myths associated with them and their confrontation to the world as it is today. This book also discusses her spatial work, between sculpture and installation, and reviews a career already well underway, receiving both national and international recognition.
Guillaume Mary works a fragile and complex area between abstraction and figuration, with a painting style proceeding through erasure, disappearance, the search for the smallest gesture and trace possible (but not the most minimalistic)… It is about landscapes, constructed spaces, places—carried by washed-out colors and sparsity. The gesture is radical, economical, as if to preserve a certain important art ratio, which would suffer from chatter, from too much “packaging”. Texts and interviews accompany the works presented and the documents on the artist’s methods. A book to make a fascinating, exciting discovery.
Rather than Nothing. A unique and demanding curatorial approach that pushes the envelope of dialogue between artists, but also rethinks the role of the curator and the function of the "white cube”—departing it here in a relevant and disturbing fashion. It's about a whole year of curation at the Maison Populaire de Montreuil, a Parisian suburb, by young Raphaële, supported by philosopher Frédéric Neyrat. From the collective show where the artist exposed changed every day for more than a month to the solo exhibition of the Art Orienté Objet collective, this book documents and nourishes a reflection that goes beyond the framework of the exhibition, and feeds radical, necessary proposals to make a real artistic practice possible in an art world increasingly subservient to market forces.
Volume # 4
The fourth issue of the excellent magazine Volume devoted to sound in art, poetry and contemporary performance. A quality issue, with Art&Language, Pierre Henry, Robert Morris, Philippe Parreno, and more. Ideal for those who want to discover and deepen a dimension of art remaining free and experimental.
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