Wednesday, September 28, 2011

EVENT: Michael Hurley & Laura Baird!



Friday, October 7th at 9 pm
at
Brickbat Books


Michael Hurley
Laura Baird


Michael Hurley:

"Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human heart to a mechanics toolbox, Mr. Hurley create(s) elaborate vistas in a musical version of outsider art" - Ann Powers / New York Times 12/9/97

"Hurley remains one of the elusive masters of American folk" - Chris Morris / Billboard 10/31/98

".....let's just shut up and listen and go to where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can't." - Nick Tosches (from the liner notes to Weatherhole)

"Undoubtedly one of this country's greatest folk singers, Hurley has little in common with the majority of today's folk performers. While they seem bent on demonstrating that all people are alike, such a suffocating presumption has no place in this man's work. Michael Hurley is nothing like his potential audience. What better reason to hear what he has to say?" - Chuck Cuminale (Colour Blind James)

"Trusting in his own peculiarities, Hurley makes the world spin just a little bit slower, and a little bit bumpier. Somehow it feels much more natural that way." - Jim Macnie

"Michael Hurley is the last unreconstructed folkie-shaman in America. His songs are primordial tales of the hunt for good cheer and satisfying sex, etched like cave paintings on city walls and farmland silos. Like many characters in his songs, his voice seems to have been run over by the dump truck of life, but it marries human mystery to forthright music like no other." - Milo Miles


Laura Baird

"Laura Baird has been writing songs and making home recordings since the late 1980's. She is also an enthusiastic collector and performer of traditional Appalachian music. She sings and plays many instruments, including clawhammer banjo, guitar, piano and harpsichord.

Laura has recorded with Espers (flute) and Death Vessel (banjo and backing vocals), among others.

Currently, Laura performs as "The Baird Sisters" with her sister Meg."


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Featured: Takako Saito


Takako Saito, Blaues-Regenbogen-Wein-Schachspiel

Edition Hundertmark, Koln, 1982
Limited Edition. Printed Folder containing two folded (as issued) 23" x 23" prints of two game boards with game instructions (in German). Limited to 500 copies.

Fluxus artist known for her chess and game related pieces.




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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Featured: Three Classic Time Inc Covers


Aldous Huxley, Brave New World




Charles Johnson, The Lost Weekend




Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles




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Featured: Two Classic Grove Press Melville Covers


Herman Melville, White Jacket
cover by Roy Kuhlman





Herman Melville, Pierre Or, The Ambiguities
cover by Roy Kuhlman





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Friday, September 16, 2011

Featured: Two Classic Covers


Federico Garcia Lorca, Poet In New York
Cover by Roy Kuhlman




Robert Creeley, A Day Book
Cover by Robert Indiana




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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Update: Anders Nilsen & Marc Bell


I'd like to thank Anders Nilsen and Marc Bell, PBC, and everyone who came out for making last night's event such a success!

We have a limited number of signed (with a small drawing!) copies of Big Questions (Paperback, and the signed, limited (and out of print!) Hardcover edition, as well as Anders's self-published The Game.

Also still available are a handful of Marc Bell's Pure Pajamas, signed with a spiffy illustration of a four-legged sausage; a couple of limited/numbered Sobey's pamphlets; and only three(!) Shrimpy & Paul (out of print) books.

So for all of you who missed the event, or arrived sans wallet, avoid weeping and gnashing of teeth and get 'em while you can!





Big Questions
Signed Paperback
$44.95










Big Questions
Signed, Limited Hardcover
$69.95











The Game
Self-published poster
$9.00











Pure Pajamas
Signed, Hardcover
$22.95












Sobey's
Limited/ Numbered Pamphlet
$9.95











Shrimpy & Paul
Paperback
$16.95











Featured: Two Modern Library Editions


Women In Love, D.H. Lawrence
Cover by McKnight Kauffer




Flowering Judas, Katherine Anne Porter
Cover artist unknown




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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Arrivals: Art


Don't Kiss Me: The Art of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
Hardcover

"This first comprehensive overview of the oeuvre of Claude Cahun offers a wealth of previously unpublished photographs and drawings, illuminating not only her work but also that of her partner Marcel Moore and establishing for the first time the extent of their collaboration. It also includes the first thorough account of their Resistance operations, trial, imprisonment and attempted suicides during the Occupation. Cahun (1894-1954) is best known for riveting photographic self-portraits that seem eerily ahead of their time and has become the focus of an almost cultlike following. She acted out diverse identities, both male and female, in scenes ranging from severely simple to elaborately staged and was a pioneer of the gender-bending role-playing now seen in works by artists such as Cindy Sherman (born the year Cahun died), Nikki S. Lee and many others. Cahun (a pseudonym for Lucy Schwob) and Marcel Moore (Suzanne Malherbe, 1892-1972) were an extraordinary couple who worked and lived together for more than 40 years. Avid participants in the cultural avant-garde in Montparnasse during the 1920s and 30s, they ultimately moved to Jersey, in the Channel Islands, the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. In Don't Kiss Me, seven international authors examine Cahun's and Moore's lives and art-making; their theatrical, literary and performance activities; their relationship with the Surrealist movement; their writings and Cahun's photographic technique. The extensive illustrations encompass not only Cahun's iconic images but also Moore's drawings and previously unseen photographs, manuscripts and ephemera."





Block Beuys
Hardcover

"Joseph Beuys created his “Block Beuys” in the 1960s. This complex and extensive installation consists of a wide range of materials and salvaged items that were selected, manipulated, altered and brought together by Beuys in unusual ways. The objects correspond to each other and, in their unmistakable forms, refer to the artist’s work in its entirety. The “Block Beuys” is permanently installed in a series of seven inter-connected rooms in the Hessische Landesmuseum in Darmstadt.
The photographer Manfred Leve has documented the work, “Block Beuys”, not only in the variety of its individual pieces, but also with a view of the entire work of art. His black-and-white photographs, devoid of any kind of staging, allow a thorough and genuine look at this radiant work. Leve sieht Beuys — Leve looks at Beuys."





Eva Hesse
Hardcover

"The work of Eva Hesse (1936–1970), one of the greatest American artists of the 1960s, continues to inspire and to endure in large part because of its deeply emotional and evocative qualities. Her latex and fiberglass sculptures in particular have a resonance that transcends the boundaries of minimalist art in which she had her roots. Hesse’s breakthrough solo exhibition—Chain Polymers at the Fischbach Gallery in New York in 1968—was a turning point in postwar American art.

Eva Hesse: Sculpture focuses on the artist’s large-scale sculptures in latex and fiberglass and provides a rare opportunity to look at Hesse’s artistic achievement within the historical context of her life in never-before-seen family diaries and photographs. Essays consider Hesse’s art from a variety of angles: Elisabeth Sussman discusses the sculptures shown in the 1968 solo exhibition; Fred Wasserman delves into the Hesse family’s life in Nazi Germany and in the German Jewish community in New York in the 1940s; Yve-Alain Bois examines Hesse’s works within the context of the art and aesthetic theories of the 1960s; and Mark Godfrey analyzes the importance of Hesse’s celebrated hanging sculptures of 1969–70. In addition to color reproductions of the artist’s sculpture, the book features a copiously illustrated chronology of the artist’s life."




Rachel Whiteread
Hardcover

Catalog from the 1995 Philadelphia ICA show. Very Nice.





Jasper Johns
Hardcover

"Jasper Johns (b. 1930) is one of the most significant figures in the history of postwar art. His work from 1955 to 1965 was pivotal, exercising an enormous impact on the subsequent development of pop, minimalism, and conceptual art in the United States and Europe. This is the first publication to approach Johns’s work of this ten-year period through a thematic framework. It examines the artist's interest in the condition of painting as a medium, a practice, and an instrument of encoded meaning through several interrelated motifs: the target, the “device,” the naming of colors, and the imprint of the body.

In this handsome book, leading scholars, a conservator, and a contemporary artist consider Johns’s activity in this critical decade and discuss many of his iconic paintings, such as Target with Four Faces (1955), Diver (1962), Periscope (Hart Crane) (1963), and Arrive-Depart (1963). Their new critical and historical perspectives are grounded in an unusually close visual and material analysis of Johns's work."




Thomas Chimes
Hardcover

"Thomas Chimes is one of the most important artists to emerge in Philadelphia since World War II. Tracing the stylistic evolution of Chimes's idiosyncratic art, this book presents a long-overdue survey of his remarkable five-decade career: canvases combining landscape imagery with symbols such as crucifixes (late 1950s–mid–1960s); mixed-media constructions set within finely crafted metal boxes (late 1960s-early 1970s); his best-known works, a series of forty-eight intimate sepia-toned panel portraits of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers and artists that are placed within oversized wood frames (1973-78); and the enigmatic "white paintings" of the past two decades.

In an essay that explores each of these creative periods in detail, Michael R. Taylor reveals how Chimes has found inspiration in the writings of literary heroes such as Antonin Artaud, James Joyce, and especially Alfred Jarry, the iconoclastic French playwright and novelist whose invented "'Pataphysics"—the "science of imaginary solutions"—has provided the artist with a seemingly inexhaustible font of imagery. Taylor discusses the links between Chimes's work and that of contemporaries such as Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Jess, and Nancy Spero, as well as that of important predecessors like Vincent van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp, and fellow Philadelphian Thomas Eakins."




Annotated Catalogue Raisonné Of The Books By Martin Kippenberger 1977-1997
Hardcover

"Roberta Smith called him the “madcap bad boy of contemporary German art” and also “one of the three or four best German artists of the postwar period.” Martin Kippenberger disrupted the status quo throughout his brief, excessive life, not just by making art of every variety and medium but also by conducting an extended performance in the vicinity of art that involved running galleries, organizing exhibitions, collecting the work of his contemporaries and overseeing assistants. He published books and catalogues, played in a rock-and-roll band and cut records, ran a performance-art space during his early years in Berlin, became part owner of a restaurant in Los Angeles during six months he spent there preparing for an exhibition, and collaborated extensively with other artists. This particular volume considers his output of artist’s books, as well as his exhibition catalogues and all the publications whose content he either created or edited. More than just documentation, this publication makes accessible for a wider public the multiple aspects of Kippenberger’s books, with all the complexity and consequence of his oeuvre intact."





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Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Arrival: Tank Tankuro!


GAJO SAKAMOTO, TANK TANKURO: PREWAR WORKS 1934-1935
Full Color, Hardcover in Slipcase
Cover design by Chris Ware

Tank Tankuro is one of the first robots ever to appear in Japanese comics and may be the first manga "superhero." First published in 1934, Tank Tankuro was one of the most famous manga characters at the time. The comic by Gajo Sakamoto is famous for its innovative and captivating adventure stories full of surrealism, nonsense, innocence, absurdity, and eccentricity. Lost in the turmoil of WWII, this hidden gem has been unearthed by Presspop Gallery. It is now available as a full color, deluxe hard cover with slipcase, beautifully designed by Chris Ware!



"I considered it a pleasant diversion and a distinct honor working on the cover design of Tank Tankuro," said Ware. "Sakamoto's pages seemed wonderfully energetic, almost willfully naive and playful, yet also strangely dire, given their overriding military theme. The immediate Western association I saw was with cartoonist Milt Gross, of the so-called 'screwball' school whose work captured the slam-bang of vaudeville, Yiddish humor and never took itself seriously, while at the same time getting at some of the common frustrations and societal anger that 'higher arts' don't necessarily directly address. Gross's frenetic, loopy pen style is analogous somewhat to Sakamoto's, and I get the same sort of feeling of hectic happiness when looking at their work."

TANK TANKURO'S ANTI-WAR MESSAGE: Under pressure from the militaristic Japanese government of the '30s, Sakamoto was forced to create what appears to be a pro-war comic. However, at a time when creative freedom was deeply at risk, Sakamoto used the pages as a silent anti-war protest, expressing his feelings in the playful, free-spirit of Tankuro himself.

Tank Tankuro influenced a great many manga artists, such as Shigeru Sugiura, Osamu Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio and more, and is the cornerstone from which many masterpieces of manga art would spring. Tankuro became the archetype for various Japanese manga heroes that were to follow. In the story, Tankuro fights the villain Kuro Kabuto (lit. "Black Hat"), who attacks Japan. Kuro Kabuto is famous among Japanese sci-fi fans who believe he resembles Darth Vader of Star Wars.









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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Arrivals: Children's Books


Remy Charlip, Fortunately
Hardcover






Wanda Ga'g, Nothing At All
Hardcover




Charlotte Pomerantz & James Marshall, Piggy In The Puddle
Hardcover




Jeff Brown & Tomi Ungerer, Flat Stanley
Hardcover




Ted Hughes & Jim Downer, Timmy The Tug
Hardcover




Dr Seuss, Les Oeufs Verts au Jambon
Hardcover





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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Featured: Visual Editions

Visual Editions is a London-based book publisher. They believe "that books should be as visually interesting as the stories they tell; with the visual feeding into and adding to the storytelling as much as the words on the page."





Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman






“A lot of nonsense is written about Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – and that’s just as well. It would be depressing in the extreme if this triumphant tangling up of the threads of reason with the strands of linear narrative were to admit of any effective unravelling; which is as much to say, that were you to find yourself picking apart a lucid, non-discursive exposition of the novel – its themes, its techniques, its plot – you would know that you had finally gone mad.”
—Will Self






Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree Of Codes

“Revolutionary” – New York Times

“Very, very cool…delightfully tactile” – Vanity Fair

“the most potent work of art that Jonathan Safran Foer has yet produced.” – Michel Faber, The Guardian

“a true work of art” – Erica Wagner, The Times

“Jonathan Safran Foer, deftly deploys sculptural means to craft a truly compelling story. In our world of screens, he welds narrative, materiality, and our reading experience into a book that remembers that it actually has a body.”–Olafur Eliasson





"Our early conversations with Jonathan Safran Foer about Tree of Codes started when Jonathan said he was curious to explore and experiment with the die-cut technique. With that as our mutual starting point, we spent many months of emails and phone calls, exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. This led to Jonathan deciding to use an existing piece of text and cut a new story out of it. Having considered working with various texts, Jonathan decided to cut into and out of what he calls his “favourite book”: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.

As Jonathan began to carve out his story, we started doing our production homework and literally got turned down by every printer we approached – their stock line being “the book you want to make just cannot be made”. Thankfully, we found Die Keure in Belgium who relished the challenge of making a book with a different die-cut on every page.

Over a year of writing, cutting and proto-typing later, comes Tree of Codes, a haunting new story by Jonathan Safran Foer cut from Bruno Schulz’s words.

The book is as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling: here is an “enormous last day of life” that looks like it feels."





Marc Saporta, Composition No.1
illustrated by Salvador Plascencia



"VE3 is a re-imagining of a book originally published in the 1960s. The book is the first ever “book in a box”, called Composition No. 1 by Marc Saporta. When we say book in a box we mean: quite literally a book that comes in a box with loose pages. Each page has a self-contained narrative, leaving it to the reader to decide the order they read the book, and how much or how little of the book they want to read before they begin again. In so many ways, Composition No.1 was published ahead of its time: the book raises all the questions we ask ourselves today about user-centric, non-linear screen driven ways of reading."





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Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Arrivals: Kramer's Ergot



Kramer's Ergot 7
Hardcover (out of print!)

"Kramers Ergot, the most influential and acclaimed anthology of the past decade, returns in its seventh volume as a gigantic full-color 16 x 21 inch (that’s bigger than a full page from your daily newspaper) hardcover! While past issues explored an innovative blend of art and comics, this collection focuses on expanding the boundaries of the narrative comics page. #7’s massive page size has given these contemporary artists an opportunity to tell stories at a scope not seen since the expansive Sunday newspaper comics of the early twentieth century. Including over 50 of the world’s greatest cartoonists, it draws on the talents of established cartoonists, newcomers, elegant stylists, and unpredictable innovators such as Al Columbia, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, Paper Rad, Jaime Hernandez, Blanquet, Daniel Clowes, Mat Brinkman, Kim Deitch, Anna Sommer, Anders Nilsen, C.F., Adrian Tomine, Joost Swarte and many others."





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