This little book of Keichi Tanaami’s vibrant surrealist drawings is a nice thing to have lying around, available to flip through when you want to get ‘weird’. Co-Published by Nieves and CaRTe bLaNChe.
Reading Rainbow’s New Theme Song with LeVar Burton
FriendsWithYou’s new extensive monograph from Rizzoli features contributions by Pharrell Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Peter Doroshenko. It’s a delightful look into the group’s history and artwork from their formation in 2002 until the present. This Thursday is the New York book launch, which takes place at the PK Shop and accompanies the release of their latest artist edition, Little Cloud.
The wrinkles in this new publication from Mikael Kennedy are not intentional, I foolishly left the once-pristine 32-page, 9″ x 14″ zine full of beautiful landscapes on my dining room table next to an open window and an empty bottle of red wine. It rained that night, and this is the unfortunate effect of humidity on newsprint. You could say that this zine now has a “well-traveled” look to it, and that would be great, because starting tomorrow night, Mikael and his wife, Folk-Singer Melaena Cadiz begin their month long tour across America. Celebrating the joint release of their respective album + photo collection—both titled “Deep Below Heaven”—the duo’s first stop is at the Westerlind Showroom in Nolita for a performance accompanied by photo-projections. Stop by at 7pm and wish them well on their journey through the heartland.
We picked up a rare copy of Eric Elms’ 2011 zine featuring “a collection of images cut from old NBA posters highlighting the fans staring in unison at the slam dunks” when we visited his studio last week.
A look through Peter Sutherland’s 2007 book featuring photographs of deer in Colorado, California, Utah, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Vermont and New Zealand between 2002 and 2007.
A rare book from 1984 featuring beautiful photographs by Suomi LaValle taken from his exploration of the traditional hash-making regions of the world.
A new photo book surrounding Evel Knieval’s 1972 trip to Cooperville, Oklahoma.
Available through Done to Death Publications
While not as dirty as one might expect, this small book presents a glimpse into the mind of David Choe through a “black and white collection of drawings, sketches, writing and ephemera.”
Published by Giant Robot and available here
Thug Notes: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
This introduction to the work of Ai Weiwei was published in conjunction with his wonderful US retrospective, which luckily enough opens at the Brooklyn Museum this Friday, April 18th.
Asa Akira’s new memoir gets you deep inside the mind of a porn star as she tells her tale of going from school girl at Manhattan’s United Nations International School to AVN Performer of the Year. Complemented with a cover by David Choe, it’s a hard to miss book on the shelf, and a worthy purchase to pass on to your lady for encouragement.
My Father, The Drug Lord by Tony Dokoupil
Big Tony Dokoupil–a charismatic, high-living drug trafficker–made his fortune moving dozens of tons of weed, then bottomed out and lost it all. His estranged son finds him two decades later, ruined, and confronts the man who abandoned his family to rule over the golden age of marijuana.
Opening tonight and maintaining hours through the weekend, BEPAD is a suite event at The Lowell Hotel featuring rare books, photographs, artist interventions, and cultural artifacts from the likes of Fulton Ryder, Harper’s Books and Karma.
Wednesday, April 9: 5:00 – 10:00pm
Thursday, April 10: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, April 11: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, April 12: 12:00 – 8:00pm
The Lowell Hotel
28 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
A small monograph that was published in 2013 which focuses on Eddie’s drawings and includes an essay by Glenn O’Brien.
If you can’t make it to London’s Dover Street Market to do your book shopping, the IDEA books instagram feed is the next best thing. Rare titles from heavy hitters like Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Guy Bourdin are available, as well cult classics like the first issue of the now defunct Versace Magazine or one awesome copy of Vans: A Book of Rolling Rooms. Be warned though, titles go fast. So check now, and check often.
— Chris Black / @donetodeath