E-Books are quickly becoming the most convenient option for digesting literature, but even in the digital-age there’s still a time and a place for physical books, especially art books. Heavy on imagery, here are five books you’ll definitely want on your coffee table, not your kindle.
Guy Bourdin: Untouched
by Shelly Verthime (Editor), Guy Bourdin (Photographer)
Release Date: July 28
Undoubtedly one of the most influential fashion photographers of the twentieth century, Guy Bourdin was a revolutionary artist whose work has garnered a cult-like following. Shooting largely for French Vogue as well as Harper’s Bazaar, Chanel, Issey Miyake, Versace, Charles Jourdan and Emanuel Ungaro, Bourdin’s work today is hung in prestigious museums across the globe. Launching his career in black-and-white in the early ’50s (though he is best known for his color images), Untouched explores this unseen body of work and gives viewers a glance into the early stages of his career and his initial development as an artist.
by Petra Collins (Editor), Tavi Gevinson (Foreword), Karley Sciortino (Slutever) (Contributor), Jenny Zhang (Contributor), Jamia A. Wilson (Contributor)
Release Date: Out Now
Curated by BULLETT fave Petra Collins, Babe is aiming to prove that feminism and sexuality aren’t mutually exclusive. The book, capturing the voices of several forward-thinking female artists, is a collection of work from more than 30 artists from her online collective, “The Ardorous.” The artists in the book—Arvida Bystrom, Sandy Kim, Harley Weir, Jeanette Hayes, and Kristie Muller—have varying aesthetics, but in Babe they all attempt to explore female identity, and provide commentary on the role of the Internet and social media in our current society.
Ellsworth Kelly: Outside In
Published by Matthew Marks Gallery, Text by Briony Fer
Release Date: August 25
Redefining abstraction in art, Ellsworth Kelly’s work has become iconic for its emphasis on form, color and relief. Using the simplicity of these basic elements, he delivers a vibrant body of work that’s presented in Outside In. With an oversize format, vivid imagery and an introductory essay by Art Historian Briony Fer, the book provides insight into Kelly’s perpetual movement between inside and outside, past and present, two dimensions and three.
by Ren Hang
Release Date: June 19
Best known for effortlessly capturing nudity and the natural world, Photographer Ren Hang takes a new direction in his newest series NEW LOVE, this time placing his models and friends in cityscapes instead of landscapes. The nudity in Hang’s imagery—shot exclusively in New York City in parks and at the top of high rise buildings—feels out of place in the urban environment, providing viewers with rich contrast. NEW LOVE, published by Session Press and distributed by Dashwood, will be released at the opening of Hang’s latest exhibition in Tokyo, running until July 25 at Matchbaco Gallery.
by Robert Montgomery
Release Date: Out Now
Though this is the first monograph to be published of the Scottish-born artist’s work, Robert Montgomery has been showing his work to the public for quite some time. Committed to his art in the urban space, Montgomery speaks through anonymous poems on 12-foot-tall billboards, illuminated neon signs amidst the cityscape and burning text in theLouvre gardens. Montgomery’s melancholic messages such as, “THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE BECOME GHOSTS INSIDE YOU AND LIKE THIS YOU KEEP THEM ALIVE,” are instead politically charged commentary describing the open wounds of a capitalist society. Published by Distanz, the book provides a comprehensive illustrated overview of his work, alongside essays by Henrik Wobbe, Barbara Polla and Manuel Wischnewski.