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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Michael Dweck: Habana Libre (Damiani editore, Italy)

"A socially connected group of keenly observant artists, glamorous models, filmmakers, musicians and writers ""A socially connected group of keenly observant artists, glamorous models, filmmakers, musicians and writers "

"Behind the clichéd press images of vintage cars, crumbling buildings, peeling paint and a struggling unhappy people held back from progress, lays a hidden society of Cuba's most influential people - the creative class. It is a socially connected group of keenly observant artists, glamorous models, filmmakers, musicians and writers captured in an elaborate dance of survival and success. Their lives are a constant play of appearances; they are the privileged class in a classless society."

Michael Dweck: Habana Libre

CURRENT READING: THE BOOMBOX PROJECT: LYLE OWERKO

this vital book explores its subject with a respect and gravitas that vindicates as much as it veneratesthis vital book explores its subject with a respect and gravitas that vindicates as much as it venerates

"Turn up the volume on your boombox, whatever the size, and let the capstan wheels of the tape deck drive a favorite mix tape to life. As the defiant voice of punk rock legend Joe strummer said "This is Radio Clash using audio ammunition..."

Lyle Owerko, December 12 2009, New York.

CURRENT READING: History of Beauty and On Ugliness : Umberto Eco

When Eco moves to the dark side he serves up a deep meditation on depictions of  evil, depravity, and darknessWhen Eco moves to the dark side he serves up a deep meditation on depictions of evil, depravity, and darkness

A treatise on beauty you expect. That's a great tradition.

CURRENT (RE) READING: MIKE MILLS : GRAPHICS FILMS: DAP

The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.

Love him or hate him you'll have to deal with him, this Mike Mills.

CURRENT READING: GREAT JONES STREET: DON De LILLO

" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"

Fame requires every kind of excess. I mean true fame , a devouring neon ,

CURRENT READING: MICHAEL THOMPSON: PORTRAITS : EDITED BY VINCE ALETTI : PUBLISHED BY DAMIANI

The images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince AlettiThe images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince Aletti

The limited edition of "Portraits" comes with a numbered and signed photo by Michael Thompson (10 x 17 inches) and is housed in a linen box.

CURRENT READING: Katharina Fritsch : MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY CO-PUBLISHED WITH TATE PUBLISHING

Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.

How striking is this cover image for the Katharina Fritsch monograph available at matthewmarks.com!

CURRENT READING: YOHJI YAMAMOTO: MY DEAR BOMB : COAUTHORED BY AI MITSUDA. PUBLISHED BY LUDION

Illustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography formIllustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography form

Voila a beautiful companion piece to Yamamoto's current retrospective at London's Victoria and Albert Museum from March 12 - July 10, 2011.

CURRENT READING: Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Micheal Morris Arsenl : Pulp Press, 2010

The instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting processThe instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting process

The grid, the repitition, the composition...the rhythmic quality of Lukacs' polaroids have a compelling quality that allows them to transcend their initial purpose as preparatory work for his paintings.

CURRENT READING: Dolce & Gabbana Uomini: Mariano Vivanco:Rizzoli (2011).

AJ Abualrub in " Dolce & Gabbana Uomini": Photography: Mariano Vivanco via fordmodelsblog.comAJ Abualrub in " Dolce & Gabbana Uomini": Photography: Mariano Vivanco via fordmodelsblog.com

Given that the prior extravaganza of a Dolce calendar featuring David Gandy has thus far clocked 143351 reads

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