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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Ugo Rondinone: The Night of Lead: Published by JRP|Ringier: D.A.P

outsized monster heads and contorted trees that could be modeled from illustrations to a children’s ghost storyoutsized monster heads and contorted trees that could be modeled from illustrations to a children’s ghost story

At nearly 400 pages, and with a wealth of color plates, this enormous new monograph from JRP|Ringier surveys all of these works and more, taking full stock of Rondinone’s prolific activity over the past dozen years.

TI IS MAD FOR: MODERNIST CUISINE : The Art And Science Of Cooking : In Six Volumes:

The mysteries behind this school of cooking should make this  tome a mega-buy come March 2011.The mysteries behind this school of cooking should make this tome a mega-buy come March 2011.

"The reason I call this cuisine modernist is that in the 19th century you had these seeds of modernism that revolutionized art, architecture, literature and philosophy. It was a reaction to the industrializing of the modern world. But it just didn't happen with food. Le Coubusier who was out there calling a house a machine that you live in, sat down to the same coq au vin as everybody else. The Bauhaus guys who said 'Architecture, let's change that! Typography, let's change that! Typography, let's change that!' did nothing to change schnitzel. This is finally the modernist revolution of food, just one hundred years late"

Nathan Myhrvold

CURRENT READING: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: MARIPOL: DAMIANI

This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.

"We grew up in a world where it was ok to exchange ideas with other people, and it wasn’t so rigid, and it's like what you said about the new wave and punk movement, it was much more raw and tougher and it was about a bunch of people who had something to say. It wasn't so boxed in and so pre-fabricated. It was something very organic and cool and very hard, you know, which is great."

Marc Jacobs in conversation with Maripol, excerpted from Little Red Riding Hood.

TI PREVIEW: STEVEN KLEIN: STAG FILM

It is ultimately about ways of seeing. What is the way in which you choose to see fashion as opposed to art as opposed to sex as opposed to advertising in contrast to life, real life ? What are the lines separating and distinguishing all these driving forces in our culture? Photography is only truly powerful when it can provoke a body of questions and the beauty of this film lies precisely in the questions it pulls up in its wake..

You can see "Stag Film" for its pure beauty, as a series of images rendering the horse's classical form as a sculptural black and white abstraction. As the initial press release this summer for the gallery exhibition of "Stag Film" explained " Is it that Stag Film is simply about motion and emulsion and how light at 250th of a second captures and renders life static?".

But you also have the option of being startled and shocked by "Stag Film": by its realness in documenting the urgency in which this stallion battles a "phantom" mare.

Or you could synthesize all these layers of reaction and see a shadow play of life and death and sex ... of the species fighting desperately to perpetuate itself, of an artist identifying poetry in that struggle.

For further information on purchasing the book edition of Stag Film, here are the full details

CURRENT READING: THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT EGYPT: WILLIAM KELLY SIMPSON

scraps of  hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts,  extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,scraps of hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts, extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,

Having grown up with all those Greco-Roman legends deep drilled in our heads, don't you wonder sometimes what preceded that tradition of "antiquity" ?

CURRENT READING: WRITING AND DIFFERENCE: JACQUES DERRIDA : Alan Bass (Translator)

Please consider Jacques  Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"Please consider Jacques Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"

This one goes out to the long lost memory of that certain college professor that made me read "Writing and Difference" as a part of his "Film and Philosophy" course. At the time I don't think I consciously understood a word of this early foray of Mr. Derrida into the field that came to be known as "Deconstruction". Deconstruction was so hot in the 90's it even became a fashion movement. Jacques Derrida was so hot in the 80's Scritti Polliti crooned an ode to him. How's that for cultural impact? Upon re-reading "Writing and Difference" these past few days (I will not front and say I'm anywhere close to finishing) , something occurred to me.

At the time I may not have consciously "gotten" Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways" but I was very unconsciously inspired it. I think I'm currently in a process of experimentation based on that provocative thought that perhaps the body of Western knowledge we carry culturally is far from a complete and objective truth. If you like rebel energy then this great French thinker's invitation to, in essence, "question everything" is one of those compelling calls to intellectual freedom akin to The Sex Pistols screaming "I am an anarchist. I am the anti-christ."

Current Reading: Inside The White Cube : The Ideology Of The Gallery Space : Expanded edition : Brian O'Doherty.

If it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part  to these essaysIf it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part to these essays

"Notes On The Gallery Space ", the first of the articles , appeared in the pages of Artforum in 1976 ,

CURRENT READING: BRETT LLOYD: THE QUIETER POSTER BOYS : EXCLUSIVELY AT DASHWOOD BOOKS (NYC)

Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.

OK so it's not so much a read as a look but boy what a luscious look it is!

DIGITAL MARKETING: FUTURE PUBLISHING

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Today Friday July 16th, is submissions day meaning TI's inbox has been brimming with some interesting material recently. Quite exciting for me was an email concerning a current collaboration between Picador and digital creative agency Ralph around Bret Easton Ellis' new novel "Imperial Bedrooms" .

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: RIZZOLI'S CARINE ROITFELD BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK WITH OLIVIER ZAHM: COMING FALL 2011

Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.

And the beautiful people at Rizzoli wish to include you in on the process . Details as follows:

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