Under the Sign of [sic] $25
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Art scholars might argue that concept, not flattery, was at the root Elaine Sturtevant's work, in which she manually copied pieces by pop artists ranging from Roy Lichtenstein to Andy Warhol, at one point inspiring Claes Oldenburg to say he wanted to kill her. Intrigued yet? "Under The Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant's Volte-Face," is a challenging and informative undertaking written by Bruce Hainley, and the first book-length monograph of her art to be released in English.
Underwater Puppies $15
Award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel compiled his captivating photographs of puppies under water into a book featuring 72 highly entertaining portraits.
Worn Stories $16
Brooklyn-based writer Emily Spivack has been publishing essays about people and their clothing since 2010 on her blog, Worn Stories. The highly personal accounts vary in tenor, but all maintain a thoughtful, honest sensibility. She's now taken the stories into the physical realm with her book of the same name, which includes narratives from the likes of Paola Antonelli, Rosanne Cash, Marina Abramovic, Rachel Comey, Pat Mahoney and more.
Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Must Forever Be My Friends $35
In her search for "ecstatic unity," celebrated artist Dorothy Iannone creates beautifully subversive works that boldly explore sexual liberation and feminist ideologies. Her progressive image+text style is at once surprising, thoughtful, inspiring, profane, humorous and taboo-shattering. This brilliant compendium binds together a half-decade of familiar and rarely scene works for an in-depth look at Iannone's signature style.
Do Not Sell At Any Price $18
Music journalist Amanda Petrusich digs into the world of collecting the shellacked, 10-inch obscurities in her book, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records." Her in-depth but personal tome takes a look at the fanatic subculture of collecting 79s, the music's historical significance and the characters mostly unwilling to part with their beloved treasures.
Damiani/ Third Line
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry $70
Persian-born artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian fled occupied Iran during World War II for NYC, and her luminous body of work reflects the lifelong journey. Damiani publishes a comprehensive retrospective of Farmanfarmaian's graphic work juxtaposing mirror mosaics of her native land with the modern geometry of her adopted city.
A Long Piece of String $16
Without a word, prominent graphic designer William Wondriska takes readers on a beautiful journey through the alphabet on a long piece of string. Published in 1963 and re-released in 2010, the profoundly simple graphic tale holds a timeless quality still beloved by most anyone, regardless of age, who lays eyes on its pages.
Playing for the Benefit of the Band $65
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some published for the first time, the collection captures jazz greats and everyday players on their home turf, as well as the city's famed second line parades, between 1957 and 1982.
Sebastien Guenard + Marion Billet
Big Meals for Little Hands $18
Kids get equal access to the healthy, gourmet recipes of Michelin-starred French chef Sebastien Guenard in a colorful cookbook. Illustrations by Marion Billet help young cooks learn about sustainable and environmentally conscious cuisine, so they end up having fun with food while learning best practices at an early age.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is? $17
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration at any stage of life.
Strange Paradise $35
The often mind-bending manipulations of objects and images by the supremely talented young artist Charlie Rubin are collected in a new volume aptly titled "Strange Paradise," in which Rubin displays a balanced knack for photography and its distortion.
Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance $23
In an extensive anthology showcasing his own work and that of several of his contemporaries, artist Nathaniel Stern explores the role of the body in interactive art with both beauty and clarity. Appropriately, the book includes a "digital companion" chapter that's available for free online.
State Of The Union Tee $25
DFA Records pays homage to its roster of artists with their State of the Union T-shirt. Printed on an American Apparel 50/50 cotton tee, names comprising their signature lightening bolt logo include label favorites like Yacht, LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost, The Rapture and more, as well as "new folks you may have not met yet."
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Ryan Gander: Artists' Cocktails $25
From one creative mind to another, Ryan Gander's 224-page book "Artists' Cocktails" recognizes the ongoing narrative between an artist and his or her favorite drink. London-based Gander places offbeat snapshots along with intoxicating libations favored by artists like Martino Gamper, Dinos Chapman, Cory Arcangel, Tobias Rehberger, David Shrigley and many more.
David Meowie Print $23
London's Mister Peebles creates humorous paper goods with the noble mission of increasing the amount of times you chuckle in a day. His success lies in his little anthropomorphic friends, which he illustrates using watercolor pencils, pen and "some ideas picked up at the zoo." Our pick is "David Meowie"—a sleepy cat that appears to have danced the night away!
Douglas Coupland Wallet $68
Roots Canada celebrates Canadian novelist and artist Douglas Coupland with a capsule collection inspired by Coupland's visual work. A highlight is this slim leather wallet projecting the title of his exhibition currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery through September 2014.