A present for everyone — Christmas 2016
Emmanuel Berry, Rodin, published by Editions Xavier Barral, 120 pages, 49 black and white photographs, bilingual French-English, 2016.
The artist’s graphic research is revealed through natural light photographs of studies and uncompleted works.
Robert Storr, Louise Bourgeois, Géométries intimes, Published by Hazan, 752 pages, 900 illustrations, 2016.
A thorough, complete overview of the work of major 20th century visual artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). This book offers both an intimate portrait of the artist and an indepth study of her work through a rich inconography.
Giuliana Bruno, Guy Tosatto, Cristina Iglesias, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Grenoble (April 23 – July 31st, 2016), Ed. Fage, 184 pages, 110 illustrations, bilingual French-English, 2016.
This book explores the past fifteen years of Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias’s career, one of the most influential sculptors of contemporary sculpture. Her work is characterized by architectural shapes, the use of a diversity of materials and natural motifs, and plays with space and light. The book also offers translations of some of her writing and multiple studies of her work.
Daniel Buren, L’observatoire de la lumière, travail in situ, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Published by Xavier Barral, 468 pages, 420 color and black and white photographs, bilingual French-English, 2016.
This testimonial of the temporary artwork created on the Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris shows how this new outlook plays on the interaction between light and architecture. It also offers a genesis and the evolution of Buren’s work from the 1970s to today.
Carl Andre, la sculpture comme lieu 1958-2010, exhibition catalogue from the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (October 18th, 2016-February 12th, 2017), 416 pages, 2016.
A long awaited retrospective on this American artist who redefined sculpture as a place to experience space, shape and matter.
Thomas Boutoux, Katinka Bock, Any, published by Editions Roma, 88 pages, bilingual German-English, 2016.
This artist’s book, created in parallel to the exhibition at the Kuntsmuseum of Lucerne, highlights the work of young German artist Katinka Bock who works on establishing links between her artwork, the materials she uses and the characteristics of a place.
TOURS AND DETOURS
Alberto Giacometti, Pourquoi je suis sculpteur, published by Hermann, 64 pages, 4 black and white illustrations, 2016.
A collection of texts on sculpture, which is « neither complete nor perfect. »
Camille Morineau, Jean Tinguely ‘60s, published by Hazan, 112 pages, 50 illustrations, bilingual French-English, 2016.
An artist’s book on all of Tinguely’s 1960s sculptures. The 1000 copies of the catalogue were published by the Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois and the Hazan publishing company for the exhibition « Jean Tinguely ‘60s » held at the gallery from September 9th to October 29th, 2016.
Revue Sculptures n° 3, Qu’est-ce-que la sculpture moderne, contemporaine?, published by Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 127 pages, 2016.
A reevaluation of the major questions and innovations of sculpture during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Gwenn Rigal, Le temps sacré des cavernes, published by José Corti, coll. Bibliophilia, 384 pages, 95 illustrations, 2016.
If you are interested in first humans’ artistic manifestations, this book is a must-have! A fascinating summary of all the interpretations offered throughout time to understand the meaning of cave art.
Végétal : Explorer le monde botanique, Editions Phaïdon, 352 pages, 300 color illustrations, 2016.
Botanical art, in all its splendor, highlights plants’ beauty and diversity thanks to an impressive compilation and confrontation of the different techniques of representation throughout time and space.
José E. Mendes Ferrão, Le voyage des plantes et les grandes découvertes, published by Chandeigne, coll. Magellane, 384 pages, 2016.
With a rich historic iconography, this book, conceived as a dictionary, offers an inventory of the main 69 plants that have conquered Europe and other continents. It tells about their journey throughout the globe, how they have changed the eating and agricultural habits of different people. Fascinating!
Gilles Clément, Leendert Blok, Les extravagantes, published by Xavier Barral, 176 pages, 85 color and black and white photographs, 2015.
Flowers as objects of desire under the eye of Dutch photographer Leendert Blok (1895-1986). A plant world sublimed by autochrome as a reference to tulip collectors of the Netherlands’ golden century. Gilles Clément sets this beautiful work in its artistic and historical context.
Bruno Sirven, Le génie de l’arbre. Visages, paysages, usages, published by Actes Sud, 432 pages, 2016.
« The genius of the tree is to know how to make anything with almost nothing. » Geographer and tree specialist Bruno Sirven takes us into this rich universe… Indispensable to humans.
Studio Olafur Eliasson : En cuisine, Published by Phaïdon, 368 pages, 500 color illustrations, 2016.
When artist Olafur Eliasson gathers his team every day for lunch… 100 personal recipes and vegetarian ideas to cook… and magnify creativity.
Dirk Van Weelden, Gerco De Ruijter. Almost Nature, published by Lecturis, 264 pages, color illustrations, English, 2015.
Dutch artist Gerco De Ruijter’s photographs are characterized by fascinating plays on perspective created thanks to devices such as kites to which the artist attaches his camera thus allowing it to gaze at the landscape from the sky and to capture natural sites from new angles.
FOR CHILDREN, AND OTHERS…
Frédérique Bertrand, Michael Leblond, Le musée en pyjamarama, published by Editions du Rouergue, 24 pages, 2016. 4 and older.
Here we go! Put on your pajamas and take off on a journey to the land of shapes and colors of contemporary art. Everything comes to life thanks to a magical grid. Except for guards!
Mathilde Bourgon, Totems, Published by Gautier-Languereau, coll. Pop-up, 7 pages, 2016.
This pop-up book includes 6 imaginary totems, each representing a country, an emotion or a legend. Six tiny poetic sculptures.
Gilles Clément, Vincent Gravé, Un grand jardin, published by Cambourakis, 32 pages, 2016
Award of the Festival Chapitre Nature 2016. This is a very large book where one strolls in the garden month after month, discovering the cycle of life. Colorfully illustrated and filled with details, this book also offers well-documented and poetic texts about plants and all the tiny living creatures of the garden… including the gardener.
Margaux Othats, Un jour dehors, published by Editions Magnani, 44 pages, 2016. 6 and older.
Two friends build sheds in the forest. A simple rule: never come out of the forest. One day, one of them goes beyond the edge of the forest and disappears. The other goes to search for him and starts an initiatory quest illustrated by the simple and pure lines of the illustrations where landscape plays an essential role.
Katie Scott, Botanicum, published by Casterman, 95 pages, 2016. 6 and older.
Discover the fascinating universe of plants through the meticulous work of London illustrator Katie Scott and the ancient treatment of her drawings. A hypnotic book!
Ernst Haeckel, Maike Biederstadt, Creatures of the Deep, Prestel Verlag Publishing, 2016.
A naturalist pop-up book of the drawings of famous 19th century German biologist Ernst Haeckel. The architectural shapes of the natural elements are highlighted by the delicate paper cutout work. A complete success!
Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault, Cloth Lullaby, Abrams Books, 42 pages, 2016
The woven life of Louise Bourgeois in red, white and rose.