In 1954 Japanese writer and artist Shohachi Kimura published GINZA HACCHO, with photographs by Yoshikazu Suzuki of every building on Ginza Street in Tokyo as an accordion foldout book. Twelve years later, Ed Ruscha published EVERY BUILDING ON THE SUNSET STRIP in almost exactly the same style. While the latter has become a touchstone of conceptual publications and artists’ books, its predecessor remains largely unknown. Appropriating Shohachi Kimura’s (and Ed Ruscha’s) work, Michalis Pichler’s accordion-folded book opens up to a fourteen-foot strip of photographs of EVERY BUILDING ON THE GINZA STREET of today, each building identified by a street number. Crossroads are also identified with captions. Photographed from a car driving past, the individual photos were then pasted together to make the long accordion fold. Paper joins are visible throughout the book. Pichler’s version offers a modern update, depicting Ginza street in contemporary Tokyo, where the facades are dominated by glamorous high-end global fashion and luxury brands mixed with local heavyweights: SWAROWSKI, Folli Follie, MONTBLANC, YAMAHA, RIMOVA, ZARA, CÉLINE, G SIX, VALENTINO, FENDI, GEOX, PRADA, SONY, NISSAN, MITSUKOSHI, MATSUYA GINZA and LOUIS VUITTON dominating a whole block, BULGARI, TIFFANY, NOVARESE, UGG, KIRA RITO GINZA, Samsonite, Tocca and others on the East-Side. On the West-Side, the parade of by commercial name-dropping includes familiar, festaria, LOUNIE, SHISEIDO, VACHERON CONSTANTINE, DAMIANI, onitsuka tiger, PANDORA, PIAGET, LLADRÓ, Chloé, Abercombie & Fitch, MINX, Yoshinoya, DIANA, UNIQLO, I-PRIMO, SoftBank, GU, TASAKI, MIKIMOTO, MICHAEL KORS, FURLA, CHAUMET, CHANEL, Cartier, AOYAMA, ALFRED DUNHILL, Ermenegildo Zegna, miu miu, POLA, and GINZA TANAKA. Within Pichler’s body of work EVERY BUILDING ON THE GINZA STRIP / GINZA HACCHO represents a piece of serial photography, urban phenomenology, ambiguous social critique and art history karaoke. In a critical essay on appropriation (2009), Pichler discussed techniques of appropriation employed (often combined) in books today, and related the books of Ed Ruscha to its Japanese predecessors.
“Exile” is the third chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls, which offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. A seven-chapter tale first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC, The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology. Since 2013, Yogananthan has been travelling from north to south India, retracing the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. Between fiction and reality, he deliberately blurs the lines through multiple aesthetic approaches: colour, hand-painted and illustrated photographs are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story. The end of chapter two announces that Rama is banished from the kingdom, forced to live in exile during fourteen years. The third chapter tells about Rama’s life in the forest, where he is joined by Sita and his brother Lakshmana. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Arshia Sattar. A Myth of Two Souls will be published in seven photobooks between 2016-2020, one per chapter of the epic.
This major publication provides the most comprehensive overview yet of Nobuyoshi Araki’s (b.1940) prolific 40-year career Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer – and certainly its most controversial – consistently challenging artistic and social conventions in post-war Japan The first book to examine Araki’s work from a wide variety of viewpoints: Japanese and European; female and male, including all his major works, such as Sentimental Journey (1971), Tokyo Story (1989) and Erotos (1993) Araki’s writings, widely admired and published in Japan, are translated into English for the first time Includes a complete illustrated and annotated bibliography of 200 of Araki’s own books
Multiples by: John L. Tancock, Abe Ajay, Otmar Alt, Arman, Jean Arp, Richard Artschwager,Enrico Baj, Mary Bauermeister, Miguel Berrocal, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, Mel Bochner, Sandro Bocola, Hartmut Bohm, Agostino Bonalumi, Victor Bonato,Davide Boriani, Derek Boshier, Martha Boto, David Bradshaw, K.P. Brehmer,Marcel Broodthaers, Robert Bryant, Ursula Burghardt, Pol Bury, John Cage,Alexander Calder, Malcolm Carder, Enrico Castellani, Alik Cavaliere, Mario Ceroli, Thomas Chimes, Christo, Chryssa, Genevieve Claisse, Gianni Colombo,Kenelm Cox, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Allan D’Arcangelo, Sandro de Alexandris, Lucio Del Pezzo, H.R. Demarco, Walter De Maria, Jim Dine, Herbert Distel, Francesco Marino di Teana, Piero Dorazio, Angel Duarte, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Michel Fadt, Rafael Ferrer, Robert Filliou, Lucio Fontana,Horacio Garcia-Rossi, Karl Gerstner, Gilbert & George, Ludwig Gosewitz, Hans Haacke, Raymond Hains, Etienne Hajdu, Richard Hamilton, Maurice Henry,Eva Hesse, Charles Hinman, Karl Horst Dodicke, Douglas Huebler, Fritz Hendertwasser, Jean Ipousteguy, Allen Jones, Howard Jones, Donald Judd,Iwao Kagoshima, Stephen Kaltenbach, Pierre Keller, Milan Knizak, Piotr Kowalski, David Lamelas, Fernand Leger, Julio Le Parc, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Shoji Lida, Liliane Lijn, Richard Lindner, Yuan-Chia Li, Bernard Luginbuhl, Adolf Luther, Rene Magritte, Piero Manzoni, Enzo Mari, Marisol,Gino Marotta, Henri Matisse, Paul Matisse, Rory McEwen, Tomio Miki, Marcello Morandini, Francois Morellet, Robert Morris, Bruno Munari, Bruce Nauman,Louise Nevelson, Kazuo Okazaki, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, George Ortman, Claus Paeffgen, Palermo, Pavlos, Henry Pearson, David Pelham, Alicia Penalba, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Gio Pomodoro, William Pye, Edival Ramosa, Robert Rauschenberg, May Ray, Martial Raysse, Paul Reich, George Rickey, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Dieter Rot [Dieter Roth], Mimmo Rotella, Gerhard Rühm, Edward Ruscha, Lucas Samaras,Remo Saraceni, Pedroni Sarenco, Alan Saret, Nicholas Schoffer, Peter Sedgley,George Segal, Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Tony Smith, Robert Smithson,Kenneth Snelson, Francisco Sobrino, Keith Sonnier, Jesus Raphael Soto, Daniel Spoerri, Klaus Staeck, Klaus Staudt, Joel Stein, Saul Steinberg, Kumi Sugai,George Sugarman, Takis, Paul Palman, Takao Tanabe, Andre Thomkins, Joe Tilson, Jean Tinguely, Luis Tomasello, David Tremlett, Ernest Trova, Michael Tyzack, Raoul Ubac, Gunther Uecker, De Wain Valentine, Gregorio Vardanega,Victor Vasarely, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Willy Weber, Lawrence Weiner,Gunter Wesler, Ludwig Wilding, Jean Pierre Yvaral
From sepia-toned shots of old Hawaii to sharp focused close-ups of Kelly Slater, Surf Life juxtaposes, pastes, and cuts together a scrapbook of the surfer lifestyle throughout the 20th century. But as even the greatest surfer riding the biggest waves leaves nothing permanent in his or her wake, Surf Life provides much more than one man’s stroll down an always sunny, taned, water flooded memory lane. Surf Life captures the fleeting, ephemeral moments that together add up to a visual history of surfing: pre-WWII and post-Gulf War beach boys, winsome surfer girls on long boards, Hawaiian aunties in parasols, and lone surfers on empty beaches. Prize-winning men and women ride waves taller than most of us have ever even seen, including 60s champ Joey Cabell and 90s star Kelly Slater, Kauai waterman Titus Kinimaka and four-time world champion Lisa Andersen, the late rebel Miki Dora and Hawaiian stylist Paul Strauch. Photographs from the last 70 years of surfers in the waves, on the beach, riding around in cars, and just lounging around are shot by the likes of Ron Stoner, Don King, Frank Quirarte, Jeff Hornbaker, Art Brewer, Jeff Devine, Jim Russi, LeRoy Grannis, Dewey Nicks, Don James, Carlos Serrao, Hank, Doc Ball, Aaron Chang, Mark Oblow, Craig Stecyk, Ted Granbeau, David Tsay, Steve Bissel, Dan Merkel, Leo Hetzel, Taki, Eric Aeder, Harold Ward, Eric Baseman, John Severson, Andrew Kidman, and Audrey Adler. From California to Hawaii, Tahiti to Indonesia, Australia to the Maldives, Surf Life follows the endless summer of the surfer’s life.
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