Despite singing in “Art Groupie” that she would “never write my memoirs”, legendary influential performer Grace Jones has decided to offer a revealing account of her spectacular career and turbulent life, charting the development that has made her one of the world’s most recognizable artists. As a singer, model, and actress Grace has consistently been an extreme, her provocative shows in underground New York nightclubs saw her hailed as a disco queen, gay icon, and gender defying iconoclast. In the memoir she offers an intimate insight into her evolving style, personal philosophies, and varied career. “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs” hits shops on September 29th.
Björk is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide, back in March, MoMA in New York opened up a major mid-career retrospective. Thames & Hudson released a tome detailing Björk’s boundary pushing body of work. Seven distinct booklets came together to create “Bjork: Archives” with one publishing the intimate correspondence with philosopher Timothy Morton in which they search for “a definition of me and my friends’ stance in this world, which I felt his writing came very close to already. Of course I’m still searching but this email chat of ours got pretty close and we shared a couple of coordinates trying to define what “ism” a pop musician from iceland would be [...]“. “Björk: Archives” features contributions from Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton and Sjón and is designed by M/M (Paris) is out now. Click here for more and see some spreads after the break.
Innen zine just released a new fanzine by it girl Chloë Sevigny, titled No Time For Love, the photobook is filled with snapshots from photobooths and candid images of the men in her life – from her father to her first loves – plastered with stickers to keep their privacy, of course. Hit Read More to see more images.
Tracey Emin, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists, has provided cover artwork for the new Penguin Modern Classics editions of Henry Miller’s novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. They are scribbles and Schiele-esque swirls, shadowy dark smudges of bodies in motion and, as you may have guessed, they perfectly fit the books’ content.
“At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, quite by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice. I decided to follow him” —from Suite Vénitienne by Sophie Calle.
In Suite Vénitienne, Sophie Calle’s first artist’s book she notates, in diaristic, time-stamped entries, her surveillance of Henri B. in Venice. She also carefully observes her own emotions as she searches for, finds and follows him. This Siglio reissue is a completely new iteration of Suite Vénitienne, designed in collaboration with Calle, to be the definitive English-language edition. This new, beautiful edition allows readers to devour this compelling and crucial work. Hit Read more to have a closer look.
A new book of Coco Chanel pictures – taken over just three weeks in 1962 by photographer Douglas Kirkland – shows a new side to the formidable and brilliant “Mademoiselle”. Kirkland, who spent 21 days with Chanel in her apartment in the Ritz, at the studio preparing for a catwalk show, and on a weekend trip to Versailles, revealed that he built a friendly relationship with the designer – but never saw her remove her signature hat. Kirkland – who has photographed stars including Angelina Jolie and Marilyn Monroe – is releasing 100 copies of a deluxe limited-edition version of the book, complete with a signed print, hurry up! Peek at some more pictures after the jump.
Patti Smith’s follow-up memoir to her award-winning account of life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, “Just Kids”, will come out this fall. The new book, “M Train”, will present what her publisher has described as a journey through 18 “stations,” as she writes about various turning points in her life. The memoir, which is due out October 6th and is published by Knopf Publishing, will also contain black-and-white Polaroids that the singer-songwriter took herself. In the meantime you can see her perform her entire album “Horses” at Primavera Sound on May 29th.
Nathalie Du Pasquier started drawing as soon as she met her husband George Sowden in 1979 in Milan. She was introduced to the world of design and shortly after, in 1981, became a founding member of the iconic postmodern design movement Memphis. From then on she didn’t stop drawing, every day she would draw a whole new modern world, from very small items like jewelry to entire cities. Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously is the first and definitive compilation of all the unpublished drawings from 1981 to 1987, which had been sitting in the drawers of Nathalie’s studio for over 30 years. This unique book has been carefully edited and designed by Apartamento magazine’s co-founder Omar Sosa together with Nathalie Du Pasquier and is an excellent welcome document of an fundamental period in modern design. Have a look at some spreads after the jump!
Alba Editorial, last October released “Pequeña y GRANDE Coco Chanel” by amazing illustrator Ana Albero and Isabel Sanchez Vergara, a children’s book based on Coco Chanel’s biography. This is the first title of a collection of short stories where young and “not so young” girls can discover some of the greatest women in contemporary history. Hit Read More to see more images.