The girl stands awkwardly, her arms crossed over her stomach. Below them she wears high-waisted shorts, wrinkled through with creases and rolled at the bottom; above them she wears a frilly top. And above that, her deeply furrowed brow, mirrored by the part in her neatly done hair.
The village of Pikin Slee in the South American nation of Suriname is incredibly remote. But the details of the place caught photographer Viviane Sassen’s eye, and she decided it was worth the journey to document.
A silhouette of a ballerina is fading on an abandoned semi truck, a sign for Lover’s Lane warns of “falling rocks” and “high water.” And not a person is around. What is this strange and desolate landscape?
What is cool and why do Americans care so much? That’s the hinge on which the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has fixed American Cool — an exhibition of portraiture that opened in February — and its accompanying catalogue.
There will always be fashion magazines that instruct readers which silk faille caftan is appropriate for lounging on a yacht over Memorial Day weekend, but what about one that traces the sartorial origins of the safety pin as an accessory?
Tristano, the most recently translated book by the Italian poet and novelist Nanni Balestrini may come as a surprise to those who know him through his two previously translated works of fiction, The Unseen and Sandokan.
Back in the 1860s, the capital of the United States was glimpsing two visions of its country: one of brutality, and one of beauty. The latter was captured by Carleton Watkins in his photographs of an untouched wilderness in the West.
From the tiny harvest mouse twisting a humble home of blades of grass, to the lofty fields of compass termite towers appearing like relics of some ancient world, the structures of the animal kingdom are astounding in their complexity of forms. Nature photographer Ingo Arndt dedicated two years of traveling around the world to discover these builders, the results of which are published in a new book.
Photographer Douglas Ljungkvist first went to Ocean Beach, New Jersey, in 1993, reluctantly. But to please his girlfriend, he stayed, and then came vacation after summer vacation of growing more attached to the little homes in their faded pastel hues.
There’s been so much hemming and hawing about “social practice” art in the past few years, it’s a little painful to even say, or type, the phrase. So, it felt a little odd to be picking up a fairly lengthy book on the topic, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation. But the number one reason I was intrigued by this volume is the person who put it together: Tom Finkelpearl.
California-born, Brooklyn, New York–based comics writer and artist Gabrielle Bell diarizes as often as she contemplates the very idea of memoirs in Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries, her new, mostly black-and-white collection of autobiographical comics.
To be honest, Relatively Indolent but Relentless, Matt Freedman’s artist’s book recounting his 35-day incarceration on Planet Cancer, got me at the dedication: “For Radiant Jude.”