Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Artistic Luxury: Indulge Yourself with These Art & FashionTomes!

ULTRA-LUXE art-fashion tomes are an absolute MUST for lovers of all art meduims such as myself! From the powerful, transgressive and emotionally charged images from new emerging artists from Japan to the iconoclastic work of Jeff Koons these tomes are the ultimate indulgence - or should that be investment?



Jeff Koons, the highly-anticipated, beautifully-produced volume showcases one of contemporary art’s most innovative and important figures. Koons has positioned himself as a new type of artist for the twenty-first century: a hybrid of creator, entrepreneur, and one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in the world. His uncanny use of presenting established images as his own ushered in an entirely new, critical approach to making art--one that questioned notions of originality is thoroughly explored in this book. Koons' technique involves appropriation, and he pilfers freely from the vast image bank of popular culture to create works that simultaneously embrace and critique a quintessentially American sensibility, with images stemming from the cartoons, celebrities and advertisements, among many other sources. This major retrospective brings together Koons' installations, paintings, sculptures and works is the most comprehensive examination of his work to date. This awe-inspiring tome also focuses on the work's iconography and how it registers prevalent themes in our social landscape, including an obsession with various images and a preoccupation with the tawdry and the illicit. Highlighting Koons' amazing oeuvre, this fully illustrated volume really is a gem to be treasured!



Having spent so long on the periphery of the art & fashion world, 'Gothic' is taking its place as a bonafide art form influencing fashion, literature, film, media, music, and design. Gothic Dark Glamour (Yale University Press) brings together in this thought provoking tome - the freshest, the darkest and the glamorous works from around the world inspired by the most compelling Gothic art across various media, from paintings and illustrations to photography and most importantly it's impact of fashion through the decades. Gothic is an essential volume for anyone who appreciates this timeless art form and the inspiring figures behind them. Dating back from the eighteenth century 'Gothic' has had a prolific impression on so many designers, the legacy of this visionary work continues to influence designers from Alexander McQueen to John Galliano. This lavishly illustrated volume features many photographs that showcase the 'Gothic' hallmarks: a love of erotic macabre, soaring flights of fancy, death and a devil-may-care dynamic that resulted in wildly eccentric combinations of silhouettes and textures that had never been seen before. A stunning exploration of the themes and historical imagery that inspired many Gothic-esque fashions from around the world this book is a MUST!




Drawing from street culture, high art, and traditional Japanese painting, Drop Dead Cute showcases the work of 10 cutting-edge female Japanese artists. What's fascinating about this gorgeous tomes are the artist themselves and their ability to blend aspects of manga, anime, and traditional art with their own idiosyncratic visions to create work that is international in appeal yet uniquely Japanese. A must for lovers of all things Japan!

9 comments:

lave said...

love jeff koons

Anonymous said...

jeff koons and the gothic book are well worth the money

annah said...

i brought the jeff koons on amazon i saw his bunny ballon at the thanksgiving parade in new york this year really nice stuff

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koko said...

the japaneses book looks like fun japan seems like a big playground