New Year, New Reads
Welcome to the first Library post of 2018! Whilst we revel in this time of year that’s full of hope, resolutions and plans for a life-changing year ahead, we take a look at two publications that, whilst they might not change your life, will certainly liven up your bookshelves and give you great conversation starters for all of those upcoming dinner parties you have planned for the grey months ahead. Featuring books from Phaidon and Taschen.
500 Self-Portraits by Julian Bell and Liz Rideal, Phaidon
Originally published over eighty years ago, with the last revision in 2000, this new edition of 500 Self-Portraits in 2018 features a selection of works from some of the world’s greatest artists. In the age of the selfie, self-portraits have taken on a new role as not only as a form of documentation but also a way to seek validation amongst piers, as well of course the ever important increase of likes. Acting as a handy resource of the self-portrait throughout the history of art, this new edition of the publication also celebrates contemporary works in mediums ranging from painting, photography, sculpture and performance, from artists such as Marina Abramović, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman. In addition to following this spectacular journey, the publication also features essays from Julian Bell and Liz Rideal.
The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Taschen
One of the most talked about pieces of 2016, The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was easily one of the year’s art highlights. Taking place 100km east of Milan and 200km west of Venice, The Floating Piers was a totally immersive artwork that, believe it or not, allowed over one million visitors the chance to walk on water. Created from an impressive 100 000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric and placed on a floating dock system that spanned over three kilometres, Christo’s main vision was simple: “It is all about walking. Including the stretches on the land, you have to walk five kilometres to appreciate the project, the constantly changing views, the lake, the mountains, the other visitors. All these things together are the final artwork.” Here, in this Collector’s Edition that is signed and designed by Christo himself, the foundations and early concepts of the project are revealed as well as giving the reader the chance to own their very own piece of The Floating Piers with a swatch of the original dahlia yellow fabric.