Bookshelf News

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Kota Ezawa: Odessa Staircase Redux
JRP/Ringier, 2010
Hardcover, 156 pages, $35

Odessa Staircase Redux is a kind of flipbook revisiting the well-known film sequence from Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film Battleship Potemkin. The first frame of every cut is hand-redrawn in black ink. The ensuing series of 153 ink drawings is reorganized to form a typology of camera angles and subject matter that in turn creates a new animation of the scene in the mind of the viewer. The German-Japanese artist Kota Ezawa (Media Arts faculty) depicts iconic moments from art history, film, photography, and popular culture as animated videos, slide projections, light boxes, and prints.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Moby-Dick
CCA, 2009
Hardcover, 136 pages, $30

Designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this Wattis Institute exhibition catalog pays homage to the classic 1930 Random House edition of Herman Melville's canonical novel Moby-Dick. It features artworks and biographies of 33 artists, more than half of whom were commissioned to create new work in response to the novel’s wide-ranging and evocative themes. It also features a foil-stamped cover, a fold-out map, essays by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and Alexander Nemerov, and full-color illustrations.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

URBANbuild local global
William Stout, 2009
Paperback, 464 pages, $60

Awarded the “AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers” competition as one of the top examples of outstanding book design in 2009.

This book is most notably a documentation of the work of URBANbuild, a program launched by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) to be a unique multiscaled laboratory for city research as well as a vehicle to generate innovative design strategies to aid in New Orleans's urban revitalization. This program primarily focused its investigations on culturally significant neighborhoods central to the core of the city that had been severely damaged, not only by Hurricane Katrina but also by a long history of neglect and urban decay. The book is coauthored by Mona El Khafif (Architecture faculty) and designed by Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty).

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Paperback, 240 pages, $35

In this exploration of architectural literature and design from the 16th century to the present, David Gissen (Architecture and Visual Studies faculty) suggests an alternative view of environmental elements such as dust, mud, gas, smoke, debris, weeds, and insects. Looking beyond contemporary preoccupations with filtering out these "subnatural" forces, Subnature imagines a progressive architecture based on a radical new conception of natural processes and ecosystems and their relationships to human society. Gissen received a $10,000 Chalsty grant in support of this project.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Finding Frida Kahlo
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Hardcover, 256 pages, $50

Designed by Martin Venezky (Graphic Design faculty), this controversial accounting of a mysterious (and disputed) collection of more than 1,200 long-lost personal possessions allegedly belonging to Frida Kahlo offers a fresh look at one of art’s iconic women. Through reproductions of Kahlo's letters, drawings, and diaries as well as photographs of her belongings, the book offers a fascinating visual exploration of the artist's inner world.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Genius Loci
Lulu, 2009
Paperback, 54 pages, $23

Produced in conjunction with Donald Fortescue's (Furniture chair) solo exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, this catalog features numerous recent works that combine traditional design and craft techniques with new media such as digital imaging, embedded video, and manipulated sound. Fortescue is particularly interested 17th- and 18th-century cabinets of curiosity, with their combinations of New World natural discoveries and Old World craftsmanship.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Electric Image: After the End of Photography
Powerhouse Books, 2008
Hardcover, 96 pages, $40

The photographic art of Chris Kitze explores how digital representation has contributed to the transformation and globalization of culture. Designed by Jeremy Mende (Graphic Design faculty), The Electric Image showcases digitally manipulated images by Kitze that expand our awareness of the new visual mythology created by the virtual realities that surround us.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Design Is the Problem: The Future of Design Must Be Sustainable
Rosenfeld Media, 2009
Paperback/PDF, 352 pages, $36/$22

Designers today have an unprecedented opportunity to make meaningful, sustainable change in the world—if they know how to focus their skills, time, and agendas. Nathan Shedroff (MBA in Design Strategy chair) examines how the endemic culture of design often creates unsustainable solutions, and how designers can "bake" sustainability into their processes.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Kuth/Ranieri Architects
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010
Paperback, 192 pages, $40

Featuring texts by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Mitchell Schwarzer (Visual Studies faculty), this installment of the New Voices in Architecture series documents the rise of Byron Kuth (CCA trustee) and Elizabeth Ranieri (Architecture faculty), described by San Francisco magazine as "the thoughtful, versatile, low-key, detail-obsessed exceptions" in "a world obsessed with an international cast of ego-driven starchitects." The book presents the breadth of their work, from the constructed to the theoretical, in stunning photographs and thought-provoking drawings.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Imaginative Feats Literally Presented: Three Fables for Video Projection
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, 2009
PDF, 29 pages, free

The seductive, disquieting video installations of Jeanne C. Finley (Media Arts faculty) and John Muse create tension among visual, auditory, documentary, and narrative elements. This exhibition catalog, designed by Ellen Gould (Graphic Design 2001), documents Finley and Muse's presentation at Haverford College in 2008 and includes an essay by Irina Leimbacher.

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