I have accumulated a lot of new books this year, and since I live abroad and am always on the tip of moving, I have to be mindful with my accumulations (and finances!), although I think that it is very important to support artists in that way. So this new Reading Spree is not about newly acquired books, but longtime favorites that have been through some time on my shelves already.
The Plant Journal, Issues 1 & 2
The Plant Journal is one of my all-time favorite magazines. Stories, drawings, recipes, DIYs, interviews and art for and about plants and plants lovers. It first came to my attention because Jennilee Marigomen, a photographer that I have long followed and admired, shot the cover of the first issue. It then became a priority to track them down. I got the first issue at Domy Books in Austin last spring, and the second one at Unionmade Goods in San Francisco. Can’t wait to put my hands on issues 3 & 4 (hopefully this summer in Paris!).
Art & Seoul, Issue 2
I discovered Art & Seoul when I first started reading Bonjour Johanna, which has become one of my regular favorite blogs. The range of artists featured is incredible, from the fascinating photographs of Nikki S. Lee to some more serene landscapes and portraits. The quality of the paper is also really enjoyable.
Esse, Be Nice to Your Curator Issue
Esse is a bilingual (French/English) art publication based out of Montreal, where I used to live. Their articles are very informative, engaging and well curated, and this issue was particularly interesting, examining the role, tasks and many ways to be a curator today.
Land & Environmental Art
This book is such a great resource for anyone interested in Land art, site-specific and environmental works. The range of artists covered is very large, including some of my favorites like Gordon Matta-Clark, Nancy Holt, Ana Mendieta & John Baldessari.
My mom got me this book for my birthday last year (upon request), as Gabriel Orozco is one of my favorite artists. I was actually lucky to catch the last days of his show Asterisms at the NY Guggenheim this winter, and will post some photos of it shortly (it was great!).
Education, Situation, Participation, The Everyday
This collection is my art and art theory bible. All my favorite artists and writers are featured, and the books never fail to fill my cravings or teach me something new. They’re also particularly useful for research papers!
Apartamento, Issue #07
I am an avid reader of Apartamento, and grabbed this issue on my first visit to LA at the new Ooga Booga store in Boyle Heights. As always, it’s beautiful, enriching, instructing and entertaining. Can’t wait to try joining Jim Haynes for one of his sunday suppers while in Paris this summer (thanks for the tip Apartamento!).