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The Book Edit

March 16, 2023

Powerful, playful, and always on pointe – these new books have just landed at the Design Store.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King, author

Letters from M/M Paris | $100

Letters from M/M (Paris) is a comprehensive study of the typefaces produced by Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak since they founded their influential art and design practice, M/M (Paris).

With a foreword by Perth Festival superstar Björk – whose collaboration with M/M spans over two decades – this encyclopaedic volume traces the distinctive and integral nature of type, lettering and signs in the work of M/M, from one-off artistic commissions to fashion branding and their long-lasting collaborations with musicians and theatres.

Frida Kahlo Arte Popular | $105

Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) avidly collected traditional Mexican folk art—arte popular—as a celebration of Mexican national culture. She drew inspiration from these objects, seizing on their political significance after the Mexican Revolution and incorporating their visual and material qualities into her now iconic paintings.

This bilingual book, the first in-depth exploration of Kahlo's varied and sophisticated responses to arte popular, situates her within the broad artistic and intellectual movements of her time, examines her professional ambitions and illuminates the innovative techniques she used in her lifelong encounter with the folk art of Mexico.

Jeff Koons: Lost in America | $85

This book brings together more than 60 of the Jeff Koons’ most iconic sculptures and paintings along with new productions and recently completed works. Edited by curator Masimilliano Gioni, the book focuses on Koons' art as seen in relation to contemporary American culture. Published to accompany the major exhibition in Qatar in March 2021.

World of Art Modern Architecture | $40

Considered an essential book for all students of architecture and architectural history, this highly acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. For this extensively revised edition, Kenneth Frampton has added a new section that explores in detail the modernist tradition in architecture across the globe in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Dali. The Wines of Gala | $100

This award-winning book follows up on the best-selling cookbook Les dîners de Gala. In this delightfully eccentric guide, the surrealist master shares his passion for the gift of the gods. The book explores the many myths of the grape, in texts and sensuous and subversive works by the artist, always true to his maxim: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.”

Lee Alexander McQueen – Mind Mythos Muse | $105

One of the most significant contributors to fashion between 1990 and 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen (London, 1969–2010) was both a conceptual and technical virtuoso. His critically acclaimed collections synthesised the designer’s proficiency in tailoring and dressmaking with both encyclopaedic and autobiographical references that spanned time, geography, media, and technology. This book showcases the first McQueen exhibition, Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.

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Maya Ruiz-Picasso: Daughter of Picasso | $80

María de la Concepción, nicknamed Maya, was Pablo Picasso’s first daughter. This book, exhibition catalogue for the Picasso Museum in Paris, highlights the artist’s relationship with his child. Fascinated by his daughter, Picasso took her as a model from an early age. The drawings, paintings, and photographs of Maya reproduced in this book testify to the incredible source of inspiration that Maya was for her father. In addition to her portraits, the book presents drawings made in tandem by father and daughter, that merge the master’s line with that of his child, testifying to their bond.

I have not loved (enough or worked) | $32

This book is the second title in The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s new series, “Unclaimed Ideas”, and takes as its starting point the exhibition, I have not loved (enough or worked), now showing at AGWA.

Both exhibition and book explore how our bodies and the subjective forces of love and desire are deeply enmeshed within the fantasy of the “good life”. Contributors were invited to explore how the representation of ‘love and labour’ in contemporary art has evolved to reflect our current global social reality. Each writer pulls focus to feelings of anxiety and fear, loneliness and alienation, conflict, and confusion, which we all endure on a daily basis.

Yoshitomo Nara (LACMA) | $125

Yoshitomo Nara’s first Australian solo exhibition is fast becoming a favourite for locals and visitors to Perth.

This book was first released in 2021 in conjunction with Los Angeles County Museum of Art and presents a full scope of Yoshitomo Nara’s work. Showcasing some of his most recognisable works, such as his wide-eyed portraits on monochromatic backgrounds, this publication includes early paintings, sketches from his time in Germany and imagery of his installations, large scale bronze and ceramic figurines made following the 2011 Japan earthquake. Touching on his music collection this title also includes an ‘liner notes’ written by Nara himself, published for the first time in English.