Nobuyoshi Araki
“Of course, in every work there is a pornographic connotation. Otherwise, it would be just eroticism - pure, intellectual and uninteresting. And I do an upgrade by adding a bit…

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strip tease
Akhmatova and Tsvetaeva - Comparison
Probably in the distant future and for our era will find an elegant synthesis. Contradictions will become dull, contrasts will be extinguished, variegation will be reduced to unity, and a…

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Watch books, read pictures
"The boundaries of my language represent the boundaries of my world." This is what Wittgenstein said. And then, of course, you can not argue. Man is a creature: he likes…

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The art book is a stumbling block in the perennial issue of “execution can not be pardoned.” Only in our case – “buy cannot be downloaded”. Yes, they are often cumbersome, heavy, and one cannot say that for daily reading, they surely are rarely seen as wiped. Such an unexpected question comes to mind: “What is the Art Book? Is this actually a book about Arta, or something more?

Surely at each of us at home you can find a couple of top three books with the promising title a la “500 world masterpieces of the universal scale” or “Contemporary art now then always everywhere”, etc. Is this an art book? You can say this: this is a book about Art, with a clearly formulated opinion of experts, AZ, the list of artists, their biographies and biography. If you add at least a fraction of the imagination to such a reading, then you can be inspired by a small Sunday work “for yourself”. This reading is very useful and makes.

But still I want to highlight separately the books that fall into the same category of ART, but are slightly different from their encyclopedic counterparts. You must have come across books, having scrolled through which, you get an incredible charge of inspiration and a desire to create, by all means. Retrospectives of polaroids, a collection of photographs found at the dumps, works of art from books, all about neon psychedelics, a book of magic skeletons, vintage dresses from cans.

And already coming back from the next trip abroad, you are dragging a ton of such good stuff. You can of course download such a book, but the meaning is lost. After all, they buy such books not only for the love of context, but also for tactile pleasures, size, smell, color … well, you know. Nobody canceled Ebay and Amazon, since buying Art books in local stores is still on the verge of science fiction, you can certainly look through and smell, but you can go online for the best price.

So, what should you pay your attention to, besides the ultimate collections, 1000 best and you can easily find this, relying on your own taste and interests.
Series “Creators of the avant-garde”

Varvara Stepanova

A series of books “Creators of Avant-garde” is part of the publishing program of the Russian Avant-garde Foundation. If “Suprematism” and “constructivism” are not empty words for you, and they have been warming your soul for more than a decade, then this series of books will definitely interest you. If, nevertheless, these words are still empty for you, then it’s time to fill them in order to be informed and take part in a clever conversation about the eternal. In general, not a single square.

You can start with the biography of Varvara Stepanova, the fighting friend of Alexander Rodchenko, the founder of constructivism, design and Soviet advertising. Barbara Stepanova herself was an innovative artist in the design of theatrical productions, clothing, and textile design, with a pronounced dynamics of color and graphics.

Average price: $ 11

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