NIPPON COLLECTION NATURE OF LIGHT | HIROSHI SUGIMOTO
NZD$165 - IN STOCK
Date of Edition: 2009, Hardcover
Size: 23.5 x 29.7cm
Publisher: Koko Okano, Japan
This catalogue, produced in conjunction with Sugimoto's 2009 exhibition at the Izu Photo Museum in Japan, documents this important artist's investigations on the science and the presentation of photography. Documenting in detail Sugimoto's architectural and landscape design of the new Izu Photo Museum, the book is at once a reinvention of the artist as architect, as it is an insightful guide to Sugimoto's interest in the earliest beginnings of photography. A rare Japanese published copy from Koko Okano publishers.
Publisher: Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art
Text: English/Japanese Condition: Excellent, Used
Another extremely rare book, published in conjunction with an exhibition held at Marugame Genichiro Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, June 22-Aug. 31, 1997 (never available outside of Japan). Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake were very good friends, whose works fuse the ideas and culture of East and West. This publication compares and contrasts their works in both photographical and essay form. It is presented in a folded accordion fashion with text on one side and illustrations on the other; issued in plastic portfolio.
Text: English/Japanese Condition: Very Good, used condition
This rare and ground-breaking publication explores the early works of Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake. Realised only 8 years after beginning his business in 1970, the monograph explores his idea of "one piece of cloth" - the fundamental relationship between the body, the cloth that covers it, and the space and room that is created between these elements, divesting itself of the labels of “East” or “West”. This special book was the first monograph of a living fashion designer to be published in the world.
This edition features the design activities of Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA co-founder and partner together with Kazuyo Sejima. From his Weekend House in 1998 to his most recent endeavours, the survey of his work is comprehensive and personal, supplemented by sketches and drawings from the design process. Nishizawa desires to realise “landscape-like architecture that transcends, in scale, the size of the building,” and is heavily invested in the spatial experience of his work. The question of how discoveries made in one project find development in subsequent work is elaborated upon in a special interview, and no less than nineteen diverse projects are highlighted.
NIPPON COLLECTION BALLOON AND GARDENS | JUNYA ISHIGAMI
NZD$130 - IN STOCK
Date of Edition: 2010
Size: 29.7 x 42cm
Limited edition publication of Junya Ishigami's works. The book includes photography taken within the studio during exploratory studies as well as imagery from his exhibitions. This extremely rare publication is a favourite of Concession Books.
Born from his fascination with ancient architecture and a personal rediscovery of its beauty through materials such as wood, stone, earth and thatch, the aspiring architecture student Yukio Futagawa set out in the mid-1950s to photograph ‘minka’, the traditional rural houses of Japan. This experience would be instrumental in shifting his life’s work toward photographing rather than creating architecture. This large-format compendium of Futagawa’s images of villages and homes captures not only the sequence of history but also the essence of Japanese culture at a time when much of the country remained agrarian, not yet subjected to more recent, rapid modernisation.
A superbly executed special edition in two volumes, published and sold separately, Visions of the Real surpasses similar histories recently published. It exposes the complex social, technical and artistic problems of house design in the 20th Century - from drawings, to built reality, realised inhabitation, and evolution over time. Original drawings presented together with brand new photographs reveal exactly to what extent the initial vision has endured. Some of the 30 works featured are familiar modern masterpieces, but several have remained relatively unknown until recently. Many are still inhabited as originally designed and all remain visionary, transcending the time of their making.
TAUBA AUERBACH | FOLDS
NZD$185 - IN STOCK
Date of Edition: 2011
Size: 22 x 29cm
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Folds presents Auerbach’s eponymous painting series for the first time in book form. In these paintings Auerbach twists and folds the canvas before applying the paint. In its stretched form the flat canvas conjures a trompe l’oeil rendering of its previous three-dimensional state. Transferred to the medium of the book, the paintings are presented here in a new and unexpected way alongside mathematical diagrams and three texts. Auerbach works with a number of printed media, and the book enjoys a quite central position in her oeuvre. A rare opportunity to own this out-of-print publication.