Best Artist Bio of the Week: Infinity Net - the autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
As she transforms neuroses into culture-barrier-transcending art, this engaging memoir reveals Yayoi Kusama as one of the most important contemporary avant-garde artists today. Despite her start as another New York-garret bohemian surviving off scraps of food, Kusama's tales include Georgia O'Keeffe, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol, as well as a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo. This intriguing autobiography, translated by Ralph McCarthy, provides insight into the mind of a maverick artist, haunted by obsessive visions since childhood, yet determined to maintain her position at the forefront of the artistic avant-garde.
Best Urban Vision Book of the Week: Art Cities of the Future
Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by twelve global cities that are seizing today’s art agenda into their hands: Beirut, Bogotá, Cluj, Delhi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Lagos, San Juan, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore and Vancouver. Exploring the artistic heritage, cultural climate and contemporary milieu of these emerging cities, this ground-breaking book features a variety of multidisciplinary works by a new generation of artists gaining prominence on the international circuit and shaping the future of art. Cool bonus: a special format jacket, printed on both sides, folds out into a large ‘flag’ with a graphic symbol representing each city.
Best Bi-annual Magazine of the Week: Line – no. 10. pleasure of the file
Launched in Spring 2010 in Edinburgh, Line magazine is a freely distributed, bi-annual publication that provides a platform for emerging artists, writers, critics and academics in the visual arts field. The overarching aim of the magazine is to expose and promote the work of young talent and to forge connections between the most interesting new and non-profit art spaces across the UK. This edition’s theme quizzes over the way information is accessed, received, and constructed in the digital age, from Grace Schwindt’s de-systematic videowork to Neil Beloufa’s rhizomatic model of “ethnological sci-fi documentaries.”
Best Queer Arts Magazine of the Week: Muff
A beguiling mix of edgy and sweet, the London debut of Muff showcases the best of queer-inspired creativity today. Embracing diversity and challenging the status quo, expect no less than a powerhouse showcase including Barbara Nessim’s drawings, funny-frank interviews with Catpower, Karley “Slutever” Sciortino, and front cover-girl Jemima Rooper, as well as normalized portrayals of gay couples who have remained together for over forty years.
Best Progressive-Collective Book of the Week: Cook it Raw
Cook it Raw tells the story of four unique dinners that saw some of the world’s most cutting-edge chefs come together to explore social, cultural and environmental issues. Held in Copenhagen to mark the 2009 climate change summit, the first ‘Raw’ dinner challenged the chefs to examine the issue of sustainability. With contributions from leading food writers and ‘Raw’ supporters such as Antony Bourdain, Jeffrey Steingarten and Andrea Petrini, plus over 400 behind-the-scenes images of the events and an inspiring collection of the chefs’ own ‘Raw’ recipes, notes and anecdotes - Cook it Raw is an exclusive window into the world’s most progressive culinary collective.
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