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Art Reads: “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage”

On the final leg of its Smithsonian-organized, cross-country tour, Annie Leibovitz’s “Pilgrimage” exhibition will land at the New-York Historical Society from November 21 through February 22, 2015. While Leibovitz may be best known as a portraitist to the stars, this collection of images contains nary a celebrity portrait — at least not in the traditional sense.


Art Reads: “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present”

This fall is shaping up to be a big moment for fiber art exhibitions. A few weeks ago, New York’s Drawing Center opened its great show “Thread Lines” and today the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston will debut its new show “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present.” If, like us, you might not have a chance to see the show in person, the exhibition catalogue is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning more about the medium.


Art Reads: “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec”

Released last month to accompany the eponymous exhibition at MoMA, “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art” is a fun look into the museum’s great collection of works by the famous recorder of Parisian nightlife. The hits (and familiar characters — Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, Cha-U-Kao) are all included, but there are also some great lesser-known works, including his “Elles” portfolio of off-duty prostitutes and performers and illustrations of animals for Jules Renard’s book “Histoires Naturelles.”


Printed Matter’s Summer Warehouse Sale Starts Tomorrow

Looks like there’s more than one summer book sale in Chelsea. Yesterday we posted about David Zwirner’s annual pop-up bookstore, but while you’re in the neighborhood why not stop by Printed Matter’s Summer Warehouse Sale. Starting tomorrow, most of the store’s art books and other ephemera will be discounted at up to 40 percent.


David Zwirner’s Summer Pop-Up Bookstore Starts This Week

If you’re in the market for some summer reading, head over to David Zwirner’s 525 W 19th Street location for the gallery’s annual pop-up bookstore. It opened yesterday and will run through August 1. Presented with ARTBOOK | D.A.P., the sale will include signed artist catalogues, new publications, DVDs, posters, and other ephemera.


Art Reads: Garry Winogrand

Prolific street photographer Garry Winogrand’s traveling retrospective will hit New York tomorrow when it opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by the National Gallery and SFMOMA, where it debuted in March 2013, the exhibition is groundbreaking not simply for bringing attention to an often-overshadowed photographer, but for its decision to posthumously print many of Winogrand’s pictures. A number of these never-before-seen images, along with many of the photographer’s most recognizable pictures, are part of the hefty, 448-page catalogue published by SFMOMA and the Yale University Press.


Sasha Grishin Talks Writing the First Comprehensive Overview of Australian Art

It is no surprise that few writers have taken on the epic task of summarizing and contextualizing Australia’s complex art history. In fact, Australia has been without a comprehensive overview of its art — until now, that is. The recent release of Professor Sasha Grishin’s magnum opus, “Australian Art: A History” is a major milestone for Australian art. The 300,000-word book is the first single volume summary of the major developments in Australian art, from the ancient to the contemporary.


Art Reads: “Chewing Gum and Chocolate”

“Culture, riding a mushroom cloud, came in from across the sea. People called it ‘occupation’,” the late Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu wrote in Asahi Camera magazine in April 1959. The text appeared alongside the first published photographs from Tomatsu’s “Occupation” series, which captured American military bases across postwar Japan. Tomatsu later changed the title of this series of soldiers, prostitutes, and planes flying overhead to “Chewing Gum and Chocolate” (for the sweets soldiers gave to children). A new Aperture publication of the same name, published last month, gathers this early work in a single volume for the first time.


Art Reads: “Doug Aitken 100 YRS”

For his iconoclastic monograph, released this month by Rizzoli, multimedia artist Doug Aitken recruited art worlders to assemble “visual essays” that form the four major sections of the book. Each piece of writing in “Doug Aitken 100 YRS” tackles a different thematic facet of Aitken’s practice and is paired with a series of related images. Zürich Kunsthaus curator Bice Curiger writes on landscape, Hirshhorn Museum chief curator Kerry Brougher tackles time, Cincinnati Art Museum director Aaron Betsky addresses form, and the Kitchen director Tim Griffin explores the individual.


Shows That Matter: Mary Blair’s Wonderful World of Disney

WHAT: Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair
WHEN: March 13-September 7, 2014
WHERE: The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco (more…)