ART BOOK REVIEWS DESIGN
Dealers and artists often need to publish books, catalogues and monographs, and a resource on a blog by ArtAsiaPacific could be a source of inspiration for those soon to do so. Called Book Blog, each post in the series focuses on the layout of one art book.
As the magazine explains, “Book Blog is a weekly showcase of book design from ArtAsiaPacific’s areas of coverage and is written by AAP’s designer Sahar Baharloo.” Most of the posts in the series are written in an engaging, informal style and describe the books in enough detail to give you an understanding of what makes each publication so impressive. A selection of images accompanies each review.
We are not sure why, but all of our favourite reviews from the series include those that look at books covering the visual cultures of South Asian and Middle Eastern countries, including a look at
- artist Walid Raad’s first book;
- a book on Pakistan called Mazaar, Bazaar;
- A Visual Culture of Modern Iran;
- a publication on Arabic graffiti in all its varied forms; and
- a group of photobooks by Indian artist Dayanita Singh.
It seems that the Book Blog series started not long after the magazine began blogging on its website in January 2011, and since that time they have profiled fourteen books. The entries seem to halt in July, with no posts on books to be found in the August archive listings, so fingers crossed the series has not come to an end.
- Photobook prices are soaring: Will monographs follow? – August 2011 – Limited budget? Take a look at the photobook market!
- Japanese contemporary art book resource: Tokyo Visualist – May 2011 – access the world of Japanese contemporary art through interviews, essays, biographies
- Contemporary Art in the Middle East – a first book survey – May 2011 – a comprehensive survey of West Asian art and artists
- Get clued-up on Taiwanese art: Art Island profiles 200+ artists – March 2011 – Interested in Taiwanese art but struggle to find information?
- MoMA Chinese contemporary art book refreshing – Taipei Times review – March 2011 – labelled “serenely astute, clear-headed and sane”
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