Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Picks Part 5: Art/Coffee Table Books

Over the next few days, we'll be posting theme-based holiday picks lists for your shopping enjoyment. Here we have Shoppers Guide to Art and Coffee Table Books!


101 Essential Rock Records by Jeff Gold
This is not only a great book for the budding rock enthusiast, it's the perfect coffee table companion for any music fan. Contributors include Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Susanne Vega, Peter Buck (REM,) Johnny Marr (The Smiths,) Nels Cline (Wilco,) Devendra Banhart, Robyn Hitchcock, and more. Plus, the photo survey of censored record covers from the rock era is a really nice addition.

Beauty in Decay II by RomanyWG
A second collection, following up Beauty in Decay, of photography from urban exploration. Basically, people sneak into forgotten, abandoned, and locked away places where they're not allowed, and take magnificent pictures of spaces from another time in various states of decay.

Dark Stories by Dark Artists by by Nie Youjia
As the use of the word "dark" twice in the title should suggest, this is a collection of dark art - bizarre, gruesome and downright strange. Artists like Tara McPherson, Kate MacDowell, Ver Mar, Scott Radke, Jules Julien, Zhang Shihao reveal their own dark selves and visions.

Hi Fructose Collected Edition 3 (Special Edition) by Attaboy / Annie Owens (editors)
This beautiful box set is the third collection of the popular art zine Hi Fructose in a limited edition that is just loaded with goodies. The book itself is great, but so too are the black velvet Junko Mizuno print, the Mark Ryden mask, the stickers, and more that come with it. 

New York Nights by James T. Murray / Karla L. Murray
New York Nights is a follow up the the Murrays' stunning Store Front. In an age of stripmall sameness -New York Nights celebrates the majestic beauty of the individual nightlife spot - bars, restaurants, venues - in an oversize format with photos of the fronts of places from the past and today.

Stay Up!: Los Angeles Street Art by G. James Daichendt
This is an excellently designed and edited survey of today's street art scene in L.A. Overloaded with an abundance of awesome street art.

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