The Collective /SHARE
Masters of stardust and surreality, they couldn’t get much higher.
Superstudio & Radicals
Superstudio, Moriyama Editors Studio (TOPPAN PRINTING CO.)
Radical in every sense of the word, Superstudio, an Italian architecture firm and design collective operating in the late 60s and 70s, went above and beyond with this beautiful yet bizarre book of fold-out illustrations. Comprising both the real and imagined results of their work alongside several reissues of manifestos and philosophical writings on their practice, it grants us a peek inside the colourful world of this Florentine group that forsook the perfectionist aesthetics of Modernism in favour of something more revolutionary, more radical. At times it’s nonsensical but one thing is certain: these guys had moxie, and lots of it.
Bill Henson (STANLEY/BARKER)
Cast in twilight, Particle Mist celebrates Australian photographer Bill Henson’s earliest work. Comprising two original series, Untitled 74 and Untitled 75, and work from 1976, this sublime monograph presents a portrait of a young artist whose understanding and delicate handling of light was apparent early in his career. It is this shadow play, along with the clear influence of romantic literature and painting, that formed the basis of Henson’s style. Certain to become a collector’s item, the beauty of this photo-book extends beyond the contents with elegant cover art displaying an illustrated original arrangement of three songs from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973
Mick Rock, Barney Hoskyns, Michael Bracewell (TASCHEN)
After Ziggy Stardust touched down, unannounced, with his spiders from Mars, the world as we knew it would never be the same. These were the days before the red and blue lightning bolt, when Bowie took on what was perhaps his most illustrious incarnation – the flame-haired, glittering rock star from outer space who, unbeknown to the youth of the day, was exactly what they needed. Glamour, hedonism, sex, ambiguity, but above all else, hope; Stardust brought with him the promise of liberation and an open invitation for self-expression. Through this revolutionary guise Bowie turned rock ‘n’ roll into blazing technicolour, igniting something visceral within his audience. It’s thanks to Mick Rock, Bowie’s official photographer at the time, that we are granted an intimate insight into this period with this 300-page book filled front-to-back with magic.
DALI: A Study of his Art-in-Jewels
Salvador Dali, Lida Livingston, A. Hyatt Mayor (NYGS)
He bent our minds with his melting watches and ruby-red sofa lips. “Hand painted dream photographs” is how Salvador Dali described his surrealist work, and given those beautifully strange visualisations, this elucidation couldn’t have been more apt. Spanning painting, sculpture, photography and film, Dali’s artistic repertoire took on various forms. As this rare book documents, some time in the late 50s the artist’s best-known iconography was also reworked into jewellery: melting watches reimagined in gold, Mae West’s pillowy lips bejewelled and lined with pearl teeth. Falling somewhere between kitsch and brilliant, this is Dali at his most excessive.