You may have gathered by now that there are rather a lot of exciting new titles that are being produced this season, with some already published. So, following on from our first Autumn/Winter ‘hot picks’ installment, here are some additional highlights that you won’t want to miss out on:
Published last month was Rachel Goodyear’s ‘Catching Sight‘. This one is particularly close to our hearts as Rachel used to work at Cornerhouse, a good few years ago now, before we moved to our new arts venue, HOME. This title was published alongside an exhibition that has only just closed at The New Art Gallery Walsall – so if you missed it and are kicking yourself, don’t despair – this one is definitely for you! Rachel is best known for her pencil drawings and works on paper, but here she experiments with other media, including sculpture, film and sound. It’s brilliant to see that this talented artist (and ex-colleague – did we say that already?) is continuing to develop her successful career, and is pushing her artistic boundaries. You can look for hours at her intricately detailed works. Out now.
Or how about the art/landscape connection?
We also have to mention the eagerly-awaited Richard Long reader: ‘STONES, CLOUDS, MILES‘. It was worth the long wait! This one takes the form of an anthology of over 30 writings by contributors such as art historians, critics and nature writers. It is all about Long’s much revered artistic practice, taking long walks in nature, spanning from the late 1960s to the present day. Long is a highly influential British artist, and he has also greatly added to the debate about the relationship between art and landscape. This one is definitely worth a read! Out now.
What about a bit of socially engaging architecture?
Also showing the influence of nature (this time on how it can be incorporated in design) will be the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion title by Francis Kéré. Each year the Serpentine invites an architect to build a summer pavilion on the lawns of Kensington Gardens, London and this year it is the turn of this Burkina Faso architect. His 2017 pavilion idea was inspired by a tree, in his home town of Gando, where people always meet. His pavilion therefore bears witness to the everyday, has a tree-like canopy and allows air to circulate. This ecologically-aware and socially engaged designer aims to connect people and nature and with each other. There are still a few weeks left until the pavilion gets taken down on 8 October, so you can always go an have a look at the finished build. Out now.
Ever considered how artists have helped re-invent the art exhibition?
We’d also like to highlight another anthology this season. This time it’s on the re-thinking of the conventional art exhibition, from the post-war to the present. How have artists influenced the many different and revolutionary methods of exhibition-making? If you want to read an interesting survey of over 30 seminal and iconic examples, then this one is for you: The Artist as Curator: An Anthology. Due September/October.
Last of all, what about a bit of ‘advice’ from Hans Ulrich Obrist?
Finally we’re recommending yet another anthology from this season’s hot picks. This time it comes from publisher JRP/Ringier and the prolific writer/contributor Hans Ulrich Obrist and is aptly called Weekly Advice. Every week, since 2012, Obrist has been writing a very knowledgeable cultural column in the Swiss ‘Das Magazin‘ – a highly regarded weekend newspaper supplement. In this way he gives a very personal insight and commentary into the hot topics and cultural/political happenings of the 2010s. One hundred of his weekly articles have been reproduced, alongside drawings from David Shrigley. Due November.
…And there’s even more!
Think that’s now got you all up to date with our full list of Autumn/Winter highlights? Well think again, as there will be a third a final installment of this season’s recommendations, to be posted later this month. So watch this space!
Photo-credit: Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan