30 Jan, 2010

Various publications and stuff we really like

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It’s that time again when we stick up some pics of the books (and other nice print things) that are currently in the Extra Nice pile of stuff here in CR towers…

First up is the beautifully produced hardback tome called, coincidentally enough, Stuff We Really Like – a 785 page exploration by design studio Music of, well, stuff they really like… The likeable stuff inside includes such no-brainers as Christmas day morning and The Muppet Show – but also more personal likes such as the music of Scott Walker, Edward Hopper paintings, South Indian Food, cycling round London and Asterix comic books. Whether you like everything listed or not, the book is wittily laid out and full of joyous anecdotes about such things as Boarding A Moving Routemaster Bus. We really like this one – here are a few spreads:


Now then, we recently posted about the splendid group exhibition entitled If You Could Collaborate – organised by Alex Bec and Will Hudson – the dynamic duo behind previous If You Could exhibitions and publications – and the pair also founded the rather lovely blog, It’s Nice That. What we didn’t mention in any detail in our post about the exhibition was what a great job the pair have done on the accompanying catalogue. Rather than simply show the work of the exhibition, the book’s 310 pages include profiles on all the included artists and interviews with them about the work they created specially for the show and of the collaborative processes involved in making the works. Having enjoyed the show immensely, it’s great be abe to find out a little more about the processes, conversations, journeys and considerable efforts that have gone into the production of the artworks from the show…


Catlin is an insurance company with a growing art collection and its own Catlin Art Prize (now in its fourth year) that looks to nurture emerging artists. The Catlin Guide is a new publication funded by the company that collects together profiles of 40 up and coming artists selected by curator, gallerist and art writer Justin Hammond. To make his selection, Hammond travelled up and down the UK last year visiting degree and MA shows scouting for the hottest new talents in the world of fine art. The 40 artists featured are, essentially, the shortlisted artists for this year’s art prize. The book, housed in a red slipcase (above), has been designed by YES studio and looks like this:


Illustrator David Janes sent us a little box full of old fashioned record cards with a personalised note to CR editor, Patrick, on one – and a pen illustration on each of the others of a political figure of some sort along with either an asinine quote by the person depicted or some witty anecdote about something silly they did or said…

The sixth issue of Draft magazine features a print of a Jake and Dinos Chapman artwork entitled If Hitler Had Been A Hippy How Happy Would We Be printed onto watercolour paper and tipped on to the glossy black cover. Inside a note informs the reader that everything included in the issue has been drawn from the Archive of Modern Conflict. And so a host of contributors including Anthony Burrill, Martin Parr, Ian Jeffrey, Stephen Gill and Garry Hume introduce the artifacts that they have selected from the archive… the result makes for an interesting trawl through a huge variety of visual material spanning photography, illustration, graphic design and even some experimental images that were transmitted by radio in the early 1930s in Paris. 

Also in our pile of nice projects is this box which we received in the post with a horeshoe graphic on the top. On opening the box, it turns out not to contain a horseshoe, but a nice photographic print of a horseshoe (see below) – and a whole heap of prints stacked underneath it of other imagery, mostly portraits, shot by photographer Alex Telfer as part of his series of images entitled The Travellers. Wonderful stuff.


For some reason my camera finds this book cover tricky to photograph… sorry about that. The book is called It’s A Wonderful Life and it was sent to us just before Christmas by Dorothy up in Manchester. Just to clarify, the cover is white cloth with debossed angel wings and gold type. The text at the bottom reads “From the film by Frank Capra, retold by Dorothy”. So yes, it’s Dorothy’s version of the 1946 film of the same name, in which the story is told in verse (penned by Guy Nelson) and illustrated by Tracy Worrall. Here are some spreads…


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