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Top Table


A scion of the Missoni clan spills the beans on some well-guarded family recipes

Top Table


A scion of the Missoni clan spills the beans on some well-guarded family recipes

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Top Table

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

The famed Italian fashion family of Missoni lives life in colour. Just as their style is recognised and admired throughout the world – think the brand’s iconic zigzags – that same streak of easy glamour inspires the family’s entertaining techniques. Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of creative director Angela Missoni, has collected numerous family recipes and assembled them in The Missoni Family Cookbook, which arrives just in time for summer. Whether you’re hankering for gnocchi verdi, zucchine alla parmigiana or pesce bollito con maionese, these delicious, well-guarded recipes allow epicureans to indulge in authentic Italian fare and join the Missonis a tavola.

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The Missoni Family Cookbook

Available at Assouline stores or
from
assouline.com

Images: © 2018 Assouline

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A New Light


Discover the unseen early work of acclaimed French photographer Guy Bourdin

A New Light


Discover the unseen early work of acclaimed French photographer Guy Bourdin

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A New Light

July 4, 2018 / by Zhang Yen

  © The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

Though he’s most celebrated for his colour images shot for French Vogue and brands including Charles Jourdan, Issey Miyake, Chanel, Versace, Emanuel Ungaro and more, self-taught French photographer Guy Bourdin (1928–1991) launched his career in black-and-white in the early 1950s. Until quite recently, however, much of that period had gone unknown and unseen. 

Untouched, published by Steidl and digital artist Pascal Dangin, explores this body of work and gives insight into the early development of Bourdin’s photographic eye. Carefully constructed images that were initially conceived as an exhibition series reveal his artistic motivation, years before he began working on assignments for top titles including Vogue and Photo Femina, and convey striking graphic layouts and narrative cinematic portraiture. 

The later and more familiar periods of Bourdin’s work have been shown in numerous museums and galleries, notably the Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of China in Beijing and the Getty in Los Angeles. But these images emerged from an unexpected treasure chest. A yellow Kodak box was discovered, within which were a series of brown paper envelopes that each contained a negative with a corresponding contact print taped to the outside, often with cropping guides. 

  © The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

Untouched for 50 years, the images are intimate, personal and authentic reflections of Bourdin’s broader visual interests prior to his commercial career as a fashion photographer. There are poetic portraits of the city of Paris, in which Bourdin plays with the viewer’s gaze like the surrealists and the artists of the subjective photography school who so inspired him. His experimentation appears to be endless, as though his future artistic signature was as yet unformed or still nascent. 

Explains Philippe Garner, the long-time photography auctioneer and author of the book’s essay Unique Perspectives: “Though Guy Bourdin is widely acknowledged as an artist of exceptional inspiration, he has remained in many ways an enigma. His individual images can be compelling, disquieting, haunting; cumulatively, they constitute a strange, off-kilter, yet totally credible parallel universe – our recognisable world dramatically reconfigured through the powerful imagination of this artist. Untouched unveils a compelling narrative regarding his formative years. Painstakingly salvaged and dusted down, sorted and examined as the precious archaeological fragments that they are, these photographs illuminate the crucial first years of Bourdin’s image-making.” 

Dangin, the creative director of Untouched, assesses Bourdin thus: “My many years of working with some of the greatest photographers gave me the points of reference and a certain critical distance to appreciate Bourdin’s unique and avant-garde approach – his constant eye for detail, the visual metaphors that he managed to create, and the clues that he incorporated across his work to hold our attention and to propose an alternative way of engaging with a fashion image.”

  © The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017

 

Guy Bourdin: Untouched
Published by Steidl
(steidl.de)

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Saving the World


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s the meteoric rise of comic book powerhouse DC Comics

Saving the World


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s the meteoric rise of comic book powerhouse DC Comics

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Saving the World

May 26, 2017

  75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking  Paul Levitz Hardcover, 25 x 34.2 cm (9.8 x 13.5 in.), 720 pages Published by Taschen (  taschen.com  )

75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Paul Levitz
Hardcover, 25 x 34.2 cm (9.8 x 13.5 in.), 720 pages
Published by Taschen
(taschen.com)

For countless comic-book fans around the world, DC Comics remains one of the format’s holy names alongside Marvel. Established in 1934 as National Allied Publications, in February 1935 founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson debuted New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine – a tabloid-sized comic book of all-new material in an era when the majority of comics were castoffs from the newspaper strips. In the latter half of the 1930s, the name (and the size) evolved, creating the famed titles Adventure Comics, Detective Comics and Action Comics. DC was headquartered in Manhattan for more than 80 years, though in 2015 it upped stakes and relocated to Burbank, California.

In 1935, the American publisher has long been associated with its two most popular – and oldest – characters: Superman and Batman. However, DC has created numerous other famed superheroes and superheroines with whom you may be familiar, including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. These names have either already been brought to the big screen, or are in the process of making their movie debuts in the next year or two. 

As its long-time fans have grown up and new fans have joined the fray, DC’s top two world-savers have been supported by growing audiences around the world for decades. According to Box Office Mojo, Superman’s first major film in 1978 brought in more than US$300 million at the global box office, while the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ranked the seventh highest-grossing film last year, marking a new record for the Superman franchise with a take of more than US$873 million worldwide. As for Batman, 2008’s The Dark Knight still leads the pack at more than US$1 billion globally.

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Celebrating DC’s 75th anniversary in 2010, art-book publisher Taschen released Paul Levitz’s stunning oversized volume 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Long out of print, what’s claimed to be the “single most comprehensive book on DC Comics” – and indeed, Levitz worked in a variety of roles at DC for 38 years – has received the re-edition treatment. 

This time around, the rich content of the massive original, which won the Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Comics-Related Book of the Year, is presented in a more compact hardcover form. Generously measuring 25cm by 34.2cm, it features 720 pages with more than 2,000 original full-colour images. Multilingual translations in German, French or Spanish will also be available. This is one tome you’ll want on your shelf for life. 

Images: Painting by HJ Ward/courtesy Taschen (Superman); © 2017 DC Comics, all rights reserved (Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern); Taschen

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Set in Stone: 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings


Concrete and the finest buildings created from it

Set in Stone: 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings


Concrete and the finest buildings created from it

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Set in Stone

July 10, 2015

Concrete was first used in ancient Egypt, the Romans mastered its use, and with their fall its secrets were lost until the early-19th century when methods for making the “artificial stone” were rediscovered in Britain.

It has its detractors and proponents, yet when properly handled this “liquid stone” is one of the noblest of materials in contemporary architecture. Its many forms make it malleable, durable, and suitable for some of engineering’s most prodigious feats.

This two-volume edition highlights some of the finest concrete architecture of recent years. Including examples by starchitects such as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and Steven Holl, alongside Russian newcomers Speech, respected up-and-coming international architects such as Rudy Ricciotti from France, and artists such as James Turrell, who turned the famous concrete spiral of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim in New York into the setting for one of his most remarkable pieces.

100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings
Philip Jodidio
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 24.0 x 30.5 cm, 730 pages
Published by Taschen
(taschen.com)