Antony Gormley (Signed Copy)
Published by Phaidon
Antony Gormley’s extensive body of work is carefully surveyed in this monograph from Phaidon’s Contemporary Artist Series. The photography is beautiful and his sculptures photographed in situ are especially striking – figures are reflected in pools of water, dwarfed by sweeping landscapes and backlit by moody sunsets. We’re lucky enough to be able to offer a few signed copies, making this a particularly special gift option.
Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings
Published by Hauser & Wirth
Guston’s Nixon drawings are acerbic visual satire at its very best. This tome produced for an exhibition of the works, catalogues the series, produced in 1971 and 1975, with texts exploring the context for their creation during the turbulent years preceding Watergate. We’ve spent hours looking at the drawings, constantly impressed by Guston’s wit and insight as well as the drawings enduring timeliness and resonance. Some say politics are best avoided at the holidays, but in this instance we couldn’t disagree more.
William J O’Brien: Ceramic Heads
Published by Wood Kusaka Studios
Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien works across a range of media but this book focuses in on his ceramic work, particularly his creation of ceramic heads. They range from rustic to elaborate and from playful to minimal but all are expressive and delightful. We’re taken with the idea of concentrating on a singular series as a great way to get to know an emerging artist. The miniature size of this monograph makes it a perfect stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift.
David Shrigley: Nothing (Silk Scarf Edition)
Published by Massif Central
The perfect tongue-in-cheek gift for someone who responds, when asked for present ideas, that they need ‘nothing’ for Christmas. We love the geometric pattern, bold colour and particularly the playful tone that belies Shrigley’s signature style. Made by Brooklyn-based scarf company, Massif Central, this limited edition scarf with hand-sewn edges is a beautiful piece. Perfect to wear or frame.
Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen
Published by Phaidon
Olafur Eliasson’s Berlin-based studio of 90 people cooks and eats together as part of their daily routine. This book chronicles their working practice alongside vegetarian recipes from the artist and team and beautiful photographs. Recipes include ‘Lunch Box for Space Activism Marathon’, chocolate hazelnut cookies, ‘Winter White Root Soup with Sage’ and ‘Studio Garden Chile Sauce’. So much of the festive season is about coming together to enjoy food together and we like the idea that this practice of communal eating can be practiced through the year.