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David Zwirner Books David Zwirner Books is the publishing house of David Zwirner, producing catalogues, monographs, historical surveys, artist books, and catalogue raisonnés. Visit our bookstore, open Saturdays, 10AM-6PM at 535 West 20th Street, New York.
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‘Alice Neel’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work––now open at @davidzwirner’s 20th Street gal...
03/04/2019

‘Alice Neel’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work––now open at @davidzwirner’s 20th Street gallery.
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Newly commissioned scholarship by Helen Molesworth and a forward by Ginny Neel of the Estate of Alice Neel is included, along with works that span the 1920s to the 1980s.
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As Ginny Neel notes, “Painting what she did in the way she did, Alice denied that one must have particular sensibilities to be a woman. She showed that women are not definable as a group, and that there is no male space that cannot be occupied by a woman. In this way, Alice released both men and women to simply be who they are.”

#Spotted at theNew Museum––’What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with art critics.’  On Friday, March 8,...
03/03/2019

#Spotted at theNew Museum––’What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with art critics.’

On Friday, March 8, at 6:30 PM at 533 West 19th Street join author and curator Jarrett Earnest for a conversation with scholar Ann Reynolds and writer Lynne Tillman in connection with the exhibition ‘The Young and Evil.’ Email [email protected] to attend.

Curated by Earnest, the exhibition is currently on view at @davidzwirner’s 533 West 19th Street in New York through April 13.

Join art historian, curator, and independent scholar Sherry Turner DeCarava at Shakespeare & Co. in New York on Tuesday,...
03/01/2019

Join art historian, curator, and independent scholar Sherry Turner DeCarava at Shakespeare & Co. in New York on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM for an evening meditating on the 'The Sweet Flypaper of Life.' This event is free and open to the public. RSVP: https://zwrnr.art/2SqPxwW

"This new part of your ‘art-as-art’ dogma looks like the same old thing. Are you still saying the one thing you say ...
02/28/2019

"This new part of your ‘art-as-art’ dogma looks like the same old thing. Are you still saying the one thing you say needs to be said over and over again and that this thing is the only thing for an artist to say?" I asked. "Yes," he said.
—Ad Reinhardt, "Reinhardt Paints a Picture," 1965

A publication designed by Sherrie Levine in collaboration with David Zwirner Books is available alongside the exhibition, ‘Sherrie Levine: After Reinhardt,’ now on view at the gallery’s 34 East 69th Street location in New York.

Featuring full-color reproductions of ‘Monochromes After Reinhardt: 1–28’ and the 1965 text "Reinhardt Paints a Picture," in which Reinhardt famously interviewed himself, this publication continues the artist’s investigation of color separated from its representational function.

‘Alice Neel’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work––opening at David Zwirner in New York Tuesday,...
02/26/2019

‘Alice Neel’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work––opening at David Zwirner in New York Tuesday, February 26.
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Newly commissioned scholarship by Helen Molesworth and a forward by Ginny Neel of the Estate of Alice Neel is included, along with works that span the 1920s to the 1980s.

#SundayReads: ‘The Sweet Flypaper of Life.’ Photographs by Roy DeCarava. Text by Langston Hughes. Afterword by Sherr...
02/17/2019

#SundayReads: ‘The Sweet Flypaper of Life.’ Photographs by Roy DeCarava. Text by Langston Hughes. Afterword by Sherry Turner DeCarava.
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Join Sherry DeCarava at Shakespeare & Co in New York on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM for an evening meditating on the The Sweet Flypaper of Life. This event is free and open to the public––no RSVP required.

The David Zwirner Books Bookstore is open today, February 16, at 535 West 20th Street from 10–6 PM. Stop by to browse ...
02/16/2019

The David Zwirner Books Bookstore is open today, February 16, at 535 West 20th Street from 10–6 PM. Stop by to browse new titles including ‘Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life,’ ‘David Zwirner: 25 Years,’ and ‘What it Means to Write About Art.’

02/14/2019
'Venus & Adonis'

In honor of Valentine’s Day, a preview of a new title from David Zwirner Books: ‘Venus & Adonis.’
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At once comic, tragic, and erotic, ‘Venus & Adonis’ is a poem by William Shakespeare based on passages from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses.’
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This new translation by Hafid Bouazza of Shakespeare’s text with illustrations by Marlene Dumas.
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The cover features an eponymous ink wash illustration, which Dumas first made to accompany the poem and later inspired a body of works exploring issues of eroticism, as well as power and violence. In an interview with @nytimes, Dumas noted that these works--shown at David Zwirner New York in 2018--all have something to do with “attraction, sensuality and desires.”

To keep dates straight in 2019––’Sherrie Levine: Diary 2019.’,Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019 is an artist book th...
02/09/2019

To keep dates straight in 2019––’Sherrie Levine: Diary 2019.’
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Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019 is an artist book that connects to the long, complex history of journals in visual culture. Featuring the word “ME.” on every day of the year, the book is inspired by the famed opening entries of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s Diary (1953–1969): “Monday: Me. Tuesday: Me. Wednesday: Me. Thursday: Me.”
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A limited edition of 25 copies has a special personalized stamp by Sherrie Levine.
https://zwrnr.art/2RUneKU

Coming soon from David Zwirner Books: ‘Alice Neel: Freedom,’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work op...
02/08/2019

Coming soon from David Zwirner Books: ‘Alice Neel: Freedom,’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work opening at David Zwirner in New York on February 26.
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Including works that span the 1920s to the 1980s, this presentation focuses primarily on the nude figure––whether male or female, adult or child––and demonstrates how Neel rebelled against and challenged the traditional perceptions of sxuality, motherhood, and beauty in our society.

Pictured: The cover of ‘Alice Neel: Freedom’
Alice Neel, Self-Portrait, 1980 (detail). © The Estate of Alice Neel

“Duchamp’s Last Day’ is a bravo performance capturing the ephemerality of life and the physicality of art,” writ...
02/07/2019

“Duchamp’s Last Day’ is a bravo performance capturing the ephemerality of life and the physicality of art,” writes Hyperallergic on the latest #Ekphrasis publication. The author, Donald Shambroom, “tenderly examines the minutiae of Duchamp’s last day.” Read the full review here: https://zwrnr.art/2UHV9El

02/06/2019

“Seeing several of these paintings next to each other makes it obvious that each painting is an instrumentation in its own,” wrote #JosefAlbers in 1954 on his ‘Homage to the Square’ series.
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Published on the occasion of exhibitions at David Zwirner's New York and London galleries in 2016 and 2017, ‘Midnight and Noon’ looks at one of the most influential abstract painters of the twentieth century.
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Currently on view in New York through February 16, ‘Sonic Albers,’ is an exhibition that examines Albers’s relationship to music, musical imagery, and sonic phenomena.

In ‘Marcel Dzama: Crossing the Line,’ jockeys ride through waves and cathedrals, Chinese symbols pulled from racing ...
02/05/2019

In ‘Marcel Dzama: Crossing the Line,’ jockeys ride through waves and cathedrals, Chinese symbols pulled from racing paraphernalia adorn the edges of the paper, and bats swoop, hunting for prey.
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Published on the occasion of Dzama’s solo exhibition currently on view at at David Zwirner Hong Kong through March 9, this publication features works included in the show––along with a conversation between Dzama and scholar Lailo Pedro.

On Wednesday, February 6, author Alexander Nemerov will discuss his David Zwirner Books ekphrasis title ‘Summoning Pea...
02/02/2019

On Wednesday, February 6, author Alexander Nemerov will discuss his David Zwirner Books ekphrasis title ‘Summoning Pearl Harbor’ at the studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya in California. The author will meditate on questions the book raises such as “how do words make the past appear?” and “does the past even want to be remembered?” as they relate the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This event is free and open to the public, register here: https://zwrnr.art/2t3X0ra

Pictured: Photograph from George Tashiro’s Album, reprinted in ‘Summoning Pearl Harbor.’ #Ekphrasis #DavidZwirnerBooks

#DZBBehindthescenes and #ComingSoon: ‘Alice Neel: Freedom’ documents the solo exhibition opening at @davidzwirner Fe...
02/01/2019

#DZBBehindthescenes and #ComingSoon: ‘Alice Neel: Freedom’ documents the solo exhibition opening at @davidzwirner February 26 in New York. The catalogue will also include newly commissioned scholarship by Helen Molesworth and a forward by Ginny Neel of The Estate of Alice Neel. #AliceNeel #AliceNeelFreedom

01/29/2019
David Zwirner Books Partners with Simon & Schuster

David Zwirner Books is pleased to announce a new partnership with Simon & Schuster, which will significantly expand the market for titles.
With this agreement, David Zwirner will become the first gallery to have mainstream trade distribution of its books in North America, enabling David Zwirner Books to extend beyond traditional fine-art monographs and catalogues to publish other types of books––including fiction, poetry, and literature in translation. #DavidZwirnerBooks

Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 offers insight into the methodology of a modern master. Included is an afterword by Br...
01/26/2019

Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 offers insight into the methodology of a modern master. Included is an afterword by Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of the The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, which contextualizes the notebook and explores the role studies played in the development of her work.
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Don’t miss the extensive Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern in London, which closes tomorrow, January 27.

“We want to publish great things, some of which are hundreds of years old, and all of which offer glimpses into the wo...
01/25/2019

“We want to publish great things, some of which are hundreds of years old, and all of which offer glimpses into the worlds that artists and writers build together,” said editorial @zwirnerbooks director Lucas Zwirner in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of #diadame magazine.

#ThursdayThoughts from ‘Social Forms,’ out now from @davidzwirnerbooks. Author Christian Viveros-Fauné has picked 5...
01/25/2019

#ThursdayThoughts from ‘Social Forms,’ out now from @davidzwirnerbooks. Author Christian Viveros-Fauné has picked 50 representative artists––from #FranciscodeGoya to #DavidHammons––that give voice to some of modern art’s strongest calls to political action. https://zwrnr.art/2SUwoE7

01/23/2019
Sweet Fly Paper of Life

Tonight: Join Sherry DeCarava for a book talk and discussion on the newly republished “The Sweet Flypaper of Life’ at Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books in Philadelphia from 7–9 PM. https://zwrnr.art/2RYlRen

The recently published ‘Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014–2017’ unfolds along the lines of Riley’s 2018 exhib...
01/18/2019

The recently published ‘Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014–2017’ unfolds along the lines of Riley’s 2018 exhibition at David Zwirner, London.
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A new large-scale mural by the artist, titled ‘Messengers,’ is now on view at the National Gallery in London. The large colored discs in the mural connect the painting to the artist’s recent solo exhibition.

Now available: a limited edition of Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019, 25 copies each personally stamped by the artist herse...
01/16/2019

Now available: a limited edition of Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019, 25 copies each personally stamped by the artist herself. https://zwrnr.art/2RUneKU
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Newly out from David Zwirner Books, this artist’s book functions as a diary, connecting to the long, complex history of journals within visual culture. #SherrieLevine #DavidZwirnerBooks

#Spotted at MINNA goods in Hudson: ‘Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980’––a superb facsimile of the only known not...
01/15/2019

#Spotted at MINNA goods in Hudson: ‘Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980’––a superb facsimile of the only known notebook of the artist. #AnniAlbers

Now Available––‘Marcel Dzama: Crossing the Line’ is the newest addition to David Zwirner Books’s bilingual ser...
01/12/2019

Now Available––‘Marcel Dzama: Crossing the Line’ is the newest addition to David Zwirner Books’s bilingual series. Published on the occasion of Dzama’s solo exhibition at David Zwirner Hong Kong, ‘Crossing the Line,’ which opens January 22, this publication features works included in the show along with a conversation between Dzama and editor, writer, and scholar Laila Pedro.

‘Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life’ will be one of our featured books at this weekend’s ‘Booked’–– Tai Kwun C...
01/11/2019

‘Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life’ will be one of our featured books at this weekend’s ‘Booked’–– Tai Kwun Contemporary's Hong Kong Art Book Fair (January 11–13).
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We asked the London-based designers A Practice For Everydaylife to share their thought process behind the monograph’s unique and aesthetically thoughtful details––“We were keen to bring Kusama’s work onto the cover, but not with a photograph as is the typical approach; we wanted it to feel closer to the installations that she had been creating at David Zwirner.” Read the full review: https://zwrnr.art/2xm0S9y

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance: Sherry Turner DeCarava will speak on Roy DeCarava’s ‘The Sw...
01/09/2019

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance: Sherry Turner DeCarava will speak on Roy DeCarava’s ‘The Sweet Flypaper of Life’––the moving, photo-poetic work set in Harlem––this Friday, January 11 at 7 PM at Revolution Books New York (437 Malcolm X Blvd).
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Sherry Turner DeCarava is an art historian, curator, and independent scholar in the fields of traditional arts and contemporary American photography. ‘Sweet Flypaper of Life’ includes an afterword by Turner DeCarava, tracing the history and ongoing importance of this book.
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Pictured in ‘The Sweet Flypaper of Life’: Roy DeCarava, Graduation, 1949.

‘Booked,’ the inaugural art book fair at Tai Kwun––a new center for heritage and arts in Hong Kong––will tak...
01/08/2019

‘Booked,’ the inaugural art book fair at Tai Kwun––a new center for heritage and arts in Hong Kong––will take place on January 11–January 13. The fair will bring together 60 art book publishers, artists and magazines from Hong Kong, Asia, and around the world.
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David Zwirner Books’ bilingual small-format publications devoted to single bodies of work by Michaël Borremans, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Oscar Murillo will be among the titles featured at the fair.
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#TaiKwunContemporary #BookedArtBookFair #TaiKwun #ArtBooks

When asked if anything surprised him while researching the history of chain-link fences for the essay he contributed to ...
01/03/2019

When asked if anything surprised him while researching the history of chain-link fences for the essay he contributed to the recently published 'Chris Ofili: Paradise Lost,' Joshua Jelly-Schapiro noted that history surprised him in the way “it connects to the present, and the work, in these serendipitous ways that maybe aren’t so serendipitous at all: one feels the artist’s eye making connections that have been there all along. Connections that are there, in the images, to be discovered—or mused upon anyway.” The author continued, “Engaging with Chris’s work in this essay, in that spirit, was fantastic fun. And I think the aim, in combining the words and images into a book, was to create a kind of conversation that people find interesting.”
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Read our full interview with Jelly-Schapiro--spanning from chain-link fences, Trinidad, and Ofili’s “pocket photography”--https://zwrnr.art/2PZxIZr

Published on the occasion of the twenty-five year anniversary of David Zwirner, 'David Zwirner: 25 Years' paints a pictu...
01/02/2019

Published on the occasion of the twenty-five year anniversary of David Zwirner, 'David Zwirner: 25 Years' paints a picture of the gallery’s growth and development through the lens of the artists that have shaped it.
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With contributions by Richard Shiff and Robert Storr, as well as a foreword by David Zwirner, this publication offers rare insights into the growth of a commercial gallery through its long-term commitment to artists.

“More than anything else I want my paintings to exist on their own terms. That is to say they must stealthily engage a...
12/26/2018

“More than anything else I want my paintings to exist on their own terms. That is to say they must stealthily engage and disarm you. There the paintings hang, deceptively simple––telling no tales as it were––resisting, in a well behaved way, all attempts to be questioned, probed or stared at and then, for those with open eyes, serenely disclosing some intimations of the splendours to which pure sight alone has the key.” ––Bridget Riley
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Out now from David Zwirner Books, Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014-2017 follows Riley’s 2018 exhibition at David Zwirner, London. An essay by art historian Richard Shiff accompanies the works, in which he explores Riley’s ability to give new life to basic forms. #BridgetRiley #DavidZwirnerBooks

Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019 is one of David Zwirner Book’s picks for this holiday season. Inspired by Polish writer ...
12/23/2018

Sherrie Levine’s Diary 2019 is one of David Zwirner Book’s picks for this holiday season. Inspired by Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s Diary and its famed opening entries written in 1953––”Monday: Me. Tuesday: Me. Wednesday: Me. Thursday: Me.”––Levine prints the word “ME.” on each calendar page. An artist book that functions as a diary, Levine’s diary is a playful riff on autobiography amidst our narcissistic culture.

Now available from David Zwirner Books, Social Forms delivers a unique and compelling portrait of how artists during the...
12/20/2018

Now available from David Zwirner Books, Social Forms delivers a unique and compelling portrait of how artists during the last 150 years have dealt with changing political systems, the violence of modern warfare, the rise of consumer culture worldwide, the prevalence of inequality and racism, and the challenges of technology. https://zwrnr.art/2SUwoE7

Diary 2019, a new artist’s book from Sherrie Levine, is out now from David Zwirner Books. Featuring the word “ME.”...
12/19/2018

Diary 2019, a new artist’s book from Sherrie Levine, is out now from David Zwirner Books. Featuring the word “ME.” printed on each calendar page of the new year, Levine’s diary includes daily pages with space to document your agenda. https://zwrnr.art/2Auckkr

Published on the occasion of David Zwirner’s twenty-fifth anniversary, David Zwirner: 25 Years paints a picture of the...
12/11/2018

Published on the occasion of David Zwirner’s twenty-fifth anniversary, David Zwirner: 25 Years paints a picture of the gallery’s growth and development through the lens of the artists that have shaped it. Read an interview with Anne Wehr, David Zwirner’s project editor on putting together this memorable book here: https://zwrnr.art/2RQAltf

On Contemporary Art is a “dizzying, witty, love/hate letter to contemporary art.” Read the full review in the Financ...
12/04/2018

On Contemporary Art is a “dizzying, witty, love/hate letter to contemporary art.” Read the full review in the Financial Times: https://zwrnr.art/2re2LSq

“If your art-loving friend missed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2017 exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in Che...
12/03/2018

“If your art-loving friend missed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2017 exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, this monograph captures some of her iconic works.” Kusama: Festival of Life included in the The Strategist's holiday gift guide. https://zwrnr.art/2RoCPPi

“A gorgeously packaged five-volume retrospective of the artist Bridget Riley's decades-long career.” Bridget Riley: ...
12/02/2018
Bridget Riley: The Complete Paintings | David Zwirner

“A gorgeously packaged five-volume retrospective of the artist Bridget Riley's decades-long career.” Bridget Riley: The Complete Paintings is included in the The New York Times 20178 holiday gift guide. https://zwrnr.art/2KcaSLc

The Bridget Riley Art Foundation and Thames & Hudson are pleased to announce the release of Bridget Riley: The Complete Paintings.

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