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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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Delve into books that illuminate the works on view and the artists who created them at exhibitions at David Zwirner this...
09/14/2019

Delve into books that illuminate the works on view and the artists who created them at exhibitions at David Zwirner this fall. https://zwrnr.art/2ZnJXni

Over 300 artists, publishers, and booksellers from around the world will gather for this year’s New York Art Book Fair a...
09/12/2019

Over 300 artists, publishers, and booksellers from around the world will gather for this year’s New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 from September 20–22. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2YAxNlO.

Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life has been shortlisted for the 2019 British Book Awards for Cover Design. The book, which w...
09/11/2019

Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life has been shortlisted for the 2019 British Book Awards for Cover Design. The book, which was designed by A Practice for Everyday Life in London and highlighted in Vogue, documents the artist’s 2017 solo exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, with a selection of paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms. The monograph includes new scholarship on the artist by Jenni Sorkin, as well as a special foldout poster. https://zwrnr.art/2lFxhVM

Organized in partnership with the Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, a marathon reading at the Judd Foundation cel...
09/04/2019

Organized in partnership with the Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, a marathon reading at the Judd Foundation celebrates the new publication ‘Donald Judd Interviews,’ which features over sixty interviews of the artist in conversation with artists, critics, curators, and other contemporaries. Learn more here: https://zwrnr.art/2zxIwTX

Beginning with her childhood in postwar Japan, ‘Infinity Net’ paints a multilayered portrait of Yayoi Kusama. The book f...
08/23/2019

Beginning with her childhood in postwar Japan, ‘Infinity Net’ paints a multilayered portrait of Yayoi Kusama. The book features dazzling snapshots of 1960s and 1970s New York and her encounters with its artists—among them Joseph Cornell, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol.

An exhibition featuring all new work by Kusama is opening at David Zwirner New York this fall. Learn more about other necessary Kusama reads here: https://zwrnr.art/2QpD8t7

This monograph, published by David Zwirner Books, brings together a broad selection of Ruth Asawa’s sculptures, works on...
08/17/2019

This monograph, published by David Zwirner Books, brings together a broad selection of Ruth Asawa’s sculptures, works on paper, and more, presenting an important and timely overview of the artist’s work. View work by the artist in ‘Taking the Floor: A Century of Women Artists,’ which opens August 24 at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston https://zwrnr.art/2tfguw8

Forthcoming on September 17, ‘History of Painting’ features a groundbreaking body of new work by Kerry James Marshall. L...
08/15/2019

Forthcoming on September 17, ‘History of Painting’ features a groundbreaking body of new work by Kerry James Marshall. Learn more via HYPEBEAST here: https://zwrnr.art/2ZGfHQK

Before summer is over, dive into these must-reads with #DavidZwirnerBooks, from essay compilations and autobiographies t...
08/13/2019

Before summer is over, dive into these must-reads with #DavidZwirnerBooks, from essay compilations and autobiographies to interviews and art criticism. View our picks here: https://zwrnr.art/2XDMGrQ

Of the paintings featured in ‘Myths and Mortals,’ Marlene Dumas notes in an interview with the The New York Times that t...
08/11/2019

Of the paintings featured in ‘Myths and Mortals,’ Marlene Dumas notes in an interview with the The New York Times that they all have something to do with “attraction, sensuality and desires.” Learn more about the new publication from #DavidZwirnerBooks here: https://zwrnr.art/2KkW7ny

To celebrate National Book Lovers Day we’ve compiled a list of books to dive into this summer. See what we’re reading he...
08/09/2019

To celebrate National Book Lovers Day we’ve compiled a list of books to dive into this summer. See what we’re reading here: https://zwrnr.art/2XDMGrQ

This fall, David Zwirner will present solo exhibitions by Anni Albers, Lucas Arruda, Roy DeCarava, Philip-Lorca diCorcia...
08/07/2019

This fall, David Zwirner will present solo exhibitions by Anni Albers, Lucas Arruda, Roy DeCarava, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Paul Klee, and Raymond Pettibon. Ahead of the openings, delve into books that illuminate the works on view and the artists who created them, from Albers’s intimate Notebook, to a new edition of DeCarava’s the sound i saw, to Pettibon’s cultural renditions in Homo Americanus

“To the critic the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.”––#OscarWildeNow available, ‘The Critic...
08/06/2019

“To the critic the work of art is simply a suggestion for a new work of his own.”––#OscarWilde

Now available, ‘The Critic as Artist’ is the latest from David Zwirner Books’s #ekphrasis series.

Read up on gallery artist Carol Bove, whose work is now on view in the Venice Biennale. https://zwrnr.art/2DpT2NK
08/03/2019

Read up on gallery artist Carol Bove, whose work is now on view in the Venice Biennale. https://zwrnr.art/2DpT2NK

‘Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art’ explores the ways in which artists have sought to explain their world...
08/01/2019

‘Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art’ explores the ways in which artists have sought to explain their world in terms of an alternate reality, drawn from imagination, the subconscious, poetry, nature, myth, and religion. Learn more here: https://zwrnr.art/2JSzve2

The ‘Spotlight Series’ offers the perfect primer on a wide variety of artists, from Marcel Dzama to Wolfgang Tillmans. T...
07/29/2019

The ‘Spotlight Series’ offers the perfect primer on a wide variety of artists, from Marcel Dzama to Wolfgang Tillmans. These books feature never-before-seen works by the gallery’s artists alongside commissioned texts and interviews. Learn more about this series, available in both English-only and bilingual English/traditional Chinese editions here: https://zwrnr.art/2GvJwfl

We asked Michael Dyer, the designer behind the ekphrasis series, to share his thought process behind the series’ distinc...
07/27/2019

We asked Michael Dyer, the designer behind the ekphrasis series, to share his thought process behind the series’ distinct look. Read about the challenges in creating a cohesive format that foregrounds such a wide-ranging collection of literary texts on visual culture here: https://zwrnr.art/2m6rF40

‘28 Paradies’ is a pure example of ekphrastic writing––poetry inspired by paintings. This book has been named “a tiny, h...
07/25/2019

‘28 Paradies’ is a pure example of ekphrastic writing––poetry inspired by paintings. This book has been named “a tiny, highbrow volume for the beach” by the Financial Times. https://zwrnr.art/2JF54ru

Artist John Edmonds says ‘Sweet Flypaper of Life’ is one of “5 books for the serious daydreamer.” He writes, “a classic ...
07/23/2019

Artist John Edmonds says ‘Sweet Flypaper of Life’ is one of “5 books for the serious daydreamer.” He writes, “a classic that effortlessly weaves text and image, fact and fiction, the real and the imagined.” https://zwrnr.art/30CzHUg

“Dumas is driven by gesture and serendipity alike.” Read the full excerpt from Claire Messud’s essay in ‘Marlene Dumas: ...
07/17/2019

“Dumas is driven by gesture and serendipity alike.” Read the full excerpt from Claire Messud’s essay in ‘Marlene Dumas: Myths & Mortals’ featured in @artnet here: https://zwrnr.art/30rvR00

This summer, dive into long reads with David Zwirner Books, from essay compilations and autobiographies to interviews, a...
07/16/2019

This summer, dive into long reads with David Zwirner Books, from essay compilations and autobiographies to interviews, art criticism, and historic talks. View our picks here: https://zwrnr.art/2XDMGrQ

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s death, Duchamp’s Last Day offers a radical reading of the arti...
07/15/2019

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s death, Duchamp’s Last Day offers a radical reading of the artist’s final hours. Read ‘Five questions for the author: Donald Shambroom on Duchamp’s Last Day’ here: https://zwrnr.art/2YRcwF9

‘Thomas Ruff: Transforming Photography’ closes Saturday, June 29 at David Zwirner Hong Kong.Now available for preorder, ...
06/28/2019

‘Thomas Ruff: Transforming Photography’ closes Saturday, June 29 at David Zwirner Hong Kong.

Now available for preorder, this publication features new work that continues Ruff’s probe into the history, processes, techniques, and technology of photography. https://zwrnr.art/2xjTAmu

Anni Albers, known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, was born on this day. ‘Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980’ off...
06/12/2019

Anni Albers, known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, was born on this day.

‘Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980’ offers insight into the methodology of the artist and reveals the way she went about making complex patterns, exploring them piece by piece, line by line in a visually dramatic and mysteriously beautiful series of geometric arrangements.

‘Death and Pleasure Are Intertwined’: Novelist Claire Messud on the Emotional Magnitudes of Marlene Dumas’s Painting. Re...
06/06/2019

‘Death and Pleasure Are Intertwined’: Novelist Claire Messud on the Emotional Magnitudes of Marlene Dumas’s Painting. Read an excerpt from the exhibition catalogue ‘Myths & Mortals,’ forthcoming from David Zwirner Books this month via artnet here: https://zwrnr.art/30UqhV7

Donald Judd was born on this day. Read the artist’s previously unpublished essays, notes, and letters in ‘Donald Judd Wr...
06/03/2019

Donald Judd was born on this day. Read the artist’s previously unpublished essays, notes, and letters in ‘Donald Judd Writings,’ which provides insight into the full extent of Judd’s influence on art. https://zwrnr.art/2yG9Uj8

Browse new publications, such as ‘Alice Neel: Freedom,’ ‘Venus & Adonis,’ and ‘Endless Enigma,’ out now from David Zwirn...
06/01/2019

Browse new publications, such as ‘Alice Neel: Freedom,’ ‘Venus & Adonis,’ and ‘Endless Enigma,’ out now from David Zwirner Books here: https://davidzwirnerbooks.com/

‘Alice Neel’ documents the solo exhibition of the artist’s work––now open at @davidzwirner’s 20th Street gallery..Newly ...
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, at 6:30...
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 need...
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, February ...
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 Sherry Tu...
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 ne...
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 that connect...
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 opening ...
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,” writes Hyper...
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 para...
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 Pearl...
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 Februa...
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 Bren...
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 worl...
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 50 rep...
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

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