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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s
New York: Assembled Realities

Museum of the City of New York

Essays by Sean Corcoran
and Justin Davidson

Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway.

The Art of Lexus

The Art of Lexus:
Celebrating Twenty-Five Years

Melcher Media

Jim Gorman
Foreword: Akio Toyoda

The Art of Lexus celebrates the 25th anniversary of Lexus. This book provides an overview of the past 25 years of Lexus history and how it has grown into a strong international brand.

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Designing Home:
Jews and Midcentury Modernism

Contemporary Jewish Museum,
San Francisco

Donald Albrecht, Elizabeth Hamilton
& Lily Siegel

This book accompanied the exhibition of the same name that looked at the contribution of Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants in the creation of a distinctly modern American domestic landscape. In the aftermath of World War II, the hub of world Jewry shifted from Europe to America.

The exhibition examined the cultural context in which many Jewish émigré architects and designers from Europe in the 1930–40s were welcomed and embraced into the creative communities that sprang up around the US—including Black Mountain College, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and even in the Bay Area at Pond Farm in Guerneville. The story told in this exhibition gave remarkable insight into Jewish assimilation into American society. At the same time, Designing Home went beyond a simple exploration of physical Jewish contributions to the history of modern architecture and design—an impact that continues today—to examine broader cultural and social themes.


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City as Canvas:
New York City Graffiti /
The Martin Wong Collection

Museum of the City of New York

Sean Corcoran &
Carlo McCormick

A visual account of the birth of graffiti and street art, showcasing as-yet-unseen works collected by preeminent artist Martin Wong. Referred to by the New York Times as an artist “whose meticulous visionary realism is among the lasting legacies of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s,” Martin Wong (1946–1999) was firmly entrenched in the NYC street art world of the late ’70s and ’80s.

City as Canvas chronicles the most important chapter in the street art movement and the artists involved. Showcasing Wong’s enormous graffiti art collection, the book contains artwork, photographs, black books, letters, postcards, posters, and flyers made by Wong and his artist friends. The book contains previously unpublished art by famous street artists such as Futura 2000, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher “Daze” Ellis, LA II, Lady Pink, and Keith Haring, to name only a few. City as Canvas traces the origins of urban self-expression and the era of “outlaw” street art in New York, which primed the floodgates for graffiti art to spread worldwide.


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Keep Calm and Carry On:
World War II and
the British Home Front,

Norton Museum of Art,
West Palm Beach, Florida

Curator Donald Albrecht
Essays Erin McKellar &
Frederic A. Sharf

This catalog accompanied the exhibition Keep Calm and Carry On, which traced developments in architecture, engineering, urban planning, fashion, graphics, media, and product and automotive design between 1938 and 1951, a tumultuous 13-year period that spanned the run-up to World War II and its immediate aftermath. From 1939 to 1945, Britain’s creative class mobilized to win the war on the home front.

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Gabriel Orozco:
Natural Motion

Moderna Museet,
Kunsthaus Bregenz

Gabriel Orozco is one of the best-known international artists of his generation, and one of that rare kind who can switch between classical, quasi-autonomous paintings or sculptures and transient, improvised-seeming installations, interventions, objects, and photographs.

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Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses
to Humanitarian Crises

Metropolis Books

Kate Stohr &
Cameron Sinclair

DLYGaD provides examples of effective emergency, transitional, and permanent shelters, as well as other innovative designs that address problems such as water shortages and malaria. The cover shows two of the projects—discussed by editors Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr—and the “shared sky” that joins them.

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Capital of Capital:
Money, Banking, and Power
in New York City, 1784-2012

Museum of the City of New York

Steven H. Jaffee &
Jessica Lautin

Based on a major exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, Capital of Capital profiles the key leaders and critics of banking, such as Alexander Hamilton, the Rockefellers, and the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The book also covers the key events and controversies that have shaped the history of banking and includes a fascinating array of primary materials ranging from speeches and political documents to advertisements and journalistic accounts.

Lavishly illustrated, Capital of Capital provides a multifaceted, original understanding of the profound impact of banking on the life of New York City


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Eye on Europe:
Prints, Books & Multiples/
1960 to Now

Museum of Modern Art

Debbie Wye & Wendy Weitman

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Buchhandlung Walther König

Gabriel Orozco &
Hans Ulrich Obrist

Gabriel Orozco presents his work based on obituary headlines of individual notoriety and accidental fame taken from The New York Times. Extracting anecdotal aspects of the identity, cause and date of the deceased, what remains reveals the poetic, wit and drama of the perception of public life in the press. Orozco, whose work has been known for the use of the symbolic as a recyclable material and for the fragmentation and removal of cultural entities as an ongoing artistic practice, gives us a reflection on the semiotics of the news as a potentially poetic object. A text by Hans Ulrich Obrist completes this artist book.