Sunny Culture: Seven New Art Books to Celebrate Summer
Painted Island: Hydra through the eyes of a child
In the group of Greek islands known as the Argo-Saronic Gulf, sun-drenched Hydra has long been a place where creative minds have come together. Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and Leonard Cohen were all captivated by the salty-white houses and the feeling of total disconnection (the island was without phone lines until the mid-1960s and remains car-free to this day).
More recently, the island served as the backdrop for a project by photographer Annemarieke van Drimmelen and her partner, painter Jasper Krabbé, which is the subject of a new book, June, with an exhibition scheduled for later this year. Named after their three-year-old daughter, the photographs record the mundane objects and scenes that caught her eye during family outings around the island and elsewhere. The images were then overlaid with paint strokes and excerpts from poems to create a series of hybrid, collaged artworks that seek to show Hydra through the eyes of a child. “His perspective was so optimistic and beautiful and innocent,” says van Drimmelen. “She can see a whole paradise in a galloping horse or a piece of string.” Oh
June by Annemarieke van Drimmelen and Jasper Krabbé is published by Librarian in an edition of 500 copies. In October, it will be presented to the new Huis Vasari Instituteamsterdam
Aperitif time: Campari and the big screen
In a surreal sequence by Federico Fellini The Temptation of Dr. Antonio, a sequin-clad Anita Ekberg steps out of a billboard and continues to lure prude Dr. Antonio with an array of tantalizing delights, chief among which is a fridge full of frozen drinks. According to critic Gianni Canova, Ekberg’s seductiveness could pass for the burlesque of a Campari advertisement, which often used sensuality to sell.
His new illustrated story, Campari and cinema, see how cinema has been inspired by the carmine spirit, and vice versa. Examples of Campari’s long history of image-making range from his 1901 poster of a couple kissing under a crimson light to the 1926 poster showing a bottle protruding from a drinks table, “reproducing almost the movement of a camera”, to the provocation of Paolo Sorrentino. , noirish campaign film 2017 killer red, which opens to show a red-nailed hand holding the stem of a curvaceous cocktail glass. Using these, as well as careful readings of films – including the on-screen depiction of the pleasure of When Harry Met Sally – Canova analyzes the invention and artistry behind one of the world’s most beloved aperitifs. BS
Campari and cinema, edited with a text by Gianni Canova, is published by SKIRA50 €
Rural beauty: a chronicle of daily life in Puglia
“Just as there are key moments in the family album, made up of ceremonies, there are also less intense moments of daily life, wrote the artist Luigi Ghirri in 1991, which are still represented there because they document the unfolding of an existence. ”
This chronicle of both the banal and the ceremonial defines Puglia, a photographic account of Ghirri’s relationship with the region of southern Italy, with many previously unseen images. It captures the specter of life there, from a pile of puntarelle sprouts drying in the sun to a young girl in her white, frothy Confirmation dress on her way to church. That’s all, as the subtitle tells us, tra alba and tramonti (“between sunrises and sunsets”). BS
Puglia: Tra Albe e Tramonti by Luigi Ghirri is published by Mac£45
Root subjects: contemporary floral portraits
Traditionally the subject of still lifes, the flower also has a rich history in fine art photography, from the ghostly floral photograms of Fox Talbot of the 1830s to the spiky monochrome stems of Lee Friedlander of the 1990s. a series begun in 1991, reviews contemporary contributions to the genre.
This edition includes Robert Mapplethorpe’s suggestive stems of the 1980s, Maisie Cousins’ super-enlarged studies of a slimy, decaying bouquet, and Pedro Almodóvar’s distinctively chromatic still lifes, which juxtapose faded flowers against elegantly toned vases. jewelry – another example of the filmmaker’s fascination with aging. As Danaé Panchaud writes in her essay, this compendium shows that “the so-called fixed symbolic meanings of flowers, peddled by passionate Victorian marketers and based on a very narrow range of examples, are constantly refuted by new allegories and often unexpected symbols”. ”. BS
Flora Photographica: Masterworks of Contemporary Flower Photography by William A Ewing and Danaé Panchaud is published by Thames and Hudson£45
Lights of the Riviera: from Robert Capa to Lee Miller
Since the Belle Epoque, when new train lines opened up the south of France, the Côte d’Azur has lured photographers and artists with its sapphire waters and near-tropical light.
Here, curator Sophie Wright and photography expert Geneviève Janvrin trace the photographic history of the Riviera – from Robert Capa’s snaps of a vacationing Picasso to Lee Miller’s sweltering summer in Cannes. Wright approvingly quotes Matisse, who said of his own time there that “everything was wrong, absurd, unbelievable, delicious”. DOWN
Light on the Riviera: Photograph of the French Riviera by Sophie Wright and Geneviève Janvrin is published by teNeues, £50
Pole position: an ancient Indian martial art
Mallakhamb – translated from Sanskrit for “wrestler’s pole” – is known as the mother sport of ancient India, dating back to the 12th century: it was used by warriors and wrestlers to train in the absence of an opponent. The gravity-defying art combines yoga poses and wrestling holds with the athleticism of gymnastics, the flowing sequences producing a form of aerial acrobatics.
Under British rule, Mallakhamb’s popularity declined – but in recent years it has enjoyed a revival and is now recognized as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
In his new book, London-based photographer and regular HTSI contributor Vivek Vadoliya captures budding artists at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir Institute in Bombay. Vadoliya’s vibrant work, rich in hues of ocher and red, explores notions of identity and community. “I was captivated by the expression and language of movement,” he says. “In their gestures we recognize yoga poses, which to me are not only fascinating but inherently Indian.” Vadoliya’s work, which draws on his experience as a second-generation British Indian, is a celebration of the brown body and a love letter to its once-forgotten ancestral exercise. Oh Mallakhamb by Vivek Vadolia is published by Antihero Press, £35
In the depths: the waters of the world
Filmmaker David Ondaatje takes readers on an aerial journey over the waters of the world in his new book. In a fishing community in British Columbia, the rivers run deep gray, almost black in September; in Tuscany, off Punta Ala beach, the water shimmers seaweed green as a giant lilo carries a group of swimmers through the calm waters; and in Montana, once teeming spring creeks are now peacefully free of anglers, following an intervention by conservationists.
Ondaatje presents the myriad uses of these waters while documenting their increasing overexploitation, as well as the risks they face due to global warming and agricultural exploitation. BS
Water Views: Rivers, Lakes, Oceans by David Ondaatje is published by monacelli at $45