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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sumo Wrestling

So hefty was Sumo, the behemoth Helmut Newton book published ten years ago by Taschen, that it came with its own custom-designed Philippe Starck stand. The titanic tome—edited by the photog's wife, the great June Newton—immediately became a symbol of its status-obsessed time, as requisite a display of cultivated wealth as a Poggenpohl kitchen and a high thread count. To commemorate the anniversary, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will show all 394 photographs beginning June 4, while the publisher is set to release a more humanely sized edition for aficionados of the late lensman's kinky glamour.

—Suleman Anaya

Benedikt Taschen & Helmut Newton, 2000

Villa d'Este, Lake Como, Italy 1975

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hint Tip: Fringe Projects

Fringe Projects, Henrik Vibskov's conceptual collaboration with artist Andreas Emenius, is now available in book form, documenting their first ten exhibits. Shredded cover included...

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hans Brinker of Disaster

You've seen haute hotels, heard about love hotels and probably booked a cheap hotel or two. But have you had the distinct honor (and odor) of staying at the Hans Brinker in Amsterdam, the self-proclaimed worst hotel in the world? Only when you do can you fully appreciate the magic of cynical, gross-out marketing. Over the years they've created hilariously self-deprecating images, videos and other marketing materials, which now, because it seems all we have left these days is laughter, have been reproduced in a book called—wait for it—The Worst Hotel in the World. It's a tribute to what the Ritz will never have: zero stars and even lower standards. Plus, if you'll be in Amsterdam on April 24, you can celebrate squalor in person at what promises to be a totally lackluster book launch party, which we're gonna go ahead and assume is BYOB...

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Corn Beef

Because we can never get enough camp (and if you're reading this, you're the same), we present the most heelarious specimens from Inside/Outside (powerHouse books, $150), a two-volume book of 1950's beefcake photos by the legendary Bruce of Los Angeles, complete with a DVD with twelve of his films and text by The New Yorker's Vince Aletti. Despite the corniness, Bruce is a gay icon said to have influenced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts and that other Bruce, Bruce Weber (we want to see his male nudes!). By the way, can you spot The Factory's Joe Dallesandro?...

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