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Marc Jacobs' advertisements and the strange worlds they depict, with their ample negative space and kooky people doing mundane things, have been essential imagery in fashion magazines for ten years and counting. This unique longevity is the result of the friendship between the New York designer and Bavarian-born photographer Juergen Teller, a creative collaboration now compiled in the 576 pages of "Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009"...

May 09: Ten years ago Taschen introduced The Art of Pleasure, an influential tome about the work of Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen, whose explicit sexual drawings of ultra-masculine men who love men are among the most collected—and, for some, indispensable—queer images of the 70s and 80s, even gracing the hallowed walls of MoMA. Since bigger is usually better, the follow-up is Tom of Finland XXL ($200), a 14-pound chunk of hunk containing nearly 1000 drawings and paintings culled from collections around the world...

Apr 09: Few are more reverently associated with their métier than Patrick Demarchelier, the French-born fashion photographer who's built a fabled career working for the right magazines at the height of their influence. While hardly transgressive, Demarchelier's images have a trademark naturalism and sensuality that make him a favorite of fashion editors far and wide. He's captured every true supermodel, screen goddess and princess at her most vulnerable and pulchritudinous, all of whom can be seen in a new monograph of his work...

Mar 09: Long before today's lens-toting purveyors of haute raunch explored every mound, pit and wart of the female anatomy, there was Harri Peccinotti. But more than just early-day tasteful T&A, the London-born photographer and art director's work remains relevant for capturing the tumultuous Zeitgeist of its time. So while he worked for every important fashion magazine, his images also strum rich racial, political and sexual chords. All this is evident in a luscious new monograph...

Feb 09: Around 1990, artist Christopher Wool broke onto the New York scene like a punk-age Pollock. Wool's street cred, critical respect and low-brow modernity have ensured a steady fashion following. For spring '09, Raf Simons was inspired by his word pictures, while cultural scribe Glenn O'Brien is another one of Wool's famous fans. An edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies, "Wool" gives you a rich taste of downtown New York's gritty-glory art days...


 

 


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