Taking up too much space on my desk – some recent finds from around about. Couple were picked up at Luminous Books down Dalston way, well worth a visit, only open Saturday afternoons.
Charity shop bargains apart from the Hunter S. Thompson which was a present. Non Stop is classic and was all of 50p. L-R: The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus, Edited by Brian Aldiss 1972; Modern Prints, Pat Gilmour 1970; Moonchild, Aleister Crowley 1972; Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson 1973; Non Stop, Brian W. Aldiss 1958; Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi 1976.
I don’t make it to Brighton that often but always end up in Brighton Books on Kensington Gardens when I do. Have had my eye on a first edition of A Canticle for Leibowitz gathering dust on a shelf there for years now. Went in there on Friday and my dad bought me this Malanga book for my birthday. Loads of famous portraits in there of Patti Smith, Joe Dellesandro, Dennis Hopper, etc. The usual NYC mix of Warhol superstars, beat writers, sugar daddy collectors and struggling artists. Still inspiring today. I didn’t know that Malanga had done nudes later in his career though. The pictures are good; the titles not so much.
The Maison Martin Margiela 20 exhibition at Somerset House brought back memories of that cinema party at Pitti Uomo autumn/winter 2006/07 (still have the MMM espresso cup invite somewhere). True to the look of the label’s Paris atelier it ticks all the expected boxes: caravan out front, whitewashing, multiple tabi shoes, and dust sheets. Getting close to such iconic garments is a treat in itself and helps explain how Margiela made design concepts like deconstruction, hybridism, and trompe-l’œil feel sophisticated and original. In the hands of lesser designers the results can be naff. Highlight for me though was the video instalment featuring looped catwalks, backstage clips, and grainy collection previews played against a musical backdrop of old show soundtracks. The relationship between fashion and film strong as ever. (images scanned from the catalogue)