from the insightful drawings of Bridget Riley and a pioneer of light and space to the final thoughts of critic Robert Storr
Bridget Riley, Working Drawings, texts by Lucy Askew and Gene Baro, The Bridget Riley Art Foundation and Thames & Hudson, 296pp, £ 45.00 (hb)
This volume of drawings by British artist Bridget Riley provides an overview of her practice through a selection of over 150 drawings, color analyzes, notations, scale studies and caricatures. Riley says in the foreword that the studies and working drawings were brought together in response to the “question, spoken or unspoken: how did these paintings come about?” And what is the process that causes them? Rare works such as childhood sketches and drawings made during and after his studies at Goldsmiths’ College and the Royal College of Art are also featured. Important early works include Study for The Raising of Lazarus (1949-52) and Female figure in motion (1949-52).
Sybil & Cyril, Cutting Time, Jenny Uglow, Faber & Faber, 416pp, £ 20.00 (hb)
This biography provides a comprehensive overview of the life and work of Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews who turned to vorticism and futurism in their vibrant depictions of men and machines in the 1920s and 1930s. Uglow delves into the achievements of this pioneering pair known for their “dynamic and modernist linocuts, refined, full of movement and brilliant colors, summing up the turbulent interwar period”, indicates a press release. The couple showed off together at their mentor Claude Flight’s The first exhibition of British linoleums at the Redfern Gallery in London, and jointly designed posters for the London Passengers Transport Board from 1929 to 1937 (the duo used the composite signature of Andrew Power).
1,001 Days: Memoirs of an Empress, Farah Pahlavi, Vanishing Pictures Press, 176 pages, £ 25.00 (hb)
The new publishing house Vanishing Pictures Press has reprinted the memoirs of the Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi, written in 1976, three years before the Islamic revolution. The biography provides insight into key episodes such as his plans for the 1977 opening of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art which reopened earlier this year after a two-year renovation. “She broke barriers as Iran’s first crowned female ruler and crowned first woman anywhere in the Muslim world. And it was photographed by Andy Warhol in 1976 – he made it one of his iconic silkscreen portraits, ”a press release read.
Helen Pashgian, Spheres and Lenses, essay by John Yau, Radius Books, 172pp, from $ 65.00 (hb)
Helen Pashgian is an unsung pioneer and preeminent member of the Light and Space movement of the 1960s in Southern California, who trained as an art historian specializing in the works of Johannes Vermeer. In his introductory essay, John Yau explains why Pashgian remains “under-recognized,” stating, “Pashgian does work that is portable and, sometimes, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Now we have to recognize that size should not be equated with ambition, but I fear that we still cling to outdated values regarding monuments and the monumental. This publication is presented as the first study of the artist’s sculptures, examining his work in three sections: Spheres, Lenses and Timelines.
Robert Storr: Writings on Art 2006-2021, edited by Francesca Pietropaolo, Heni, 720pp, £ 35.00 (hb)
The book, the second in a two-volume anthology, brings together 51 texts including articles, essays, reviews and chronicles dating from 2006 to the present day. Importantly, the volume includes texts by Storr on 45 international artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, David Hammons, Jenny Holzer, Jasper Johns and Gerhard Richter. Francesca Pietropaolo, editor-in-chief of the publication, says: “These selected pieces, presented in chronological order, represent the most important writings he produced during this period, engaging in multiple genres. Storr says, “Most of these essays deal with the art I had trouble with, sorting out which is the real subject of my writing, as well as the source of my enjoyment.