Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki Encyclopedia of Flowers (Lars Muller Publishers, Zurich: 2012) ISBN 978-3-03778=313-9 This extraordinary volume will certainly appeal to connoisseurs of flowers, but should be of equal interest to anyone susceptible to the seductions of color and form. Azuma is considered an haute-couture florist (whatever that may be), but the wonderous photographs, by Shiinoki, show no actual arrangements as they might exist in life. All are details in which groupings of flowers are freed from gravity and the need to be grounded in a vase or on a kenzan (flower frog). Some photographs are taken from surprising ... More » »
You can find and admire work by an internationally known and feted artist, Twins Seven-Seven, who died this past year, right inside the Crane, at Indigo Arts.
Yinka Shonibare MBE (Prestel Verlag, Munich, 2008) ISBN 978-3-7913-4123-1 Yinka Shonibare is a contemporary of the Young British Artists and while he exhibited with them, he has never been considered one of the group. Unlike them, he creates work of unapologetic beauty. Shonibare uses beauty as a hook; it draws audiences for his manipulated, historicist figures and tableaux which play havoc with received notions about post-Enlightenment Europe and reveal the impossibility of separating cultural history from economic history. His work has been increasingly visible in the U.S., especially since the large survey organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney ... More » »