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BOOKS ON JAPAN 1931–1972

Japanese Propaganda Books

Yoshiyuki Morioka

How did the Japanese see themselves from 1931 to 1972? Even more importantly, how did the Japanese want the rest of the world to see them during those four pivotal decades? This controversial, unprecedented book, selected from a massive private collection of magazines and newspapers, takes an in-depth look at the information, news, photos and advertisements used in Japanese propaganda books, illustrating the radical sociopolitical evolution of the nation and culture throughout that period of the 20th century. “Propaganda” is defined here as publications promoting political, military and cultural ideas, ranging from national magazines such as Nippon and Front (with a feature on Japan’s “crack airborne paratroop units”) to corporate documents that include a beautifully designed brochure on the facilities for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Japanese have been notably slow to acknowledge the excesses and atrocities of the militaristic regime that led the nation into World War II; this elegantly designed book combats that resistance and opens a door to show what the government and corporate communicators were feeding to the public at the time. It also reveals the roots of Japan’s unique modern design aesthetic in the work of some of the nation’s finest graphic artists.

Iconic Japanese graphic designers and photograpers featured include Takashi Kono, Fumio Yamana, Yusaku Kamekura, Goro Kumada, Shihachi Fujimoto and Hiromu Hara in graphic design and Ihei Kimura, Yonosuke Natori Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon and Hiroshi Hamaya in photography.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
September 2013 / Japanese & limited English
Hardcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
224 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-826-9 · Retail Price: $56.00

BRICKS FROM THE KILN #1

Andrew Lister & Matthew Stuart (Eds.)

Engaging the complex world of visual communication, the exciting new journal Bricks from the Kiln expands the conversation in design and typography, striking a balance between historical research and current projects, art and graphic design. Assembling a collection of photography, poetry, transcripts, essays, and diary jottings, the editors have allowed connections to develop organically, each piece like a collection of bricks, part of a larger structure. The Situationists loom large, as does the peripheral and the overlooked. Following in the tradition of Typographica, Icteric, Dot Dot Dot, Situationist Times and Theo Crosby’s Uppercase, the journal demonstrates how design and typography have become integrated into the creative disciplines of writing, theory and art.

With a cross-pollination of disciplines first emerging within the Bauhaus and then again in the 1960s and 1990s, the art and design community watched an evolving revolution in their field, where graphic designers made art, artists incorporated design aesthetics and theory emerged around and within the field. Bricks continues this tradition by featuring ongoing research, investigations and critical essays through a rich assortment of progressive voices. Contributions include book designer and curator James Langdon, artist/designer Mark Owens, writer/critic Jamie Sutcliffe, Ian Sinclair of The Parallel School, an alternative university offering an open environment in which to share and teach art and design, artists Max Harvey, Ralph Rumney, He Pianpian and Li You along with Ron Hunt, Natalie Ferris and Traven T. Coves.

BRICKS FROM THE KILN, UNITED KINGDOM
October 2016 / Issue #1 / Softcover w/ 2 inserts
6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 138 pp / 62 b&w and 2 color
ISBN: 978-0-9897315-1-5 · Retail Price: $26.00

BRICKS FROM THE KILN #2

Andrew Lister & Matthew Stuart (Eds.)

Excitingly engaged with the complex world of visual communication, the second issue of this UK-based journal includes pieces on the sound-film work of Daphne Oram and Geoffrey Jones; monuments to Kazimir Malevich, Rosa Luxemburg, and Walter Benjamin; the relocation of a defunct bookshop from Amsterdam to Epsom; and “Agatha Christie smoking Asger Jorn’s cigar.” Picking up where BFTK 1 left off, this new issue pulls together amputated visual elements, short-form writing, distant sounds from the Lesser Antilles, and “autobio-anecdotes [sic].” Bound with signature-wrap prints bookending each eight-page section, the issue comes in a screen-printed PVC dust jacket complete with an inserted index and afterword. Still “tentative, incomplete and inconsistent,” still “in flux and liable to crack,” BFTK presents “freed … and fragmented” archival material—“reordered, recontextualized, and reclassified.” Contributors include Ryan Gerald Nelson, James Bulley, Mark Simmonds, Rose Gridneff and the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism.

BRICKS FROM THE KILN, United Kingdom
March 2017 / Softcover / 6 ½ x 8 ¾ in.
84 pp with insert / 72 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-0-9956835-0-1 · Retail Price: $26.00

Francine Broos

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / English & Dutch / Hardcover
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 176 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-074-8 · Retail Price: $98.00

Butterfly

100 royalty free jpeg files

BNN INC., JAPAN
2006 / Softcover with CD-ROM / 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
100 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-419-5 · Retail Price: $59.95

Camouflage Patterns

100 royalty free jpeg files

BNN INC., Japan
2002, 2004 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM / 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-158-7 · Retail Price: $59.95

CAN YOU FEEL IT?

Effectuating Tactility and Print in the Contemporary

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

After endlessly hearing that Onomatopee publications have a materiality and tactility not often experienced in recent years, editor Freek Lomme decided to create an exhibition and publication addressing the issue of tactility and print today. The result is a palm-sized book jam-packed with information and ideas on the subject. Six contemporary artists and eight international academics and authors in the field of graphic design, materiality, theory and art explore how, in the digital age, our daily interaction with physical materials is greatly altered and how this affects us as humans. Developed in the context of fine book publishing, the project includes in-depth discussions of past printing and reproduction processes, including silkscreen, etching, Risograph, linocut, lithography and letterpress. Images are limited but texts are diverse with small reproductions accompanying the art and artist interviews. A fresh and rigorous conversation about the process and the art of bookmaking in the 21st century. Artists featured include Sema Bekirovic, Matthieu Blanchard, Lieven De Boeck, Frederic Geurts, Ulrike Mohr and Thomas Rentmeister. Texts by Lars Bang Larsen, Christopher Breu, Johanna Drucker,  Alessandro Ludovico, Esther Krop / De Monsterkamer,  Rik Peters and Marieke Sonneveld.

ONOMATOPEE , THE NETHERLANDS
July 2016 / Softcover / 4 x 5 ¾ in.
192 pp / 40 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-38-0 · Retail Price: $20.00

LIBIA CASTRO & ÓLAFUR ÓLAFSSON

Under Deconstruction
Icelandic Pavilion – 54th Venice Biennale, 2011

Ellen Blumenstein

The internationally renowned Spanish-Icelandic duo of Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson bring their uniquely attentive, analytical gaze to the Icelandic Pavilion at 2011 Venice Biennale. This book, like the Venice installation, is conceived as a first comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of more than ten years of their artistic practice, leading up to their most current works. Ólafsson and Castro are known for working in situ, tailoring their media and approach to environments ranging from museums and galleries to radio, newspapers, television and public spaces. Their collaborators can be CEOs, fortune tellers or the homeless; their sites, the streets of Istanbul or the catacombs of Naples.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
October 2011 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches
144 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-44-3 · Retail Price: $29.95

COMFORT ZONE AND DISILLUSION

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

We surround ourselves with objects that enable us to “get away from it all.” These comfort zones are the cultural denominator for a very narrow understanding of what is private in contemporary culture. Onomatopee presents Eindhoven’s top design and art talents and reflects on currents in their practice in collaboration with the Royal College of Art’s Critical Writing in Art and Design course. The project’s “unsolicited advisers”—DIY event stylists heyheyhey, architect Willem Claassen, ecologist Nacho Carbonell and urban cartographer Jozua Zaagman— offer their design strategies.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
2012 / Exhibition catalog / Slipcase w/ 5 volumes
6 2/3 x 9 inches / 272 pp / 184 b&w and 78 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-81-6 · Retail Price: $67.00

CONTEMPORARY GLASS

Having successfully brought 20th-century Italian glass to the forefront of our attention with their lavish three-volume publication Important Italian Glass, Wright—America’s premier auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design—now introduces Contemporary Glass, a collection of many genres of glassblowing, offered in a single volume, and focusing exclusively on studio glass produced worldwide within the last 50 years. Comprised of more than 80 pieces and 100 color plates, spanning a wide breadth of artists and styles, this new and affordable softcover publication showcases major works by artists celebrated for their artistry and innovation in glass. Contemporary Glass not only features work by noted glass artists but also documents their styles and techniques adopted by artists during the late 20th and early 21st century. Complete list of artists include Dale Chihuly, William Carlson, Dan Dailey, Laura de Santillana, Stephen Dee Edwards, Erwin Eisch, Harvey K. Littleton, Handjörg Hemmi, Samuel Herman, Helmut Hundstorfer, Richard Marquis, Joel Philip Myers, Klaus Moje, Caleb Nichols, Mark Peiser, Paul Seide, Livio Seguso, Steve Tobin, Bertil Vallien, Frantisek Vizner, Steven Weinberg, Ann Wolff and Toots Zynsky.

WRIGHT, CHICAGO & NY
July 2016 / Softcover / 8 ¼ x 11 in.
125 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-0-9971493-9-5 · Retail Price: $19.95