Tania and David Willen & Jörg Schelle
In Appetite for the Magnificent, the Swiss duo photographer David Willen (b. 1967, Bern) and picture editor Tania Willen (b. 1968, Bern), render the pictorial and aesthetic dimension of aquariums. Their subjects, taken from Swiss zoos and public and private labs where “aquascapers” designed animal-vegetable-mineral gardens of aqueous delights, float between the poles of reality and virtuality, presence and absence, the animate and inanimate. Only 23 color images are featured in this slender publication, however the Willens’ lush frontal photographs leave the viewer content staring into the small aquatic mysteries for hours. The accompanying essay on Philip Henry Gosse (1810–1888), by art theorist and historian Jörg Scheller, retraces the evolution of the aquarium at the interface of art, science and religion. Gosse was an artistic illustrator, self-taught scientist and devout evangelical whose life and thought are reflected in the underlying principles of the aquarium: the aestheticization of nature and the systematic observation and exploration of marine life.
7 x 10 ½ in. / 128 pp / 23 color
Retail Price: $45.00
Exotic gardens, cool swimming pools, country-house picnics and cocktail parties form the backdrop for Brooklyln-based fashion illustrator/artist Kelly Beeman’s (b. 1983) long-limbed, elegantly dressed Modigliani-like women. Her elegant beauties are not just models for the latest creations of big-name fashion designers, but intended as tribute to the interior design, architecture, music and literature that fueled Beeman’s childhood fantasy world. For Beeman’s first publication—both survey and artist’s book—she gathers over 50 color illustrations whose sources of inspiration include lookbooks and catwalk shots. An autodidact, Beeman studied sociology at Hunter College in New York, then worked for several years in Bolivia and Argentina. Her subjects’ stories are told through self-display. Inspired by the New Objectivity and in particular Christian Schad and Otto Dix, the Vienna Secession and Byzantine art, Beeman’s illustrations have been widely published internationally in Vogue China and Vogue Korea, InStyle, Marie Claire Italia and Numero Tokyo for fashion labels such as Dior, Tory Burch and many others.
9 ½ x 12 ½ in. / 124 pp / 55 color
Retail Price: $50.00