Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor sneakers

by Converse x Maison Martin Margiela

on show and on sale at 10 Corso Como

Posted on: Friday, November 29th, 2013

Sunday morning and freezing in New York.  I forget that New York City is on the Atlantic Ocean and it is very very cold here in the winter.  There is a song called, “Sunday in New York” recorded by Mel Torme in 1963.  It is a warm and affectionate tribute to the city’s energy, the everyday poetry of life here, and its perpetual motion.read more sunday
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Posted on: Monday, November 25th, 2013

INSIDE THE RAINBOW

Russian Children’s literature 1920-35: beautiful books, terrible times

This is a horrible piece of work. A slovenly mess. No table of contents. Some idiot or sloven, evidently an illiterate, has lumped together, as though he were drunk, all the ” material”, little articles, speeches, and printed them out of sequence.”

Lenin, Collected works, vol. 35, p. 427

Thank goodness that Lenin’s ideas did not prevail or we would not have this exceptional graphic book.  Printed for the first time in English, Inside the Rainbow is a unique compendium of Soviet picture books from the 1920’s and 1930s.  A highpoint in the history of children’s visual literature where everyday life from the streets become the raw material for the striking, vivid avant-garde art of Supremacists and Futurists that would eventually be suppressed. From “The Four Arithmetic Operations” illustrated by El Lissitzky in 1928, to Lebedev’s work on “The Elephant’s Child” by Rudyard Kipling from 1926, or the “ABC of Communism” in 1920, children’s publications largely escaped the scourge of state censorship, and became the last haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque and laughter. “Inside the Rainbow” juxtaposes innocence with ideology and a nostalgia for a past that was lost forever with longing for a future that never arrived; nonsense with commonsense; homilies of educators with diktats from the Kremlin.  This book pays tribute to the human genius still strikingly evident after so many years in these perfect illustrations. Will children still love these images? Possibly yes – truly conceived for children, even ideologies do not obliterate the wonder and joy seen in these pages.

INSIDE THE RAINBOW

Russian Children’s literature 1920-35: beautiful books, terrible times

Foreword by Philip Pullman, edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya

Redstone Press, 2013, cm 21 x 30, pp. 311 € 45.00

On view and on sale at 10 Corso Como

Posted on: Sunday, November 24th, 2013

 

XMAS has started at 10 Corso Como in Seoul!

Posted on: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

10 Corso Como in partnership with yoox.com
Humpty Dumpty Publishing and Alteria Art
presents

The Artists’ Colouring Book of ABCs
26 artists for 26 letters

All the artworks from the book
will be exhibited at Sotheby’s from the 6-11th and auctioned
on the 12th December 2013 at the Serpentine Gallery, London
to the profit of the Kid’s Company Charity at an event hosted by
Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Camila Batmanghelidjh,
Carla Sozzani, Lily Cole, Diego Bivero-Volpe,
Lauren Jones, Alix Janta and Charlotte Colbert.
The book is a limited edition of 250 box-set and is launched
alongside the auction of the original artworks.

The special edition Artists’ Colouring Book of ABCs
includes a signed and numbered screen-print of the letter O
by Jake & Dinos Chapman.

on show and on sale
at 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul and Shanghai
online on yoox.com

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Gilles Clément

Gardens, landscape and natural genius

 Together, let us assume that the Earth is one small garden. Gilles Clément

 

The gardener acts locally – but as a planetary citizen must also act in the name and the interest of the planet. French horticultural engineer, landscape architect and gardener, Gilles Clément has created numerous parks, gardens, and public spaces in France and throughout Europe. Now, as we try and anticipate future living conditions, our gardens and landscapes need to be imagined, created, tended, and taught by what Clément  calls the “natural genius” of the environment itself. Over the past decades, Clement has developed alternate proposals for environmentally sound design practices.  Here he presents a new blueprint for wastelands we have already created.  This book gives pride of place to the living things and biological dimension of these abandoned landscapes.  This‘ third landscape’ classifies former industrial areas as new nature reserves; spaces where we can witness the relationship between the city and spontaneous biodiversity, bringing an ecological value to these otherwise neglected and discarded areas. As Clément sees it, these neglected spaces are the earth’s ’genetic reservoir’ and a ‘biological time capsule. ’Nature’s rich landscape unfolds before the gardener, and it is up to him to organise all of this new territory.  Clément says that by viewing nature this way, we can walk into a “Garden of Knowledge”, where science meets art;  our myths and legends meet in a place of greenery and poetry. For Clement, we need to learn to withdraw without destroying, consume without defacing, produce without depleting, and live without destruction, and all this is possible with attention to the neglected and abandoned landscapes we have left behind.

 

 

Giardini, paesaggio e genio naturale

Gilles Clément

Quodlibet Publishing, 2013

5,4 x 14 cm, 142 pp.

8,50 euro

Please note, this book is available in Italian only.

On view and on sale at 10 Corso Como Bookshop

Posted on: Monday, November 18th, 2013

A Sunday morning with Moony, Blackie and Betty sipping tea – and chatting with them as only cats can do…my cats are very talkative and sometimes seem to pick up words from us. Clearly they understand everything. Sometimes they talk together and I enjoy listening, wondering what they are thinking. They are very independent thinkers.

 So while they know exactly what I say, they do not always do what I say.read more sunday
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Posted on: Sunday, November 17th, 2013
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