Art Books from Symposium

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Inspiring, thoughtful gifts for all tastes from Symposium. These picks reflect the variety of Symposium’s art monographs. Before you drop dead from decision fatigue, head on over to check out their amazing titles and monographs for last minute gifts!

Mike Giant is one of the superstars of the urban art movement. He has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattoo artist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style, inspired of Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration, is unmistakable. In a coming together of street art, tattoo, folk art, Buddhism, pop icons and ecology, Mike Giant mixes symbols of New Mexico’s cholo culture with appetizing pin-ups.  His style in “COUP D’ETAT” shows a new side, combining his new artworks with his new passion – photography.


A definitive monograph of the artist, complete with a red cloth slipcase and stamping, plus full color plates. Encompassing his paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, postcards and prints, and including the iconic monochromatic paintings for which he has become best known, this monograph includes a chronological survey by Kelly expert Tricia Y. Paik. Enriched with in-depth interviews with Kelly, images from his personal archive, artworks by the artists who have inspired him and his own works, this survey celebrates Kelly’s individual approach to his art.


“A new monograph from the ever-innovative Phaidon amply shows just how extraordinary his output has been… beautifully captures Kelly’s diverse output… The New Yorker said: “What other artist except Matisse makes effulgent hues seem at one with cool intelligence?” Phaidon’s book – and the work itself – provide the answer.” — Roll Royce Magazine


This is a superbly illustrated survey of the graphic work of famed sculptor and skilled artist Apelles Fenosa. Apelles Fenosa (1899-1988) was one of the most highly regarded and critically acclaimed sculptors of his generation. He held solo and group exhibitions across the globe, and was one of Pablo Picasso’s favourite artists. Although best known for his sculptural work, including both small and monumental pieces, Fenosa was also highly skilled with the pencil and paintbrush. “Fenosa” is a lavishly illustrated volume that brings together a stunning collection of more than 2,000 drawings, paintings, and illustrations from Fenosa’s early career to just before his death in the late 1980s. Featuring insightful and informative essays, this will become a cherished addition to any art-lovers collection.


This book of brilliant colors and striking images takes us on an extraordinary journey through an outstanding, never-before-seen collection. The fashion designer Tamy Tazi has set her own special mark of distinction on contemporary Moroccan dress: ceremonial or everyday caftans, djellabas, jackets and serouals. Her models embrace two traditions: one is the haute couture that has long been a mainstay of Tamy Tazi’s business as Yves Saint-Laurent’s representative in Morocco, the other is the Moroccan heritage. The union of these vital sources has generated a new style in caftans that daringly distinguish themselves from either parent. This book features an outstanding collection of more than 100 rare pieces, reproduced at large-format and with accurate technical specifications.


NeoHooDoo, a phrase coined by the poet Ishmael Reed in 1970, celebrates the practice of rituals, folklore, and spirituality in the Americas beyond the scope of Christianity and organized religion. The endurance of these centuries-old traditions of magic and healing are the unique focus of this book. Exploring how spirituality influenced artists in the late 20th century and bringing together an intergenerational group of artists from North, Central, and South America, NeoHooDoo reveals the wider implications of ritualized practice in contemporary art.

This book examines the work of thirty-three artists–including Jimmie Durham, David Hammons, José Bedia, Rebecca Belmore, and James Lee Byars–who began using ritualistic practices during the 1970s and 1980s as a way of reinterpreting aspects of their cultural heritage. Younger artists such as Tania Bruguera and Michael Joo are shown to have drawn upon the iconography of ritual. The original essays, which range over artistic use of ritual as a form of therapy, catharsis, or political critique, stand alongside contributions from NeoHooDoo’s key sources of inspiration: Robert Farris Thompson, Ishmael Reed, and Quincy Troupe.

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