Greville St Bookstore

January 16, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Martin Parr
Chris Boot, $75

In his epitaph to the age of conspicuous consumption and wealth, Luxury features Martin Parr’s photographs from five years of watching the rich and fabulous at international champagne-fuelled gatherings. In a series that manages to be both satirical and warmly affectionate towards air-kissing luxury-victims, Parr’s subjects include parties, horse races and notable luxury events including the Millionaires Fair, Moscow, the Dubai Art Fair and the Art Basel, Miami. Designed with an appropriately luxurious silver-foiled padded leatherette cover and introduced with an argument for a new morality by leading British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Luxury is the powerful statement about the era before the bubble burst.

January 16, 2010, 5:14 am
Filed under: Art, Design

The Floating World: Ukiyo-e
John Warwicker
Steidl, $115

Inspired by the ancient Japanese artists of Ukiyo-e and a polymath’s myriad references, John Warwicker has for over 10 years been one of the most original thinkers in the design and creative industries. As a founding member of Tomato, he established an international reputation in the 1990s and has been formative in shaping popular media. The Floating World: Ukiyo-e is the first monograph of John Warwicker’s work. Rather than simply collecting together old work from commercial commissions and personal projects, Warwicker has written and designed an extensive book that only occasionally references prior work and which sets out to document his experience in an authentic voice. He has taken the themes, ideas, histories and memories which have informed and influenced him to produce a sophisticated and yet elegiac book constructed from his critical writings, photography, drawings, film, print, typography, poetry and prose. Every text page is an original artwork, delicately constructed in layers of typography, and the interwoven illustrations confirm Warwicker as an innovative visual artist.

January 16, 2010, 5:07 am
Filed under: Art, Design

Design for Obama
Spike Lee, Aaron Perry-Zucker and Steven Heller
Taschen, $70

This book features the poster art of the Obama ’08 electoral campaign: the graphic innovation that helped make history. Hundreds of pro-Obama posters appeared on, a website for artists and designers wanting to support his candidacy. This selection of the very best, by renowned artists and up-and-comers, is an important social document of the most inspirational campaign in living history. Its message of inclusion and empowerment was spread by thousands of volunteers, drawn together by a grassroots organisation of unprecedented size and enthusiasm. Design for Obama built on this spirit by creating an online forum where artists, designers, and advocates could upload their artworks and download others, all for free. Shepard Fairey’s social realist ‘Hope’ poster became 2008’s enduring image, inspiring scores of artists to take their designs to the streets, rallies and registration drives, and homes and in offices around the country. Edited by founder and graphic designer Aaron Perry-Zucker and filmmaker, author, and activist Spike Lee, this collection showcases the 250 best posters. Contributors range from prominent graphic and street artists to young up-and-comers. With essays by Spike Lee, Perry-Zucker, and design historian Steven Heller, this outstanding poster collection serves as a matchless historical document of the most innovative and inspirational electoral campaign in living history, and the widespread visual creativity that helped spur Obama to victory.

January 16, 2010, 4:58 am
Filed under: Design

Mike Walsh
Phaidon, $49.95

Over recent years seismic changes have taken place in the structure and direction of the media and entertainment industries. Mike Walsh has been at the heart of this consumer revolution from its beginning and has been advising on how to react to it since. Futuretainment offers the sum total of his experiences and commentary, and offers an accessible approach to this complex and evolving subject. The book encompasses the traditional forms of media and entertainment and reveals how the rise of the internet, mobile devices, social networking, audience networks, user generated content, ubiquitous networks and the ‘adaptive web’, amongst other advances, has affected them forever. Futuretainment explains how consumer behaviour has combined with new technologies to enact these changes and reveals what this means for the future of entertainment.