Art Book Swap - February 6, 2010

  • Posted on Jan 28, 2010 by

The MoMA Library is hosting an Art Book Swap on Feb. 6. All are welcome – bring some books for swapping!

Art Book Swap New York

When: February 6, 2010 Noon to 5pm

The Museum of Modern Art
Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Free and open to the public. Bring your art books and swap one-for-one with hundreds of donated art books. 

Advertisements Artful Enough to Collect

  • Posted on Jan 25, 2010 by

Somehow, advertising just seemed more charming a hundred years ago. Long before the days of pop-ups on websites and garish LCD billboards, businesses promoted themselves with delicate, artistic, finely printed cards, suitable for collecting, trading, and compiling in scrapbooks.

Making a Splash

  • Posted on Jan 17, 2010 by

Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing was founded in 1976 by Leonard Koren in Venice, CA. The first issue in May/June of that year was a modest 8 ½” x 11” black and white paper pamphlet. In this issue, Koren introduces the magazine to his audience: “Wet is a magazine devoted to upgrading the quality of your bathing experience. Hopefully, in the great American tradition of Coca Cola, doggie diapers and Pet Rocks, Wet will become one of those things you never imagined you needed until you find you can’t live without it.” Early issues of Wet include articles about bathing, showering, hot tubs, personal hygiene, food, and yoga. Two of my favorite articles include "Toothpaste Ratings" in no.2(1977:Dec./Jan.) and "Frozen Dinners" in no.4(1977). Both of these articles highlight the humorous, playful, and arty attitude of the magazine.