When I learned that the Brooklyn Museum would be exhibiting Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks, it got me thinking about all the art that evokes notebooks. And, well, there is a lot of it. The following are just a handful of goodies I have come across the past few weeks alone.

John Armleder’s Black Cat, Courtesy Three Star Books

John Armleder’s Black Cat, Courtesy Three Star Books

Just when I thought I had enough glitter with the recent season’s fashion accessories, I happened upon John Armleder’s Black Cat. I mean, really, who can’t use a little pixie dust as a permanent fixture? Black Cat is an homage to the power of glamour and glitter. It is a tabletop version of Armleder’s glitter-paint veils and a tongue-in-cheek salute to Abstract Expressionism.

Three Star Books
49 rue Albert
Paris
+33 6 63 01 22 87
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Molly Tibbets aka A-Collage Notebook

Molly Tibbets aka A-Collage Notebook

We cannot deny the impact of Instagram on visual arts. Molly Tibbets, whose Instagram user tag is “A_Collage,” knows its influence firsthand. Molly grew up in a community of artists, but never dreamed she could make a livelihood with her creations. An accomplished advertising executive by day, she started posting her collages on Instagram less than a year ago. Since then, she has collaborated with several musicians, designers, and visual artists to make beautiful album covers and riveting notebooks. Regardless of the end product, she always starts with a mechanical pencil and a small Moleskine notebook. She loves notebooks as a medium because they always give her permission to be experimental. Further, their size allows her to carry current projects wherever she goes.

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Dominique Gonzalez Foerster RGB

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster RGB

D. Gonzalez-Foerster is a French artist who has often utilized piled books and the written word in her work. Recently, she produced RGB, a limited-edition three-book photo anthology of images coordinating with each book’s binding color. The Red book has predominantly red photos, the Green has green, etcetera. These books are somewhat of a colorful catalog of “non-sites.” (In my promise to myself to never use artspeak, allow me to define non-site—it was too perfect to not use here: A non-site is an “any place” or a seemingly unimportant passage between other more spectacular spaces.) They are like personal photo albums of Gonzalez-Foerster’s work.

Three Star Books
49 rue Albert
Paris
+33 6 63 01 22 87
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Giulia Piscitelli, Wide Rule at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Giulia Piscitelli, Wide Rule at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

When we hear notebook, we immediately visualize a traditional composition or spiral notebook. However, what we do not often contemplate is the meaning of wide rule. As Italian artist Giulia Piscitelli points out, the two words oppose each other. Nonetheless, combined they create literal and figurative openness. In Piscitelli’s current exhibit, Wide Rule, at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, she gives “widened to regulation.” The show contains a variety of tapestries, video, photographs, and sculptures to drive the point home.

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
1201 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles
310-586-6886
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Jonathan Monk, The Billboard Project New York

Jonathan Monk, The Billboard Project New York

Jonathan Monk’s The Billboard Book Project series breaks down the artistic process of billboards, posters, and street advertising in different cities. The very first volume, The Billboard Book Project (Paris) turns a Paris-produced billboard, which describes its own making, into book form. Shortly after creating the first book, Monk noticed that many posters in the Paris Metro were covered in green printed paper. This observation led to a second volume made exclusively of green monochrome pages. Thereafter, over a period of a few years, Monk created limited editions, focusing on New York and London as well. Monk intentionally included designers based in each city and acts as a producer. All of these books, like a personal notebook, feel intimate and really connected to the environments they are intended to portray.

Three Star Books
49 rue Albert
Paris
+33 6 63 01 22 87
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Xx Lottie Dottie