Serious Bidness…

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcing the publication of

Serious Bidness: The Letters of Richard Bellamy

Brooklyn, NY: Near Fine Press; 72 pages, cloth. Edited and with an introduction by Miles Bellamy. ISBN 978-0-692-51867-0. $40.00. 

Date of publication: July 12, 2016.

This selection of twenty-two letters written by the renowned art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998) highlights his great sensitivity to the needs of the artists he represented, his special brand of humor and his literary predilections. The letters cover the year 1965, when he closed the Green Gallery — a showcase for many who would become the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century — to the last weeks of his life in 1998.

Included are letters to art collectors and patrons such as Virginia Wright, Vera List and A. Alfred Taubman, and letters concerning the artists Mark di Suvero, Walter De Maria and Yayoi Kusama, among others. There are also four letters written to his son, Miles Bellamy which draw a kind of narrative of their relationship. Miles Bellamy’s introduction and notes expound on that relationship and describe the contexts in which all the letters were written. Appended to the main text are Richard Bellamy’s essay on the painter Myron Stout, the only previously published writing by the dealer, as well as documentation of a posthumous reading of Bellamy’s letters at the New School in October, 1998.

The publication of SERIOUS BIDNESS: THE LETTERS OF RICHARD BELLAMY coincides with that of a major new biography, Judith E. Stein’s EYE OF THE SIXTIES: RICHARD BELLAMY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF MODERN ART, Farrar, Straus & Giroux; July 12, 2016.

For more information about SERIOUS BIDNESS, email: letters@richardbellamy.com

Poet BILL BERKSON!!!

Tuesday Eve, February 2, 8PM, we can’t wait, and we don’t know what Bill will read from.Expect Delays COVER.jpg

READING: PARADISE NOW BY CHRIS JENNINGS 1/14/16

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Spoonbill Books, 218 Bedford Avenue

Please join us Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 PM to enjoy Chris Jennings reading from his new book (releasing January 12th), PARADISE NOW (Random House).

PARADISE NOW: The Story of American Utopianism,  is a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the frenzied golden age of 19th-century American utopianism, which left its mark on the way we view the American character, even today.

 What do Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Horace Greeley have in common? All were early supporters of Brook Farm, the commune founded in Western Massachusetts in 1841, just one group of American utopians who tried to usher in a communal society free from the competitive and industrial ills of the 19th century. Drawing on the legacy of the European Enlightenment and the religious fervor of revival movements, groups like the Shakers, Owenites, Fourierists, Icarians, and Perfectionists were the source of hotly debated ideas and of practices that both inspired and scandalized the American public.

 In this relatively young United States, religious leaders, radical politicians, and secular intellectuals saw the country as blank canvas on which to realize their revolutionary visions of the future. Jennings’ deft narrative illuminates the infectious optimism and lunatic creativity of our utopian predecessors who insisted the world would follow their lead. These utopians put property, monogamy, money, hierarchy, sex, diet, and family all up for debate. They were the epitome of a uniquely American questing spirit that is still very much part of our national character.

 

 

 

Reading with Jeff Wood, author of The GLACIER; Signing; Music by Eric Hubel

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Please join us tomorrow, November 11, at 7:30 PM for a multimedia event. Jeff Wood will read from his new cinematic novel, the Glacier, published by Two Dollar Radio. At the same time there will be a slideshow and Eric Hubel will perform musical accompaniment.

Where: Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers

218 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn NY

Spoonbill & Sugartown Warehouse Sale

                   WAREHOUSE SALE                            spoonbillogomain

 227 LEONARD STREET IN BROOKLYN

SATURDAY November 7   FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM

                         SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8   FROM 11 NOON TO 6 PM

TAKE THE L TRAIN TO THE LORIMER STOP. A SHORT WALK.

LOTS OF OLD STOCK, BOOKS, MAGAZINES, & WHAT NOT AT EXTRAORDINARY PRICES. DON’T MISS OUT. POETRY.

PAINTER SEBASTIAAN BREMER

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Please join the artist SEBASTIAAN BREMER at our Book Launch Party for:

                                      SEBASTIAAN BREMER: TO JOY

co-hosted by FRAME PUBLISHERS and EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY

Thursday Night, October 29, 7:00 PM, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. 718-398-7322. Refreshments galore. Admission is Free — buy a book!

Sebastiaan Bremer – To Joy is a detailed exploration of the influences, source material and groundbreaking technique of the US-based
Dutch artist.
The book is an illustrated guide – part-intelligentsia, part-phantasmagoria, part-secret journal – through the labyrinthine imagination of this contemporary artist. Sebastiaan Bremer’s work has a connection to photography, utilising a unique style of drawing directly onto photographs that he has honed over the years. The artworks explode with energy as his obsessively-painted white dots rise over his photographic canvases like clouds of smoke. Bremer creates his subjects from a swirling ring of psychedelic/art historical/personal anecdotal ecstasy. Sex, death, family, art, history, love and lust come in and out of focus as the imagery morphs into layers of alchemy and meaning.

About Sebastiaan Bremer
Sebastiaan Bremer was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1970. He attended the open studio programme at the Vrije Academie in The Hague from 1989 until 1991. During his early years, he meticulously reproduced personal photographs in paint. Moving to New York in 1992, he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasising his connection to photography. Later, he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings and drawing directly on photographs, the style which he continues to use today.

Publication details
•  Released 8 September 2015
•  Frame Publishers
•  English
•  Written by Sebastiaan Bremer, Charlotte Cotton and Gregory Volk
•  Graphic design by Christiaan Kuypers
•  330 x 330 mm
•  124 pages, with 5 fold-outs / full colour / hardcover
•  ISBN 978-94-91727-78-8

Website
frameweb.com/books/sebastiaan-bremer

Spoonbill & Sugartown Warehouse Sale

                   WAREHOUSE SALE                            spoonbillogomain

 227 LEONARD STREET IN BROOKLYN

SATURDAY November 7   FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM

                         SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8   FROM 11 NOON TO 6 PM

TAKE THE L TRAIN TO THE LORIMER STOP. A SHORT WALK.

LOTS OF OLD STOCK, BOOKS, MAGAZINES, & WHAT NOT AT EXTRAORDINARY PRICES. DON’T MISS OUT. POETRY.

READING: David Heymann will read from his Book MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN

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Thursday, November 12th, 7:00 PM

Please join us for an evening with author David Heymann, delving into the problematics of booming Austin from an architect’s point of view.

Austin’s allure and explosive growth are central to the seven masterful tales David Heymann crafts in My Beautiful City Austin, his first book of fiction. Each story centers on the design of yet another new house. The narrator, a young architect starting his own practice, struggles to understand his clients’ desires— a retiring couple needs an immense home in the middle of nature, a progressive couple wants a regressive house, a young family intends to build a castle — and why they want those things in Austin.

While the stories serve as a portrait of a charmed city struggling with growth, My Beautiful City Austin is also about a young person taking fraught first steps into a career and a place in the world. The stories are revealing and funny, arising in part from the narrator’s inability to alter absurd circumstances. Failing again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions, he becomes complicit in the erasure of a storied place. Because the writing is life-like in its clarity, Heymann is able to balance humor with pressing questions about the degradation of the natural environment, present construction culture, the ethics of architects, and the desires of those who hire them.

Annette Leddy: Book Launch for EARTH STILL, October 15

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We are very pleased to participate in the launch of Annette Leddy’s novel, EARTH STILL, published by What Books Press.

Playful and slyly original, Earth Still tells the story of Patricia, a museum curator and the mother of a young son, who falls for a new neighbor, Rennie, in the aftermath of an alien spaceship’s unexplained landing in present day Los Angeles. The presence of the ship, along with the apparent absence of a pilot, precipitates a social crisis, while Patricia’s affair with the mysterious Rennie creates its own tensions. Referencing art house film directors Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, Italian Futurist writer F.T. Marinetti, and classic science fiction movies, Earth Still is a transfiguring love story, a meditation on the interrelationship of science fiction and visual art, and a riveting fantasy about our obsession with aliens.

The launch will be held at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers on October 15th, 7:30 PM. Arrive early for prime seating.

Spoonbill & Sugartown Bookselles, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn 718 387 7322

Guy McPherson & Pauline McPherson: Reading of Ms. Ladybug & Mr. Honeybee

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Please join us Monday, September 21, 7:00 PM

for a reading of Ms. Ladybug & Mr. Honeybee,

A Love Story at the end of Time,

by the authors, Pauline Schneider and Guy McPherson.

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Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers 218 Bedford Ave Brooklyn