Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Prize Draw Winners: Nick Cave, Chop Sizzle Wow and Keri Smith

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Win tickets to and the official movie poster of the Nick Cave movie 20000 Days on Earth! winners: Jasmina Suljanovic + Petra van Geenen

Q: Besides music, Nick Cave also writes books. Which other musicians write books, and are they any good?

“They are Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle (just got as a present I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, started reading it and so far so good), Willy Vlautin although I’ve not yet read anything by him.”


Win a copy of Chop Sizzle Wow: The Silver Spoon Comic Book! winner: Ewita Djoechro

Q: Which comic book superhero would you treat to a home-cooked meal, and why?

“I would love to cook a home-made meal for Obelix from the comic book series Asterix. Obelix loves his food – (as is apparent from his girth ;-) and I would really like his opinion on some of my recipes!”

“I would treat the Arrow (Oliver Queen) to a home-cooked meal because he has spent five years on an island trying to survive, with very few food options. It would be nice to give him a proper home-cooked meal to remind him of what he has missed over the past years.”


Win a signed copy of Keri Smith’s The Imaginary World Of…! winner: Charlotte van Beek

Q: Send us a picture of your Wrecked Journal or of another much-loved Keri Smith book already in your possession!

“A few years ago a friend of mine came across Keri Smith’s blog and we both decided to complete her 100 ideas. It was so much fun. We now have three of her books, the latest is Wreck This Journal, which I have had in my posession for a while. I am inspired to start reading/having fun with it.”

Win a signed copy of Keri Smith’s The Imaginary World Of…!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

We’ve never hidden our admiration for Keri Smith: Wreck This Journal is an ABC Favorite (and has been since forever) and we’ve dedicated whole store fronts to her.

Recently she sent some of her love back to us through this lovely little video:

That’s not all: she also sent us some signed book plates for her new book, The Imaginary World of…. These signed books are now available in both stores but we only have a few copies, so be quick!

Want to win a signed copy?

Send us a picture of your Wrecked Journal or of another much-loved Keri Smith book already in your possession!

Mail your picture to before November 12th. Please include “Keri Smith” in the subject header.

Spotlight on… Illustration

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Where before they were divided between the Art, Design, Fashion and even Children’s Books, we now finally have a real Illustration books section at ABC Amsterdam. Here you’ll find books by classic illustrators such as Charley Harper and Norman Rockwell as well as contemporary illustrators published by UK’s Nobrow. Infographics and some very lovely children’s books are represented here too; we’re especially excited about Gestalten’s new children’s books: Little Gestalten. One of their first titles coming up is Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy.

- Jesse, Art and Fashion & Beauty Buyer at ABC Amsterdam

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Spotlight on… Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art is a series of anthologies.  Each volume focuses on a specific theme or subject that has been a major influence in contemporary art. Each subject is edited by a different critic, curator, scholar or artist who provides texts by voices from different fields, defining the specific theme of the volume.

MIT Press, in combination with Whitechapel Gallery, has already published over 30 volumes with subjects such as Colour, The Archive, Chance, Documentary, Nature, Sound, and Appropriation.  Any reader interested in art will get a lot out of these books, not only students and professionals in the field.  Later this year the series will expand with Sexuality and Exhibition.

Personally, I think this is an excellent series of theory books that deserves a wide audience.

- Jesse, Art buyer at ABC Amsterdam

You Review a Local Author: This Precious Jewel: MIME, the Body as Instrument – William Dashwood

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Reviewed by Elysia Brenner

“It’s not a book just for mimes,” the blurb teases. And there is truth in that. With that in mind, the title of William Dashwood’s This Precious Jewel: MIME, The Body as Instrument sums up exactly what you should expect from the book: it’s longer and perhaps more confusing than it needs to be, and the language can be overly flowery at times… but the book will teach you how to “play” your body, finding notes you never knew existed. And, yes, it will likely change what you think about mime.

The tone flops between technical instruction, psychological exploration, and vaguely philosophical meanderings; unfortunately, the third detracts from the first two. The weakest section of the book is its opening (“Part 1: Can You Make Money at That?” – a question never really answered). It rambles and lectures through a prolonged defense of the form of miming that seems unnecessary in a book whose serious tan cover makes it unlikely to be picked up by someone not already interested. Along the way, however, many misconceptions are squashed: Pantomime is but one of the many types of miming, it turns out. There are even mimes who speak!

The book is least convincing when it emphasizes the differences between miming and other theatrical disciplines (kudos for the description “dance devours the stage”; thumbs down for insisting dancers don’t draw their movements from emotion). It is in Parts 2-5 that the book has its broadest appeal. Here it lays out, in detail, muscle movements you have never considered so that you find yourself almost subconsciously acting them out, already exploring your body’s capabilities while you read. Dancers and actors will have much to learn from the perceptions of postures, managers will find the discussion of status projection fascinating, and even writers have something to learn from the analysis of emotional conveyance and story development. Mostly, however, the book is ideal for the reference shelf of any… well, mime.

You Review a Local Author: Books with an orange connection, reviewed by ABC customers.

William Dashwood is based in The Netherlands.  His book is sold on consignment at ABC Amsterdam.