HOW TO SPEND IT! FIRST THE £10 T-SHIRT SALE AND NOW THE MOST AMAZING AND EXPENSIVE (EVER SO WORTH IT) BOOKS WE HAVE. ALLEN JONES' WAITRESS AND JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT PAINTINGS. SIGNED AND SIGNED AGAIN. THIS IS THE 3RD TIME WE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT WAITRESS!!
Half bound in red Niger and hand made red marble covers. Not our usual explosive prose style but this is a special case. It is a special book. If we had to chose. We might well chose this. The archetypal superbook. Published in 1972. There were only 375 copies worldwide. Rarely seen. Barely seen. And beyond brilliant - obvs.
Allen Jones's then wife Janet. In a suit made by John Sutcliffe of Atomage infamy. There are twenty-four of these posed portraits interleaved between the other works. Time spent looking at them would not be wasted. They are beautifully composed.
Manzi's Restaurant, Leicester Square. Loved this restaurant - now sadly gone. The book does many things wonderfully well. One of them is remembering great, great British eateries from Rules and Boulestin to the Wimpy Bar on Villiers Street and a British Rail Dining Car.
Mike's Cafe on Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill. Shot by the great interiors photographer, Tim Street-Porter. First time we saw the book, we thought they were real. Pre-Photoshop. These are very good composites indeed.
We are not sure how this is possible but google "Allen Jones" "Tim Street-Porter" and "Waitress" and you won't find much other than the images we shot from the last time we wrote about this book. How something so SUPERGOOD can not be online is just amazing. Amazingly good, to be honest - real life has real surprises.
The book is completed by a signed Allen Jones lithograph. A woman sitting on a chair that's not there. That's more an observation than art criticism btw.
Buy the book on the button below. Be ready for a big price (although we can go bigger on Allen Jones - see here). We have just the one copy and it is the only copy currently offered for sale anywhere in the world. Where scarcity and world class quality meet - on the button below.
A MAG CURATED BY ERDEM. NOW AT IDEA AT DOVER STREET MARKET LONDON AND HERE ON THIS VERY READABLE NEWSLETTER.
A Magazine Curated By Erdem. Including (but my no means limited to) Virginia Woolf, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dietrich and Derek Jarman; Ethan James Green, Campbell Addy, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, William Waterworth, Amanda Harlech, Trinity Ellis, Ola-Oluwa Ebiti... it's very classy.
We REALLY LIKE these After Dark magazine pages.
And we ADORE this early Derek Jarman film still :)
But that's that. We are out of time and space. The issue is LIVE NOW at Dover Street Market London. We saved a few copies for you - reading this from afar - available on the button below.