Clic Gallery E-Shop is up and running. Store Front prints now available on-line!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
We love the selection of our work they highlighted….
Monday, June 27, 2011
St. Mark’s Bookshop Faces Tough Summer—But Staying Open
A sign in the window encouraging customers not to browse St. Mark’s Bookshop and then buy at Amazon—“Find it here, buy it here, keep us here”—which it borrowed from Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., led to a story in The East Villager late last week that has been widely tweeted: “E -books and online ordering beating pulp out of an indie store.” Unfortunately, like many things in this world, it’s both true and not true.
Yes, online discounting and e-books have been cutting into sales for booksellers across the country, but so has the Great Recession. And those things are compounded at this time of year for the iconic New York City bookstore. “Summer has traditionally been the slowest time of year for us with school being out of session,” says Bob Contant, co-owner of St. Marks, adding, “this summer is worst than most.”
Belt tightening last fall may have helped some. In October, the store laid off its part-time employees and cut hours for full-time staffers. Business in May and June were up over April, but down from last year. “Business isn’t really coming back,” says Contant, who believes that the most important thing affecting the book business as a whole is that the leisure time people spent reading books, they’re now spending on the Internet.
But Contant has no interest in adding sidelines like some stores have: candy at the Strand, or even writerly mugs with authors faces. “I’m such a purist; we don’t have any sidelines,” he says. “What we’re doing is what we’ve always done: fine tune. We’re trying to be more receptive to our customers.”
Nor has it made changes to its product mix, which includes strong sections on critical theory and poetry. “For a lot of our customers, these are books they can’t find anywhere else,” says Contant, who singles out books like Living in the End Times (Verso) by Slavoj Zizek and Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Ginko Press) by James and Karla Murray, which isn’t available as an e-book. The store’s other top sellers include: Tina Fey’s Bossypants and the paperbacks of Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Keith Richards’s Life, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.
Will fine tuning be enough? Contant’s also hoping that landlord Cooper Union will meet with him to discuss a reduction in rent.
Friday, June 24, 2011
St. Mark’s Bookshop is the only place you can get signed copies of our book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York MINI Version. We were there today signing and the staff’s mood was upbeat and hopeful! Support this well curated independent bookshop!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Some of our favorites from over 15 years, which we will be adding to during the coming months…
James and Karla Murray Graffiti Books:
BROKEN WINDOWS - Graffiti NYC
REVISED/ EXPANDED 2010
Now in HARDCOVER edition with 70 more pages and previously unpublished images.
Full of vibrant, energetic and explosive full-color images, this wide format -page book gives voice to an art movement that is largely undocumented and often misunderstood. It features extensive graffiti artist interviews, covering topics such as tags, styles, motivation, crews, authorities, and the future of graffiti art. Five oversized fold-out gatefolds present some of the largest productions painted in NYC since 1996.
Gingko Press 2010
254 pages, 5 gatefolds
ISBN/ISBN-13: - 978-1-58423-376-3
BURNING NEW YORK
A sequel to the best-selling, Broken Windows, this 208-page hardcover book features the latest and most exciting graffiti art being created today. In the same vein as Broken Windows, it is a collection of interviews, covering topics such as bombing, fame, blackbooks, female writers, and artists’ reaction to September 11th. Burning New York features intimate portraits of the artists working in the streets and hundreds of stunning full-color large-scale images. Four double-sided oversized fold-out gatefolds present some of the largest productions painted in NYC since 2001.
Gingko Press 2006
220 pages 4 gatefolds Hardcover ISBN/ISBN-13: 1-58423-173-4/ 978-1-58423-173-8
The first book documenting Miami’s graffiti scene. The graffiti art featured in MIAMI GRAFFITI is full of vibrant, tropical colors and a multitude of styles reflecting the surrounding environment. Alongside works of hundreds of artists are interviews, which take the reader on a lush visual journey through this unique and flourishing art form.
176 pages with 220 illustrations
Publication date: April 2009
Thursday, June 23, 2011
“The images featured tell a powerful story of the spirit and warmth of New York’s early immigrant population from as far back as a century ago.”
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York made Brooklyn’s Book Court Best Seller List for June 13 – June 19, 2011. (Hardcover Nonfiction)
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Prints from our book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York are now available at Clic Gallery’s newest location 17 Rue des Estats Unis CANNES, FRANCE. The Cannes location joins Clic’s St. Barthelemy FWI Gallery as well as their East Hampton, Broome and Centre Street NY locations. Clic Gallery is the exclusive source for our STORE FRONT print series.
Vesuvio Bakery from STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York ready for it’s trip to Cannes France.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
“Nestled into nearly every block of city real estate, scattered between chain coffee shops and fast food franchises, is a little treasure to be explored. A mom & pop joint. A dive. A hole in the wall. An underdog.”