Cabinet Books

All books published by Cabinet Books unless otherwise noted. Click on each title for more information.

Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine (2012)
This anthology gathers some of the most interesting successes, and a few instructive failures, published in the first forty issues of Cabinet. Taking the form of an illustrated encyclopedia, the collection includes idiosyncratic entries such as Addiction, Animal Architecture, Goalkeeping, Micronation, Otolith, Sandal, Worlding, and Zoosemiotics. This hardcover book is over 500 pages long and a must for the intellectually curious!

The Moiré Effect, by Lytle Shaw (with Bookhorse, 2012)
The Moiré Effect tracks Ernst Moiré from his humble Alpine beginnings as the son of a postal clerk to his fateful founding of a Zurich photography studio in the 1890s and his subsequent role in the lives of a number of curious figures.

I Am Sitting in a Room, by Brian Dillon (2011)
The inaugural volume in Cabinet’s new “24-Hour Book” series, Brian Dillon’s book explores the scenography and architecture of writing itself. Inspired in part by Georges Perec's short fragment in Species of Spaces on Antonello da Messina's painting of St. Jerome in his study, Dillon’s text is both a personal reflection on the theatrics of the study, the library, and the office and a historical consideration of such writerly paraphernalia as Proust’s bed, Nabokov’s index cards, and Philip Roth’s moustache.

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, catalogue (2011)
Catalogue for the exhibition “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt,” which took place at Cabinet and MASS MoCA in winter 2011. Featuring an introduction by curator Regine Basha, the book is printed in black and white on newsprint.

A Little Common Place Book (with Proteotypes, 2010)
Part pocket-sized filing cabinet, part indexing guide, this hardcover notebook is a facsimile of a 1797 book that boasts an essay on the art of commonplacing as practiced by John Locke and 144 blank pages for collecting your own thoughts.

The Book of Stamps (2008)
Sumptuously designed and printed, this cloth-bound volume features fifteen detachable, perforated, and gummed full-page sheets of limited edition, artist-designed stamps, as well as an essay by George Pendle on the history of stamps made by artists.

Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip (with Princeton Architectural Press, 2007)
In 1935, well into the era of Soviet Communism, Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the US as special correspondents for Pravda. Over the course of two months, they drove cross-country and back, recording their impressions of American life in text and photographs. This is the first English translation of their extraordinary travelogue.

Presidential Doodles (Basic Books, 2006)
An expansion of a project that first appeared in Cabinet no. 12, Presidential Doodles is a catalogue of some of the most delightful and terrifying doodles by US presidents. The book features essays by Paul Collins and David Greenberg.

Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates (2005)
In the early 1970s, Gordon Matta-Clark discovered that the City of New York periodically auctioned off improbably tiny and frequently inaccessible parcels of land created by the exigencies of urban development. Fascinated by these eccentric spaces, he bought fifteen of them (fourteen in Queens, and one in Staten Island) for between $25 and $75 each, photographed them, and then collated the photographs with the associated deeds and maps. These collected materials are today known as Fake Estates. This book was published in association with an exhibition of the same name curated by Cabinet.

Letters from Mayhem, by Roger Andersson and Albert Mobilio (2004)
This sixty-four-page artist book features twenty-six duotone watercolors by Swedish artist Roger Andersson, each depicting one letter of the alphabet, accompanied by text by poet Albert Mobilio. The book is printed on heavy board in the style of a children's ABC primer. Each letter is embedded in a fairytale setting in which teenage boys lie around, occupying themselves with teenagerly pursuits such as smoking pot and listening to heavy metal. Full of messages hidden within plants, ponds, and clouds and tempered by soft-edged romantic decadence, the book evokes a nostalgia for both innocence and its loss.

The Paper Sculpture Book (with Independent Curators International and SculptureCenter, 2003)
Inspired by a project in Cabinet no. 4, this full-color book contains twenty-nine artist-designed paper sculptures to tear out and build yourself. An exhibition, featuring these same sculptures and created on site by visitors, toured to twenty venues in the US between 2003 and 2007.

Cabinet is a non-profit organization supported by the Lambent Foundation, the Orphiflamme Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Katchadourian Family Foundation, and many generous individuals. All our events are free, the entire content of our many sold-out issues are on our site for free, and we offer our magazine and books at prices that are considerably below cost. Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation by visiting here.