“Reading Wizard” is not Herbert’s official title at the museum — I think it’s actually “Buyer”, but that’s not exactly colorful enough to do his role justice. With visitors, educators, and curators in mind, Herbert puts together an amazing selection of reading material in the New Museum store, often complementing our current program or inspiring new ideas. Amidst a sea of fascinating titles, it’s hard to know what really stands out. Enter the Wizard to guide us…

Here are Herbert’s personal favorites from 2010:

1: Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield (Prestel)

2: Robert Walser’s Microscripts (New Directions/Christine Burgin Gallery)

3: Cartographies of Time by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton (Princeton Architectural Press)

4: Josiah McElheny’s The Light Club: On Paul Scheerbart’s “The Light Club of Batavia” (University of Chicago Press)

5:Baby, How Can It Be? Songs of Love, Lust and Contempt. Three CDs from the 78 rpm record collection of John Heneghan (Dust To Digital)

6:Unica Zürn: Albums (Brinkman & Bose)

7:Rudolf Steiner: Alchemy of the Everyday (Vitra Design Museum)

8:Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes by Trevor Paglen (Aperture)

9: Scott King’sAnxiety & Depression (JRP|Ringier)

10: Glenn Watkins’ The Gesualdo Hex: Music, Myth, and Memory (W. W. Norton & Company)

11:Miroslav Tichy (International Center of Photography / Steidl)

12: Tiepolo Pink by Roberto Calasso (Knopf)

13: First Light – Photography and Astronomy (Architectura & Natura)

14: Bruce Russell’s Left-Handed Blows: Writing on Sound 1993-2009 (Clouds, New Zealand)

15: Clement Rosselt’sJoyful Cruelty: Toward a Philosophy of the Real (Free Association)

16: The Young Girl’s Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments by Pierre Louÿs (Wakefield Press)

17: Thee Psychick Bible by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Feral House)

18: Animism by Anselm Franke (Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen)

Stay tuned for a preview of Herbert’s picks for 2011………

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