'Figure of Speech': Virgil Abloh's "Artwork" book gets released with special edition updates
On the upgrade
Multi-hyphenate Virgil Abloh has accrued many titles to his name over time: Louis Vuitton men's artistic director, founder of luxury label Off-White, contemporay artist, interior designer, and DJ. So it'll come as no surprise then that his comprehensive solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 'Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech"', was extended by popular demand in June before concluding at the end of September. The retrospective monograph that accompanied the exhibition quickly became one of the hottest art books of the season with its attractive cover.
Earlier this month, the 496-page book was released as a special edition. In addition to more than 1,800 never-before-seen personal images and essays by luminaries including architect Rem Koolhaas, this special edition will feature several upgrades: a cloth slipcase with "Personal Copy" silkscreened on the book's fore edge, a measuring tape bookmark, a flexi-disc printed with a Juergen Teller photo, an spoken-word recording of Abloh and Playboi Carti discussing his inspirations, and a binding that intentionally exposes the spine of the bound book and the raw boards used for the cover.
Expect it to fly off the shelves like freshly baked cookies.