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Here's When Virgil Abloh's 'Figures of Speech' Book is Releasing

Covering the designer’s career, including his work with brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton.

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Here's When Virgil Abloh's 'Figures of Speech' Book is Releasing

Covering the designer’s career, including his work with brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton.

UPDATE (October 25, 2019): Revealed earlier this year, Virgil Abloh‘s retrospective Figures of Speech  book now has an official release date. Spanning 496 pages, the special edition catalog produced by Prestel features 1,932 images along with a series of essays covering topics including the history of contemporary art and streetwear.

Arriving in a cloth slipcase, the catalog includes a bookmarker in the shape of a measuring tape, while “PERSONAL TAPE” is silkscreened along the edge and “ARTWORK” printed at the front. Figures of Speech is slated to arrive on October 29 just in time for the opening of the designer’s upcoming exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta. Scroll through the gallery above for a closer look.

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Back in January, MCA Chicago announced it would host Virgil Abloh‘s first museum exhibition entitled Figures of Speech. The immersive space designed by Rem Koolhaas‘ OMA*AMO firm will showcase Abloh’s creative work of the past twenty years. Now, MCA Chicago and the designer have partnered with Prestel to release a book with the same name as the exhibit.

The book is set to feature images of the innovative creator’s design work including fashion, furniture, graphic arts and architecture. It will also highlight his collaborations with other creatives. Additionally, it will feature essays by writers including Rem Koolhaas, Lou Stoppard and Michael Darling, curators of the Figures of Speech exhibition. Other written works in the collection will further expand upon Abloh’s work through the lens of the African diaspora. The pieces will also capture how his work sits in the crux between high and low culture.

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech will be available in early June, the accompanying exhibition will run from June 10 until September 22. You can register for advance tickets for the exhibit via the MCA Chicago website now. The exhibition will move to various galleries around the world over the next two years.

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