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Alex Katz, This Is Now

Posted on June 19, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Alex Katz, This Is Now, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta’s latest exhibition, samples a selection of the landscape paintings of artist Alex Katz. Though best known for his bold and colorful portraits, Katz has painted the natural world throughout his career, especially over the past decade. This Is Now is the most extensive look at Katz’s treatment of landscape in almost twenty years.

 

The exhibition catalogue includes essays by High curator Michael Rooks, art critic Margaret Graham, and artist David Salle that explore Katz’s methods and inspirations, and his relationship to the nature. Poems by John Godfrey and Vincent Katz accompany over 100 color images of Katz’s work. The 174-page book was produced by Marquand Books and designed by Susan Kelly. Purchase your copy from the High or through Yale University Press.

Alex Katz, This Is Now opens this weekend at the High and will run through September 9 before traveling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in October.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

Posted on June 15, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

This week the Seattle Art Museum opens its latest exhibition, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, which explores how traditional African uses of masks and disguise are being used in contemporary art practice.

 

The catalogue for the exhibition features interviews with ten artists who use video, sound, costume, sculpture, performance, and installations to present fresh visions of the idea of disguise. Featured artists include Walter Oltmann, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sam Vernon, and Saya Woolfalk. Interviews were conducted by independent curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi and SAM curator Pamela McClusky, who also contributes two essays. The majority of the works shown were created in the last decade, many of them will premiere in Disguise, and eight of the works were commissioned by SAM.

Marquand Books produced the 104-page catalogue, which was designed by Zach Hooker and includes 80 color images. The book features six tipped-in velum pages, printed with floods of bright color and quotes from several of the artists. Disguise is published by SAM in association with Yale University Press; copies are available through Yale’s website.

Disguise will be on view at SAM through September 7 and will travel to the Fowler Museum at UCLA in October and to the Brooklyn Museum next spring.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

 

A Living Work of Art

Posted on June 05, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Fifteen years ago the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena undertook a renovation project that included an extensive reworking of their sculpture garden by landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power. Besides being home to many rare and exotic plants, the garden contains more than forty works of art by artists ranging from Barbara Hepworth to Robert Rauschenberg to Auguste Rodin, and a collection of centuries-old Indian and Cambodian sculptures. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary, the museum recently published A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden.

 

The book includes an introduction detailing the Norton Simon’s early history by the museum’s executive administrator Sally A. Swaney, an essay by Power on her work restoring the gardens, and object entries for each artwork in the gardens written by four of the museum’s curators. The book contains over a hundred photographs of the garden and its sculptures, taken by photographer Tim Street-Porter over the course of several seasons.

The 136-page book was designed by Susan Kelly and produced by Marquand Books. The Norton Simon will be hosting several events to celebrate the garden and its catalogue. Purchase your copy at the museum or through ACC Distribution.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

The Priest, The Prince, and The Pasha

Posted on May 22, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Next week, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will host the second lecture in its three-part series “Behind the Scenes: Curators Talk,” presenting insider details on objects in the museum’s collection. This second course examines the object at the center of a recent Marquand Books project: head of a priest, more famously known as The Boston Green Head.

 

Lawrence Berman, the MFA Boston’s Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, will present the fascinating story of this artifact, which is detailed in his recent book The Prince, The Priest, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture. The text follows the dark-green stone head through its creation, use, and ritual burial in Egypt in the early fourth century BC. After its excavation almost two millennia later, its journey continued as it moved from Egypt to Europe and finally to America, all the while reflecting the West’s evolving understanding of Egyptian art and culture.

 

The 208-page book features 50 color illustrations and was produced by Marquand Books and designed in-house by our Design Director, Jeff Wincapaw. A book signing will follow the lecture in the MFA Bookstore and Shop. Be sure to stop by to pick up a copy or order it online here or through D.A.P.

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Walking Sculpture 1967–2015

Posted on May 07, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

This weekend, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, will open Walking Sculpture 1967–2015. The exhibition and its catalogue examine artists who use walking as a form of art—as subject, psychological investigation, or aesthetic practice. Works featured include performances, videos, photography, and sculptures by Bruce Nauman, William Pope.L, Francis Alÿs, Stanley Brouwn, and many others.

Marquand Books produced the 88-page catalogue for Walking Sculpture, which was designed by Jeff Wincapaw and includes fifty color images. The book features an essay by deCordova Assistant Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan, a collection of poems by Cole Swensen, and a series of photographs by Helen Mirra.

Walking Sculpture 1967–2015 will run through September 13. The book is distributed by Yale University Press; visit their website to purchase a copy. 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism

Posted on April 23, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, will open its exhibition Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism this weekend. The exhibition and its catalogue explore Maurer’s invaluable contributions to the development of Modernism in American art history.

American painter Alfred Maurer (1868–1932) was first recognized for his elegant Whistler-like portraits. His years abroad exposed him to an international circle of avant-garde artists, who inspired him to create increasingly innovative works of Modernism and abstract painting. In the book’s main essay, independent scholar Stacey B. Epstein carefully reevaluates Maurer’s work, arguing that the artist’s seemingly contradictory styles were a deliberate exploration of thematic ideas and experimentation with color, form, and abstraction.

The 256-page catalogue, produced by Marquand Books and designed by Zach Hooker, features over 200 color and black-and-white images. It is distributed by Yale University Press and is available through their website.

Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism will be on view at the Addison through July 31 and will travel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, this fall. 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

A Private Passion: The Donald and Adele Hall Collection of African Art

Posted on April 13, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Marquand Books recently had the pleasure of producing a catalogue of the Donald and Adele Hall Collection of African Art. The Halls have been active patrons of the arts for decades, particularly in their native Kansas City, and have also built a collection of African art that has grown into one of the finest of its kind in America.

The collection now includes more than 170 objects, including masks, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles. A Private Passion: The Donald and Adele Hall Collection of African Art features a color image of each work, accompanied by a short discussion of the object’s provenance, form, and significance written by David A. Binkley, former Chief Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The 304-page book was designed by Jeff Wincapaw and includes over 230 color images. The book is distributed by D.A.P.; visit their website to purchase a copy. 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia

Posted on April 02, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Marquand Books recently completed an ambitious and fascinating project for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas. Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia examines the diverse roles color played in ancient and medieval Asian cultures. The seventeen essays in the book are the result of years of collaborative research conducted by an international team of historians, archaeologists, conservators, chemists, and scholars of Buddhism and Daoism. Topics covered include the role of color in Japan’s royal courts, the plant dyes used in Japanese and Chinese textiles, and color’s place in ritualistic practices in Korea and Japan.  

Designed by Ryan Polich, the 288-page book includes 136 color images, as well as maps, tables, graphs, and chemical diagrams. The book is distributed by Yale University Press; visit their website to purchase a copy. 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Pas de deux

Posted on March 26, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

This week the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris will exchange several masterpiece paintings for two simultaneous exhibitions. The exhibition in Pasadena, called Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, will showcase Édouard Manet’s portrait of Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, and James McNeill Whistler’s iconic Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (also known as Portrait of the Artist’s Mother). The Musée d’Orsay will display Van Gogh’s Portrait of a Peasant, Renoir’s The Pont des Arts, Paris, and Édouard Vuillard’s First Fruits, all from the Norton Simon.

Marquand Books produced the dual-language catalogue for this joint exhibition, titled Pas de deux: An Exchange of Masterpieces. Norton Simon associate curator Emily Beeny and Musée d’Orsay curator Stéphane Guégan wrote short essays for each of their museum’s paintings, and each essay is presented in both English and French. The sixty-four-page book was designed by Ryan Polich and includes more than thirty full-color images.

The masterpieces in Tête-à-tête will be on view through June 22. To purchase copies of the catalogue, visit the Norton Simon Museum.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

 

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin

Posted on March 24, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Next week the Museum of Arts and Design in New York will open Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, a unique exhibition showcasing the often-overlooked art of designing retail mannequins.

Ralph Pucci began his career helping out at his father’s mannequin repair business. He soon saw the opportunity to design his own mannequins and market them directly to stores. Pucci’s innovation was to bring sculptural and high-art concepts to the basic store mannequin. He has collaborated with artists, interior designers, and fashion icons—including Ruben Toledo, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Sui, and Christy Turlington—to create mannequins that can showcase the latest fashions and also be visually appealing themselves.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue for the exhibition, which features an interview with Pucci, an essay on the history of mannequins by art historian Emily Marshall Orr, and short introductions to twenty-seven of Pucci’s best-known creations written by MAD curatorial assistant Barbara Paris Gifford. The eighty-eight-page catalogue was designed by Jeff Wincapaw and includes over fifty images.

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin will be on view March 31 through August 30. The catalogue is distributed by D.A.P.; visit their website to purchase a copy.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Past Futures

Posted on February 27, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Next week Bowdoin College Museum of Art opens Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, a fascinating exhibition that explores the impact of the Space Race, technology, and science fiction on avant-garde artists of the Americas from the 1940s through the 1970s. The exhibition and its catalogue showcase drawings, paintings, photographs, installations, performances, and more by artists such as Roberto Matta, Gyula Kosice, Nancy Graves, Raquel Forner, and Robert Smithson, among others.

The 128-page catalogue for Past Futures was designed by Zach Hooker and produced by Marquand Books. The essays by exhibition curator Sarah J. Montross, Miguel Ángel Fernández Delgado, Rodrigo Alonso, and Rory O’Dea are accompanied by over 75 color illustrations. Past Futures is co-published by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and MIT Press.

Past Futures will be on view through June 7, 2015. To purchase copies of the catalogue, visit MIT Press.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Doris Salcedo

Posted on February 20, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

The first retrospective of the work of renowned sculptor Doris Salcedo opens this Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, an exhibition that was over five years in the making. Salcedo is perhaps most famous for her work Shibboleth, a more than 500-foot-long crack in the floor of Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London in 2007. Visitors to the MCA Chicago retrospective can expect to be immersed in the meticulously handcrafted sculptures and site-specific installations from the past fifteen years of Salcedo’s career. 

Based in Bogota, Columbia, Salcedo provokes the processes of collective mourning and bearing witness. Her work presents the stories of victims who have suffered due to turbulent social and political landscapes in the artist’s home country and around the world. Merging materials of daily life—furniture, shirts, needles, and dirt—Salcedo addresses social injustice, questions of memory, and the path to collective healing.

The catalogue for the exhibition was designed by New York–based designer Joseph Logan and produced by Marquand Books. Featuring over one hundred illustrations and divided between two different papers, the catalogue was printed in Verona, Italy, by Graphicom. The exhibition’s curators, Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Madeleine Grynsztein, edited the catalogue, which features contributions by Elizabeth Adan, Katherine Brinson, Helen Molesworth, and Doris Salcedo.

The exhibition will be at the MCA Chicago Februrary 21 through May 24, 2015, followed by stops in New York and Miami. To purchase a copy of Doris Salcedo, visit the University of Chicago Press

 

Photography by Meghann Ney.

American Encounters

Posted on February 12, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

The Musée du Louvre recently opened American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, an exhibition of American still-life paintings from the collections of the Louvre, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This is the final installment in a series of touring exhibitions between the four organizations. The two previous exhibitions in the American Encounters series—Genre Painting and Everyday Life and Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution—have concluded their tours. But we can still enjoy the artworks through their accompanying catalogues.

Genre Painting and Everyday Life looks at mid-nineteenth-century paintings showing scenes of everyday life in America. Terra Foundation curator Peter John Brownlee provides a detailed essay accompanied by paintings by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, George Caleb Bingham, and others. Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution features an essay by former Crystal Bridges curator Kevin M. Murphy that focuses on important portraits made in eighteenth-century America and Britain, and includes three portraits of George Washington. The final catalogue, The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, examines still-life paintings by American and European artists such as Raphaelle Peale and Abraham Mignon, with an essay by Stephanie Mayer Heydt, curator at the High Museum.

Each catalogue was designed by Zach Hooker and produced by Marquand Books. The books are distributed by the University of Washington Press. Visit their website to purchase copies. French-language editions of each volume were also produced.

American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life is on view at the Louvre through April 28 and will travel to the Crystal Bridges in May and the High in September.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Come As You Are

Posted on February 06, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Opening this weekend at the Montclair Art Museum is Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, one of the first major museum surveys of art created during the 1990s. Presenting roughly sixty-five works by forty-five different artists, the exhibition focuses on artwork made between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and September 11, 2001. Organized around three principle themes of “identity politics,” the digital revolution, and globalization, the featured work includes installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, video, sound, and digital art.

Co-published by the University of California Press and the Montclair Art Museum and produced by Marquand Books, the 224-page exhibition catalogue features eighty-five color images of works from the exhibition. Designed by Zach Hooker, the catalogue was written by MAM curator of contemporary art and the show’s curator Alexandrea Schwartz with contributions by Huey Copeland, Jennifer A. González, Suzanne Hudson, Frances Jacobus-Parker, Joan Kee, Kris Paulsen, Paulina Pobocha, and John Tain.

For more information about the exhibition and its national tour, visit the Montclair Art Museum. To purchase a copy of the catalogue, visit University of California Press

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden.

A Arreguín: Correspondencias

Posted on January 22, 2015 | | Leave A Comment

Seattle-based artist Alfredo Arreguín recently celebrated his eightieth birthday. To commemorate the occasion, Alfredo’s friend Lauro Flores—an author and professor at the University of Washington—commissioned Marquand Books to create a special publication.

 

Arreguín moved to Washington State from Mexico to study art in the 1950s. Since then, he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions around the country and his work has entered many prestigious collections, including the Portland Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art, the National Academy of Sciences, and even the White House. His highly detailed, intricately patterned paintings combine the vibrant colors of his native Mexico with imagery and scenery from the Pacific Northwest. 

Flores asked several of Arreguín’s friends to contribute to the volume. Poems by Tess Gallagher, the late Raymond Carver, Juan Felipe Herrera, Larry Matsuda, and Lauro Flores celebrate Arreguín’s friendship and his art. In addition to several of Arreguín’s portraits of his friends, the book includes artwork by S. Clay Wilson and photographs by Bob Adelman and Kevin Cruff.

 

The slender 32-page book was designed by Ryan Polich, produced by Marquand Books, and assembled at Paper Hammer Studios. To learn more about Arreguín, visit alfredoarreguin.com.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Betty Merken: Paintings and Works on Paper

Posted on December 18, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

We at Marquand Books recently had the pleasure of producing a publication for Seattle-based artist Betty Merken. A painter and printmaker, Merken creates spare, abstract works that are rich in paint, ink, and vibrant color.

The sixty-four-page book, Betty Merken: Paintings and Works on Paper, covers a selection of her recent paintings and monotype prints. Essays by Lilly Wei and Leonard Lehrer are accompanied by over forty full-color images of Merken’s work, as well as photographs by Amanda Allen and Ariel Nay showing the artist at work in her studios. The perfect-bound book features a foil-stamped cover, made and assembled at Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton, Washington.

To learn more about Betty Merken and her work, visit her website.  

 

 

photographs by Jeremy Linden

Ancient Bronze

Posted on December 05, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Marquand Books recently had the honor of working on a project over sixty years in the making. Published by Harvard University Art Museums, Ancient Bronzes through a Modern Lens presents a series of introductory essays on the study of ancient bronzes. The text explores topics including ancient production methods and contemporary methods of scientific examination. Created for both scholars and general readers, the text is accompanied by a diverse range of significant objects from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections and the collections of other museums.

Ancient Bronzes through a Modern Lens was designed and typeset by Susan E. Kelly. The 208-page softcover volume contains over a hundred color images, and eight essays covering technical and formal analyses, edited by Susanne Ebbinghaus, the George M. A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art and head of the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

For more information about the collection of ancient bronzes, visit the Harvard Art Museums. To purchase a copy of the book, visit Yale University Press.

Blue Sky at 40

Posted on November 20, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

This fall, Portland, Oregon’s, Blue Sky Gallery is celebrating forty years at the forefront of contemporary photography, not just in the Pacific Northwest, but worldwide. An exhibition currently on view at the Portland Art Museum showcases more than 120 works by artists shown at Blue Sky since its opening in 1975. It is a celebration of the nonprofit organization’s commitment to showing influential works by local, national, and international artists and its role in reconsidering the meaning of photography in modern society and the fine arts.

Marquand Books produced the accompanying full-color catalogue, designed by John Hubbard. Featuring essays by Julia Dolan, Portland Art Museum’s Minor White Curator of Photography, and Todd J. Tubutis, Executive Director of Blue Sky Gallery, as well as an interview with Blue Sky’s four surviving founding members, the 216-page catalogue reflects on the past of the organization and outlines its hopes for the future.

The exhibition will be on view through January 11, 2015. For more information, visit the Portland Art Museum. To purchase a copy of the catalogue, visit the University of Washington Press.

 

Photography by Meghann Ney.

Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis

Posted on November 12, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Our latest project for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a monograph of the American modernist painter Peter Blume. The first retrospective of his work since 1976 opens this Friday at PAFA.

Blume (1906–1992) was critical to the development and reception of modernism in the United States and his work played a key role in disseminating avant-garde ideas in the American art world. Among the first American artists to use Surrealist methods, Blume remained independent of organized groups but stayed politically engaged all his life. His large yet highly detailed paintings explore political power, the creative force of nature, and cultural memory. Catalogue essays by PAFA Senior Curator Robert Cozzolino and art historians Samantha Baskind, Sergio Cortesini, Robert Cowley, David McCarthy, and Sarah Vure explore these and other themes in Blume’s work.

The catalogue was designed by Susan Kelly and produced by Marquand Books. The 350-page book includes over 150 illustrations of Blume’s paintings and exploratory drawings. Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis will be on view at PAFA through April 5, 2015, before traveling to the Wadsworth Atheneum in July 2015.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit PAFA. To purchase copies of the book, visit the University of Pennsylvania Press.

 

 

 

Photography by Meghann Ney

Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum

Posted on November 06, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Next week the Tacoma Art Museum will debut its new collection of Western American art and unveil an entire new wing of galleries built to display the collection. The Haub Family Collection is the single largest gift in the museum’s history, containing 295 works spanning from 1820 to today.

Erivan and Helga Haub, originally from Germany, have close business and personal ties to the Pacific Northwest and the city of Tacoma. Their love of the American West inspired the Haubs to collect Western American art over the last thirty years. Their collection includes prominent nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists who helped shape the perception of Western America. Represented in the collection are works by George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Contemporary artists such as John Nieto, Ed Mell, and Kevin Red Star are also included.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue for the collection, which is published by Tacoma Art Museum with Yale University Press. The richly illustrated, 312-page book was designed by Susan Kelly and Jeff Wincapaw and features 323 color illustrations.

The Tacoma Art Museum will be holding several events around the opening of the new galleries, beginning on November 14. The collection will be on view through November 2015. To learn more about the Haubs’ gift, visit the Tacoma Art Museum. You can purchase copies of the book in person at the museum or by visiting Yale University Press.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

 

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