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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

 

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power

Posted on October 30, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Our latest project for the Jewish Museum in New York is a catalogue for the first museum exhibition to focus on cosmetics entrepreneur and arts patron Helena Rubinstein. From modest beginnings in a small Polish town, Rubinstein (1872–1965) built a highly successful beauty empire and became an international household name. By adapting avant-garde and modernist design movements into her personal brand, Rubinstein created new standards for beauty and personal taste.

Beauty is Power reunites selections from Rubinstein’s famed collection—which was dispersed after her death at the age of ninety-two—including works by Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Kahlo, and Nadelman, as well as her iconic collection of African and Oceanic sculpture, miniature period rooms, jewelry, and fashion. The catalogue also includes reproductions of Rubinstein’s advertising and promotional materials for her salons and products.

Written by Jewish Museum curator Mason Klein, the 168-page catalogue for Beauty is Power features 196 illustrations. The book was produced by Marquand Books, designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, and distributed by Yale University Press.

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power, will be on display through March 22, 2015. For more information, visit the Jewish Museum. To purchase copies of the book, visit Yale University Press.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Working Among Flowers

Posted on October 24, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Opening this Sunday, October 26th, at the Dallas Museum of Art is Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, on the first stop of its three-city tour. Organized by DMA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, it is the first major American exhibition to explore the traditional genre of floral still-life painting during the nineteenth century, a time of upheaval as modernism transformed the art world. The show presents approximately sixty floral still-life paintings by artists including Vincent van Gogh, Eugéne Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne.

 

Working Among Flowers, the exhibition catalogue for the show, was produced by Marquand Books. Designed by Susan E. Kelly, the 184-page catalogue is fully illustrated with 150 color images of works by over 30 artists. Essays by Heather MacDonald, Mitchell Merling, Audrey Gay-Mazuel, Oliver Meslay, and Sylvie Patry examine the cultural, societal, literary, and even scientific context of flower painting in the 1800s.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Dallas Museum of Art. To purchase a copy of Working Among Flowers, visit Yale University Press.

 

Photography by Meghann Ney

In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy

Posted on October 17, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

This week the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, opens an exhibition celebrating the collection of Arlene and the late Harold Schnitzer, arts patrons and philanthropists who have had a profound impact on Portland.

The Schnitzers built their collection for more than fifty years and eventually collected some two thousand works of art, focusing mainly on Han dynasty Chinese art, nineteenth- and twentieth-century silver, Native American baskets and beaded bags, and contemporary Northwest paintings. The exhibition and its catalogue include over a hundred highlights from the Schnitzers’ diverse collection, many of which are promised or have already been given to the museum.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue, In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy, which features an interview with Arlene Schnitzer by PAM chief curator Bruce Guenther and essays by curators Maribeth Graybill, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, and Deana Dartt. The 192-page book was designed by John Hubbard and includes 150 full-color illustrations.

In Passionate Pursuit will be on view at PAM through January 11, 2015. To purchase copies of the book, visit the University of Washington Press.

 

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

 

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Posted on October 13, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

The Berger Collection, the most significant private collection of British art in the United States, is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Maine, its first stop in a multi-year tour. Long-time patrons of the arts William and Bernadette Berger chose to collect British art and aimed to eventually make their collection accessible to a wider audience. The collection is now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and housed at the Denver Art Museum.

The traveling exhibition and its accompanying catalogue feature fifty highlights of the collection, including works by Sir Anthony van Dyck, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Geroge Stubbs, and many others. Of particular interest are portraits of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, and landscapes by the poet Edward Lear.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue, Treasures of British Art, 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, which was designed by Erica Anderson and published by the Denver Art Museum. The 120-page book features detailed essays on each of the fifty paintings, written by curators Kathleen Stuart, Anna Estes, Kristin Bonk Fong, and Alisia Robin.

The Berger Collection is on view at the Portland Museum of Art through January 4, 2015. It will later travel to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, before returning to the Denver Art Museum. To learn more and to purchase copies of the catalogue, visit the Denver Art Museum.

 Photography by Jeremy Linden

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River

Posted on September 25, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River opens next week at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The exhibition features paintings and drawings by American artist George Caleb Bingham, whose iconic works reveal the cultural and economic significance of the massive Mississippi and Missouri waterways to mid-nineteenth-century society.  

Bingham moved to Missouri as a child and began painting scenes of Missouri life in the 1840s. His paintings of the workingmen of western America brought him fame in New York exhibition venues and collections around the country. By creating a sense of everyday life on the inland rivers, he developed an original approach that garnered recognition and appreciation all over the country.

Marquand Books produced the 200-page exhibition catalogue for Navigating the West, which was designed by Patrick Dooley and features contributions from Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Claire Barry, Nancy Heugh, Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Dorothy Mahon, Andrew J. Walker, and Janeen Turk. Over 174 illustrations, including Bingham’s sketches and infrared images of his paintings, help explore the artist’s work and creative process.

The exhibition will be on view at the Amon Carter through January 18, 2015, after which it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To purchase copies of the catalogue, visit Yale University Press.

 

 

 

Photography by Meghann Ney

Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff

Posted on September 19, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

This week the Museum of Art at Washington State University opens Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, a survey exhibition of work by American painter and printmaker Roger Shimomura.  

Shimomura was born in Seattle in 1939 and from an early age experienced the mixed messages that come from being Japanese American. In 1942, he and his family were interned at Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. This experience laid the foundation for a body of work that explores the sociopolitical issues of being Asian in America. For his series An American Knockoff, Shimomura uses iconic American imagery and colorful pop art style to confront Japanese stereotypes.

Marquand Books produced the 64-page catalogue for An American Knockoff, which was designed by John Hubbard and features more than twenty color illustrations of Shimomura’s work. The book includes an essay on Shimomura and an interview with the artist, both by Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. WSU Museum of Art director Chris Bruce provides the introduction. The book is distributed by the University of Washington Press.

An American Knockoff will be on view at WSU’s Museum of Art through December 13, 2014. To purchase copies of the book, visit the University of Washington Press.

 

 

David Lynch: The Unified Field

Posted on September 10, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

We are pleased to share our most recent project for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the catalogue for their upcoming exhibition, David Lynch: The Unified Field. Acclaimed for his work as a filmmaker, Lynch began his creative career as a painting student at PAFA. Since that time, alongside his more widely known films, he has continued his work as a visual artist, creating a large body of paintings, photographs, prints, and drawings. The show, the first major American survey of Lynch’s work, brings together close to ninety works of art from the past five decades, including early works that have never been publicly displayed.

Along with the exhibition of paintings and drawings, PAFA will also be screening several early films created while Lynch was still living in Philadelphia. In addition, the Philadelphia Film Society will be screening every feature film by Lynch, in partnership with the exhibition.

David Lynch: The Unified Field was produced by Marquand Books and published by Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts in association with the University of California Press. Susan E. Kelly designed and typeset the 160-page catalogue, which includes an overview essay by PAFA senior curator Robert Cozzolino.

The exhibition opens September 13 and runs through January 11, 2015. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. To purchase a copy of the catalogue, visit the University of California Press.

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

Lee Krasner & Norman Lewis

Posted on September 04, 2014 | Art & DesignNew Release | Leave A Comment

Opening next Friday at the Jewish Museum in New York, From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 presents the work of two important Abstract Expressionist painters, Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis. Through select paintings presented side by side, the exhibition imagines a conversation between the two artists, who struggled for recognition despite their exceptional talents and important contributions as participants in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Marquand Books produced the exhibition catalogue for the show, published by the Jewish Museum and designed by Steven Schoenfelder. At ninety-six pages, the paperback catalogue presents sixty color illustrations alongside essays by Lisa Saltzman and Mia L. Bagneris. The cover and spine design features a subtle foil stamping in glossy black on black paper with the text foil stamped in silver and dark gray.

The exhibition runs September 12, 2014 through February 1, 2015. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Jewish Museum. To order a copy of the exhibition catalogue, visit Yale University Press.

 

Photography by Meghann Ney

The Magician in the Paper Hammer Gallery

Posted on August 28, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Marquand Books and Paper Hammer are pleased to announce the Seattle exhibition of The Magician, an epic graphic novel/book art object created by Chris Byrne, co-designed by Scott Newton, and produced by Marquand Books and Paper Hammer Studios. The show will be on view in the in the Paper Hammer gallery September 4 through 30. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Chris Byrne began this project over a decade ago “with the simple idea of creating a comic character who performs tricks (visual puns) without using words or captions.” Byrne only started to visualize The Magician as a finished piece after meeting with Ed Marquand and discussing how the Paper Hammer Studios could present Byrne’s narrative. The result is an enigmatic box of wonders housing a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques at the Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton.

The Magician comes to Seattle for the first time after showings at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, England, the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, The Reading Room in Dallas, and Fundacion Pasaje 865 in Buenos Aires. Copies have already been purchased for inclusion in Columbia University’s Rare Book Collection as well as New York’s Visual Arts Library. The Magician is published by Marquand Books in an edition of twenty with five artist’s proofs. 

 

Photos courtesy of Kevin Marple and Mike Morgan

Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi

Posted on August 14, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

Marquand Books has teamed up with the Mozhai Foundation to produce a series of monographs focusing on major Chinese ink painters who worked between the mid-1800s and the Cultural Revolution of 1966. The greatest artists of this period reinvented the time-honored modes of ink painting and revitalized traditional art techniques. The first book in the series, Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi, will be released in September.

Born into a poor farming family in 1864, Qi Baishi rose to fame during China’s century of civil strife. His work used a distinctly modern art language to transform elite brush painting into a universal art form appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. The Mozhai Foundation recently sponsored an exhibition of Qi Baishi’s work at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi was produced by Marquand Books and designed by John Hubbard. The 144-page monograph includes essays by series editor Britta Erickson, Mozhai Foundation advisor Craig L. Yee, and the late scholar Jung Ying Tsao, accompanied by 109 color illustrations. The book is published in association with the Mozhai Foundation and the University of Hawai’i Press.

The Mozhai Foundation was created to broaden public awareness and appreciation of traditional Chinese art. Forthcoming monographs in the Modern Ink series include catalogues of the work of artists Xugu and Wu Changshi.

For information on preordering copies of Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi, visit the University of Hawai’i Press.

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

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