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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

 

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

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