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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

Arts and Crafts Furniture and Metalwork from the Two Red Roses Foundation

Posted on August 07, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

The Two Red Roses Foundation is a private, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to promoting an understanding of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Foundation’s collection boasts more than 1,300 rare objects made between 1900 and 1930, gifted through the charitable endowment of Two Red Roses founder Rudy Ciccarello. These works will soon be displayed in the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, currently under construction and due to open in early 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In anticipation of the opening of this museum, the Two Red Roses Foundation has been working with Marquand Books to produce a series of catalogues devoted to the collection. The first, “These Humbler Metals”: American Arts and Crafts Metalwork from the Two Red Roses Foundation, was published earlier this year and the second in the series, “So Various Are the Forms it Assumes”: American Arts and Crafts Furniture from the Two Red Roses Foundation, has just been released. 

The Arts and Crafts movement in America was governed by the belief that traditional craftsmanship could ennoble a society overcome by rampant industrialization. The artisan craftspeople of the Arts and Crafts movement aimed to transform utilitarian objects into beautiful works of art.

Arts and Crafts Metalwork profiles the work of eleven designers and craftsmen, including Gustav Stickley and the Roycrofters, who brought the design aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement to vases, bowls, bookends, and candlesticks. The 280-page catalogue features over 260 images with essays by David Cathers, Jonathan Clancy, and Susan J. Montgomery.

The 328-page Arts and Crafts Furniture celebrates some of the most important furniture designers and makers from the era, including the Stickley Brothers, Charles Rohlfs, the Byrdcliffe colony, and many others. These visionaries believed everyday furniture like desks, chairs, tables, even pianos, should be works of art in themselves. The catalogue includes 240 images with essays from David Cathers, Susan J. Montgomery, and Sarah Sik.

Both titles were designed by Susan E. Kelly, Ryan Polich, and Jeff Wincapaw and produced by Marquand Books.  

To learn more about the Two Red Roses Foundation and the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and to purchase copies of the catalogues, visit their website

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden

American Metal

Posted on July 31, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

American Metal, on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, presents a retrospective survey of the art of metalsmith Albert Paley. The show spans his nearly fifty-year career, presenting works ranging from jewelry to massive public sculptures.

Marquand Books produced the exhibition catalogue, American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley, published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The catalogue features works from the exhibition alongside two essays, one by curator Eric Turner and the other by former Corcoran director and president Paul Greenhalgh.

The catalogue provided a unique opportunity for Marquand Books to produce a book entirely in house. Designed by Ryan Polich, the book was then digitally printed in our Seattle office and sent to Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton, Washington, where it was bound and trimmed. The cover of the book, which features copper letterpress printing in the silhouette of one of Paley’s works and white foil stamped text, was also created at the bindery.

American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley is on view through September 28, 2014. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

 

Photography by Meghann Ney

50 Years of Seattle Opera

Posted on July 22, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

The Seattle Opera is preparing to celebrate its 50th Anniversary season. Events kick off with the International Wagner Competition on Thursday, August 7. On Saturday, August 9, the Opera hosts a concert and gala to honor General Director Speight Jenkins’s thirty-year tenure. Anniversary events continue throughout the fall season and include a Jester’s Ball on January 11 at McCaw Hall.

Fifty Years of Seattle Opera documents the history of the Seattle Opera and was published to mark its golden anniversary. Produced by Marquand Books, the 176-page book was designed by Annabelle Gould and written by writer and composer Melinda Bargreen. The book features archival materials from the Opera, including seventy-five color and twenty-five black-and-white photographs.

For more information about upcoming anniversary events and to purchase a copy of the book, visit the Seattle Opera.

 

 

photography by Jeremy Linden

John Buck

Posted on July 10, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

The Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle is currently showing works by the sculptor and printmaker John Buck in the exhibition Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved Wood Panels. Carved wood panels, moving sculptures, and large, colorful prints fill the gallery. Buck has been exploring wood, bronze, glass, and printmaking for more than thirty years. He lives and works in Montana and Hawaii with his wife, artist Deborah Butterfield.

Buck’s current exhibition is accompanied by the publication of the book John Buck. The 200-page book includes essays by Linda Tesner, Kenneth B. Wells, and John Yau and features 250 full-color illustrations. Published by Marquand Books and designed by Jeff Wincapaw, John Buck concentrates on the range of the artist’s work and reveals the underpinnings of his creative process.

Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved Wood Prints is on view through August 23. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Greg Kucera Gallery.To pre-order a copy of John Buck, visit D.A.P.

 

 

photography by Jeremy Linden

Design Wall

Posted on July 02, 2014 | | Leave A Comment

This summer, our design wall is covered in the bright colors and striking images of books to come. 

 

 

photography by Jeremy Linden

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