It’s good to see more and more museums embracing blogs and social media, both as a way to promote upcoming exhibitions and to engage in commentary on the art world in general. A great example is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
It’s easy to lose track of time while clicking around LACMA’s website–in addition to the main museum site there are also regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages. The museum’s Unframed blog recently started an ongoing “Ask a Curator” series, similar to one that’s in the works over at Untitled, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s blog. It’s an interesting development in exploring the question of how museums can tap into their curators’ knowledge to engage and attract readers on the web and, ultimately, visitors.
Over on Unframed, LACMA’s photography curator Charlotte Cotton talks about whether or not there is pressure to stay one step ahead of other curators in her field. Read what she has to say here.
On June 18 and 19, Jeremy, Brynn, Jeff, John and Zach from the Seattle office attended a hands-on workshop at the Tieton bindery and book arts studio. Learning four different stitches for binding and several techniques for making hard cases using various types of book cloth, each student assembled four or five practice books during the session.
Here are some photos by John Hubbard showing their progress. From left to right, top to bottom:
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Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea opens at LACMA on Sunday. The exhibit features a wide variety of modern art from twelve artists, including video and multimedia, an installation using boxes and bubble wrap, and a piece made up of hundreds of neon plastic bowls and bins.
Continue reading: “Opening at LACMA: Your Bright Future”
Jamie Camplin, managing director of Thames & Hudson, wrote an opinion piece for the June 2009 Art Newspaper that should be required reading for all art and museum publishers.
It raises the question: if art book publishing is to remain vital, how do we keep producing fresh, thoughtful publications at a reasonable price point? Read the article here.
Marquand’s Managing Editor Marie Weiler writes on adventures in type:
Maybe I’m a little bit compulsive. I recall that when I was a child I would come home from school and eat my bowl of Cheerios at the breadboard at one end of the kitchen counter. With each mouthful of cereal, I would walk around the kitchen, matching my steps to my chews – the rhythm of chewing. Then I took piano lessons, and when I wasn’t at the piano I would think about the music and press the keys into the palms of my hands. But an overabundance of hymns and a paucity of popular music turned me away from playing. When I was older yet – a junior in high school now – I learned to type. Ever since, I type words in my mind or sometimes press the letters into my palms as I think or read them. I can’t stop it – the rhythm of words.
Continue reading: “Typography in Real Life”
Our book arts and letterpress studio in Tieton, Washington, just delivered four new coaster designs, now available through our Etsy store Marquand Ephemera. Each set has a different personality, so you’re sure to find one that fits the vibe of your next cocktail party, backyard BBQ, or ritzy dinner.
This weekend is your last chance to experience The Book Borrowers, showing now at the Bellevue Arts Museum. It’s an innovative exhibition featuring books transformed into sculpture by 31 artists, including Washington State contributors James Allen, Alan Corkery Hahn, Casey Curran, and Jane Lackey.
Marquand has produced a special limited-edition book to complement the exhibit. The hardcover version is cloth-bound with an embossed title, and both hard and soft-cover versions were digitally printed, then bound by local artisan Chikabird with a string-tie closure.
Featuring full-color, accordion foldout pages for each artist included in the show, the book is a great way to keep a piece of the exhibition in your personal library. The books are on display at the exhibit but will also be available through the Marquand website in the near future, so stay tuned here to find out how to get your own copy.
The last day for The Book Borrowers is this Sunday, June 14, 12-5 p.m. at the Bellevue Arts Museum.
It’s a beautiful, warm evening in Seattle, perfect for the First Thursday Seattle Art Walk featuring galleries throughout downtown and Pioneer Square. Most every show that PUNCH premieres on First Thursday is a winner, a great example being last month’s Grätüitöüs Umläüt, a group show on heavy metal curated by Jacob and Justin Gibbins. Tonight should be no exception when Renee Adams and Amber Stucke present In-Between:
Obtaining inspiration from science, anatomy and the manmade world, the works of Renee Adams and Amber Stucke depict an alternate universe, existing somewhere between reality and fiction. The two-person exhibition, In-Between, establishes an uncanny dialogue between Stucke’s painted biological entities and Adams’ sculpted hybrid species.
It opens tonight, reception from 5-8 p.m. PUNCH Gallery. 119 Prefontaine Place South, Pioneer Square
Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up in Seattle, the staff at Marquand had some fun cherry-picking books fit for long, lazy days of summer reading. Here’s a handful of our favorites:
Continue reading: “Summer Reading Picks from the Marquand Staff”
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