Seattle-based bookstore Wessel and Lieberman recently featured Marquand’s letterpress chapbook series on their blog. On Spines and Memories, the first in the collection, was written by Ed Marquand and printed and hand-bound in Tieton, WA. The occasional series will feature essays contributed by writers, curators, and book publishing professionals.
20 of 500 limited edition copies are available via the W+L website here.
On-line magazine and art network e-flux is opening a reading room in Manhattan’s Lower East Side next week. It will house more than 2,000 art and design publications from around the globe:
The reading room is a rapidly growing collection of several thousand books on contemporary art exhibitions open to the public at 41 Essex Street. The books have been donated by numerous art institutions and individuals from all parts of the world and reflect some of the more interesting developments in art of the past decade.”
Contributors will include the Blanton Museum of Art, PS1, Miami Design District, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Weatherspoon Art Museum.
The opening party is Friday, August 28th at 6 p.m. 41 Essex Street. Regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.
The New York Times’ chief art critic Michael Kimmelman’s recent column, “At the Louvre, Many Stop to Snap but Few Stay to Focus,” has generated a lot of buzz lately. For the article, Kimmelman observed visitors at the Louvre over the span of several hours and discovered that almost no one he saw contemplated a single piece of art for more than a minute. Tourists, he argues, use museums as quick therapy.
Continue reading: “What do you look at when you look at art books?”
It’s the height of summer in Seattle so every gallery from downtown to Pioneer Square will be abuzz with people during tonight’s First Thursday art walk. A sure hit is Dale Chihuly’s new reflective show opening at the Traver Gallery:
The fluid forms, intricate designs and unexpected textures of Dale Chihuly’s new Baskets and Cylinders invite continuing contemplation, while his new drawings are marked with striking, expressive lines executed in a range of rich metallic paints. These luscious, opulent hues and the subtle, exacting use of color connect the drawings to the works in glass, creating a thread of contemporary sophistication that runs throughout this earthy body of work.
Marquand produced Chronicle’s The Art of Dale Chihuly to accompany the recent exhibition at the de Young in San Francisco. That show covered a retrospective of the artist’s recent work. Tonight’s opening is sure to offer insight into where Chihuly is headed with new work.
Through September 20. Opening reception 8/7 from 5-8 p.m. Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street at First Ave. Seattle
The Design Observer recently published an interview with artist James Turrell that’s well worth a read. The piece centers around his ambitious current project, transforming Roden Crater near Sedona, Arizona. The artist talks about how his classic themes of light and space play out in the crater, which contain sun and moon viewing rooms:
Basically what I am doing with the crater is that I’m working with the interior and exterior space, that is, the working of one space against another. Generally an aspect of that space is charged and related to how that space is filled. This quality of how the light inhabits the space changes throughout the day.
Read the whole article here.
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