Catalogue

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Bisa Butler: Portraits

Essays by Michele Wije and Erica Warren

Bisa Butler: Portraits
was the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work, featuring her vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture. The show, on view at the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) from March 15 to June 14, 2020, then traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) where it was on view from September 5, 2020 to January 24, 2021.

Butler, a formally trained African American artist of Ghanaian heritage, broaches the dividing line between creating with paints on canvas and creating with fiber by fashioning magnificent quilts and elevating a medium hitherto designated as craft into one that is clearly high art. While quilts have historically been isolated in the history of art as the products of working women, Butler’s work not only acknowledges this tradition, but also reinvents it. Continuing with an aesthetic set in motion by artists such as Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold, Butler forges an individual and expressive signature style that draws upon her own cultural background and experiences.

ISBN 978-0-578-62260-6, 52 Pages

 

 

Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show

Essays by Daniel Belasco, Geoffrey Dorfman and Tim Keane

This catalogue presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to the Abstract Expressionist movement and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism.The catalyst for the project was the groundbreaking 9th St. show arranged by avant-garde artists with the help of the fledgling gallerist, Leo Castelli in 1951. The show became a pivotal moment for the emergence and acceptance of Abstract Expressionism. Of the more than 60 artists in the show, including many who were to become prominent figures in Abstract Expressionism, only 11 were women. Several of the artists, including Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler went on to have distinguished careers and have found their rightful place in the art historical canon.

This fully-illustrated catalogue was made possible in part with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

ISBN 978-0-578-55-498-3

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Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation

Essays by Karen Wilkin and Trenton Doyle Hancock
Forward by William Louis-Drefyus

The “self-taught” genre remains one of the most complex and intriguing themes in modern and contemporary art – a concept that has been discussed, debated, and vetted from a wide variety of vantage points. By identifying a select group of artists to consider within this rubric, the exhibition, Inside the Outside, examines the vastly different realities that can inspire an individual to create ambitious and lasting artworks that do not fit neatly into the trends of mainstream art practice. From the stark figurative silhouettes of Bill Traylor to the dense and colorful compositions of Nellie Mae Rowe, the works in the exhibition do not possess a single style or preoccupation but rather evidence the deep and profound expression of a personal vision that perseveres over the lifetimes of these artists.

This catalogue printed on the occasion of Inside the Outside, includes essays by Karen Wilkin and Trenton Doyle Hancock, investigating the individual artists and their contributions.

58 pages with 53 color reproductions

 

 

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor

By Andreas Marks

Deadly weaponry and artistic ingenuity are celebrated in Lethal Beauty, a collection that explores the evolution of the warrior aesthetic unique to samurai history and artistry. The samurai are universally renowned warriors. Tales of their heroics have enchanted listeners since the 12th century, and perhaps more than any other warrior class in history, they continue to fascinate people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ages. Lethal Beauty provides a fascinating look at the striking duality of weaponry and artistic innovation that are an integral part of the samurai.

Dr. Andreas Marks showcases a comprehensive range of 63 exceptional works by 30 master craftsmen. The exhibition which this book draws from features full suits of armor, helmets, warrior hats, face masks, long and short swords, daggers, matchlock rifles, and more. The range of blades spans from the 13th to the 20th centuries and highlights technical refinement and exquisite craftsmanship.


ISBN-13: 978-0988349704, 88 Pages

 

 

Jasper Johns and John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio

By Jasper Johns (Artist), John Lund (Artist), Wendy Weitman (Introduction)

An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio. Over the past 30 years, Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund assists one of America's foremost living artists to achieve precisely the effects he seeks in his prints, 58 of which are featured in the exhibition. Johns and Lund began working together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island.

A decade later Lund became integral to Johns's printmaking process as the exclusive master printer to work on the artist's intaglio prints. In 1996 Lund established a private print studio on Johns's rural Connecticut property and became his on-site master printer. Together they have created over 70 editions, the majority of which use etching and aquatint. Jasper Johns & John Lund is the first museum exhibition to examine these two masters' working relationship. It explores process with never-before exhibited proofs and plates. Lund's personal photographs of Johns working in the studio are also on display.


ISBN-13: 978-0915171842

 

 
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