AFTERNOONS WITH JUNE—Stories of June Wayne's Art & Life
Betty Ann Brown
978-1-877675-83-6; illustrated; paper; $24.00
June Wayne was an astonishingly gifted artist; a determined activist; a brilliant writer; and a gifted public speaker. Mother, grandmother and friend to dozens of of remarkably creative and intellectual personalities. So begins this book. But it is hardly a sufficient description of her life. There was so much more. Perhaps she is best known for reviving the near-extinct art of lithography in 1960, establishing the Tamarind Lithography Workshop with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Major artists from across the country were invited to a residency to master the creation of lithographs.
She made prize-winning films; created tapestries working with the masters of the leading weaving studios in France. She experimented with different styles in her artwork starting with a Social Realist style during the Great Depression and on to Post Surrealism, Abstraction, and from Pop to Op Art. She was inspired by modern science and created her own unique images of natural phenemona of tides and ocean currents, the cosmos, sky and stars.
The author spent many afternoons listening to June's stories. How she dropped out of high school at 15 wanting to become an artist; at 17 she had her first exhibition in Chicago, a second one in Mexico City a year later and became a "regular" on the art scene in Chicago and active in the local WPA. Her life and work provided an abundance of rich material and she was a great and brilliant story-teller.
Betty Ann Brown has woven the stories into a unique history of an extraordinary artist of the 20th century.
RAPTURE & THE BENDS—Thoughts of a Wilful Artist
978-1-877675-82-9; paper; $16.00
A collection of essays by the artist June Wayne. Many of them were written to be presented as speeches at art symposiums, anniversary exhibitions, art association conferences, and college commencements. Others convey her thoughts on art and art world issues. The material is timeless—it mattered then and still does. She was in great demand as a speaker and known for her persuasive and witty presentations that made the seriousness and importance of the subject easier to accept.
Wayne died in her 93rd year. Eleven days before her death on August 23rd, 2011, the French Government named her a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, the only visual artist of the six Americans selected. Unfortunately, she was not to know of this honor—the official document arrived in the mail after her death.
RETURN TO THE VIEWER: SELECTED ART REVIEWS
978-877675-80-5; color & B/W illust.; paper; $28.00
A collection of art reviews of some 150 local, national and international artists. Although the book opens with several early to mid-20th century icons, its concentration is on the final quarter of the century and particularly Pacific Northwest artists. Kangas presents his canon of major and minor figures of the period that captures the excitement and intensity of Seattle's growth from a pioneer backwater to international seaport and nexus of high technology with a rich visual arts culture. The essays have been selected from more than a thousand publications that the author's writings have appeared in since 1978.
BREAKING THROUGH: RICHARD BELLAMY & THE GREEN GALLERY 1960-1965
Erik La Prade
978-1-877675-78-2; Illust.; paper; $24.00
In 23 interviews with artists, collectors, gallery directors and Bellamy himself, the author, Erik La Prade describes the role of The Green Gallery in the 1960s. It was an extraordinary place with an eccentric director, Richard Bellamy, an astute judge of art, a poet and an entrepreneur with little interest in making money. He selected artists—many unknown at the time—who would go on to become the art world leaders in the following years. Bellamy was among the first to show Pop and Minimalist art; to present performance art and "Happenings" and other new forms of art. Although it had a short life of only five years, it became a legend of its time and Bellamy is remembered as an "art saint."
HERO, MADMAN, CRIMINAL, VICTIM: THE ARTIST IN FILM & FICTION
Betty Ann Brown
ISBN 978-1-877675-75-1; Illust.; paper; $26.00
Are artists really misrepresented as geniuses, egomaniacs and killers? Yes. And B. A. Brown offers stills and reproductions as proof, accompanied by a breadth of cultural references, interlaced with the negative images that are regularly presented in the media landscape.
Her chapters on "depictions of the artist as Fraud and Criminal and women artists as Victims of Love make significant contributions to contemporary criticism." The book is full of sound analysis and historical information.
A PORTRAIT OF HANS HOFMANN AS PAINTER, TEACHER and FRIEND
ISBN 978-1-877675-74-4, B/ W & color illust.; paper; $28.00
From 1949 to 1952, Sam Feinstein studied with Hofmann in Provincetown, where he was much involved in the artistic environment and became very close to Hofmann as a friend. His studio was across the street from Hofmann's house and they met regularly for a late afternoon swim or a casual evening visit expanding their formal daytime relationship of teacher/student. Feinstein dictated his memories of those years under the guidance of his son, Sascha, between December 1989 and January 1990. He hoped to accurately record Hofmann's teaching principles and theories of painting which had been greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted in past studies. Feinstein's reminiscences about those years with Hofmann are full of entertaining anecdotal accounts and references to fellow students, many of whom later became famous. And best of all the book is a fond remembrance of the ebullient man, influential teacher and painter, Hans Hofmann.
RELOCATIONS: Selected Art Essays and Interviews
by Matthew Kangas
ISBN 978-1-877675-69-0; 480 pp; paper; color illust.; $28.00
ISBN 978-1-877675-70-6; 480 pp; cloth; color illust.; $36.00
This book is one of the few essay collections dealing with the history of a remarkable and often overlooked art center: Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Concentrating on the final quarter of the 20th century with focused studies of the 1920s through the 1960s, Relocations is ideal reading for artists, critics, teachers, collectors and curators interested in how regional art centers evolve and thrive. Kangas presents his canon of major and minor figures of the period in an accessible intelligent style that captures the excitement and intensity of Seattle's growth from pioneer backwater to international seaport and nexus of high technology with a rich visual arts culture.
As they stand together, the current essays and interviews are a blend of art criticism and art history. They deal with artists who have relocated to the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, or who have visited here for periods of time, or who have brought their own prior regional sensibilities to the geographical region of the U.S. farthest away from New York. Critical opinion about non-Northwest artists has been relocated, too, . . . put into perspective within the context of local artists who, like Robert Smithson and Buster Simpson, may not have ever met, but who shared much more with one another than one might ever have imagined. So it is with all the artists discussed in Relocations.
THE UNPICTURELIKENESS OF POLLOCK, SOUTINE & OTHERS:
Selected Writings & Talks by Louis Finkelstein
by Louis Finkelstein
ISBN 978-1-877675-67-6; 224 pp; paper; illust,; $28.00
Louis Finkelstein was a great lecturer, teacher, painter and writer. When he spoke, his text didn't come out of books but out of his experience as a painter, out of argument and out of just talking. He is remembered best as a man of ideas as Andrew Forge, Professor Emeritus, Yale University says "Ideas poured out of him and they were often difficult. He delighted in the puzzlement of his audience and would pile obscurity onto obscurity until the moment of resolution when all became clear and light poured in, often with fanfares of laughter."
MAX ERNST'S LINES FROM A MARRIAGE
by Bowdoin Davis, Jr.
ISBN 978-1-877675-61-3; 44 pp; paper; illust.; $12.00
The title derives from a Swedish film, "Scenes from a Marriage" by Ingmar Bergman, a gripping study of the psychological interactions between the partners to a marriage. This book's scholarly examination and interpretation is based on Ernst's statements found on lines of text attached to several artworks created during a period when his marriage to Louise Straus-Ernst was coming apart. When scrutinized they reveal his underlying dissatisfaction and taken together with Louise's comments in her Memoir (The First Wife's Tale, 2004) confirm a mutual awareness that the marriage is disintegrating.
The complex image of the artworks distracts the viewer from the incisiveness of the phrase written below it, and then disregards the discord between image and phrase and quickly dismisses the writing as just another Dada diversion. Thus Ernst can verbalize his feelings without full disclosure to the viewer, only indirectly referencing the growing gulf between them, thus correcting the accepted story of his sudden abandonment of Louise.
BEUYS IS BOYS:
A Guide to the Pronunciation of Artists, Architects, Works of Art & More . . .
by Susan Ford
ISBN 978-1-877675-73-7; 84 pp; paper; $10.00
As annual museum attendance reaches never before imagined numbers (for New York's MoMA it was way over 2 million last year) and artists' names are regularly mentioned in newspapers and magazines, the need to know how to pronounce their odd sounding names is essential. Here, in this easy to carry book, is all you need to know. The names are broken into easy syllables with the stress in boldface. It lifts words from print to the ear to reliable and acceptable articulation. For instance, Modigliani is just moh-deel-yah-nee.
CRAFT & CONCEPT: The Rematerialization of the Art Object, February 2006
ISBN 1-877675-58-X, cloth, 460 pp., illust. $36.00
ISBN 1-877675-56-3, paper, 460 pp., illust. $28.00
"Matthew Kangas bring highly developed critical thinking and writing skills to capture the essence of the debate as to whether those working in craft media are artists or not. Covering all craft media with a special emphasis on ceramics, Kangas's expertise immeasurably repairs the dearth of knowledge with these essays and sets a high standard for scholarship. . . . His dedication and convictions will reassure students, teachers, curators, collectors and dealers that art objects are indeed legitimate fomrs of expression and need to take their rightful place in the visual arts of America."
--Michael W. Monroe, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington
PAJARITA ENVISIONS: Art Through the Eyes of Artists
by Tina Dickey
ISBN 1-877675-59-8, $10.00
Author and artist, Tina Dickey, uses the voice of Pajarita, an artist who has always been out of sync, but has explored many careers until finally infiltrating the art world– but without much recognizable success. She is a dreamer, thinks constantly and with great compassion about her artist friends and the artists who have preceded her. She covers all of the world's art history from the 10th century on. Pajarita offers brief descriptions and the likely thinking of many 20th century artists. Assuring us that all is related—their lives and their art.
JOANNA FRUEH: RETROSPECTIVE — HER LIFE AND WORK, July 2005
ISBN 0-9764800-0-X, 72 pp., Color & B/W illust. $20.00
The most complete documentation of Frueh's performance art and scholarly work. In addition to Augsburg's essay there are "creative memoirs" by four artists (including Russell Dudley's memorable photographs of Frueh), who describe how Frueh's work has impacted their own, and Frueh's own contribution, "Perfect Garden" in which she segues from the personal to Rosetti to Voltaire to Harold Bloom to Griselda Pollock and more — all in praise of the perfect garden.
EPICENTER: ESSAYS ON NORTH AMERICAN ART
ISBN 1-877675-55-6; 408 pp.; paper; color & B/W illust.; $25.00
"The most important art critic in the Northwest, Kangas's national profile will be clinched by his new collection . . . essays that challenge Abstract Expressionist critical cliches; discussion of the previously ignored Northwest School . . . is alone worth the price of admission."
In five sections: Reconsidering the New York School; Art in Public Places; Art Outside the Center; Canadian Art; and Late Modernism Kangas incorporates literary and art-critical theory as applied methods for better understanding and appreciating modern and contemporary art. Epicenter is a must for everyone interested in the relation between New York and the rest of the world, as well as for artists, collectors, curators and other visual arts professionals who seek a broader perspective onto the art of the past half-century.
"He writes about his subjects with prose that is cerebral, extravagant and even bombastic at times. . . . Back in Seattle after a period on the East Coast he found himself suffering from 'intellectual isolation' . . . with the Pacific Northwest defined in relation to what the New York-centric art had already deemed worthy in the art 'out west.' Kangas's dedicated writing has succeeded in establishing the importance of Northwest artists as major figures of the international art scene."
THE BARONESS, THE MOGUL, AND THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE FIRST GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Rolph Scarlett's memoir in collaboration with (and as told to) Harriet Tannin
ISBN 1-877675-38-5, Color & b/w Illust., $25.00
Stories of Hilla Rebay, director of the Museum of Non-objective Painting from 1939 to 1952, (the earliest incarnation of the now-famous Solomon R. Guggenheim "global museum"), Solomon R. Guggenheim, financial supporter of the museum, Rudolf Bauer, represented by 350 paintings in the museum's collection, Peggy Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright, James Johnson Sweeney who succeeded Rebay in the early 1950s as director of the Museum, Thomas Messer, who followed Sweeney, trustee Harry F. Guggenheim, critic Clement Greenberg, poet Delmore Schwartz, and artists Vasily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Ralph Albert Blakelock, and Paul Gauguin.
OUT OF THE PICTURE: MILTON RESNICK AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL
Edited and with Introduction by Geoffey Dorfman
ISBN 1-877675-47-4 paper, Color & b/w Illust., $28.00
ISBN 1-877675-48-2, Color & b/w Illust., $35.00
Recaptures the high period of American Modernism using Resnick as a means of gaining entry to the period. Talks and free-wheeling panels at the Artists' Club and the Studio School include leading intellectuals and artists such as Leo Steinberg, Ad Reinhardt, & De Kooning.
HIGH DRAMA: THE NEW YORK CITYSCAPES, OF GEORGIA O'KEEFFE AND MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE
Peter R. Kalb, Introduction by Linda Nochlin
ISBN 1-877675-44-x paper, Color & b/w Illust., $21.00
The 1920s saw a new urban realism favoring the compositional structure of the city over the appearance of its citizens — a breaking away from the earlier Ashcan school of narrative works and the frenetic scenes of the Cubists. Leading this movement was the painter, O'Keeffe at mid-decade and the photographer Bourke-White by its end. Both women cast themselves as independent modern artists while transforming how to look at the city.
ART & POLITICS IN THE 1930S: AMERICANISM, MARXISM & MODERNISM
Susan Platt, Introduction by Matthew Baigell
ISBN 1-877675-28-8 paper, Illust., $27.00
ISBN 1-877675-29-6 cloth, Illust., $38.00
A history of cultural activism in the 1930s and '40s; the artists and writer/critics committed to radical social change — employing modernist devices for purposes of populist appeal. Chapters on Stieglitz, Katherine Dreier, Alain Locke, Thomas Benton, Stuart Davis, Alfred Barr, and Clement Greenberg among many others.
GRADIVA'S MIRROR: REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN, SURREALISM, & ART HISTORY
Betty Ann Brown, Introduction by Gloria F. Orenstein
ISBN 1-877675-37-7 paper, Color & b/w Illust., $27.00
ISBN 1-877675 45-8 cloth, Color & b/w Illust., $35.00
The book advances the study of Surrealism featuring eleven women artists and their contributions to the movement. The author uses imaginary conversaziones with them to end each of the three sections paralleling the major periods of Surrealism.
THE DREAMING LIFE OF SAINT LEONORA DE LA CRUZ, February 2007
by Agnieszka Taborska with Art by Selena Kimball
ISBN 978-1-877675-61-4; 96 pp; paper; illust.; $26.00
The dreaming life of Leonora de la Cruz is absolutely so many things all packed together that don't know where to start. It is a prose poem in chapters, of haunting beauty, exactly the kind of writing Surrealism and we devotees of it most love. And thew collages are something else: think Ernst and think past him. Truly one of the most amazing books I have ever had the privilege of dreaming through.
--Mary Ann Caws
Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature Graduate School, City University of New York author of "Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing," "Surprised in Translation," and many books on Surrealism and the arts.
POSTMODERN HERETICS: CATHOLIC IMAGINATION IN CONTEMPORARY ART, FEB. 2004
ISBN 1-877675-50-4, Illust., $24.00
In this brave and urgently needed study, Eleanor Heartney explains how the work of many of the most controversial artists of recent decades has frequently been due to the "incarnational consciousness" rooted in their Catholic upbringing. The view that our identity as human beings derives from our bodily condition is inseparable from Catholic doctrine, but its implementation in works of art is often out of phase with the attitudes and beliefs of some members of the religious community, who react to the art as blasphemous and transgressive. Thus the history of post-modernist art has often been a story of bitter conflict. It may be too much to hope that Heartney's compassionate and deeply informed analysis will bring these conflicts to an end, but it has the power to raise the discourse to a new level of healing understanding if read in the spirit in which it is intended. For any reader, however, it a valuable and indispensible contribution to the appreciation of contemporary art in some of its most extreme and difficult manifestations.
DUCHAMP: DOMESTIC PATTERNS, COVERS, & THREADS
W. Bowdoin Davis, Jr., Preface by Alan Cheuse
ISBN 1-877675-40-7 paper, Illust., $20.00
ISBN 1-877675-41-5 cloth, Illust., $28.00
An exciting work of detection unlocking Duchamp's mysterious Munich stay. This book reveals a stunning new source for the French master's enigmatic iconography, one that entwines the industrial with the erotic. —Barbara Stafford
MUTINY AND THE MAINSTREAM: TALK THAT CHANGED ART, 1975-1990
Edited by Judy Seigel
ISBN 1-877675-05-9 paper, $22.00
On-the-spot reports, interviews and panel discussions capture artists', curators', dealers' and collectors' perspectives as they wrangle with ideas and each other. It's the real history of contemporary art.
CAMERA FIENDS AND KODAK GIRLS I: 50 SELECTIONS BY AND ABOUT WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY, 1840-1930
Edited and with an introductory essay by Peter E. Palmquist
ISBN 1-877675-00-8 paper, Illust., $14.90
A celebration of women in photography — the pioneers — many famous, some less familiar — presented through poems, memoirs, lectures, and essays.
CAMERA FIENDS AND KODAK GIRLS II: 60 SELECTIONS BY AND ABOUT WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY, 1855-1965
Edited and with an introductory essay by Peter E. Palmquist
ISBN 1-877-675-15-6 paper, Illust., $18.00
This second volume of women in photography has serious and fanciful selections — commercial applications, photojournalism, and subjects of artistic concerns. Included are many of the best-known women in photography such as Berenice Abbott, Catherine Weed Barnes, Margaret Bourke-White, Therese Bonney, Annie Brigman, Gertrude Kasebier, and Nancy Newhall.
TARNISHED SILVER: AFTER THE PHOTO BOOM, ESSAYS AND LECTURES 1979-1989
A.D. Coleman, Introduction by James L. Enyeart
ISBN 1-877675-20-2 paper, Illust., $20.00
Enlarges one's awareness to the significance of photography in relation to our cul-ture during this transformative period. Selected lectures and essays concentrate on themes of justice and fairness. (Kraszna-krausz photography book award,1997)
BEYOND WALLS AND WARS: ART, POLITICS, AND MULTICULTURALISM
Edited and with an introductory essay by Kim Levin
ISBN 1-877675-11-3 paper, Illust., $15.50
Thought provoking book addresses the problematic relationships between modernism, colonialism, totalitarianism, and the effects of politics on art and art on politics. Art critics from 28 countries challenge these issues and more.