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‘Phantasmagorias of the Interior’: A French Panoramic Wallpaper in the Home of a New England Lawyer

Vues d’Italie wallpaper installed in the house of James Siena and Katia Santibañez in Otis, MA. All color images of the wallpaper in the house are courtesy of Armin Kunz, New York.

As New York artist James Siena tells it, the small town of Otis in Western Massachusetts (incorporated in 1810) has only ever been distinguished for two things: an early nudist colony, established in 1933, and the house of Squire Lester Filley, a noted lawyer, member of the State Legislature and founder of the local Episcopal church. Read More

Zuber in Otis

Vues d’Italie wallpaper installed at James Siena and Katia Santibañez’s house in Otis, MA. Image courtesy of Armin Kunz.

James Siena In 2004 we rented a house in the Berkshires for part of the summer and picked up a book of real estate listings for fantasy’s sake Read More

To The Last Syllable of Recorded Time: Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay, Actions: Splish, Plop, Plash, Plash (No. 4) (2015), screenprint with handpainted acrylic, 49 x 35 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and USF Graphicstudio ©2015. Photo: Will Lytch.

At the end of the eight-page description of Diego Velazquez’ Las Meninas (1656) that opens The Order of Things, Michel Foucault acknowledged a fundamental snag in his undertaking Read More

Why Study Prints Now, Redux

In 1987, during the fall semester of my first year in a settled teaching job, I went to Lawrence, Kansas, for a conference in honor of the “Little Masters” exhibition curated by Stephen Goddard, and there I was introduced to Peter Parshall Read More

Art in Art in Print No. 5: Alexander Massouras: The Real and the Imaginary (2016)

Art in Art in Print is an irregular, ongoing series of projects in which artists create art within the journal—not a piece of art that exists somewhere else and is reproduced in the journal, but a project designed specifically for the material, technological and social context of Art in Print. We are pleased to present Alexander Massouras' The Real and the Imaginary as the fifth of these projects. Read More

A Rare Kali Woodcut from the Era of the Battala Printers

Nritya Lal Datta, Kali (ca. 1860–1870), woodblock print, 16 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches, Calcutta. Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisanté.

On the subcontinent, Indian lithographs of the gods are displayed everywhere, from temples to taxicabs, and revered by millions as a means to darshan, or communion with the gods Read More

Engraving for Herself and Others: Cécile Reims

Cécile Reims, plate from Les Métamorphoses (1957–8), suite of 15 engravings, 30.8 x 20.7 cm each. Edition of 25. Text by Ovide. Printed by André Moret, Paris. Typography by Étienne Baudelot, Paris. Published by Cécile Reims, Lacoux, France (1959). ©Musée Jenisch Vevey—Cabinet cantonal des estampes, collection de la Ville de Vevey / clichés Barbara Piovan et Mauro Magliani.

I, the engraving, I am engraved, scratched, scraped, nielloed; I am a wound like a furrow in the soil and a gouge in the flesh . . . Read More