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The Glory Machine

  • A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

  • Edited by Peter Fuhring, Louis Marchesano, Rémi Mathis and Vanessa Selbach

For those of us who believe that history is best told through objects and images, this book provides strength to our argument. In its pages we discover rarely exhibited or published works that reflect the collective aspirations, beliefs and aesthetic preferences of the French at the end of the 17th century …Read More

Art in (Middle) America

  • Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000

  • Edited by Elizabeth G. Seaton, Jane Myers, and Gail Windisch, with a foreword by Linda Duke and contributions by Ellen Paul Denker, Karen J. Herbaugh, Lara Kuykendall, Bill North, Susan Teller, Tiffany Elena Washington and Kristina Wilson

Around 1970 my grandmother gave me a print by Käthe Kollwitz—Stehender Weiblicher Akt (Standing female nude, 1900)—that she had acquired a decade earlier in exchange for a week’s salary from her job as a sales clerk at Gimbels department store …Read More

Stepping Stones: Garo Antreasian and American Lithography

  • Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art

  • By Garo Z. Antreasian with an introduction by William Peterson

Garo Antreasian’s contributions to the art and technology of lithography in post–World War II America are well-known, and parts of the story told in his recently published book will be familiar to many readers—the struggle to advance printmaking in mid-century America …Read More

(Printed) Art in America

  • Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art

  • By Judith Brodie, Amy Johnston and Michael J. Lewis with essays by 12 authors

Among the earliest works in the National Gallery of Art’s comprehensive summary of the history of American printmaking are four mezzotint portraits made by John Simon after John Verelst’s paintings of the Native American leaders who made a diplomatic visit to Queen Anne in London in 1710 …Read More

The Afterlife of a Modest Miracle

  • A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy: Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire

  • By Lisa Pon

Lisa Pon’s new book tells the densely woven story of a very early, anonymously made, hand-colored, large woodcut of the Madonna and Child surrounded by saints and narrative images of the life of the Virgin and Christ, which seems to survive in only one tattered but much revered example …Read More

Paul Coldwell’s Print and Matter

  • Paul Coldwell: Material Things: Sculpture & Prints

  • Introduction by Amy Charlesworth; essays by Paul Coldwell and Anna Moszynska

Best known to readers of this journal as a printmaker, Paul Coldwell is also active as a sculptor, though he has rarely shown these two bodies of work together. His 2015 retrospective at the University of Bradford therefore offered a singular opportunity to pull his metal and cast-resin sculptures (many cast from accessories of daily life), artist’s books and prints together in a single conversation …Read More

Constant Motion: The Print Career of Frank Stella

  • Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné

  • By Richard H. Axsom with Leah Kolb

Frank Stella, one of the most brilliant printmakers of our time, stopped making prints in 2001. It was in that year that Kenneth Tyler, the master printer with whom Stella made his first print series at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles in 1967, closed Tyler Graphics Ltd. …Read More

Reclaiming the Means of Production: Self-Publishing in the 21st Century

  • NO-ISBN: on self-publishing

  • Edited by Bernhard Cella, Leo Findeisen and Agnes Blaha
  • The Newsstand

  • By Lele Saveri
  • Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art

  • Edited by Sara Martinetti and Leontine Coelewij

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair is a wildly popular event and it is just one of more than 40 artist’s book fairs that take place around the world every year. “When we began the fair [in 2006],” then-director AA Bronson explains, “we were highly aware of representing all the various forms of art publishing in the field: mainstream publishers, academic presses, art distribution companies, art magazines, small independent publishing companies.” …Read More

Paper, Conservation and Context

  • Historical Perspectives in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper

  • Edited by Margaret Holben Ellis

Historical Perspectives in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper is the most recent publication in the Getty Conservation Institute’s “Readings in Conservation” series. Like its six predecessors, the text is comprised of a collection of essays and excerpts, all organized into themes that conservators will find familiar …Read More

Lost and Found: Norma Bassett Hall

  • Norma Bassett Hall: Catalogue Raisonné of the Block Prints and Serigraphs

  • Joby Patterson

The historical obscurity of the 20th-century landscape artist Norma Bassett Hall (1888–1957) is the result of many factors: she did not find her métier until she was in her thirties; that métier was the quiet medium of color woodblock …Read More

The Second Golden Age: Dutch Art Nouveau

  • Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau

  • By Clifford S. Ackley; Research Assistant Katherine Harper

Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau is a handsomely produced volume that makes an important contribution to current English-language scholarship concerning Dutch works on paper from the 1890s and early years of the 20th century. …Read More

Posters from the Individual Eye to the Public Sphere

  • Posters: A Global History

  • By Elizabeth E. Guffey
  • How Posters Work

  • By Ellen Lupton, Caitlin Condell and Gail Davison

On 16 July 1966, the 73-year-old Chinese leader Mao Zedong swam the Yangtze River for the second time to demonstrate his vitality. The act became iconic in the cult of Mao, its image recycled into visual culture and heroic myth. …Read More

Art as Print: Collecting, Connoisseurship and the Art Museum in 19th-Century America

  • The First Smithsonian Collection: The European Engravings of George Perkins Marsh and the Role of Prints in the U.S. National Museum

  • By Helena E. Wright

The story of James Smithson’s early 19th-century bequest to the United States to found an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” is well-known. The contested terrain of the fledgling Smithsonian Institution’s first acquisition is, however, a much less familiar episode …Read More

Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Front Lines

  • Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Front Lines

  • Edited by Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Nawara Mahfoud

As the war in Syria drags on into its fifth year, Syrian artists are seeking new ways to convey the urgency of the situation to the outside world, for whom this intractable conflict has become a kind of permanent background noise. …Read More

Underground Art and Commerce

  • The Graphic Art of the Underground, a Countercultural History

  • By Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince

Building on a series of 2012 lectures they gave at the Cornerhouse cinema and gallery in Manchester, in this volume Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince survey an assortment of rowdy art made from the early 1960s through 2008 by a selection of mostly British and American artists. …Read More

Popularity, Populism and the Poster

  • The Poster: Art, Advertising, Design, and Collecting, 1860s–1900s

  • By Ruth E. Iskin

“My posters are not intended for close or detailed examination,” Jules Chéret once remarked. Ironically, Chéret is one of the few artists whose posters have since the 19th century been the subject of careful scrutiny; for the most part they have remained in the shadows of art historical scholarship, rarely treated in any depth. …Read More

Women and Print

  • Women and Print: A Contemporary View

  • Edited by Mary Davis MacNaughton, with essays by Sienna Brown, Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Mary Davis MacNaughton

As the recent New York Times article on the “men of Wellesley” made clear, gender is a can of worms. Certainly we get into deep water quickly when we view gender as predictive of future performance. But art exhibitions are about past performance, and insofar as art can be understood as the product of negotiation between an artist’s internal instincts …Read More

Gillian Pederson-Krag

  • Gillian Pederson-Krag: Paintings and Etchings 1970–2011

  • By Gillian Pederson-Krag, with an introduction by Tom Mederos and contributions by Jeannot Barr

This new monograph surveys four decades of Gillian Pederson-Krag’s oeuvre, reproducing some 100 works from the lengthy career of this contemporary realist painter and printmaker. The text, apart from a brief introduction by Tom Mederos, is the artist’s own: five brief essays in which Pederson-Krag outlines her intentions, preoccupations and influences. …Read More