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Annesas Appel’s Orderly Obsessions

  • Annesas Appel, 429 Titles of Books (2011)

  • Colours_a mathematical tale (2011)

Fig. 1. Annesas Appel, 26_ a b d eee gg iiii l o m nn rr t u-2 from Colours_a mathematical tale (2011).

Dutch artist Annesas Appel is in the process of re-envisioning the covers of the 429 books that comprise her personal library. In one project she is organizing them according to color and in the other by the letters in their titles. Read More

Josiah McElheny from Near to Eternity

  • Josiah McElheny, Eternity through the stars (2011)

Josiah McElheny, Eternity through the stars (2011). Photo: Will Lytch.

The view from the cheap seats never looked so good. Or so cosmic for that matter. In an interview for Art21, Josiah McElheny described his first encounter with the Metropolitan Opera’s chandeliers—the enormous glass objects that inspired him to make a film, a massive glass sculpture, and now six photogravures. Invited to the opera by a friend who purchased the most inexpensive seats near the top of the theatre, McElheny spent the time looking at the chandeliers Read More

Polly Apfelbaum: I Can’t Imagine Too Much Color

  • Polly Apfelbaum, Love Alley (2011)

  • Love Alley—Black (2011)

  • Rainbow Ribbons (2011)

  • Split Ribbons (2011)

Polly Apfelbaum, Rainbow Ribbons 1 (2011).

Polly Apfelbaum’s recent prints with Durham Press exhibit her characteristic chromatic exuberance—as she has said, “I can’t imagine too much color.” Read More

The Ornamental Anton Würth

  • Anton Würth, neun Vorlageblätter (2013)

Over the course of his three-decade career, the German artist Anton Würth has produced just a handful of print portfolios and a dozen-and-a-half artist’s books, which he calls his Carnets. Working mainly (though not exclusively) in engraving, and engaging the print cultures of earlier eras, he registers as something of an anachronism. Read More

A is for America, C is for Cottingham

  • Robert Cottingham, An American Alphabet (1997-2011)

The eye-catching opening flourish of the IFPDA Print Fair in November was Robert Cottingham’s 26-part American Alphabet, a project more than twenty years in the making. Cottingham, the well-known photorealist painter, began work on the first gouaches for the Alphabet while at the McDowell colony in 1993, though the photographs from which the images are drawn extend back decades before that. Read More

Carsten Höller’s Ornithology

  • Carsten Höller, Birds (2006)

  • Canaries (2009)

Carsten Höller, from the Birds series (2006).

Carsten Höller’s photogravures may seem atypical for an artist who has established a reputation for grand installations that bamboozle sensory experience. Unlike his spectacular retrospective, “Carsten Höller: Experience,” at the New Museum or his prize winning work, Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes, on view at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, these prints are quiet and contemplative Read More

Witho Worms: Slagheap Beauty

  • Witho Worms, This Mountain That’s Me (2006–2011)

Witho Worms, Dourges I, France (2006), from the series This Mountain That’s Me (2006-2011).Witho Worms, Dourges I, France (2006), from the series This Mountain That’s Me (2006-2011).

Since 2006 Dutch photographer Witho Worms has been documenting coal slagheaps in Northern Europe—in Belgium and France, Germany, Wales, and Poland. He photographs them and then, using coal from the site, makes contact carbon prints from his negatives. Read More

Kiki Smith and the Mutant Daisy

  • Kiki Smith, Escapades (2013)

Kiki Smith, Escapades (2011).

For some artists printmaking is an activity that is worthwhile but public and unpleasant. (Claes Oldenburg compared it to going to the dentist.) For others it becomes completely integrated into everyday life. In his later life, Picasso worked that way; so does Kiki Smith today. Read More

Dorothy Cross at Sea

  • Dorothy Cross, Tear (2009)

Like seventeenth-century wunderkammers, which divvied up the things of the world into “naturalia” and “artificialia”, the work of the Irish artist Dorothy Cross seeks balance between the natural and the manipulated, things found in the attic and things found on the beach. Read More

Enrique Chagoya: Escape from Fantasylandia

  • Enrique Chagoya, Escape from Fantasylandia: An Illegal Alien’s Survival Guide (2011)

Following the destruction of a copy of his 2003 codex The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals by a visitor to the Loveland Museum/Gallery in Colorado in October of 2010, a rattled Enrique Chagoya returned to Shark’s Ink last summer to complete the latest addition to his ongoing body of book works. Read More

Dave Muller: Quiet Noise

  • Dave Muller, Quiet Noise (2013)

Dave Muller, Untitled (2010) from the portfolio Quiet Noise

Dave Muller is a Los Angeles artist who spends his summers in rural Vermont. He is also a trumpet-playing visual artist and a well-known art-world DJ. Contradictions that may not really be contradictions but rather nuances (as in the title of this portfolio, Quiet Noise) that are at the heart of what he does. Read More