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The Book of Trees
Lectures by author Manuel Lima

April 24 at 7pm
Strand Books, New York
Free with purchase of the book or Strand giftcard

May 21 at noon
92nd Street Y, New York
Tickets: $21, available here

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge is available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

The love letters continue! Stephen Powers is painting his love letter to Tokyo. Photos courtesy of Stephen Powers, Marc Jacobs, and lalala.

Stephen Powers’ book, A Love Letter to the Cityand his notecard set, 
I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Faceare available now.

Our friends at Abrams & Chronicle Books were at the London Stationery Show last week, and they sent us this great news:
The Pattern Box was named runner-up in this year’s Stationery Awards in the category of Social Stationery. We couldn’t be more proud of our collaboration with New York’s Textile Arts Center.
Get yours here, and be sure to stock up on stamps!

Our friends at Abrams & Chronicle Books were at the London Stationery Show last week, and they sent us this great news:

The Pattern Box was named runner-up in this year’s Stationery Awards in the category of Social Stationery. We couldn’t be more proud of our collaboration with New York’s Textile Arts Center.

Get yours here, and be sure to stock up on stamps!

Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist!

"This is the perfect book to set kids off on a lifelong love of art. This marvelous volume is filled with flaps, pop-ups, colorful illustrations (with lots of red, of course), and little surprises that are so befitting of Calder’s own spirit, I’d imagine him reading it himself and smiling from cover to cover."
Cool Mom Picks

"Beautiful… If you have a little artist at home, they will love learning about Calder. He was just a big kid himself, making colorful art for art’s sake. I’m totally inspired to start working on Calder projects now." 
Poppy Haus

"Art isn’t always two-dimensional, so why should books about it be? …Kids can see Calder’s most important sculptures pop up on the page, lift flaps to see some of his drawings, and actually design some of their own work with the included instructions."
Pop*Sugar

Available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist! 

"Vibrantly colored and interactive, with cutouts, pop-ups, sliding tabs and opportunities to explore and mimic some of the methods the artist employed…. Picasso is an artist whose work immediately appeals to children, and the author makes the most of her subject…. The act of flipping the pages introduces an element of drama, surprise and fun to viewing the works.
NYTimes.com

"A masterpiece."
Baby & Me

"Tremendously informative and fun…. Check out the very very back to find a little bit of interactive fun that encourages you to build your own art a-la Picasso. I really, really hope to see more from this series! For now I need to order up a few copies of each…. these will be dandy gifts for almost everyone in my family.
Scrumdilly-do

Available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

Studio Life—Kelly Nipper

On a chair were swatches of dyed fabric laid out so she could select the specific hue of red—the color of a body’s interior—that her performers will wear. Although she works with dancers, Nipper doesn’t consider herself a choreographer. Instead, she explains that her practice extends from her roots in media—photography, film, and video. “My interest is not in setting movement on the surface of the body, but in environmentally inspired action.”

From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

Kelly Nipper's exhibition Black Forest is now on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, through February 23rd.

Studio Life—Pablo Cano
To the right of the TV set was a letter from his mother, also an artist, about seizing the creative moment. His mother makes paintings inspired by Cuba and exile and lives a block away. His family escaped Cuba on one of the last flights out on October 17, 1962, a day into the Cuban Missile Crisis.
From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

Studio Life—Pablo Cano

To the right of the TV set was a letter from his mother, also an artist, about seizing the creative moment. His mother makes paintings inspired by Cuba and exile and lives a block away. His family escaped Cuba on one of the last flights out on October 17, 1962, a day into the Cuban Missile Crisis.

From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

In 2010, Adam Lerner, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, audaciously presented a large exhibition of paintings by masters of the Russian Avant-Garde movement. At least that’s what the collectors of these paintings had hoped; in truth, none of the paintings had been authenticated.

Ron and Roger Pollard scooped up 181 paintings in total, all from the mysterious seller in Germany they met on eBay. In From Russia With Doubt, Lerner weaves together this thrilling tale, from the first eBay sale to the owners’ attempts to authenticate and appraise the would-be masterpieces.

Above, Kazimir Malevich handwriting samples in known and unknown works compared for authenticity by forensic writing specialists. Bottom, the exhibition mounted at MCA Denver.

75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York
A Catalog Raisonné by Clemens von Lucius

In this abundantly illustrated catalogue raisonné, collector and Kaldewey devotee Clemens von Lucius presents in detail all seventy-five books published by the Kaldewey Press since its founding in 1985 by Gunnar A. Kaldewey. 

While few small presses have managed to produce such a large body of work, the Kaldewey Press has earned the reputation as one of the world’s finest publishers of contemporary artist books. 75 Artist Books presents work published in cooperation with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle, and Hans Peter Willberg.

Check out this recent title from Hermann Schmidt Mainz, distributed in North America by Princeton Architectural Press.

Studio Life — Theaster Gates

In 2009 Gates (a Chicago artist and urban planner) acquired an abandoned two-story house and expanded his major community organization, Dorchester Projects. A work in progress, the structure houses a library, slide archive, and soul-food kitchen. On the second floor of the house, Gates installed a library purchased from Prairie Avenue Bookstore, an important art, design, and architecture bookstore in the South Loop of Chicago that had gone out of business: 

"I recall going in the store as it was having its final days sale—folks were mournful. It seemed my abandoned building would be the perfect home for the collection… It’s a fountain of amazing knowledge about the built environment."

More on Theaster Gates in the New York Times and in Studio Life.

Another unauthenticated painting from From Russia with Doubt (top) — it has an obvious relationship with Olga Rozanova’s 1913 lithograph Futurist Cityscape (below). Both depict cityscapes that appear to be collapsing in on themselves. Although, whoever made the unidentified painting was more in control of its long, bold lines’ power to both provide the basic organization for the picture and also tear the fabric of the image. The realization that the same lines can both create and disrupt the structure of a picture is an advanced insight for an artist to have about his or her work. A copyist could potentially have this kind of insight, but it is highly unlikely. Learn more in the book.

In 2004, amateur art collectors Ron and Roger Pollard discovered a cache of unknown Russian avant-garde paintings on eBay by an unknown seller in Aachen, Germany. Were they real, or simply clever fakes? In From Russia with Doubt, MCA Denver director Adam Lerner explores the brothers’ years-long quest to acquire and authenticate the paintings. The book reads like a great thriller as the brothers travel to science labs and museums all over the world, conduct secret exchanges in foreign rail stations, and even meet with FBI agents. It’s also a beautiful meditation on what defines the authenticity of art. —Justin Alvarez (The Paris Review)

In 2004, amateur art collectors Ron and Roger Pollard discovered a cache of unknown Russian avant-garde paintings on eBay by an unknown seller in Aachen, Germany. Were they real, or simply clever fakes? In From Russia with Doubt, MCA Denver director Adam Lerner explores the brothers’ years-long quest to acquire and authenticate the paintings. The book reads like a great thriller as the brothers travel to science labs and museums all over the world, conduct secret exchanges in foreign rail stations, and even meet with FBI agents. It’s also a beautiful meditation on what defines the authenticity of art. —Justin Alvarez (The Paris Review)

Studio Life—Diane Simpson

"Usually there’s something that hits me that I love about an image. And then I use the drawing process to change it into my own. The way I’m going to construct something really makes a difference in how the form changes. One of the things I struggle with is that I want the final product to be related to my initial source of inspiration in terms of retaining the excitement it gave me, but I don’t want the source to be conveyed literally."

From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

ALSO - Don’t miss Simpson’s show at JTT gallery in New York City, up through December 15, 2013:

Diane Simpson
JTT
170a Suffolk Street, New York, NY
212-574-8152

“Adam Lerner has probably written the most provocative story of our time about goofballs trafficking in modern art.”  —Mark Mothersbaugh, artist, musician and composer, cofounder of the new wave band Devo.
Artist unknown, n.d.Oil on canvas, 31.5 x 25.5 inches

“Adam Lerner has probably written the most provocative story of our time about goofballs trafficking in modern art.” 
Mark Mothersbaugh, artist, musician and composer, cofounder of the new wave band Devo.

Artist unknown, n.d.
Oil on canvas, 31.5 x 25.5 inches

“An incredible story, Adam Lerner’s book beautifully illuminates the mysterious possibility of objects and the people and histories that they connect us to. A must read for anyone who loves art, spy novels, and the ineffable act of looking.” —Dana Schutz, Artist
Artist unknown. In the style of László Moholy-Nagy, n.d. Oil on canvas, 27.5 x 20.75 inches

An incredible story, Adam Lerner’s book beautifully illuminates the mysterious possibility of objects and the people and histories that they connect us to. A must read for anyone who loves art, spy novels, and the ineffable act of looking.” 
Dana Schutz, Artist

Artist unknown. In the style of László Moholy-Nagy, n.d.
Oil on canvas, 27.5 x 20.75 inches