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Diagram 1: Tree of virtues and tree of vices, from Lambert of Saint-Omer, Liber floridus, 1121.
Diagram 2: Genealogical tree of Charles Magius, from Paul Veronese, Codex Magius, 1568–73.
Diagram 3: Werner Randelshofer, Treeviz, 2007.
Diagram 4: Joe Stone, X-Men Family Tree, 2011.
Focus on Photobooks Seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson
International House Hotel Conference Facility, New Orleans
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9am – 4pm
Registration fee: $50 in advance / $60 at door
Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, December 15, 4pm – 5pm
Mary Virginia Swanson will be signing Publish Your Photography Book
The revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius D. Himes will be available March 2014.
40 Years Later:
The Sydney Opera House
In 1957, Danish architect Jørn Utzon was the unlikely winner of an international competition to design the Sydney Opera House in Australia, which finally opened in 1973. Forty years later, the bold design is still considered an architectural masterpiece. October marks the 40th anniversary of the Opera House with festivities being held all over Australia to embrace the milestone.
At PAPress, we’re celebrating with the release of a new book on the architect. Jorn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings, by Michael Asgaard Andersen, will be released in December and dives deep into the highly diverse projects that the visionary architect took on, including the revered Opera House but also his lesser-known work. In Architect magazine, Thomas de Monchaux writes, “in its methodical synthesis of Utzon’s few built and many unbuilt works, in its application of underreported facts to well-worn legend, Andersen’s work is instantly indispensable.”
R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man documents his never-before-published 1966 Kassler lecture at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Delivered at the height of his career (Fuller had appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1964), he used the lecture to reflect on and synthesize his most significant concepts. In addition to a faithful facsimile of the lecture’s typewritten transcript, the book includes an introductory essay on Fuller’s work, a glossary of key terms and phrases, and an interview with Robert Geddes, the dean responsible for bringing Fuller to teach and lecture at the school. Coming this fall from PAPress.
In this follow-up to our bestselling Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey returns to her Southern roots to introduce us to a group of artisans with a long tradition of craftsmanship and a wonderfully vibrant cultural history. In communities across the South, amidst breathtaking country landscapes and bustling city neighborhoods, a thriving creative revival is underway.
In Southern Makers, Causey captures the spirit of this movement by documenting 25 of the area’s most celebrated craftspeople. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, textile artists, denim designers, jewelers, woodworkers, brewers, farmers, and more.
“Everything in our lives today is so fully known. Every object has a barcode. Everyone has a traceable genetic code. Our smartphones let us know exactly where we are. And all the analysis that objects undergo at museums—by curators, conservators, scientists, and historians—only serves to place those objects deeper and deeper into categories of knowledge and history. Everything arrives to us in the full light of day with a wealth of background information. But in Ron’s collection, there is the rare opportunity to experience something different.” —Adam Lerner
Adam Lerner is the director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In From Russia with Doubt, he follows the trail of 181 unauthenticated artworks presumed to be masterpieces of the Russian avant-garde. This is the true story of two unassuming collectors, a museum director, and the uphill battle that is fine art authentication.
Shadow Type presents a broad spectrum of examples—advertising, shop signs, billboards, posters, type-specimen books—featuring the most popular, rare, and (nearly) forgotten dimensional letters from Europe and the United States. Compiled by the leading historian of graphic design Steven Heller and renowned graphic designer Louise Fili. Hardcover available this September from PAPress!
A peek at our forthcoming Pattern Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Contemporary Pattern Designers, created with the Textile Arts Center in New York. Available later this summer.
Whether for companionship, religious congress, protest, seating, or comfort, sitting communally remains one of the most powerful and prevalent of human social activities. This simple act held special significance in numerous utopian communities that emerged in nineteenth-century America, and was given physical presence in the form of a variety of styles of wooden benches. Fascinated by these expressions of harmony and equality, renowned British artist Francis Cape crafted meticulous recreations and measured drawings of remaining examples. Book available this Spring.
A recent arrival at 37 E 7th St — advance copies of Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This hardcover book features fifty of the museum’s most eccentric objects, including a chunk broken off Plymouth Rock (pictured, top), a lock of Andrew Jackson’s hair (bottom), a dish towel used as a the flag of truce to end the Civil War, the microphones used by FDR for his Fireside Chats, and the chairs that seated Nixon and Kennedy in their 1960 television debate.
Written by William L. Bird, Jr, a historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Bird is also the author of Holidays on Display and Paint By Number, both from PAPress.
The Designer Says, the next book in our “Words of Wisdom” series, coming this spring from Princeton Architectural Press.
Just in! Advance copies of Draw Your Own Alphabets—a workbook to whip your lettering skills into shape. The book showcases a variety of hand-drawn fonts and provides helpful tips for turning your own bespoke alphabets into digital type.
Coming March 20 to a bookstore near you. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for some ferocious doodling!
Landprints advances arrived today! Beautiful landscapes by Bernard Trainor & Associates - books available this Spring.
Arriving in the U.S. next month, Autonomy collects the covers of all 118 issues of Anarchy, a journal published in London in the 1960s. Anarchy had many and diverse contributors, but its main author, Colin Ward, used the journal to propel ideas of mutual aid and autonomous organization outside the centralized state. The covers were designed mostly by Rufus Segar, and they illustrate a sample of the history of graphic design in Britain during those years.