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Launch of New Museums in China … in China!
Join author Clare Jacobson at either of these events for a talk and book signing.
Thursday, December 5 at 12:30-1:30pm
China International Exhibition Center, Beijing
Saturday, December 7, 4-6pm
Rockbund Art Museum, YWCA Building, Shanghai
Photos above: Chaoyang Urban Planning Museum in Beijing
Opening reception: Thursday, November 14, 7–9 pm
7–8 pm: conversation about the book with author Adam Lerner and Cabinet magazine’s Sina Najaf
8–9 pm: reception and book signing
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
In 2010, Adam Lerner, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, did something unheard of in the museum world: he mounted a large exhibition of paintings without first knowing whether they were real or fake. Painted in the Suprematist and Constructivist styles of early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde masters, the 181 canvases had been acquired by amateur collectors Ron and Roger Pollard from a mysterious seller in Germany. The man, who they met on eBay, claimed that the paintings had been found in an abandoned shipping container held in German customs since the 1980s.
This event—which celebrates the publication of From Russia with Doubt, (Princeton Architectural Press)—Lerner’s book on the making of the exhibition and the stakes involved with showing unauthenticated artworks also marks the opening of an exhibition co-organized by MCA Denver and Cabinet featuring a selection of paintings from the Pollards’ collection. The evening will include a discussion with Lerner about the value of inauthenticity and the benefits of not knowing within the modern cultural institution.
Exhibition dates: November 18–29, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving)
Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday, 12–6 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Cabinet
Our vintage-inspired Pocket Dept. notebooks are featured in New York Magazine this week as part of their “Best Bets/New Stuff” section! Available in a multi-pack and as individual 3-packs, they’re made to fit a range of pockets (shirt, pants, backpack, messenger bag). Start jotting down your on-the-go thoughts today.
Book Party — Tuesday, October 8th!
Please join us tomorrow night for the official book launch of Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, by Sarah Trigg (The Goldminer Project), published by Princeton Architectural Press.
4-6 Grand Street, Soho, NYC
Signed copies of the book will be available
Music by Polka-dot
The latest installment in our Words of Wisdom series is now available.
“No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan has ever had the power that a filmmaker has: the power to talk to hundreds of millions of people for two hours in the dark.” —Frank Capra (1897–1991)
Graphic Design Internship
Princeton Architectural Press, East Village, New York City
Bunker: Unloaded, Edizioni Periferia, 2003. From the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.
A fascinating alternative approach to understanding art—includes 100 artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, and performance artists, among others) from the established to those beginning their careers. Artists include William Wegman, Pat Steir, John Baldessari, Carol Bove, Rashid Johnson, Peter Halley, Fred Tomaselli, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, Michelle Grabner, Tauba Auerbach, Theaster Gates, Dana Schutz, and David Altmejd, among many others. Available now.
This “Red Cat Typography Pamphlet,” printed in 1992 in Vineburg, California, represents chapter 18 from Theodore Low De Vinne’s Correct Composition. First published in 1901, “Errors of the Press” describes the myriad ways things can (and do) go wrong in the publishing process, from author to bookbinder.
“Errors of the press is a convenient phrase, for it carries with it a vague notion that there is in the methods or machinery of printing a perverse tendency to the making of mistakes which are due more to the process than to the man. What is meant by the press is not clear: it seems to be a factor apart from the man, for it is seldom any helper of the press confesses that ‘the mistake is mine.’ … That no one should be held responsible for some forms of misprint (another convenient phrase) is a comfortable doctrine for the authors, compositors, and proof-readers who work with haste and negligence, for the press is inanimate and cannot respond. The silent are always wrong.”
From the Design Dept. bookshelf. (Fact: the De Vinne Press Building is around the corner from our office.)
“In many ways, Prospect Park is Brooklyn, a melting pot of immigrants and longtime residents, athletes and readers, artists and bankers. It is a place for our quietest reflections or our happiest celebrations. And like Brooklyn, the whole of Prospect Park is even greater than the sum of these wonderful parts.”
—Spike Lee, film director
The book is available now!
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!
First edition of the classic Modern and Historical Typography (1946). English edition published by Paul A. Struck, New York. From the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.
A Guide to Archigram 1961–74, by Dennis Crompton, is a compact history showcasing the groups most interesting and influential schemes, from walking cities and plug-in universities to inflatable dwellings and free time nodes. This book, the most comprehensive guide to Archigram’s voluminous output, collects the critical responses of the period, in addition to hundreds of drawings and photographs. Available now from PAPress.
Happy Birthday Tibor! Vintage Poster Available
July 6th marks the birth of Tibor Kalman, the legendary art director and co-founder of M&Co, who sadly passed away in 1999. PAPress published his iconic monograph (Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist) in 2000, which is still available a few places on-line. Recently discovered in the PAPress archives is a very limited number of rare vintage promo posters (27 x 39 in., slightly dog-eared, good condition) and we’re now able to offer these for $20 on a first-come first-serve basis. E-mail us for more info.
Souvenir Statue of Liberty
One of the first models of Liberty Enlightening the World cast in the United States. Often described as the American Committee Model, this statuette was produced in the tens of thousands. It was sold to subscribers to finance the construction of a pedestal for the original, full-size statue. The miniature statues were produced in six- and twelve-inch sizes. The campaign turned the figure into a household souvenir while raising more than enough money for the construction of the monumental stone pedestal through which visitors ascend to the statue’s crown and torch. From the book: Souvenir Nation.