August 2012 Archives

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show Wrap Up

Baltimore, Md. (August 29, 2012) — The 32nd Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show attracted thousands of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world over the past weekend. More than 575 outstanding exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields, offered an extensive array of internationally acclaimed merchandise. Dubai, Brussels, Beijing, Russia and London were among the countries represented on the show floor as major purchases were recorded throughout the weekend.

Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country and one of the only shows to include an antiquarian book fair, consisting of more than 90 dealers. With a forward-thinking outlook on the antiques, fine art, and jewelry industries, the Palm Beach Show Group has transformed the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show into one of the most anticipated events of the year for both dealers and collectors.
The Grolier Club is pleased to present a groundbreaking examination of the legacy of Italian-language publishing in pre-war America.  Opening to the public on September 20, Strangers in a Strange Land will showcase a wide range of literary works that entertained, educated and inflamed an Italian-language audience during a period of critical historical development. Drawn from the collection of James J. Periconi, nearly 150 books, pamphlets, broadsides, photographs and documents will illuminate this little-known literary field, which wielded a lively social influence for generations.

The commonplace that all Italian immigrants to America immediately began to learn the English language, exclusively, for reading, writing and speaking is not entirely true. This exhibition provides a broad and representative sample of a once thriving Italian-language American book publishing industry that flourished in the U.S., especially in the fifty years before World War II, with its beginnings earlier in the nineteenth century. 
Kansas City, MO. Aug. 30, 2012—The photography exhibition Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens opens Sept. 12 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Featuring works that date from the 1850s to the present day, this show explores the many ways photography has expanded our centuries-old fascination with the marvelous, unusual, unexpected, exotic, extraordinary or rare.

“In the 16th and 17th centuries, Cabinets of Curiosities functioned like small museums. They were assembled by their owners to reflect the fascination with science and art,” said Jane Aspinwall, associate curator of photography. “Photography has always emphasized that relationship: specimens are typically used for scientific study, but they can also be considered works of art.” 
Amherst, MA (August 27, 2012) — For the first time, Eric Carle’s fans will have a chance to see the remarkable variety of paintings, sculptures, and personal sketches that the artist has been making privately for more than 60 years. Best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than 70 other picture books, Carle created a significant and varied body of artwork that was never intended for book publication. Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle will open September 30th and run through February 24, 2013 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art in Amherst, MA; it will then travel to the Tacoma Art Museum in the spring of 2013. Filmmaker Kate Geis interviewed Carle about his independent art and his influences. The short film she created will accompany the exhibition catalog.
 
“Every day we meet guests drawn here from all over the world because of their love for the iconic work of our founder,” said The Carle’s Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy. “We are delighted to show the other side of Eric’s artistic life. This exhibition reveals the full range of Eric’s talents and imagination, his influences and his experience, giving us all a chance to better understand the man who has been one of the most influential illustrators of our age.” 
On September 13th, 2012, PBA Galleries in San Francisco will present a premier offering of rare and important books and manuscript materials, the greatest single gathering it has ever had at auction. The catalogue of Rare Books & Manuscripts: The Property of Jane Hohfeld Galante & Other Owners comprises 137 select lots from the 14th through 20th centuries, including landmarks of science, medicine, philosophy, literature, and culture, ranging from a manuscript of the Opera of the 5th century neo-Platonist Dionysius Areopagite, to early letters from 20th century drug icon Timothy Leary, with William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, Charles Darwin, James Joyce, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Mann and many others represented.
 
Perhaps the most spectacular item in the auction, in terms of both rarity and visual impact, is William Bradford’s The Arctic Regions, Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland, 1873, with 141 mounted original albumen photographs in a massive folio bound in elaborate gilt-tooled full morocco. An artist of the Hudson River School, Bradford gained the sponsorship of railroad magnate and financier Le Grand Lockwood to outfit an expedition to the frozen north, to make sketches as the basis for paintings, in addition to exploration. To assist in this endeavor he hired two professional photographers from Boston, John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson, who exposed hundreds of wet-plate collodion negatives under extremely harsh freezing conditions. Once back in his studio, Bradford used the sketches and photographs to create many fine, finished paintings. In 1871 and 1872 Bradford exhibited the paintings and sketches in England to great acclaim, and attracted the patronage of Queen Victoria. This prompted Bradford to plan publication of an album of photographs, and when Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family added their names as subscribers (at a cost of 25 guineas apiece), the “album” was transformed into a lavish publication, with a text combining sober scientific observation with romantic hyperbole. Three hundred copies were proposed (some sources say 350), although it is thought that significantly fewer were actually published. The result is a magnificent tome, one of the most spectacular photographically illustrated books, and the greatest of all illustrated books on the Arctic. It is expected to sell for between $140,000 and $180,000.
 
One of the great landmarks of English literature is also a key lot in the auction, the second folio edition of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies, 1632, the first printing, first issue in the rare Aspley imprint. A consortium of booksellers sponsored the publication, with Aspley being one of the minor partners, hence he was allocated fewer copies than the main partners. The present copy, complete including the title-page with Shakespeare’s portrait and the rare “Effigies” leaf, containing the first appearance in print of any work of John Milton’s, is finely bound by Riviere. The estimate is $200,000/300,000.
 
Another rarity in the auction is the first edition in German of the Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel, 1493, the most extensively illustrated of all 15th century books, presenting the history of the world from the Creation to the time of publication. Published just six months after the first (Latin) edition, the marvelous work includes double-page maps of the World and Europe, numerous city views, events from the Bible, pictures of human monstrosities, portraits of Kings, Queens, saints and martyrs, and allegorical pictures of miracles. The pre-sale estimate is $100,000/150,000.
 
Other highlights in the auction include Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, two volumes, 1776, the first edition, in rare untrimmed state, estimate $100,000/150,000; a 14th century Latin manuscript on vellum of the Opera of Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite, the 5th century Neo-Platonist, the cornerstone texts harmonizing Christianity with the Platonic Philosophy, $80,000/120,000; Charles Darwin's copy of Thomas Bewick's A History of British Birds, 2 volumes, signed by him on each title-page, dated 1840, the time when he was in the process of formulating his Theory of Evolution, $60,000/90,000; Thomas Mann's Der Tod in Venedig (“Death in Venice”), the true first edition, one of 100 copies, 1912, this being a unique copy reserved for the publisher with specially printed colophon and special binding, $25,000/35,000; Rare collection of love letters from a young Howard Hughes, written to silent film star Billie Dove, with whom he had a widely publicized affair in the early 1930s, $50,000/80,000; Peter Apianus' landmark world map, Tipus Orbis Universalis, 1520, the earliest obtainable map to name America, instrumental in solidifying that name for the New World, $30,000/50,000; Autograph manuscript leaf from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, with highly important content relating to his first book and his Transcendentalist philosophy, $25,000/35,000; The Viridarium chymicum of Daniel Stolcius, 1624, the rarest and most richly illustrated emblem book of alchemy, with 103 copper-engraved plates, $25,000/35,000; Archive of correspondence from Timothy Leary to his childhood friend William Scanlon spanning his high school, college, and West Point years, offering great insight into the formative years of one of the most influential figures of the 1960s, $15,000/20,000; First editions in English of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, 1611 & c.1615, the translation of George Chapman, in their combined issue, $30,000/50,000; and Isaac Newton’s The Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series, a key work on calculus, a rare untrimmed large paper copy of the first edition, $40,000/60,000.
 
The catalogue is published on the PBA website, www.pbagalleries.com, and also on www.liveauctioneers.com. Printed copies of the catalogue may be ordered from PBA Galleries, or PDFs of the catalogue can be downloaded directly. For more information on the items being offered, or on bidding in the auction, please contact Shannon Kennedy at pba@pbagalleries.com.
 
About PBA Galleries
PBA Galleries of San Francisco is the only west-coast auction house specializing in books & manuscripts, maps & atlases. The company offers private and heirloom libraries at auction, providing clients with a staff of professional appraisers, online and printed catalogues, and bi-monthly auctions where participants can bid in person, by phone, fax, e-mail, and in real-time by signing up at the PBA Galleries website.
 
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Boston, Mass - August 2012 - Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, September 7th in two sessions at its Boston gallery. The prints and photography portion of the sale will begin at 12 p.m.; the painting and sculpture portion will begin at 4 p.m.

Fine Prints
The Skinner Fine Prints department offers a broad array of fine prints, photography, and multiples spanning the 17th to 21st centuries. The September sale will feature an excellent assortment of works and is highlighted by Spanish artist Joan Miró’s La Fronde (lot 147, estimated between $20,000 and $30,000).

Works by Roy Lichtenstein are also well represented. Highlights include Pyramids (lot 124, $7,000 to $9,000), commissioned for the Print Collectors of the Friends of Art, Kansas City, Missouri - a group associated with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Shipboard Girl from 1965 (lot 122, $7,000 to $9,000), and the quintessential Lichtenstein cartoon pop-art piece titled . . . Huh? (lot 125, $7,000 to $9,000).

Photography
Ansel Adams’s Dawn, Autumn, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee from 1948 (lot 211, $8,000 to $12,000) is one of an impressive group of works by the artist to be featured. Others include Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Monument from 1942 (lot 210, $4,000 to $6,000), and Dead Tree, Sunset Crater National Monument, Arizona from 1947 (lot 213, $3,000 to $5,000). Adams is recognized for his magnificent use of burning and dodging techniques to create the rich look of his iconic landscapes.

Four works by Henri Cartier-Bresson will be offered, including Abruzzo, Aquila from 1951 (lot 221, $8,000 to $10,000) and Bougival, Yvelines, France from 1956 (lot 222, $7,000 to $9,000). Cartier-Bresson sought the spontaneous and unscripted moments in life, and did so without any sort of manipulation of his images. He refused to use filters and rarely even cropped his compositions once he had taken the picture.

An interesting collection of surreal images by Jerry Uelsmann acquired from a private estate will be offered. The two untitled works include one depicting a double-spired stump (lot 252, $1,000 to $1,500) and another of a “floating tree” (lot 250, $1,000 to $1,500).

Fine Paintings
Fine paintings range from old masters to contemporary artists. The cover lot, Nude (Giverny) by Frederick Carl Frieseke (lot 614, $60,000 to $80,000), was painted during the artist’s first years in Giverny and demonstrates the influence of Impressionism, and, specifically, Renoir and Monet. Frieseke was a key figure of “The Giverny Group,” a cadre of American artists working in France in the early 20th century.

Willem Claesz Heda’s Still Life with Tazza, Peeled Lemon, and Roemer (lot 300, $30,000 to $50,000) is a fine example of the Dutch master’s skill at introducing a hint of disorder into the otherwise characteristically serene still life. Heda is known for keenly observed compositions rendered in delicate gray and silver tones, set against grey-green backgrounds. His works brilliantly capture the depth of textures and surfaces.

A number of beautiful American still lifes, including fine examples from the Fall River School, will also be featured. Highlights include William Mason Brown’s Fruit Still Life En Plein Air (lot 438, $40,000 to $60,000) , Robert Spear Dunning’s Tabletop Still Life with Fruit (lot 439, $30,000 to $50,000) and Still Life with Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plum, Orange, and Grapes by Bryant Chapin (lot 440, $6,000 to $8,000).

The sale features a strong set of marine paintings from an important Cincinnati collection. Highlights include Queen of the Seas by William Bradford (lot 416, $120,000 to $180,000), U.S.S. Pennsylvania by Thomas Birch (lot 415, $20,000 to $30,000), and New Bedford Harbor at Sunset by Charles Henry Gifford (lot 414, $15,000 to $20,000).

Walasse Ting’s Milky Way (lot 712, $30,000 to $40,000) leads offerings of contemporary works. Ting was committed to Abstract Expressionism well beyond its heyday; however, his interpretation is uniquely lighthearted. Ting’s work makes use of Day-Glo colors and luscious subject matter. His joyful, life-affirming approach presents a more innocent view of the world than those of his close friends Karel Appel and Pierre Alechinsky. Ting’s world is filled with simple pleasures and natural themes: a summer rainstorm, a field of flowers, or constellations in the sky, as shown in the present work.

A notable pencil drawing by the visionary outsider artist Martin Ramirez, Untitled, depicts a deer (lot 718, $120,000 to $140,000). After living as a poor farmer in Mexico, Ramirez immigrated to California where he worked on railroads and mines. Institutionalized and diagnosed as manic-depressive, Ramirez was a self-taught artist who often drew pictures to send to his family back in Mexico.

Fine Sculpture
Sculpture offerings are highlighted by an impressive grouping by Frenchman Antoine-Louis Barye. One example, Lion au serpent (lot 357, $10,000 to $15,000) demonstrates Barye’s abilities as a keen observer of animals and is illustrative of his mastery of detail.

Other noteworthy sculptures include Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s bronze Play Days (lot 612, $12,000 to $18,000) and Paul Howard Manship’s Young Minerva (lot 613, $30,000 to $50,000). In 1911, Manship was immersed in three years of study at the American Academy in Rome, having been awarded the American Prix de Rome in 1909. He returned to New York in the fall of 1912. In February of 1913, the American Academy in Rome presented an exhibition of works by Manship and two other Fellows at The Architectural League in New York, where Manship showed ten pieces done in Rome, including Young Minerva, to critical acclaim.

Previews, Catalogue and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday, September 6, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., and Friday, September 7, 2012, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Department Director, Robin Starr, will offer a gallery walk of selected works on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The gallery walk will begin at 6:00 p.m. preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/art-walk-sept7.

Illustrated catalogue #2609B is available from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinner-Inc-Department-of-American-and-European-Paintings-and-Prints/126191337613.

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.
 
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Glenn Horowitz Presents:
Rock and Roll Shrink - Record Release
Andy Warhol Album Covers - Exhibition Preview

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will host Peter Dayton’s rocknrollshrink record release on September 2, 2012 6-8pm, concurrent with a preview of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Album Covers.

Rocknrollshrink is a compilation of Peter Dayton’s ongoing psychological exploration of multigenerational recollections related to the democratic institution of rock and roll.  In the grooves of this clear vinyl 12'' 45rpm is an edited archive of recordings from Dayton’s participatory performances wherein the artist assumes the role of an unlicensed psychiatrist and explores the impact of music on his patients’ psyche and personal past. The artist recorded these conversations at venues such as fordPROJECT, GREY AREA JMC@Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, where performances occurred spontaneously throughout the exhibitions with resulting testimonials such as: “Rock and Roll destroyed my life,” John, 43 years old and “My Uncle gave me Blonde on Blonde when I was eight…so there ya go,” Katrina, age unknown, “Rock and Roll is about fucking, that’s what it means” Eric 51 years old.

Founder of the seminal 70’s punk band La Peste, Peter Dayton has explored the intersection between visual art and rock music for decades.  Years in the making, this vinyl culmination of rocknrollshrink is a mashup of art object, performance and an archive of a punk rock anthropological experiment.
The 12” 45rpm with artist designed cover and label is available in an edition of 300. The record includes a liner note insert with the names of patients on the album. For those who don’t own a record player, an mp3 will be available for download at www.6decadesbooks.com

ANDY WARHOL: ALBUM COVERS, Exhibition Preview

Everyone who knows anything about Andy Warhol is aware he began as a designer/illustrator, but lesser known is the fact that his success as an illustrator began when his arrival in New York City overlapped with the marketing of the long play record in 1949. This complete collection, 60 in total, ranges from the Stone’s ubiquitous Sticky Fingers zipper cover, to the full page blotted line drawings found in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Acts I & II. A rare opportunity to view this collection in full, this exhibition will preview on September 2nd, 6-8pm and run through September 24.

Washington, DC—Since 1909, major artists from nearly every art movement have co-opted, mimicked, defused, undermined, memorialized, and rewritten newspapers. Shock of the News will examine the myriad manifestations of the "newspaper phenomenon" through 65 collages, paintings, drawings, sculptures, artists' newspapers, prints, and photographs by European and American artists, from F. T. Marinetti and Pablo Picasso to the Guerrilla Girls and Robert Gober. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, East Building, from September 23, 2012, through January 27, 2013, the exhibition will also include the large-scale multimedia installation To Mallarmé (2003) by Mario Merz. With two exceptions, the 60 artists in the exhibition will each be represented by one exemplary work.

"Artists pursuing various agendas have transformed the disposable daily paper into compelling works of art. Shock of the News promises to shape our understanding of modern artists' responses to the newspaper," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "Although a handful of recent exhibitions have explored the topic, this is the first to offer a systematic examination of the newspaper as both a material and subject in modern and contemporary art over the course of a century."

Exhibition Organization and Support

The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation. It is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Exhibition

Arranged chronologically, Shock of the News traces the development of the newspaper phenomenon from 1909 to 2009 and demonstrates its remarkable ability to adapt to and shift with the times while remaining vital to the present.

On February 20, 1909, Marinetti's futurist manifesto appeared on the front page of Le Figaro, and soon after this Picasso included a fragment of real newspaper into the collage Guitar, Sheet Music, and Glass (1912) (widely considered the first self-consciously modern work of art to incorporate newspaper). While the aims of Marinetti and Picasso were poles apart, their seminal efforts marked the beginning of a trend: visual artists began to think about the newspaper more broadly—as a means of political critique, a collection of ready-made news to appropriate and manipulate, a source of language and images, a typographical grab bag, and more.

The exhibition opens with the two key pieces by Marinetti and Picasso. Other works in this room attest to how quickly the trend spread, encompassing both Europe and the United States. These include works by leading artists from early avant-garde movements such as cubism, futurism, and Dada, such as a superb cubist still life by Juan Gris, a militant work by the futurist Carlo Carrà, and an early Dada collage by Man Ray.

Also on view will be a striking photomontage by Hannah Höch, Von Oben (From Above) (1926), Arthur Dove's renowned The Critic (1925), and John Heartfield's scornful photomontage, reproduced in a Berlin illustrated newspaper in 1930, showing a lumpish man with his head wrapped in pages from Vorwärts, the Social Democratic Party's official paper, and Tempo, a mass-market tabloid. Heartfield's criticism was targeted both at the party and the press, and his message—spelled out in a boldface caption—could not have been more explicit: "Whoever reads bourgeois newspapers goes blind and deaf."

Spanning World War II to the 1980s, many of the works in the second room use the newspaper to report on events and convey political messages. In a 16-foot-long scroll-like painting, Stalingrad (Victory in the East) (1943-1944), Hans Richter incorporated actual news articles to trace the Battle of Stalingrad from onset to conclusion. Jean Dubuffet's cryptic Message: La clef est sous le volet (Message: The key is under the shutter) (1944), with words scrawled on a piece of scrap newspaper, evokes a sense of urgency, and was made while France was still under German occupation. Emory Douglas' All Power to the People (1969) depicts a young boy hawking Black Panther newspapers. Laurie Anderson literally wove together front pages of the New York Times and China Times in 1976, calling attention to Sino-American relations. This room also features outstanding artists' newspapers, including Salvador Dalí's Dali News (1945), a newspaper with items devoted entirely to Dalí, and Yves Klein's Dimanche—Le journal d'un seul jour (Sunday—The newspaper for a single day) (1960).

Robert Rauschenberg, renowned for his use of non-traditional materials, first incorporated newspaper into paintings while at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. There he began a series of so-called black paintings that typically include newspaper—either totally obscurring it or allowing some legibility—as seen in Untitled (Asheville Citizen) (c. 1952).

Room three of the exhibition highlights the variety of approaches that artists have taken in recent decades. Sarah Charlesworth's Modern History: April 21, 1978 (1978) tracks a single photograph of the kidnapped former Italian prime minister, Aldo Moro, on the front page of 45 different newspapers. Eliminating all headlines, captions, and articles, Charlesworth presents visual proof that newspapers construct different "pictures" of the same event. For Eninka 22 (1986) John Cage ran burning newspapers and a blank sheet of paper through a printing press; all that remains of the burned newsprint are incomprehensible letters and words that offset onto the blank sheet.

In works from 1991 and 1992, Robert Gober tampered with images and texts published in the New York Times, testing the viewer's ability to discern fact from fiction. For Felix Gonzalez-Torres' conceptual work "Untitled" (1991), identical prints, each featuring excerpts from two New York Times articles will be stacked on the floor for visitors to take. The excerpts, which present contradictory views on the practice of law enforcement profiling, are printed separately on the front and back of each sheet, much like a newspaper, where an opinion on one side of a page might contradict another on its reverse.

Spanning nearly 24 feet, To Mallarmé (2003), a late signature work by Mario Merz, is installed on the Mezzanine near the entrance to the exhibition. The artist, a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, lined up stacks of Italian and Arabic dailies from March 2003, when President George W. Bush issued an ultimatum before the invasion of Iraq. On top of the stacks, in blue neon light, the title of an 1897 poem by Stéphane Mallarmé unfolds: "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard," which is translated "a throw of the dice never will abolish chance."

In The Good News / Al Arab Al Yawm, 8/6/2008 (2008-2009) Jim Hodges coated every page of a newspaper published in Amman, Jordan, with 24k gold. Though this practice may seem contradictory, it is in keeping with Picasso's elevation of the lowly newspaper into the realm of high art in 1912.

Exhibition Curator, Catalogue, and Related Activities

The exhibition was conceived by Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Published by the National Gallery of Art in association with Lund Humphries, the 208-page fully illustrated exhibition catalogue includes essays by Brodie; Sarah Boxer, critic and reporter, Slate and the New York Review of Books; Janine Mileaf, art historian and director, Arts Club of Chicago; Christine Poggi, professor of modern and contemporary art and criticism, University of Pennsylvania; and Matthew Witkovsky, curator and chair of the department of photography, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The catalogue will be available in September for purchase in the Gallery Shops in hardcover. To order, please visit our website at www.nga.gov/shop; call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; or e-mail mailorder@nga.gov.

The catalogue has been made possible, in part, by the Corinne H. Buck Charitable Lead Trust.

Judith Brodie will present two lectures on the exhibition: "Mme Lesbos was run over by a tourist omnibus drawn by six horses. It happened in Versailles": Artists and the Modern Newspaper on September 10, at 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.; and Introduction to the Exhibition—"Shock of the News" on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m.

In addition to the full-color exhibition catalogue, the Gallery Shops will feature a selection of titles about many of the artists featured in Shock of the News. The Shops will also offer gift items that incorporate newsprint, including a variety of totes, stationery, and a laptop case.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

Dallas, TX: The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, the largest and most important fine art show in the Southwest, will return to Dallas November 8-12, 2012. The highly anticipated show has evolved as the Fall event of the season, attracting notable guests, respected dealers, and featuring over 200,000 of the most prestigious fine art, antique and jewelry items in the world.

Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place on November 8-12, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. General admission to the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is $15 daily or $25 for a four-day pass. For additional information about the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, please visit www.dallasfallshow.com.

About the Palm Beach Show Group
Recognized as the nation's leading producer of premiere jewelry, art and antique shows, the Palm Beach Show Group owns and operates the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (February 15-19, 2013), widely recognized as the largest show of its kind in the United States, as well as the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (August 23-26, 2012), the DALLAS International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (November 8-12, 2012), the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (February 7-11, 2013) in West Naples, Florida and the newly acquired Los Angeles Art Show (January 23-27, 2012). For additional information about the Palm Beach Show Group, please visit www.palmbeachshow.com. 

MOMA's New Photography Exhibit

NEW YORK, August 2012—The Museum of Modern Art presents the 27th annual New Photography exhibition, from October 3, 2012 through February 4, 2013, in The Robert and Joyce Menschel Gallery. This year, the exhibition features the work of New York-based Michele Abeles, Shanghai-based collaborative Birdhead, New York-based Anne Collier, Los Angeles-based Zoe Crosher, and Zurich-based, Iranian-born Shirana Shahbazi, who each examine and expand the conventional definitions of photography. They challenge photography as a representational medium, explore the process of picture making, exploit the proliferation of images in a media-saturated world, and blur the lines between photography and other artistic disciplines. The exhibition is organized by Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography.
 
The five artists in New Photography 2012 have different working methods and pictorial modes, ranging from abstract to representational, but natural relationships among their separate bodies of work are revealed in the work shown here. Anne Collier and Zoe Crosher make pictures from other images in order to examine the ways that meaning and cultural values are embedded in photographs. The studio pictures of Michele Abeles and Shirana Shahbazi are the result of processes involving collection, assembly, and in-camera manipulation. Birdhead’s obsessive photographic chronicling resonates with Crosher’s re-consideration of an existing archive. These connections, among many others, reveal the artists’ common strategies and their individual approaches to related ideas.

Michele Abeles (American, b. 1977)
Michele Abeles’s studio constructions combine common objects—wine bottles, terra-cotta pots, newspapers, and printed fabrics—with nude males, to create images that renegotiate the creative process of studio photography. Attempting to strip her objects from symbolic or narrative associations, Abeles’s uses props that are familiar, generic, and even bland. Her male models are positioned like mannequins, often posed so their bodies are truncated by the frame. Titles such as Red, Rock, Cigarettes, Newspaper, Body, Wood, Lycra, Bottle (2011), which inventories the items in the photograph, are used to further emphasize their generic quality.

In Abeles’s pictures, space appears flattened, often with a confusing scale and spatial relationships. Much of this trickery occurs in the studio and in camera—the artist places colored gels over Plexiglas in front of her lens to produce geometric and fragmented layers that mimic digital post-production manipulation. In 2012, responding to the consumption of images in our media-saturated era, Abeles began making photographs employing digital tools. These works refer to how we view images today, often on a computer screen—a flattened space cluttered with layered windows. One example, #4 (2012) recalls the swipe mechanism on an iPad or iPhone, with a cropped image on the left suggesting a picture in mid-swipe or an image outside of the photographic frame. Symptomatic of the endless recirculation of images today, Abeles uses elements from her older photographs to make new work, as in Progressive Substitution Drills (2012), where a rock, printed fabric, and newspaper a scrap of newspaper from earlier photographs appear, binding the two works together.

Birdhead (Ji Weiyu, Chinese, b. 1980; and Song Tao, Chinese, b. 1979)
Ji Weiyu and Song Tao work together under the collective name Birdhead, making photographs of their hometown of Shanghai. Like the metropolis itself, their photographs are teeming with energy—within the large grid of pictures, no image or narrative is given preference. Birdhead's snapshot-like photographs chronicle the social fabric of the city and capture seemingly unremarkable encounters in daily life, including the natural environment found among the urban landscape. Potted plants, a bonsai, overgrown bushes, and a knotted tree trunk are presented alongside images of newly constructed bridges, detritus lapping at the shore of the Huangpu River, traditional dwellings dwarfed by new apartment towers, and the distinctive landmark of the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower. Included are images of friends and strangers they encounter in their wanderings around the city. At the center of the grid is a self-portrait of Birdhead, emphasizing how their view of Shanghai is rooted in personal and shared experiences of the city.

In many of their installations, Birdhead include classic Chinese poems by photographing Chinese characters found on the streets and locations around Shanghai. Presented in traditional mahogany frames and reminiscent of scrolls in their vertical format, photographs of eight characters constitute a verse from a poem (translated as And so, with joy in my heart, I hum this song) written in 207 CE by Han Dynasty warlord and poet Cao Cao, linking China’s past to the present.

Birdhead’s compulsive picture making mirrors contemporary culture’s saturation of images and fascination with self-documentation via social networking sites and mobile applications. However, Birdhead eschews digital technology in favor of analog cameras.

Anne Collier (American, b. 1970)
Anne Collier juxtaposes an almost conventional approach to still-life photography with techniques of appropriation to create her meticulously arranged compositions. Photographed against flat, plain surfaces in her studio, Collier’s found objects—record covers, magazine pages, appointment calendars, and postcards—reveal her interest mass media and pop culture materials from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Informed as much by West Coast Conceptual art as by commercial product photography and advertising, her deadpan pictures (which are often humorous and subtly self-reflexive) present a set of formal and psychological associations that frame recurrent tensions of power and gender.

The works in this display investigate the culture of photography, the conventions of the genre of nude photography, and the act of seeing. Woman with Cameras #1, featuring a two-page spread from a 1970s trade publication, illustrates the often-gendered nature of photographic culture during that era, when objectified female subjects were used to sell photography products to a predominately male audience.

Collier’s still lifes highlight the materiality of photographic reproduction and the deployment of images within print culture, now increasingly rendered obsolete by digital technologies. Deeply invested in the history of photography as a medium of art and intellectual inquiry, Collier’s work questions and recontextualizes the often clichéd language of popular imagery, alternately suggesting biographical history and a more widespread nostalgic attraction to found material.

Zoe Crosher (American, b. 1975)
In The Michelle duBois project, Zoe Crosher assembles a variety of tourist and other posed images that inhabit the space between fantasy and documentary. Drawn from an obsessively assembled collection of self-portraits by Michelle duBois, one of many aliases of an all-American girl from Oklahoma and occasional escort, Crosher has re-photographed, scanned, enlarged, altered, and re-edited duBois' amateur pictures from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s to create complicated and alternate narratives that serve to frame her relationship with her subject and with photography at large.

A woman with a penchant for self-display, duBois photographed herself in a variety of guises and emulated classic tropes of femininity for the camera. In these images—some taken by friends and clients, some by strangers, others studio portraits—duBois presents herself alternately as the 1930s actress and sex symbol, Mae West; a sexy nurse in a starched white uniform; and a trench coat-clad femme fatale, mysteriously silhouetted in a doorway.

Throughout the duBois project, Crosher has manipulated the original images to emphasize the archive's tenuous physicality through an awareness of materials. The Mae Wested pictures have been crumpled, rephotographed, and printed on metallic paper, resulting in shimmering surfaces that evoke the silver screen. The fading in the multipart The Other Disappeared Nurse suggests the vanishing of identity, but also of analog photography. With this body of work, Crosher questions the possibilities of self-portraiture and representation, and the impossibility of knowing oneself even through an endless accumulation of images.

Shirana Shahbazi (German, b. Iran 1974)
Shirana Shahbazi makes photographs in classical art historical genres like portraiture, still life, and landscape, often translating and repeating her images in different media to question and expand the boundaries of photography. In the past, for instance, her photographic works have been transposed to hand-knotted carpets or painted as photorealistic billboards by artisans hired in her native Iran. More recently, Shahbazi has produced work that is architectural in scale to create installations comprising of multiple images hung on wallpaper, as seen in the site-specific installation at MoMA. This display features a repeated geometric pattern derived from one of her abstract photographs, printed as a lithograph and wrapped around the center wall of the gallery like wallpaper.

Alternating between abstraction and representation, Shahbazi’s vividly colored pictures are made in the crisp style of commercial studio photography and without the aid of digital tools. Her abstract compositions are achieved through photographing geometric volumes and pedestals, whose sides are painted various colors. Sometimes she makes multiple exposures of the same set of volumes, turning the blocks or volumes between exposures to create a dynamic interplay between surface and depth, resulting in a sumptuous field of geometric color and pattern. Shahbazi arranges her pictures in astonishing combinations to further probe the construction of photographic meaning. Shahbazi’s arrangements draw similarities between pictures from seemingly different genres, and point to the structural parallels between outside and inside, organic and manufactured, and the natural and constructed landscape. Her photographs, translated into different media and arranged in different groupings each time they are shown, play with the viewer’s perception with every new iteration.

New Photography
Since its inception in 1985, New Photography has introduced the work of 89 artists from 17 countries. The annual fall series continues to highlight the Museum’s commitment to the work of less familiar artists, and seeks to represent the diversity and vitality of contemporary photography today.

LIVE STREAM TOUR:
A live-stream walkthrough of the exhibition will be guided by Eva Respini, Curator, Department of Photography, on October 16.

WEBSITE:
Accompanying New Photography 2012 is a dedicated website, MoMA.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/NewPhotography/, featuring an audio slideshow with artist commentary describing the works that appear in the exhibition.

AUDIO GUIDE:
An audio program accompanying New Photography 2012 features commentary by all artists in the exhibition. It is available at the Museum free of charge, courtesy of Bloomberg; on MoMA.org/wifi; and as a podcast on MoMA.org/audio or on iTunes. MoMA Audio is a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and Acoustiguide, Inc. Available in English only.

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Film Admission as of September 1, 2011: $12 adults; $10 seniors, 65 years and over with I.D.; $8 full-time students with current I.D. (for admittance to film programs only)
For Immediate Release—August 22, 2012
 
Lloyd Library and Museum (LLM) Proudly Announces
“The George Rieveschl, Jr. History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Exhibit”—
A New Permanent Exhibit Open to the Public September 24, 2012
 
                “The George Rieveschl, Jr. History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Exhibit” is LLM’s new permanent exhibit.  It features a patented Lloyd Cold Still built in Cincinnati and used at the University of Michigan and at AYSL Corporation; significant components of the Soxhlet extractor used by Drs. Monroe Wall and Mansukh Wani to isolate the anti-cancer drug Taxol® at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina; and, culminates with a look at the anti-allergen drug, Benadryl® and its creator, local Cincinnati scientist and philanthropist, George Rieveschl, Jr.  The exhibit also includes smaller historic pharmaceutical and chemical equipment from local companies Lloyd Brothers, Pharmacists, Inc. and Benet’s Pharmacy.  This exhibit was made possible through the generous support of:  The George Rieveschl, Jr. Book Fund; American Chemical Society—Cincinnati Chapter; American Society of Pharmacognosy Foundation; Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Foundation, AYSL Corporation, Research Triangle Institute; LLM’s Friends and Donors; Anonymous, Camden Foundation, In Memory of the Grabowski Family; Brian Hanson; and Benet’s Pharmacy.
                In conjunction with the opening of this exhibit is a rare books exhibit “The Magic and Myth of Alchemy,” which runs through November 17, 2012.  The featured historical texts on alchemy illustrate how the discipline helped develop the modern chemistry laboratory and fostered the scientific methods and pursuit of miracle cures that have aided in the development of today’s pharmaceutical chemistry.

LLM, located at 917 Plum Street, downtown Cincinnati, is a local and regional cultural treasure.  The library was developed in the nineteenth century by the Lloyd brothers—John Uri, Curtis Gates, and Nelson Ashley to provide reference sources for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Today the library is recognized worldwide by the scientific community as a vital research center. The library holds, acquires, and provides access to both historic and current materials on the subjects of pharmacy, botany, horticulture, herbal and alternative medicine, pharmacognosy, and related topics.  Although our collections have a scientific focus, they also have relevance to humanities topics, such as visual arts and foreign languages through resources that feature botanical and natural history illustrations, original artworks, and travel literature, thereby revealing the convergence of science and art.  The Lloyd is open to anyone with an interest in these topics.  Free parking is available for patrons and visitors behind the library building.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.
 
Lloyd Library and Museum
917 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-721-3707
http://www.lloydlibrary.org
Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open the third Saturday of the month, September through May, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact:  Maggie Heran, Executive Director
                Lloyd Library & Museum
                513-721-3707
                mheran@lloydlibrary.org
                                                                                                                
New York—On Thursday, September 13 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction devoted to Fine & Vintage Writing Instruments—the first sale the auction house has held of collectible pens. Swann—well known for auctions of books and manuscripts—will conduct semiannual auctions of select fountain pens from the early 20th century through the present, featuring limited edition and luxury pens from the most respected manufacturers as well as historic rarities.

The Writing Instruments department at Swann is headed by pen collector and historian Rick Propas, who has sold fine pens both on his own and working with another auction house.

The September 13 auction features the Chilton collection of William Baisden, which is the finest group of Chiltons ever offered at one time in one place. Best known for their innovative pneumatic fillers, Chilton’s most distinctive product was the Wing-Flow of the mid-1930s, which featured patterned gold and silver inlays against a modernist design. A Wing-Flow gold-filled fountain pen and mechanical pencil set—which is quite possibly one of a kind—is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Among the late model Golden Quills are an extremely uncommon translucent burgundy celluloid with a yellow translucent section ($1,000 to $1,500) and an excellent, unrestored blue celluloid ($1,200 to $1,800). There are also Crockers, Bostons, Long Islands, Chiltonians and more.

A fine selection of modern Limited Edition pens includes mint in box examples of the most highly sought-after Montblanc Patron of the Arts and Writers Editions, such as Friedrich II ($2,500 to $3,500); Alexander the Great ($2,000 to $3,000); and a pair of Catherine the Great and Peter the Great with matching serial numbers ($3,000 to $4,000).

By Montegrappa are a Luxor Blue Nile 750 with solid 18k gold overlay ($6,000 to $9,000); and a Silver Dragon with sterling silver overlay ($1,500 to $2,500).

The sale also features a choice selection of vintage Parkers including a pair of 16s ($400 to $600 and $800 to $1,200) and an abalone slab-sided 45, and a Snake 38 ($2,000 to $3,000 each). Among other vintage pens are early chased Aikens and Watermans, as well as a very fine red ripple Waterman 58 ($1,000 to $1,500); and an iconic 20 in black ($1,500 to $2,500). There is also a handful of later Parkers including Duofolds and Vacumatics; a pristine Empire State 51 set ($1,500 to $2,000); a T-1 titanium set ($400 to $600); and a Waterman Hundred Year set in the box ($600 to $900).

From Europe are early Montblanc Rouge et Noirs as well as later safety pens, overlays and Masterpiece models going up through the 1960s. In this group are multiple 129, 138, and 139s as well as black and colored 146s and 149s. Pelikans are represented by the iconic 110, 111 and Toledo models as well as tortoise and lizard 101 and 101Ns.

Italy is most strikingly represented by Aurora’s Asterope ($2,000 to $3,000) and Etiopia, which was created to commemorate the conquest of Ethiopia ($2,500 to $3,500), both in exquisite condition.  There are also oversize models from both Aurora and OMAS, not to mention pens from Ancora, Columbus, Tibaldi and others.

Rounding out the sale is choice handful of both modern and vintage Japanese maki-e urushi lacquer pens.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.

The writing instruments will be on public exhibition Saturday September 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, September 10 through Wednesday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make arrangements to leave a bid or to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Marco Tomaschett at (212) 254-4710, extension 12, or via e-mail at mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.

Booklyn Artists Alliance is pleased to announce the opening of DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books from around the World. A collaboration between the Booklyn Artists Alliance and the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, the exhibition is curated by Xu Bing, artist and Vice-President of the CAFAM, and Marshall Weber, artist and Directing Curator of Booklyn; it is the first major museum exhibition of contemporary international Artist Books in China.
 
A decade in the making, the DIAMOND LEAVES exhibition showcases over 200 masterpieces of the Artist Book form created by more than 100 visual artists, some well known and some emerging, who approach the creation of Artist Books as an interdisciplinary and multi-media practice. Using collage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and digital and social media, artists are creating books that provide us with complicated aesthetic experiences and push the boundaries of book design far beyond the limits of the conventional book's form. Just as photography liberated painting from its documentary function late in the 19th century, digital media has liberated the book from the burden of operating as a vehicle for text and data, spurring the renaissance of creative bookmaking celebrated in this exhibition.
 
Focusing on books created in the 21st century, the exhibit demonstrates how an Artist Book can function as both fine art and as an experimental laboratory for global visual language development. The exhibition consists of conceptually, materially and structurally ambitious hand-bound hardcover Artist Books published in limited editions of under 100. A secondary exhibit features inexpensive, image-based, softcover, populist, intimate, and artist-produced Zines and comic books published in editions of over 100. Other satellite exhibits contain examples of the early 20th century Soviet constructivist books that revolutionized book and typography design, and a small exquisite selection of antique European and Asian illustrated books that show the trajectory from older book forms to contemporary Artist Books.
 
FEATURED ARTISTS
Ryoko Adachi, John Cage, Chuck Close, Marcel DuChamp, Colette Fu, Guo Hongwei, Roy Lichtenstein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Robert Motherwell, Méret Oppenheim, Raymond Pettibon, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Veronika Schäpers, Kiki Smith, Jean Tinguely and over 100 other artists.



CATALOG

An accompanying full-color catalog published by ARTRON features essays by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress; David Senior, Librarian and Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, as well as both of the exhibition's curators.



DIAMOND LEAVES is sponsored by ARTRON, with generous loans of works from the Special Collections Division, Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey; John Koh of Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London, England; the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Artist's Books Collection; Stephen J. Beyer; and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 
 
DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books from around the World
SEPTEMBER 18 - OCTOBER 28, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 3PM - 6PM
 
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM)
No.8 Hua Jia Di Nan St., Chao Yang District, Beijing, China
 
For more information contact:
Marshall Weber at mweber[at]booklyn.org, 1-718-383-9621
or Gao Gao at gao.gao.msn[at]hotmail.com, 86-10-6477-1695
 
The Morgan Library & Museum's Fall 2012 Exhibition Schedule.

Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich
October 12, 2012-January 6, 2013

Two galleries will be devoted to this extraordinary exhibition of rarely-seen master drawings from the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, one of Europe’s most distinguished drawings collections. The Morgan’s organizing curators were granted unprecedented access to Munich’s vast repository of drawings, ultimately choosing one hundred masterworks that best represent the breadth, depth, and vitality of the collection. Dürer to de Kooning marks the first time the Graphische Sammlung has lent such a comprehensive and prestigious selection of works to a single exhibition.

Spanning the sixteenth through twentieth centuries, works on view will include drawings by such celebrated old masters as Mantegna, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Raphael, Titian, Dürer, Rubens, and Rembrandt; nineteenth-century sheets including those by van Gogh, Caspar David Friedrich, and Johann Friedrich Overbeck; and modern and contemporary works by Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, David Hockney, Georg Baselitz, and Sigmar Polke, among many others.
 
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
November 2, 2012-January 27, 2013

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other books by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) have become classics of children’s literature and represent one of the most successful publishing enterprises in the history of the British book trade. Yet Peter Rabbit began not as a commercial publishing venture but in a private letter to the son of a family friend, the whole story told in eight pages illustrated with pen-drawn vignettes. Potter wrote such picture letters throughout her career, many of them serving as the basis for some of the most beloved children’s books ever published.

Bringing together twenty picture letters from three major collections—the Morgan; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton—as well as loans from important American private collections, the exhibition will include Potter’s first picture letter, as well as the “Peter Rabbit” picture letter that eventually launched her publishing career. These and other picture letters will be exhibited with their related printed books, along with manuscripts, illustrations, and early merchandise inspired by the stories.
 

Fantasy and Invention:
Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing
November 16, 2012-February 3, 2013

This fall, the Morgan will be home to an important loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore: Rosso Fiorentino’s Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist. Executed around 1520 and one of only three paintings in America by this complex and mysterious artist, the Holy Family will serve as the centerpiece of a focused presentation of Florentine drawings from the Morgan’s collection.

Also represented in the exhibition are artists Andrea del Sarto and Fra Bartolommeo, the leading Florentine masters of the High Renaissance; Jacopo Pontormo, Giorgio Vasari, and Francesco Salviati—the next generation of painters who were, like Rosso, exponents of Mannerism, a stylistic idiom that placed a high premium on artifice, grace, and bizarre invention; the sculptor Baccio Bandinelli, Michelangelo’s self-professed rival; and the Medici court artist Agnolo Bronzino. These works will be complemented by a small selection of letters penned by leading artistic and literary personalities of the period, and a rare drawing by Rosso himself on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan’s private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets.

General Information
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405
212.685.0008
www.themorgan.org
Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station

Hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended Friday hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Admission
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.
The Library of Congress, in association with Levenger Press, is publishing a new scholarly book on two 16th-century maps that fundamentally changed the way the world was viewed. Scheduled for publication in October, "Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps" spotlights two of the Library’s cartographic treasures housed in the Geography and Map Division and reproduces them in the largest full-color formats ever authorized.

In "Seeing the World Anew," two leading authorities, both of whom have published extensively on the history of cartography, tell the stories of these maps, placing them in context of both the 16th and 21st centuries. John W. Hessler, a senior cartographic librarian at the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, provides the narrative for the 1507 map. Chet Van Duzer, an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library and recent Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress, provides the narrative for the 1516 map. Ralph E. Ehrenberg, chief of the Library’s Geography and Map Division, provides the book’s afterword.

The twelve sheets that comprise each map are reproduced in full color, and at 11 x 14 inches. Composites of both maps, approximately 4 feet by 2 feet long, are folded and pocketed into the book.

Both these maps disappeared after they were originally published and were lost to history until their rediscovery in 1901. The Library of Congress now owns the only extant copies.

The 1507 World Map is the first to apply the name "America" to the New World. The map depicts the Americas as "an island … surrounded on all sides by sea," to quote Waldseemüller. This rare item was housed for more than 350 years in the 16th-century castle belonging to the family of Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg at Wolfegg in southern Germany. The Library purchased the map in 2003. A climate-controlled encasement was constructed to allow the map to be on permanent display.

Waldseemüller’s 1516 map, called the "Carta marina" ("sea chart"), was equally groundbreaking, essentially discarding the ancient map models of Ptolemy for a more modern vision. The "Carta marina" is the first printed nautical chart of the world. It differs markedly from the 1507 World Map—the name "America" is omitted, the New World is said to be part of Asia (in accordance with Columbus’s theories), and the Pacific Ocean is not depicted.

The "Carta marina" came to the Library in 2004 with the donation of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica.

The inclusion of this world treasure in the Kislak Collection allows that document to rejoin the 1507 world map. Both are on display in the Library’s exhibition titled "Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection in the Library of Congress," on view since December 2007. It may be viewed online at myloc.gov/exhibitions/earlyamericas/.

"Seeing the World Anew" will be discussed by authors Hessler and Van Duzer at the National Book Festival, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Library of Congress Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Advance copies of the book will be sold exclusively at the National Book Festival, prior to its national release on Oct. 1. For more information about the festival, go to www.loc.gov/bookfest/.

"Seeing the World Anew," a 120-page hardcover book (11 x 14 inches) will be available for $85 from Levenger Press (www.levengerpress.com or 800-544-0880) and in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

Boston Book Collectors' Weekend

August 2012 - BOSTON, MA - The Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show, established 15 years ago by Bernice Bornstein as a satellite to the larger ABAA/ILAB Fair, is now managed by Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group. This independent show (not affiliated with the ABAA) will feature 70 book, print and ephemera dealers. Getman stated, "The first thing I did after I purchased the show was to hunt for a venue closer to the Hynes where we could establish roots. I was fortunate to find this newly renovated space only four blocks from the Hynes. I know that both sellers and buyers will be happy with the location.”

The 36th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored by the New England Chapter of the American Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), comes to the Hynes Convention Center November 16-18, 2012. Over 125 dealers from the United States, Europe, and South America will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books; illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints. Whether you are a collector or browser, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on travel, art, sports, gastronomy, gardening, natural history, science, literature, fashion, music, and children’s literature will all be available.

This year, both shows’ managers are collaborating to promote November 16-18 as Boston Book Collectors’ Weekend. Patrons who purchase an admission ticket for Saturday, November 17, to either of the two shows will receive a complimentary admission pass to the other show, good for entry on Saturday only.

Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show: For more information, call 781-862-4039 or visit www.bostonbookshows.com.
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston, MA - www.backbayeventscenter.com
Saturday, November 17     8:00am-4:00pm     $ 10  ticket (valid for Saturday admission to Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair)

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair: A portion of ticket sales from the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets available at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during show hours. For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit www.bostonbookfair.com.
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA - www.mccahome.com
Friday, November 16         5:00pm-9:00pm    $15 ticket (valid for entry throughout weekend)

Saturday, November 17        12:00pm-7:00pm    $8 ticket (valid for Saturday admission to Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show)

Sunday, November 18    12:00pm-5:00pm    $8 ticket (free with college ID)

San Francisco—As part of its October 10, 2012, Fine Books and Manuscripts sale, to be held in San Francisco with a simulcast in New York, Bonhams is pleased to offer several items of literary and historical importance.  

Among them is a unique, extra-illustrated copy of an early printing of the King James Bible, featuring a large, mystical fore-edge painting by 19th-century bibliophile John T. Beer, one of the great practitioners of the genre (est. $12,000-18,000). The third folio edition of 1613, the book later belonged to the collection of Alfred Sutro, noted collector and president of the Book Club of California, who, in 1938, commissioned a pamphlet from the Grabhorn Press to celebrate this volume.

Also featured are two large panoramas by Italian-British photographer Felice Beato, constructed of photographs taken during the Indian Rebellion of 1857-58 - known in India as the First War of Independence (est. $15,000-25,000). The first panorama, nearly 8 feet long, depicts the ravaged city of Lucknow in vivid detail, following its retaking by the British in March of 1858. The second panorama, at 6 feet in length, depicts Lucknow from the Kaiserbagh, the palace of the King of Oudh and a symbolic stronghold of the mutineers.

Another item of historical interest is an 18th-century document signed by the members of the French royal family, including Louis XV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (est. $8,000-12,000). An excellent example of a marriage contract between two members of aristocratic families, the document is also signed by Louis XVIII, Princess Marie Josephine, Charles X and other nobles at Versaille.

Relating to modern literature is a typed letter signed by William Faulkner to Finlay McDermid, head of the writing department at Warner Brothers, regarding the aftermath of Faulkner’s leave of absence from the studio and his attempts to rid himself of his agent Bill Herndon (est. $3,000-5,000). Faulkner addresses rumors of a nervous breakdown - “I am well … never had an illness in my life that a drink of whiskey wouldn’t make worse” - and his difficulty shaking Herndon - “He wants his pound of flesh, no matter how much blood and skin comes off with it.”

An unusual item certain to generate great interest is a fishing bag which belonged to Ernest Hemingway, as well as an inscription from Hemingway to one of his closest friends, Charles Thompson, the owner of a marine hardware store in Key West and the model for the character “Old Karl” in The Green Hills of Africa (est. $3,000-5,000).

Finally, Bonhams will offer a collection of drawings and sketches from Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, mostly executed on the backs of menus for the cruise ship Southern Prince in 1933 (est. $10,000-15,000). Pre-dating the first Seuss book by four years, the drawings feature the kind of fantastical hybrid beasts for which Dr. Seuss would become famous, including a “Wild Bidou,” a “Pernambuco Cow” and “Wild Nextbestbet.”  

An illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available online in the preceding weeks, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com.  

Auction preview: September 28-30 in New York; October 5-7 in San Francisco
Auction: October 10 in San Francisco, simulcast in New York

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DALLAS - From a pair of spectacular bronze-mounted elephant tusks to American, European, and Contemporary Art, sewn with a varied selection of fine furniture and decorative arts - including collections of ivory figures, earthenware steins, and meerschaum pipes - Heritage Auctions’ 1400+ lot Estate Signature® Auction, Sept. 12-13, has been designed with every taste in mind.
 
“This is a wide ranging and thoughtfully assembled auction,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President at Heritage. “Included in the array we’re also offering a world class collection of Tribal Artifacts that once belonged to Carl Akeley, the Father of Modern Taxidermy, and The Elton Hyder III Collection, which formerly decorated the University of Texas School of Law Library.”
 
Among the most important pieces of furniture offered in the auction, a Pair of French Jacob Fréres Empire Walnut Side Chairs, Paris, France, circa 1829 - with conclusive provenance dating to 1829 and the Chateau des Tuileries, 1829.

“These chairs are simply stunning on their own, as pieces of fine furniture,” said Beardsley, “but figuring in the history and the unquestionable provenance, and they should prove irresistible to any number of collectors.”

The fine art section of the auction is brimming with affordable and tasteful paintings and sculpture, all offered at a variety of price points, including a stunning Pietro Franchi marble figural group, Venus Et L’Amour, Rome, Italy, circa 1876, after the original by Charles-Auguste Fraikin and Landscape with Travelers Along a Roadway, in the manner of 17th century Dutch painter Pieter Jansz Asch.

Contemporary and Modern Art is represented in a diversity of artists across the 20th and 21st centuries, including Andy Warhol with a color screenprint of Cow, circa 1976-77, Rukus Taxi, 1986, a playful sculpture from the inimitable American artist Red Grooms and Seeing More, 2012, from Hiwei Tu, one of China’s most important and prolific living artists.

Several pieces of fine 20th Century Lalique punctuate the auction, with a Lalique Enameled Glass Dahlias Vase, Wingen-sur-Moder, France, circa 1923, leading the way, complemented by a Lalique Patinated Glass Espalion Vase, Wingen-sur-Moder, France, circa 1927, with a lovely blue patina.
 
An assortment of decorative furniture, vases, Meissen and other decorative arts round out the considerable offerings, led by an intricate and splendid Louis XVIII Style Porcelain, Gilt Bronze and Wood Tripod Table, probably made in Paris, France, circa 1850 - with bleu celeste ground Sèvres style bowl centered with portrait of Louis XVIII circled by 18 medallions, 17 depicting ladies of the court and one armorial, walnut pedestal with scroll and acanthus leaf gilt bronze mounts - and a Meissen Porcelain Figural Group from the early 20th century, depicting an aristocratic lady playing cards with three children.
 
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Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Augsburg's artistic achievements in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 will be on view in the West Building Ground Floor galleries from September 30 through December 31, 2012. The last major exhibition on this subject was mounted more than three decades ago in Augsburg—one of Germany's oldest cities—whose Renaissance heritage has long been eclipsed in America by Albrecht Dürer's Nuremberg.

While focusing on prints, drawings, and illustrated books, the exhibition also includes medals and one etched set of armor. Of the 103 works presented, 86 are from the National Gallery's own collection, with additional loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the Library of Congress; Andrea Woodner; and several private collections.

"It is truly remarkable that the rich and varied history of works on paper in Renaissance Augsburg can be told almost entirely through the Gallery's extensive collection of German prints, drawings, and illustrated books—thanks in large part to the contributions of donors over the course of many decades,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "We are indebted to the private collectors and public institutions who have so generously lent to this exhibition, and we extend our deep appreciation to the Thaw Charitable Trust, and to Gene and Clare Thaw, for making this exhibition and catalogue possible.”

The exhibition will travel to the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin (October 5, 2013-January 5, 2014), and then to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College (September 19-December 14, 2014). The accompanying catalogue—the first of its kind in English—serves as an introduction to Augsburg, its artists and its cultural history, during this period.

Exhibition Organization and Support
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. It is supported in part by a generous grant from the Thaw Charitable Trust.

About the Exhibition
The city of Augsburg, in southwest Bavaria, was founded as a Roman settlement in the reign of Emperor Augustus in 15 BCE. Located on the north-south trade routes to Italy, the city in the late 15th and early 16th century was a prosperous manufacturing center that gave rise to the great banking houses of the Fugger and the Welser. Together, these circumstances fostered an important and diverse artistic community, with an established tradition in the printing and metalworking industries. During the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1493-1519), Augsburg became the location of an Imperial Diet (council) and the center from which the emperor organized all of his print and armor commissions. As Augsburg's artists benefited from the patronage of the Habsburg court they also created works for the city's thriving art market.

The exhibition emphasizes the rich and varied works of art on paper produced in Augsburg from 1475 to 1540, paying particular attention to innovative printmaking techniques as well as the fundamental role of imperial patronage. The first part of the exhibition focuses on devotional prints and illustrated books representing the Christian contemplative life. This section also examines Augsburg as a center for new printing techniques: Color printing was pioneered there by the native printer Erhard Ratdolt (1447-1528) and further developed by Hans Burgkmair (1472-1531). And etching as a print medium was first explored in Augsburg by Daniel Hopfer (c. 1470-1536). The second section presents the active life: everyday morality is illustrated through biblical, historical, and mythological tales and Augsburg is depicted through genre scenes and portraits of famous and obscure residents. The third section, which is devoted to the patronage of the imperial court, examines Augsburg as the focal point of Emperor Maximilian's print projects and armor productions.

Exhibition Curators, Catalogue, and Related Activities
The exhibition was curated by Gregory Jecmen, associate curator of old master prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Freyda Spira, assistant curator of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with Lund Humphries, the exhibition catalogue includes an introduction to the exhibition as well as essays by Jecmen and Spira. The 120-page catalogue includes 52 full-color illustrations and is available in hardcover for purchase in the Gallery Shops. To order, please visit the Gallery's website at www.nga.gov/shop; call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; or e-mail mailorder@nga.gov.

On Sunday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m., guitarist Mak Grgic will perform music by Isaac, Kohaut, Weiss, and Kagen in honor of the exhibition in the West Garden Court. On Sunday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m., Jecmen and Spira will present a lecture entitled Imperial Augsburg: A Flourishing Market for Innovative Prints in the East Building Auditorium; a book signing for the exhibition catalogue will follow. Admission for both programs is free and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. In late October and November, National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will present gallery talks on the exhibition; see www.nga.gov for more information.

General Information
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc. 



Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art explores how the practice of making multiple portraits of the same subjects produced some of the most revealing and provocative photographs of our time in The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years, on view in the West Building's Ground Floor photography galleries from September 30 through December 31, 2012. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the exhibition features 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects—friends, family, and themselves—numerous times over days, months, or years to create compelling portrait studies that investigate the many facets of personal and social identity.

"The Gallery's photography collection essentially began with the donation of Alfred Stieglitz's 'key set,' so it is fitting that this exhibition opens with portraits by Stieglitz, who understood that a person's character was best captured through a series of photographs taken over time," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "Although the exhibition is drawn largely from the Gallery's significant collection of photographs, we are grateful to the lenders who have allowed us to present more fully the serial form of portraiture that Stieglitz championed."

Exhibition Organization and Support
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund.

About the Exhibition
Since the introduction of photography in 1839, portraiture has been one of the most widely practiced forms of the medium. Starting in the early 20th century, however, some photographers began to question whether one image alone could adequately capture the complexity of an individual. As Alfred Stieglitz, the era's leading champion of American fine art photography, argued: "to demand the [single] portrait that will be a complete portrait of any person is as futile as to demand that a motion picture will be condensed into a single still."

Along with Stieglitz, some of the 20th century's most prominent photographers—Paul Strand, Harry Callahan, and Emmet Gowin—used the camera serially to transcend the limits of a single image. Each of these photographers made numerous studies of their lovers that sought to redefine the expressive possibilities of portraiture while probing the affective bonds of love and desire.

By employing the camera's capacity to record fluctuating states of being and mark the passage of time, other photographers such as Nicholas Nixon and Milton Rogovin have documented individuals—in families or communities—over four decades. Capturing subtle and dramatic shifts in appearance, demeanor, and situation, these series are poignant and elegiac memorials that remind us of our own mortality.

Other photographers have made serial self-portraits that explore the malleability of personal identity and the possibility of reinvention afforded by the camera. By photographing themselves as shadows, blurs, or partial reflections, Ilse Bing, Lee Friedlander, and Francesca Woodman have created inventive but elusive images that hint at the instability of self-representation. Conceptual artists of the 1970s and 1980s such as Vito Acconci, Blythe Bohnen, and Ann Hamilton have explicitly combined performance and self-portraiture to stage continual self-transformations. The exhibition concludes with work from the last 15 years by artists such as Nikki S. Lee and Gillian Wearing, who take the performance of self to its limits by adopting masquerades to delve into the ways identity is inferred from external appearance.

The curator of the exhibition is Sarah Kennel, associate curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, with assistance from Ksenya Gurshtein, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the department of photographs.
General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc. 

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

This year’s Carle Honors Art Auction to benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art features 16 original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most celebrated artists. The art is available on display from September 5 -19 leading up to the Carle Honors at Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City and can be viewed online at Carle Honors Art Auction. Absentee bids are accepted prior to the event by contacting Rebecca Miller Goggins at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or calling 413-658-1118.  The silent art auction will take place September 20th at The Museum’s Carle Honors event at Gustavino’s in New York City.
 
The 2012 Carle Honors art auction will include original works of art by Eric Carle, Floyd Cooper, Lucy Cousins, Tony DiTerlizzi, Boris Kulikov, Barbara McClintock, Kadir Nelson, Sergio Ruzzier, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, David Ezra Stein, Gabi Swiatkowska, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Paul Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger.
 
 “Through the Carle Honors Art Auction anyone can help inspire a love of art and reading and own original artwork from some of the industry’s most respected artists,” said Director of Development Rebecca Miller Goggins.
 
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will honor distinguished luminaries at New York City’s Guastavino’s on Thursday, September 20, 2012.  The Carle Honors event will be hosted by Museum co-founders Eric and Barbara Carle and this year’s co-chairs, Norton and Jeanne Juster and Jules Feiffer and Kate Feiffer.
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The exceptional lineup includes the following honorees:

o   Artist: Lane Smith, the author and artist who received a 2012 Caldecott Honor for his book, Grandpa Green.
§  Lane Smith will be introduced by children’s literature expert Anita Silvey.
 
o   Angel: Kent L. Brown Jr., executive director of the Highlights Foundation and editor-in-chief emeritus of Highlights for Children, Inc.
§  Kent Brown will be introduced by artist Floyd Cooper.
 
o   Mentor: Frances Foster, the editor of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus and Giroux.
§  Frances Foster will be introduced by artist Barbara McClintock and musician Natalie Merchant.
 
o   Bridge: Christopher Cerf, Sesame Street contributor and co-creator of the PBS series Between The Lions.
§  Christopher Cerf will be introduced by artist Mo Willems.
 
The Carle Honors celebrates individuals and organizations that bring creative vision and long-term dedication to picture books and the many ways they open children’s minds to art and literacy. The awards are selected each year by a committee chaired by children’s literature historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, who was central to the founding of the Honors. The committee recognizes four distinct awards: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.
 
For more information about The Carle Honors or The Art Auction, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-658-1118.
 
Doyle New York will auction Rare Books, Autographs and Maps on November 5, 2012 at 10am. The material ranges from early illuminated manuscripts to modern first editions. Categories include Americana; bibliography and fine printing; illustrated books of all periods, including atlases and color plate books; literature; fine bindings (both bound sets and remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in other fields.

AMERICANA

The sale is strong in manuscript Americana and is highlighted by an historically important 1783 George Washington letter to James McHenry, written in the days before his retirement as Commander of the Continental Army, where Washington announces his plan “get translated into a private Citizen”. Other autographs include an 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed pardon; a gold pendant containing two strands of the hair of Robert E. Lee collected after the Mexican War and the Civil War, descended in the Lee family with two letters of provenance; autographs and letters signed by Presidents and American notables such as Andrew Jackson, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Charles Lindbergh and others.

The Civil War period is represented by a group of original drawings prepared by then cadet Charles William Whipple portraying life at West Point; this is followed by a group of Whipple’s notebooks containing original drawings and notes carried by him on Wheeler’s Expedition west in 1875. Also of note is the original letter from Dr. William Eustis (a surgeon in the Revolutionary Army, later a Governor of Massachusetts) to Dr. David Townsend, recounting the infamous 1776 New York plot to assasinate George Washington. From the same group we offer a collection of Townsend’s medical appointments, one signed by John Hancock; and a copy of Townsend’s rare 1793 book on Pearl Ash and Potash, together with the copyright documents and a document pertaining to the technology endorsed by Hancock. Printed Americana includes a remarkable bound volume of early American sermons variously dated between 1701-1741, of which four are by Cotton Mather, including his very rare Nicetas of 1705, aimed at young people; and The Laws of Harvard College, Boston 1790, which includes a substantial section on the regulation of the library.

An American object of note is the original cast metal nameplate from the USS PT 109, the famous patrol cruiser captained by John F. Kennedy before its sinking in the Solomon Islands in August 1943. The plaque was ordered removed before the PT boat saw service and kept by PT 109’s previous Quartermaster Guy Manningand his family for the next 70 years. Artifacts from the PT109 are extremely scarce.

ENGLISH AUTOGRAPHS

English autographs are represented an exceptionally fine letter from Lady Emma Hamilton to Admiral Lord Nelson, written shortly before the Battle of Trafalgar, Few of her letters to Nelson exist, as he destroyed them so they would not be used by scandalmongers. Tragically, by the time these reached the fleet, Nelson was dead. A second item of considerable note is an inscribed copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A copy of the seventh edition of 1844, this is inscribed on the half-title "Mrs. Smithson/from/Charles Dickens/18th April 1844." This copy was presented to the wife of Dickens’ close friend the York solicitor Charles Smithson, after Smithson’s tragic and unexpected death at the age of 39 in 1844.

OTTO FRANK ARCHIVE

On offer is a highly important archive of documents and correspondence between Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, Nathan Straus, and Joseph Schildkraut, the actor who portrayed Frank in the play and film versions of The Diary of Anne Frank. The relationship between these men was forged after Schildkraut’s masterful perfomance as Frank prompted the exchange of rare primary documents relating to efforts to gain exit visas for the Frank’s out of Holland in 1941 and a correspondence that lasted beyond Schildkraut’s death in 1964. To be offered separate from the archive is Joseph Schildkraut’s 1937 Academy Award for his role as Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola.

EARLY ENGLISH PRINTING

The sale has a substantial collection of early English printing, including a large group of Elizabethan books. These include the very rare Martin Marprelate tract Hay any worke for Cooper… [Coventry: 1589]. This is a spectacular example of Elizabethan invective. Another high-spot is the first English book on cockfighting: George Wilson The commendation of cockes, and cock-fighting, London 1607. There is a copy of Richard Harvey’s An astrological Discourse vpon the great and notable Coniunction of the tvvo superiour planets, Saturne & Iupiter, which shall happen the 28. day of April, 1583, the second edition, London 1583; Stephen Batman The golden booke of the leaden goddes, London 1577; Henry Holland A treatise against vvitchcraft, London 1590; A briefe discouerie of Doctor Allens seditious drifts, London 1588. A pre-Elizabethan work of considerable interest is John Bale’s A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus… Antwerp, 1545, which was among the books banned by the July 5, 1546 Proclamation for the Abolishing of English Books that alsobanned Coverdale's Bible. Given the rarity of Elizabethan material, both in absolute terms and on the marketplace, we are excited to offer such an expansive selection.

ILLUSTRATION

In the area of illustration, the sale offers two original copper printing plates by John Prideaux Selby for his great Illustrations of British Ornithology [Edinburgh and London, (1821)-1834(-1839). These are for the Egyptian Neophron and the Scops Eared Owl. In the field of fashion, we offer a collection of approximately two hundred and eighty pencil renderings (many with fabric swatches) by the legendary American couturier John Galanos, including many of his fur designs. His customers included Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Grace Kelly, Diana Ross and a huge range of prominent socialites. Color plate books are represented by an attractive set of the Microscosm of London, a fine set of Michaux’s North American Sylva, Denton’s Moths and Butterfles of the United States, etc. In illustration art, the sale offers an original drawing for a Charles Schulz Peanuts cartoon.

LITERATURE

The sale has some choice literary items, including a set of the Author's Manuscript Edition of The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman  New York, 1902, one of 32 sets only. Attractively bound, this includes a manuscript leaf from Specimen Days, which in turn has a quote from a poem that was eventually incorporated into Leaves of Grass. Also offered is a fine example of the signed limited edition of Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, London 1939. The American proto-feminist writer Kate Chopin is represented with a rare inscribed copy of her Bayou Folk, Cambridge 1894.

MUSIC AND ART

In the fields of music and art, the sale offers an archive of the work of the African-American composer Margaret Bonds. She worked closely with Langston Hughes, and separately offered are a number of very fine inscriptions from Hughes to Bond. Opera is represented by an attractive Puccini postcard signed, with an autograph quotation from La Bohème. In fine art, we offer a fine collection of artist autographs, including an autograph letter from Paul Gauguin to Camille Pissarro, a letter from Cezanne to the artist Émile Bernard, and a Claude Monet letter, among many others similar artist letters of note.

MANUSCRIPTS

Manuscripts include a fine Book of Hours (probably Western Flanders, perhaps Bruges) with fifteen miniatures, in a seventeenth century French binding, and a sixteenth century Carta Executoria in a very interesting Spanish binding of the period.

We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle New York's November 5, 2012 sale. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please call Edward Ripley-Duggan or Peter Costanzo at 212-427-4141, ext 234 or 248, or email books@DoyleNewYork.com

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced an online database for its entire Kraus map collection.

The 36-map collection, acquired in 1969 by Harry Ransom from the New York antiquarian dealer Hans P. Kraus, features a wide range of individual maps of Europe and America, atlases, a rare set of large terrestrial and celestial globes (ca. 1688) produced by the Italian master Vincenzo Coronelli and a group of manuscript letters by Abraham Ortelius.

"Visitors can see the remarkable foundations of modern cartography in this digital collection," said Richard Oram, the Ransom Center's associate director and Hobby Foundation Librarian. "From a medieval map that shows the world divided into three parts split by the Mediterranean Sea to an early portolan chart of the coast of Africa and a rare 1541 Mercator globe, it's all accessible from any computer desktop with an Internet connection."

Because of size and conservation considerations—some of the maps are as large as 6 by 9 feet—some of these maps have only been seen by a handful of visitors. This digital collection makes it possible for a larger public to examine the collection via the Ransom Center's website. The maps are all zoom-able, and users can view detailed close-ups of images.

Among the Kraus collection treasures are the maps, atlases and globes produced in the Low Countries during the 16th and 17th centuries by the accomplished cartographers Willem Blaeu (and sons), Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius.

The single most important of these works is Joan Blaeu's enormous world map "Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula," completed in 1648. The Ransom Center's copy, one of only two known to exist and the only colored copy, survives complete with an accompanying text.

The collection also contains a manuscript map of Virginia that was produced in the earliest period of English settlement in America (ca. 1610). The map's written legends provide evidence of the attempts of the Virginia Company and the settlers to deal with the Native American tribes. The map is among the earliest of Virginia that survive; only three others from the period of the settlement are known.

Other Kraus cartographic treasures include a page from the "Etymologiae. Isidori Iunioris Hispalensis Episcopis Epistola" (1472), which was especially notable for including the small T-shaped map on leaf 181 recto, the first map of the world printed anywhere and a set of terrestrial and celestial globes produced ca. 1688. Website visitors can rotate and zoom in on the globes in the collection.

San Francisco—On October 10, 2012, Bonhams will bring to auction an unpublished and virtually unknown manuscript from psychologist, writer, countercultural guru and provocateur Timothy Leary. Titled The Periodic Table of Energy, and composed while Leary was an inmate in a California state prison, the work explores “correspondences among the Periodic Table of Elements, the Neurogenetic Theory of Evolution, the Tarot, the I Ching, [and] the Zodiac,” (est. $30,000-50,000). The 203-page typescript is profusely annotated and edited in manuscript, and illustrated with images, advertisements and articles clipped from newspapers and magazines. Originating from the papers of Leary’s one-time wife and collaborator Joanna Harcourt-Smith, whose name appears with Leary’s on the title page, the manuscript represents a major discovery in countercultural literature.

As a clinical psychologist at Harvard in the late 1950s, Leary began conducting research into the use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in the treatment of personality disorders and in the rehabilitation of criminals. After his efforts led to his dismissal from the university, Leary - who had already formed friendships and began collaborating with writers like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Aldous Huxley - turned his attention to the growing youth movement of the 1960s, promoting the use of LSD and other hallucinogens as a means to achieve higher states of consciousness. Leary’s outspoken advocacy of drug use (he famously exhorted people to “turn on, tune in, drop out”), and his enormous popularity and guru status within the countercultural community prompted Richard Nixon to label him “the most dangerous man in America.”  It also made him a target of governmental law enforcement agencies, and in 1970, facing a 20-year prison sentence for drug possession, Leary escaped from jail - aided by the Weather Underground - and fled the country. In 1973, he was captured in Afghanistan and returned to the United States, where he began serving time at California Medical Facility, a state prison in Vacaville, Calif., before being transferred to Folsom Prison.

It was while he was at CMF that Leary composed this ambitious and polymorphous work dedicated “to the Imprisoned,” which begins, “Most living organisms on this planet are … tied down, encumbered, caged, restrained, shackled, weighed down, confined to the planet by the pressure of gravity.... This transmission is designed to free all life forms. It is an escape note. A survival manual explaining how to decode the basic blueprints which guide the evolutionary journey" ([2]). Mixing psychology, anthropology, sexual theory, cultural polemic and occult interpretation, the manuscript captures Leary at the height of his powers, and demonstrates why he remains, 16 years after his death, a popular and provocative countercultural oracle. Manuscripts by Leary rarely appear on the market, and The Periodic Table of Energy is by far the most substantial and important Leary manuscript to have ever been offered at auction.

An illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available online in the preceding weeks, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com.  

Auction preview: October 5-7 in San Francisco
Auction: October 10, San Francisco, simulcast in New York
San Francisco-Bonhams looks forward to presenting its Fine Prints sale, October 23 in San Francisco, simulcast to Los Angeles, with such leading lots as Pablo Picasso's Lady with a Ruff, a 1963 color linocut (est. $40,000-60,000) and Richard Diebenkorn's Blue, color woodcut, 1984 (est. $40,000-60,000). The 300-plus lot sale will also feature notable works by Andy Warhol, Martin Lewis, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

Comprising the sale's Andy Warhol highlights will be Mick Jagger, a 1975 color screenprint, signed by Mick Jagger and the artist (est. $25,000-35,000); Green Pea, from Campbell's Soup I, a 1968 screenprint in colors on wove paper (est. $15,000-20,000); and 25 Cats Name(d) Sam and One Blue Pussy, 1954: a complete set of 18 offset lithographs with hand-coloring on laid paper (est. $25,000-35,000).

More highlights of note will include Martin Lewis' Winter on White Street, a 1934 drypoint, etching and sand-ground on cream wove paper (est. $15,000-20,000); Jasper Johns' "Target with Plaster Casts," a 1980 etching and aquatint in colors on wove paper (est. $15,000-20,000); and an After Marc Chagall, Femme de Cirque, a lithograph with pochoir with colors on Arches paper, 1960 (est. $10,000-15,000).

According to Judith Eurich, the Fine Prints Department Director at Bonhams, "The Prints sale category always consists of works from the Renaissance to the present, and this sale is particularly strong with its offerings of contemporary prints and multiples."

The sale will also include Pablo Picasso's Carnaval, a 1965 linocut in black and brown on Arches paper (est. $10,000-15,000); Richard Diebenkorn's Blue Club, a 1981 aquatint and soft-ground etching in colors on wove paper (est. $7,000-9,000); and Roy Lichtenstein's Cathedral #3, a lithograph in blue ink on Special Arjomari paper from Cathedral Series, 1969 (est. $6,000-9,000).

The sale's illustrated catalog will be available online in the weeks preceding it, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com.

Auction Preview: October 20-22, San Francisco and October 13-15, Los Angeles
Auction: October 23, San Francisco

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar will mark the 75th birthday year of Red Hook resident and multi-media artist Werner Pfeiffer with the exhibition “Reexamining Books: Book Objects and Artist’s Books by Werner Pfeiffer,” which will appear across campus in three locations—The Main Library (Thompson), the Art Library in Taylor Hall, and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center— from Thursday, September 6, through Saturday, December 15. The exhibits will be on view at all locations from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and a reception in honor of Pfeiffer, free and open to the public, will be held at 5pm on Thursday, September 6, in the Art Library.

Pfeiffer has worked for half a century in a variety of media, including books, collages, drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures.  He has become known especially as a creator of artist books and book-objects. Pfeiffer’s “book-objects” are books that take on new forms and meanings as sculpture. In the exhibition catalog he writes: “They are not casts, nor are they sculpted imitations. Each piece has at its core bound, printed pages. Glued together and painstakingly covered with gesso, a plaster-like coating, they are silenced and sealed for good. I practice this destruction, this obvious censorship simply as metaphor. It is to visualize, to demonstrate, to provoke.”

The “artist books” on exhibit, on the other hand, are new, hand-crafted works that utilize traditional book-making techniques such as letterpress printing, handset type, wood cuts or linoleum blocks, etchings, and archival papers. Of these, Pfeiffer writes: “Most of them have an experimental aspect as part of their structure. I invite the viewer to participate and share the creative dimension of a piece….Touching, folding, and manipulating components are an integral part of ‘reading’ the story.”

Exhibit curator Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections at Vassar, says of the exhibition, “These works by their very nature push us to reconsider basic questions about the place of books and reading in contemporary society. Though one would expect the library to feature books, and the art center book objects, instead the opposite is taking place (objects in the library, books in the art center), while the Art Library, physically located between these two places, will show examples of both.  We hope this unexpected arrangement will contribute toward a reexamination of books as much as the individual works of art themselves.”

About the Artist

A resident of Red Hook in the Hudson Valley, Werner Pfeiffer was born in 1937 in Stuttgart in the southwestern part of Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1961 and was initially active as a designer and art director. He received many design awards from such groups as the New York Art Directors Club, the New York Type Directors Club, the New York Society of Illustrators, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His design work has been widely published in such magazines as Graphis, Gebrauchsgrafik, Print, Modern Publicity, and Art Direction.

In 1969 Pfeiffer was appointed Professor of Art at Pratt Institute in New York and became director of the Pratt Adlib Press. At this time he began to concentrate increasingly on his own work as sculptor, printmaker, and painter. To date, his books, collages, drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures have been shown internationally in more than 100 group exhibitions and in over 70 solo shows. His works are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute in Chicago, Badische Landesbibliothek, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Museum in Stockholm, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Over the years Pfeiffer has received public sculpture commissions from the State of Connecticut, the Federal Government of Germany, the State of Niedersachsen in Germany, and the State of Massachusetts, as well as commissions for projects for corporations such as Baxter International, The Hartford Insurance Group, and Daimler-Benz Credit Corp./USA.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Aug. 10, 2012 - New Orleans Auction Galleries is proud to announce record-breaking sales from its July auction, the first under new ownership.

Notable highlights from the three-day event include an auction record price of $31,980 for a large landscape oil painting by Louisiana artist Elemore Madison Morgan, Jr. (1931-2008). An early George Rodrigue painting featuring Hank Williams brought an extraordinary $73,800 after fierce bidding among floor, internet and phone bidders. Another unique Rodrigue item, an exceedingly rare cameo glass bowl featuring his famous “Blue Dogs,” sold for a remarkable $11,070.

The July auction offered several exceptional sets of Minton china retailed by Tiffany & Co., which came from a St. Francisville, Louisiana estate. A set of six cobalt and gold decorated plates brought $1,968 and a set of ten cups and saucers sold for $3,444. From the same estate was a large assortment of fine sterling silver and silverplate that drew bids from around the country. A rare American Federal period Pembroke table bearing the label of Samuel Parmele sold for $6,765.

“We are thrilled with the results of our first auction under new ownership and we are certain the positive outcome signifies a bright future for New Orleans Auction Galleries,” said Susan D. Krohn, New Orleans Auction Galleries owner and CEO. “While we continue to revel in the success of our July auction, we are already looking forward to our September auction and have begun receiving unique items from consignors.” Among the items to be auctioned will be the contents of Daffodil Hill, the estate of the late Kirby McNabb of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The New Orleans Auction Gallery, located at 510 Julia Street, is now accepting consignments for the September auction to be held September 29 - 30 following a two week 
Exhibition beginning September 15th. In addition, a late evening reception will be held September 27th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The staff experts at New Orleans Auction Galleries invite interested consignors to present their art and antiques for prompt evaluation.  For more information about New Orleans Auction Galleries, consigning and/or buying, visit our website www.neworleansauction.com, call 504-566-1849 or “Like” New Orleans Auction Galleries on Facebook.
 
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About New Orleans Auction Galleries
New Orleans Auction Galleries is a distinctly sized auction gallery committed to working with consigners to provide buyers with timeless antiques, arts and collectibles. Situated in New Orleans, a premier auction destination, and located in a historic former cotton exchange building, New Orleans Auction Galleries is ideally located to serve the people of the South, as well as the greater U.S. and overseas.
During the War of 1812, British troops set fire to the Library of Congress, destroying the collections within. Two hundred years later, however, a library has now captured the war: Indiana University’s Lilly Library, have digitized hundreds of manuscripts, books, maps, and prints that illuminate the history of the War of 1812.
 
A new website, The War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library <http://collections.libraries.iub.edu/warof1812/>, tells the story of this little-understood war through digitized primary source documents which have been made available for the first time thanks to technology and technical services staff at the IU Libraries. These items range from the official declaration of war to a receipt for canteen straps and include such resources as anti-war pamphlets, a letter describing the burning of Washington, D.C., and a satirical print of James Madison boxing King George III. Visitors to the site can access high-resolution images of the documents by following the timeline of events, browsing by tag (from Aaron Burr to Zachary Taylor), or searching by keyword.
 
“There aren’t many large digital projects on the War of 1812, especially not originating from the United States,” said Lilly Library Director Breon Mitchell. “This site makes a major contribution by providing not just the story of the war, but also a wealth of original books and documents that draw people into the history of the conflict in the way only primary sources can.”
 
The broadsides, books, and pamphlets in the project include early printings of the Star-Spangled Banner, government publications, sermons, reports, histories, and memoirs. Manuscript materials include correspondence, log books, legal documents, diaries, speeches, letter copybooks, and orderly books.
 
The digital archive precedes a major exhibition on the War of 1812 in the Main Gallery of the Lilly Library that will open September 2012 and run through December.
 
“Never before has the Lilly Library created an exhibition where every item on display is also digitized online,” said Brenda Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. “In this case, the online archive actually includes more fully digitized items than we can fit into the gallery exhibition. Our ability to share these documents with a broader audience makes this an especially exciting time to explore this period in American history.”
 
For media inquiries, contact Erika Dowell edowell@indiana.edu (812) 855-2452.
 
About the Lilly Library
 
The Lilly Library is the principal rare books, manuscripts, and special collections repository of Indiana University. It is part of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, under direction of the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. The IU Libraries support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery.
LAS VEGAS, NV -Bauman Rare Books, the country’s premier rare and antiquarian bookseller, is offering an extremely rare copy of what is considered the Bible of modern day economics: a first edition of Adam Smith’s An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
 
According to David Bauman, proprietor and founder of Bauman Rare Books, Smith’s masterpiece (originally published in London in 1776) is considered the most important work in modern economic thought. “The Wealth of Nations represented a shift in the field of economics, similar to Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica for physics or Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species for biology,” said Bauman. “This work has become highly sought-after by collectors and institutions alike. The press run would not have exceeded 500 to 750 copies, with many of those surviving copies now permanently held by libraries and no longer in circulation for individual acquisition.”
 
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the masterwork of Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. The treatise is a reflection on economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and argues that free market economies are more productive and beneficial to their societies.
 
Henry Thomas Buckle’s History of Civilization calls Wealth of Nations “probably the most important book which has ever been written, whether we consider the amount of original thought which it contains, or its practical influence.” English political economist J. A. R. Mariott claimed that “there is probably no single work in the language which has in its day exercised an influence so profound alike upon scientific economic thought and upon administrative action.”
 
Still recognized as an early form of what today may be called mainstream economics, Wealth of Nations was first published during the Scottish Enlightenment and the Scottish Agricultural Revolution. Smith’s work also was important to the American Revolution, and later, to the development of the new nation that offered a major application for Smith’s free-market theory.
 
Smith’s writings were widely read by America’s Founding Fathers, spurring Jefferson to write, “In political economy I think Smith’s Wealth of Nations the best book extant.” Published in the same year as the Declaration of Independence, Smith touches on the situation in America at some length, showing uncanny forethought when he describes the emerging nation as “very likely to become one of the greatest and most formidable that ever was in the world.”
 
The exceptional work has influenced a number of authors and economists, as well as governments and organizations, including Jean-Baptiste Colbert, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus and Ludwig von Mises.
 
For more information on Bauman Rare Books and the first edition An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations visit www.baumanrarebooks.com.
 
About Bauman Rare Books
David and Natalie Bauman began their company in 1973 with their first investment in a box of 18th-century imprints, a love of literature and history, and a sense that this could be an interesting way to make a living.  Nearly 40 years later, with the addition of some 45 dedicated and talented researchers, salespersons, and creative personnel, Bauman Rare Books has evolved into one of the finest and most respected antiquarian book firms in existence today.  With locations in three great cities—Madison Avenue in New York; Center City in Philadelphia; and The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas —the company is distinguished by its extraordinary inventory, meticulous research and exceptional customer service. Bauman has worked with both individual and corporate collectors to build some of the most extensive and impressive rare book collections in America today.  www.baumanrarebooks.com
 
Inevitably today, when you open the pages of the New York Times or an issue of National Geographic, you will encounter a thematic map. It may highlight an historic walking tour, locate where to find the cheapest gas, or identify global warming hotspots. Though the topics are endless, their geographical presentations will be visually interesting and intuitive—at least that is the goal. How, where, and when did this genre of cartography develop?

Opening on August 24 in the main exhibition gallery of Princeton University Library, “First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps” introduces viewers to the early history of thematic mapping—the topical layering (Z) of geographic space (X-Y)—through both quantitative and qualitative examples. On display will be early, if not the earliest, thematic maps in various disciplines, such as meteorology, geology, hydrography, natural history, medicine, and sociology/economics. In some cases the maps literally changed the world in the sense that new scientific avenues of investigation resulted. Also, a selection of more fanciful, “theme” maps, on literary subjects, love/marriage, and utopia, will be shown.

Several groundbreaking atlases will be included in the exhibition:

•    Dr. Heinrich Berghaus’ Physikalischer Atlas . . . (1845-1848), a two-volume work by German geographer Heinrich Berghaus (1797-1884), is considered to be the first scientific, physical atlas. This work represents the culmination of all the innovations in the different ways men had looked at the geographic landscape of the world, and the evolving techniques that had developed to display those views, since the time of English empiricst Francis Bacon.
•    Maps drawn from the first U.S. statistical atlas, based on the 1870 census and compiled by American economist Francis Amasa Walker (1840-1897), a future president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offer colorful interpretations of post-Civil War America.
•    The worldwide distribution of such crops as wheat, rice, and corn, as well as other plant groups, is the subject of maps in Grundzüge einer allgemeinen Pflanzengeographi (1823), the first vegetation atlas, created by the Danish botanist Joakim Frederik Schouw (1789-1852).

Among landmarks of thematic mapping on exhibit will be:

•    The first geological map of North America (1756), “Carte minéralogique, où l’on voit la nature des terreins du Canada et de la Louisane . . . 1752,” by French geologist Jean Ettienne Guettard (1715-1786).
•    The first linguistic map, “Europa poly glotta: Linguarum genealogiam exhibens, una cum literis, scribendiq[ue] modis, omnium gentium” (1741), by German rector Gottfried Hensel (b. 1689?).
•    The first postal road map, “Carte géographicque des postes qui trauersent la France” (1632), by Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667), the French royal geographer.

In addition, there will be four thematic maps created recently by Princeton graduate students who are employing cartographic data representation methods (GIS) in their research projects.

Finally, the exhibition hopes to answer this basic question: Who is the typical Princeton exhibition viewer? An on-going thematic map will be created from viewer responses regarding gender, Princeton or other affiliation (student, alumnus, faculty/staff, local resident, other visitor), and the state or foreign country where the person was born and/or grew up.

Gallery hours are: M-F (9-5), Sa-Su (noon - 5). The exhibition runs through 10 February 2013. Curator tours will be given in the exhibition gallery at 3 p.m. on the following dates: 9/9/2012, 11/11/2012, 1/13/2013.

A companion volume and website are available. See:
http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/thematic-maps/firstxthenynowz.html
  BOSTON, MA -The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 16-18, 2012.  The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Argentina who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including, The Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections.  More events will be announced, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

Friday, November 16        
5:00-9:00pm    Tickets: $15.00 - Opening Night        
            (tickets valid throughout the weekend)


Saturday, November 17       
12:00-7:00pm          Tickets: $8.00 each day


Sunday, November 18         
12:00-5:00pm          Tickets: $8.00 each day

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during show hours. Additional information, including a list of exhibitors will be posted soon at www.bostonbookfair.com.   For more information, please call 617-266-6540.
[BROOKLYN, NY] Artist and graphic designer Mike Perry presents Wondering Around Wandering (WAW), a three-month exhibition, open community event space, and working studio in Brooklyn’s emerging Crown Heights neighborhood. From September 15 through November 25, 2012, Perry and friends will take over a 7,000 square-foot warehouse space at 983 Dean Street, with funds raised on the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter — 766 backers contributed more than $30,000. There they will host a series of free educational workshops and idea-igniting opportunities for people of all ages to tap into their own creative potential, discover or become a mentor, or just have a mind-expandingly good time. Additional support from longtime creative partner Urban Outfitters will help to keep the space open and free to the community.
 
This occasion marks the release of Perry’s first monograph, also called Wondering Around Wandering (Rizzoli Books), and his first exhibition in New York City since 2008, featuring never-before-shown paintings, illustrations, screen prints, and sculptures. Perry, 31, has shown his work in Japan and has authored three books showcasing his love for enduring art-making techniques such as hand-drawn typography (2007’s Hand Job), pattern making (2008’s Over and Over), and screen printing (2011’s Pulled).

As much as the exhibition celebrates his own achievements, Perry designed the Wondering Around Wandering pop-up experience to be for and about others, especially his neighbors in Crown Heights, where he has lived and worked since 2006. Eager to give back to and engage with the community that has supported him, Perry will invite local classes to visit and make art. Another way that he is contributing to the vitality of the neighborhood is by helping to convert the previously raw, unused warehouse space where WAW is taking place into a property of value to his landlord.

Perry says, “Growing up in Kansas City I would hear people describe the communities of their small towns, but when I got to Brooklyn I learned what community really was. The rumors about New Yorkers being unfriendly are just surface. Once you actively join a neighborhood, people are so welcoming. I believe in Brooklyn and what it has done for me. So why not make something here?”

During the three-month event, Perry will move his studio practice, located a block away, into the temporary Dean Street space, so anyone will be able to see how he works, and something will always be happening. On Thursday nights the space will stay open late for open drawing sessions, sponsored by Duvel. On Saturdays WAW will feature hands-on learning opportunities at workshops open to the community, including:

    •    Collaborative drawing, hosted by Jim Datz
    •    Pattern making, hosted by Dan Funderburgh
    •    Hand-drawn typography, hosted by Mike Perry
    •    Screen printing, hosted by Mike Perry
    •    Photography, hosted by Anna Wolf

Special exhibitions include:
    •    Wondering Around Wandering (world premiere), featuring never-before-shown sculptures, painting, drawings, and prints by Mike Perry.
    •    Pulled, a traveling exhibition featuring the work of 45 artists including Aesthetic Apparatus, Deanne Cheuk, Steven Harringon, Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson, Jeremyville, Andy Mueller, Rinzen, and Andy Smith, among others; this show marks the end of its run and all works will be available for sale.
    •    Salon No. 4, curated by Playlab, including “still lifes” by multiple artists; the show, opening November 3, will coincide with a still life workshop also being presented by Playlab.

The Wondering Around Wandering space, at 983 Dean Street, between Classon and Franklin, is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays) from 1:00-6:00 p.m., from September 16 through November 25, 2012. On October 6 and November 3, it will stay open until 11:00 p.m., coinciding with the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays. On Thursday nights, open drawing sessions will take place from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

See wonderingaroundwandering.com for the complete, up-to-date schedule.

About Mike Perry:
Mike Perry (www.mikeperrystudio.com) is a designer and interdisciplinary artist. He draws, paints, illustrates, and animates. He creates sculpture projects and limited-edition silkscreen posters. He curates books and paints portraits. He writes children’s books and contributes to literary magazines. He brands and has one hell of a beard. He teaches. His appetite for collaboration and creation is insatiable; the possibilities are endless. He works regularly for a number of editorial and commercial clients including Apple, The New York Times, Dwell, Target, Urban Outfitters, Aldo, and Nike. In addition to his commercial, nonprofit, and personal artwork, he has also published extensively. His work has been exhibited around the world, including at two solo shows in Tokyo: We Are the Infinity of Each Other at B Gallery and Color, Shapes and Infinity at Public Image 3D Gallery. His 2012 monograph published by Rizzoli, Wondering Around Wandering, is an anthology that is at turns humorous, mystical, poetic, warm, sexy, and charming.  Mike Perry is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Now 31, he is seduced by a contemporary visual culture and the experience of life itself. His art forms and installations can be meditative and/or hyperactively sublime.
 
DALLAS - Fans of the late, great Elvis Presley will have a unique chance to acquire a piece of The King, 35 years after his death - including an Elvis Presley 1954 Eagles Nest original hand-painted concert poster, Memphis TN (estimate: $30,000+), from the beginning of his career -  when Heritage Auctions’ presents its second Ultimate Elvis Signature® Auction on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
 
“Elvis remains one of the most popular and durable figures in American Pop Culture,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “This auction, our second event totally dedicated to Elvis, is a celebration of his amazing life and legacy. From autographs and signed documents, rare concert posters and photos, personally owned jewelry and clothing, recordings and a variety of memorabilia, fans of Elvis will all have an opportunity to bid on their favorite pieces.”
 
Elvis collectors and aficionados alike will have a chance to preview the 300+ Elvis artifacts on display at the famous Peabody Hotel on Sunday (3 p.m. - 9 p.m.), Monday (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Tuesday (9 a.m. to 12 noon), Aug. 12-14, before the auction.
 
Early Elvis promotional material, in the form of concert posters and programs, has already been creating significant buzz amongst collectors with the top of this grouping coming in the form of the aforementioned Elvis Presley 1954 Eagles Nest original hand-painted concert poster, Memphis TN (estimate: $30,000+), rendered on a black poster board and hand-lettered in red and white gouache paint. It was made for Elvis’ Dec. 10, 1954 gig at the Eagles Nest, the nightclub located on Highway 78, outside of Memphis (though it was likely painted by a local artist). Elvis had been performing at this club since August of that year, with much success.
 
An Elvis Presley concert poster from Feb. 6, 1955 (estimate: $7,000+), is one of the most important and intriguing pieces of Elvis memorabilia to ever come to the auction block. Elvis had just released his third Sun single, “You're A Heartbreaker”/”Milkcow Blues Boogie” and was causing a stir regionally, landing on the bill of this big Country concert.
 
“This is one of only a handful of pieces to ever surface from this concert and is one of the earliest known Elvis concert posters of all,” said Jim Steele, Consignment Director at Heritage, “but it's not either of the performances Elvis gave that day that makes this a significant piece of Rock and Roll history. It's what happened between the two shows that would change Elvis' life and the music world forever: it was on this night, between these two shows, that Elvis was introduced to Colonel Tom Parker who would become the key figure in Elvis’ management team.”
 
One more important piece of promotional material, and one of the most interesting lots in the entire auction is an Elvis signed Big D Jamboree Program from Dallas’s now-defunct Sportatorium in 1955 (estimate: $5,000+), which took place just as Elvis was starting to become a national phenomenon. This is the only known copy of this program to surface.
 
“Elvis was just one of more than a dozen acts on the bill on Sept. 3, 1955,” said Steele. “Elvis, not yet 21, took the stage during three slots. At the time it was a highlight of Elvis' young career - as it turned out, it was a historic event for the venerable Big D Jamboree, which would become a nationally broadcast radio program the following year.”
 
Presley’s stage worn gold coin and diamond ring (estimate: $35,000+), an 1853 two and a half dollar gold coin surrounded by tiny diamonds, can be seen on Elvis' finger in the 1970 documentary film, Elvis: That's the Way it Is and is complemented in the event by several other pieces of Elvis jewelry, including:
 
Elvis’ personally owned and worn gold and citrine ring (estimate: $8,000+), given to his girlfriend, Linda Thompson, in the 1970s and kept by her until the mid-1980s; Elvis’ Rubellite Ring, 1970s (estimate: $8,000+), also given to Thompson; Elvis’ Turquoise and Silver Bracelet (estimate: $6,000+), consisting of four large pieces of turquoise mounted on a sterling silver bracelet and worn by him on several occasions before giving it to Dennis Roberts, the optician who designed many of the King's distinctive eyeglasses and Elvis’ Tiger Eye Ring (estimate: $5,000+), owned and worn by Presley, and given to Claude Thompson, a choreographer who had worked on Elvis' 1968 Comeback television special.
 
“We have many choice offerings of Elvis’ jewelry,” said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director at Heritage, “always among the most evocative and popular pieces of Elvis related memorabilia. The King loved jewelry almost as much as he loved giving it away to his friends, girlfriends and fans.”
 
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
 
Elvis Presley Owned and Fired Colt Python Double Action Revolver with Colt Factory Letter:  One of Elvis Presley favorite guns to target practice in the backyard of Graceland. He liked it because the gun didn't have a big kick. Elvis' fascination with guns is legendary and started very early in his life. Estimate: $14,000+.
 
Elvis Presley Early Signed 'Motion Picture' Contract, 1956: Two pages, mimeographed copies of the original typed document, signed by Elvis, dated "March 5, 1956," outlining the agreement Hal B. Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen of Paramount Studios made with the then 21 year old Presley as he was embarking on his film career. Estimate: $8,000+.
 
Elvis Presley's Trench Coat, autographed by him: A grey trenchcoat owned and worn by Presley and later given as a gift to a friend, with an inscription and signature by Elvis on the lining in black ink. Elvis purchased the coat from Lansky Brothers of Memphis - his favorite clothing store - in 1957, and wore it throughout his Canadian tour that year. Estimate: $6,000+.
 
An Elvis Presley Signed Black and White Photograph, Circa 1956: An early publicity image sometimes referred to as “the tuxedo photo,” signed in pencil in the lower right corner “yours till blue moon?/Elvis Presley.” Estimate: $6,000+.
 
Elvis Presley Signed Humes High School Library Card (1948): May be the oldest “autograph” of the King Heritage has ever offered. Just months after his family had moved to Memphis from Tupelo, Miss., the 13 year-old Elvis checked out a copy of The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson For Young Readers. The card was discovered years later by a Humes High librarian while clearing some old books from inventory. Offered with a copy of the book. Estimate: $4,000+.
 
Elvis Presley - Sealed Copy of Elvis' First Album (RCA LPM-1254, 1956): Elvis first single for RCA, “Heartbreak Hotel,” was released in January, 1956 and his promising recording career at Sun Studios suddenly exploded into unprecedented success with RCA. The eponymous first album didn't include that classic hit; in fact, the highest-charting song on the album was “Blue Suede Shoes,” which reached #20 on Billboard's charts as a cover of Carl Perkins' iconic #2 hit of the same year. Estimate: $3,000+.
 
Elvis Presley King Creole Sealed LP (RCA 1884, 1958): Elvis' sixth LP came out when the King was in the ARMY. It may have been his fifth #1 selling album had he not been overseas, but it still went to #2 in late 1958. So rare to find this early Elvis LP still sealed, and with the special promotional photo from RCA that was often missing by the time record stores sealed the album. Estimate: $2,600+.
 
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An intriguing early portrait of Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest poet and song-writer, is to be offered for auction in Part I of Bonhams Annual Scottish Sale on August 20th in Edinburgh. It is conservatively estimated at £5,000-7,000.

The portrait dates from the winter of 1786-7, during the writer's first stay in Edinburgh. Although the 27 year old Burns was still farming with his brother Gilbert in his native Ayrshire he was also establishing a literary reputation, having published, in July 1786, his first volume of poetry – the celebrated Kilmarnock Edition. He had gone to Edinburgh to arrange the second or Edinburgh Edition, brought out by the publisher William Creech in April 1787.

Burns was introduced by his patrons who included the Earl of Glencairn and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to the leading lights of the cultural and artistic life of the capital. Among these was the painter Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), who became a close friend and confidant and painted the poet from life for the frontispiece of the Edinburgh Edition. This famous work is now exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The painting to be auctioned is almost certainly by one of Nasmyth's children, several of whom were artists, and depicts Burns sitting in a chair. It, too, appears to have been painted from life. His facial features and clothing are entirely in keeping with contemporary observations of him. His hair is jet black, his eyes large and very dark, as recorded by, among others, Sir Walter Scott. His lips are slightly parted, described as their habitual position when not speaking by his brother Gilbert.

Bonhams Head of Pictures in Scotland, Chris Brickley, said," This is one of the earliest portraits we have of Burns. It was painted while he was tasting the first fruits of success as a poet and was almost certainly derived from a life study which gives the likeness an appealing freshness and immediacy."

For natural history print collectors, the auction includes a unique proof copy of Audubon’s Great Blue Heron, from The Birds of America ($80,000-$120,000). Other Audubon prints from The Birds of America include The Large Billed Puffin, Wilson’s Phalarope, and Sooty Tern, and from the Quadrupeds of North America, a rare study of Townsend’s Ground Squirrel, attributed to Audubon, that is expected to exceed its preliminary estimate of $4,000-6,000. The highlight of the History of Science session is an exceptional copy of Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica that was gifted to the present owners by Bern Dibner of the Dibner Library of Science and Technology, and is expected to sell for over $15,000.

High spots of Americana include a reverse glass painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid train sign made for the Rock Island System Railroad. The sign, one of 50 created in the late nineteenth-century, is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Presidential autograph collectors will be enticed by Continental Army discharge papers signed by George Washington ($6,000-$8,000), a ship’s passport signed by Andrew Jackson ($1,000-2,000), and the Complete Works of Lincoln which includes 142 presidential and political autographed documents, estimated at $25,000-$30,000.

Other highlights include illuminated manuscripts from the collection of David H. Gee; illustration and animation art, featuring an original Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip ($10,000-$15,000); a first edition of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea ($2,000-$4,000); and a significant collection of rare bibles and theological works from the library of Herman Blum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Public previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, August 5, 12pm - 4pm, Monday, August 6, 10am - 5pm, and Tuesday, August 7, 10pm - 5pm. A fully illustrated catalogue is available at www.lesliehindman.com. For questions regarding the upcoming auction, please contact Mary Kohnke at 312.334.4236 or marykohnke@lesliehindman.com .
BALTIMORE - The first offerings from “The Black Swamp Find” of 1910 E98 baseball cards - the best near “Set of 30” ever found (realized: $286,800), the finest known Honus Wagner card of its kind (realized: $239,000) and the color variations set (realized: $40,332) - brought $566,132 combined on Aug. 2 as part of Heritage Auctions Platinum Night® Sports auction at Camden Yards. All prices include Buyer’s Premium.
 
The “Black Swamp Find,” a complete treasure trove of more than 700 well-preserved, century-old baseball cards - discovered in the attic of a Defiance, Ohio house earlier this year by cousins Karla Kissner and Karla Hench - has captured the attention of the world this summer, and with good reason.
 
“These cards could have landed in the trash with other items being tossed out by the family after the final relative living there passed away,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “Now it’s valued at several million dollars and is widely considered the most significant find of vintage baseball cards ever. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than making a find like this.”
 
The cards are all from a rare series known by collectors as “E98s” that were issued around 1910. The “Black Swamp” cards were acquired at the time for promotional purposes by Carl Hench, a German immigrant who owned Hench's Meat Market & Sausage Works in Defiance, which eventually became Chief Supermarket. His heirs were cleaning their late grandfather's house when they found the cards in a box under an old doll house in the attic.
 
“It might as well have been filled with gold," said Ivy, “which it was: Cardboard gold.” 
 
When they discovered them in the attic, Karla and Karl didn’t know if the cards were genuine because they are smaller in size than modern cards and did not have players’ statistics printed on the backs. Fortunately, they decided to keep them and started doing research about the cards. Now the 20 heirs will share the proceeds from sales of the cards, which will be ongoing by Heritage Auctions.
 
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New York, NY, August 2, 2012—The Morgan Library & Museum has announced that it will display recent acquisitions during select times throughout the year, providing the public with more opportunities to enjoy objects from across the museum’s collections. On view now are three notable works, acquired through gift and purchase, from the Morgan’s departments of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and Printed Books and Bindings. The works are displayed in the Marble Hall—located in the Morgan’s 1928 Annex building between the Morgan Stanley Galleries—and will remain on view through September 23.
 
Joining the Morgan’s rich holdings of Renaissance Flemish manuscripts are two sixteenth-century Books of Hours. The earlier work, dating to ca. 1500, was illuminated by the Master of Nicholas von Firmian. The miniature on view shows Christ’s Crucifixion witnessed, as was traditional, by the Virgin Mary and the apostle John. Mary Magdalene kneels behind the Virgin, but there’s more to this figure: her distinctive features and contemporaneous headgear suggest that this is also a portrait of the anonymous patron of the manuscript. Her request would not have been unique; individuals who commissioned expensive Books of Hours often had their portrait included in the work. Surrounding the miniature and text on the facing page are fanciful trompe-l’oeil borders, populated by perched and prancing peacocks and other birds, acorns, roses, and acanthus.
 
The second, slightly later newly-acquired Book of Hours brims with narrative vignettes. The manuscript’s nearly fifty miniatures are surrounded by almost seventy historiated borders, breathing visual life into the lives of the saints addressed in the texts. Within just the two pages on view, we see St. Francis receiving the stigmata; Francis and a fellow monk administering to a leper who shakes a rattle to warn them of his affliction; St. Nicholas giving money to three young women in order to save them from a life of prostitution, and Nicholas freeing three prisoners.
 
On view for the first time in a New York museum, the Morgan’s third new acquisition brings together two modern masters for a monumental edition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, designed by Ed Ruscha. In an unusual career that has spanned more than five decades, Ruscha is widely recognized for having invented the contemporary artist’s book. His photography-based publications—Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963) and Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966)—influenced a generation of artists and left their mark on the history of art and on the history of the book. On the Road (2009) furthers that legacy through its groundbreaking use of the novel as a subject for an artist’s book. In a swerve away from the more commercial aesthetic of his early works, Ruscha has created a beautifully-bound letterpress book, printed by Gerhard Steidl on fine paper, and illustrated with original and found photographs, mounted by hand. The end result is an unforgettable work of art that doubles as a visual lexicon of Kerouac’s post-war American landscape—from its gas stations and large automobiles to the minutiae of isolated car parts and cigarette butts.
 
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The activities of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan’s private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets.
 
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New York, NY - July 2012 - An unprecedented auction of hundreds of original paintings, drawings and photographs by Roger Tory Peterson (1908 - 1996) will be conducted by Guernsey’s on September 8th at New York City’s prestigious Arader Gallery, located at 1016 Madison Avenue.
 
Following in the tradition of the nineteenth century’s John James Audubon, Mr. Peterson was responsible for developing a system of bird identification in the wild which, until his work in the 1930’s, simply did not exist. His beautiful paintings of birds have filled the pages of the more than ten million copies of his famous Field Guides that reside on the bookshelves in homes across the United States, South America, Europe and beyond. This first major offering of Mr. Peterson’s original work is coming directly from the estates of Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson. In the words of S. Dillon Ripley, former head of the Smithsonian Museum, Roger Tory Peterson was "the Audubon of the 20th century."
 
Inasmuch as so many comparisons have been made between Peterson and the 19th century master, John James Audubon, Guernsey’s has seen fit to include a wonderful collection of more than thirty beautiful and rare Audubon prints in this unprecedented event as well.
 
Roger Tory Peterson painted in the now-familiar vertical format useful in the field, with each of the two hundred works of art in the auction created for Field Guide pages consisting of from six to sixteen detailed images of birds. Reduced down to fit the books, the far larger actual paintings are magnificent. Additionally, the auction will contain many of the artist’s preliminary studies including a section devoted to Penguins, a family of birds that Mr. Peterson was most fond of.
 
Surprising to many is the fact that Mr. Peterson also was considered “the father of wildlife photography,” founding the North American Nature Photography Association which now consists of more than 2,500 professional members. Rounding out the auction will be two hundred of Roger Tory Peterson’s stunning photographic prints, each being printed for the very first time, Estate stamped and numbered 1/1.
 
Bidders will be able to participate in the event by bidding on line (liveauctioneers.com will be the online host of the sale), but fans of Mr. Peterson will certainly want to consider acquiring Guernsey’s handsome auction catalogue and attending the event in person.
 
Those interested in participating are encouraged to call the auction house (212-794-2280) or visit www.guernseys.com for more complete information.
 
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