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ACS_0040 for website.jpgMinnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) invites the community to attend New Editions, a two-day event that celebrates and fosters the collection of book art. Over 130 new original works—from chapbooks and zines, to broadsides, artist’s books, and fine press editions—will be available for viewing and purchase. The curated offerings will include something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast, with items at a wide variety of prices. 

New Editions begins on Friday, November 30 from 6-9pm with a special preview night. Be the first to explore and purchase a curated collection of bookish works from Minnesota and around the country. At 7pm, learn more about the importance of collecting book art from a panel of artists, featuring Harriet Bart, Regula Russelle, and Gaylord Schanilec, and moderated by Karen Wirth. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft wine and beer, and creative company with other book and art lovers. Tickets are $50 and available for purchase on MCBA’s website or in The Shop at MCBA. Each ticket holder receives a commemorative limited edition broadside printed by Laura Brown during the event.

New Editions continues with a public sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10am-4pm. Attendees will be able to find special gifts for those on their shopping list, or treat themselves to a unique work of art. Saturday’s event is free and open to the public, and seasonal refreshments will be provided.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to experimental artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts through book arts workshops and programming for adults, youth, families, K-12 students and teachers. MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, alongside partner organizations The Loft Literary Center and Milkweed Editions. To learn more, visit www.mnbookarts.org.

New York—The Fine Art Print Fair, the largest fair devoted to printmaking, concluded its 27th annual run on Sunday, October 28th, showcasing works from 80 exhibitors, spanning old master to contemporary, unique masterworks to new editions. 27 international exhibitors participated from the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland, as well as five distinguished first-time exhibitors. Artist highlights include Vija Clemins, Eugené Delacroix, Edvard Munch, Carmen Herrera, Kiki Smith, and Bruce Nauman. Exhibitors sold a wide variety of works across the board to private collectors, museum curators and connoisseurs from around the world. Over 12,000 visitors attended this year’s Fine Art Print Fair. 

“An extremely healthy print market was evident at this year’s fair,” says David Tunick, President of the IFPDA. “Over 100 museums attended - just about every museum in America, as well as some of the leading European museums. The Fine Art Print Fair is center of the world in the global print community every year - a must-go-to event - and this year was no exception. Museums, collectors, and art consultants bought many, many important works from Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary in every price range. And the fair lives on with more conversations and acquisitions continuing in the coming weeks and months.” 

The sales and highlights at the Fine Art Print Fair 2018 include the much admired Andy Warhol “Scream” sold by David Tunick, Inc. (New York) and featured in the New York Times article on the fair. The screenprint from 1984 went to a private collector for a substantial six-figure sum. 

Sims Reed Gallery (London, UK) sold an early David Hockney portfolio, “A Hollywood Collection,” which was acquired by a private American collector. Hockney envisaged the series as an ‘instant art collection’ and it is one of Hockey’s earliest series within his printed oeuvre. Each print is in the form of a different genre of painting — a still life, a landscape, a portrait, a cityscape, a nude and an abstract. These were the first prints printed under Gemini by Ken Tyler in Los Angeles. They were made shortly after Hockney moved to the US. The set was sold for just under $60,000. Sol LeWitt Grids and Colors portfolio for $50,000 and Roy Lichtenstein Water Lily for just under $40,000 met with buyers as well. The fifty screenprints include the colours black, red, blue, yellow and white, presented in series of ten with a background colour grid of each colour over which the other colours are printed in combination. The screen prints were printed by Jo Watanabe, New York and the edition was published by Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. This was LeWitt's sole publication of prints in 1979. The edition is small — an edition of 10, and there were also five artist’s proofs. 

Thomas French Fine Art (Akron, OH) enjoyed a successful run at the fair and comments, "Clients came from all over the country, and abroad, to view masterworks from the participating dealers. There was strong interest in classic master prints. We sold Matisse, Corot, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Warhol and Duchamp, amongst many others.” Thomas French exhibited rising artist, Darius Steward, for the first time in New York City and had overwhelming response from museums and collectors, acquiring many of his works. Regarding the print market, the gallery sold out many small editions of Stewards drypoints. 

Among the sold highlights at Mary Ryan Gallery (New York) were two institutional acquisitions: the gallery has sold three prints by Emma Amos, including “3 Ladies,” 1970, to museums, and with the generous support of James and Laura Duncan, the British Museum has acquired for their collection the lithograph “February,” 1958, by George Miyasaki. 

Childs Gallery (Boston, MA) reported excellent sales including Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled (Emok)” from Portfolio I, 1982/2001, Screenprint, 40x40 in. This print is one of a series of four release posthumously by the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The prints are based on four of Basquiat’s favorite paintings, which he refused to sell and remain with the artist’s estate to this day. Childs Gallery also sold Lee Krasner’s “Twenty-four Hours Light,” 1979/80, Oil and crayon collage on lithograph. 

Poligrafa Obra Grafica (Barcelona, Spain) reported excellent sales to mostly American private collectors at the fair, selling out 5 out of the 6 artists featured in their booth. Poligrafa sold an edition of Jordi Alcraz, “Paritura,” 2018, Pigment and cord on cardboard, from an edition of 14 for $15,000.

Susan Sheehan Gallery (New York), specializing in Post-War American prints and works on paper, sold a work by Sam Francis, “The White Line,” 1960, lithograph, edition of 75 for $40,000. 

Ruiz-Healy Art (San Antonio, TX / New York) reported the sale of the serigraph “Iron Will” by Margarita Cabrera to the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. 

Dolan/Maxwell (Philadelphia) sold a rare and important plaster by Stanley William Hayter, as well as works by Picasso, Miró, Masson and Tanguy. Notable new works that were purchased include pieces by Victoria Burge, Michael Canning, and Nona Hershey. Museum sales included a special impression by Norma Morgan and a lithograph from the 1960’s by Charles White. 

First-time exhibitor Hauser & Wirth (New York) notes, “We were thoroughly welcomed by collectors, curators, and the print community, and exceeded our expectations with over half a million dollars in sales.” The gallery placed several works with institutions across the United States and internationally. Sales highlights included over 40 of their new Hauser & Wirth edition by Rashid Johnson, released to coincide with the fair, including “Untitled Anxious Crowd,” 2018. 

Two Palms (New York) reported the sales two Stanley Whitney monotypes, one Cecily Brown monotype, two Terry Winters monotypes, a Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball” print, and three Mel Bochner monotypes. Numerous editioned works from Dana Schutz, Elizabeth Peyton and Terry Winters were also sold by the gallery at the Fair to private collectors. 

Durham Press, Inc. (Durham, PA) sold several Beatriz Milhazes prints, including “Purple Dahlia,” 2015 for $52,000. They also sold several suites of Chitra Ganesh’s “Sultana’s Dream” with several on hold for museums. The project consists of 27 linocuts and retails for $18,000 for the suite. 

Goya Contemporary/Goya-Girl Press (Baltimore, MD) sold six impressions of Sanford Biggers “Afropick,” 2005, mostly to institutions. The gallery noted, “For us, it highlights the commitment institutions have made to acquire great works that are also reflective of our societal makeup, history, and collective experience.” 

The Curators & Collectors Breakfast, a special morning preview of the Fair, included a presentation honoring the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, Jordan Schnitzer Award for Excellence in Printmaking and the IFPDA Book Award. 

The Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize was presented to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This annual prize aims to enable museums to acquire significant prints for their collections and inspire individual collectors by illustrating the profusion of affordable museum quality works on offer at the Fine Art Print Fair. Today, The Met collection is comprised of more than 17,000 drawings, 1.2 million prints, and 12,000 illustrated books created in Western Europe and America. The Met used the prize to acquire a Screenprint from Mary Ryan Gallery at the Fair -- Sam Gilliam’s work entitled Phase,” 1974, Screenprint, edition of 16, (right). Gilliam is an important American artist best known for his “Color Field” painting and draped canvases as well as for becoming the first African American artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1972. 

The IFPDA announced the two winners of the Jordan Schnitzer Award for Excellence in Printmaking are Ida Applebroog and Lothar Osterburg. The award supports emerging or under-recognized contemporary artists whose practice highlights printmaking. Established with the generous support of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the prize awards each artist with a $10,000 grant in order to both encourage the artist’s focus in printmaking while raising public consciousness about the unique ways in which artists engage printmaking in their artistic practice. 

The presentation concluded by awarding the IFPDA Book Award to The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850 and Hiroshige & Eisen: The Sixty-Nine Stations Along the Kisokaido . Both works in the field of prints encourage research, scholarship, and the discussion of new ideas in printmaking. 

artobject.jpgNew York - TEFAF New York Fall, which opens to the public this week, on Saturday, October 27, and runs through Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the historic Park Avenue Armory releases a selection of key works to be exhibited at the much-anticipated third edition of the Fair. 

The Fair, which features 93 of the world’s leading art and antiques dealers, including 10 new exhibitors, showcases top quality, strictly-vetted works from a variety of collecting areas including fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920, as well as rare books and manuscripts, jewelry, portrait miniatures, arms and armor, and much more. TEFAF has refreshed the conversation and the climate for historic art in America by highlighting its relevance and providing an innovative platform and collector experience. In a year that saw Salvator Mundi sell for $450 million at a contemporary art auction, Victoria Beckham hosting Old Master Paintings at her store in London, and Beyonce and Jay-Z filming their music video in the Louvre - older art has firmly crossed-over into the pop-culture milieu in a most discernable way. 

For more than three decades, TEFAF has been widely regarded as the world’s preeminent organization devoted to fine art, design and antiquities, celebrated for its dedication to historical importance and unrivalled quality. The specialist dealers at TEFAF are experts in their fields, providing both a wealth of knowledge and an all- encompassing picture of cultural and artistic evolution and development through a range of time periods and mediums in an elegantly curated display at the Armory. 

Returning for this iteration of the Fair are monumental works displayed in the public spaces of the Armory, outside of the exhibitor’s booths and historic rooms. This program utilizes the soaring spaces and unique architectural framework of the Park Avenue Armory to enable dealers to showcase larger scale works which adds to the overall offering at the Fair. The works to be featured in the public spaces of the armory are from the exhibitor Mullany (UK, stand 373), showing a rare Flemish tapestry Feuilles de choux with stag (c. 1550-70), Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts (US, stand 202) displaying William Hunt Diederich’s (1854-1953) Polo Players Weathervane (c.1926), Gregg Baker Asian Art (UK, stand 353) presenting a pair of Ishiyama Taihaku’s (1893-1961) Two-Fold Screens with Egrets Perched on the Branches of a Willow Tree (c. 1934), and Robert Simon Fine Art (US, stand 327) showing The Martyrdom of Saint Peter (c. 1660-65) by Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (1636-88).

TEFAF New York Fall 2018 will include a dynamic range of exceedingly rare, museum-quality, and historically significant pieces, such as a full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) offered by exhibitor Hirschl & Adler (US, stand 370).

Amongst the stellar decorative works of art being brought to the Fair are Thomas Chippendale’s (1718-79) The Brocket Hall Saloon Chairs (1773) shown by Ronald Phillips (UK, stand 357) which once belonged to Sir Elton John, as well as a gold brooch (c. 1842) a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria to commemorate the birth of their first born child, also called Victoria, brought by Wartski (UK, stand 311). Also notable and new to market, is a singular and rare compilation of five of Ovid’s Heroides (c. 1493) presented to queen consort Anne of Brittany, which is presented by Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG (Switzerland, stand 336).

For the complete TEFAF New York Fall 2018 exhibitor list, please click here. A full list of Fair highlights are available in the supporting document.

The exhibitor offering is supported by a comprehensive and informative series of coffee and afternoon talks, A complete list of the cultural programming for TEFAF New York Fall 2018 is available here.

The Fair’s Opening VIP Preview takes place on Friday, October 26, from 1:00 - 8:00 PM, with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosting its Opening Night Benefit from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Proceeds of the evening support The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as the acclaimed cultural programs produced by the Park Avenue Armory.

Opening Night tickets are available for purchase at www.giving.mskcc.org/tefaf, or by calling +1 212.639.7972.

Image: Octovien De Saint-Gelais, Epistres D’Ovide, Octovien De Saint-Gelais or Francois Rebertet, Three French Poems. Master Of The Chronique scandaleuse (France, Active circa 1493-1510) Illuminated manuscript on vellum 26.5 x 19 cm (10.4 x 7.5 in.). Paris - Circa 1493. Dr. Jorn Gunther Rare books AG / Stand 336 

Froissart_Lyon Flood.jpgParis - Iconic images by the earliest masters of photography—as well as contemporary artists who are reinterpreting the processes and subjects of the pioneers—will be exhibited by Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais from 8-11 November 2018. 

Spanning facets of the history of photography from 1839 to 2009, Masters of Photography: 19th Century and Now, will feature the work of William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Louis-Antoine Froissart, Gustave Le Gray, Hugo van Werden, and contemporary artists Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Adam Fuss, among others. 

Louis-Antoine Froissart (1815-1860) was the official photographer for the city of Lyon, photographing scenes and events of municipal interest. In May 1856, Lyon was inundated by one of the worst floods in French history. Froissart recorded the devastation with eloquent exactitude and poetic beauty. His eerily serene landscape of the postdiluvian city, Lyon Flood, records the disaster without depicting the human suffering left in its wake. This fine, rare salt print was presented by the photographer as a gift to the Mayor of Lyon at the time of the flood and remained in the Mayor’s family. Froissart’s photographs of the catastrophe precede the more widely known photographs by Edouard Baldus who was sent to Lyon by the French government in June of 1856.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) sought to record, through the faces of her family and friends, the qualities of innocence, wisdom, piety, or passion ascribed to great biblical, historical, and legendary figures. In Greek mythology, Circe is a goddess of magic, the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. Renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs, Circe is exiled to the solitary island of Aeaea by her father for killing her husband. Once there she lures sailors to the island, including the crew of Odysseus, transforming them into swine. For Circe, Cameron used a long exposure and shallow depth of field to give a slight sense of animation that merges the angelic looking Kate Keown with her mythic character, seemingly bringing her into the viewer's presence in the fine 1865 albumen print.

Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) trained as a painter in the studio of Paul Delaroche and exhibited in the Paris Salon. Le Gray’s unique vision is reflected in his seascapes, the work for which he is most celebrated. A striking ocean view in Normandy, Effet de soleil dans les nuages-Océan (Effect of the sun in the clouds over the Ocean), 1856-57, is one in a series of poetic and meditative seascapes that brought Le Gray international acclaim for their technical and artistic achievement. The albumen print demonstrates his mastery of the medium with a tour de force combination of clouds, sea, and sun and is on display alongside two enigmatic seascapes, from 1994 and 1997, by Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b. 1948).

In addition to his seascapes, Sugimoto’s Lightning Fields 119, part of his 2009 series will be on view. These dynamic camera-less photographs depict electrical charges, influenced in part by Fox Talbot’s research into static electricity. The images were made using a Van de Graaff 400,000 volt generator. The “lightning field” is formed by the resulting spark. If the charge is powerful enough it creates the capillary effect of electric light dramatically captured in this gelatin silver print from a photogram.

German industrialist and armaments manufacturer Alfred Krupp hired Hugo van Werden (1836-1911) as a trainee in his firm’s engineering workshop in 1854. Three years later, he was working as a draughtsman in the technical office. Early in 1861, van Werden was sent to Hanover to learn photography. Upon his return to Essen, he set up the Krupp works’ photography studio. As Alfred Krupp’s first full-time photographer and distant relation, van Werden’s family connection facilitated his access to the private grounds as he documented all aspects of Krupp’s operation, including the business plant, new technical developments and trials of materials. Van Werden’s 1877 albumen print Krupp firing range at Bredelar. Armor shooting trial is the first in a series of six photographs on view showing the progressive effects of cannon fire on the target’s armor plate. Van Werden’s strikingly proto-modernist photographs unite Krupp’s pioneering conception of photography’s role in advertising and entrepreneurship with his own artistic vision of the medium to show the complex interrelationships of steel—or more broadly, industry—and society.

Masters of Photography: 19th Century and Now will be on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs at Paris Photo, Stand C17, at the Grand Palais, Paris, from 8-11 November 2018. The telephone number at the stand is +1 917-273-4609.

Image: Louis-Antoine Froissart (French, 1815-1860), Lyon Flood, 1856. Salt print from a collodion negative, 22.6 x 32.0 cm

 

 

p1coacmki4174m1l0cdcm1usd13075.001.jpegFINE ARTS PARIS will offer many reasons to travel to the City of Light in the dark days of November 7th to 11th and six items on sale during this second holding of the art fair are each in their own right reason enough to go. For art lovers Fine Arts Paris is a must.

FINE ARTS PARIS has commanded the attention of the art world in what is only the second running of this new Paris based event run in partnership with the major French museums including the Louvre, Petit Palais, Centre Pompidou, Zadkine, Bourdelle, Rodin and Maillol museums.

This new fair, organized by the Salon du dessin team in partnership with Paris Tableau offers a mix of established dealers and emerging galleries, plus partnerships with museums, cultural program and a strong presence of overseas art galleries. Currently there are already more than 40 foreign galleries booked to attend.

For FINE ARTS PARIS, the gallery Les Enluminures (Paris-New York-Chicago) will present a special exhibition of four books which are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages - the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the history of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history).

All four manuscripts were unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts.

FINE ARTS PARIS is a fair aimed at bringing a new fresh focus to  painting, sculpture and drawings. The off-site events being held for the first time this year at FINE ARTS PARIS, in partnership with various museums and institutions, will focus on sculpture.

The Fair will play host to more than 40 galleries, including Didier Aaron, Galerie Canesso, Eric Coatalem, Xavier Eeckhout, Trebosc van lelyveld, de Bayser, Jill Newhouse (USA), Rosenberg & Co. (USA), Artur Ramon (Spain), José de la Mano (Spain), Art Cuéllar Nathan (Switzerland), Bailly Gallery (Switzerland), Paolo Antonacci (Italy),Maurizio Nobile (Italy).

Both  modern  art  and  the  old  masters  occupy  an important place at FINE ARTS PARIS a good example is the spectacular  presentation  planned  by  the  Galerie Canesso. The great Franco-Italian dealer Maurizio Canesso will show three large paintings by Niccolò Codazzi, a daring artist who painted major scenes and who worked on the decoration of the queen's staircase at Versailles in1681 and ’82. The provenance of these works, which were probably painted for the Spinola Palace in Genoa, where the artist moved after a stay in France, was a decisive criterion in Canesso’s selection of them.

Image: Roman de Troie, in french prose (detail) illuminated manuscript on parchment, in French southern netherlands, probably Brussels, around 1450-60 seventeen large miniatures by the master of Girart de Roussillon and workshop. Image: folio 69v-70, Achille and Ajax playing chess in a tent © Les Enluminures

 

Sunday 26th August 2018 marks the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook’s departure on the first of his famous three voyages to the Pacific. He set sail on HMS Endeavour from Plymouth Harbour in 1768 having been commissioned by King George III.

Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, has a complete set of James Cook’s 3 voyages, including a copy of The Life of Captain Cook by Andrew Kippis, for sale (£37,500), as well as rare books on each of the voyages and other books by and about Captain James Cook.

As Pom Harrington the owner of Peter Harrington says “The British explorer, navigator, cartographer and naval officer Captain Cook made three incredible voyages to the Pacific in which he surveyed and named new places, and features, and these voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge. These books would form the cornerstone of any book collection on the Pacific and many people would love to own these rare books about Cook’s fascinating historical adventures.”

Complete set of the three voyages by Captain James Cook with The Life of Captain Cook by Andrew Kippis (1773-1785) - £37,500

Q29sbGVjdGlvbiBvZiBib29rcy5wbmc=.png4 works in 10 volumes: This set includes first editions of the first two voyages made by Cook, the preferred second edition of his third voyage and a first edition of Kippis's biography of Captain Cook. The 10 volumes are attractively bound with wonderful illustrations. The extra-large maps and illustrations from the third voyage are contained in a separate atlas folio volume. 

 Highlights of Captain Cook’s Three Voyages:

  • During Cook's first voyage he observed the 1769 transit of Venus from Tahiti, discovered the Society Islands, made the first circumnavigation and charts of New Zealand and he led the first European expedition to the eastern coast of Australia which he charted and claimed for Britain on 22nd August 1770, naming it New South Wales;
  • In 1772 he was sent on his second voyage to search for Terra Australis or the great southern land mass which was supposed to lie between New Zealand and South America. In 1773 he made the first recorded crossing of the Antarctic Circle and proved no ‘Terra Australis’ existed. On route to New Zealand he discovered a host of islands including Easter Island, Tahiti, Vanuatu and New Caledonia and he also mapped South Georgia before returning to London in 1775;
  • In 1776 he left on his third voyage and in 1778 became the first European to visit Hawaii and went on to explore the west coast of North America passing through the Bering Strait before returning to Hawaii. Back in Hawaii quarrels broke out between the Europeans and local people which led to Cook’s death in February 1779.

Cook’s First Voyage

An Account of the Voyages undertaken…for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere...compiled by John Hawkesworth (1773) - £9,750

This is a handsome first edition, 3 volume set, of the official account of Cook's first voyage, together with accounts of previous expeditions under Byron, Carteret and Wallis, compiled by John Hawkesworth.

Hawkesworth was a respected London author and was commissioned by the Admiralty to edit the journals of the sea captains. Although this book was a huge success and became a best-seller, it was less successful for Hawkesworth who was attacked by the captains for tampering with the texts of their journals, by prudish readers for reprinting descriptions of the sexual freedoms of the South Sea islanders, and by devout churchmen for the immoral introduction. Hawkesworth was devastated by the criticism, and it was thought to be the main cause of his death. 

Cook’s Second Voyage

A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, James Cook (1777) - £5,000

A first edition of Cook’s second and historically most important voyage, and the only one to be included in Printing and the Mind of Man as one of the printed books that made the greatest impact on humanity. In his circumnavigation of the globe in this voyage, Cook conclusively disproved the existence of a great southern continent, or ‘Terra Australis’, which was believed by some to connect Australia with a larger southern landmass. This account was written by Cook himself and it is noted for its very high-quality illustrations.

Cook’s Third Voyage

A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1783) - £18,750

A remarkably well-preserved first edition of this rare book which is the first American account of Cook's third voyage, which preceded publication of the official (London) account by more than a year. This was the first American book about the Northwest coast of America and probably the first American book on Hawaii. It was written by the Connecticut-born John Ledyard who served under Cook.

The books are on display at Peter Harrington in Fulham Road, Chelsea. Peter Harrington offers an unconditional guarantee of every item’s authenticity and completeness as described. For more information see: www.peterharrington.co.uk

Les Enluminures will present a special exhibition and catalogue at Les Enluminures New York from October 17 to 23, 2018. It consists of four books that are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages - the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the history of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history). 

These are all manuscripts unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts. 

A lavishly illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition. Prize-winning author (“Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts”) Christopher de Hamel wrote the Introduction and Catalogue. Founder and President of Les Enluminures, Sandra Hindman is responsible for the Preface. 

Les Enluminures is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, miniatures, and finger rings. Dr. Sandra Hindman, an expert on medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination and Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, founded Les Enluminures in Paris in 1991 in association with her Chicago-based business. The New York City location opened in May 2012. Keegan Goepfert (M.A., Courtauld) became Vice-President of the company in 2012. For over twenty-seven years, Les Enluminures has forged and maintained relationships with the world’s most prestigious public and private collections. International clients include the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the J. Paul Getty Museum, among many others. The gallery has exhibited in most major art fairs in the United States and Europe, and we organize three to four exhibitions in our gallery spaces annually. 

October 17- 23, 2018 

23 E. 73rd St., 7th floor New York, NY 10021 

Opening: Wednesday October 17, 6-9 pm 

Open Daily 10am-6pm 

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-02 at 9.18.11 AM.pngDr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to TEFAF New York (27-31 October 2018, stand 336) with an exquisite selection of museum quality, medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and early printed books. At the core of this year’s exhibition are extremely rare, unique manuscripts of important literary works that have become beloved classics over the centuries. Readers all over the world continue to read, interpret and appreciate works by Ovid, Boccaccio, and Livy, making these beautifully painted books all the more significant for present-day collectors. 

The line-up of classics begins with a singular and extremely rare compilation of five of Ovid’s Heroides, in French translation by Octovien de Saint-Gelais, made for Anne of Brittany, queen consort of France. The letters by abandoned women to their faithless lovers, including the stories of Ariadne, Dido, and Oenone, are part of Ovid’s early work. The subject matter, the heroines of antiquity telling events from their - female - perspective, might have encouraged Saint-Gelais to offer these translations to the Queen, whose own life was just as dramatically at the mercy of men as Ovid’s female letter-writers. Heiress of Brittany, Anne was forced to marry Charles VIII and agree that, if widowed, she would remarry only his successor. The Ovid translations are bound in one volume, together with three French poems that were presumably written for an exclusive audience, possibly explaining the extreme rarity of this compilation. The manuscript includes eight full-page compositions with outstanding illumination by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse. One of the full-page miniatures shows Anne of Brittany herself, portrayed with her identified court ladies. This extraordinary manuscript has only recently come on the market and will be presented at TEFAF New York for the first time with an asking price of 1,200,000 euro. 

Another timeless classic is Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of stories about the fortunes and calamities of the rich and famous, translated into French as Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes. The text starts with the biblical Adam, continues with mythological and historical figures from Antiquity, and concludes with several of Boccaccio’s own 14th-century Florentine contemporaries. This manuscript is a notable addition to the Parisian luxury books associated with an artist who is commonly referred to as Maître François. Its miniatures mark the openings of the nine books of Boccaccio’s work, which offers a moral commentary on overcoming misfortune by adhering to virtue. At the French princely courts, the destinies of famous men and women of all ages were read as popular, inspiring models. This beautiful manuscript is on the market at an asking price of 650,000 euro.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will also bring to New York an extraordinary copy of Livy’s History of Rome, translated into French as Les décades. Its text is a copy of the first translation of any major classical author into French, originally commissioned by the French King John II the Good. The manuscript is outstanding not only in historical importance, but also in size. The sheer dimensions of this 15th-century manuscript make it a showstopper highlight of the exhibition. Measuring 450 x 318 mm and with 87 large miniatures, this manuscript is the most profusely illustrated of all known copies of Livy. The extremely fine 16th-century binding à la fanfare is equally spectacular. 

The engaging illustrations are a medieval feast for the eyes in a profusion of colour, evoking a world of chivalric splendour with knights in armour, kings, and maidens, battle scenes, jousts, and banquets. Extraordinarily, on the last leaf of the book, the makers of this manuscript are not only named, but are also pictured, including a self-portrait of the artist, a portrait of the scribe, and a portrait of their patron. This outstanding work is on the market at an asking price of 1,650,000 euro.

Image: Boccaccio, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes. France, Paris, c. 1470. Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG. EUR 650,000

 

The Book Club of California is delighted to announce that John Windle and Chris Loker have funded an annual lecture series titled, “The Windle - Loker Lecture Series on the History of the Illustrated Book.” The lecture series is scheduled through 2022, and will bring to Book Club venues important national and international experts who will speak on the illustrated book within these five eras: 

·      Medieval and renaissance manuscript illustration (11th to 15th century)

·      Early woodcut illustration in printed books (16th to 18th century)

·      Pre-Raphaelite / Art Nouveau book illustration (19th century)

·      Artist book illustration (20th and 21st century)

·      The Future of the illustrated book (21st century and beyond)

This lecture series will occur once a year as a Monday evening presentation, offered to Club members and their guests. It will explore the beauty, scholarship, and stunning craftsmanship of illustrated books from medieval times to today. The final lecture in the series will furnish intriguing insights into the possible future of the illustrated book in our hypertext world, a fascinating and timely topic. The five lectures will be presented either in San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego, to allow Club members throughout California the opportunity over time to participate in this enjoyable evening program in different locations.

The Windle - Loker Lecture Series will focus on presenting some of the most distinguished subject matter experts in their fields. They will hale from across the US and from the UK, and will present us with tales of alluring books and full-color images of the best the illustrated codex has offered over the centuries. The first lecture will occur on August 6, 2018 with the academic (and entertaining) team of famed book collector Mark Samuels Lasner and Margaret D. Stetz from the University of Delaware, speaking on Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau book illustration. The second lecture, in 2019, will feature speaker Dan De Simone, whose special collections career has included tenures at the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.—Dan will speak on the topic of early woodcut illustration in printed books.

John Windle, an antiquarian bookseller for fifty years and a Club member for much of that time, has served on the BCC board several times, most recently as Vice President and as chair of the Publications Committee. His well-known bookshop, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, is located just a few blocks from our Club. John is a constant supporter of all aspects of the BCC, also serves on the board of the Bancroft Library, and is a long-standing member of the Grolier Club. Chris Loker, John’s wife, has worked with him in the antiquarian book business for fifteen years, specializing in antiquarian children’s books. She recently curated the successful Grolier Club exhibition One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature, and will publish in May 2019 the academic volume A Shimmer of Joy: Children’s Picture Books in America, 1900-2015. Chris currently serves on the Grolier Club Council and is the chair of their Publications Committee. She also serves on the board of Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA. John and Chris are delighted to support the Book Club with the Windle - Loker Lecture Series, and look forward to seeing Club members at those lecture events.

North Adams, Massachusetts—The Artist Book Foundation (TABF) will celebrate the Hyperrealist sculptor Carole Feuerman at TABF’s Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery in Building 13 on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). 

The exhibition: Swimmers: Recent Works by Carole Feuerman, runs from June 15 through September 29, 2018. Featured are five of Feuerman’s sculptures, both monumental and smaller works in bronze, resin, and marble, and 10 prints of diamond dust and mixed media. The exhibition features several exclusive works created specifically for The Artist Book Foundation. 

On Thursday July 26, there will be a reception and book signing with the artist from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Feuerman’s hyperrealistic human-figure sculptures express a refreshing perspective on the mundane but intensely personal activities of modern life. Her powers of observation and versatility find unique expression through various materials that include marble, bronze, and painted resins, while she incorporates both ancient and contemporary methods in the creation of her works. These sculptures offer the viewer a gorgeous and shimmering glimpse at transitory, contemplative moments in time, often captured in a veil of clear resin that replicates tumbling water droplets. 

Feuerman has had solo museum retrospectives at the The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence, Italy; the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL., and Art-St-Urban, St. Urban, Switzerland and the Teatro Romano e Museo Civico in Fiesole, the Venice Biennale, the Musei di Rimini, and Huan Tai Hu Museum in the Jiangsu Province among others. Her work was featured at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ. She also had a solo show in Hong Kong, in the Olympic Fine Arts exhibition at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Palazzo Grazie in the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence. In China, she has exhibited in Hong Kong, the National Museum of China, Beijing. She has exhibited in Korea at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Daejeon Museum, and Suwon Museum. In Germany, she has exhibited at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, the Contemporary Art Museum in Aachen, and in Kassel during Documenta 14 (2017). In Spain, she exhibited at Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao and the Academia de Bellas Artes de Madrid. In Mexico, she has exhibited at Marco Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, and Denmark at the Arken Museum of Modern Art. 

Carole Feuerman’s selected collectors include the Emperor of Japan, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Norman Brahman, the Caldic Collection, Mark Parker, Nike, Ariela Wertheimer, Robert Hurst, and Malcolm Forbes. 

The Artist Book Foundation, a 501c3 organization, believes that artist books, like the artwork that inspires them, serve as a vital source of knowledge and cultural insight for current and future generations. For more information, visit our website at artistbkfoundation.org

 

Baltimore, Maryland - The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, now in its 38th year, is Maryland’s largest antiques event and one of the most important and anticipated shows of the summer for dealers and collectors. With countless international exhibitors drawn from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, England, China and Japan, the Baltimore Show attracts tens of thousands of patrons including knowledgeable collectors, museum curators, dealers, decorators and shoppers from all over the World. Show guests can discover many great items ranging from $100 to museum quality treasures with values of more than $1,000,000.

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show returns Labor Day Weekend (August 30 - September 2, 2018) transforming the Baltimore Convention Center into an epic experience for all who attend. From the lush carpet lined aisles, to the lavish floral arrangements and full-service restaurants located in the center of the show, the Baltimore Show is a must attend event for the novice buyer to the serious collector. 

The show attracts fine art dealers and serious collectors from around the globe and is known as the most important silver show in the nation, with leading silver specialists ranging from early coin, Georgian, Irish, Russian and Victorian to local Baltimore Stieff, modern Louis Tiffany and George Jensen. The quality and quantity of antique and fine estate jewelry on offer is the attraction for many knowledgeable patrons seeking bargains for both personal use and resale inventory. In addition, the show boasts quality dealers specializing in Japanese and Chinese art and antiques.

There are more than 200,000 individual items in the show, including vintage and estate jewelry, American and European silver, furniture of all kinds, crystal, art glass, ceramics, quilts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, lamps, ethnic art, paintings, decoys, Chinese export, bronzes, music boxes, sewing collectibles, oriental rugs, textiles, posters, country store, antique armor and military, political memorabilia and much more. Everything is for sale.

Highlights will include a Norman Rockwell painting titled “Boy Graduate,” offered by M.S. Rau Antiques; a vintage antique 1941 Bally Quarter Reliance slot machine offered by Maryland dealer, Larry Debaugh; and a wheel thrown, carved sculpted, high-fired porcelain with Celadon glaze titled “Double Dragon with Ruby Eyes” on display by Lee Gallery & Studios.

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is much more than a retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art and fine crafts, there is truly something for everyone at the show.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the show back to Baltimore for the 38th consecutive year. Each year the Baltimore show expands the variety of genres on offer which reinforces its reputation as the largest art, antique and jewelry show, not only in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, but in the United States" stated Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group.

Screen Shot 2018-05-29 at 8.37.24 AM.pngDaniel Crouch Rare Books (DCRB) is teaming up with Les Enluminures for their stand at Masterpiece this summer. Taking inspiration from the recent exhibition on medieval time at the Morgan Library, their joint display will explore methods of marking and keeping time throughout history.

Telling time

The exhibition begins with telling the time: with a Book of Hours from Les Enluminures, which takes its name from the prayers recited eight times a day, marking the hours of devotion. DCRB will show a sixteenth century calendar that allows the user to mark the length of a day, the days of the month, and the zodiac.

Historical time

Trying to fix events in history was a powerful motive for marking time. DCRB’s work by Petrus Apianus contains lavish paper instruments, enabling the reader to trace historical astronomical phenomena, like the eclipse that supposedly happened during the Crucifixion. Les Enluminures’ illuminated manuscript roll covering the history of the genealogy of Christ, the only recorded pre-1300 roll in private hands, aims to present the Bible as a narrative describing real people by juxtaposing sacred and secular events.

Eternal time

Another astronomical work from DCRB, by Andreas Cellarius, shows the planetary and zodiac systems of different cultures, and the different methods by which eternity was understood. A second Book of Hours from Les Enluminures contains wonderfully decorated miniatures of sacred scenes, including the Last Judgement, encouraging the reader to reflect on the eternity of sacred time.

Memento mori

But although time might be eternal, life is not, as Les Enluminures’ memento mori skull pendant reminds the viewer. Containing the relics of three saints, it would have prompted the owner to greater piety in anticipation of the afterlife. DCRB’s globe of Mars by Emmy Ingeborg Brun shows a different approach: Brun believed Mars could be repurposed as a socialist utopia when mankind’s time on earth ran out.

Hours_Spitz_MasterofPetrarchsTriumphs_Tours_c1490-1500_f8r_JohnPatmos copy.jpgComplementing Art Basel 2018, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will open its doors for a public exhibition. An exceptional selection of manuscripts, miniatures, and early printed books will be on display at the Dr. Jörn Günther Antiquariat in the heart of Basel from the 11th to the 15th of June, 2018. Under the motto “Medieval/Modern”, this year’s exhibition enters artworks from the past into a dialogue with those of the present, exploring medieval and Renaissance art as an important point of reference for contemporary artists. With a special focus on the theme “Black & White vs. Bursts of Colour”, the artworks on view represent the artistic power in the juxtaposition of vibrant colour choices and a more muted, mysterious grisaille palette that has inspired artists for centuries. 

Artists have always been drawn to a world in black and white - ranging from medieval grisaille paintings to Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings up to contemporary works by Gerhard Richter. Representing the muted, elegant palette, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will present an exceptionally fine Book of Hours whose miniatures show the exquisite refinement of a great artist. This sophisticated prayer book is attributed to the Master of Petrarch’s Triumphs, a distinctive artist whose earlier work is localized in Tours. The varied gradients of grey combined with small touches of few other pigments emanate a degree of translucency and purity. The manuscript includes 38 small miniatures with gold and red frames, as well as 4 full-page miniatures surrounded by borders of gilt scrolls containing the repeated motto “Parce Michi Domine”, meaning “Spare me, O Lord”, which may possibly indicate a yet unidentified patron’s device. While rooted in spiritual aspiration, this opulent manuscript nonetheless provides the owner with a luxury object that expresses his or her social status.

On the other end of the spectrum, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will present a vividly coloured Book of Hours, illuminated by the Masters of the Grandes Heures de Rohan, whose expressive colour choices offer a brilliant precursor to exquisitely colourful works by Vincent van Gogh, expressionist painters like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, or Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Rohan Masters’ striking and dramatic style shows clamorous colours, distorted perspectives, and impulsive gestures used for emotional effect. Characteristic motifs include long limbs, golden clouds drifting across vividly coloured skies, and fascinatingly layered patterns. The miniatures in this Book of Hours, including the fine figures of St. John Baptist, the Archangel Michael, or the Burial scene, anticipate the impressive, monumental compositions of the Grandes Heures de Rohan, created about fifteen years after this Book of Hours. 

Image: Book of Hours, use of Rome. Manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Master of Petrarch’s Triumphs. France, Tours, c. 1490-1500. Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG.

 

Top of Release.jpgNew York - Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will exhibit iconic images from the history of photography at TEFAF New York on May 4-8, 2018, at the Park Avenue Armory. The photographs highlight developments in the medium through the experiments and masterworks of nineteenth-century photographers, and in works by more recent and contemporary artists. On view will be work by William Henry Fox Talbot, Gustave Le Gray, Lewis Carroll, Eugène Atget, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Adam Fuss, and others.

In the early 1840s, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) placed a piece of lace in contact with photographically-sensitized paper to produce a boldly graphic image. When he first held it in front of a group of people, they thought it was an actual piece of lace and were stunned to learn that it was a photographic representation instead. This provided Talbot with an early method of demonstrating the power of photography to capture detail comparable to the best Dutch painters. A fine salt print, Black Lace, early 1840s, will be on display.

Since the 1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) has used photography to investigate how visual representation interrogates history. Working with an even earlier Talbot negative, Sugimoto’s toned gelatin silver print, Photogenic Drawing 008, Lace, c. 1839, 2008, greatly enlarges and interprets Talbot’s original photogenic drawing negative Lace, circa 1839. This is part of an inspired series in which Sugimoto created work from negatives Talbot had never printed.

A striking ocean view by Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), La Vague Brisée, Mer Mediterranée (The Breaking Wave), an albumen print from a collodion negative, 1857, is one in a series of poetic and meditative seascapes made in Normandy and the Mediterranean that brought the photographer international acclaim for technical and artistic achievement. Here, Le Gray shows nature’s elements while simultaneously capturing motion in a tableau of sky, wind-filled sailboats racing across the horizon, and waves crashing against the rocks. Of this series of views, the dramatic and dynamic La Vague Brisée is Le Gray's only vertical composition. The photograph was very popular in its day, and is one of only three images for which he filed for copyright with the French Ministry of the Interior. The seascapes Le Gray created between 1856 and 1858 are the works for which he is most celebrated. 

The exhibition includes a rare 1862 albumen print from a glass negative, circa 1856, by pioneering neurologist and physiologist Duchenne de Boulogne (1806-1875), the first scientist to explain that facial expressions were connected to human emotions through discrete muscle actions. The results of Duchenne’s experiments and collaboration with photographer Adrien Tournachon, illustrated in Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, occupy a distinct place at the intersection of art and science. 

Louis Robert (1810-1882) was raised at the royal porcelain factory at Sèvres. He was the head of the glass-painting atelier from 1848-1871. Robert was among the earliest French artists to take up photography. His still lifes of the Sèvres factory’s products, including a coated salt print of Vase de la Guerre (vase Mansart), Sèvres, were made to display these accomplishments at the Exposition Universelle of 1855.

Vernon Heath (1819-1895) likely began making carbon enlargements from smaller, older negatives in the 1870s. At the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Heath was awarded a gold medal for his large carbon print enlargements, such as Burnham Beeches. Heath became well known for his collodion portraits of the Royal Family, members of the Court, and other important personages. From 1857 to 1865 Heath contributed regularly to photographic exhibitions and his views of Burnham Beeches were considered some of the finest photographs of the time.

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will be exhibiting at TEFAF New York from May 4-8, 2018, in Stand 22. The telephone number at the stand is +1 917 273 4609.

 

Nantucket, MA—Now in its seventh year, the Nantucket Book Festival has established itself as a major summer destination for booklovers with impressive and eclectic line-ups of award-winning authors.  The three-day Festival, June 15-17, will offer author readings, panel discussions and social events in an informal atmosphere that encourages conversations between writers and readers.  Most of the Festival events are free and held within walking distance of the ferries.

Some highlights of this year’s Festival include presentations by acclaimed mystery writer Louise Penny, who will be appear at a solo event as well as a ticketed luncheon at the Nantucket Hotel with fellow author and friend Linda Fairstein; National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon, whose most recent book Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year; Min Jin Lee, whose books Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko are national bestsellers; and Joe Hagan, whose eagerly anticipated book Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is an insider's trip through the back stages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Nathaniel Philbrick, the island’s favorite literary son, will be discussing his reissued memoir Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, An Island, and the Voyage that Brought a Family Together. Crowd favorites Alice Hoffman, Elin Hilderbrand, and Diane Ackerman will be returning to the Festival as well.

New this year, the Festival is adding two events on Thursday, June 14: “A Nantucket Wedding” at Le Languedoc Restaurant featuring Nancy Thayer, and “Authors in Bars,” everyone’s chance to rub elbows with their favorite authors over drinks, at the Nantucket Hotel.

Other authors who will be participating represent a variety of genres and subjects including mystery, science, memoir, history, poetry, biography, economics, cooking, and conservation.  A complete listing of authors to date is at www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

To highlight the active literary community on the island, the Festival will host an outdoor tent in the Nantucket Atheneum garden of local authors selling and signing their books during the weekend.  There will be storytimes for children, and poetry on demand from The Typewriter Rodeo, the group of Austin-based poets who will write free poems on any subject for patrons (and who will be presenting about their new book.)

Other events include the Friday evening Author’s Dinner at the White Elephant Resort which is a fundraiser for the Festival (tickets will be available in late April), and the annual Cisco Brewers Send Off event on Sunday afternoon replete with authors, food and entertainment.

About the Nantucket Book Festival: The Nantucket Book Festival operates under the Nantucket Book Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to celebrate and promote the joys and rewards of reading, writing, and literacy. The organization seeks to present an annual quality program that honors national, regional, and local authors and the rich culture of the written word, ideas, and the imagination.

The Nantucket Book Foundation, working together with our island educators, produces a program in the schools which includes the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, the Nantucket Book Festival Young Writers Award, and the Visiting Authors program. These programs encourage our students to find a platform of words and a love of reading to understand that while they may live on an island, there is no limit to their imaginations.

For more information visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org

l envol.jpgNew York - The Photography Show will be held Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Pier 94 in New York City. The 38th edition of the Show will feature 96 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries, over 30 book sellers, 15 AIPAD talks, three special exhibitions, one screening room, and more. Presented by AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), the fair is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium. A vernissage will be held on Wednesday, April 4.

Presenting a range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media, The Photography Show will feature galleries from more than 14 countries and 49 cities from across the U.S. and around the world, including Europe, the U.K., Asia, Canada, and South America. Twelve new galleries are exhibiting for the first time at AIPAD this year: 6x7 Gallery Warsaw; galerie SIT DOWN, Paris; In The Gallery, Copenhagen; Jean-Kenta Gauthier, Paris; MEM, Tokyo; Paul Nicklen Gallery, New York; Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York; Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York; The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, CA; Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Beijing; Todd Webb Archive, Portland, ME; and Toluca Fine Art, Paris. A complete listing of exhibitors is available at AIPADshow.com/Exhibitors.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

Solo Exhibitions/Themed Exhibitions

Artists employ objects in multiple ways - as a subject, an idea, and an extension of an artwork itself. In Serial Structures: The Object in Performance at JHB Gallery, New York, seven artists look at objects as mundane as a plastic water bottle and as exalted as a mirror reflecting the forest of Fontainebleau.

Performance/Politics will present depictions of both villains and heroes by more than 35 photographers, from Phyllis Galembo’s 2016 image Trump Mask, Mexico to Dan Weiner’s 1956 portrait Martin Luther King Jr., Bus Boycott, Montgomery, Alabama. The exhibition will be on view at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. 

A solo exhibition, W. Eugene Smith at 100, will be exhibited at Etherton Gallery, Tucson. The work is from the archive of Takeshi Ishikawa, who was Smith’s assistant for three years during the photographer’s time in Minamata, Japan. Smith covered the environmental disaster caused by the Chisso Corporation, which from 1932 to 1968 had dumped mercury into the water. Some of the images of Smith at work in Minamata have never been shown outside Japan.

Celebrating the arrival of spring, A Flower Show—with photography by Tony Mendoza, Mike Smith, and Lucinda Devlin, among others—will be presented by Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN.

Artist Binh Danh fled Vietnam and arrived in the U.S. with his family when he was a child. Danh’s work calls attention to Vietnam’s history and the many victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. Using his unique method for creating chlorophyll print photograms on tree leaves, Dahn then reproduces them in daguerreotype form to memorialize the faces of the Cambodian genocide. A solo exhibition of his recent work, Binh Danh: The Ghosts of Khmer: Light and Memory, will be on view at Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix.

MEM, Tokyo, will offer a solo exhibition of the work of Gen Otsuka, a renowned 20th century Japanese photographer who worked in postwar photojournalism in Japan and played a role in the development of modern Japanese photography.

Dutch artist and cultural anthropologist Witho Worms links the altered landscape to his finished prints. He photographs the debris left over from coal mining and then grinds the actual coal from the site he photographed into a fine pigment that is used in his photographic process. His work will be on view at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, as part of a coal-related theme, depicting man’s troubled relationship to the environment.

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., New York, offers a walk through the old-growth forests of the 19th century. Into the Woods will include photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Gustave Le Gray, and J. B. Greene.

Portraits

In the late 1970s, Lynn Gilbert began photographing the most prominent women in the U.S. and in the process created a time capsule of the American feminist landscape. Her iconic portraits include Julia Child, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Billie Jean King, Louise Nevelson, Gloria Steinem, Susan Sontag, and Barbara Walters and will be on view at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. Gilbert’s work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Sally Mann’s portrait Virginia, from 2004, will be exhibited at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is on view at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., through May 28.

Ethiopian artist Aida Muluneh’s recent vibrant photographs express African women’s issues of gender, identity, and the colonial experience at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco.

Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, will show a number of famous rock and roll legends, including a 1974 photograph of John Lennon and Mick Jagger, a 1964 photograph of the Beatles reading their fan mail, and from that same year a portrait of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez with a sign that says, “Protest Against the Rising Tide of Conformity.”

Two celebrated portraits by Yousuf Karsh—of Winston Churchill and of Ernest Hemingway—will be on view at Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, Chalfont, PA.  Another pair of portraits, from the mid-1950s by Bernice Kolko—Diego Rivera painting and Frida Kahlo in bed—will be on view at Charles Isaacs Photographs, New York.

When the Chinese artist couple Rong Ron & inri were told they had to leave their Beijing apartment to make way for a new development, they held a funeral for their home and used it as a backdrop for their work. Their self-portraits in their soon-to-be-demolished home can be seen at Three Shadows + 3Gallery, Beijing.

William Wegman’s recent photographs pair his best-known models, his Weimaraner dogs, with mid-century modern furniture and will be exhibited at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York. His work is also on view in Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, through July 15, 2018.

Arnold Newman’s 1959 portrait of a confident young Willem de Kooning can be seen at

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, as well as work by Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Ray Metzker, Joel Meyerowitz, and William Klein.

Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris, will show Reine Paradis’s narrative photographs in which she is the central figure in surreal color-filled landscapes.

Rare Work

Richard Moore Photographs, Oakland, CA, will offer a collection of silver prints made by 11 photographers working for the Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1942, including rarely seen work by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Ben Shahn. In addition, a rare 1932 print by Ansel Adams will be included in a selection of photography by San Francisco Bay Area members of the Group f/64, who sought to promote a new modernist aesthetic.

Todd Webb was known for his humanistic mid-20th-century images of New York, Paris, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the American West. A number of his lesser-known photographs, including those from Africa, will be on public view for the first time. His work was seen in a 2017 solo exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York and will be presented at AIPAD by the Todd Webb Archive, Portland, ME.

Abstract Work

Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd, Santa Fe, will exhibit work from Alfred Stieglitz’s Equivalents series made between 1925 and 1934. Stieglitz was among the first to produce completely abstract photographic works of art. He believed his studies of clouds could express pure emotion, paralleling how the artist was feeling when the shutter was snapped. 

San Francisco-based photographer Chris McCaw has created an innovative photographic process whereby he exposes vintage photo paper to sunlight over long time frames, resulting in images that are literally seared by the sun. His work will be on view at Candela, Richmond, VA. 

Social Issues and Resistance 

In 2016, photojournalist Ryan Vizzions went to North Dakota to cover the Dakota Access pipeline protests at Standing Rock. Amplifying the voices of the indigenous people, his work has drawn major attention to the issue and has been published in many media outlets. It will be on view at Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe.

Rolf Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, will show work by Adriana Lestido, one of Argentina’s most renowned photographers, known for documenting women in prison in the early 1990s. The women were allowed to keep their babies with them there, but only until they were two years old. Lestido photographed the women’s arrivals at the facility, their daily life in the cells, and the dramatic separations from the children when they were too old to remain. The series, Imprisoned Women, developed into a book, which was dedicated to Lestido’s father, who had been imprisoned during the photographer’s childhood. 

Travel

Daniel Beltrá’s passion for conservation is evident in his striking large-scale photographs of landscapes shot from airplanes, which offer the viewer both the beauty and destruction he witnessed. His work, which has taken him to all seven continents, can be seen at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. 

American photographer Robert McCabe’s photographs of Greece in the 1950s will be on view at galerie SIT DOWN, Paris. McCabe captured Greek rustic life, traditions, and archaeological ruins.

Murray Fredericks has made more than 20 journeys to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in South Australia to capture the vast and boundless landscape. His work received its U.S. debut at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, this year and will be exhibited at AIPAD for the first time.

After entering the field only five years ago, self-taught Dutch photographer Bastiann Woudt has experienced a meteoric rise within the world of photography, with the publication of several books and with his work on view throughout Europe. His portraits and landscapes from his 2017 trip to Mukono in Uganda will be on view at Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta.

Additional Highlights

Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, will exhibit artists Mickalene Thomas, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Zanele Muholi, Andrew Moore, and Victoria Sambunaris. Bruce Wrighton’s Saint George and the Dragon series, on view for the first time since 1988 at Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, explores icons and images found in churches and barrooms in the Binghampton, NY, area.

IBASHO, Belgium, will show contemporary and modern work by Japanese photographers including Asako Narahashi, Yoshinori Mizutani, Hiroshi Hamaya, and Eikoh Hose. 6x7 Gallery Warsaw, is bringing the work of two Polish artists who are well-known in Europe, Tomasz Wysocki and Pawel Żak. 

AIPAD TALKS 

More than a dozen talks will feature prominent curators, collectors, artists, and journalists including Susan Meiselas, Alicia Garza, Sheila Pree Bright, Teju Cole, Sarah Meister, Tina Barney, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Adam Weinberg, Edward Burtynsky, Keith Davis, and Zackary Drucker, among many others. For the first time the Show will present Photography Talking Back, a series of talks with photographers who are using their work to address issues such as immigration, racism, climate change, and gender inequality. A complete schedule of the AIPAD Talks is available at AIPADshow.com/Talks

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS 

The Photography Show will present three special exhibitions. A Time for Reflection, curated by Sir Elton John, will include thematic work selected from AIPAD member galleries. Work on view will be available for purchase, and a portion of sales will benefit The Sir Elton John Charitable Trust. Forever Young: Selections from the Joe Baio Collection of Photography, focusing on childhood and adolescence, will be exhibited publicly for the first time. All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, curated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director and Curator at the Photographic Center Northwest, showcases contemporary black artists who have been informed or influenced by the Black Panther movement. More information on the Special Exhibitions at The Photography Show is available at AIPADshow.com/Exhibitors/Special-Exhibitions.

AIPAD SCREENING ROOM

The second edition of the AIPAD Screening Room will present documentaries on photographers curated by award-winning filmmaker Mary Engel, Director, Orkin/Engel Film & Photo Archive, including films on Yousuf Karsh, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, and W. Eugene Smith. A complete list of films and screening times is located at AIPADshow.com/Programs.

PHOTOBOOK SPOTLIGHT

Celebrating the contribution of photography books to the evolving story of the medium of photography, Aperture will present daily in-person talks with photographers, writers, curators, and publishers. The schedule of PhotoBook Spotlight talks is available at AIPADshow.com/Programs

AWARD AWARD

The AIPAD Award honors visionaries who have contributed to the field of photography, including artists, curators, and publishers. This year’s recipient of the second annual award is Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. The award will be presented during the vernissage on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. 

SHOW LOCATION

Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York City

SHOW DATES & HOURS

Wednesday, April 4

Vernissage Early Access Hours: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Vernissage Public Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 6, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

TICKETS

Tickets and information are available at AIPADShow.com/Tickets. For further details, visit AIPADShow.com, email info@aipad.com, or call +1-202-367-1158.

Image: Reine Paradis, L’envol, from the series Jungle, 2015. © Reine Paradis, Courtesy of Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris

 

New York — At the 38th Annual PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, presented by AIPAD, Throckmorton Fine Art will host a special exhibition by the widely published New York photographer Lynn Gilbert.

“Women: A Time Capsule of the American Feminist Landscape” is a limited-edition portfolio of iconic portraits of the women who transformed the American landscape in the second wave of feminism for women on the path to equality. 

Photographed by Lynn Gilbert in the years between 1976 and 1980 for Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times, the portfolio features twelve pioneering women of the 20th century from the arts and sciences, politics and law, mathematics and athletics, who blazed paths in traditionally male fields, opening doors for future generations of American women, and by example, women worldwide. 

Only twelve portfolios are being offered in this limited-edition. Each of the silver gelatin, selenium toned prints is 16 x 20, is signed by the artist, and mounted in a presentation box. Prints are by master printer John Delaney, who printed for Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz amongst others. Gilbert is contributing a portion of the sales to the ERA movement.

This new portfolio of twelve portraits comes from a body of work of forty-six women, which includes Bella Abzug, Julia Child, Joan Ganz Cooney, Betty Friedan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Grace Murray Hopper, Lucy Jarvis, Billie Jean King, Louise Nevelson, Diana Vreeland, Gloria Steinem and Barbara Walters.

When PARTICULAR PASSIONS was published in 1981, it was the first time a book had shed light on women who were actively engaged in changing perceptions of what women can be, what they can accomplish, and how they go about achieving their goals.  The portrait of Louise Nevelson became an instant icon.  

Throckmorton Fine Art has shown Lynn Gilbert’s photographs for many years.  Spencer Throckmorton says, “We are thrilled that women of all ages are now being heard in the workplace and on the home front. We hope this portfolio, a visual representation of the pioneers of the women’s movement, will be a call to action for women today so that the ERA (the Equal Rights Amendment) will finally be passed and women will be recognized as equal under the law and in our constitution. Coinciding with Women’s History Month in March, on the heels of the record-setting 2017 Women’s March, the #MeToo movement, and resurgence of efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, we feel this show could not be more timely or valuable.”

Lynn Gilbert adds that, “These women were the most significant women in their disciplines when the photographs were taken. Culled at a time pre-internet, pre-feminism and before women were celebrated for their own value and accomplishments, these women opened doors for generations of women who followed and inspire today’s society to realize the full impact of their vision and efforts." 

Lynn Gilbert’s portraits are included in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, The NY Historical Society, and the collections of Vassar and Yale.

 

New York - Throckmorton Fine Art will offer the first edition of photographic images from the 1967 RICHARD AVEDON MASTER CLASS during The Photography Show (AIPAD) in New York, April 4 - 8 at Pier 94.

The Master Class was created by Avedon and Marvin Israel at the Avedon Studio for up and coming promising photographers. Among the seven photographs offered for sale are pictures of luminaries including Diane Arbus, Hiro, Marvin Israel, Ben Fernandez, model Veruschka, and Richard Avedon.

Gideon Lewin, Avedon’s studio manager at the time, documented the evolution of the class, a forum to which students brought their personal work as well as assignments given during the course.  The purpose was to stimulate the participant’s senses, awareness, creativity, and personal style. It took place one night a week for about two months with various invited guests, personalities, photographers, art directors and writers. The assignments varied, from self-portraits and portraits of others to fashion stories and reportage.

Among the participating photographers were Chris Von Wangenheim, Deborah Turbeville, Alex Chatelain, Peter Hujar, and Otto Stupakoff.

Invited guests included Diane Arbus, Hiro, Ruth Ansel, Bruce Davidson, Lucas Samaras, Ben Fernandez, Richard Lindner, and Elaine May. 

The atmosphere was charged, with Marvin Israel playing devil’s advocate, controlling the sometimes heated, yet always constructive discussions. Richard Avedon amplified his thoughts, adding a critical element. Students were encouraged to bring in anything they found visually interesting and unique. Important photographer’s work was analyzed and discussed, while students were pressed to create their own styles of visual expression that was not an imitation or interpretation of other’s work.

Gideon Lewis created a ten-foot-square table covered in white paper around which everyone gathered and presented their work. Selected photographs were displayed on the walls for discussion. 

He said, “It was exciting to watch the table and the walls increasingly fill up with images while the white spaces slowly diminished. It was equally great to listen to the opinions of the guest critics, as Avedon and Marvin invited them into the fray. One of the big questions that needed to be addressed was the dilemma of how we as creative people could keep our individuality in the face of the proliferation of photography - how to preserve the difference between art and snapshots - which seems prescient in light of the popularity today of digital photography and smartphone cameras.

“My cameras on the ceiling and on my shoulder created a visual documentation of it all. Ben Fernandez asked at one point if the cameras had been placed on the ceiling to spy on the class. Avedon answered, “I don’t really know. This is Gideon’s assignment for the class.”

TEXACO_CORRECTEC_SMALL.jpgTodd Webb (1905-2000), best known for his photographs of New York, Paris, Georgia O'Keeffe and the American West, is one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century earning him a place in an elite circle of practitioners that include: Alfred Stieglitz, Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Lisette Model, Helen Levitt and Ansel Adams.

While Webb was very well known during the 1940s through the 1960s, he would later drop below the radar for the rest of his life through his death in 2000. The Todd Webb Archive, under the direction of Betsy Evans Hunt, is bringing Webb's remarkable oeuvre back into the spotlight again, presenting his bodies of work from the United States, Europe, and Africa. 

In the summer of 2017, the Museum of the City of New York, in collaboration with the Todd Webb Archive, mounted a solo exhibition of vintage prints, "A City Seen: Todd Webb's Postwar New York, 1945-1960," which was one of the museum's most attended exhibitions of the season. This was followed in the fall with the publication of the monograph, I See A City: Todd Webb's New York, written by Sean Corcoran and Daniel Okrent and edited by Betsy Evans Hunt (Thames & Hudson, November 2017). The book and show have garnered critical acclaim worldwide.  

Building upon the resurgence of interest in Todd Webb, the Todd Webb Archive will have rare, never-before-seen vintage prints by the photographer on sale for the first time at AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), in Booth 310 at Pier 94, New York from April 5-8, 2018. 

Works for Sale at AIPAD (update from original announcement sent 1/18/18) 

Africa 1958: This newly discovered color work was made by Webb in Tanganigka (now known as Tanzania), Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe), Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, Togo, and Kenya for five months commencing in April 1958. Commissioned by the United Nations, the vibrant photographs document people in their communities with a focus on workers and local industries. The series is distinctive for being in color and the only known photographic documentation of its kind during this period. 

New York Post-World War II: This series presents Webb's intimate and wonderfully rich exploration of the everyday life and architecture of New York in the years following World War II. In his review of the book in The New York Times Book Review, Luc Sante writes: "I See A City: Todd Webb's New York shows an upbeat, down-market post-World War II Manhattan, filled with sidewalk vendors and one-story sheds and hand-painted signs ... His pictures present a vividly comestible pedestrian-eye view, one that invites you to walk into that pawnshop, take a seat on that streetcar."  

Among the prints on sale is the iconic Sixth Avenue panel -- a panorama of one block, Sixth Avenue, 1958 between 43rd and 44th streets, assembled from eight separate frames.

Paris 1948-1951: Todd Webb fell in love with Paris and would create his second major body of work there. He was a true "flaneur," wandering the streets, and discovering what would become his favorite haunts. There are echoes of Atget in Todd Webb's work with whom Webb was well acquainted because of his friendship with Berenice Abbott. Webb's Paris work is a love letter to the city. As New York embodies the masculine identity, Paris is more soft and feminine - Webb met and fell in love with his wife Lucille there. The Paris work is in numerous museum collections, and illustrated in Keith Davis's book Todd Webb: Photographs of New York and Paris 1945-1960. The vintage prints that the Todd Webb Archive is presenting have rarely been seen.

Other bodies of work by Todd Webb:

Guggenheim Fellowship -- Walk across America: 1955-1956

American West: 1955-1970

Georgia O'Keeffe Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch: 1955-1980

Portraits of Artists, including Berenice Abbott, Harry Callahan, Gordon Parks, Lisette Model and Man Ray. 

Over a period of more than fifty years, Todd Webb produced a unique body of work which attained an important place in the annals of American photographic history. Webb's humanistic approach to documentary photography infuses his images with a sense of intimacy and a curiosity in the relationship between history, place, and people. His life was like his photographs; at first they seem very simple, without obvious tricks or manipulation, but on closer examination, they are increasingly complex and marvelously subtle.

The primary goal of the Todd Webb Archive, located in Portland, Maine, is to educate the public about Webb and his oeuvre. The archive is making vintage work available for the first time while also offering a limited edition of large scale posthumous prints. Since Todd Webb's death in 2000, his estate (known as the Todd Webb Archive) has been managed by collector/dealer Betsy Evans Hunt who has represented Webb since 1991. Hunt first met Webb and his wife Lucille in 1989 when they visited her photography gallery in downtown Portland. The Webbs formed a close and enduring friendship with Hunt with whom they shared a similar aesthetic sensibility. Prior to moving to Portland, Hunt held various positions in the field of fine art photography, among them as Robert Mapplethorpe's first studio manager. Hunt is currently working with various museums on Todd Webb exhibitions and accompanying publications, as well as with commercial venues. The Todd Webb Archive is open by appointment. 

For more information, visit: www.toddwebbarchive.com

Image: Texaco Station, Togo (West Africa), 1958 / copyright: Todd Webb Archive.

Ruysch.jpgDaniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit at the 31st edition of TEFAF Maastricht, with a collection of maps, books and scientific instruments that emphasize the links between cartography, navigation and astronomy during the Age of Discovery.

This March Daniel Crouch Rare Books will explore the mapping of heaven and earth in the Age of Discovery. Exploration in this period did not simply expand European territorial knowledge, but in turn spurred improvements in scientific instruments and in astronomical observation.

The collection of six Ptolemy atlases provide a perfect example: although they are groundbreaking examples of cartography, containing the first available printed maps of America and Japan, they are based on astronomical calculations made by an ancient Greek cartographer. 

The calculations needed for cartography produced both practical and fantastic results. Day to day navigation is represented by the sextant used by the navigator George Vancouver (£75,000), whose name lives on in the city in Canada. Vancouver accompanied Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of Pacific exploration, and was one of the men who recovered Cook’s body after he was killed in a confrontation with locals in Hawaii.

At the opposite end of the scale is an extraordinary, and possibly unique instrument named the ‘Coelometer’ by its inventor (£100,000), which can be used for astronomical calculations from the time of sunset anywhere in the world to finding longitude by observing the moon. 

The improvement of scientific instruments spurred the production of atlases of the skies as well as the earth. The exhibition contains an example of the only celestial atlas published during the Dutch Golden Age, by Andreas Cellarius (£350,000).

And while at the moment it is mainly territorial controversies that occupy our attention, the collection provides a reminder of how contentious the heavens can be. A copy of John Senex’s groundbreaking star atlas (£15,000) contains one of the most controversial maps of the century, a star chart. The data used for the chart was published without permission from the astronomer, Nicholas Flamsteed, who responded by buying every copy of the book he could find and burning them.

ImageJohann Ruysch’s fan-shaped world map from the third Rome Ptolemy, 1507.

17-33 Adoration of the Magi copy.jpgLes Enluminures is celebrating its 25th year exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht

For this prestigious event, the leading specialists in manuscripts and jewelry from the Middle Ages, Les Enluminures will inaugurate at TEFAF Maastricht the selling-exhibition “The thing of mine I have loved the best”: Meaningful Jewels. Forty-six exceptional pieces of European jewelry - pendants, reliquaries, amulets, and talismans - dating from the eighth century to the eighteenth century, will be presented in a specially commissioned, one-time-only display, which will be revealed at TEFAF. 

One of the many remarkable objects assembled by Founder and President of Les Enluminures Dr Sandra Hindman, over a period of fifteen years, is a Spanish “magic belt”. The oldest of the very few surviving examples, it includes elements from the tenth to the seventeenth centuries: Islamic textile, Arab coins, rosary beads, a rock crystal skull, a jet amulet, and a type of horse chestnut make up the belt, which would have been worn by a child to protect him or her from evil spirits.

A lavishly illustrated book by two senior scholars, Cynthia Hahn and Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, accompanies the exhibition.

Alongside this, Les Enluminures will present an array of important acquisitions. Notable highlights include two exceptional miniatures from the crucible of sixteenth century illumination, art, and design in Renaissance Paris. These two full-page miniatures come from a richly illuminated Breviary assigned to the Bellemare Group - possibly the late work of Noël Bellemare himself. 

Also on display will be the Hours of Philippote de Nanterre, a monumental illuminated manuscript with 27 miniatures by the Master of Raoul d’Ailly, a rare Amiens painter directly influenced by Flemish Primitives, and a collaborator.

Image: Bellemare Group (plausibly Noël Bellemare, active Antwerp and Paris, 1512-1546), Adoration of the Magi, France, probably Paris, c. 1540-45

 

Hours_Spitz_Bourdich_c1500_Tours_f27r_Annunciation copy.jpgDr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG returns to TEFAF Maastricht (10-18 March 2018) with an exceptional collection of museum-quality, Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and early printed books. 

This year’s highlights focus on the masterful artistry displayed in one-of-a-kind secular and sacred works of art from the 15th and 16th centuries. The first outstanding manuscript in the TEFAF Maastricht 2018 line-up is an exceptionally fine Book of Hours that shows the exquisite refinement and sophistication of a great artist. This elegant prayer book is attributed to the Master of Petrarch’s Triumphs, a distinctive master whose earlier work is localized in Tours. 

The manuscript’s delicate grisaille and touches of jewel-toned colours emanate a degree of translucency and purity. This devotional work includes 38 small miniatures with gold and red frames, as well as 4 full-page miniatures surrounded by borders of gilt scrolls containing the repeated motto “Parce Michi Domine”, meaning “Spare me, O Lord”, which may possibly indicate a yet unidentified patron’s device. While rooted in spiritual aspiration, this opulent manuscript nonetheless provides the owner with a luxury object that expresses his or her social status.

Another impressive manuscript highlight that Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books is bringing to Maastricht is a superb copy of Livy’s History of Rome, translated into French as Les Décades. This text is the first translation of any major classical author into French, originally commissioned by the French King John II the Good. This 15th-century manuscript is outstanding in size and in historical importance. The history measures 450 x 318 mm and includes 87 large miniatures, making it the most profusely illustrated of all known copies of Livy. Equally spectacular is the extremely fine 16th-century binding à la fanfare.

This manuscript’s engaging illustrations offer everything that the Middle Ages are supposed to be: battles, jousts, knights, armour, castles, trumpeters, kings, maidens, and banquets in a profusion of colour and chivalric splendour. The makers of this manuscript are not only named, but there is also a self-portrait of the artist, a portrait of the scribe, and a portrait of their patron.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will also show an extremely rare early printed book: Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse - which is considered to be the first book in history that was both created and published by an artist. The copy at hand is the second Latin edition and the first with the title woodcut depicting the apparition of the Virgin with Child to St. John. It includes the complete series of 16 monumental woodcuts.

The publication of the Apocalypse was a revelation of Dürer’s artistic genius: never before had a single artist executed a project of such scope with total mastery over every aspect. Dürer utterly transformed the appearance of the illustrated printed book and of woodcuts. His large, complex images in realistic settings, full of life and movement, feature a descriptive power evident in the present series. Revolutionary in its time in both technique and breadth of concept, Dürer’s woodcut style graphically manifests the potency of St. John’s visions, capturing minute detail, rich texture, profound physical vigour, and his mastery of light and darkness.

His interpretation of the events before Doomsday was a great popular success. With editions in Latin and German, the book became accessible to the widest possible audience. However, today, this outstanding work is rarely seen in commerce.

Image: Book of Hours, use of Rome. Manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Master of Petrarch’s Triumphs. France, Tours, c. 1490-1500. Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG. Price: 1,600,000 EUR.

 

 

DCRB Stand at WAS 2018.jpegDaniel Crouch Rare Books will bring maps of three of the most exciting cities in the world to the Winter Antique Show, which runs from 19 - 28 January in New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

Visitors to the Winter Antiques show will be awestruck by the unmissable display of George and Walter Bromley’s ‘Atlas of the City of New York - Borough of Manhattan’ from 1908: a strikingly pink 25’ (yes, 25’!) wide fire insurance map in 38 individually framed sheets (pictured).

The map is not only a fascinating and important document from the end of ‘the gilded age’, but also demonstrates how maps can be displayed in interior spaces to make bold and arresting design statements. The map includes outlines of buildings, street names, sidewalk widths, number of stories, basements and natural features such as rivers. It also shows the composition of buildings by listing materials such as brick, stone, iron and wood in their descriptions. Daniel Crouch Rare Books explains the importance these maps have as invaluable resources for historical research, genealogy, planning, conservation and demography ($250,000).

Visitors will also be delighted by Bernard Ratzer’s 1776 ‘Plan of New York’, showing the southern end of Manhattan island. There were about 25,000 people living in the city at this time and you can see the countryside shown in the surrounding marshy areas of New Jersey and parts of (present day) Brooklyn along the East River. The map is a significant improvement of Ratzer’s own 1769 plan, which the gallery will also display at the fair. Notable for its accuracy, his later map gives street names, roads, buildings and the names of chief property owners (the maps are priced at $275,000 and $50,000 respectively). 

Back across the Atlantic, another fire insurance map on the gallery’s stand is Richard Horwood’s spectacular 1799 map of London. This is the largest printed map in Georgian Britain and charts the entire city of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark. It was produced for use as an aid for the Phoenix Fire Office, an English fire insurance company for whom it is understood Horwood worked. The plan, nearly ten years in the making, demonstrates incredible levels of detail, showing the parts of the city that had yet to be developed and notably includes house numbers, which had only started being used in 1735 ($55,000).

The Paris offering is Michel-Étienne Turgot’s ‘Plan de Paris’ (1739) depicting a birds-eye-view of the French city during the reign of Louis XV. Turgot was the Mayor of Paris from 1690-1751 and aimed to promote the city’s reputation through the creation of a comprehensive city plan. It took two years to complete, and once published, prints were offered to the King and other important officials ($27,000). 

Symposium_banner.jpgCambridge, MA (July 2017) - Houghton Library, Harvard College’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, recently announced the capstone event of its 75th anniversary year, a symposium that asks bluntly, “Houghton Library: Who Cares?” The event, scheduled for this October 5th-6th, will examine the library’s legacy, mission, and path forward through the lens of that central question and provocation. 

Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton, Tom Hyry looks forward to “an engaging symposium that will address, from a variety of perspectives, many of the most pressing challenges and promising opportunities faced by Houghton Library and the special collections and archives profession. We hope and expect,” he continues, “that the symposium will result in a renewal of mission and the development of new directions for the library.” 

Fourteen speakers and panelists who connect to Houghton’s collections in a range of ways - as creators and collectors, readers and interpreters, colleagues in cultural heritage from around the world - will join the audience to grapple with questions around care and concern for the collections, as well as the scholarship, art, and inquiry that come out of engagement with libraries like Houghton. Organizers of the event hope to face boldly questions and concerns, cultivating an informed optimism about the future of special collections and archives that is tempered with an understanding of the problems they face in our current cultural climate. 

“Anniversaries tend toward the celebratory and self-congratulatory; our organizing committee hoped instead to use this opportunity to self-challenge and really do the work of building a case for care with this dynamic group of speakers and thinkers,” says Emilie Hardman, Houghton’s Research, Instruction, and Digital Initiatives Librarian, chair of the organizing committee. 

Each day of the symposium will feature a keynote lecture, the first delivered by Jamaica Kincaid, the world-renowned novelist and essayist. Kincaid will be followed by Johanna Drucker, internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Symposium attendees will also hear opening remarks from Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard. For a full schedule, presenter profiles, registration for the waitlist, and other information, please visit: houghton75symposium.org. 

Want to know more? houghtonlibrary_events@harvard.edu or +1 617-998-5210 

Houghton Library 

Houghton Library is the principal repository for Harvard University's collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. The library’s holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars and the public in the reading room, and through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses. 

Houghton Library is located in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. It is open Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm, and Tuesday through Thursday 9am-7pm. Houghton Library is closed on Sundays. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

 

PBS presenters 1.pngThe lineup for the 3rd annual Picture Book Summit online writing conference, set to take place Saturday, October 7, has been announced. Early Bird registration is now open. 

Headlining the event is Tomie dePaola, author of Strega Nona and more than 200 additional children's books. The 2011 recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to American children's literature will appear live to provide the opening keynote address. 

The live online writing conference, reaching working and aspiring picture book writers across the globe, will feature a full day of keynotes, workshops and panels featuring top authors, editors and agents. 

Also providing keynote addresses will be superstar picture book authors Carole Boston Weatherford (multiple Caldecott honoree, author of Freedom in Congo Square, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and more than 50 additional books for children) and Adam Rex (New York Times bestsellers Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and School’s First Day of School). 

Attendees will also enjoy workshops from author Steve Swinburne (Sea Turtle Scientist and Safe in a Storm), Julie Hedlund (My Love for You is the Sun), Greenburger Associates Literary Agent Brenda Bowen and Laura Backes, publisher and founder of Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly. 

Panel discussions will include a selection of children's publishing's top editors and agents. There will also be networking and submission opportunities for attendees. 

The full day's lineup, along with registration information, can be found at http://PictureBookSummit.com 

MINNEAPOLIS - (June 26, 2017) - Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) for their 5th Book Art Biennial July 15-23, 2017 including workshops, lectures, and 7 exhibitions feature programming that encourages people of all disciplines and skill levels to amplify individual and collective voice through grassroots artistic practice.  Enjoy two-day Pre-Biennial Workshops hosted by visiting national and international artists, from July 15-21, including: Alternative Printmaking with Rubber Stamps with Stephen Fowler (UK); Papermaking in the Islamic World with Radha Pandey (Ohio); Innovative Books from Head to Tail: Ideas-Content-Making with Angie Butler (UK); and Approachable Metalworking for Book Artists with Shanna Leino (Michigan).

This year’s MCBA Biennial Symposium, July 22-23, explores the broad definition of “book” in contemporary artistic practice, stimulating critical thinking and dialogue. Speakers include: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Detroit-based printer, Keynote Address; Simon Goode, Founder and Director of the London Centre for Book Arts Making Books; Karen Kunc, Artist, Educator, and Founder of Constellation Studios, The Constellation Metaphor; Steven Daiber, Proprietor of Red Trillium Press, Book Arts in Havana; Angie Butler, Artist and Scholar, University of the West of England, We Are What We Do; and Mary Hark, Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Report from the Field:  Papermaking as Community Catalyst. Medium to Message: Art As Culture-making/Public-making is presented by Sam Gould, Lacey Prpic Hedtke, and Regula Russelle; and finally an informal round table discussion where participants share practical techniques for teaching the book arts with special emphasis on social engagement, accessibility, and grassroots practice.

Seven stimulating exhibitions provide an engaging ambience for the 2017 MCBA Book Art Biennial, including: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s Open Book Takeover, featuring 5,000 community-made prints; Heid Erdrich, guest curator, gathers Native American voices in (About that) Water is Life; Mary Bruno, Bruno Press, has enlisted the help of forty print makers from around the world to present End of Times 2: The Time is Now; Alyssa Baguss, environmental artist, presents Meander; Twin Cities Zine Fest hosts an interactive zine reading lounge Free for All, Stamp of Disapproval showcases counter-culture from MCBA’s Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive, and finally, Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift, a juried exhibition of artists books exploring the politics of control and alternative methods of public discourse.

The Biennial culminates with the 2017 MCBA Prize Gala. Toast the best new artist books in the world on Saturday evening, July 22, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Enjoy refreshments by Common Roots and live music by The King Baron Hot Club while mingling with artists, collectors, and special guests. The 2017 MCBA Prize competition includes work from over 100 entries representing 12 nations. Over $9,000 will be awarded. The finalists for the 2017 MCBA Prize include:  Hannah Batsel (Chicago, IL) Maneater; Tim Hopkins (London, England) - The Book of Disquiet; Ellen Knudson (Gainesville, FL) Ingress/Egress; Nader Koochaki (Astigarreta, Spain) - Soineko Paisaia/Dorsal Landscape; and Ines von Ketelhodt (Flörsheim am Main, Germany) - Alpha Beta. The winner will be announced Saturday evening, July 22 at the 2017 MCBA Prize Gala.

The MCBA Prize is the first honor to celebrate the diversity of book art and recognize work from across the field and around the world. This year, the jury consisted of three distinguished leaders in the field of book arts. They were: Steven Daiber, book artist and proprietor of Red Trillium Press; Simon Goode, founder and executive director of London Center for Book Arts; and Karen Kunc, book artist and proprietor of Constellation Studios. The works of the five finalists and three special merit will be on view at Minnesota Center for Book Arts from July 20-23rd during the 2017 Book Art Biennial. 

For more information about this event, contact Amanda Kaler, Development Director of Minnesota Center For Book Arts. To order tickets or be a sponsor, please visit BookArtBiennial.org. Additional information can be found at facebook.com/mnbookarts, twitter.com/mnbookarts, and instagram.com/mnbookarts.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts #bookartbiennial

WHEN: July 15-23, 2017. Visit BookArtBiennial.org for specific dates/times for Workshops, Symposium, 7 Exhibits, and Gala.

WHERE: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

 

SAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will present new work and related programming this fall by seven artists who conducted research in The Huntington’s collections during the second year of a five-year initiative called /five, which this year is based on the theme of “collecting” and “collections.” The exhibition “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art from Nov. 18, 2017, through Feb. 12, 2018, will feature an installation of paintings, sculpture, textiles, video, writings, and other new works along with performances, talks, and tours by the artists, all of whom are women. They include Olivia Chumacero, Sarita Dougherty, Jheanelle Garriques, Zya S. Levy, Soyoung Shin, kerrie welsh, and Juliana Wisdom, who were selected in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW).

Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” comes out of /five, a contemporary arts collaboration between The Huntington and five different organizations over five years. /five invites artists to respond to a range of themes drawn from The Huntington’s deep and diverse library, art, and botanical collections. The initiative is led by Jenny Watts, The Huntington’s curator of photography and visual culture, and Catherine Hess, The Huntington’s chief curator of European art and acting director of its art collections. In /five’s first year (2016), The Huntington collaborated with JPL/NASA to present the JPL sound sculpture “Orbit Pavilion,” which referenced The Huntington’s history of aerospace, astronomy, and earth science collections.

For the second year of the initiative, The Huntington chose WCCW, a nonprofit organization that cultivates feminist creative communities and practices, to explore the theme of collecting and collections. The resulting projects for “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” are described below. The seven artists will engage with The Huntington’s three collecting areas, with two projects each exploring the library, art, and botanical collections. As they become available, details about related events will be posted at huntington.org.

The Library Collections

Jheanelle Garriques

Garriques is the founder and executive director of Naked Narratives, a writing program that encourages its participants to confidently express themselves while resolving past traumas. Her project for “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” is called “Storytelling, Solidarity, and the Blue Stockings Society,” and uses The Huntington’s Elizabeth Montagu archive as inspiration for a mixed-media spoken word performance. Montagu (1718-1800) was a founder of the Blue Stockings Society, a British movement that encouraged intellectualism among women through literary discussions—or, as Garriques defines it: “one of the world’s first feminist writing salons.” The archive contains some 7,000 letters written to or by Montagu. Garriques’ project will juxtapose a handful of letters with new writing produced by a local writing salon of eight participants. Her performance piece will involve the participants and dance choreographed by Rissi Zimmermann.

kerrie welsh

Welsh’s work pushes the boundaries between personal and cultural memory and between social and artistic conventions. A Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz focusing on female authorship, LGBT desires, and the birth of cinema, she also co-founded the Women in the Director’s Chair Oral History Project at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her project, “What You Love,” collects LGBT letters, testimonies, and diaries to create an archive of contemporary love stories. Inspired by The Huntington’s rare book and theatre holdings relating to the ancient Greek poet Sappho, the project investigates the story of Olga Nethersole (1863-1951), a controversial and popular British actress who portrayed Sappho on stages across Europe and the United States. It will include correspondence with the local LGBT community and collected ephemera evidencing LGBT lives and loves, and the vulnerability of these kinds of materials to destruction, due to secrecy, shame, and fear.

The Art Collections

Soyoung Shin

Shin is a multidisciplinary Korean-American artist working in textiles, performance, zines, and new media. Her project for the exhibition, “Picture Elements,” is drawn from the word “pixel,” which is an abbreviation of “picture element.” Centered on The Huntington’s historic carpet Astrology (on view in the Huntington Art Gallery’s large library), one of 93 carpets commissioned around 1665 by King Louis XIV to line the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, Shin’s project investigates the anonymity of women who engaged in the creation of textiles without receiving credit, in the same way contemporary women rarely receive credit for their roles in emerging technologies. “Picture Elements” will take the form of textiles, including fragments of a Savonnerie carpet currently in storage, a computer program, a book, and a series of lectures.

Juliana Wisdom

A sculptor and porcelain production assistant, Wisdom is developing new work in response to The Huntington’s 18th-century French porcelain collection. Emulating the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory’s techniques with both traditional and new materials, four new works will seek to broaden the historical narrative of the Sèvres Manufactory by including the often-uncredited women who were both makers and benefactors of Sèvres.

The Botanical Gardens

Olivia Chumacero

Chumacero studied film at UC Santa Cruz and is the founder of Everything Is Medicine, a project that involves workshops, hikes, and other initiatives to raise awareness of native California flora, sustainable water use, and the respectful use of lands belonging to indigenous groups. Working in conjunction with Sarita Dougherty, her contribution to “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” will be a video, “When Light Married Water,” in which the relationship of light and water gives birth to native California flora in both the manicured and the uncultivated areas of The Huntington’s grounds. Chumacero is working with Sarita Dougherty on a collaborative project.

Sarita Dougherty

Dougherty generates and paints habitats from found plants and cultural ephemera. With an MFA from UCLA, she is currently researching the Inca fertility goddess Pachamama in connection with aesthetics, ecology, and education. Her project for the exhibition, “Domestic Flora Familiars,” consists of four paintings relating to plants on The Huntington’s grounds along with a printed cloth screen, of the type used in home décor, inspired by Chumacero’s video.

Zya S. Levy

Levy is the co-founder of “We the Weeds,” a collaborative botanical arts project based in Philadelphia that highlights the presence of the natural world within the manmade landscape. Her project, “Green-Gold,” explores the desert garden collection at The Huntington to draw links between early plant collectors, botanical origins, migration stories, a sense of place, and the future of biological diversity. “Green-Gold” will consist of a visual catalogue of cacti diversity in The Huntington’s Desert Garden, a short audio collage, and sculpture, as well as a series of offsite urban plant tours.

 

NANTUCKET, MA—The Nantucket Book Festival, a summer destination for booklovers, features a stellar line-up of authors and events for its upcoming Festival, June 16-18. Readers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide unique opportunities to engage with their favorite authors—a hallmark of the Festival. Most events are free with the exception of ticketed social events.

The Opening Night Celebration, Open Books, Open Minds: Writing to Cross Borders, on Friday evening features Diane Rehm, Will Schwalbe, and Kevin Young, speaking on the role of writing as a way to interpret and clarify personal, political, and global divisions.

Throughout the weekend, which begins on Friday morning, authors of many genres and subjects will present, highlighted by: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns); US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Diane Rehm (On My Own) who will discuss her memoir about reconstructing her life after the death of her husband; Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine whose latest book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, extols the power of cooking to cure many of life’s ills; and New York Times Best Selling authors Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow), Carl Safina (Beyond Words), and Marie Arana (American Chica).

Two New England poets will be featured through their biographers: Megan Marshall (Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast) and Kay Redfield Jamison who will discuss her psychological portrait of Robert Lowell (Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire). Crowd favorites Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult will be returning to the Festival. A complete listing of authors is at www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

For younger readers, the Festival offers an exceptional line-up, including a breakfast with Laurie Halse Anderson (The Seeds of America Trilogy) and Nathaniel Philbrick, who will discuss his new book, Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill, written from a child’s perspective. Other authors for younger readers include Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Bill Konigsberg, James Sulzer and Wendy Rouillard. For the youngest set, there will be story times in the Atheneum Garden tent on Friday from 9:00-1:00pm in seven languages.

To highlight the active literary community on the island, the Festival will feature local authors under the tent outdoors at the Nantucket Atheneum selling and signing their books during the day on Saturday. The ever-popular Typewriter Rodeo will be on hand to write free poems on-demand on their vintage typewriters.

Tickets are now on sale for author-hosted social events, which include:

  • Friday: breakfast with Nathaniel Philbrick and Laurie Halse Anderson (kids free); luncheon with Michelle Gable, Mary Alice Monroe and Nancy Thayer; and the Nantucket Book Festival Authors Dinner at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Inn, a fundraiser for the Festival.
  • Saturday: luncheon hosted by Sarah Leah Chase (sold out), and James Gleick will host Tea and Time Travel at the Community School. 
  • Sunday : breakfast with Ruth Reichl; a wine tasting with Bianca Bosker (sold out) and the annual Cisco Brewers Send Off event in the afternoon (free) will feature music, food, author mingling, and of course brews. An evening closing event, Wild Places and Human Dignity, with PBS host Carl Safina at the NHA Whaling Museum will wrap up the Festival in the evening. 

A complete listing of all authors and tickets for all ticketed events are available at www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

4034F642-86BF-49CD-AC2D-CAC18B8B2C76.pngBenjamin Spademan is delighted to announce that the debut exhibition of the artist and filmmaker Robert Perkins will open at his London gallery on the 25th of May. Entitled The Written Image, the two-part show will be a presentation of paintings, prints and collages created by Perkins in collaboration with renowned poets, from Seamus Heaney to Allen Ginsberg.

The genesis for the project that would become The Written Image series came from the notable poet Elizabeth Bishop. As a student at Harvard University in the 1970s, Perkins was accepted into Bishop’s small creative writing seminar. At their first one- on-one meeting, she let Perkins sit down before saying, ‘You’re not a poet. What are you?’ Caught off guard, he replied, ‘I want to be a painter.’ Upon learning that Perkins wanted to be an artist, she wrote out her poem ‘The Fish,’ and asked him to illustrate it. Perkins then invited his other teachers, the Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and American poet Robert Lowell, to collaborate, sparking the germ of a body of work that has now been ongoing for 45 years.

The works themselves are borne from Perkins’s personal relationships, and reflect the long history of interplay between poets and painters, word and image: from Chinese and Japanese scrolls and Persian miniatures, to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, William Blake, and the collaboration between the painter Larry Rivers and poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950s. Robert Perkins’s homage to poetry starts with the poet’s handwritten text - in his own words, ‘a self-portrait of the poet in the moment’ - which is then combined with Perkins’s lyrical imagery. The poem itself, the physicality of the letters and words - split open, obscured, fragmented - provides the constant architecture upon which Perkins crafts his thoughtful visual vocabulary. The images follow poetry’s intrinsic grace and compression, and Perkins’s sensitivity to materials - rich pigments and the almost sculptural quality of paper - contributes to a sophisticated balance of word and image.

For example, in a 1989 work inspired by a poem in Seamus Heaney’s book, The Haw Lantern, which describes the felling of a chestnut tree, and metaphorically the loss of the poet’s mother, Perkins depicts a partially split branch with a multitude of tiny, white wood chips spilling across the page. The violence of this imagery mirrors the melancholic poignancy of Heaney’s words: ‘I heard the hatchet’s differentiated/ Accurate cut, the crack, the sigh/ And collapse of what luxuriated/ Through the shocked tips and wreckage of it all... Silent, beyond silence listened for.’

The work created in collaboration with Allen Ginsberg begins with a journal entry that, though written decades before Ginsberg’s death, is wholly concerned with mortality: ‘What’s to be done about Death?’ Perkins created swathes of expressionistic colour with crayons, only to cover this abstract base with India ink, the colour peeking through the scraped away ink. As Perkins later recalled: ‘The tension between the suppressed colour and the colour poking through seemed to speak about Allen’s concerns, captured something of his childlike nature.’ There is prescience in Ginsberg’s final line, ‘not to be buried in the cemetery near Newark airport some day?’; the poet lies buried there today.

Not literal representations of the poetry, Perkins’s body of work moves evocatively between word and image. It is, in the words of poet and art critic Ilka Scobie, ‘an elegant dance between poetry’s immaterial words and the grounded practice of his mark making.’

Says Benjamin Spademan: ‘I'm excited to be bringing this exhibition to the gallery. It directly reflects the ethos that I have been trying to develop here, the interaction of books and art. I love the way Robert Perkins immersed himself in modern poetry and found ways of engaging with texts through his art. His catalogue gives profound insights into the creative process, as well as a fund of highly entertaining anecdotes.’

The exhibition runs 25 May - 23 June 2017.

A catalogue will present the whole collection, with introductions by art critic Ilka Scobie and Ewan Clayton, author of The Golden Thread, A History of Writing.

Part two of the exhibition will take place at Benjamin Spademan Rare Books in November 2017.

Image: (Top Left) Allen Ginsberg, What’s to be done, 1998; (Top Right) Seamus Heaney, from The Haw Lantern, 1989; (Bottom) Octavio Paz, fragment from Trowbridge Street, 1972 © Robert Perkins, by courtesy of the artist and Benjamin Spademan Rare Books. Photo: Antiquarian Photographer, Louie Fasciolo. 

Histoire Ancienne copy.jpgTaking place in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital at the height of London’s busy summer art season, Masterpiece London will take place from June 29 to July 5. For this prestigious event, Les Enluminures will be presenting an array of important acquisitions. Notable highlights include a royal manuscript commissioned within the court of Charles V, a pristine 13th-century missal from Soissons and a Roman ring bearing the inscription “Utere Felix”. 

Of the upmost importance, the Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains is a historical chronicle of immense size, and one of the greatest historical compilations of the later Middle Ages. Our copy was written by King Charles V’s scribe, Raoulet d’Orléans, and illuminated by two artists who worked almost exclusively for the King. The 78 illuminations sparkling with gold leaf and in near-perfect condition dazzle the eye. The provenance is nearly unbroken - from the fourteenth century Valois court up to and including major modern bibliophiles (Chester Beatty, William Hearst, James and Elizabeth Ferrell). The manuscript is well-known but has not been for public sale for more than a quarter century. It was exhibited at and published by the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Another highlight to be exhibited at Masterpiece London is one of the nest thirteenth-century Missals still in private hands. This splendid Missal with its majestic full-page Cruci xion and numerous large historiated initials represents the very peak of Gothic illumination at its apogee in France, which was itself the home of the Gothic style. The present manuscript stands out for its certain localization to the diocese of Soissons and for its exceptionally full cycle of illustrations. Impressive in size, and in faultless condition, it is one of the greatest testimonies of thirteenth-century illumination in private hands. 

The third highlight comes in the form of a Roman open-work ring inscribed with the Latin inscription “Utere Felix” meaning “Use (this) happily” or “Use it with luck”. This inscription, framed with scrolls, ivy and pelta motifs, seems to have been popular in various parts of the Roman Empire with examples found on Roman rings of the 2nd to 4th centuries AD and other jewels such as bracelets, belts, buckles and bulae. In superb condition and of considerable weight, this ring is an important example of Roman jewelry evidently made for a high-ranking individual.

STAND A12 

June 29 to July 5, 2017
Preview: Tuesday, June 28, 11 am - 9 pm  

Image: Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains; In French, illuminated manuscript on parchment; With 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI and a collaborator; France, Paris, c. 1370-80; $4,500,000. 

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 9.19.20 AM.pngLes Enluminures is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 Madison Avenue Gallery Walk on April 29. The event, which takes place on the Saturday preceding the TEFAF, Art New York, and Frieze New York fairs, will open our New York gallery’s spring exhibition Collecting Medieval Masters Now. The works presented here - manuscripts, miniatures, drawings, and rings - offer a meaningful counterpoint to more recent artistic productions and celebrate the legacy of thoughtful collecting from generations past and present. 

Highlights of the exhibition include a majestic two volume illustrated manuscript made in the court of King Charles V (reigned 1364-1380), a masterpiece of French Gothic manuscript illumination known as the “Soisson Missal”, a miniature attributed to a follower of Giovanni di Paolo from the collection of Lord Clark of Saltwood, and a Roman ring with a message of friendship hidden in its intricate open-work. 

Keegan Goepfert, Vice-President and Director of Les Enluminures (New York & Chicago), will deliver two accompanying talks entitled “Medieval Art for the Modern Collector” and “Collecting Rings: Then and Now” during the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk. The talks are free, but registration at www.artnews.com/MadAveGalleryWalk is required. 

COLLECTING MEDIEVAL MASTERS NOW 

April 29 through June 10, 2017; Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm 

Opening: Madison Avenue Gallery Walk Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am to 7pm 

Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor, Penthouse, New York, NY 10021

Image: FOLLOWER OF GIOVANNI DI PAOLO, The Creation of the World, Italy, Siena, c. 1450, $55,000

 

 

(Amherst, MA--April 10, 2017) Children's book author/illustrator and Regina Medal recipient Steven Kellogg will deliver the 7th annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The BERL series features the country's preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children's literature. Kellogg's lecture, a self-proclaimed "celebratory outburst of appreciation," is free with Museum admission. A reception and book signing will follow. 

In The Enduring Magic of Story, Kellogg will share his appreciation for the gift of storytelling and how it enriches our lives. "Storytelling, both visual and verbal, has been a pervasive and important activity in societies throughout the thousands of years that have elapsed since the dawn of mankind, when human beings first mastered the ability to communicate with one another," said Kellogg. He will also speak about his admiration for the arts of writing and illustrating and how they are able to open gates to the world of stories and generate true magic, reminding us that "we all have a place in the storytelling circle."

"We are delighted to welcome Steven who has been a friend of The Carle since its creation. Embellishing the folktale of Paul Bunyan, imaginatively creating a friendly snake in the classroom, or fantasizing on paper about the antics of a Great Dane puppy are just a few of the plots that he has successfully turned into books through the years," said Barbara Elleman.  

Steven Kellogg is the author and illustrator of over a hundred picture books. His love and dedication to stories and storytelling has been a lifelong pursuit: "It was early in my journey that I realized that stories and pictures were so compelling to me that my commitment would have to be a professional one."

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and forty years later was presented with their annual award for significant professional achievement. Apart from that, his work has received numerous other recognitions including the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award, the Parents' Choice award, inclusion on the ALA Notable Books list, Booklist Editors' Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, The Horn Book Fanfare, and the list of Reading Rainbow featured selections. 

To Kellogg, the importance of picture books, especially for children, is "for the emotional, intellectual, and imaginative nourishment that words and pictures provide when they are artfully composed to create the magic of story." Indeed, Kellogg's own work has touched the lives and creative imagination of countless children. As well as a creator, Kellogg is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and has traveled to numerous schools, libraries, and colleges in all 50 states presenting programs that celebrate the joys of reading. More information about Kellogg and his work can be found at www.stevenkellogg.com.

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 8.51.02 AM.pngMaureen E. Mulvihill, Guest Speaker

With Exhibits & Digital Images

Selby Public Library, “Books & Coffee” series, 

Gelbart Auditorium. April 11, 2017. 10:30AM.

Sponsored by Friends of the Selby Public Library

1331 First Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Host: Alice Blueglass, Executive Committee, Second Vice-President

admin@selbylibraryfriends.org/www.selbylibraryfriends.org/Tel. 941.861.1140

OUR SPEAKER will discuss the value of 'old books' as surviving historical artifacts. Within broad contexts of pre-1800 book design and book arts, she will emphasize the continuing appeal of the early book to specialists (collectors, book historians) and generalists (Virginia Woolf's 'common reader'); she will also show what ‘modern’ editions of old books too often overlook. An established writer on English and Irish literary cultures, Dr Mulvihill is presently at work on Irishwomen's political writings and response, c.1603-1801. Her evolution as a rare book collector is profiled in Fine Books & Collections magazine (Autumn, 2016). For San Francisco’s Rare Book Hub, she wrote a special Guest Series (October-December, 2016), Old Books / New Editions, being essays on new editions of Anne Killigrew, Hester Pulter, and Margaret Cavendish. Our speaker is an elected member of the Princeton Research Forum, Princeton, NJ, and Vice-President (2012-2015), Florida Bibliophile Society; originally from Detroit, she is also a member of the Book Club of Detroit (flourishing these 60 years & counting). After 30 years in Brooklyn, NY, she is now a homeowner in lovely Laurel Park, Sarasota, Florida. (Training: PhD, Wisconsin, 1982. Post-doctoral: Columbia University Rare Book School; Yale Center for British Art; and, as NEH Fellow, Johns Hopkins University.

Image credit: Lori Sax, Sarasota, FL.

 

IMG_5213 copy.jpgSymposium will feature leading scholars in the field and an inaugural exhibit of antique books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico

What: 

Cal State LA’s Art History Society, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presents the 2017 Mesoamerican Symposium titled  “The Foundation of Heaven: The Great Temple of the Aztecs. The symposium will feature leading scholars in the field, as well as an inaugural exhibit of antique books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico.

Who: 

The symposium is dedicated to the life and work of Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, a prominent Mexican archaeologist. Matos Moctezuma is recognized for his work directing the massive, multidisciplinary Templo Mayor Project (1978-2001). The project was to excavate the Great Aztec Temple of the island capital of Tenochtitlan, next to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Zócalo, Mexico City’s famous central plaza. He also conducted field work in such revered places as Tula, Comalcalco, Cholula, Teotihuacan, and Tlatelolco. Matos Moctezuma has published more than 500 articles, exhibition catalogues, and monographs.

When:  

Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater.

Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom.  

Where:

Cal State LA is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. The address is 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C. Click here for a campus map and directions.

More: 

The symposium will culminate on April 22 at 5 p.m. in the University Library with a special exhibit of antique books, entitled “Transcultural Dialogues: The Books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico. This exhibit will showcase the  Ruwet, Glass and Nicholson collections of Cal State LA that are an integral part of a proposed center for the advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. The collections of books from the 17th to the 21st Centuries, include most of the facsimiles of Mesoamerican Codices and historical chronicles of Colonial Mexico. This makes Cal State LA’s library one of the top repositories in the world in the fields of Pre-Columbian and Colonial History of the American Continent.  The exhibit is curated by Cal State LA’s Art History Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, along with Azalea Camacho and Angelene Campuzano.  

Symposium speakers include Elizabeth Boone, of Tulane University; David Carrasco, of the Harvard Divinity School; John D. Pohl, of the Anthropology Department at Cal State LA; Karl Taube, of the University of California, Riverside; and more. For a listing of speakers, refer to the program online.

Info: 

General admission to the symposium is $25, $15 for college students with ID, and $10 for Cal State LA students with ID. To register, please email ahscsula@gmail.com. For additional symposium information, call (818) 926-7635 or visit http://www.calstatela.edu/arthistorysociety/events.

sheaff 1.jpgMark your calendar for what will undoubtedly be the finest celebration of all things ephemera in North America this year! The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible. Popular categories include correspondence, advertising materials, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores and scripts, cards, and many others.   

The Ephemera Fair, the highest quality show of its type in the country, features 77 dealers from 12 states selling an amazing selection of historically significant ephemera.

The Ephemera Fair, open to the public, Saturday and Sunday features an international group of sellers who specialize in items ranging from A to Z. Care to learn more about Valentine cards or documents signed by presidents? Or perhaps posters or vintage advertising call to you. Attendees interested in entertainment will enjoy the fair's selections of original movie scripts, manuscripts, and music scores. Photographers will appreciate the daguerreotypes, stereo-views, cabinet cards, and photos on offer. Other areas include broadsides, maps, catalogs, and design related materials, among practically countless others.   

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Ephemera Fair, "Even people who don’t "officially" collect ephemera will love this event. And odds are, they will leave with at least one item that catches their fancy! Walking through this fair is walk through history. Visitors get to see how people lived before the digital age—long before our smartphones and computers shaped the way today people define friends, correspondence, and communication."

The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, and is open to the public on Saturday, March 18th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, March 19th from 11am-4pm. The hotel offers free parking. Tickets at the door for the two-day show are $15 for adults; college students with ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. Sunday admission is only $8. Discounted online tickets are available on the website http://www.bookandpaperfairs.com. This event is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America's annual conference, Ephemera37. Collectors and museum curators travel from all points of the country to attend this conference. The theme for this year’s conference is American Ingenuity-What’s The Big Idea?  Speakers at the conference, which include museum curators as well as independent collector and scholars will present images of inventors and invention, focusing on innovative ideas and how they were disseminated for good (the freedom of bicycle travel) or ill (the chicanery of patent medicine). For more information on the conference programs see www.ephemerasociety.org.

Image: 1870s book Harpel’s Typograph, the groundbreaking 19th century book on printing, presented by R. Dana Sheaff & Co. Bethel VT.

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia is set to return to London this summer in what will be its historic 45th year.  The prestigious Fair, which offers more choice than any other top European fair, has prices ranging from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.  An audience of art and antique enthusiasts from across the globe are anticipated to descend on Kensington Olympia in search of one of a kind, rare and beautiful pieces.

Opening with an exclusive Preview day on Monday 26 June and closing on Sunday 2 July, the Fair is the definitive place for home owners, interior designers and collectors looking for inspiration.  The Fair is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors with more than 55,000 pieces for sale.  Each object will be individually vetted by independent experts, providing peace of mind for any buyer - whether a first-time visitor or a regular returnee.

Known for its diverse offering, the Fair features over 120 dealers, some of whom exclusively choose Olympia to display their pieces for sale in a  seven day only equivalent of a ‘pop up shop’.  

From diamond rings to dining tables, from antiquity to the modern day, the Fair will have works of art to cater to all tastes.

As well as the large variety of dealers present, the Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will boast an impressive line-up of speakers giving insight into current trends, interiors, history as well as exhibitions taking place across Europe today. 

Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “Olympia in June is the place to buy that elusive piece that so many of us dream of owning; the essential destination for interiors pieces. The 45th edition of this flagship fair includes exhibitors who can only be seen at this UK show, while others save and restore their best pieces for this seven day, keenly anticipated event.

“There is also an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount from the combined knowledge of some of the world's leading experts in their fields who are always happy to share their expertise with interested visitors and via the free talks programme.”

After a successful opening year in 2016, SOFA London will be making a welcome return in the Fair.  A version of the critically acclaimed Chicago-based show, The Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA), it is an area dedicated to celebrating contemporary three-dimensional art and design - sure to make a big impact.

Located in the elegant National Hall in London Olympia means that the Fair is extremely easy to get to and there will be a free shuttle bus during the Fair between London Olympia and Sloane Square. 

A Preview held on Monday 26 June, late openings, champagne bar and a specially created menu at Mosimann’s restaurant all combine to make the Fair a prestigious and must-attend event in London’s summer calendar.

Tickets are priced at £15 in advance and £20 on the door and £60 on Preview day*. 

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia takes place at the Olympia National, London, W14 8UX. 

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.olympia-art-antiques.com.

1. Radegund_Life and Office_Poitiers_1496-1500_f.8_Feast copy.jpegThis year at TEFAF Maastricht, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will exhibit four exquisite examples of royal manuscripts made in the 15th and 16th centuries, including the entire Book of Joshua from the first edition of the Gutenberg Bible, the largest fragment of the ‘Book of Books’ still on the market.

The importance of the Gutenberg Bible lies in its revolutionary use of printing with moveable type. This technique was developed around 1455 by the goldsmith John Gensfleisch from Gutenberg, and his discovery changed the world in ways that even Gutenberg’s contemporaries (judging from their remarks and statements) hardly comprehended.

The other three notable manuscripts brought to TEFAF by Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books come from the royal collections of two bibliophile French Kings: Charles VIII (1470-98) and King Louis XII (1462-1515). These books were commissioned at a time when menacing forecasts like disturbing sky phenomena, monstrously malformed animals, and other evil omens strengthened the belief that doomsday was imminent.

The first of these three, Life of St. Redgund including her Office, Mass, and Miracles and accompanied by dedicatory poems, is a manuscript in French and Latin, illuminated by the Master of St. Radegund and made for King Charles VIII and his wife Anne de Bretagne. The manuscript was made in Poitiers, France, presumably between 1496-98.

Illuminated by the Poitevin miniaturist dubbed the Master of Radegund, the manuscript is richly illustrated with eleven large miniatures in a crisp and accurate style recalling the works of the renowned illuminator Robinet Testard. The miniature illustrated above alludes especially to Radegund’s charity and humanitarianism. During a profuse banquet the king is served at the table while Radegund stands at the castle gate, feeding the poor and the lepers. Radegund was consecrated as a saint in the 9th century. This manuscript is of prime importance to the history of France.

Heraldry and emblems suggest that this manuscript was made for Charles VIII and later adjusted for Anne of Brittany. Shortly before the creation of this book, the heir to the throne, Charles Orlando, died from measles at the age of three. It is in this context that the author expresses the particularly touching wish that the queen might give birth to a “beautiful crown prince”.

The next manuscript, from the personal library of Louis XII, is a gorgeous Book of Hours with extraordinary illustrations. Created in France, c. 1500-1505. The royal coat of arms and two monograms with a double L, and the roman numbers X and II point to the royal owner. This book boasts fifteen full-page compositions, with small scenes in the borders marking the most important texts. Fifteen smaller miniatures illustrate the Gospel lectures and the suffrages of the saints. Pictured here is a painting showing the betrayal of Judas. The main scene shows the traitor, who is garbed in bright yellow as a symbol of his evil spirit, receiving the thirty pieces of silver. The outer border depicts him embracing Christ and the bas-de-page portrays the soldiers falling down scared and paralysed when Christ answers them: “I am he”.

Finally, Dr. Günther Rare Books is delighted to present Complaintes de la Foy, a manuscript written in French, on vellum, by ‘Nachier’, an otherwise unrecorded poet and

illuminated by the Master of the Entry of François I. Like the St. Radegonde manuscript, the text of this beautiful manuscript is very rare and unusual. In the text, the personification of Faith summons all “good Christians” to take part in a crusade against the Ottomans. Created in Lyon (c. 1504-1506), the manuscript’s one large introductory miniature shows Faith dressed in a black habit like a nun, kneeling and pleading before the apparition of God. In her hands, she holds a chalice with the host. A group of sophisticated and elaborately garbed noblemen observing the scene. King Louis XII is portrayed as the group’s leader, as indicated by his banner and his caparison.

Image: Jean Bouchet (?), Life of St. Radegund, illuminated by the Master of St. Radegund. France, Poitiers, presumably made in 1496-98. 260 x 180, vellum, 66 leaves (complete), 1 full-page and 10 almost full-page miniatures.

 

1 ambrotype copy.jpgCONCORD, MA--(January 2017) -The Concord Museum today announced a year-long celebration of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. One of the world’s most original writers and thinkers (1817-1862), Thoreau is best remembered for living in a 10 x 15 foot house near Walden Pond, where he wrote Walden. In addition to being a great American author, Thoreau is renowned as a Transcendentalist, an abolitionist, a naturalist, a pioneer of ecological awareness and climate change, and an innovator of civil disobedience.

While the Bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth will be recognized world-wide and in his hometown of Concord, it is of special significance to the Concord Museum, which holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts related to Henry Thoreau, including the simple green desk on which he wrote Walden.

David F. Wood, Concord Museum’s Curator and author of An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum, stated, “Thoreau’s Bicentennial is something of a family affair for the Concord Museum. Henry David Thoreau knew the Museum’s founder, and called the collection he had formed ‘our museum’. Thoreau should perhaps be considered the most sophisticated material cultural historian at work in the mid-nineteenth century.”

Margaret Burke, Executive Director of the Concord Museum, explained, “Two centuries after his birth, we believe that much can be learned from Thoreau and his perception of the world. Thoreau’s insistence on thinking, observing, and living deliberately continues to suggest frameworks for both understanding the past and navigating the present.”

To celebrate the Thoreau Bicentennial year, the Concord Museum has created a year-long initiative titled “BE THOREAU”, which includes a series of special exhibitions and public programming such as workshops, gallery talks, and children’s activities. Margaret Burke explained, “The series encourages us to explore Thoreau’s writings from historical and contemporary perspectives and we sincerely hope will inspire new generations.”

Beginning on February 10, 2017, the Concord Museum will launch the Thoreau Bicentennial celebration with a deeply personal exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Walden: Four Views | Abelardo Morell will be on exhibit in the Concord Museum’s Wallace Kane Gallery through August 20, 2017. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a broad range of special programs. 

In collaboration with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and the Concord Museum, on September 29, 2017, This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential writers and thinkers, will open at the Concord Museum.

The newly-created exhibition, This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal brings the remarkable holdings from the world’s two most significant Thoreau collections: journals, manuscripts, letters, and books, and field notes from The Morgan Library & Museum; and from the Concord Museum, unique personal items that have never before left Thoreau’s hometown, including the very desk on which he wrote his journal.

Every private journal tells the story of self. For his entire adult life, Thoreau filled notebook after notebook with his observations and reflections, strong in the belief that a closely examined life would yield infinite riches. His journal was his everyday companion, an essential tool for a mindful existence, and grist for Walden, one of the world’s most influential books. The exhibition takes Thoreau’s manuscript journal as a point of departure to introduce the many facets of this extraordinary man - the student, reader, writer, worker, thinker, Concord neighbor, and, above all, keen observer of the inner and outer world. It reveals how Thoreau used his journal as a place to cultivate - and constantly renew - his very own self. 

The Morgan Library & Museum, June 2- September 10, 2017

Concord Museum, September 29, 2017 - January 21, 2018           

About the Concord Museum: The Concord Museum is where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary, and decorative arts treasures. Renowned for the 1775 Revere lantern and Henry Thoreau’s Walden desk, the Concord Museum is home to a nationally significant collection of American decorative arts, including clocks, furniture, and silver. Founded in 1886, the Museum is a gateway to historic Concord for visitors from around the world and a vital cultural resource for the town and region. www.concordmuseum.org

Image: 

Henry D. Thoreau, 1862

Edward Sidney (E.S.) Dunshee (1823-1907), New Bedford, Massachusetts

Ambrotype, leather, glass, velvet

3¾ x 3¼ x ¾, closed case; 2¾ x 2¼, oval image

Gift of Mr. Walton Ricketson and Miss Anna Ricketson (1929) Th33b

Objects from the Concord Museum Thoreau Collection

Photographs by David Bohl, courtesy Concord Museum

X_LePaonPainting copy.jpgIn conjunction with the exhibition, “A True Friend of the Cause”: Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement, the Grolier Club and Lafayette College are pleased to offer a roundtable discussion on the role of the Marquis de Lafayette as an international antislavery advocate and his contributions to the abolitionist movement on three continents. A number of the exhibition’s themes will be explored, including the personal and intellectual origins of Lafayette’s interest in the welfare of the enslaved during and immediately following the American Revolution; his involvement in transatlantic antislavery organizations; his experiment in gradual emancipation in French Guiana; and his enduring influence on American abolitionists, both black and white.

The discussion will be moderated by the exhibition’s curators:

Olga Anna Duhl, Oliver Edwin Williams Professor of Languages, Lafayette College and Grolier Club member

Diane Windham Shaw, Director of Special Collections and College Archivist, Lafayette College

Speakers will include:

Laura Auricchio, professor of Art History at Parsons School of Design, a college within The New School. Her writings on Lafayette include The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (2014), winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award, and “Transplanting Liberty: Lafayette’s American Garden,” in Dan O’Brien, ed., Gardening—Philosophy for Everyone: Cultivating Wisdom (2010). She has also written extensively on French women artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with publications including Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution for the J. Paul Getty Museum (2009).

François Furstenberg, professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation (2006) and When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation (2014). His scholarship on the connections between the U.S. and the French Atlantic world in the 18th-century also includes his prize-winning 2011 article in the William and Mary Quarterly, “Atlantic Slavery, Atlantic Freedom: George Washington’s Library, Slavery, and Trans-Atlantic Abolitionist Networks,” in which Lafayette figures prominently.

John Stauffer, professor of English, American Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on slavery and abolition, including Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated History of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American (2015) and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008). He has appeared in and served as an advisor to the PBS documentaries, The Abolitionists and The African American Experience: Many Rivers to Cross. In addition to antislavery, his scholarly interests include the Civil War era, social protest movements, and photography.  

January 24, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a reception to follow

The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street, New York City

To Register, please email Maev Brennan at mbrennan@grolierclub.org

Image: Jean-Baptiste Le Paon, Lafayette at Yorktown, oil on canvas, 1782. Lafayette College Art Collection

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 9.37.51 PM.pngNew York, NY — In 1972, Robert Owen Lehman placed his renowned music manuscript collection on deposit at the Morgan Library & Museum. To celebrate his eightieth birthday, the Morgan will host a dazzling concert of piano works from his collection this Friday, December 2. Beginning at 6 PM, a selection of music manuscripts from the Lehman Collection will be on view in Pierpont Morgan’s Library. At 7:30 PM, pianist Jenny Chen will perform in Gilder Lehrman Hall compositions by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, and Stravinsky. The concert launches a year-long display of manuscripts from Mr. Lehman’s archive of more than two hundred music autographs by composers from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The installation—part of an ongoing rotation of works drawn from the Morgan’s collections called Treasures from the Vault—will change continuously throughout the 2016-17 season.

The first rotation of Lehman Collection manuscripts in Treasures from the Vault showcases J. S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue for organ in B Minor, BWV 544; Beethoven’s Rage Over the Lost Penny, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto (score for piano solo); Haydn’s last string quartet; Liszt’s B Minor Sonata; and Stravinsky’s Petrushka  (1911). Two further installations will highlight works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff and Schumann, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, and Mahler. The breadth and quality of the collection is astounding, and without a doubt, it is the greatest collection of music autographs in private hands today. Each item on display will be accompanied by an audio excerpt, available on the Morgan’s Audio Guide which is free with museum admission, so that viewers can hear the compositions they are seeing.

The December 2nd concert features Beethoven’s Rage; Mendelssohn’s Rondo capriccioso; Chopin’s Etudes, op. 10, nos. 3 and 9, and Nocturne, op. 48, no.1; Ravel’s Jeux d’eau; selections from Debussy’s first book of Preludes; and ends with Stravinsky’s formidable Three Movements from “Petroushka.” Pianist Jenny Chen meets the myriad challenges of these works with confidence, artistry, and passion. Born in Taipei, she began her musical training at age six. She has since worked with Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute and recently completed a music master’s degree at the Yale School of Music. Currently, she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Douglas Humpherys. Winner of numerous competitions and appearing in major venues in the United States and abroad, she recently performed in the Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34 at the inaugural Chamber Music Encounters program sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Crouch182016T141011 copy.jpgOctober 22-26 2016: TEFAF NEW YORK FALL is the first of TEFAF's debut outside Europe and provides a vital, transatlantic meeting ground for a global community of dealers, collectors, curators, interior designers and art-and-antiques enthusiasts. Now held three times a year on two continents, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s leading fair for art, antiques and design. The New York fair features 94 of the world’s most illustrious specialist dealers in museum-worthy fine art, design, furniture and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century, presenting thousands of years of material culture under one roof. Dedication to historical importance and unrivalled quality — across categories and time periods — is what sets TEFAF apart.

The eclectic offerings at TEFAF New York, set against the sleek, clean and ethereal Tom Postma design of the fair, will appeal to seasoned and new collectors alike. “TEFAF collectors are those who are prepared to see works of art with fresh eyes, and look at things they might not have in the past,” comments Patrick van Maris, CEO of TEFAF. “Collectors will come to the fair in search of a specific discipline, where they will find the best, but they might be captivated by something completely different and unexpected. Artistic discovery is what TEFAF is about.”

TEFAF New York Fall will take over Park Avenue Armory's entire Manhattan building, using its soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall as well as its distinctive and recently restored period rooms on the first and second floors.

THE BEST IN EVERY CATEGORY
A committee comprised of four members of the TEFAF New York Board, and four external US art experts selected participating dealers for TEFAF New York Fall. Each dealer is a leader in his or her respective field, many of them showing for the first time in New York or returning after a long absence. The fair offers an unparalleled chance to buy masterpieces across multiple collecting areas. These include furniture, objet d’art, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, tapestries, antiquities, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, books, manuscripts, autographs, arms and armor, Tribal, Oceanic and Ethnographic Art, Asian Art and Fabergé. It offers something of interest and quality for every visitor. Specialst dealers spend the year gathering the often extremely rare and unique works that are not seen anywhere else on the market.

Pictured: A Map of Supreme Historical Significance -
One of the first depictions of America’s Eastern seaboard, the first voyage of discovery under French auspices, and the earliest extant map to show New York Harbor, will be offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books.
Visconte Maggiolo (circa 1476-circa 1551)
Pen and ink with lapis lazuli, heightened in silver and gold, on six sheets of vellum joined 93.5 x 205.5cm
Signed and dated ‘November 8, 1531’
Asking Price : $10 million

Shapero Rare Books is delighted to be participating in the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York, which will be held at the Armory on Park Avenue from October 22nd - 26th, 2016, and will bring items that focus on the Pacific and maritime discovery.

The centrepiece of Shapero’s stand is a series of very rare documents relating to the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, the infamous insurrection that led to Fletcher Christian, played memorably by Marlon Brando in the 1962 blockbuster of the same name, to set his commanding officer, Captain Bligh, adrift in a 23 foot open launch.

Shapero is selling a copy of the pamphlets documenting the court martial that took place when Christian was brought back for trial. Entitled The Minutes of ... the Court- Martial of 1794, it is a legendary rarity and one of “only a few copies ... printed for distribution among the interested parties and the ministers of state at that time”. Bligh had lost his ship, he was also compelled to undergo trial by court-martial just as the mutineers themselves were. This led to three pamphlets, which together give a unique insight into the trial of the members of the Bounty crew who were captured and repatriated, and Captain Bligh’s attempts to restore his reputation. Bligh’s response in the present set is also inscribed by the author.

Equally compelling are Captain Cook’s ‘Three Great Voyages’, which did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors together had done. After calling at Tasmania and New Zealand, Cook sailed north, discovering Christmas Island and the Sandwich Islands, (later to be named the Hawai’ian Islands). Cook charted the American West coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait before being stopped by pack ice at latitude 70° 44ʹ′. It was in 1779, whilst wintering over at Hawai’i that he was killed in a fracas with natives over a boat. The present set is complete with the Death of Cook plate and Streight of Magellan chart.

Captain George Vancouver gained valuable experience on Cook's second and third voyages, then sailed the northwest coast of America. In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego and other Spanish settlements in Alta California, investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca, discovered the Strait of Georgia, circumnavigated Vancouver Island, and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific Ocean and Hudson Bay. Vancouver’s voyage ranks among the most important in exploration literature and Shapero offers now a first edition of one of the most difficult geographical surveys ever undertaken.

As the foremost dealer of Russian books in the west, Shapero is proud to offer an exceptional group of important atlases and accounts of Russian explorations of the Pacific And Alaska. These include a work by Yuriy Fedorovich (Urey) Lisianskiy, who, commanding the Neva, participated in the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe under the command of Kruzenshtern; Shapero is bringing a very rare signed atlas of Lisianskiy’s Voyage, which contains a map of Hawai’i showing the whole island group, along with the route of the ship.

Shapero Rare Books is also renowned for its natural history works, and will be bringing the earliest obtainable edition of Mark Catesby’s ground-breaking work The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, the first imporatn colour-plate book of American plants and animals. Not only is it a beautiful book to behold, with 220 large illustrations all coloured by hand, but also it is a work of major significance for the United States. It was the first work to depict the flora and fauna of the new world and Catesby was the first to use folio-sized coloured plates in natural history. Catesby is indeed now named 'the father of American ornithology'. This copy is in fine condition, and is also fresh to the market and with a great provenance: from the de Belder collection, one of the greatest collections of Natural History books, sold at auction in 1987 and since then kept in private hands.

In the early 1840s, at the same time as John James Audubon was producing the commercially successful octavo edition of his masterpiece, The Birds of America, he and his sons also began production of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, an elephant folio of 150 lithographs meant to match the lavishness of the Birds. Unlike the double-elephant folio Birds, The Quadrupeds was produced entirely in the United States. Assisted by his son John Wodehouse, Audubon included many frontier animals never before depicted and his landmark publication helped foster a public appreciation of American nature.

Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty’s three works represent a dramatic advance in anatomical illustration: they became the first life-sized anatomical illustrations in colour. Some of the plates are among the most elaborate produced by Gautier, especially notable for the intricate network of blood vessels which are meticulously indicated by direct colour printing. The Anatomie Générale includes several spectacular full-length plates, made from three plates which could be fitted together.

Literature is represented by a first edition of one of Jane Austen’s best loved works, Austen was not yet twenty when she drafted the novel, under the title First Impressions, between October 1796 and August 1797. The novel was declined by the publisher Cadell, and subsequently underwent major revisions and a change of title to Pride and Prejudice. Finally, the novel was published in early 1813, it sold well and was obviously much talked about, not least because of the unknown identity of the author. Anne Isabella Milbanke (the future Lady Byron) called it “a very superior work” and “the most probable fiction I have ever read.” Early nineteenth century binders often omitted the half titles and it is rare to find a set such as this one, a first edition, with all half titles present. The renowned Austen bibliographer, Geoffrey Keynes’s copy did not have half titles, nor do the Bodleian or Cambridge University library copies.

TEFAF Names Invaluable Marquee Sponsor

(New York) October 11, 2016 - TEFAF, the world’s preeminent fair of art and antiques, today announced that Invaluable, the leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, will be the marquee sponsor for both TEFAF New York and TEFAF Maastricht. The new association will officially launch at the the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York Fall, a joint venture between TEFAF and Artvest Partners, and will continue for TEFAF Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 10-19, 2017 and TEFAF New York Spring from May 4-9, 2017.

Invaluable’s experience is in helping galleries and dealers develop robust digital strategies and connect with the company’s engaged, passionate collector base from 180 countries around the world, and aims to strengthen relationships within the dealer community, making it a natural fit for TEFAF.

As such, in the coming months Invaluable and TEFAF will be launching the TEFAF Digital Excellence Program powered by Invaluable, a new initiative that will provide dealers with the digital tools necessary to grow their business between fairs by expanding their reach and connection with new buyers online. Together, TEFAF and Invaluable are committed to exploring avenues to further grow the online art market, with an emphasis on high quality works and strong buyer confidence.

“Our first commitment at TEFAF is supporting the dealer community by consistently exploring ways that will expand their global platforms,” comments Patrick van Maris, TEFAF CEO. “We share the view that growth centers around the establishment of new dealer resources and connections, while at the same time we believe that, with the experience and expertise within our network and the very high standards we uphold for quality, condition and authenticity of art works put forward at our fairs, we can make a valuable contribution to the future of the online art market space. We are delighted to be working with Invaluable to that end."

Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO, said: "We are honored to embark on this new relationship with the world’s most prestigious fair for art and antiques. As the strong demand for fine art and antiques continues to grow online, we couldn’t think of a better partner than TEFAF to help ensure we bring the highest quality fine art and collectibles online and continue to raise the bar in this area."

According to the 2016 TEFAF Art Market Report, “in the traditional auction and dealer sectors, online sales have grown to account for an increasing share of the sales.” The report states that in 2015, sales of art online were estimated conservatively to have reached $4.7 billion, up 7% year-on-year and accounting for 7% of all global art and antiques sales by value.

When dealers specifically were asked to report the biggest challenges they faced over the next five years, the most frequently cited challenge was finding new buyers (73% of respondents). The report also found that of the dealers currently making sales online, the majority of their sales (52%) were to completely new buyers, illustrating how a strong digital strategy can help in this respect. Most dealers were also optimistic about online sales, as 58% thought they would increase over the next five years.

"The way that people buy art has unquestionably changed and we are seeing more galleries and dealers seeking new collectors by extending their reach online,” continued Weisberg. “We believe Invaluable can help dealers connect with millions of potential new buyers without having to make a large investment in technology and marketing services. We've taken care of that."

To learn more about TEFAF New York Fall, visit www.tefaf.com.

image001.jpgAs the inaugural TEFAF New York this autumn brings an art world establishment to America for the first time, Daniel Crouch Rare Books will bring items relating to the discovery of America and the New World.

These include the sole surviving example of the first printed version of ‘The Capitulations of Santa Fe’ from the Fundaçion Casa d’Alba. This historically significant work lays down the conditions under which Columbus was authorised by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella to lead an expedition to what he thought would be the Indies. The Capitulations grant Columbus the titles of Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy, Governor- General and honorific Don of the Indies, and also ten percent of all riches to be obtained from his intended voyage. ($900,000).

Moving further north, another remarkable inclusion is an extremely rare pair of late Renaissance Italian globes, the first to name Canada. They are the work of master cartographer, engraver, and publisher Mario Cartaro (1540-1620): only one other pair of globes by Cartaro is known to exist. Cartaro’s globes are lauded not only for the beauty of their engraving, but for correctly marking New Guinea as an island and showing the mythical strait of Anian which was believed to separate America and Asia ($225,000).

Appearances can be deceiving in a monumental world map by Frederick de Wit and Giacomo Giovanni de Rossi titled ‘Nova Totius Orbis Tabula’ (1675), one of only two known to exist. In 1675 De Wit’s large wall map of c.1660 was redrawn on 12 sheets and published in Rome by Giovanni de Rossi. De Rossi’s additions include what appears to be the outline of Antarctica; this is, however, still a speculative outline of the great continent believed to exist in the southern hemisphere in order to balance out the landmasses in the north ($525,000).

Human exploration on our planet also compels us to look beyond the confines of our world, as recent interest in interstellar exploration has demonstrated. A particularly fascinating piece is a rare globe of Mars, made during a period of great interest in the red planet and the possibility of Martian civilisation [c.1915]. The globe, by Danish socialist and astronomer, Emmy Ingeborg Brun was created in response to the work of contemporary astronomers Camille Flammarion and Giovanni Schiaparelli, uncle of the iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

In 1885 Schiaparelli observed a network of dark lines on the Martian surface. After publishing his findings, the ‘canali’ or ‘natural channels’ on the surface that he had marked were translated instead as ‘manmade channels’. Flammarion agreed with this interpretation and suggested that they were remnants of a system distributing water across the surface of the planet, created by a now-dying population. Brun, also intrigued by these canals, saw them as evidence of a different, more co-operative form of society and ultimately saw Mars as a potential site for a socialist utopia. In keeping with that ideology, the bronze base is marked with the inscription, ‘Free land. Free Trade. Free Men’ ($75,000).

Image: Frederick De Wit, and Giacomo Giovanni De Rossi [Wall Map] Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula, Rome, Rossi, 1675. 1480mm by 2358mm, ($525,000)

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, October 05, 2016 -- Book Artist Claire Jeanine Satin will be presenting a documentary that traces the mission and devotion of Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s exceptional archive of visual and concrete poetry created by Sara Sackner. The collection is a remarkable trove of 70,000 plus works focusing on text-based and image content in book art and related works. The largest and most renowned collection of its kind in the world currently resides in Miami.

“It is my pleasure to share this film as an homage to Ruth Sackner,” says Satin. “I am grateful for my long friendship with the Sackners and for including my work in their collection.” Satin has been creating Bookworks for over 40 years. Seven of her Bookworks are in the Library of Congress Rare Books Collection as well as many others. Her last exhibition was held in Geneva, Italy as part of the Centennial Celebration for American-born British author, Henry James. Most of Satin’s works are based on the concept of indeterminacy as a result of her association with John Cage.

The documentary will be shown on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. at the Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Comic - Dale Evans.jpgMANCHESTER, NH - NOVEMBER, 2016 THROUGH APRIL, 2017: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce a new series of monthly Saturday Vintage Markets in Manchester New Hampshire!

Held in the new Falls Event Center adjacent to the new La Quinta Hotel in Manchester, NH, the Vintage Marketplace will run once-monthly on Saturdays from November, 2016 through April, 2017. The Falls Event Center is a modern, sophisticated function space paired with a full service hotel, conveniently located just off exit 6 on I-293 in the heart of downtown Manchester, NH.

The Vintage Marketplace will feature everything and anything Vintage: Antiques, Repurposed, Collectibles, Ephemera, Books, Photography, Furnishings, Textiles, Memorabilia, Unusuals, Decor, Jewelry, Housewares, Fashion, Electronics, Music, Political, Historical, and Much, Much More. The only items we do not permit are firearms, edged weapons, Nazi, fascist, extremist, and hate-related.

Space is available either by 8’-tables, or by 8’X8’ furniture areas. Pricing is extremely reasonable, and you may purchase as many tables or furniture areas as you wish. Setup is 7-9am, open to the public 9am-1pm. There’s plenty of free parking, and on-site food service will be provided for purchase.

Available only at Flamingo Shows, Appraisals will be available by John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item.

The Premier Vintage Marketplace at Manchester will be held November 12, 2016 - please visit our website for a full list of upcoming show dates. All interested parties: Sellers, Customers, and Groups, should contact Flamingo Eventz via phone at 603.509.2639 10am-7pm Monday through Friday, via e-mail at info@flamingoeventz.com, or visit their web-site at flamingoeventz.com.

Dates: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - following dates to be announced

Hours: Seller Set-up 7-9am, General Admission: 9am-1pm

Sales Space: Individual 8’ tables or 8’X8’ furniture areas

Admission: Over 16: $5, Under 16: Free; Plenty of Free Parking

Directions: The Falls Event Center is at 21 Front Street, Manchester, NH 03102. Conveniently located just off Exit 6 on I-293, adjacent to the La Quinta Hotel

Appraisals: By John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item

Miscellaneous: Food service available on-site

Information: For Seller or Customer information, please call 603.509.2639, 10am-7pm Monday through Friday / or info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Antique Shows and Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 35 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who currently appears on the PBS series Market Warriors.

-1.jpgNew York, NY (September 5, 2016) - Art lovers and picture book enthusiasts are in for a treat when The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art launches its eighth annual Carle Honors Art Auction, a key component of its annual benefit gala. The online auction will launch on Wednesday, September 7 and will close at the gala on Wednesday September 28 at 9:00 pm sharp. Bidding is open to all interested parties - winners need not be present at the Gala. Interested bidders worldwide can register now and begin placing bids online on September 7. All proceeds from the auction support the mission of The Carle to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.

This year’s exceptional selection has been generously provided by 23 of the industry’s most distinguished artists, including Sophie Blackall, Ashley Bryan, John Burningham, Eric Carle, Lulu Delacre, Ying-Hwa Hu, Steven Kellogg, Jarrett Krosoczka, Grace Lin, David Macaulay, Will Moses, S.D. Nelson, Frank Remkiewicz, Allen Say, Peter Sis, Hervé Tullet, Chris Van Allsburg, Cornelius Van Wright, Rosemary Wells and Mo Willems. Artwork by the late Ezra Jack Keats, Robert McCloskey, and Leonard Weisgard have been donated by families of the artists and friends of The Carle.

Many artists created original works specifically for the event and others pulled from their personal archive to contribute works to benefit The Carle. Sophie Blackall, 2016 Caldecott Medalist, created an original piece in honor of her editor Regina Hayes, the recipient of the 2016 Carle Honors Mentor award, while Mo Willems dressed his famous Pigeon to take on the role of “Hamilton.” The 2016 Carle Honors Artist Allen Say donated a rare auction entry from his 1981 book The Bicycle Man and, in a nod to the 50th anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle has donated a collage of a brown bear. Prior to the event, all artwork will be on display at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) from September 7 through September 27. 

The Carle Honors Art Auction is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talent of renowned picture book artists, many of whom have direct ties to The Eric Carle Museum and to this year’s esteemed honorees,” said Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator at The Carle. “We are thrilled to share the chance for anyone to own a piece of original art for their home, their child’s room, or as a special gift, knowing that their purchase helps support art and literacy.”

The Carle Honors annual benefit gala recognizes individuals and organizations for their creative vision and long-term dedication to the world of picture books. Hosted by Museum co-founder Eric Carle and presented by Gregory Maguire, The New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, the 2016 Carle Honors will be awarded to:

Artist: Allen Say - award-winning children’s book artist and Caldecott Medalist trained in both Japanese and Western styles of art

Angel: Lee & Low Books, represented by Jason Low - the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States

Mentor, Regina Hayes - publisher for 30 years and now editor-at-large at Viking Children’s Books; and

Bridge, Steven Heller - co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design/Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and co-author of over 170 books on design.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship for the Gala, please visit the event web site or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Image: Sea House (c) 2016 Sophie Blackall.

Jörn Günther Rare Books at Frieze Masters

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.44.41 AM.pngDr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to Frieze Masters (6 - 9 October 2016) with an impressive collection of museum-quality Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures and early printed books. The gallery will occupy a prominent stand (E3) and its display will be increasingly modern, with technically enhanced vitrines.

The highlights comprise a selection of important illuminated manuscripts, including the elaborately illustrated Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, which was made in London in 1328. Nearly every page is decorated with a multitude of small miniatures and bas-de-page scenes.

Fantastical creatures and wild men are placed aside political, economic and secular motifs, a juxtaposition which shows the bridge between the spiritual and temporal worlds and offers a rare insight into life in 14th-century England.

The manuscript was discovered in 2003 and is apparently one of the only early 14th- century English books of hours still in private hands. Cornelia Funke, the celebrated German author of children’s fiction, was a previous owner and this Book of Hours inspired her acclaimed novel Ghost Knight. That such a rare survival from the past continues to inform contemporary creations exemplifies the stimulating nature of Frieze Masters.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books is bringing another noteworthy highlight to the fair: a miniature Book of Hours (1474) measuring 93 mm x 70 mm, with the majority of the illuminations painted at a minute 50 x 40 mm. This incredibly delicate prayer book was created for Francesco Borromeo and was the work of the accomplished artist Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, a friend and collaborator of Leonardo da Vinci. We know that Ambrogio de Predis was this Book of Hours’ artist because we have the record of payment (11 May 1474) from the Milanese Borromeo family to Ambrogio de Predis for its creation. The artist was a master of the miniature; the illuminations here show the most delicate details in the smallest of surfaces, composed using a brilliant and attractive colour palette.

Another extremely rare manuscript is a Pontifical, or liturgical service book, produced in Bruges for Ferry de Clugny, Bishop of Tournai, who edited the text himself. It was presumably made around 1475-1476 when Ferry de Clugny was in Bruges on a diplomatic mission. Its provenance is illustrious - having been owned by both Pope Sixtus IV and Queen Cristina of Sweden. After centuries, the sheer beauty of this magnificent creation still fascinates today’s public.

The illuminations have been attributed to two of the best Flemish illuminators and their workshops: Loyset Liédet and Lievan van Lathem. Here, they have created one of the richest cycles of miniatures in any Flemish manuscript, complete with a splendid Flemish binding. The borders present enchanting details like birds, apes, saints and contemporary figures.

Image: Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Milemete workshop, mainly by the De Bois Master. England, London, dated 1328

Amherst, MA (August 24, 2016) - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved story that launched Eric Carle’s picture-book career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr—with the exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50. The exhibition, on view from September 13, 2016 through March 19, 2017, kicks off a year of special events honoring the children’s classic, one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Support for the exhibition and programs has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Martin’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Carle’s bold graphics and colorful parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear has been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold more than 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

In Brown Bear Turns 50 artwork from every page of the famous book will be on display. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time. The exhibition also includes a medley of Carle’s collages from the three additional “bear books” he worked on with Martin: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991), Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (2003), and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007). “We’re excited that Eric Carle’s original artwork from 1967 is on view,” says Chief Curator Ellen Keiter. “By displaying his collages from various editions of the book—for example, the goldfish from 1967, 1984, and 1992—visitors to the exhibition can trace the changes in Carle’s compositions and materials over the years.” Keiter adds, “We also have a large selection of foreign language books on display, signifying the world-wide impact Brown Bear has had.” In a separate endeavor, The Carle has also sent the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of its hometown in Amherst with a special outdoor public exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, on view through October 9, 2016. Fourteen high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations are currently on display at some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites.

Carle’s History with Brown Bear

Carle never planned on a career in children’s books. He graduated from art school and, for over a decade, worked in New York City as an art director and a freelance graphic designer. Everything changed in the late 1960s when Martin, a respected educator and author, noticed one of Carle’s collage advertisements featuring a red lobster. “The art was so striking,” said Martin, “that I knew instantly I had found the artist to illustrate my next book.” That book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and it transformed Carle’s life—today he is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time.

 

July 27, 2016—The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presented more than 100 rare and unique items from 17 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their 10-week internships. Examples include:

  • An Olmec ceramic figurine (900-1200 BCE), the oldest item in the Jay I. Kislak Collection
  • An 18th-century royal tax decree with the seal of King Ferdinand VI of Spain
  • A copyright deposit box from 1873, which included a collection of maps by oceanographer and cartographer Matthew Fontaine Maury
  • A wood engraving print, "Bird’s eye view of Liverpool, as seen from a balloon, 1885"
  • An 1886 journal written by William T. Hornaday, a conservationist and founder of the Bronx Zoo
  • "The American Citizen," a 1916 naturalization guide for Yiddish-speaking immigrants (features an inscription to President Woodrow Wilson)
  • A watercolor paintings of costume designs for the 1938 New Orleans production of "One Third of a Nation"
  • A guest book used from 1955-1986 by the Woman’s National Democratic Club, which includes signatures from former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, Lady Bird Johnson, Carol Channing, W. Averell and Pamela C. Harriman, Liz Carpenter, Lynda Robb, Alistair Cooke, Dean Rusk and Jack Anderson
  • Audio clips from interviews conducted in 1957 and 1981 with American composer Leonard Bernstein
  • A 1966 recording of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reading "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" and a 2013 recording of Hispanic-American poet Richard Blanco reading "América."
  • An 1880 Russian-language natural-history encyclopedia with full-color relief images

Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, 38 Junior Fellows—selected from more than 800 applicants across the country—explored the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. They were exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: research, copyright, preservation, reference, access, standards, information management and digital initiatives.

The Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund. A lead gift from H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, former chairman of the Library’s James Madison Council private-sector advisory group, established the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund with major support provided by members of the council. For more information about the Junior Fellows Program, visit loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

The 6th Biennial CODEX Book Fair and Symposium will take place February 5-8, 2017, at the Craneway Pavillion, in Richmond, California. 

For information, please visit www.codexfoundation.org 

Digital is dead! At least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most accomplished book artists, private presses, and fine art publishers will exhibit their work from 25 countries from as far away as China, Russia and Australia.

CODEX IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. 

This event has been enormously popular with local, national, and global audiences. The CODEX Book Fair now in its 12th year is the highlight in the book art world. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but book arts is a unique late 20th and early 21st century art form. This year CODEX will feature contemporary book arts in China—featuring Xu Bing, Lu Jingren and Leilei Guo 

“We are at each successive CODEX Fair witnessing the emergence of brilliantly conceived, innovative and exceptional books that are at once synaesthetic, pan-linguistic, and multi-disciplinary works of art and language. These books are being made in very limited editions in private ateliers and workshops that are often capable of surpassing most of the technical limits of the past century,” to quote Peter Rutledge Koch, Berkeley artist/printer and founder of the CODEX Foundation. 

Indeed, the gathering has transcended a traditional trade fair to become, as Koch notes, “a unique happening in which the collector is allowed a personal encounter with the artist. It generates a kind of energy that both collectors and artists crave.” 

Charles Faulhaber, former Director of The Bancroft Library, has called CODEX “a feast for bibliophiles unmatched anywhere in the world.” This will once again be an exceptional book-week in the grand San Francisco tradition, a veritable art phenomenon in itself. Visitors have been overwhelmed, some returning two or three times... typically exclaiming, “Wow! I had NO idea how rich and unique this fair would be!” 

The Craneway Pavillion, formerly a Ford Assembly Plant and now an historic landmark, is located on the waterfront in Richmond, California. With floor to ceiling windows along its wharf side, and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay as a backdrop, the Craneway is an ideal location to spend a day among some of the world’s most exciting books. 

Tickets are $10 to attend the CODEX 2017 Book Fair and will be sold at the door. 

THE CODEX FOUNDATION  2205 Fourth Street, Berkeley, California 94710 USA

(Baltimore, Md.) - Now celebrating its 36th year, the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will make its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 25-28, 2016. The expansive show will present the spectacular collections of more than 400 international exhibitors, including a book fair section, and an exciting new Fine Craft section, featuring a juried exhibition of artists.

Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.

“Every year this show gets bigger and better,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “We have dealers from all over the country that we hand-select so that everyone who attends will be able to shop the best of the best!”

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is much more than your average retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art, there is truly something for everyone at the show. Acclaimed as the most anticipated event of the season, the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show offers guests full-service restaurants, coffee bars, and lounge areas on the show floor to offer a break while they are treasure hunting.

“We believe that The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is the closest anyone can come to time travel,” stated Diament. “Just think about it - you can come here and hold an idol made for a Russian Tsar, wear a necklace possibly onc worn by a great, great relative, or sit in a chair once owned by European royalty - the possibilities are endless. The difference between this show and a museum is that at our show, you can actually purchase and own your own pieces of history!”

2016 Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show August 25-28, 2016

Thursday, August 25 Friday, August 26 Saturday,August 27 Sunday, August 28

12 pm - 8 pm 11 am - 7 pm 11 am - 7 pm

11 am - 6 pm

Tickets: $20 (each ticket is good for all 4 show days)

Baltimore Conv ention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Two main entrances: West Pratt Street Lobby & Charles Street Lobby)

For More Information: www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com561.822.5440

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jew elry Show is a Palm Beach Show Group Event.

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 8.19.26 AM.pngFor this year’s Masterpiece art fair Shapero Rare Books and Shapero Modern present the work of three artists who celebrate the changing face of London’s West End - aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, Swiss artist Dieter Roth and map-maker Stephen Walter.

Jason Hawkes is a prominent British photographer whose work surveys our constantly changing landscape from above. Entitled Piccadilly at Night, Hawkes’s stunning aerial photograph, shot from a helicopter, captures the vibrant atmosphere of Piccadilly Circus at night. London’s iconic red buses can be seen weaving their way through the busy streets, aglow with people and light.

The photograph encapsulates the contrasts of contemporary London: the heritage buildings juxtaposed with the flashing colours of Piccadilly’s infamous billboards. A crane stands tall in the foreground, an ever-present reminder of construction and London’s exponential growth. Hawkes says: ‘Each time I fly over London I notice the landscape constantly changing, new developments seem to appear overnight.’

To accompany Hawkes’ photography, Shapero Rare Books will display a set of six offset lithographs by the world-renowned Swiss artist Dieter Roth. Executed in 1969-70, the series was inspired by Roth’s encounter with the collection of postcards of Piccadilly Circus owned by the British Pop artist Richard Hamilton. Each work in the series was initially printed as a double-sided photolithograph with the same enlarged postcard image of Piccadilly Circus, and the recto then over-printed in colour screen-print from a stencil drawn by the artist.

Each picture is transformed in various ways and emphasises a different aspect of the scene: in one, Roth has overprinted it in Day-Glo colours, and in another submerged it in a fog of translucent white. One is blanked out everywhere except for the buses circling the statue of Eros; another uses black paint judiciously across the scene to suggest a bustling nightscape. The verso of each print has an unembellished vignette of the original Piccadilly scene.

Roth’s 6 Piccadillies are among the most celebrated prints of the last fifty years, and as iconic as Piccadilly Circus itself. From an edition of 150, further iterations of this series are held in the collections of Tate, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

And finally, Shapero Rare Books and Shapero Modern, along with TAG Fine Arts, have commissioned the artist Stephen Walter to produce a large-scale pictorial map of Mayfair and St James’s.

Entitled Mayfair & St James’s, the map celebrates two of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, and features many of the institutions it is famous for: from the tailors of Savile Row to the gentleman’s clubs of Pall Mall; from world famous hotels such as the Hilton and The Dorchester on Park Lane to landmark restaurants like Scott’s, Le Caprice and The Wolseley.

Like any area of London, Mayfair and St James’s are constantly changing, so while the map includes venerable businesses such as the gentleman’s barbers Geo. F Trumper on Curzon Street and tailors Turnbull & Asser on Jermyn Street, it also includes the Russian-owned wine shop Decadence just up from Berkeley Square. On the square itself is the casino The Clermont Club (one time haunt of Lord ‘Lucky’ Lucan), and the nightclub Annabel’s (named after the late Sir James Goldsmith’s wife). There are also clubs of a more recent vintage, such as Soho House’s Mayfair branch (also on Curzon Street), The Arts Club on Dover Street, 5 Hertford Street and Mark’s on Charles Street.

Amongst these fleshpots are the businesses that give the two neighbourhoods their life forces, a mixture of high-end real estate companies, auction houses and, of course, hedge funds. None of the latter feature on the map, however, leaving the viewer to speculate about what goes on behind the doors of the elegant Georgian townhouses that are typical of the area.

Additionally, some infamous historical events are noted, such as the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, which took place at the Millennium Hotel on Grosvenor Square in 2006. This is commemorated by a teapot, the instrument that was used (allegedly at the instruction of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin) to administer the radioactive polonium-210 that killed him.

Masterpiece information:

30th June - July 6th, 2016

Opening hours: daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 June 11am - 6pm

Location: South Grounds

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

London

SW3 4LW

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

Recent Morbid Anatomy Museum Flea Markets have been a something of a phenomenon, with two-hour lines stretching around the block, happy shoppers traveling from as far afield as Australia, vendors showcasing a dizzying array of one-of-a-kind artifacts, shoppers dressed to the nines, and music and cocktails that all go towards making it feel more like a concert or happening than an ordinary market. Its no surprise, then, that our fleas have been much reported on—often in image heavy stories—by the likes of The New Yorker, Time Out, Gothamist, The Village Voice and The Associated Press.

On June 26th, we will bring our popular flea to a new location: Williamsburg’s Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn.  The larger space means more vendors and more excitement: Instead of our usual thirteen vendors, we will have over thirty, including Ryan Matthew Cohn of TV's Oddities with bones, antique anatomical lithographs, early apothecary, and pickled specimens; Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques and TV's Oddities with antiques, Victoriana, and assorted curiosities; The NYC Taxidermy Collective featuring Taxidermist in Residence Divya Anantharaman—who teaches our popular mouse anthropomorphic taxidermy class—with handmade, ethically sourced contemporary rogue taxidermy; Karen Bachmann with Victorian hair work jewelry and handmade bone relics; JD Powe with rare antique taxidermy and natural history; Invisible Gallery with American fraternal order rarities and esoterica; and Will Baker with astounding rare books and ephemera. 

Other vendors include Wilder Duncan, Annalisa Avogardi, Elizabeth New, Daisy Tainton, Karla Varg, and Amber Maykut selling obscure artifacts, insect dioramas, bizarre piñatas, vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry, antique natural science, art, and much more!

There will also be opportunities to get your fortune told by members of the Tarot Society, and, of course, fresh cocktails!

Sunday June 26th
12 to 6pm (Members arrive at 11, cut the line all day)
Admission only $1 / Location:  Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn
More at https://www.facebook.com/events/1108804655850854

Amherst, MA (May 16, 2016)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that their beloved co-founder Eric Carle will return to sign books and meet fans on Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am. Museum members will receive priority line placement and may enter early at 9:30 am. The signing is free with Museum Admission.

Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. His latest book The Nonsense Show, published last October, is a book to make children laugh and use their imagination by introducing them to different artistic styles. It made Time Magazine’s Top 10 Children’s Books of 2015. It follows on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism, and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork. Carle is one of the true legends and pioneers of picture-book making who continues to expand and challenge the genre.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1929, Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old. He was educated there and graduated from the prestigious art school the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. His dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. In 1952 he finally arrived back in New York, where he found work as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he became an art director at an advertising agency.

Carle’s literary career began in 1967 when respected educator and author Bill Martin Jr. asked Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the result of their collaboration and is still a favorite with children everywhere. Soon Carle was writing his own stories. His first wholly original book was 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (1968), followed afterward by the celebrated classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).

Carle’s books have been read by millions of children all over the world and have been translated into 62 languages. Today, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many of them best sellers, most of which he also wrote. More than 132 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Carle and his late wife Barbara Carle co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA in 2002.

Signing Guidelines

A limited number of tickets to the signing will be distributed to visitors on the day of the event. The general public will be admitted at 10:00 am. Museum members will be admitted at 9:30 am. No tickets are available in advance.

  • Limit 3 books total per ticket holder (includes 1 book from home per group or family)
  • No personalization
  • Eric will be signing books only
  • No flash photography allowed
  • The signing is in person only; we are not able to accommodate online orders that need to be shipped. 

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and the late Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org

Introducing The Flamingo Flea At Lee

LEE, NH - JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER, 2016: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce a monthly Old-Fashioned Flea Market in Southern New Hampshire!

Held on the grounds of the well-known Lee USA Speedway at 380 Calef Highway (Rt. 125), Lee, NH 03861, the Flamingo Flea will feature only Antique, Collectible, Vintage, and Memorabilia items. Sellers of new or knock-off merchandise need not apply please.

Sellers will set-up on the flat, grassy area in front of the Speedway, fronting directly on Calef Highway (Rt. 125) for maximum visibility. Calef Highway (Rt. 125) is a heavily travelled major North-South highway connecting Northern Massachusetts with the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

Space rental is extremely reasonably priced at $35 for a 25’X20’ space for two people, $5 each for added people. Sellers will provide their own tables and supplies, or they may sell on the grass, or out of their vehicles. By limiting the market to once-a-month, fresh merchandise will be assured, and every booth will present a new chance to find a fabulous treasure!

Seller setup is 6-9am and spaces are sold first come-first served. Early buying: 7-8:30am at $10/person, general admission: 9am-3pm at $1/person, children under 12 free with paid adult. Customer parking is free, and on-site food service will be provided for purchase.

The Flamingo Flea will be held June 19, July 17, and August 21. All interested parties: Sellers, Customers, and Groups, should contact Flamingo Eventz via phone at 603.509.2639 10am-7pm Monday through Friday, via e-mail at info@flamingoeventz.com, or visit their website at flamingoeventz.com.

Dates: June 19, July 17, August 21

Hours: Sunday: Seller Set-up 6-9am, Early Buying 7-8:30am, General Admission: 9am-3pm

Sales Space: $35 for a 25’X20’ space with two people. $5 each for additional people

Admission: $1 General Admission, $10 Early Buying, under 12 Free with adult; plenty of Free Parking

Directions: Lee USA Speedway is at 380 Calef Highway (Rt. 125), Lee, NH 03861

Miscellaneous: Food service available on-site

Information: For Seller or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639, 10am-7pm Monday through Friday / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Antique Shows and Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 35 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who currently appears on the PBS series Market Warriors.

When: May 6, May 20, and June 10,  2016, 6:30pm

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St

Admission: Free; Suggested donation: $10 / $5 members

The Center for Book Arts presents its Spring 2016 Broadside Reading Series on May 6, May 20 and June 10, organized by Guest Curator Paolo Javier. Poet laureate of Queens (2010-2014), Javier is the author of several collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat 2015), and the forthcoming Ur'lyeh/Aklopolis (Flugschriften 2016), a limited edition book/cassette collaboration with Listening Center (aka David Mason). 

The Center's annual Broadside Reading Series, now in its 16th year, produces 12 limited-edition letterpress-printed broadsides each year featuring the poetry of New York-based writers of diverse backgrounds. A reception follows each Literary Program reading; guests receive a free letterpress broadside. Suggested donation: $10/$5 members. 

Friday, May 6, 6:30pm: Layli Long Soldier and Ari Banias 

Layli Long Soldier is a writing professor at Diné College and the recipient of the 2015 National Artist Fellowship in Literature for Poetry. Her forthcoming collection, Whereas, will be published by Graywolf in 2017. Ari Banias is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His first collection of poems, Anybody, will be released this fall by W. W. Norton. 

Friday, May 20, 6:30pm: Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Douglas Kearney

Sueyeun Juliette Lee works for a women's shelter in Denver and was a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Poetry. Her third collection, Solar Maximum, was published in 2015. Douglas Kearney has published three collections of poetry and teaches at CalArts. His third poetry collection, Patter, was a finalist for the California Book Awards in Poetry. A collection of his opera libretti, Someone Took They Tongues., is available now. 

Friday, June 10, 6:30pm: Stephen Motika and Jill Magi 

Stephen Motika is Artistic Director of Poets House and publisher of Nightboat Books. He is the author of Western Practice (2012) and two poetry chapbooks. Jill Magi is an artist and critic and is the author of five books including LABOR (Nightboat 2014). She is assistant arts professor at NYU Abu Dhabi where she teaches poetry and fiber arts. 

Please visit the Center for Book Arts website for up-to-date details: www.centerforbookarts.org

 

NEW YORK —Throckmorton Fine Art Executive Director Kraige Block, who serves as First Vice President of AIPAD, and is co-chairman of The Photography Show, has selected an impressive array of international photographic talent to feature at the 2016 edition of AIPAD, this year from April 14 - 17, with an Opening Night Preview on April 13.

“AIPAD has gained wide admiration as the premier international photography event and attracts the world’s most sophisticated collectors of museum-quality photographic art, as well as top museum officials and their patrons.”

“Each spring the Association of International Photography Art Dealers brings together more than 80 of the world’s leading specialists in photographic art who collectively present the most exciting new works entering the market.  The offerings on display at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, span more than 150 years, from the earliest 19th century photographic achievements to the most modern and contemporary works.  AIPAD also provides a wonderful way for professionals and collectors to become familiar with the newest forms of the art - from avant garde photo-based art, to video presentations and alternative social and new media.  The AIPAD show makes the historic Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street the ‘must see’ destination the weekend of April 14 to April 17.”

Among Kraige Block’s choices for AIPAD is a vintage Tina Modotti gelatin silver print of Julio Antonio Mella (1928) and the classic black and white Nickolas Muray vintage print of Frida Kahlo with Magenta Rebozo.  Also featured at the Throckmorton stand at AIPAD is Christian Cravo’s Two Young Men (Bahia), edition 1 of 10, (2003);  Lucien Clergue’s Zebra Nude from 2007;  a 1993 vintage gelatin print by Mario Cravo Neto, La Grima de Passaros, 1st edition;  and a 1979 Marilyn Bridges vintage print of Yarn and Needle, Nazca, Peru.

Highlighted masterworks at Throckmorton include Mario Algaze’s 1999-2000 El Malecon, Habana, Cuba;  Graciela Iturbide’s 2008 Untitled photograph Chalma, Mexico; Colette Urbajtel’s 1988 Juego de Piedras; Christina Kahlo’s 2011 vintage print titled  Carnival  de Huejotzingo ;  Mariana Yampolsky’s 1987 Esperando al Padreciti;  Lola Alvarez Bravo’s 1954 Computer 1;  Flor Garduno’s 2014 vintage print Ciclope, Mexico;  Ruven Afanador’s 2012 selenium toned gelatin silver print from Angel Gitano series,  Eduardo Guerrero Gonzales; and The Threshold, Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s 1947 gelatin silver print.

Spencer Throckmorton says, “We are very fortunate this year to have acquired some unusually arresting photographic fine art to offer to AIPAD visitors.  People who attend THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the art;  it is a joy to have them visit with us.”

Throckmorton Fine Art has been a leader among New York dealers in showing the most important contemporary Latin American photographers at its New York gallery at 145 East 57th Street. Gallery founder Spencer Throckmorton has also pursued a long held interest in Pre-Columbian art and Chinese jades and the gallery has continually staged important exhibitions and published numerous publications on those subjects.

The gallery’s commitment to connoisseurship is underscored by its sales to such major museums as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, along with the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Portions of collections the gallery was instrumental in forming have been donated to the Louvre.  The gallery loans examples on a regular basis to such significant institutions as the National Gallery in London. 

As the premier dealer offering vintage and contemporary Latin American photography, Pre-Columbian art, Chinese jades and Tribal art, Throckmorton Fine Art participates in internationally acclaimed fairs, including The Winter Antiques Show in New York each January, AIPAD and during March offers Chinese Jades during ASIA WEEK.

If you attend:

Throckmorton Fine Art at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW

Presented by AIPAD

April 14 - 17 2016

Association of International Photography Art Dealers

Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street, New York

Opening Night to benefit The 92nd Street “Y”  on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 - 9pm

Thursday through Saturday Daily from 11am to 7pm

Sunday April 17 from 11am to 6pm

Private tours available each day from 10am to 11am

THROCKMORTON FINE ART

145 East 57th Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022

Tel: 212 223 1059. Fax: 212 223 1937

info@throckmorton-nyc.com

NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2016 - The documents that broke baseball’s color barrier and helped spark the Civil Rights Movement will be on view at the New-York Historical Society for a limited time only, beginning on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day. On April 11, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, thereby integrating Major League Baseball. To commemorate this historic event, Robinson’s signed contact with the Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as the contract he signed in 1945 when he joined the minor league team the Montreal Royals, were unveiled at a press conference in Times Square on Monday, April 11 hosted by Collectors Café, and will then be on display at the New-York Historical Society before embarking on a tour in the U.S. 

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) became the first African American to play major league baseball after Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey chose him to integrate baseball. Facing antagonism both on and off the field―from fans, opposing teams, and even initially his own teammates―Robinson displayed astounding fortitude and dazzled the crowds on the field and at bat during his first season with the Dodgers, earning the first-ever Rookie of the Year Award. He retired with a career batting average of .311, 1,518 hits, 137 home runs, 734 RBIs, and 197 stolen bases and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in his first year of eligibility (1962).

Throughout his life, Robinson remained an active supporter of civil rights, serving as a spokesperson for the NAACP and a political activist with the goal of advancing the rights of all Americans. In 2007, MLB declared April 15 Jackie Robinson Day, and in 2009, the league declared that all uniformed personnel would wear 42 on April 15. The Ken Burns documentary, Jackie Robinson, is broadcast on PBS on April 11 and 12.

WHAT:           Jackie Robinson’s signed contacts with the Montreal Royals (1945) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947)

WHEN:           April 15-22, 2016

WHERE:         New-York Historical Society - 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York City

About the Collectors Cafe
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About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. For more information, visit: www.nyhistory.org.

MUSEUM AND STORE HOURS:
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

MUSEUM ADMISSION
Adults: $20
Teachers and Seniors: $15
Students: $12
Children (5-13): $6
Children (4 and under): free
*Pay-as-you-wish Fridays from 6 pm - 8 pm.

A rare and valuable edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, a landmark work in English literature, will be among the rare books on display at Duquesne University as part of National Library Week. 

The 1611 first-edition of The Faerie Queene and Shepheards Calendar, which was printed in London for the bookseller Matthew Lownes, will be one of the books at the center of Of Enduring Value: Rare Books at Duquesne University on Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gumberg Library.

In addition to its age, this edition of The Faerie Queene and Shepheards Calendar also is exceptional in that it marks the first time that Spenser’s primary works were printed together.

“Students and faculty can now study The Faerie Queene in an edition printed just after Spenser’s death,” said Dr. Greg Barnhisel, chair and professor of English in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. “They will also be able to see for themselves how much effort and craftsmanship went into putting together a book in the second century of printing.” 

Dr. Robert Giannetti, a poet and the former owner of Bob’s Olde Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Lewiston, N.Y., donated the 405-year-old edition to the University last year in honor of his late dissertation advisor, Dr. Foster Provost. Giannetti earned his Ph.D. in English from Duquesne in 1979.

During the April 14 event, Giannetti will join Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire, assistant professor of English and an expert in British Renaissance poetry, to discuss The Faerie Queene.

The program also will feature a discussion about rare books—including a selection from The Rabbi Herman Hailperin Collection at Duquesne—readings and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled Rare Book Reading Room at Gumberg Library.

Of Enduring Value: Rare Books at Duquesne University is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/ofenduringvalue.  

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. www.duq.edu

Nearly 100 British booksellers in Oxford harness the Power of 1,800 colleagues Worldwide on UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day Saturday April 23, 2016

PBFA OXFORD BOOK FAIR, 23-24 April 2016. Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley OX33 1HX WWW.OXFORDBOOKFAIR.ORG

On Saturday April 23 nearly 100 booksellers in Oxford will take part in a unique worldwide event. For 24 hours a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur. Starting on the East Coast of Australia running through Asia and Europe and ending on the West Coast of the United States, booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold quick and often quirky events that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, maps and other paper items. Booksellers will show and talk some of the rarest and most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.

“Fill an Empty Bookcase and change our world!” Fair manager Tom Lintern-Mole from rare booksellers Antiquates Ltd said today. “We are raising funds for the Forest Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development’s work in South Sudan. “Literacy rates in South Sudan are appalling. 84% of women are illiterate and 70% of men - what hope is there for these individuals, this country or even the world as whole with literacy rates like this?”

We invite book lovers, librarians and anyone who cares about literacy will come to the fair at Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, OX33 1HX Saturday the 23rd Noon-6pm (continuing Sunday 24 10am-4pm) between. For a small amount you can purchase a symbolic book spine and help us fill the symbolic Empty Bookcase. Just £3 buys a book and £15 buys a whole set of 12 specially written for the children of Sudan addressing issues they face in daily life. In 2015 Pop Up Rare Book Events organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) raised enough to buy 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper. This year we hope to raise even more!

For more information:

Tom Lintern-Mole, 07921 151496, tom@lintern-mole.com www.oxfordbookfair.org

Follow the worldwide events for 24 hours live in the internet on ilabpopupbookfairs.blogspot.de!

What do a film star, the children in South Sudan, and 1,800 booksellers on 5 continents have in common? They are some of the essential components of a worldwide series of events to create a more literate world. On 23 April 2016 the members of the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller’s (ILAB) will celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day with a series of spectacular and extraordinary bookish events - for 24 hours, one after another around the world.

Last year and for the very first time, ILAB booksellers decided to think global and act local on 23 April 2015 by holding ILAB Pop Up Fairs - book presentations, lectures, exhibitions, performances, appraisals - within their local communities and coordinating their efforts under ILAB’s roof. The worldwide celebrations held at most busy and sometimes really unexpected places like Giant Ferris wheels, cabarets and clubs made a global impact. The ILAB booksellers raised well over 10,000 Euros, which bought 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper for the South Sudanese children - delivered by UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative.

In 2016 the ILAB booksellers will do this again… and they will do even more!

From Australia to Japan and, for the first time ever, to the Republic of Korea, further on to Cape Town in South Africa, Moscow and all over Europe to New York, Chicago and the Pacific North West Coast the ILAB booksellers bring rare books to the people and raise funds for UNESCO’s and American actor Forest Whitaker’s literacy projects in South Sudan.

For more information visit the websites www.ilab.org, www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd and http://wpdi.org/our-work/programs/youth-peacemaker-network-south-sudan. Please contact Sally Burdon (Sally@AsiaBookroom.com) or Barbara van Benthem (editor@ilab.org), if you need any further information.

Visual art and performance art come together in a special program presented jointly by the Gershman Y and the Library Company of Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 20.  The evening begins at 5:00 PM at the Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street) with an exhibition viewing and reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, a multi-sensory exhibition curated by Philadelphia installation artist Teresa JaynesCommon Touch explores the nature of perception through original works by Jaynes and historical collections that document the education of the blind in the 19th century.

Following the viewing and reception, the evening moves to the Gershman Y (corner of Broad and Pine Streets) at 6:30 PM for a live performance by the renowned Terry Galloway of You Are My Sunshine - A Kind of Love Story.  Galloway offers her humorous perspective on life after receiving a cochlear implant and being thrust into a world of sound. You Are My Sunshine is a comic, sometimes moving, sometimes profane exploration of what happens to a woman after she literally regains her senses.  The performance will be followed by a discussion with Galloway and Haverford College Professor Kristin Lindgren, PhD.  Lindgren was a key organizer of Haverford College’s 2012 exhibition, What Can a Body Do? which explored disability through the visual arts, poetry, and scholarship.

Admission to the exhibition viewing and reception, as well as the performance, is free, but advance registration is required by calling 215-545-4400 or visiting GershmanY.org.

Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a multimedia exhibition that looks at historical embossed and raised-letter documents for the visually impaired as a starting point for a multi-sensory exploration of the nature of perception. Inspired by her research in the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind, artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes has curated an exhibition that combines her own original works with historical collections.  This exhibit is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Terry Galloway, a 2013 Alpert Award nominee, is a writer, director and performer for stage, radio, video, and film.  Her theater work has been produced in venues ranging from the American Place Theater in New York to the Zap Club in Brighton, England; her short videos have been featured in film festivals all over the world; and her poems, essays, and non-fiction have been widely anthologized.  She co-founded and became the artistic director for several companies including the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida, a 25-year old nonprofit theater for the queer, disabled, minority community that teaches novices the art of writing, performing, and producing original cabarets, radio shows, and short comic videos.  Under Galloway’s guidance, Faust has generated over 600 original theater scripts, produced 49 hour-long cabarets of original materials, and created 21 video shorts that have been featured in over 106 national and international film festivals and garnered over 31 awards for filmmaking excellence. 

Galloway’s eclectic performance history has been recognized with numerous awards, including five CPB Awards for Excellence in Writing for Khan-du, a television series targeted toward children with disabilities and seen on PBS’ KLRU; two B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Script and Best Actress for her solo performance Out All Night & Lost My Shoes from the Austin Circle of Theaters; three Public Radio New Directors Incorporated, Commentary Awards; and the Best Theater Activism Award from the Austin Chronicle for co-founding Actual Lives Austin, an activist theater for adults with disabilities.  Her memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer, became a Lambda Award finalist and a winner of the Golden Crown award for non-fiction, and earned Galloway one of her three Florida Division Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Awards - one for literature, and two for theater.

The Gershman Y, a vibrant cultural and community center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts, is dedicated to celebrating the rich diversity, breadth, and vitality of the Jewish experience.   Offering a broad array of artistic, cultural, and educational experiences and outreach initiatives informed by Jewish values that inspire like-minded individuals to connect, converse, and create, the Gershman Y’s programs examine and rethink Jewish arts and culture for a new generation seeking to define what it means to be Jewish today.

exhibitions2016_queering-the-bibliobject_fowler_01-768x512.jpgWhen: April 15 - June 25, 2016

Opening Reception: April 15, 6-8pm

Artist Roundtable: Friday, May 13, 6:30pm

Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch: Friday, June 17, 6:30pm

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

Event URL: http://bit.ly/1MkK0DV

The Center for Book Arts presents its Spring 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition Queering the BibliObject, on view April 15 through June 25, organized by John Chaich, Independent Curator, Designer, and Writer. An opening reception will take place April 15, 6-8pm, which will include a preface response by Ricardo A. Bracho, Every Day I (Un)Write the Book, at 7:30pm. Gallery admission is free. An artist roundtable will be held on May 13 at 6:30pm, and a Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch will take place Friday, June 17 at 6:30pm.

A mix of assemblage, drawing, performance, photography, sculpture, and video, Queering the BibliObject presents contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer artists who explore the book as an object, removed from the form and function of the traditional artist's book. The artists restrict access to the book; repurpose bound, printed matter as medium; reclaim context and content in order to reimagine narrative; and represent the self through, and/or relationship with, the book. In doing so, the works examine access, affect, and agency, while the exhibition considers the phenomenological, physical, and social relationships between books and queer lives across cultures and chronologies.

Artists included are: Nayland Blake, Justin Vivian Bond, Stefanie Boyd-Berks, 

Ricardo A. Bracho, Anna Campbell, charlesRyanlong, Eve Fowler, Leor Grady, 

Kris Grey, Garry Hayes, KleinReid, Aaron Krach, Aaron McIntosh, Lucas Michael, 

Allyson Mitchell, Catalina Schliebener, Tamale Sepp, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, 

Tony Whitfield, and Jade Yumang.

An anchor of the exhibition, Eve Fowler utilizes 62 books of lesbian and feminist writing that were duplicates on clearance at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, which the artist has wrapped in a custom-made screen print and carefully piled, at once restricting and preserving access to herstories on the brink of extinction. Jade Yumang responds to the history and geography of desire by piling and cutting through vintage gay porn. charlesRyanLong creates a choir robe using pages of the biography of the late African American queer singer and icon Sylvester, while Aaron McIntosh recreates the cover of Harlequin Romance novel at life-sized scale by using the pages of the book itself and carving negative space for the traditionally female figure. The book and the body are explored in video piece by Kris Grey, in which the artist balances on his head the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) manual that has pathologized transexuality, while Catalina Schliebener's assemblage and collage of children's book, instructional models, and blank journals move in and around a plexi-glass box to examine gender constraints and freedoms. Tony Whitfield documents how books live among decorative objects in his home library, while Allyson Mitchell draws shelves of books from Brooklyn's Lesbian Herstory Archives.

John Chaich is an independent curator, designer, and writer based in Manhattan. Recent exhibitions include Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, and Words, produced for Visual AIDS at LaMama La Galleria (New York) and Transformer Gallery (Washington DC), and Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), and the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts. With Todd Oldham, he is the co-editor of the forthcoming coffee table book Queer Threads (AMMO Books). For four years he curated multi-arts programming for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

A Curator Moderated Roundtable Discussion will take place Friday, May 13, 6:30pm, with artists Nayland Blake, Anna Campbell, and Tony Whitfield. A Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch with artists Kris Grey, Aaron Krach, and Aaron McIntosh, and curator John Chaich is scheduled for Friday, June 17, 6:30pm, in honor of Pride Week. The exhibition catalogue will feature essays by Heather K. Love, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) on affect and over-attachment and Scott Herring, Ph.D. (Indiana University, Bloomington) on queer objecthood. Suggested donation for the general public for these special events is $10 non-members/$5 members.

Image: Eve Fowler, 62 Books (2010). Courtesy of the artist.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has revealed the updated programme for this year’s event, with former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and celebrated classicist Mary Beard joining the line-up.

The full programme, taking place across Oxford between Saturday 2nd and Sunday 10th April features 500 speakers and 300 events across a range of subjects.

Britain’s most well-known classicist Mary Beard will be delivering this year’s Bodley Lecture. Mary will be speaking to the Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden about her life and work - with a focus on the public statements that have often seen her at the centre of controversy. Following the event, Mary will receive the Bodley Medal for outstanding contribution to the worlds of literature, arts, science and communication.

Former Irish President Mary McAleese’s event will be the centrepiece of the Festival’s Irish literature and culture programme. McAleese will be speaking to the Ambassador of Ireland in London, Dan Mulhall, about the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. In a further discussion, award-winning writer Ruth Dudley Edwards, author and broadcaster Frank Delaney, and Mulhall will also discuss the Easter Rising - and how it has impacted on the development of modern day Ireland. Further talks in the Irish literature and culture programme include an interview with celebrated author Marian Keyes, Patrick Guinness on Ireland’s Georgian Heritage, and Delaney speaking about James Joyce.

Another late addition to the programme is renowned investor and writer Sir Michael Moritz, who will be speaking about Leading, his recent collaboration with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Moritz will discuss how the leadership skills exhibited by Ferguson can be used by anyone to enhance a successful career.

These latest announcements supplement a programme already full of fascinating speakers - including Sir Ian McKellen, Garry Kasparov, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, James Naughtie, Professor Richard Dawkins, and many more.

To book tickets and to keep up to date with all the latest details and speaker announcements please visit the website: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/.

events2016_history-of-art_map-as-metaphor_01.jpgThe Center for Book Arts presents its annual History of Art series in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association on three upcoming Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm at the Center. This year, the series investigates how the map can be understood as a metaphor beyond the geographical context-as material artifact and cultural signifier as well as an artistic tool. Maps and atlases are an integral part of the history of the book as well as a physical and conceptual resource of book arts. This program of three panels features scholars, scientists, and artists who will explore questions about power, information, identity, economics, ecosystems, and culture. Panels are moderated by Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station. 

Suggested donation for the general public for this event is $10 / $5 members. Space is limited; it is recommended to reserve a spot for each panel by emailing RSVP@centerforbookarts.org or by calling 212-481-0295.

WhenThree Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm 

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St 

Admission: Free; Suggested donation: $10/$5 members 

Reservations recommended: Email RSVP@centerforbookarts.org or call 212-481-0295

Event URLhttp://bit.ly/1P065

March 18, 2016, 6:30pm

The Socio-Political Map: Control and Power 

The first panel in this three-part series will discuss the history, theory, and making of maps as means of political, societal and cultural control. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Neil Freeman, cartographer, artist, and urban planner 

Shannon Mattern, media artist and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School 

Lize Mogel, artist and co-editor of An Atlas of Radical Cartography 

March 25, 2016, 6:30pm

The Techno-Eco Map: Data and Online Initiatives 

The second panel focuses on professionals and technologists working with maps, responding to the inclusion, omission, or loss of information, and projecting past data into new presentations. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Liz Barry, urban designer, Co-Founder & Co-Director of TreeKIT, and Co-Founder & Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science 

Ingrid Burrington, artist-in-residence at Data & Society Research Institute and fellow at Autodesk/Pier 9's Experimental Research Lab 

Natalie Campbell, independent curator and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Eric W. Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, author, and Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society 

April 1, 2016, 6:30pm

The Artist Map: Appropriation and Creation 

The third panel looks at the ways in which maps have been regarded as art, and how artists have co-opted maps for new purposes. 

Moderator: 

Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 

Panelists: 

Doug Beube, mixed-media artist and independent curator 

Martin C. Brückner, Associate Director of the Center of Material Culture Studies and Professor of English, University of Delaware 

Dahlia Elsayed, artist and Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College 

Katarina Jerinic, mixed-media artist and public space-based interventionist  

Please visit our website for up-to-date details on all events and programs: 

www.centerforbookarts.org

Image: Heidi Neilson, Atlas Dream Sequence. From the Center for Book Arts Permanent Collection.

image003.jpgCelebrating their sixth consecutive year exhibiting at the fair, Daniel Crouch Rare Books, leading maps and rare books dealer, will return to TEFAF Maastricht with an impressive selection of works including a monumental wall map of astonishing beauty, made in 1604 at the beginning of the Dutch Golden Age by Luis Texeira. Dutch world wall maps from this era are incredibly rare and this engraved map, printed on twelve sheets, is the only surviving complete example.

The stand will also feature Willem Janszoon Blaeu's pair of 26-inch terrestrial and celestial globes, Globus Orbis Terrae (c.1645-48) which are examples of the peak of Golden Age Dutch cartography. They are a remarkable record of human achievement in a period of exceptional geographical discovery when the Dutch proved themselves as masters of the sea and changed the face of the world. After Willem’s death in 1638, his son, Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), undertook a major update of the globe to incorporate new discoveries including re-engraving changes to Canada to show the discoveries of Thomas Button (1612-13) and William Baffin (1616), and the removal of the name and diminution in size of the mythical island of Frisland.

In addition to Willem Janzoon Blaeu’s globes will be Johannes Blaeu’s Le Grand Atlas (Jean Blaeu Amsterdam 1663) ‘an exceptionally attractive example of the greatest and finest atlas ever published’ (Verwey). Embellished in the Baroque style, the maps are cited as one of the most lavish and highly prized illustrated books of the seventeenth century and frequently served as the official gift of the Dutch Republic to princes and other authorities.

Moving to the 19th century and a different country, Crouch will present a very fine example of ‘one of the greatest achievements in French publishing’ (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). It is a first edition of the first scientific description of ancient and modern Egypt and one of the most important and ambitious publication projects ever undertaken by the French state. Le Description de l’Egypte, was begun in 1803 and took more than twenty years to produce its 34 volumes. Originally conceived as a formidable propaganda tool to the glory of the Emperor and his Army, the book would reveal itself particularly as the prestigious and magnificent witness to a meeting between two civilisations, ancient and modern, and two cultures, Muslim and European, of the late eighteenth century. This particular work was presented to Guy de Lavau, prefect of the Police of Paris, and is offered together with a remarkable archive of original documentation, comprising manuscript appointments and Honours bestowed upon him, rare printed ephemera describing the collation and furniture, and manuscript documentation relating to the presentation of this particular copy.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books can be located at TEFAF Maastricht in the Works on Paper section, Stand 702.

Image: A monumental planisphere by Luis Texeira in 1604, 1130 mm x 2310 mm plus text.

Morbid Anatomy Museum 2016 Gala

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is thrilled to announce the second annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala taking place April 12th, 2016 at The Bell House. The night will feature actress Parker Posey as honorary chair along with a catered dinner, cocktails generously supplied by sponsor Hendrick's Gin, performances and special guests; an auction of one-of-a-kind art, objects, and experiences; styling by Rebecca Purcell, visual director and co-creator of the groundbreaking A.B.C; and much more. This event is a fundraiser The Morbid Anatomy Museum, which is a registered 501c3.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy a champagne toast at Morbid Anatomy Museum—just a moment's walk from the Bell House—with Parker Posey along with a private tour of our current exhibition with its curator Ryan Matthew Cohn of TV's Oddities. All guests will enjoy a fine catered meal, drinks, auction and performances, and are invited to stay for an afterparty featuring complimentary beer by sponsor Sixpoint Brewery and the DJ stylings of electronic music pioneer Vince Clarke.

Tickets are also available separately for those who wish to attend only the afterparty, with a DJ set by Vince Clarke and free beer supplied by sponsor Sixpoint Brewery.

Details below; Please contact creative director Joanna Ebenstein at Joanna@morbidanatomymuseum.org with questions.

Second Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with Honorary Chair Parker Posey

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 PM (6:30 for VIP)

$250 (Regular Ticket), $500 (VIP Ticket with champagne toast at The Museum); $2500 (Table for 5, includes VIP champagne toast); $5000 (Table for 10, includes VIP champagne toast)
Tickets and more info at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507596

Gala Afterparty with DJ Set by Electronic Music Pioneer Vince Clarke and Complimentary Beer Courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9 pm till late, $50.
Tickets and more info at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512352

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The Library of Congress continues its annual celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, for its 16th year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

“The National Book Festival is a day for all to celebrate the joy and power of reading by connecting with their favorite authors and discovering new ones,” said acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “No matter your age or favorite type of book, there is something at the National Book Festival for you. The Library is grateful to the generous sponsors who make this day of fun and discovery free to all attendees.”

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival may contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

Many authors have already accepted the festival’s invitations this year, and they include:

  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
  • Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
  • Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as “Thank You for Smoking”
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
  • Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump”
  • Stephen King, best-selling, prize-winning author and literacy advocate
  • James McBride, National Book Award winner
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
  • Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
  • Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Diane Rehm, NPR host and author 
  • Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner  
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of “The Devil’s Highway”
  • Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.

The National Book Festival poster will be designed this year by Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts.  Her work has appeared on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, Visa card billboards and Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers for Penguin, Scholastic and DC Comics. She has published work in the pages of The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications.

The festival will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. The festival will continue to feature its popular offerings dedicated to Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Science, Poetry & Prose and Culinary Arts.

For more information, see the National Book Festival website at loc.gov/bookfest/. The National Book Festival App is available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/. Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library (loc.gov) 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.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to The European Fine Art Fair (11 - 20 March 2016) for its twentieth consecutive year with an impressive collection of museum- quality Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures and early printed books. The gallery will occupy a new, larger stand (109) and its display will be increasingly modern using elegant glazing to frame the objects.

The highlights include a selection of important illuminated manuscripts including an exquisite Book of Hours, presumed to have been a gift from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, to his governor Guillaume II de Croÿ. It contains 21 large miniatures executed in fine detail by Gerard Horenbout (d. 1528), one of the most famous Flemish miniaturists of his time. Scenes depicting the Virgin Mary are particularly fine, showing her in a contemporary setting for the Annunciation, and against a magnificent golden background as Queen of Heaven.

Another key work is an illuminated manuscript on vellum, once housed in the library of Raphael de Marcatellis (1437-1508). His father was Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, a great patron of the arts, and in turn Raphael amassed a collection of fine books. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will display the only work from his library written in French. In one section it contains the Tresorier de Philosophie Naturelle des Pierres Precieuses by Jean d’Outremeuse, a text on the popular medieval subject of gemstones. It gives a fascinating insight into the manufacture, cutting and polishing of ancient glass or gems, and into the work of natural philosophers and alchemists.

A significant printed work on the stand will be a ‘princely’ binding made for Duke Julius at Wolfenbüttel by Lukas Weischner, counted among the most important Renaissance bookbinders in Germany. The unique and highly prized exterior features abundant gilt-tooled decoration, a plate stamp with a portrait of Martin Luther and highlights in enamel paints. The text was compiled by the important second- generation Lutheran theologian Martin Chemnitz, and is a tribute to the great reformer Luther. It contains 51 woodcut illustrations in contemporary colouring highlighted with gold.

In addition, the stand will feature a fifth edition copy of the first secular drama to be printed. Written by Jacques Millet, it tells the epic tale of the fall of Troy including scenes such as Greek soldiers emerging out of the Trojan horse. The 32 woodcuts are are counted among the finest ever produced in that medium, and among the earliest made in France. All 15th- and 16th-century editions of this work are extremely rare, and this book is one of only two copies to contain the complete set of these woodcuts.

Dr Günther comments: ‘‘We are delighted to be returning to TEFAF Maastricht, which is a highlight in the international calendar of art fairs. After a successful 2015, this presents an exciting beginning to our schedule of fairs and events for the year. We look forward to showcasing wonderful objects and meeting clients old and new.’’


Palm Beach, FL—The 13th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show just got bigger!  The show, which formerly spanned 5 days, has expanded into a 7-day event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401) from February 10th to the 16th, 2016, during Presidents¹ Day Weekend.

Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, this important event will feature more than 170 international exhibitors, a captivating lecture series and stunning Designer Showcase, making it the most important event of its kind in Palm Beach.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival will celebrate its 20th year when it returns in 2016 from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th April 2016. The first set of speakers and events are officially announced today. The world renowned literary event will once again bring together a distinguished array of speakers hosted in historic venues across Oxford.

The stellar line-up confirmed today marks the launch of next year’s event with the remaining speakers to be announced in the New Year.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 39th annual event, November 13-15, 2015, which will feature the Boston debut of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, November 14, 2-5pm.  Poems are free with admission to the Fair!

Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo, are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas.  At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets any topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. This will be their first appearance in Boston.

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To mark the anniversary of Britain’s legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, The Ultimate Travel Company will set sail for the Antarctic in January 2016, with a private collection of diary extracts and photography.  

Roddie Wordie—grandson of Shackleton expedition member, Sir James Wordie—will be on board with his grandfather’s diary extracts—many of which have never been seen before.

Retracing the steps of the historic Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, the tour will make its way from Ushuaia via the Falklands and South Georgia, Argentina to the white continent itself, Antarctica.

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NEW YORK CITY—The International Vintage Poster Fair is returning to New York City for its 26th anniversary with an exciting new location, Pier 94, between 12th Ave. and 55th St. This year’s Poster Fair will be a featured section of the Pier Antique Show, New York City’s largest and most anticipated antiques show event. 

Before social media there were posters, and the purpose of an original vintage poster was to advertise and promote new products and ideas, wars and political viewpoints, sporting and other events, along with travel and transportation. It was a unique art form with the power to influence consumers of all ages. Today, the few original posters that have survived have a new purpose.

The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival kicked off a day featuring more than 170 authors on 18 stages and program areas, with presentations from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to teen circus performers, panels on topics like "why literature matters" and children’s story times.

Louise Erdrich received the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Love Medicine," "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," "The Plague of Doves" and her current novel, "The Round House," was presented the prize by Library Chief of Staff Robert Newlen before a capacity crowd in the Fiction Pavilion.

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Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will join the impressive roster of international exhibitors at this year’s Frieze Masters, which will take place from 14th-18th October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London.

Positioned alongside its contemporary counterpart, Frieze Masters offers a modern lens on historical art. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will accentuate this juxtaposition of old and new and present an assortment of museum-quality treasures that demonstrate the intellectual engagement and artistic creativity of humankind. Manuscripts, miniatures and rare early printed books from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance will be showcased within a modern context and stand design, and set amongst a backdrop of glass and crystal.

NEW YORK  August 6—The Tenth Annual MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK week (www.masterdrawingsinnewyork.com) will take place January 23 through January 30, with a Preview scheduled for Friday, January 22, at 30 leading art galleries on the Upper East Side’s “Gold Coast’ in New York.

Timed to coincide with New York’s major January art-buying events, including the Old Master auctions and The Winter Antiques Show, over the past decade MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK has given top dealers from the US as well as the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy an opportunity to show their newest acquisitions to the largest assembly of drawings scholars and patrons to gather in New York each year.

This Autumn, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will exhibit for the first time at the 29th edition of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze. This historic and established fair will take place at the magnificent Palazzo Corsini, Florence, from 26 September - 4 October 2015, with a preview on 25 September.

Presenting an extensive choice of art and objects across all disciplines, BIAF is a haven for collectors, curators and art aficionados alike, and is the perfect setting for Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books to offer both specialist expertise, and an unparalleled selection of illuminated manuscripts and rare books, that range from £50,000 to £10,000,000.

STURBRIDGE, Massachusetts—Collectors of all types—young and old to experienced and amateur—have undeniably shaped the identities of many American museums and historic sites since the 19th century. Many of these special places, such as Bayou Bend, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Biltmore, The Henry Ford Museum, and Old Sturbridge Village began as private collections of objects, assembled by individuals passionate about art, furniture, automobiles, clocks or whatever their area of interest was. 

Presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Kindred Spirits: A.B. Wells, C. Malcolm Watkins and the Origins of Old Sturbridge Village, the 2015 Collectors' Forum at Old Sturbridge Village on Saturday, October 24 will examine collecting in America, from its roots in the early 19th century through the present day. Participants will benefit from enriching lectures and workshops uncovering the origins of collecting, as well as the influences, trends, prominent personalities, and some of the challenges collectors face in today's market.

BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2015—In an all new summer of Vintage episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks at memorable objects from previous shows to discover what they are worth today and how the market and their value has changed. As a hint, some have increased in value, while others haven't fared so well!

"The marketplace for antiques and collectibles changes along with lifestyle tastes and trends and economic factors," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "Collecting categories that were in vogue over recent years, like arts and crafts furniture have gone down in value while others, such as Chinese antiques and collectibles have gone up. Our Vintage episodes help keep viewers updated on those market and style changes."

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From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape T own, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organized by the world’s expert antiquarian booksellers, will appear on 23 April, 2015.

WHERE? In a woolshed in the Australian bush, at central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, private clubs, cocktail clubs, brew pubs, on roof terraces, at the top of skyscrapers. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day ILAB booksellers will bring rare books to the people in the most unexpected places!

NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2015)—The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 11-12, 2015. 

The main exhibitor hall for this year’s event is located at our new primary venue, Center 548 on West 22nd Street, and all programming will take place nearby at The High Line Hotel at 180 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. Highlights of this year’s program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, and Raina Telgemeier, and panels on subjects including “Comics and Disability,” “Plagiarism as Practice,” and category-defying artist Saul Steinberg. In addition to Telgemeier’s appearance, this year’s programming features a special kid-friendly edition of R. Sikoryak’s long-running “Carousel” series of performative comics readings.

Almost 100 of the nation’s best writers, poets and illustrators have already committed to appear at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information is available on the National Book Festival website. Additional authors will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001 and will also honor the Library’s spiritual founder, Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library covering all subjects guides the universal collecting policies of today’s Library of Congress. Jefferson sold his books to the Library of Congress in 1815, after a fire destroyed the original Library collections during the War of 1812. The theme of this year’s festival is "I cannot live without books," a famous statement by Jefferson.

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America is pleased to announce the 2015 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections Magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the contest aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition program for three years before turning over leadership to a collaboration of institutional partners (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

What: A city-wide exploration of the book as a contemporary art form

Who: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Walker Art Center Library, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Form + Content Gallery

When: Friday, July 24; 6-9pm

Where: Four venues across Minneapolis

In celebration of Book Art Biennial 2015 (July 23-26) and MCBA's 30th Anniversary, four leading visual arts organizations present a coordinated "Book Arts Art Crawl" across Minneapolis, featuring six exhibitions all exploring the book as a contemporary artform. Receptions at all four venues are free and open to the public.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary year, MCBA hosts a series of free presentations and reduced price workshops throughout 2015, offering opportunities for interaction, discussion and skill-building with leaders in the field. At each month’s Book Arts Roundtable artists’ talks, you can learn more about the field of book arts and about each teaching artist’s work. Roundtables are free and held in MCBA’s studios. 

Numerous internationally renowned book, paper and print artists call the Twin Cities home; MCBA is proud to feature five of them in this series. Jody Williams’ and Jana Pullman’s workshops both sold out quickly; the series continues with the following.

Amherst, MA (March 13, 2015)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs on view April 7 through August 30, 2015. The exhibition highlights the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared in Carle’s art throughout his career, from advertisements created in the late 1960s to familiar picture book favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug. Exhibit-related programs include a community art project and a Children’s Book Festival on June 6th.

As a child, Carle was interested in insects, a curiosity sparked by his father who took him on walks in the woods. In Carle’s own words, “I remember the excitement of lifting stones or peeling back the bark of dead tress to discover the living things that crawled, crept, and scurried about there.”

Crossing the Delaware: New Jersey Women of the Book at Lafayette College—Exhibit: February 1-June 30, 2015

Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Curated by Diane Shaw, Director of Special Collections and Pam Murray.

Selected works of four New Jersey women artists—MaryAnn Miller, Liz Mitchell, Maria G. Pisano, and Maryann Riker—are featured in a special invitational exhibit this spring in Skillman Library. On display are over fifty striking artists’ books and other works on paper created by these four accomplished artists. Although at first glance it may be difficult to find a common thread among the rich array of materials and formats that appear in these works, it is their storytelling that acts as the unifying element among all four artists. They all tell deeply felt stories about past and present histories—both personal and collective.

The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, will mark a double anniversary in 2015. In addition to recognizing the festival’s 15th year since its founding by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the event will celebrate 200 years since the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library.

The festival will take place Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

Oxford Literary Festival 2015 Schedule

The world renowned literary event in historic Oxford buildings runs from Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th March 2015.

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has confirmed a stellar line up of more than 500 speakers from 20 countries for its 2015 programme. Acclaimed speakers and authors at the festival include the following names.

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In this exhibition and catalogue of "The Idda Collection," LES ENLUMINURES presents sixteen extraordinary early manuscripts representing the transmission and use of the Bible from the Dark Ages into the twelfth-century Renaissance.

The manuscripts were the property of a European family, and are named after Saint Idda, the only Swiss female saint, a pious and beautiful countess who left her abusive husband, dwelled in the forest, and subsequently became a Benedictine nun. The collection they assembled reflects the monastic study and ornamentation of the Scriptures in the cloisters of medieval Germany, Italy and Spain.

On Saturday, 7th February 2015, at approximately 12.00 noon, at a ‘secret’ venue somewhere in the heart of London, the Trollope Society will be releasing 200 pillar box red helium balloons with the TROLLOPE200 logo and an attached label with instructions. Those discovering the balloons on their descent and returning the label to the Trollope Society will, hopefully, receive a pleasant surprise! At around the same time, many other balloons will be released all around the World, at places visited by Anthony Trollope during his lifetime. Similarly places in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales with Trollope connections will release additional balloons.

This colourful event marks the beginning of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Anthony’s birth on 24th  April, 1815 which will include celebratory dinners, lectures, educational initiatives, a wreath laying ceremony, the hosting of the AGM Weekend of the Alliance of Literary Societies in York, book launches, exhibitions and much, much more. The year will also see the appearance of the first graphic version of a Trollope novel and a fine edition publication by the Folio Society of a ‘new’ Trollope novel in the form of the extended text of ‘The Duke’s Children’ taken from the original manuscript.

Downton Abbey Comes to Dallas

DALLAS—As American fans settle in to Season 5 of the PBS's award-winning "Downton Abbey," Heritage Auctions Vice President and "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Nick Dawes is the featured presenter at "The Treasures of Downton Abbey,” a presentation on the magnificent art and furnishings that play a key role in the series - despite having no speaking part. The event, fully open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m., Feb. 10 as part of Heritage Auctions' Second Tuesdays at Slocum Lecture Series, held at the firm's Design District Annex, located at 1518 Slocum St.

"The magnificent furnishings of Downton Abbey are crucial to every episode," said Dawes, who is celebrating his 20th season on "Antiques Roadshow" this year. "The splendor of the age and pedigree of the Crawley family is reflected in these objects.  We hope you will join us for an opportunity to travel back in time.”

London, 8th January 2015—The Book Illustration Competition (BIC) continues its mission to seek out the very best in illustration talent, both in the UK and overseas. Approaching its fifth year, the esteemed competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. It has fast become a leading platform for illustrators to showcase their talents, with the winner receiving an exclusive commission worth £5,000 to illustrate a new Folio Society book due to be published in autumn 2015.

This year’s book was announced in November 2014—a collection of ghost stories introduced by Susan Hill, the best-selling author of novels including The Woman in Black. Hill will also be the guest judge in this year's competition helping to select the winning illustrator. The competition is still open for those wishing to take part; participants must submit entries via the House of Illustration website before 9am on the 19th January.  The longlist will be announced on 3 February 2015, with the winner and five runners-up revealed at an exclusive ceremony held on 19 February 2015 at House of Illustration, Kings Cross. In addition, an exhibition at House of Illustration will showcase selected entries.

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Jackson Hole, Wyo.—January 7, 2015—Once again for 2015, the winner of the annual Bull-Bransom Award, given for artistic excellence in wildlife illustration for children’s books, will be announced as part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Celebration of Young Artists event to be held on May 7, 2015 at the museum in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This will be the museum’s sixth year of presenting the national honor, with previous winners participating in the judging to select this year’s honoree. North American artists and illustrators whose work was published in a book for children during 2014 are eligible to compete for the award, with submissions due by January 31, 2015. Details on submitting a book for the 2015 award are available here.

(Boston, MA)—Winter 2015 public book talks and lectures at the Boston Athenæum feature “The Future of Book Publishing” with Michael Levin, Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets with literary scholar and former Harvard University President Neil L. Rudenstine, and Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, with historian and author Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and a direct descendent of Charles I.

All events will take place in the Athenæum’s historic first-floor Long Room at 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, in the heart of Beacon Hill. Ticket prices and reservation requirements are listed below; registration for reserved programs opens on the first business day of the month prior to the month of the month of the event (e.g., registration for February events opens on January 5). To register or for more information about Boston Athenæum programs, hours, and membership, please visit www.bostonathenaeum.org.

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NEW YORK—The 2015 edition of MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK (January 24 - January 31), promises to be the best ever.  More than thirty of the world’s leading dealers are coming to New York City to offer for sale master art works in pencil, pen and ink, chalk and charcoal, as well as oil on paper sketches and watercolours, created by iconic artists working in the 16th to 21st centuries (www.masterdrawingsinnewyork.com). Each exhibition is hosted by an expert specialist and many works on offer are newly discovered or have not been seen on the market in decades, if at all.

In addition, Margot Gordon and Crispian Riley-Smith, co-founders of MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK, are delighted to announce that John Marciari, the new head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, (www.themorgan.org) will provide the introduction for the 2015 MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK brochure.

Rhode Island Center for the Book’s 2014 Art of the Book Program Presents Mine!: Ownership Marks from Curses to Book Plates 

This year the R.I. Center for the Book's Art of the Book Program will celebrate the book as a personal possession. Why do owners mark books? What is the history of book plates?

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The Boston Athenæum will open its red leather doors at 10 1/2 Beacon Street on Sunday, November 2, from noon until 4:00 p.m. for a free public Open House. There will be activities, talks, and more for all ages, offered on a first-come, first served basis. 

All twelve stories of the Boston Athenæum’s National Historic Landmark building, most usually limited to Athenæum members only, will be open to the public for self-guiding tours for the first time in more than a decade.

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