Art Book Hauls

Monday, February 22, 2016

From An American Focus

I'm fortunate enough to be given art books at my school.  The program I'm in publishes a book for each show that is curated at the gallery on campus and we also receive gifts from other institutions and donations.  Usually every Monday class, my professor and the director of my program starts handing out books. It's like Christmas every week and I've gotten some really great stuff out of it. My favorite being Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive that was curated by my friend and Assistant to the Director of the program, Jackie Bunge. But that's a different post.

This post is about the stuff I got/got to look at today.  

An American Focus: The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection

This book is beautiful.  It's on the Anderson Collection from the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco.
The collection boasts more than 650 works and this books is really well done.  I'm not a connoisseur of this collection, so I can't really speak too much about it, but the book is beautiful and the work is interesting and fun to look at.

 Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

This is my bread and butter right here, what I live for.  This book features amazing detail on some of the best contemporary shows including up-and-coming artists and biennials.  This book is STUNNING.  Incredible design in this book and is excellent for research.  I wasn't given this one, but it's one I'm definitely going to buy and that every artist and art lover should keep around.  It has some great stuff from Swiss curator extraordinaire Hans Ulrich Obrist too.


Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective

This book was gifted to me.  I wasn't that familiar with Lundeberg before this, but she's great. You can trace her transitions through several different styles and it's really fantastic to see an artist's evolution.  I love retrospects for that reason (and I'm even working on a retrospective right now....SSHHHHH).  This book is from the show at the Laguna Beach Art Museum that works closely with my program (we helped design the Marcia Hafif exhibition a little while ago) and will be available in April.  I love the focus the museum has on California artists. It's good to know where you come from.
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