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Castleman, Riva, A Century of Artists Books, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1994, first edition, thick sq. 4to, 11 x 10", HB in dj, deep red cloth boards w/ gilt titles in color illus dj (a detail from a book by Sonia Delaunay-Terk), NF / VG+. Light wear to dj edges.

264 pp. 224 illustrations, 76 in color. This volume constitutes one of the most extensive surveys of modern illustrated books published. Riva Castleman, chief curator of the Department of Prints and Illustrated books at the MoMA, offers authoritative historical background on the art of the book; a catalog published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title, held October 23, 1994 - January 24, 1995

"In artists' books, according to Castleman, art is not subsumed by text but "translates it into an a language that has more meanings than words can convey." In this handsome companion to the MoMA exhibition, Castleman showcases a wide selection of books by fine artists. She explains that the advent of photography and chromolithography in the mid-19th century allowed mass-produced prints to convey the colorful aspects of painting, leading major artists, such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Gaugin, to produce books in editions of more than 100 copies. Profiling enterprising early publishers--like art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who in 1900, commissioned Pierre Bonnard to illustrate a volume of Paul Verlaine's poetry--Castleman throws light on the collaborative work that characterized such books. Also examined are artists' typical subject matter (moral fables, literary classics and political allegories); early prototypes, such as 16th-century illustrated codexes by Durer; and the fate of artists' books in the electronic age." Publishers Weekly

The catalog documents not artists' books but rather "livre d'artiste" or "livre de peintre" style publications. The exhibition dwells on highly produced books by such a broad spectum of artists: Josef Albers, Pierre Alechinsky, Jean Arp, Genevičve Asse, Enrico Baj, Georg Baselitz, Leonard Baskin, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beckmann, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, David Bomberg, Pierre Bonnnard, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque, Marcel Broodthaers, Edward Burne-Jones, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Chillida, Francesco Clemente, Tullio d'Albisola, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Henri de Chirico, Nicholas de Staël, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, André Derain, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Max Ernst, Walker Evans, Jean Fautrier, Antonio Frasconi, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Juan Gris, George Grosz, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Robert Indiana, Marcel Janco, Alfred Jarry, Jasper Johns, Asger Jorn, Vasily Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Oskar Kokoschka, Barbara Kruger, Wifredo Lam, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, El Lissitzky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Aristide Maillol, Kasimir Malevich, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Frans Masereel, Henri Matisse, Matta, Henri Michaux, Joan Miró, László Moholy-Nagy, Henry Moore, William Morris, Robert Motherwell, Bruno Munari, Paul Nash, Mimmo Paladino, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jürgen Partenheimer, A.R. Penck, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Odilon Redon, Larry Rivers, Dieter Roth, Georges Rouault, Olga Rozanova, Robert Ryman, Kurt Schwitters, Kurt Seligmann, Ben Shahn, Judith Shea, Yves Tanguy, Antoni Tŕpies, Günther Uecker, Henry van de Velde, Jacques Villon, Not Vital, Andy Warhol, and Wols.

A beautifully produced, comprehensive reference, fascinating in its breadth and detail.    [Book ID # 1367]


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