Classic subjects, beautiful formats, art book treasures with Doug Flamm of Ursus Books
POP ART IS AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT, ITS INCEPTION CREDITED TO THE BRITISH POP MASTER RICHARD HAMILTON WHOSE FAMOUS COLLAGE SHOWN IN 1956 AT WHITECHAPEL GALLERY’S EXHIBITION, THIS IS TOMORROW, SIGNALED A SEISMIC SHIFT IN THE AESTHETIC OF CONTEMPORARY ART.
AMERICA PICKED UP THE TORCH, IN PERFECT SYNC WITH OUR CONSUMER-ORIENTED FOCUS AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO MARKETING, ADVERTISING, AND BRANDING THAT INSPIRED THE IMAGE-CHARGED POP MOVEMENT WITH THE BRILLIANT WORK OF SUCH GREAT LUMINARIES AS LICHTENSTEIN, WARHOL, AND ROSENQUIST. IN GERMANY, SIGMAR POLKE AND GERHARD RICHTER RESPONDED TO THE AMERICAN POP MOVEMENT WITH THEIR CONTRIBUTION OF CAPITAL REALISM, A RIFF ON LICHTENSTEIN’S BENDAY DOTS AND SUBJECT MATTER. RADICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE POP VERNACULAR DEVELOPED ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE AND, ALTHOUGH LESSER KNOWN, WERE WORLDWIDE.
TODAY, DOUG FLAMM OF URSUS BOOKS, INTRODUCES US TO AN IMPORTANT EXHIBITION THAT DOCUMENTS THIS REVISIONIST PERSPECTIVE ON THE NATURE OF POP ART WITH HIS RECOMMENDATION OF THE SUPERB CATALOGUE THAT ACCOMPANIED THE CURRENT EXHIBIT AT THE WALKER ART CENTER IN MINNEAPOLIS. FOLLOWING ITS PRESENTATION AT THE WALKER, INTERNATIONAL POP WILL TOUR TO THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART AND THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART THROUGH 2016.
ALEXANDER, DARSIE et al. International Pop. 352 pages, including 230 color and 115 b&w plates. 4to, cloth. Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, 2015. (#158408) $85.00
This show, a survey of the global Pop movement from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, leads off with a punchy visual chronology which sets the tone for the entire book. Six of the ten chapters focus on individual countries (Argentina, Britian, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, and Japan), prefaced with an essay illuminating the threads of inquiry that run throughout the exhibition. Nearly every plate takes up a full page, and the book is punctuated with full-bleed photographs on shiny, acid colored paper. The energetic design combined with work uncommonly displayed make for an absorbing publication.
URSUS BOOKS, LOCATED ON MADISON AVENUE AT EAST 62nd STREET AT 699 MADISON AVENUE OFFERS BOTH NEW AND VINTAGE BOOKS, UNIQUE ARTISTS’ BOOKS AND AN EXTENSIVE INVENTORY OF ART REFERENCE BOOKS. MOST OF ALL, THANKS TO ITS DEDICATED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF, URSUS PROVIDES A SEASONED CURATORIAL EYE HELPING TO BUILD AN ART LIBRARY AND GRAET EXPERTISE IN LOCATING RARE BOOKS AND CATALOGUES THAT SERVE TO ENRICH THE HOLDINGS OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED BOOK COLLECTOR. http://www.ursusbooks.com/
UBI, RALPH et al. Future Present: The Collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. 800 pages, including 1,200 color and 30 b&w plates. 4to, cloth. Basel, Laurenz Foundation, 2015. (#161327) $75.00
The Basel-based Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, created in 1933, owns a significant collection of work, ranging from Ernst and Arp to Matthew Barney and Cy Twombly. This brick of a book, a complete and generously illustrated catalogue raisonné of the collection, includes painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Also included are short artist biographies and critical commentaries on more than 80 works from the collection. A section of thumbnail photographs includes images of all the pieces in the collection.
ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE DESTINATIONS DURING THE BASEL ART FAIR IS THE REMARKABLE SCHAULAGER FOUNDATION, A SWISS-EFFICIENT TRAM RIDE AND WORLD AWAY FROM THE INTENSE MOMENTUM OF THE FAIR AND ITS RELATED EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS. COMMISSIONED BY THE LAURENZ FOUNDATION AND DESIGNED BY THE IMPECCABLE ARCHITECTURAL FIRM OF HEURON AND DE MEURON, THE SCHAULAGER OPENED IN 2003, CONCEIVED AS AN OPEN WAREHOUSE THAT WOULD PROVIDE OPTIMAL SPATIAL AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS FOR SUCH UNIQUE WORKS OF ART AS ROBERT GOBER’S HAUNTING PERMANENT INSTALLATION.
For the first time in over 30 years, The Schaulager presents an extensive overview of works from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. Ever since it was established in 1933, the Foundation has been devoted to the collection and presentation of contemporary art.
The current exhibition FUTURE PRESENT including a wide range of media from paintings, sculptures and drawings to installations, photography and video, FUTURE PRESENT allows visitors to take a journey through a century of art history from classic modernism to the present day.
Early classic modernism is represented by such artists as Max Ernst, Hans Arp and Joan Miró as well as Salvador Dalí’s famous Burning Giraffe and Robert Delaunay’s Eiffel Tower.
Joseph Beuys’s iconic installation Schneefall (Snowfall) and major pieces by Bruce Nauman are among the many works of mid-20th century art that will be on view. Moreover, works by Jeff Wall, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Tacita Dean, David Claerbout, Thomas Demand, Elizabeth Peyton, Peter Fischli and David Weiss and many others testify to outstanding developments in contemporary art over the past few decades. When the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation published its last catalogue of the collection in 1991, there were 322 entries in the list of works. Today the collection comprises over 1,000 works and reads like a cross-section of the history of art and artistic thinking in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
On the occasion of the exhibition FUTURE PRESENT, the new catalogue Future Present: The Collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation takes stock of the present and provides a comprehensive insight into this vast treasure trove of artistic responses to the world since the 1920s.
The catalogue of the collection details paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and video works owned by the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation. The illustrated list of works is preceded by over eighty descriptions of works and biographies of all the artists represented in the collection. A conversation between the art historian Catherine Hürzeler and the President of the Foundation, Maja Oeri, adds a personal dimension to the Foundation’s commitment to contemporary art.
DOUG, THANK YOU FOR BRIGHTENING THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH YOUR TERRIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADD TO A COLLECTOR’S LIBRARY AND TO INTRODUCE US ALL TO GREAT EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS WORLDWIDE.
THE LRFA BLOG THANKS YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WISHING EVERYONE THE HAPPIEST YEAR AHEAD.