All Things Picasso with Gagosian’s rare book expert, Doug Flamm
This month, in conjunction with the celebrated exhibition “Picasso’s Picassos: A selection from the Collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, at Gagosian Gallery, the bookstore offers a fantastic PICASSO TAKEOVER of books, ceramics, cards, film, all related to the great master! The exhibition itself, curated by Maya’s daughter, art historian and curator Diana Widmaier Picasso offers a unique collection of paintings and sculpture. Drawn from the forty-year period between 1931 and 1971, the selection provides a personal view of the family history reflected in Picasso’s celebrated oeuvre and the book store provides a wealth of rare publications, objects and catalogues.
The LRFA blog is delighted to welcome back Doug Flamm for our now annual Holiday recommendations. Doug, formerly with Ursus Books for many years, has joined the Gagosian empire to offer his services as an experienced antiquarian book dealer and dedicated specialist of rare books and artists’ books. I know Doug’s expertise and knowledge will happily expand the artist book and publishing presence of this remarkable international gallery. What a pleasure to find Doug, his quiet scholarship and deep appreciation of the art of publishing, just a few blocks away! firstname.lastname@example.org
Included in the PICASSO TAKEOVER is an extensive selection of Picasso’s rare illustrated books, historically important reference books, catalogues raisonnés, monographs and current museum exhibition catalogues. The store is projecting great video clips featuring archival footage of Picasso from films that are available for purchase. A selection of prints, photographs, textiles and tapestries, posters and ceramics also expand the selection. With the holidays but a breath away, the Gagosian bookstore will have you happily checking off many names from your shopping list!
Of the extraordinary selection of rare books available in conjunction with “All Things Picasso”, Doug recommends a special look at
El Entierro del Conde Orgaz (1969)
Rafael Alberti, El Entierro del conde de orgaz, Gustavo Gili, Ediciones de la Cometa, Barcelona, 1969 (B. 1465-1477; C. Books 146)
the complete set of twelve etchings and one signed engraving, hors-texte, title page, text in Spanish, additional volume of lithographic text by the artist in Spanish, justification, on Romani, signed on the justification, copy 68 of 263, each the full sheet, generally in very good condition, loose (as issued), within the original brown paper wrappers with title on the front and parchment-covered portfolio box. 19 1/8 x 15 in. (486 x 381 mm.)
More temptations to follow in the next LRFA post.
Launched in the fall of 2009, the Gagosian Shop is the gallery’s first retail venue, featuring Gagosian publications, posters, prints, and magazines as well as limited editions by John Currin, Ellen Gallagher, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Marc Newson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Andy Warhol, and Franz West.
Designed by Daniel Rowen Architects with MN Design in collaboration with Gagosian Gallery, this 2,500 square foot space features the scholarly monographs, innovative catalogues, and limited editions that comprise Gagosian Gallery’s unparalleled publishing program.