Snow is in the air– time to head to Gagosian to chat with the gallery’s rare book specialist, Doug Flamm
ONE OF MY FAVORITE PASTIMES AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH IS THE EXCUSE TO VISIT WITH DOUG FLAMM, RARE BOOK SPECIALIST AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY, TO SEE WHAT TREASURES HE HAS AND BENEFIT FROM HIS EXPERT ADVICE AND INTUITION ABOUT THE PERFECT GIFTS FOR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS.
HERE’S THE FIRST TEASER- SOMEONE UNFAMILIAR TO THE LRFA BLOG- WILLIAM KATZ, BUT NO LONGER, THANKS TO DOUG.
Katz’s name may be unknown to the general public, but for decades he has served as designer, architect and aesthetic consigliere to many of the world’s creative heavyweights—particularly A-list artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly and Jasper Johns. Although these aren’t generally the kind of people who seek out second opinions about how things should look, they all rely on Katz as their secret weapon. When Kiefer saw a run-down 17th-century hôtel particulier for sale in Paris’s Marais neighborhood, he flew Katz in from New York to help decide whether the space could be transformed into his new home and studio. Recently completed and already legendary in art-world circles, the compound now takes up 60,000 square feet of central Paris real estate, including three underground floors that stretch almost an entire city block.
Like his designs, Katz’s career path evinces a deceptive simplicity: You don’t immediately see the effort and ambition behind it. While an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University in the Sixties, Katz was staggered by a Baltimore production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. He found Albee’s address and convinced him to guest-lecture at Hopkins. Afterward, “Edward said, ‘If you’re ever in New York, come visit,’” he recalls. Katz managed to squeeze it into his schedule a week later.
After graduating, Katz moved to Manhattan, where he quickly zeroed in on some of the city’s most interesting people—Robert Indiana, Marisol, Andy Warhol—and made himself indispensable. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” he recalls. “So I would work in the studio, stretch canvases, run errands.”
In 2008, Katz was commissioned to design the much-buzzed-about new European headquarters of auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, in an old mail-sorting depot on Howick Place in London.
BILL KATZ WORKED AS ROBERT INDIANA’S STUDIO ASSISTANT AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CONCEPTION OF INDIANA’S ICONIC LOVE SCULPTURE.
Bill Katz, interior designer and architect, and Indiana’s assistant at the time: I was helping in the studio while Bob was painting his “LOVE Show” for the Stable Gallery. Mostly doing very menial things. But at one point when he was thinking about making LOVE in two panels inside a box, I suggested it might be better in three dimensions outside the box. He said, “Why don’t you make something to see what it might look like?” I made a version in papier-mâché. It gave Bob the idea to have a sculpture carved out of solid aluminum, which was in the exhibition in 1966.
AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY BOOKSTORE AT 976 MADISON ACROSS FROM THE CARLYLE HOTEL, THIS WONDERFUL PORTFOLIO, STAMPED INDELIBLY, EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM KATZ, OFFERS A POP ART RARITY AND DOCUMENTS BILL KATZ’S OWN WIT AND STYLE IS ON DISPLAY.
Edited by William Katz
Collection of 15 rubber stamp prints by Robert Creeley, Tom Wesselmann, Red Grooms & Kenneth Koch, Marisol, Robert Indiana, Josef Levi, Gerard Malanga, Allen Jones, Andy Warhol, Peter Saul, Claes Oldenburg, Allen Ginsberg and John Willenbecher.
11 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches (29.2 x 25.1 cm)
Edition of 225
The playful and intriguing Stamped Indelibly is a limited-edition bound portfolio of rubber stamp prints by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and other leading 1960s Pop artists. The fifteen prints are tipped-in to a linen bound book and signed by each artist with the exception of Red Grooms, while the Warhol print features the artist’s iconic rubber stamp signature. This Pop art rarity was edited and published by William Katz in 1967 in an edition of 225 and originally sold through Multiples, Inc.