Archive for February 3, 2009

MVS to Minneapolis soon: “Tom Arndt’s Minnesota” opens February 20th at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

I’m heading home to Minneapolis soon to attend the opening of long-time friend Tom Arndt‘s exhibition:

Tom Arndt’s Minnesota Saturday, February 21, 2009—Sunday, June 21, 2009

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Harrison Photography Gallery 365

The opening reception on Friday, February 20th from 6-8 p.m. is open to the public.  This long-awaited exhibition and accompanying publication comprise the last project organized by MIA’s late curator Ted Hartwell.

From the event website: “Tom Arndt (born 1944) has persistently chronicled everyday life in Minnesota since the early 1970s. His straightforward and insightful black-and-white images reflect the state geographically, emotionally, and spiritually.  He covered the vice-presidential campaign of Walter Mondale in 1984, has photographed the State Fair for years, and is most at home with ordinary Minnesotans on the street and in their homes. Arndt is Minnesota’s leading documentary photographer of the last 35 years. The exhibition includes 75 photographs from the MIA’s permanent collection and from the artist. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.”

This new title is published by University of Minnesota Press; Foreward by Garrison Keillor, Introduction by George Slade.

His previous publication Men in America was published in 1994 by the National Museum of American Art and is now out-of-print.

A quote from the D.A.P. Catalogue:

“In his original, relentless search for the deeper truth about who men are, Tom Arndt captures American men from all walks of life with an eye for every expression and gesture.”

And a reminder of the exhibition currently at the  Wallker Art Center in Minneapolis from through April 19, 2009 :

“Artists’ books have always held an important place in the Walker’s collection, yet they are rarely exhibited in the gallery. David Platzker, book dealer/scholar and former director of Printed Matter, Inc., moderates a discussion on the current state of artist’s book production. Panelists include artist Buzz Spector and Harriet Bart, Sally Alatalo of Sara Ranchouse Publishing, and James Hoff of Primary Information. “

I have a few consultation appointments remaining that weekend, meeting with photographers in Minnetonka just west of Minneapolis on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd; contact to schedule.

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The Artists Book: Several current exhibitions of note, plus two upcoming small press/artists book fairs

The Artist’s Book has long been a fascination to me, and to my great pleasure, the limited edition and often unique, one-of-a-kind objects are increasingly collected and placed on view at cultural institutions.

Exhibitions and upcoming artist book fairs not to be missed, LOS ANGELES and MINNEAPOLIS


To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book” at  MOCA’s Pacific Design Center branch

The exhibition’s subtitle:  “How sequencing, a characteristic of time-based media, manifests itself in various ways through artists books.”

Don’t miss this informative and dynamic website, featuring a tour of the objects in the exhibition, downloadable podcasts as well as related essays.

When visiting MOCA at PDC don’t miss the exceptional ART CATALOGUES bookstore, hosting this event:

THIS WEEKEND in LOS ANGELES: INDEPENDENT BOOK FAIR at MOCA Pacific Design Center, Opens Friday Feb 6 (6-8 pm), continues Sat/Sun 7th & 8th from 11-6 daily; RSVP required to attend:  (310) 289 5223

From the website:  “Art Catalogues is a book store specializing in current and out-of-print exhibition catalogues and books on contemporary art and photography. Its specific subject interests enable it to acquire a very large and comprehensive inventory, including foreign titles.

Owner Dagny Corcoran, after 27 years working with libraries, dealers, collectors, auction houses, artists and students, formed a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, to operate from its location at the Pacific Design Center.

Particularly experienced in art since 1945, Dagny can advise on artists or subjects and compile descriptive lists personalized to specific needs. Art Catalogues also publishes a “catalogue of catalogues,” free upon request.”

Dagny recently located a copy of an early exhibition catalogue for me, featuring the LA freeways series of small platinum prints by Catherine Opie, a favorite segment in her recent Guggenheim exhibition.  When I saw Catherine at PhotoLA last weekend, I asked if that work had ever been published in more depth, and she said yes but hard to find, and that I should call Art Catalogues.  Voila!


Text/Messages: Books by Artists

Text/Messages: Books by Artists at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through April 19

Read the introductory article with historical overview of artists books  here.  Its closing statement:

“The process of selecting the works in Text/Messages: Books by Artists was a fascinating endeavor for the curators, who found the premise of the exhibition to be an ideal opportunity to explore many areas within the Walker’s collections. Even in today’s digital age, artists’ continued engagement with books—as medium, material, and subject—is evidence, say Engberg and Furtak, that this is an area of artistic invention alive with ideas and possibilities.”

This exhibition has a host of companion programming and bookmaking workshops for those of you living in the area, including a panel discussion on February 5th, and one that I am looking forward to attending on my forthcoming trip to my hometown:

MULTIPLES MALL: A BOOKISH FAIR.  Saturday, February 21st, 11-4 at the Walker Art Center.  “In conjunction with the exhibition Text/Messages: Books by Artists, Minnesota artists who make book-related multiples set up shop for a day of merriment, complete with short presentations on the history of chapbooks, radical reasons for making multiples, and more. Artists’ books, chapbooks, zines, and other booklike objects will be featured. Come browse the offerings and purchase a piece from this local and thriving creative scene.   Public Tour: Text/Messages: Books by Artists: 2pm, Medtronic Gallery.”

The Visual Word:  The Art of Contemporary Bookmaking

email a.p. Sat 1/10

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