Exhibition Review

"Anna Atkins & Photography’s Blue Beginnings," New York Review of Books Daily

In 1843, Anna Atkins began work on her book of photograms documenting specimens of British algae, what is now considered the first book to be fully illustrated with photography and the first use of photography for scientific documentation.

"Anna Atkins & Photography’s Blue Beginnings," New York Review of Books Daily

“A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention,” Hyperallergic

For over 30 years Granary Books, under the direction of Steve Clay, has explored the possibilities and limits of artist’s books and collaborative publishing. With the title of their 2001 retrospective catalogue they asked, “When will the book be done?”

“A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention,” Hyperallergic

“Mastery and Missteps in Matisse’s Books,” Hyperallergic

The Morgan Library & Museum’s current exhibition Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts, of Henri Matisse’s illustrated books donated to the museum by collectors Michael and Frances Baylson, demonstrates the artist’s well-deserved reputation of having produced some of the most prominent livres d’artistes while also exploring his missteps and failures in book production, emphasizing his devotion to process and revision.

“Mastery and Missteps in Matisse’s Books,” Hyperallergic

“Plastic Purses and Comic-Book Catalogues: American Postwar Art at the Margins,” Hyperallergic

Life-size knit body suits mingle with painted metal lawn chairs, plastic purses, and rows of zines and ephemera in the summer show at Matthew Marks Gallery, What Nerve!, which gathers the work of four outlying postwar art groups.

“Plastic Purses and Comic-Book Catalogues: American Postwar Art at the Margins,” Hyperallergic

“Daily Life as Art in Gilbert & George’s Early Works,” Hyperallergic

The melodies of British composers Grieg and Elgar mixed with chatter and voices repeating “Gordon’s makes us drunk” can be heard faintly as you enter Gilbert & George: The Early Years, adding a humorous, lighthearted tone appropriate to the comedic nature of Gilbert & George’s early work.

“Daily Life as Art in Gilbert & George’s Early Works,” Hyperallergic

“Explosive Watercolors and Collages, Subtly Contained,” Hyperallergic

Looking at Marcia Kure’s watercolors and collages, the word that comes to mind is “torque”: “the twisting or rotary force in a piece of mechanism (as a measurable quantity); the moment of a system of forces producing rotation.”

“Explosive Watercolors and Collages, Subtly Contained,” Hyperallergic