2016

"A New Bookstore in Philly Offers Much More than Books," Hyperallergic

What is the role of books in the evolving contemporary art scene? How does publishing manifest as a curatorial or artistic practice? The Ulises bookshop, named after the conceptual book artist and theorist Ulises Carrión and which opened this past weekend in Philadelphia, plans to address these questions.

"A New Bookstore in Philly Offers Much More than Books," Hyperallergic

“Personal Stories from Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s Beloved English-Language Bookstore,” Hyperallergic

Sylvia Whitman, who now runs the shop, and Krista Halverson, who edited the book, discuss a new publication that tells an in-depth history of Shakespeare and Company.

“Personal Stories from Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s Beloved English-Language Bookstore,” Hyperallergic

“Reclaiming the Means of Production: Self-Publishing in the 21st Century,” Art in Print, Vol. 6, no. 2 (Jul/Aug 2016): 39-42

Despite the rise of online publications, blogs and PDF distribution options, artists and publishers continue to produce printed books, particularly zines (DIY publications cheaply made in multiple, usually by photocopier) and print-on-demand publications; art book fairs continue to display them, and visitors continue to buy them.

“Reclaiming the Means of Production: Self-Publishing in the 21st Century,” Art in Print, Vol. 6, no. 2 (Jul/Aug 2016): 39-42

“Jon-Michael Frank and Bianca Stone,” The Brooklyn Rail (Jul/Aug 2016)

Ambiguous image-text combinations are at the center of this new form of communication. Some artists, such as Bianca Stone and Jon-Michael Frank, are responding to the new order of things through the genre of poetry comics, which combine illustrations with brief lines of text.

“Jon-Michael Frank and Bianca Stone,” The Brooklyn Rail (Jul/Aug 2016)

“‘The Ephemeral Moment of Exchange’ in Barbara Bloom’s Wrapping Papers,” Hyperallergic

Installation and mixed-media artist Barbara Bloom’s latest book and print endeavor, the limited edition Gifts (Ludion), takes this idea a step further, exploring not only the meaning we endow gifts with, but also the meaning behind gift exchange rituals — particularly that of wrapping paper.

“‘The Ephemeral Moment of Exchange’ in Barbara Bloom’s Wrapping Papers,” Hyperallergic

“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