Print and Book Art
Rembrandt's Changing Impressions
Rembrandt's Changing Impressions
Paperback      ISBN: 3863358015

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) was restlessly experimental in his printmaking; he manipulated his copperplates in unprecedented ways in order to achieve an image that was often in flux. Rembrandt was the first artist to treat the print medium as a means of crafting visibly changing images, even as his prints were increasingly received in the market as finished works in their own right. Rembrandt's Changing Impressions, published to accompany an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, considers this aspect of Rembrandt's art, and its position in the 17th-century print market, through the comprehensive exploration of 18 of his most dramatically altered works--the first time in more than four decades that such an investigation has been undertaken. Each print's multiple impressions are displayed side by side, giving readers the opportunity to examine their range, power and nuance.

Seduction: Japan's Floating World: The John C. Weber Collection
Seduction: Japan's Floating World
The John C. Weber Collection
Paperback      ISBN: 0939117703
* * Winner of the 2017 Silver Medal for Fine Art (National Level) from the Independent Publisher Book Awards * *

Featuring dozens of stunning Japanese woodblock prints, textiles, serving vessels and thoughtful essays, Seduction paints a vibrant and provocative picture of Japan's Uikoyo-e or 'floating world.'

'The Floating World' was catch phrase that defined the pleasure quarters of Edo-period Japan's (1615--1868) and conveyed a fantasy realm where men were led to believe they could drift aimlessly in the pursuit of pleasure. Brothels were a prominent feature, but other entertainments, such as theater, music, and wrestling were also offered. Pursuit of such pleasures prompted a revolution in fashion, literature, and the visual arts, as the pleasure district was marketed not just through the offer of sex but rather through the elaboration of the seductive image of a sophisticated demimonde that beckoned visitors.

Seduction show how images of courtesans were constructed as objects of desire, and it considers how the artistic version aligned with or departed from the reality of women's lives. It traces the ways that art was used to transport viewers to a constructed realm of sensory delights to stimulate desires and gratify fantasies of carefree pleasure. Editor Laura W. Allen offers an overview of the seductive spell cast by the floating world and provides helpful entries on each of the featured objects. Essays by Melinda Takeuchi, Eric C. Rath, and Julia Meech introduce the floating world, consider the role of food in the pleasure quarter, and explore the feminine gaze in the Japanese print. A translation of the texts on the Hishikawa Moronobu scroll is included. The result is a fascinating study of the way that visual objects were used to convey insider knowledge about the latest fashions in clothing, hairstyles, accessories, and even games. Armed with such knowledge, a visitor to the pleasure quarters would be prepared for the pursuit of love and other objects of desire.
Smile: Sharing Happiness with Notes of Love, Peace, & Friendship
Smile
Sharing Happiness with Notes of Love, Peace, & Friendship
STY      ISBN: 1944515577

Twenty-four all-occasion postcards feature the cheerful and vibrant artwork of Brazilian artist Romero Britto in a unique collection that celebrates love, peace, and friendship. Write personal notes to spread happiness and cheer to those you love and care about Marginal prompts accompany each postcard, guiding you to reflect on the people in your life who mean the most to you and encouraging you to share how you feel.

Features:

  • 24 all-occasion postcards
  • Romero Britto's artwork shines in these glossy prints, with a matte finish on the reverse to make letter-writing hassle free
  • Perforated pages make these 4x6 cards easy to remove and send
Snow Yak Show Postcard Microportfolio: Microportfolio 6 (Postcard Book)
Snow Yak Show Postcard Microportfolio
Microportfolio 6 (Postcard Book)
Paperback      ISBN: 0867197331
Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty: Creating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography
Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty
Creating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography
Paperback      ISBN: 0826347401

For the past fifty years, Tamarind has breathed life into the once-underappreciated art of lithography. From Josef Albers and Philip Guston in the 1960s, to Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith in recent decades, contemporary artists have teamed up with professional printmakers at Tamarind to create an archive of exceptional lithographs.

In 1960, in an effort to generate interest in lithography and make it accessible to artists, June Wayne founded Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fifty years and many thousands of prints later, it is difficult to imagine what lithography in the United States would be without the influence of the renowned Tamarind. Showcasing the broad aesthetic capabilities of lithography, Tamarind Touchstones demonstrates the diversity of the artists who have embraced lithography and their increased facility and comfort with the medium.

Highlighting the ninety lithographs in the exhibition, reproduced in full color, this catalogue also includes glimpses into the recent activities of Tamarind, the psyche of the professional printmaker, and the curatorial perspective that guided the selection for this National Endowment for the Arts--funded traveling exhibition.

With its trademark passion, Tamarind enters the next fifty years committed to its original goals to invigorate and fortify lithography and to expand its reach throughout the world.

Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State, 1920-1960
Territorial Hues
The Color Print and Washington State, 1920-1960
Hardcover      ISBN: 0998911208

Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State, 1920-1960 will consist of prints that display the cultural and stylistic influences used by Washington State artists to produce highly exceptional works that reflect the color, light, and atmosphere that is unique to this region. The book focuses on several mediums including color woodcut, intaglio, serigraphy, and lithography. The influences of Japanese prints and regional appropriations of international movements will be examined as well as the local production of white-line prints.

Theatre D'amour
Theatre D'amour
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822835722

This volume of late 16th and early 17th century love emblems--including mythological, allegorical, and even erotic prints--was amassed around 1620 by an unknown lover. These 143 folios are reproduced in their original size (25.3 x 18.5 cm), and are joined by an Introduction and accompanying descriptions by the author.

Ukiyo-E: The Art of the Japanese Print
Ukiyo-E
The Art of the Japanese Print
Hardcover      ISBN: 4805310987

The art of Japanese woodblock printing, known as ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), reflects the rich history and way of life in Japan hundreds of years ago. Ukiyo-e: The Art of the Japanese Print takes a thematic approach to this iconic Japanese art form, considering prints by subject matter: geisha and courtesans, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, erotica, nature, historical subjects and even images of foreigners in Japan.

An artist himself, author Frederick Harris--a well-known American collector who lived in Japan for 50 years--pays special attention to the methods and materials employed in Japanese printmaking. The book traces the evolution of ukiyo-e from its origins in metropolitan Edo (Tokyo) art culture as black and white illustrations, to delicate two-color prints and multicolored designs. Advice to admirers on how to collect, care for, view and buy Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints rounds out this book of charming, carefully selected prints.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Edo-Period Eccentric
Utagawa Kuniyoshi
The Edo-Period Eccentric
Hardcover      ISBN: 8857236897

Recognized as one of the most interesting and vibrant artists of the Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is a major exponent of ukiyo-e. His fame is tied to the series of polychrome xylographs that illustrate the 108 heroes from the novel Suikoden (Brigands), a late-18th-century bestseller in China and Japan that described a band of brigands who defend those oppressed by injustice and government corruption. The book conjures imagery of violent, powerful warriors with muscular tattooed bodies--imagery that today inspires manga, anime, tattoo artists and illustrators across the world. Kuniyoshi embraced the genre of warrior prints, but he was also interested in portraits of female beauties, kabuki actors, landscapes, children and ghosts, another greatly admired genre in Japan. Nonetheless, his name is above all associated with Arcimboldo-like composite figures, figures within figures and parodies of stories and battles. His images are fantastical, baroque, rich in color and detail, with imposing characters and dynamic actions. This book surveys the work of a versatile and intriguing figure whose impressive technique birthed a school that continued for generations.

Victorian Floral Illustrations: 344 Wood Engravings of Exotic Flowers and Plants
Victorian Floral Illustrations
344 Wood Engravings of Exotic Flowers and Plants
Paperback      ISBN: 0486248224

The continual demand among graphic artists for floral and botanical illustrations, combined with the perennial popularity of the Victorian style, have inspired this practical royalty-free collection. Artist Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 344 handsome and botanically accurate wood engravings from two notable botanical classics: Paxton's Flower Garden by John Lindley and Sir Joseph Paxton, 1850-53; and The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and Distribution by Anton Kerner von Marilaun and F. W. Oliver, 1902.Illustrations include exquisitely detailed renderings of flowers and other plant features of exotic specimens from around the world: passionflower, baobab, spider lily, hop, quaking grass, mourning cypress, American mangrove, wayfaring tree, Christmas rose, Indian rhododendron, false indigo, winged pea, Persian walnut. cat's-claw mimosa, Bhutan cypress, and many more.The engravings encompass a broad spectrum of plant forms: trees, shrubs, aquatic and climbing plants, evergreens, vines, brushes, herbs, various perennials, and others. Orchids are especially well represented; over 10 percent of the illustrations in this volume depict orchids. Each illustration is accompanied by an identifying caption that provides the scientific name and a brief description of the plant, its native region, and if it is a flower, the coloration of the blossoms.The clarity and accuracy of these engravings is striking; they are well-suited to reproduction for almost any graphic purpose. Moreover, all illlustrations are royalty-free; no prior permission or fee is required for their use. Invaluable to graphic artists in need of a comprehensive archive of unusual floral illustrations, this versatile reference will delight botanists, naturalists, flower lovers, and any admirer of exotic plants that are depicted with the meticulous clarity and detail of fine engravings.