Category Archives: Books

Exhibition: Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Glass in Ohio!

Book: Color Ignited

This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Studio Glass Movement, which started in Toledo in 1962.  The Toledo Museum of Art and the city of Toledo just finished up hosting the 2012 Glass Arts Society Conference, and it was an incredible week!

To coincide with the conference the museum has reinstalled its Glass Pavilion galleries and opened the exhibition Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.  “The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. More than 80 objects from private collections, galleries, other museums and TMA’s own collection are shown, including works by Littleton, Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Judith Schaechter, Ginny Ruffner, Fritz Driesbach and Klaus Moje.” The show has opened in TMA’s brand new Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art, a beautiful new space, and will be open until September 9. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.

 

 

Also, in the Ohio Valley, the Huntington Museum of Art has a focused exhibition on the father of the Studio Glass Movement, Harvey Littleton.

Harvey Littleton: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Studio Movement is on view through November 18.

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement

Swallow Press/Ohio University Press announced one of its newest publications, Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.  From the website:

The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares painted large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron takes us to twenty-five states as well as Canada to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

Through dozens of interviews with barn quilt artists, community members, and barn owners, Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along 120 driving trails.

With more than eighty full-color photographs, Parron documents a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.

Visit the Swallow Press/Ohio University Press website for more information on this book.

Art Book Sale at the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives

The Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives at the Cincinnati Art Museum will be having an art book sale on May 4 through 6.

Hours are:
May 4, Friday, 2 pm – 4.30 pm

May 5, Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

May 6, Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm

The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Please enter through the Art Museum’s DeWitt entrance (wheelchair access entrance) and proceed to the Castellini Room.

Art Book Sale at the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives

The Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives at the Cincinnati Art Museum will be having an art book sale on May 4 through 6.

Hours are:
May 4, Friday, 2 pm – 4.30 pm

May 5, Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

May 6, Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm

The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Please enter through the Art Museum’s DeWitt entrance (wheelchair access entrance) and proceed to the Castellini Room.

Glass House Conversations

Designers, librarians and architects!  Which books have had the greatest impact on you? Join the conversation!  http://glasshouseconversations.org/

“The Glass House Conversations is an online public dialogue moderated by leaders from across the creative disciplines of architecture, art, design, landscape architecture and preservation, inspired by the Philip Johnson Glass House of New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.”

This conversation is hosted by Designers and Books

 Designers & Books is devoted to publishing lists of books that esteemed members of the design community identify as personally important, meaningful, and formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design. About Designers and Books

Check out the books that have inspired designers.

 

Old Books in the University of Louisville Art Library Part II

The Oldest Books in the University of Louisville  Art Library

Part II

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Here’s our next book, one with an exceedingly long title, by Giovanni Paolo LomazzoTrattato Dell’arte Della Pittura, Scoltura, et Architettura / Di Gio. Paolo Lomazzo … : Diuiso in Sette Libri : Ne’ Quali Si Discorre de la Proportione, de’ Moti, de’ Colori, de’ Lumi, de La Prospettiua, de La Prattica de La Pittura, et Finalmente de le Istorie d’Essa Pittura ; con Vna Tauola de’ Nomi de Tutti li Pitttori [Sic], Scoltori, Architetti, & Matematici Antichi, & Moderni.

It was published in 1585 in Milan by Paolo Gottardo Pontio, Stampatore Regio, a Instantia di Pietro Tini.

Giovanni Lomazzo’s book roughly translates as “A Treatise on the art of painting, sculpture and architecture… in seven books: motion, proportion, color, perspective, light, the practice of painting and the history of painting, including a table of  name of all the painters, sculptors, architects and mathematicians, ancient and modern.” Whew!

Lomazzo was a northern Italian painter, poet and art theorist, and notable in intellectual circles in the late 16th century.  When, at 33, blindness forced him to stop painting, he switched to writing about art.  His works are some of the most important of the Mannerist period and remain a major source on Milanese artistic life.

Lomazzo Page

The Trattato is one of his most ambitious and scholarly works.  In addition to biographies of contemporary artists, he gave practical instruction for creating art.  The treatise is also notable for the emphasis it places on light and psychological expression in art.

Out of the Kokoon Exhibition Catalog

via the Cleveland Public Library Blog:

The exhibition catalog, Out of The Kokoon (2011) by Henry Adams, with an essay by Lawrence Waldman is available for $40 through The Cleveland Artist Foundation and Friends of the Library Gift Shop, Cleveland Public Library.

The catalog celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Cleveland’s Kokoon Arts Klub.  The exhibition is up through December 31 at the Cleveland Public Library.

It features the early years of the Klub and their affiliation with Cleveland Public Library, the annual Bal Masques, membership by artists, costume design, decorations, and posters created for community events and activities.

 

New Museum Collection Catalogues

The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College recently published their first illustrated collection catalog,        Allen Memorial Art Museum: Highlights from the Collection, 2011.  The museum recently re-opened after an extensive renovation and the new catalog is such a great way to reintroduce their amazing collection.

Check it out!

The brand new, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors on November 11, 2011.  Along with the opening of the new museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, a collection catalogue was published, Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.

Check it out!

Rare Books in the University of Louisville’s Art Library

The Oldest Books in the University of Louisville  Art Library

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This is the first in a series of blog posts that look at some of the earliest rare books in the Art Library’s collection.  These books are all housed in the Art Library’s rare book room.

Why does the library collect rare books?  Because they are primary source materials of art history, offering a first-hand account of an artist’s life, the first critical response to a building or painting, or a new theory of art or architecture.  As the building blocks of art history, they remain relevant sources for researchers.

Doni, Anton Francesco.  I Marmi del Doni, Academico Peregrino.    Vinegia, F. Marcolini, 1552-53.

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Anton Francesco Doni (1513-1574) was an Italian writer and poet.  He served at courts in Piacenza, Milan and Pavia but, finding it difficult to accept the conservative rules of court life, he started his own press in Florence.  Unfortunately, his business lasted only two years.  He was an eccentric figure in Renaissance Italy, working outside the traditional cultural centers of court and church.  I Marmi is a satirical poem, parodying the Petrachan idea of feminine perfection and is the oldest book in the Art Library’s collection.