International Arts & Artists publishes art catalogues to accompany its traveling exhibitions. All exhibition catalogues were designed by International Arts & Artists’ Design Studio unless otherwise noted. All proceeds from the Bookstore support IA&A’s programs.
by Andreas Marks
8.25 x 10.25 inches, Soft Cover, 96 pages
Modern Twist explores the evocative, sensual, and sculptural power of contemporary bamboo art. Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country’s social, artistic, and spiritual landscape. Although bamboo is a prolific natural resource, it is a challenging artistic medium: there are fewer than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today. Mastering the art form—learning how to harvest, split, and plait the bamboo—requires decades of meticulous practice. Authored by Dr. Andreas Marks, Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, California, and curator of this exhibition, Modern Twist demonstrates how, in the hands of a master bamboo artist, a simple grass is transformed into a sculptural art.
by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang
9 x 9 inches, Soft Cover, 96 pages
Asian Art historian Meher McArthur offers an engaging view of contemporary origami, while placing the works in a fascinating art-historical context. She traces the development of paper folding in both the Eastern and Western traditions and suggests how it has transformed those cultures. Today origami is a sophisticated fine art comprising many different styles, from representational to geometric, abstract, and even conceptual. It has also become a symbol of peace, an inspiration for engineers and architects, and a conduit for scientific advancement. Origami artist and physicist Dr. Robert J. Lang uses the infinitely adaptable art form as a tool to explore the intersection of art and science. With the introduction of mathematical and geometric techniques into origami design, origami artists have pioneered new artistic visions and pushed the limits of the folding arts. Some of these techniques have surprisingly practical applications in a wide range of scientific fields, from medicine to space exploration. Lang interweaves a description of origami’s advances and applications with his own personal journey along the boundaries and meetings between art and science. As visionary artists and scientists continue to push the limits of paper folding, there seems to be nothing that origami cannot become.
Award: Silver Award at the 42nd Creativity International Awards
Essay by Anne Odom
8 x 10 inches, Soft Cover, 60 pages
The decorative arts produced for the tsars and their imperial court between the early 18th century—when Peter the Great sought closer relations with Europe—and the demise of the Romanov dynasty two centuries later in the wake of the Russian Revolution, are unrivaled in their sumptuousness and beauty. The astonishing variety of styles reflects the rich history of Imperial Russia itself, from the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century under Catherine the Great to Nicolas I’s militarism to the nostalgic grandeur of the Romanov Tercentennial under the last emperor, Nicolas II. They embody the tension between the desire to be part of Europe and the longing for a more nativist era; at the same time, the brilliance of their design and execution marks them as timeless works of art. As we approach the Quadricentennial of the founding of the Romanov dynasty under Mikhail Romanov in 1613, this one-of-a-kind exhibition of decorative arts culled from the collection of Kathleen Durdin reminds us of the complexity and opulence of Russia under the Romanovs and how it continues to fascinate us today.
by Wendy A. Grossman
8.75 x 11.5 inches, Soft Cover, 184 pages
Award: 2010 International Tribal Art Book Award
by Virginia Terry Boyd, Marjorie F. Leighey, and
Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
10 x 11 inches, Hard Cover, 168 pages
During his remarkably prolific 70-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright devoted himself not only to the development of a truly American style of architecture but also to the design of furnishings and accessories that were both functional and beautiful, to enhance the surroundings in his revolutionary spaces. Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful showcases his passion for creating a new way of life for Americans through architecture. With illuminating text and copious photographs of interiors, accessories, furnishings, and architectural plans, The House Beautiful celebrates Wright’s efforts to create harmony between architectural structure and interior design while fulfilling the needs of a modern, American lifestyle.
by Peter Black
9.5 x 11 inches, Hard Cover, 218 pages
This catalogue commemorates the first time selected artworks from the estate of James McNeill Whistler toured the U.S. These works, along with some of Whistler’s personal effects, were donated to the Hunterian Art Gallery by Rosalind Birnie Philip, youngest sister of Whistler’s wife Beatrix. The objects provide an intimate portrait of the life and times of this famed American expatriate. The Hunterian has by far the most extensive collection of Whistler’s art, ranging from paintings, watercolors, and prints to sketch designs for costumes, interiors, and graphic images. Included in this exhibition of 129 works are a dozen paintings and 57 prints, as well as personal belongings such as silverware, porcelain, manuscripts and books. This sampling of Whistler’s artworks and effects spans nearly 40 years of his life, highlighting the locations, personalities, and aesthetic breakthroughs that both influenced his artistic vision and immortalized Whistler the man as an iconoclastic American artist.
by Donald Kuspit
12 x 10.2 inches, Hard Cover, 96 pages
Debuting in 1987 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., this exceptional exhibition featured more than 70 works from the Helga series, including paintings in tempera and dry brush as well as drawings and works in watercolor. From 1971 to 1985, Wyeth undertook a long, intensive study of one model, Helga Testorf. Testorf was one of the artist’s neighbors in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Wyeth’s private project for some 14 years. The sheer volume of the project—approximately 240 works—and the investigatory, diverse, almost obsessive nature of the portraiture is characteristic in many ways of Wyeth’s approach when painting a subject of special interest. The way it was created was perhaps less typical. Wyeth conducted his series of drawings and paintings in almost total secrecy, revealing to no one the existence of the series, the identity of the model or the extent of the project. Helga Testorf provided a means for Wyeth to explore the complexity of the human figure. She was presented in almost every human aspect: clothed, nude, indoors, outdoors, in recognizable settings and against neutral backgrounds. With the Helga series, Wyeth tested the limits of his imagination using a single model. In 1985, Andrew Wyeth began admitting others into the private world he had created through the Helga series. Although the following year saw great media interest, the Helga series has been in the public eye only a few times.
Essays by Dominique Gagneux and Olivier Gabet
12.2 x 9.2 inches, Hard Cover, 168 pages
Paris Moderne represented the first time a significant collection of art deco objects from the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris toured the United States. Included in the exhibition were enormous gold-lacquered panels made by Jean Dunand for the ocean liner Normandie, loaned by the museum for the first time. This exhibition of 83 works—including more than 40 paintings and works on paper, 30 pieces of furniture, 10 sculptures, and other decorative arts—celebrated the rich decorative style of Parisian interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s. Accompanying the furnishings were paintings by major artists, including Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, André Derain, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso.
10 x 10 inches, Hard Cover, 144 pages
Tradition Transformed: Contemporary Korean Ceramics assembles 29 Korean ceramists whose pieces incorporate traditional techniques with new influences and innovative methods to create sculptural works that express the inventive and modern spirit of the Korean people. The 87 enchanting pieces in the exhibition are both large- and small-scale and date from 1998 through 2006, with many created especially for the tour. The artists in the exhibition range in age from 30 to 60 and come from many regions and schools, vividly highlighting the distinct trends in the development of contemporary Korean ceramics. Despite the differences in artistic approaches, the works reveal the adventurous spirit of Korea’s ceramic tradition, 5,000 years after it began.
by Cho, Chung Hyun
10 x 10 inches, Hard Cover, 140 pages
OUT OF PRINT
From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics is a compelling exhibition that gathers the finest of contemporary Korean ceramics in the largest survey of works yet seen in North America. The exhibition also marks the first time a Korean curator has selected an exhibition of contemporary ceramics from Korea for tour in the United States. This exhibition assembles 54 contemporary Korean ceramic artists whose pieces combine traditional techniques with new influences and innovative methods to create both functional and sculptural works. The 108 works in the exhibition date from the early 1990s through 2003, with many created especially for the tour.
by Sarah Tanguy
8.5 x 11 inches, Soft Cover, 92 pages
The Hechinger Collection celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise and wit. The traveling exhibition Tools as Art features 65 highlights from the unique holdings of hardware industry pioneer John Hechinger. From a painting of a giant hammer pulling out a misplaced nail to a full-scale stepladder made entirely of paper, this landmark exhibition exults in the unsung elegance of tools and shows how variously a single theme in art can be interpreted. This full-color catalogue features all the works in the Tools as Art exhibition, accompanied by the artists’ biographies. Additional text includes an introduction by David Furchgott, president of IA&A, a preface by Arman, and an essay about the Hechinger Collection by curator Sarah Tanguy.
by Tacey A. Rosolowski
8.25 x 9.75 inches, Soft Cover, 36 pages
Sculpture Transformed gathers 67 objects spanning 40 years of Schick’s experimentation with form, texture, and color. Her “body sculptures” are most famously seen in the form of large-scale head ornaments, massive ceremonial collars, cloaks, and back sculptures that seem to soar from the wearer. This hallmark exhibition highlights these acclaimed “body sculptures,” while taking the viewer on a voyage through a visual evolution of Schick’s style. In addition to sampling Schick’s wearable art constructions, this spectacular retrospective will include Schick’s renowned trompe l’oeil creations of everyday objects. These pieces vividly transform and interpret the mundane: a bracelet masquerades as a teapot, while a portion of a brick sidewalk becomes a cloak; a necklace entangles the wearer in glowing threads reminiscent of a dew-spangled spider web. Works in this second grouping will invite the visitor into an exceptional artistic sensibility that generates uniquely aesthetic connections from everyday experience.
by Tacey A. Rosolowski
6.6 x 8.25 inches, Soft Cover, 96 pages
OUT OF PRINT
Changing Identity introduces the work of ten contemporary Vietnamese women artists who challenge the stereotypes and traditional roles of women in Vietnamese society. This exhibition is the first survey of women artists from Vietnam to tour the United States. Through use of various media, subject matter, and aesthetic sensibilities, two generations of artists share views of their country and the changing status of women. Together their work provides a diverse portrait of Vietnam itself, reflecting an extraordinary range of opinions and experiences.
by Bethany McIntyre
8.5 x 11 inches, Soft Cover, 96 pages
This exhibition of 64 exquisite drawings and watercolors assembles signature works by Victorian artists, primarily from England, and examines the methods, meanings, and inspiration behind drawings and paintings of this era. Victorian Visions reflects the extraordinary range of styles found in this collection, which speaks to the complexity of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and the versatility of its adherents. Some of the pieces are careful portraits of recognizable individuals, while others are fleeting sensory images or idealized impressions of people and landscapes. The exhibition includes a unique combination of works that were completed for sale, as well as studies for larger oil paintings. Artists in this exhibition include Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Sir William Morris, William Burges, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Sir Edward Poynter. Victorian Visions has been shown in Cardiff (Wales) and Finland’s Helsinki City Art Museum.
by Robert Hobbs
10.5 x 8 inches, Soft Cover, 52 pages
OUT OF PRINT
A fully illustrated catalogue of Kara Walker’s works as the official US representative at the 25th Sao Paulo Bienal in 2002, featuring her extraordinary—and controversial—black paper tableaux on themes of slavery and antebellum plantation life. (The San Paulo Bienal is the largest international contemporary art event in the Western Hemisphere.) The exhibition was organized by IA&A and curated by Dr. Robert Hobbs; Hobbs’ essay on the artist is included. The centerpiece of Walker’s installation was a cyclorama 85 feet in circumference, built on-site and filled with near-life-sized, cut-paper silhouettes. The catalogue includes a double fold-out of this work.
9 x 9 inches, Soft Cover, 112 pages
Published by International Sculpture Center
This exhibition presented contemporary Japanese calligraphy to an American audience and began its tour at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1993 before traveling to ten other U.S. locations. The illustrations and essays delineate the history and art of calligraphy, as well as its influence on American art and its present status in Japan. The exhibition was organized by IA&A president David Furchgott during his involvement with the International Sculpture Center.
by Horace Brockington
8.4 x 10.9 inches, Soft Cover, 64 pages
Catalogue of a touring exhibition produced for the Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., held March 14 to June 21, 1998. A comprehensive mini-retrospective covering 30 years of Richard Hunt’s career as one of America’s most successful creators of public art, Richard Hunt: Affirmations gathers some of Hunt’s boldest creations. International Arts & Artists was commissioned to develop and install the exhibition, which included lithographs, maquettes, installation photos, and bronzes of various sizes, including 13 life-size works installed outside the museum.
Essays by Joshua Greene, Alexander Sairally, Jerry Lewis and Mary Rose
9 x 12 inches, Hard Cover, 144 pages
OUT OF PRINT
Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe captured the spark, sex appeal and sensation that was Marilyn Monroe. This vivid and diverse exhibition tracked Marilyn’s rise to stardom through the eyes of more than 80 artists—Andy Warhol, Allen Jones, Peter Blake, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many others—with more than 300 images ranging in style from fashion photography to Pop Art. Documenting the iconic life of America’s favorite sex symbol, this exhibition showcased one of the world’s most famous and intriguing women.
by Mechthild Haas
8.5 x11 inches, Soft Cover, 136 pages
In German and English
OUT OF PRINT
The life and times of Albrecht Dürer are vividly illustrated in this capacious catalogue featuring 100 of his most striking images. Drawing from the formidable collection of Dürer graphics at the Hessiches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, this exhibition is a chronological presentation of the artist’s life and works and the advances he made to improve the popular perception of graphics as a higher art form. Dürer was instrumental in harnessing the medium of printmaking as a vehicle for new ideas about religion, mathematics and the humanities.
by Dr. Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur
8.5 x 11 inches, Soft Cover, 40 pages
OUT OF PRINT
The eight tapestries in the exhibition come from two different series: six from the Brussels atelier of Frans Geubels, and two from the bequest of King Francis I (1708-1765). The latter series presents the story in a similar composition. Together, these eight recently-restored tapestries narrate the familiar story and provide spectacular examples of Brussels tapestry production in the 16th- and 17th-centuries.