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September 25, 2012 4:57 PM
In October, The Henry Art Gallery is mounting Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, the first large-scale retrospective of this beloved Seattle artist. I had the good fortune to work closely with Jeffry and curator Sara Krajewski on the catalog for the show, which is also the artist's first monograph.
This book has what might be my favorite detail from any of the books I've designed, which is the casewrap featuring Jeffry's hand-drawn recreation of the jacket design. So fun.
Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell will be available in the Henry's shop.
October 6, 2011 11:33 AM
Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California, by Leah Lehmbeck, et al.; produced for the Norton Simon Museum by Marquand Books, designed by Zach Hooker. Available from the Getty Museum Store and Powell's. This book is the catalog for the Norton Simon Museum's entry in the Getty's enormous Pacific Standard Time project. Proof is open now through April 2, 2012, and is not to be missed.
October 6, 2011 10:56 AM
Recovering Beauty; produced for the Blanton Museum of Art by Marquand Books, designed by Zach Hooker. Available from D.A.P. and Powell's. This book is a wonderful introduction to the exciting work being made in Argentina in the 1990s, much of which is not well-known here in the US. The work has an exuberance that allowed for a pretty aggressive design approach, with lots of color and prominent use of Alejandro Paul's elaborate Burgues Script. (A typeface by an Argentinian, based on the work of an American calligrapher.)
December 23, 2009 4:06 PM
The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy; produced for FRAME by Marquand Books, designed by Zach Hooker. Distributed by Yale University Press. This is the catalog for a touring exhibition of sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, whose reign lasted from 1404 to his death in 1419. The exhibition was organized by FRAME, and has an impressive touring schedule which begins at the Met in March of 2010, visits six additional US museums including LACMA and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, then returns to France to show at the Musée du Cluny in Paris in 2012, after which the objects will return to their home at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon.
The book features a large plate section that shows each of the sculptures, many of them in multiple views, against a simple black background. These pieces are incredibly evocative, a little surreal, and intensely beautiful.
November 4, 2009 3:36 PM
This is the catalog for an exhibition that ran from September 2008 to January 2009 — the first such exhibition of this group’s work, with the catalog being the first in-depth examination of the artists ever published.
The design takes its cues from the look of office documents in the late 60s, or more accurately from my probably completely spurious idea of what office documents in the 60s might have looked like. That sounds a bit flip, but I think it fits with the NYGW’s conceptual framework, which was provocative and often very funny. I’m particularly proud of this book’s cover, which references the group’s humor and penchant for trompe l’oeil and visual puns. The cover shows a grid of 20 NYGW chops, with 19 of them embossed, and one printed to look embossed. Refreshingly, the client was game for — even excited by — the idea of not having the title on the front cover.
November 4, 2009 11:16 AM
This book is the catalog of an exhibition of American prints that ran at the Huntington from October of 2007 to January of 2008. The design is inspired by printers’ makeready (sheets run through a press multiple times while the print run is being set up), and uses layered images and type. Cover and interior are printed on fairly toothy uncoated paper.
Pressed in Time was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 38th annual Bookbuilders West show.