Monday, November 9, 2015

E-list No. 1: Art Books

We recently issued our first e-list featuring a selection of books from our art shelves. Many of these titles are still available. A pdf of this e-list with more photos can also be viewed at this link from our bookstore website.

1) 1950-1965 Abstraction on Paper, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2001. Very Good; Stiff illustrated wraps. Catalogue for an exhibition held at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery September 13 - November 3, 2001. Each page contains a color plate of a work by the artists included in this exhibition: Norman Bluhm, Jay DeFeo, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Grace Hartigan, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Norman Lewis, Boris Margo, Alfonso Ossorio, Anne Ryan, Charles Seliger, Alma Thomas, Mark Tobey, Esteban Vicente, and Charmion von Wiegand. Light scuffing to wraps. Measures 17.5 x 12.5 cm. Also included is a separate tri-fold illustrated card advertising the exhibition "Alma Thomas: Phantasmagoria, Major Paintings from the 1970s" held concurrently at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Includes color plates of two of Thomas' paintings and a photo of the African-American Expressionist artist at work. $25

2) Alan Scarritt, Monchengladbach Galerie Lohrl. 1999. Very Good. Pictorial hardcover. Inscribed and dated with sketch on title page. Text in English and German. Many photos, including some in color. A catalogue for an exhibition held from October 23 - December 20, 1999 at the Galerie Lohrl. "Scarritt's medium is the room" and this exhibition shows off his installations involving sculptures, light, mirrors, sound and video images.48 pp. $25

3) Gran Fury: Read My Lips, NY: 80WSE, 2011. Very Good. Curated by Gran Fury and Michael Cohen. Softcover with French Flaps. Many photos and illustrations. Introduction by Gran Fury. Interviews with Robert Gober, David Deitcher, Gran Fury, Mark Simpson, and Douglas Crimp. Chronology of events and bibliography/list of works by Gran Fury collective of AIDS and art activists. Errata slip laid in. A catalogue to accompany an exhibition held at New York University 1988-1995. 88 pp. $22

4) Isaac Witkin Retrospective, 1958-1971, Burlington, VT: University of Vermont, 1971. Very Good; Printed stapled wraps. Catalog of an exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, July 15 - Sept. 15, 1971. 10 black and white photos. Measures 21 x 25 cm. Staples rusted. Foreword by Professor William C. Lipke. A look at the abstract sculptures in the early career of the late Isaac Witkin. 16 pp. $30

5) J. Francis Murphy: the Landscape Within, 1853-1921, Yonkers, NY: Hudson River Museum, 1982. Very Good. Stapled wraps. A catalogue to accompany an exhibition of the New York painter's work held at the Hudson River Museum April 29-July 4, 1982 and at the New York State Museum from July 17-October 3, 1982. Introductory essay by Francis Murphy. Foreword by Coy L. Ludwig. Six color plates and many other black and white figures. 31 pp. $50

6) Kahan Collection of African Art as Part of an Exhibition: The Presence of Black Africa, At the Mid-Hudson Arts and Science Center, Poughkeepsie, NY: Mid-Hudson Arts and Science Center, 1982. Very Good. Exhibition held January-March 1982. Pictorial wraps. [50] pp. Introduction by Lois Simon. Text by Perry A. Bialor, Curator. 46 black and white photos of various African art objects. List of other artworks in the exhibition. Selected bibliography. Covers rubbed. Oblong octavo. $18

7) Zingmagazine: a Curatorial Crossing, Issue 22, NY: Zing LLC 2011. Softcover Very Good. Includes CD and folding poster. A compilation of visual essays and articles by various curators. Subjects include photos and artwork by Alex Katz, Marc Bijl, Carolina Rodriguez, Lisa Kereszi, Fred Tomaselli, Elizabeth Peyton, Philippe Jarry, Enoc Perez, Anthony Haden-Guest, Rick Lowe, Serge Onen, Anna Knoebel, Raymond Pettibon, Lucky De Bellevue, Taiyo Kimura, Amanda Ross-Ho, Kirsten Stoltmann, Misaki Kawai, Terence Koh and lots of poetry. $20

8) Amado, Ines (editor), Bread Matters: Conference/Forum and Exhibition, Winchester School of Art, 2000. Very Good. Publication from the 2000 Bread Matters Conference curated by Ines Amado, Lublin, Poland. A collection of writings and photographs on various aspects of bread and bread making. Three-sided brown cardboard printed sleeve contains eleven trifold contributions by various artists with text in English with transparent overlays with text in Polish. Housed in a brown printed cardboard sleeve. Artists include Jan Gryka, Clara Meneres, Dave Lawrence, Mo Throp, Goshka Pringle, William Harris, Ines Amado, Michael Wright, Jacqueline Woodman, John Newling, Jan Stanioslaw Wojciechowski, Andrzej Mroczek, Olga Swajgier, Roana Meecham, Berenice Benjelloun, Ruth Weinberg, Anna Drabarek, and Malgorzata Sady. Designed by the Winchester School of Art, University of Hertfordshire, The London Institute, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of Southampton and Arts and Humanities Research Board. $80

9) Atkinson, Tracy, Pop Art and the American Tradition, Milwaukee Art Center, 1965. Very Good. Catalogue for exhibition at Milwaukee Art Center, April 9 - May 9, 1965. Pictorial stapled card covers. Many black and white photos. Text by Art Center Director Tracy Atkinson. Draws comparisons between 19th century and early 20th century artists such as Currier and Ives, Man Ray, William Copley, Charles Demuth, and Reginald Marsh to contemporary Pop artists, like Robert Gwathmey, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. Covers rubbed. 16 pp. $35

10) Balken, Debra Bricker, Pat Adams: Paintings 1968-1988, Pittsfield, MA: Berkshire Museum, 1988. Softcover Very Good. One of 1,500 copies. A catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title held at The Berkshire Museum, November 5, 1988 - January 8, 1989. Library of Congress number 88-71907. Foreword by Gary Burger. Chronology, bibliography. 11 plates, many in color. 48 pp. $15

11) Belford, Marilyn and Herman, Jerry (editors), Time and Space Concepts in Art, NY: Pleiades Gallery, 1980, first edition. Softcover Very Good. A transcription of six art symposia, whose panelists included John Cage, Christo, Nam June Paik, Lucy Lippard, Merce Cunningham, and Dore Ashton among others. Photos. Includes two exhibition programs featuring the work of Marilyn Belford. 157 pp. $25

12) Bochner, Mel; Schwabsky, Barry, Mel Bochner: Words, Words, Words...: Monoprints, NY: Two Palms, 2012. Very Good. Pictorial boards with black cloth spine with titles stamped in white. No jacket as issued. Signed and dated by Bochner on half-title. Essay by Schwabsky "Bochner's Language-Color Synthesis" and interview with the conceptual artist. 34 monoprints. 69 pp. $150

13) Cooper, Harry; Luke, Megan R., Frank Stella 1958, New Haven, CT and Cambridge, MA: Yale University Press and Harvard University Art Museums, 2006, first printing. Very Good. Softcover with French Flaps. ix + 142 pp. Published on the occasion of the Frank Stella 1958 exhibition at the Harvard University Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Cambridge, MA from February 4 - May 7, 2006. The exhibition traveled to The Menil Collection, Houston, TX and Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH that same year. Glossary, bibliography, 78 illustrations, including 60 of them in color. A look at a pivotal year for the American artist, just after he graduated from college and moved to Manhattan. The authors note strong influences from Jackson Pollock and Carl Andre. $50

14) Duncan, Katherine, Dualities and Dichotomies: the Works of John Briggs, Lakeland, FL: The Polk Museum of Art, 1990. Softcover Very Good. Many plates, biography, works exhibited. Foreword by Ken Rollins. An exhibition of paintings by the Florida artist. Oblong 8vo. 28 pp. $12

15) Durrenmatt, Friedrich; Selz, Peter, Varlin: 1900-1977, NY: Claude Bernard Gallery, 1986. Softcover Very Good. Gray wraps with French Flaps and color plate of Varlin portrait on front cover. Bibliography, three photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 15 reproductions of the artists' paintings, including some in color. Exhibitions list. Covers lightly soiled, owner name and phone number inked on rear cover. Varlin adopted his name in 1930 after the revolutionary activist Eugene Varlin, and worked with other Jewish artists of the School of Paris, including Chagall, Soutine, and Modigliani. Varlin returned to Zurich in the mid-1930s and lived there until the last few years of his life, when he moved to a sleepy little Swiss village where Cartier-Bresson shot these photos. 56 pp. $25

16) Ferris, Scott R.; Pearce, Ellen, Rockwell Kent's Forgotten Landscapes, Camden, ME: Down East Books, 1998. Softcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Foreword by Shahen Khachaturian. Oblong 4to. Jacket scuffed and has waterstain along lower edge. Index, bibliography, photos, list of variant painting titles, list of non-paintings in the Kent Collection. Many full-page color plates of the 86 paintings that the artist gave to the Soviet Union in 1960. They include many rarely seen landscapes of Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, Maine and the Adirondacks. 96 pp. $75

17) Fleming, John A.; Rowan, Michael J., Canadian Folk Art to 1950, Alberta: University of Alberta Press 2012, first printing. Very Good. Softcover with French Flaps. 23 x 23 cm. Many color photographs by James A. Chambers. Index, notes, bibliography. 425 examples of Canadian folk art documented and photographed, from boxes to duck decoys. 557 pp. $35.

18) Guerman, Mikhail, The Russian Impressionists and Postimpressionists, Bournemouth, England: Parkstone Press 1998. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Translated into English by Chandra Troescher. 165 illustrations, many color plates. A look at Russian painting from the mid-nineteenth century to the early 1900s, including the works of such artists as Kasimir Malevitch, Vladimir Tatlin, Vasily Kandinsky, Constantin Yuon, Igor Grabar, Stanislav Jukovski, Constantin Korovin, Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, and Alexander Ivanov. Folio. 288 pp. $80

19) Leonard Baskin, Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1962. Illustrated wraps. A catalogue to accompany "the first full-scale exhibition of the work of a major contemporary American artists to be held in the 75 year history of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art", the sculpture, prints, drawings and fine press work of Leonard Baskin. Very Good (covers sunned, owner name on half-title). Acknowledgments by curator Marvin S. Sadik. Text by Rico Lebrun, Julius S. Held, Winslow Ames, Harold Joachim, and Ray Nash. Many illustrations and an original Baskin woodblock print of Dutch artist Hendrik Goltzius bound in at the front. $30

20) Hoffmann, Edith; Kokoschka Oskar, Kokoschka: Life and Work, Boston: Boston Book and Art Shop, n.d., circa 1940s. Very Good. Yellow cloth binding with titles stamped in gilt on spine. Signed by Kokoscha on the front free endpaper. Foreword by Herbert Read. Five tipped-in color plates, including frontispiece plate of "Self-Portrait of a Degenerate Artist". 97 black and white illustrations. Endpapers foxed, Boston Book and Art Shop ticket on front free endpaper. Includes two essays by Kokoschka, "On the Nature of Visions", and "A Petition from a Foreign Artist to the Righteous People of Great Britain for a Secure and Present Peace". List of Paintings and Drawings, List of Lithographs and Drawings for Illustrations, Bibliography, index. A detailed look at the life and work of the Austrian born artist (1886-1980), whose Expressionist paintings and writings were deemed to be degenerate by the Nazi government, so he spent most of the rest of his life in various other European countries. 367 pp. $125

21) Anders C. Svarstad: Og Byen, Bergen, Norway: Bergen Kunstmuseum, 1998. Very Good. Softcover with French Flaps. Several pages of color plates. Text in Norwegian with short summary in English of the Norwegian painter's life, including his marriage to Nobel novelist Sigrid Undset. A catalogue from an exhibition held at the Bergen Kunstmuseum and Lillehammer Kunstmuseum in 1998. 31 pp. $17

22) Kunz, Martin (editor), William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes, NY: Abrams, 1994. Softcover Very Good. Signed by Wegman with dog head doodle on half title. Essays by Martin Kunz, Alain Sayag, Peter Schjeldahl and Peter Weiermair. Interview with William Wegman by David Ross. List of works, selected exhibitions, bibliography, many plates. Published on the occasion of the exhibition which traveled from 1990-1992 at various European and American museums. Wegman is renowned for his videos, books and photographs featuring his very patient Weimeraners, but this book shows the full extent of his oeuvre. 224 pp. $40

23) Lanoux, Armand, et al, d’Aggagio: La Volupte dans L'Hyperabstraction (Sensual Hyperabstraction, Paris: Musee Du Luxembourg, 1985. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Text in French and English. A look at the art career and personal life of the artist Nicole d'Agaggio. Numerous photographs, many in color. Jacket lightly scuffed. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of recent works at the Paris Art Center and Luxemburg Museum in Paris, June – Aug. 1985. 4to. 115 pp. $20

24) Lawrence, Maude; Sheldon, Caroline, The Use of the Plant in Decorative Design: Teacher's' Edition, NY: Scott, Foresman and Company 1912. Very Good. Brown boards with dark gray cloth spine. 30 full-page plates, many in color, of gorgeous botanical and floral motifs and examples in needlework, textiles, metalware, jewelry, leather and other media. A great resource for designers, teachers, artists, owners of Craftsman style homes and other devotees of the decorative arts. Boards lightly worn at corners and spine extremities and corners. 86 pp. $50

25) MacCana, Proinsias ; Crookshank, Anne, Louis le Brocquy and the Celtic Head Image, Albany, NY: New York State Museum, 1981. Softcover Very Good. Catalogue for a show of the Irish painter's works held Sept. 26-November 29, 1981 at the New York State Museum. Covers lightly scuffed. Preface by Patrick T. Houlihan. Introduction by Kevin M. Cahill. 64 pp. $20

26) Kolbert, Elizabeth; Eclipse, [North Adams, MA]: MASS MoCA, [2014]. Softcover. Very Good. Accompanied the extraordinary video and sound installation about the extinction of the passenger pigeon at MASS MoCa by Sayler/Morris (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris), entitled Eclipse, which was exhibited from August 2014 – October 2015. Stapled pictorial wraps. [28] pp. 34 x 24 cm. Rear cover lightly creased. $25

27) S.O.S.: Scenes of Sounds, Saratoga Springs, NY: The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, [2000]. Publication marking the inaugural exhibition at the Tang, curated by Charles Ashley Stainback. Near Fine. 30 printed cards describing and some of the artworks included in the exhibition, with artist biographies. Additional 3 pp. of explanatory material and 4 pp. exhibition checklist. All material housed in a printed cardboard box with printed silver bellyband. 26 x 21 cm. Artists included Laurie Anderson, Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Nick Cave, Joseph Grigely, and Bruce Nauman. One of 1500 copies. $40

28) Milan, Denise, Amefrica, Brasilia: Centro Cultural Banco De Brasil, 2003. Very Good. Softcover with French Flaps. Many illustrations and photos of the artist's sculpture installation at the Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, celebrating the geological and cultural connections between Brazil and Africa. Text in English and Portuguese. $40

29) Mittal, Jagdish, An Exhibition of Books and Prints on Indian Art: Sponsored by Lalit Kala Akadami, New Delhi and Arranged by the Hyderabad Art Society, January 1959, New Delhi, India: Hyderabad Art Society, 1959. Softcover Very Good. 7 color plates. Pages toned. Foreword by Barada Ukil. Jagdish Mittal and his wife Kamla were longtime art collectors and helped found an art museum in Hyderabad, India that bears their name. 43 pp. $25

30) Mock, Richard, Quivers: Twenty Linocuts, Omaha, NE: Gallery 72, 2002. Softcover Very Good. Foreword by Roberta and Robert Rogers. Essays by Dr. Stephen Goddard and Allan Antliff. Selected biography. Twenty linocuts critical of American policy in the wake of 9/11. Oblong 4to. 40 pp. $15

31) Patti, Tom, Tom Patti: Glass, Springfield, MA: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1980. Softcover Very Good. Catalogue for the exhibition held at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA, October 26 - December 7, 1980. Library of Congress number 80-83332. Preface by Richard Muhlberger. Text by Robert Henning, Jr. Stapled wraps. Photo of the artist and several illustrations of his glass art. $15

32) Sagan, Francoise, S. Mendjisky, Paris: Galerie Guigne, 1993. Softcover Very Good. 38 color plates of the French painter and sculptor's work. Foreword by Francoise Sagan. Text in English and French. Includes biography of Serge Mendjisky at rear. Signed and dedicated pen and ink illustration of a riverside scene by the artist that extends to facing page of text. $50

33) Stridick, Janice, Wilson, Alice Steer Wilson: Light, Particularly, Merchantville, NJ: Southbound Press, 2013. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Essays by Anne R. Fabbri and Sue Carpenter Priester. Over 200 illustrations, including numerous high-quality color reproductions of Wilson's watercolor and oil paintings. Wilson was a noted painter of Cape May Victorian buildings and beach scenes. Oblong 8vo. 118 pp. $45

34) Vastokas, Joan M., Worlds Apart: the Symbolic Landscapes of Tony Urquhart, Windsor, Ontario: The Art Gallery of Windsor, 1988. Softcover Very Good. Inscribed by Vastokas on the front free endpaper. An art catalogue published for the exhibition of the same title held at various Canadian galleries during 1988-89. References, appendices, numerous photos, including some in color. Covers lightly scuffed. 4to. 80 pp. $12

35) Venegas, Haydee, Obra Unica Sobre Papel, The Drawing Center of New York, 1985. Very Good. Off-white stapled wraps. Many black and white plates of the art works on paper from this exhibit by various Puerto Rican artists. Text in Spanish. Penciled owner notes on one page, covers lightly soiled. Oblong 8vo. [36] pp. $25

36) Wolfe, Gregory, Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel, Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010, second edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Jacket lightly worn. A monograph on the artwork of William Schickel, whose work encompasses architectural design, tapestry, metalwork, painting, and stained glass, primarily for religious spaces. Many color photos. 4to. 218 pp. $40

37) Zhao, Vincent (editor), The Monkey King: 72 Transformations of the Mythical Hero, San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions, 2011, first printing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in color. A collection of seventy-two depictions by different artists of the Monkey King, a stock character in Chinese folklore and literature, who was hatched from a stone egg and capable of unlimited transformations. 261 pp. $28

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Hunting around Bennington, Vermont

Southern Vermont is a fertile hunting ground for books and paper. Its gorgeously scenic roads are studded with antique shops, library book sales, bookstores, flea markets and junk shops. Here is a tour of a few of the bibliophilic haunts that I have found in recent months.

Downtown Bennington itself has two bookstores, The Bennington Bookshop at 467 Main Street which sells a nice array of new books, and Now and Then Books, a few giant steps away at 439 Main Street.  Now and Then is upstairs, the thought of which makes my bookseller's back muscles spasm, and has several rooms of inexpensively priced books in all categories. It is best to check the neon-colored-shifting-font-size website for bookshop hours, which tend to reflect the shop's name.

Heading north up the lovely historic route 7A, there is Black Dog Trading Post. I just discovered this relatively new antique shop and Chuck, the shop owner, is affable and accommodating. His shop is stuffed with great furniture, including a haberdashery cabinet that would make a great ephemera display fixture for someone's bookshop with room for antiquarian volumes on the top shelf. Several vintage typewriters graced the premises and there were many interesting small sculptures and artworks that would make wonderful library antiques. I asked about books and Chuck dove into a back room to bring out at least 20 boxes of books, magazines and ephemera for me to root through. I left with a large box of assorted 19th century material that I will be cataloguing for weeks.

Continuing north on Route 7A you come to the postcard perfect town of Arlington. I always have great luck hunting up books I've never seen before at Catamount Books, at 198 Pleasant Street. I've blogged before about my book hunting at John Hess's shop, which is stocked with titles that are fairly unusual. Each visit entails at least a couple of hours of browsing and many minutes of playing fetch with John's adorable Australian Shepherd puppy, Chloe. John's had an inventory reduction sale under a tent outside his shop all summer long, though the books will now be moving indoors during the colder months.

Just down the round from Catamount Books at 1223 E. Arlington Road is the East Arlington Antique Center, housed in the old town movie theater. The antique center name is cleverly announced on the old theater marquee. Inside there are rooms and rooms full of antiques (and an awesome rock shop), with many of the dealer booths containing books. I've gotten some great bargains on art and photography books and scooped up a nice collection of antique photographs.

The Martha Canfield Library sells used books at two locations. The first is at its seasonal used bookstore at the Arlington Community House at 3854 Main Street (Route 7A), housed in a home that was deeded to the community by Vermont writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher. It's worth spending time on bended knee hunting through all the shelves to unearth bibliophilic gems here. At $1 and 50 cents each (half that during their sales), you can easily fill up several boxes at each visit. More books are offered for sale all year long at the main library, located at 528 East Arlington Road.

Backtracking south down Route 7A (or the equally beautiful and faster Route 7), and heading west across the State border to the village of Hoosick Falls, New York there is a huge cache of book treasures at Dog Ears Book Barn. Though the eponymous dog has since gone to the great Bookshop in the Sky, and the place is lousy with lazy cats

there are two floors of a book-scented barn to prowl through. Owner Jeff Waite is a delight to chat with (the Welsh accent is a big draw for me) and the selection of scholarly and wide-ranging stock turns over well. Jeff is resolutely a "no dot, no com" old-fashioned bookseller, and his books are in lovely condition and priced fairly I am usually drawn first to the Books about Books section, though I feel an equally magnetic attraction to his sections on Art, Photography, Science and History.

From Dog Ears to Austin's Antiquarian Books in Wilmington, Vermont is a winding and scenic ride of about 45 minutes back on New York Route 7 (becoming Vermont Route 9). Karen and Garry Austin's jewel box shop has been the subject of a previous Book Trout post, but it really is such a treat to look over the gorgeous bindings, Teddy Roosevelt collection and the overflowing selection of cookbooks that Karen (or Bookzilla as Garry now calls her) recently acquired, that I have to mention this shop again.

There are many more book haunts yet to explore. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions.