Tag Archive "illustrated-books"

detail of poster for 'Quodlibet' by Katja Spitzer

Spot Color and Books Not for Kindle at Nobrow Press, London – A Studio Visit

I learned of Nobrow Press when I saw one of their ‘books’ in the shop at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.  I use quotes because the publication in question, Rise and Fall, by the American Artist, Micah Lindberg, was a text-less accordion fold (or leporello), printed on both sides. I wrote about it when discussing Holiday Books on November 6, 2012. I was struck by the quality of the printing, as well as the format, both of which were closer to a fine art print than to a traditional book. From an e-mail correspondence I learned that the press used ... More » »

Winslow Homer ‘The Life Line’ (1884) oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 44 3/4 in., PMA

Shipwreck, Winslow Homer and The Life Line at the PMA

I’m sorry and embarrassed that I waited so long to see the fascinating exhibition, Shipwreck: Winslow Homer and “The Life Line” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), but fortunately it has been held over until Jan. 1, 2013. It offers much more than a look at a single theme by a single painter, albeit the greatest of his American contemporaries.  Firstly, the exhibition reminds us of the pervasive influence of the sea in 19th-century, American life. It was considerably more than a means of inter-continental travel. The sea was the underpinning of much of the economy, as is reflected ... More » »