A look at “Klänge” (Sounds) by Wasily Kandinsky

A look at “Klänge” (Sounds) by Wasily Kandinsky

January 25th, 2013 | Books, Dada, Russia

“Klänge” is a book by Russian expressionist artist Wassily Kandinsky, published in an edition of 345 in Munich in late 1912. The work is a famous early example of an artist’s book, containing both poems and woodcuts by the artist, forming two parallel strands, each… Read More

Word as Image (by Ji Lee)

Word as Image (by Ji Lee)

January 13th, 2013 | Books, Design, Typography, Videos

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts. “This project started nearly twenty years ago as an assignment in my typography class at art… Read More

New insights into Rembrandt’s etching techniques

New insights into Rembrandt’s etching techniques

November 22nd, 2012 | Books, Netherlands, Old Masters

In January, seven new volumes will be published, showcasing the work of the most influential etcher of all time, Rembrandt van Rijn. Erik Hinterding (a curator at the Rijksmuseum) and Jaco Rutgers travelled the world to examine more than 18,000 impressions made from all 315… Read More

The Impossible Museum – The Best Art You’ll Never See

The Impossible Museum – The Best Art You’ll Never See

November 11th, 2012 | Art History, Art Theft, Books

The gallery you can never visit: have a rare glimpse of lost, stolen and destroyed artworks with Céline Delavaux’s book, The Impossible Museum – the Best Art You’ll Never See, which follows last month’s theft of Monets, Matisse and more from a Dutch museum. Arifa… Read More

Talk: Art Books and eBooks – A Difficult Conversation?

Talk: Art Books and eBooks – A Difficult Conversation?

November 6th, 2012 | Books, Mobile, Talks, Videos

Even as scholarly publishing in most disciplines makes the transition from print to digital, art ebooks have encountered hurdles in providing the same measure of reward to publishers, libraries and researchers. Issues of format, content, pricing, selection and user-friendliness persist. Are these hurdles real or… Read More

Sign Painters – Masters of Hand-Brushed Design

Sign Painters – Masters of Hand-Brushed Design

October 29th, 2012 | Books, Design, Typography

“People used to go to the corner bar where all the sign painters hung out to talk about sign stuff. They were like cop bars,” says filmmaker Sam Macon, who teamed with writer Faythe Levine on the new book Sign Painters (Princeton Architectural Press). Wired… Read More

‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro

‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro

October 23rd, 2012 | Books, Forgery

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s… Read More

MetPublications – Exhibition Catalogs Reloaded

MetPublications – Exhibition Catalogs Reloaded

October 12th, 2012 | Books, Collections, Magazines, Media, Reference

MetPublications is a portal to the Metropolitan Museum’s comprehensive publishing program. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this resource will continue to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum… Read More

The Art of Freemasons and other Secret Societies

The Art of Freemasons and other Secret Societies

October 6th, 2012 | Architecture, Art History, Books

The Art of Freemasons and the objects, the traditional Old Boys Club is using for it’s rituals has been overlooked for a long time, but there is a lot of fascinating stuff to look at. Some of it looks like it came straight out of… Read More

Making Medieval Illuminated manuscripts

Making Medieval Illuminated manuscripts

September 6th, 2012 | Art History, Books, Design, Documentaries, Drawing, Videos

For more than a thousand years all manuscripts were written and illustrated by hand. By the Middle Ages, books were being made by folding sheets of parchment, arranging them into gatherings, and assembling and binding them together. “An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which… Read More