Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Recommendations Guest Post #12: Paul Van Kooy

Ricky Swallow
Envelope/Collar Study (After D.G.) 
Los Angeles, USA: LACMA, 2015
Painted Bronze
4 x 13.5 x 2.5"
Edition of 14 [+ 3 APs]

"Since its release earlier in the year, I've often found myself thinking about Los Angeles-based artist Ricky Swallow's edition for the LACMA. What appears to be simple sculpture made of cardboard, is in reality painted bronze. For those who feel uncomfortable adding an $8000 USD item to their holiday wish list, he also has a handsome bronze and wood Shaker Bell now available from The Thing Quarterly, made in collaboration with Werkstatte Carl Aubock."

John Klacsmann and Andrew Lampert [eds]
Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith. Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I
New York City, USA: J&L Books, 2015
240 pp., 8.9 x 6 x 0.6", softcover
Edition size unknown

John Klacsmann and Andrew Lampert [eds]
String Figures: The Collections of Harry Smith. Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I
New York City, USA: J&L Books, 2015
162 pp., 8.9 x 6 x 0.4", softcover
Edition size unknown

"Two of my favorite art books of 2015, also happen to be two of the most recent additions to my collection. For me, Harry Smith had always been the guy who had compiled Anthology of American Folk Music records for Folkways in the 1950's. Apparently, he was also a collector of 'curious objects.' J & L Books have just released the first two volumes in their The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonne series: Paper Planes and String Figures. Both are beautifully photographed, the first featuring hundreds of paper airplanes which Smith found while walking the streets of New York City, the second containing images of mounted string figures created by Smith. I'm already looking forward to next year and the promise of more books featuring other collections from his archive. Some of the upcoming subjects that sound especially appealing to me are: beggar signs, books, gourds, paper-maché masks, records and Seminole textiles."

Paul Van Kooy is 1/2 of Paul + Wendy Projects, a Toronto-based publisher of artists' books, editions and multiples. Their editions comprise works by Canadian artists and collectives including Michael Dumontier, Micah Lexier, Jon Plylpchuk, Roula Partheniou, the Royal Art Lodge and Derek Sullivan, as well as editions by internationally-based artists including Sara MacKillop, Jonathan Monk, Tucker Nichols, Kay Rosen and David Shrigley. Their most recent releases are a series of prints by artists Vanessa Maltese, Marc Hundley and Joy Walker, entitled One Page Folded, inspired by gallerist Annemarie Verna's Double Page series published in the late 1970's and early 80's.

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