October 29, 2002

Daniel Berkeley Updike, The Well-Made Book - On the art of the book. Edited by William S. Peterson

Mark Batty Publisher announces the publication of “The Well-Made Book: Essays and Lectures by Daniel Berkeley Updike”, edited and with an introduction by William S. Peterson. This book is a collection of Daniel Berkeley Updike's writtings on the art of the book

The distinguished printer Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941), proprietor of the Merrymount Press in Boston, has been described as “the most distinguished American printer,” and was also one of the most successful and influential book designers of the 20th century. This 400-page, illustrated collection encompasses virtually all of Updike’s writings on the arts of the book.

Daniel Berkeley Updike, The Well-Made Book: Essays and Lectures 
Image courtesy Mark Batty Publisher

Updike’s aesthetic philosophy and commitment of quality in the making of books have a special relevance today at a time of rapid change in the media arts. The Well-Made Book is a substantial and timeless collection of virtually all of Updike’s writings on the art of the book. William S. Peterson has researched, unearthed and assembled this wealth of material – much of which will be new even to those readers who are familiar with Updike’s writings. “Until the publication of The WellMade Book, many of these important and revealing essays have been hard to find,” notes publisher Mark Batty, “and some of Updike’s writing featured in this book appears here for the first time” There is a complete index, annotations, and a new scholarly introduction by Peterson.

The Well-Made Book is also available in a special, extra-illustrated edition of 40 copies featuring 11 ephemeral pieces: nine pages from books designed and printed by Updike spanning his 20th century career, together with specially prepared letterpress printed additional items, and a reproduction of an unpublished photographic portrait.

William S. Peterson is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, and the author of several books on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, and the editor of The Ideal Book (1982), a collection of Morris’ writings on the book arts. His books have won numerous honors, including the Premio Felice Feliciano, the Besterman Award, and a nomination for the National Book Award.

About Mark Batty Publisher
Mark Batty Publisher LLC is dedicated to creating a list of distinctive books in these subject areas: graphic design; lettering and the printing arts; media and graphic communication; and art and popular culture. The books are chosen for their long-term relevance, for the clarity of their message, and their usefulness and aesthetic appeal. Each book is thoughtfully designed to the highest standards, produced for dependable use and manufactured employing quality archival materials. Most are extensively illustrated. 

The Well-Made Book: Essays and Lectures by Daniel Berkeley Updike
Edited by William S. Peterson
Mark Batty Publisher, West New York, NJ 
408 pages, 31 full page illustrations, many in 2 colors
Case bound in cloth, dust jacket, 6 x 9 inches - Price: $55
Special edition of 40 extra illustrated copies: $220

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October 23, 2002

Lucian Freud Retrospective Exhibition

Art Exhibition > Lucian Freud
Art Exhibition > Spain > Barcelona
Art Exhibition > United States > Los Angeles


CaixaForum, Barcelona
24 October, 2002 - 12 January, 2003

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
February 9 - May 25, 2003

“What do I demand of a painting? That it surprise, disturb, seduce, convince,” At 80, Lucian Freud is one of the greatest living realist painters. Known mainly for his unsettling portraits and nudes, he is the creator of a disturbing universe, populated mostly by models from his own circle: his mother, children, friends, artists, lovers, etc. “My work is completely autobiographical. It is about me and what surrounds me,” the artist has repeatedly declared. The "La Caixa" Foundation now presents Lucian Freud at CaixaForum, the largest retrospective exhibition ever held on the artist. With 126 paintings, drawings and etchings, some of recent creation, the show covers more than 60 years of Freud’s artistic career. Visitors are offered a chance to view works from the fruitful creative period of the past twenty years together with others of the first decades. Among the foremost works in the exhibition is the extraordinary series of portraits of the artist’s mother, portraits of his painter friends such as Francis Bacon, John Minton, Frank Auerbach and Michael Andrews, and a number of self-portraits, in addition to other emblematic paintings such as The Painter’s Room, Leigh Bowery (seated) and Girl with Roses. The Lucian Freud retrospective exhibition, organised by the Tate Britain Museum, (where it has run from 20 June to 22 September, 2002), has been produced by "La Caixa" Foundation in Barcelona. Following its exhibition at CaixaForum it will be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from 9 February to 25 May, 2003.

The retrospective exhibition Lucian Freud at the CaixaForum premises, will map out a chronological journey through the British painter’s artistic career, covering more than 60 years. The show begins with a series of works from the decade of the 1940’s - Box of Apples in Wales (1939), The Painter’s Room (1943-1944) and Girl With Roses (1947-1948), among other oil paintings, and concludes with a group of recent works, such as Eli (2002), finished last August. The 126 works that make up the exhibition, distributed over nine rooms, invite the visitor to discover certain chapters in the life of Freud: his relationships with his mother, wives and children, his friendship with Francis Bacon, solitude, etc. After all, Freud has often stated, “Everything is autobiographical, and everything is a portrait.”

Lucian Freud Biography

Lucian Freud was born in Berlin on December 8th, 1922. His father, architect by profession, was the son of Sigmund Freud, the creator of psychoanalysis. The family came to England in 1933, a few months after the Nazi party came to power. Six years later, in 1939, Freud became a naturalised British subject. In that same year, he enrolled in Cedric Morris’s East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, an informal painting institute. In 1941, after completing his brief academic career, he enlisted as merchant seaman in an Atlantic convoy. “I liked the idea of adventure – the figure of the old salt – but I was soon disappointed.” In 1944, the Lefevre Gallery put on Freud’s first solo exhibition, which included The Painter’s Room (1943-1944), a widely celebrated work that will be on display at CaixaForum. In 1948 he married Kitty Garman, daughter of Jacob Epstein, later marrying Caroline Blackwood in 1952. In the 1950’s he became famous in London, along with his cohort Francis Bacon. After spending periods in Paris and Greece, he settled in London, where he still lives and works.

“To me, the person is the painting”, says Lucian Freud, who is mainly known for his unsettling portraits and nudes, several of which can now be seen at CaixaForum within the retrospective exhibition. Among the foremost works in the exhibition is the extraordinary series of portraits of Freud’s mother, such as The Painter’s Mother Reading (1975). The series begins in 1972, the year in which the artist’s father died, and his mother sank into deep depression. It concludes in the year of her death, in 1989. “If my father hadn’t died, I never would have painted her,” says Freud who went to pick her up four or five times every week for her to pose.

The exhibition also contains several self-portraits of Lucian Freud, such as Reflection with Two Children (1965) – the two children are his, Rose and Ali – Interior With Mirror in Hand (1967) and Painter Working, Reflection (1993), a painting which, when Freud set to touching it up, “turned out to be of my father”. In that regard, Lucian Freud states, “My idea of the portrait emerges from my unhappiness with the portraits that look like their models. I want my portraits to be ‘of’ people, not like them. More than looking like the models, that they ‘be’ themselves.”

The show also offers some unsettling nudes, such as those of Leigh Bowery, a performer weighing over 200 pounds who became Lucian Freud’s first professional model, posing for him several days a week over two years. “I must have a fondness for unusual or oddly-proportioned people, and I don’t want to indulge it too much,” Lucian Freud has said. The daughters of the painter also posed for several nudes, such as Portrait of Rose (1978-1979). “There’s something in a nude person, when I see them before me, that appeals to my sense of respect. It could even be called my gentlemanliness. In the case of my daughters, it is the respect of a father in addition to that of a painter. They take my painting them well. They don’t make me feel uncomfortable.”

The Lucian Freud exhibition is organised by William Feaver.

Lucian Freud
24 October, 2002 - 12 January, 2003

Av. Marquès de Comillas, 6-8
08038 Barcelona

October 22, 2002

Abbas: Visions of Islam - Muncipal Museum of Ourense




 Visions of Islam

Muncipal Museum of Ourense, Spain 


“The day after its liberation by the Americans, I discovered a Kuwait littered by war debris and cadavers of Iraqi soldiers. Their withdrawal must have been a true ordeal.”

These are the words of Abbas, an Iranian photographer who “writes with light”. After visiting 28 countries –from Sinkiang to Morocco– between 1987 and 1994, Abbas portrayed the resurgence of Islam and the contradictions between an ideology inspired by a mythical past and the universal yearning for modernity and democracy. Under the title Abbas: Visions of Islam, Fundació “la Caixa” now presents these 99 photographs -in reference to the 99 names and epithets of Allah-, accompanied by excerpts from books by famous historical travellers, and fragments from the diaries of this photojournalist who has been a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1981. On exhibit at the Municipal Museum of Ourense, the photographs show revolution and war; daily life in the cities; the world of the women, particularly downtrodden by the fundamentalists -Abbas dedicates the exhibition to the women of Afghanistan-; children who attend the Koran schools, the cradle of the most orthodox Islamism; stark landscapes consisting of streets, cemeteries and sanctuaries; protests against the writer Salman Rushdie by European Muslims; demonstrations in support of the chador, prohibited in secular schools... In other words, an eyewitness account of Islam and its peoples.


From Sinkiang to Morocco, from London to Timbuktu, including even Mecca, the exhibition Abbas: Visions of Islam reflects the day-to-day life of the Muslims, their spirituality and their mysticism, the rituals of their faith and the political phenomenon that Islam represents today. Taken in 28 countries (Egypt, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China, Indonesia, Brunei, India, Great Britain, Spain, Algeria, Senegal, Sudan, Israel, Bosnia and Iran, among others), the photographs are displayed together with fragments from the personal diaries of Abbas himself and other historically famous travellers. These texts provide a counterpoint to the images, explaining the context in which a specific photograph was captured. A prime example is that of little Gulbibi (“Queen of the Flowers”), portrayed in Kabul (Afghanistan), and whose startling text states, “Her left foot was amputated as the result of a mine explosion. Her leg and right arm are a mass of raw flesh. Lying on her bed, an icon of suffering and dignity, she has to be given anaesthetic each time her dressing is changed, so intense is her pain.”

Abbas explains how, in 1987, before leaving Paris to undertake his long journey through these 28 countries, a friend of his –a woman– recommended that he read the Voyages of Ibn Batuta, the legendary traveller who had roamed Islamic lands centuries before. Abbas discovered an Ibn Batuta who ordered hands to be cut off, who abused the female slaves and who had innocent people whipped. Thus it was that Abbas made a journey of contrasts. His camera captured, for example, a militant feminist who fought against the Family Code in Algeria; the religious fervour of Mecca; the leaders of Dar al-Ulum, the flagship university of orthodox Islam, a branch of which is established in a town in the county of Yorkshire (Great Britain), and so on. Such scenes and accounts reveal the different realities and contradictions of Islam.

Abbas Biography

Of Iranian background, the photographer Abbas lives in Paris and has been a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1981. Between 1970 and 1978, his work was published in magazines of international scope, reflecting the political and social conflicts of southern hemisphere countries, such as Chile, South Africa, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Biafra. Between 1978 and 1980, he covered the Iranian revolution. His book Iran, la Révolution Confisquée (Clérat, 1979) forced him into a voluntary exile that would last 17 years. Between 1983 and 1986, he travelled to Mexico and published Return to Mexico, Journeys beyond the Mask (W.W. Norton, 1992). Following Allah O Akbar, voyages dans l’Islam militant (1994), and between 1995 and 2000, he visited Christian countries (Voyage en Chrétientés, La Martinière, 2000). He is currently investigating paganism.

Some of his solo exhibitions have been hosted by the Musée d’Art Moderne of Teheran (1980), the Escuela de Bellas Artes of Almería (1991), the Centro de la Imagen of Mexico (1994), the Palace Royale of Brussels (1999), the Institut du Monde Arabe of Paris (2001) and the Palazzo Vecchio of Florence (2002). Referring to his work, Abbas writes: “At present, my photography is a reflection that comes to life in action and leads to meditation. Spontaneity –the suspended moment– intervenes during action, in the viewfinder. A reflection on the subject precedes it. A meditation on finality follows it, and it is here, during this exalting and fragile moment, that the real photographic writing develops, sequencing the images. For this reason, a writer's spirit is necessary to this enterprise. Isn't photography "writing with light"? But with the difference that while the writer possesses his word, the photographer is himself possessed by his photography, by the limit of the real which he must transcend so as not to become its prisoner.”


Abbas: Visions of Islam
23 October - 17 November 2002

Muncipal Museum of Ourense
Rúa Lepanto, 8
32005 Ourense

The exhibition is open to the public:
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

Admission free of charge


Autres messages plus récents sur ce thème (French)

Abbas / Magnum, Au nom de qui ? Le monde musulman après le 11 septembre 2001, Editions du Pacifique, 2009.



October 5, 2002

Sharon Ellis, San Jose Museum of Art

Evocations: Sharon Ellis, 1991 - 2001 
San Jose Museum of Art
October 11, 2002 – February 16, 2003 

The San Jose Museum of Art will present Evocations: Sharon Ellis, 1991 – 2001, the first in-depth study of the work of noted Los Angeles-based painter SHARON ELLIS. The exhibition was organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art and is completing its national tour at SJMA. 

Sharon Ellis, best known for her modestly-sized paintings of expansive, visionary landscapes, juxtaposes epic subjects such as brilliant night skies, vast roiling oceans, and distant solar systems with intricately depicted details of nature — a tangle of blossoms, a single twig, or silhouetted tree branches. These subjects from nature, while painstakingly rendered, are significantly altered through the artist’s highly inventive imagination. Ellis completes only three to four of her richly detailed, vibrantly colored canvases in a year. 

In the early 1990s, influenced by Romantic and Symbolist painting, theory and poetry, Sharon Ellis produced several paintings of gardens — Garden (1993), Sunken Garden (1993), and Cathedral of Dandelions (1993) — which portray aspects of nature in eerie, lush detail that transforms the imagery into highly fanciful, imaginary outdoor spaces. While referring outwardly to the world of nature, these paintings are also hauntingly anthropomorphic in their references to internal organs and parts of the human body. 

Since 1995, Sharon Ellis has explored temporal themes through several series of time-based subjects. Among these are The Four Seasons (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and The Times of the Day (Dawn, Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Dusk, Night). 

In her most recent work, Sharon Ellis’ landscape subjects are influenced by her interest in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, particularly Brönte, Wordsworth, and Hart Crane. 

Born in Great Lakes, Illinois in 1955, Sharon Ellis received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine in 1978 and a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in 1984. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1989. In 1996, Sharon Ellis had her first museum exhibition, The Four Seasons, at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Her work was also featured at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Departures: Eleven Artists at the Getty in 2000. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a four-color, fully illustrated catalogue with essays by noted art critic Dave Hickey and Sue Spaid, curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

110 S. Market Street, San Jose, California 95113

Irish 20th century art National Gallery Dubin

The National Gallery of Ireland's permanent collection of Irish art drawn from the first half of the 20th century goes back on display in the Millennium Wing from Monday, October 7th. Included are new works acquired by the Gallery in recent years and some on loan from private and public collections.

All the greats are featured such as William Leech's Convent Garden, Brittany; and Sunshade ; a selection of Paul Henry Western Ireland landscapes, and a large magnificent portrait of Lady Hazel Lavery by her husband, Sir John Lavery.

A special bay is given to William Orpen with his famous portraits of The Vere Foster Family; Noll Gogarty; The Dead Ptarmigan -a self-portrait, and The Artist's Parents. Those influenced by Orpen, such as Sean Keating, James Humbert Craig, Patrick Tuohy, James Sleator, Margaret Clarke and Dermod O'Brien have a special bay.

The modernists are represented by Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, Mary Swanzy, Evie Hone, Grace Henry and Jack B. Yeats.

The last bay is dedicated to 'Artistic Trends in Irish Art 1930-1959', represented by painters Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon, Patrick Collins, Harry Kernoff William Scott Daniel O'Neill, John Luke and Louis le Brocquy.

Admission to the permanent collection is free.

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square West and Clare Street
Dublin 2
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm; Thu 9.30am-8.30pm; Sun 12.00pm-5.30pm