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Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

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Involving a wide range of media - painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. Fusing historical source material with a keen interest in current affairs, often through the juxtaposition or mod
Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt

Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt

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An intimate look at one of the most radical and groundbreaking printmakers of all time, the American Impressionist Mary Cassatt

This book examines the radical experimentation and innovation of one of the finest and most creative printmakers of the 19th century. A collaborator with the Impressionists Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) made some of her greatest artistic achievements as a printmaker. Her prints reveal the personal and introspective side of an American artist who was at the center of the French art world.
Addressing themes of creativity, domesticity, motherhood, fashion, intimacy and privacy, Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt brings readers into close contact with an artist who used printmaking to consider issues of identity and selfhood in a changing modern world. This publication, which investigates the artist's exploration of the medium over a period of two decades, also features an original pattern design by contemporary designer Frances MacLeod.

Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection

Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection

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Interior Visions, the third installation of Rediscoveries, is curated by the artist Alex Katz. The Rediscoveries exhibition series invites members of the Colby College community to select and arrange artworks from the Museum’s collection. For Interior Visions, Katz has selected a group of modern and contemporary paintings and works on paper that he describes as “relevant to our times and to each other.”

Invented Symbols: An Art Autobiography

Invented Symbols: An Art Autobiography

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"Invented Symbols" is Alex Katz's memoir of his education in art. Katz's story begins with his parents, Russian emigrés involved in theater, and discusses everything from his finding a high school that offered the possibility of drawing from antique casts, to his acceptance at the Cooper Union, his decision to become a fine artist and beyond. Katz has always steeped himself in the literature of his time, having often painted and collaborated with poets, and it is no surprise that his take on autobiography should be particularly considered and original in its composition: the entire text of "Invented Symbols" is in fact a transcription of the artist recounting his memories aloud, typed up by his son, poet Vincent Katz. This book revises and expands upon the 1997 Hatje Cantz edition, long out of print.

Invented Symbols is Alex Katz's memoir of his education in art. Katz's story begins with his parents, Russian emigres involved in theater, and discusses everything from his finding a high school that offered the possibility of drawing from antique casts, to his acceptance at the Cooper Union, his decision to become a fine artist and beyond. This book revises and expands upon the 1997 Hatje Cantz edition, long out of print. Paperback

Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College

Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College

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Promised to the Colby College Museum of Art in 2007, the Lunder Collection comprises more than 500 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs, and is widely recognized as one of the most important collections of American art ever assembled by private collectors. The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College is a richly illustrated volume featuring more than 270 collection highlights. Conceived as the companion to the 2009 publication Art at Colby, the catalogue includes seven essays on the collection's major areas: ancient Chinese art; art through the American Centennial; the art of James McNeill Whistler; art of the Gilded Age; art of the American West; American Modernism and contemporary art; as well as 17 reflections on specific works or groups of work in the collection.

The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College features more than 270 highlights from the Lunder Collection, which is widely recognized as one of the most important collections of American art ever assembled by private hands.

Conceived as the companion to the 2009 publication Art at Colby, the lavishly illustrated book is divided into seven sections. Their titles demonstrate the range and depth of works included: Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection, Art through the American Centennial, James McNeill Whistler, Art of the Gilded Age, Art of the American West, American Modernism, and Art after 1945. Befitting the breadth of the Lunder Collection, the twenty-four authors of the essays and reflections have been drawn from the many facets of the art world: curators, museum directors, teachers, and dealers, all specialists in their fields, who bring to their writing deep knowledge of the artworks and sometimes of the Lunders themselves.

The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College accompanies the inaugural exhibition of the Lunder Collection, marking the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Marsden Hartley's Maine

Marsden Hartley's Maine

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Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) was a well-traveled American modernist painter, poet, and essayist, but it is his life-long artistic engagement with his home state of Maine that defines his career. Maine served as a creative springboard, a locus of memory and longing, a refuge, and a means of communion with other artists, such as Winslow Homer, who painted there. This is the first book to look at the artist's complex relationship with the Pine Tree State, providing a nuanced understanding of Hartley's impressive range in over 80 works, from the early Post-Impressionist interpretations of seasonal change to the late depictions of Mount Katahdin, the most dramatic and enduring series in his oeuvre.
No Limits: Zao Wou-KI

No Limits: Zao Wou-KI

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Considered one of the first superstar artists of the Chinese diaspora, Zao immigrated to Paris in 1948 and quickly established himself among post-war art circles there. Zao’s art-historical significance lies in his singular adaption of the visual poetry of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. In his hands, abstraction embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki offers stunning visual evidence of Zao’s pioneering internationalist aesthetic, and marks him as a key figure in twentieth-century transculturalism.

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960

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Roy before he was Lichtenstein: the path to becoming a Pop Art titan began with Lichtenstein's cycling through a provocative range of visual culture, from fairy tales and children's and folk art to mythic forms of Americana, such as cowboys and Disney.

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960 is the first major museum exhibition to investigate the early work of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Co-organized by Colby College Museum of Art and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the exhibition will include approximately ninety works from the artist's fruitful and formative early career, many never before seen by the public. The show and accompanying catalog will include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints which reveal an artist, even in the earliest stages of his career, with a keen interest in visual culture, culling--with a critical eye--from a wide range of sources. These inspirations were the essential but little-known precursors to the artist's later sourcing of comic books and advertisements. Likewise, his exploration of abstraction, just before the artist's abrupt turn to Pop Art in 1961, straddles the line between unabashed lyricism and wry critique of second-generation Abstract Expressionism.

The catalog, with new scholarship by leading experts in the field, provides a new understanding of Lichtenstein's influential techniques of appropriation and offers the opportunity to more fully assess the artistic and cultural dynamism of postwar America.

Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories: Reflections

Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories: Reflections

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A multidisciplinary look at the foremost archive of Black American visual culture, as recast by Theaster Gates

This book features essays and other reflections commissioned in response to the Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories, a monumental participatory work by Theaster Gates (born 1973). The Cabinet includes nearly 3,000 framed images of women from the Johnson Publishing Company archive, and highlights from the collection appear in this edited volume.
Founded in 1942, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing chronicled the lives of Black Americans for more than seven decades through the magazines Ebony and Jet. Composed from arguably the most important archive of American Black visual culture in the 20th century, Gates' work centers the essential and too often unsung role of women in this history.
When the Cabinet was exhibited at the Colby College Museum of Art, 12 women from a wide range of disciplines (including archivists, legal scholars, anthropologists and librarians, as well as curators, visual artists, filmmakers, writers and art historians) were invited to reflect on a work that brings a sisterhood of images to light.

Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler

Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler

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In his Ten O'Clock Lecture in 1885, American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) presented himself as an artist set apart from the public, bearing no relation to the historical moment in which he lived. However, the myth of artistic independence that Whistler developed was but one part of a complex and highly significant relationship he had with the world around him. As a painter, printmaker, designer, traveler, and performer, Whistler engaged with a variety of places, people, and ideas that stretched from the United States to London, Venice, and Japan.


Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive catalogue places Whistler in a dynamic international and cosmopolitan context, and includes the finest examples of his prints. The 24 essays included in the catalogue explore how Whistler transferred his immediate surroundings into a realm of art, while he, in turn, was shaped by the encounters he had traversing the global art worlds of the 19th century.

 

 


With the Help of Friends: The Colby College Museum of Art, The First Fifty Years, 1959 - 2009

With the Help of Friends: The Colby College Museum of Art, The First Fifty Years, 1959 - 2009

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College Historian Earl H. Smith tracks the growth of the museum, focusing more on people than on the art they helped collect. The names are familiar: Lunder, Cummings, Abbott, Katz, Schupf, Strider and Cotter, among others. Smith reveals their roles in the museum's evolution from the early years, when a collection of primitive portraits hung in Foss dining hall, to the present, when the gift of the Lunder Collection made national news. Supporters of the museum have created "a most remarkable masterpiece indeed."

Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry

Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry

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Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry  is led by Jennifer Neptune, a Penobscot basketmaker and beadworker, and Kathleenn Mundell, the director of Cultural Resources, who have brought together leaders in arts and culture from the Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki peoples-collectively known as the Wabanaki. The exhibition, catalog, and associated programs feature work by contemporary artists who are sustaining and extending some of North America's oldest artistic traditions. Curating and interpreting in their own words; members of these commutes tell stories of beauty, loss, and resilience that they have carried forward from fifteen thousand years of Wabanaki history. 140 pages with full color photographs.