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Shows That Matter: Mary Blair’s Wonderful World of Disney

WHAT: Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair
WHEN: March 13-September 7, 2014
WHERE: The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco (more…)

“Games of Thrones” Author Curates Art Show at Seattle Gallery

Winter is coming to Seattle’s LTD. Art Gallery on March 23 with a show of  “Game of Thrones”-inspired artwork. Organized by gallery owner James Monosmith and the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” books on which the HBO show is based, George R. R. Martin himself, this exhibition isn’t filled with your average fan art.


Gagosian Is Hosting a Book Signing of “Avedon: Women” Tonight

“Avedon’s women are radiant and intense in a way that has never been equaled and never will be,” according to Joan Juliet Buck, who came to know the late photographer during her tenure as French Vogue’s editor-in-chief. In Rizzoli’s newly published “Avedon: Women,” she extolls the transformative impact of his work even outside the industry. “His images of models, actresses, and society women became emblems of their time […] But Avedon pushed beyond the restrictions of fashion to record a deeper level; his portrait of June Leaf, for instance, contains worlds.”


Second Annual L.A. Art Book Fair Is Open

The second annual Los Angeles Art Book Fair opened at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary Thursday night, and the West Coast sister edition to Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair (now in its ninth year) has a great program lined up. The free event showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, zines, and more boasts over 250 exhibitors from all over the world, and four special editions by Printed Matter to benefit the fair by Laura Owens, Jeremy Deller, Patrick Lee, and Parra. (more…)

Book and Show Reexamine Harvey Quaytman’s Legacy

While abstract painter Harvey Quaytman’s name may not be as well known as many of his peers, a new exhibition at the Upper East Side’s McKee Gallery and the soon-to-be-released “first-ever” book on the artist are out to change that. While Minimalism ruled the New York art world of the 1960s, Quaytman, a steadfast abstractionist, was more informed by early Modernists like Malevich and Mondrian. Though he was working in a style some considered anachronistic, Quaytman remained a respected player in the New York art community throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, and his work is in the collections of the Tate, the Corcoran Gallery, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum. When Quaytman passed away in 2002 he left behind two daughters, R.H. Quaytman and Emma Quaytman, both of whom are painters. (more…)

Art Reads: “Art & Queer Culture”

With the stated mission to “write queer culture into art history,” artist and critic Catherine Lord and art historian Richard Meyer have assembled a fascinating and much-needed volume dedicated to queer visual art called “Art and Queer Culture.” Not only featuring the work of artists who identify as gay or lesbian, the book instead seeks to take a more fluid approach to the premise of queer art by considering “the ways in which the codes and cultures of homosexuality have provided a creative resource for visual artists.” While this book came out last April, we love it so much that we had to feature it as the first book in our new “Art Reads” series.


Simon de Pury Sells Book “The Auctioneer”

Jet-setting Swiss auctioneer Simon de Pury has sold a book to St. Martin’s Press about the auction world. The former Phillips de Pury chairman, who left that auction house in late 2012 after 12 years in that position when Moscow-based investment firm Mercury Group bought up his shares in the company, is going to be spilling the beans on a world that works hard to keep its beans, for the most part, unspilled. “It will be a look inside the auction world in his voice,” said Jennifer Weis, the executive editor and manager of content development at St. Martin’s, who bought the book for the publisher. “Stories, history, the highlights, the problems, everything.” (more…)

The “Mona Lisa” Wasn’t Famous Until Someone Tried To Steal It


Art theft really seems to boost an artwork’s street cred, or at least that’s what happened when an Italian immigrant snatched Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” off its wall in the Louvre, according to the BBC. There are  quite a few books written on the subject of “Mona Lisa”’s theft and everyone seems to agree — the iconic and enigmatic daVinci portrait, one of the most recognizable images in the world, wasn’t all that popular until it disappeared in 1911. (more…)

Snowpocalypse Squashes New National Archives Gallery Opening

Today the National Archives in Washington, D.C. planned to debut their brand new, $13.5-million David M. Rubenstein Gallery and new permanent exhibition “Records of Rights,” but it would seem that the Winter Warlock had his own plans. The Archives have closed due to a snowstorm and they posted an update on their Facebook page: “Due to inclement weather in the Washington, DC, area, the US National Archives Museum and research rooms are closed. The opening of the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery has been postponed. Check back for further updates.” (more…)

“Mad Men” and Marbled Papers: Tod Lippy on Esopus’s 20th Issue

Ten years ago, Tod Lippy founded bi-annual magazine Esopus, an ad-free experiment in publishing that featured artists projects, essays, poetry, and everything in between. The recently released 20th issue, “Special Collections,” is a whimsical look into the diverse range of materials that can be discovered in a variety of archives, from the Museum of Modern Art’s vaults to Matthew Weiner’s files. The more than a dozen articles and projects, which range in subject matter from vintage marbled papers to an artist project by Mark Dion, are each packaged in their own faux manila folders, allowing readers to explore and reshuffle as they please. We talked to Lippy about “Mad Men,” the aura of archival material, and what the next ten years will hold. (more…)