Monday, January 25, 2016

The Achenbach Foundation

In 2001 the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco mounted a show entitled Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000. It consisted of 180 livres d'artistes from the collection of Reva and David Logan––books by Picasso, Miró, Léger, Kokoschka, Kitaj, Ernst, Hockney and many others.

The show was a marvel to me, an inspiration and an incentive.

I had only recently begun painting again, seriously, after an approximately 35 year hiatus, and the exhibition encouraged me to create books both as a vehicle to re-learn painting and as a final product. For the next five years I spent most of my studio time creating hand-painted books.

Because of my admiration for the Achenbach, it pleases me that five of my recent titles (the only ones which I've done in edition) have now become part of the collection: Owl Soup, G. Lekeu, Coffin Laughter, Libretto, and Golem Likes a Pretty Face.

My appreciation for arranging this goes to Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge at the Achenbach, and my San Francisco gallerist Jack Fischer.

Spread from Owl Soup

Go here for more information about The Achenbach Foundation

For more information about these books, please visit my prior postings:
Golem Likes a Pretty Face
G. Lekeu 

Spread from Owl Soup