Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Viewpoint Editions, 2017. Paperback. Number 10 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Dorothy Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative, with Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.This is a powerful book about prostitution with striking altered photographs of twin performance artists, Abigail and Emily Taylor, depicting ladies of the night. Their color photographs appear on the front pages of this accordion structure book.They are printed in glossy inks against a black glossy background. The text on the back of Ladies has a long list of facts about prostitution, which can be divided into three categories: street, brothel, or escort prostitution. The text goes on to provide disturbing facts about the treatment of prostitutes working in the US, such as statistics about how often they are physically assaulted, raped, arrested, and murdered. According to this book "prostitution in the US is estimated to generate $14 billion a year, more than drugs and guns combined." The book was printed at Roland DGA, with the text pages done on their VersaUV LEC-330 and the aluminum box in which the book is housed done on their LEF-300, a flatbed printer with white and gloss inks. The box's cover has one of the glossy images from the book on its top cover. Size: 57 inches when open and 9.5 x 11.5 when closed. The aluminum box measures 10 x 12 x .5 inches. In fine condition. [12 pages] ARTB/011524. Fine.
ViewPoint Editions, 2003. Hardcover. Variant edition of 20 copies. Signed by the artist. Part of the series body and soul, which began with photographs of twin performance artists, Emily and Abigail Taylor. The text, "conceived in deception, precious cargo, stalked by hate, sacrificed to a vengeful god," refers to mothers whose children are sacrificed. In particular the artist is referencing Iraqi mother and child suicide bombers — a practice that seems to still continue. Accordion bound in a lead cover with Art Noveau style metal lily decoration affixed to the front and satin ribbon closure. The lead cover symbolizes danger while also being aesthetically pleasing and the lily represents life. Printed on Epson black fine art paper with FF Beowolf Erick van Blokland, Just van Rossum typeface. Measures 4.5" x 4.5" closed and 4.5" x 45" open. Unpaginated [10 pages]. ARTB/051923. Fine.
Washington DC: 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 10 copies. Initialed and numbered by the book artist. Jennaway Pearson is a printmaker and book artist residing in Washington, DC. She teaches at American University and George Washington University. Her work is held in institutional and private collections across the US including the Museum for Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, and UCLA. In this provocative work, Jennaway explores the meaning of “champion” by connecting figure skater Tonya Harding with the goddess Juno, protector of women. Despite being a record-breaking skater, Harding was a victim of her family, a demanding sporting organization, a tragic marriage, and an insatiable tabloid culture. Pearson suggests that Harding, like many women, would have benefited from the protection of Juno, whom the Romans saw as presiding over all aspects of a woman’s life. The book begins with three pages of text printed as handwritten script on yellow tablet sheets. It offers a sympathetic telling of Harding's life, drawing from an early documentary and a later media reports. This is followed by striking images representing both her life and the themes of the book. The text and images are each in a gathering with a cover sheet with two white squares and black numbers representing skating competition scores. The book was supported by a grant from the College Book Arts Association. Bound in black cloth with title in blue script on front cover. In a coptic-style stitched binding. The book is entirely screen printed on Arches 88 and Rives BFK papers. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with title on front. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 13.25 inches. Fine.