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Awareness of Love

Awareness of Love

By Rafael F. Squirru. [Washington: H.K. Press, 1966].
Adoption Amount: $3,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Born in Chile, but settling in the United States in the mid-1960s, Juan Downey explored many different art media. Although he became primarily known for his video art, he also created in other media, including painting, installations, and printmaking. Early in his career he studied in Santiago, Spain and then Paris, France where he focused on printmaking and painting. His early work already shows his interest in energy and concerns with navigating his Latin American heritage with his adopted home and ideals. He is now recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video art which... Read More
"Color Problems" cover

Color Problems: A Practical Manual

By Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. New York, : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.
Adoption Amount: $475   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel was a painter who worked in watercolors and oils, and thus her understanding knowledge of color theory lends a generous hand to the text of this book. Intended to be consumed by designers, decorators, lithographers, and artists, this manual on color theory addresses the basic principles of color theory, color problems, and color harmonies. This first edition has 117 vivid color plates allow the reader to fully understand the concepts and harmonies addressed in the text of the book. The true highlight of this book, however, is the existence of the original color... Read More
Heirlooms in Miniatures, cover.

Heirlooms in Miniatures

By Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Philadelphia, : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1898.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Published in 1898, "Heirlooms in Miniatures" features reproductions of illustrations of the “best examples of colonial, revolutionary, and modern miniature painters." Attempting to document the lives and work of the preeminent American artists of the time, it features notes from the author of incorrectly marked portraits and fun facts that add a taste of personality to the informative biographies of the artists and subjects. This edition‘s mustard-yellow cover is ornately decorated with gold borders and designs of palm trees, bows, and rose bouquets to surround and emphasize the... Read More
It: a Poem/Play/Installation and miniature sculpture

It: a Poem/Play/Installation

By Coco Gordon. New York, N.Y: Water Mark Press, 1987.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

“It: A Poem/Play/Installation” packs a lot into a small package. As an artists' book, it is considered a work of art, and when read, it can be activated as a performance. The artist, New York-based Coco Gordon, incorporates a range of materials in the work, such as hand-made paper, acetate sheets, xerox copies, photographs, text, and sculptural elements. Each book is hand-bound with a wooden chopstick, and has a miniature model of Gordon’s 12 foot sculpture “IT,” a red, lobster claw-like mesh item, meant for the reader to “contemplate, lift, unfold, take anywhere.” Read More
Less Than Nothing - cover

Less Than Nothing, or, The Life and Times of Sterling Finny

By [E. B. White]. New York: Condé Nast Publications, [1927].
Adoption Amount: $2,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

“Is somnia a chronic condition with you?” Early in his career, American author E.B. White, now best known for Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, wrote his first book anonymously for The New Yorker magazine, just two years after its founding. Published as a giveaway to subscribers and advertisers of the magazine, the book was a series of short comic episodes of the invented characters Sterling and Flora Finny, represented by photographs of mannequins from the Wanamaker department store. Sterling and Flora are often inept, such as when Sterling loses an opportunity at a promotion because... Read More
Letter fall by Elizabeth Ashcroft

Letter fall

By Elizabeth Ashcroft. [San Francisco]: [2016].
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

San Francisco artist Elizabeth Ashcroft created this one-of-a-kind piece from a thrifted text, and its hand-torn pages cascade and flow through a “shallow ravine,” evoking the sensation of approaching a waterfall. Braced open through the use of a cord accented with glass beads, words and sentences spill over the edges of pages, creating a sculpture made of paper and ink. A palimpsest, or altered book, “Letter Fall” is intended to be viewed simultaneously as a book and an artistic piece, and as such is an ideal example of an artists' book, in which the maker intends for the book to... Read More
Cover, Official guide: California Pacific International Exposition.

Official Guide: California Pacific International Exposition

By California Pacific International Exposition. San Diego, Calif: G.F. Wolcott, c1935.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

The bright California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 was dubbed "America's Exposition" for its concentration on American themes and products on display, particularly those of the local area of San Diego and southern California. There was the Gold Gulch exhibition, bringing the feel of Western mining towns of 1849 and the California Gold Rush, complete with burro rides for visitors. And one didn't want to miss the Ford Motor Company Building, designed to look like an actual V-8 engine, with a revolving hemisphere of dioramas showing off the latest in Ford automobiles... Read More
Cover, On Booze.

On Booze

By Jack Goodwin [poems] and Knute Stiles [drawings]. Berkeley, CA: Duck Press, 1975.
Adoption Amount: $2,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

A fitting collaboration for two fixtures of San Francisco’s Beat scene, On Booze is a collection of poems on individual spirits and cocktails accompanied by line drawings of faces. This limited first edition volume from 1975 is signed by the artist, Knute Stiles (1923-2009), a Black Mountain College painter, art critic, and bartender at legendary Beat Generation hangout and performance space "The Place". Composer Jack Goodwin (1920-1991), best known for his satirical Beat opera The Pizza Pusher, “has illustrated these drawings with his poems.” Printed on multicolored pages,... Read More
One Way Ticket

One Way Ticket

By Langston Hughes; illustrated by Jacob Lawrence. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1949.
Adoption Amount: $2,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is arguably the most famous poet of the Harlem Renaissance and Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is among the most famous artists from this movement. This book is a collaboration of two great African American masters with Lawrence illustrating themes of the poems. The book is signed by both Hughes and Lawrence to Edith Halpert a New York City art dealer who showcased many important modern American artists including Lawrence. Read More
Phrenological Illustrations

Phrenological Illustrations

By George Cruikshank. London: The Author, 1830.
Adoption Amount: $790   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Phrenological Illustrations is a 19th-century satirical work by British artist and caricaturist George Cruikshank that pokes fun at the “science” of phrenology, the pseudo-science in which one analyzed the shape and features of the human skull to explain behavior and personality. Read More

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