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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
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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
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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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Spiral

By Spiral (Group of artists). New York : Spiral Collective, 1965.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

In the lead up to 1963’s March on Washington, several of the decade’s most prominent African American artists joined together in a collective called Spiral. Their efforts culminated in a two-day exhibition in June of 1965. This catalogue is the record of that exhibition; it features an illustrated checklist with works from Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and more, as well as a complete list of the collective’s members. This small pamphlet is held in only two other libraries in the world, but stands as an important record of an ephemeral activity in the fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s. Read More
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The "7th" in Camp

United States : 188-?.
Adoption Amount: $1,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

This is an incredibly rare booklet of 12 cartoons depicting the daily life of the 7th regiment as they reside at camp, likely during the American Civil War. Satirical and jovial in nature, these etchings trace one day’s activities, possibly of the New York 7th Infantry, from “Reveille” and “Company Drill” through “Guard Duty” and “Preparing for Dress Parade” to “Lights out.” Interestingly, these cartoons appear to blend American and British military dress, seemingly poking fun at the leisure of men who stay in camp. The cover denotes that this booklet sold for “Ten Cents” and is... Read More
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The Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois

By W. E. B. Du Bois. New York : International Publishers , 1968.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Published five years after his death, the editor of this autobiography of W.E.B Dubois incorporated selected works related to certain passages’ subjects. Dubois (1868-1963) was a African American author and civil rights activist who focused on advancing education and representation for African Americans. The last of his three autobiographies, this work expanded on his previous essays to provide a new reflective perspective on his nine decades of life. DuBois left the reader with thoughts on how to improve America in his postlude, saying, “I know the United States… It is my country and... Read More
The Passing of the Frontier

The Passing of the Frontier

By Emerson Hough. New Haven: Yale University Press, [1918].
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

"The frontier! There is no word in the English language more stirring, more intimate, or more beloved." So begins the first page of this pocket-sized book, introducing the reader to the range, the mines, the cowboys, and cattle trails of the American West.  The author, Emerson Hough, was a journalist who traveled all over the west in the closing decades of the nineteenth century, and witnessed the area transform from wilderness into settled states. His articles on buffalo hunting at Yellowstone inspired the support of Congress to pass the National Park... Read More
To Be Continued Unnoticed

To Be Continued Unnoticed

By Man Ray. Beverly Hills: Copley Galleries, c1948.
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Man Ray (1890-1976) was one of most important American modernist artists associated with both Dada and Surrealism. This catalog accompanied one of Man Ray's most important exhibitions in the United States and includes a signed lithograph. This copy is especially unique in that it is the artist's proof with marking by the artist before the final printing. Read More

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