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Documenta: the Paolo Solari retrospective, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1970 exhibition catalog. Box open with select scrolls.

Documenta: The Paolo Soleri Retrospective

By Donald Wall. Washington: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1970.
Adoption Amount: $850   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This mysterious 10”x10”x11” cardboard box and its contents, designed for Documenta: The Paolo Soleri Retrospective held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1970, re-envisioned the concept of an exhibition catalog. Soleri was an Italian architect who studied in the United States under Frank Lloyd Wright. He developed a theory of “Arcology” which proposed a fusion between architecture and ecology. Look closely at the exterior of Documenta and you will see a collage of text sampling Solari’s manifesto. Inside you will find 16 paper scrolls of blue-gray sketches imagining utopian high-... Read More

Kunstoffner

By Kunsthaus Zurich. Bern ; Zurich: Benteli, 2006.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Kunstöffner is a kit designed to encourage a young person’s appreciation of art through objects in the collection at the Kunsthaus Zürich, one of the most significant art collections in Switzerland. The cover image of Andy Warhol’s Big Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Vegetable Beef) and the metal case likely creates a visual pun to the title, which roughly translates to "Art Opener" (as opposed to can opener). The kit includes a catalogue with collection highlights from the Middle Ages to contemporary art; a workbook which prompts the reader to think deeply about art, with space to... Read More
Cover of Yayoi Kusama : I Who Have Arrived In Heaven

Yayoi Kusama

By Yayoi Kusama. New York: David Zwirner, 2014.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This hardcover catalog features work from Yayoi Kusama’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo exhibition at David Zwirner, a celebrated contemporary art gallery in London. The exhibit marked the debut of the artist’s large-scale square-format acrylic on canvas paintings, which demonstrate her supreme talent as a colorist. This book features stunning, full color plates of this series of brightly colored paintings. This book also includes stills of Kusama’s video installation Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict, time-lapse photographs of the Infinity Mirror Room The Souls of Millions of Light... Read More
Sanford Biggers, Afronomical Way, sample of afronomix cards

The Afronomical Way

By Sanford Biggers. Warsaw: Centrum Sztuki Wspoczesnej, c2005.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This limited-edition set of 43 vibrant, color printed cards housed in a custom box is parts that together comprise artist Sanford Biggers’ explorations of identity, rituals, and iconography. Divided into three sections—afronomix, fetico, and fides—the images offer moments of both intimacy and surrealism. Biggers defines the first section, afronomix, as the “Kemitic, the study of the corelationship between peoples of the African Diaspora, the cosmos, and time.” The second section, fetico, comes from Portuguese and Latin, meaning both “charm, sorcery” and “facticius ‘made by art.’” The... Read More
Jeremy Deller, After the Gold Rush, front and back cover

After the Gold Rush

By Jeremy Deller. San Francisco: CCAC Wattis Institute, 2002.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

In 2001, British artist Jeremy Deller received a residency from the CCAC Wattis Institute in San Francisco. He applied his honorarium toward a used Jeep and five acres of land in the Mojave Desert for $2000, thereby staking his own claim upon the Golden State. His fellowship resulted in an unorthodox but compelling guidebook tracing California’s history from the 19th-century mining boom to the post-dot-com recession, as found along its dusty highways and in its roadside museums. Through anecdotes, interviews, photographs, and audio recordings, Deller explores the people who make up the... Read More
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals, page spread with gold fountainheads

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals

By Weiwei Ai. Munich; London; New York: Prestel, 2011.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This exhibition catalog explores the 2010 monumental work Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, created by internationally acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei. The work is a reimagining of a Qing dynasty zodiac water-clock system at the Old Summer Palace near Beijing, which was looted in 1850 during the Second Opium War. Ai reinterpreted the original fountainheads in a gold series and a bronze series, as his first monumental public art installation. Ai’s work explores ideas about authenticity and reproduction, examines how contemporary culture creates value,... Read More
Cover of Arizona /  Isamu Noguchi, Issey Miyake.

Arizona

By Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake. [S.l.]: Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $325   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

An attractive, slipcased catalog for a collaborative exhibition of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, painter Genichiro Inokuma, and designer Issey Miyake at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, highlighting the mutual influence of the three friends and their hybrid Japanese and American cultures. After forming a close friendship in New York City in the 1950s, Noguchi took recent Japanese immigrant Inokuma to Poston, Arizona, the site of an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in World War II where Noguchi lived voluntarily in solidarity with his countryman, despite exemption... Read More
Auguste Rodin, céramiste. Title page.

Auguste Rodin, Ceramiste

By Roger Marx. Paris: Societe de propagation des livres d'art, 1907.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Touring the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden, one might not realize that Rodin, creator of the massive bronze Burghers of Calais and Monument to Balzac, was also expert in the delicate art of ceramics. After completing studies at the Petite École, Rodin was employed as a ceramic decorator at the Sèvres Porcelain Factory from 1879 to 1882 and occasionally through the 1880s under artistic director Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, who recruited Rodin for his extraordinary modeling skills which walked the line between sculpture and drawing. This remarkable output is represented by this volume,... Read More
Body Objects, page spread

Body Objects

New York: Pace Editions, 1971.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Whether through direct influences or broader affinities, African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American objects undoubtedly informed the practice of Western artists throughout the 20th century. This catalog, from the inaugural show at New York’s Pace Primitive gallery, juxtaposes body objects from African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American cultures with jewelry by Alexander Calder, Ernest Trova, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso. Seeing these objects side-by-side highlights aesthetic similarities and demonstrates that the “compulsion for self-embellishment by object... Read More
Box of Smile Y.O '71 and enclosure

A Box of Smile

By Yoko Ono. New York: Fluxus, 1984, c1971.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This multiple was created by George Maciunas, ostensible leader of the avant-garde movement Fluxus, in conjunction with Yoko Ono’s 1971 retrospective This is Not Here at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Ono, artist, peace activist, and widow of John Lennon has used smiles as a recurring theme since the 1960s. "It is the simplest thing to make yourself healthy and make others feel good," she says about smiling. (Reuters.com) Issued in both black and white, the plastic box is gold-stamped A BOX OF SMILE Y.O. ’71, and opens to reveal a mirror with the viewer’s reflection,... Read More

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