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Goldrausch: Gegenwartskunst aus, mit oder, uber Gold, cover

Goldrausch: Gegenwartskunst aus, mit Oder, uber Gold

Nurnburg: Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnburg, c2012.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Gold Rush: Contemporary Art Made From, With or About Gold is an exhibition catalogue published to accompany the exhibit of the same title, which was featured at Kunsthalle Nürnburg (October 18, 2012 to January 13, 2013) and at Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar (February 17 to April 14, 2013), in Germany. The show explored the appearance of gold in the recent works of 18 international artists, including Joseph Beuys, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Daniel Knorr, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, and Claudia Wieser. Because gold typically elicits strong emotional responses, the use... Read More
Kiki Smith's Dowry Book and slipcase

Kiki Smith's Dowry Book

By Kiki Smith. London: Anthony d'Offay, c1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Kiki Smith’s Dowry Book is an intimate, palm-sized collection of images, each representing an exhibition Smith had between 1982 and 1995, a time when she was particularly focused on issues of AIDS, gender, and race. The Hirshhorn Library’s copy is from a limited edition of 800 signed copies, issued in a plain, cardboard slipcase, and designed by Smith on a computer. The illustrated cloth boards reproduce Smith’s Dowry Cloth, 1990, made of women’s hair and sheep’s wool felted together. Smith explains, “The work came from thinking about dowries…people around the world making objects for... Read More
Lucas Samaras: Gold, cover

Lucas Samaras: Gold

By Lucas Samaras. New York: PaceWildenstein, c1998.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The works of Lucas Samaras can be understood through one unifying principle: the artist’s “natural instinct for subversion.” Rather than springing from an urge to rebel, however, Samaras’ originality and nonconformity are centered in treating art as a mutable subject. Samaras spent two years crafting gold jewelry, modeling them first in chicken wire, then casting them in solid 22-karat gold. His use of chicken wire (with the holes filled in with thick paint prior to casting) contrasts the modest, “low” material of the wire with the “high” material of gold, with its historical... Read More
Man Ray, Objets de Mon Affection, 1968, gold cover

Objets de Mon Affection

By Man Ray. Paris : M. Belmont, 1968.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The “objects” of American artist Man Ray’s affection were small, limited-edition sculptures. Although influenced by French artist Marcel Duchamp, Ray eschewed the Duchampian term readymade, preferring a lyrical title based on a popular song, “The object of my affection is to change your complexion from white to rosy red…” (Rosalind Krauss in Man Ray: Objects of My Affection, 1985). This small 1968 tome, wrapped in metallic gold cardback, is the catalog for an exhibition of the same name at Galerie Europe in Paris. At the exhibition, Parisian gallery owner Marcel Zerbib released... Read More
Cover of Other Ideas

Other Ideas

By Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1969.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This seemingly insignificant, slim volume is the catalog for a groundbreaking exhibition curated by Sam Wagstaff at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A renowned curator and collector, Wagstaff is best known as the benefactor of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and poet-musician Patti Smith. Other Ideas, one of the earliest group shows for some of the foremost avant-garde artists of the 1960s and 70s, such as Linda Benglis, Dan Flavin, and Nam June Paik, earned Wagstaff a reputation as "one of the most innovative curators in Detroit's history," according to Patricia Morrisroe, in her... Read More
Paul McCarthy's Lowlife Slowlife Tidebox Tidebook - catalog and replica Tide detergent box

Paul McCarthy's Lowlife Slowlife

By Paul McCarthy. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2010.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This catalog was published in conjunction with the two-part exhibition “Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life,” curated by the artist, which took place at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts from 2008-2009. Packaged as a recreation of a vintage Tide detergent box circa 1973, this publication was designed by McCarthy to serve as an extension of the show and as an artwork in itself. The 640-page tome documents the exhibition, offering a unique survey of McCarthy’s career through an archive of ephemera and artwork... Read More
Picasso's inscription to Joe [Hirshhorn], signature, date, and full-page doodle of a face

Picasso

By Jean Cassou. Paris: Hyperion, c1946.
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Joseph H. Hirshhorn, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was an avid collector and supporter of Picasso. The two became friends after being introduced by photographer Edward Steichen. The Hirshorn Library’s copy of Picasso, by art critic Jean Cassou, is inscribed in ink by Picasso on the half-title, “Pour Joe Hirshhorn, son ami Picasso, le 25-7-69,” and includes a full-page original Picasso sketch of a bearded man with curly hair and a wavy hat. An acquisition note is handwritten in pencil on the gutter of the verso of the title page... Read More
Picasso, by Keith Sutton, original Picasso doodle signed, dated, and inscribed to Joseph Hirshhorn

Picasso

By Pablo Picasso. New York: Marboro Books, c1962.
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Joseph H. Hirshhorn, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was an avid collector and supporter of Picasso. The two became friends after being introduced by photographer Edward Steichen. The original dark purple cloth publisher's binding of this monograph is embossed with a gold gilt facsimile of Picasso’s signature. Picasso’s real signature is inside the Hirshhorn Library’s copy. On the front free endpaper, there is an inscription: “Pour Joe Hirshhorn, Picasso, le 25-7-69”, plus a small, original Picasso sketch of a bearded man with... Read More
2 statements by Pablo Picasso, cover

Picasso, 2 Statements;

By Pablo Picasso. New York, Los Angeles: Merle Armitage, 1936.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Although the yellow cover of this book may appear unassuming, Picasso, 2 Statements is nothing less than a delightful junction of four different artists. As the title implies, the content of the book is based around two short essays by Pablo Picasso from the early 1930s. The essays are further supplemented by prominent graphic design artist Merle Armitage’s analysis of the writing. Armitage played a critical role in Picasso, 2 Statements as he not only wrote the commentary, but is also the publisher and designer of the book and typography. Armitage is considered one of the... Read More
Picasso: 19 Plats en Argent, cover

Picasso: 19 Plats en Argent

By Francois Hugo. Paris: Imprimerie Union, 1977.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

One of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Picasso is often remembered for his cubist paintings, but he continued to experiment with new styles and materials throughout his life. During the 1950s and 1960s, Picasso commissioned Francois Hugo, great-grandson of French writer Victor Hugo, to execute a series of plates, dishes, and medallions in gold and silver. The plates were modeled after Picasso’s original ceramics designs.... Read More

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