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Lucas Samaras: Gold, cover

Lucas Samaras: Gold

By Lucas Samaras. New York: PaceWildenstein, c1998.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Cover of Max Ernst, fragments of Capricorn and other sculpture

Max Ernst, Fragments of Capricorn and Other Sculpture

By Max Ernst. New York, N.Y.: Arnold Herstand and Company, 1984.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Max Ernst was one of the most prolific and original artists of the 20th century. After marrying American artist Dorothea Tanning in 1946, the couple moved to Sedona, Arizona, where they lived until 1953. It was in Sedona that Ernst completed his monumental masterpiece Capricorn. Originally constructed in cement from castings of milk bottles, automobile springs, and other cast offs, the free-standing sculpture was situated opposite the house Ernst built by hand on Brewer Road. (The sculpture was reworked in 1964 and cast in bronze, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art,... 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, 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
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
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
Picasso's inscription to Joe [Hirshhorn], signature, date, and doodle of a face

Picasso: Forty Years of his Art

By Museum of Modern Art . New York: Museum of Modern Art , 1939.
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 Pablo Picasso. The two became friends after being introduced by photographer Edward Steichen. The Hirshhorn Library’s copy of the exhibition catalog Picasso: Forty Years of his Art has an inscription by Picasso: "Pour Joe [Hirshhorn], Picasso, 25-7-69," which is accompanied by an original Picasso doodle of a face. Hirshhorn’s personal bookplate can be found inside the front cover. An acquisition note is handwritten in pencil on the... Read More

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