Since the 1980s, many Chinese artists have experimented with a range of unconventional materials. Their works—in plastic, paper, silk, ash, and tobacco—form a major trend in Chinese art. The Allure of Matter offers the first serious consideration of these groundbreaking material explorations, coining the term Material Art to describe works that use “matter” itself as the primary vehicle of investigation and expression. The book contains four essays, the profiles of twenty-five artists, and corresponding color images.
By Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione, with essays by Christine Mehring and Trevor Smith and additional entries by Susanna Ferrell, Wan Kong, Simone Levine, and Nancy P. Lin.
The groundbreaking 2015 exhibition Art AIDS America, and the accompanying book, revealed the deep and unforgettable impact that HIV/AIDS had on American art from the early 1980s to the present. The national tour of the exhibit concluded its run at the Alphawood Gallery in Chicago, which had been founded in part to give the exhibition a Midwest venue.
The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi is one of India’s most influential architects, renowned for his harmonious designs that merge the formal language of classical modernism with Indian building traditions and local craft skills. Always designed with a sensitivity to the social, environmental and economic conditions of a given commission or site, Doshi’s architecture honors the past while at the same time accommodating the rapidly changing conditions and needs of modern India. Doshi has designed more than 100 buildings―educational and cultural institutions, public buildings, private residences and low-income housing projects among them―and has taught scores of students over the course of his 60-year career, a career distinguished by a sense of responsibility and dedication to the country and communities he has served.
John Vinci: Life and Landmarks is the first authoritative survey of the life and work of one of Chicago’s most acclaimed architects and preservationists. Long awaited by scholars as well as by architecture aficionados, John Vinci provides an intimate look at an architect whose portfolio spans half a century and includes the restoration of some of the city’s most important historic structures as well as numerous award-winning original projects.
In Louis Sullivan’s Idea, Chicago architectural historian Tim Samuelson and artist/writer Chris Ware present Sullivan’s commitment to his discipline of thought as the guiding force behind his work, and this collection of photographs, original documentation, and drawings all date from the period of Sullivan’s life, 1856-1924. That many rarely or have never seen before. The book includes a full-size foldout facsimile reproduction of Louis Sullivan’s last architectural commission and the only surviving working drawing done in his own hand.
For six months in 1961, Richard Nickel, John Vinci, and David Norris salvaged the interior and exterior ornamentation of the Garrick Theater, Adler & Sullivan’s magnificent architectural masterpiece in Chicago’s theater district. The building was replace by a parking garage, and it’s demolition ignited the historic preservation movement in Chicago. The Garrick (originally the Schiller Building) was built in 1892 and featured elaborate embellishments, especially in its theater and exterior, including the ornamentation and colorful decorative stenciling that would become hallmarks of Louis Sullivan’s career. Reconstructing the Garrick documents the enormous salvaging job undertaken to preserve elements of the building’s design, but also presents the full life story of the Garrick, featuring history and architectural photographs, essays by prominent architectural and art historians, interviews, drawings, ephemera from throughout it’s lively history and details of its remarkable ornamentation – a significant resource and compelling tribute to one of Chicago’s finest lost buildings. A seventy-two page facsimile of Richard Nickel’s salvage workbook is tipped into the binding.
The exhibition Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life is accompanied by a major publication on the artist. This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume celebrates the life and work of one of Greece’s greatest painters. The book includes essays by Evgenios D. Matthiopoulos and Dorota Sajewska, as well as “Poems 1934–1937” by Yannis Tsarouchis, translated by Daphne Kapsali.
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