Row of book spines of recent CMOA publications.

Museum Publications

Michael Williams

Book cover with title Michael Williams

Over the last 10 years, Los Angeles–based Michael Williams has created paintings known for their layered imagery, eye-popping color, and use of airbrushing and inkjet printing. His large-scale works begin as drawings either on paper or on the computer screen before they are printed or transferred to canvas and then embellished with oil paint. Williams’s narrative content reveals a dark sense of humor about everyday life, often exploring the role of the painter as observer. Wickedly funny allegories merge with abstract painting as free-form amoebic shapes frequently fill the entirety of his canvases. The resulting paintings offer a dense and absorbing terrain of color and form.

Michael Williams is published to accompany the artist’s first US solo museum exhibition, at Carnegie Museum of Art (April 20 to August 27, 2017), where he presents a new body of his large-scale paintings as well as drawings that mix collage and free-associative mark-making.

2017; softcover; 112 pages with 81 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-8803-9058-3

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium

Book cover with text Helio Oiticica to Organize Delirium

Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980) created art that reawakens us to our bodies, our senses, our feelings about being in the world. Accompanying the first full US retrospective of the Brazilian artist in over two decades, this volume captures the excitement, complexity, and performative nature of Oiticica’s art. Thoroughly exploring Oiticica’s most acclaimed works, such as the Parangolés and his groundbreaking installation Tropicália, this book also examines his involvement with music and literature, and his response to politics and the social environment in Brazil. From his immersion in 1960s counterculture to his life in New York City and final return to Rio de Janeiro, this catalogue charts the development of an utterly original talent whose work is both provocative and enduring.

Accompanied an exhibition co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (October 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017); The Art Institute of Chicago (February 19 to May 7, 2017); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (July 14 to October 1, 2017). Exhibition organized by Lynn Zelevansky, Elisabeth Sussman, James Rondeau, and Donna De Salvo, with Anna Katherine Brodbeck. Contributions by Martha Scott Burton, Frederico Coelho, Max Hinderer Cruz, Sérgio B. Martins, Adele Nelson, Irene Small, and Guilherme Wisnik.

2016; hardcover and softcover; 320 pages with 310 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-6659-3 (hardcover); ISBN 978-3-7913-6660-9 (softcover)

Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk

Book cover with text that reads Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Monk

Accompanying the first monographic museum exhibition of his life and work, this catalogue situates Peter Muller-Munk (1904–1967), a German-American émigré, as one of the most influential designers of his generation. It presents the untold story of his meteoric rise as a silversmith of luxury objects in New York, to a professorship in the first industrial design baccalaureate program in America at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, to his establishment of a prominent American design consultancy: Peter Muller-Munk Associates (PMMA). Alongside Muller-Munk’s well-known Normandie Pitcher and the Waring Blendor are his revelatory designs for products such as cameras, radios, power tools, and refrigerators, as well as total environments for gas stations, international expositions, and mass-transit vehicles, for prestigious clients that included Bell & Howell, Westinghouse, US Steel, Texaco, and Schick.

2015; hardcover; 9 × 11 inches; 208 pages with 171 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5463-7

Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision

Cover of Auto Body Collision book

Using photography as a language, Shannon Ebner (born 1971) examines the signs, symbols, letters, words and graphical icons we encounter in the world. Auto Body Collision documents Ebner’s most recent ongoing project.  Since 2014, Ebner has been collecting language taken from signs, seeking out repetitions of terms such as “Auto Body Collision” and “Automotive.” In dissecting found language and coupling it with her own, she establishes connections between the terms “auto,” “body,” “motive” and “collision.” The themes of Ebner’s new work include the circulatory and the network, performance and its relationship to the body, and collision, in terms both literal and conceptual.

Auto Body Collision, designed in collaboration with the artist, includes more than 150 never-before-published photographs, as well as essays by Alex Klein, Tina Kukielski, and Mark Owens.

This publication is a commission of Orphaned Images, a project within Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, curated by Tina Kukielski and Alex Klein.

2015; softcover; 272 pages with 176 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-057-6

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals

Book cover with photographs of men walking with title Storyteller Duane Michals

A self-taught photographer, Duane Michals broke away from established traditions of the medium during the 1960s. His messages and poems inscribed on the photographs, and his visual stories created through multiple images, defied the principles of the reigning practitioners of the form. Indeed, Michals considers himself as much a storyteller as a photographer.

Accompanying a major traveling retrospective of his work, this book features Michals’s best-known early sequences, The Spirit Leaves the Body, Paradise Regained, and Chance Meeting—as well as works from later in his career such as Who is Sidney Sherman? and The Bewitched Bee. Penetrating essays situate Michals within the history of 20th-century photography, explore the artist’s images of sexual identity and sensuality, examine his legacy today, and address the childlike aspects of his work. This volume of more than 75 original works will thrill Duane Michals aficionados, while introducing new viewers to an innovative artist who redefined the role of the photograph in artistic expression.

By Linda Benedict-Jones with contributions by Allen Ellenzweig, Marah Gubar, Adam Ryan, and Aaron Schuman. Accompanied a retrospective at Carnegie Museum of Art, November 2014 to February 2015; and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, March to June 2015.

Named by TIME Magazine and The Daily Beast as one of the top coffee table books of 2014!

2014; softcover and hardcover; 240 pages with 285 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5370-8 (hardcover), 978-3-7913-6542-8 (softcover)