Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision
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
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)
2013 Carnegie International
A major exhibition of new international art, the 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art also encompassed an experimental playground project, a display and examination of the museum’s permanent collection of postwar art, and a pioneering engagement with the city of Pittsburgh. Organized by the curatorial team of Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, the catalogue provides rich background and lavish illustrations on each of the exhibition’s components—including an expanded artist section that features original interviews and in-depth texts on works by 35 artists from 19 countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East: Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Phyllida Barlow, Yael Bartana, Sadie Benning, Bidoun Library, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vincent Fecteau, Rodney Graham, Guo Fengyi, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, He An, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, Pedro Reyes, Kamran Shirdel, Gabriel Sierra, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld, Mladen Stilinovi, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor, Tezuka Architects, Transformazium, Erika Verzutti, and Joseph Yoakum.
Edited by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski, and with text by Amanda Donnan, Lauren Wetmore, Gabriela Burkhalter, and Robert Bailey. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, October 5, 2013 to March 16, 2014.
2013; softcover; 356 pages; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-056-9
White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes
Spanning four continents and six countries, this book introduces “new art landscapes” that fuse architecture, found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation. Through words and pictures, readers explore six institutions—Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, USA; Stiftung Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany; Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan; Instituto Inhotim, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Jardín Botánico de Culiacán, Mexico; and Grand Traiano Art Complex, Grottaferrata, Italy—dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. Integrating vegetation and nonlinear sequences of spaces, the sites offer multiple experiences enticing the visitor to circulate between and within buildings. Architects under consideration include such established masters as Tadao Ando and Álvaro Siza Vieira as well as emerging practices such as Tatiana Bilbao and Johnston Marklee.
Edited by Raymund Ryan, with photographs by Iwan Baan and texts by Brian O’Doherty and Marc Treib. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, September 22, 2012 to January 13, 2013.
2012; hardcover; 120 pages; available from University of California Press; ISBN 978-0-520-27440-2
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Collection Highlights
Carnegie Museum of Art’s impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, prints, and works on paper has never before been presented as a group. More than simply a selection of highlights, this handbook weaves together objects from the collection to tell the stories of these innovative movements and the groundbreaking artists behind them, including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Matisse. More than 75 entries exploring nearly 100 objects are punctuated by brief artist biographies that highlight themes of friendship, influence, and artistic exchange. Close visual analyses are supplemented by contextual illustrations to illuminate the place of these masterworks within the lager story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Particularly rich holdings of works by Bonnard, Cassatt, Degas, and Pissarro allow for an examination of the development of their art across media and over time.
Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, May 12 to August 26, 2012.
2012; softcover; 178 pages with 149 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-054-5