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Museum Publications

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty

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From the Russian court to the mountains of Tibet, and from the laboratories of Pittsburgh to the salons of Park Avenue, the extraordinary career of the artist and entomologist Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949) has never been surveyed in its entirety. Avinoff created a rich body of effusive, fantastical, Symbolist watercolor paintings that express yearnings both mystical and homoerotic, exploding beyond the strictures of his equally esteemed entomological research (“I bow to scientific fact until five o’clock,” he once declared. “After that I may have other ideas”). Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty accompanies the first exhibition devoted to this visionary in more than 50 years. Incorporating botanical illustrations, Symbolist watercolors, apocalyptic scenes, dance subjects, and homoerotic drawings (many of which the artist made for his friend Alfred Kinsey), author and curator Louise Lippincott elaborates the work through Avinoff’s identity as a gay man and situates him firmly within the culture of Russia’s bountiful Silver Age.

Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, February 26 to August 28, 2011.

2011; 104 pages with 80 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-053-8

Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective

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An American sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Paul Thek (1933–1988) is primarily known for hyper-realistic works of human body parts executed in fleshlike beeswax and for his strongly symbolic, room-size installations constructed from transitory materials. A major figure on the 1960s New York art scene, Thek also spent time in Europe, where he paved the way for artists adopting collaborative strategies. Published to accompany Thek’s first retrospective in the United States, this landmark publication includes nearly 300 chronologically arranged illustrations of sculptures, paintings, prints, and other works featured in the exhibition as well as four special in-depth image sections focusing on key installations, projects, and pages from the artists journals. An extensive selection of documentary photographs, many never before published, illuminate Thek’s artistic aesthetic and production process. This overdue acknowledgment of Thek’s brief but broad-reaching career will be the authoritative volume on the artist for years to come.

Co-authored by Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky. Accompanied exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 21, 2010–January 9, 2011; Carnegie Museum of Art, February 5–May 1, 2010; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May 22–September 4, 2011.

2010; hardcover; 304 pages with 316 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Yale University Press; ISBN 978-0-300-16595-1

Decorative Arts and Design Collection Highlights

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Carnegie Museum of Art is renowned for its collection of decorative arts and design objects. This handbook presents, for the first time, the collection’s highlights, from early porcelain to Arts and Crafts furniture to contemporary turned wood. More than 100 illustrated entries detail almost 200 European and American objects from 1700 to the present. Included are ceramics, furniture, metalwork, and glass by noteworthy designers and manufacturers, such as Meissen, Tiffany, Herter Brothers, Marcel Breuer, Peter Voulkos, and Ron Arad. Also featured are the museum’s important holdings of early Western Pennsylvania furniture, innovatively designed chairs, and contemporary glass and aluminum objects.

Published to mark the grand opening of the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, Carnegie Museum of Art, November 21, 2009.

Winner, 2011 Print Regional Design Annual, East

Softcover; 224 pages; 244 color illustrations. Available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-052-1

Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century

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This volume presents more than 1,000 exemplary 20th-century Japanese woodblock prints from the collection of Carnegie Museum of Art. Taken together, the collection reflects the stylistic movements, aesthetic directions, and historic changes of the past century. There is particular emphasis on two significant movements: sōsaku-hanga (creative prints), represented by in-depth selections by Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Onchi Kōshirō and Munakata Shikō; and shin-hanga (new prints), with works by Kawase Hasui and Hashiguchi Goyō.

The museum also possesses several complete series of prints produced in such limited numbers that they are rarely seen today, including the One Hundred Views of New Tokyo, created between 1929 and 1932. An essay on the history and significance of the collection provides a brief introduction to Japanese printmaking in the 20th century, making this illustrated guide an invaluable reference for researchers, curators, collectors, and general enthusiasts of Japanese art.

Softcover; 200 pages; 1050 color illustrations. Available from the CMOA Design Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-049-1

Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International

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This cutting-edge volume gathers together a rich array of images and writings on the 40 artists from around the globe featured in Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International. Curator Douglas Fogle provides an essay on the exhibition’s theme: the important—but continually perplexing—question of what it means to be human in the world today. In addition to essays by Daniel Birnbaum, Richard Flood, Eungie Joo, and Chus Martinez, the catalogue includes entries on each of the featured artists and writings by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Ryan Gander, Thomas Hirschhorn, Matthew Monahan, Rivane Neuenschwander, Thomas Schütte, Andro Wekua, and Haegue Yang. The innovative book design by COMA continues the tradition of graphic experimentation in International catalogues.

Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, May 3, 2008­ to January 19, 2009.

Hardcover; 440 pages; 168 color illustrations. Available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-051-4