The Georgia Museum of Art is pleased to offer catalogues that chronicle its exhibition history. These publications effectively incorporate illustrations of remarkable quality, insightful biographies of featured artists, scholarly essays by noted art historians and critics, historical perspectives on exhibited works and checklists of the works as they appeared at the Georgia Museum of Art. The museum also regularly publishes scholarly works unrelated to exhibitions, such as its publication of the papers delivered at the biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, and its publication of papers from the biennial Trecento Symposium.
The museum has won awards for its publications from the American Association of Museums, College Art Association, Southeastern Museums Conference, Southeastern College Art Conference, Independent Publishers Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Foreword Book Awards, Costume Society of America and the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America. It serves as its own imprint.
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List of Publications
Richard Hunt: Synthesis
This exhibition catalogue focuses on formative periods in the career of American sculptor Richard Hunt, whose 130-plus public commissions in more than 24 states have made him a legendary figure in modern and contemporary sculpture. Hunt, whose career has spanned six decades, has also been a formidable presence in redefining the role of public sculpture in the late 20th and early 21st century. His parallel studio career shows his experimentation with a variety of media, methods and formal considerations, but has been underexplored critically as an essential aspect of his later success. The catalogue features full-color full-page illustrations of every work in the exhibition, including welded and cast sculpture dating from the 1950s to the present, models he made after his transition to large-scale public commissions in the late 1960s and lithographs and other works on paper. Curator Shawnya Harris supplies a long essay. The book also includes a detailed chronology of Hunt s career and historic photos.
Publishing Date: October 2018
120 pages; $40
Vernacular Modernism: The Photography of Doris Ulmann
This is the first complete retrospective of the work of photographer Doris Ulmann (1882 – 1934), treating the full scope of her production, including her early pictorialist photographs, her studio portrait production, her focus on the rural craftsmen and women of Appalachia and her work on the African American and Gullah communities of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
Ulmann created studio portraits in her native New York of literary and artistic celebrities but also traveled to Appalachia, the rural South and the Gullah coastal region to photograph locals and their crafts. Because of her variety of subjects, her work is difficult to categorize, but it has elements of pictorialism (fine art photography that often blurred its subjects to emphasize atmosphere) and documentary photography. It focuses on preservation of the American past and shows an interest in some of modernism’s concerns: a priority on form, sharper tonal contrast and quality of line, and unmanipulated prints.
Publishing Date: August 2018
200 pages; $50
Bloom Where You're Planted: The Collection of Deen Day Sanders
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art from May 19 to July 29, 2018. Drawn from one of the most important Georgia-based collections of American art, the catalogue features furniture and porcelain as well as paintings in a unique opportunity to see the exceptional collection from Bellmere, the home of Jim and Deen Day Sanders. Essays discuss a wide range of topics including the American West, depictions of reading in late 19th and early 20th century portraiture, creating a home out of the best decorative arts, and interpretations of Florida flora and fauna in an Ernest Lawson painting. The authors of this collection are diverse and include conservation botanist Linda Chafin, State Botanical Garden of Georgia special events coordinator Connie Cottingham, curator of decorative arts Dale L. Couch, director William U. Eiland, curator of American art Sarah Kate Gillespie, associate professor of language and literacy education Jennifer Graff, curator of American paintings Donald D. Keyes, associate professor of history Akela Reason, graduate student Courtney Shimek, and former president of the Friends of the State Botanical Garden Mike Sikes.
Publishing Date: May 2018
136 pages; $50 (hardcover)
Clinton Hill was a multitalented artist who was a Renaissance man of the abstract. Neither cubist, futurist, minimalist, abstractionist, or constructivist, he was all at once. This book and the exhibition it accompanies (on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia January 6 March 19, 2018) constitute a survey of his career, from printmaker to painter, from pulp-paper pioneer to lyrical wall constructions. Hill s biographer Susan Larsen referred to his effortless fluency of craft, from which his distinctive visual vocabulary takes voice and which these works demonstrate. William U. Eiland is the curator of the exhibition, the author of this book, and the director of the Georgia Museum of Art.
Publishing Date: April 2018
124 pages; $40 (softcover)
Folk and Folks: Variations on the Vernacular: The 8th Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts
This volume includes the following papers delivered at the 8th Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, held Feb. 1-3, 2016: The Story of Southern, in Pictures by Robert M. Hicklin Jr.; The Illusive Miss Cox: A Search for the Identity of a Clarke County Portrait by Laura Pass Barry; Woman in a Man's World: Louise DuBose and the Battleship Georgia Silver by Deborah Prosser; Starrs and Stripes: Georgia Silver and Southern Filibusters by Caroline G. Rainey; John Abbot: Early Georgia s Naturalist Artist by Beth Fowkes Tobin; 'Received . . . in a Most Friendly Manner': Moravians in Georgia by Johanna Metzgar Brown; Mary Jane Smithey's Memorial Embroidery by Kathleen Staples; The Creolized Kitchen: Interpreting the Life of a Catawba Indian-Made Pan from Urban Charleston, 1800 1830 by Kelly Sharp; A Masked Tradition: British Porcelain and Georgia Folk Pottery by Joseph D. Litts; Wedding Jug or Flower Vase: A Stoneware Vessel Explored by Suzanne Findlen Hood; Religion, Land, and Cultural Tradition: Johannes Spitler of the Shenandoah Valley, 1790 1809 by Elizabeth A. Davison; 'The Tree of Life, My Soul Hath Seen : Painted Dower Chests in Walton County, Georgia by Sumpter Priddy III; Under Continental Influences: Current Research into the Long-Block Group of Georgia Furniture by Dale L. Couch and Joseph D. Litts; as well as a foreword by museum director William Underwood Eiland and acknowledgments and a focus on a recent acqusition by Dale L. Couch, curator, Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts. Full-color illustrations throughout.
Publishing Date: February 2018
216 pages; $30 (softcover)
Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia
For more than a century, the University of Georgia has provided students with opportunities to study craft particularly textiles, metals and ceramics. This book (which accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the museum February 1 April 29, 2018) tells the story of a small department that began in home economics under the direction of women interested in practical applications of art and design, and now exists in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences as the Lamar Dodd School of Art, named for its long-time director. It features work by more than 30 faculty members who contributed to craft education at UGA (including Earl McCutchen, Frances Stewart Higgins, Glen Kaufman, Robert Ebendorf, Gary Noffke, Ron Meyers, Andy Nasisse and Ed Lambert). Through their work, it traces the history of studio craft in the United States and the cultural forces that shaped it. Authors Ashley Callahan, Annelies Mondi and Mary Hallam Pearse contribute nine chapters that trace the history of the program from the 1920s to the present, copiously illustrated in color.
Publishing Date: February 2018
372 pages; $40
Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris
This book accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art September 30 December 10, 2017. Louise Blair Daura is an understudied figure whose work and life provide a window into the artistic milieu of her time, especially the challenges faced by women artists. Her career as an exhibiting artist was short (roughly 1928 1932), and this exhibition and book are the first attempt by a museum to examine it. The daughter of banker and manufacturer Lewis Harvie Blair and Martha (Mattie) Ruffin Feild, Louise was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1905. In Paris in 1928, she married her art teacher, the Catalan painter Pierre Daura, who co-founded the abstractionist group Cercle et Carre. She was a keen and witty observer of her time, and her letters home to family offer insights on everything from the daily life of an American in Paris to the studio practice and personalities of many of her husband s colleagues. This exhibition catalogue features all of her known works of art (reproduced in color), her letters from France to her family between 1928 and 1930, and essays by curator Lynn Boland and Catherine Dossin, associate professor of art history at Purdue University.
Publishing Date: September 2017
364 pages; $60
Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design
"Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design" accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art June 10 September 17, 2017. Authored by Perri Lee Roberts, University of Miami, who also served as guest curator of the exhibition, it examines the Italian architect and designer's work from the 1920s to the 1950s. It illustrates every object in the exhibition, from Ponti's early work designing Richard-Ginori ceramics to his collaborations with Paolo De Poli and Piero Fornasetti on furniture and decor. In addition, the Ponti Archives supplied many vintage photographs and sketches for the publication. Roberts builds a case for Ponti as a modern renaissance man, who drew on the past at the same time that he pushed for modern manufacturing and always believed in design that balanced equilibrium, harmony, clarity and beauty.
Publishing Date: June 2017
128 pages; $50 (hardcover)
Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art January 28 May 7, 2017. It showcases 58 works in Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson's collection of art by African Americans, with full-page color images of each work in the exhibition. Dr. Shawnya L. Harris contributes an overview of the Thompsons' commitment to art collecting and discusses the shifting artistic and political landscape for African American artists found in their collection. Artists featured include Amalia Amaki, Kara Walker, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, Charles Ethan Porter, Norman Lewis, Stefanie Jackson, Bob Blackburn, Archibald Motley, Howardena Pindell, and Mildred Thompson. The book also includes essays by David C. Driskell and Brenda Thompson, a foreword by director William U. Eiland and artist's biographies.
Publishing Date: January 2017
168 pages; $40 (hardcover)
Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects
Highlighting a private collection on long-term loan that is also a promised gift to the Georgia Museum of Art, this catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on display at the museum September 3 to December 31, 2016. The House of Romanov ruled imperial Russia for 300 years, until the Russian Revolution, in 1917, which replaced the tsars with a Communist government. The court created elaborate gifts for military leaders, attendants, noble families, and others, as part of a system of patronage that helped it maintain its power. Those gifts make up this display, which includes such treasures as the personal cigar box of Alexander II commemorating his coronation, and diamond-encrusted brooches worn by ladies of the court. The catalogue also includes full-color illustrations of medals, badges and awards of all the Russian Imperial Orders of Chivalry, ceremonial swords, armor, helmets, and an intricately designed silver trophy from the Crimean War, among many other items. Assembled by a single private collector, the collection has been virtually unknown for decades. Curator Asen Kirin, professor of art history at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, has selected nearly 200 objects to introduce the collection and its presence at the museum, which will promote its study in years to come.
Publishing Date: December 2016
204 pages; $55 (hardcover)
Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art Sept. 17-Dec. 11, 2016. It includes essays by curator of American art Sarah Kate Gillespie on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of modernity and on photography of the bridge, by Janice Simon on images of the bridge in the popular press, by Meredith Ward on John Marin's renderings of the bridge and by Kimberly Orcutt on Joseph Stella's paintings of the structure. All images in the exhibition are reproduced full page in full-color and many supplementary images flesh out the discussions. Full-color images; slipcase; two ribbon markers. Winner of the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Art.
Publishing Date: September 2016
126 pages; $55 (hardcover)
Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana
Featuring a wide range of works by 60 different artists who have collaborated with the Mixografia workshop, this catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name. "Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana" offers an engaging survey of international contemporary art including works by John Baldessari, Frank Stella and Louise Bourgeois and some of its modernist precedents, framed within the compelling history of this important printmaking and multiples workshop. Since its inception, the workshop has helped artists to realize their visions through processes and styles unique to each artist. At the same time, while they take countless forms, they are unmistakably Mixografia. Full-color images; debossed front cover in black.
Publishing Date: June 2016
260 pages; $60 (hardcover)
Turned and Sculpted: Wood Art from the Collection of Arthur and Jane Mason
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art May 14 August 7, 2016. Drawn from the donations of wood art Arthur and Jane Mason have made to the museum's collection, it provides the Masons' insights on the work they have gathered over the years. They have grown close to many artists, and in these pages they share personal anecdotes as well as their thoughts on building a collection and their appreciation for the forms woodturners create. Full-page color illustrations show the beauty and complexity of these objects, labored over by some of the most important names in the field.
Publishing Date: May 2016
64 pages; $15 (softcover)
Cherokee Basketry: Woven Culture
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art from January 23 through April 17, 2016, and organized by co-curators Dale L. Couch, Mary C. Scales English, and Janice Simon. All 45 objects in the exhibition (mostly baskets but also a scarf designed by Georgian Frankie Welch that pictures the Cherokee syllabary and a slat-back chair with a woven seat) are illustrated in full color. Essays by Couch, Scales English, Simon and contributor Joseph Litts flesh out different aspects of these baskets, adding anthropological and collecting insights.
Publishing Date: February 2016
48 pages; $12 (softcover)
Connections: Georgia in the World: The Seventh Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts
This volume includes the following papers delivered at the seventh Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2014: "Revealing Georgia: Viewing the Cultural Landscape through Prints and Maps," by Margaret Beck Pritchard; "Utilitarian Earthenware in the Ebenezer Settlement, Effingham County, Georgia," by Daniel T. Elliott; "Worldly Goods for a Chosen People: The Material Culture of Savannah s Colonial Jewish Community," by Daniel Kurt Ackermann; "Considerations of William Verelst s 'The Common Council of Georgia Receiving the Indian Chiefs,' 1734 36," by Kathleen Staples; "Materiality in the Gullah Geechee Culture: The Kitchen in the Heart of the Story," by Althea Sumpter; "Colonial South Carolina Indigo: Red, White, and Black Made Blue," by Andrea Feeser; "Scarf and Dress Designs by Frankie Welch: Highlighting Georgia Through Her Americana," by Ashley Callahan; "Georgia's Textile Connections: Imports, Homespun and Industry," by Madelyn Shaw; "Weaving History: The Yeoman, the Slave, the Coverlet," by Susan Falls and Jessica R. Smith; "Capitalism and Revolution: A Staffordshire Mug and Its Anti-Monarchial Message," by Lauren Word; "Sumptuous Goods: The McKinne-Whitehead-Rowland Collection at the Georgia Museum of Art," by Julia N. Jackson; "Valley View: Reflecting on a Place, Its People, and Its Furnishings," by Maryellen Higginbotham; "Mexican Silver in an Antebellum Georgia Household," by Carolyn Shuler; "From London to Shanghai, 1780 1920: How Five Generations of Yonges and Brownes Brought Their Silver to Columbus, Georgia," by Sandra Strother Hudson; and "Shopping from London to Naples for a Future Country Palace in Macon: William and Anne Tracy Johnston on the Grand Tour, 1851 1854," by Jonathan H. Poston, as well as a foreword by museum director William Underwood Eiland and acknowledgments and a focus on a recent acqusition by Dale L. Couch, curator, Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts. Full-color illustrations throughout.
Publishing Date: February 2016
224 pages; $30
Georgia's Girlhood Embroidery: "Crowned with Glory and Immortality"
This fully illustrated catalogue by independent scholar and guest curator Kathleen Staples accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Georgia Museum of Art from October 31, 2015 to February 28, 2016. Georgia's Girlhood Embroidery: "Crowned with Glory and Immortality" is the first comprehensive exhibition to focus on colonial and antebellum girlhood embroideries created either in Georgia or by Georgians. These embroideries, also known as samplers, include rows of alphabets, quotations in prose and verse, images of architecture and embellished floral borders. Needlework took place in many different settings: public and private, elective and required, urban and rural. In Georgia's Girlhood Embroidery, Staples takes readers into the lives of the young sampler makers and brings to light the history of feminine skills and girlhood education in the state. The catalogue includes twenty-two samplers from public and private collections, including those of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), the Midway Museum, the Charleston Museum, Telfair Museums, St. Vincent's Academy of Savannah, Georgia, and the President James K. Polk Home and Museum.
Publishing Date: December 2015
182 pages; $20 (softcover)
El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art June 13-Sept. 13, 2015. It includes full-color images of every work in the exhibition and many supplementary works produced by the Mexican printmaking workshop, as well as essays by Deborah Caplow, Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Helga Prignitz-Poda, collector Michael T. Ricker, Arturo García Bustos and Pablo Méndez, each addressing a different aspect of the workshop. Catalogue entries provide more information on the individual works. It is the most comprehensive and most completely illustrated publication on the workshop and is an essential reference work as well as a handsome publication for the layperson.
Publishing Date: June 2015
476 pages; $85 (hardcover)
Chaos & Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda
This exhibition catalogue, with an extensive essay by curator Laura Valeri that makes use of the artist's papers and archival materials, focuses on the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927-2007), in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name (Feb. 14-May 10, 2015) at the Georgia Museum of Art. Working meticulously in a variety of media such as India ink and wax, acrylic paint and innumerable collage materials from candy wrappers to corrugated cardboard, Lerda created abstract works that are at once playful and cerebral. Valeri investigates his symbolic language (e.g., kites, merry-go-round cities), lays out his biography and contextualizes his work. This is the first catalogue in English on Lerda's work and reproduces in full-page color all 38 works in the exhibition.
Publishing Date: February 2015
96 pages; $15 (softcover)
A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer
This catalogue documents the collaborative exhibition of work by photographer Jim Fiscus and graphic designer Chris Bilheimer, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art Dec. 13, 2014 - March 8, 2015. In addition to their large scale, the photographs it includes are distinguished by various overlay treatments. All the work on this project took place on the Hill, a neighborhood in Athens, Ga., between the end of 2009 and fall 2010. Fiscus is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer whose clients include Levis, Guinness, HBO, Nike, Coca-Cola and ESPN. Bilheimer is a Grammy-nominated graphic artist who has designed packaging for R.E.M, Green Day and Nirvana, among many others. This collaboration is the result of their personal friendship and time together in Athens. Asen Kirin, guest curator, supplied an essay analyzing the work for the catalogue, which reproduces all the works in color and was designed by Bilheimer.
Publishing Date: December 2014
48 pages; $10 (softcover)
Pierre Daura (1896-1987): Picturing Attachments
This catalogue accompanies the first exhibition devoted to the many works that the Catalan-American painter Pierre Daura created throughout his career in response to his personal relationships. His courtship, his marriage to an American, the birth of his daughter Martha, his family's home life in St. Cirq-La-Popie, his service in the Spanish Civil War, his exile to the United States during World War II and his wife's illness and death represent events to which Daura responded with deeply personal images that can be counted among his most beautiful, original and moving works, whether on paper, canvas or wood. The text was written by Dr. Adelheid Gealt, director of the Indiana University Art Museum and professor of fine arts at Indiana University, and the catalogue is published by the Georgia Museum of Art. Research was supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Daura Foundation and IU's New Frontiers grant program. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are dedicated to Thomas W. Mapp and Andrew W. Ladis.
Publishing Date: October 2014
136 pages; $50 (hardcover)