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Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel

"Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel" represents a project that started decades ago. Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, photographer Jerry Siegel has spent years documenting his hometown and the surrounding area. More than 60 color photographs, including seven fold-out panoramas, set forth the unique cultural landscape of that area, known as the Black Belt. William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art and a fellow native of the region, writes, “These photographs speak of deep attachment, of reasoned critique, of the vagaries of memory. . . . He has stories to tell, a time and place to document and plenty of territory to cover in doing so. He does so with color and light and structure in photographs that are as evocative as they are subtle.” "Black Belt Color" includes an essay by Eiland, a short essay by the late Mary Ward Brown and an interview with Siegel, as well as the images.

Hardcover; 123 pp.; $30
ISBN: 978-1-946657-00-8
Published: May 2017

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Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design

"Modern Living: Giò 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.

Hardcover; 128 pp.; $50
ISBN: 978-1-946657-01-5
Published: June 2017

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Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris

"Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris" 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 Carré. 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.

Hardcover; 364 pp.; $60
ISBN: 978-1-946657-02-2
Published: September 2017

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Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft

"Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft" accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art September 30 – December 10, 2017. Like many decorative arts in Georgia, gunsmithing has been overlooked except by a devoted group of collector-scholars. The Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art aims to identify and make accessible art forms that have received less attention in our region, including these rifles, focusing on them as works of art, not as functional objects. Gunsmithing involved many crafts, such as silversmithing, casting and wood working. These rifles represent the highest level of craft in 19th-century Georgia as well as some of the finest artistic achievements in the state at the time. This exhibition catalogue features all works illustrated full page and in color, plus essays by co-curator Sam Thomas, Wayne T. Elliott, Dennis Glazener and Linda Chesnut, detailing much about the lives and work of these Georgia craftsmen.

Softcover; 80 pp.; $15
ISBN: 978-1-946657-03-9
Published: January 2018

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 o 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.

Softcover; 372 pp.; $40
ISBN: 978-1-946657-04-6
Published: February 2018