Monthly Archives: July 2021

Insights into Artist Books

Any regular (or irregular) reader of this blog knows that art and books are important to The Art Caravan.  We’ve looked at a few significant books  and authors  amidst the scores of posts about art.

Artist books seem a match made in heaven, don’t you think?  I mentioned them briefly in this post about the Athenaeum Music & Art Library (speaking of heaven….)   I’ve explored making them, too – creating various structures and enclosures.

If, edition of 5, 2015, intaglio

Intaglio, relief print, marbling, paper cutting

X marks the spot…., 2016, accordion book and clamshell box

If you’d like to know more about artist books, I recommend The Book as Artone of a series of short videos in Insightsfrom the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums in San Francisco.  Also in the series, Iliazd: Publishing as an Art Form,  is a remarkably beautiful ten minute video focusing on Ilia Zdanevich’s fifty years of creating original hand-made books with prominent 20th century artists.

de Young Museum, San Fransisco, T. Vatrt image

May we all be enjoying time this summer reading books.  If you’re looking for suggestions, head to the Good Reads page on this blog.

Libreria Palazzo Roberti, Bassano del Grappa, Italia, T. Vatrt image

Murals of La Jolla 2021

In the spirit of summer The Art Caravan proposes a (virtual) trip to the beach. Admittedly it’s not nearly as much fun digitally as it is in person, but advantages include less sand in our shoes, and no risk of sunburn.

La Jolla, California is a stunningly beautiful oceanside town north of San Diego.  Unlike many beach towns, it features  exceptional art on the streets and in its museums.  I unearthed several older posts extolling its virtues.

1° 2° 3° 4°, Robert Irwin, 1997, photo by T. Vatrt

I’ve previously written (here) about The Murals of La Jolla, but the recent additions to the public art project justify a return trip.

Gamboa Seasons in La Jolla, Beatriz Milhazes, 2020, muralsoflajolla.com image

Beatriz Milhazes….swoon.  A mural – or three – is an appropriate medium for her work.  (Read more about her here.)

The Murals of La Jolla is an excellent website , with plenty of images and information about touring the artworks.

Favorite Color, 2010, Roy McMakin, ljathenaeum.org

May we all enjoy a summer filled with beach time, and good art.  Remember the sunscreen.