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 Art, one of a series of short videos in Insights, from 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
Have you ever seen a work of art that’s almost too difficult to view? (I am not referring to work that is badly executed, or manipulative, or too clever by half, but an artwork worthy of attention.)
I felt that way when I saw The Hanging Tree by Joe Minter at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
The Hanging Tree, 1996, Joe Minter, welded found steel
The museum information label read:
de Young Museum, San Francisco
I was overwhelmed by the historical facts presented. I focused on the shadows at the base of the artwork, not wanting to accept what I had read, and what was before me. I attempted to process the information, as I was deeply shocked by the facts. There were recorded lynchings as recently as 1981???
Even as I write this blog, my heart rate is elevated. It’s difficult, and challenging to face the reality of our society’s inhumanity and ongoing injustices. But – face it, and act to change it – we must. We can’t look the other way.