william blake pub

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius

A stunningly illustrated look at how Blake's radical vision influenced artists of the Beat generation and 1960s counterculture.  William Blake and the Age of Aquarius shows how Blake’s myths, visions, and radicalism found new life among American artists who valued individualism and creativity, explored expanded consciousness, and celebrated youth, peace, and the power of love in a turbulent age. Written by Stephen F. Eisenman, professor of art history at Northwestern University. Contributors include Mark Crosby, Elizabeth Ferrell, Jacob Henry Leveton, W.J.T. Mitchell, and John P. Murphy.

ISBN: 978-0-691-17525-6 (hardcover)

248 pages; 137 color illustrations

big boss pub

Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures

Published by The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University Text by Anthony Elms, Brian Holmes, Dieter Roelstraete. Geof Oppenheimer (born 1973) employs a variety of media, including video and photography, to consider how value—economic, political and social—is produced. This first substantive catalogue on his work is published for his exhibition at the Block Museum of Art in Fall 2015.

ISBN: 978-0-692-55586-6 (hardcover)

moorman publication

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant- Garde, 1960s-1980s

Charlotte Moorman was a bold, barrier-breaking musician and performance artist and a tireless champion of experimental art, whose avant-garde festivals in New York City brought new art forms to a broad public. The exhibition featured original sculptures, photographs, video, props and costumes, annotated music scores, archival materials, film clips, and audio recordings. The exhibition is a partnership between the Block Museum and the Northwestern University Libraries. This catalog was published by Northwestern University Press and edited by Lisa Graziose Corrin and Corrine Granof.

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3327-3 (softcover)
200 pages; 150 color illustrations

Drawing the Future pub

Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 19001925

Published by Northwestern University Press and the Block Museum. Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925 explores the creative ferment among Chicago architects in the early twentieth century. The essays focus on the highlights of the exhibition. David Van Zanten profiles Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, Chicago architects who created an influential, prize-winning plan for Australia's new capital in Canberra. Ashley Dunn looks at exhibits at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, including one devoted to the Griffins in 1914. Leslie Coburn examines Chicago’s Neighborhood Center Competition of 1914–15, which sought to redress gaps in Daniel Burnham’s plan of 1909. The ambition and reach of Chicago architecture in this epoch would have lasting influence on cities of the future.

ISBN: 978-0-8101-2898-9 (softcover)

113 pages; 74 illustrations

Clownflâneur: 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice

The companion to the 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice features images and text by artists Amanda Elise Bowles, Daniel Giles, Esau McGhee, and Matt Morris.

Imagining by Numbers pub

Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print

Published in conjunction with the Block Museum exhibition Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print curated by artist Paul Hertz and Block senior curator Debora Wood, this book showcases the intersection of the graphic arts and digital technology. Included are more than twenty-five reproductions of computer-generated prints and drawings from the 1950s to the present. The book also includes a foreward by David Robertson, the Block’s Ellen Philips Katz Director, and an introduction to the topic by Wood.

ISBN: 0-8101-2505-6 (softcover)
54 pages; 34 illustrations

Casting a Shadow

Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film

This book expands the investigation into Hitchcock's working methods begun in the exhibition Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film. The catalogue features an introduction by Block Museum Ellen Philips Katz Director David Alan Robertson and chapters by exhibition curator Will Schmenner, film scholars Scott Curtis of Northwestern University, Tom Gunning of the University of Chicago, Jan Olsson of Stockholm University, and film critic Bill Krohn. Edited by Schmenner and Block Museum associate curator Corinne Granof.

ISBN: 0-8101-2447-5 (softcover)
156 pages; 99 illustrations

Prints by Sculptors pub

Prints by Sculptors

Winner of the 2002 American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition

Many of the most significant sculptors of the twentieth century were also printmakers, as exemplified by the exhibition and catalogue Prints by Sculptors: The Rudolph H. and Fannia Weingartner Collection at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (September 22-December 9, 2001). Richly illustrated and featuring examples by leading twentieth-century artists, including Barlach, Christo, Giacometti, Hepworth, Maillol, Moore, Nadelman, Pepper, Serra, and Shapiro, Prints by Sculptors provides a unique opportunity for understanding the relationship between two- and three-dimensional art. With essays by Rudolph H. Weingartner, collector and former Dean of Northwestern University's College of Arts and Sciences, and Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

ISBN: 0-941680-22-3 (softcover)

105 pages: 60 color plates


College Proofs: The Riverhouse Editions Collection at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Honorable Mention in the 2002 American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition

Riverhouse Editions, a unique printmaking studio that has published the works of leading contemporary artists since 1988, was founded by art dealers and publishers William and Jan van Straaten in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 1992, they decided that one intaglio print of each Riverhouse edition would be set aside as a "college proof," so called because these works were to be given to a college or university for educational purposes. The Block Museum of Art has become the permanent home for the college proof archives. Selections from this rich body of work comprise the majority of this catalogue, which highlights the history of the studio, the importance of Riverhouse's setting, and the diverse possibilities of the intaglio technique.

ISBN: 0-941680-23-1 (softcover)
109 pages: 212 color plates

on european ground pub

On European Ground

Published by the University of Chicago Press and the Block Museum in conjunction with the exhibition On European Ground: The Photographs of Alan Cohen, this volume of photographs features over ninety high-quality reproductions drawn from Cohen's series on World War I battlefields, Nazi death camps, and the Berlin Wall. The book contains interpretive essays by Sander Gilman, noted cultural critic and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Jonathan Bordo, Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. Cohen's own insights into the development of his oeuvre and the significance of his photographs are included in the form of an artist interview conducted by Roberta Smith, contemporary art critic for The New York Times.

ISBN: 0-226-11294-2 (hardcover)
128 pages: 94 b/w plates

illuminated manuscripts pub

Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age

This book examines attitudes toward and treatments of medieval manuscript illumination in France and England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and in early twentieth-century America. Each chapter takes as its title a word used in a particular period to define manuscript illumination: Curiosities, Specimens, Reproductions, Revivals, and Reconstructions. Trends and developments examined include the Enlightenment assessment of medieval miniatures as barbaric playthings, the nineteenth-century growth of a market for medieval art, the impact of reproductive technology on taste for illumination and the early twentieth-century importation of medieval manuscripts to the United States as a means through which to appropriate the history and culture of a European past. By Sandra Hindman, Michael Camille, Nina Rowe, and Rowan Watson.

ISBN: 0-941680-21-5 (softcover)
329 pages: 38 color plates, 159 b/w illustrations

Leffman pub

Theo Leffman

Theo Leffmann was an important contemporary American fiber artist. This catalogue accompanies a retrospective exhibition presenting and critically examining her life's work. With insightful essays by Mary Jane Jacob and Mildred Constantine, this beautifully illustrated book addresses Leffmann's training, influences, and accomplishments. It also elucidates her role in bringing abstraction and avant-garde practices to fiber art and, at the same time, advancing this medium as a relevant category of avant-garde artistic production.

ISBN: 0-941680-19-3 (hardcover)
87 pages: 39 color, 21 b/w plates

Chinese Ceramics pub

Chinese Ceramics from Chicago Collections

This volume developed from a desire to explore porcelain and pottery collections of public and private Chicago collectors. The works contained in this volume have not been previously published or exhibited. Included are works from the Neolithic period to the early twentieth century.

ISBN 0-941680-01-0 (Softcover)
ISBN 0-941680-01-0 (Hardcover)
104 pages: 5 color, 82 b/w plates

Second Sight pub

Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago, 1935-1995

This volume highlights the past sixty years of printmaking in Chicago, a period of substantial development in the visual arts. It includes works from the WPA to the Chicago Imagists to computer-generated art. Featured artists include Karl Wirsum, Tony Fitzpatrick, Bill Cass, and Vera Klement.

ISBN 0-941680-17-7 (Softcover)
224 pages: 110 color, 89 b/w plates

henry simon pub

Henry Simon, 1901-1995

This catalogue examines the life work of Henry Simon, a Chicago artist whose works reflect important cultural, social, and political developments of the twentieth century. Simon began his career designing posters and sets for Chicago movie houses and went on to work as a political cartoonist during the Depression and as a painter for the Illinois Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. The catalogue includes examples of social realist, folkloric, historical American Scene, and Surrealist works executed from the 1920s through 1980.

ISBN 0-941680-18-5 (Softcover)
76 pages: 16 color, 60 b/w plates

architect pine

Architects Drawings from the Collection of Barbara Pine

Architectural drawings are a window into the creative process and into an understanding of the design and building world. This volume presents conceptual drawings to illustrate how an architect translates an intangible idea into a solid reality. This collection, curated by Pine, focuses on working, presentation, and theoretical drawings by architects of different schools.

ISBN 0-941680-05-3 (Softcover)
48 pages: 7 color, 24 b/w plates

graven pub

Graven Images: The Rise of Printmakers

This volume explores prints and print production in workshops in Antwerp and Haarlem of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Within this period, radical changes took place in the methods of producing prints. This publication looks at the relatively unknown engravers and etchers who executed the designs of famous artists such as Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, and Peter Paul Rubuens.

175 pages: 114 b/w plates

master drawings pub

Master Drawings Rediscovered

This exhibition catalogue by James E. Mundy illustrates and analyzes Old Master drawings from the Block collection and the collection of Esther and Malcolm Bick. Focusing on Italian drawings from a range of artistic centers during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the catalogue is a testimony to artistic variety and regional style.

93 pages: 45 b/w plates

stark impressions pub

Stark Impressions: Graphic Production in Germany, 1918—1933

This presentation of 143 works organized into six distinct themes provides an extensive view of the diversity, complexity, and cultural surroundings in which these artist thrived. It examines themes of war, religion, urban lifestyle, rural landscapes, struggle for existence, love and sexuality, and fantasy and abstraction. Each theme is examined from the perspectives of German artists.

ISBN 0-941680-12-6 (Softcover)
358 pages: 9 color, 144 b/w plates