Renowned for its extensive glass collection, the Toledo Museum of Art may be the best place to currently see studio art glass. The museum is the site of the historic 1962 Toledo Workshops, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the workshops it has organized "Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012" (Worldwide 34597), an enticing look at the coming-of-age of the glass medium.
Burhan Doganšay is one of the leading names in contemporary Turkish art. Istanbul Modern presents a comprehensive exhibition covering five decades of work by Doganšay (b. 1929), titled "Fifty Years of Urban Walls" (Worldwide 34605). Considering walls to be "the mirror of society," the artist has been exploring social, cultural and political transformation since the 1960s through examinations of walls in various cities worldwide. His paintings and collages include imagery of posters and slogans, newspaper clippings and graffiti found on walls in public spaces in the more than 100 countries to which he has traveled.
Deceptively titled "Gauguin, CÚzanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia," the exhibition currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art actually features more than 60 works exploring the Arcadian ideal by no fewer than 27 artists, among them Corot, Seurat, Rousseau, Picasso and Delaunay (see Worldwide 34603). However, at the heart of the show are three monumental canvases: CÚzanne's The Large Bathers, the largest of his idyllic landscapes; Gauguin's powerful Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?; and Matisse's Bathers by a River, which was inspired by one of CÚzanne's bather-themed paintings.
2012 has been a landmark year for Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Not only did his best-known painting, The Scream, sell for a record price, he was also the subject of a major international survey exhibition (see Worldwide 34334). "Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye" opened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, traveled to the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, and is currently on view at Tate Modern in London. Featuring many of the Norwegian artist's masterpieces, alongside a wide selection of his drawings and photographs, the exhibition positioned Munch as both an important inspiration for a diverse range of 20th-century avant-garde artists and as a major modernist in his own right.
Featuring the work of Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800), one of the most important Japanese artists of the pre-modern era, the exhibition "Colorful Realm" was presented this spring at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show took its title from "Colorful Realm of Living Beings," Jakuchu's 30-scroll set of bird-and-flower paintings depicting gorgeous flora and fauna in meticulous detail, a series reunited in the exhibition with the artist's triptych of the Buddha Sakyamuni from the Zen monastery Shokokuji in Kyoto, where both works originally resided. Although the beautifully produced catalogue of the show (Worldwide 34482) is already out of print, Worldwide still has a limited number of copies available. Order one now!
Mori Art Museum
We recently received a number of interesting exhibition catalogues from the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo:
"Metabolism: City of the Future" (Worldwide 34604) comprehensively documents the Metabolism movement, the most widely known modern architecture movement in postwar Japan. The movement contends that architectural and urban design should be practiced in the same way that organic life grows and changes through the repeated process of metabolism.
The Marcel Duchamp Prize is awarded to emerging French artists and artists living in France by the Association pour la diffusion internationale de l'art franšais (ADIAF), the most important group of contemporary art collectors in France today. The exhibition "French Window" presents works by artists selected as winners and finalists for the prize since 2000, alongside works by Marcel Duchamp (see Worldwide 34549).
"Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only" (see Worldwide 34585) has been dubbed the "first large-scale solo exhibition of Asia's leading female artist." This mid-career retrospective of the South Korean artist Lee Bul (b. 1964) spans her 20-year career and features nearly 50 works, including recreations of early performance pieces and new sculpture series.
In our previous issue, we alerted our customers to the new distribution arrangement regarding the Public Catalogue Foundation's Oil Paintings in Public Ownership publications - the product of an ambitious project designed to inventory some 200,000 oil paintings held in public ownership throughout the United Kingdom. Antique Collectors' Club is no longer the distributor in the U.S.A. for these collection catalogues; however, all frontlist, backlist and forthcoming titles can still be ordered through Worldwide Books.
Three of the new 2012 releases (Worldwide 76410, 76438, 76455) will be included in upcoming approval plan shipments sent to libraries that have arranged to received this series through Worldwide. Records for the Foundation's complete current list of titles (46 volumes in all, including 8 forthcoming titles) can be retrieved through our Web site, where we have also posted a PDF listing new releases, forthcoming volumes and the complete backlist. Worldwide has many of the backlist titles currently in stock and can supply with minimal delay any of titles that may be temporarily out of stock. We welcome firm orders for individual volumes, and we are also positioned to reliably administer series standing orders.
A year ago, the 54th Biennale di Venezia was in full swing, and while the organizers are already preparing for next year's 55th edition, Venice does not get the summer off. Later this month the 13th International Architecture Exhibition will be mounted under the direction of eminent British architect David Chipperfield, who will curate the main exhibition titled "Common Ground," in which he presents 66 projects by architects, photographers, artists, critics and scholars, and sets out to find the commonalities that form the basis of a rich and diverse architectural culture. The catalogue of the exhibition has been announced for release in November 2012 (Worldwide 150631).
In Australia, the 18th Biennale of Sydney remains on view through September 16th, presenting works by more than 100 artists from around the world. Titled "all our relations," the exhibition intends to focus on inclusionary art practices and collaboration, concepts exemplified by the joint artistic directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, who have collaborated in the past at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and at The Drawing Center in New York. The full-color catalogue provides an overview of the exhibition and its artists (Worldwide 34740).