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Mullen Books Announces Occasional Catalog / Kevin Mullen

Mullen Books, of Columbia, PA announces the posting of a Fall Sale catalogue on their website. The catalogue presents over 200 esoteric items noteworthy for their scarcity and price. ARLIS/NA members are encouraged to download the catalogue from our website and spend some quality time with some quality offerings!

Mullen Books specializes in books on the humanities, with a 25 year emphasis on the arts.  Our online database is approaching 95,000 titles. Over 50,000 of these are in stock, and the balance are available for bibliographic research purposes and can be rapidly submitted as a “want” should you wish to be notified when an out-of-stock item re-enters the inventory.

Mullen Books is located in Columbia, PA in a renovated warehouse from 1900, with over 7,000 feet of shelving teeming with books.  We buy and sell individual books of merit and entire libraries of upwards of 35,000 titles. Visits are encouraged, especially by our ARLIS/NA friends! They are always rewarding, and always rewarded!  It’ll be nice to see you and be of service to you.


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Fortunato Depero website / Steve Kroeter (swk@design101.com)

My colleagues at Designers & Books and I are happy to announce the launch of the website www.boltedbook.com

While many people are aware of the Italian Futurists, it is not unusual at all for the work of Fortunato Depero not to be well known, even among the very knowledgeable.

New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl said that for him Depero’s work at the Guggenheim’s Futurist exhibition was, “a fascinating discovery.”

Having had the chance to get familiar with the wide range of his work, we take his ideas—especially as depicted and described in the monograph he wrote and designed, Depero Futurista—as striking examples of something from the past that resonates with the present.

Designers & Books is collaborating with The Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, Italy (which houses the Depero archives) to help make Depero’s work more visible and accessible. On October 22nd we launched a website that we hope will serve as a go-to online resource for those interested in Depero and Futurism. The site includes the complete contents of Depero Futurista, spread-by-spread, along with images that can be enlarged for closer inspection.

We hope this will help elevate Depero and place him more squarely in the current conversation about the relationship of artists and designs to their work and also their role in contemporary society.