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Morgan Library & Museum publishes Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden, The Collections of Count Tessin

The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden, The Collections of Count Tessin, by Colin B. Bailey, Carina Fryklund, John Marciari, Magnus Olausson, and Jennifer Tonkovich.

The core holdings of the Nationalmuseum, Sweden, were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day. On assignment in Paris from 1739, Tessin came into contact with the leading artists of the time and commissioned many works from them. He was also among the most active buyers at major sales of old master paintings and drawings. By the time he left Paris in 1742, he had amassed a truly impressive collection.

Now, for the first time, the Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is partnering with the Morgan to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its collections to New York for a rare visit. The show and catalogue include work by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Annibale Carracci, Hendrik Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Antoine Watteau, and François Boucher.

Published by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York

9 1/2 x 11 inches, 268 pages
203 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-87598-179-6
January 2017
To order, please call the Morgan Shop at 212-590-0390.

ARLIS/NA members receive a 10% discount

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Special Offer: The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: Supplement by Jaap Bolten

bloemaert — Master Drawings —
Volume 55, Number 1
March 2017
The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: Supplement
by Jaap Bolten

$35 with free shipping
Offer valid until 15 January 2017*


The issue is a supplement to the author’s 2007 catalogue raisonné of Bloemaert’s drawings.

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*Thereafter $45 plus postage

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Fortunato Depero’s “Depero Futurista” facsimile Kickstarter campaign / Steve Kroeter, Designers & Books

The Kickstarter campaign for The Bolted Book facsimile is now live: HERE

Fortunato Depero’s 1927 book, Depero Futurista—also known as The Bolted Book—is widely recognized as a tour de force of avant-garde book-making.

For those of you who believe in the value of facsimile editions, my colleagues at Designers & Books and I are happy to announce that today we are launching a campaign on Kickstarter to publish the first exact copy of Depero¹s book. This initiative for publication of an authorized facsimile edition is a collaboration with The Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (which houses the Depero archives).

If funded, the book will be shipped to Kickstarter backers in July of 2017—the year which marks the 90th anniversary of the book¹s publication.

We have devoted a year to preparing this campaign because we believe that Depero¹s book is the perfect example of a work from the past that resonates with the present. Depero’s ideas about how artists relate to their work and to society at large are even more at play now than they were during his lifetime.

Whether you are interested in backing the campaign or merely familiarizing yourself with the contents of the book, you can see the full extent of Depero¹s vision as expressed in his book at

Post Script: see article about this exciting publication in Hyperallergic too. — P. Gabbard

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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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Designers & Books / Steve Kroeter

I am happy and grateful to have this chance to introduce myself to the ARLIS community.

Because I believe that books are important sources of creative inspiration for the art and design communities, in 2011 I launched the website Designers & Books.

The core idea behind Designers & Books is to ask internationally esteemed designers (architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, product designers, etc.) to share the list of books that have been particularly important to them, and why they are important. We have 2,000 books from 178 designers on the site—and well over 200 contributors if you count the writers, editors, curators, and critics who have sent in lists.

My inspiration for the website came from visiting hundreds of design studios over the years and noticing that the common visual element in the studios was that there was always a major presence of books. I learned that when you have to be creative on demand, since in design there’s always a timetable, you can’t leave it to chance about when inspiration will hit. You need to “seed” and nurture along the inspiration process. Books are a great way to do that.

I am often asked which of the book lists is my favorite, and of course they all are. But one does stand out for its surprising claim. Peter Mendelsund (the acclaimed book cover designer) starts the introduction to his list by saying: “I don’t believe I’ve ever read a “design book” in my entire life.” Rather than books about graphic design and typography, his book recommendations include novels (Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, Joyce), philosophy (Wittgenstein), and a children’s book (Harold and the Purple Crayon). Given my belief in the value of a general education, I love the idea of a designer reading widely.

In addition to publishing Designers & Books I am happy to have the distinction of managing the only book fair in the world devoted exclusively to design books. My partner in the Designers & Books Fair is the Fashion Institute of Technology.

My interest in books also extends to how they originate and how the wind their way to their intended audience. This has led me to experiences with Kickstarter. I’ve launched two book on that website. In 2015 I was the project manager responsible for the campaign for Visual Design in Action; and earlier this year I led the campaign for a new antiwar book by hall of fame graphic designer and illustrator, Seymour Chwast. Both campaign were successfully funded.

I look forward to finding ways to participate in the ARLIS community.


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Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece / Heidi Hass, The Morgan Library and Museum

rembrandts first masterpieceThe Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece, by Per Rumberg with Holm Bevers.

Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver has long been recognized as the artist’s first mature work – his first masterpiece. Completed when he was only 23 years old, the painting demonstrates the characteristics that would make Rembrandt famous, particularly his exceptional ability to convey emotional drama. It is also one of his only works for which multiple preparatory drawings survive, allowing us to trace the evolution of the composition. In reuniting the painting and the drawings for the first time since their creation, this publication presents an unprecedented opportunity to glimpse over Rembrandt’s shoulder to witness the development of his first major work.

Rembrandt was a notably self-conscious artist and the years during which he forged the distinctive style of Judas also saw the beginning of his remarkable series of self-portraits. A selection of etchings and drawings of scenes from the life of Christ are included here and illustrate the development of the narrative style that the artist unveiled with his first masterpiece.

Published by The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

8 x 10 inches, 88 pages
54 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-87598-176-5 99
June 2016

To order, please call the Morgan Shop at 212-590-0390. 10% discount for ARLIS members.

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Dreams in Dust, The Pastels of Lucas Samaras / Heidi Hass, The Morgan Library & Museum

Dreams of dustThe Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Dreams in Dust, The Pastels of Lucas Samaras, by Isabelle Dervaux with a contribution by Margaret Holben Ellis and Lindsey Tyne.

Although American artist Lucas Samaras’s reputation rests primarily on his sculptures and photographs, he is also a remarkable draftsman who has produced a considerable body of work on paper throughout his career. Attracted to pastel for its bright colors and shimmering surface – and because it was an unfashionable medium during the heyday of Abstract Expressionist painting – Samaras began working in pastel in the 1950s and returned to it at various periods during the following 25 years. The publication features many of Samaras’s favorite subjects: still lifes, interiors, self-portraits, and abstract compositions. With their dreamlike imagery, erotic suggestion, and mystical overtones, Samaras’s pastels express on an intimate scale his moods and mental states throughout the first three decades of his career.

Published by The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

8 x 11 inches, 96 pages
69 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-87598-174-1
May 2016

To order, please call the Morgan Shop at 212-590-0390. 10% discount for ARLIS members.