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About the Book

This new project by German-born photographer Renate Aller, titled Ocean and Desert, is an extension of the ongoing series and sold-out book oceanscapes (Radius Books, 2010). Aller has continued to make images of the ocean from a single vantage point—for which she is internationally known—but for the last several years, she has also photographed sand dunes in New Mexico and Colorado.

She has now paired the resulting images in a fascinating new series that continues her investigation into the relationship between Romanticism, memory, and landscape in the context of our current socio-political awareness. There is both a visual and visceral relationship between the two bodies of work, as though the minerals of the sand dunes carry the memory of the ocean waters that were there millions of years before. The desert images also capture visitors to the dunes, who engage in beach activities far away from any large body of water. And while these parallel realities are from completely different locations, the simultaneous, multiple activities on the sloping sand hills appears as if layers of different people and activities were choreographed next to rolling waves of the sea.

Aller’s first combination of these images was in book form, for a mammoth hand-made book that was 36 inches wide. The overwhelming success of that object has inspired the new trade copy edition, which is as large a binding that can be mechanically bound, and includes an expanded selection of the work.

About the Artist

Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Ocean and Desert is her third monograph published with Radius Books, following Dicotyledon and the long-term project Oceanscapes-One View-Ten Years. Pieces from that series and other site specific art works are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, including the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Yale University Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New Britain Museum of American Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison.

About the Writer

Janet Dees is currently a curator at SITE Santa Fe. A Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware, she received her BA in Art History and African/African American Studies from Fordham University and her MA in Art History from the University of Delaware. Before pursuing graduate work, Dees worked as a museum educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York African Burial Ground Project and as assistant director for a contemporary art gallery in New York. 


Please click here to learn more about our 2019 Benefit Auction, closing August 23, 2019. Rare and unique works by the following artists will be available: Alex Webb, Alison Rossiter, Ann Hamilton, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Charles Arnoldi, Charles Ross, David Benjamin Sherry, David Deutsch, David Kimball Anderson, David Maisel, David Simpson, James Drake, Janelle Lynch, Johnnie Winona Ross, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Kota Ezawa, Kyle Meyer, Laura Letinsky, Linda Foard Roberts, linn meyers, Maroesjka Lavigne, Matt Magee, Max Cole, Meghann Riepenhoff, Michael Light, Michael Lundgren, Rebecca Norris Webb, Renate Aller, Tanya Marcuse, Tomas van Houtryve, and Victoria Sambunaris.



Join us, November 13 – 16, for Paris Photo 2014. We will host the following signings at Radius Books’ stand EE26:

Betsy Karel Conjuring ParadiseIMG_1376
3PM Gay Block About Love
4PM Laura Letinsky Ill Form & Void Full
5PM Sharon Core Early American

Renate Aller and Janet Dees Ocean/Desert
4PM Julie Blackmon Homegrown
5PM John Gossage pomodori a grappolo 
6PM Janelle Lynch Barcelona

Janet Russek The Tenuous Stem and
.      David Scheinbaum Beaumont’s Kitchen
3PM Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb Memory City
4PM Michael Light Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain


October 31 – November 15

Radius Books Studio
227 East Palace Ave, Suite W
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Radius Books has been chosen to exhibit this year at Paris Photo. In preparation, we have pulled from the archives some of our most coveted limited and deluxe edition books to take with us. But before we go, we thought we would give our loyal followers a chance to buy these. For the next two weeks, copies will be available directly from Radius, and will be exhibited in our space. The quantities for most of these are VERY limited, so if you are interested, please let us know. (505) 983-4068 or 


Renate Aller: oceanscapes ($5,000)

Charles Arnoldi 

Mark Klett: Saguaros ($2,000)

Julie Blackmon: Domestic Vacations ($2,000)Limited_1

Susan York & Arthur Sze: The Unfolding Center ($2,000)

Johnnie Winona Ross ($1,500)

Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb: Violet Isle ($1,500)

John Gossage & Alec Soth: The Auckland Project ($1,400)

Judy Tuwaletstiwa: Mapping Water ($1,000)

Sharon Harper: From Above & Below ($1,000)

Janelle Lynch: Barcelona ($1,000)

Janelle Lynch: Los Jardines de Mexico

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls & Masks ($900)

Michael Lundgren: Transfigurations ($600)


Johnnie Winona Ross ($5,000)

Mark Klett: Saguaros ($2,000)


Ocean/Desert Featured in International Center of photography Newsletter

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Renate Aller was featured in a Q&A for the most recent ICP newsletter. Her gorgeous new monograph, Ocean/Desert, is hitting our warehouses soon. We will hold a launch/signing here at the Radius office on Saturday, September 6.

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This week at PULSE Miami

If you are going to PULSE Miami this week, plan to see some Radius artists at the fair. Sharon Harper will sign copies of From Above and Below at Rick Wester Fine Art (booth E-203) on Saturday, December 8th from 4-6pm.

An exhibition of Renate Aller’s photographs and her new Radius title, dicotyledon, will be on view at Adamson Gallery (booth C-204). 

James Drake will show one of his incredible drawings, Can We Know the Sound of Silence, at William Shearburn Gallery (booth B-24)Also make sure to stop by Arthur Roger Gallery (booth A-4) to see Drake’s white cut-out drawing, Spoiled, which is featured in Red Drawings and White Cut-Outs.

In addition, the work of Sharon Core will be at Yancey Richardson Gallery (booth C-202) along with copies of her new Radius Books monograph, Early American.

See you in Miami!


2010 Benefit Auction—Catalog Preview

We’re gearing up for the annual Radius Books Benefit Auction. It is a silent auction with work from a variety of artists that were published by Radius Books in 2010: Renate Aller, Charles Arnoldi, Michael Berman, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Marlene Dumas, Krista Elrick, Suzan Frecon, Dana Fritz, John Gossage, Michael Light, Brian Rutenberg, Johnnie Winona Ross, David Taylor and Jo Whaley.

There are Buy It Now! options for those of you with a serious penchant for great art. To inquire about any particular item, please call 505 983 4068 or write us at 

All proceeds will go to support the educational and publishing programs of Radius Books.

Download the catalog pdf: 2010 Auction Catalog

2010 Radius Books Benefit Auction

An Invitation to the 2nd Annual Radius Books Benefit Auction

Thursday, October 21st, 5-8 pm
Hosted at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
In the Santa Fe Railyard at 554 S. Guadalupe St.

The silent auction will include work by:
Renate Aller
Charles Arnoldi
Michael Berman
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Marlene Dumas
Krista Elrick
Suzan Frecon
Dana Fritz
John Gossage
Michael Light
Beaumont Newhall
Brian Rutenberg
David Taylor
Jo Whaley

Who We Are & What We Do
Radius Books is a non-profit visual arts organization whose intent is to make a lasting contribution to society through publishing and educational programs. Our projects are a reflection of the diversity of the art world, and we have published books with outstanding artists of all ranks: from established artists such as Marlene Dumas, Lee Friedlander, and Chris Ofili, to first monographs with artists like Julie Blackmon, Michael Lundgren, Johnnie Winona Ross, and David Taylor.