The 50 Books/50 Covers contest is the oldest continuously operating graphic design competition in the United States. Since its founding in 1922, the contest has celebrated the best work in current book and cover design, as selected by a jury of design peers.
RADIUS BOOKS, BOOTH #204
FRIDAY, JULY 10 — SUNDAY, JULY 12 11am — 6 pm
Join us at the ART Santa Fe International Contemporary Art Fair!
See our new and forthcoming titles, and previously unseen limited editions.
We along with galleries from around the world will offer an outstanding
overview of modern and contemporary art.
FRIDAY, JULY 10 1pm
Publisher David Chickey will talk about the process of
what it takes to publish in today’s world and how an art
publisher selects and creates books with artists.
SANTA FE CONVENTION CENTER
201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
Radius Books presents Nature, new directions in wire art by Marisa Fick-Jordaan with masterpieces of Zulu copper and telephone wire weaving, curated by David Arment. These handwoven South African baskets combine modern materials with the traditional, highly sought after weaving skills of the Zulu people, creating some of the world’s most collectable basketry.
Inspired by natural forms and giving free reign to her imagination, and the interplay between exterior and interior, Marisa Fick-Jordaan has conceptualized and designed a series of plant, bird, animal, and insect three-dimensional forms. Constructed from her preferred medium of PVC-coated copper and galvanized wire, in techniques developed over many years, these are assembled to create unique, large-scale, one-of-a-kind sculptural wall pieces and vessels.
Marisa Fick-Jordaan is the co-author of Wired, the authoritative work on Zulu wire art. Working with skilled African artists, she has brought this art form to the world, developing products and building a distribution network for an international market. Her efforts have helped to preserve a traditional art form and provide a sustainable cultural industry in Zululand.
Included in this show are works by the Mdukatshani crafters of the hills of Msinga, one of South Africa’s poorest and most arid areas, and until fairly recently, the center of the gun trade in South Africa. In a community overwhelmed by violence, AIDS, and a deadly, drug-resistant form of Tuberculosis, Msinga crafters work from home, sharing loss as well as laughter. In many instances, these crafters are the breadwinners in their families, supporting many livelihoods. Nearly half are widows, observing their three year mourning period. This time is a long, lonely period when handcraft becomes a lifeline for them. More than work, their craft is an expression of spirit and hope.
‘FRACTION OF A SECOND’ OPENS THIS WEEKEND!
Opening Reception at UNM Art Museum: Friday, June 5, 6-8pm
Members’ Preview 5-6pm
Opening Reception at 516 ARTS: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm
Rita Koehler Artist Talk: 4pm
Curator Walk-Through: 5pm
Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of Fraction Magazine, this multi-site exhibition brings together 45 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 35 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum. This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Join Guest Curator David Bram for a walk-through of 516 ARTS’s Fraction of a Second exhibition on Saturday, June 6 at 5pm. Local and visiting artists featured in the exhibition will talk about their work with Bram and answer questions from the public.
The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. …In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”
at 516 ARTS
Regional & National Artists
Leon Alesi (Asheville, NC), Liz Arenberg (Brooklyn, NY), Thomas Barrow (Albuquerque, NM), Clare Benson (Drummond Island, MI), Jonathan Blaustein (Taos, NM), Aaron Blum (Pittsburgh, PA), Daniel Coburn (Lawrence, KS), Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA), Matthew Crowther (Chicago, IL), Jess Dugan (Chicago, IL), Kirk Gittings (Albuquerque, NM), Alice Hargrave (Chicago, IL), Rita Koehler (South Bend, IN), Karen Kuehn (Peralta, NM), Galina Kurlat (Houston, TX), Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Isa Leshko (Salem, MA), Holly Lynton (Amherst, MA), Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY), Rania Matar (Brookline, MA), Sarah Moore (Missoula, MT), Bruce Myren (Cambridge, MA), David Ondrik (Portland, OR), Edward Ranney (Santa Fe, NM), Kathleen Robbins (Columbia, NC), Bastienne Schmidt (Bridgehampton, NY), Nick Shepard (Portland, OR), Lara Shipley (Missouri), Charlie Simokaitis (Chicago, IL), Kurt Simonson (Long Beach, CA), Tabitha Soren (San Francisco, CA), Cheryle St Onge (Durham, NH), Jim Stone (Albuquerque, NM), and Joel Peter Witkin (Albuquerque, NM).
at UNM Art Museum
Alex Catt (UK), Ellie Davies (UK), Ingvild Melberg Eikeland (Norway), Regis Feugere (France), Paul Gaffney (Ireland), Sachiko Kawanabe (Japan), Yvette Monahan (Ireland), Paolo Patrizi (Italy), Jiehao Su (China), and Hiko Uemara (Netherlands).
Rita Koehler is a guest artist-in-resident as part of 516 ARTS partnership with the national NPN/Visual Artists Network residency program. For this residency, Koehler will be working on a diptych of opposing sides that is part of her new series titled Xenia. Xenia is a body of work addressing the transformational role of women religious in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. Portraits from this work will be featured in the Fraction of a Second exhibition at 516 ARTS.
PDN 2015 Finalists
Congratulations to the finalists in this year’s PDN Photo Annual! A whopping three Radius Books won in the Photobook category:
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb won for their book, Memory City. In an elegiac look at Rochester, New York, Memory City is a mediation on film, memory, time and the city itself. Shot in both digital and analog formats, the photographs are joined by quotes from famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester.
Laura Letinksy won for her book, Ill Form & Void Full. In this serene monograph, Letinsky creates references to the table from existing photographs in home and lifestyle magazines, her old work, the art of friends and actual objects. Her process shows how ideas about the private sphere and their manifestation in our lives are predicated upon what has come before—that is, perception itself is a construct.
Michael Light won for his book Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain. In Light’s third aerial survey published by Radius Books, the photographer focuses on Nevada, formerly the fastest-growing state in America until the 2008 recession. Light hovers intimately over the topography of two residential areas, both never fully realized and in disrepair: Lake Las Vegas, a lifestyle resort built around a former sewage swamp, and the nearby Black Mountain community, where a quarter-billion dollars was spent on moving earth that has lain dormant for the past six years.
About the PDN Photography Annual
The Photo District News compiles a record of the year’s most compelling images. This renowned competition features a wide variety of photographic genres, ranging from from highly visible ad campaigns and editorials, to photojournalism stories, to personal series from established and student photographers. In the PDN Photo Annual, contestants from across the globe come together in a celebration of bold and singular artistry.
Congratulations to Julie Blackmon for National Silver in Photography at the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards for her popular monograph, Julie Blackmon: Homegrown. In this enchanting book of fictional and auto-biographical photographs, Blackmon seeks to reflect not only life today and as children growing up in a large family, but move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of everyday life, both imagined and real. Included are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview with the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, and an insightful introduction by renowned poet Billy Collins. More…
About the IPPYs
The “IPPY” Awards were launched in 1996 and are designed to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers. They were established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents. This year’s 19th annual IPPY competition attracted over 2,700 entries. The medalists represented 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, six Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas.
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb were chosen as Fraction Magazine‘s “Book of the Day” last week for Memory City. They also received a heartfelt review from Aesthetica, a prominent arts and culture magazine in the UK. Memory City was recognized in the popular photography magazines, Hungry Eye, New Statesman, and Amateur Photographer.
Victoria Sambunaris received an amazing half-page review for her book Taxonomy of a Landscape in Wall Street Journal print edition this past Saturday. Another great (and slightly different) online review may be accessed here.
Both these reviews come just in time for the events she will be having in Santa Fe this weekend! If you are in town try to catch one or both: an opening reception/book signing here at Radius on Saturday (from 4 to 6pm) and an artist’s talk at the Santa Fe University of A&D on Sunday (at 2pm).