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Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists
Author: Mary Savig
ISBN 13: 9781588343307
ISBN 10: 1588343308
Hardcover Price: $24.95

 

Handmade Holiday Cards shows how artists imagined the holidays through original watercolors, etchings, silk-screen prints, and drawings. Rarely seen beyond the eyes of their recipients, these cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders. Handmade Holiday Cards offers personal insight into the style and sentiment of artists, including how they summed up the year's events in their own lives and the world in which they lived.

The introduction by archives specialist Mary Savig explores the intersections between commercial holiday cards and the art world-how holiday cards were first marketed as "affordable art" and how selling their art to card companies often provided income for artists in lean times. She then opens up the more intimate dimensions of an artist's social network, illuminating their relationships with dealers, curators, teachers, and close friends. Captions introduce each artist, compare or contrast the holiday card to his/her body of work, and discuss the relationship to the recipient when relevant.

Handmade Holiday Cards illustrates and contextualizes a broad range of one-of-a-kind artworks or limited edition print series by well-known artists such as Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Motherwell, Nickolas Muray, and Ad Reinhardt. It will appeal to anyone interested in greeting cards, ephemeral art, illustrated correspondence, and the history of American art.

 

On sale date: 9/18/12

Hardcover (9781588343307) and e-book (9781588343871) formats available

 

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Smithsonian archives specialist Savig presents a collection of Christmas and New Years cards from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. The original works were handcrafted by 20th-century artists using varied media, from drawing and painting to collage, photography, and relief, intaglio, and screen printing. The text opens with a foreword by DIY crafts specialist Faythe Levine — complete with a removable, limited-edition holiday card by Levine — and an introduction by Savig tracing the history of holiday cards in the US. Among the 190 beautifully reproduced images are works by Joseph Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Ad Reinhardt, Saul Steinberg, and E.B. White. Each is accompanied by background notes on the artist, the work, and the card's recipient. Indexed by artist only.

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