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[BKARTS] Swann Galleries Artists' Books Auction, NYC, May 5, 2009.

From: Rebecca Weiss <rebeccaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Dear moderator,

I thought your members might be interested in this info about an
upcoming auction of Artists' Books. If you find it appropriate, please
post to the group. Thanks.

Swann Galleries' May 5 auction of the Ritter Collection of Modern
Illustrated Books and Livres d'Artiste.

The books offered in this auction were acquired by West Coast
collector Mel Ritter over several decades. Forty-six of his exemplary
livres d?artiste formed the basis of an exhibition at The University
of Arizona Museum of Art in 2006. Now the entire collection is being
sold at Swann.

The genre of books designed and illustrated by fine artists took shape
in 20th-century France and blossomed into a vibrant art form
throughout Europe and beyond. The modern masters of art featured in
this sale include Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse,
Joan Miró, Henry Moore, and Pablo Picasso. The publishers who
championed their work and produced some of the most exquisite livres
in the collection include Maeght, Gallimard, Tériade, and Louis
Broder, among others.

Modern and contemporary variations of the artist-illustrated book are
well represented with works by Patrick Caulfield, Jim Dine, David
Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Carlos Mérida, Robert
Motherwell, and Antoni Tápies. Surrealists like Enrico Baj, Jose Luis
Cuevas, Max Ernst, and Roberto Matta appear throughout the catalogue,
as do American artists like Leonard Baskin, Fritz Scholder, Ben Shahn,
and Bernard Solomon.

Beyond traditional livres d?artiste there are fine publications by
such distinctly American presses as Arion, Brighton, Gehenna,
Cheloniidae, Pennyroyal, and the popular Limited Editions Club.
Ritter?s sense of humor and love of whimsical constructions and
bindings can be seen in works by contemporary modern book artists
including Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press, Mare Blocker of The M
Kimberly Press, and the ever-creative Edward Hutchins.

The preview provides an excellent opportunity to discover and enjoy
200+ of the best artists? books. If you cannot view the material in
person at our galleries, please call 212-254-4710 for additional
information. We encourage requests for condition reports.

Rebecca Weiss
Media Relations
Swann Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
212-254-4710, ext. 23

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