Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Richard Misrach

Show and Tell today features gallery announcements for shows of Richard Misrach's work. They tend to be more graphically interesting than most.

The title of this first show is From My Front Porch. I don't really know what to say about having a view like this from one's front porch. Had I such a view from my front porch, I'm not sure I would ever leave the porch. For any reason. Might miss something.

There was a book of this work called Golden Gate, produced by Arena in 2001 and reissued in 2005 by Aperture.

1999 - Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

(26 x 5 inch heavy glossy paper, folded three times to produce a 6.5 x 5 inch pamphlet
that opens once to a double gate-fold )



Opened once

Both gatefolds open

This show was held in conjunction with the release of his book, The Sky Book, Arena Editions.

2000 - Curt Marcus Gallery, NYC

(6 x 4.25 inch, stiff card, printed one side)

2002 - Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

(10.5 x 8.5 stiff card)



The On The Beach series was published in book form in 2007 by Aperture. It's huge: 20 inches wide by 16 inches. This trend toward huge books is a little disconcerting. Where do you put these in a studio apartment? I feel like I need a bookstand just to go through the book.

I looked into bookstands a couple of years ago and found that most are custom made these days (those that are of any interest stylistically or of any useful size for photography books.) But to get one big enough to hold this--40 inches across when open--would be prohibitively expensive.

2004 - Pace/MacGill, Chelsea, NYC

(35 x 16 inch glossy poster, folded three times to produce a 8 x 8.75 inch pamphlet)




Again, Chronologies was mounted concurrent with the release of a book of the same name, an overview of Misrach's career. And again, it's big--12.5 x 15.5 inches and weighs over 8 pounds--with, according to the back of this show announcement, 125 "extraordinary" reproductions. It is a nice book.

2006 - Pace/MacGill, Chelsea, NYC

(20 x 16 inch heavy glossy poster, folded twice to produce a 10 x 8 inch pamphlet)



Detail of signature

Opened once

Fully opened

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