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new Arthur Dove CR in print

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK, NY — December 16, 2020)

Arthur Dove, Plant Forms, 1911–12

Sweeping new Arthur Dove catalogue raisonné sheds revelatory light
on the early 20th-century Modernist,
one of the foremost American abstract artists of his day 

The Arthur G. Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project today announced the publication of a complete and authoritative catalogue raisonné of the pioneering modernist’s work. Edited and written by scholar and curator Debra Bricker Balken, Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Things sheds expansive new light on the artist’s work with an illustrated survey of the full corpus of his known paintings and assemblages (or “things”), along with a wealth of essays that draw on previously unpublished materials. Together, these add important context and texture to our understanding of the artist, his work, and the context in which it was created.

The first book on Dove to include color illustrations of all of his extant paintings, Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Things is published by the Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project and distributed by Yale University Press. The nearly 400-page book will be of compelling interest to scholars, curators, collectors, gallerists, and more, including, of course, those who are simply fans of Dove’s work. It will be available for purchase on the Yale University Press website as of February 22, 2021, and at booksellers nationwide on its official publication date of March 23.

Debra Balken notes, “In our work to create a fully authoritative publication, every one of the 447 entries in the previous Dove catalogue raisonné has been updated, and a number of new works have been added, including some that had been presumed lost. I am deeply grateful to the Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project for enabling this work and to Jessie Sentivan, our researcher, in addition to the numerous archivists, librarians, art historians, collectors and dealers who, over the course of eight years, have enriched our view of Dove, his work, and the context in which it was created.”

Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonné opens with an in-depth essay in which Ms. Balken assesses Dove’s critical reception, examining essays and reviews by a variety of writers, from Sherwood Anderson to Lewis Mumford, Alfred Barr, and Robert Goldwater, among others. In so doing, she also illuminates Dove’s position in the circle of young American artists, including John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Max Weber, and, later, Georgia O’Keeffe, that was cultivated by preeminent photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz.

Twenty-four short essays woven into the catalogue of Dove’s work include an assessment of the radical formal traits of the artist’s painting, a new look at the ways in which his works surpassed the known languages of abstraction, and a reading of their evocations of the ephemeral aspects of nature, such as the sun, moon, rain, and wind—Dove’s core subject—among other topics. Together, these essays provide both a pictorial and biographical narrative that traces Dove’s role as a forerunner of midcentury movements including Abstract Expressionism and others.

In addition to the essays, all by Ms. Balken, the Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Things includes an illustrated chronology, an extensive exhibition bibliography, and an exhibition history.

Above: Ferry Boat Wreck, 1931, oil on canvas, 18 x 30 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Purchase, with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger, 56.21

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AIC Chicago 1918–19

John Folinsbee Considered
a new book reveals much about an under-appreciated artist
while it neatly ties together print and digital technologies

Folinsbee Considered is a hefty, 322 page, 10 x 12 inch volume, brimming with new color photographs—many are lush, full-page, larger than life-size details. Handsomely designed in bright red cloth, a self-portrait of the painter on the cover looking at us with characteristic confidence, the results are a vital testament to the continued life of the art book.

In addition to nine chapters of extensively researched and hitherto unavailable information about the life and work of John F. Folinsbee, the book contains a 56-page, densely packed Catalogue of Selected Landscape and Genre Paintings. The book’s author, Kirsten M. Jensen writes: “Each entry contains comprehensive information up to the time this book went to press, including provenance records, bibliographic citations, and exhibition histories . . .” She further points out:

“Those who wish to study paintings from a particular year or years intensively, or who want to see juvenilia, portraits, and works on paper, should consult the online Catalogue Raisonné (johnfolinsbee.org), which is continually updated to reflect new research on particular works and periods in Folinsbee’s career.”

As hefty as this book is, Ms. Jensen lets us know that we are in store for even more on the website. We are able to search the works online by themes and subjects, as well as find related works, preliminary sketches, and notebooks, none of which are included in the book. And this is just the beginning.

The book’s comprehensive Exhibition History 1912–2012 and substantial Literature section also have online counterparts.

“The Exhibition History is designed to be used in conjunction with the individual records in the Selected Catalogue as well as the entire known oeuvre as presented on the catalogue raisonné website . . . . The catalogue raisonné website gives the user the opportunity to see an exhibition as it was arranged at the time (if exhibition catalogue numbers are available) by selecting the Gallery View option from the Exhibition Index. Exhibitions are also hyper-linked, enabling a user to move back and forth between individual records and the Exhibition Index pages.”

By generating finished, accurate files for print during its production, the same online database that powers the Folinsbee website made the catalogue sections of this superb book possible.

We at panOpticon wish to congratulate Kirsten and the John F. Folinsbee Art Trust on the publication of Folinsbee Considered (Hudson Hills Press, 2013). We are also extremely proud that our content management system is at the heart of the John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonné.

Above: Folinsbee’s Queensboro Bridge (far left) and Approaching Dusk (far right), in the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago, photographed in 1918. Click the photo above to see the works in the exhibition online.

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