Vault by Victor Ha
Since 2009 many important works have been added, and our artists' books collection has grown significantly. Works from California fine presses and artists with San Diego connections were added, including those from Scripps College Press and local Bay Park Press. We acquired books by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Sara Rosenbluth, Viviana Lombrozo, Alberto Blanco (one of Mexico's most respected poets in residence at UCSD), Sally Hagy-Boyer, Sheryl Oring, Mary Ellen Long, Ruth Wallen, and James Hubbell.
With some generous help from members we collected books by international artists, such as Hanne Darboven, Dieter Roth, and Candida Hofer. Of importance was the completion of our collection of Salon Verlag's Édition séparée; we now have all available numbers. Also important were additions of books by Mikhail Karasik, an aficionado of artists' books produced by the Russian avant-garde movement in the early twentieth century.
Since 2009 we were also able to add the Conceptual artists' books in our collection, assembling complete numbers of artists' books by artists such as Ed Ruscha, Ida Applebroog, and Allen Ruppersberg.
We also added important works to our Permanent Art Collection, those by Stephen Curry, Dave Adey, Althea Brimm, Omar Martinez, Gail Roberts, Zandra Rhodes, Shawnee Barton, Teddy Cruz, Manny Farber, Patricia Patterson, Alberto Blanco, Nina Katchadourian, and Einar and Jamex de la Torre come to mind.
Our Recent Acquisitions will be on display from February 18 to March 24.
The Athenaeum is proud to exhibit the artwork of The Bishop's School students in the Rotunda Gallery. The visual arts department at The Bishop's School provides students grades 6-12 the opportunity to use a wide variety of media to develop their artistic voice. On campus there are four prominent studios: Photographic Arts, Ceramics, Stained Glass and Drawing & Painting. Within these subjects, a variety of media and techniques are taught, including printmaking, sculpture, and video. Visual arts students are encouraged to develop their unique vision in art and to construct an art portfolio that demonstrates both their artistic expression and individuality.
In Exploring Expression Bishop's students share the importance that art has in their lives, both on and off campus.
Three Shades by Alexander Jackson
Local artist Alexander Jackson will exhibit a series of drawings in the Athenaeum's Rotunda Gallery. The drawings respond to both the architecture and history of the William Lumpkins-designed Rotunda. Jackson explains, "I hope to enhance the spirit of exploration the Athenaeum promotes. A common thread linking literature, music, and the visual arts is the idea of being transported. The journey one takes when exposed to art, like traveling to a far off place, is a subtle but forced change of perspective."
Jackson received his BA (Hons) from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK and is earning his MA/MBA dual degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley.
The exhibition will be on view from March 6 through March 24. The opening reception for this exhibition is on Thursday, March 15.