On this shortest day, as we ponder the perennial koan, Where did the year go?, it’s a good time to round-up a few items before the holiday.
First, we’re extremely proud of our books this year, across the board. Though our list can sometimes seem absurdly eclectic, from the artistic heights of master watercolorist William Matthews to the scatty depths of poo, we find strength in diversity. I’m happy with it all, but the Art + Design list enjoyed so much fantastic exposure this year, my mind reels. Linda Rutenberg’s The Garden at Night, Rex Ray’s monograph, Andrew Zuckerman’s Creature, and Kevin Kwan and Ramiro Fernandez’s I Was Cuba all enjoyed great events and media coverage. Thanks to the authors and the talented teams behind each book!
For those of you living in (or visiting!) San Francisco, there is still time to catch the Rex Ray exhibition at Gallery 16. Rex also has a mini-site now, perfect to track the numerous goings on of this busy artist. Plus, you have until the end of the year to sign up to win Rex Ray and Jonathan Adler items, including an original Rex Ray painting and packs of signed books and cards. Be sure to enter!
Finally, as a preview that cheers me to no end, one of my favorite artists—and someone who I’m happy to call a friend—Isabel Samaras is making a book with Chronicle for 2009. Another longtime friend, art and design writer Colin Berry (who also wrote the central essay for our SHAG monograph), will give voice to her delirious, racy, and hilarious vision. Isabel has been central to what has been called lowbrow or pop surrealism for a long time, and her monograph is overdue. Check out Isabel’s blog for a taste of her warmth, humor, and talent.
Talk to you in ‘08!