Sunday, August 25, 2013

Books as art; the art of the book / Julie Harris

These three images are from Art Made From Books (forthcoming from Chronicle Books), featuring 25 contemporary artists engaging with books in wildly imaginative ways. Left:  'Birds Attack Man on Bike' by Mike Stilkey, 2010. Acrylic on books. Below: 'Flights of mind' byVita Wells, 2007. Book, hair, lights, fan, key, screws, hinges, glue. / 'Paper Typewriter,' by Jennifer Collier, 2011. Vintage typewriter manual pages, gray board, machine stitching.
Abe Books has put together a nice little feature on Art Deco book covers. At left is The Book of the Camp Fire Girls—impressive (and surprising)! Wonder if it was a WPA thing. I can't remember my Girl Scout pubs looking so good!
In 1933, French artist Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) created 15 lithographs for a limited edition of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Balthus closely identified with Heathcliff, modeling the character's features in the prints on his own. (The French title was "Hauts de Hurle-Vent.")
The winner of six Tony Awards, Julie Harris was often called "the first lady of the American stage," but she lit up many a movie screen also. Harris starred famously with James Dean in East of Eden, but we have her in a lineup of other films as well (including Reflections in a Golden Eye, with Brando and Taylor). Below, Harris with Ethel Waters and Brandon DeWilde in "A Member of the Wedding." The trio played in the adaptation of the novel by Carson McCullers both on Broadway and in Hollywood.

5 comments:

  1. That's not just any bike that the man being attacked by birds is riding...

    it's a.. it's a.. PENNY FARTHING!@!!=

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    1. As the stream said to the beaver, "Well I'll be...!"

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  2. Love Julie Harris, and sad to see the obit in the New York Times. Want to see her in Requiem for a Heavyweight. Anyone out there know that film?

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    1. Oh that's funny ... I just "blurbed" the dvd ... we're going to be carrying it at a discount very soon. It got very good reviews, although poor Julie had to play a plain Jane.

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  3. Is the limited edition of Wuthering Heights still floating around? It would be nice to have a copy with those beautiful lithographs!

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