In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné by Gala Chamberlain, with essays by Nancy E. Green and Thomas Leech, and a foreword by Martin Krause, will be published by Rizzoli Electa on September 24, 2019. The New Mexico Museum of Art will host a panel discussion moderated by Kate Nelson on the making of the book on November 16, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Museum followed by a book signing. Panelists include Gala Chamberlain, Nancy E. Green, Martin Krause, Thomas Leech, and David Skolkin.
In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné will be available for purchase at the New Mexico Museum of Art Shop on the day of the event.
About the panelists:
Gala Chamberlain has worked at the Annex Galleries for forty years and is co-owner with her husband, Daniel Lienau. The gallery has represented the Baumann estate since 1973 and Gala worked on the Baumann catalogue raisonné for the past thirty-five years. Ann Baumann asked her to be her successor trustee in 2006 and Gala has served as the Trustee of the Ann Baumann Trust since Ann’s death in 2011. The Ann Baumann Trust also provided funding for the 2014 publication Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artists Cards from Holidays Past, funding for the exhibition, Gustave Baumann in California, and funding for the Gustave Baumann Symposium 2018.
Nancy E. Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints and Drawings, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, where she has worked for over thirty-three years. Author of several award-winning publications including Arthur Wesley Dow and His Influence; Susan Rothenberg: Prints and Drawing; Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony; A Room of Their Own: Bloomsbury Art in American Collections; and, most recently Japan America: Points of Contact, 1876-1970, she is currently working on an exhibition that examines the revolution in teaching art at the turn of the last century.
Thomas Leech is the Curator of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, and has more than 40 years’ experience in printing, papermaking, and related book arts. He was a recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and under his direction the Palace Press received the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design and the Edgar Lee Hewett Award from the New Mexico Association of Museums. He is co-author of Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past, and his essay on Baumann’s printing practices is included in the Gustave Baumann catalogue raisonné.
Martin Krause was for thirty-nine years the Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the earliest institutional collector and second largest repository of the works of Gustave Baumann. Krause is coauthor of Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art and editor of The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann and Gustave Baumann: Views of Brown County.
David Skolkin‘s career began in New York City working in the studio of one of the top book designers in the publishing industry. While in New York he designed and art directed book and exhibition projects for most of the major art book publishers as well as museums, galleries and art institutions in New York and around the country. When he couldn’t resist the landscapes of New Mexico any longer he moved to Santa Fe continuing to serve clients around the country. His work encompasses all aspects of publishing and graphic design, with a concentration in book design and production, the latter also involving extensive on-press supervision with printers in Europe and Asia. In addition to his freelance work he is also the Art and Production Director for the Museum of New Mexico Press, the book imprint for the State system of museums spanning native, folk, and fine arts. He is also co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit art book publisher based in Santa Fe.
About the Book:
In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné by Gala Chamberlain documents 190 editioned works, including color woodcuts and early etchings and color linocuts, and an extensive body of printed ephemera created during the years 1905 to 1970. The introductory essay, “Deftness, Soul, and a Gypsy Instinct: the Creative Art of Gustave Baumann,” was written by Nancy E. Green, Curator of European and American Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. With her history of research, exhibitions, and writing on American printmakers, Nancy was the perfect scholar for this task. Thomas Leech, director of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, is a curator, paper maker, and letterpress printer, and he curated a permanent exhibition of Baumann’s studio, which includes his vials of dried inks, printing press, printing papers, tools, etc. With his amazing knowledge of paper, presses, printing, and wood, Thomas was the perfect scholar craftsman to write the essay “The Problems of a Regular Guy,” on Baumann’s techniques. Martin Krause, Curator Emeritus of Prints and Drawings, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, has a long history with Baumann’s color woodcuts and has extensive knowledge of the artist in Brown County and New Mexico. Marty co-authored Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art and further edited two books, The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann and Gustave Baumann: Views of Brown County, and he graciously wrote the foreword for this book. Gala Chamberlain also wrote the essays on Baumann’s studio practices, including on the papers used over his career and another on the history of his chops and their variations. The book is enriched by numerous never-before-published photographs of or by Gustave Baumann.
Time: Panel discussion: 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Book signing: 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: The New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace, Santa Fe, NM
Ticket Information: $10 per person for panel discussion. Advance tickets can be purchased at Gustave-baumann.eventbrite.com. Tickets also available at the door beginning at noon, cash only.
Ticket sales support the Museum’s education and exhibition programming.