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George Stengel: New Hope Impressions

Stengel jacketby Thomas C. Folk
ISBN 978-1889097763
Hardcover | 10 x 11 inches | 100 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions, 2008

Hard Press Editions was approached by a private collector and admirer of George Stengel to catalogue his collection.  Stengel was an American painter taken with the French Impressionists, who returned to Pennsylvania and imitated their technique on American soil. The results are colorful snapshots of a time in American history when Industry greets pristine nature — waterways a-buzzing.  Stengel’s eye for his surroundings comes together in this book to present a well-rounded portrait of Northeast landscape.

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Marjorie Strider: Dramatic Gestures

strider_gesturescoverAuthored by Donald Kuspit
ISBN: 1889097632
Hardcover | 12 x 9 inches | 181 pages
Hard Press Editions, 2005

Before Pop art, before Feminist art, before “Performance…” there was Marjorie Strider, who heralded them all but refused to be pigeonholed into any one. Her “Triptych” (1963) inspired the infamous International Girlie Show at Pace Gallery which, alongside works by such artists as Warhol and Lichenstein, signaled the beginning of Pop art. But as Raphael Rubinstein notes in his introduction to Dramatic Gestures, “while her Pop paintings of the early 1960’s certainly deserve the renewed attention they are receiving, this should be a mere prelude to an appreciation of Strider’s work as a whole, and a wider recognition of her substantial, continuing artistic achievement.”

Showing at New York galleries before female artists were yet to be embraced, her signature urethane Ooze was, as Donald Kuspit notes in the book’s essay, “an inspired example of woman’s insurgency…as artistically radical as the Women’s Movement was socially radical.” And when she proclaimed the Art world narrow and elitist, she took her work to the streets, creating site-specific installations and three-dimensional “Framing” performances that spoke directly to the public en masse. Marjorie has even been credited with coining the term Performance art” as it is used today.

Though Strider is represented in books on Pop, Minimalist, Realist, Conceptual and Feminist art, critic Jon Perrault says, “it is my contention that she has carved out a unique place of her own… to paraphrase Rauschenberg’s famous saying about working in the gap between art and life, Strider works in the gap between painting and sculpture.” Michael Kirby called it “work that accepts both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional visions and, in fusing them, exists ‘interdimensionally.'” The result, said Phyllis Braff in the New York Times, “is sculpture that bursts, thrusts and generally astounds with its originality and wit.”


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Art: A Matter of Context

art_a_matterby Bernar Venet
Introduction by Bill Beckley
ISBN 978-1889097657
softcover | 7 x 9 inches | 200 pages
Published by Hard Press Editions, 2004

A collection of 22 provocative interviews and essays by and about world-renowned French Artist and Philosopher Berner Venet spanning the period from 1975 through 2003. Venet’s sculpture, painting, musical compositions, films and other serious studies in art are discussed with important French and American art critics. Venet’s work is in over 70 public collections around the world as well as hundreds of private collections. This book presents a strong lesson in the history and underpinnings of Conceptual Art.

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Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice

critical_messby Raphael Rubinstein
ISBN 978-1889097671
soft cover | 6 x 9 inches | 300 pages
Hard Press Editions, 2006

In a pluralist, global, market-driven art world, how should a critic approach the evaluation of visual art? As some critics have chosen to adopt a more journalistic stance, others have called for a more honest, opinionated critical practice. One of the first articles to open up debate about criticism was Raphael Rubinstein’s 2003 Art in America polemic, “A Quiet Crisis.” Rubinstein has assembled an anthology of writings by international critics on the state of art criticism. Among the contents are English critic J.J. Charlesworth’s “The Dysfunction of Criticism,” American art historian and critic Lane Relyea’s “All Over and At Once,” and Rubinstein’s own “A Quiet Crisis.” Other key texts are included by prominent art critics such as Arthur C. Danto, James Elkins, Eleanor Heartney, Jerry Saltz, Peter Plagens, Nancy Princenthal and Katy Siegel. This volume will give readers a full picture of the current debate about the nature of art criticism, a debate that has become as heated and questioning as the discourse on contemporary art in general.
Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic who, since 2007, has been professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation arts writer grant.

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Straight From the Onion Vine, Book 1; Between

Onion Cover Comp-vs15by Jody Scott-Smith
(Available on Kindle)
For tween readers

“Straight from The Onion Vine” takes place in a small town. It could be one in New England, where Jody Scott-Smith now lives. Or more like Anchorage, Kentucky, east of Louisville where she grew up.
Author Jody Scott-Smith knows how important friends can be during the tween years. Her daughter Kelli’s friends were welcome anytime she was home. This gave Jody time to get to know them and hear what they had to say. Their situations and how they coped helped inspire “Straight from The Onion Vine,”  to be read by those who are preparing for high school.

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