Arion Press and William T. Wiley in New York, March 10—April 20
The Press’s 50th Anniversary of Making Artist Books in 2011
“Re-Imagining Don Quixote: An Exhibition on the 2010 Arion Press Edition with William T. Wiley and the History of Illustrations of Cervantes’s Great Novel.”
Cervantes’ masterpiece has inspired artists down the ages, from Fragonard and Goya to Dore, Dali, and Picasso. Arion Press, today’s most renowned creator of artist books, continues that tradition in new richly illustrated two-volume edition of Don Quixote. The event brings together artist William T. Wiley, translator Edith Grossman, and designer and publisher Andrew Hoyem to discuss their approach to making this 21st century tribute to a literary classic.
Designer and Arion Press publisher Andrew Hoyem has preserved one of the world’s last complete letterpress printing workshops. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Hoyem’s career as a publisher and fine printer. The 1,200-page Don Quixote was printed by letterpress and hand bound in his historic San Franciscoprinting facility, which has been designated an “irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
California artist William T. Wiley’s forty-year career was recognized in 2010 with a retrospective exhibition originating at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Known for his accomplished and witty drawings, he created 97 full-page illustrations for Don Quixote, using an unusual process whereby he drew on negatives with an etching needle, which were then printed as polymer plates.
New Yorker Edith Grossman is the most acclaimed translator of Spanish-language literature working today.
“Re-imagining Don Quixote:” The exhibition of this new two-volume illustrated edition of Don Quixote includes original preliminary sketches, prints, and a painting by William T. Wiley, and his cover designs for the handcrafted goatskin binding. Also included are printing plates for the illustrations, galleys of lead type for the letterpress printing of the texts, and binding tools. Projections show the artist, typographers, printers, and bookbinders at work during the more than two years spent on this edition of Cervantes and examples of earlier illustrated editions.
The program is co-sponsored by the Americas Society and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, with the collaboration of InterAmericas and the Cervantes Society of America.
CONTACT: Andrew Hoyem and William T. Wiley are available for interviews March 8 through 12. To request images, attend the March 10 press preview, or reserve places at the panel discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-668-2542 (Diana Ketcham or Rachel Hooper).
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Arion Press two-volume edition of Don Quixote
Print by William T. Wiley, "Don Quixote in a Printing House in Barcelona"
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Arion Press limited edition of Don Quixote
Original print by William T. Wiley
Press release (shown at left) in Microsoft Word format
Invitation for Panel Discussion and Reception