Greetings and welcome to the newsletter from Arion Press, the Grabhorn Institute, and M & H Type.
You are invited to join artist William Kentridge and Arion Press to celebrate our fall publication The Lulu Plays in November in New York.
On Monday, November 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., we will hold a book launch at the Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, 3rd Floor, with the Kentridge exhibition continuing through December 19. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Kentridge will also appear Thursday, November 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arion exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory, during the IFPDA Print Fair. (The Fair continues noon to 8 every day through Sunday, November 8). The showing of The Lulu Plays brings to fruition the five-year collaboration of William Kentridge and Arion Press’s Andrew Hoyem, who first met at the Armory Fair in 2010 when Kentridge stopped in to buy a copy of the Arion edition of Seamus Heaney’s Squarings. View the complete video of the conversation between Kentridge and Hoyem at the Metropolitan Museum on October 13.
One of the portraits Kentridge drew for the Arion book and separate portfolio is of Marlis Petersen as Lulu, with her hair cut in the bob made famous by actress Louise Brooks in the 1924 silent film version (shown at right, linoleum block print from the portfolio of four prints). Petersen sings the title role in the Alban Berg opera at the Metropolitan Opera beginning this week. This will be a historic production, as the last time the great soprano will perform her signature role. According to Opera News, Peterson has made the role of Lulu “hers and hers alone.”
The text is the original telling of the Lulu tale by playwright Frank Wedekind, which inspired the silent cinema classic Pandora’s Box and the Alban Berg opera Lulu. The 67 Kentridge images in the Arion edition were derived from brush and ink drawings made to be projected in his current production of Lulu, which opens at the Metropolitan Opera on November 5. The artist is both the director of the opera and the designer of the stage projections.
In case you missed it, you can watch this video of the publication being printed in San Francisco in July as filmed by Anthony Bourdain for his series RawCraft.us. Notice the black and white Kentridge prints emerging from our Miller cylinder press.
Also on view at the Park Avenue IFPDA Print Fair will be earlier Arion books with artists including Julian Lethbridge, Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu, Raymond Pettibon, Bruce Conner, William T. Wiley and Wendy Artin, among others.
On Wednesday, November 4, painter Julian Lethbridge and poet Jorie Graham (shown in photo at right) will be on hand at the Print Fair gala, between 5:30 and 7:00, at the Arion Press stand. They are the artists for What the End is For, our edition of Jorie Graham’s poetry with 18 color prints by Lethbridge and a portfolio of four accompanying color prints.
Julian Lethbridge prints in portfolio of four accompanying What the End is For.
On Sunday, November 8, watercolor artist Wendy Artin will be at the stand from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., showing her book with Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Stone from Delphi. An American artist working in Rome, Artin made 18 images of the ancient buildings and sculpture mentioned in this collection of Heaney’s work on classical themes, the last of his books published before his death in 2013.
Wendy Artin watercolor “Jupiter” from Stone from Delphi; Seamus Heaney and Artin in Rome, 2013.
Please let us know if you have questions or would like to place and order for The Lulu Plays or the suite of prints including the portrait of Marlis Petersen as Lulu.
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