About Arion Press
Arion Press aims to match the finest contemporary art with the finest literature past and present in books that are beautifully designed and produced.
Printer-publisher Andrew Hoyem employs the exacting standards and skilled craftsmanship of the fine printing tradition in the service of an ambitious publication program. Two to three limited edition books are published per year. Each is conceptually unique, bringing together a significant text with a contemporary artist, or in other cases, a purely typographic interpretation. Those illustrated by prominent artists are often accompanied by separate editions of original prints. Arion Press publications are on view in our entrance hallway and in our gallery. See our exhibitions section for our current display.
The texts of the 106 Arion Press publications are characterized by their diversity and intellectual depth, with titles that range from ancient literature to modern classics. Its authors extend from Ovid to Shakespeare, Laurence Sterne, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Gustave Flaubert, Gertrude Stein, Sigmund Freud, Italo Calvino, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, and David Mamet. View available editions.
The Press has also developed entirely new material for publication. It has resurrected "lost" texts and commissioned new works by poets, critics, and scholars. Since 1982 the Press has also issued books and portfolios with original prints by major artists, including William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Raymond Pettibon, Bruce Conner, William T. Wiley, Martin Puryear, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Richard Bosman, John Baldessari, Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, R. B. Kitaj, Ida Applebroog, Wayne Thiebaud, Julie Mehretu and Sol LeWitt. View available editions.
Editions are strictly limited and are designed and produced, mainly by hand, in a handsome industrial building (1928) at the Presidio national park in San Francisco. (Read more about the move to the Presidio.) Type is composed and cast on the premises by M & H Type, established in 1915, the oldest and largest typefoundry still operating in this country. A complete book bindery and the historic letterpress equipment of the Grabhorn Press are in use, alongside the technology of the twenty-first century.
Beside its publishing program, Arion Press offers custom services for the design and production of fine typography and printing, from small quantities for personal use to large quantities for organizational needs. Consultation on projects and publications is available as well as high-quality products.
Andrew Hoyem, publisher
Diana Ketcham, editorial and program director
Chris Dunlap, director of sales and marketing
Julie Willing, office manager and bookkeeper
Paula Shaw, office assistant
Blake Riley, printer
Rochelle Youk, bookbinder
Nathalie Roland, apprentice bookbinder
Megan Gibes, apprentice bookbinder
Brian Ferrett, typecaster
Chris Godek, typecaster
The Arion Press
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
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