I'm not an expert as to what makes a good art book. Good writing, a thoughtful array of images and a top-notch print job usually do it for me. So keep that in mind as you read below.
The University of New Mexico Press sent us a copy of Elevated Perspective: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry, a gorgeous book printed in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Duesberry exhibit by the same name. It's a beautiful volume, from the striking black-and-yellow cover, to the exquisitely printed images inside. It even includes a fold out to Duesberry's large-scale "Maine Bog Triptych."
The book's writing is similarly superb, with essays and interviews from FAC museum director Blake Milteer, NYC art critic and writer Karen Wilkin (whose articles in the Wall Street Journal are something to lust for) and even Duesberry herself, who shares deeply personal and articulate passages about her experiences and art career.
Here, Duesberry talks about the characteristic lack of horizons in her works:
"In 1969, I got rid of clouds and sky for the first time. I didn't want anything extraterrestrial to think about. I wanted to look down at the ground, understand it, comprehend it, join it, and merge with it in some way. And the way to that was to steal it, honestly, by painting.
"I love compressed space as a concept as well as a compositional element."
Elevated Perspective is available locally at Luma at the FAC, or online. The FAC's Duesberry show is on display only until Sept. 11. Two of Duesberry' large graveyard paintings will serve as backdrops for the FAC's 9/11 memorial play Lovers Leapt.