He Started It!: My Twitter War with Trump

July 24, 2018

Paperback
92 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-8-8

$14.95

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In 2013, Donald Trump got involved in his first sustained Twitter War. Unfortunately for Trump, in this endeavor as in so very many others, he was not up to the task. If you’re someone with no discernible sense of humor – someone for whom ridicule is like Kryptonite – a professional comedy writer would not be an ideal opponent with whom to engage. He Started It!: My Twitter War with Trump is the complete record (with commentary) of Donald Trump’s hilarious three-month-long delusion that he was outwitting Danny Zuker. Introduction by Paul Slansky.

A PERCENTAGE OF EACH SALE GOES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) and the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

Danny Zuker
When not trolling the leader of the free world, Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) works as a television comedy writer/producer. He’s spent the last nine years as one of the executive producers of Modern Family, and has worked on many shows including Evening Shade, Roseanne, Just Shoot Me, and so many flops.

Paul Slansky
Paul Slansky (@slansky) is the author of The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American ‘80s and five other books that savagely mock the idiots, hypocrites and demagogues who masquerade as our “leaders.” In the summer of 2016, he created (and continues to curate) www.trumpelthinskin.com, a website dedicated to disrespecting Donald Trump.

Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art

May 24, 2018

Hardcover
164 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-7-8

$30

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“No editorializing takes place here. There is no fluff. Yet the two men leap from artist to artwork, from observations about narrative structure to biology to the manifestation of surfaces. It is humorous, deadly serious, and very encouraging to witness; the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses can coexist. This conversation demonstrates the joy of an intellectual and poetic exchange between two artists who share a knowledge of the deep concerns of art making in all its myriad forms.”
– Excerpt from review by Matt Ballou, in NeotericArt

This book features an artwork by legendary American painter Vincent Desiderio along side and an in-depth interview conducted by artist Daniel Maidman in Desiderio’s Sleepy Hollow Studio on the occasion of his 2018 solo show “Theseus” at Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Desiderio is known for large, complex paintings which embrace both classical representation and the intellectual history of modernism and postmodernism. Among artists, he is also well-known for his fierce engagement with the ideas and methods that animate the history of visual art.
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Central Park Love Song

May 23, 2018

Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees
by Stephen Wolf

Paperback
240 pages
5.5 x 8.5 inches
25 Illustrations & Maps

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-6-1

$16.99

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[Stephen Wolf’s] “Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” is an eloquent, evocative ode that encompasses New York history, past and contemporary protagonists, geography and botany so gracefully that reading his book is like, well, a walk in the park.
– Sam Roberts, The New York Times

Central Park Love Song: Wandering beneath the Heaventrees is both an intimate portrait and meticulous research of America’s first great public park and the most visited site in New York City. Beginning with the narrator and his dog wandering the battered but still beautiful park in the late 1970s, readers learn why the park is so large on an island so small, why it grows in the center of Manhattan, and what has been lost to the needs of an ever-changing city. These and other stories weave through the narrative as the reader and narrator discover every cave and cranny of the park’s 843 acres and later see the park in new ways with his children, much as he did with his dog three decades before. In a creative blend of fact and imagination that includes excerpts from novels, poems, essays and songs about Central Park, we visit the park during its construction, the raucous zoo hoax of 1876, and stroll with “Miss Manhattan” –Audrey Munson, model for three statues in the park and a dozen more throughout the city. We’re at Jimmy Walker’s glamorous Casino and the bleak Hooverville nearby, slip through a fence on summer nights to swim in the reservoir—Lake Manhattan to those who love it—and experience the wondrous gift given the park and surrounding city by the legendary hawk Pale Male; finally, we watch the Central Park Conservancy’s miraculous revival of the park over the last twenty years. The book concludes at an imaginary lunch with the narrator, his young daughter, Frederick Law Olmsted and others at work on the map of “The Greensward Plan” that eventually became Central Park.

“This book about an enduring enchantment with place will resonate with all who find in the city’s green heart a special world of their own.”
– Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author of The Green Metropolis, first president of the Central Park Conservancy, 1980-1996.

“Stephen Wolf loves the city & its green sanctuary as Frank O’Hara did its streets… Everywhere you look there is wonder & beauty & the everyday real people who populate the place. Along the way, wandering beneath the heaventrees, you will most certainly fall in love.”
– Kevin Coval, author of This is Modern Art, editor of The Breakbeat Poets.

Stephen Wolf, PhD – Born in Chicago and with a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Stephen Wolf moved to the Lower East Side in 1977, blocks from where his grandparents once lived. His fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ploughshares, and The Anthology American Families, and his story cycle “Intimate Articles”, was published by Ten Speed Press. He teaches literature and the humanities at Berkeley College in New York City.

KIMBERLY BROOKS: Fever Dreams

May 11, 2018

Hardcover
133 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7326992-1-2

$40.00

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This book chronicles shift in practice from figuration to abstraction in the paintings of Kimberly Brooks using the last five years of painting against the backdrop of her works on paper spanning her career.  The book is published in conjunction with Mt San Antonio College. Beautiful color images, essays by Michael Wilson and Shana Nys Dambrot, and an Interview with curator Fatemeh Burnes fill this compilation.

Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in or as covers for books from publishers including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Rizzoli and recently the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence.

Brooks was born in New York, NY and grew up in Mill Valley, California. She received a BA from UC Berkeley in Literature and studied painting at Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art & Design) and UCLA.   She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence. She was born in New York City, raised in Mill Valley and works and lives in Los Angeles.

UC Berkeley Arts + Design Showcase: Issue 02 2018

May 1, 2018

Paperback
186  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-3-3

$20

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UC Berkeley Arts + Design: gathers outstanding creative work by UC Berkeley undergraduate students with stunning texts and images on nearly every page. From the visual arts to film to the performing arts, from the literary arts to architectural and industrial design, the UC Berkeley Arts + Design: features the achievements of top students in their respective fields. These works demonstrate the discipline of particular art forms—painting, theater, poetry—as well as the vibrant ‘mash-up’ of cross-disciplinary experiment. Described in the voices of the students who made them, the collection exemplifies and advances the innovation and creativity of UC Berkeley.

Epic: Art Materials & Supplies List for Oil Painting

May 1, 2018

Written and Illustrated by Kimberly Brooks

Paperback
72  pages
5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-0-2

$14.99

Available to the public Fall 2018

Advanced Copies for Kimberly Brooks Students Only

The Epic Art Materials & Supplies List for Oil Painting is a culmination of years researching the best and safest materials for oil painting by artist Kimberly Brooks. In it, the reader will find brief descriptions of every component necessary of each supply along with 2-3 options in different price ranges.

Oil painting practices need not be complicated and are often misunderstood and produce unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. Simple explanations and lists of mediums, canvas types, paint brands and brushes are accompanied by simple illustrations created by the artist.

Kimberly Brooks is a professional exhibiting artist and award winning teacher who on occasion conducts workshops around the country including at the Otis School of Art and Design and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Memory & Identity: The Marvelous Art of Betye, Lezley & Alison Saar

March 26, 2018

Hardcover
94 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
55 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-1-9

$39.95

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Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar have created some of the most powerful, important and deeply moving art in our contemporary world. Their compelling works forge idiosyncratic constructions of social memory and personal identity, as well as the cultural histories underlying them. All three Saars assemble two- and three-dimensional works based on unexpected juxtapositions of form and content. They deploy the flotsam of material culture, from discarded architectural components (old windows, ceiling tiles, wall paper) to domestic detritus (washboards, buckets, shelves) to historic photographs and printed fabrics.

KHÔRA:
John David O’Brien, Rebecca Ripple, Coleen Sterritt

March 19, 2018

Hardcover
115 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
70 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-2-3

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What is meant when using khôra to describe this exhibition, a Platonic concept that explains the space in which ideas exist? In this exhibition space is formed and agitated by the objects, shifting between imagination and reality, the tactile reality of our everyday life re-formed as a fantasy. It is a game that plays with perception. The artists compete with reality by using reality to trigger a new meaning or response as reality ignites each individual’s association with the module that has been created as a new entity. Khôra tickles our sense of, perception of, and association with that object, as if we are on a carousel: with each turn we return to the same place but we are always moving, there is a foundation that remains stable but our understanding of that foundation continues to change with each pass. Sense, perception, and association; these three phases of experience, varying from individual to individual, can be highly subjective. It is individuals’ response to this transformation that takes them through the experience of everyday perceptual genres to what becomes a game of play through imagination.

Khôra orchestrates different forms of materialized fantasy from three different minds in the same space, in order to create a new perception. These artists take common, recognizable objects from our everyday life and put them in a different context; they take familiar perception and twist it into a different universe, a tactile fantasy. The audience is looking at a real creation, but the composition of it removes the object from what it once was. As a painter I know that when the audience looks at a painting they know it is a complete myth. But when this myth becomes three-dimensional in the space and viewers become surrounded by it, all of their senses are alerted by it. It is a fantasy they can interact with, one which pushes them to reexamine reality. It makes the audience want to identify what is being seen, but the transformation is ongoing: there is no one way to look at this exhibition. The artists’ interaction is a compound concept of storytelling, philosophy, and fantasy. The objects move out of personal perception and become exclusive and esoteric.

The exhibition essay by Christopher Miles gives incredible insight into each artist’s work and opens the possibility for the audience to create its own interpretations of it. I hope the interviews with the three artists will provide a different dimension as well. It has been a pleasure to work with Coleen, John, and Rebecca, as I have known these artists as colleagues for decades.

Fatemeh Burnes
Los Angeles 2017

Coleen Sterritt

December 5, 2017

Essays by Cooper Johnson, Carole Ann Klonarides, Sue Spaid
240 pages, hardcover, 7.5 X 9.25 inches, 150 illustrations & photographs
ISBN 978-0-9998452-4-0

$55.00

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Griffith Moon is pleased to introduce Coleen Sterritt, a retrospective catalog published in collaboration with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). It showcases her work over a forty year period and includes an interview with artist Rochelle Botello and essays by Cooper Johnson, Carole Ann Klonarides, and Sue Spaid.

Sterritt’s hybrid sculpture evokes the interplay between nature, culture, and lived experience. Her source materials are pulled from everyday objects and elements. Plaster, tar, pinecones, fishing line, found furniture, and studio refuse are just some of the components she uses to construct and express her richly evocative formal language. Questioning the diverse possibilities of sculpture in both scale and form, her eccentric, abstract structures present strong polarities possessing a resonance at once familiar and obscure.

Her sculpture and drawings have been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and in Spain, Kenya, and South Africa. Prominent public and private collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., The Crocker Art Museum, Scripps College Collection, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, NM, Nestlé USA, and The Capitol Group Companies, Los Angeles, New York, & London.

Named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2016, Sterritt has received other awards and fellowships including: the National Endowment for the Arts (1986), the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (1994), Art Matters, Inc. (1994), the J.Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts /California Community Foundation (1996) and the COLA (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007.

Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included noted positions at California State University, Fullerton; Otis College of Art & Design; and The Claremont Graduate University. Since 1998 she has been a professor and faculty coordinator of the sculpture program at Long Beach City College.

Sterritt was born in Morris, Illinois and grew up in Chicago. She received a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and a MFA from Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art & Design), Los Angeles in 1979

 

Brazen, A Painting and Poetry Collection

October 10, 2017

Hardcover Linen, Gold Foil, Dust Jacket
122 pages
5 x 8 inches
24 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9993153-3-0

$30

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Four Los Angeles-based poets write and perform original poems inspired by the recent exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Kimberly Brooks.  Brendan Constantine, Rich Ferguson, Luivette Resto and Marie Marandola will be performing at the Zevitas Marcus Gallery at 2:00 PM Sunday Oct 29th where advance reader copies will be available for guests.  The book will be available for release in the spring of 2018.

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