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Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity,
that accompanied the first North American museum retrospective devoted to
artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan, presented at the Guggenheim Museum in
the summer of 2011, has been designated with an Honorable Mention in the 2012
American Association of Museums (AAM) Publications Competition.
Designed by Joseph Cho and Stephanie Lew of Binocular, the richly illustrated catalogue features the artist's most iconic sculptures, paintings, and works on paper from the 1960s to the present and an anthology of the artist's writings, including seminal essays on contemporary art published in English for the first time. The volume also includes a scholarly essay by Alexandra Munroe; a meditation on Lee's poetics by Tatehata Akira, poet, critic, and President, Kyoto City University of the Arts; and a narrative chronology of the artist's life and work compiled by Tokyo-based scholar Mika Yoshitake.
The annual AAM Museum Publications Design Competition recognizes excellence in the graphic design of museum publications and is the only national, juried competition of its kind. According to AAM, selections are made for “their overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission, or special features.”
In other Publications news, a new post in the Syllabus, a regularly updated guide to the Guggenheim's expanding publications archive, takes a look at the institution's many attempts at documenting its collection. Since the Guggenheim’s first publication in 1937, catalogues have attempted to present the museum’s ever-growing holdings in various ways—from donated private collections to investigations of specific mediums, historical periods, single artists, or special commissions. Thirty-five catalogues, mostly from the 1970s and '80s, have been added to the archives, and are available to read online. Highlights include Acquisitions of the 1930's and 1940’s: A Selection of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings in Tribute to Baroness Hilla von Rebay, 1890–1967, published in 1968, which covers the collection initiatives of the Guggenheim’s first director; Josef Albers: A Retrospective, published in 1988, which features over 200 black-and-white images from Albers's entire oeuvre; and Ten Young Artists: Theodoron Awards, published in 1971 to accompany an awards series that was established to assist the Guggenheim in acquiring the work of promising young artists.