The Surreal Calder
The Surreal Calder
The Surreal Calder
The Surreal Calder

The Surreal Calder

BoxerDesign, Brooklyn, New York, 2005

Description

Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is a key presence in the history of modern art and yet he is rarely seen or remembered in the artistic context from which he initially emerged. This book places the artist squarely in the midst of surrealism so that his achievement is more profoundly understood within that context. Elements of surrealism—such as biomorphism, abstraction, tactility, provocation and mystery—were brought together to design The Surreal Calder’s cover. The front and back show Calder’s Spider and Eucalyptus, respectively—stark, black biomorphic shapes against an unadorned white ground. The embossed leatherette cover, without jacket, is a tactile evocation of the handmade special-edition artists’ book covers of the period. At once visually stimulating and thought provoking, the cover of the publication enhances the exploration of the many ways in which Calder was incubated by the surrealist phenomenon and how he contributed significantly to it.

Juror Notes

Iconic. This cover is a most elegant way of saying “Calder.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
BoxerDesign
Creative director
Matthew Drutt (project director)
Art director/designer
Eileen Boxer
Jacket designer
Eileen Boxer
Production coordinator
Susan Braeuer
Production artists
Hoa Luu, Angela Taormina, Lucy Kaminsky
Author
Mark Rosenthal
Editors
Lucy Flint, Susan Braeuer
Trim size
10 x 12 inches
Pages
156
Quantity printed
10,000
Typefaces
Univers Light Condensed, Adobe Caslon
Printer
The Studley Press
Jacket printer
Sunshine Art Studios, Inc.
Paper
Cover, FiberMark, 10pt white Skivertex Matara; foil-stamped 3C; text, Burgo Chorus Art Silk
Binder
Acme
Binding method
Smyth sewn
Publisher/client
The Menil Collection
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