Introduction by Linda Kramer
John Himmelfarb is an established artist whose lush, calligraphic prints, drawings and paintings have always been driven by an unceasing devotion to line. Consistently blurring the boundaries between mediums, Himmelfarb revels in line's evocative potential to create a synthesis of graphic sign, text and elusive image that challenges one's ability to interpret visual language.
This new catalog raisonné stunningly charts the course of his prolific print career over nearly forty years. Himmelfarb's print oeuvre can be roughly separated into a half-dozen bodies of work: Landscapes and Cityscapes, Individuals and Groups, Grid Works, Letterform Works, Maps and Bridges, and Narrative Puzzle Pieces. His loose improvisational style incorporates a range of source materials from Asian language forms to Dick Tracy, all while continuing to intrigue and invite careful viewing.
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(Hudson Hills Press, Hardcover $50.00) Order from Amazon: John Himmelfarb, A Catalog Raisonne
"The American truck is rich in visual, cultural and economic associations. Over the last decade, the image of the truck has featured prominently in the work of artist John Himmelfarb (born 1946). "Trucks: Recent Works" documents the artist's visual exploration of the vehicle's intrinsic cultural significance. Utilizing a lighthearted and varied approach, Himmelfarb takes the isolated image of the truck in many directions, working in media encompassing sculpture, paintings, lithography, etching, silkscreen prints and drawings. In Himmelfarb's own words, "These works are not about trucks but about us, our histories, skills, coping mechanisms, ambitions and character." Occupying a visual idiom between the timeworn and the timeless, the works collected in this volume infuse the American truck with life and character, transforming it into a provocative artistic motif. Produced by highly regarded designer David Skolkin and published by The Artist Book Foundation, this is a beautiful object in its own right. Skolkin's design skill is well matched by the essays of Janet Farber, Steve Luecking, and Scott Griffin.
(The Artist Book Foundation, hardcover, $60)
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"Trucks" is a collection of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints by Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb. The catalog is a comprehensive portrayal of his latest endeavor: his depictions of trucks, from childhood to the present. Himmelfarb has been working on this series for several years." Click the illustration to preview and order Trucks.