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Warhol’s Nature JULY 2015

Catalogue accompanying a new exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The pervasive image of Andy Warhol and his work seem antithetical to the idea of nature – organic, authentic, rugged.  However, throughout his career he engaged with the natural world, from his early drawings of birds and bees as a commercial illustrator to camouflage screen prints made in the last year of his life. 

This overlooked and understudied aspect of Andy Warhol’s work is explored in Warhol’s Nature, an exhibition opening on 4th July at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas and in the accompanying catalogue published by Scala. 

Essays by the curator Chad Alligood, Michael Jay McClure and Matt Wrbican scrutinise the idea of nature, Warhol’s relationship with the natural world and offer a fresh perspective on some of Warhol’s most iconic works such as his Flowers series. 

The exhibition argues that Warhol was driven by the nature within him to transform the world around him into intelligible and fixed forms, as illustrated by his flat, vibrantly coloured and motionless depictions of nature. 

Chad Alligood concludes his essay: ‘Warhol’s nature: a circumscribed wild, a controlled chaos, a reluctant embrace of the elemental forces that drive us’.

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 5th October. 

The Frick Collection: Decorative Arts Handbook JUNE 2015

The first and only handbook available on the decorative arts in The Frick Collection

 The unique and internationally celebrated atmosphere of The Frick Collection has as much to do with the decorative arts as with its iconic collection of old master paintings.

Although the enamels, clocks and watches, furniture, gilt bronzes, porcelain, ceramics, silver and textiles far outnumber the paintings in The Frick Collection, the decorative arts have received less attention. Charlotte Vignon, author of this new handbook, was appointed the first Curator of Decorative Arts when the position was created in 2009. 

Vignon shines a light on the outstanding collection in The Frick Collection: Decorative Arts Handbook, the only book available on the decorative arts in The Frick Collection. She offers fresh insight into the works in the collection, which include stunning Limoges enamels, Sèvres porcelain and extraordinary clocks and watches, and provides a valuable introduction to the area of decorative arts more generally. 

Exquisitely illustrated, this book is available now in English and French editions, published by the Frick Collection in association with Scala. 

All photographs below by Michael Bodycomb, © The Frick Collection 2015

Launch of Cathedrals of the Church of England JUNE 2015

A personal guide to all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England

Cathedrals of the Church of England, the latest title in Scala’s popular Director’s Choice series, is launched today, 16 June, at Worcester Cathedral and next week on 23 June at St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Janet Gough, Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, offers a unique and personal insight into all 42 of England’s cathedrals. Having spent the past twelve months visiting all the cathedrals that she and her colleagues support, she has compiled a collective portrait of this extraordinary living heritage. 

Gough captures the unique character of each cathedral, focusing on the most intriguing aspects of each, whether its history, architecture, treasures or music. As well as recounting the central role of cathedrals in English history, including the dramatic stories of the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral and the recent interment of Richard III at Leicester, Gough also notes the continued importance of cathedrals in communities today. She writes: ‘Everywhere I’ve been struck by the huge activity and energy in our cathedrals today’.

The striking photographs that accompany Gough’s brief pen portraits, including some specially commissioned images by Paul Barker, give a further sense of the unique character of each building. 

This small format book is the perfect companion for visitors and armchair travellers alike. 

All photographs below by Paul Barker, © Archbishops' Council 2015.