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Dorothea Tanning, 101
February 2, 2012, 5:14 pm
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Dorothea Tanning, surrealist artist and wife of Max Ernst has died at the age of 101.


La Truite au Bleu

 Full Obituary


Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst
February 2, 2012, 5:14 pm
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Dorothea and Max Ernst

August 29, 2011, 10:04 pm
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Buzz Spector

Jesse Winter Photography

Altered Books

Books and Ephemera on Display at the MassArt Library

12th floor of Tower building 621 Huntington ave, Boston, Ma 02115

 September 1, 2011 – September 31, 2011


Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. Spector’s work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has issued a number of artists’ books and editions since the mid-1970s, including, most recently, Time Square, a limited edition letterpress book hand altered by the artist and published in 2007 by Pyracantha Press and ABBA at Arizona State University in Tempe. Among his previous publications are Between the Sheets, a limited edition book of images and text published in 2004 by The Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, NY, Details: closed to open, an artists’ book of photographic details from images in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, (List Art Gallery, Swarthmore College, 2001) and Beautiful Scenes: selections from the Cranbrook Archives (Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1998).

Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publication’s editor until 1987.  Since then he has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Art on Paper, Exposure, and New Art Examiner.  He is the author of The Book Maker’s Desire, critical essays on topics in contemporary art and artists’ books (Umbrella Editions, 1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Conrad Bakker: untitled mail order catalogue (Creative Capital, Inc., 2002) and Dieter Roth (University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999).

Spector’s most recent recognition is a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA Fellowship. In 1991 he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and in 1982, 1985, and 1991 he received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Awards.  He is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Library is OK
May 4, 2011, 3:03 pm
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Dear MassArt Community,

Thank you for all your concerns about the library. The fire last night did not directly effect the library collection. The special collections room is safe and sound as are the artists’ books. A few offices are wet but everything seems to be OK.


MassArt Library

Dear MassArt Community:

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:45 pm, a fire broke out on the roof of the Tower building. The Boston Fire Department responded immediately. The damage was contained to the 13th floor and no one was injured. While there is minor water damage, all spaces in Tower are fully operational, including the library. Thank you to all those members of the MassArt community who so diligently managed the incident.

Kay Sloan

Water, water, everywhere
April 22, 2011, 2:26 pm
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To the MassArt Community,

You may have come to visit our library lately and noticed a lot of blue tarps. Due to an ailing roof we have been having increased leakage on the 12th and 13th floor. We are in process of getting a new roof which is very exciting. This project should last through the summer. To be extra cautious the library is keeping the blue tarps on the mass of our collection. The books all still circulate, and you can still browse them. Because the blue tarp cuts the light off please use provided flashlights to browse the stacks. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will all understand.


The Morton R. Godine Library

Mass College of Art

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WGSN Forecasting
April 11, 2011, 4:17 pm
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See what’s hot in Milan or what the cool folks are wearing on the street in NYC.

Come check out the fabulous leading online trend-analysis and research service providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, style, design and retail industries.

To access WSGN from off campus you must go through our MassArt library database page.


Lewis Hyde Lecture – March 28
March 18, 2011, 8:14 pm
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Lewis Hyde will be at MassArt on Monday, March 28th to deliver the annual Hellerstein Lecture. He will be available to meet with MassArt students from 3:15 to 4 in Tower 535 and he will speak in the Trustees Room from 4:30 to 6. The lecture is open to MassArt students, faculty and staff.

A MacArthur Genius Award recipient in 1991, Lewis Hyde is now the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, as well as Faculty Associate, Berkman Center on Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Professor Hyde is a critic of the erosion of the intellectual and artistic commons that has occurred in recent decades. Once artists and intellectuals were relatively free to use intellectual property which had entered the public domain and become part of the Commons, a shared cultural inheritance. Yet content producers in the entertainment and publishing industries have recently succeeded in lobbying for expansions of Copyright Law and have to come to claim virtually absolute intellectual property rights. The public finds itself in a vastly diminished and endangered Commons.

Lewis Hyde is the author of several books including Trickster Makes this World (1998); The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (2007);  and most recently Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership  (2010).

More information about him is available online:

Cartoon Review of  Common As Air by Ward Sutton

Lewis Hyde’s webpage at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Lewis Hyde’s webpage with links to writings and audio files

A Republic of Letters,”  Robert Darnton’s New York Times Review of Lewis Hyde’s Common As Air

Freedom To Teach: Claiming Educational Fair Use” by Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde will also join Paul Dobbs and Greg Wallace from MassArt; Jolene de Verges from MIT; Peter Suber from SPARC; and Peter Jaszi from American University at the workshop “Asserting Our Fair-Use Rights: The Other Side of the Copyright Coin,” a NERCOMP event, which will take place on Thursday, April 14 in Norwood, MA.

It is surreal to be back
January 7, 2011, 4:13 pm
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Dear Students, faculty, and Staff,

Welcome back to school after a lovely winter break. While you were gone the library staff have prepared an exhibit on the 1940’s surrealist magazine The View. The View was created by Charles Henri Ford and ran from 1940 – 1947.  This magazine was responsible for introducing Americans to the fascinating art form of Surrealism.

Come see our library exhibit case to see these original magazines. The cover art is done by such famous artists as Tanguy, Noguchi, Max Ernst, and others. The library has also made small mock copies containing portions of copied contents for handling. Viewing these copies gives you a sense of slipping back in time to the 1940’s and into the wonderful world of Surrealist art.

Yves Tanguy / Pavel Tchelitchew Issue
Covers : Tanguy,  Tchelitchew, to be read
right side up, and in reverse from either end.
Series 2, Issue no. 2,
1942 May

Below are some of the re known contributors to the View as taken from Wikipedia

‘It attracted contributions from writers like Wallace Stevens, an interview with whom was featured in the first number of View, William Carlos Williams, Joseph Cornell, Edouard Roditi, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Paul Bowles, Brion Gysin, Philip Lamantia, Paul Goodman, Marshall McLuhan, André Breton, Raymond Roussel, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet or Jorge Luis Borges and artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Marc Chagall, René Magritte and Jean Dubuffet (Surrealism in Belgium, Dec. 1946). Max Ernst (April 1942), the Yves TanguyPavel Tchelitchew number with Nicolas Calas, Benjamin Péret, Kurt Seligmann, James Johnson Sweeney, Harold Rosenberg and Charles Henri Ford on Tanguy, Parker Tyler, Lincoln Kirstein and others on Tchelitchew (May 1942) and Marcel Duchamp, with an essay by André Breton, (march 1945) all got special numbers of the magazine. The earlier Surrealism special (View 7-8, 1941) had featured Artaud, Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Marcel Duchamp and André Masson. There was an Americana Fantastica number (January 1943) and, edited by Paul Bowles the Tropical Americana issue on Mexico ([2] In the 1940s, View Editions, the associated publishing house, came out with the first monograph on Marcel Duchamp and the first book translations of André Breton’s poems.”

William Kentridge
October 6, 2010, 8:00 pm
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MassArt get ready for the amazing exhibit by South African artist William Kentridge.

October 4 – December 11, 2010

Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery

Prepare yourself for this exhibit at MassArt by checking out some of his books in our library.

  • Author:Kentridge, William, 1955-
  • Title:William Kentridge : weighing…and wanting / [curated by Hugh M. Davies]
  • Publisher:La Jolla, CA : Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2000.
  • Description:1st ed.
    43 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Comic database : Lambiek
October 6, 2010, 7:36 pm
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MassArt check out this

comic database from Holland– Lambiek.

“Welcome to the Comiclopedia, an illustrated compendium

of over 11,000 comic artists from around the world. Search

for your favorite artists, books, strips and characters,

or see the new additions.”