Why did collectors seek out posters and collect ephemera during the late-nineteenth and the twentieth centuries? How have such materials been integrated into institutional collections today? What inspired collectors to build significant holdings of works from cultures other than their own? And what are the issues facing curators and collectors of digital ephemera today?
These are among the questions tackled in this volume-the first to examine the practices of collecting prints, posters, and ephemera during the modern and contemporary periods. A wide range of case studies feature collections of printed materials from the United States, Latin America, France, Germany, Great Britain, China, Japan, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Fourteen essays and one roundtable discussion, all specially commissioned from art historians, curators, and collectors for this volume, explore key issues such as the roles of class, politics, and gender, and address historical contexts, social roles, value, and national and transnational aspects of collecting practices. The global scope highlights cross-cultural connections and contributes to a new understanding of the place of prints, posters and ephemera within an increasingly international art world.
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Ruth E. Iskin is Professor, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Britany Salsbury is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, USA.
List of Figures
Series Editor's Introduction
Introduction Ruth E. Iskin and Britany Salsbury
Part I Collecting Prints
Introduction, Part I: Collecting Modern and Contemporary Prints
1. Henrietta Louisa Koenen's (1830-81) Amsterdam Collection of Women Printmakers
Madeleine C. Viljoen
2. Loys Delteil (1869-1927): Community and Contemporary Print Collecting in Fin-de-Siecle Paris
3. Women Collectors of Japanese Prints: The 1909-14 Paris Expositions des estampes japonaises at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs
4. Collecting Ukiyo-e Prints in Japan during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
5. Building Hemispheric Unity to Serve Corporate Identity: IBM's Collection of Prints from the Americas
Part II Collecting Posters and Ephemera
Introduction, Part II: Collecting Posters and Other Ephemera: From Modernity to the Digital Era
Ruth E. Iskin
6. From Commune to Commerce: Ernest Maindron's Collecting Ephemera and Posters, Late 1850s-Early 1900s
Ruth E. Iskin
7. The Maurice Rickards Collection of Ephemera
8. Hans Sachs: The Most Dedicated Collector of Posters in Germany
9. To Possess is to Belong: Carlos Monsivais's Collection of Ephemera and Popular Culture in Mexico City
Liliana Chavez Diaz
10. The David King Collection of Russian and Soviet Ephemera at Tate: Expanding the Museum Narrative with Ephemera
11. Collecting Chinese Propaganda Posters
12. The Cuba Poster Project: Collecting for People, not Profit
13. Collecting Pre- and Post-Revolution Iranian Movie Posters in the United States and in Iran
14. The Challenge of Collecting Digital Posters and Graphics from the Web: A Roundtable Discussion
Remarkable for its global scope and historical range, Collecting Prints, Posters, and Ephemera is a vital contribution to our understanding of printed images in all their variety and an indispensable guide to how collecting practices have shaped their meaning. * Richard Taws, University College London, UK *
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