American publisher and collector. He trained at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York before working in publishing. In 1950 he set up his own publishing company, Harry N. Abrams Inc., one of the first American companies to specialize in art books. In ...
A. Deirdre Robson
American, 19th century, male.
Born 1803, in New Germantown (New Jersey); died 1880, in Morristown (New Jersey).
Joseph Alexander Adams worked for several years as a printer and then devoted himself to engraving on wood, which he initially studied alone. He later received advice from the engraver Alexander Anderson. He became a master and, with his pupils and collaborators, undertook the great work that made his reputation, ...
Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Active in China and the United States.
Born 18 May 1957, in Beijing, China.
Artist, architect, designer, curator, publisher, activist.
After spending most of his childhood in the provinces of China, Ai Weiwei moved to Beijing in the mid-1970s to attend the city’s film academy. While there, he co-founded the first of the loose collectives of pro-democracy artists to emerge in the city, known as the Stars Group (...
Ian G. Lumsden
British publisher, financier, politician, collector and patron, of Canadian birth. As Minister of Information during World War I, he was responsible for the War Records Office in London, through which Wyndham Lewis, Muirhead Bone, William Orpen, Christopher Nevinson, Augustus John and six Canadian artists, J. W. Beatty (...
German, 20th century, male.
Born 1889; died 1969.
Self-taught, Alastair lived in Germany and often in Paris, where he was drawn to the study of black magic and transvestism. He worked for European and American publishers, illustrating many literary works by authors including Théophile Gautier, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Laclos, Mérimée, Poe, L'Abbé Prévost, Wedekind and Oscar Wilde....
American, 20th–21st century, female.
Born 19 November 1960, in L’Anse (Michigan).
Book artist, poet, performance artist, publisher, educator. Artists’ books, wallpaper.
Sally Alatalo completed her undergraduate degree in fine art at Kansas City Art Institute in 1982 and her master’s degree in fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in ...
Brazilian, 18th century, male.
Born c. 1738, in Vila Rica (now Ouro Prêto), Minas Gerais; died 18 November 1814, in Villa Rica.
Aleijadinho studied European style from engravings and prints in contemporary journals of architecture. He was fascinated by the elaborate Rococo style and southern German religious representations. He was given the nickname Aleijadinho (the little cripple) because of an illness that progressively destroyed his fingers and toes from ...
American, 18th century, male.
John Allen worked in line engraving for various publishers in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.
Mexican, 20th century, male.
Born 4 February 1902, in Mexico City; died 19 October 2002, in Mexico City.
Originally working as a copy clerk, Manuel Alvarez Bravo experienced a dramatic shift in his life trajectory when his father gave him a camera in ...
American photography foundation and publisher. Aperture magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1952 by American photographers
Art journal published from 1934 to 1937. In 1934, the
American, 20th century, male.
Born 15 May 1923, in New York City; died 1 October 2004, in San Antonio, Texas.
Photographer, photojournalist. Portraits, fashion, news.
Born to a merchant of women’s clothing, Avedon was exposed to fashion and its consumers from an early age. He greatly admired the work of Hungarian fashion photographer Martin Munkasci, who exploited photography’s new ability to capture the immediacy of motion. After serving in the US Merchant Marines ...
American wood-engraver, art dealer, collector and philanthropist. Avery’s career as a wood-engraver and his involvement with the New York publishing trade began in the early 1840s. He worked for, among others, Appleton’s, the New York Herald and Harper’s and produced illustrations for trade cards, religious tracts, adventure stories and children’s books. By the early 1850s Avery had begun compiling humorous books and commissioning drawings from such artist-illustrators as ...
American, 19th century, male.
Born 17 March 1822, in New York; died 11 August 1904, in New York.
When he became a publisher and art dealer in 1865, Samuel Putnam Avery completely gave up wood-engraving and confined himself to burin engraving.
British, 20th – 21st century, male.
Active in the UK.
Born 1958, in Georgetown, Guyana.
Video artist, film maker, photographer, journalist, broadcaster. Scratch videos.
George Barber has a BA from St Martin’s School of Art in London (1980) and an MA from the Slade School of Art in London (...
Julio Roberto Katinsky
Brazilian architect of Italian birth. She graduated in architecture (1942) from the University of Rome and in 1943 was editor of the magazine Domus. In 1947 she moved to Brazil when her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi (b 1901), was invited to establish and direct the ...
American, 19th century, male.
Born 19th century, in Chariton (Iowa).
Charles L. Bartholomew worked for the Minneapolis Journal and signed himself:
American, 20th century, female.
Born 3 June 1954, in St Louis (Missouri).
Book artist, educator. Artists’ books.
Carol June Barton earned her BFA in painting from Washington University in St Louis. Working as an administrator at the Glen Echo Park Arts Center, Washington, DC, she was invited to participate in her first artists’ book project. Her book, an edition of 200 titled ...
American, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 1874, in Carmel (Indiana); died 1943, in New York.
Franklin Booth was a student at the Westfield Quaker Academy, Indiana, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. He started out as a journalist and illustrator for the Indianapolis News...
Elizabeth Meredith Dowling
American architect, preservationist, author, and editor. His wealthy patrician family provided the opportunity for a fine education and connections to future clients. In 1906 he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Columbia University. His education continued in Rome at the American Academy through receipt of the McKim Fellowship in Architecture in ...