In 1961, Nancy Lassalle, long-time ballet patron and associate of Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, was given permission to photograph a two-day teacher seminar led by George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet in New York City. The nonprofit workshop was intended to elevate the level of ballet education across the United States by inviting teachers from around the country to learn directly from the master of dance. Published for the first time in this slender but exquisitely designed and printed softcover catalog are 14 of Lassalle’s duotone photographs capturing Balanchine demonstrating various ballet positions, his command of the art and his desire to share that knowledge. The intimate images offer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of a pivotal moment in the history of American dance. Comments under each image along with a detailed essay by Suki Schorer reveal her deep knowledge of Balanchine’s teaching and working years.
9 x 10 in. / 36 pp / 14 b&w
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BALLET SOCIETY, NEW YORK
Portikus Under Construction 1992-2016
Fabian Schöneich, Kobe Matthys & Sunah Choi (Eds.)
In 1992, Frankfurt–based German painter, graphic artist and filmmaker Helke Bayrle (b. 1937) began videotaping the installation of each exhibition at Portikus, the contemporary Frankfurt exhibition space established in 1987. These videos form a remarkable and intimate archive of the storied contemporary art institution and the exceptional artists and personnel that worked within it. Coinciding with the launch of a website containing all of Bayrle’s Portikus videos, this oversized softcover monograph pays tribute to the artist’s extraordinary work through a comprehensive timeline, including over 1,000 video stills plus statements by past and current directors and curators. Art critic and historian Kirsty Bell writes about the history of Portikus and the meaning of Bayrle’s work. Also included in the book is a conversation with the artist and Sunah Choi, who since 2001 has edited the videos that comprise Bayrle’s truly unique undertaking. Chronologically organized voluminous color images are interspersed with texts by noted authors and curators Daniel Birnbaum, Nikolaus Hirsch and others.
8 ½ x 11 ½ in. / 144 pp / 1128 color
Retail Price: $30.00