Umbrella’s Art Crimes

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Umbrella
1983-2005 (incomplete)
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Librarian Judith Hoffberg created Umbrella in 1978 as “a means of intercommunication for art historians, artists, librarians and anyone else who is interested” in “news and information relative to a part of art history that usually never gets discussed in the mainstream.” This meant artist books and mail art, mostly, but the journal’s blue and black pages were open to more.

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In the listings section of each issue is the heading Lost and Found, under which went news briefs related to artistic heists and recoveries. Below is a sampling of the reach of art’s underworld.

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Umbrella ran in print to 2005 and then online until 2008. Hoffberg passed away in 2009.

Find our incomplete collection (30+ issues) of the irregular journal in Periodicals.

The Sienese Shredder

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The Sienese Shredder
nos 1-4; 2006-2010
www.sienese-shredder.com

The Sienese Shredder #1 has a mango cover with a fox and a clock. Inside, right off the bat, is History and Truth (a commencement address), followed by Gérard de Nerval’s Chantilly (“filled with very old retired servants, walking their limping dogs”), postcard collages by John Ashbery, music by Alan Shockley, the marketing of surrealism, Ron Padgett, Harry Mathews, A Parliament of Refrigerator Magnets, delirious episodes in contemporary art, a poem played out through a lyrical Twister, a Duchampian chess challenge bearing a cupid, Honey’s Metaphoric Energy Transfer, The New Crustacean, and more, ending after over 200 pages with J-K Huysmans, of Against Nature, in Haarlem.

Flip through the next three and find currency collages, mute critics, bughouse poets, Whitman’s glasses, Toilet Rolls, Macintoshages, octopussarian impulses, de Kooning’s last drawing, epitaphs by William Beckford, eyeballs, giant-size mini books, spools by Crumb, and Jesus Christ. These aren’t even the highlights.

Founded and edited by Brice Brown and Trevor Winkfield, The Shredder ran for four issues, 2006-2010. Each issue contained an audio CD. “Contents can include writings by visual artists; art by writers; poets as installation artists; photographers as poets, and the range of contributors moves from the well-known and up-and-coming to the unknown or forgotten,” says the website (which has excerpts and issues for sale).

The complete series is available in our Periodicals archive.

 

 

Shirley Jaffe, Paintings (Issue #1)

Shirley Jaffe, Paintings (Issue #1)

 

Raphael Rubinstein, In Search of the Miraculous: 50 Episodes from the Annals of Contemporary Art (Issue#1)

Raphael Rubinstein, In Search of the Miraculous: 50 Episodes from the Annals of Contemporary Art (Issue#1)

 

Jane Hammond, Paintings (Issue #1)

Jane Hammond, Paintings (Issue #1)

 

Ron Morosan, Louis Eilshemius Drawings (Issue #1)

Ron Morosan, Louis Eilshemius Drawings (Issue #1)

 

John Graham, The Case of Mr. Picasso (Issue #3)

John Graham, The Case of Mr. Picasso (Issue #3)

 

Larry Rivers, Poems and Drawings from the 1950s (Issue #3)

Larry Rivers, Poems and Drawings from the 1950s (Issue #3)

 

 

UFOs, Aliens, & Spaceships

The images below belong to the “UFOs, Aliens & Spaceships” folder.

As the name suggests, this folder contains illustrations, “photographic evidence” and other imagery related to various sightings and alleged first hand extraterrestrial encounters. While in some photographs UFOs are depicted as mere specs of light, in others they seem to appear in uncanny detail. There are also photographs of people who have started cults or societies to spread their belief in extraterrestrial existence and intergalactic cooperation. The elaborate fantasy art work you will find in the folder is indicative of our voracious fascination with worlds beyond our own.

This folder contains 21 illustrations and 29 photographs, with a total of 50 images.

 

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Sightings Vol 2 Issue 5 (1997)

 

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Sightings Vol 2 Issue 5 (1997)

 

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Sightings Vol 2 Issue 5 (1997)

 

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Photograph : Cedric Allingham

 

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Sightings Vol 2 Issue 5 (1997) | Courtesy of Mike Hawkins

 

 

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Weird U.S. (2008) | Dr. Beard of the Hollow Earth Society

 

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Weird U.S. (2008)

 

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Weird U.S. (2008) | Photography : Ryan Doan | Art : Riley Martin

 

 

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Sightings Vol 2 Issue 5 (1999) | Art : Monarca Lynn Metrifield

 

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Table Settings – Silverware & Utensils

The “Silverware & Utensils” folder is one of four subdivisions under the “Table Settings” category.

A particular highlight of this folder is the Limited Edition Portfolio from the Lauren Stanley Gallery which showcases their collection of American Soup Ladles from 1800-1900. It comes with a separate booklet that includes extensive information on the exhibited ladles, their history and manufacturers. Detailed descriptions are included on the back of each photograph as well.

This portfolio contains 38 images, with a total of 70 pictures in the entire folder.

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"Dancing Ladles"

“Dancing Ladles”

 

 

 

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Wood & Hughes, ca. 1885

 

Whiting Manufacturing Company, ca. 1878

Whiting Manufacturing Company, ca. 1878

Tiffany & Co., 1872

Tiffany & Co., 1872

Albert Coles, ca. 1868

Albert Coles, ca. 1868

Wood & Hughes, ca. 1870

Wood & Hughes, ca. 1870

George B. Sharp, Patent 1866

George B. Sharp, Patent 1866

James Watts, ca. 1865

James Watts, ca. 1865

Maker Unknown, ca. 1865

Maker Unknown, ca. 1865

William Gale & Son, ca. 1858

William Gale & Son, ca. 1858

John R. Wendt, ca. 1860

John R. Wendt, ca. 1860

Michael Gibney, 1846/ Christian Wiltberger, ca. 1800

Michael Gibney, 1846/ Christian Wiltberger, ca. 1800

 

 

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People – With Animals

People – With Animals is one of the 27 subdivisions of People and contains 284 pictures.

 

 

National Geographic.

National Geographic.

 

 

 

 

A three-toed sloth.

A three-toed sloth.

 

 

Japan.

Japan.

 

 

June 1944

June 1944.

 

 

Drinking Milk

 

 

 

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August 1938.

August 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

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Postcard from Blue Sky Gallery

Postcard from Blue Sky Gallery

 

 

 

August 1957.

August 1957.

 

 

 

National Geographic.

National Geographic.

 

 

National Geographic. Brazil.  Photo by Winfield Parks.

National Geographic.
Brazil.
Photo by Winfield Parks.

 

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Illustration – Children’s Books

We recently received a donation of over 30 beautiful, though decrepit, children’s books from the early 20th century. The haul gave the existing Illustration – Children’s Books category a hefty influx of content and prompted us to divide the subject chronologically as follows:

Illustration – Children’s Books – Pre – 1920’s

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1920-1929

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1930-1939

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1940-1979

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1980-1989

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1990-Present

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

 

Harper's, 1902. Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

Harper’s, 1902.
Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

 

 

Harper's, 1902. Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

Harper’s, 1902.
Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

 

 

 

 

"Adventures in Animal Land", 1926. Illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts.

“Adventures in Animal Land”, 1926.
Illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts

 

 

 

"Friends: A Primer", 1936.  Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

“Friends: A Primer”, 1936.
Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

 

 

"Friends: A Primer", 1936.  Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

“Friends: A Primer”, 1936.
Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Wanted

Sheet Music

Clefs and lattices of lines, notes and rests, presence and absence, signatures and articulations, the graphic art of musical notation serves as both rigid explanation and expressive abstraction. Below find samples illuminated and otherwise unadorned from our Picture Collection, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 2006.

Medieval Sheet Music

Medieval Sheet Music

Following is a selection of sheet music from the 1879 book The Baby’s Boutique, Illustrated by Walter Crane, an influential, prolific illustrator that you can learn more about in our book stacks:

Walter Crane Catalog

Charley Over The Water

 

Pussy Cat

La Bergere

The Scarecrow

And The Pedlar

 

Sheet Music from a 2006 Video Art piece by Cory Arcangel.

Sheet Music from a 2006 Video Art piece by Cory Arcangel.

The Etude Magazine, April 1946.

The Etude Magazine, April 1946.

The Etude Magazine, March 1946.

The Etude Magazine, March 1946.

The Etude Magazine, March 1946.

The Etude Magazine, March 1946.

Etude Magazine, February 1933.

The Etude Magazine, February 1933.

By Victor Renton, published in The Etude magazine, January 1933

The Etude magazine, January 1933

Heresies

Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics ran independently from 1977 to 1993. Each issue focused on a different topic such as food, theater, or ecology. Between the covers you’ll find photography, film stills, sculptures, paintings, poems, prose, memoirs, collage, and documentations of performance art. Contributors included Harmony Hammond, Ida Applebroog, May Stevens, Mary Beth Edelson, Sally Webster, and Amy Sillman.

Here is the homepage for the 2009 documentary on Heresies called “The Heretics”, directed by Joan Braderman. The site includes an index to the articles.

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We have 24 of the 27 issues of Heresies in our back stacks. Come explore them.

Feminism and Ecology

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Pie Face

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.
Cover, Back cover.

The Women's Pages

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 2, Issue 14. 1982.
Cover, Back cover.

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Portrait of an Office

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.
From the article “Portrait of an Office” by Margaret Willey

Female and Male Body Language

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 3, Issue 27. 1993.

issue 23s

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. 1988.
“Baby Contest” by Annette Savitski

Women in Theater and Performance

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Feminist Theatrical Performances

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Jersey Shore Women’s Wrestling Club

Post-Totalitarian Criticism

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Maria Serebriakova, untitled collage, 1989.

Russian Billboard

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Russian Billboard

Kristin Reed

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 1, Issue 25. 1990.
“Predominant Ideology” by Kristin Reed, 1988. Krylon, xerox, gouache, chalk. 12″x14″.

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Betsy Dam, The 7000 Year Old Woman. Performance #2, a street event, fully clothed. Photo by Su Friedrich.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Judith Ren-Lay as "Ivy Mouse"

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Judith Ren-Lay as “Ivy Mouse”

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 17. Spring 1979.

Carol Harmel.

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Photo by Carol Harmel.

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. 1977.

Sandra Desando

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Sandra Desando

"No Longer Afraid" by Susan Spencer Cole

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
“No Longer Afraid” by Susan Spencer Cole

Installation and Set for "Private Places" by Vernita Nemec

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
Installation and Set for “Private Places” by Vernita Nemec

"T.V." by marina Gutierrez

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
“T.V.” by Marina Gutierrez, 1979, Monoprint/Color Etching

"The Rat Patrol" by Christy Rupp

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
“The Rat Patrol” by Christy Rupp, 1979

Advertising – Public Awareness

Not created to sell products, but rather to sway opinion and, of course, initiate and raise awareness, public awareness ads (PSA’s) recall the issues; the fears, deficiencies, and perceived instances of collective ignorance of a given time. Related to Advertising – Corporate Identity in their shared use of propaganda like techniques, these print manifestations of agenda can be very impactful. We divide Advertising – Awareness chronologically: Advertising – Public Awareness – Pre-1980 Advertising – Public Awareness – 1980-1989 Advertising – Public Awareness – 1990-1999 Advertising – Public Awareness – 2000-2010 Advertising – Public Awareness – 2010-2019

Communication Arts Magazine, Vol 13, No 1. 1971.

Communication Arts Magazine, Vol 13, No 1. 1971.

 

Teen. November 1964.

Teen. November 1964.

Utne. January-February 2003.

Utne. January-February 2003.

1992

1992

1985

1985

1985[?]

1985[?]

1988[?]

1988[?]

The Advocate, 2000.

The Advocate, 2000.

 

The Advocate. 2004.

The Advocate. 2004.

The Advocate. 2001.

The Advocate. 2001.

The Advocate. 1996.

The Advocate. 1996.

1990's

1990’s

 

Time. December 2006.

Time. December 2006.

1980's

1980’s

 

1986

1986

   

National Geographic. June 1968.

National Geographic. June 1968.

1983.

1983.

Geo, Vol 2. July 1980.

Geo, Vol 2. July 1980.

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