A Nitrate + Kinogeists Preview
8pp, full color
Limited to 1000
Text by Thomas Negovan
Interview with Dave McKean
"Nitrate + Kinogeists" brings together Dave McKean's latest series "Nitrate", a collection of mixed media artworks inspired by early cinema and Century Guild's inventory of rare silent film posters. The catalog also features an exclusive interview with Dave McKean, where he discusses "Nitrate", his inspiration from silent film, and upcoming projects. It comes printed on a gorgeous (and recycled) demi-matte stock.
Grand Guignol: An Exhibition Celebrating the Legendary Theater of Terror
October 2010, 1st edition
32pp, full color
Limited edition of 1000
Printed using recycled materials.
Mutilation... Hysteria... Disease... They all made their home at Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol! The Grand Guignol was a 19th century Parisian theater that shocked and aroused audiences with productions blending macabre horror and flirtatious sex. Its legacy has inspired contemporary artists from all backgrounds including Tim Burton, Clive Barker, and Marilyn Manson. To celebrate its blood-soaked legacy, Century Guild presents an exhibition book honoring the legendary theater. Original and rare artifacts for The Grand Guignol as well as grim antique lithograph posters and works on paper by the likes of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha (turn of the century icons in the world of Secessionist and Art Nouveau art whose work continues to inspire) from Century Guild's inventory are included in this limited edition exhibition book. Along with the antique artworks featured in the show, a select group of notable contemporary talents are featured: Dave McKean (groundbreaking multi-media artist best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's legendary comic book series The Sandman and his feature film for the Jim Henson company, MirrorMask), Gail Potocki (award winning Symbolist painter, The Union of Hope & Sadness: The Art of Gail Potocki) and Chris Mars. These artifacts are indisputably some of the most rare, romantic, and inspiring art anywhere -- very rare and very special posters from the early years of The Grand Guignol, so rare that many have not previously been documented.
Nitrate + Kinogeists 2. Teil - Art of Silent Cinema
35 pp, full color
Limited to 1000
Text by Thomas Negovan
Limited edition catalog featuring rare and unpublished silent film posters (1918-1929) and selections from Dave McKean's "Nitrate" series, as well new relevant works by award-winning Symbolist painter Gail Potocki and Douglas Klauba.
"Love & Other Violations" Exhibition Catalog
Limited to 200 copies
Extremely sensual, and extremely limited edition catalog (only 200 copies printed) featuring classic erotic works (1880-1957) by artists that include Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Hope, Koloman Moser, and Walter Schnackenberg, presented alongside voluptuous contemporary works by Steve Diet Goedde, Dave McKean, and Gail Potocki. Each issue comes bagged and boarded.
FREAKS Magazine: Issue I
Limited to 1000 copies
Exclusive promo magazine featuring never-before-seen artwork by contemporary artists Gail Potocki and Jeremy A. Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl). Includes interviews with Potocki, Bastian, performer Jim Rose of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, actress Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask, BBC’s Dracula), and more.
48 pages (plus 4 page cover) explore 44 artworks created in 1977 when Clive was only 24 years old; these drawings were unearthed in a journal found in his home in early 2014.
A surprisingly high page count for a small print-run exhibition booklet, printed in a limited edition of only 300 copies.
6" x 8"
16 page boutique-style catalog (including cover) with twelve images from the Clive Barker: Imaginer exhibition and LA Art 2014.
Gold, hand-stamped cover.
6" x 7 3/4"
Two available sets:
SET A: The book (complete artworks with detailed analysis); 60pp 8.5" x 11" softcover, plus 3 color mini-posters; $35
SET B: The book (complete artworks with detailed analysis); 60pp 8.5" x 11" softcover, plus 10 mini-posters (3 color and 7 sepia); $65
**THIS IS A PRE-ORDER TO SECURE A COPY OF THE BOOK, ESTIMATED DELIVERY IS MAY 2016**
By December 20, 1899, Alphonse Mucha had experienced four years as the most recognizable proponent of Art Nouveau graphics and the most celebrated illustrator in Paris. The massive output of the artist in his first four years in the advertising and decorative world earned much for Mucha's publisher but very little for the artist himself.
As the end of the century grew near, Alphonse Mucha insisted upon the release of a deeply personal work, and printed 510 copies of what he for the remainder of his life considered his works-on-paper masterpiece, Le Pater.
Decidedly non-denominational, Mucha's exploration features a female deity protecting humankind and a number of sophisticated occult themes across a series of images of mystical illustrations.
Unlike the advertising art that had dominated Mucha's output since his "discovery" by Sarah Bernhardt in late 1894, Mucha described this series of images to a New York reporter as "the thing I have put my soul into." (The Sun newspaper, 5 January, 1900)
Mucha's previous artworks were lithographed on numerous mediums ranging from paper to silk, in multiple formats; Mucha's publisher Champenois saw that Mucha was the most printed artist in Paris in the late 1890s. Mucha's concern, understandably, was likely that the imagery of his spiritual work would be capitalized upon. By 1899, he had earned the right to demand that the Le Pater images would be produced in an edition of only 510 copies, and subsequently saw the plates destroyed- ensuring the work would never be reprinted for mass-market purposes.
The images from Le Pater are mentioned in numerous Mucha books as his masterpieces and are universally acknowledged alongside his massive Slav Epic paintings as his finest work. However, as a result of Mucha's forced limitation of the publication of this masterwork, the rarity of the lithographs means that most books are limited to mentioning the images in the text and leaving the reader to wonder what these "lost masterpieces" might look like.
The original promotional materials for the Le Pater series name these artworks as of "rare interest and considerable importance". Over 115 years later, the description continues to ring true.
What is the copyright standing of this work, and how is it that you can publish it now if Mucha hoped that it would never be reprinted?
The copyrights on these artworks have expired, as is the case with many exceptional artworks. The challenge for a publisher comes in acquiring proper files from which to print, which is why many publications featuring rare artworks are of poor quality. In our case, we are working from an original 1899 folio of the artworks so the image captures- and printing- will be of the highest possible quality. While Mucha was adamant that his publisher at the time not reprint the work, as we understand it the motive was related to his work being appropriated in fragments ad infinitum for commercial purposes. We believe today that 116 years later Mucha would want this most personal work shared with as many people as possible, and in keeping with respect for the depth and breadth of his creation we are publishing this book in a completist and academic manner.