The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art has two new publications.
Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama documents Japanese Italian artist Enrico Isamu Ōyama’s first museum exhibition in the U.S. and related residency at the Beach Museum of Art. With texts in both English and Japanese, the book analyzes Ōyama’s innovative development of Quick Turn Structure (QTS) as an abstract visual language expressing the energy and aesthetic of the metropolis, to which city dwellers from different countries and cultures can relate. The volume also outlines the ways in which the project engaged with different community groups and produced site-specific art through collaboration, including the first outdoor contemporary art mural in Manhattan, Kansas. 140 pages with color illustrations.
John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within is the exhibition catalogue for the museum’s current exhibition exploring Regionalist John Steuart Curry’s depictions of the American West. The West—as a romantic environment of the past and a real locale for exploration and respite—played an important role in shaping the Kansas native and his art. This 80-page volume includes an essay by Curator Elizabeth Seaton and exhibition collaborator Frank N. Owings Jr., as well as an introduction by William H. Truettner, Smithsonian American Art Museum emeritus curator and author of The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier (1991).
Copies of both catalogues are available for $25 in the museum’s gift shop on the first floor of the museum. Find more details of the books: