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New Steidl Golden Decade Book Sells Out First Print Run

March 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Special Announcements

New Steidl Golden Decade Book Sells Out First Print Run

With 2016-2017 Golden Decade Book Signing Events and Exhibits at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City, Smith Andersen North Gallery in Marin County, Laguna Art Museum, Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco by Casemore and Kirkeby, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Bankhead Theater Gallery at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Steidl book redesign of The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts 1945-1955 has sold out the first print run of 2,400 and will go into a second printing.

Winter Forest Near Badger Pass, Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1949 by Philip Hyde. Featured in The Range of Light” (1992) by Philip Hyde with Selections From the Writings of John Muir and in “The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts 1945-1955” (2010 and 2016).

In collaboration with publisher Gerhard Steidl of Göttingen, Germany, Golden Decade book editors Ken Ball and Victoria Whyte Ball, along with the seven living Golden Decade photographers John Upton, Gerald Ratto, David Johnson, Stan Zrnich, Charles Wong, Stephen Goldstein and Zoe Lowenthal, arranged events and signed books all over California and in several other states beginning at the iconic Strand bookstore in New York City on October 29, 2016. To read a book review and summary of The Golden Decade see the blog post, “The New Golden Decade by Steidl Book Review.” To learn the background of the Golden Decade name, more about the authors, the publisher and the art school then called the California School of Fine Arts, later renamed the San Francisco Art Institute, the instructors and a full list of the photography students whose work appears in the book, read the blog post, “The Golden Decade Book to be Published by Gerhard Steidl.”

After New York, the Golden Decade came home to San Francisco, which was made possible through the City’s newest, most innovative contemporary art complex at the Minnesota Street Project. At the Minnesota Street Project, museum installation expert and gallerist Stefan Kirkeby of Smith Andersen North Gallery had co-founded the Casemore Kirkeby Gallery for contemporary photography with Julie Casemore. Soon after, Stefan Kirkeby having hosted Golden Decade shows at Smith Andersen North Gallery, helped Ken and Victoria Whyte Ball arrange for a special Golden Decade exhibition in its own separate space at the Minnesota Street Project.

Meanwhile, Golden Decade photographer John Upton made arrangements with the Laguna Art Museum for a Golden Decade show to run from February through May, 2017. On March 1, 2017, at the San Francisco Art Institute, Ken and Victoria Whyte Ball, Jeff Gunderson, Stefan Kirkeby and Golden Decade photographers John Upton, Stephen Goldstine, David Johnson, Charles Wong, Gerald Ratto and Stan Zrnich led a panel discussion. For more about other Golden Decade events and the photography program, the first of its kind in the world, founded by Ansel Adams with lead instruction by Minor White with help from luminaries Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Lisette Model and others, see the blog post, “Golden Decade Shows at Laguna Art Museum and Minnesota Street Project.”

Interest in the Golden Decade has remained high ever since the first contemporary group show in 2010, when a self-published version of the book came out. For more about the overwhelming success of that first show of the new millennium, see the blog post, “Over 500 People Attend the Golden Decade Show.” Stay tuned for announcements about new exhibitions currently in the works for upcoming years.

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