The latest Arts Arena Publication Series full-format volume, Robert Wilson from Within, was just released to coincide with Wilson’s 70th birthday on October 4, 2011, and was presented in New York at the PS1 MoMA Art Book Fair, at LIVE from the New York Public Library, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). A French edition of the book, co-published by the Arts Arena and Flammarion, was released on November 2. Contributors include Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Pierre Bergé, Philip Glass, Isabelle Huppert, Viktor & Rolf, Rufus Wainwright, and Robert Wilson himself, who selected and annotated a series of personal photographs specifically for this publication. The 336-page hardback volume is edited by Margery Arent Safir and designed by Herman Lelie; it includes hundreds of full color and black and white images, and concludes with a catalogue raisonné of Wilson’s complete works, with full publication information. An official launch for the book was held on February 9-10, with three major events around the work of Robert Wilson; Wilson was present both days and spoke. To date, the book has been favorably reviewed in Paris Match, Telerama, Nouvel Observateur, Liberation, and other major French publications. An article in Artnews is forthcoming in its March edition. For more information about the book, click here.
The first full-format publication from the Arts Arena was produced in collaboration with Sylph Editions in April 2008: Balanchine Then and Now, edited by Anne Hogan. George Balanchine, born in Russia, was the founder with Lincoln Kirstein of the American School of Ballet and the New York City Ballet, where he was Dance Master from 1948 until his death in 1983. Through his work with NYCB – as well as in film, musicals, and opera – Balanchine revolutionized classical ballet. In this book, leading dancers, choreographers, company directors, critics, and academics assess Balanchine’s legacy and his relevance to dance, then and now. Balanchine Then and Now was launched at an evening with Balanchine dancers Violette Verdy and Suki Schorer, dance scholars Stephanie Jordan, Toni d’Amelio, and editor Anne Hogan, as well as filmmaker Dominique Delouche, director of Violette and Mr. B. Among those present were Elisabeth Platel, Director of the School of Dance of the Opéra de Paris, and playwright Alain Malraux, son of France’s legendary Culture Minister André Malraux. The book was chosen for sale at the Opéra de Paris, Covent Gardens, and Lincoln Center, and Director of the Opéra de Paris Gerard Mortier gave it as a gift to patrons on the occasion of the New York City Ballet’s Paris performances in September, 2008. The volume was again displayed prominently in 2010 at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition on the Ballet Russes.
Man on the Moon is the catalogue of the exhibition Man on the Moon, for which the Arts Arena was a partner of Door Studios. The exhibition of the largest private collection of original NASA prints of voyages to the moon was shown at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo modern art museum and drew a record ground. Introduction by Margery Arent Safir, founding director of The Arts Arena and Professor of Comparative Literature at The American University of Paris.
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