Ruth Asawa: The Journal
Ruth Asawa: The Journal is a welcome reminder to find inspiration in the everyday object.
The twentieth-century master Ruth Asawa is renowned for her hand-looped and tied-wire sculptures that explore the interplay of light and shadow. Asawa also produced an enormous body of works on paper, finding moments to weave her creative practice into the fabric of her daily life, depicting her California garden, her family, and her home. The delicate works featured in Asawa’s first Artist Journal beckon the inner artist to carve out time to look and create.
Each journal is beautifully crafted in Verona, Italy.
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Artists: Ruth Asawa
Contributors: The Artist Journals
Designer: Sarah Schrauwen
Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona
Publication Date: 2023
Binding: Hardcover, with collectible bookmark, and colored edges in complementary hues
Dimensions: 7 × 9.75 in | 17.8 × 24.8 cm
Pages: 160 pages: 80 blank, 80 patterned
Retail: $35 | £25
Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) has exhibited widely throughout the world since the early 1950s. In 1965, Walter Hopps organized a solo exhibition of the artist’s sculptures and drawings at the Pasadena Art Museum (now Norton Simon Museum) in California, where the artist completed a residency at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop the same year. Other solo presentations include those held at the San Francisco Museum of Art (1973); Fresno Art Museum, California (traveled to Oakland Museum of California; 2001-2002); de Young Museum, San Francisco (2006); Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas (2012); and Norton Simon Museum of Art, California (2014).
The Artist Journals
The Artist Journals go beyond canonical art to capture the modern and contemporary spirit of today’s most acclaimed painters, sculptors, and other major creative forces. Created in close collaboration with each artist or artist’s estate, these beautifully produced blank books—with their stunning wraparound cover artwork, endpapers, patterned interior pages, and bellybands that transform into collectible bookmarks—are works of art themselves, designed to inspire, collect, and gift to a wide audience.