Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists

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Handmade Holiday Cards shows how artists imagined the holidays through original watercolors, etchings, silk-screen prints, and drawings. Rarely seen beyond the eyes of their recipients, these cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders. Handmade Holiday Cards offers personal insight into the style and sentiment of artists, including how they summed up the year's events in their own lives and the world in which they lived.

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Overview

Handmade Holiday Cards shows how artists imagined the holidays through original watercolors, etchings, silk-screen prints, and drawings. Rarely seen beyond the eyes of their recipients, these cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders. Handmade Holiday Cards offers personal insight into the style and sentiment of artists, including how they summed up the year's events in their own lives and the world in which they lived.

The introduction by archives specialist Mary Savig explores the intersections between commercial holiday cards and the art world—how holiday cards were first marketed as "affordable art" and how selling their art to card companies often provided income for artists in lean times. She then opens up the more intimate dimensions of an artist's social network, illuminating their relationships with dealers, curators, teachers, and close friends. Captions introduce each artist, compare or contrast the holiday card to his/her body of work, and discuss the relationship to the recipient when relevant.

Handmade Holiday Cards illustrates and contextualizes a broad range of one-of-a-kind artworks or limited edition print series by well-known artists such as Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Motherwell, Nickolas Muray, and Ad Reinhardt. It will appeal to anyone interested in greeting cards, ephemeral art, illustrated correspondence, and the history of American art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588343307
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY SAVIG, an art history and American studies scholar, is an archivist at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. Her research interests are in twentieth-century craft and material culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    What a great holiday gift for my hard to shop for museum/artsy/f

    What a great holiday gift for my hard to shop for museum/artsy/fun friends and family. The captions are witty and thoughtful. I'll never look at a handmade holiday card the same.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    A lot into the personal thoughts and connections of major artists of the 20th century - great variety and substance.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    This is a beautiful book. Each page offers gorgeous color reprod

    This is a beautiful book. Each page offers gorgeous color reproductions of cards. Some are solemn and sacred; other are playful and irreverent. Mary Savig interprets each with grace and wit. I can't wait to stock up to use as host/ess gifts for friends and family this season.

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