Sunday, February 18, 2007

Crown Point Press at CAA

Greetings from New York City! We just made it before a great winter storm hit; we landed in the snow and sleet, and the airplane skidded on the runway as we touched down!

Now we are here, warm and dry, at the CAA Conference in the Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue at 54th Street. The CAA (College Art Association) holds its annual conference in a different city every year, and what luck that this year it is in the Big Apple. In addition to academics (and artists) giving keynote speeches, there are seminars and a job fair as well as a book and trade exhibition where (book) publishers and art material suppliers sell their wares. This year is the first time Crown Point has attended the fair, and we have a table set up, displaying our books, and we are hard at work promoting the Press and our Magical-Secrets book series and website.

We have received many accolades about the new books, and people are impressed with our other publications. Visitors to the table have been printmakers, curators, artists, teachers and students. Some know who we are; others don’t but everyone is excited to see the new Lines book, and to meet Catherine. Many are already familiar with Kathan’s Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively: The Art of Etching and the Truth of Life, since its release last year. It is particularly wonderful to be able to say that the two of us with Kathan and Javier have produced these books all on our own.

We are having a great time in the Big Apple. Tonight Sasha is going to a Broadway musical, the first time she has been to a Broadway show since she was nine! Thursday evening Catherine went to the opening of the show, “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975” at the National Academy Museum. It was a surprise to run into both Pat Steir and Mary Heilmann; their paintings were included in the show along with Richard Tuttle’s.

There are some art luminaries at the CAA; Faith Ringgold has a book signing, Betty Woodman gave a keynote address, and June Wayne is also here to promote her catalog raisonee, We are working on having the public address system announce a book signing at the Crown Point booth, on Saturday morning, from 10-12. Just have to convince the organizers to use their powers with the broad announcement medium.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Catherine, she is foxy!

4:43 PM  

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