EyeBook is an illustrated book about the eye in art - a fascinating collection of remarkable works by artists both famous and unknown.
EyeBook: Sixty Artists. One Subject. A fascinating collection of remarkable works about the eye in art by historic and contemporary artists from the famous to the lesser-known are brought together in one striking volume. Arranged chronologically, the book features an exciting mix of painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and architecture, ranging from the sensual and surreal to the abstract, expressionistic and humorous. Crisp, concise quotes by noted authors and thinkers about vision, seeing, and the eye appear throughout.
Surprisingly, a visual book exploring the eye in art has never been done before.
Each piece in the book is an exceptional work of art. Highlights include iconic works by Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Ed Ruscha, Lucas Samaras, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, William Wegman and Yayoi Kusama. The cover image, as seen above, features a photograph from 1863/66 by Pierre-Louis Pierson, Scherzo di Follia [Game of Madness].
The book will feature an introduction by David Travis, former Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the author of such notable works as At the Edge of Light, and Karsh: Beyond the Camera.
EyeBook will be a beautifully produced and richly illustrated fine art gift book - a work of art in itself - featuring thirty-seven full color images, and twenty-three black and white images.
The current list of artists in EyeBook, in alphabetical order are: Maurizio Anzeri, Nobuyoshi Araki, Herbert Bayer, Bobbe Besold, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Rodney Oman Bradley, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Santiago Calatrava, Elinor Carucci, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Robert Crumb, Salvador Dali, Jusepe de Ribera, Max Ernst, Jaroslav Fabinger, Andreas Feininger, Piero Fornasetti, Abe Frajndlich, Lee Friedlander, Gerlovina-Gerlovin, Ralph Gibson, Jones-Ginzel, Philip Guston, Jindrich Heisler, Gabriella Imperatori-Penn, Paul Klee, Ray King, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, William Larson, Elsha Leventis, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Lynn, Rene Magritte, Michael Martone, Ray K. Metzker, Duane Michals, Daido Moriyama, David Morowitz, Jon Naar, Tony Oursler, Jenny Painter, Raymond Pettibon, Francis Picabia, Pierre-Louis Pierson, Alan Rath, Man Ray, Odilon Redon, Gregor Reisch, Marcia Resnick, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Sacco, Lucas Samaras, Gary Schneider, David Seltzer, Kiki Smith, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, David Wojnarowicz.
As a visual artist, I have long been drawn to the eye as a subject, a symbol, and a metaphor for vision, seeing, and perception. EyeBook is an expression of my artistic interest in the eye, and has been in the works for several years. I began collecting eye-related imagery over twenty years ago, and at a certain point, realized I had the makings of an amazing book. I then began editing, personally contacting artists, locating works, and securing permissions to create a working prototype.
I have already secured reproduction rights for most of the works in the book, and I am delighted that so many artists, or their representatives, have agreed to participate in the project, including Ed Ruscha, Lucas Samaras, Barbara Kruger, Robert Crumb, Yayoi Kusama and William Wegman.
All aspects of production for the book are in place and ready to move forward. Funds raised will be used to pay for the remaining reproduction rights, the final edit and layout of the book, graphic design, printing of 2,000 hardbound books and custom boxes, shipping, marketing, distribution, and assistants. The printing will be of the highest quality, and will likely be done by the prominent printer and publisher Damiani.
I hope you will consider contributing to EyeBook. It promises to be a unique and beautiful art book that will be a valuable addition to any collection.
Thank you for your support, and I hope you will join me on this journey!
Jenny Lynn is an accomplished artist whose work has been widely published, exhibited and collected. To learn more, please visit www.jennylynn.com
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EyeBook is the most ambitious and complex project I have ever undertaken. I never expected to self-publish the book, but the constraints I have encountered in the current publishing environment have led me to do so. It seems that thematic books have fallen out of favor, due in part to the high costs of permissions. It also seems that the mixing of genres poses a problem for publishers. I am determined to stay true to my original vision for the book, and hope to be able to realize it, with the help of Kickstarter.
I have researched and selected the best team possible to produce both the highest quality book possible, as well as the rewards at every pledge level: cards, buttons, posters and limited-edition prints. There will be a considerable amount of work involved in packaging and shipping, yet I will have interns and assistants to help me in that regard.
(Fortunately, I do have experience with self-publishing. In 2004, I successfully self-published a monograph of my own work, PhotoPlay. I gained valuable experience in all stages of the production of a fine art book, including assembling and working with a professional team of assistants, writers, graphic designers, and printers.)
The most challenging and time-consuming part of this project I have already resolved. I have spent nearly three years personally contacting as many artists (or their representatives) as possible, in order to secure permissions and high-resolution files of artworks. I now have roughly 70% of those permissions and files in hand. For the remaining artworks that I still need to purchase rights for, such as those of Magritte, Man Ray, Dali, Warhol, etc., I am working with Art Resource and Artists Rights Society, and have factored the costs to purchase those rights into my funding goal.
Again, producing EyeBook, and the rewards for the project's supporters, will be complex. Like any project with so many moving parts and people involved, unexpected production issues may arise, which could delay the process. However, because so much is already in place and ready to go, I am confident that the book I envisioned from the start will finally become a tangible reality, with the help of Kickstarter!
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Thank you! For your kind support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook and the names of the 60 artists in the book.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Thank you! For your kind support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook and the names of all 60 artists in the book, and a 2 1/4" round "Eye" pin.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Thank you! For your very kind support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook with the names of all 60 artists in the book, a 2 1/4" round "Eye" pin, and a signed copy of EyeBook. Shipping is included; for international orders, please add $10.00Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Thank you! For your very kind support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook and the names of all 60 artists in the book, a 2 1/4" round "Eye" pin, a 24"x24" Limited Edition poster featuring selected images from the book, and a signed copy of EyeBook. Shipping is included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Thank you! For your kind and generous support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook and the names of all 60 artists in the book, two 2 1/4" round "Eye" pins, two 24"x24" Limited Edition posters featuring selected images from the book, and two signed copies of EyeBook. Your name will also be listed in the book as a special Patron of the project. Shipping is included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Thank you! For your kind and exceptional support, you will receive a hand-written thank you card: a deluxe folding card featuring the cover of EyeBook and the names of all 60 artists in the book, two 2 1/4" round "Eye" pins, two 24"x24" Limited Edition posters featuring selected images from the book, two signed copies of EyeBook, each with a limited edition print (signed, numbered and matted) of Jenny Lynn's photograph from the book. Your name will also be listed in the book as a special Benefactor of the project. Shipping is included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013