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A comprehensive book on the artist John Connell will be published in Spring, 2014 by Radius Books.
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Why Do I Still Have Eyes?

A comprehensive book on the artist John Connell

In spring 2014 Radius Books, an award-winning non-profit publisher based in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be publishing a comprehensive book on John Connell. The book will be co-curated by Brendan Connell, who is the person responsible for this Kickstarter.

The Story

My father John Connell was one of the most well-respected artists to ever work in New Mexico. He showed his work at most of the major galleries and museums, painted murals around the state, and received wide recognition.

Though his work has been documented in numerous museum catalogues, newspapers and magazines, there has never been a comprehensive book of his work.

Shortly before he died, he and I and some of his colleagues had begun discussing the publication of a book on his work. It is my intention to see this project through to completion.

The Artist

John Connell (1940–2009)­­­ worked prolifically in painting, drawing and sculpture through a fifty year career. His first exhibitions were in New York City in the early 1960s and were early attempts at what would become the elaborate environments he is known for. He was the set designer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, before moving to New Mexico. He is known for large installation pieces of figurative sculptures made from papier-mâché and tar, as well as his numerous drawings, paintings and sculptures made from a wide variety of materials. His work is in many public collections including The Albright-Knox Gallery, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Fundraising

The book is planned for Spring of next year, and the publisher is a non-profit publishing company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who donates at least 300 copies of every title they publish to a nationwide network of libraries and schools, with the hope and expectation that these books will reach and inspire new audiences, particularly young people.

I have already raised $26,425 from various private donations and foundations.

However, an additional $5,575 is needed to meet the production budget goal.

The Book

The book will be a beautifully designed hardcover, with a cloth cover and dust jacket. Donald Hess, of the Hess Collection, has written a preface to the book. The art writer MaLin Wilson will write the introductory essay. Aside from numerous photos of John Connell’s art, there will also be samples of his writing. The back of the book will have a timeline and extensive biographical information put together by Brendan Connell.

The Rewards

John Connell poster
John Connell poster
Allan Graham/John Connell “Bouncing Buddha” print
Allan Graham/John Connell “Bouncing Buddha” print
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY - CHOPIN BY COURBET”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY - CHOPIN BY COURBET”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “GOYA DREAMS THE DUEL BACKWARDS”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “GOYA DREAMS THE DUEL BACKWARDS”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY FOR “DRESSED/UNDRESSED””
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY FOR “DRESSED/UNDRESSED””
John Connell giclée print titled “The Wanderer, leg-sore, borrows the farmer's old horse” (white space is part of actual print)
John Connell giclée print titled “The Wanderer, leg-sore, borrows the farmer's old horse” (white space is part of actual print)
John Connell giclée print titled “Idea for the Wanderer, wandering in summer Briars”
John Connell giclée print titled “Idea for the Wanderer, wandering in summer Briars”
John Connell giclée print titled “The Wanderer Meets a Crane” (white space part of actual print)
John Connell giclée print titled “The Wanderer Meets a Crane” (white space part of actual print)
Dana Newmann collage titled “LOST IN TIME”
Dana Newmann collage titled “LOST IN TIME”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MAJAS”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MAJAS”
Gloria Graham photograph of Robert Creeley
Gloria Graham photograph of Robert Creeley
John Connell Drawing, “Bird, Buddha, Man Drinking”
John Connell Drawing, “Bird, Buddha, Man Drinking”
John Connell Drawing, “Pin-ups of North America. Old Dan / Iris / Catalpa Blossoms”
John Connell Drawing, “Pin-ups of North America. Old Dan / Iris / Catalpa Blossoms”
John Connell Drawing, “Human Figures and Flower”
John Connell Drawing, “Human Figures and Flower”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MIDSUMMER NIGHT UNDER HERCULES”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MIDSUMMER NIGHT UNDER HERCULES”
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MIDSUMMER NIGHT UNDER HERCULES” (view with frame)
Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MIDSUMMER NIGHT UNDER HERCULES” (view with frame)
Allan Graham (Toadhouse) study of one, “ALL OF TEMPORALITY IS AT STAKE”
Allan Graham (Toadhouse) study of one, “ALL OF TEMPORALITY IS AT STAKE”
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #1” from Suite for John Connell
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #1” from Suite for John Connell
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #2” from Suite for John Connell
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #2” from Suite for John Connell
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #3” from Suite for John Connell
Sam Scott watercolor “For John Connell #3” from Suite for John Connell
John Connell, Bronze Rat 2/10
John Connell, Bronze Rat 2/10
Dr.Black and the Guerrillia, illustrated by John Connell
Dr.Black and the Guerrillia, illustrated by John Connell

Risks and challenges

The publisher for this book is well known, and known to produce beautiful books. Everyone involved has significant experience in the publishing industry and art world, so no serious challenges are envisioned.

That said, with all publishing projects there is a possibility of some slight delays due to unforeseen circumstances. We will however work to insure the project gets completed in a timely manner.

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    Book titled “Dr. Black and the Guerrillia” written by Brendan Connell and illustrated by John Connell. 300 Copy Limited Edition Novella. Hardcover. 83 pages printed in brown and black ink. Published by Grafitisk Press in 2005, in Slovenia. Hand numbered and signed by Brendan Connell.

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    A copy of the John Connell book Why Do I Still Have Eyes? This is the book this project is funding.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + John Connell Poster. A vintage poster of a print by John Connell that was published by the Linda Durham Gallery in 1988. It measures 29 x 22 inches and is printed on heavy stock. The poster will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    $150. Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Allan Graham/John Connell “Bouncing Buddha” print. Edition of six, signed and hand-numbered. 23 x 15 ½ inches. Unframed. The print will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

    Shortly before John Connell passed away he was planning a collaborative project with the artist Allan Graham (also known as Toadhouse). It was called “The Bouncing Buddha Project” and was to consist of buddhas cast in rubber by John Connell that were to go with word-pieces by Allan Graham. John Connell completed the initial studies and Allan Graham made this limited edition poster from one of these studies. It is an edition of six, printed on high-quality archival paper. The measurements are 23 x 15 ½ inches. Unframed. The John Connell writing reads: "Buddha (Hotei) round & compassionate". The print will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY - CHOPIN BY COURBET”. From edition of 25. Signed and dated 1984. The measurements are 10 x 12 inches. Unframed. It was printed by Draughtsman’s Press, which was a press that Eugene Newmann and John Connell made, printing the lithos at Hand Graphics after hours. Eugene Newmann collaborated with John Connell on several projects, most notably The Raft Project. The lithograph will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “GOYA DREAMS THE DUEL BACKWARDS”. From edition of 25. Signed and dated 1984. The measurements are 10 x 12 inches. Unframed. It was printed by Draughtsman’s Press, which was a press that Eugene Newmann and John Connell made, printing the lithos at Hand Graphics after hours. Eugene Newmann collaborated with John Connell on several projects, most notably The Raft Project. The lithograph will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “STUDY FOR “DRESSED/UNDRESSED””. From edition of 25. Signed and dated 1984. The measurements are 10 x 12 inches. Unframed. It was printed by Draughtsman’s Press, which was a press that Eugene Newmann and John Connell made, printing the lithos at Hand Graphics after hours. Eugene Newmann collaborated with John Connell on several projects, most notably The Raft Project. The lithograph will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + John Connell giclée print titled “The Wanderer Meets a Crane”. Edition of 25. Measurements: 9 x 11 inches. Unframed. Hand numbered with Estate seal on back. This is a limited edition print done from a series of small paintings John Connell did shortly before he passed away. They were his last works. The reproductions are done in the exact size of the originals. The print will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014. Please add $30 for shipping outside the USA.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Dana Newmann collage titled “LOST IN TIME”. Signed and dated on back. 1978. The measurements are 9 x 12 inches (including mounting). Dana Newmann was a close friend and associate of John Connell’s. The collage will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Eugene Newmann lithograph titled “MAJAS”. 1984. Framed. Edition of 25. The measurements are 16.5 x 19.5 inches framed. The print itself measures 9.5 x 12 inches. The lithograph will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014.

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    Why Do I Still Have Eyes? + Suite of 3 John Connell giclée prints, in "The Wanderer" series + personal acknowledgement in the book. The prints in the suite are: 1) ““The Wanderer, leg-sore, borrows the farmer's old horse” 2) “Idea for the Wanderer, wandering in summer Briars” 3) “The Wanderer Meets a Crane”. Each print is an edition of 25. The prints measure 9 x 11 inches each. Unframed. Hand numbered with Estate seal on back. This is a limited edition print done from a series of small paintings John Connell did shortly before he passed away. They were his last works. The reproductions are done in the exact size of the originals. The acknowledgement will be in the form of your name in the "thank you" section of the book (though this is optional). The prints will be shipped within 30 days after the Kickstarter has ended, though the book portion of the reward won’t be shipped until April 2014. Please add $30 for shipping outside the USA.

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