Century Guild Exhibition
October 23, 2010
LAST 24 HOUR UPDATE: FINAL PUSH! Read update #2, if we hit our final goal- everyone pledging $49 and above gets a SPECIAL GRAND GUIGNOL POSTER, JUST ADDED!!! $65 value, now part of the already massive $49 pledge level package! Remember, $99 gets you this AND the Malleus silkscreen!
PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL SO QUICKLY... the catalog is not sixteen pages... not thirty-two... but FORTY-EIGHT pages!!! Artworks by Gustav Klimt and old theater posters, rare images from Alphonse Mucha and Dave McKean, brand new images from Gail Potocki, Chris Mars, and Michael Zulli. This is sure to be a collectors item, an edition of only 1000.
PLUS: BECAUSE WE HAVE SURPASSED OUR GOAL!
EVERYONE WHO PLEDGES AT THE $49 LEVEL OR ABOVE (and if you're below this, you can raise your pledge if getting this book sounds good to you!) will receive as a GIFT a beautiful hardcover copy of "The Union of Hope and Sadness: The Art of Gail Potocki".
Here's a nice quote about Gail from writer Grant Morrison:
"Brilliant occult portraits from the Symbolist underworld of the 21st Century. More than just paintings, Gail Potocki conducts seances on canvas..."
-Grant Morrison, visionary author, psychic revolutionary, and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Creative People in America
It's a thick $50 HARDCOVER BOOK with a deluxe French Fold dustjacket with gold debossing, absolutely beautiful. This is in addition to the Grand Guignol catalog, the Dave McKean/ silent movie poster catalog, the Freaks magazine, and whatever posters come with your pledge point!
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was founded in Paris in 1897. Its horrific shows were the inspiration for contemporary artists ranging from Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. (Think Blue Man Group... but with real blood being splattered on the audience! Brrrrrr!)
Three fabulous resources are here:
Not for the faint of heart, if you have any love at all for Horror or things macabre, you must learn about the Grand Guignol- and you must have this catalog!
Century Guild has been in business since 1999, and has placed artworks in museums and top collections around the world. Since our inception, we have built a collection of some of the most fabulous romantic and macabre art anywhere- including very rare and very special posters from the early years of the Grand Guignol theater, so rare they are not seen in any books! Most notable- and included in this exhibition- are special works on paper by Gustav Klimt that have macabre leanings: original lifetime prints of Judith, and The Course of the Dead.
We are opening a public space in Chicago, and for our grand opening- the weekend before Halloween- we have decided to do a show in honor of the legendary Grand Guignol theater.
In addition to the period artworks, we have major new works by contemporary artists Dave McKean (Neil Gaiman's collaborator on The Sandman comics, Coraline, and the 2010 Newbery Award winning The Graveyard Book, and director of the film MirrorMask), the Pre-Raphaelite inspired Michael Zulli (also an artist on The Sandman), plus Symbolist painters Gail Potocki and Chris Mars, and Italian poster art collective Malleus.
The situation is this:
We planned to make a 16 page exhibition catalog. In reviewing the artworks, however, we found that there are too many fabulous things to fit into such a small page count! So, we want to expand the page count to 32, and include all of these important and beautiful artworks that can't be seen anywhere else.
What you can do:
Pledge to help us raise the money to increase the page count, show us that people actually want to see these things, and we'll get you some cool things in return!
The catalog will be printed in North America, using recycled materials.
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