Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
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Title: Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
Author/Editor: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
Publisher: Pomona College Museum of Art
Design Firm: Content Object
Creative Director: Kimberly Varella
Art Director: Kimberly Varella
Book Designer: Kimberly Varella
Jacket Designer: Kimberly Varella
Photographer: P. 10, images courtesy MOMA PS1, Photo: Pablo Enriquez; pp. 25–33: photography: Ian Byers-Gamber; pp. 55–57: Courtesy of the artist. photo: Floyd Johnson.
Influential Los Angeles– and New York–based artist Marcia Hafif (1929-2018) is renowned as a painter of canvases that suggest both minimalism and process art. Highlighting the more personal and intimate side of her drawing practice, this book is the first to examine her paintings within a context of many previously unseen sketches, architectural models, photographs and texts that investigate lived spaces, drawing forms and site-specificity. By presenting Hafif's lesser-known oeuvre alongside her painting, this book demonstrates the range of innovative experiments in art-making that Hafif has explored for over five decades. Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart includes rarely seen drawings and photographs as well as text excerpts from Hafif's forthcoming novel.
An elegant book in keeping with the minimalist art incorporates a sensitive selection of paper color and stunning line drawings of overlapping maps on tracing paper. The energy and experimentation of the artist is at the forefront thanks to the disciplined design. — Daphne Geismar
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