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Dear Schirmer/Moselites,

In our upcoming spring program, one of the most extensive and inspiring edition projects in the field of American contemporary art is coming to its conclusion. With the publication of volumes 7 and 8, the Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings by Cy Twombly will be completed. Volume 7 featuring the drawings created between 1980 and 1989 will be available at the end of January. Volume 8 containing the drawings created between 1990 and 2011 will be published in June, for the sixth anniversary of the artist’s death. Henceforth the artist’s great œuvre of sixty years of creative production, starting in 1951 and ending in 2011, will be at hand, and in excellent aesthetic quality, at that. On a total of 1,952 pages the eight volumes assemble 2,415 color reproductions. In its poetry, its literary impression, and visual power Cy Twombly’s graphic œuvre is unique, not just within American arts, but in the history of international arts. Future historiography will place Cy Twombly as an art classic somewhere between the archaic traditions of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Walt Disney’s Fantasia and the rigorous exercises of a composer like John Cage. By any rate, Cy Twombly’s work and voice are as unique as Schirmer/Mosel’s eight-volume edition edited by Nicola Del Roscio. Its completion will cause quite a few appraisals and festivities, on which to report will be our pleasure in the next Schirmer/Mosel program.

On the occasion of the Irving Penn centennial exhibition we are presenting a reprint of the history of fashion photography by means of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn who married the artist in 1950. Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn is the mother of all supermodels, so to speak, and our book assembles the classic icons of 1940s, 50s, and 60s fashion photography by Horst, Penn, Hoyningen-Huene and many others.

Four major classic photo books from our Schirmer/Mosel program will be available again in reprints: Helmut Newton’s famous Portraits, August Sander’s magnum opus People of the 20th Century, Candida Höfer’s classic Libraries with an essay by Umberto Eco, and Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Drawings, the most beautiful art book of 2011. And there will be new publications by photographers Thomas Struth, Elger Esser, and Claus Goedicke.

In any case, we have laid the ground and sown the seeds of visual culture so carefully that our upcoming Schirmer/Mosel books should find their way in every good bookstore and every good library—public and private—in the US.

Good luck and best wishes,

Lothar Schirmer



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