DATE 3/30/2018

Inscrutable and disorienting: Rineke Dijkstra

DATE 3/29/2018

'Ice Cream Headaches' launch event at Pilgrim Surf

DATE 3/25/2018

Modern Women, Greta von Nessen

DATE 3/24/2018

Modern Women, going, going, strong

DATE 3/22/2018

Celebrate Women's History Month with 'Women in Trees'

DATE 3/21/2018

Delight, desire, surprise and trust: Design Is Storytelling

DATE 3/21/2018

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 and Mississippi Records launch 'Dead Moon: The Book' in the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 3/21/2018

Mitch Epstein signing 'Rocks and Clouds' at Dashwood

DATE 3/20/2018

Alphonse Mucha was both the 'greatest decorative artist in the world' and a humanitarian philosopher

DATE 3/19/2018

A visual language meant to express beauty in 'Alphonse Mucha'

DATE 3/18/2018

BACK IN STOCK! Mina Stone: Cooking for Artists

DATE 3/17/2018

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a little Belfast Punk

DATE 3/16/2018

What is 'The Sausage of the Future'?

DATE 3/15/2018

The enigmatic, unreadable writings of Mirtha Dermisache

DATE 3/14/2018

Joyce J. Scott: "I skirt the borders between comedy, pathos, delight, and horror"

DATE 3/13/2018

Bringing boundless joy: Anna Zemánková

DATE 3/12/2018

Weird and beautiful: Anna Zemánková

DATE 3/11/2018

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DATE 3/10/2018

Subversive, even scandalous: Francis Picabia: Littérature

DATE 3/10/2018

Mojos, mandalas and divining tools: Chris Martin

DATE 3/9/2018

Provocateurs of the human body in 'Klimt and Schiele: Drawings'

DATE 3/8/2018

Celebrate International Women's Day… 1975 to now!

DATE 3/7/2018

Celebrate Women's History Month with Marina Abramovic's rendition of 'The Ugly Duckling'

DATE 3/6/2018

Watch the Video Trailer for "Johnny Cash at Folsom and San Quentin: Photographs by Jim Marshall"

DATE 3/6/2018

René Magritte: The Revealing Image

DATE 3/5/2018

Chris Martin book launch at Spoonbill Studio

DATE 3/5/2018

Private entertainments or public show? Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

DATE 3/5/2018

SOM to launch 'The Future of Public Space' at the Strand

DATE 3/4/2018

Frida Kahlo's life in photographs

DATE 3/2/2018

Sheila Hicks: Knotting, wrapping, folding, twisting and stacking wool, linen, cotton and more

DATE 3/2/2018

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DATE 3/1/2018

Celebrate Women's History with brand new release, 'Sheila Hicks: Lifelines'

DATE 3/1/2018

Recommended Reading: Women's History Month

DATE 2/28/2018

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DATE 2/28/2018

Robert Storr and Francesca Pietropaolo in conversation about 'Interviews on Art' at 192 Books

DATE 2/28/2018

Amy Sillman book event and 'Scarlet Street' screening at Metrograph

DATE 2/28/2018

'Entanglements: Plans and Accidents' at the Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 2/27/2018

Jack Whitten and the rock-bottom meaning of universality

DATE 2/27/2018

Brian Blomerth's 'XAK'S WAX' zine launch at MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 2/26/2018

Black History as told through 'Black Dolls'

DATE 2/25/2018

Unsentimental Wonder: Hilton Als on Alice Neel

DATE 2/24/2018

Boom boxes, break dancing and the Salsa King: Black History from Jamel Shabazz

DATE 2/23/2018

Readings in Criticism with 'unbag' at the MoMA PS1 Book Space

DATE 2/23/2018

The meaning of color, both racial and painterly

DATE 2/22/2018

Swept up by a feeling of awe: Shinique Smith in 'Four Generations'

DATE 2/20/2018

Four Generations of 'Solidary & Solitary' work by artists of African descent

DATE 2/20/2018

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DATE 2/19/2018

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DATE 2/19/2018

Symbols that call us into being: 'Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire'

DATE 2/17/2018

Celebrate Black History with Mark Bradford

DATE 2/16/2018

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Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine

"Publisher David Chickey launched nonprofit Radius Books in Santa Fe so he could keep the profile small—and produce art monographs that prioritize inventive design." Read more from the profile in this weekend's Wall Street Journal Magazine below!

Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Chickey in the living room of his Santa Fe home, with his dogs (from left) Lola, Jasper and Otis. Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Yellow Bar’ (2007) hangs over the fireplace. PHOTO: MORGAN RACHEL LEVY FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

WSJ Magazine

DAVID CHICKEY had been at the helm of Radius Books for less than two years when he met with photographers Alex Webb and his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb, about an unpublished suite of Cuba photographs the couple was hoping to turn into a book. The Webbs had brought along a mock-up of the book in a tote bag. “Before we even had a chance to broach our cover suggestions, David pulled out his mock-up, showing a rough cardboard slipcase with violet lettering,” Webb recalls. “He said, ‘With the cardboard, I was referencing the handmade books of Ediciones Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba, where they make books out of found materials—string, cardboard, shoeboxes and the like.’ ” The worn cardboard, Chickey further explained, also recalled building facades in Cuba. He then noted that the country is an explosion of color—as he slid a book wrapped in multicolor images by the Webbs out of the case. “We never showed him our mock-up,” Webb says. “We love how David somehow manages to get inside the concept of a book and render it in a special way—as he’s done with all five of the books he’s designed for us.”

Headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Radius publishes books that, while not luxury objects in the familiar sense (most are priced under $60), are making an impact in a burgeoning sector of the market. Monographs produced by or in collaboration with artists have a long history of formal experimentation, one that stretches from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to Tom Sachs’s Monday, a duct tape and cardboard collage produced in multiple. Since starting Radius in 2007, Chickey has worked with the Webbs, Doug Wheeler, Lee Friedlander, Marlene Dumas and many others, his main contributions being an obsessive attention to materials and the way he attempts to lay bare the artists’ creative process. “Doing the right thing in the right way for an artist—sometimes there’s magic in it,” he says.

Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
A three-volume collection by photographer John Gossage atop a monograph on painter Joan Watts, both from Radius. PHOTO: MORGAN RACHEL LEVY FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

Chickey, 49, co-founded Radius while working as a graphic designer and curator in various parts of the art world. Book design has been a mainstay of his freelance work—clients include David Zwirner gallery, Magnum Photos and other, more mainstream publishers—and the work has always been a particular joy for him. He’d been severely dyslexic as a child growing up in Nashville, and his parents had encouraged him to read to overcome it. But as profits began seeping out of the publishing business, he saw decisions being made that seemed disrespectful of authors and content. Production shortcuts became more common; celebrity introductions were being grafted onto books, with awkward results. At a 2005 publishing seminar, he learned that art book publishers who had relied on sales to libraries were suffering as budgets were cut. It wasn’t that libraries didn’t want the books—they just couldn’t afford them.

Chickey and a small group of colleagues decided to set up Radius as a nonprofit, and the publisher donates hundreds of copies of each book it prints to schools, libraries and arts organizations across the country, more than 700 in all. While he admits that nonprofit status has its challenges (constant fund raising chief among them), Chickey values the freedom it confers on Radius, enabling it to stay small at around 20 titles a year. “It allows us to have a really close relationship with the artist and try to execute their vision, as opposed to the idea of what has sold or will sell well,” he says. Examples of Chickey’s craft include a monograph on Charles Arnoldi that includes two intaglio prints inside a plywood box designed by the artist; and a three-book collection by photographer John Gossage, each 50-image volume bound in color-blocked linen and magnetized, so that the limited-edition set forms a sculptural, off-kilter stack.

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Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine
Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine

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