The New York Times, December 29, 2015
As selected by The New York Times, a slideshow of 2015's most interesting vintages photographs, featuring first Christopher Makos' 1980 photograph of Debbie Harry, which was displayed in RARE's September exhibition, The Downtown Decade: NYC 1985-1985.
The New Yorker, "Above and Beyond," December 9, 2015
Both photographer Maude Schuyler Clay and novelist Richard Ford will be present at a book signing celebrating Steidl's publication of Clay's new book, Mississippi History. The event will be held at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller on December 9th, from 6–8 pm.
The New Yorker, November 29, 2015
"Maude Schuyler Clay has pronounced the history represented in “Mississippi History” to be her personal one of more than three decades spent taking photographs in Mississippi, and of Mississippians. This, as distinct from history as a photographic chronicle of the place—its times, troubles, befuddlements, and occasional glories. ...Place, for Clay, if not always in the foreground, is inextricable from her personal history, rationalizing and underlying what interests her, while never relegating her photographs to the merely local in scope and consequence."
T Magazine, September 10, 2015
As Edmund White notes in T’s Fall Men’s issue, our current culture is fascinated by the late ’70s and early ’80s in New York, a period when the city was veering toward financial ruin and downtown looked like a war zone. “The was a reason there was a bar downtown called Downtown Beirut,” says the curator Lauren Miller Walsh. But downtown New York was where artists, actors, musicians and playwrights could afford to live and work, forming a vibrant artistic community.
To commemorate that intensely creative scene, Miller Walsh has curated a number of artworks, photographs and ephemera that will be on display at Rare/Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in New York this fall, starting today. Her inspiration for the show was a monumental portfolio of photos, originally assembled for MoMA PS1’s influential “New York New Wave” show in 1981, and recently acquired by Glenn Horowitz. The photos depict icons of the era: Debbie Harry, Divine, Rene Ricard and Joey Ramone, to name a few. Miller Walsh also mined the archive of the East Village Eye, a monthly avant-garde magazine that was published from 1979 through 1987. Collectively, the show feels like an intimate scrapbook of the Downtown Decade, when a city in ruin hosted a riot of artistic cross-pollination unlike any other time in recent history.
“The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975 – 1985” is on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 10, 2015, at Rare/Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 17 West 54th St., ground floor, New York, glennhorowitz.com.
The Daily Heller, January 21, 2015
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is a prestigious name in antiquarian literature and has had both feet in the literature of design history too. The design bibliographic expert Lauren Miller Walsh has taken the helm of Horowitz’s new Midtown gallery, GHB/Rare, located at street level in the Rockefeller Apartments at 17 West 54th Street, across from MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. The gallery’s launch exhibit, “Matter/Giacometti,” opened last Thursday, after which Walsh answered questions about the future of the new venture.
What prompted this extension of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller?
GHB has had a gallery in East Hampton since 1992, and until 2012, we also had a gallery in Manhattan. Since that closed, however, we’d been looking for another space in the city, as we missed having a public venue here, and when the opportunity for this unit opened up—in such an incredible building and location—we jumped at it.
What will be your strongest holdings and earliest shows?
Graphic design is most definitely an important part of our program, but we will also be showcasing fine and decorative arts, literature, photography and history. Our inaugural show, “Matter/Giacometti,” is an examination of Herbert Matter’s 1986 book on Alberto Giacometti, and features both Matter’s vintage photographs for the publication as well as his process materials, including hand-drawn font designs, storyboards, layouts and maquettes. The next show, opening in February, will display the architect James Evanson’s furniture and lighting designs, in conjunction with his original drawings and posters for the pieces. Following will be the artist Sari Dienes in March, and, in May, 1920s Constructivist graphic design for the Soviet cinema. We are also planning shows on modernist furniture, contemporary pop-up books, art pottery, and portraiture.
Do you have a process for selecting content?
One of our goals at Rare is to present material that is not only unique, but also expands the cultural discourse. With that in mind, we search out concepts, artists, authors and mediums which we feel are significant both intellectually and aesthetically, and that also deserve greater attention. In some cases the content will be derived from collections we are currently working on, in others by reaching out to individual artists and authors we admire. In all cases, though, related archival and process materials will also be displayed in order to provide greater insight into the creators, their techniques and their motivations.
How will the gallery make an impact on the design community?
Both because the material we’ll be presenting will often be one-of-kind and rarely—if ever—seen in public, and because the dynamic, scholarly and multidisciplinary manner in which we’ll be presenting it will promote discussion, discovery, reassessments and—hopefully—inspiration.
Fine Books and Collections Blog, January 14, 2015
Tomorrow evening Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open RARE, a 1,000-square-foot gallery space to showcase "first editions, manuscripts, letters, archival material, fine art, photography, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present," according to a press release.
Horowtiz—who assisted in the sale of Tom Wolfe's papers to the New York Public Library and, more recently, in the Ransom Center's acquisition of Gabriel García Márquez's papers—has long had his office in New York City, where he buys and sells manuscripts, archival material, and inscribed first editions. The company also publishes illustrated catalogues and monographs, such as the recent Don DeLillo/Richard Prince collaboration, The Word for Snow.
For the last few years, Horowitz has relied on his gallery space in East Hampton for exhibits, a trek for many visitors. RARE, located at street level in the Rockefeller Apartments at 17 West 54th Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art's Sculpture Garden, alleviates that by offering a more convenient exhibit space.
The gallery opening also launches its first exhibit, "Matter/Giacometti." Featuring vintage photographs, storyboards, typeface designs, posters, and letters, the show explores Swiss designer and photographer Herbert Matter's working materials for his book about Alberto Giacometti, nearly 25 years in the making. This is the first time the book (published in 1986) and its associated archives have been the focus of an exhibit. "Matter/Giacometti" will be on display through February 7.
Future exhibits at RARE will include 1920s Constructivist graphics for Soviet cinema and contemporary pop-up books, among others.
The New York Observer, January 13, 2015
This week, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open its new Manhattan gallery space Rare, along with the inaugural exhibition. Located on West 54th Street, across the street from MoMA’s sculpture garden, the 1,000-square-foot gallery will showcase first editions, manuscripts, letters, archival materials, fine art, and decorative arts spanning the 19th century to contemporary. Its first exhibition, titled “Matter/Giacometti,” opens this Thursday, January 15 (with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.) and will examine Swiss designer and photographer Herbert Matter’s book of the same title.
The book is an intimate portrait of the (also) Swiss artist whose signature tall, thin, figurative sculptures (the results of years of experimentations with movements like abstraction and surrealism) have become famous worldwide. But Matter’s book is a highly personal project that took 25 years to create, published after his death in 1986 by his wife. For its debut exhibition, 26 photos of the artist at work taken by the designer during their more than 30-year friendship, along with hand-written notes, photo negatives, typeface designs, and other ephemera from the book’s production, will be shown to the public for the very first time.
Rare will also host lectures, readings, and exhibition-related panels. After “Matter/Giacometti,” the gallery’s program will feature exhibitions on architect James Evanson’s furniture and lighting designs, the Constructivist graphics of 1920s Soviet cinema, artist Sari Dienes, and contemporary pop-up books.
The New York Times, November 24, 2014
Gabriel García Márquez, who died in April at 87, was a strong critic of American imperialism who was banned from entry to the United States for decades, even after “One Hundred Years of Solitude” vaulted him to international celebrity and, in 1982, the Nobel Prize in Literature.
But now García Márquez, who was born in Colombia and lived much of his adult life in Mexico City, has “gone to Texas,” as they say.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin will announce on Monday that it has acquired García Márquez’s archive, which contains manuscripts, notebooks, photo albums, correspondence and personal artifacts, including two Smith Corona typewriters and five Apple computers.
At the Ransom Center, one of the nation’s leading literary archives — and the only one “in the country’s borderlands with Latin America,” noted Steve Enniss, its director — García Márquez’s literary remains will be preserved alongside those of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges and other global figures.
The Guardian, November 24, 2014
The Harry Ransom Center has a coup. The University of Texas at Austin’s deep-pocketed modern literature archive announced today that after almost a year of negotiation, it has acquired the papers of the prizewinning Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, who died in April aged 87. Neither the author’s family nor the Ransom Center will disclose the amount of money that changed hands in the deal, but the Center, and the dealer it worked with, New York’s Glenn Horowitz, are well known for the substantial prices they pay for the work of 20th-century writers. In May this year, the center acquired the novelist Ian McEwan’s archive for a reported $2m.
In addition to personal correspondence and photo albums, the collection includes two typewriters, five computers and an estimated 2,000 letters from correspondents such as Julio Cortázar, Milan Kundera and Graham Greene.
Stephen Enniss, the director of the Ransom Center, sounded jubilant today as he described García Márquez’s literary significance, which he considers comparable to James Joyce’s.
Port Magazine, June 2013
The rare book dealer Glenn Horowitz explains how he started off by following Kerouac and ended up flogging Nabokov.
I wasn't exactly the boy raised by wolves, but the Catskill Mountains were a long way from the literary circles of Manhattan. My family had emigrated from Eastern Europe and my grandfather, uncles and father had all been peddlers of various kinds, so I grew up with a strong sense that selling things was a noble things for a man to do. At the same time, I was a precocious kid with vague aspirations to a life of the mind, though I had no way of expressing that, even to myself. My whole experience of state-school education was uninspiring, and aged 17, my primary interests were athletics and girls. My parent wanted me to go to college, but if I thought about my future at all, I saw myself becoming a kind of Kerouac character-I'd head to New York City, do manual labour, write novels and sleep with as many girls as I could.
That was until I went to an open house at Bennington College- it was like stepping into another world, a beautiful postage stamp-sized Arcadia in the middle of Vermont. The time I spent there, studying fiction under the writer Bernard Malamud, was the most transformative period of my life. I lost that awkward sense of never quite fitting in, and I grew confident in my own judgment.
After graduation, I finally followed my adolescent dream and moved to New York to be a writer. By then, I'd churned out thousands of page of prose, but I was also sufficiently well educated to know what superior literature looked like- nd mind was definitely mediocre. To make ends meet, I was working in the rare books department of Strand Book Store and I began to feel that buying and selling books was a way that I could actually make a living out of texts. As someone who was young and driven, it was slightly quirky to embark on such a staid profession, but it appealed to the two competing instincts I had, the intellectual and the commercial. After 18 months at the Strand, I'd earned the trust of a handful of serious collectors and I decided to go it alone. With a loan from my father and the savings from my bar mitzvah, I scraped together enough money to put a down payment on my first library and, six weeks after my twenty-fourth birthday, I had my own business.
At first I was just buying and selling individual books, but when I was asked to negotiate the sale of a poet's archive to a university, I suddenly realised that these larger deals were what really excited me- I liked the process of bringing two parties to the point where their interests were perfectly aligned and the transaction could take place. The game-changer came when I sold Nabokov's literary estate to the New York Public Library for a record seven-figure sum.
Whether it's Kurt Vonnegut's archive or Elearnor Roosevelts collection, every deal is unique, and many of them take years to put together. People like to imagine that I spend several hours a day in the Union Square Cafe taking and eating, and it's true that talking is a big part of my job. Because of the relationships I've built up, I no longer go looking for good books: they find me. I'm also very lucky to be surrounded by a team of gifted younger people, who share my vision for the business and will be able to watch the seeds I've planted grow to maturity. I may eventually take a more avuncular, advisory role, but right now most of my ambitions remain unfulfilled, and I wake up every morning determined to achieve more. If you're able to articulate for yourself what you want to accomplish, there's no secret to success: it's hard work, hard work, and really hard work. And when I'm not working? I'm reading.