Author Archives: Hurley Media

Paul Pletka: Imagined Wests

Finalist for the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! Born in San Diego in 1946 and raised in the American Southwest, painter Paul Pletka has created a body of work that owes much to the West of his childhood, and more … Continue reading

BORDERLESS: The Art of Luis Tapia

Sculptor Luis Tapia is a pioneering Chicano artist who for forty-five years has pushed the art of polychrome wood sculpture to new levels of craftsmanship and social and political commentary. Tapia’s insightful, accessible, sometimes controversial, and often humorous pieces reflect contemporary Hispano/Chicano … Continue reading

THE PERSEPHONES

In The Persephones, internationally known poet Nathaniel Tarn and photographer Joan Myers have collaborated on an elegant re-telling of the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades into the Underworld. First published in 1974, and again in 2009 in a limited, collector’s … Continue reading

VANISHING VERNACULAR: Western Landmarks

Steve Fitch has photographed examples of “vanishing vernacular architecture,” both ancient (petroglyphs) and modern (neon motel signs, drive-in movie theatre screens, and radio towers throughout the West) for the last forty-five years. Interestingly, as he points out in his essay … Continue reading

TIDAL RHYTHMS: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea

Tidal Rhythms: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea is a collaborative effort by photographer Stephen Strom and award-winning essayist Barbara Hurd. Strom’s images, taken along beaches in the Gulf of California and the Northern California and Oregon … Continue reading

CENTRAL AMERICA THROUGH A WINDSHIELD, 1930

A remarkably engaging tour de force, this is the tale of two brothers who drove a 1929 Model A Ford Roadster 4962 miles from New York City to Managua, Nicaragua, in 26 days in 1930, during the height of the … Continue reading

THE ARTISTIC ODYSSEY OF HIGINIO V. GONZALES: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico

Higinio V. Gonzales (1842-1921) was more than a gifted metalworker. A man of varied talents whose poems and songs complement his work in punched tin, Gonzales transcends categorization.  In this book, Maurice M. Dixon, Jr., who has spent more than … Continue reading

THE HOME STAGE

Though Jessica Todd Harper uses a camera rather than a paintbrush, the viewer quickly senses in her images the familiar canvases of Sargent, Whistler and Vermeer. Harper’s naturalistic images pause or recreate real life for the camera; the play between … Continue reading

ILUMINACIONES

How does a photographer learn to see? How does he create his own visual language—as unique as a fingerprint and as inimitable as the voice of a great writer? In Iluminaciones, Jack Parsons’s seventeenth book, he takes the viewer on … Continue reading

HONORING THE DOUGHBOYS: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary

Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary is a stunning presentation of contemporary photographs taken by the author paired with diary entries written by his grandfather, George A. Carlson, who was a soldier in the U.S. Army during … Continue reading

HIP HOP: Portraits of an Urban Hymn

Since its inception in the 1970s, hip hop music and the culture surrounding it has become a hugely influential and popular musical form in America and around the world.  Its popularity extends beyond the urban centers where it was born, … Continue reading

THE WORK OF ART: Folk Artists in the 21st Century

The Work of Art examines the role of folk artists in the twenty-first century, recognizing their power as creative and socially responsible champions for global change, connection, and cultural sustainability. Through interviews with folk artists from Mali to Madagascar to … Continue reading

RECONSTRUCTING THE VIEW: The Grand Canyon Photography of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Reconstructing the View, a four-year photographic project exploring the Grand Canyon, dramatically expands on Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe’s previous collaborations, resulting in a diverse body of work distinguished by its diversity, sense of humor, and power. Calling on a … Continue reading

The Lost Christmas Gift Book-Signing & Exhibition Opening

In conjunction with the recent release of his new book, The Lost Christmas Gift, Andrew Beckham will do a book-signing at Collected Works in Santa Fe. The following day, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art will host an exhibition opening of the images and … Continue reading

THE LOST CHRISTMAS GIFT

Sixty years after his father left to be a mapmaker in the war in Europe, Emerson Johansson received a package that had been lost in the mail for decades. An exquisite book, lovingly handmade by his father, details an extraordinary … Continue reading

Reconstructing the View featured on photo-eye’s A Book A Day

RECONSTRUCTING THE VIEW: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe is featured on photo-eye’s Bookstore homepage today as the Book A Day for Friday, October 26, 2012. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

What would happen if Publishers banded together and “just said no” to Amazon?

Below is a post I made on the blog for Publisher’s Weekly about an article they wrote recently. Read the article here – then, my comments are below. What would happen if publishers–especially the major houses–banded together and “just said … Continue reading

How to Prepare an Artist Statement

How to Prepare an Artist Statement  by Kate Ware and Joanna Hurley CENTER’s Portfolio Bootcamp, 9-24-11 Before you can write a cogent artist statement, you have to have a really well-thought-out body of work.  So first we are going to … Continue reading

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All books in the Selected Backlist have been produced, agented, and/or marketed by HurleyMedia.

Mexican Churches

Passage

The Theater of Insects

Yosemite In Time

Honky Tonk