Déjà Vu: Arthur Secunda's Catalogue Raissoné
Catalog Raisonne of Arthur Secunda’s Graphic Works, 1948-2013 is a comprehensive, annotated listing of the artist’s prints bound in a splendid hardcover coffee-table book with over 400 beautiful pages. This 65-year chronology describes Arthur’s 340 limited-edition signed prints and reveals his artistic evolution from basic multi-lithographic techniques to sophisticated methods and processes. Each full-color print is reproduced on its own 11 x 11-inch page; with a detailed description of how, when, and where each was done.
In Arthur’s own words; “The goal of my personal accounts is to show the surprising circumstances that are often behind the conception of each piece, including the influences of worldwide travels, deep friendships and interactions with other artists, museums, and critics.”
Since art is both historical and biographical, the journey of a lifetime of graphic art creation may be seen as an on the road narrative of artistic development expanded by environment and chance encounters. Secunda has embraced the unexpected as normal, and by reading his words, one can literally experience how each piece of his art came to fruition.
Through personal interviews by museum director, Donna Stein, and penetrating critical articles by Edward Wall, Allison Hersh, and Nissa Torrents, an understanding of Secunda’s full career comes to life. Co-published and distributed by Boa Publishers of Los Angeles and The Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University in Howell, Michigan, Déjà Vu is an art object in and of itself; it is a lively tome of beauty and a contemporary art book lover’s dream.