AIGA & Design Observer: 50 Books | 50 Covers Winner, 2018

Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart

Contributions by Nidhi Gandhi, Marcia Hafif, and Rebecca McGrew

Designed by Content Object, Kimberly Varella
Casebound Hardcover, 151 Pages
Publisher: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9979306-1-0
Dimensions: 8.25 × 10.5 in.
Separations: Echelon Color, Santa Monica, CA
Printing: Conti Tipocolor, Florence, Italy

Influential Los Angeles- and New York-based artist Marcia Hafif (1929–2018) was renowned as a painter of canvases that suggest both minimalism and process art. Highlighting the more personal and intimate side of her drawing practice, this book is the first to examine her paintings within a context of many previously unseen sketches, architectural models, photographs, and texts that investigate lived spaces, drawing forms, and site-specificity. By presenting Hafif's lesser-known oeuvre alongside her painting, this book demonstrates the range of innovative experiments in art making that Hafif has explored for over five decades. Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart includes rarely seen drawings and photographs as well as text excerpts from Hafif's forthcoming novel.

Photography by Ian Byers-Gamber