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Out of the Ruins (white edition) cloth-bound
white edition
Out of the Ruins (black edition box) spiral-bound
black edition
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Jean Holabird:
Out of the Ruins: A New York Record
Lower Manhattan, Autumn 2001
(Cloth-bound white edition & Spiral-bound black edition)
Soon after the attacks of September 11th, artist Jean Holabird set out to record the wreckage visible from the perimeter of Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center. With what can best be described as an instinctive drive, she attempted to chronicle the ruins and their dismantling before this could be carted away. Her watercolors were completed in the three months immediately following the catastrophe.
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Out of the Ruins — A New York Record is a hauntingly powerful collection of those paintings, accompanied by poignant fragments from enduring works of literature. Jean Holabird has lived just four blocks north of the World Trade Center complex for twenty-seven years. In documenting the aftermath of its destruction and removal, she has created a work that is of great historical value, unique testimony pertaining to a singular period in New York’s history. It provides not only a human scale to the tragedy, but an alternative iconography to the frequently seen naked footage.

Out of the Ruins is a memorable collection in many ways, drawing on years of the artist’s practice of her craft, the proximity of the subject matter to the artist’s life, and the sense of civic duty and history that all come together to record this event for all time.

The poetry and prose that Jean selected to accompany her paintings, were gleaned from snatches of memory, as well as from friends and family. The words speak of loss and bereavement, survival and defiance, disbelief and acceptance, and finally, love of New York City. From John Milton and Dante to Seamus Heaney and Frank O’Hara the words speak to the artist’s experience, and through that, to the reader.

With Poetry by:
Conrad Aiken
Hart Crane
Emily Dickinson          
T.S. Eliot
Seamus Heaney
Sidney Lanier
Herman Melville
John Milton
Pablo Neruda
Frank O’Hara
Octavio Paz
Edgar Allan Poe
Percy Bysshe Shelley      
James Thomson
E.B. White
Walt Whitman
Thomas Wolfe
William Wordsworth
Richard Wright
144 pages, 74 watercolor illustrations, English

Cloth-bound white edition, 6'' x 8 3/4'' (155 x 210 mm)
ISBN-13: 978-1-58423-116-5  
ISBN-10: 1-58423-116-5       $ 19.95

Spiral-bound black edition in a box, 6 x 8 3/4'' x 9'' (172 x 229 mm)
ISBN-13: 978-1-58423-114-1  
ISBN-10: 1-58423-114-9       $ 29.95
About the Artist:
Jean Holabird
Jean Holabird
Jean Holabird was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, grew up in Chicago, and studied at Columbia University, The Art Students League, and Bennington College.
As with many of her fellow artists, she fell in love with New York City. In 1975 she moved into her present studio on Warren Street, in lower Manhattan, four blocks north of the World Trade Center.
Jean Holabird on CBS News:
See also:

Vladimir Nabokov: Alphabet in Color
Vladimir Nabokov:
Alphabet in Color
Illustrated by NY artist Jean Holabird, Nabokov’s colored sounds come to light. Vladimir Nabokov could hear color. As he described it — perhaps “hearing” is not quite accurate, since “the color sensation seems to be produced by the very act of my orally forming a given letter while I imagine its outline...” more...

New Orleans as It Was
New Orleans as It Was
Mark Andresen is a Louisiana artist and graphic designer displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He and his family left on the heels of the storm with a few possessions and their cats. What his wife Paula saved were his sketchbooks chronicling the people and places that make “The Crescent City” unique. more...

Rudy VanderLans: Supermarket
Rudy VanderLans: Supermarket
Astounding photographic spreads that come at us like film, taken at slightly different angles, juxtaposed or dupli­cated in singularly bold symmetry. The iteration of the images so lever­aged simulates a spatiality that transcends the ordinary two-dimen­sion­al page. more...
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