Felsen founded Gemini G.E.L. (Graphics Editions Limited)
Angeles in 1966 and soon after began to photograph the artists
who came to
work in what has become America's premier graphics studio. The
the book are testament not only to Felsen's talents as a photographer,
to the vitality of the relationships he developed with his subjects
environment of dynamic collaboration that he created at Gemini.
spirit of Gemini is best captured by the word "collaboration."
about artists and printers working hand in hand to create
works of art. This
same spirit prevails when I take photos. There's a trust extended
artists, allowing me to share so many special moments with
from Bruce Nauman and architect Frank Gehry (who also designed
Gemini Studios in 1979) to the American masters Robert Rauschenberg,
Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein became subjects for Felsen's camera
were at work and at play in the studio. David Hockney, Ellsworth
Claes Oldenburg, Elizabeth Murray, Vija Celmins, and a host
of other artists
show their best sides in this collection of portraits that,
act as a portrait of Felsen and the world he created at Gemini.
Artist Observed: Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen
documents nearly forty
years of artists working in the most innovative and experimental
environment in the country. From its earliest days, a spirit
has predominated at Gemini, and the one hundred and twenty
make up this book capture that that spirit in style. The perfect
to the legacy of prints produced at Gemini over the years,
many of the
photographs in The Artist Observed were exhibited in
Best Impressions: 35
Years of Prints and Sculpture from Gemini G.E.L. at the
National Gallery of
Art in 2001-2002.
Artist Observed: Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen, ISBN
published by Twin Palms Publishers Twelve Trees Press and
priced at $75.