The McMaster Museum of Art would like to heartily thank and congratulate Book Design Award winners Neographics, Hamilton and Underline Studio for their extraordinary work on McMaster Museum of Art publications. The awards were announced last Friday at The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) awards gala at Hart House, University of Toronto.
Neographics, Hamilton won for Leonard Baskin: Works in the collection of McMaster Museum of Art. This book was published by the Museum in 2009 as a complement to an exhibition of work by artist and Gehenna Press founder, Leonard Baskin (1922-2000).
The OAAG jury describe the publication as, “a perfect marriage between art and design. The designer of the book had a particular sensitivity to the artist’s work and a truly inspired idea for the design emerged … The net outcome is a fresh, fun and memorable book. Kudos to the curator and art gallery for saying yes to the idea in the first place!”
Said Branka Vidovic, Neographics President and Creative Director, “It somehow seems fitting that a book about a book designer is honoured with an award for book design.” After thanking the Museum Director Carol Podedworny, the artist’s brother and prominent Hamiltonian Rabbi Bernard Baskin, and the jury, she closed her acceptance speech with a quote from Leonard Baskin himself. “People like me, who care about printing, constitute the tiniest lunatic fringe in the nation.”
The Shelagh Keeley catalogue, published in 2010 by the MMA and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, designed by Underline Studio also won a design award. More about this publication in an earlier post.