Overview

The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. The Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, annual Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. 

New Release

First published in 1926, the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin has documented and presented original scholarship on the Gallery’s ever-expanding collection for nearly a century. The 2018 issue focuses on recent acquisitions, including elegant silver designed by Lella Vignelli, remarkable shadow puppets from Indonesia, a ballet costume designed by Henri Matisse, a rare collection of proofs from the American Bank Note Company, an ancient Greek portrait of an Egyptian ruler, and much more. To get the stunning Iranian Shahnama manuscript page and Fra Angelico painting on the front and back covers to look just right, staff from the Department of Publications and Editorial Services worked closely with Meridian Printing in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, checking color proofs against the objects themselves, then overseeing the printing process as fine adjustments were made and the final images perfected. The 2018 Bulletin is now available online and in the Bookstore.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

and Theresa Huntsman

Assistant Editor

Note from the Editor

The Gallery recently celebrated the release of American Glass: The Collections at Yale with a lecture by author John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts. American Glass brings together objects from across the University to explore the vital role that glass has played in the nation’s art and culture. This translucent purple glass pocket bottle, featured on the cover of the publication, was possibly made at Henry William Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory. Stiegel was one of the first names associated with American glass when antiquing became popular in the late nineteenth century. Pocket bottles such as this were designed for holding small amounts of liquor. The bottles were blown into a mold that impressed a pattern on their surface and were then finished by hand. This example has chains of diamonds that expand and contract as they follow the contours of the bottle. Glass is a medium notoriously difficult to capture on the printed page, and the effortless luminosity of the illustrations in American Glass are the result of the painstaking work of a skilled team at the Gallery. The publication showcases 18th-century mold-blown vessels, 19th-century pressed glass, innovative studio work, and luminous stained-glass windows by John La Farge and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

and Jennifer Lu

Editorial and Production Assistant

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