San Francisco — The Arion Press, one of the nation’s leading fine-press artists’ book producers, announces the publication of wool collection, a very special collaboration between two contemporary creative masters. Patti Smith is a punk rock icon, renowned singer-songwriter and author whose first published prose work, written thirty years ago, is an incantatory memoir of the creative process. Christian Marclay, internationally renowned visual and sound artist, best known for his monumental video work “The Clock”, has created a suite of original color photograms in response to this intimate and impressionistic work. We are delighted that Arion’s Fine Press edition and Marclay’s original photograms for the book were featured on the Fraenkel Gallery stand at Art Basel in Switzerland.

wool collection is the first title in Arion’s 2022 artist book offering, and helps usher in an exciting new chapter to the press focused on celebrating the art of the book and the power of art and literature to effect social change. In addition to publishing three fine press editions per year, Arion will present four art exhibitions per year through its non-profit arm The Grabhorn Institute, and will convene leading contemporary artists and writers in a new series of evenings called Arion Artist Talks sponsored by Agnes Gund.

For wool collection, Marclay has created a superb series of photograms during his confinement in London. By exposing layers of various sonic and organic ephemera on light-sensitive paper, he has achieved a series of exuberant images whose crystalline formations reflect and refract the rhythms and songs of Smith’s tales. The quarto volume includes a new introduction and porch song by Patti Smith and is available in both a traditional Fine Press binding and a Deluxe binding wrapped in tinted plexiglass etched with a botanical design. The deluxe edition is limited to just 50 copies for sale and comes with an engraving of Smith’s original handwritten poem, ‘The New World’, signed by the poet; a typographical edition of the same poem is available for separate sale. Read the prospectus here.