Traditional newsprint and ink in both tabloid and broadsheet formats provide a tactile and immersive experience, connecting us to a long history of analogue communication - the moment where you sit down and take time to enjoy a physical object, and learn something new. The curatorial context, background and history of the artists is explored fully online, along with image captions, leaving the publications as a purely visual experience.
The aim is to take in the ethos and philosophy of each artist as directly as possible, through the work itself. Each publication is designed as a bespoke format in conjunction with the artists, responding to their original materials, concepts and processes.
Ethos.ink publications are produced in the UK with a historical newspaper press that dates back to 1878, by an expert team of printers dedicated to the highest quality of reproduction. The format allows for accessibly priced publications available to the widest possible audience; a nimble and enjoyable alternative to weighty catalogues.
Most of our titles will launch in conjunction with major public museum or gallery exhibitions, and will be dedicated to the work of a single artist. Curatorially themed publications will follow, providing an opportunity to discover the work of more emerging artists, as well as the historical context for contemporary trends.
(Kate Stevens portrait by Doug & Mike Starn, 2015)
Originally trained as an artist specialising in historical photographic processes, Kate Stevens has over twenty years experience as a commercial gallery Director, Curator, Editor and Advisor. She has worked with galleries in London and Los Angeles since 1996, with strong ties to New York; and has been privileged to curate exhibitions for photographic masters including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbot, Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, Willy Ronis, and Marc Riboud. Her most recent foray into the twentieth century was to highlight the ground-breaking work of the loosely-termed 'New York School', including William Klein, Saul Leiter, Ted Croner, Bruce Davidson, Louis Faurer and Lisette Model - a dynamic group of photographic pioneers still resonating and relevant today.
Kate has worked closely for many years with the acclaimed artist and film-maker William Klein and his Paris studio, leading research and cataloguing of his earliest unseen paintings and photograms from the late 1940s and early 50s. She edited and produced the publication Black & Light based on an original maquette from 1952, which brought to light his earliest experiments in photography. They have since been celebrated in major museum exhibitions including the retrospective at Tate Modern, London, 2012, FOAM Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, 2013 and most recently in 2017 at C/O Berlin.
Kate has also worked with a number of contemporary artists with long and rich careers, illuminating for both curators and collectors their earliest concepts and ideas, which inevitably endure through to their latest works. Kate edited and produced Against Photography: Early Works 1975-1990, by Ian McKeever, Seeing believing by Garry Fabian Miller, and produced the limited and special editions of Bliss, by Garry Fabian Miller. She has also worked closely since 2005 with American artists Doug & Mike Starn, leading numerous collector visits to their monumental studio in Beacon, New York.
From her earliest days of hand-coating albumen, salt, gum-bichromate and platinum prints Kate has taken a special interest in the photograph as a three-dimensional object with a depth and presence, and the intersection between photography, painting and sculpture throughout art history.
Ethos.ink will shortly launch a private membership program for patrons and collectors, working with an international network of artists, dealers and galleries to provide an independent and personal way to learn about collecting art and photography. The focus will be on close and long-term relationships with both artists and collectors, and an emphasis on education and connoisseurship.
It is our fundamental belief that the philosophy and ethos of artists, the real value that they represent to the challenge of our 21st century existence, is best learned through a long and enjoyable path of discovery.
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