New York-based artist Peggy Preheim (born 1963) is known for her minutely detailed, miniscule graphite drawings on otherwise blank sheets of paper, creating a mood and atmosphere specific to her work. Her drawings are influenced by the small sixteenth century panel paintings of the Low Countries, while their lush black-and-white tonalities evoke early found photographs on which they are often based.
Published on the occasion of Preheim’s first retrospective, which originated at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, this monograph is the artist’s first and features rich reproductions of works from throughout her 20-year career, including sculpture and photography. Noted designer Daphne Geismar’s elegant design perfectly captures the uncanny qualities of Preheim’s style. The volume includes essays by curator Carter Foster and critic Gregory Volk, as well as a collection of poems and imaginary letters written in response to selected works by former Aldrich Director Harry Philbrick.