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Darren Waterston and Mark Doty: A Compendium of Creatures
Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
March 30, 2013–December 29, 2013

The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council announces its first portfolio publication, A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures. Comprising 12 prints by noted artist Darren Waterston and text plates featuring a poem by award-winning writer Mark Doty, the publication is a contemporary version of a medieval bestiary. The entire portfolio will be on view in the Logan Gallery, including all 12 color aquatints by Waterston, a title page, decorated text plates, and the portfolio cover, also designed by the artist.

The bestiary is both a literary and an illustrative form in which a number of known animal species—as well as mythological creatures—are catalogued encyclopedically. As a genre, the medieval bestiary constituted a natural history of creation that frequently included moralizing allegories, with the animal kingdom providing apt symbols for human behavior. In this modern bestiary Waterston depicts silhouetted animal and plant forms in emotionally charged configurations meant to be as menacing as they are playful.

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