Cultural Writing. Travel. THE NORTH POLE is a compelling account of a summer trip the author made to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker. Brown intersperses her narrative with excerpts from the journal of Fritdjof Nansen, who explored the area a hundred years ago, and with conversations with travelers, scientists, and a polar archivist about ideas concerning the Arctic that affect the world today, including the issue of global warming. In the chapter called "The Weather," Brown delivers a clear, accessible, scientifically accurate description of the complex phenomena that cause climate change. Lushly produced, with a foldout map and 120 full-color photographs.
Kathan Brown founded Crown Point Press as an etching workshop in 1962. Located in San Francisco, it has grown to be one of the world's most influential art print publishers. Crown Point Press received the Cyril Award for Arts Business Excellence from the Chamber of Commerce of the City of San Francisco in 1997. The press has been the subject of exhibitions at the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.Artforum's Bookforum has called Kathan Brown's writing "the next best thing to being there." She is the author of eight books, including Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood (Chronicle Books, 1996) and the editor of the popular MAGIC SECRETS instructional series for printmakers, published by Crown Point Press. She has contributed articles to A John Cage Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 1983), the Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002), and The Guardian newspaper (UK, 2002).She has lectured widely and holds honorary doctorates from the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. In 2011, she received a 30th Anniversary Honors Award from Art Table, New York City. The Honors Awards recognized thirty women "whose work has transformed the visual arts landscape" in the United States.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA