Ed Marquand and I became acquainted sometime in 2001 or 2002, not long after I relocated to the East Coast from San Francisco. Oddly enough, the fact that I can’t remember precisely when we connected indelibly ties Ed to my settling down in New York City. Over the years, we bonded over our mutual love of books and in 2008 we made our working relationship official when I became the East Coast Creative Director of L|M.
L|M and its entire team—the culmination of Ed and Adrian’s years of working closely with museums, institutions, and publishers—is the logical evolution of their seamlessly rhythmic partnership of ideas. They value the integrity of every person involved and every decision made throughout the publication process as essential to the merit of their books, and I have always viewed my role as an extension of this approach.
At L|M, we work with a broad range of publishing clients and institutions, on a wide variety of projects which have included the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE; Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)’s Ralph Pucci: Art of the Mannequin; and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Doris Salcedo, among others. At times we encounter publications with accelerated production schedules that require special attention, and we have always been quite adept at meeting tight deadlines while maintaining our exceptionally high standard of quality across the board.
Since 2008, L|M and I have worked closely with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) to develop their publishing program. This collaboration started with A Constructive Vision: Latin American Abstract Art from the Collección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2010), the first extensive catalogue documenting one of the world’s most important collections of Modern Latin American abstract art.
While working on A Constructive Vision, we simultaneously established what became the editorial and design format for an important series of bilingual books that features unique, in-depth conversations between Latin American artists and leading critics, scholars, and curators. Carlos Cruz-Diez in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez (2010) was the first publication, and to date, we have published eight books in the acclaimed Conversations/Conversaciones series.
Our tenth book together, Traveler Artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (2015), is an extraordinary publication focusing on major works by key figures in the genre of Latin American traveler art
The L|M staff has been thoroughly engaged with the making of these books based on our enthusiasm for the CPPC’s mission, and for the extraordinary materials and resources at our disposal throughout the entire editorial, design, and production processes.
At L|M, our philosophy on making books is very much in synch with clients such as the CPPC, who are committed to contributing a lasting legacy through publishing. Our involvement with CPPC and its books is a genuine privilege: that this program is so dedicated to scholarship—and as a result, has produced extensive documentation of specific movements of art and artists through its books—is of great significance on an art historical level. Ultimately, this level of dedication has resulted in important books that will enlighten present and future generations of readers and scholars for years to come. I am very proud of this aspect of what we do, and I know this sentiment is shared by all of us at L|M.