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I will be doing a book event for The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh starting at 7pm sharp on Friday, February 23rd. I will give a brief prevention/reading, followed by a book signing. If you are in Raleigh or nearby, come on out to support your local indie bookstore (and a local indie author)!
A big thanks to Quail Ridge Books for hosting me, and to readers and supporters!
Set your GPS:
Quail Ridge Books: North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
Writer Jim Knipfel put together a splendid, thorough, and insightful article about The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler and an interview with author Brett Ingram, published by The Believer on January 22, 2018.
Read the full article here: A Tourist’s Guide to Rocaterrania: Jim Knipfel on Outsider Artist Renaldo Kuhler
Jim Knipfel is the author of Slackjaw, These Children Who Come at You with Knives, The Blow-Off, and several other books, most recently Residue (Red Hen Press, 2015). His work has appeared in New York Press, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and dozens of other publications.
Here's the final paragraph from writer & curator Tom Patterson's insightful and thorough article about Renaldo Kuhler and The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler in the Sunday, Jan. 13, 2018 issue of The Winston-Salem Journal:
"Anyone who happened to cross Kuhler’s path would have quickly sized him up as an odd character. Many of us have been socially conditioned to dismiss and steer clear of such individuals. Fortunately, Brett Ingram didn’t let social prejudices override his persistent curiosity about his eccentric co-worker, and thanks to his efforts, Kuhler’s extraordinary work won’t go unappreciated."
Read the full article here.
The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler received another great review, this time by John Foster for Raw Vision magazine, the premiere international journal devoted to art brut, raw art, also known as outsider & visionary art. Here's the final paragraph:
The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is a beautifully-designed book by the renowned Laura Lindgren, illustrated with over 400 of Kuhler’s imaginative drawings. Skillfully written by Brett Ingram, who knew Kuhler for 17 years, the private world of Rocaterrania is finally available for enjoyment and study.
- John Foster
The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is listed at #6 on ARTNET's list of the 15 most beautiful art books published in 2017. Check it out here.
Outsider Art fans will want to meet Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013), who for 60 years worked in secrecy, creating the fantastic world of Rocaterrania, inspired by his hometown in Rockland County, New York. His fictional kingdom—replete with its own religion, government, and language, as well as an Olympic Games, prison system, railroad lines, and richly detailed history—comes to life in this new book by Brett Ingram. Most of the expertly drafted illustrations, done in graphite, ink, acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolors, among other mediums, are being published here for the first time.
It must be said here that most of the credit for the book's beauty goes to Renaldo Kuhler, the illustrator, and Laura Lindgren, who designed and edited the book itself into a work of art.
Kent Bryant, staff member at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh listed The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler as a "Gift-able Book" in Raleigh Magazine's print version.
Speaking of, why not purchase your copy today, as well as one for the book worm(s) and art lover(s) in your family!
Illustrations and an excerpt from the introduction of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler was recently featured online at It's Nice That, a London-based publisher.
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It’s Nice That believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone and by championing the most exciting and engaging work online, in print and through our events programme, we want to open up this world to the widest possible audience.
Founded in 2007, It’s Nice That has grown across many platforms and reaches over a million people each month. These include the website which is updated daily, a bi-annual magazine Printed Pages, a summer symposium Here and the monthly Nicer Tuesdays talks series.
In this delightful article for Print Magazine about the late artist Renaldo Kuhler and Brett Ingram's new book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, Steven Heller interviews the incomparable designer and editor, Laura Lindgren.
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.
Another great article about Renaldo Kuhler and Ingram's book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, this time in Atlas Obscura, an awe inspiring online publication cataloguing unusual and obscure travel destinations. What a perfect forum to chronicle a journey to Kuhler's imaginary country!
Edward Gomez wrote a wonderfully insightful article in Hyperallergic about Renaldo Kuhler, his brilliant talent, and Brett Ingram's newly released book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler.
In the article, Gomez includes comments and excerpts from an interview with the book's designer and editor, Laura Lindgren, who deserves way more credit than she will ever receive for having designed such a gorgeous book, a treatment of Kuhler's work and his creation that would have made Renaldo very proud.
The brilliant cartoonist & illustrator Drew Friedman, whose work has appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Observer, RAW, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and Mad (to name a few), just today gave a wonderful endorsement of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler:
"What a delight it is to discover an artist you were completely unaware of, an artist whose work is graphically intricate, strange, and beautiful, and an artist who has actually invented his own world, or, at least his own country. I love everything about this book and I didn't want it to end. Sixty years of Renaldo Kuhler's work is just not enough! But, it will have to do. It's the publishing event of the year."
- Drew Friedman
"The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is a beautifully designed marvel. The secret country of his feverish imagination was the world he would have preferred to live in. If you’re seeking a respite from our own land and its leaders, you can do nothing better for yourself than to book a trip to another country. Long live Renaldo Kuhler and the great nation of Rocaterrania!”
―Rick Meyerowitz, author of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great; contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times
“This book is FANTASTIC! Beautifully produced and written. Inspiring. Funny. Strange. Sad. Optimistic. All of the things that I look for in a book. Renaldo Kuhler reminds us that we must try to live our lives as best we can and be who we are! We cannot be reminded of that too often.”
―Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty and Beloved Dog; creator of work for Interview magazine, The New York Times, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Talking Heads
“Kuhler’s illustrations of Rocaterrania’s language, leaders, architecture, technologies, and milestones are fiercely alive. . . . Ingram’s documentation of Kuhler’s richly imagined creations will fascinate all who are drawn to art and/or fantasy.”
From Publishers Weekly, Sept. 25, 2017:
* "Filmmaker Ingram returns to the subject of his 2009 documentary Rocaterrania to celebrate the whimsical imagination of self-taught artist Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013)...Ingram’s keen appreciation of the artist and his work is apparent in every aspect of this book. It’s truly a wonder to behold."