5005 NE 27th AVENUE at ALBERTA
PORTLAND, OREGON 97211 USA
OPEN 11AM-7PM EVERYDAY THRU DEC. 23
AND UNTIL 4PM ON DEC. 24



MONOGRAPH BOOKWERKS is a fine art and object bookstore featuring a curated selection of books on contemporary art and artists, architecture, graphic design, fashion, photography, artist biographies and art criticism.

Rare and uncommon, and new and used books from around the world share shelf space with local publishers and small press editions. The store also carries studio pottery, mid-century ceramics, vintage art and office supplies and selected art objects, prints and paintings.

Artists John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill opened Monograph Bookwerks in May 2010 to provide a place in Portland for artists and the public to study, explore and purchase the best contemporary art books being published today. It is their belief that the resource of a serious art bookstore will forward excellence in art and design locally, and connect Portland with the greater world of art and culture, and vice versa.

John Brodie was born in Portland, OR and has been painting for over 20 years, with explorations in book art, mixed media and sculpture. He was included in Disjecta's PDX2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. In January 2007 he founded TodayArt, whose first project was the formation of the 9,000-square foot TodayArt Studios in Southeast Portland. From 1996 to 2006 he was a member of the notorious 333 Studios, a loose collective and fine arts studio. In June 2009, he produced Store for a Month, an art exhibit and temporary "store" in Portland (based on Claes Oldenburg's famous Store of 1961) that featured over 70 Northwest artists. From 1988 to 2007 he worked in the music business, first for Monqui Presents, managing the legendary Portland club La Luna; and then managing the globe-trotting band Pink Martini and their record label, Heinz Records. He opened Le Happy, a creperie restaurant and bar, which he still owns, in 2000.

Blair Saxon-Hill, an Oregon native and a member of TodayArt Studios, completed her studio art thesis in installation art at Reed College in 2002. Her current work examines materiality and the relationships between photography and sculpture through the use of outmoded print technologies, the verbiage of our time (such as scanning and digital printing), and the evocation of the haptic. The resultant works appear as impossible documents and emotively activate the viewer’s perceiving body in considerations of material, space, presence and absence.  Prior series of works have focused on hunting and gathering, gravity, and what she terms "embodied inquiries." Saxon-Hill creates site-specific installations, artist books, sculpture, photographs, paintings and prints. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.