BOOKS BY HANNAH BURR
Field Guide to Ambiguity (Fifth Avenue Press) 2024 - Pub Date Jan 30!
Contemporary Prayers to Whatever Works (Simon & Schuster). 2021
the Elements: a love letter to all things everywhere (Fifth Avenue Press). 2019
Help me [ ], do the thing. 2016
Contemporary Prayers to * [whatever works] 2013
This book, Hannah Burr's fifth and newest book project, comes out in January 2024. You can reserve your copies here.
Field Guide to Ambiguity is a book for learning to feel situated when you don’t know where you are. It’s a way to pause and orient when you are in life’s washing machine, without claiming to have your answers for you. It’s part journaling tool, part oracle and part artists' book, full of open-ended questions to help you relate freshly to what’s immediately around you.
Burr pairs the structure of a scientific field guide with dynamic reflection and artwork to explore our human relationship to uncertainty—from earth-shaking life events to the intimate, daily mystery of opening your eyes in the morning.
“It’s a tender situation, this openness, and you’re it.”
“In the end, you yourself are ambiguity’s only bearings. You are the orienting principle of any given situation.“
The 2021 volume of Contemporary Prayers
The third in the series, has 208 pages, 80 new prayers and corresponding ink and brush imagery. Published by Tiller Press of Simon & Schuster. Purchase this book here.
This book expands themes of the first two non-religious prayer books by Burr, and responds to the wild and disorienting times with chapters to navigate uncertainty and confusion with presence.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Tiller Press (2021)
Length: 208 pages
6.5 x 5.5”
Contemporary Prayers to * [whatever works] 2013 edition
Burr's original book from 2013 is an artist's book of blunt prayers to nothing-in-particular. Burr uses these prayers to relax and enjoy seismic shifts in her life. They’ve helped her remember, as she forgets repeatedly, that there are larger forces at work, gravity for example, of which she is a part. These prayers help her accept and tap into whatever that is. Purchase this book through my shop.
6.5 x 5.5”
Help me [ ], do the thing.
Burr’s Second Book expands audiences from the first, bridging generation, belief, gender, religion. Prized by artists, designers, philosophers, kids, teens, seekers, secularists, and color savorers.
Cover design by ICA Boston’s Creative Director, L.Simon Hayes.
Focus on creative boldness through wordless visual petitions. Purchase through my shop here.
Arrived June 2016.
6.5 x 5.5”
PRAISE FOR 'ELEMENTS'
“Gorgeous, thought provoking, practical, mystical” – J. Margo
“The Elements: a love letter to all things everywhere helps humanize science, at a deep level, and at a really important time” – K. Berger
“Hannah Burr has mapped out, in color and language, the appearance of the elements in the mundane stuff of our lives. Enjoy this study of interconnectedness.“
– L. Thomas
P R A I S E F O R B U R R ' S B O O K S :
Very sweet, very open, very alive, honest, real. Thank you for holding space for expression of human experience in relation to ^*)(“””
“I go through periods of carrying Whatever Works around in my jacket pocket as if it were an illuminated manuscript and
"I love the second one as much as the first!"
"A book about reframing, asking for help, remembering, and letting go."
"I've been turning to your books a lot lately for words of whatever I need at that moment. So grateful they are in the world."
"Every prayer is completely appropriate for me right now. Honestly that makes me laugh and feel a little less alone and lost."
ICA Boston MA
MOMA PS1 NY
CAC Cincinnati OH
Peabody Essex Museum MA
Portland Museum ME
Holter Museum MO
Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
MOMA Manhattan NY
Carnegie/Warhol Museum OA
Hirshhorn Museum DC
Portland Art museum, OR
LA County Museum of Art LACMA CA
Museum of Contemporary Art LA CA
Museum of Contemp San Diego CA
Wexner Center for the Arts, OH
Des Moines Art Center IA
Columbus Museum of Art OH
Albright Knox NY
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
Wadsworth Athaneaum Museum of Art, Hartford CT
Nelson Atkins Museum KC MO
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art AZ
Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemp art, Bentonville AR
UC Berkely Berkeley Art Museum CA
Norton Simon Museum of Art Pasadena CA
Salchicha, Bozeman MO
Signal Return Press, MI
Ann Arbor Art Center, MI
San Diego Museum of Art CA
New Britain Museum of Am art CT
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art MD
Orlando Museum of FL
Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Museum FL
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Provincetown Art Association and Museum MA
Worcester Art Museum MA
Broad Art Museum, Michigan State U MI
Grand Rapids Art Museum MI
Minn Center for Book Arts MN
Saint Louis Art Museum MO
Nevada MOA NV
Brooklyn Museum NY
New Temporary Contemporary PA
Mattress Factory PA
Frist Center for the Visual Arts TN
CAM Houston TX
Menil Collection TX
San Antonio Museum of Art TX
Madison Museum of WI
Winings Gallery ME
555 Gallery MA
Somes Sound Gallery ME
Lacoste Gallery MA
Esalen Institute CA
Gardner Museum MA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA
Gallery B, ME
Janice Charach Gallery, MI
Blue Hill Books, ME