Present Divestment

cover of The Gator's Revenge

Present Divestment is a series of beautiful Mark Dahle Portfolios.

Each book in the series includes includes a colorful abstract painting, more than twenty beautiful photographs, and a story about a corporation interested in time travel.

Books in the series include:

1 Trip 21

2 Return Trip

3 The Gator's Revenge

4 Lat's Collapse

5 Derrack's Folly

6 Escape

7 Checking On Jarci

8 Anomalies

9 Stock Tip

Unlike many picture books, the story in each book is not related to the photographs or painting. People who are disappointed by this may draw their own pictures of time travel on the pages if they like. (And adults might want to take a look at our discussion of this topic below.)

From the first book:

Hyptrolysis always works. He’ll think it was his own idea. If he doesn’t make it back, he’ll think it was his own fault.

The books are suitable for older kids and adults.

About Mark Dahle Portfolios

Mark Dahle Portfolios can be read in a few minutes and then enjoyed for a lifetime. Thought-provoking and beautiful, they feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.

The short, 50-page books have several different kinds of fans. The portfolios were created for art collectors who don't mind feeling initially disoriented as they look at art. But because of the enjoyable stories, the portfolios are also popular with grandparents and parents who want to encourage reading, and with kids of all ages who like the stories.

Unlike most picture books, the text is not related to the art next to it. This might seem a little weird to adults. Kids, however, seem to roll with the discontinuity just fine.

The portfolios encourage adults bothered by the unusual layout to order more books until they get used to it. Anyone following this advice has plenty of portfolios to choose from; more than 50 have been released to date in a wide variety of styles and genres.

For more information, check out the article: What are artists’ books?

Information for art collectors

Mark Dahle Portfolios are individually dated, giving collectors bragging rights over people who acquire their copies later.

In addition, ten large 13 x 19 inch versions of each portfolio are available. Five of the ten are already reserved; five are available to individual art collectors and organizations.

You can find more information here: Special Edition Portfolios for Art Collectors