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Bookmarking The Underground Library -- Not the NYPL

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"Books do furnish a subway car."  Isn't that what Anthony Powell would have meant Lindsay Bagshaw to say in A Dance to the Music of Time if he were writing it today?  Especially as the statistics in the video are off, as in spoilt.

Still, creative moments come in so many flavors.  http://vimeo.com/58161297

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Giorgio & Giulio Maffei

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The Studio Bibliografico Giorgio Maffei specializes in original texts and book art by twentieth century visual and literary avant-garde artists such Baldessari, Lewitt, Munari, Man Ray, Ruscha and ...
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The photo comes from the display of Ed Ruscha's Various Small Fires and Milk, 1964,  at the exhibition Pliure: La Part du Feu, 2 February - 12 April 2015, Paris, Fondation Calouste-Gulbenkian. Photo by Robert Bolick, 11 April 2015.

Reflected in the lower left hand corner is the display of Bruce Nauman's Burning Small Fires, 1968; in the upper right corner, the film clip of Truffaut's 1966 Fahrenheit 451; and in the upper left, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva's La bibliotheque en feu, 1974.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Collection of Ten Artists Books, Ed Ruscha

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Collection of Ten Artists Books by Ed Ruscha
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A pleasure to see them all in one place,
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Bookmarking Book Art - Finding Book Art

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The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives at The Banff Centre has over 4,000 artists’ books and multiples. Inspired by Ed Ruscha’s seminal book “Every Building on the Sunset Strip”, we will display every item in the collection in a case in the library, rotating through 15 items weekly. Here you will find a photo log documenting the items, chosen randomly for display. Click through on any photo for title and creator caption. 


For more information and full catalogue records for the items pictured, v
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BooksOnBooks has scooped this site before, but it's worth another look alongside the 2015: 43rd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America - ARLIS/NA (https://www.arlisna.org/news/conferences/49-2015-conference).  

 

Take a look at the poster presented by the Banff Centre's Nicole Lovenjak ("Fresh Off the (Closed) Shelf: The Banff Centre Library's Transition to an Open Stack Artists' Books Collection"). 

 

Now take a look at ABDC (Artists' Books DC,  http://www.artistsbooksdc.com/) and track back to ARLIS/NA's Book Art SIG blog (http://arlisnabookartsig.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/arlisna-2015-book-art-sig-meeting-notes.html).  Are you still with me?

 

Michelle  Strizever reports on INTERNATIONAL interest in replicating local instances of the ABDC effort and that the Book Arts SIG could be the sponsor for linking them all together.  

 

IMAGINE ...

 

Peter Verheyen's Book Arts Web (http://www.philobiblon.com/),

 

Robert Heather's Artist Books 3.0 (http://artistbooks.ning.com/),

 

the Victoria & Albert Museum's artists' book site (http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/a/artists-books/),

 

Johanna Drucker's Artists' Books Online (http://www.artistsbooksonline.org/),

 

the Jaffe Center for Book Arts (http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/collection/books_as_aesthetic_objects/index.php) under John Cutrone,

 

the Allan Chasanoff Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (http://artgallery.yale.edu/exhibitions/exhibition/odd-volumes-book-art-allan-chasanoff-collection),

 

the MAK Artists' Books on Tour exhibition coordinated by Katharin Pokorny-Nagel (http://www.mak.at/jart/prj3/mak/main.jart?rel=de&content-id=1343388632770&article_id=976),

 

the nice staff at Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam (http://www.mak.at/jart/prj3/mak/main.jart?rel=de&content-id=1343388632770&article_id=976), 

 

the Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation's Paulo Pires do Vale, who organized from Lisboa the outstanding "Pliure" exhibition for Paris (which is connected with the 2008 V&A exhibition "Blood on Paper: The Art of the Book") (https://vimeo.com/118231752)

 

... ALL coming together to enable us to find public and private collections of book art, photos and consistent information about them!

 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Michelle: mstrizever@gmail.com.

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Up and About in Amsterdam and London

"... the creative role of the Data Architect is grossly under-recognised . I would agree , though the power in these roles , derived at once from a networked economy and from the rapid proliferation of intelligent ways of organising data like MarkLogic , is shown both in the scramble to recruit talent in this field and by the growing influence it has on budgets and expenditure . And this also raises a worry . If these people are the creative cadre of the future , are information businesses exposing them sufficiently to their customers . And given that customers never entirely told the truth in the long history of market research ( a bit like political opinion polling?) do the designers of our solutions get enough observation time inside the customer context to discern where value may lie? We have the project development strategies ( Agile et al) and we have the tools and structures , but do we have the evidence upon which to make decisions that will add value in contexts where our customers expect ever more customized responses from us ?"
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Book editors, book designers, book publishers - wake up. This is where your self-education in publishing for this century begins.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Bank Street Arts

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Bank Street Arts is home to a large collection of Artists’ Books, exclusively made up of donated books from submissions to the Artist’s Book Prize. If you would like to view the Collection please come to Bank Street Arts or email info@bankstreetarts.com
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Mark your calendar for the Sheffield International Artist Book Prize 2015 this October.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Nicola Beattie

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A sculpture titled 'Source (abstract Modern Contemporary Book Tower sculptures/statues)' by artist Nicola Beattie. 

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Compare with Alicia Martin and other book sculptors here:  (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE).

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Bookmarking Book Art - Tree Book Tree

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Buenos Aires-based publisher Pequeño Editor has created a fun and educational book that can be recycled into a tree. The Tree Book Tree children's book is printed on acid-free paper with environme...

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Germinating books has (er) its roots in book art:  Lucy Lippard, Hans Haacke, Doug Beube, Ann Marie Kennedy, Maggie Puckett, Basia Irland and now Pequeño Editor. http://wp.me/p2AYQg-aI

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Bookmarking Book Art - Kabe Wilson

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"Unfurled across five tables, Kabe Wilson’s astonishing Of One Woman or So is the result of a painstaking process of cutting up books. The novella, which tells the story of a youn..."

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Reminiscent of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Tree of Codes" and Jonathan Basile's http://libraryofbabel.info/.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sing, O Muse ...

This video features 7 artists' books made out of musical instruments by Peter and Donna Thomas: a ukulele book, a guitar book, a dulcimer book, two concertin...
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Where else would you expect to find a history of the accordion and a history of the accordion book (aka leporello) all in one other than in a book incorporated in an accordion?

 

And who else besides the Wandering Book Artists (Peter and Donna Thomas) would have thought to make it? 

http://www.baymoon.com/~peteranddonna/about.htm

 

The Wandering Book Artists and their caravan are American originals. They have been going strong since 1976, well-recognized and well-awarded by the book arts and book art community. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofe00SBoQv0

https://youtu.be/JhlQ92vaRlc

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Bookmarking Book Art - Merike van Zanten

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The passage here, rendered by blind embossing on lead and metal paint, comes from Primo Levi's essay on lead in his book "The Periodic Table". It reminds me of Anselm Kiefer's lead books with wings ("The Language of the Birds", 2013), which you can read about here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Lu. It's a curious, leaden but uplifting, meet but outrageous conjunction: Van Zanten's personal grappling with depression, the concentration-camp survivor who ultimately succumbed to depression and suicide, and the Nazi-saluting artist who asserts that history is a weight that must be borne and embraced and lead is the only substance that is weighty, "alchemical" and mutable enough to bear it.

 

Van Zanten's appropriation of Levi for her project "Depression" is somewhat less outré than Sylvia Plath's appropriation of Jewishness in "Daddy", which is barely less outré than Kiefer's Nazi salutes. But all three are essential outrageous and shocking appropriations just as the appropriation of books as "just another material" with which to create art is essential.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Large-Scale Installations

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We feature large-scale book art installations from artists like Alicia Martin, Matej Kren, and Luzinterruptus during this edition of Book Art Is Awesome.
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In her note in BookRiot, Nikki Steele takes Brian Dettmer's remark in his TED talk that books are created to relate to our human scale and builds on it elegantly, if all too briefly, by bringing together the installation works "Literature versus Traffic", "Scanner", "Book Cell", "Singularity", "Biographies" and "Contemporaries".  

 

For more on this, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.

 


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Bookmark - Getty Research Institute's Digital-First Publication

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Digital publication examining a rhyming inventory of a Roman art collection of the Baroque period, with facsimile, translation, with notes and essays by scholars.
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In 1681, Pietro Mellini wrote a verse inventory of the highlights of the 153 artworks in the family palazzo for his brother Cardinal Savio Mellini. Scholars Murtha Baca and Nuria Rodríguez Ortega have taken the manuscript that now resides at the Getty Research Institute and created a digital-first scholarly publication.

 

"The working environment that grew out of this project, the Getty Scholars’ Workspace™, ... is currently undergoing additional development, including usability testing, before its general release to the international research community." (http://www.getty.edu/research/mellini/about)

 

The effort is intended to show "how the use of technology can offer new opportunities for research, communication, and dissemination of primary source materials, and that it demonstrates the results of collaborative research". There is, however, little here that has not already been demonstrated in the Faber/Touchpress treatment of Shakespeare's sonnets or Eliot's "The Waste Land". (http://thewasteland.touchpress.com/)  

 

The Faber/Touchpress works are apps, not browser-based online works.  Had they been, though, I would expect links that do not yield "Error 404" or "Page Not Found" messages. Alas, poor Pietro is not so well served.

 

I expected links behind references in the companion essays to lines in the manuscript to take me to those lines. Alas, poor Pietro is sans such links.

 

In an online scholarly publication, I expect references to articles in scholarly journals to be hyperlinked via their easily available DOIs (digital object identifiers) to the articles themselves. Take, for example, this item in the bibliography: Leone, Stephanie C. “Cardinal Pamphilj Builds a Palace: Self-Representation and Familial Ambition in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 63, no. 4 (2004): 440–71.  Cut and paste that into CrossRef's "Metadata Search" at http://www.crossref.org/, and you get http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/4128014 , which takes you to the article itself in JSTOR. Alas, poor Pietro, again sans links.

 

But in light of Pietro's concluding four stanzas (as translated by the team):

 

"Therefore, my Lord, look with friendly, joyful eyes upon

The works described here in these humble verses
And make them worthy of Your consideration.

 

They shall become even more beautiful and charming
If you should deign to grant your approval
And praise these abject, lowly objects.

 

For surely when Heaven deigns
To hear our prayers, and returns you
To these lofty cloisters on the banks of the Tiber

 

Let your gaze linger with pleasure
As you look upon the walls that surround our Ancestral home,
Offering you stories, and fabulous exploits
On canvas, which put to shame the painters of ancient times."

 

I should not conclude in a hypercritical vein. The "List of Artworks" (http://www.getty.edu/research/mellini/works/list) provides a taste of "the works described here in" with useful research notes for those positively identified, possibly identified, related or representative. And as I am finishing Andrew Graham-Dixon's biography of Caravaggio, this discovery of the Mellini family, their claim to three of his works and their coverage by Caravaggio's earliest biographers Mancini and Bellori is a welcome serendipitous crossover between the world of print and the digital.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Mary Kritz

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365 Days of Handwriting

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Take a look at the Japanese hidden compartment box at http://www.bookartiste.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic.  Not only is the execution of the binding exacting as in so many of the other constructions in this series, but the handling of color and paper (in this case a brilliant solid red contrasting with a turquoise marbled paper) are precise.  The artist works hard to outrun mere craftwork, a perennial pursuit in book art.  In this case, without the butterfly stickers, the work might have gained in that race.

 

The variety, inventiveness and precision of technique in this year-long work in handwriting and binding reward a prolonged look at Kritz's opus. Among several unifying themes is the echo across the pages of the shape of a laptop or tablet screen that contrasts with the handwriting as material and communication alongside the acryclic, watercolor, photography, ink and folds.


Mary Kritz teaches at the Ottawa School of Art in Canada.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Books! FRAGILE! Handle with Care!

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Jenni Kemarre Martiniello; “The 5 Principles,” 2014; Kiln-formed glass, copper, leather, bonded "The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass introduces artists, students, scholars, collectors, and Museum visitors to all aspects of glass. ... Seven emerging and established glass artists came to The Studio to participate in Mel George’s Kiln Allegories class. When teaching a class, George takes her surroundings into account. “[I] try to give the students special experiences that the individual places can offer,” she explained in a letter. For this class, she was influenced by the mission and collections of the Rakow Research Library. “I have always known the Rakow Research Library is the best for glass in the world, and did use this as the inspiration for the first project.”George and her students came to one of our introductions and were inspired by some of the rare books they saw. They arranged to come back a second time to look at the books in the Library’s collection which incorporate glass." Rebecca Hopman
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Other examples of books made of glass: http://www.channel4.com/news/olafur-eliasson-glass-books-tate-modern-turbine-hall http://io9.com/5951105/a-glass-pyramid-filled-with-nothing-but-books http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/10/ramon-todo-glass/ Surely there's one out there based on Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass"?
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Bookmarking Book Art - Giulio Maffei

Il libro d'arista, il multiplo e l'oggetto si fanno autonomo artefatto The artists' book, the multiple and the object become an artwork info@giorgiomaffei.it ...
Robert Bolick's insight:

Maffei has created a series of short animations in which an anonymous pair of hands displays a variety of artists' book art: Ruscha, Baldessari, Munari, Man Ray and others.

 

They are not always as straightforward as they appear. They provide an experience of book art or artists' books that most of us will never hold or touch. And that may be Maffei's point in his series "Le Vite dei Libri" (The Lives of Books) in which these usually glassed-off works are playfully handled and gently made fun of.  Take a look at Maffei's take on Ruscha's "Sunset Strip" to see what I mean: 

https://youtu.be/G7tSluvUo-c.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Why "spineless"?

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Available for sale from Industry Gallery, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, Spineless Side Table (2012), Stained Oak, Book Spines, Upholstery Tacks, Black Lacquer, 26 × 20 × 24 in
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Surely it's a "Spiny Side Table" meant to go with an Andiron-"back" Chair.

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Bookmark - Retrieving the digitized past

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This is another review of a long-extant book (originally published in 1899), but a new digitization of this hard-to-find work over at Archive.org made a go
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Paul St John Mackintosh is on to something. Just yesterday, the Chief Academic Officer of the International Baccalaureate was wishing that all of the reference works he dips in and out of and annotates were available digitally (with his annotations included!). As the Open Annotation Workgroup of the W3C continues to gain momentum, what a service it would be to provide "webliographical" highlights such as this one to help academics take advantage of the newly available digital archives and their annotatability.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jacqueline Rush Lee

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For over seventeen years I have transformed used books into sculptures through a wide range of artistic approaches. Working with the nature of the books that I find, I'm interested in delving into the internal landscapes of books to create new narratives. Giving new life to the old, I have high-fired books in kilns with no clay intervention to create
Robert Bolick's insight:

More on Jacqueline Rush Lee's work here (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-fY). Lee's work is in the Chasanoff collection and many others.  Compare with Jessica Drenk, another book artist solidifying and manipulating books as material (http://www.jessicadrenk.com/theartist/).

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Mystery Book Artist of Edinburgh, Flying Away Again?

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You may remember that the MBAE tweeted goodbye once before in August 2013 (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-xz). 

 

But as can be seen here (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-NJ), she did arise phoenix-like (or monarch-like?) to bookish delight. This time, she may mean it and is encouraging those with an interest to contribute to the last surprise gift.

 

Click on the image of the instructions above for her request and instructions.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Photomediations: An Open Book

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Photomediations: An Open Book
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Mike Shatzkin writes at Idealog:  "We await reporting on the impact of the new devices and the additional illustrated product in the market, but nobody’s reported any breakout successes yet.


This has to be frightening to anybody in the illustrated book business. Bookstores are disappearing. Sales are moving to digital. We’ve had an iPad in the marketplace for almost two years. And we have as yet discovered no formula for success to convert a successful illustrated print book to a successful illustrated ebook."  http://www.idealog.com/ "The digital future still is a mystery if you don't publish 'immersive reading'"

 

Does "Photomediations" have part of the equation for that missing formula?

 

Or how about the venerable NYT with its "longreads" like "The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie" (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/13/magazine/blues.html?_r=0)

 

or "Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" (http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek).

 

or the Guggenheim's online artbook and catalogue collection (http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/publications/from-the-archives)

 

or the Met's 400+ free ebooks (http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications/The_Art_of_Illumination_The_Limbourg_Brothers_and_the_Belles_Heures_of_Jean_de_France_Duc_de_Berr?Tag=&title=&author=&pt=&tc=&dept=&fmt=)

 

or the Getty's Virtual Library (http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/)

 

or the handful of gems at the British Library (http://www.bl.uk/ebooktreasures/)

 

or the 80+ ebooks at Thames & Hudson (http://www.thamesandhudson.com/digitallist.html)?

 

 

 

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Balastae

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Seager Gray Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in Mill Valley, CA near San Francisco exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper and artists' books
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The Seager Gray Gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary of "The Art of the Book" exhibition. Artists represented include Jody Alexander, James Allen, Doug Beube, Julie Chen, Barbara Wildenboer and many others.

 

Above, I have singled out Andrew Hayes' "Balastae". The work's name is an ancient variant on "ballistae" -- the oversized Roman crossbow. The weapon would not have been out of place in Ovid's time, and thinking of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" would not be amiss when contemplating Andrew Hayes' art.

 

http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St

http://wp.me/p2AYQg-xc

 

 The exhibition runs through 31 May.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Turn the Page, 2015

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"Turn the Page", the Norwich, UK-based annual book art exhibition, home of "The "Norfolk Longbook", ended on 2 May.

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Congratulations to Jules Allen and Marina Florance, co-founders of TTP, and their volunteers on another successful annual exhibition. 

This year the co-founders overcame the perils of insured delivery of art from New York to Norwich to bring several pieces by Brian Dettmer to the show, including one of his works somewhat nearer to home pictured above.


Marina spoke of Dettmer's assistance and an inspiring visit with Patrick Wildgust, Curator of the Laurence Sterne Trust, which loaned not only the artwork shown but a copy of the printed edition from which the artist worked.

Several individual items and multi-item works on display provided comparable UK and European company to Dettmer's outstanding book art. Coverage to come at Books-on-Books.com will include 

Jan Fairbairn-Edwards
Jo Howe
Heather Hunter
Chris Ruston

The Norfolk Longbook


www.books-on-books.com

www.turnthepage.org.uk


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Bookmarking Book Art - Book Binding

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Pins about book binding hand-picked by Pinner Meghan Dahn | See more about artist's book, book art and handmade books.
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A visual encyclopedia of book binding and striking works of art.

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Bookmark - Visual Editions

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Editions at Play Here’s the low down. Editions at Play is the brainchild of Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab. There will be a sprawling Library of Possibilities and the books we make will be distributed by Google Play Books.
Robert Bolick's insight:
The Google essay cited does not have much new to say about the subject that has been "lived" by the likes of Gary Frost, Bob Stein, Amaranth Borsuk, Helen Douglas, William Gass, the late Bill Hill, Karen Hanmer, many others cited here, and the team members at Visual Editions. That's what you should take away from the VE/ Google announcement. VE lives this. Put its feed into your RSS or blog reader and watch evolution happen.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Helen Malone

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"Chance" - a dos-a-dos book made collaboratively with Jack Oudyn. Selected for inclusion in the Manly Artists Book Award, on exhibit at the Manly Library, Market Place, Manly, Sydney, Australia until 15 April 2015.

Robert Bolick's insight:

Malone's "The Illuminated Book of Babel" is another work worth a closer look (http://www.visualartist.info/helenmalone/selection-of-artists-books-2006-2008/the-illuminated-book-of-babel).  It is a concertina book of perspex pages inscribed with indecipherable languages. Also worth a look - albeit only in a thumbnail - is her take on Vitruvius' and Alberti's works on architecture. In 2006/7, she created ten artists books, each illustrating a different architecture and commenting on book structure (http://www.visualartist.info/helenmalone/selection-of-artists-books-2006-2008/ten-books-on-architecture).  It reminds me of Keith A. Smith's books and Gary Frost's teaching set of historical book bindings.

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