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Bookmarking the book's evolution - here and at www/books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - Learn to make a Roman Wax Tablet at the San Francisco Center for the Book

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"The Roman wax tablet, or pugillare, . . . was used for all sorts of written material of the time, from tax invoices and shopping lists to poetry. Letters were often sent in this form to soldiers at the frontiers of empire. Hundreds of examples of such tablets have been found along Hadrian's Wall in England, in the ancient Roman town of Vindolanda."

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Lake District bookbinder Michael Burke teaches how to make a Roman wax tablet at the SFCB. Guaranteed not to receive Trump tweets.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Large-scale Installations

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Argentinian artist Marta Minujín’s anti-censorship work The Parthenon of Books (2017) is catching the eyes of many visitors. The work is chockablock with books that are or have been banned by national governments, and it ties together references to the show’s second venue in Athens (often called the birthplace of democracy), the history of Nazi book-burnings, and Argentina’s own experience with dictatorship.
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For more on large-scale book art installations, http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Deletionist

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Please, drag the icon to your bookmark bar. Then, go to any site and click The Deletionist bookmark. ...About The Deletionist... ... How to Use It ... ... On Its Workings ... Keep in Touch Please contact thedeletionist@thedeletionist.com with any comments.
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Another collaboration from Amaranth Borsuk. Think of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Tree of Codes", in which the author created a completely other, coherent novel from Bruno Schulz's novel "The Street of Crocodiles" from the lines and words left behind after cutting out lines and words from the pages of the latter. The Deletionist lets you create free-form poems automatically from just about any web page. Of course, what you gain in automaticity, you possibly lose in coherence. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Venice Biennale 2017

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The Pavilion of Artists and Books is, without any doubt, this Biennale’s main curatorial statement and aims at discussing the place of the artist in today’s society.
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Art critic and satirist Rodrigo Cañete highlights the frequent BS and the occasional bullseye of contemporary conceptual art and book art at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 
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Bookmarking Book Art - Artists' Books Collections in the Chelsea Collections & Archives, UAL

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Established in 1970 by Clive Phillpot in response to the production of books as 'democratic multiples' by conceptual artists such as Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, Marcel Broodthaers and Ian Hamilton Finlay, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious collections in the UK.
Robert Bolick's insight:
The Artists' Books Collection at the University of the Arts London is described in the Stephen Bury's "Artists' Books: The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-2000", published by Bernard Quaritch Ltd., ISBN-13: 978-0956301291.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Cornell University Library

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“Wake the Form: Artists’ Books in Context,” a new exhibition in Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), features both the artists’ books of the modern era and the innovative objects that inspired them. Items in the exhibition will explore not only today’s artists’ books, but the history of the book itself.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Opens 8 June and runs through October 2017. Image: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Michael Kuch. "Fossil Dirigibles." Asparagus Valley, Hadley, Mass.: Double Elephant Press, 2006. Number 27 of 40 copies. 
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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing

The modern society has changed beyond recognition. Still, we are speaking and writing in the same languages as we have been before. Xu Bing, an installatio
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This video recounting Xu Bing's life and work so far (from his start in China to the 90s in New York then back again to Beijing) broadens the appreciation of each work and the connections among them across time and place.  For more on Xu Bing, one of the most rewarding contemporary artists working with the book, paper, language, signs, calligraphy, construction helmets and all manner of detritus, http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - Blind Bookworms: Genesis of the Idea

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Supported by Reading Hack and RNC Hereford, we will be creating a series of audio-bites written by visually impaired young people describing their favourite fictitious settings (Sherlock Holmes’ living room, the Gryffindor common room etc.) which will focus on every other sense apart from sight.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Near Hay-on-Wye, "The Story of Books" has joined with Ellie Wait in a brilliant project to promote audiobooks and support for the visually impaired reader. Asking children to record in their own words descriptions of settings in their favorite books is a "book report" challenge worth replicating in every home and classroom. 

For the visually impaired, another website - similarly named and from which the gif cartoon of the black-bespectacled worm emerging from the book comes - is "Blind Bookworm" at http://www.panix.com/~kestrell/.    www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Scott Hazard

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The text based constructs I create consist of layers of paper that are carefully torn or cut, spaced apart and aligned to define sculptural voids. Cathartic micro-gardens punctuated with masses of text beckon the viewer to delve in for a brief journey. As the viewer’s gaze enters and traverses the layers of paper in each work, vision becomes tactile, lending an articulated viewing experience and a space for the eyes to linger. The movement and placement of words in and around the composed landscapes and intimately scaled spaces provides for a kinaesthetic reading experience that draws the viewer in for momentary reflection and a temporary departure. The viewer looks ‘at’ and ‘through’ each composition simultaneously.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Hazard's "Memory Gardens" and "Text Constructs" have a zen-like quality. The precision must take the concentration required by a colored powder mandala.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lorena Velázquez 

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"The use of the number 43 is not restricted to the title in Ms. Velázquez’s work. Forty-three numbered copies of the book were made; the book, constructed in concertina (accordion) style, has 43 unnumbered pages; the numbers from one to 43 are printed across several pages; on one page the number 43 is produced in braille. There is little text but the book artist’s use of photographs showing demonstrations and rallies, as well as portrait photographs of the 43 missing, convey a sense of outrage and a demand for justice. The book’s pages are colored black, with most splashed or streaked with red paint, which further conveys a sense of horror and tragedy at what happened"
Robert Bolick's insight:
This searing work is called "43: Cuarenta y Tres", the significance of which Stephen Dingler, rare book cataloger at the University of Texas, Austin, explains here: https://utsalibrariestopshelf.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-significance-of-numbers-43-cuarenta-y-tres/.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - Have you ever wondered where books come from?

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Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.

Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:
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So that's what really goes on at Amazon.
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Bookmarking Book Art - David M. Moyer

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An artist’s book crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Moyer’s creation, titled “Speculative Motion,” was sold by the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, to MIT’s Rotch Library, home to a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The Rotch collection focuses on artists’ books published from the 20th century to the present and explores a range of techniques and technologies employed by the books’ creators.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Yellow Submarine? Monty Python? Heath Robinson? Rube Goldberg? Hieronymus Bosch? Albrecht Durer? Quentin Massys? Whatever the influence, David M. Moyer has created choice work under The Red Howler Press (http://www.redhowlerpress.com/). MIT has chosen well. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lindsay Pritchard

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A set of ‘Halsbury’s Statutes’, the accepted authoritative texts for statute law (Acts of Parliament) of England and Wales, was donated to the Trust by a local court service whose staff now use online reference.  The 27 volumes were destined to be pulped had the Trust not taken them. Each volume has been transformed into a work of art exploring themes related to topics covered in the particular volume as well as ideas around legislation and society.  
Robert Bolick's insight:
The work displayed is "Sacred Liberty", which was part of the exhibition sponsored by the Sidney Nolan Trust. Other book artists participating include Lindo Toigo, Ruth Cousins and Rachel Ricketts. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art – Chris Ruston

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Ruston's art celebrates the natural world and human spirit, inviting viewers "to follow, to unravel secrets, and to pay close attention to the world around them". Part of a series called Ocean Blue, the book She Returns uses a double concertina fold and ink on Fabriano watercolor paper to invite us to follow the image of a leatherback turtle making…
Robert Bolick's insight:
More on Chris Ruston's art, http://wp.me/p2AYQg-163. ;
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Bookmarking Book Art - Marc Straus 

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Marc Straus presents "The White Heat", an exhibition of white paintings and sculptures. "In 1918 Kazimir Malevich introduced Suprematist Composition: White on White, a painting of a cool white square over a warm white background. Malevich proclaimed in the Moscow exhibition catalog: 'I have overcome the lining of the colored sky, torn it down and into the bag thus formed, put color, tying it up with a knot. Swim in the white free abyss, infinity is before you.'"

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Includes "THE TIME MACHINE (after H.G. Wells) by Tim Rollins + K.O.S. See http://wp.me/p2AYQg-192 for more.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art – A “white book report” on “The White Heat” at MARC STRAUS

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MARC STRAUS, the contemporary art gallery in the Lower East Side of New York, opened “an exhibition of white paintings and sculptures by an international selection of artists” on 3 June 2017. It runs through 3 July
Robert Bolick's insight:
Books on Books offers this “white book report” on book art not included to put attendees in the mood for their experience of the works in white by artists at the MARC STRAUS gallery.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Turn the Page Artists' Book Fair 2017

Bookmarking Book Art - Turn the Page Artists' Book Fair 2017 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Turn the page artists book fair Books... but not as you know them - Turn the page artists' book fair is an International platform for book arts featuring fine press, altered and sculptural books, installation and film. Over 60 book artists will be showing and selling their work alongside an exciting programme of events including poetry…
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Bookmark - Skinner's Books & Manuscripts auction

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The spring Books & Manuscripts online auction contains 592 lots over a variety of periods and genres, featuring signed historic and literary correspondence and documents, Medieval Books of Hours, incunabula, early American Protestant theology, decorative sets, first editions, 19th century illustrated travel books, Audubon prints, a collection of New World maps and important early works of cartography.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Louisa Boyd

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'The 2017 exhibition has a theme of the "Artist as Polymath" and the jury have selected a shortlist of artists and makers whose works cross boundaries, take a multidisciplinary approach and bring together varying techniques and materials. As an artist who has been making artist’s books since my final year at university in 2000, I have found that such an approach to work has been essential to bring together concept and visual aesthetics.’

Robert Bolick's insight:
For more on Louisa Boyd's art: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-QV  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Seager Gray Gallery 

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The 12th annual Art of the Book exhibition will feature new works by gallery favorites as well as artists new to the gallery.
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The Seager Gray Gallery consistently delights. Shown here is Catherine Skinner's "Accumulations II". 

For more on some of the artists represented: 

Vita Wells: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-qJ
Emma Lloyd: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk
Andrew Hayes: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St
Jody Alexander: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-o6
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Bookmark - Ingrid Siliakus - Paper architect/artist

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Statement of the artist (for the Holland Paper Exhibition in 2006): '...Working with paper forces me to be humble, since this medium has a character of its own that asks for cooperation. It is a challenge to find this cooperation with each separate paper brand I work with. Working with paper the way I do, namely by means of cutting and folding creating paper sculptures, asks of me to work with meditative precision. Paper architecture does not bare haste, it is its enemy; one moment of loss of concentration, can lead to failure of a piece...' '...I experience an ultimate satisfaction at the critic moment when the paper, with a silenced sigh, surrenders and becomes a blade-sharp crease. The sound of the paper, which guides this surrendering, to me is incomparable...' 
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No surprise that her art is on display in the Escher museum in The Hague.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jo Howe

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I am very excited, yet again, to have been invited to show at Turn The Page this year. This is always such an incredible event, with a broad range of artists all working with ‘The Book’ in a wide variety of ways.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Jo Howe is one of the most diversely inventive book artists working in the UK and Europe today. She sculpts books and book pages with fire, steel, fold, dowel, camera lens and even sugar - but most of all with wit and genius. 

Look here for the proof: https://howeunique.co.uk/gallery/  

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bodman 

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"Another spine chiller from Sarah Bodman. Ostensibly this is a book of ‘dates’ with names and places and drinks noted down beneath a barely discernible glass ring mark. But this book has dark roots. It is the diary of an international poisoner. It is inspired by the historical case of a woman who practiced her delivery of Strychnine on many friends and family before getting it ‘right’. Her poison of choice, a bitter substance, was masked through strong or overly sweet drinks and foods, with meticulous note-taking of her attempts to formulate the correct amounts. The artist ponders how she would have administered her poison today? The appointments made, would she perhaps have been successful first time, or would she have needed to ask for another meeting? Each page has been screenprinted with a clear water-based varnish, the stencils made from dipping glasses and cups into ink to make a mark, just as you would if you put a glass or cup onto a table. The marks, like the poison are barely discernible. The handwritten, colour appointments are in watercolour pencil. Once the job is done, the colourful notes can be wiped away, leaving only the first ‘date’ in pencil."  
Robert Bolick's insight:
This book-art murder mystery is entitled “Why say it again?”. To apprehend your copy of one of the 20 printed, you must visit Reed Contemporary Books:  http://www.reedcontemporarybooks.com/sarahbodman.html.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lucas Simões

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"Before becoming an artist, Simões was an architect. He has long been interested in the promises, failures, and whiteness of modern architecture. 

Lucas Simões, born in 1980 in Brazil, lives and works in São Paulo. Simões has had solo exhibitions at Caixa Cultural (São Paulo), Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil), and Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (Recife, Brazil)... His work is owned by Itau Unibanco (São Paulo), Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio de Janeiro), and Museu de Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo)."

Robert Bolick's insight:
The title of Simões solo exhibit at the Lora Reynolds Gallery (http://www.lorareynolds.com/exhibitions/lucas-simoes-white-lies/ Austin, TX) is "White Lies", which is also the title of the piece shown. Although not "book art", it is reminiscent of works by Andrew Hayes (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St), Irwin Susskind's "Book Faced Down" (http://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/174519) and Jonathan Callan's "Rational Snow" (http://www.jonathancallan.com/2002-rational-snow).

The Reynolds Gallery also represents works by Noriko Ambe.
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Bookmark - Codex Conquest

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Why should you play Codex Conquest?

Play Codex Conquest to learn the contemporary value of historical printed books and how these books changed history by contributing to technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, artistic triumphs, and political shifts from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Codex Conquest is an open educational resource provided by Amy Chen, Special Collections Instruction Librarian at the University of Iowa.

Bad puns alert: 

Consider Codex Conquest the "Old Made" relative of multi-player online games. If you are more of a "solitairey" player, try out Type:Rider, the "Final FONTasy" of typography history games (http://store.steampowered.com/app/258890/TypeRider/). 

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