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Bookmarking Book Art - A Calendar Page for February 2014

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For more information about the Huth Hours, please see our post A Calendar Page for January 2014. Our calendar pages for February contain two scenes of labourers trimming vines, one of the traditional labours for this unpleasant month.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Boom's Collection of Books Experimenting With What A Book Is

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Irma Boom has been undertaking “a quixotic, endless undertaking of creating a library of what she called ‘only the books that are experimental.’ Above her studio here, the recentl…
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An excellent article on a book artist of genius.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Emma Lloyd

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The self-reflexivity of book art is alive and well in Emma Lloyd's work.  She casts oversized IBM Selectric-inspired balls that are works of art themselves.  Like William Blake, she uses her own-made tools to create striking prints. She fills compositors cases with carvings from books and letters carved from books. "Transition I", "Sonetti" and "Betabet" reward lingering looks. The prints she creates remind me of Francis Picabia and Xu Bing.
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Bookmarking Book Art - 23 Sandy Gallery - "Women Rise"

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Women Rise is a new curated collection of artist books at 23 Sandy Gallery featuring books that celebrate women and girls, or shed light on important women’s issues. As we start this New Year, women’s issues are first and foremost on a lot of minds. This collection of unique and limited-edition artist books is a special way to tell the stories of women, to celebrate our accomplishments, and to frame a dialog about many important topics. Once again we use books to highlight the power of artists to change the world.
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The collection features Colette Fu (read about her recent commission here http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Zw), Diane Jacobs (more here http://wp.me/p2AYQg-rA), Rhiannon Alpers, Ruth Bryant, Cathy DeForest and others.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Blanton Museum of Art

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But how could we make the activity of making sense of the work more intriguing? Students were teamed up in pairs, with each pair given a selection of handmade rice-paper discs showing Chinese characters. Unbeknown to the students, these characters had been taken from a catalogue essay on Xu Bing’s work consisting of authentic Chinese writing. The characters that they were trying to match up, although they looked authentic, were in fact thousands of made-up characters. Students were asked to spend 8 minutes carefully looking at the paper scrolls or wall panels or book pages in the installation and encouraged to match up their sample character with ones found in the artwork.
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Siobhan McCusker, Museum Educator for University Audiences at the Blanton, and her team designed this devilishly clever exercise for students at the University of Texas, Austin. According to McCusker, visitors spend an average of 15-30 seconds in front of a work of art. While I'd like to know how that figure was derived, it is credible that few visitors spend 8 minutes in front of a work - and certainly not charged with an impossible task that so beautifully reflects the nature of the work. 

For more on Xu Bing's book art:  

Bird Language http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou
Buzz Spector on Book from the Sky http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Wv

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Bookmarking Book Art - J. Meejin Yoon

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Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio is a multidisciplinary practice, founded by J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, operating in the space between architecture, art, and landscape.
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Absence is a poignant work of book art by J. Meejin Yoon, architect, designer, educator, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  More here:  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-ZB
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Bookmarking Book Art - Colette Fu

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The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy's Percent for Art Program Announces A New Public Art Commission at the Free Library of Philadelphia by Colette Fu Renderings courtesy o
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Eight tunnel book installations by Colette Fu have been commissioned for the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The laser-cut acrylic dioramas will be installed in the bookshelves "to commemorate the book, the library, the artist book, Philadelphia, and most of all the stacks that are being permanently removed from the library.”   More here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Zw.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Mireille Vautier

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"Mireille Vautier is a French artist based in Paris."

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Reminds me of these images of mended parchment in medieval books (thanks to Erik Kwakkel) http://wp.me/p2AYQg-PV. ;

 Also, Bettina Pauly's "A Sun That Rises" http://blog.bettina-pauly.com/?page_id=101, 

 Lisa Kokin's "Sew Not in Anger" http://www.lisakokin.com/book-art-altered-one.html, ;




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Bookmarking Book Art - Samuel Levi Jones

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Samuel Levi Jones uses books to raise questions about how history is remade and repurposed for the present and future.
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For an extended list of sites displaying installation book art: see also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.  
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Bookmarking Book Art - Rodrigo Ortega, Artes del Libro

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Este es el cuarto modelo anatómico y corresponde a lo que tradicionalmente se conoce como Encuadernación en Tapa Suelta. El término anterior es algo ambiguo como tal y por tradición es utilizado mayormente en España y menos en México hasta estas épocas. Tipicamente es una encuadernación encajada como los modelos segundo y tercero que aqui…
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Rodrigo Ortega on bookbinding models -- book arts as book art.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Michalis Pichler

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"Kunstverein Milano /a announces Exposition littéraire autour de Mallarmé, Michalis Pichler’s ..."

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Pichler's first solo exhibition in Italy on view at Kunstverein Milano
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Bookmarking Book Art - Johan Hybschmann

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Book of Space was made by architecture student Johan Hybschmann while at the Bartlett, UCL. Johan was inspired by Sokurev’s film Russian Ark in which viewers travel through time as they move …
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If you are familiar with Olafur Eliasson's "Your House" (2006) -- http://olafureliasson.net/archive/publication/MDA110540/your-house -- or J. Meejin Yoon's "Absence" (2004) -- https://youtu.be/CeUrupJzwn8 -- you will applaud Hybschmann's "Book of Space" not only for its complexity and beauty but its audacious overcoming of the anxiety of influence.
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Illustrated Accordion

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Each year the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center invites established and new book artists to submit entries for "The Illustrated Accordion" exhibition.

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The form of the accordion book or "leporello" book dates back to the anitquity around the world: Italy, China and Korea. The link here goes to the 2016 exhibition held by the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. The 2017 invitation came out earlier this December.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing 

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Photos from Austin trip, 12/2016. Most photos from the Mexic-arte art museum’s show “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland” ( Two are of Xu Bing’s installation “A Book…
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Egg Davis is a programmer and an artist. Novonon is his website He displays two photos of Xu Bing's installation "The Book of the Sky" at the Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas. Both are excellent and, with Davis' own software art on the site, are worth a visit.

For more on Xu Bing, see the Newsweek article here: http://europe.newsweek.com/first-book-you-can-read-every-language-once-310046?rm=eu.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Poposition Press

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The second release from Poposition Press. 


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The Pop Up Art Book is a collaborative project that brings together works from six artists from street art, comic books, illustration, and fine art: 

Angry Woebots - 'Howling Masher' 
Skinner - 'Morrigan Lupus' 
kozyndan - 'Drowning Party' 
Junko Mizuno - 'Pancakes' 
Tara McPherson - 'The Water Nebula' 
Jim Mahfood - 'Bubble Gum Gangsters'
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ioana Stoian

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Nous sommes is a physical manifestation of the spiritual nature of our souls, illustrated through the use of colour, structure, and form. It is a contemplation of life, the game we play; and the universe, the puzzle we all fit into. Just like life itself, my work consists of many layers, each offering an opportunity to participate, to pause, and to ponder.
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This work of art, whose making is recorded in photos and whose working is demonstrated in the video embedded here, seems the organic result of the artist's imagination and deep roots in papermaking by hand and origami. Those nine colored blocks are slipcases holding same-colored, same-shaped folded paper objects, which when unfolded take on completely new and surprising shapes. To read "Nous sommes" is to take it apart, unpack and unfold the contents of each "chapter" and then refold, pack and put it back together again.
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Bookmarking Book Arts - Virginia Arts of the Book Center

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A Community of Artists Exploring Books, Paper, and Printmaking
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See the harvest gathered from Lyall Harris and 12 other book artists by the VABC.
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Bookmarking Book Art - LIVRE DE PRIÈRES tissé d'après les Enluminures des Manuscrits du XIVe au XVIe Siècle

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The present volume may represent the first, and probably the only, successful attempt at weaving a book.
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An extraordinary achievement - "this rare volume is not a printed book, ... The book was manufactured on silk looms that were programmed using the punched-card system developed by Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752-1834). Several hundred thousand cards were required to program this curious magnum opus (the actual figure is not known, but estimates range from 106,000 to 500,000). After fifty failed attempts, it took two years to weave approximately sixty copies ..." Michael Laird in 'The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles' (edited by C. Burlingham & B. Whiteman, 2001), 63.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Otis College of Art and Design

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Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library's Special Collection o
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"The goal of the Otis Artists' Book Collection is not to create a comprehensive archive, but rather to provide a valuable teaching resource available to artists and students. Since the collection is available on only a limited basis, providing access to the books via an online image database is a continuing project, one that we hope will assist those with interest in researching our collection as well as the medium in general."  http://www.otis.edu/library/artists-books
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Bookmarking Book Art - Candace Hicks

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Candace Hicks
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Books are emblematic of the authoritative. Yet, again and again in her unguided reading, Candace Hicks has found a kind of ephemeral "less than six degrees of separation" coincidence among books, which seems to undermine that independent authoritativeness. What better media with which to tease us and herself about the paradoxes of the authoritative vs coincidental and the lasting vs the ephemeral than stitchery and the composition book? 

Hicks painstakingly stitches her handwritten "book reviews" and observations of coincidence among the books reviewed into the cloth pages of "composition books", that ephemeral repository of schoolroom scribbling. Even the marks of editing and "X's" striking out the text are stitched!

Her technique has much in common with Helen Hiebert's (see http://sco.lt/6XL09B), Barbara Wildenboer's (http://sco.lt/9DwBO5), Noela Mills (http://sco.lt/8NmIMr), Lisa Kokin (http://sco.lt/8BQC6z), and Mireille Vautier (http://sco.lt/7HsAtN) among others. Her handling of the technique in the treatment of her themes, though, makes it distinctive and original.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Tristram Shandy's 250th anniversary 

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The Black Page exhibition at Shandy Hall celebrates the 250th anniversary of Vols I & II of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. Page 73 of Volume I is a Black Page which marks the death of Parson Yorick. 73 artists/writers have each been asked to create a 'Black Page' for exhibition and sale by auction.

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Marking the month of the 250th anniversary of the publication of the ninth and completing volume of Laurence Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" (1767).  

How so "book art"?  

The seventy-third page of volume 1 is a black square, following the announcement on page 72 of Parson Yorick's death -- making the two pages one of the longer awaited realizations of a pun in print ("Alas, poor Yorick"). I might argue the case that page 73 made of volume 1 one of the early instances of "book art", the Sterne Trust saved me the trouble with the "The Black Page" catalog - truly an example of an artists' book.
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Bookmark - Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated

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The Gallup Poll: "Americans are still reading books, with the largest percentage saying they read between one and 10 books in the past year." 

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See also 
"Ringing the Changes on the End of Books"  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Bi
"Can Print and E-boks Coexist?" 
"The Implacability of Books" 
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Bookmarking Book Art - John Christie 

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Sarah Bodman's review of Christie's collaborative artist's book "Lapwing & Fox", conversations with John Berger, who recently died aged 90.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jungho Lee

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Jungho Lee is a Korean artist whose surreal illustrations for books have led him to creating a picture book of his own that like Sam Winston's recent "Child of Books" rises to book art in its own right.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Candace Hicks

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Formerly a house painter, bounty hunter, and au pair, Candace Hicks has spent most of her life in her home state of Texas (ex
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A sympathetic and insightful commentary on Hicks's embroidered book art series "Composition".
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Bookmarking Book Art - Guy Laramée

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If print is a dying media, you might as well destroy books in the most beautiful way possible. Guy Laramée is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist who turns old books, such as the Encyclopedia Brittanica, into intricately-carved works of art using mostly a sand blaster and some paint. Video: . Laramée has been honing this craft since 1999, when he began experimenting with using a sand blaster on books. Once he figured out what could be done with his medium choice, he decided examine what role books played in our society. On his website, his artist statement says: Don't Miss: Man Turns a
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More on Guy Laramee's book landscapes here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-4y
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