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Bookmark - The Center for the Book, Library of Congress

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"The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress has a new Wikipedia page, courtesy of occasional Fine Books blogger Jeremy Howell. Although a basic entry existed before consisting of only a couple of sentences, Jeremy managed to fill out the page with information he had gathered over the past few months." Rebecca Rego Barry (7 February 2014)

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Bookmarking Book Art - South Africa 

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Booknesses: South African Artists’ Books, features over 100 works and will be accompanied by an online catalogue. Curated by David Paton, Eugene Hon, Gordon Froud and Rosalind Cleaver, this exhibition takes place at the FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus from Friday 24 March until 5 May 2017.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Dora García

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These books were alive; they spoke to me! is an exhibition of printed matter and performance works by Barcelona based artist Dora García. Her first institutional solo show in the UK, this exhibition will also coincide with the 20th annual Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair taking place at The Tetley in March 2017.

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The title of this exhibition comes from Truffaut's film based on Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451". More on biblioclasm here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-T6
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ed Ruscha 

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At 79 he is still breaking fresh artistic ground. He pads through his studio, followed by his shaggy rescue dog Lola, to a table where he opens a large flat cardboard package. Inside is a horseshoe-shaped length of clay with a series of laser cut metal letters sticking out of it, like birthday candles on a cake. The letters read: “WEN OUT FOR CIGRETS N NEVER CAME BACK”. It’s funny, baffling and characteristic of an artist who says he aims for “a kind of ‘huh?’ ” effect with a lot of his work. It is also something new. Once cast in bronze it will become, Ruscha says proudly, his first sculpture.
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Ben Hoyle's easygoing interview with Ed Ruscha in London's Times introduces his work as the heart of the British Museum's exhibition "The American Dream: pop to the present" (March 9 to June 18, 2017).  That is a bold assertion as the show includes Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg and others whose names will be recognizable to anyone who was briefly awake in a college art history class -- even as long ago as the 70s. But, back then, not so much "Ed Ruscha". Hoyle's article - with its paragraphs' casual packing in of news, telling descriptive detail and sharp observations (whether his or others') of Ruscha's art - makes a persuasive case. More here: www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Vesna Kittelson

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Featuring the work of local artists Vesna Kittelson and Carolyn Halliday, and New York based artist Julia Randall, Dear Darwin presents their individual explorations on the themes of natural science, evolution, and the figure of Darwin himself.
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For more on Kittelson and Darwin-inspired book art: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Decatur Arts Alliance's "The Book as Art 5.0"

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The Book as Art 5.0 Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the Georgia Center for the Book The Book as Art emphasizes the art form that can be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, and made tangible in forms that introduce us not only to new interpretations of an ancient . . . Read More
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Feast your eyes on 3.0 and 4.0 at the Decatur Arts Alliance site. For more on some of the artists represented in 3.0: Tetenbaum http://wp.me/p2AYQg-wB and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-th; Candace Hicks http://sco.lt/83LaOf and http://sco.lt/51MIrp; and Carole Kunstadt http://sco.lt/6wDbVp. For more on Diane Jacobs in 4.0  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-rA.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston's "A Child of Books" wins Bologna Ragazzi Award for fiction

Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston's "A Child of Books" wins Bologna Ragazzi Award for fiction | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Walker Books' A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston has won the fiction category in the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017.
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FOr more on Sam Winston's book art, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-sA
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ed Ruscha

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"I am wide awake when I see artist books. Here are people using actual ink on paper in the eventual age of total digital. For this reason I am retaining my hope and expectation of more books.”  


Ed Ruscha, Metro Mattress #4, 2015, Acrylic and pencil on museum board paper. 40 1/8 x 60 inches. Copyright Ed Ruscha, Courtesy of the artist

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See also Giulio Maffei's animated treatment of Ruscha's "The Sunset Strip" and the juxtaposition of "Various Small Fires and Milk" with Naumann's "Burning Small Fires" here:  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-T6
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Bookmarking Book Art – On the Origin of Species

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It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex…
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The symbiosis of book artists and Charles Darwin.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jen Bervin

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"'The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope-Poems' by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is a limited edition artist book based on Emily Dickinson's late compositions on envelopes. The edition includes a portfolio of nearly fifty high-resolution double-sided color facsimiles with visual transcriptions. Marta Werner's lyric essay, "Itineraries of Escape: Emily Dickinson's Envelope-Poems," provides the scholarly, historic, and poetic context for these exquisite late writings by Dickinson. The edition is accompanied by a guide with a bibliographic directory for the fragments and a series of visual indexes."  Available from Granary Books.
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Bervin delivers the Huntingdon Ellison Lecture at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, this month. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Walters Art Museum

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With more than 900 illuminated manuscripts, 1,250 of the first printed books (ca. 1455 - 1500), and an important collection of post-1500 deluxe editions, this extraordinary collection chronicles the art of the book over more than 1,000 years. The collection is from all over the world, and from ancient to modern times. It features deluxe Gospel books from Armenia, Ethiopia, Byzantium, and Ottonian Germany, French and Flemish books of hours, as well as masterpieces of Safavid, Mughal and Ottoman manuscript illumination. It also includes important first printed editions of ancient texts by great thinkers such as Aristotle and Euclid, diaries written by Napoleon and intricate bindings crafted by Tiffany. The early printed book collection highlights the experimental nature of the first attempts at printing. Some of these books have been illuminated by hand, and many are unique objects. 
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Beautiful work. The image here is of the coastline of Italy from Rimini to Pesaro. The Museum's overview of the manuscript, the additional views provided to compensate for the limitations of the double-spread view, and the references concerning the curatorship are outstanding.  

Imagine the 17thc (CE) Italians' consternation over this illuminated manuscript's being in the possession of Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent). Lest you jump to the "Tempest-uous" Shakespearean conclusion that "What's past is prologue", recall that those words are Antonio's encouragement to Sebastian to murder Sebastian's sleeping father. More here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-12l
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Bookmarking Book Art - Doug Beube

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Featured artist at College Book Art Association
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See more on Doug Beube here:  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-eT and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-DD
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Bookmarking Book art - Katherine Engen

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"A highlight of the exhibition is “Hand Over Your Book,” a display by Katherine Engen in which more than a dozen white hands hold a unique handmade book in their palm."

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At Overture Galleries in Madison, Wisconsin. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jukhee Kwon: "Objecthood" at Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan 

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Galleria Patricia Armocida is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Korean artist Jukhee Kwon (born 1981) titled "Objecthood" that will continue to run through February 17, 2017.The exhibit
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Bookmarking Book Art - Irma Boom

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"AM: How would you sketch the future of the book?

IB: The book has a great future. In the statement in my little red book [Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book] I talk about the renaissance of the book. It is already happening now. ...


At a recent event, Massimo Vignelli claimed ‘The book is dead’. ...

I was shocked when Massimo repeated that sentence, I read it everywhere. But the printed book does not need any defender. It has survived 600 years or so. The way information spreads depends on the inventions of that time; paintings have survived, photos, and the book is another form."

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Anne Miltenburg interviews Irma Boom. Pictured:  fore-edge of "Shelia Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor (Yale University Press, 2006). www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Fore-edge Painting

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"A special collection of more than 200 high-resolution images of fore-edge paintings housed in the Rare Books Department of the Boston Public Library.
The books and images on the site can be explored in a variety of ways, either by wandering through the main Gallery, or browsing the works by Subject, Book title, or Painting title.
Our Featured Works section provides additional information about selected books, including detail shots and a video of the book as it is fanned to display the hidden artwork. Anywhere on the site, you may click on an image to view a larger version. Where the "Zoom" tab is presented, clicking it will allow you zoom in and view the painting in exquisite detail. A series of Articles, written by leading experts in the field, provide historical and curatorial insight into fore-edge painting. A full-text Search feature is also provided.
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This online collection was made possible by a generous gift from Anne and David Bromer."

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The fore-edge above is from "A Game of Chess" in the online collection "On the Edge" at the Boston Public Library.  See also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-gZ for fore-edge printing - a more complex process - as well as more on fore-edge painting.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Marta Minujín and the New Parthenon of Books

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Marta Minujín, El Partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books, 1983), installation, Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, photo: Marta Minujín Archive
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As part of Documenta 14, the fourteenth quinquennial art exhibition in Kassel, Germany,  Marta Minujín is recreating her 1983  El Partenón de libros.  With curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, Minujín conducted the groundbreaking ceremony in Kassel's Friedrichsplatz on 22 October last year.  More here: www.books-on-books.com.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Banoo Batliboi

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“Paper artist Banoo Batliboi talks about her passion for transforming books into objects of ...”
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Batliboi is based in Mumbai. From her site: "Old books are my raw material. I like working with common objects and making them behave in unexpected ways. I am intrigued by systems of logic that result in a visual structure, so I think of a page as a unit and then plot a precision fold on each of them. The books I use have between 400 to 700 pages. For me the motivation is to ‘find the formula’ or crack the code to enable the transformation. The complex form of the sculpture is a result of folding only. There is no cutting or sticking involved. I place a great importance on maintaining the integrity of the book - I guess the challenge for me is to create the maximum transformation possible with a minimal intervention." 
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Kinetic Page

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Abra is an unstable, excessive text, one that mutates on the page, blurring the boundary between word and image as poems morph one into the next. Continue Reading →
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Amaranth Borsuk's "ABRA: The Kinetic Page" is a polymorphic tour de force - online prose poem, video, review of and homage to Ann Hamilton's installation "the common SENSE" and a promotion for the artists' book "Abra: The Living Text". For more on Borsuk's work: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Hf.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Pauline Rafal

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"Reimagining scenes from childhood in Robert Schumann’s piano masterpiece Kinderszenen (1838), artist Pauline Rafal presents a newly created book art installation as part of the concert at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum.  Alongside major works by Schumann, Annie Yim performs piano pieces, including a world premiere, by composer Charlotte Bray – Chapter One (2012) and Chapter Two (2015) – which resonate with the childhood theme in Schumann across two centuries.


You open the desk and you see there's a surprise inside – a book installation…When you read these books you realize that there's more to the story than just childhood – it's a real-life story that happened between two people [Robert and Clara Schumann] and which resulted in these amazing music compositions." – Pauline Rafal, book artist

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"The legends of Robert Schumann: A Piano Recital and Book Art Installation" Pauline Rafal (book artist), Charlotte Bray (composer), Annie Yim (pianist) occurred on 6 November 2015. Rafal is a London-based book artist and designer. http://wp.me/p2AYQg-14k
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Bookmarking Book Art - Brian Dettmer, a new exhibit at Aurora University

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"Much like an artifact in a natural history museum, many books have become objects that were not originally intended to be in a museum or considered art," said Dettmer. "It is only after the loss of their functional, ceremonial or spiritual value that they have been appropriated by another perspective to be seen as art, or as an artifact."
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For more on Dettmer's "art of facts":  http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE
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Bookmarking Book Art - Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s new show “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California" traces the development of book arts from the 1960s to no
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Susan Sironi's altered gardening book, depicted here, is one of this retrospective exhibition's featured works. The show runs through 7 May 2017 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jana Pullman

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"Today we have a special guest who was kind enough to talk with me about her experiences and perspective on certain matters as a bookbinder: Jana Pullman." From Dimitri Koutsipetsidis at Dimitri's Bookbinding corner. 

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This bookmark is two for one. Dimitri Koutsipetsidis's interview with Jana Pullman (bookbinder and instructor at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts) is an engaging conversation touching on Pullman's engagement with Bradel bookbinding (18thc German style), offering nice links to her blog and displaying striking exemplars of her work.  Dimitri's Bookbinding Corner is a treat in itself and worth the extra exploration from this dos-à-dos bookmark. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Barb Tetenbaum

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Featured artist at College Book Art Association
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See more on Tetenbaum here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-wB and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-th
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Bookmarking Book Art - Brian Dettmer

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Growing up in Naperville, Brian Dettmer learned to respect books. Now the acclaimed artist delicately eviscerates them, turning old books into new works of art.
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More on Brian Dettmer's book art here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-DD and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-wg and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-rH ;
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Bookmarking Book Art -  Basia Irland and Her “Ice Books” 

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Through her "ice books" Basia Irland connects people to their local waters and watersheds to motivate concern, caring, appreciation, and stewardship. (IMAGE from the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Claire Cote)
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