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Bookmarking Book Art - A belated Valentine's Day bookmark

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Dreamy eyes


Heart-shaped books from medieval times frequently make their rounds on social media (here is a really nice post devoted to them). For good reason, of course, because they are as unusual as they are pretty. Dating exclusively from the 15th and 16th century, they commonly contain songs, poetry and other short texts devoted to Love. As much as I love actual surviving books, this depiction in a painting from c. 1480 speaks to me because of the context it provides - lacking when you hold the real medieval book in your hand. There he is, the reader, walking around town, holding the heart-shaped pages with love poetry in his hand. He looks dreamy, as if contemplating his love, lost or waiting at home. It’s an unusual snapshot of how those heart-shaped books were used for real - or at least how I would like them to be. 


Pic: Metropolitan Museum, Accession nr. 50.145.25 (Young Man Holding a Book, anonymous, c. 1480). More info here, as well as a Hi-Res image.
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A hat tip to Erik Kwakkel for this belated (positively medievally belated) Valentine's Day book.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books

Bookmarking Book Art - Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Although artists have illustrated the words of others for centuries, the book as art object is relatively recent, and the Smithsonian Libraries has a rich, diverse collection of artist-made books from the early 20th century to today. 
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An easily searchable source. The home page's rotating images highlight some of the favorites at Books on Books:  M.L. Van Nice and Barbara Tetenbaum among others.  

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Bookmarking Book Art - Joan Lyons

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The destruction of Al-Mutanabbi Street in 2007 sounded as a coda to those events and a continuation of the ongoing human frenzy to annihilate the cultural and intellectual body, as well as the human body, of 'the other'.

An ordinary book, produced in trade format, Biblioclast was printed on archival paper, carefully handbound in quarter cloth with gold title stamping and then partially burned - in reference to its contents and in memorial to history's lost bodies of literature.
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Joan Lyons' contribution to artist's books is not limited to her book art. Her book Artists Books: A Critical Anthology (1985) remains a valuable sourcebook. http://www.joanlyons.com/books.html
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Tibetan Culture of the Book

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I would like to point to some very recent book-length studies that I personally have found most interesting and useful for thinking about Tibetan book culture, although they are very different from each other. Here you see the covers of two books that present a contrast, what perhaps we could call a scientific vs. a literary approach. In my view they nicely complement each other, so I warmly recommend them both.
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Just reading Roderick Cave's "The History of the Book in 100 Books", I came across this site that delves deep into the Dunhuang manuscripts (the oldest printed book being the Diamond Sutra, 868 CE). www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Kylie Stillman 

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Not many artists make art by taking the subject away, but for Stillman this is the secret. When working with books, each sheet of paper is painstakingly carved by hand with a scalpel to create forms that emerge in absence.
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Utopia Art Sydney represents Stillman and holds a large number of her works. Her site reproduces a 2014 interview conducted by Owen Craven for "Artist Profile Magazine" in which Stillman responds to Craven's question about the influence of conceptual art:  

"While I do appreciate that conceptual attribution, it is important for me to do something and not let the object be the work on its own. There is an inherent poetry in many objects but in my case it’s important I do something more. It is important that I create something accessible and that the viewer isn’t left scratching their heads and asking ‘am I missing something’."  

And yet most of her work depends on what she takes away. 
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Bookmarking Book Art - Anouk Kruithof

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In AUTOMAGIC, Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof presents a personal document with wildly distinct themes.
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An amazing outpouring of color and images, contained but not contained, bound and unbound. Kruithof has an uncanny ability to synthesize and go beyond the echoes of book art traditions.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Daniel Knorr, Documenta 14 

Bookmarking Book Art - Daniel Knorr, Documenta 14  | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Knorr's work in Greece, meanwhile, entails collecting discarded objects from the streets of Athens, then inserting and pressing them into books. They will be sold during the show and will finance the production of the smoke in the Fridericianum in Kassel. The publications continue the theme of archaeology that he has explored in his previous work.
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The "smoke" referred to in the caption will be part of Knorr's "Expiration Movement" (2017), an installation work for Documenta 14 in Kassel (see Bernd Borchardt's image of it here: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/no-smoke-without-fire-documenta-14-unveils-first-work-in-kassel/).  

Meanwhile in Athens, those artist's "litter press" books will be sold to finance the smoke machine atop Kassel's Fridericianum, one of the first, if not the first, purpose-built public museums (1779). Like the many layers of meaning that book art can convey, smoke billowing from a chimney in Europe, in particular Germany, evokes several responses: concentration camps, book burning and a pope's election. By connecting the "litter press" books with "Expiration Movement", Knorr alludes to the protracted socioeconomic difficulties Greece has had in its relationship with the EU, in particular Germany (both the debt and refugee crisis).

Knorr's work has much in common with the atmospherics of Anselm Kiefer's work (see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Lu), and the production line creating the "litter press" books (see article above) recalls Alicia Martín's installations (see http://www.galica.it/projects/alicia-martin/).

For more on large-scale book art installations, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Tauba Auerbach

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Tauba Auerbach (American, b. 1981). RGB Colorspace Atlas. 2011. Digital offset print on paper, case bound books, with airbrushed cloth cover and page edges. Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach. The books were bound by Daniel E.Kelm and assisted by Leah Hughes at the Wide Awake Garage. 8 x 8 x 8″ (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © Tauba Auerbach. Animations by Jonathan Turner

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Tauba Auerbach's "RGB Colorspace Atlas" was featured in the 2012 NY MoMA's exhibition "Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language" -- the "R", "G" and "B" of the additive color model being the letters of the alphabet made to be "ecstatic" (to stand outside themselves). Jonathan Turner's online animations connect the digital with the physical, a recurring theme in book art as noted here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ua.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ken Botnick – Lawrence Arts Center

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"How does a book reflect a distinct way of thinking about a subject? How does the page become a dynamic landscape of visual and conceptual ideas?"

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The central image comes from Botnick's finalist entry for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015 | @scoopit http://sco.lt/5uv0i1
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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 - The economics of a book art exhibition

Bookmarking Book Art - The economics of a book art exhibition | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The series "L.A. Without the NEA" continues with the Craft and Folk Art Museum, which shines a light on artists who might not otherwise get exhibited in museums.
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"Duchampian Gap" picture here is by Kitty Maryatt, one of the 55 artists featured in Craft and Folk Art Museum exhibition "Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California." The article is an eye-opener. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - The New Concrete 

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''The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century' is a testament on where this art made of letters has been and where it goes.  
“We have put a sharp focus on the word ‘new’ in our title, exploring how image manipulation, cut and paste, digital text and the internet have all influenced work in this area. One of the most exciting strands can be seen in the work of James Hoff and Eric Zboya who use algorithms and viruses to form work in which text is in the back - rather than foreground; the ghost of the machine of visual poetics. This isn't a book that could have been made through simply surfing the web. We asked all 106 contributors to suggest names of poets or artists that we should consider for the book. Visual poets spiralled into more visual poets. We have looked at well over 500 possible candidates. Enjoy the knowledge with us.” -- Victoria Bean & Chris McCabe

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For an exhibition relating to the material use of letters, words and language, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-4v.
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Bookmark - The End of the Book ... again, not yet

Bookmark - The End of the Book ... again, not yet | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The challenges of digital publishing have galvanised a new spirit in book design and production. Is it just the decadent flourish of a disappearing format?
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"To have and to hold" by reviewers Robert Hanks and Julia Hasting celebrates what designer David Pearson calls "thinking about what a book is or could be".  For a parallel bookmark, see "Ringing the Changes on 'The End of Books'": http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Bi. ;
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Bookmarking Book Art - "The joy of art is that it can’t be explained"

Bookmarking Book Art - "The joy of art is that it can’t be explained" | Books On Books | Scoop.it
If you set out this evening you just have time to reach Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, before its present exhibition closes on April 17.
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The exhibition that Matthew Parris celebrates is "On the Origin of Art", curated by Steven Pinker, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller and Mark Changizi to reflect each of their separate views of whether art has any basis in evolutionary biology.  If you can't pass The Times firewall, try here (http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/fundamentals/article/2016/11/09/monas-most-daring-exhibition-yet-explores-evolutionary-biology-art) or here for a "fifth door to perception" (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk).
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Bookmark - Print vs Digital Reading (or both?) again

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Merilyn Simonds What is your latest release and what genre is it? Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & the Lasting Impression of Books - Narrative nonfiction Quick description: eReader in one hand, perfect-bound book in the other, author Merilyn Simonds asks herself: What is lost and what is gained as paper turns to pixel? Gutenberg’s Fingerprint…
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Reading Recommendations' interview is enticing.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jan Reymond 

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Romainmôtier - a Swiss village peopled by books
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Since 2005 Reymond has created book art installations associated with Romainmôtier's annual used book fair. 

One installation called "Rosace" mimics the architectural features of the village (see http://mymodernmet.com/jan-reymond-rosace-book-sculpture-installations/) and has been commented on in The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/1000-words-last-life). 

But the installation that populates the village with book-citizens ("livritins") engaged in exercise, descending from the church spire by umbrella gondolas, listening to a sermon, fishing and dancing is equally deserving of attention (43 slides here: http://www.janreymond.ch/livres_2012/livres_2012.htm). www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lorenzo Perrone 

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Terre Madre (2014), Bronze and White Pigment, 70 × 60 × 40 cm

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Contrast this with the lead volumes of Anselm Kiefer, compare it with the whitepaper works of Werner Pfeiffer.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - More from Jacqueline Rush Lee

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Books come in all shapes and sizes. So does book art.
https://t.co/HakCiQreqe
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A nice collection. More on some of these artists and their book art (and others not included) can be found here: https://books-on-books.com/. ;

Also take a look at the connection between Charles Darwin and book art here: https://books-on-books.com/2017/02/12/b
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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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