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Bookmark - The Medieval Page

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Medieval book historian at Leiden University, The Netherlands, Erik Kwakkel posts images of medieval books and shares what's special about them. ... (@erik_kwakkel).

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From 1375, a circular ballade inscribed in a treatise on music theory and notation (The Berkeley Theory Manuscript pp. ii + 62 + ii - Yellowish paper over stiff boards; quarter bound in brown leather. - Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his n. 4450. - Emerson, Catalog of pre-1900 vocal manuscripts in the Music Library, University of California at Berkeley n. 693).  In an interesting use of the page, the song "En la maison Dedalus" (In the House of Dedalus) forms a maze at the center of which is the main character of the song, Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, for whom Dedalus designed the maze in which the Minotaur was held.


Aside from the highly expert content and pre-"Gödel Escher Bach"-ness of it, the artifact rewards thinking about this fundamental element of the codex - the page. Even if it had been displayed in a scroll, chances are that the song would have been demarcated within a series of  "paginae", the precursors of the codex's pages. Had it not, had it been embedded in a stream of text and rubrication, what would the effect be of the loss of enhanced discreteness? 

 

Next time you are scrolling down a seemingly unending well of content on a website screen, ask yourself whether the absence of the page affects your appreciation of what you are reading. Then consider the very different effect this page offers in contrast. 

 

Thanks to Erik Kwakkel for sharing. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Julie Chen gives 4th Annual Bernstein Book Arts Lecture

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For more than 30 years, Julie Chen has been unlocking a world of imagination through her artists’ books, giving readers an experience that is artistic and playful, and at the same time, very intent…
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Nicely illustrated headliner for the lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, plus a warm interview with Chen.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Athena Tacha

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Athena Tacha Ten Projects for Staircases Oberlin, Ohio : édité par l’artiste, 1972. 500 ex. – 16 p. agrafées ; 20 × 14 cm. – Imprimé en offset n/b sur papier couché blanc brillant. – Couverture imprimée en noir sur carton gris clair. inv. n° 082 17
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A new acquisition at Le CDLA.  For references and location of three other works by Athena Tacha, see https://wp.me/p2AYQg-1fJ.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jin Hu

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Jin Hu or, as most people have come to know her, “Huhu Hu” is a bookbinder based in Quzhou, China. I have been watching her work continuously evolve and forming a distinct personality through the years, with impressive results. She has been self-taught to a great extent, something which I admire and speaks to me…
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Dimitri Koutsipedsidis has a long and extensively illustrated interview with a young bookbinder based in China: Jin Hu. Her binding of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species", in particular, is worth a look.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ines Seidel

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Vom 27. Januar bis 4.2. habe ich mit Eva-Maria Bischof-Kaupp im Alten Gefängnis Freising Arbeiten auf und mit Papier ausgestellt. Ich habe veränderte Bücher – insbesondere Dantes „Göttliche Komödie“ – gezeigt, einige neue Werke aus Zeitungspapier und erstmals meine Auseiandersetzung … Weiterlesen →
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Outstanding exhibition of Seidel's work.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing

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 "At first glance, this book seems to be written in Chinese…"

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jacqueline Rush Lee

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“…These altered books and book sculptures by Jacqueline Rush Lee emphasize and multiply everything that I love about books, including multiplication and duplication in the bookbinding process. Her use of ink to alter the color and texture of the pages emphasizes the pages; her stacking of aged volumes emphasizes the different coloring and wear that happens to books; the loose threads and twilled pages emphasize the individual and delicate components that comprise books; and her selection of which pages and colors to reveal and how they are combined emphasizes the design and curating that goes into creating a book. The books within her sculptures are modular units, stacked and combined in forms that echo the way that books themselves are constructed, from a series of similar signatures. Even the way that her sculptures sit, resting heavily on their curled text blocks or precariously on altered spines, is so satisfyingly book-like. Overall, the distressed textures, beautiful fabrics and thread work, and stacking of paper make compelling sculptures…” Naomi Bardoff, San Francisco Center for the Book Arts

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More on Jacqueline Rush Lee's work here: https://wp.me/p2AYQg-10v
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Bookmarking Book Art - Luca Lo Pinto 

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"The multi-part exhibition project Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 explores the potentials of publishing – in the form of books, magazines, journals, artistic interventions, websites – as a particular medium and context both to circulate information, knowledge – and to produce art."
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Curator Luca Lo Pinto's multi-site and multi-form exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien challenges notions of the book, magazines, journals, book art and publishing.  Review here: https://wp.me/p2AYQg-1ov.

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Bookmarking Book Art - John Stezaker

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“There is something very odd, even unnerving, about cutting through a photograph,” the British artist John Stezaker told the Guardian a few years ago, concluding, “It sometimes feels like I am cutting through flesh.” Stezaker (born in 1949) has been a quiet influence on some of the key developments in [...]
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Compare and contrast Stezaker with Doug Beube (https://wp.me/p2AYQg-eT), Noriko Ambe (https://wp.me/p2AYQg-rw) and Scott Hazard (http://sco.lt/6061wH).
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Bookmarking Book Art - "Farewell Our Globalism" 

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Sampling China's post-Tiananmen avant-garde, the Guggenheim Museum evokes both fading one-world hopes and rising ethical divisiveness. 
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“Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” now appearing at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through January 7, 2018, includes work from Xu Bing and Huang Yong Ping (shown above is his "The History of Chinese Painting and a Concise History of Modern Painting Washed in a Washing Machine for Two Minutes").  

The exhibition attracted animal rights protestors and removal of works. It also occasioned this article in "Art in America" by managing editor Richard Vine. He has held up art's hard mirror to us all in this essay. 

Read and reflect. 

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ASA

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ASA 4 Tokyo : The Association for Study of Arts, Seiichi Niikuni éditeur, 1970. – 64 p. agrafées ; 21 x 15 cm. – Imprimé en 1 couleur (noir) sur papier blanc. – Couverture imprimée en 2 couleurs (noir et rouge). inv. n° 201 17 ASA 5 Tokyo : The Association for Study of Arts,…
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Did Seiichi Niikuni (1925-1977) ever meet Sol LeWitt? Take a look at issue no. 5, and you'll wonder if he ever met Charles Demuth!
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Bookmarking Book Art - Hamburger Kunsthalle and its 1700 book art objects

Bookmarking Book Art - Hamburger Kunsthalle and its 1700 book art objects | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Focusing on the rich history of artist books, Kunsthalle Hamburg put together a show that will shed some light on this often ignored part of art history.
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The Galerie der Gegenwart (Contemporary Art Gallery) of the Hamburger Kunsthalle has an exhibition running from 1 December 2017 to 2 April 2018. Above, LeWitt's "Lines & Color".
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Bookmarking Book Art - Kylie Stillman

"Excess leather bound volumes of parliamentary proceedings have provided an opportunity for the Parliament House Art Collection to engage with artists to create new artworks that reinterpret, reuse and recycle these incredibly evocative objects that span almost 120 years of Australian political history. Inspired by these objects, artists have responded by creating artworks that engage with the materiality of the books as well as the social, cultural and political issues within their pages."

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Kylie Stillman's "Banksia" (2017) on display at the "Boundless Volumes" exhibition in the Parliament of Australia.  More on Stillman here: https://wp.me/p2AYQg-eg.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Didier Mutel

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Eventbrite - Maggs Bros. Ltd. in association with Gerald W. Cloud Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives. presents In conversation with Didier Mutel: contemporary engraving and book arts. - Saturday, 25 November 2017 at Maggs Bros. Ltd. Rare Books and Manuscripts, London, England. Find event and ticket information.
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Bookmarking Book Art - OUR ANTHROPOCENE: ECO CRISES an exhibition at the Center for Book Arts, New York

Bookmarking Book Art - OUR ANTHROPOCENE: ECO CRISES an exhibition at the Center for Book Arts, New York | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Artistic expression, be it music, prose, poetry or the visual arts, reveal the essence of how we live – our joys, fears, beliefs, and future expectations. Today, surfacing fears about the impacts of climate change loom large in our cultural environment and have motivated artists to create work...
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A brief review from "Climate" and a link to a video introduction (https://youtu.be/eldW502w-OQ).  Curator Gary van Wyk points out that the show has artists from 27 different countries, so let's hope that other book art centers will turn this into a traveling exhibition for other cities around the world.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jukhee Kwon

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Korean born, Italian based artist Jukhee Kwon, uses abandoned Italian books in innovative ways and creates visually compelling sculptures. Her works will be on display at Ierimonti Gallery until March 16th, 2018.
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"Metamorphosis" - Jukhee Kwon's exhibition at 55 Delancey Street in New York.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Welcome to the Post-Text Future - The New York Times

Bookmarking Book Art - Welcome to the Post-Text Future - The New York Times | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The internet was born in text. Now, video and audio are ascendant, writing is being left behind, and everything will be different.
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There's a book art exhibition at Museum Meermanno that provides an answer to this series of articles - https://wp.me/p2AYQg-1ss.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing

Trying to summarize Xu Bing and his work as completely as possible is not an easy task at all. His artistic expression has such an open and rich context that he has been infinitely open to the possibilities of artistic language and imagination, while he has mediated thoroughly on society, culture...
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A lengthy piece on the occasion of the Xu Bing retrospective in Wuhan, his first large-scale solo exhibition in China since returning ten years ago.  More on Xu Bing here: https://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou
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Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Hulsey

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Two of Hulsey's artist's books, which focus on language and visual art, are in the Rotch library collection at MIT.

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More on Hulsey's book art here: http://www.sarahhulsey.com/
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jukhee Kwon 

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"Ierimonti Gallery is delighted to present Metamorphosis, a solo exhibition featuring Jukhee Kwon’s latest installation, her first show in New York. Kwon bases her practice in a physical and conceptual deconstruction of the book as object and the book as text...."

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jessica Drenk

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Jessica Drenk - Circulation 5, 2017 Book pages, wax  35” H x 34” W ModernDallas.net re-post of my article. Galleri Urbane has th
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Bookmarking Book Art - Meermanno Museum

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Museum Meermanno, Den Haag Museum Meermanno is het oudste boekenmuseum ter
wereld. Het Museum Meermanno is gevestigd in het sfeervolle voormalige
woonhuis van baron Van Westreenen van Tiellandt in het centrum van Den
Haag.
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Snow in The Hague! Compare the Meermanno Museum's alphabet playground with winter icing with its alphabet playground with summer kid sprinkles here: https://www.meermanno.nl/. ; You may have to wait for the carousel to bring around the picture. No wonder The Netherlands has just topped The Good Country index. https://goodcountry.org/index/results
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Bookmarking Book Art -Arion Press

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The Bridge, the poem by Hart Crane, scroll format over 50 feet wide, with seven woodblock prints by Joel Shapiro, limited edition from Arion Press.
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The scroll measures 13-1/2 inches high by 50 feet long. The type is handset and was printed by letterpress on paper made by hand in China. The scroll is wound on an aluminum spool and presented in a box.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Margo Klass 

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"A sense of place is intrinsic to who I am. One of the ways I claim a sense of place and hold it close over time is through creating box constructions. They are responses to the places where I feel I belong. I grew up in upstate New York, went to school in …"

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A pleasing introduction to Margot Klass's art.  See also https://wp.me/p2AYQg-Rh.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing 

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Currently occupying two floors at the Macau Museum of Art in a colossal solo exhibition, the works of Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing are intimidating to the uninitiated. It is difficult to know where to begin with some of his works, especially the few that measure at least 10 meters in length and are accompanied …
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Offers one of the clearest expositions of Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky", "Book from the Ground" and his "New English Calligraphy".  See also https://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Claire Van Vliet 

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Read more about this story on the RIT University News website.
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