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Bookmarking Book Art - Landmarks of Early Western Typography – Letterform Archive

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From Gutenberg to Granjon, new additions to the Online Archive represent major typographic developments in the first century of letterpress printing.
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Thanks to Cathryn Miller at Byopia Press for this link. The images are detailed and rich. For more on Griffo (type cutter for Manutius), see also http://books-on-books.com/2020/11/23/books-on-books-collection-heavenly-monkey/.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Speaking Volumes - A Miscellany of Artists' Books

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An enjoyable overview of the collection at the University of Dundee -- and the added treat of hearing from Julie Johnstone about her book art (go to 37'25" mark in the video). For closer views and commentary on her work, see also http://books-on-books.com/2020/06/04/books-on-books-collection-julie-johnstone/.
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Story of a Papermaker: Inside the University of Iowa Center for the Book | University of Iowa

Bookmarking Book Art - The Story of a Papermaker: Inside the University of Iowa Center for the Book | University of Iowa | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Master craftsman Tim Barrett reflects on more than three decades at the Center for the Book and helps prepare the distinctive program for its next chapter.
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Bookmarking Book Art - 'Buzz Spector: Alterations'

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a href= http://www.slam.org target= _blank The Saint Louis Art Museum /a is presenting “Buzz Spector: Alterations,” a solo exhibition th...
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Temple University Libraries | The Book Today and Tomorrow: A

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The Book Today and Tomorrow: A Conversation with Amaranth Borsuk and Shaun Vigil Mon, Nov 09, 2020 | 3:00 pm Join us for a conversation between Amaranth Borsuk and Shaun Vigil on how we conceive of what "the book" is, means, and signifies given the current moment. 

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Notes on reading Riemke Ensing’s Watermarks or Gesturing Towards a Metamodern Self

Notes on reading Riemke Ensing’s Watermarks or Gesturing Towards a Metamodern Self | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Dumitrescu's mediative reading of Ensing's Watermarks turns into a metaphysical reflection on the nature of reading experiences. ...
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For commentary and photos of another work from Claire Van Vliet, see http://books-on-books.com/2019/08/08/books-on-books-collection-claire-van-vliet/.
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MoMA.org | Interactives | Exhibitions | 2008 | Elements and Unknowns | Index

MoMA.org | Interactives | Exhibitions | 2008 | Elements and Unknowns | Index | Books On Books | Scoop.it

Introduction This exhibition features a group of artists' books published since the late 1960s that share a fascination with contradictory information, elemental, unexplored, and overlooked spaces, and the narrative capacity of the book form. These works, selected from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art Library, closely observe elements of nature that lie at the periphery of human consciousness—dust, icebergs, a patch of sky, countless stars or stones, and endless waves. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - The collector named "incunabula"

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The Gutenberg Bible went to press in the year 1454. We now see it as the first piece of mass media, printed as it was with the then-cutting-edge technology of metal movable type. But in the history of aesthetic achievements in book-printing, the Gutenberg Bible wasn't without its precedents.
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Compare this sutra with another sutra (a 21st century version of the Diamond Sutra): http://books-on-books.com/2019/12/01/books-on-books-collection-zhang-xiaodong/
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Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston “Alone in the dark”, Eye Magazine

“Completed during seven days of total darkness, the dedicated corner of the National Poetry Library exposes the thoughts and experiences of someone searching for visual inspiration without any vision at all, writes Lindsay Hargrave. It is easy to make a connection between the concept behind ‘Darkness Visible’ and the actual results, which are the two larger pieces hung toward the front and the rest of the text-covered pages that line the floor and walls. ...”

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For Winston’s “Reading Closed Books” (2018) and other bookworks, see also https://books-on-books.com/2017/12/30/bookmarking-book-art-darkness-visible-sam-winstons-performative-installation
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Books On Books Collection – Ioana Stoian

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Nous Sommes (2015) by Ioana Stoian. Nine handmade-paper forms in handmade cloth-covered boxes, fitted to flapped container with magnetic seals, enclosed in cloth-covered Solander box. “Nous sommes”, the French for “we are”. But who is “we” here? Opening…

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Bookmarking Book Art – Architecture

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Architecture — be it theory, principles, practices or instances — inspires book art. Lay the book flat; you have a foundation. Open and turn it on its fore-edge; you have a roof beam or arcade. Stand it upright; you have a column or tower. Turn the front cover; you open a door. Put the text…
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Bookmarking Book Art - Deanna Hitti 

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Congratulations to Deanna Hitti who has won first prize in the 2018 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award with her artist’s book titled, TOWLA. ... The Melbourne-based artist explained that her hand screenprinted book illustrates her late father’s instructions for how to play backgammon, phonetically transcribed in both Arabic and Latin alphabets. “The Arabic letters spell the instructions in English and the Latin letters spell the instructions in Arabic,” she says. ... “TOWLA presents a dialogue between her father’s homeland in Lebanon and his adopted country through which the artist articulates the joys and challenges of growing up biculturally in Australia. This work is a caretaker of memory that carries forward and shares the imprint of a family history,” said the judges in a collective statement. 

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Hitti's book art weds process, technique and material, image and text, and themes of bi-cultural tensions, distortions and misconceptions to create exceptional beautiful objects. 
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Bookmarking Book Art - Learning Imposition with "Untitled" by Barbara Tetenbaum

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2020.16 Drawing/Painting/Illustration, Image-based Untitled by Barbara Tetenbaum Chemistry stencils (Prague, 1993); colored pencils (Madison, WI, 1975); and press-on letters from the model train industry are combined with a 100-year old Encyclopedia Brittanica page. PRINT Barb Tetenbaum has been printing artist books since 1979 under the imprint Triangular Press. slowread.org | @barbtetenbaum
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For additional examples of learning imposition by doing, see http://books-on-books.com/2012/08/18/bookmarking-imposition-the-craft-of-learning-by-doing/
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Bookmarking Book Art - herman de vries

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les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné. Textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu. Rédaction des notices : Didier Mathieu. 600 ex. 450 pages. édition trilingue (français / anglais / allemand) 21 x 29,7 cm (relié) 416 pages (ill.
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For comments on "die wiese | the meadow", "juniperus communis", "infinity in finity", and "argumentstellen", see http://books-on-books.com/2020/07/05/books-on-books-collection-herman-de-vries/.
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Bookmarking Book Art - 2020 MCBA Prize Winner Announcement

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As part of our 35th anniversary celebration, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is proud to announce that the winner of the 2020 MCBA Prize is Sara Langworthy for her artist’s book, Sidereal. Acclaimed curator, writer, and historian Betty Bright selected Sidereal from an ever-narrowing pool of...
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Art of the Fold – Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol

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Hedi Kyle has spent her career revolutionizing the field of book arts, teaching workshops throughout the United States, Canda, and Europe.
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We, Too, Are Book Artists, curated by Amos Paul Kennedy

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Greetings! It has been a startling and difficult year on many levels.Between the many ways we've grieved a semblance of normalcy in a global pandemic, to witnessing, experiencing, and contending with...
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A timely, if sorrowful, reminder of this 2007 exhibition -- We, Too, Are Book Artists, curated by Amos Paul Kennedy -- in Minneapolis. What happened between then and 25 May 2020? Or rather what did not happen? See also http://books-on-books.com/2020/08/17/books-on-books-collection-tia-blassingame/ and http://books-on-books.com/2020/09/02/books-on-books-collection-clarissa-sligh/.
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Xu Bing in “Beijing” (SEGMENT)

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A pioneering Chinese contemporary artist, Xu Bing creates mixed-media installations that subvert viewers’ ways of thinking about language, cultural tradition, and the lessons of our past while pointing to the possibilities of our future.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Thread Typography

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”Traditional methods of lettering have long interested me, but I also enjoy creative alternatives when I come across them. Tonight's flick by Pramodchavan shows an artist creating decorative letter forms with string and ink and paper.”

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Pramod Chavan (aka Pumbum) is an inventive calligrapher and designer. Byopia Press introduces his remarkable video of creating the alphabet with string, ink and folded paper. For more on abecedaries: http://books-on-books.com/2020/03/31/books-on-books-collection-abecedaries-in-progress/
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Bookmarking Book Art - Julia Hou

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The born-digital artist's book "Asterisk" is the first of its kind to be digitally preserved by the University Libraries.
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Amaranth Borsuk also deals with born-digital artist’s books in “The Book” (MIT Press, 2018): http://books-on-books.com/2018/06/07/on-the-book-mit-press-2018/.
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Books On Books Collection – Doug Beube

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“Red Infinity #4” (2017) by Doug Beube. The book from which Red Infinity is formed is The Word: A Look at the Vocabulary of English by Charlton Laird (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981). At play are at least three interlocking puns: ...

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The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China | Smart Museum of Art

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China | Smart Museum of Art | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality....
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Bookmarking Book Art - "Poetry Image Imagination – Gilberto Rolla’s Casket Books and a Journey through Artists’ Books"

Bookmarking Book Art - "Poetry Image Imagination – Gilberto Rolla’s Casket Books and a Journey through Artists’ Books" | Books On Books | Scoop.it

Francesca Diana "delivered this talk on the 29th of September at the 2018 International Poetry on the Lake Festival at Orta, Italy.  “All arts aim to the word, but the word to silence.” Carlo Diano   The idea for this talk was inspired by Gilberto Rolla’s Casket Books (Libri Scrigno in Italian), objects d’art where…

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An affecting and erudite survey of book art. 
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