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Page.Print.Post - 50 years of artists' books

Artists' Books exhibitions

Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, VIC, Australia 16th July 9th August 2014

To be opened by David Dellafiora, Co-founder Field Study International, on Sat 19 July, 4-6pm
PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of artists' books curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis, offers a rare insight and overview of the development, range and ambition of the Artists Book over half a century. Featuring books, postal art and other 'alternative spaces' from the 1960s to the 1980s, the exhibition presents a range of significant works from a host of private and public collections in Australia and the UK.
The exhibition will include a large selection of books by Australian artists, together with remarkable and rare publications by pioneers Ed Ruscha and Dieter Rot, members of Fluxus and the Conceptual art movement, and feminists May Stevens, Nan Becker and Nancy Holt.
A broad range of Artists Books and postal art by contemporary artists, including Nicholas Jones, Deanna Hitti, Angela Cavalieri, Gracia and Louise, Deborah Klein, David Dellafiora, Sarah Bodman and Guy Begbie, will also be presented.
A selection of artists' books from our Regenerator Projects, staff and student works and visiting artists are on display as part of this exhibition curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis at the Federation University, Ballarat, Australia. The show also includes a selection of artwork sets from our bookmarks projects from 2005 – 2013.

UWE associated artists exhibition include: Francesca Albini, Guy Begbie, Sarah Bodman, Andrew Eason, Stephen Fowler, Andrew Law, Otto, Bernd Reichert, Kristine Steele, Stephanie Turnbull, Marama Warren, Rebecca Weeks, and c.300 artists from the ongoing bookmarks projects.
Federation University Australia, cnr. Sturt & Lydiard St Ballarat VIC 3350.
Weds to Sat 1-4pm, Mon/Tue by appt.

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RUKSSIAN Artists' Books

RUKSSIAN Artists' Books

Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Saratov 1st August - 30th September 2014

The international project 'RUKSSIAN Artists' Books' aims to demonstrate the unique and common features of the artist's book, presenting works by artists from the UK and Russia united by national artistic traditions. Curators: Sarah Bodman, Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov, Viktor Lukin. Artists' books speak the international language of art. These books can be understood in almost any corner of the world. Artists, who work in the genre of the artist's book professionally form a large international community. However, the artist's book like any other artform has its own regional and national peculiarities.
Apart from the language in which the text is presented, there are various historical roots from which the artist's book has emerged and on which the contemporary tree of this artform grows. In every country and in every city young artists learn many things from prominent artists and as such, new formal and informal schools of thought around the artist's book are formed.

The exhibition is touring and will be shown here in Bristol in December. Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Radischev str., 39, Saratov 410000, Russia.

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Fluxjob exhibition at Bower Ashton


1st August - 30th September in Room OC4

Fluxjob: Purging the World of Bourgeoisie Sickness Since 1963 is a touring exhibition to accompany Jeff Rathermel's Fluxus Masterclass here, on show from Friday 1st August - Tuesday 30th September. In the 1960s, George Maciunas urged a small group of artists to purge the world of bourgeois sickness and dead art. The result was Fluxus, a non-movement that expanded the definitions of what art can be. Fluxjob is an exploration of contemporary artists who continue to create interdisciplinary anti-art that is ephemeral, inexpensive, and interactive.

The exhibition is co-curated by MCBA Executive Director Jeff Rathermel and noted Fluxus artist, publisher and performer Keith Buchholz. Fluxjob features the work of over 100 artists, anti-artists, performers, anti-performers, and collaborative (and anti-collaborative) groups. The image shown here is of Jean Kusina’s work Infinity (Imp)ossible to Dissemble.
Due to building work extending the library at Bower Ashton, we have moved the exhibitions temporarily to room OC4 on campus. The books will be on display in our room for visitors, between 10am-4.30pm, Monday - Friday. Please note that there will be no access during the Balloon Fiesta due to road closures from 7th – 10th August. If you are travelling a long distance to see the exhibitions please check before you leave. You can call Sarah on 0117 3284915, or email: for info.


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Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation

Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA.
Until September 2014

Over 260 artists' books from 'An Inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street' and broadsides from the 'al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here' project are on display.

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. In July 2010, Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman put out a call for book artists to join 'An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street', a project to 're-assemble' some of the 'inventory' of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2007. The call to artists asked them to join our project and further enhance the previous work of the Coalition by honouring al-Mutanabbi Street, through creating work that holds both 'memory and future,' exactly what was lost that day. The image here is from 'Burning Daylight' by John Paul Dowling, UK.

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14604, USA. Many thanks for Anita Wahl and the team at the Central Library for all their work on the exhibition and programme of events. An on-going blog about the exhibition has a huge list of events coordinated around the exhibition until September.

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Bookmarks XII: Infiltrating the Library System 2014

Bookmarks 2014

Artists and venue sets for this September have been posted out now thanks to our bookmarks intern Molly Lemon. The project will launch on 22nd September at 10 host venues in Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and USA. Bookmarks XII includes 52 artists from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. This year, ten artists from Karingallery in Geelong, Australia collaborated on three sets of bookmarks between them for the project, and the artist/ programme coordinator Zoe Snyder also made a set of 100. Karingallery is also hosting one of the venue boxes for Bookmarks XII. Visit the website from September to see all the bookmarks online.

The image here shows bookmarks by Karingallery artist Damien O'Shea.

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The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 9 No 1

Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015

Articles in the upcoming October issue:

Artists’ pages by:

Emily McVarish, Nathan Walker and more… Cover, badge and sticker design by Molly Lemon.

Subscribe to both issues in Volume 9 today! £10 GBP including UK or international postage, for Nos 1 and 2. Current issues and back issues information at: or, order directly from the online store.

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Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015 - Available now!

Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015

The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists' books!

The 2014-2015 issue has essays, interviews, contributions and features on / by: Field Study, Abigail Thomas, Reinhard Grüner, Barbara Tetenbaum, Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, David Jury, Women's Studio Workshop, Hansjorg Mayer, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Eleanor Brown, Linda Newington, Angie Butler, Nathalia King, Barrie Tullett, Craig Atkinson, David Paton, Pete Kennedy, and more...

Artists' pages / interventions by: Sara Elgerot, Stevie Ronnie, Stephen Spurrier, Elizabeth Tonnard, Sylvia Waltering, Michael Weller, Elizabeth Willow and Philippa Wood. Cover design by Tom Sowden.

Reference listings include: collections, libraries, archives, bookshops, galleries, centres, design print & bind, publishers, dealers, presses, studios, competitions, fairs, festivals and exhibitions, journals, reference books, organisations, societies, projects, touring programmes and courses. 207 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.

Published by Impact Press, UWE Bristol, Sept 2013, ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5 £15 (UK) or £16 (International)

Available to order from our publications page

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An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition

The online gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then it has grown as artists' books created for the project have arrived, and the gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.

The project is currently touring internationally until 2016. Artists' books created are currently on show at: Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County - Rochester, New York and at Goddard College, Vermont, USA. Both exhibitions run until September 2014. For events accompanying the Rochester exhibition see:

The image shown here is from 'Meditation on one hundred and thirty' by Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne.
The Arab British Centre in London hosted the project earlier this year and made a video of the event with: oud playing by Taqasim Music School, poetry reading by Ghareeb Iskandar, a monologue by Hayat Kamille, a spoken word poem by Hala Ali and poetry readings by Ama Bolton and Beau Beausoleil.

For a complete list of exhibitions in the tour to date: exhibitions.html


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