You may have noticed our brand new website!
September sees the new edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook!
Listings have closed for the next issue of the Artist’s Book Yearbook (ABYB).
You may have noticed our brand new website! Our lovely, new look website has been designed by Jonathan Mair and launched this summer. Please have a look around and get familiar with all the new areas. If you have bookmarked any pages including the Book Arts Newsletter download page, please relink them to the new addresses for future use. Exhibitions and events, publications, courses etc. all have new links so please have a look around and note the new addresses. We hope you enjoy visiting the new site. Thank you to Jonathan for all of his hard work on this.
September sees the new edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook! 268 pages of artist’s book goodness.
bookartbookshop, Tanya Peixoto celebrates Magnus Irvin; A Parliament of Children by John Bently, asks if now might be the time to establish a publishing house – run by and for children; The material folio by Tim Mosely looks at the material in relation to haptic in artists’ books; Making Space: London Centre for Book Arts reports on all the wonderful developments at LCBA since it launched in 2012, written by its founders Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura; in Fragile Metaphors, John Mulloy considers the complexities of artists’ books by Sioban Piercy; looking back over 39 years of his life ‘with books, among books, for books’, Radosław Nowakowski makes the numbers add up in his essay 3-6-9; it is with sadness that we publish the essay Systems for the page in the work of Maria Lucia Cattani by Paulo Silveira, who writes about the work of his colleague and friend Maria Lucia Cattani (1958-2015), reflecting on her contribution to the field of artists’ books; Collective Investigations – Egidija Čiricaitė, George Cullen and Chris Gibson – have produced a special feature for this edition of the ABYB reflecting on their performative, interactive work in Reading the Book as an Object; Susan Johanknecht & Katharine Meynell have written up a version of their dinner speech presentation from the PAGES Leeds | 18th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair in March 2015. Johanknecht & Meynell’s essay on their collaborative project Poetry of Unknown Words is a particularly absorbing feminising response to Iliadz’s Poesie de mots inconnus; Gustavo Grandal Montero’s extended interview with Stephen Bann – From Cambridge to Brighton: Concrete poetry in Britain, discusses some seminal moments in the history of Concrete poetry in the UK and abroad from 1964, and Bann’s role within it as an organiser, practitioner, critic and editor.
Artists’ pages by: Ian Andrews, Mireille Fauchon, Martha Hellion, Candace Hicks, Danqing Huang, Paul Laidler, Sophie Loss, Angie Waller and Mark Wingrave.
An ever-growing listings section of artists’ books activity, collections, courses, dealers, publishers, galleries, centres, bookshops, libraries, artist-led projects and print studios, fairs, festivals and competitions.
In the Artists’ Books Listings section you can also find 537 examples of new artists’ books, with information about their work sent in by 182 artists in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.
Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016-2017. Published by Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK. 20th September 2015. 21 x 29.7 cm, 268 pp, b&w litho print throughout, colour cover. Cover design: Tom Sowden.
The Blue Notebook will be published in October. Essays and articles by: Mark Waugh (UK) on Eric Lesdema‘s Drowning the Moon; Lucy May Schofield (UK/Japan) reports on her book arts residency at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory; Radoslaw Nowakowski (Poland) on How to write a worst seller; Csilla Farkas (UK) explores Liberature: At the Border of Literature and Book Arts; Mary Cowley-Takaoka (Japan) on artist Kumiko Shindo’s book works responding to the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami; Danny Aldred (UK): Drifting Through the Looking Glass [a road less travelled], Making living books with old and new tools.
Artists’ pages by: Charlotte Biszewski, Egidija Čiricaitė and Deborah Stevenson
Cover, badge and sticker design: Jessica Williams (Norway).
Tuesday 1st September – Saturday 31st October 2015
Bower Ashton Library and room OC4, UWE Bristol*
200 artists’ books made by Andi McGarry spanning almost 30 years of production are touring venues 2015-2016.
*The books will rotate between a fixed display in the library and out to handle in room OC4. Please call or email before visiting to make sure we are in! Tel: 0117 3284915 or email: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk
Bookmarks XIII includes 38 artists from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. All of the bookmarks have been archived in the gallery section here on the website, with each artist’s contact details, so you can visit their websites and see more of their book works.
We have a great selection of bookmarks this year created with a wide range of processes, from: etching, woodcut, recycled book pages, linocuts, rubber stamps, letterpress, lithography, screenprint, hand cut, photography, hand painted, stencilled, folded designs, hand drawn, and even from recycled hi-viz jackets…
Many thanks to all the artists who have participated this year. Thanks also to all our venue hosts for participating. Bookmarks XIII launches at 10 venues and online on 25th September, please visit the website from 25th to find a venue near you in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, UK or the USA, and to see all of the artists’ bookmarks.
Sarah was in Australia in the summer for this event featuring Australasian artists’ books at the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. You can read her report on the event, with information on presentations, exhibitions, new artists’ books, the artist’s book fair, tours and other associated events, with links for further information, and download a PDF of her talk.
This project is touring internationally until 2018. The online Inventory 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 the Inventory has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived. The gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.
Exhibitions since the launch of the tour include: The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab – British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA; Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA; Keats House and the Iraqi Cultural Centre, London; the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA.
Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is on show with a series of related events at the Hampshire College Library, Amherst, MA, USA, until 30th September 2015. The next venue is the Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, 1st October 2015 – 30th January 2016.
The image shown here is of Al Mutanabbi Always by Karen Baldner.
We are having a clear out, and are offering all back issues of the Artist’s Book Yearbook that are still in print at half price. Each edition is now £7 or £8, including national or international delivery. Each edition, from 2001 – 2013 is packed with essays and articles, artists’ interventions and features, and listings of places to see, buy, sell, study and make artists’ books.
Grab yourself a bargain and help us make some space!