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 2022-2023 issue has essays and articles by: Imi Maufe; David Solo; S. Pringly Binder; Maria White; Jeff Thomas, Jennie Hinchcliff & Chad Johnson; Moritz Küng & John McDowall; Robert Bolick; Tanya Peixoto; Susan Hartigan; Stephen Clarke; Amir Brito Cadôr; Dino Alfier; Rob van Leijsen; Zine Without a Crown.
It also contains lots of useful information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.
There are also listings of 420+ new artists’ books that have been made recently, or will be made in 2022-2023, sent in by artists around the world.
Edited by Sarah Bodman. Published by Impact Press at The Centre for Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. ISBN 978-1-906501-22-8. 292pp, 21 x 29.7 cm, black and white throughout, 503 illustrations. Available now. Order your copy here.
The theme of our WBN United Artists participatory call for 2022 was Ghosts in the Machine.
Inspired by haunting tales written by authors including M. R. James, Shirley Jackson, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Pierre de Ronsard, Fritz Lieber, Toni Morrison, Jan Pienkowski, Pu Songling, Astrid Lindgren, Aoko Matsuda, Stanisław Herman Lem and Daphne du Maurier, project participants created an image that we could print in black and white for our exhibition and publication.
Thank you to everyone who participated. We received 93 spectral contributions in response to their favourite ghost stories, from artists, writers and the public in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, UK & Ireland, and the USA.The exhibition is open to the public from Weds 13th April – Weds 29th June 2022.
More information about World Book Night 2022 can be found here.
Image: Jessica Ho Yuk Ching, in response to Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling .
We are very pleased to announce that BABE will be taking place on our lovely campus at Bower Ashton (BS3 2JT) over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022. We have moved from Arnolfini so we can expand the event with more talks and workshops. It’s going to be busy!
108 artists, collectives, small presses and independent publishers will be attending from all over the UK, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Poland plus books coming from Australia, Japan, Brazil and the USA. UWE students and alumni will be exhibiting on collective and individual tables over the weekend alongside.
We have some artist-led workshops – “King of the Rubber Stampers” Stephen Fowler will run a Saturday workshop for participants to create spirited Ghostcards multiples, marking World Book Night Ghosts in the Machine, on Sunday, Alex Czinczel (The Chinchilla) leads MAKE A POP-UP CARD, and Corinne Welch will be running the Make a flowery trouser book workshop. Plus printmaking demos both days by the Lemonade Press. There will also be readings, talks, show & tells in “Collections Corner” and special guests from the Nordic / Scandinavian regions for you to meet.
Our World Book Night exhibition Ghosts in the Machine will be on show in the library, and Linda Parr will be showing the entire Postcards for Perec original artworks in their albums. Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April, 11am-5pm each day. All welcome, free event. Much more information can be found here. #BABEatBower
Image: Palm Tree Studies in South Tyrol and Beyond , Nanna Debois Buhl, Bladr – platform for artists’ books, Denmark
Linda Parr: I am delighted to announce that there is now a formal publication to celebrate the Postcards for Perec project. In ‘Real Colour’ of course, and all the postcards are included. There is a foreword by Philip Terry (editor of The Penguin Book of Oulipo) and a bilingual essay by Mireille Ribière (fellow artist, and board member of the Association Georges Perec) as well as my story of the project.
Designed by Neil Crawford. Printed by Axminster Printing Company. 64pp, 31 x 28 cm, softcover. ISBN 978-1-906501-21-1. The book will be launched at the Bristol Artist’s Book Fair BABE at Bower Ashton, Bristol, 23rd-24th April 2022, the price of the book is £20. I will be showing all the original cards there, in album format. To order a copy, please email: email@example.com
Volume 16 No.2 Spring – Summer 2022 is out now. In this issue:
In My “Heroic Frenzies”, Ulrike Stoltz reflects on the typography in an artist’s book, inspired by and dedicated to Giordano Bruno: Caro Giordano. Resonanzen & Gestrüpp/risonanze e fratte. The book was made in 2021 – awarded funding for the project by the Künstlerbuchpreis/Artist’s book prize Wolfenbüttel 2020.
In People and books. Am I reimagining something? Anna Juchnowicz presents two different but related recent book projects. Both books explore intimist literature as inspiration. Intimist literature includes all types of personal writing, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, etc. and is the subject matter of the artist’s recent research.
Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Steingruber’s Architectural Alphabet, Robert Bolick asks: What is it about artists’ books and architecture that they intersect so often? Architectural interiors and exteriors, ideas, themes, styles, landmark dwellings and edifices have found their metaphorical expression and embodiment in book art with such regularity that they make up a genre within the genre.
On the eve of a retrospective exhibition (April – June 2022) at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, UK, founder Craig Atkinson writes about the history of Café Royal Books. Café Royal Books – est. 2005 – publish utilitarian, affordable and accessible zines, highlighting and preserving post war documentary photography that has links to Britain and Ireland.
Cover design: Lizzie Smith. Artists’ pages: Catherine Beaugrand and Eva Hejdström.
Subscribe to Vol 16 for £10 including worldwide postage here.
Angie Butler will be at Malmö Artist’s Book Biennial – MABB – from 6–7 (8) May 2022, at Victoriateatern, Malmö, Sweden, discussing our Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project. Angie has been invited to MABB to share information and ideas that have been collectively put together with librarians, archivists, artist and publishers in the region.
After attending MABB, Angie will then be going on to participate in an artist’s residency with Lina Nordenström at the Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet studio, Sweden.
UWE bookarts is running a project for artists, librarians, curators and archivists in the Nordic/Scandinavian regions, this is supported by an award from the Nordic Culture Point. The project is a collaboration with Sarah Bodman (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Angie Butler, (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Imi Maufe (Codex Polaris, Norway), Lina Nordenström (Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet, Sweden) Joakim Norling (Timglaset Editions, Malmö Sweden), Morwenna Peters (Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol), Tom Sowden (School of Art & Design, UWE, Bristol) and Maria White (Independent curator, UK).
Participatory activities have included a free online seminar event for library staff, a focus on Nordic/Scandi artists’ publishing at BABE 2022, a one-day event hosted by Arlis South-West, and an exhibition project which will be shown at IMPACT conference in September 2022.
Our project aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between librarians, artists and the public that will expand understanding of arts practice, and work towards a more sustainable, innovative and culturally successful discipline. You can read a little more info about our project here.
Image: Detail of Rom For Bøker – Bibliotek Nordica exhibition at Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway. Photo: Tor Simen Ulstein.
Sarah Bodman and Nancy Campbell have created a new edition of Dinner and a Rose, an artist’s book in homage to the novel The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Originally produced in 2010 in an edition of 20 as part of the University of Dundee’s AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition.
Sarah and Nancy were commissioned to create the work for the University of Dundee, to investigate how readers respond to visual aspects of poetry. Highsmith charts her murderous hero Tom Ripley’s greed for the good life using culinary themes. Ripley’s character is defined by what he chooses to eat and drink, from devil-may-care martinis in Mongibello to penitential hot milk in Rome. Sarah and Nancy decided to focus on Highsmith’s menus in the commissioned work. Inspired by Poetry Beyond Text‘s interest in experiment, they recreated Ripley’s meals in a live performance.
Sarah prepared a delicious, if sinister, dinner, for twelve guests, with a thirteenth place set for the absent Tom Ripley. Every food mentioned by Highsmith was served, from cold chicken in aspic to sole Veronique, and every drink mixed (even Dubonnet!). The dinner lasted over twelve hours. All the night’s conversations were recorded and Nancy used the transcriptions as collage material, creating a series of 18 poems. Sarah photographed Ripley’s setting for each course; images and poems partner each other in the finished work.
Sarah and Nancy were delighted with the project’s success and continued the ‘novel dinner’ the following year working with The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland. The events grew and emerged as an annual participatory event for World Book Night, now coordinated by Sarah, Nancy and Linda Parr.
This new edition has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last Ripley novel’s publication. Printed by Axminster Printing Company in an edition of 500. Text: Nancy Campbell, Image: Sarah Bodman. 21 x 14.8 cm, 40 pages. Digital print with silver detail on Nautilus Classic 135gsm recycled paper. £10 including P&P worldwide. To purchase please email: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk
This exhibition is on tour as part of the ongoing al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition projects. 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 held 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; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 a partnership between George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper; Rosenberg Library at the City College of San Francisco, USA; Konstlitografiska museet, Helliden, Sweden.
Selections from the related Shadow and Light project are currently on show online at UC Santa Barbara Library, California, USA. View them online here.
The image shown here is a detail from the artist’s book Al-Mutanabbi Street by Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema.
You can read more about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project at the LAAF Festival website.