Come along and see us on the Impact Press stand. 6th and 7th November
November sees the 100th edition of the Book Arts Newsletter
An exhibition in Bath showcasing the work of 20 artists
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
6th and 7th November 2015
Alongside the fair this year is an exhibition of books and printed matter by Nancy Campbell on the stage at Conway Hall. There are free talks and readings on over the weekend. Admission is free.
Come along and see us on the Impact Press stand where we will have the new Artist’s Book Yearbook, The Blue Notebook journal and artists’ books by Tom Sowden, Charlotte Hall, Angie Butler, Deborah Stevenson, Corinne Welch, Sarah Bodman and many more…
November sees the 100th edition of the Book Arts Newsletter (BAN). We started the newsletter in 2002, as a small, paper-based, local news round up, which has grown into a much larger international newsletter covering exhibitions, opportunities, announcements, reviews, publications and more. You can still download all the back issues from our website archive. This month’s exhibition here is Stevie Ronnie’s Arctica, and in December we show A Year of Making Artists’ Books from Spike Print Studio’s Hand-Printed Artists’ Books Course led by Angie Butler, and a handling exhibition of artists’ books made by women at HMP Send in a project led by artist Sophie Artemis-Pitt. This photo is of Nancy Campbell taken during her residency at Upernavik Museum, Greenland in 2010. She emailed this photo of her reading the BAN (issue 55) in the snow to show how far away it was read!
Catch the latest news on artists’ books in this issue, No 100.
44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
3rd – 8th November 2015
Accordingly… Art+Text is an exhibition showcasing the work of 20 local, national and international artists for whom text is an important element in their work. It includes Artists’ Books, Book Art, Box Art, Collages, Installations, Paintings, Photography and Print, all of which incorporate or are essentially based on texts, written, adapted or appropriated by the artist into various forms, legible or otherwise. MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking graduate and Agassi Prize winner Monika Rycerz will be exhibiting her beautiful installation Everyone dreams.
Art+Text, which is curated by Graeme Hobbs and Robert Lee, runs from the 3rd-8th November 2015 at 44AD Artspace, 4 Abbey Street, Bath, BA1 1NN, UK.
Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, Boise, USA
Until 30th January 2016
Idaho Center for the Book and the Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University present Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, at the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, continuing until the end of January 2016.
The exhibition honours al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s cherished district of booksellers, publishers and literary cafés, which was devastated by a deadly car bombing in March 2007. In response to the deaths and the destruction, Beau Beausoleil, a San Francisco poet and bookseller, and Bristol UK Book Arts researcher Sarah Bodman, issued an international call to artists and writers to create broadsides, books, poetry, prose and prints reflecting on these events, and commemorating Al-Mutanabbi Street and its significance to Iraq and the world.
The anthology of prose and poetry titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here was edited by Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, and published by PM Press in 2012. Contributors include: Etel Adnan, Meena Alexander, Sinan Antoon, Mahmoud Darwish, Sam Hamill, Dima Hilal, Persis Karim, Philip Metres, Dunya Mikhail, Muhsin al-Musawi, Naomi Shihab Nye, Adrienne Rich, Amina Said, Aram Saroyan, Anthony Shadid, Sholeh Wolpé, and many others.
A collection of broadsides was created between 2007 and 2009, primarily letterpress prints (employing hand-printed type and imagery) which transcribe and interpret excerpts from the anthology, as well as other writings in honour of the project. Most recently, a folio of fine art prints (etchings, lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs, woodblock and digital prints) subtitled Absence and Presence, has more than 140 prints contributed by artists from around the world.
The project has been exhibited more than 30 times nationally and internationally. Boise State’s own unique iteration of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here comprises 61 selected works from these related parts of the project.
Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, Yanke Center at Boise State, 220 East Parkcenter Boulevard. Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm until the end of January 2016 (excepting holidays.) Poster image: Darren de la Pena
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).
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. Please visit the website to find a venue near you in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, UK or the USA, and to see all of the artists’ bookmarks.
Cabinet du Livre d’artiste in Rennes, France
Until 3rd December 2015
Tom has co-curated a new iteration of the Follow-ed exhibition with Michalis Pichler. The exhibition is on show now at the Cabinet du Livre d’artiste in Rennes.
Featuring: 6 Decades Books, Steen Bach Christensen, Victoria Bianchetti, Doro Boehme & Eric Baskauskas, Jeffrey Brouws, Corinne Carlson, Julie Caves, Cathy Davidson, Claudia de la Torre, Eric Doeringer, Sue Doggett, Jeff Eaton, Francis Elliott, Frank Eye, Joel Fisher, Stephen Fowler, Thomas Galler, Dejan Habicht, Karen Henderson & Marla Hlady, Mishka Henner, Taro Hirano, Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Easley Stephen Jones, Hildegard Karnath, Sowon Kwon, Tanja Lazetic, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, Helena Louro, Michael Maranda, Scott McCarney, John McDowall, Jean-Claude Moineau, Dan Monick, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, Bruce Nauman, Heidi Neilson, John O’Brian, Performance Re-enactment Society & Tom Sowden, Michalis Pichler, Tadej Pogacar, Susan Porteous, Henri Rivière, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Joachim Schmid, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Ben Scragg, Yann Sérandour, Travis Shaffer, Matthew Sleeth, Tom Sowden, Derek Sullivan, Yoshikazu Suzuki, Eric Tabuchi, Kazuhide Takada, Elisabeth Tonnard, Louisa Van Leer, John Waters, Hermann Zschiegner, and many more…
Edited and curated by Michalis Pichler and Tom Sowden, an exhibition of books by artists in tribute to Ed Ruscha, from the curators’ collections.
More info and catalogue download at:
Université Rennes 2 – Campus Villejean
Place du recteur Henri Le Moal
CS 24307 – 35043 Rennes cedex
Bâtiment Ereve RDC , France
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 Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, 1st October 2015 – 30th January 2016.