The new Artist’s Book Yearbook is now available! 268 pages of artist’s book goodness
Artist pages and essays and articles on contemporary artists’ books
Bookmarks XIII: online and at 10 venues until February 2016
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.
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.
Read more about Andi McGarry’s practice and see some images of the books
*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
Contemporary Art in Editions Fair
London, 16-18 October 2015
We’ll be at Multiplied with CFPR Editions in October. Showing artists’ books and a new CFPR Prize edition by our MA Printmaking graduate John Ford, Fiery the Angels Fell.
We will be at Multiplied on the CFPR Editions stand, with prints and artists’ books, do come along and see us. Multiplied is the UK’s only fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions. Hosted annually by Christie’s South Kensington it takes place during Frieze week and offers a rich programme of talks and workshops for art lovers and connoisseurs alike. The fair encompasses prints, digital art, 3D multiples, artists’ books and photographs, reflecting the whole spectrum of contemporary publishing. With exhibitors ranging from established galleries representing high-profile artists to start-up spaces and artists’ collectives, Multiplied offers an exclusive opportunity to both art lovers beginning a new collection and more established collectors looking for something unique.
Plymouth Art Book Fair
Saturday 24th October 2015
We will be at Counter 2015, which will take place at KARST in Plymouth on Saturday 24th October, 12 – 6pm. Come along and say hello!
Counter draws together artists, collectives and book works to make friends, sell books, buy books, share work, share knowledge, learn something new, start conversations, ask questions, try to find answers and exchange ideas.
Counter is run by an independent band of Plymouth based artists. We are keeners, fans, and D.I.Y enthusiasts
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.
Tom and Sarah were very pleased to be invited to write about their research with artists’ books for the new issue of The New Bookbinder, the journal of Designer Bookbinders. Volume 35, out October 2015.
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