Bookmark for Literacy — Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield's short essay "I Type, Therefore I Am" celebrates the increasingly rapid rise of literacy. At some point in the past two million years, give or take half a million, the genus of great apes that would become modern humans crossed a unique threshold. Across unknowable reaches of time, they developed a communication system... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Rutherford Witthus

This is strong but quiet work. It blends Eastern and Western traditions of the book arts.  It joins the blackletter fonts of the Cistercian monks with the typography of Hermann Zapf.   It joins John Cage's chance-determined selection in the creation of art with a group of physicists' fascination with the crumpling of paper.  It... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — British Academy

News Item - British Academy.  Part of Literature Week at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, an exhibit called "Turning the Page" and presenting the book sculptures of Justin Rowe, a bookseller in Cambridge, is being held from 20 May through 24 May.   The works are in the  "reverse ekphrastic" mode:... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Ed Ruscha

I want to be the Henry Ford of book making. —Ed Ruscha Sunset Strip is opened and described here. And from his series Le Vite dei Libri (The Lives of Books), Giulio Maffei provides clever catalog entry on the Sunset Strip. Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s legendary artist books together with books... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — Anniversary of the Book’s Freedom from Taxation

In 1513, Louis XII of France issued an edict praising printing, exempting it from a large impost and removing a tax on books.  Louis declared that "the printer-booksellers ... ought to be maintained in their privileges, liberties, franchises, exemptions, and immunities, in consideration of the great benefits which have been conferred upon our kingdom by... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — Anniversary of The Imprint and Its Font

The Imprint This year is the centenary of Gerard Meynell's trade periodical The Imprint, which was the scene of Stanley Morison's first appearance in print. How appropriate then that Morison's book A Tally of Types tells the story of the journal's founding and, equally important, how the historic font called Imprint Old Face came into... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Wendy Williams

The "starflies" -- those butterfly-shaped, W-shaped sheets of printed paper -- are Wendy Williams' signature (see the installation "King"). In her 2010-11 "Travel Project," she reached out to those who appreciate her work to put her signature to use with the Internet's version of "Kilroy was here" as variously practiced by Travelocity and others in... Continue Reading →

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Text in Art

Material, Time-based and Interactive


Mathematical Art

Curated by Robert Bolick

Curated by Robert Bolick

Curated by Robert Bolick

Paper Scissors Stone

Taking paper beyond the page

Studio 5 Book Arts

Curated by Robert Bolick


Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Artists' Books, Vintage Textiles

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