Bookmarking Book Art – Large-Scale Installations, Update 20170609

In her note in BookRiot, Nikki Steele takes Brian Dettmer's  TED talk remark that books are created to relate to our human scale and builds on it elegantly, if all too briefly, by bringing together the installation works "Literature versus Traffic", "Scanner", "Book Cell", "Singularity", "Biographies" and "Contemporaries". She's not the first to provide a Pinterest-... Continue Reading →

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Bookmark – Aldus Manutius, 6 February 1515 – 6 February 2015

Late afternoon before the long worn wooden benches in the Bodleian's Convocation Hall, 500 years after the death of Aldus Manutius, Oren Margolis served his audience well, providing them with a richer appreciation of the "finest printed book of the entire Renaissance"* - the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - and of its publisher Aldus Manutius. Drawing our attention to... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — in medias res … Math Monahan

Math Monahan's installation Specimen is book art that cannot be ignored. [ The book is an organism.  It lived, spread all over the world and, some would consider, is endangered today.  These creatures have a life of their own.  They manifest themselves in many forms but where did they come from?  If they are animals of paper... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Who Owns the Findability Function?

The Repository of Primary Sources has been running since 1995 at the University of Idaho. Under the wing of Terry Abraham, it lists "over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar", and "[all] links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness". So what has... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Bodoni’s Bicentennial

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the passing of a great contributor to the linked histories of the book and typography:  Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813).  Bodoni among others such as Fournier and Didot established the "Modern" fonts, typefaces characterized by the extreme contrast of their thick and thin strokes, delicate and sharp serifs and a... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – Exhibit at the Grosvenor Rare Book Room

"There is art to be found in science books and science to be found in artist’s books." The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has been kind enough to share the exhibit labels for its display held in March this year in the Grosvenor Rare Book Room. The section devoted to "Artist’s Book History" begins... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Education for the Future of Publishing

When it comes to acquiring skills and professional training in book publishing, from the early days of the printing press onwards, learning by doing has been book publishing's order of the day.  Consider the following interview exchange between Mac Slocum (Tools of Change) and Theodore Gray (The Elements): . MS: What skills -- or people with... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — The evolution of bookselling

No good history of the book in the late 20th and early 21st century will overlook this part of the book's value chain.  In covering the earlier eras, the outstanding historians -- Chartier, Davenport, Eisenstein, Johns,  Lefèbvre and Martin,  McMurtrie,  Pettegree, Pollard, and Suarez -- touch on distribution and retail to varying degrees.  When it... Continue Reading →

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Text in Art

Material, Time-based and Interactive

fibonaccisusan

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

Threadborne

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

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