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Umbrella Online - Current Issue

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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 31, No. 1, Mar 2008

Artist Book News

News

Focus on Artists’ Books IV was held in Mackay, Australia in February 2008. The sessions involved workshops and masterclasses, with an exhibition from 9 February - 23 March 2008; Australian Artists’ Books Forum. For more information, contact artspace@mackay.qld.gov.au or go to www.artspacemackay.com.au

So Multiples - Newsletter #6. Research website for multiples and other artists’ publications can be see at www.so-multiples.com

Miriam Schaer was seen in refuse/refuse at Pochron, Brooklyn for one week in September-October and is in an exhibition at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn through September 2008.

Leah Oates: Artist Books 2000-2007 presents the work of this artist in a large brochure with an essay by Maddy Rosenberg. The brochure/catalog is heavily illustrated with a biography, selected artist book collections & libraries, and she can be reached at leah@leahoates.com

Jody Williams was named the inaugural Minnesotoa Book Artist Award winner by the Minnesota Center for BookArts. An extremely gifted artist, she had a show through 2 March at Open Book’s Cowles Literary Commons in Minneapolis. For more information, check out her work at the Form+Content Gallery Website.

A new illustrated catalog of Alphabet Books is now available online as a PDF, see: Bertram Rota Spring List 2008 at www.bertramrota.co.uk

EXHIBITS

SHOWS JUST PAST

Beyond the Codex: Artists’ Books from 7 February - 13 March at Notre Dame College, Cleveland, OH www.notredamecollege.edu/about_ndc/exhibits.html

Altered Books: Transitions & Transformation, an exhibition of work from the Book of Hours series by Sherrill Hunnibell, November 19, 2007 through January 25, 2008, at 15 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.

Poets on Painters at Queens Library Gallery through 30 March at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. www.queenslibrary.org/gallery

Book Marks 2008, Birke Gallery of Art, Marshall University - College of Fine Arts in Huntington, WV. Included were Miriam Schaer, Doug Beube, Maddy Rosenberg, James Bailey, Andrea Dezso, Brian Clercx, Peter Massing, Rebecca Gilbert, Carrie Lingscheit.

Artist’s Book: Accumulation 2008 International Festival, Moscow, took place 20 February - 20 March. “Accumulation” is the first International artist’s book project in Russia. The aim of the project – to show the current state and actual tendencies of artist’s books in the context of contemporary art. More then 50 artists from Russia, Ukraina, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Japan, USA, Australia, Macedonia, Brasil, Uruguay took part in this project.

Participants were: Honoria, Kelly, Jim Leftwich, Rafael Levchin, John Bennett, Mike Dickau and Reid Wood from the US: Mikhail Karasick from Russian among many others; Clemente Padin (Uruguay), Vittore Baroni (Italy), Rysouke Cohen (Japan), Peter Netmail (Germany) and many others.

Sol LeWitt Books from 16 February - 22 March at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

CURRENT EXHIBITS

Uncharted Terrains: The Artist Books of Maddy Rosenberg at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library from 1 February - 19 April.

Retro Tech: Artists’ Books & Bindings by Karen Hanmer through 28 April at the Jaffe

Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida.

Barbara Hodgson: Other Ways of Seeing Books from 6 March through 30 April at Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, 208 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA. www.wlbooks.com

Beauty & Learning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a small show of rare Korean screens, all belonging to the genre of Korean painting known as ch’aekkori, or books and things. There are stacks of books prominent, along with pots, pens, fans, fruit and plants. Through 1 June.

The Space In Between Book Project. 15 March - 13 April at Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Vic.3550 Australia

Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia 15 February - 18 May at Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

San Francisco-based artist Enrique Chagoya draws on the European canon, Mexican folk arts, and U.S. pop icons to creating paintings, drawing, and prints that are politically charged, formally sophisiticated and often scathingly funny. Includes remarkable codices with political themes. A show not to miss!

James Lee Byars: The Perfect Audience at the Berkeley Art Museum 13 February - 27 June – covers the artist’s delicate and monumental sides of the his work with artist books, mail art, performance documentation, and other ephemera from the BAM’s Conceptual Art Study Center.

Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937 through 30 March 2008. Includes literary manuscripts, sound recordings, flyers, posters, manifestos, artists’ books, and photobooks from across Europe, all from the British Library’s unrivalled collections. Pearson Gallery, The British Library, London.

A retrospective of Susan Johanknecht’s Gefn Press at Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont. It will travel in Autumn 2008 to Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Shelter: A Juried Book Arts Exhibit sponsored by Boston Book Arts at the Wedeman Gallery, Yamawaki Art & Cultural Center, Lasell College, Newton, MA from 8 - 22 April.

Secrets and Lies: A National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR from 20 March - 26 April 2008. Features artworks from over 70 artists from around the world. A full, online catalog for this show can be found at www.23sandy.com

2008 BOOK FAIRS

Glasgow International Artist’s Book Fair 2008 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK on 25 and 26 April 2008 from 11 - 6pm. . If you need information, please contact Helen Shaddock, glasgowartistsbookfair@gogglemail.com or 07845-579706. Cost of table is £60 or if you cannot attend, you are still able to send your bookworks and unsold items will be returned (£90) The deadline was 30 December 2007.

scissorspaperstone, London. 12 April 2008, a one-day artist book and multiples fair offering artists, book artists and small presses an exciting opportunity to display and sell work directly to the public. Locales: Avenues Youth Club, Third Avenue, W10; Queen’s Park United Reformed Church, Third Avenue/Harrow Road W10.

Book Cover Designs by Alice Cordelia Morse from 4 April to 2 May at the University of Scranton (PA), curated by Mindell Dubansky. matrix.scranton.edu/resources/re_art_gallery.shtml

OPPORTUNITIES

The Last Book: A Project by Luis Camnitzer, sponsored by the National Library of Spain. Open Call for Collaborations. The Last Book is a project to compile written as well as visual statements in which the authors may leave a legacy for future generations. The premise of the project is that book-based culture is coming to an end. On one hand, new technologies have introduced cultural mutations by transferring information to TV and the Internet. On the other, there has been an increasing deterioration in the educational systems (as much in the First World as on the periphery) and a proliferation of religious and anti-intellectual fundamentalisms. The Last Book will serve as a time-capsule and leave a document and testament of our time, as well as a stimulus for a possible reactivation of culture in case of disappearance by negligence, catastrophe or conflagration.

Contributions to this project will be limited to one page and may be e-mailed to lastbook.madrid@gmail.com or mailed to Luis Camnitzer, 124 Susquehanna Ave., Great Neck, NY 11021, USA.

In case of submission of originals, these will not be returned. The book will be exhibited as an installation at the entrance of the Museum of the National Library of Spain in Madrid at some point in 2008. Pages will be added during the duration of the project, with the intention of an eventual publication of an abridged version selected by Luis Camnitzer, curator of the project. Tentative Deadline: 31 March 2008.