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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 1, Mar 2006

Artist Book News


Idaho Center for the Book Newsletter for April 2006 incudes the Booker’s Dozen 2006 Signature/Catalog Issue with the images of the fourteen handmade bookworks by Idaho bookmakers, which will travel throughout Idaho for the duration of 2006. For a subscription or further information, send to Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725 or

Joshua Heller Rare Books has issued its Catalogue Thirty-Two, Winter 2005, with an amazing array of artist books, private press books, livres d’artiste and works of art on paper celebrating the taste of Barbara Fendrick, a dealer in Washington, DC since 1960. Write to P.O. Box 39114, Washington, DC 20016-9114. E-mail:

Paule Leon Bisson-Millet has a new Catalog of Artists’ books with Music, part 1. Contact her at

Hunt + Gather is a new bookshop in Santa Fe, owned by Suzanne Vilmain. Workshops, exhibitions, meetings and booksignings. Contact Hunt + Gather at 311 Aztec, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Polish book artists. Radoslaw Nowalkowski (formerly of Bookmakery Elephant’s Tail and now, artist books publishing house Liberatory), has launched a new website at Also, the Polish Artists Union - Warsaw Branch, Book Art Section has a great website at and click for the English version option.

Turning the Pages is a project that allows online access to digitized versions of rare, fragile illustrated books. As you may guess, you can turn the pages ina realistic way, using touch-screen technology and interactive animation, enlarge the images, listen to an audio commentary or read associated text. There are a lot of other features. Initially developed by and for the British Library, with pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels, the first to go digital in 1998, it is now available as a service for institutions and private collectors around the world.

The editor of this journal has written an article about the Arthur & Mata Jaffe Collection at Florida Atlantic University, entitled “Books as Art” in the Spring 2006 issue of Rapportage: Literary Essays, Interviews & Profiles, published by the Lancaster Literary Guild, 113 N. Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Booklyn have produced the Booklyn education manual: bringing bookmaking to your students. Fifty-seven pages of text plus a packet of book samples showing examples of letterpress, silkscreen, typewritten and rubberstamped printing. This was a two-year collaboration between artists and educators. The manual combines instruction sheets, lesson plans, bookmaking terminology, and resource lists. Models of the books are included in each manual. The content of the manual is anti-copyrighted and the design allows for easy duplicating. To order see: The Booklyn website is well worth a visit, recently updated and now including some videos of their books and the people who make them.

From 1 - 31 May, Ti Parks will have an exhibition of assemblage called SETS etc. to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Samuel Beckett. This will be held in the garden of 9 The Orchard, Blackheath, London SE3 0QS. 11 - 4 p.m. each day except Mondays.


Invisible Book

Make amends!-Take part in a collaborative art project to create a book of apologies-The second in a series of books with secret text, revealed only under black light. Have you ever let someone down? Left a promise unfulfilled? Broken a vow? Stepped on a toe? Nothing is more frustrating than being unable to apologize for the wrongs you’ve done someone else-intentional or accidental, big or small. Now’s your chance to make an apology and banish regret.

Your apologies may find their way into an Invisible Book. In normal light this beautiful handmade book will be filled with apparently blank pages, but hidden on the pages will be apologies that you share by visiting

All contributions will remain absolutely anonymous; no one will be able to tell who wrote what. No personal information is requested. The finished book, Apologies, will be shown in San Francisco in 2007-details to be posted on the site at a later date. Because of space limitations, some submissions may not make it into the final book. Secrets, the first book in the Invisible Book series, can be viewed in the library collection of the SFMOMA and at the Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael, CA.

If you are curious about the process or what the book will look like, Make sure to also check out the videos for Secrets, the first book in the Invisible Book series, at

New Bookworks

8 Poems: 1949-2000 by Roberto Sanei is a new bookwork with an original lithograph and etchings by Joe Tilson, published by Giorgio Upiglio in Milan in cooperation with the Studio Bilbiografico Marini. For full information and images, please visit:

Noisy by Nature, published by Pyracantha Press (Arizona State University) in collaboration with performance poet & deejay, Mary McCann, the Bone Mama, is an experimental artist book featuring 2 new sound poems by Mary McCann, Tempe performance poet and deejay. The two-sided origami bookform reflects her onomatopoetic language through visual typography and shaped text. One poem embodies the sound of tires hitting wet Arizona pavement and in the other a lone bottle rocket takes off and rturns. Designed, printed and bound by Dan Mayer with assistance from graduate students. $200, ed. Of 200 signed and numbered. E-mail:

One for the Book (New York, 2005) is Alice Simpson’s new limited edition bookwork. Offset on 80 lb. Monadnock Silk Cover, caricatures by artist, text from 1928 Parisian review. Deluxe edition in slipcase, signed, numbered with dvd of 1939 Vitaphone film clip “One for the Book.” Price $100. Book only: $40. Contact

Relingquo by Cynthia Lollis and Daniela Deeg (Athens, GA, Etc Press, 2005) is a double-sided accordion book held together by thread. Each side tells a story via photographs taken in and around Rome: one of a young woman’s abandonment and the other a poet’s banishment. The Latin text was written by Publius Ovidus Naso (43 BC - AD 17) and originally published in 5 BC and AD 10. Translations into English and German are tucked within the Ariadne side. Ovid was expelled from Rome by Emperor Augustus in AD 8 to the edge of his Empire for two crimes: “a poem and a blunder”. Twelve years before Ovid’s exile, he wrote the Heroides, a collection of letters by fictional women to their lovers. In letter X, Ariadne addresses Theseus after he sneaks away from them and after she helps him escape the labyrinth of her half brother, the Minotaur. This is the third collaboration by the artists, and the second to be screen printed and bound in Belgium at the Frans Masereel Centrum. Ed. 32 copies. Accordion book with wooden covers. Contact



A new archive of out-of-print artist books is at Students scholars, collectors, and others can now view and study the more than 150 unique books published by the Women’s Studio Workshop. The archive will include every page of the out-of-print editions and selected pages of the in-print editions.

Bookbinding database: A new bookbinding visual database from the British Library can be viewed at

Book History Online (BHO), designed, managed, maintained, and published by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, in cooperation with national committees in more than 30 countries, is a bibliographical database on the history of the printed book and libraries. The databases include bibliographical information on the history of printing and publishing, papermaking, bookbinding, book illustration, type design, and type founding,. Visit

Foundation of Research Association Artists’ Publications

The “Research Association Artists’ Publications” was founded by 15 scholars of the University Bremen, the International University Bremen, the University of the Arts, the Research Center for East European Studies and the Research Center for Artists’ Publications / ASPC at the New Museum Weserburg Bremen in January 2005.

It is the Research Association’s goal to initiate fundamental research on artist publications and to establish this sector as a new scholarly field. “Artist publications” stands here as a generic term for all forms of published artworks, including artists’ books, records, videotapes, and Net Art. The collection offers a broad basis for Dissertations projects and Masters theses. The Research Association further offers a lecture series under the title Theoretical Tropes, it organizes symposia on special art- and media-theoretical thematic fields, it further issues a book series on Artist publications and it holds a biannual conference. For more information please contact: Spokeswoman: Dr. Anne Thurmann-Jajes ( of the Research Center for Artist Publications in the NMWB


b-art1: Heinz Stefan Barkowiak and the forum book art team have prepared b-art1, the first international database of contemporary book art. If you have participated in the last four editions of the yearbook, your works have already become part of the database.

They have designed b-art1 to be a resource for research. Soon viewers will find there an abundance of informationa bout works of contemporary book art, although it cannot all be seen at the moment.

If you are a book artist, printer or editor, you can archive your earlier works in b-art1 “forever”. You will be part of an index of works which can be viewered and used from almost every corner of the globe. The first language of this online database is English; German is currently the second language and other languages will follow. The beta version of the database is at and you can learn more about it by contacting them.

International Guide to Art Fairs and Antiques Shows, semi-annually. 1 January - 30 June 2005 now available for $10.00 USA, €10.00 (Euro), £7 UK and $15.00 Canada.



The Artist and the Book, curated by Marsha Morton and Joy Kestenbaum, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY from 10 March - 22 April 2006. Rest of show is at the Pelham Public Library.

Arcadia Id Est. Library AKI, Hallenweg 5, 7500 BK Enschede, The Netherlands from 1 April - 15 June 2006.

Artists’ Books Revisited, curated by Matthias Herrmann, artist and president of the Secession (Vienna). “Artists’ Books, revisited” is an exhibition that speaks to the parallel histories of Art Metropole and Secession, both artists- run institutions with long histories of publishing artists’ books. 1 October - 26 November 2005. Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada. And later at Printed Matter. Exhibition catalog featuring an excerpt from each of the artists’ reworked publications: Artists’ Books, revisited. Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada; Secession, Vienna (2005). 80 pp., 33 x 24cm., softcover. - $ 32.00 CDN

Book-Art at Artetica in Via dei Marsi 18 in Rome. Includes 150 mail artists who deal with the theme of artist books and book objects from 31 March - 1 June in three different manifestations during that period. The books come from all over the world.

Burgi Kuhnemann at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. German OK? From March - April 2006.

Claire van Vliet and the Janus Press: Celebrating Fifty Years at the Grolier Club, 22 February - 29 April 2006.New York City. Catalog available from the Veatchs Arts of the Book, P.O. Box 328, Northampton, MA 01060.

Banff Book Show on 7 and 8 May at Fairmont Banff Springs Conference Center, Third Floor.

Artists Books for a Global World: Gunnar Kaldewey and His Press, 1976-2006 at Williams College Chapin Library, 8 April - 16 July 2006.

A Visual Biography of the Artist’s Book: Gunnar A. Kaldewey and his Press at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA 8 April - 16 July 2006.

Language-Communication, one-of-a-kind and limited edition books by Evelyn Eller. Balcony Cases, 2nd floor of the Brooklyn Public Library in New York. 28 March - 14 May.

Leaving a Mark by Kathy Miller at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA 1 April - 6 May. Dialogue: Judith Christensen, Sally Hagy-Boyer, Kathy Miller, Lisa Olson at the Geisel Library, UCSD, La Jolla, CA from 2 April - 18 June 2006.

Photobooks Now from 3 February - 28 April at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Reader’s Art 6: Changing the Wind from 4 March - 28 April at Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

Racing Pages: Altered Books Portfolio, curated by Rory Golden, 1 March - 5 May at the National Museum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History, 208 W. 13rh St., New York City.

Unstitched, Unbound: Imprints for Change, curated by Karen Guancione at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Ave.( between 36th & 37th), New York City from 1 March - 2 June.

The Library is Burning/Text,Image,Object: 1963-2006, a retrospective exhibition of work by Osvaldo Romberg, on display from 7 April - 7 June 2006 at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Changing Horizons: artists and publications, curated by Johan Deumens at De Vishal, Harlem, Netherlands from 22 April - 28 May including Franz Ackermann, Miroslaw Balka, Fiona Banner, Pavel Buchler, Chris Burden, Maurizio Cattelan, Claude Closky, Helen Douglas, Peter Lyssiotis, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jonathan Monk and Andrea Zittel, among many others.

Well Read, curated by Christopher Howard from 11 March - 7 May including Stephanie Brooks, Beth Campbell, Cui Fei, Gabriel Fowler, Vanadan Jain, Nicholas Knight, Heidi Neilson, Matt Siber, Duston Spear, and Molly Springfield. NURTUREart Gallery, 475 Keap St. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

Bookmarks I, II, II at Stewart Center, Purdue University through 23 April.

Susan Newmark: Love Me Tender: Collages & Books at Figurewords, Williamsburg, Brooklyn through 23 April.

50 Artists’ Books by 50 Artists, Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library through 29 April 2006. Curated by Rebecca Goodale.

Money for Food Press collection on exhibit at Printed Matter, New York City from 22 April - 13 May.

Gloria Stuart: Imprenta Glorias, work from the press of Gloria Stuart on view in the Olin Library, Mills College, Oakland, CA from 9 April - 26 May.



PBI will be held in LaPorte, Indiana, an easy ride from Chicago 10-12 June 2006. Instructors are,Sybil Archibald, Karen Gorst, Tom Balbo, Richard Flavin, Cathy Hunt, Priscilla Spitler, Laura Wait, and others. Please see the Paper & Book Intensive website for class descriptions and application information.

San Francisco Center for the Book An amazing array of courses from theory to practice of all kinds, with stellar faculty members.

CBA: The Center for Book Arts in New York City has a new catalog for Fall 2005. Or e-mail:

2006 Schedule of Workshops/Garage Annex School You may easily register online using a charge card, or you may download a PDF of the registration form and mail it with your check.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts announces its new Fall 2005 set of courses.

Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts:

Los Angeles Book Arts Center has a new schedule for classes and events.

Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD Classes for Fall:

Studio-on-the-Square, an intimate setting for learning. 32 Union Square East (at 16th St.), #310, New York City. Subway: 4,5,6, L, R to Union Square. Phone: (917)412-4134.

Shakerag Workshops 2006: Hedi Kyle: Book Arts, at St. Andrew’s -Sewanee, 290 Quintard Rd., Sewanee, TN 37375.

Classes at Back Space Book Arts, 595 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291.

Sas Colby teachers at Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD on 13 May. In July she teaches at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico.

Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Visit our Online Summer Arts Institute catalog. There you will find all of the same information as in our print catalog, and will have an opportunity to view additional instructor images. We are very excited about the 2006 series of workshops. These intimate workshops are designed to offer experiences to support your artistic life through immersion in studio techniques as well as opportunities to develop the content of your work.

California Rare Book School, 2006 Schedule, in July and August 2006, sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Write to California Rare Book School, 254 GSEIS Bldg., Box 951520, 300 Charls E. Young Dr. N. , Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520.