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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 2, Jun 2006

Artist Books - News

Joshua Heller Rare Books has issued its Catalogue Thirty-Three, Summer 2006, a double issue, 90 pages with 221 entries of fine bindings, books from private presses, artist books, poetry, war, peace, calligraphy and portfolios of 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 2. 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.


Liver & Lights no. 36: Three Songs and a Camper Van. While on the road, John Bently wrote three songs, he recorded them, and friends helped record van noises and stir them into the mix. The van became an orchestration. The text of the three songs form the book, being sung stories of people they met along the way, illustrated with photos and drawings in color and black and white using rubber stamps, print gocco and other primitive printing methods. The book is hardback, bound in pea green cloth, printed on recycled paper and contains also a CD of the recordings. Ed. 100 copies, each one signed and numbered. To reserve, it is £15.00. Just send a check or international money order to Liver & Lights Scriptorium, 229 Railton Rd., London SE24 oLX, England.

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:

The Next Dance (New York, 2005) is Alice Simpson’s new limited edition bookwork from the novel Ballroom with pages of caricatured, hand painted couples dancing the tango. Includes short stories of fictional dancers at a New York ballroom, which have become characters in the novel. A chapter from Ballroom was published in NY Writer’s Voice Magazine and nominated for Best New American Voices. Contact

Urban Decay is a new artist book by Laura Russell. Since arson is a problem all over Michigan, in both big cities and factory towns, Russell cites the fact that in Detroit in 1984, 810 buildings were set on fire during the Halloween weekend. These days that number is down to about 150 each year. Setting fires has become the gang equivalent of toilet papering trees of soaping windows. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Russell has been taking photos, and in this book the 30 photoographs, all taken on one cold morning, in one small neighborhood scream out! Two poems, introductory text and a map of the burned out houses accompany the photographs. Plywood covers on the post-and-screw binding reference the plywood-covered windows of these forlorn homes. Ed. 25 $195 US, $215 Canadian. To order, mail check or institution purchase order to: Laura Russell, 4130 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR97214. Or email:


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

JAB NOW ONLINE: Read Clifton Meador’s article now available.


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 information about 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. is an interesting website.


Fourth International Artists’ Book Exhibition, King St. Stephen Museum and the Déak MuseumSzékesfehérvár, Hungary 20 May - 11 September. .NY artist John Roach did a ’reading’ performance with Hungarian artist Gyula Varnai, at the opening on May 20th. Another highlight was a collection displayed of Dieter Roth books from the collection of the Rainer & Agnes Pretzell. And Buzz Spector wrote a preface to the catalog.

American participants: Doug Beube, Harriet Bart, Joyce Cutler Shaw, Agnes Denes, Maddy Rosenberg, Evelyn Eller, Emily Garcia, Sam Ehrenberg/Eva Forgacs, Wei Meng Foo, Tracey Longley-Cook, Dan Mayer & John Risseeuw, Louise McCagg, Marcia McClellan, Leo Morrissey, Bessie Smith Moulton, Scott Murphy, Louise Neaderland, Libby Newman, Barthosa Nkurumreh, Leah Oates, Tara O’Brien, Enrique Ortiz, Sara Parkel, Courtney Paulman, Karen Hanmer, Jana Harper, Nancy Hart, Lydia Hunn, Mary Hood, Linda K. Johnson, Elaine Langerman, Roberta Lavadour, Aimee Lee, Stephen LeWinter, Gloria Helfgott, Geoffrey Hendricks, Mirima Schaer, Susan Porteous, Suzanne Horvitz, Rachel Reisert, Maria Rogel, Marilyn Rosenberg, Claire Jeanne Satin, Elena Mary Siff, Suzanne Silver, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Merle Sue Spandorfer, Dennis Summers, Patricia Tavenner, Peter & Donna Thomas, Amy Thompson, Susan Viguers, Elysa Voshell, Beata Wehr, Pam Wood, Reid Wood.

Certain Trees: the constructed book, poem and object 1964-2006, curated by Simon Cutts, at the Centre des Livres d’Artistes, Pays-paysage, in Saint-Yrieix-La Perche, France through 16 September 2006. Works by David Bellingham, John Bevis, Thomas A. Clark, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Martin Fidler, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Brian Lane, Robert Lax, Stuart Mills, Martin Rogers, Colin Sackett, Erica van Horn and Steve Wheatley.

French Book Art/Livres d’Artistes: Artists and Poets in Dialogue at the New York Public Library through 19 August. 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.

Found in Translation, curated by Marshall Weber and produced by Booklyn, a touring exhibition of multi-lingual artist books, prints, and digital and video documentation exploring the cognitive, literary, and political processes of translation. San Francisco Center for the Book through 21 July. Will travel to the Center for Book Arts in New York city and then to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Mutilated/Cultivated Environments: Artist Members Annual Exhibition at the Center for Book Arts in New York City from 29 June - 16 September 2006.

X-Libris, 10th Anniversary Celebration of th founding of the San Francisco Center for the Boo. 28 July with opening reception, showcasing examples of the outpouring of creativity in the Bay Area’s book arts community and throughout the world over the past 10 years. Through 13 October 2006.

Kalligraphia in the Skylight Gallery of the San Francisco Public Library (Main Library) by members of the Friends of Calligraphy. Http:// 4 June - 31 August. Quotes from interviews with software engineers printed and punche don large replicas of computer punch cards.

It’s a Living Thing, an exhibition of works by Karen Hanmer at Woolworth Windows Urban Art installations project, Broadway & 11th, Tacoma, WA through 29 July.

Homegrown. This exhibition of teen art is the culminating event of the Summer By Design Teen Art and Mentoring Program session. Eight advanced teen artists will show their work, which includes prints, handmade paper, bookbindings and mixed media collage. Teen artists showing their work include: Sophie Alfano, Anne Higgins, Stephanie Kunze, Emily Lemanczykafka, Brita Light, Libby London, Kelllie Schweich and Ellis von Sternberg. 5 August - 7 September. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Ste. 100, Minneapolis,MN

Construct. Arthur & Mata Jaffe Collection of Books as Aesthetic Ojbects at FAU, Boca Raton, FL, an exhibit of artist books that deal with the topic of construction. On view until the opening of the new expanded Jaffe Collection, slated for late summer.

Beyond Words: The Collectable Book. This exciting and engaging exhibition will highlight books and book-related art from a variety of public and private collections. Through a diverse set of works, viewers will learn how to build a book collection, care for and display work, and appreciate the unique communicative strength of artists’ books. Beautiful volumes, photographs, prints, illustrations, sketches, maps, manuscripts and process materials will be on display. In addition to the exhibition, a series of lectures and presentations is scheduled to further explore the concepts presented in the show. 22 July - 21 October 2006. Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Work of Many Hands: The Art of Islamic Bookmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago: Part II from 8 July - 28 August. Complex elegant manuscript pages and fine leather bindings.

Paper Towers by Sarah Horowitz Wiesedruck at the National Yiddish Book Center on Hampshire College campus in Amherst, MA This is a handmade limited edition book of Yiddish poems by Kadya Molodowsky with translations by Kathryn Hellerstein. It is printed on Velke Losiny paper by Inge Bruggeman, bound in Dutch windmill paper by Claudia Cohen. The images are woodcuts and engravings along with engraved capitals. Produced in Portland, Oregon. The show will include models and blocks used to make the book as well as all the pages displayed, in an attempt to show the making and the final book. It will be on display through September 2006.

San Diego Book Arts First National Juried Exhibition opens on 11 August and extends through 8 September 2006 in La Jolla at the UCSD Geisel Library, Main Floor. Includes 53 artists from across the U.S.

The Dust Never Settles to commemorate the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco includes reactions by contemporary artists, including Margaret Tedesco, who has created 10 flipbooks at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch. As a point of departure Margaret uses eyewitness accounts of the time prior to and following the 1906 earthquake to examine the wide range of physical and emotional states experienced during a catastrophe. Utilizing clips from films such as National Velvet Margaret has created a series of 10 flipbooks that illustrate human responses to situations out of our control. The flipbooks are exhibited alongside images from the films at the SFAC Gallery and the Public Library and are available for purchase at the Gallery. This project is sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library.

COURSES 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 Summer 2006. Or e-mail:

2006 Schedule of Workshops/Garage Annex School www.GarageAnnexSchool. 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 Summer:

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 in July 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 Charles E. Young Dr. N. , Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520.

Workshop at Penland, North Carolina. 27 August - 2 September 2006. Peter Thomas will be teaching a class at Penland School of Crafts called “Make Paper; Make Books.” In this session, Peter will share everything he knows about handmade paper and innovative book structures. Each day, students will make decorative and text-quality sheets of paper and a small-scale book using that paper. For more information, go to


Fifth Annual BABA Book Arts Jam at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA on 14 October from 10 - 4p.m.

The First Manchester Artist’s Book Fair at Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity, 30 September 2006. Tables are available at £60 first come first served. For further information, contact Tom Sowden at As part of the day’s celebration of the artist book, the library will be open for puboic viewing of its special collection of artist books as well as talks/readings/performances.

The Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium in Berkeley, CA: “The Fate of the Art. The Hand-Printed Book in the 21st Century.” The Book Fair will be held in the Pauley Ballroom on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The price of admission to th fair for the general public for both days is $15. A single-day ticket is $10. A two-day ticket for students (with I.D.) Is $5. The Book Fair will be limited to 100 exhibitors and vendors and will be held in the 10,000-square-foot Pauley Ballroom at the top of Telegraph Avenue on the campus of UC Berkeley. For more information on the Book Fair, The Symposium, to be held 13 - 15 February, at the University Art Museum will have five major presenters and break-out sessions. For more information on the Symposium (limited to 200 people; registration is $200), go to A publication that will include the Symposium’s papers, proceedings, and a juried selection of the finest books exhibited at the fair, is in planning stages. Peter Koch is the responsible creator of the Foundation and these events.

The Fifth Annual Bright Hill Press North American Juried Book Arts Exhibition will take place t Bright Hill center’s Word & Image Gallery in New York’s Catskill Mountain Region from 8 - 31 October 2006. Submissions from all North America are welcome. This year’s exhibit will be juried by Richard Minsky and Bertha Rogers. Entries may include traditionally-bound books, artist books, sculptural bookworks, hanging books, etc. that have been created in the period 2002-2006 and never exhibited at Bright Hill Center. Awards include Best of Show ( a cash prize of $200) and Second Place (a cash prize of $100). In addition, each person whose work is juried into the exhibit will receive a free copy of the 2006 “Book Arts at Bright Hill” catalog. Entries will be juried from the actual books. Shipped submissions should be postmarked no later than 17 August 2006. For complete guidelines and required entry form sent as a PDF, e-mail Bright Hill at, or send an SASE to BHP Book Arts, POB 193, Tredwell, NY 13846. Addition information about Bright Hill may be found at

Heart and Hands 2, the second national juried student book art exhibition, sponsored by a consortium of institutions including the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Libraries and the UNL Departments of Art & Art History, the Nebraska Book Arts Center at the Univ. Of Nebraska at Omaha, and the UNO Library. This is open to graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. Submitted works may be artist books, altered books, collaborations, digitally printed books, fine press editions, one-of-a-kind books, or digitally printed books, fine press editions, one-of-a-kind books, or sculptural book objects. Books-not slides–will be juried by book artist Timothy Ely. Entries must be received between 2 October and 13 October. Books completed between 1 June 2004 and 1 October 2006 are eligible. $1200+ in Purchase Awards. Exhibit dates: November and December 2006 at University of Nebraska at Lincoln Love Library; January 2007 at Omaha Public Library, and February 2007 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Library. For full details and entry form:

Publication opportunity: Lark Books is seeking high-quality imges for publication in a juried collection of “500 Handmade Books” from around the world. “We desire all kinds of bindings, media, and interpretation.” No entry fee; full artist’s credit and complimentary book. Deadline: 15 August 2006. For guidelines, e-mail:, or call (828)253-0467 ext.756. Forms on website:

8th International Book Art Festival in Lodz, Poland, December 2006

The theme this year is Time, dealing with book objects, book installations one-offs, author’s ooks, artist’s books, writer’s books, experimental and limited editions, fine press books, etc. The core of the project is an exhibition composed of works selected in a competittion and made by the artists invited by the organizers. After the premiere (which usually took palce in Warsaw), the exhibition is shown in many prestigious venues (art galleries and libraries) throughout Poland and abroad. . Carefully and unconventionally designed catalogs containing color plates, artists’ short biographies and various essays and reviews, useful information both for ordinary book lovers and those professionally dealing with books, help promote the idea of book art.

The Book Art Group in Poland have done more than 100 exhibitions and published 15 different catalogs and a special booklet (for the 5th anniversary of the project), postcards, posters. More details can be found at

The opening will beat the Book Art Museum in Lodz in December 2006. Organizers of the festival: Polish Art Union Main Board, Polish Artist Union Bok Art Section, Book Art Museum in Lodz, Book Art and Paper Art Foundation. Co-organizers are art galleries. Author and curator of the project is: Alicia Slowikowska (phone: 48 502 734030 or e-mail: The Art Council and Organizing Committee: Jadwiga Tryzno, Janusz Tryzno, Joanna Stokowska, Ewa Latkowska, Danuta Wroblewska, Marek Gajewski, Radoslaw Nowakowski, Grzegorz Borkowski.

Any book artist from any country can take part in the Competition. UP to four artist books can be submitted by one author/artist or a team. The books should be completed within the last six years (2000-2006) in any technique and belong to the author/artist, art gallery or press. If you are using texts not written by the artist, pleasle obey general rules of copyright. The name of a writer (and a translator), the title (and the original title), name of a publisher and year of publication should be given.

The entry form should be sent no later than 15 October 2006 to: Book Art Museum, Tymienieckiego 24, 90-349 Lodz, Poland. E-mail: For more details, regulations and entry forms, go to,,, or The participation fee is 50 EU payable to: Alicja Slowikowska, Bank Pekao SA, I O. W Warszawie, Pl. Bankowy 2, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland.


Art Base (books + research)/Art Books/Artist Books/Ephemera. Gabelsbergerstr.15, 97318 Kitzingen, Germany. Info@artbase-books

Art Metropole,788 King St. West, Toronto, Ont. M5V 1N6, Canada

Artimo A - Z at Elandsgracht 8 in Amsterdam. or

Paule Leon Bisson-Millet has a new address at Edelmannsweg 4, 71717 Beilstein, Germany. Tel: (49)07062-978548 or fax: ((49)07062-978549.

Back Space Book Arts, 595 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. (310)722-9004.

Bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield St., London N1 6HB, England.

Bookstorming, 24 rue de Penthièvre (angle av. Matignon) 75008 Paris, France. Tel: (331)4225 1558, fax: (331)4225 1072. Métro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau/Miromesnil

Boekie Woekie, books by artists, Berenstraat 16,NL 1016 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands,internet

Bookville 39 HighBridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 1EW

Juan Agius, Books & Multiples, features art zines, alternative publications, art magazines, mail art, ephemera, available online at agius.books! or P.O. Box 5243, CH 1211 Geneva, Switzerland.

Julia Diamond, Book & Livre, 2230 Camino del Rosario, Montecito, CA 93108. (805)565-1904. 20th c. decorative arts, fashion, architecture and photography

Paul Robertson is known as Heart Fine Art and can be reached for amazing catalogs at

Ink Tree, Seestrasse 21, CH-8700, Kusnacht, Switzerland

Hotel des Bains Editions, 28 rue du Pont percé, 27130 Verneuil sur Avre, France - BP N°°1 - La grande Bruyèère - F72320 St-Maixent, France

Malcolm Campbell, 43 Holland St., London SE1 9JR

Joshua Heller Rare Books, P.O. Box 39114, Washington, DC 20016-9114.

Hunt + Gather, 311 Aztec, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Nexus Press.

PABA Gallery, 33 Whitney Ave., 2nd flr. New Haven, CT 06510.

David Platzker, Specific Object 100 Wooster St., New York, NY 10011,

Printed Matter, 195 10th Ave.., New York City, 10011 or

Steven Leiber at

Editions & Artists’ Books Johan Deumens or Dr. N.G. Piersonstraat 1, 2104 VG Heemstede, Netherlands.

Mystical Places Press has a new Artist Books Catalog (non-miniatures) and a Miniature Book Catalog.

Revolver, Archiv für aktuelle Kunst ,Fahrgasse 23 D - 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.,

Edition Hundertmark, Av. Touroperador Finnmantkat 10, Tinguaro #21, E-35100 Maspalomas Gran Canaria, Espana.

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