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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 30, No. 1, Mar 2007

Artist Book News


Paule Leon Bisson-Millet will have a new Catalog of Artist’s books. Contact her at

The Blue Notebook is a new journal for artist’s books published by Sarah Bodman, UWE Bristol, School of Art, Media & Design. The first two issues will be in October 2006 and April 2007 at 10 GBP for a one-year subscription with full access to the color version on the website, and a black and white printed copy mailed to subscribers. The newsletter will continue. To order send to Sarah Bodman, CFPR, UWE Bristol, School of Art, media & design, Kennel Lodge Rd., Bristol BS3 2JT, UK. E-mail for an electronic subscription form to save postage or download a paper copy from


Children’s Book Illustrations, an exhibition of drawings by Ansel Pitcairn. 5 January - 14 April 2007, the Art Collection, New York Public Library, 3rd flr. The Art collection at Mid-Manhattan Library is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by the emerging New York graphic designer Ansel Pitcairn. “Children’s Book Illustrations” curated by Arezoo Moseni Micah Lexier at Printed Matter with an exhibition of 25 years of multiples, invitations, coins, books and other works in multiple format an installation Printed Matter’s West Wall, a project for Printed Matter’s front windows. 13 February - 24 March 2007. Printed Matater, 195 10th Ave., Chelsea in New York.

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated bible to be commissioned in 500 years at Naples Museum of Art in Naples, FL through 6 April 2007. The work is by Donald Jackson with Andrew Jamieson and Sally Mae Joseph.

Larry Thomas: I Might As Well Be Talking to Myself at Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech, 500 Tenth St. NW, Atlanta, GA from 22 February - 20 April 2007.

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. Thehe Booklyn Found in Translation touring exhibition opened at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts on January 27, 2007 and runs through April 28, 2007.After Minneapolis the exhibit will continue from November 3rd, 2007 through December 30th, 2007 at the Ellen Nol Art Museum in Odessa, Texas., see:

Bookmarks IV: Infiltrating the Library System in Australia, USA and Europe is the free distribution of 4000+ bookmarks created by 50 artists from the US, Australia, Brazil and Europe. To view all the bookmarks, with artist’s contact details, please see: The distribution continues in various venues from 15 September - 15 February 2007. There are five UK venues including Arnolfini Bookshop in Bristol, UK; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT; Rhode Island School of Art & Design, Providence, RI; Tate Library & Archive, London; Bookmark Bookstore, Oakland, CA; Permanent Bookshop, Brighton, UK; Queensland State Library, Brisbane, Australia; bookartbookshop in London; Victorian College of the Arts in Southbank, Australia. This project is run by the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol,UK. For more information, contact Sarah Bodman at

Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Guild of Book Workers and closes the most active quarter century in the history of the Guild. National traveling exhibitions became a regular occurrence every two to three years. For the retrospective, curated largely by Peter Verheyen, that meant finding representative works by a selection of the leading proponents of the craft, and providing a link to the present. Of the fifty-nine works two of the most significant works for the book arts are Richard Minsky’s Birds of North America and Hedi Kyle’s April Diary. . In the end, 120 artists submitted 171 works, and 60 were juried into the show. The fully illustrated catalog brings together both the retrospective and contemporary halves of the Guild’s 100th anniversary exhibition. This is especially important as the two halves will only be on display together at the Grolier Club in New York City (September 20 -November 25), with only the exhibition of contemporary work traveling throughout the country until the end of 2007. You can, however, experience both exhibitions in the catalog which the Guild is pleased to offer at $32 (incl. s/h). The complete catalog, with ordering information, is now available online at the Guild’s website - For more information about the exhibit and ordering catalogs, contact the Exhibitions Chair, at

Too Much Bliss: Twenty Years of Granary Books at Mills College, Oakland.

The Artistbook Library and Store through May 2007 at Proteus Gowanus, an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room at 543 Union St. (See The Artist Book Library is part of the interdisciplinary Library Exhibition at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York. Over 50 artist books are included, from educational pamphlets to unique sculptural book art, curated by Maddy Rosenberg. For the store,

Ditta Baron Hoeber is showing Books: Photographic sequences at the Print Center, 1614 Latimer St., Philadephia, PA from 22 February - 5 May.

Miriam Schaer and Debra Weier: Defining/Redefining the Book, 23 March - 21 April at Hutchings Gallery and Rotunda, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville School, Lawrencevill, NJ.

Wood, Paper, Symbol, curated by Mark Johnstone, featuring work by Gloria Helfgott, Pia Pizzo, Sue Ann Robinson, Brittany Sanders, and Katherine Venturelli at Woods Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho. 19 February - 30 March.

Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art at the Center for Book Arts, New York City, through 31 March 2007.

Black/White [and Read], organized by Gloria Helfgott, at Center for Book Arts, New York City from 13 April 30 June 2007.

Reader’s Art 7: Frugal Finds for Prudent Collectors with bookworks from all over the U.S. 2 March - 28 April 2007 at Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay at the Speed Art Museum through 13 May 2007.

Bartkowiak’s Best at San Francisco Center for Book Arts through 27 April 2007.

Speaking the Word of God: Illuminated Korans from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimoreon view through April 29, 2007.

Artists’ Books: Transgression/Excess at Space Other in Boston from 16 February - 31 March 2007.

100 Artist’s Books at the Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, Treasure Room from 26 January 2007 to 15 May 2007. A survey of the best examples from the USC Libraries collection.


Call for Entries: The Book of Invitations. Open call to artists for submission of projects for a book that is of and about invitations. Invitations are as much passive platforms of communication as they are active, world-engendering propositions. They are things that are written through with the stuff of culture. Participants hsould keep in mind, however, that all selected invitations will be published in a book. Although the actual size or support for the work is not important, objects or actions that are not 2D and larger than 11 x 14” should be submitted in teh form of their documentation. Contact Pedro Rodriguez, The exhibition will be in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Open call for new book artists interested in selling work through the bookstore. 60/40 terms. To be considered, please send a description of your work, a brief bio, and digital images to Jeff Rathermel Submissions are evaluated on an ongoing basis.


At the Turn of the Centuries: The Influence of Early 20th Century Book Arts on Contemporary Artist’s Books at Yale University Library and Whitney Humanities Center for historians, literary scholars, artists, and book arts enthusiasts on 13 April 2007 on the campus of Yale Universiy. See:

Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference Book Fair 8 - 10 June 2007 at Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.The Conference and Book Fair will be held the same weekend as the popular City of Chicago Printer’s Row Book Fair which is held on the streets around the nearby Dearborn Station. The Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Book Fair will be advertised in conjuction with events happening at Printer’s Row in order to encourage local foot traffic in addition to conference attendees.

Fluxus Books and Exhibitions

Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, an exhibition of nearly 200 works including printedand object multiples, photographs, and unique objects, at theBusch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, through June 10, 2007.

All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art at The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan on view through May 6, 2007. This show includes Fluxus work.

A Flexible History of Fluxus Facts & Fictions by Emmett Williams, which includes 70 “Kunstfibel” collages digitally remastered by Ann Noël with commentaries by Emmett Williams, hard cover with dust jacket, 152 pages. London/Bangkok, 2006, EUR 40 from Boekie Woekie, books by artists, Berenstraat 16, NL 1016 GH Amsterdam. The Netherlands. E-mail:

Edizioni Francesco Conz: Works on Cloth at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy from 9 November - 12 January 2007. Beautiful full-color catalog with interview with Francesco Conz by Elena Bini and Petra Guidi and color plates of the work of Philip Corner, John Giorno, Eugen Gomringer, Dick Higgins, Robert Lax, Ann Nol, Gerhard Rhm and Emmett Williams.

Philip Corner at the Emily Harvey Foundation, S. Polo 322, Venice, Italy opens on 16 March with an exhibition of his Organ Work (40 pages) of High Contrast (1962), a selection of Collection Gong! (1967-1972); Visual Sonatas of 2003 and a variety of other works. A concert of “Music in Flux” wil take place on the 17th of March at Teatrino Groggia.

Art Anti-Art Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan 1950-1970 at the Getty Research Institute from 6 March - 3 June 2007, including Fluxus/Tokyo Fluxus.

Summer Courses

Shakerag Workshops, 290 Quintard Rd., Sewanee, TN 37375 for Book Arts and other media.

Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.

San Francisco Center for Book Arts.

Rare Book School at UCLA.