Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

Types with Plenty of Character

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Read the NYT review of the Grolier Club’s current exhibit of treasures from The Imprimerie Nationale. Reviewer David Dunlap writes, “It is the emphasis on the physicality of type that makes the Grolier show so useful…”

“Printing for Kingdom, Empire & Republic: Treasures From the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale” runs through Feb. 4 at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, Manhattan; (212) 838-6690,

— Paul Razzell

The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses

June 1 – August 28, 2011

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents an exhibition, “The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses,” featuring the “new book,” as defined by contemporary art practices, successful experiments with media, and innovative structures in book production. The exhibition includes some of the most significant works  by Foolscap Press (Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer) of Santa Cruz; Moving Parts Press (Felicia Rice) of Santa Cruz; Ninja Press (Carolee Campbell) of Sherman Oaks; Peter Koch Printers (Peter Rutledge Koch) of Berkeley; and Turkey Press (Harry and Sandra Reese) of Isla Vista.
The exhibition’s accompanying catalogue is The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses.

Edited with an Introduction by Peter Rutledge Koch and ‘What the Ink Sings to the Paper,’ an essay by Robert Bringhurst.

In addition to the essays, an exhibition checklist, and a color photo-section with 138 illustrations, the catalogue includes: ‘A Chronology of Fine Printing in California’ by Robert Bringhurst and a detailed and useful bibliography.
Hardcover, 9 x 8 inches, 132 pp.Stanford University Libraries, Stanford 2011 $30.00Catalogues may be purchased at : The Bookshop, Cantor Arts Center or from: Peter Koch Printers 2203 Fourth St. Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 849-673Please direct catalogue enquiries to : peter [at symbol]
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— Paul Razzell

Hand Bookbinders of California Exhibition in San Francisco

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California, with the opening reception scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00pm. Here are the details courtesy of the press release (courtesy of Asa Peavy):

The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 38th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library with an opening reception on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m., in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library. The exhibition continues through August 15.

The show features the work of professional bookbinders, amateurs, and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples range from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artists’ books, with innovative designs from the traditional to the very contemporary.

Special tours of the show will be given by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California at 11:00 a.m. on four Thursdays: June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 12. The public is invited to meet in the Skylight Gallery on the Sixth Floor for a lively description of the binder’s work.

–John Russell

University of Iowa Libraries’ Artists’ Books Exhibited at Drake University

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

“A group of more than 30 artists’ books from The University of Iowa Libraries’ collection will be exhibited from September 11th through October 9th in theAnderson Gallery at Drake University, Des Moines.  The exhibition, “The Book in Time & Place,” was curated by alumnus Sarah McCoy and Julie Leonard from the staff of The University of Iowa Center for the Book will offer a guest lecture in the Fine Art Center at Drake on September 9th.” Read more.

— Paul Razzell

California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints

Monday, July 27th, 2009


I’m passing on this announcement from the Hearst Art Gallery and Art Knowledge News’ background article about the Hearst’s current show.

Opening July 25 through September 20: California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints

Guest curator Art Hazelwood has selected nearly 100 works spanning a century of Golden State art history. Especially in Northern California, printmaking has been in the forefront of several distinctive art movements that have influenced, and been influenced by, cultural and political events of our time.  The prints and books are divided into eight areas of focus: the Arts and Crafts movement; the Labor School; Wood engraving; Asian influence; Abstraction; the GI Bill and the establishment of the university print department; Latino art; and Fine press print publishers. Characterized by technical virtuosity and innovation, these stunning woodcuts, wood engravings, linocuts and artists’ books represent the full range, power and beauty of the medium.

Among the artists represented are Robert Arneson, Lucienne Bloch, Linda Lee Boyd, Richard V. Corrrell, Antonio Fransconi, Juan Fuentes, Leon Gilmour, Willima S. Rice, Gustave Baumann, George M. Hibi, Helen Hyde, Tom Killion, Bertha Lum, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Chiura Obata, Emmy Lou Packard, Mildred Rackley, Roy Ragle, Frank Rowe, Elizabeth Norton, San Quentin Artists in Corrections, Charles Surendorf, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley, and William Wolff.  A complete checklist, with color images, is available in the Gallery.

Note: The title of the show should not be confused with Richard Wagener’s recent book of engravings, California in Relief (Book Club of California, 2009), however this book is included in the show.

— Paul Razzell

History of Fine Printing with a Special Salute to the Richard C. Jenkinson Collection of Notable Books and Broadsides

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


Nearly 85 years ago, the Newark Public Library was the recipient of an outstanding donation of 288 books showing off the work of fine presses and the art of printing. The collection was from Richard C. Jenkinson, who at that point was a 30-year veterean as a Library trustee and the current Board President. Today, the Richard C. Jenkinson Collection stands at more than 3,600 titles, representing over 800 presses.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities provided valuable funding to mount this show and two programs.

Curated by William J. Dane and Chad Leinaweaver, Special Collections Division.

Third-floor gallery from April 27 to July 1, 2009. For more information, see here or call call Special Collections at 973 733 7745.

Above: Taika Kinoshita. Let It Be – 65 – y (Sandstorm 2). 2001.

— Paul Razzell

Angie Lewin: Exhibition of Limited Edition Prints

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Angie Lewin studied Fine Art Printmaking at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, followed by a year’s postgraduate printmaking at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

Angie creates a range of limited edition prints inspired by skeletal plantforms seen against the sea and sky of North Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands. Her exhibit will run from Saturday 16th May until Sunday 31st May at St Jude’s Gallery in Norfolk. See here for more details.

Above: “Moonlit Cup.” Linocut 430 x 560 mm. Edition of 45. Mounted print £305.

Art of the Book at Donna Seager Gallery (San Rafael, CA)

Monday, April 27th, 2009
"Collapse" by Nikki Thompson

"Collapse" by Nikki Thompson

Currently up at the Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael, CA is The Art of the Book: Fourth Annual Exhibition of Handmade and Altered Artist Books. The Gallery has put a lot of images online, so if you can’t make it out to see the books in person, you can still see quite a bit, including an accordion book, a pop-up book, and boxed ghost books. For those inclined to make the trip, the exhibition ends May 31.

(Hat tip to the Green Chair Press blog)

— John Russell

World’s ‘greatest’ book illustrations on display at the Smithsonian

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries has unveiled a new exhibition that will be of interest to readers of this blog: ‘Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration’ showcases some of the world’s greatest pieces of illustration from the Library’ collection of rare books and is on view until Jan. 4, 2010, at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Gallery at the National Museum of American History. Read the full press release here. All images are on display online here.


Above: Plantarum Historia Succulentarum (History of the Succulent Plants). A.P. Candolle. P.J. Redoute (Illustrator). Paris: Chez A. J. Degour et Durand, [i.e. 1798]–1837. 

Below: De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564).

— Paul Razzell

Artist’s Book Selected for National Exhibition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


Decorah IA, March 30, 2009 – A book made by British artist, Iowa resident, and FPBA member David Esslemont has been selected for a national exhibition. “Marking Time”, presented by The Guild of Book Workers opens this May at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis and tours the country through March 2011.

The selected book, All in Good Time, the autobiography of watchmaker George Daniels, was designed, printed, and bound by Esslemont. The binding in Nigerian goatskin leather incorporates a “watch-spring” spiral design in gold and a recessed panel on the front cover that contains one of Daniels’ own handmade watch pieces. It is one of fifty books chosen for this juried exhibition.

Venues include San Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver public libraries, the libraries of Washington, Utah and Emory Universities and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Founded in 1906, The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization based in New York City that promotes the craft of bookbinding. There are currently over 900 members.

A selection of Esslemont’s drawings, paintings and prints and books will be on display at The Perfect Edge, 118 Washington Street, Decorah from Thursday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 28. This is the first in a series of monthly shows of work by local artists organized by owners Jeff and Anja Brown. Meet the artist and view All in Good Time at a reception at The Perfect Edge on Friday, April 17, from 5 to 8 pm. (563) 382-2567

Esslemont will show his new book, My Fellow Citizens: an illustrated edition of Barack Obama’s inaugural address, on Saturday, April 4, during Arts Alive at Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah.

A retrospective selection of the artist’s books and other work will also be on display at Preus Library, Luther College, during September and October this year as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of that building.

David Esslemont’s archive is at the University of Iowa and his work can be found in private and public collections worldwide. Further information is available on the artist’s Web site:
 David Esslemont, 563 382 1220. Email: esslemont [at]

— Paul Razzell