The Antiquarian Book Fair, February 15-17, promises a treasure trove of “medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century. There will be unusual books on travel and exploration (including maps), literature, the arts, science and medicine, children’s books, law and commerce, ephemera, Americana, and history in all eras and geographical areas. First, signed, and limited editions of many important authors will be present, plus collections of original photographs, prints by renowned artists from the 16th to the 21st century, and remarkable examples of book making, binding, and typography from throughout the world.” Since we missed Codex this year, we thought we’d give it a try!
[Paul Bonet, binding design for the book Nuits de Paris, by Francis Carco]
The Legion of Honor has an exhibition, The Book and the Binding, open until March 24th, 2013, that looks quite interesting. From their website:
“It was not until the emergence of the artist book in the 20th century that book bindings—a book’s front and back covers and spine—came to be appreciated as more than merely protective or decorative. In the early 1900s, any deluxe artist book—with original print illustrations by a well-known artist, printed on fine papers, and issued unbound in limited quantity—fairly cried out for a creative binding. Collectors of these elegant books often commissioned bookbinders to fabricate unique leather covers with original designs that evoked the spirit or mood of the book’s text or illustrations.
The books in this exhibition, selections from the Reva and David Logan Collection and a recent gift of Earl M. Collier Jr., provide an overview of creative book binding design from the period encompassing late Art Nouveau through Art Deco, and from the mid–20th century, when materials other than leather were introduced. Included are bindings by some of the great masters: Paul Bonet, Georges Cretté. Henri Creuzevault, Pierre Legrain, Marius Michel, and Francois-Louis Schmied.”
And at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, Ideation by Chance, an exhibition of artist books by Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum. From the Seager Gray Gallery website:
“The concept for the exhibition came from cards that Tetenbaum had developed. The cards have different categories: text, image, structure, color, layout, etc….with about 6 cards in each category. A second deck has adjectives to be picked at random. Each artist was given one card from each category stack and 5 adjective cards. Their book is created according to the parameters set by the cards. Chen became fascinated with the deck and Chen and Tetenbaum are working on a formalized version as a collaborative project.
The exhibition features entirely new and original handmade books from Sarah Bryant, Clare Carpenter, Macy Chadwick, Julie Chen, Sabine Golde, Larissa Hammond, Lyall Harris, Karen Kunc, Roberta Lavadour, Clifton Meador, Veronika Schaepers, Pati Scobey Barbara Tetenbaum, US/US (Ulrike Stoltz and Uta Schneider), Karen Zimmermann, Phil Zimmermann and Marilyn Zornado”
Have you been to any of these events? Do you have recommendations or “don’t miss” tips? Do you know of other Book Arts Events that we should check out? Please post in the comments!