Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2022. One of 45 copies. Corita Rules! is inspired by the work and rules of Corita Kent. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. She created many pieces using bright colors and typography. One of her works entitled “Power up” was a multi-section serigraph featuring the words “Power Up”. This book, that pays homage to Kent's use of color and typography, is an accordion using different color papers bound together to repeat her message of “Power up” — a call to action. The other words in this piece come from the “Ten Rules”, which was a collections of rules she used in her classroom. The book is letterpress printed using handcut wooden type. In Sister Corita’s practice, she did not number her pieces. This was a choice she made so that no one piece would be more valuable than the others. Following her tradition for this piece, the books are not numbered. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/032822. Fine.
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Aguascalientes, Mexico: National Engraving Workshop, 2017. Hardcover. Special digital edition of 5 copies. This digital edition is printed on acid-free paper from the artist's original watercolor lithographs. Bound in tan linen covered boards by Alternativa Grafica in Russian linen with silkscreened title and decoration. This book "is about some moments of the life of Antonina Sidorova (1924-2013), the artist’s grandmother. Each page is a story told by Antonina to the artist. About how at the age of five a horse took her into the woods. About how she sewed her first garment destroying a new dress and hair styled her rag doll with her own recently styled hair. Difficulties at an orphanage in Leningrad with Spanish children, while her mother was imprisoned in 1936. Her marriage at age of 17 with captain Vasily Voloshin, in the first year of the Patriotic War against German fascism in 1941. About when she went with her husband to live in the Far East of the USSR and helped the Army of the Soviet front sewing military coats. The book ends with the birth of her eldest daughter Valentina, mother of the artist. The button is a conductive element in the lives of the Voloshiny women, just because Antonina was a wonderful seamstress. The fabrics that are presented on the pages are pieces of clothing made by her and her daughter" (book artist). Fine.
Aguascalientes, Mexico: National Engraving Workshop, 2017. Hardcover. Number 3 of 10 copies housed in a special box with a handmade wheat figure. There are also 10 copies without a box. This book "contains a personal, playful story without a specific sequence about the author's freedom to travel, originally from the USSR where leaving the country was a very restricted matter. It includes images of baggage bands, numbers of some routes and real flights, along with the images of handmade airplanes and helicopters made of wheat fiber (panicua) from the region of Lake Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán, where the author currently lives. She talks about her own sense of horizon, travel and journeys" (Ioulia Akhmadeeva). Bound in red cloth covered boards with silk screened illustrations to front board. The binding was done by Alternativa Ediciones in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. An accordion book produced using the algraphy technique (a form of lithography), printed in ink on cotton Hahnemühle paper with interventions in watercolor and electrographic transfer. Printed on both sides. Printed paper belly band and four page signed colophon are included. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box that features a handcrafted hummingbird figure in wheat to front of box. Magnetic closure. [14 pages]. ARTB/043022. Fine.
Morelia, Mexico: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, 2020. Hardcover. Number 8 of 17 copies. Includes moments and landscapes from Crimea in the Ukraine, Baja in California, Oaxaca and Guerrero in Mexico. Bound in yotsume toji silk covered boards. This book was printed using letterpress, silkscreen, and and laser printing. Fine.
Cedar Falls, IA: Islam Aly, 2017. Hardcover. 1 of 40 copies. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. "'Fantastic Fauna' is a bilingual book in English and Arabic, based on the tradition of having animal characteristics as caricatures of humans. The book was inspired from Ibn Al Mqufas's 'Kalila and Dimna' a ninth-century collection of animal fables which came to Persia from India, similar to George Orwell's political allegory 'Animal Farm', the stories are about people and politics. The animal characters were used to represent social inequality and oppression. 'Fantastic Fauna' shows animal images from medieval Islamic artwork that depict imaginary and real animals. The book offers the reader with a different reality where the words describing the animals are not in the main book but inside the miniature books. The reader will be intrigued to find differences and connections between images and words, animal and human characters. The book ends with the George Orwell quote "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" (artist's website). Hand-sewn coptic binding in wooden boards with leather wrappings connected to five miniature books. The books all feature laser-engraved animals on the boards. The main book has the laser-engraved title in English and Arabic on the front board. The illustrations and text are lasercut on Johannot paper in all of the books. All text is in English and Arabic. Size: Main book is 8 x 5 x 1.75 inches with 5 miniature books measuring 1.5 x 1.5 x .75 inches. Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practices They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Library of Chile, Yale University, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In an artist's statement he writes: "When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures." ARTB/110521. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2021. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This delightful handmade miniature pop-up book opens into a star shaped structure with the text of Carroll's well known Christmas poem from 1867 printed on red boards juxtaposed with colorful illustrations that pop up as the pages are turned. The front cover of the book has a three dimensional structure with the author and title on the front cover and red felt on the back. A charming Christmas memento from this inventive book artist. In fine condition. Measures about 2 x 3 inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/111221.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2021. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This charming handmade edition of Lewis Carroll's well-known Christmas poem from a fairy to a child. Emil's delightful color illustrations unfold on one side of each of the eight pages, while the text of the poem appears on the other. The book's covers have a three dimensional gilt polymer star-shaped structure with a green background that evokes a Christmas tree. When closed the book fastens with a brown cord that attaches to a hook on one of the covers. A delightful Christmas memento from this inventive book artist. In fine condition. Measures about 2.5 x 2.5 inches when closed.
New York: Béatrice Coron, n.d. Number 2 of 3 copies. Coron and her collaborator the Canadian poet Charles Gill have created an inventive artist's book with Gill's evocative poem on gold seekers illustrated with Coron's intricate papercuts that show the gold hunters in their often desperate attempts to find gold. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. This work is done from hand-cut brown Cave paper with gold leaf appliqué. The text of the poem is printed on four white labels affixed to the bottom margins of the folded pages. Housed in a folder covered with brown textured paper with a paper title label. In fine condition. Measures 6 xx 22 inches when unfolded. ARTB/090821. Fine.
Maureen Cummins, 2021. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Maureen writes about this compelling work: "This edition is based on a unique book of the same title created for an exhibition of the artist's work, "ReReading Disaster," which was held in the spring of 2021 at Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. ReCategorized was inspired by, and made use of, original press photographs that depicted displaced war refugees. Most prints were purchased from Historic Images. The images in this edition were scanned and digitally reproduced and mounted onto handmade sheets of St. Armand black." The book explores the challenges faced by librarians in creating classification systems for materials, especially ones that involve human subjects. "While collecting documents about displaced populations for the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, Cummins found herself intrigued by the backs of press photographs. These surfaces resembled twentieth-century collages, with pasted-down copies of printed articles, rubber stampings, and handwritten classifications for filing purposes. As she examined these texts and images, Cummins noticed not only the reporters’ red-baiting and jokey racism (the headline “Sun-thing in the air” was used to describe a displaced Vietnamese woman wearing a conical Asian hat), but another, more subtly disturbing pattern: descriptors used by cataloguers to identify subjects in the photographs, intended to facilitate easy retrieval, were later, as events progressed, crossed out and altered. For example, “KW-destinations,” “Vietnam-People,” “Germany-East-People,” and Pakistan- People,” became, respectively: “KW-Refugees,” “Vietnam-North-Refugees,” “Germany- East-Refugees,” and simply “Refugees.” In all but one of the twelve examples included in the book, the word “people” was changed to “refugee;” in other cases, nuanced descriptors such as “war” and “revolt” were eliminated, along with the names of destination countries and countries-of-origin. Like the experience of war and trauma itself, rich human lives were reduced to and defined by loss. For this edition, high quality digital prints, scanned from documents used in the original book, were tipped onto pages of St. Armand black, a deeply saturated paper handmade in France. The title page of each copy also incorporates a unique piece of printed matter pulled from a historical press photograph" [From the prospectus]. Bound in cream cloth with black cloth spine and title label to front cover. In fine condition. The book measures 11 x 15 inches. 32 pages, ARTISTSB/102121. Fine.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2019. Number 28 of 40 copies signed by the poet and book artist. Sara Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who distributes her works and those of others through Deeply Game Publications. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture as well as the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Her work can be found at the Library of Congress,the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and many university special collections. At the core of this beautiful and thought provoking book "are two photographic series, interwoven. On the white pages, images of modern childhood in all its fragility, awkwardness, & ambiguity conjure loveliness with all its potential for heartbreak. Layered with these are cameraless images of light itself, which has crept through a stack of sensitized paper. Transcending scale, they might be wildfires, supernovae, or solar flares. Dispassionate foils to our human conceits, the timeless principals of physics contrast with the flickers of human joy and sorrow. Nevertheless, the human scale holds its own in this balance: what we stand to lose is still important, even if only to us....The photographs comprise an inner book, wrapped in a soft cover that can be peeled away to reveal the spine’s stitching (the book’s own vulnerability). Encasing this is a folio featuring Nick Flynn’s poem, “Cartoon Physics, Part 1”, a bittersweet meditation on childhood and scale, obliviousness and oblivion. Cartoon Physics was conceived in the wake of the 2016 election, and created after a subsequent wildfire destroyed thousands of homes in my community." [artist's statement]. The text is letterpress printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Measures 6.25 x 8 inches. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/112921.
Sebastopol, CA: Deeply Game Productions, 2020. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed by the book artist. From the preface: In the 19th and early 20th centuries a great many people were fooled into believing that "spirit photographers" were able to pierce death's veil to document the ghosts of lost loved ones. "These photographers, also known as mediums, used double exposures and other tricks to manufacture the supernatural encounters. Their popularity attests to the power of love and loss in people's lives then and now. The hauntings were real, even if the ghosts were not. We are haunted still, and not just by love and loss. This book makes visible some of what bedevils us - psychological demons; social & factual distortions; the force & folly of the culture around us." For this compelling book, the artist produced plates using paint, camera, and ink to create specters - haunting figures - immaterial subjects that comprise both fact and fiction, encompassing both the rational and absurd. The apparent spectral images in the plates are able to be identified using a fold-out guide that provides keys to the bedevilments that haunt each image. Key words (or "bedevilments") include: fake news, extinction, lonliness, police murder, rage, social distance, xenophobia, climate change, demise of democracy, etc.). The relevant key abbreviations are printed on the white page across from each of the images. The painted images in the plates were based on spirit photographs by Ada Deane, William Hope, Edward Wyllie, and others. Bound in dark blue cloth with silver titling to front cover. Letterpress printed using News Gothic and Century Schoolbook fonts designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In fine condition. Measures 8 x 11 inches. [38 pages] ARTISTSB/120321. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2016. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. "A carousel is spinning, and golden sand like snow slowly falls. I saw a strange mysterious alphabet and all the characters fly into the sky ...." When each page is turned the revealed pages pop open with Emil's beautiful illustrations and text describing a fantastical dream. The covers are brown velvet with a relief polymer clay artistic design on the front cover. A wonderful and imaginative book. In fine condition. Measures about 2.25 x 3 inches. ARTB/102021. Fine.
Mexico: Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, 2020. Hardcover. Second edition. Number II of X artist copies. Limited to 25 copies of which 20 deluxe copies were issued in a special box with additional items. There are also 10 author / artist copies. In English, Spanish, and P'urhepecha. Includes 10 linocuts and 10 poems printed in three languages. Portrayals of the devil range from members of ICE to sex workers to millionaires. This book was created as part of a university collective project between young artists, poets, and craftspeople. "The characters from the book Chamuco, visually inspired by the polychromatic pottery of the artisans of the Ocumicho community in Michoacán, México, were engraved by 10 artists from the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo; these are accompanied in this book by the verses expressly written for this project by six poets from the same university" (page 3). The project was coordinated by Ioulia Akhmadeeva. Bound in black cloth covered boards with silkscreened illustration and paper title label to front cover. Letterpress printed with linocut illustrations on De Ponte Tamayo 300 gm paper. 24 pages. ARTB/043022. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, (2020). Small unnumbered limited edition. Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. A playful alphabet book with 26 delightful illustrations that are symbolic of dreams related to its letter. There are alliterative phrases (many comical) for each letter such as: Angel's Acorns for A, Creeping Cats for C, Delightful Desire for D, and Ugly Unicorn for U. The book has a special folding design that seems to unravel as you open each page. The book must be turned and flipped as you read in order to see all of the letters in order. Both boards are pyramid shaped and the covers are made with a polymer clay painted green and red. The book has a brown cord strap with hooks to hold it closed. In fine condition. Each side of this triangular shaped book measure about 2 inches. ARTISTSB/102021. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2021. Hardcover. Number 24 of the 54 copies of the standard edition. There are 10 additional copies of the deluxe edition. Each copy of the book comes with a pamphlet with photos of the manufacturing process and a soft cover book with Romano's explanation of this new work. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skill. In this book, Romano states that he is reprinting the original text of the Iti Amotytoma Muxum that arrived in England from Utopia in 1535. The book was purportedly soon "lost in the darkness of history" until 2019, when it was revealed to be in the Vatican Secret Archives. The book artist says that he was able to get possession of the book for a few weeks. Although not able to translate the mysterious lost language of Utopia, he was able to recreate the harmonious overall impression of the book with its deliberately used proportions and its classical and elementary typography. According to his book of explanation, Romano created this work in response to his own ethical, moral, and political beliefs about our modern world. The book is an intriguing production that beautifully displays his mastery of symbols and letter forms. It was hand set in lead type with brass lines and letterpress printed in black and four-colors. There were approximately 52 printing forms. The book is bound in green linen with gilt titling to front cover. It is housed in a grey paper covered slipcase along with the pamphlet of photos. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Book: 56 pages; Explanation volume: 23 pages. ARTB/090321. Fine.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2021. A unique artist's book from noted artist Thomas Parker Williams. It is part of the series "Wordless - Painted and Drawn Narratives," which Williams conceived, designed, illustrated, bound and for which he constructed the cases. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Williams describes his book in an artist's statement: "12 is a visual essay with an original music composition that explores creation from realistic representations of original cultural myths to abstract representations of molecular activity leading back to the singularity that created the Big Bang." This fascinating book is 12 sided, with 12 movable panels on cold press watercolor paper with tear resistant paper hinges. The panels are 10 x 10 inches. The book opens to 31 inches in diameter. The panels are painted and drawn on each side with dry pigments in alkyd medium, oil based enamels, acrylic inks, watercolors, and colored pencil. The book is housed in a custom case with a hand-painted design that measures 10.5 x 10.5 x .75 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/050422. Fine.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2022. A unique artist's book from noted artist Thomas Parker Williams. It is part of the series "Wordless - Painted and Drawn Narratives," which Williams conceived, designed, illustrated, bound and for which he constructed the cases. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Williams describes this fascinating work in an artist's statement: "Journey is a meditation on a life cycle from birth to death, followed by a new generation, that is expressed two ways. Pen and wash drawings of birds on one side - crows were the model - and abstract paintings, done in dry pigments and enamel, on the reverse side. The painting backgrounds progress from light to dark and the drawings follow the bird's progress from birth, through trials, to death, with a new generation flying away." The work comprises 14 attached panels that are each 7.25" square. There are the 14 bird drawings on one side and 14 paintings on the other side. They are done on Twinrocker handmade and Strathmore 400 series papers. The case is constructed in wood and Davey board, with linen Washi paper and acrylic with a magnetic closure. The work is 8.75 x 8.5 x 1.0 inches in its case. A stunning work in fine condition. ARTISTSB/050322. Fine.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country. In this beautiful yet chilling work, Williams depicts the catastrophes that are bound to befall our planet due to the stubborn indifference of so many to the effects of climate change. He is equally concerned with changes in American life, in particular the explosion of hatred in our communities. Most powerfully, he examines both without words. The book comprises fourteen original illustrations. Seven are in dry pigments in alkyd medium on watercolor paper, while seven are in ink and wash on Twinrocker handmade paper mounted on black cover weight stock. The paintings first show landscapes and a pretty seaside community but then show the weather disasters they experience. The ink and wash illustrations reflect the existential rift that is occurring in American society in a less representational but equally meaningful way. The title page is black ink on Classic Linen paper and the endpapers are Sapphire Texture paste paper by Claire Maziarczyk. Bound in black paper on Davey board, with a goatskin spine and endbands. Housed in a light blue paper covered box. A stunning production in fine condition. Book measures 7.5 x 18 x 1 inches closed. ARTISTSB/013122. Fine.
New York: Russell Maret, 2021. Number 60 of 90 copies of which 87 were numbered and 3 were proofs. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This work comprises three volumes housed in a custom clamshell box. It is a powerful response by one of our most acclaimed contemporary book artists to the alarming state of the country and the fractured state of political discourse in America. Maret writes in his colophon: "This book was designed and printed between November 2020 and February 2021. During that time Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the presidential election by a margin of 74 electoral votes and more than 7 million popular votes. Rather than concede defeat, Trump has continued to promote the baseless claim that the election was rigged by the Democratic party and its "deep-state" operatives. At a rally on January 6, 2021, Trump incited a violent insurrection of the United States Capitol building, an action that is clearly described in the Constitution as treasonous (Article III, Section 3). Despite this, the mob that carried out Trump's failed coup attempt overwhelmingly identified as people willing to die or, more likely, kill to defend the Constitution.....Three Constitutions is my response to these events and the culture that bred them. It is well known that Trump does not read, but the glaring disconnect between basic constitutional principles and the actions of Trump's followers raises the question of whether these self-described patriots have read any part of the constitution besides the second amendment. Three Constitutions is my response to these events and the culture that bred them. The large volume contains the full text of the Constitution and its amendments. It is set in a typeface that, though difficult to read, is legible once one becomes accustomed to its forms. The texts of the two smaller volumes were arrived at via the two most prevalent modes of constitutional interpretation: algorithmic skewing and selective redaction. The text of the volume titled Constitution. United States. was arrived by feeding the text of the Constitution through Google Translate,going from English to Esperanto to Russian to Chinese and back to English. The other small volume was set in metal type and subsequently redacted by physically turning key words and phrases over and printing the underside of the type. The resulting text is not the hopeful re-write I would conceive; it is intended to reflect the cynical, ineffectual state of political discourse in the United States." All of the typefaces were designed by Russell Maret. Printed on Zerkall and Twinrocker Handmade papers. The large volume is 10 x 14.25 inches and held in a clear acrylic box. The two smaller volumes measure 7 x 10 inches and have black cloth covers with white titling to front cover. All three are housed in large clamshell box covered in gray cloth. It measures 16 x 11.25 x 2.75 inches. Accompanied by the prospectus. In fine condition. Fine.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2013. One of 20 copies plus 5 artists proofs. This complicated and fascinating artist's book was described and exclaimed over by a number of reviewers and critics at its publication. Most simply, it is a magician's case of graphic story books, but in reality it is much more than that. Chris Byrne's obsessional graphic novel took a decade to realize and another two years to produce. He and designer Scott Newton worked with Paper Hammer Studios in Seattle to construct an audaciously ambitious bit of publishing magic. The Magician is an epic graphic novel, a bookmaking tour de force, a mesmerizing art object, and the completion of over a decade-long obsession of author Chris Byrne. This enigmatic box of wonders houses a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques. Although individual works, they are considered parts of the whole. The twelve books include Theogony, Handmade, Down the Head, Mountain Man/She-Wolf, Letterpress Flipbook, 4-Ply Toilet Paper, Moleskine, The Magician Manual, M'Phase, Unfinished Versions, Colophon, and Curtains [From Marquand Editions website]. The magician's large case measuring a foot long and foot wide is custom-built with plywood and metal and sits atop casters. It is painted black and decorated by a white rope pattern that crisscrosses its width. Wrote art curator and critic Dan Nadel in 2013 about this production: "There is no single apt reference point for Chris Byrne's ingenious The Magician. It is a wunderkammer, a Cornell-ian box, a visual novel, a conjurer's tool kit. Above all it's a moving, multi-faceted graphic narrative. There's never been anything quite like it." From writer and editor Christina Geyer's review in FDLuxe in 2014: " [Chris Byrne] is indeed the author. In this case, though, author is a loaded word - and means much more than one who writes a story. For The Magician, which Byrne began working on as an undergrad student in 1987, it refers to conceptualizing, illustrating, designing and storytelling. The novel - actually 12 stylistically different books in one box - sprang from Byrne's longtime fascination with semiotics and the language of signs. Thus began the idea of creating an alternative comic strip of sorts. It is, in short, a story about a hermaphroditic magician who was conceived in a public bathroom and who eventually creates the universe. 'It's an exploration of the realms of the unreal,; Byrne says. 'It may even be a goof on the creation myth.' The books and their many visuals, illustration and symbols are meant to be read. interacted with and interpreted deeply by the reader....The result is a high-design book and a collectible art object." In fine condition. Extra shipping costs will apply. ARTB/120821. Fine.
Maplewood, NJ: Olchef Press, 2020. Number 12 of 55 copies. Signed by the poet and signed and numbered by the book artist, Sydney Jean Reisen. Reisen studied at Rutgers and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her books can be found in several collections nationally including the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Getty Institute. Poet John Yau (1950 - ) has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. His first book of poetry was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language [Poetry Foundation]. Catullus (c. 84 – c. 54 BC), was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote chiefly in the neoteric style of poetry, focusing on personal life rather than classical heroes. His surviving works are still read widely and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art [Wikipedia]. This lovely book marries Yau's evocative poem to Reisen's thoughtful and beautifully executed artist's book. She writes in her prospectus: "If Catullus is going to sail to China he better have a boat that floats. John Yau’s words take a poet to his destination, but words are impermanent. Printing, in particular letterpress, give words physicality, it forms and protects them. Printing creates text. It was the mission of this book to not impede the words’ journey by making sure the text was equally seaworthy. First, there needed to be a sea. The element of water was introduced by the flexible fibers of kozo paper. Kozo was the right substrate, but in turn it created problems of buoyancy. Another characteristic of the paper, transparency, sunk the text into a puddle. To open the route and keep the text afloat, a rig and a crew were implemented. The structure of the book, the materials, and printing techniques were developed to fill these roles. Once the text was secure on the surface, the book granted the text more liberties. It was able to rise and fall, fly and dive as it journeyed eastward. Hopefully the reader enjoys the ride more than Catullus. Nine poems are printed on Sekishu and color kozo from Hiromi Paper and stab bound in a shop-made muslin bookcloth to construct a fluid and strong book. The texts are set in cold metal Bembo in tandem with prints crafted with ornamental letterpress, wood and resingrave block, and pochoir. The applied colors are distemper inks derived from historic recipes for preindustrial wallpaper production." Housed in a black archival box with a white spine with black titling. In fine condition. Book measures 6 x 7 inches; Box is 7 x 8 inches. ARTB/092821. Fine.
Aurora, CO: Alicia Bailey at Ravenpress, 2020. Hardcover. Produced in a variable edition of no more than 9 copies of which this is number 4. A collection of 17 endangered frog species, each hand painted (reproduced digitally), and briefly described with terms such as "population decreasing." Labeled ink drawings of frog anatomy are incorporated into each illustration. A circle graph showing frog populations as extinct, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened, least concern, and data deficient accompanied with hand-written percentiles in red adorns the bottom of the case for the book. Along the interior edges of the box the following text is printed: "Blake believed that the object of being human is to learn how to be human. Will we learn to be human in time? To live up to our full capacities in time to save ourselves? To save the world that is vulnerable to us? To fail will bring on a greater tragedy than we can possibly imagine." According to the artist: "This project began with a batch of biology notebooks from my great-aunt Ruth's archive that were created in 1920 as part of her undergraduate education. I inked over several of her pencil drawings detailing frog biology, treated the pages so they would be receptive to oil paint, then painted a variety of frogs, one to a page. Scanned at high-resolution, these images were printed on hand-dyed Mohawk Superfine Text paper with archival digital inks. The images were each mounted on a core of museum board wrapped with elephant hide paper with further details about the depicted frog hand-written in red ink. The pages are bound using a wire edge structure, onto metal rods. The book and box covers have been treated with shellac, then overpainted with gesso, oil, and wax. The covers each have a hand-painted frog behind laser etched mica labels. The diamond shaped book is housed in a custom box with text laser etched into the tray's corner pieces. The base of the box has a print out of a circle graph with a hand-written legend under a layer of cast acrylic." Alicia Bailey has been creating artists' books, limited edition books, and sculptural books since the mid-nineties. Her work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions and is held in many collections around the world. Size: about 8 x 7 x 2 inches. [20 pages.] ARTB/111621. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2021. A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This is one of a series of lovely unique works by Satin, each signed by her. Each book is created with Cordenons paper, a fine paper that has been manufactured in Italy since 1630. Created from blue Cordenons paper, this book uses whole and segmented letters, plastic elements, various papers, sequins, and crystals to create precise and inventive designs on the cover and each page. Claire "plays and experiments with letters as abstract forms and sets them into unique aesthetic configurations."In a light blue gauze bag. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. ARTISTSB/011222. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Janine Satin, 2019. Number 2 of 2 prints. "This work explores the idea of da Vinci as a vegetarian, which he was purported to be. Various vegetables and fruits which were likely his diet surround his famous portrait" (Clair Satin). The first print in this edition of two was exhibited in Italy as part of the 250th anniversary celebration in homage to da Vinci. Printed on Lexan, a translucent material. Size: 16 x 20 inches. Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. ARTISTSB/010822.