Morelia City, Mexico: 2020. Unique Book Art Object. A physical representation of the passage of time experienced during the quarantine, expressed beautifully and painstakingly with elaborate beadwork and poetic embroidery. A five-foot square of white linen embroidered with thread (with collaboration of Diane Jaime) and glass beads by artist in the images of natures element. The author’s personal poems, haikus-like, are in English and Spanish. They were composed and embroidered in the Mexican countryside in a house nestled in a copse of pine trees during the Covid-19 quarantine. The verses repeat many times and read like a meditation. The English language portion of the verses is below: • The threads of the rain in tangible writings • Time in rocks • Your name written in time • Intimacy of tangible writings embraces me • Frozen time in moments of happiness • The All in Pine Branch • It's a moment to collect stones of silence • The wind takes my time • Time of recollect the stones • The wind takes my time • Sea of hugs in difficult times • An animal walks among the branches, silence... This exquisite textile piece is meant to be hung and displayed. It has a narrow fabric slot along the top edge for a dowel to be inserted (for hanging). Folded and housed in a clamshell box covered in green Japan jacquard silk with brass title label to front board. Size: about 58 x 58 inches. Box size: 15.5 x 15.5 inches. ARTB/041723. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: This is a "book inside books inside a book inside a book-shaped box. This has been called the Droste effect, after their recursive advertisements. The book inside this book-shaped box is a collection of jacket designs for books that only exist inside real books: The Necronomicon, The Whole Art of Detection, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler. Each is presented as if hidden inside a hollow book, for yet another layer of un-reality. The title, of course, is from Magritte's famous painting of 'This is Not a Pipe'." Bound in tan paper with gold fleur-de-lis and title label pastedown on front cover. Housed in a matching cream paper covered slipcase with title labels to the spine and front panels. Size: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches. In fine condition. 78 pages. ARTB/090523. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
England: The Whittington Press, 2004. Hardcover. The Whittington Press was founded in 1971 by John and Rosalind Randle to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed some 200 books, included the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. The Press has received numerous awards for its printing and publishing, most recently in 2009 from the American Printing History Association. 1 of 800 copies. This annual from the Whittington Press is perhaps the foremost publication covering the book arts and private presses of both past and present. The 2004 volume includes essays by such well known book people as Roderick Cave, Jerry Kelly, John Randle, and Ann Whipple. There are many illustrations and tipped-in examples of typography, samples of the work of various presses, and the like. In fine condition in pink dust jacket with title in green to cover along with contents titles. Bound in light brown stiff paper boards with a wood engraving on the front by Ethlebert White. 170 pages. Fine / Fine.