Rare Beauty: Contemporary Visions in Book Arts.
Rare Beauty: Contemporary Visions in Book Arts.

Rare Beauty: Contemporary Visions in Book Arts.

Hartford, CT: Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, 2012,

First Edition. square octavo, heavy brown paper, stamped in copper, stabbed binding. (78) pp. Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Item #31224

From Cover Page: “This catalog is published in conjunction with the exhibition Rare Beauty: Contemporary Visions in Book Arts presented at the Joseloff Gallery January 17-February 19, 2012.” The work of six artists were displayed in the exhibition, displaying a wide range of both form and content. From Introduction: “To fully appreciate it, there is one requirement of the viewer: you must suspend your expectation that a book is a narrative text with a beginning and end, bound securely between two covers. Some of the artists’ books adhere, at least externally, to the recognizable codex form with letterpress printing, handmade paper, photographs, and traditional printmaking techniques. Others display unconventional formats such as double spine, accordion, carousel, or modified scroll…Here you will see books that present an unfolding narrative through a sequence of images, with layers of text intentionally obscured by overprinting…” The artist book is explored as a response to poetry, music, and literature; as a political statement; as a vessel for history and memory; and as a personal narrative in this text. Artists include Steven Daiber, Pati Scobey, Barbara Tetenbaum, Wilber H. Schilling, Kathy Kuehn, and Julie Chen." Illustrated in color. Very fine.

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