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FIRST IMPRESSIONS - March 2014
First Impressions will alert you to new B & B Rare Books catalogues, upcoming fairs, special sales, and book collecting news.
What's New — March 2014
Upcoming Book Fairs
Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA
Friday, March 7th 5 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, March 8th 10 AM – 5 PM
33nd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
Friday, March 14th 5 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, March 15th 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, March 16th 11 AM – 4 PM
Book Collecting News
Book Arts, January – March 2014
The dawn of 2014 has marked an exciting time in the field of book arts, which, like the larger book industry as a whole, is expanding its boundaries to remain relevant in an increasingly digital age. Just as libraries have transformed from book warehouses into dynamic learning centers, books and the people who work with them are taking on new roles as educators, technologists, and researchers. The book arts are an excellent microcosm for this development, as the fields of "art" and "books" are no longer thought of as mutually exclusive. By looking at some of the recent events held throughout the US, we can see how these two fields are borrowing from one another; books are being created in more aesthetically pleasing ways, while art and its metadata are becoming more available on user's terms, in the same way the library movement brought education to the masses.
Check out these Book Arts events that are going on right now, locally and globally:
What: Database: "Getty Publications Virtual Library"
Who: Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum
When: January 21 – indefinite
Where: http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/ & Los Angeles, CA
On January 21, 2014, the Getty institutions based in Los Angeles, California, launched their Getty Publications Virtual Library, which boasts 250 digitized editions of original publications from the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. In addition to reading these publications online, users can search for publications by author, title, keyword, institution, publication type, subject, and series. The Getty Publications Virtual Library represents the Getty's larger plans to increase transparency and accessibility through digital endeavors; in 2013, the Getty began this process by making over 4,600 of their digital images of artwork available online, and joined the ranks of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
What: Project: "This is What a Librarian Looks Like"
Who: Kyle Cassidy
When: Photographed January 24 – 28, Project available online now http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/02/11/kyle_cassidy_photographs_librarians_at_the_american_library_association.html
Where: American Library Association Midwinter Meeting – online & Philadelphia, PA
"This is What a Librarian Looks Like" is a project by Philadelphia-based photographer Kyle Cassidy, whose portfolio includes similar projects of portraits of underrepresented Americans, including firearm owners and tattooed military servicemen. For this project, Cassidy attended the ALA Midwinter Conference and photographed librarians whom he considered to "look different from the ones I know from my public library and from school." The photographs negate many stereotypical images of librarians, who are usually depicted as old, stuffy, strict, and boring. Instead, Cassidy presents young, dynamic and engaging librarians whose fields of interest are as diverse as their clothing styles. Interestingly, the photographer claims he left with the knowledge that "the field was broader than [he] had gone in there thinking;" rather than meeting just librarians, Cassidy encountered researchers, technologists, and archivists.
What: Course: "The Art of Leather Onlay"
Who: The Center for Book Arts
When: March 8 – 9
Where: The Center for Book Arts - New York, NY
"The Art of Leather Onlay" is a course taught by Gavin Dovey through the Center for Book Arts. The course teaches the various styles of leather onlay and the tools and production processes necessary to create each different type. In addition to this practical element, "The Art of Leather Onlay" explores the design aesthetics of onlay, specifically the different stylistic effects achievable through this bookbinding technique. Although this course is intended for individuals with previous experience with leather paring, The Center for Book Arts offers a variety of specialized courses on different topics, including illuminated manuscripts, letterpresses, clamshell boxes, tacket bindings, among others.
What: Course: "Conservation Enclosures"
Who: The Center for Book Arts
When: March 15 - 16
Where: The Center for Book Arts - New York, NY
Protective enclosures can serve as an extension of the books you create, enhance their presentation, and provide an additional surface where one can customize the box to reflect the contents. Learn to make three archival enclosures that enable you to store your books in a protective environment. Learn how to make the archival enclosure used by the Library of Congress, as an alternative to the clamshell box, a case wrapper and a self-closing wrapper. Discussion will center on conservation principles of archival materials, importance of customized enclosures, recognizing problems, prevention and other helpful hints. For the book artist, librarian and collector, taught by Maria Pisano. No experience necessary, just come with your books.
What: Course: "Artist Book: Tradition and Experimentation"
Who: Museum of Fine Arts
When: March 24, continually offered through June 9
Where: Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA
From traditional single-sheet constructions, accordions and sewn binds to more experimental hybrids, learn techniques to create personal artists' books. Go beyond the traditional methods and push your creative limits in this exciting new class! Instructor Renato Riccioni is a recognized abstract painter and sculptor in the Italian contemporary arts community. He works with oil, acrylic, terracotta, stone, metal, concrete, paper, and plastic in an abstract and minimalist style. He spent over twenty years as an award-winning director of experimental theater in Rome, where he realized over eighty full-scale theatrical productions. Renato also conducts group and individual sessions on art as therapy. He is the principal teacher for the Boston Public School/Museum of Fine Arts Scholarship Program.
What: Course: "Focusing on Photographs: Identification & Preservation"
Who: Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
When: March 27 – 28
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection - New Orleans, LA
"Focusing on Photographs," hosted by the esteemed CCAHA of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a crash course in how to identify and preserve different types and forms of photographs, including but not limited to: daguerreotypes, glass negatives, silver gelatin prints, and polaroids. Often simultaneously the most accessed and most fragile parts of any institution or individual's collection, photographs present a unique preservation challenge in which they must remain highly accessibly while being protected from potential damage. Furthermore, unlike other art mediums, different types of photographs and negatives need to be treated and stored differently, increasing the importance of proper identification. The CCAHA hosts this event periodically around the United States along with other important courses related to collection and preservation.