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Sunday, September 29, 2013

New on the bookshelf...

Two new books arrived on our doorstep last week from Amazon. If you get a chance to look at either, you're sure to be delighted.
500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, (Lark, 2013) is just as inspirational as the first volume that came out a few years ago. Julie Chen was the juror for this one, so you can imagine the quality of the work. Every page is a visual treat. Don't miss the fine binding by CBAS member Karen Hanmer. In addition to Karen, who has taught workshops for us, you'll find books by other CBAS visiting artists Peter and Donna Thomas, Bea Nettles and Paul Johnson. There is also a book by NKU faculty member Julie Mader-Meersman.
Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger (powerHouse Books, 2013) serves as the catalogue for the current Niffenegger exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Featuring prints, drawings, paintings and books, this is the first solo exhibition of the artist's work in a major museum; in case you're planning to be in the capital in the next few months, it will be up through November 10. The artist is perhaps best known to the general public as the author of the novels The Time Traveler's Wife (2003, later made into a movie) and Her Fearful Symmetry (2009). But she has also produced a number of artist's books combining her own words and images and is a founder of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.

And remember, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, has an amazing and growing collection of artists' books, curated by Krystyna Wasserman. It should be on our pilgrimage route.

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