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[BKARTS] Circle Press exhibition at Yale Center for British Art

           See The Exhibition Online, And Order Your Catalog.

Cooking the Books: Ron King and Circle Press
June 15 - September 8, 2002

Ron King and his Circle Press have been making beautiful and creatively
significant books for the past thirty-five years.  Since 1967, when he
formed the Press to "draw together a circle of like-minded people" to make
books, King has collaborated with over one hundred artists, writers, and
poets.  The resulting works are made from an extraordinary range of
materials--paper, wood, metal, stone, glass, and wax--that stretch the
concept and definition of the book to its limits.

This retrospective exhibition, organized by Elisabeth Fairman, Curator of
Rare Books and Archives, traces the history of the Press from its
beginnings.  Related archival material, including drawings, prototypes, and
cutting and creasing formes, will also be on display.  A fully-illustrated
catalogue, with pop-ups and other special features designed by Ron King,
will be available in the Museum Shop, along with Circle Press
publications.  The exhibition is made possible with assistance by the
British Council.

There will be a number of related special events for the opening week,
which coincides with the start of the International Festival of Arts and
Ideas.  Ron King will deliver a lecture entitled 'Hole, Horse, and
Hell-box': A Journey Through Thirty-five Years of Circle Press Publishing
on June 14 at 5:30 pm in the Center's lecture hall.

On June 20, artist and filmmaker John Christie will discuss his early
book-works with Circle Press and his award-winning I Send You This Cadmium
Red, a two-year correspondence with the writer and critic John Berger on
the subject of color, in a lecture called Paper and Light: Collaborations
with Writers and Artists.

  On June 21, writer and oral historian Cathy Courtney will talk about her
work as director of Artists' Lives, an oral history project established in
1990 by National Life Story Collection at the British Library.  She will
play extracts from a number of the completed interviews (including Ron
King) as she discusses the particular problems/joys of recording artists'
life stories in her talk entitled Painting with Words: The Artist Speaks.
All lectures take place in the Center's Lecture Hall.  Please note that
seating is limited to 200.

For more information, visit the Center's web site at
http://www.yale.edu/ycba/ or call 203-432-2800.

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