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[BKARTS] Artists' Books Auction

                UCLA Library Holds Artists' Books Auction May 15

The UCLA Library will hold an auction of artists' books and works on
paper on Thursday, May 15.  Proceeds will benefit the newly established
Artist Books Fund in the UCLA Arts Library.

The auction will feature some 40 lots, including a number of
limited-edition and unique works.  These include Invisible Cities by
Italo Calvino, one of the most important Italian fiction writers of the
20th century, which features 12 illustrations by Wayne Thiebaud and is
signed by the artist; Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston, which
features 35 wood-block prints by Richard Bosman and four versions of
this 1697 event by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Cotton Mather, Henry David
Thoreau and John Greenleaf Whittier; The Real World of Manuel Cordova
by W.S. Merwin, featuring design, presswork and binding by Carolee
Campbell; as well as works by Sam Erenberg, Judy Fiskin, and Edward
Ruscha, among others. Works to be offered in the auction have been
donated for this purpose; they do not include items from the library's

The Arts Library's artists' book collection includes works by
luminaries in the field as well as contemporary, cutting-edge artists.
It was established in 1985 with the first of two major purchases from
Los Angeles collector Judith A. Hoffberg and was significantly enhanced
with an acquisition from retired UCLA Professor Robert Heinecken.  The
collection is now regarded as one of the most significant public
collections in the country.

The Artist Books Fund will support the acquisition of books for this
collection as well as exhibitions, lecture series, workshops and panel
discussions centering on artists' books.  In addition, it will fund the
processing, conservation and preservation of works in the collection.

The auction will be conducted by Cameron Whiteman of PBA Galleries at
the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills, located at 1150 South Beverly Drive.  An
auction preview and bidding workshop will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., and
the live auction will begin at 6 p.m.  Admission is free, and no
reservations are required.

For more information on the auction and items to be offered, contact
Cameron Whitehead at 310/428-0849 or visit the Web site at
<http://www.pbagalleries.com>.  For more information about giving to
the UCLA Library and the Artist Books Fund, contact Marjorie Shaw in
the UCLA Library Development Office at 310/206-9234.

Dawn Henney

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