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[BKARTS] Keith Smith Exhibition Opens Tomorrow at the Center for Book Arts in New York City

The Center for Book Arts
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New York, NY - The Center for Book Arts continues its 2004 exhibition
program with a show featuring the works of Keith Smith. Keith Smith- Books
Since 2000, curated by Scott McCarney, will be on display at the Center from
April 8th through June 12, 2004. An opening reception will be held on
Thursday, April 8th from 6 - 8PM.

The works exhibited are representative of Keith's varied methods of working
and thinking in the book form, including books of poetry, prose and imagery,
and picture sequences. The exhibition features a few earlier works and
textbooks, for context of the current work. The books are all constructed on
a Macintosh with off-the-shelf programming, but reflect Keith's long working
history with a variety of printmaking and markmaking processes, including
etching and cliché verre. All books are digitally printed and hand bound
with exquisitely original bindings. They are reflective of a serious,
private world, vehicles for social protest, and sites of autobiographical

About his work, Smith states "I am in love with the book format because it
is the most intimate of media. Sculpture invites touch, but a book demands
it. Whether a one-of-a-kind or a mass-produced edition, a book is a
one-to-one confrontation of the reader and the writer."

About Keith Smith

Keith Smith is an artist, teacher, writer, and publisher based in Rochester
New York, where he has lived and worked quietly since 1974. His textbooks on
books and bookbinding are well known, loved, and readily available. But much
of his work in book form takes place in limited and smaller editions and
one-of-a-kind books that have rarely been seen in a public forum. The
concepts and structures detailed in the textbooks found their origins and
development through these much underexposed works of art. In 2000, Keith
published his 200 Books, An Annotated Bibliography documenting the 200
numbered books he made since 1967. From 1967 to 1982 he produced nearly one
hundred one-of-a-kind books that were rarely seen. This sadness brought a
change in the direction of his work. Since 1982, he has produced 44 books in
small editions, most of which are hand-bound, making his book concepts more
accessible without compromising his love of the book-as-physical object.

Keith has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment for the
Art (NEA) individual artist grant, and most recently the Pollock/Krasner
Foundation Pilot Fine Art Still Photography Grant in 2002. His work is in
the collections of the Museums of Modern Art of New York and San Francisco,
the United States Library of Congress ; the Victoria and Albert Museum,
London; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Bibliothèque Nationale,
Paris; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

About Scott McCarney

Scott McCarney is an artist, teacher, and designer based in Rochester, New
York. His personal work in the book form is exhibited and collected
internationally.  He has been on the rotating faculty at Anderson Ranch Arts
Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado for the past 12 years, and teaches
annually in the Summer Institute program of Visual Studies Workshop in
Rochester, New York.

Keith and Scott have co-taught workshops in Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
and South America as well as coast-to-coast in the USA. Their work was
featured in a two person exhibition in October/November of 2003 at the
Clifford Art Gallery at Colgate University.


The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional
crafts of bookmaking, as well as encouraging contemporary interpretations of
the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit
organization of its kind in the nation. The Center organizes exhibitions
related to the art of the book and offers an extensive selection of
educational courses, workshops and seminars in traditional and contemporary
bookbinding, letterpress printing, fine press publishing, and other
associated arts. The Center for Book Arts is supported by local businesses,
by various foundations including the Lenrow Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery
Arts Foundation, the NY State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment
for the Arts, and by its members. Center for Book Arts, Incorporated 1974 is
a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. Contributions are tax deductible to
the extent allowed by law.

The Center is located at 28 West 27th Street, on the 3rd floor, between 6th
Avenue and Broadway. To get to the Center by train, take the N/R to 28th
Street and Broadway, the F to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue, or the 1 or 9 to
28th Street and 7th Avenue. Please call the Center for details on parking in
the neighborhood.  For further information or to register for workshops and
classes, call the Center at (212) 481-0295 or visit

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