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[BKARTS] Collectors' Series: Insights Into Artists' Books at SFCB

(Please excuse cross-postings.)

Please join Cynthia Imperatore for Insights into Artists' Books at the San
Francisco Center for the Book

This Friday, August 6, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 DeHaro Street, San Francisco, Ca
For more information call: 415.565.0545. Or call Cynthia Imperatore Books
directly at415.380.0807.
You can also access the SFCB web site through the event page:

We will  be discussing  the one-of-a-kind  book work by Massachusetts book
artist Ann Lewis, formerly a resident of the Bay Area. Ann received her MFA
in Writing from Mills College, attended CCAC where she started taking
bookmaking seriously, and was a PCBA member. Her books have been collected
by a number of institutional libraries, including Smith College, Stanford
and Princeton Universities, the University of Vermont, and the Getty Center,
as well as by private collectors.  Many of her unique books will be
available for sale. We will also get a first look at a new series still in
development. Talk description below.

Insights Into Artists' Books: Ann Lewis
Another evening in our free series providing an introduction to works of
individual book artists for collectors and would-be collectors. Participants
get an introduction to works by contemporary book artists whom they may not
be familiar with and develop a capacity for close readings of artists'
books. Cynthia Imperatore, book dealer (Cynthia Imperatore Books),
introduces the work of one artist at each event, showing their books and
describing the artist's working style, mediums, themes, and textual and
visual vocabulary. Join us and broaden your knowledge of artists' books!
Collectors of all levels welcome.

The works of Ann Lewis are this month's topic. Lewis creates one-of-a-kind
artist's books from the immediacy of her life, from her responses to
situations and events, from an awareness of feeling states that she
translates into representative objects. Her work is characterized by a sense
of humor and irreverence as well as tenderness and attention to detail. A
love of language drew her to bookmaking, but she derives inspiration as well
from familiar and found objects which become vehicles for looking anew at
the familiar. Using collage, she takes fragments from diverse sources and
reworks them into new statements. Or she frames text and plant matter
between photographic or laboratory squares to create small portraits of
life, capturing a moment. Her unusual book works are compact distillations
of observation meant to fit comfortably, intimately in the hand. A published
author of poetic prose, her collection of vignettes about the South,
Confederate Jasmine and the Fat Tuesday Tree (Chronicle Books, 1997),
includes original slide-mount portraits.


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