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[BKARTS] Summer exhibition at Arts of the Book Collection, Yale



A Flourish of Form: New and Traditional Structures in Artists? Books
May through July
Hours: M, W, F 9am to 1pm & T, Th 1pm to 5pm
Directions: http://www.library.yale.edu/libraries/locations.html

Traditional book binding techniques form the basis of most artists? books, and while these historic methods and styles, including tape and cord bindings, adhesive bindings, accordion fold books, and stab and post bindings, have often been used to great effect, artists have not necessarily limited themselves. In recent decades book artists have expanded their search for novel forms, too, creating new sequential book structures and reviving older forms or novelty styles.

This exhibit, drawn from examples in the Arts of the Book Collection (Arts Library, Yale University Library), demonstrates interesting structural forms in artists' books and focuses on several types. Some artists make use of forms most commonly associated with children?s books or novelty toys; others use forms like dos à dos or French door books that are more directly associated with the standard codex. Still other artists have adapted forms with no practical antecedent in the book arts but that are also closely related to other binding techniques.

The books on display highlight a continuing impulse to expand the boundaries of book arts beyond the historical limitations of traditional book forms. Older forms are being reexamined for their possibilities and new forms are being devised, tested and turned into successful works of art. By doing so, artists juxtapose distinct texts, complicate the narrative sequence, and enlarge the possibilities of reading, while demonstrating the unlimited potential of book arts.

-- Jonathan Lill, 2004 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship

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The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.


Kress Fellows are introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities. They have the opportunity to provide reference and information services, offer bibliographical instruction to undergraduates and graduate students in the classroom and the library, assist users with an increasing range of electronic resources, perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections and learn about visual resources curatorship. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a serviceable product such as a publishable paper or a new library service.

This exhibition is one of the two products of Jonathan Lill's recent tenure as the Kress Fellow. Later this month we will go live with the other component of his fellowship -- a study guide of material and format of artists' books in the Arts of the Book Collection. This will be available online from the Arts of the Book Collection web site and on paper in the Arts of the Book Collection Reading Room. Stay tuned for additional information.



Jae Jennifer Rossman
Special Collections Librarian, Arts Library
Yale University Library
PO Box 208240
New Haven CT  06520-8240 USA
(203) 432-1712
(203) 432-0549 (fax)
http://www.library.yale.edu/art/

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