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[BKARTS] Bill Anthony: the Lineage of a Master, at Iowa Artisans Gallery, July 21 - August 23, Iowa City, IA
Bill Anthony: the Lineage of a Master, at Iowa Artisans Gallery
Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts Bill Anthony: Lineage of a Master, with hand
bound books by protégés of master bookbinder and conservator William
Anthony, July 21 - August 23. This special exhibition is being held in
conjunction with the University of Iowa's conference, The Changing Book:
Transitions in Design, Production and Preservation, July 22-25
<http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/book2005/index.htm>. As an accompanying
exhibition, photographer Randy Richmond will show digitally-altered,
photographic assemblages in a show entitled New Work. Richmond's works tie
into the narrative quality suggested by handbound books. (Please see
separate press release for Richmond's show.) An opening reception will be
held 4:30-6pm Friday, July 22 and is free and open to the public.
William Anthony inspired and instructed many professional artists and
craftsmen in the world of hand bookbinding. Anthony's works are currently
on display at the University of Iowa Art Museum. This one time, special
exhibition at Iowa Artisans Gallery includes work by Anthony's apprentices:
William Minter, Lawrence Yerkes, David Brock, Sally Key, Ralph Weber, Annie
Tremmel Wilcox, and Mark Esser, plus approximately 20 of their students.
Anthony began his early apprenticeship in hand bookbinding as a 16 year old
in Ireland. His knowledge was supplemented by studies at art academies and
by contacts with other artists and handbinders.
His distinguished career in Europe and the US included restoring projects
such as the ancient texts damaged in the devastating floods in Florence,
Italy in 1966, as well as Northwestern University's rare, intact copy of
John James Audubon's four-volume Birds of America. In 1984, Bill came to
Iowa to establish the Conservation Department in the UI Libraries. While
conserving books for the UI Libraries' Special Collections, he had greater
opportunity to reflect on and experiment with the ideas and techniques that
had shaped book conservation since the floods of Florence. He and his
apprentice Mark Esser began to make models of historical book structures,
seeing these models as educational tools for the general public and as
aides in teaching students and apprentice conservators. The models became
well known as a result of being exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in 1986 and through the visits of binders from the U.S. and Europe to the
University's Conservation Department. Today Bill and Mark's models are the
nucleus of a collection that the current University of Iowa Conservator,
Gary Frost, has much enlarged. Some models crafted by Bill's apprentices
or their students are also included in this exhibit.
Toward the end of his life, Bill began to take an interest in yet another
form of binding, the artist's book. Book artists typically use
nontraditional structural principles and/or materials to create a
three-dimensional work of art that expresses an intellectual or artistic
statement. This is an area that students who had studied privately with
Bill in Chicago practiced and excelled in, and an area that Bill himself
might have practiced had he lived longer. Bill Anthony innovated and
crossed bridges from the book craft industry and its conventions to the
wider fields of the sciences of preservation and the prospects for artists'
books. Now his students need to convey fine traditional bookwork in an
environment of screen based reading and digital libraries. These are
exciting challenges that Bill prepared us to enjoy.
The Iowa Arts Council provided support for the exhibition catalog as well
as other support materials. Established in 1984, Iowa Artisans Gallery is
open daily at 207 E. Washington, downtown Iowa City. Hours are Monday:
10-8pm; Tuesday-Friday 10-7pm; Saturday 10-5:30pm; and Sunday 12-4pm.
Edelpappband / "Millimeter" Binding Bind-O-Rama, Entry Deadline - October 1, 2005
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