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[BKARTS] Chicago Hand Bookbinders Exhibition Opens in Milwaukee

Chicago Hand Bookbinders Books About Books Exhibition Opens in Milwaukee

One of life’s great joys is the simple act of picking up and reading a book. For most of us these are simple physical and mental tasks that we take for granted. When done well, books provide learning, escape, drama, comedy, or transcendence. The theme of the Chicago Hand Bookbinders 2006 Exhibition is Books About Books, and these books are done very well indeed. If you like books – and who doesn’t – you will come away from this show inspired by some of the Midwest’s most talented bookbinders.

The examples of fine bookbinding include a heartfelt reconstruction to a first edition of de Saint-Exupery’s “Wind, Sand and Stars.” The book “Centro del bel Libro Ascona” is a magical assembly of leatherwork and handmade paper covers. The elegant bindings seen in “Learning to Read in the British Library” and “The Name of the Rose” are delicate treatments that reference traditional materials and bindings. Then there are the one-of-kind artist books. “Book with Wings” is an dramatic, angelic construction of walnut wings that protect painted abaca and cotton pages. And “Fahrenheit 451” is a timely piece on censorship inspired by the Ray Bradbury classic.

This new exhibit brings the work of the Chicago Hand Bookbinders to three venues, and features twenty-six books created by twenty-five binders from six states. The theme Books About Books was chosen to give members of this group the freedom to express the full range of the bookbinders’ craft. Over many years the Chicago Hand Bookbinders have shown a great diversity of skill and imagination, and this newest exhibit offers up strong and unique craftwork.

The exhibition is online at http://www.karenhanmer.com/chb2006/

Exhibition Schedule:

January 16-March 24
Special Collections
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Golda Meir Library, 4th Floor
2311 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-4345
M–F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

April 4-May 25
Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 - 8 pm
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL
M-F 8:30 - 5pm
Sa 8:30 - noon

June 2-20
Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection
John M Flaxman Library
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 South Wabash Ave.
(312) 899-5098
M-Th 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sa noon – 6 pm

Karen Hanmer

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