Well, Valentine's Day is little more than a week away and some of my friends are scrambling and wracking their gray cells for gift ideas. This blog is for them. Here's some books that I have and want to have and will be sending this blog to my significant other to give him some ideas. Here we go! For the book artists out there I have two favorites: Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex, and Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art by Garrett Stewart. Doug Beube's monograph is a beautiful book showcasing the artist's work from book installations to book sculptures. I just received this and I'm trying to keep my drool marks to a minimum. The second listing includes work by Buzz Spector and many other book artists who use the book in installation, performance and more! For the photography book lovers, try Larry Fink: The Vanities: Hollywood Parties 2000-2009...this is a sumptuous celebration of black and white photography from a contemporary master. Sure to please everyone who loves Hollywood icons and photography. For the purist in landscape and pastels and painting, try Wolf Kahn by Justin Spring. Wolf Kahn's work is lyrical and exquisite in its essence of capturing light and atmosphere in a contemporary mode. Just beautiful. For the contemporary art lover and portrait painter, try Unprecedented Ego: Self Portraits of Lucas Samara by Marla Prather. Also, check out Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi. This catalog of the prints by Jim Dine of Pinnochio is a great gift for the printmaker and contemporary art lover...Enjoy and here's sending some love your way! Happy V Day!
Happy New Year, Happy Groundhog's Day and more! With spring-like temps here in the East, trees are confused, bugs are confused, and daffodils are appearing earlier than normal! But here's some fun things coming up that are sure to warm the hearts and minds for those who love art and book arts! Opening February 9th, is a photo documentation show of the time-period of the "happenings" at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea. With black and white photos of assemblages by Oldenburg, performances by Bob Watts and Allan Kaprow, this is a great celebration of a time frame in art that augmented the birth of many art movements. Be sure to catch this and google the Pace Gallery for more info with great images from the show! Also happening is a great exhibit at Lafayette College in Easton, PA following William Pope L. opening February 11th! One of my favorites, this creative artist will showcase one of his new videos with an exhibit in the adjacent gallery at the Williams Center. On the book arts front, check out some great exhibits at the Center for Book Arts: Fine & Dirty Organized by Betty Bright and Jeff Rathermel, MCBA; Patricia S. Ward: Re/Vision Organized by Alexander Campos, Exec. Dir.; and Ethan Shoshan: Strange Birds . All run from January 18, 2012 - March 31, 2012. Also showing at the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea is an exhibit of 2 of my favorite book artists: Spitz and Pollack. These 2 artists collaborate as a team to create some of the most fun and innovative artists' books. Check it out at the Ceres Gallery website...
That's it for now...and Happy Valentine's Day as well!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!