Here we are with only two days left in summer and heading into a glorious Fall! Let's take a quick trip to Chelsea to view what's up and unfurling as autumn unveils her glorious colors! Speaking of colors, take a quick trip to the Gallery building at 529 W. 20th Street. Denise Bibro, Andre Zarre, Kim Foster and the other galleries in this building are awash in painterliness and color! What a great way to open the season! Take a quick jaunt down to Lori Bookstein's gallery on 10th and 19th for a fabulous collage show! Also, Pavel Zoubok has a major collage artist exhibiting that is sure to wow and visually delight with works created from maps and collaged to create portraits and more! Also in Chelsea, stroll over to the Center for the Book Arts and check out the exhibit curated by Maria Pisano entitled: "The Book as Witness: An Artist's Response". This is a lovely exhibit with several artists I know and will be closing on the 22nd of this month! Check out the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 2 other great exhibits: "Fashion and Technology" and "Fashion from A-Z". Both exhibits are exciting with wonderful examples of designers that we all wish we owned. That's a full day and if you have time check out the High Line and stroll awhile or go to Chelsea Market and grab a bite to eat! It's a lovely way to spend the waning days in the city and greet Autumn!
One of the joys of having more time is to sit back, relax, reflect, or do something special for yourself with your own special time...When the Guild of Book Workers pulled together an exhibit entitled "Marking Time" curated by Karen Hanmer their special creations certainly made my special time very special for me. Enjoying these exquisite works one on one at Lafayette College's Skillman Library is a joy! But if you can't get to the East Coast to view these works in person, here's an online version complete with its exhibition schedule...Click on the link or copy and paste into your web browser to begin enjoying these wonderful artist's books.
If you are out on the East Coast and able to get into New York City, be sure to check out book arts exhibits at the Center for Book Arts; MOMA'a new and elegant permanent exhibit space for prints and books; th J.P. Morgan Library and the New York Public Library's wonderful exhibits that are housed in their magnificent building. The New York Public Library always offers a photo exhibit from their repository, a print/book exhibit, and usually one or two other wonderful exhibits. Enjoy your time in the big apple and remember to rest and take in the architecture of New York City as well...look up and up and up and...well, you get the idea...
As the leaves begin to change and the air develops a nip there is nothing more fun than sitting down in the afternoon with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate...so here are my offerings for your viewing pleasure of a "good book"...
Check out the wonderful and magical books that are in the exhibit at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon called "Pop-Up". Some of my favorites in the exhibit include Paul Johnson, a phenomenal book artist from the UK, Emily Martin and many more. To view these fun pop-up, paper-engineered specialties go to www.23sandygallery.com and click on the online exhibit. A full-color catalog is also available.
For those photo buffs out there out snapping the beauties of nature, check out the artist's books that are also photobooks at www.abecedariangallery.com. The Abecedarian Gallery specializes in exhibits of the book arts and broadsides but also showcases the work of wonderful Denver artists This exhibit has some little gems that are just marvelous and will inspire all of us to get out there and take a few snaps and turn them into books!!
As the weeks fly by, JUSTARIP Footnotes will also list exhibits that catch its interest in New York City and Philadelphia...so, grab that cup of java, pull up to your laptop and catch some great art!! Keep creating!!
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!