ARTISTS' BOOKS TELL A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Issue date: 24 April 2001


A visit to Bristol from a New York artist has led to collaboration culminating in a two-venue exhibition being held in the two cities this year.

On show will be artists' books produced by 20 artists, ten from Bristol and ten from New York. The event is being jointly curated by Sarah Bodman, of UWE's Centre for Fine Print Research, and Madeleine Rosenberg and Miriam Schaer of the Manhattan Graphics Centre and Centre for Book Arts.

"Each artist will contribute 2 books to the exhibition," said Sarah, "so there will be two exhibitions, both comprising 40 works."

"Artists' books are an artform in their own right," she explained. "They come in a variety of media, shapes and sizes. Some can be handled, although the most valuable will be in display cases. Artists' Books became a popular medium in the 1960s and 1970s, enabling artists to publish their work without having to find a gallery willing to put on an exhibition. There was a resurgence of interest in the late 1980s, and now undergraduate courses in book binding and book art are being set up by the faculty of Art, Media and Design."

One of the New York organisers will give a talk alongside the Bristol exhibition, and a catalogue will be produced to mark the event, including essays on this particular artform and details of the artists.

Admission to the show is free, and the exhibition runs in Bristol from Wednesday 9 May until Sunday 10 June. The Bristol venue is the Off-Centre Gallery, 13 Cotswold Road, Bristol BS3 4NX. Opening hours are: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.

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Editors' notes

1. During the opening night, an added attraction will be the presence of the Bristol Art Library, run by artist and head librarian Annabel Other.

2. The exhibition is supported by funding from the Art, Media and Design faculty's research committee, and the Centre for Book Arts New York.

3. The New York show will take place at the Centre for Book Arts from Friday 14 September until Sunday 28 October. A series of events will be held around the exhibition including talks by artists from Bristol and New York.

4. Artists involved in the exchange are:

Bristol New York
Carinna Parraman Lise Poirier
Andrew Atkinson Susan Rostow
Paul Laidler/Helen Smith Mary Ting
Andrew Eason Robbin Ami Silverberg
Eilis Kirby Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust
Stephen Hoskins Doug Beube
Guy Begbie Stephanie Brody Lederman
Sarah Bodman Soraya Marcano
Annabel Other Maddy Rosenberg
Tim Staples Miriam Schaer

Images are available in Jpeg format.

For further information, contact Sarah Bodman on 0117 344 4747 email: sarah.bodman@uwe.ac.uk

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