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[BKARTS] INTERPRETATION BY DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY BOOKBINDINGS BY STANLEY M. SHERMAN - The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD - April 15-July 16, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2006
410-547-9000, ext. 277
THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM PRESENTS
INTERPRETATION BY DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY BOOKBINDINGS BY STANLEY M. SHERMAN
April 15-July 16, 2006
Founded on the practices of the Arts & Crafts movement, Sherman's works are
magnificent modern examples of the art of bookbinding
Baltimore-The Walters Art Museum presents Interpretation By Design:
Contemporary Bookbindings by Stanley M. Sherman, on view April 15-July 16,
2006, featuring 30 of Sherman's outstanding architectural bookbindings.
Sherman's fundamental goal is to create well-made and functional objects
using familiar as well as unusual materials to visually express his
interpretation of a book's contents. Many of his works "jump off" the cover
with three-dimensional elements. This exhibition will display selections
from his personal collection and is curated by his wife, art historian
Claire Richter Sherman.
Sherman's belief in the power of visual forms as a method of communicating
derives from his experience as an architect. His bindings comply with some
of the major premises of architectural theory: firm structure, usefulness
and beautiful design. Sherman designs bookbindings for books about museums,
painters and manuscript illumination where the publication's subject matter
is often related to architecture or town planning. He was inspired by
renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and Louis
Sullivan. Sherman binds some of his books according to 15th- and
16th-century structural methods and decoration.
"Stanley's bindings are meant to convey a sense of delight in the viewer,"
said guest curator Sherman. "His designs, based on his interpretations of
the books' contents, become a personal vision through his choice of the
binding materials, color and pictorial or three-dimensional treatment." "We
are so pleased that the Shermans are lending the Walters their wonderful
collection of bookbindings," said William Noel, curator of manuscripts and
rare books. "A good bookbinding is not so different from a good building;
it should protect, delight the eye and act as an introduction to the
subject inside. Stanley is an expert at achieving all three of these
About the Installation
A highlight of the exhibition is Sherman's work, A System of Architectural
Ornament, featured in the Guild of Book Workers' traveling show, The Best
of the Best. This bookbinding was designed for a publication by Louis
Sullivan, a 19th-century architect whose work is considered a precursor to
modernism. Sullivan favored terra-cotta reliefs and copper panels on his
building exteriors. Sherman's three-dimensional front cover responds to an
illustration in Sullivan's book and his binding echoes the colors of
Sullivan's preferred materials. His bindings include a monograph by Jean
Cordey. A three-dimensional wooden model offers an impressive visual
summary of Vaux-le-Vicomte, a grand 17th-century ch E2teau and gardens
built by Louis Le Vau and Andr E9 Le N F4tre for Louis XIV's wealthy
superintendent of finance. The ch E2teau was later appropriated by the king
for his own use.
About the Artist
fore becoming a bookbinder, Stanley Sherman had a distinguished career as
an architect and city planner. He studied with I. M. Pei at the Harvard
Graduate School of Design and later worked in his office. While still
active in his profession, Sherman began in 1981 to learn the craft of
bookbinding in the studio of Thomas Albro, then chief rare book conservator
at the Library of Congress. In 1986, he began to produce unique design
bindings for clients including well-known authors and his own wife and son.
He is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Great
Britain's Designer Bookbinders and the Guild of Book Workers.
Admission and Hours
Admission to the special exhibition at the Walters is included in general
museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), $6
for college students with ID (18-25), $2 for children ages 6-17 and free
for children under 6 and for members. Admission to the permanent collection
only is free on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and all day on the first
Thursday of every month. Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is located in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon
Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets and is one of only a
few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the
third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of
treasures, the Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry,
enamels and bronzes in America and a spectacular reserve of illuminated
manuscripts and rare books. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek and Roman,
Byzantine, Ethiopian and western medieval art collections are among the
best in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian
art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is
represented by one or more works in the Walters' collection. Peabody Court
is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum. This historic property is
just around the corner from the museum and features George's, a
full-service restaurant. For hotel reservations, call 1-800-292-5500 and
ask for the special Walters discounted rate.
The Guild of Book Workers' Centennial Celebration:
October 12-14, 2006, New York City, New York.
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