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[BKARTS] CA Fine Press Printers exhibit at Stanford through mid-June
If you're in or travelling to the San Francisco Bay area in the next
couple of weeks, you're invited to view an exhibit of fine press
books at Stanford's Green Library. The web link below provides
directions to campus. You're also welcome to contact me directly, at
An exhibit of books by California fine press printers continues
through June 16 in the Peterson Gallery, Green Library on the
Stanford University campus.
California Printers in the Fine Press Tradition, 1975-2006:
Selections from Stanford's Special Collections features fine press
books ranging from small volumes of poetry to deluxe limited-edition
collaborative works representing 40 presses active in California over
the past three decades. In addition to the books on view, a section
of the exhibition is devoted to the arts of the book: type and
printing, bookbinding, paper making, and paper decorating techniques.
"Not only does this exhibit demonstrate the incredible richness of
contemporary book arts in California, it contains and displays the
tools and techniques, even the raw materials, of those arts,"
explained University Librarian Michael A. Keller. "By showing both
exquisite finished products and the methods that produced them, this
exhibit will be of interest to many audiences, from serious
collectors and book artists to those just beginning to realize and
explore the tangible, tactile and beautiful tradition of the printed
Among the books exhibited are critically acclaimed works by
internationally-known presses, such as the 1979 handset edition of
Moby-Dick produced by Andrew Hoyem's Arion Press, San Francisco;
highly collaborative projects, such as a new translation of
Parmenides, printed in two Greek types that were commissioned for the
book by Peter Koch, Printers, Berkeley; and two titles published
almost thirty years apart, bracketing the time period covered in the
show, by typographer and designer Jack Stauffacher, who founded The
Greenwood Press, San Francisco in 1934.
Also included are books by a multitude of presses that had their
genesis in the book arts renaissance of the 1970s and early 1980s,
many of whom were founded by women: Moving Parts Press, Felicia Rice;
Ninja Press, Carolee Campbell; Paradise Press, Susan King; Occasional
Works, Ann Rosener; and The Heyeck Press, Robin Heyeck, among others.
Many of the books on display are the products of close collaborations
among writers, artists, printers, and bookbinders.
Books produced by literary fine presses, such as The Yolla Bolly
Press make up the largest category of those featured in the
exhibition. Innovative works by creative partnerships such as Bill
Kelly and Michele Burgess of Brighton Press, San Diego; Peggy
Gotthold and Larry Van Velzer of Foolscap Press, Santa Cruz; and
Betsy Davids and Jim Petrillo of Rebis Press, Berkeley, make up
another. Also featured are a handful of what might be classified as
artists' books, but which employ fine press techniques.
The Peterson Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bing Wing
of Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford, California. The
gallery is accessible whenever Green Library is open and hours vary
with the academic schedule. For library hours, call 650-723-0931. For
exhibit information, contact Becky Fischbach, 650-725-1020;
Note: People without Stanford library privileges must sign in as
visitors at the library's main entrance.
To read a Palo Alto Weekly article about the exhibition go to:
Elizabeth A. Fischbach
Exhibits Manager & Designer
Department of Special Collections
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
The Bonefolder, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 2007
Now Online @ <http://www.philobiblon.com/bonefolder>
Visit "The Book of Origins: A survey of American Fine Binding"
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