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[BKARTS] JAB @ Columbia Book & Paper

Columbia College Chicago¹s Center for Book & Paper Arts
March 7 - March 22, 2008
Reception: March 7, 5:30 - 8:00
An exhibition of The Journal of Artist¹s Books, otherwise known as JAB, will
present the historical route the magazine has taken through a variety of
conceptual and aesthetic trails over a 13-year period as the only national
publication devoted to the subject.  JAB¹s primary question and the reason
it continues to stimulate discussion is:  What is the form of the book?
While this question does not occur to most of us, upon further inspection,
the question of a book¹s form, especially when it is applied to the
?artist¹s book¹, opens a fascinating look into new approaches by artists in
the exploration of one of our oldest means of cultural communication.
The exhibition, JAB, A History of the Journal of Artist¹s Books, traverses
the magazine¹s 13-year odyssey in addressing the great need to create a
platform for the discussion of the artist¹s book.  With its humble roots as
a ?zine¹, JAB was founded by the book artist Brad Freeman in 1994 and is now
produced and published out of Columbia College Chicago¹s Center for Book &
Paper Arts.  JAB, a hybrid in the publishing field, produces both
commissioned and unsolicited articles that celebrate and tackle the
oft-contentious issue of the artist¹s book.  It also contains interviews
with contemporary presses, reviews of new books and exhibitions, opinion
pieces by noted scholars in the field and is a platform for the examination
of artists¹ statements. It has since its inception, given a forum to over
forty authors.
Guests to JAB, A History of the Journal of Artist¹s Books will see wall
texts showing the various opinions on the subject of Ed Ruscha¹s position as
the Father of The Artist¹s Book by some of the leaders in the book arts
field such as Anne Moeglin, Johanna Drucker and Jim Trissel. Film, plates,
press sheets, artist¹s books reviewed in JAB and photos of production images
can be seen alongside archival copies of  JAB and provides an intriguing
look into the inner workings of this internationally known  journal.

Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash Ave. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

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