The Art of the Book, special gifts any time of year, with Doug Flamm of Gagosian Bookshop
THE PUBLICATION OF THE GUTENBERG BIBLE IN 1455 PRODUCED THE FIRST COMPLETE EXTANT BOOK KNOWN IN WESTERN CULTURE PRINTED BY USING MASS-PRODUCED MOVABLE METAL TYPE. TODAY, BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE IN MANY FORMS, BOTH PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL, ON KINDLE OR ANY NUMBER OF TABLETS AND e-READERS. PRESENTLY, A BOOK CAN ALSO BE A HIGHLY DEVELOPED ART FORM, A MEDIUM OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION THAT ADOPTS THE FORMAT OF THE BOOK AS A SPRINGBOARD FOR CREATIVE INSPIRATION. AT THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY,THE FIRST ORGANIZATION OF ITS KIND DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE TRADITIONAL PRACTICES OF THE ART OF BOOKMAKING, CLASSES ARE OFFERED IN BOOKBINDING, LETTERPRESS PRINTING, PAPER MARBLING AND TYPOGRAPHY. THE CENTER SUPPORTS THE AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF A BOOK, ENCOURAGING BOOKMAKERS TO PRODUCE CREATIVE, NEWLY INTERPRETED FORMATS AND MATERIALS.
AS 2016 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK DOUG FLAMM WHO HEADS THE GAGOSIAN BOOKSHOP, AN EXPERT IN BOTH RARE BOOKS, ARTISTS’ MONOGRAPHS AND ARTISTS’ BOOKS. DOUG SUGGESTS SOME PHENOMENAL, ALBEIT BELATED, HOLIDAY GIFTS. YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN. THESE SELECTIONS ARE COLLECTORS’ ITEMS FOR ANY SEASON.
Richard Artschwager’s The Hydraulic Door Check (2002)
A fun and playful take on bookmaking, The Hydraulic Door Check is a special limited edition in which Artschwager applied rubberized horsehair, a material that he has used in many sculptures, to the book to create a new “binding.” This copy is one of five hundred copies, signed by the artist.
Kunst der sechziger Jahre. 5th erweiterte Auflage. (Art of the Sixties. Fifth Revised Edition) (1971)
I’ve always been fascinated by the design of this book. It’s part object, part book: a great document of a collection presented in a book that looks like no other. Created in 1971 as a catalogue of the Ludwig Collection on loan to Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, the covers are embossed plastic, the spine is Plexiglas, and the 209 color plates are tipped-in on special paper and covered with printed transparencies. It features the work of ninety-two artists, including Richard Artschwager, John Chamberlain, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Pablo Picasso, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among others.
THANK YOU, DOUG, AND…
THANK YOU, READERS AND CONTRIBUTORS, FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT. BEST WISHES TO ALL, NEAR AND DEAR, FOR A STELLAR 2017!