Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In this era of instantaneous communication and mass produced objects, a handwritten book is a rare and wondrous item.
Originally, all books were in handwritten manuscript form. In China, and later other parts of East Asia, Woodblock printing was used for books from about the seventh century. The earliest dated example is the Diamond Sutra of 868. In the Islamic world and the West, all books were in manuscript until the introduction of movable type printing in about 1450. Handwritten manuscript copying of books continued for at least a century, as printing remained expensive. Private or government documents remained hand-written until the invention of the typewriter in the late nineteenth century.
Today, technology has made it easier to reproduce documents and books at a much faster pace. However, the look of calligraphy and hand-drawn lettering is becoming increasingly popular compared to the rigid and sometimes, impersonal feel of digital typography. These selected books from the Artists’ Books Collection highlight hand-drawn typography from England, Germany, France & the United States.
The display case is located across from the circulation desk as you enter the library. Pages will be turned frequently to reveal other examples within each book.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Professor Amy Sands requested Artists' Book samples for her Advanced Print, Paper, Book class. She was interested in books that showcase experimental construction, accordion folds and decorative binding among other things.
Here are some of the highlights of what we found!
Click the image to see more images in our flickr photostream!
Friday, September 9, 2011
The reminders that this Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. are everywhere.
The MCAD Library has graphic novels, films, photo journalism, and an artist’s book about 9/11 and they are now on display in the Library.
Click here for a full listing.
Take a moment to look at how the artist’s creative response continues to help us process this national tragedy. Peace.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Crystal Bridges Museum Receives $800 Million From Walton Family
The Met to Take Over Whitney’s Breuer Building
Marseille: City on the Verge of a Culture Buzz
“Yarn bombing” seems to be having its moment in pop culture.
‘Access to Tools’ and Whole Earth Catalog at MoMA: Empowering People of Spaceship Earth
Alexander Melamid’s Art Healing Ministry in SoHo
Leonora Carrington Is Dead at 94; Artist and Author of Surrealist Work
Medieval Style Files: Tailored Artistry
Steve Rutt, an Inventor Behind Early Video Animation, Dies at 66
The Pietà Behind the Couch
Chinese Artist Wang Jun Speaks Out After Release
A Chronicler of the Art-Vandal Underground
Middle Eastern Artists at the Venice Biennale
An Artist Who Gained Fame From a Work’s Disappearance
William Toye Pleads Guilty to Fraud: For a Longtime Forger, Adding One Last Touch
The 54th Venice Biennale, Sedate and Pumped-Up
Maqbool Fida Husain, India’s Most Famous Painter, Dies at 95
Georgian Artists, Doing It for Themselves
Op-Ed: The 4-Year-Old Artist
Claudio Bravo, Artist Who Blended Hyperrealism and Classical Elements, Dies at 74
Ben Wilson Makes Art Out of Chewing Gum on London Sidewalks
Adam Szymczyk: Superstar Among Curators
Stereo Blindness Allows Some to See a Masterpiece
Show Highlights the Return of the Loom
Alice Walton on Her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
‘Otherworldly’ at Museum of Arts and Design
El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011
From a New Generation of Artists, Vivid Canvases of Iraq’s Pain
Spoonfuls of Medicine, Marketed for Centuries
Artnet Has Online Art Sales Success
Artists Investigate Identity and Boundaries in Extraterritorial Waters
John Waters, Guest Curator at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Pushing Boundaries, Mixed-Race Artists Gain Notice
Cy Twombly, 1928-2011: American Artist Who Scribbled a Unique Path
A Reunified Painting Stirs Big Thoughts in China and Taiwan
Freed Chinese Artist Reported to Be Back at Work, Though Barred From Talking to Press
Chicago: Laid-Off Art Teachers Turn to Their Craft to Express Themselves
Science to Art, and Vice Versa
Revolution Dims Star Power of Egypt’s Antiquities Chief
T. Lux Feininger, Photographer and Painter, Dies at 101
For Florence, Vasari Was a Man of All Talents
Illustrating Damsels in Distress and Emissaries From Our Deep, Dark Ids
Locus of Sadness in Mexico, Bathed in Light, Begins to Heal
MoMA Exhibit Shows How Technology Is Getting the Point Across
At Two Apple Stores, Creating Art via Webcam, Secretly
Guy Wildenstein Defends Holding Missing Art in Paris Vault
Lucian Freud, Figurative Painter Who Redefined Portraiture, Is Dead at 88
“Ostalgia,” Art From Russia and the Former Soviet Bloc, at the New Museum
A Gamble on Art on the ‘Redneck Riviera’ May Not Be Paying Off
Jerome Liebling, Socially Minded Photographer, Dies at 87
Frank Bender, ‘Recomposer’ of Faces of the Dead, Dies at 70
“Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul” -- Myths, Legends and Cuban Culture
Arts Outposts Stung by Cuts in State Aid
Guggenheim Outpost as a Pop-Up Urban Lab
A Sarajevo Bunker Takes on New Life as Art Museum
The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter
Roman Opalka, an Artist of Numbers, Is Dead at 79
Controversial Art Exhibit Is Shut Down in the Philippines
A Beijing Exhibition on Art for the 'Post-Human Era'
Robert Breer, Pioneer of Avant-Garde Animation, Dies at 84
‘Dialog in the Dark’ at South Street Seaport: Darkness Visible, and Palpable
Comic Book Art Showcased in Books
Suit Against MoMA Highlights Time-Limit Rule in Nazi Looting Claims
American Folk Art Museum Weighs Survival Strategies
Art and Fashion in Dasha Zhukova’s Garage
Jeanette Ingberman, a Founder of Exit Art, Dies at 59
Leonardo Mural in Florence May Be Revealed
June Wayne, Painter and Printmaker, Dies at 93
Old Mug Shots Fuel Art, and a Debate on Privacy
Works by Asco at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Changing Face of the Burning Man Festival
(Creative Commons photograph by Ken_Mayer)
Tim Kiser, weekend circulation assistant.