The New Art of Making Books 2023

Event Info

This four-week, online workshop takes place on Zoom on Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, from 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

  • Tuesday, January 17, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 24, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 31, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 7, 10:00am–12:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 10, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Shirin Salehi.

Exploring the perspectives presented through the 1975 manifesto “The New Art of Making Books” by bookmaker artist and editor Ulises Carrión, in this virtual workshop Instructor Shirin Salehi will guide participants through the poetic process of creating an artist’s book—from the initial intuitive concept to final formalization, conceiving artist’s books as a poetic space to be revealed through a spatio-temporal display. Each week, Salehi will offer assignments to help foster participants’ creative thinking and experimentation. What is the architecture of an artist’s book? How to conceive the conceptual structure and the material formalization, the sequencing of images, and the construction of a narrative. The workshop will also be driven by discussions on the artist’s book theory to reflect on the notions of Time, Tempo, ethics, Seriality, and Multiplicity.

* “The New Art of Making Books” was published in Kontexts no. 6-7, 1975, and was printed by the Center for Book Arts in 1975 at the request of the author and distributed free to the Center’s members. Ulises started the artists’ bookstore Other Books and So in Amsterdam in 1975.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!


Required Materials:

  • No materials or tools are needed in advance of the course. The Instructor will help each participant identify what they need based on their respective projects.

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Shirin Salehi

Shirin Salehi (she/her) is a Spanish-Iranian visual artist, art researcher, and teacher living and working in Madrid and New York.

Shirin Salehi’s practice explores the relationships between thinking and making in the language of printmaking, exploring a register that usually focuses on the reproduced image to explore the dialectic between the concepts of time, memory, matter, and gesture of inscription. She investigates the expansion of printmaking from its grammar to other territories of interdisciplinary exploration working with sculpture, video, still images, and artist’s books. From the relationship between her two cultures emerges her interest in the tensions in the illegible image, the failed translation, and the veiled.

In parallel to her work as an artist, she is also an art teacher, a translator of Persian poetry, and an interpreter for asylum seekers. She has developed workshops on artist’s books and artistic thinking in multiple centers. She has taught at the Center for Book Arts in New York and the LENS School of Cinema and Photography. In 2021 she was invited by the Foundation Amigos del Museo del Prado as a lecturer for the program Enfoques.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on January 10 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.  Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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