An exhibition of finely printed editions of works by contemporary authors
Carol Sturm, the curator, said of the exhibition: “‘Literate Letterpress’ features works of contemporary literary that have been printed by the relief process of letterpress. The books in this exhibition are the result of a very special kind of collaboration between author and publisher-these publishers also design the layout, generally handset the author’s words in metal type, hand print each sheet, and often illustrate and bind the volumes themselves or work closely with other artists to being the author’s words to the reader in a most effective and satisfying way. The dimension given by the impression of the type, the high quality of materials employed and the variety of design, typography, color, and image combine to create the exhilarating tactile and visual qualities that enhance the intellectual content of these works.”
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.