Organized by Maddy Rosenberg, Independent Curator and Founder of CENTRAL BOOKING.
The Center for Book Arts’ Featured Artist Project program showcases the work of individual artists by offering an exhibition or installation of a cohesive or recent body of work. Over the Center ‘s 40-year history, this program has evolved from informal members-only shows to a dedicated rotating display case to its current format in our Studio and Foyer Galleries. For this exhibition, curator Maddy Rosenberg has selected nearly 30 artists who have had a Featured Artist Project at the Center, including works that continue the dialogue of each artist’s past presentation with an insight into the progression of his or her work.
Rosenberg notes, “When I scanned the list of the many interesting artists through the years who have had Featured Artist Project exhibitions at the Center, I was searching for
representatives of more than just the best examples in the field. I was seeking those taking the book as a jumping off point in as many directions as possible: encompassing, bottled, sitting atop, sometimes even skirting the fact. All of these artists engage the book as object, whether it be a stack of printed paper, the remolding of its elements, or a visual linking of discrete elements to form a whole. Of course this is not a comprehensive survey–it is impossible to exhibit all the deserving artists over a 40-year period–but merely a sampling of highlights of this wonderful opportunity the Center for Book Arts affords artists who work with the book as art.”
Artists include Tomie Arai, Lynne Avadenka, Julie Chen, Steven Daiber, Johanna Drucker, Timothy C. Ely, Anne Gilman, Kumi Korf, Karen Kunc, Hedi Kyle, Guy Laramée, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, Richard Minsky, Leah Oates, Tom Phillips, Sarah Plimpton, Benjamin D. Rinehart, Susan Rotolo, Diane Samuels, Rocco Scary, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Susan Joy Share, SP Weather Station, Barbara Tetenbaum, Cynthia Thompson, Harvey Tulcensky, and Claire van Vliet.