Book Art Object
Book art object is a record of the first biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium: «The Fate of the Art»,Berkeley, California, 2007. The event showcased contemporary artist books and fine press and fine art editions produced by some of the worlds most esteemed printers, designers, book artists, and artisans. The book includes transcripts of the following lectures: Sarah Bodman, Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol: «The hybrid lexicon: an overview of contemporary artists publishing in the UK»; Robert Bringhurst, poet, translator, and typographer: «Spiritual geometry: the book as a work of art»; and Felipe Ehrenberg, artist, Mexican diplomat, former publisher of the Beau Geste Press, London: «Cutting and pasting: metaphor of life.» The volume is superbly illustrated in full color throughout. David Jury is Head of Graphic Media at the Colchester Institute, School of Art and Design, UK. His numerous books include About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography; Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade; What is Typography?; and New Typographic Design. From 1996 to 2006 he was the editor of TypoGraphic (journal of the International Society of Typographic Designers). Jury designs and publishes limited edition letterpress printed books for his own Fox Ash Press. The Codex Foundation was established in 2005 by Berkeley-based artist/printer/publisher Peter Rutledge Koch and other fine book printers, curators, and aficionados. It was founded to promote knowledge and appreciation of the book arts, and to organize a biennial international book fair and symposium in the San Francisco Bay Area. The non-profit Codex Foundation exists to preserve and promote the art and craft of the book. The mission is educational and, in the broadest possible context, to bring to public recognition the artisanship and the rich history of the civilizations of the book.
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