London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is the UK’s only open-access resource and education centre dedicated to book arts. Located in Fish Island, near Hackney Wick in east London.

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  1. New from the LCBA shop: two titles published by X Marks the Bökship; The Postcard is a Public Work of Art and Man Aarg! Poetry, Essay, Art Practice.

    Available both online and at the LCBA studio.

  2. Tomorrow evening is the launch of Becoming Invisible by Ian Whittlesea, published by Everyday Press, at Marcus Campbell Art Books.via Anagram Books
Join us for the Book Launch of Ian Whittlesea’s new book: Becoming Invisible, published by The Everyday Press. The artist will be present, the book will be sold at a special discount. Drinks will be served.About the book:
Becoming Invisible is a guide and visual primer that draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga. It describes how, through visualisation and breathing exercises, the reader will be able to split light into its constituent parts and then recombine the seven colours of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator. Thus, potentially, anyone can achieve the goal of becoming invisible. Ian Whittlesea is an artist whose work is concerned with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. His translation of Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo was published in 2009 and his newly illustrated and appended edition of Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in 2012. These texts, along with Becoming Invisible, have been collectively described as ‘instruction manuals for transcendental exercise’.http://www.marcuscampbell.co.uk/Marcus Campbell Art Bookshop
image via Ian Whittlesea Tomorrow evening is the launch of Becoming Invisible by Ian Whittlesea, published by Everyday Press, at Marcus Campbell Art Books.via Anagram Books
Join us for the Book Launch of Ian Whittlesea’s new book: Becoming Invisible, published by The Everyday Press. The artist will be present, the book will be sold at a special discount. Drinks will be served.About the book:
Becoming Invisible is a guide and visual primer that draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga. It describes how, through visualisation and breathing exercises, the reader will be able to split light into its constituent parts and then recombine the seven colours of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator. Thus, potentially, anyone can achieve the goal of becoming invisible. Ian Whittlesea is an artist whose work is concerned with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. His translation of Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo was published in 2009 and his newly illustrated and appended edition of Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in 2012. These texts, along with Becoming Invisible, have been collectively described as ‘instruction manuals for transcendental exercise’.http://www.marcuscampbell.co.uk/Marcus Campbell Art Bookshop
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    Tomorrow evening is the launch of Becoming Invisible by Ian Whittlesea, published by Everyday Press, at Marcus Campbell Art Books.

    via Anagram Books

    Join us for the Book Launch of Ian Whittlesea’s new book: Becoming Invisible, published by The Everyday Press.

    The artist will be present, the book will be sold at a special discount. Drinks will be served.

    About the book:

    Becoming Invisible is a guide and visual primer that draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga. It describes how, through visualisation and breathing exercises, the reader will be able to split light into its constituent parts and then recombine the seven colours of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator. Thus, potentially, anyone can achieve the goal of becoming invisible.

    Ian Whittlesea is an artist whose work is concerned with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. His translation of Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo was published in 2009 and his newly illustrated and appended edition of Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in 2012. These texts, along with Becoming Invisible, have been collectively described as ‘instruction manuals for transcendental exercise’.

    http://www.marcuscampbell.co.uk/
    Marcus Campbell Art Bookshop

    image via Ian Whittlesea

  3. New books available from the LCBA shop - both online and at the LCBA studio.

    The Unsophisticated Arts, Barbara Jones

    Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts, Robert Filliou

  4. April newsletter from the London Centre for Book Arts April newsletter from the London Centre for Book Arts
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  5. A book we picked up at Paper/view in Brussels. The first catalogue of editions and multiples by Matt Mullican published by Berlin-based Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite. A book we picked up at Paper/view in Brussels. The first catalogue of editions and multiples by Matt Mullican published by Berlin-based Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.
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    A book we picked up at Paper/view in Brussels. The first catalogue of editions and multiples by Matt Mullican published by Berlin-based Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.

  6. Back in stock!Bookbinding Tool Kit from the London Centre for Book Arts. The perfect kit for beginner bookbinders and craft makers. All tools are carefully selected and sourced in the UK. Kit contains: Awl, bone folder, clip-point shoe knife, paste brush, needles & linen thread. To order and to find out more, please visit our online shop Back in stock!Bookbinding Tool Kit from the London Centre for Book Arts. The perfect kit for beginner bookbinders and craft makers. All tools are carefully selected and sourced in the UK. Kit contains: Awl, bone folder, clip-point shoe knife, paste brush, needles & linen thread. To order and to find out more, please visit our online shop
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    Back in stock!

    Bookbinding Tool Kit from the London Centre for Book Arts. The perfect kit for beginner bookbinders and craft makers. All tools are carefully selected and sourced in the UK.

    Kit contains: Awl, bone folder, clip-point shoe knife, paste brush, needles & linen thread.

    To order and to find out more, please visit our online shop

  7. New workshops just added to our calendar; including another session of Letterpress Nights held one night/week for 4 weeks in May, and Sewing Variations, a new workshop exploring different sewing styles in bookbinding. Take a look New workshops just added to our calendar; including another session of Letterpress Nights held one night/week for 4 weeks in May, and Sewing Variations, a new workshop exploring different sewing styles in bookbinding. Take a look
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    New workshops just added to our calendar; including another session of Letterpress Nights held one night/week for 4 weeks in May, and Sewing Variations, a new workshop exploring different sewing styles in bookbinding. Take a look

  8. The exhibition Please Come To The Show at the Exhibition Research Centre in Liverpool is on view until 11 April 2014.
(If you can’t make it, Please Come to the Show also has a fantastic online archive of ephemera from the MoMA Library here)

via ERC
Please Come to the Show Initiated and curated by David Senior Designed by John Webster
Opening Thursday 13 February 2014, 6–8pm
Exhibition 14 February–11 April 2014

Since its beginnings, the MoMA Library has housed several collections of artists’ files and subject files, which contain assorted printed ephemera like announcement cards, press clippings, posters, and flyers. These materials illustrate an elaborate range of artistic activities and can contain unique elements from an artist’ s practice.
This exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from ca. 1960 to the present from the MoMA Library collection. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, often surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.
These materials are important research documents. They provide descriptive evidence of particular moments in art history, evoking the setting and spirit of artists’ practices and illuminating networks of artists, spaces, and ideas. The invitations reflect, disguise, or reconstitute artworks and can act as mechanisms that direct the audience’s experience of the work, and some are also artworks themselves. They give clues about librarians’ and curators’ involvement with particular artists or scenes in New York and abroad, and part of their story is the various traces of the hands they have passed through on their way into the collection.
More recent materials characterize the persistence of innovative print invitations within the context of our shift to online communication. Part of the interest in doing an exhibition now of special invitations and flyers is related to the recognition that this phenomenon of the art invitation has changed. As libraries and archives actively work towards collecting digital content and as galleries and museums phase out their printed invitations, it is a fitting moment to reflect on the various forms the printed invitation has taken in contemporary art practices.
David Senior is the Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. He also curates exhibitions – most recently ‘Millenium Magazines’ (2012), ‘Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74′ (2011) and ‘Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice’ (2011) – and the annual pro­gram of events for the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bulletins of the Serving Library, A Prior, Art Papers and C Magazine, and since 2008 he has published an artist’s book series through the New York Art Book Fair, with titles by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler, among others. He is a member of the advisory boards of Printed Matter, Art Metropole, Primary Information, Yale Union, and the Serving Library.
The exhibition Please Come To The Show at the Exhibition Research Centre in Liverpool is on view until 11 April 2014.
(If you can’t make it, Please Come to the Show also has a fantastic online archive of ephemera from the MoMA Library here)

via ERC
Please Come to the Show Initiated and curated by David Senior Designed by John Webster
Opening Thursday 13 February 2014, 6–8pm
Exhibition 14 February–11 April 2014

Since its beginnings, the MoMA Library has housed several collections of artists’ files and subject files, which contain assorted printed ephemera like announcement cards, press clippings, posters, and flyers. These materials illustrate an elaborate range of artistic activities and can contain unique elements from an artist’ s practice.
This exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from ca. 1960 to the present from the MoMA Library collection. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, often surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.
These materials are important research documents. They provide descriptive evidence of particular moments in art history, evoking the setting and spirit of artists’ practices and illuminating networks of artists, spaces, and ideas. The invitations reflect, disguise, or reconstitute artworks and can act as mechanisms that direct the audience’s experience of the work, and some are also artworks themselves. They give clues about librarians’ and curators’ involvement with particular artists or scenes in New York and abroad, and part of their story is the various traces of the hands they have passed through on their way into the collection.
More recent materials characterize the persistence of innovative print invitations within the context of our shift to online communication. Part of the interest in doing an exhibition now of special invitations and flyers is related to the recognition that this phenomenon of the art invitation has changed. As libraries and archives actively work towards collecting digital content and as galleries and museums phase out their printed invitations, it is a fitting moment to reflect on the various forms the printed invitation has taken in contemporary art practices.
David Senior is the Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. He also curates exhibitions – most recently ‘Millenium Magazines’ (2012), ‘Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74′ (2011) and ‘Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice’ (2011) – and the annual pro­gram of events for the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bulletins of the Serving Library, A Prior, Art Papers and C Magazine, and since 2008 he has published an artist’s book series through the New York Art Book Fair, with titles by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler, among others. He is a member of the advisory boards of Printed Matter, Art Metropole, Primary Information, Yale Union, and the Serving Library.
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    The exhibition Please Come To The Show at the Exhibition Research Centre in Liverpool is on view until 11 April 2014.

    (If you can’t make it, Please Come to the Show also has a fantastic online archive of ephemera from the MoMA Library here)

    via ERC

    Please Come to the Show
    Initiated and curated by David Senior
    Designed by John Webster

    Opening
    Thursday 13 February 2014, 6–8pm

    Exhibition
    14 February–11 April 2014

    Since its beginnings, the MoMA Library has housed several collections of artists’ files and subject files, which contain assorted printed ephemera like announcement cards, press clippings, posters, and flyers. These materials illustrate an elaborate range of artistic activities and can contain unique elements from an artist’ s practice.

    This exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from ca. 1960 to the present from the MoMA Library collection. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, often surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.

    These materials are important research documents. They provide descriptive evidence of particular moments in art history, evoking the setting and spirit of artists’ practices and illuminating networks of artists, spaces, and ideas. The invitations reflect, disguise, or reconstitute artworks and can act as mechanisms that direct the audience’s experience of the work, and some are also artworks themselves. They give clues about librarians’ and curators’ involvement with particular artists or scenes in New York and abroad, and part of their story is the various traces of the hands they have passed through on their way into the collection.

    More recent materials characterize the persistence of innovative print invitations within the context of our shift to online communication. Part of the interest in doing an exhibition now of special invitations and flyers is related to the recognition that this phenomenon of the art invitation has changed. As libraries and archives actively work towards collecting digital content and as galleries and museums phase out their printed invitations, it is a fitting moment to reflect on the various forms the printed invitation has taken in contemporary art practices.

    David Senior is the Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. He also curates exhibitions – most recently ‘Millenium Magazines’ (2012), ‘Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74′ (2011) and ‘Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice’ (2011) – and the annual pro­gram of events for the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs. His writing has appeared in FriezeBulletins of the Serving LibraryA PriorArt Papers and C Magazine, and since 2008 he has published an artist’s book series through the New York Art Book Fair, with titles by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler, among others. He is a member of the advisory boards of Printed Matter, Art Metropole, Primary Information, Yale Union, and the Serving Library.

  9. Three Star Books is a Paris-based producer of artist books and editions. They work closely with artists to produce finely crafted ‘books’ in the loosest sense of the term. A firmly contemporary take on the tradition of the Parisian livre d’artiste.
via imgltd Three Star Books is a Paris-based producer of artist books and editions. They work closely with artists to produce finely crafted ‘books’ in the loosest sense of the term. A firmly contemporary take on the tradition of the Parisian livre d’artiste.
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    Three Star Books is a Paris-based producer of artist books and editions. They work closely with artists to produce finely crafted ‘books’ in the loosest sense of the term. A firmly contemporary take on the tradition of the Parisian livre d’artiste.

    via imgltd

  10. A few new books available from our online shop including the second edition of Self-Reliance Library by Temporary Services A few new books available from our online shop including the second edition of Self-Reliance Library by Temporary Services
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    A few new books available from our online shop including the second edition of Self-Reliance Library by Temporary Services