Exhibit | April 15-June 18, 2023 | SFCB-Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists' Books

  • 03 Apr 2023
  • 19 Jun 2023
  • San Francisco Center for The Book

San Francisco Center for the Book Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists' Booksopening Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm. 

Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books revisits this early history, focusing on the intertwined legacies of book art centers and other institutions across the US whose primary goal has been to teach the craft practices of book arts and related practices of distribution and collecting. Tracing the foundation of book art organizations across the US—including, Center for Book Arts in 1974, Printed Matter and Franklin Furnace in 1976, Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 1983, and San Francisco Center for the Book in 1996—this exhibition shows craft and conceptual art not to be opposites, but rather two ends of the spectrum of book art practices.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring additional contributions by Sur Rodney (Sur), David Senior, Kayleigh Perkov, and Tara Aisha Willis, and a selection of reprinted historical texts.

Artists in the exhibition include Francis Butler, Ulises Carrión, Sas Colby, Betsy Davids, Mirtha Dermisache, Alison Knowles, Gordon Matta-Clark, Benjamin Patterson, Howardena Pindell, Ed Ruscha, Clarissa Sligh, and Barbara T. Smith (among others).

Dates: April 15-June 18, 2023

Opening: April 21st, 6-8pm

Curator: Megan N. Liberty

Recent NYT review at Center for the Book: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/02/arts/new-york-art-galleries.html

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