Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Mesmerizing Paper Marbling

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Paper marbling is a centuries old art of aqueous design that is transferred to paper or fabric. There are several methods of marbling, but the basic process uses a shallow tray of water or viscous mucilage, known as size or sizing. Ink or paint colors are carefully applied to the surface of the water or sizing with an ink brush (chemicals are used to help keep the colors floating). The artist then uses various apparatuses such as brushes, rakes, combs, and styluses to create designs. Once the artist is satisfied with the design, a piece of paper is laid on the surface and voilà, the colorful design is transferred to the surface of the paper.

Watching the process of paper marbling is mesmerizing, as is illustrated in the video below. Seyit Uygur is a Turkish ebru artist (ebru is the Turkish name for paper marbling).

Seyit UYGUR { Ebru Artist } from Oguz Uygur on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at marbling, check out your local Center for Book Arts to register for a class. Here’s a link to an instructional video from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The page also includes a great link to examples of different marbling pattern samples. There are also a number of neat videos on YouTube.

Woven Book of Hours

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

In the video below, ABAA member Dr. Sandra Hindman presents the world’s only woven book of hours, produced by J.A. Henry in Lyon for the 1889 World’s Fair. By programming the Jacquard loom, Henry was able to weave silk threads into punch-cards–approximately 400 threads per square inch! In addition to being an interesting art object, the book also intrigues technology buffs and historians: the punchcards used are very similar to the method employed by Charles Babbage in the analytical engine, the prototype for the computer. (Here’s some more information about both Jacquard and Babbage’s inventions.)

Dr. Sandra Hindman, Les Enluminures
The Books of Hours website of Les Enluminures


Die Brücke Catalogue with Original Woodcuts Found at Flea Market

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Die Brücke 1912 exhibition catalogue (image via Ketterer Kunst)

Earlier this year, a German citizen purchased a thin brochure inscribed with the name “Brücke” for €5 at a local flea market. It turns out this was quite a find; the brochure was a catalogue for a 1912 travelling exhibition of the Die Brücke collective.

Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) was a German artists’ group formed in 1905 by four architectural students in Dresden– Ernest Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Enrich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. (Later members included Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, and Otto Mueller.) The group aimed to discover new methods of artistic expression and to “free themselves from the traditional academic style of the time.” Through doing so, they strived to create a bridge between the past and the present (hence the name of the group). The resulting artistic style is what we refer to today as Expressionism, which has the signifying trait of presenting the world “solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.”

In addition to developing their own individual art, Die Brücke had two other major objectives: to establish contact with artists with similar sensibilities and to (more…)

London Bookseller Marries Rare Manuscripts with Contemporary Art in New Exhibit

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Elizabeth Barret Browning & Robert Browning on the balcony at Casa Guidi, by artist Penny Green (© Penny Green; image via Culture24)

Maggs Bros. Ltd., a prominent London antiquarian book firm, currently has an exhibition on display that links contemporary art with antiquarian materials. After visiting a group exhibit in which artists were invited to create pieces inspired by a British museum, Maggs director Robert Harding had a brilliant idea– why not replicate a similar project at Maggs, allowing artists to create unique pieces inspired by the bookstore’s wonderful holdings?

Why not indeed! Sponsored by the Arts Council England, Maggs is pleased to announce Maggs Beneath the Covers, an exhibition that displays twelve artists’s creative responses to rare books and manuscripts they encountered in Maggs’s vast inventory. This means, of course, that Maggs invited these artists to visit and examine the usually private contents and workings of their business, “an unprecedented opportunity for artists (more…)

“Tintin in America” Cover Art Sets New Record

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Over the weekend the original cover artwork for Tintin in America (1932) sold at the Paris Artcurial auction for $1.6 million (1.3 million Euros), setting the new record for comic book art. The previous record had been set in 2008 by the sale of the same artwork for $973,000. The record for American comic book art was set last year when a splash page from The Dark Knight Returns (1986) sold for $448,125.

Tintin in America is the third volume of the Tintin adventure books by creator Herge, and the aforementioned drawing was done in Indian ink and gouache.  Only five covers are known to exist and two of them are owned privately.

Tintin Art Sale Sets Record with $1.6 Million [The Hollywood Reporter]

Watercolor of Brontë Sisters to be Auctioned

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A rare watercolor of the Brontë sisters is scheduled to be auctioned on Thursday by JP Humbert Auctioneers in England. The painting was originally set to be sold last month, but was pulled at the last moment as auctioneers tried to establish a more direct link to the supposed artist, Sir Edwin Landseer. The painting had been previously attributed by the National Portrait Gallery after four years of research by the vendor, but the auction house wanted to make certain that the link between the artist and the Brontë sisters was as solid as it seemed.

John Humbert, of JP Humbert Auctioneers, says that experts have now confirmed the painting was done by Sir Edwin Landseer and is strongly believed to be of the famous sisters.  ”We have spent quite some time trying to establish a link between Landseer and the Brontes and after cross referencing with other known pictures by Landseer, we are confident that we have a strong argument that this picture is as important as we hoped,” Humbert said. Mr. Humbert went on to say that thre has been international interest in the item and it is expected to raise between £20,000 and £30,000 ($31,580-$47,370).

Brontës watercolour up for auction [MSN News]

Amazing Rare Art Book Collection Goes to Auction

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Sotheby's and Binoche & Giquello / Jean-Yves Dubois

On Wednesday, a rare book collection that would leave any modern art enthusiast drooling is set to be auctioned in Paris.  The collection comes from a French couple identified only by their initials, R. & B.L., and is comprised of various works by countless modern masters-  Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Braque, Chagall, and Toulouse-Lautrec, to name a few.

“This collection, in which Picasso plays a key position, unites poetry, literature, painting and beautiful bindings,” says Anne Heilbronn, the head of the book and manuscript department at Sotheby’s Paris.

A handful of the items that will be offered tomorrow:

* Matisse sketchbook from 1930
* Matisse’s exquisite 1947 artist book, Jazz
* 32 books with illustrations by Picasso, dating from 1905-1960, and including a very rare copy of André Salmon’s Poèmes, which contains an etching of two acrobats (only 10 copies of this print are known to have survived)
* Blaise Cendrars’s La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France (Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of the little Jeanne of France), illustrated by Sonia Delaunay.  The book folds out like an accordion and is considered to be a major milestone in artists’s books. (Check out photos at the link below.)
* Paul Verlaine’s Parallèlement  with a mother of pearl binding by Eugène-Alain Séguy
*Rose Adler’s abstract, mosaic binding for Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which contains 30 etchings by Picasso

Did I mention that my birthday is this week?

Please click here to view all the entire catalogue online.

 Artistically Illustrated Tomes []

Livres Illustrés Modernes de la Bibliothèque R. & B.L. [Sotheby's]