Phillip Guston & Bill Berkson, Negative, 1973
The official text:
The Center for Book Arts (NY) is pleased to announce the Summer 2010 exhibition, Poems & Pictures: A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946-1981). This exhibition, organized by Kyle Schlesinger, examines the fundamental relationships between: form and content; visual and language arts; seeing and reading; and the miraculous occasions when these relationships blur. The major presses featured in this exhibition were established between 1945 and 1980, and some are still in operation. Together they share in the common objective of bringing bold new writing into print where commercial presses fear to tread, and to do so with flair, imagination, and intelligence.I am tremendously excited and deeply honored that the NewLights Press is a part of this exhibition, as one example of a contemporary press whose work is linked to the tradition(s) initiated by the historical examples shown. The three new NewLights broadsides (Yau, Sirois, and Evenson) will be on display.
The exhibition features over 60 books produced between 1946 and 1981, as well as paintings, collages, periodicals, and ephemera. Poets, artists, and collaborators include Wallace Berman, Joe Brainard, Robert Creeley, Jim Dine, Johanna Drucker, Philip Guston, Joanne Kyger, Emily McVarish, Karen Randall, Larry Rivers, George Schneeman, and many more.
After the show is finished in NYC, it will travel to the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas.
OPENING TONIGHT! July 7, 6 – 8 PM
July 7 – September 11
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001