| Book Art
In 2004 "Contemporary Polish Book Art" (or simply Book Art) celebrated
its 10th anniversary.
We made 7 editions of this project and organised 80 exhibitions in many
prestigious venues in Poland, USA, Germany, Israel, Holland, Bulgaria,
Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland. We took part in
international book fairs in Leipzig, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Warsaw, New
York and Turku.
We have published 16 very nicely designed catalogues backing up works
of many artists of different generations; they are not only the source
of our pride but also a source of valuable information about book
artists and book art.
The Book Art exhibitions are both presentations (of invited artists)
and competitions open for everybody. This allows us to show works of
various styles and attitudes, of well known masters and of young
talented authors often living far from big centres. Displaying
book-objects, book illustrations, fine press books, author's books,
limited editions, artis's books, book installations and whatever we
have created a kind of moving (in time and space) centre for book art,
the only one in Poland.
SInce 1994 the exhibitions has been organised by the Warsaw Branch of
Polish Artists Union and the recent (7th) edition by the Book Art
Section established within the Union in 2001. After its "premiere"
every new edition of Book Art travels around Poland and abroad
(exhibition can be either a full version or a sellection of item
adjusted to a given space). We summarized this phase of our
activity making in 2004 the first Warsaw Book Art Festival that
encompassed the vastest possible range of book art.