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Dear Book Artist / Enthusiast
The DEPARTMENT of VISUAL ART, UNIVERSITY of JOHANNESBURG and JACK GINSBERG take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the BOOKNESSES program of events: EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, VISIT and COLLOQUIUM. We look forward to seeing you at the events.

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The University of Johannesburg's Department of Visual Art in association with Jack Ginsberg will be hosting two exhibitions of artists's books, a colloquium and associated workshops in March 2017.
  • To showcase a selection of artists's  books from the collection of Jack Ginsberg
  • To add, through the publication of an extensive catalogue of the exhibition, to the discourse on the book arts in South Africa
  • To showcase a diverse range of recent book arts and book-objects from South African artists, designers and students which encompass traditional, experimental and digital responses to the book as an artwork
  • To gather the broad book arts community in South Africa to share and discuss diverse topics which relate to the book arts and to share their skills, knowledge and experiences of making, collecting and theorising the artist's book in South Africa
  • To introduce South African artists, designers and students to international experts and keynote speakers in the field so as to make meaningful global connections.
Pre-Colloquium Workshops include:
  • The launch of the Project Space at Phumani Papers and papermaking demonstrations and practical papermaking workshops
  • Paper engineering and structures workshop presented by Stephan Erasmus
  • A visit to Artist Proof Studio (APS) for cocktails and demonstrations on the printing and making of William Kentridge's Bookwork Triumphs & Laments
  • Bookbinding demonstrations and practical workshops by Helene van Aswegen, Stellenbosch University
These workshops and visit take place from Tuesday 21 March to Thursday 23 March 2017.
The Exhibitions comprise the following:
  • Booknesses: South African Artists' Books: FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus, Johannesburg. Opening Friday 24 March and running till 5 May 2017. Curated by David Paton, Eugene Hon, Gordon Froud and Rosalind Cleaver. The exhibition of over 100 works will be accompanied by an online catalogue.
  • Booknesses: Artists Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection: UJ Art Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus, Johannesburg. Opening Saturday 25 March and running till 5 May 2017.
Booknesses: Artists Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection is curated by David Paton assisted by Annali Dempsey, Rosalind Cleaver and Jack Ginsberg and is accompanied by an extensive full-colour catalogue of the 258 book objects, historical and contemporary from both South African and international artists represented in one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of artists's books ever to have been held internationally. The catalogue contains essays by David Paton, Keith Dietrich, Pippa Skotnes, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Kim Berman in conversation with Jack Ginsberg and is edited by Robyn Sassen and will add extensive new knowledge to the book arts in South Africa. This much anticipated exhibition and its catalogue showcase a small aspect of the remarkable Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists's Books which is internationally acknowledged respected and which is unique on the African continent.
The Colloquium:
This international Colloquium, Booknesses: Taking Stock of the Book Arts in South Africa will be held at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March 2017.
It includes presentations in the form of practical demonstrations of work and papers presented by local and international book artists and those working with the book as an artwork. Papers and round-table discussions will be presented within the following fields of the book arts:
  • Conceiving, Designing, Making (a Designer / Artist's perspective)
  • Papers, Screens, Printing and Binding (an Associated Arts perspective)
  • Collecting, Bibliography, Curating and Display (a Collecting and Exhibitions perspective)
  • Teaching, Theorising and Writing (an Academic and Educational perspective)
Keynote speakers are:
  • Sarah Bodman: Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus of the UWE.
  • Robbin Ami Silverberg: is an artist and founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio in New York. Her artwork is divided between artist books and installations. She has a long association with the Department of Visual Art at UJ.
The colloquium will be brought to a close on the evening of Sunday 26 March with a Public Conversation between Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge introduced and moderated by Professor Jane Taylor.

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