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Wallace, Eileen. Masters: Book Arts.

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Author(s): Siegel, Jules

Journal: The Bonefolder : an e-Journal for the Bookbinder and Book Artist
ISSN 1555-6565

Volume: 8;
Start page: 115;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Bookbinding | artist's books | history of the book | book review

ABSTRACT
Masters: Book Arts by Eileen Wallace is an exhibit in bookform that presents intriguing glimpses of the works of 43book artists. Printed in full color on heavy coated mattestock, this large, solid book is satisfying to hold and read. Thelayout is lively but well-organized, with highly coherent useof editorial elements to chart a path through the luxuriantmaze of book art. The photography is uniformly excellent.Vivid yet non-intrusive light and simple settings show theoften complex works with obvious affection, but withoutover-dramatization. The text is factual, terse and sympathetic.Eileen Wallace, who is described as the curator rather thanauthor or editor, remains decidedly in the background.Masters: Book Arts is easy to read and a pleasure to browse.The text informs rather than challenges, a very good thing, asthe works themselves are challenging enough.

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