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A photography class from Art Practice taught by Matthew Smith visited the Art History/Classics Library last week to view some of our rare artists’ books. The students viewed several artists’ books by Ed Ruscha, including TwentySix Gasoline Stations, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and Some Los Angeles Apartments, all from the collections of the Environmental Design Library and the Art History/Classics Library.
Ruscha’s TwentySix Gasoline Stations is often considered to be a seminal work in the history of artists’ books, and has influenced many artists over the years. The students also viewed several works influenced by or appropriated from Ruscha:
Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations by Jeffrey Brouws
Twentysix Road Kills by Daniel D. Teoli, Jr.
Twentysix Charging Stations by Ginger R. Burrell
Another Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Gregory Eddi Jones
The biennial International CODEX Book Fair and Symposium opens this weekend, February 5-8. The sold-out symposium will be held on campus in the mornings and the book fair at the panoramic Craneway Pavilion in Richmond in the afternoons.
The Codex Foundation preserves and promotes the hand-made book as a work of art in the broadest possible context and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book. Book artists and printers from France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico but also from Argentina, Australia, China and beyond will exhibit.
More details including a full list of exhibitors is available on the CODEX website.