Ten Years of Artists’ Books curated by Donna Seager
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Seager Gray Gallery, a well-known contemporary art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area has been a staunch supporter of the book as a medium for contemporary art. In ten years of mounting their annual Art of the Book exhibition, they have featured over 500 works by artists around the world. This exhibition features many of the curator’s favorites.
For ten years, Seager Gray Gallery has taken the lead in presenting art related to books. The journey has been a rich one, connecting us to fine presses, book artists, binders, printmakers, sculptors and special collections libraries throughout the world. It began with a visit to collector and book artist, Charles Hobson at his home in San Francisco in 2004. When he showed me his collection of book-related arts, I was struck by what I call a “museum” feeling—that wonderful sense of having seen something rich and gratifying and most definitely classifiable as fine art. I was determined to create an exhibition completely dedicated to the book as its focus.
The works selected in this exhibit bring back some of the highlights from the last ten years and some new works as well, hopefully expanding ideas of what a book can be and its rich potential both as content and material for amazing works of fine art.
Artists include Guston Abright, Jody Alexander, James Allen, Islam Aly, Doug Beube, Macy Chadwick, Julie Chen, Cathy DeForest, Marie Dern, Jessica Drenk, Arian Dylan, Casey Gardner, Alisa Golden, Andrew Hayes, Meg Hitchcock, Charles Hobson, Peter Koch, Lisa Kokin, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Sandi Miot, Elizabeth Sher, Seiko Tachibana, Danielle Giudici Wallis and Kazuko Watanabe.
Donna Seager has distinguished herself nationally for her commitment to the book as a medium for art.