SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBITION at the 40th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
Contemporary Calligraphy in the World of Books, an exhibition of materials selected from the collections in the San Francisco Public Library, is the featured exhibition at this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair. In the spotlight will be items drawn from the Book Arts & Special Collections Center's Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, a specialized subject collection established in 1963, which focuses on contemporary lettering arts. On display will be manuscript books, broadsides and prints by internationally known calligraphers from the United States, England and Europe, including Marie Angel, Georgianna Greenwood, Thomas Ingmire, Donald Jackson, Suzanne Moore, John Stevens, Werner Schneider, Arne Wolf and Hermann Zapf, among others.
Books and other materials from the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book (including Edward Burne-Jones's copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer), the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, and the Little Maga/Zines Collection will also be on display. The San Francisco History Center will participate as well, offering selections from their book, manuscript and photograph collections.
Saturday, February 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Calligraphy, the State of the Art, the State of the Craft
Three leading Bay Area lettering artists discuss the current trends and practice of calligraphy in an informal conversation.
Georgianna Greenwood (Berkeley, CA) studied calligraphy at both Reed College, Portland, Oregon, and the Portland Museum of Art School. She has been practicing her art and craft in Berkeley since 1964, specializing in both original works and calligraphy for reproduction. A founder of the Friends of Calligraphy, the Bay Area organization devoted to the lettering arts, she has been influential on the local scene as both teacher and mentor. She has also given workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the United States, England and Germany.
Thomas Ingmire (San Francisco) was the first American to be elected a Fellow of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators, London. A vivid expression of the modern calligraphy movement, his work can be found in public and private collections around the world; it is the subject of Michael Gullick's Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire (1989) and codici 1: a teacher's notebook on modern calligraphy & lettering art (2003). His teaching experience and influence extends throughout the United States to Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
Arne Wolf (Berkeley, CA) is Professor Emeritus of Art, California State University at Hayward. He studied applied graphics and lettering at the Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Munich, before emigrating from Germany to the United States. In addition to teaching for many years, in Atlanta, Berkeley, and Toronto as well as in Hayward, he has distinguished himself as a designer, calligrapher, painter and printmaker. His works, including artists books, are in major collections in the United States and abroad.
For more information about our collections, please visit our web site http://sfpl.org/librarylocations/mai.../bookarts.htm;
for the Book Fair's site, go to http://www.labookfair.com/index.html
Asa Peavy, Program Manager
Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102