Bookish gems from the inaugural Seattle Art Fair

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The first ever Seattle Art Fair is in the books and by most accounts it’s another feather in the cap for the Emerald City. The tech boom with its inherent money showers combined with our proximity to Asia make for an enticing mix and when Paul Allen throws his hat in the ring usually something good happens. I have been saying this for a while now; there are few cities in America as well positioned as Seattle to become one of the leading cities of the 21st century. 

The show consisted of a healthy mix of local galleries with some of the big boys from New York, Los Angeles and beyond and it was great to see numerous text and bookworks sprinkled throughout the fair. 

Here is a sampling of our favorites from our visit. Many of the artists deserve and will get a more comprehensive look at their bookwork in the near future.

What fun.

Hamilton_bookweightAnn Hamilton. book weight aa (human carriage) , 2009-2010. Archival inkjet print, 63 × 46 3/4 in. Edition of 10 + 2AP. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

Top image: Phil Shaw. London New York Paris Moscow, 2014, eight color pigment based archival print on Hahnemuhle paper, 46 7/8 x 37 3/4 in, edition of 60. Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London. Each shelf represents a subway line in the corresponding city.

Seattle Art Fair In the news:

Seattle Art Fair Receives a Boost From Tech’s Big Spenders | New York Times

via art net

7 Reasons Why the Seattle Art Fair Is Important for the Art World | Eileen Kinsella 

Seattle Art Fair Attracts Local Tech Royalty but Future Remains Uncertain | Sheila Farr

A peak at some of the treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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Did you know that 82 of the 233 surviving First Folios of Shakespeare’s plays live at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.?

To mark the quadricentennial of his death The Folger is sending a few copies on a tour of America.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News was granted exclusive access to the Folger vault, where he got a look at some of the goodies that rarely see the light of day.

Silent Spring : A Book That Changed the World



For me, personally, Silent Spring had a profound impact. It was one of the books we read at home at my mother’s insistence and then discussed around the dinner table. . . . Rachel Carson was one of the reasons why I became so conscious of the environment and so involved with environmental issues. Her example inspired me to write Earth in the Balance. . . . Her picture hangs on my office wall among those of political leaders. . . . Carson has had as much or more effect on me than any of them, and perhaps than all of them together.


—Vice President Al Gore, “Introduction,” Silent Spring (1994 ed.), xiii

Without question, it is the book that started the American environmental movement. First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962 Silent Spring brought to light the use and abuse of dangerous chemicals in agriculture and pest control. It sold hundreds of thousands of copies and stayed on the best seller list for thirty-one months.

By 1975 every one of the toxic chemicals named in the book was either banned or severely restricted in the US.

rachel carson Rachel Carson with a copy of the book

Over at The Environment & Society Portal, Mark Stoll, an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University, has created a comprehensive online exhibition celebrating this groundbreaking book. From the insistent attacks on the book and Carson to the government response to the place Silent Spring holds in popular culture, this well researched exhibit is a worthy salute to both the book and its dedicated author.

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Rachel Carson Peanuts

Silent Spring – Exhibition Overview | Environment & Society Portal.