The Visual Voice: New Photo Book Narratives at RayKo Photo Center 

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th, 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: February 5th - March 3rd, 2015

FEATURED ARTISTS: Stephen Albair, Luis Delgado, Jose Diniz, McNair Evans, Brad Freeman, Lydia Goldblatt, Toni Greaves, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Patricia Lagarde, Marcus Lyon, Diana Matar, Clifton Meador, Carlos Javier Ortiz, David Pace, Darcy Padilla, Luis Palacios Kaim, Jana Romanova, Tate Shaw, Liz Steketee, Imrich Veber, Wenxin Zhang, and Philip Zimmerman

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s pre-eminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with nearly 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.   The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

EPHEMERA: ephem·era noun \i-ˈfe-mər-ə, -ˈfem-rə\: paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that   were originally meant to be discarded after use, but have since become collectibles. Also includes other materials such as tin, plastic, metal, vellum, etc.

WHAT: Taking place March 20-22, 2015, this one-of-a-kind event features the finest vintage paper and ephemera exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Treasures such as posters, catalogues, valentines, postcards, pamphlets, broadsides, tickets, invitations, autographs, sheet music, letterheads, manuscripts, trade cards, photographs, playing cards, political propaganda, and much more can be found at this Show. Collectors will delight in this rare merchandise while enjoying conferences, talks, discussions and presentations.

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Lot No. 113
Thames River, London. Daumont, Paris, 1760.
Attractive view of the busy Thames River and London.
Estimate: $300

(Amherst, MA—January 20, 2015) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that Ellen Keiter has joined the staff this month as the Museum’s new chief curator. Keiter is replacing H. Nichols B. Clark, the Museum’s founding director and chief curator. Clark, who retired in December after more than thirteen years with The Carle, will continue in an emeritus role as a visiting lecturer and guest curator for the Museum.

Keiter brings to The Carle more than 20 years of professional museum experience. Most recently she was the Director of Exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, specializing in contemporary art. Among the many exhibitions she curated are Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio; Eye to I: 3,000 Years of Portraits; Shattering Glass: New Perspectives; and I © the ‘Burbs. During her thirteen years at Katonah, she also met and worked with numerous children’s book illustrators through the museum’s Children’s Learning Center, which is dedicated to the display and celebration of original picture book art. Prior to her work at Katonah, Keiter was the Curator of Exhibitions at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. She has a BA in Art History from Muhlenberg College and a MA in Art History from American University.

New York City—The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will have its debut running on April 11th at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall on Park Avenue.  Designed as a satellite event of Rare Book Week, the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera, the fair will host more than 50 prominent dealers.

Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events, a respected New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, positions the one-day event as an affordable complement to the ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

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A key handwritten scientific document by Alan Turing in which he works on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books & Manuscripts sale in New York on 13 April. The manuscript is expected to sell for at least seven figures and a portion of the proceeds from Bonhams and the vendor will be donated to charity.

Made up of 56 pages contained in a simple notebook bought from a stationers in Cambridge, UK, it is almost certainly the only extensive autograph manuscript by Turing in existence, and has never been seen in public. From internal evidence, it dates from 1942 when he was working at Bletchley Park to break the German Enigma Code, and provides remarkable insight into the thought process of a genius. As he writes in his distinctive hand: “The Leibniz notation  I find extremely difficult to understand in spite of it having been the one I understood the best once! It certainly implies that some relation between x and y has been laid down eg, y=x2+3x…”It was among the papers left by Turing in his will to his close friend and fellow mathematician, Robin Gandy. Turing committed suicide in 1954 as a consequence of the hormone treatment to ‘cure’ his homosexuality which he was undergoing as an alternative to imprisonment.

New Haven, Conn.—Three exhibitions opening Jan. 16 at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University highlight the diversity and richness of the library’s collections, exploring Yale's remarkable collection of pre-modern Japanese manuscripts, the underground art scene in 1980s East Germany, and the integration of American theatrical productions.  

Combined, the three exhibitions present an extraordinary range of items, including materials from a groundbreaking 1943 integrated production of Othello staring Paul Robeson; the work of an East German underground artist and poet Sascha Anderson who was secretly in cahoots with the Stasi; and eighth-century Japanese scrolls that are among the world’s earliest printed objects. These and a trove of other fascinating material will be on view in the following exhibitions.

Downton Abbey Comes to Dallas

DALLAS—As American fans settle in to Season 5 of the PBS's award-winning "Downton Abbey," Heritage Auctions Vice President and "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Nick Dawes is the featured presenter at "The Treasures of Downton Abbey,” a presentation on the magnificent art and furnishings that play a key role in the series - despite having no speaking part. The event, fully open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m., Feb. 10 as part of Heritage Auctions' Second Tuesdays at Slocum Lecture Series, held at the firm's Design District Annex, located at 1518 Slocum St.

"The magnificent furnishings of Downton Abbey are crucial to every episode," said Dawes, who is celebrating his 20th season on "Antiques Roadshow" this year. "The splendor of the age and pedigree of the Crawley family is reflected in these objects.  We hope you will join us for an opportunity to travel back in time.”

New York, NY, January 14, 2015—In 2005, the Morgan Library & Museum embarked on a new program of drawings acquisitions with the goal of bringing to the present a collection that was known for its Old Master and nineteenth-century holdings. During the ensuing decade the institution put together a formidable collection of modern and contemporary drawings, representing a wide range of artists and movements. Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions, opening February 13, features more than eighty works from the collection and explores the dynamic creativity that revolutionized the medium in our time. The exhibition runs through May 24.

Embracing Modernism includes work by artists from Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Egon Schiele, to Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Susan Rothenberg, Martin Kippenberger, and Marlene Dumas. The exhibition is divided into five sections. Each focuses on a particular departure or shift in emphasis in modern drawing—such as the approach to the use of the line—that sets it apart from its antecedents. The exhibition is organized by Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan, who has led the museum in this area since 2005.

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