"During the last 50 years, the conception and production of the book has evolved into an art form that exceeds all former standards for the book as object. Book arts have become a mature medium, and California artists and printers are leaders in the fine arts of the book," said Roberto G. Trujillo, head of Stanford Library's Department of Special Collections, which is lending works for this exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. "We are pleased to share these exemplary works from our Special Collections for the exhibition, and we hope this display inspires viewers to come to the library to further explore this artistic medium."
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents "The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses," featuring the "new book," as defined by contemporary art practices, successful experiments with media, and innovative structures in book production. On show are works by Foolscap Press (Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer); Moving Parts Press (Felicia Rice); Ninja Press (Carolee Campbell); Peter Koch Printers (Peter Rutledge Koch); and Turkey Press (Harry and Sandra Reese). A catalogue is available.