Diamond Leaves at Museum of Printing History


Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress

Booklyn and the Museum of Printing History in Houston are proud to present the American premiere of Diamond Leaves, the major international artist’s book exhibition first curated by Marshall Weber and Xu Bing at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing.

Specifically designed for the Museum of Printing History, this current version of the exhibition, titled Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress, showcases 24 masterpieces of the artist’s book form created by a diverse international group of more than 30 artists. These artists approach the creation of artists’ books as an interdisciplinary and multi-media practice, producing books whose complicated aesthetics push the boundaries of book design far beyond conventional form and function. Just as photography liberated painting from its documentary function late in the 19th century, digital media has liberated the book from the burden of operating as a vehicle for text and data, spurring the renaissance of creative bookmaking celebrated by this exhibition.

The exhibition will premiere the first ever 3D-printed book, Orihon, by artist Tom Burtonwood. In counterpoint to Orihon the exhibit will premiere rising artist Jonathan Romain’s book, Atlas One, which uses the antique craft of copper plate engraving to take on contemporary issues of cartography and identity.

Curator Marshall Weber, Booklyn Brooklyn, NY, 2014



Ryoko Adachi, Japan; Tom Burtonwood, USA; Wolfgang Buchta, Austria; Germany; Francesco Clemente, USA; Lesley Dill, USA; Colette Fu, USA; Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård, Germany; Candace Hicks, USA; Justseeds/CultureStrike, Clemens-Tobias Lange, Mexico/USA; Yoko Ono, USA; Eliana Perez, Colombia; Favianna Rodriguez, USA; David Sandlin, USA; Aaron Sinift, USA; Dana Smith, USA; and Xu Bing, China.

Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress
February 20, 2014– May 17, 2014
The Museum of Printing History
Houston, Texas


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