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March 3, 2020

Book Lovers: Join the Center for Book Arts at Its Annual Benefit and Auction on April 2

A piece from the Center’s current exhibit: “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name,” running through March 28, 2020.

The Center for Book Arts is hosting its annual benefit and auction on April 2. Don’t miss this once-a-year, only-in-New York evening of drinks, dancing, performances, and auctions. It’s your opportunity to help this unique organization fulfill its mission: to promote the active exploration of artistic practices related to the book as an art object.

The Center for Book Arts is one of the few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book. In fact, it’s the only location in New York City to view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio. CBA exhibitions aim to place book art practice within the larger context of contemporary art, exploring the book as object, media, and site of resistance.  You can read more about the center here.

For a millennium, books, from illuminated manuscripts to fine 20th Century poetry monographs, have often carried their messages as part of a complete sensory experience. Typography, illustrative art, fine papers, endpapers, and elaborate bindings are just some of the aesthetic elements that have been composed into complete works of art. This art has been threatened by commercialism in the 20th Century, but a coterie of people are dedicated to keeping the art alive and meaningful in the 21st Century.

This year’s event honors esteemed visual artist Alison Knowles, best known for her installations, performances, soundworks, and publications – not to mention being an influential founding member of Fluxus.

Best of all, the CBA Benefit is only the beginning. The Afterparty will be co-hosted by Fully Booked, featuring a performance by Crystal Monkey Calligraphy (9PM), followed by DJ Duo Dongle. Join 200 artists and publishers for an open bar and dancing:
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CBA Benefit & Afterparty to be held at:

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, Floor 3
New York, NY 10001
(212) 481-0295