AUGUST 7-NOVEMBER 12, 1998

Westward Bound, a juried exhibition of artists’ books, fine press editions, and fine bindings, celebrates the remarkable growth of the book arts in the Inter-mountain West. In 1890, William Morris established his Kelmscott Press in reaction to inferior printing practices of the 19th century. His goal was to produce more physically and aesthetically pleasing texts. William Morrise believed that “the human hand would produce books with more spirit, more energy, and more humanity in them than could any machine.” Unfortunately, this new aesthetic aware growing interest in profit and expediency by the mid-century. It is only within the past three decades that interest in the beauty and function of books has been revitalized. This exhibition salutes the book arts movement and its unique approach to fine bookmaking.

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