Hot Metal and Cool Paper: The Black Art of Making Books

August 27, 2011 - November 06, 2011
Boone and George-Ann Knox Gallery I

This focused exhibition presents works by private presses, including books printed by LaNana Creek Press (Charles D. Jones, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas), the Press of the Nightowl (Dwight Agner, Athens, Ga.) and Tinhorn Press (Chuck Robertson, Atlanta, Ga.). These presses, run primarily by solo proprietors, stand as anachronistic and forceful statements of personality in the modern world, and these selected books demonstrate interesting instances of adaptation to the form. Printing has often been dubbed “the black art,” for a number of reasons, including the tendency of ink to stain, but the production of a finished book by one person is certainly a combination of will and magic. The exhibition will examine interactions among type, art and text.

In-House Curator

Hillary Brown, director of communications, and Todd Rivers, chief preparator


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art