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September 4th, 2007
Fleisher Art Memorial Presents Anatomy of the Book


The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents a new exhibition, Anatomy of the Book, showcasing the provocative and unusual creations of artists Carol Barton, Hedi Kyle, Tom Leonard, and Mary Phelan, and including a variety of traditional and technically sophisticated book forms. The exhibition is located in Fleisher’s Center for Works on Paper at 705 Christian Street from September 21 through December 8, 2007.

The four renowned artists will present an exciting and provocative view of book arts. The exhibition includes book forms that exemplify pop-up, illustration, traditional binding, book as object to be read visually, and books that emphasize text or materials. Artist-led workshops, lectures, and book signings compliment the exhibition. For more information regarding workshops and to register visit www.fleisher.org.

The opening reception for Anatomy of the Book is September 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 5:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday, with additional hours of 6:30 to 9:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays.

Carol Barton is a renowned book artist whose work is exhibited internationally and collected by the Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among other prestigious institutions. At Fleisher she will be exhibiting a series of sculptural pop-up books. Her most recent publication is The Pocket Paper Engineer How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step. She teaches bookmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in the charming historic community of Glen Echo, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Hedi Kyle will be showing works that emphasize the esthetics, variety of book forms, and binding. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. At the University she teaches book structures to MFA students of the Graduate Program in Book Arts and Printmaking. Ms Kyle graduated from the Werk-Kunst Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her one-of-a-kind constructions have been exhibited internationally, and are in private and public collections. She is co-founder of Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), and has given workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland for more than twenty years.

Tom Leonard will show a series of original nature-based, hand-painted original images for books he has illustrated. Mr. Leonard is a graduate from the University of the Arts. He began his career in Philadelphia working for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Magazine. After moving to New York he worked for national publications such as Psychology Today, Science Digest, among others. For the past seven years he has focused his work on children’s books usually with a view toward nature. His recent work combines a folk-art sophistication with a scientifically realistic interpretation. He has illustrated five books for Hyperion and Golden. He now lives in Philadelphia and has taught illustration at the University of the Arts.

Mary Phelan established the Irish Pig Press in 1978 while living and studying in Madison, Wisconsin. In the years since that time she has published both her own work as well as collaborating on projects with other artists. Phelan will exhibit a range images and publication that employ letter press and digital images. Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of many museum and university collections. A member of the faculty at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, she currently runs the undergraduate Printmaking/Book Arts program and continues to teach.

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is widely known as the country’s oldest and largest free and low-tuition visual arts program for adults and children. Founded as the Graphic Sketch Club in 1898, Fleisher has been a vital educational resource that includes instruction in the visual arts, a vibrant exhibitions program, and youth outreach programming at public schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia.

Fleisher’s exhibition programs are supported in part by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and donations from more than 2,000 student members and friends.

For more information or to schedule interviews with the artists, contact Warren Angle at 215-922-3456 ext. 318 or wangle@fleisher.org.

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