The current exhibition at the foyer of the National Gallery of Canada’s Library and Archives, B.C. Artists: The Gary Sim Donation, ‘allowed curator Katherine Stauble to shine a spotlight on a significant, recent donation by collector Gary Sim of almost 1000 publications. “Over the past twenty years, Sim has assembled an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and other publications related to the artists of Western Canada, particularly British Columbia,” Stauble writes in her essay about the exhibition. “With documents dating back to 1907, his library recounts the history of art and craft in that province, from frontier times to today, documenting both little- and well-known artists.” Stauble says she chose the material based on value or rarity; importance to the NGC collection; significance to BC art history; as well as significance to the Gary Sim collection itself.’
On February 13, 2018, Chester Gryski, Alcuin Society Ex Officio board member and Toronto Liaison, took a number of Toronto-area Alcuin acolytes through his recently-opened exhibition on the work of printer and designer Robert Reid.
In May 1957, Carl Dair wrote to a colleague in the design profession regarding his decision to join the Typographic Designers of Canada. He also proposed in that letter setting up an Octovo Club of eight members who would comprise the pacesetters in the profession. He listed Robert Reid as being one of the eight. Reid had not turned thirty yet and was by far the youngest in the group. Continue Reading…
Markus Fahrner would like to invite you to the opening of the Great War sketches of the famous typographer Rudolf Koch. For the first time outside Germany the Port Moody Station Museum exhibits the sketches Rudolf Koch drew as soldier in the trenches of WW1. Among many typefaces Koch created is Neuland, Prisma and Kabel.
Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St., January 14, 2pm, in collaboration with the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Toronto
For 30 years, in Toronto at this time of the year there has been a book arts fair where printers, binders, calligraphers, papermakers and others associated with the book arts have shown their wares and are available to discuss their work. Continue Reading…
The works of Robert R. Reid, stalwart Alcuin Society member and collaborator, and occasional blogger in this space, are featured in a wonderful exhibition at the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College, the University of Toronto. I took a moment the other day to pop in to see the exhibition in person. The exhibit is the last stop in a three part traveling show curated by the Curatorial Research Project of CAUSA (Collective for Advanced & Unified Studies in the Visual Arts). Previous locations were Simon Fraser University Library and McGill University Library.