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Artist & alphabet : twentieth century calligraphy and letter art in America
Kelly, Jerry, 1955-
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Boston : D.R. Godine in association with the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Scribes, [2000]

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132 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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"Biographies of the artists": p. 117-132.
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NK3630.6.U6 K45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A catalogue of the Society of Scribes' 25th Anniversary Exhibition, includes a history of the Society by Donald jackson.

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Library Journal Review

While this is not a how-to book, it will offer inspiration to both amateur and professional calligraphers. Assembled by the American Institute of Graphic Arts on the 25th anniversary of the Society of Scribes, it celebrates 20th-century calligraphy. American calligraphers were invited to submit works that met the following criteria: they had to be produced between 1900 and 1999, employ the Latin alphabet, and employ mainly calligraphy and lettering, not type design. The result is a collection of 122 examples from 74 contemporary and 28 historical calligraphers that reveal the formal and playful use of calligraphy for book jackets, posters, advertising, and various illuminations and inscriptions; they may be gilded slate, silkscreen reproductions, offset-printed, etched on crystal, or carved in alabaster. Each entry notes artist, location, date, title, and medium, and brief biographies are included at the end of the book. For larger general arts and all graphic arts collections.--Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in l999, the Society of Scribes in New York City mounted an exhibition of current works by 74 contemporary American calligraphers from 28 states, plus a very brief review of the precursors and teachers from abroad. The handsome publication by Godine--while not an exact catalog of the exhibition-- includes 96 specimens in good full color and size plus 60 in black and white. This brings up-to-date the accounts of exhibitions by American scribes of the past 40 years and continues the publications of the past quarter-century. Herman Zapf, speaking at the opening of the exhibition, noted that "Today our letters are more expressive and vigorous, more spontaneity is put into our styles." The exemplars in Artist & Alphabet illustrate the change and elegance of calligraphy in the variety of applications in our contemporary world. General readers; professionals. W. B. Miller; emeritus, Colby College