Albumas Antanas Mončys. 2003, dailininkas Eugenijus
Karpavičius. Lietuvos dailininkų sąjungos Dailės leidybos ir informacijos
Tulvi Hanneli Turo (Estija). Märt Laarman.
2003, senovinio įrišimo interpretacija, inkrustacija, 30,5x28
Isabelle Poitras (Kanada). Riopelle. 2003,
oda, inkrustacija, 34,5x22,1x1,8
Francoise Petitjean (Prancūzija). Rabah Belamri.
2003, akordeono struktūros įrišimas, knygos nugarėlė dekoruota dažyta
bizono oda, 18x17,5
Transformation-into-an Album Syndrome
the present issue the subject on the book art is being developed. Through
the year 2002, the Dailė magazine was involved in the analysis of
book art fundamentals and the situation of book publishing in Lithuania.
The recipients of the awards of the Competition on the Most Beautiful
Book for 1992 2001 were introduced. In this present issue of Dailė
magazine a discussion on the situation of art and photography albums
sarcastic overview of the photography and art albums since the soviet
period till nowadays, starts out by listing of their main publishers:
Iskusstvo, Sovetskij chudozhnik, VEB Verlag
der Kunst, and Arkady. Lifeless albums produced by
these mostly overburdened bookshelves or were used as gifts for higher-ranking
bureaucrats or needy physicians. Their main qualities were poor printing
and poor design; they were so boring, that the author critically compares
them to grave markers.
The revolutionary improvement in design, brough about by professional
desk-top lay-out, was not accompanied by any modification in the general
trend of album industry as demonstrated by such recent products as Rimtautas
Gibavičius (published by the Vilnius Academy of Art Publishers,
1995), and Antanas Mončys (published by the Center of
Art Publishing of Lithuanian Artists Association, 2003). The album,
as a representative of this particular genre, remained a lamentable
structure incorporating the elements of illiustrations and a book, yet
never becoming a piece of art in itself.
The author regretfully comments that the tendency of publishing books
to look like albums is ever increasing. Are photography albums to be
considered along the same line with the albums of painting and graphic
arts? He is not sure, should such monsters as Sauka,
artist R. Dichavičius, and Devyni aukštai, artist
A.Aleksandravičius, or the fancy monography as Vincentas Smakauskas
by V. Drėma (2001), be rated as albums or are they something else?
Yet, the tendency for any elegant book to be published as an album is
ever alive, if we take a look at Nemuno šalies pasakos by
P. Cvirka (illiustrations by Algirdas Steponavičius, 1988); or
the catalogues by the Contemporary Art Center, as Proper (Vilnius
date) (lay-out by Evaldas Stankevičius, 2000) and Lietuvos
dailė 19891999; dešimt metų (lay-out by Evaldas
Stankevičius) in particular.
This severe transformation-into-an album syndrome will get
ever more severe with the possibilities offered by an electronic book
when a single CD-Rome will hold the complete Comedy Divine by
Dante, and all the commentaries to it!
On the 13th14th
of November Vilnius hosted the Fourth International Symposium on Artistic
Book Binding titled The Book. This year the Symposium was
dominated by The Heritage theme, with Aušra Petroškienė
as project designer and Roma Survilienė as curator. 89 artists
from 15 countries were participants in the Fourth International Symposium
on Artistic Book Binding. The International Jury selected three specimen
of the most aesthetic and professional bookbinding. The first award
went to Tulvi Hanneli Turo of Estonia, the second was given to Isabelle
Poitras of Canada, and Francoise Petitjean of France was the recipient
of the third award. Jūratė Armonavičiūtė
received the International Jury special award.