February 24 – June 16, 2014
Improvisation is the word that first comes to mind for many when they think of jazz. Imagine musicians playing together, being inspired by each other’s performance, and collaborating to make something new. Many visual artists take a similar approach, especially those working in the highly collaborative field of the book arts. This exhibition showcases artists who have been inspired by jazz music and musicians to create bookworks.
Vojtěch Preissig (1873-1944) was a prolific Czech artist whose work spans graphic design, book illustration, typography, printmaking, and painting. This four-color zincographic bookplate, dated 1914, is likely one of several that Preissig designed for his wife, Irena V[aňousová] Preissigová.