Greenwich Arts Council
Cocktail Reception Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6-9pm
Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT
In 1999, the Wall Street Journal described 21st Editions as following “in Alfred Stieglitz’s footsteps.” Stieglitz’s groundbreaking journal, Camera Work (1903-17) elevated photography to a fine art, an equal of painting and sculpture. 21st Editions (1999-present) picked up where Stieglitz had left off and indeed surpassed it in developing the art of the book.
Now, for the first time, 21st Editions will showcase its Master Collection of Image, Word, and Artisan Bindings.
This unprecedented exhibition features the some of the world’s greatest living art photographers, along with such seminal figures as Imogen Cunningham and Todd Webb, in exquisite books constructed by hand from New England artists.
John Wood, 21st Editions editor from 1998-2014, indelibly shaped this collection of images, poetry and prose. The writers he selected to illuminate and engage the images include the Pulitzer-Prize winning Edward Albee, Robert Olen Butler, Annie Dillard, and Adam Johnson, as well as U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur and many others. Harvard’s John Stauffer, another contributor, is the newly appointed editor.
In its art, 21st Editions pays homage to William Morris, who founded the Arts and Crafts Movement and Kelmscott Press, widely recognized as the beginning of the fine-press book movement.
Each of the fifty-six 21st Editions productions is a work of art, a performance piece, and in presentation and content a center of conversation and interactive treasure.
During the exhibition, founder and publisher Steve Albahari will offer for sale one of only ten complete sets of 21st Editions, comprising 56 books, 539 bound prints, and 244 loose prints, each one signed by the artists.