Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Art of the Spine

Ah, spines. Overlooked by many, bur certainly not by any publisher or book designer worth their salt. My father recently featured the above and below photos, which he took in the library where he works (yes, the editor is the child of a librarian and an english teacher--the proverbial apple not falling far from the proverbial tree), on his admirable blog Spencer Alley:

They reminded me, not only how much I like book spines. But also of the fantastic art produced by two fine artists: Jane Mount's Ideal Bookshelves, which are personal and evocative and beautiful:

And Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books which are clever and wry and at times laugh-out-loud funny:

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