Shout Out! Art of the Book


Book cover design in India has a long organic history. Many of the early Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu literature book covers were stunning, sublime and ‘graphic’ even before that word became stylish. So the legacy is a formidable one. Among the newer sets, Amar Chitra Katha and Tara Books have some beautiful covers. Though often, contemporary Indian book design has been more ‘inspired’ than rooted.

The act of defining becomes so much more important for independent publishers. To celebrate the art in their book covers, Seagull Publications presents ‘The Art of the Book – Digital Collages by Sunandini Banerjee, Senior Editor and Graphic Designer, Seagull.’. Opening Saturday, 19 June 2010, 6.30 pm at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre. If in Calcutta, do attend and of course, you’re encouraged to judge these books by their cover. Smile.

On exhibit will be 50 digital collages inspired by a diverse range of titles published by Seagull Books over the last year. Each collage is printed on archival paper and is part of an edition of 7. The collages will be available for sale. Also available on this occasion will be each of Seagull’s publications at a special 28% discount.

< Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C. S. P. Mukherjee Road, Calcutta 700 025 (second left after Bhowanipur Thana). On view every day, from 11 am to 8 pm, until Saturday, 17 July 2010. > The exhibition can be viewed online here.

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