Experimental and inventive, these unique artist’s books are revealed in all their power and vulnerability. International artist, former rare books seller and maker of unique artist’s books found in international art museums, Heide Hatry curates a collection of artist’s books that give voice to the soul of this most intimate and eloquent of objects. Declaring Kafka’s injunction that a book must be an ice-axe to break the frozen seas of our souls, Hatry posits the exhibition as a way to identify and explore the social force and spiritual dimensions of the book in an age of mass publishing in which the form itself is widely perceived as being in decline. It is an apt time to permit the book to speak on its own behalf, in all its breadth and depth, and to reassert the fundamental interior act by which a creator relates to another being.
Roberta Allen, Tatjana Bergelt, Star Black, Christine Bofinger, Diane Bowen, Dove Bradshaw, Inge Bruggeman, Chrissy Conant, Steven Daiber, Max Gimblett, Chie Hasegawa, Heide Hatry, Laura Hatry, Betty Hirst, Richard Humann, Iliyan Ivanov, Paul M. Kaestner, Kahn & Selesnick, Richard Kostelanetz, Stephen Lipman, Roberta Paul, Jim Peters and Kathline Carr, Herbert Pfostl, Raquel Rabinovich, Aviva Rahmani, Osmo Rauhala, Tom Roth, Elsbeth Sachs, Claudia Sbrissa, Carolee Schneemann, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Aldo Tambellini, Sharone Vendringer, Maria Viviano, Lewis Warsh, Clemens Weiss and Ottfried Zielke.
Exhibition reviewed in Sculpture Magazine (December 2013).
Find out more about the curator, Heidi Hatry, at heidehatry.com.