, in 2012, Art, Exhibitions, On View, Projects (1 Comments)
“Do a Book” is a group exhibition at White Space Gallery in Caochangdi, Beijing devoted to exploring the medium of artist books and text-based art works. Curated by George Chang and Katherine Don, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to reconnect with an important tradition of creative expression explored by a diverse group of artists both in China and abroad.
The purpose of “Do a Book” is to create a dialogue about the tradition of the artist book and the genre of the book medium. Although not absent from current practice, the book is an art form deeply rooted in traditional artistic practice yet is a medium widely unexplored by contemporary artists in China. An artist book does not refer to a publication used to augment an exhibition, rather it is an object produced as an art work itself, often as a unique or limited edition. Book art embraces the form of conventional books and publishing practices creating platform for artistic creation related to drawing, painting, photography, writing, editing, printing, binding, distribution and exhibition all bound in a single object. Through a variety of media and processes, the artists’ objects presented in this exhibition highlight the varied interpretations of the book: as a vessel for information or narrative, as an abstract form that transcends function, or as a medium referring to a book’s social role. The juxtaposition of these works created by artists of different backgrounds and from cities around the world provides a starting point for exploring the relationship between text and imagery, and in a broader sense, the role of the book in the arts.
Opening: 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Feb 18th , 2012
Duration: Feb 18th – Mar 18th ,2012
Curated by George Chang and Katherine Don
Presented by White Space Beijing Gallery
Exhibition and Opening view:
Tom Bell, Lukas Birk,章森 George Chang, 张能杰 Rutherford Chang, 陳龍斌 Chen Longbin, Ain Cocke, 郭鸿蔚 Guo Hongwei, 洪浩 Hong Hao, 黄敏 Huang Min, Ravikumar Kashi, 孔国桥 Kong Guoqiao, 梁志和 Leung Chiwo, 刘任Liu Ren, 马军 Ma Jun, 掉对 Out, 庆庆 Qingqing, Kiki Smith, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, 曾建華 Tsang Kinwah, Heimo Wallner, 王超 Wang Chao, Terry Winters & Ben Marcus, 徐冰 Xu Bing
IMAGE: Kiki Smith, Companion (2000), Offset lithography, 17.4 x 311 cm © Kiki Smith, Courtesy The Pace Gallery
Published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University