Time: 18 January – 12 February 2012
Location: Boo-Hooray Gallery
265 Canal St, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013
“Artists’ book” is a troublesome term. There seems to be no single well-understood or generally-accepted working definition. Say “artists’ book” in general conversation and you’ll likely get a blank look, if not outright confusion; even with a specialized audience of bibliophiles, or art world cognoscenti, it may be necessary to clarify exactly what you mean…
Artists’ Book Not Artists’ Book is an exhibition co-curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jeremy Sanders. In it are about one hundred books and of course all of them either are, or are not, artists’ books, but whether it is even possible to say which ones fall into which category is a matter that’s not entirely clear. And in any case, it’s likely no two viewers would draw exactly the same conclusions.
Artists’ Book Not Artists’ Book includes work by Chris Burden, Ira Cohen, Richard Meltzer, John Baldessari, Seth Price, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Hell, Tina Lhotsky, Sue Williams, Tom Sachs, Richard Prince, William Gibson, David Wojnarowicz, Dara Birnbaum, Jim Shaw, Ed Ruscha, Sean Landers, and many others (not to mention, Various, Anonymous, and Unknown).