Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New York City Art Tour - Part 3

The Museum of Modern Art is currently featuring an exhibit called Book/Shelf which presents works that seek to expand the notion of what constitutes a book. Pieces include traditional book forms, video, prints, installations, assemblages, and other formats. Below are some works that intrigued me:







This piece by Lenore Tawney, an amazing mixed media artist, is composed of ink on cork and seeds on book pages.









Richard Long created this artist's book by staining the pages with water and mud from the River Avon.








Brian Belott created a piece made up of 66 illustrated books with collaged additions. The books were exhibited on a table and included this book, with pages overflowing and thick with altered additions.





Dieter Roth created this book with pages selected from over 6,000 collages, photographs, and drawings he made while at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. I would have loved to flip through all the pages but it is presented under plexiglas.




John Latham took all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica and transferred them first to 16mm black and white film in 1971 and later to video. He created this 6 minute 33 second silent film projecting one page per frame in a continuous loop. This still shot does not begin to capture the mesmerizing result.

9 comments:

LostLuggage said...

The seed shot is pretty cool...I love it when you see "mixed media" that doesn't contain the usual array of supplies we're used to. Keep 'em coming, Seth!

Mary Buek said...

You lucky dog, to live in such a wonderful city. Thank you for sharing.

Judy said...

WOW
I want to live there, so much to see and be inspired by.

Christine Marie said...

Makes me want to hop on the new BoltBus from Boston & do a day trip to MOMA!

Chris said...

I am SO JEALOUS!
These are the best, and isn't the Tawney fabulous?
You make me happy showing all this stuff. I finally have some time to look at more of it.

mcdc3s said...

The film sounds wild.

The books are amazing! MUD!!!

The simplest of things... lovely.

Gillian McMurray said...

I have really enjoyed your New York City art tour. Like London, it is full of rich art - even in places you would not expect to find it. Thanks for letting us see it.

Shirley Ende-Saxe said...

Tawney's piece (and all others for that matter) is so cool. I met her at Notre Dame in the 70's in residence and see was as severe and as mysterious as her work.

Gwen Buchanan said...

This is one exhibit I wouldn't have minded seeing... Thanks Seth.. I would have a hard time tearing myself away...