Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dearly Departed

David Mirvish Books has passed over to the other side. The end is now official, and so I give you three final offerings on book related art.

1): Barbara Balfour at Art Metropole

Luminous photographs of themed bookshelves.
Also, for a mere $15, an accordion-fold booklet that documents the 7 prints which constitute the installation. (refer back to on the benefits and virtues of collecting artist books). The booklet does not record the bookshelf titles, but the staff at Art Metropole will cheerfully print them out for you. Do ask: the titles are an explanatory essential to getting the full gist of Balfour's work.

Barbara Balfour: "Ex Libris, 2008"
Yellow Shelf
Writing Shelf
Place and Time (Proust)
Death Shelf

2): Novel Ideas
: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
(opening later this week) 7 March 2009 - 31 May 2009.
Featuring works by Adam David Brown, Ian Carr-Harris, Brian Dettmer, Paul de Guzman, Alexandre Itin, Nicholas Jones, Georgia Russell, and Robert The.
This group exhibition--including key works from Oakville Galleries' permanent collection--celebrates a fascination with the bound page and its inclination towards artistic re-interpretation.
Some examples of Adam David Brown's altered books:

3) Book of the Dead of Amen-em-hat

Royal Ontario Museum: Feb 28 to March 10, 2009
The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead has been conserved and will be displayed in its full beauty for the first time in over 2,300 years. It contains a collection of hymns, spells and instructions for the after-life.
Perhaps it also contains some advice for independent bookstores.

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