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Re: Book_Arts-L digest #2

To: pdv1@cornell.edu (Peter D. Verheyen)>From: "John Charles" <John.Charles@UAlberta.CA>
Date:         Wed, 1 Feb 1995 08:34:30 -0600
Subject:      Re: Book_Arts-L digest #2

I saw the MOMA show also. As a librarian collecting artists' books
post- 1970, my first reaction was jealousy at the things they have and
we don't. My next reaction was the dullness of the layout - all the
books at the same eye-level case after case. At times you're aware
you're not seeing anything particularly interesting, only the big
names in the identifying label (Verlaine, Picasso, Matisse, Claudel)
impress you. I understand from book art friends in NY that this is
the MOMA book curator's swan song, and she's retiring shortly.
And she's always been rather conservative. I was particularly
aware of this in the '80s and after materials. A lot of really
exciting, adventuresome books have been published which
MOMA simply doesn't have.
Regards, John Charles
Bruce Peel Special Collections Library
U. of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. T6G2J8
(403)-492-7929. Fax: (403)-492-5083.

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