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Silents: Novels in Pictures / Books Without Words



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The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection of Books as Aesthetic Objects
presents &quot;Silents: Novels in Pictures / Books without
Words,&quot;<b><i> </i></b>an exhibit of books from the collection that
tell their tales without the use of words. The exhibit features the
political novels in woodcuts of the 1920s and 1930s of Lynd Ward, Frans
Masereel, and other woodcut artists. These novels, in stark black and
white, are juxtaposed with images from the silent films of the same
era--a medium that dealt with many of the same challenges of telling
stories without words. <br>
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Contemporary book artists like Maureen Cummins and Jules Remedios Faye
have continued in the wordless tradition of social commentary using
woodcuts or linoleum cuts, and their work is featured as well. Other book
artists take different approaches to the challenge. Warja Lavater tells
familiar fairy tales through the use of symbols, rather than words, while
Karli Frigge uses the swirling patterns of hand-marbled papers to express
the idea of story. Marilyn Goodrich uses language in her books, but it is
often embedded and encoded. Taken as a whole, these books transcend
common barriers of language just as silent films did, and this makes them
truly unusual.<br>
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The exhibit runs through January 7, 2002, at the Jaffe Atrium Gallery,
third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library, 777
Glades Road in Boca Raton. The Atrium Gallery is accessible during
regular library hours, but it's best to schedule an appointment to view
other works in the Jaffe Book Arts Collection. Phone the collection at
(561) 297-0226, or email &lt;lysca@fau.edu&gt;.<br>
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John Cutrone<br>
The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection<br>
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