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January 8th, 2007
from Norman Shapiro
Subject Re: review: "The Artist  and the Book in Japan"


I am appreciative of your asking what I would propose, Eric.


It seems to me that curating a book art show must entail the preparing of limited editions, 'multiples', selected bookart that people can sit down with and read. Perhaps these are permutations, abridgments, excerpted and annotated -anthological. They would be made especially by the artists for the live occasion of the exhibit. It is a live happening. The show is not one as seen in a museum of natural history. Works of real bookart are made accessible and available to everyone in attendance at the bookart exhibition.

I agree with you as there being such books as you tell ones that are to be protected. But when seen that way they are so many 'specimens', pinned bugs and butterflies, dead shells, things in amber ( glass cases).

The authenticity of any art exhibition depends not on watching film clips of paintings and sculptures, but the actual works as they are meant to be looked at with the naked eye and to be walked up to, around and away from.

And, yes, to be touched, handled, fondled, hugged. Some art, bookart especially needs to be experienced in solitude, not ALWAYS in a room full of people.

Norman Shapiro, book artist
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Date:    Sun, 7 Jan 2007 13:02:05 -0500
From:    Eric Holzenberg <ejh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: review: "The Artist  and the Book in Japan"

Then what would you propose? I agree that books are made to be held,
but once a book reaches a certain level of age, scarcity,
desirability, and/or fragility, display in some kind of protective
environment is the only option if you want to share them with the
public. Because they are so beautiful, so rare, so desirable, books
have market value, often very high market value; and their importance
as cultural objects means that handling must necessarily be limited.
The role of a library, or indeed any place that undertakes to display
books, is to balance access with preservation. As imperfect as they
may be, glass cases protect books from theft, and from damage. No
glass cases, no exhibits; and then only the lone scholar, or the
wealthy collector, will ever get to enjoy "the spirit and beauty of
this genre of art."

At 01:57 AM 1/6/2007, you wrote:
I agree with Mr Werner's essential esthetic:  book art exhibitions
where books are displayed in cases is antithetical to the spirit and
beauty of this genre of art.  Books are made to be held, not placed
under glass or up on a wall like bug and butterfly specimens.

Norman Shapiro, book artist
http://ufemisms.com/
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