The Book as Art 2013

demaine, martin and erik-smThe book exhibition that critic Jerry Cullum has referred to as “sheer aesthetic magic” (Review: Books Become Magical Objects in “The Book as Art”, closed on September 20 after a nine-week stay at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur gallery. The juried exhibition of artists’ books, sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance, drew work from twenty states, as well as Canada and Israel.

This intimate show was beautifully installed by Angus Galloway, director of the gallery, who handled all challenges with aplomb and grace. White-gloved Arts Alliance volunteers guided visitors through heavy traffic during the Book Festival, and visitors responded to the opportunity to have pages turned and work discussed. Interesting byproducts of the show were the challenging discussions on techniques, meanings, and the future of the book in both traditional form and as a sculptural object.

The exhibition also stimulated a generous donation from artists Martin and Erik Demaine, Through the Looking Glass I (above.) This is the inaugural work in a collection to be held by the Arts Alliance, with ongoing additions from the AJC-Decatur Book Festival and the DAA. Details for exhibiting the collection are in development, but the goal is to have this work promote the book arts through an exhibition schedule in conjunction with the metro area public libraries.

This has proved to be The Year of the Book, and The Book as Art has been a really exciting part of it!