Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
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Redwood City, CA: Judith of Serebrin Books and Prints, 2015. Unique artist's book. Well-known artist Judith Serebrin received a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1990 and has been making limited edition and unique books since then. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She states: "All my life I have observed, listened and looked at the world around me and have tried to make sense of it. I am concerned with issues of social justice, and liberation. Art for me is a way to learn about the world and to challenge oppressive mores, to make interesting connections that I can share with others. I hope to make others think as well, to grin, to perhaps gain insight and to spark new thoughts. Interrelations between people, animals and the planet are explored in my work--I hope in ways that are accessible. Using "book arts" as a format is part of that for me as you can have an intimate experience holding a book and looking through it." She often creates her artists' books by combining ceramic structures with mixed-media paper books for striking effect. She says of this work: "This is part of a series of porcelain figures called “Soul Books.” Figures with books in them represent a symbolic and tactile way of being able to reach into someone’s soul without embarrassment, censorship, or fear. Both human and animal-like figures—all represent the importance of every creature to the world. Bookheads" are a twist on my sculptural series, Soul Books. The Soul Books are intended to bring heart to living creatures. In the Bookhead sculptures I’m looking more to the intellect. Even though this Bookhead's interior drawings are abstract, my thoughts are moving up to the mind, to sorting information, reason and understanding." The figure is made of stained porcelain and measures 2 x 6 5/8 x 2 inches. The book is made with handmade paper from Taiwan with silkscreen ink and a binding of exposed link and kettle stitches. It measures 7/8 x 1 ¼ x 1/2 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/071921. Fine.