Latin American Book Arts

a special exhibition of hand-made books by artists from Latin America

The exhibition examines the unique bookbinding techniques of artists with a cultural link to Central and South America by displaying their limited edition and one-of-a-kind books.

Brian Hannon, former Executive Director, said of the exhibition: “…As part of a season featuring bookmaking from other countries, the Center for Book Arts proudly presents ‘Latin American Book Arts.’ Countries represented in the exhibition include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela, as well as artists of Latin American descent residing in the United States.

This exhibition reveals a diversity of contemporary book forms, which includes the use of unusual materials, alternative structures and the incorporation of tactile and interactive qualities not normally associated with a book. The exhibition includes: one-of-a-kind books that defy the unusual definitions of a traditional codex; sculptural objects that challenge our expectations of how a book is supposed to function; designer bindings on restored manuscripts; artists’ notebooks and journals with torn, folded and pages; altered books; and limited edition books with handmade papers, marbling, printmaking, and leatherwork. What immediately becomes evident upon viewing this exhibition is the impossibility of attributing one definitive style to Latin American artists, and that is precisely what makes this show so exciting.”

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Exhibition Checklist:

Romulo  Andrade

Anotações de Viagem
(1987) Serigraph

Lucila Machado  Assumpção

A Geração de Gaia/ Gaia’s Generation
(1992) hand-painted, silk-embroidered, mixed media on Supremo white paper

Everything Makes Sense, Every Sense Makes Changes
(1994) Strathmore grandee natural paper, special accordion fold.

Soul Lar
(1990) watercolor and calligraphy, wood, leather, cotton paper with Jacob’s ladder binding

Isabel M.  Barbuzza

Renditions I
(1989) Altered art history book, muslin, book pages

Sarah  Bryant

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Dina  Bursztyn

In an Old Manuscript
(1984) Mixed media on paper, ink, watercolor, seeds, leaves, etc.

Margarita Becerra  Cano

Purple Magic
(1993) collage, corn husk, purple pin, handmade papers

Josely  Carvalho

Turtle Book
(1988) Silkscreen, acrylic and raffia

Lourdes  Cedran

Tantric Book
(1993) Acrylic/drawing on handmade paper

Enrique  Chagoya

Bread of Days, The
(1994) Yolla Bolly Press/ Letterpress printed on Twinrocker Chapin, Zerkall, Japanese cotton, Fabriano Roma, and Lana Royal papers. Bound in split boards covered in Italian Roma paper and printed image.

Renata Franco  de Mello

Tropical Bird
(1994) watercolor, newspaper

Cora Bocayuva  de Mesquita

A Pátria Em Chuteiras by Nelson Rodriques
(1994) Rebound in oasis colored leathers; doublure and fly-leaf in yellow oasis

Carlos Montes  de Oca

Las Anunciaciones
(1994) mixed-media, box

Tres grandes relatos
(1994) mixed-media, box

Solange  Fabião

A Árvore/The Tree
(1991) Xerox on 100% rag paper on board.

Die Witwe
(1992) Xerox, ink, graphite on paper

Sandra  Fernandez

Fertility/Infertility Box, The
(1993) wood, cyanotypes, paper

Mariana Duarte  Fodor

Hibiscus/Hibisco
(1994) Hinged clamshell box, fabric, paper, transparencies, cotton fabric

Carolina  Franco-Garcia

Seeds, The
(1994) Rives Paper

Adrianne  Gallinari

Black Album/Album Negro
(1990) Glue, graphite, gouache, cutouts, sewn binding

Ric  Haynes

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Fabio  Herrera

Diary/Diario
(1994) Mixed media, recycled paper, spiral binding, cardboard cover

Leandro  Katz

El Desdoblamiento, El Simulacro, El Reflejo
(1994) silkscreen, photo-etching, photography, Arches cover, Arches silkscreen, & AGFA Portriga papers. Portfolio box contains three prints by each artist and text by Luisa Valenzuela

David  Lamelas

El Desdoblamiento, El Simulacro, El Reflejo
(1994) silkscreen, photo-etching, photography, Arches cover, Arches silkscreen, & AGFA Portriga papers. Portfolio box contains three prints by each artist and text by Luisa Valenzuela

Magali  Lara

Plant fo the Body, The / La Planta del Cuerpo
(1993) etching on Toledo paper; altered pages by Georgina Quintava and Carmen Boullosa

Virginia  Lavado

Te Veo
(1994) Mixed media, photographs, computer generated images objects, wood and handmade & recycled paper

Adriana  Leão

Labor, Love/Labor, Amor
(1993) black ink, pencil, glue, Letraset, guoache, Superwhite paper, sewn binding

Luiz Fernando  Machado

Relationships
(1994) collage of black and marbled paper

Maria Eugenia  Manrique

Botanika
(1994) Fabriano paper, transfers, pastels, crayons, hand carved and painted wood cover

Soraya  Marcano

Flor Suave
(1994) silkscreen, intaglio, embossing, pencil, metals, Rives handmade paper, five hold binding

Matilde  Marin

Myths of Creation/Mitos de Creación
(1993) etchings, serigraphs, aquatints on handmade paper with hardcover binding

Claudia Rezende  Minerbo

Brazilian History/Historia do Brasil
(1994) Leather and marbled paper. Binding features inlay and onlay.

Maritza  Perez

Book of Changes, The/El Libro de Cambios
(1990) Acrylic, bronze powders, casein, and collage ona matte fiber paper and Arches

Antonio  Peticov

Book, The
(1983) Russian and Italian pencils (wood, lead, rubber)

Liliana  Porter

El Desdoblamiento, El Simulacro, El Reflejo
(1994) silkscreen, photo-etching, photography, Arches cover, Arches silkscreen, & AGFA Portriga papers. Portfolio box contains three prints by each artist and text by Luisa Valenzuela

Rebeca  Puga

Disorientations
(1995) Colored pencils, inks on Rives BFK paper

Camilo  Rojas

Te Veo
(1994) Mixed media, photographs, computer generated images objects, wood and handmade & recycled paper

Camilo Sebastian  Rojas-Lavado

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Gilvan  Samico

Fountain in Moonlight, The
(1994) Woodcuts on Mitsumata vellum, bound with Morocco leather by Tini Miura. Claire Owen collaborated with Daniel Tucker on the design of this book containing works by the Brazilian artist, Gilvan Samico. The book was designed and printed at Turtle Island Press in Philadelphia and Telluride, Colorado.

Mônica  Schoenacker

We Have More Than Bananas
(1994) Plastic and sulfite paper with sewn plastic case, zipper

Irwin  Susskind

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Mary  Ting

Untitled
(1993) mixed media, handmade paper, monoprint, wood print, photo

Ana  Tiscornia

City
(1994) Mixed media

Gladys  Triana

Codex II
(1993) Pigments and buttons on handmade paper

Eunice Vivacqua  von Tiesenhausen

History of recent actions practiced during 8 years in Brazil
(1994) by Gaspar Barleú (1647); Verger paper, Mankin ink, photographs, varnish, trianon binding, silk thread

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