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.