Look Look Look

Organized by Elisabeth Lortic

At the forefront of this exhibition are the ideas and concepts articulated by the early 20th century Futurist-informed artist Bruno Munari. It is a thoughtful and dynamic exploration of play, invention, movement, and color. It brings together a body of artworks which are child friendly, and, more importantly vehicles to engage children in creative learning process. Like children, artists explore alternate materials, and take them to the limit of their possibilities.

This exhibition offers a journey through works of artists whom childhood enchanted and who want to enchant children; the discovery of a creative sector abounding and lively yet little-known; a unique view of art books for children from reflection and the collection of the Association Les Trois Ourses.

Before books on art and children’s books, Artist Books are first objects, creations of media. They are the result of the overall work of an artist: artist, designer, architect, craftsman of the image in general, who decides to take the book as their medium for creation.The children’s book artist uses the full potentiality: form, color, material, text, and images forming an indivisible and interdependent whole. These books are not designed to be read, they are not merely the support of a text: they are a complete creation. Designed primarily for children, they are real educational tools and allow the child a first entry into art. He manipulates, discovers forms, colors, and materials…. These books appeal to the child’s senses, imagination, and creativity. They are game books, toys, sculptures, material books. Some book-objects to imagine and dream…

Artists include: Ianna Andreadis, Marion Bataille, Mauro Bellei, John Cage & Lois Long, Remy Charlip, Ivan & Jane Chermayeff, Paul Cox, Louise-Marie Cumont, Sophie Curtil, Milos Cvach, Sylvia de Swaan, Sonia Delaunay, Olafur Eliasson, Marco Ferreri, Barbara Henry, Keith Godard, Wennie Huang, Coline Irwin, Katsumi Komagata, Kumi Korf, Warja Lavater, El Lissitzky, Richard Long, Iela & Enzo Mari, Piet Marée, Barbara Mauriello, Scott McCarney, Fanette Mellier, Fanny Millard, Bruno Munari, Thomas Ockerse, Eugenia & Vladimir Radunsky, Kurt Schwitters/Kate Steinitz/Theo Van Doesburg, Alma Siedhoff-Buscher, Claire Van Vliet, and Laurence Weiner

Exhibition Views

Look, Look Look (2018) Center for Book Arts
book made of fabric
Libro Letto Bruno Munari
Fabric book with an easel applique on the cover
Le Livre a Compter, Ianna Andreadis 2001
open fabric book with pattern of camping lanterns and birds
Le Livre a Compter (page spread), Ianna Andreadis 2001
open fabric book with pattern of umbrellas and pots
Le Livre a Compter (page spread), Ianna Andreadis 2001
fabric book with light bulb on cover
Le Grand Marche, Ianna Andreadis 2000
open fabric book with patterns of shoes and cellphones
Le Grand Marche (page spread), Ianna Andreadis 2000
fabric book open to four page spreads showing different patterns and colors
le petit livre des couleurs (page spread), Ianna Andreadis 1997
accordion book with images of household objects
Objects Stein, Barbara Mauriello and Barbara Henry
triangular book
Paris, Barbara Mauriello
Look Look Look (installation), 2018
Look Look Look (installation), 2018
Look Look Look (installation), 2018
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