The 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Brian Hannon said of the exhibition: “The Center for Book Arts is proud to present the 1994 exhibition of work by the Center’s artist members. ‘The Anthropomorphic Book’ exhibition contains the art of fifty-six artists whose works explore the relationship between the book and the human body, and so somehow refer to our material existence in the use of image, shape, media, or content.
This exhibition reveals a diversity of new artistic approaches to an age-old subject and includes both traditional and contemporary book formats. Some of the artists take a humorous and whimsical attitude towards our physical existence and have crated sculptural books that fold-out, pop-up, or assume a life-sized anatomical map of the body. Others convey a darker tone in books that express experiences related to physical calamity, including investigations into human disease, handicap, mortality, and AIDS. One such work uses actual x-ray films which have been painted on as the pages of the book. The exhibition also contains many works which explore cultural ideas associated with the human form by examining perceptions of body types, historical notions of beauty, and issues concerned with gender and sexuality. In contrast, some books deal with the simple wonder of a body’s interaction with more ordinary activities, like playing with a hula-hoop, digesting a meal, or simply taking a breath. The works in ‘The Anthropomorphic Book’ exhibition confirm that the book is an especially eloquent format for examining this brief alliance between the corporeal and the immaterial.”
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.