The Only Book

The Only Book brings together a range of artworks that allude to the coincidence of an increasingly technology-based media environment with a new form of minimalism. Referencing a recent media campaign which suggested that a collection of books can be replaced by a single electronic device, The Only Book questions the authoritative qualities appointed to a single book, publication, periodical, or technological interface. Some of the ideas behind The Only Book revolve around how technology produces minimalism in terms of aesthetics and content; the way that information overload can lead to superficial knowledge; and how the notion of the obsolescence of books as an information technology might contribute to new ideas about intelligence.

Exhibition Checklist:

Vito  Acconci


(1967) Poem inkjet printed on paper

Manuel  Acevedo

Untitled (Flipbooks #1-6 from Journal Entries of 2004)
(2006) Inkjet on card stock with rag paper

Untitled (Military Park)
(2005) Book and digital prints on watercolor paper with black aluminum

Richard  Artschwager

Untitled (Quotation Marks)
(1980) Formica on painted wood in two parts

Douglas  Beube

Inside Macintosh
(2004) Altered book

Robert  Charlton

Zero Through Nine
(2003) Lithograph on stained Rives Lightweight paper

Anne  Deleporte

(2006) Paint on newspaper

Nicolás Dumit  Estévez

Backpack from For Art’s Sake
(2004) Mixed media

Devotional Guide For Art’s Sake
(2005) Letterpress printed on hand decorated Arched MBM paper, hot stamped velvet cover with tassel

Pilgrimage to El Museo del Barrio from For Art’s Sake
(2005) Performance stills on DVD

Tara  Fracalossi

Archive Excerpt: Brown Fa�ade
(2006) Installation, photocopies on paper

Sharon  Gilbert

More is Less More or Less
(1990) Poster size newspaper insert

Pablo  Helguera

Dead Languages Conservatory
(2005) 30 pieces; playable wax cylinders recordings

Emily  Jacir

Sexy Semite
(2002) Personal ads in the Village Voice; Reproduced newspaper articles

Airan  Kang

Untitled (Book Projection from Digital Book Series)
(2006) Video projector, media book, plastic table, and computer hard disc

Untitled (Column: Recent Philosophy, Our Bodies, Ourselves, Orwell, The Virtual Book, Making it Happen, from Virtual Book Series)
(2006) Installation of 5 books; mixed media

Anish  Kapoor

Turning the World
(2005) World atlas, painted cover and slip case with letterpress. Published by Carolina Nitsch, New York, for the New Museum of Comtemporary Art

Nina  Katchadourian

“Hamlet” from “Composition”
(2001) C print

Reynard  Loki

Thought for Food (Understanding Media)
(2006) Chewed book pages, glass, jar, wine

Olu  Oguibe

The Last Book from Unreadable Book Series
(2002) Ceramic

Jenny  Perlin

My Eighteenth Brumaire
(2006) Book and drawing, colored pencil and ink on paper

Martha  Rosler

A Book of Time
(2006) Mixed media

Robert  The

(2006) Altered book, silicon water with dies, cigarette

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.

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