The 1987 annual Artist Members Exhibition
For thousands of years people have written and illustrated books about their travels. The fascination with new places, or new times in old places, is universal. In this show we present work by 18 contemporary artists whose travels take us through Egypt, Paris, a cave, and a dressmaker’s pattern.
Whether the voyage is through a strange land or through inner space, each artist brings a vision and history to the subject. Some of the work is entirely visual, and some employ text. In most cases the structure of the book is of major interest, whether of ceramic or terrycloth, and in traditional sewn form or the use of accordion folds. The latter is much more in evidence, as it provides the artists with a way of producing sequential images and having them all visible simultaneously.
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.