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Sampler #3. Anti-books

Venue: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
Price: Free event
Exhibition

Sampler #3. Anti-books is the third in a series of shows produced by the MACBA Study Centre to promote its collections and documentary holdings. On this occasion, the focus is on a selection of artists’ books from the 1960s and 1970s taken from the more than 4,000 artists’ books in the MACBA Archive influenced by conceptual and minimalist movements.

The exhibition shines the spotlight on work by three artists. German artist Hanne Darbovencreated numerical series to describe the passage of time. These series were the result of complex mathematical operations based on calendar periods (days, months and years). Sol LeWitt saw books as an excellent form of artistic expression for his work and created an extensive collection of books over the course of his life. The sequencing of pages let him progressively develop his concepts, either through evolving geometric drawings or by creating chromatic variations on a given theme. Finally, although Dieter Roth was best known for his work based on the use of organic materials that degrade over time, some of his pieces from the 1970s centre on forms of expression of the minimalist movement such as combining geometric forms with primary colours, black and white, and in other cases he even added transparencies or cut-out figures to add depth to pages.

In addition, Sampler #3. Anti-books presents books by John Baldessari, Robert Barry, stanley brouwn, Chuck Close, Agnes Denes, Peter Downsbrough, Jackie Ferrara, Marco Gastini, Robert Jack, Richard Kostelanetz, Jeffrey Lew, Bruce Nauman, Edda Renouf, Fred Sandback and Paul Zelevansky.

Curated by: Estel Fabregat

Photo: Artist’s books by Sol Lewitt and Dieter Roth. MACBA Collection. Centre d’Estudis i Documentació MACBA.