Europe to America: A Shift In Power 1955-1970

The fifteen-year period covered by the books in this gallery chronicles the gradual yet definitive shift in which Europe lost its prominence in artists’ books and America emerged as a new creative centre. There was a certain inevitability as any of the great European artists and publishers passed from the scene. However, this loss of energy and influence also mirrored what was happening in the contemporary art world as its centre shifted from Paris to New York. In the United States publishers such as Tatyana Grossman of Universal Limited Art Editions determinedly engaged the greatest American artists and writers of the period in the creation of dynamic publications. In addition, the inventive use of technology was in evidence in Los Angeles with the publication of Gemini G.E.L and the often self-published and inexpensive “bookworks” of Ed Ruscha.

Un poeme dans chaque livre (A Poem for Each Book)

Book with 16 illustrations (in various intaglio methods) printed on Rives wove paper; loose in Montval laid paper wrappers with lettering on the front cover.

L'Aventure dada by Georges Hugnet

Book with 1 collage multiple made of leather, ink and adhered to wove Marais paper; bound in beige book cloth with black lettering on spine.

La Bague d'aurore (The Ring of Dawn)

Book with 6 engravings printed on Rives vellum; wrapper of Rives vellum, jacket of japan paper with engraving printed on cover.

I, rue Gabrielle

Book with 13 etchings on BFK Rives wove paper; SUITE of 13 etchings included; loose in wove wrappers with black lettering on the front cover.

The Seven Deadly Sins by Anthony Hecht

Book with 7 wood engravings on Mokuroku paper; bound in cloth and paper with lettering on spine.

The America Gallery

A portrait fo Tatyana Grossmann, 1968

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