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EFA Project Space
with the support from the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska

Friday, January 25, 2013 - Saturday, March 9, 2013

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 25, 2013 6-8pm

Wed through Sat, 12-6 pm

EFA Project Space
A program of the
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

The Book Lovers is a systematic examination of the growing phenomenon of visual artists working in the medium of the novel, researched and curated by artist David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska, head curator at Krakow's Cricoteka - the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor. The Twentieth Century has given us a few examples of artists using literary fiction as an artistic medium, but in the last two decades an increasing number of artists have chosen this form of practice.

The main goal for the project is to focus public attention on this quietly spreading artistic trend. The curators are asking whether literature can offer an expanded canvas for narration in the visual arts. What are the possible links between the artists novel and conceptual art? What are the consequences for the practice of art when a textual form is adopted, and what issues arise in relation to authorship and the re-skilling of artistic practice when thinking about collective writing, fictional artists and authors, and ghostwriters?

The Book Lovers is multifaceted, comprising an exhibition; an array of events, such as video screenings, readings and a public talk; and an onsite library of the collection, which is also documented in an online database. Selected artworks of various media such as video installation, drawing, sculpture, photography, and painting, will be juxtaposed with novels by the same artists. The exhibition will reveal the different creative strategies that visual artists employ when they integrate narrative literature into their own artwork. The collection or books acquired by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MHKA) consists of over 140 titles. Polish authors in this anthology include Wojciech Bruszewski, Maria Stangret Kantor, Norman Leto, Krzysztof Niemczyk, Bruno Schulz, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy). The collection features works by internationally renowned artists such as Carl Andre, Keren Cytter, Salvador DalĂ­, Liam Gillick, Goldin+Senneby, Pablo Helguera, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Jill Magid, Mai-Thu Perret, Tom McCarthy, Richard Prince, Roee Rosen, Lindsay Seers, Alexandre Singh, and Andy Warhol.

Presented by EFA Project Space with the support of the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Mondriaan Foundation, the Consulate General of Spain, and Israels Office of Cultural Affairs and the MHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium.

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