For those of us for whom the codex represents the apex of human achievement and the vessel for all that is greatest in our history\, the fact that the printed book is at best a dubious medium for art\, if not an environment overtly hostile to it\, has always been a disappointment.  A lthough there have been some glorious marriages of image and text\, the va st majority of so-called livres d’artiste are unhappy ones\, even many of the most celebrated.  They rarely manage to transcend the aporia created b y the juxtaposition of two media fundamentally at odds with each other\, t he regularity and visual gravity of text and the irrepressible vitality an d multifarious flow of art.

Yet the codex has a wholly other li fe\, which\, though it was supplanted as the primary medium for the convey ance of information by the advent of print\, has retained the power and au ra that we associate with the great illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages\, in the unique artist’s book.  Untrammeled by the dictates of type o r the standards of mass production and use\, the unique artist’s book rema ins an expressive and versatile art medium\, which is animated by the uniq ue cultural\, historical\, and inherent potency of the codex.  Its capacit y for visual narrative and the expression of time in general\, the creatio n and release of visual tensions\, its integration of movement and meditat ion\, make it a medium distinctly different from any other\, and the intim acy of the codex form determines a relationship to visual material that is incomparable.

We rarely have the opportunity to dwell in the world of the unique artist’s book\, as considerations of security render i ts purpose almost impotent in the context of the museum\, and its very uni queness insures that any individual example is going to have an almost her metic history.  It is therefore with great excitement that we announce an exhibition of unique artist’s books\, curated by artist Heide Hatry\, hers elf a former rare bookseller and maker of unique books.

An exhi bition catalogue will be available at the opening reception\, with texts by  Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and others.

The first leg of the exhibition will take place at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge\, MA\, a nd will contain work by more than 50 artists using the book as a medium fo r a diverse range visual and aesthetic experience.  The artists involved i n this exhibition are: Roberta Allen
(US)\, Tatjana Bergelt (Germany/Finland)\, Elena Berriolo (US/Italy)\, Chri stine Bofinger (Germany)\, Dianne Bowen (US)\, Ian Boyden (US)\, Dove Bradshaw (US)\, Eli Brown (US)\, Inge Bruggem an (US)\, Katheline Carr (US)\, Chrissy Conant (US)\, Steven Daiber (US)\, George Deem (US)\, Thorsten De nnerline (US)\, Peter Downsbrough (US)\, Debra Drexler (U S)\, Tim Ely (US)\, Max Gimblett (US/New Zealand)\, Heide Hatry (Germany/US)\, Rick Haynes (US)\, Anna Helm (German y)\, Betty Hirst (US)\, Richard Humann (US)\, Iliyan Ivano v (US/Bulgaria)\, Paul Kaestner (Germany)\, Kahn &\; Seles nick (US)\, Ulrich Klieber (Germany)\, Bodo Korsig (Ge rmany/US)\, Rich Kostelanetz (US)\, Christina Kruse (US/Germa ny)\, Andrea Lange (Germany)\, Paul Laster (US)\, Nick Lawrence (US)\, Gregg LeFevre (US)\, Annette Lemieux (US) \, Stephen Lipman (US)\, Larry Miller (US)\, Kate Millett< /b> (US)\, Jim Peters (US)\, Raquel Rabinovich (US)\, Aviv a Rahmani (US)\, Osmo Rauhala (Finland)\, Tom Roth (Germa ny)\, Jacqueline Rush Lee (US)\, Cheryl Schainfeld (US )\, Carolee Schneemann (US)\, Ilse Schreiber Noll (Germany/US )\, Pat Steir (US)\, Michelle Stuart (US)\, Aldo Tambellin i(US)\, George Trakas (US)\, Sharone Vendriger (Israel)\,  Clemens Weiss (Germany/US)\, Mark Wiener (US)\, and Ottfr ied Zielke (Germany).


Heide Hatry is a German visual artist and curator. She studied art at various art schools and art history at the Universityof Heidelberg. She ta ught at a private art school in Germany for 15 years\, and since moving to NYC in 2003 she has curated exhibitions in Germany\, Spain and the US (no tably Skin at the Goethe Institut in New York\, the Heidelberger Kun stverein and Galeria Tribeca in Madrid\, Spain\; Out of the Box at E lga Wimmer PCC in NYC\; Carolee Schneemann\, Early and Recent Work\, A S urvey at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge\, MA\; Meat After Meat J oy at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery\, NYC\; Kate Millett\, Oppression and Pleasure at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge\, MA and Theresa Byrn es\, NEST in Brooklyn).  

She has shown her own work at mus eums and galleries around the world\, and has edited more than two dozen b ooks and art catalogues.  Her book Skin was published by Kehrer Ver lag\, Heidelberg in 2005 and Heads and Tales by Charta Art Books\, M ilan/New York in 2009.
LOCATION:HP Garcia Gallery\,580 Eighth Ave \nNew York\, NY 10018 SUMMARY:ONE OF A KIND- An Exhibition of Unique Artists Books\, Roberta Alle n\, Tatjana Bergelt\, Elena Berriolo\, Christine Bofinger\, Dianne Bowen\, Ian Boyden\, Dove Bradshaw\, Eli Brown\, Inge Bruggeman\, Katheline Carr\, Chrissy Conant\, Steven Daiber\, George Deem\, Thorsten Dennerline\, Peter Downsbrough\, Debra Drexler\, Tim Ely\, Max Gimblett\, Heide Hatry\, Rick H aynes\, Anna Helm\, Betty Hirst\, Richard Humann\, Iliyan Ivanov\, Paul Kae stner\, Ulrich Klieber\, Bodo Korsig\, Rich Kostelanetz\, Christina Kruse\, Andrea Lange\, Paul Laster\, Nick Lawrence\, Gregg LeFevre\, Annette Lemie ux\, Stephen Lipman\, Larry Miller\, Kate Millett\, Ilse Schreiber Noll\, J im Peters\, Raquel Rabinovich\, Aviva Rahmani\, Osmo Rauhala\, Tom Roth\, J acqueline Rush Lee\, Cheryl Schainfeld\, Carolee Schneemann\, Kahn & Selesn ick\, Pat Steir\, Michelle Stuart\, Aldo Tambellini\, George Trakas\, Sharo ne Vendriger\, Clemens Weiss\, Mark Wiener\, Ottfried Zielke END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR