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For Your Eyes Only, If You Are a Poet in Nevada

By Harriet Staff


It might seem, at first, that For Your Eyes Only is the Nevada edition of the NY Art Book Fair, which took place over the weekend. And art-wise, this rings true: For Your Eyes Only is hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, and runs from September 29 until Oct. 20, 2012. The book festival features a weekend of talks, readings, a book sale, and an exhibit of artist's books. Main diff might be the focus on poetry: Poet Jared Stanley is a coordinator of the exhibition, and promises us that it's "lousy with poets," including in its beautiful grip the likes of Brent Cunningham, Andrew Kenower, Amaranth Borsuk, David Abel, and Genevieve Kaplan. More:

For Your Eyes Only is an exhibition of artist’s books that explores the structural possibilities of the book, and includes works by artists and printers Julie Chen, Tim Ely, Peter Koch, Eunkang Koh, Patti Scobey, Barbara Tetenbaum, and more.

As long as there have been books, artists have been experimenting with the form of their construction. In the latter half of the 20th century, techniques in the visual arts and traditions in the art of the book from the previous century onwards met, mingled, and hybridized, resulting in the broad and energetic genre known as the artist’s book. This collision has resulted in an amazing array of beautiful, delightful, and downright strange books that are folded, cut, glued, and otherwise modified to make objects that are often more sculptural than text to be read.

Check out all the events here.

Originally Published: October 2nd, 2012