ICP LIBRARY EXHIBITION: October 28 – December 15, 2011
Talk & Reception: Friday December 2nd, 2011

Pradeep Dalal & Pierre Le Hors

The current exhibit in the ICP library window is “THE BOOK IS NO IMAGE” by Pradeep Dalal and Pierre Le Hors. It is selection of 23 photographic based artists’ books with an engaging yet low-key conceptual structure, sequence or idea, which are somewhat subversive, occasionally funny, and with a few serious, austere and tough books thrown in the mix, mostly modest in scale, with one exception.

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Pradeep and Pierre (P&P as I like to call them) are both amazing artists in their own right and they are both total biblio-maniacs. That means that they are seriously crazy about books. Photobooks. Artists’ books. Crazy. Both the curators of this exhibit are graduates of the ICP/Bard MFA program. Pradeep is now faculty at the ICP and every week he checks out the most amazing books for his classes. Pierre, as an innovative creator of artists’ books, has produced some truly wonderful items, including one of my favourite items of this year Blotter (TR179.5 .B56 2011).  They are practitioners and they are collectors and their selection here is infused with the depth of their knowledge. This is the ICP library as a photobook laboratory. P&P are the mad photobook scientists.

The poster that has been created with this exhibit is amazingly beautiful, designed with precision and it is a piece of art that library patrons can take away for FREE.

P&P represent all that is best about the biblio-manic artists’ books community at the ICP and I truly hope that you can join them on Friday 2nd December 2011 – 6:00-8:00pm at the International Center of Photography Library in the ICP School on the South East corner of Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street

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